Or, A New General History of Birds.

(Ornithology.) ORNITHOLOGIA NOVA:

Or, A New General History of Birds.

Extracted from the best authorities in various languages, both antient and modern. With remarks and proper observations upon the different species and kinds throughout the known world. from the most curious naturalists, virtuoso's [sic] and travellers. Containing, a description of a great number of curious and uncommon birds, found in different parts of the universe. Illustrated with about four hundred figures. In Two Volumes.

Description: 2 vols., title-pages and the first page of the Introduction to vol. i printed in black, numerous (somewhat crude) woodcuts in the text, short tear to inner margin of first title-page, 2 other leaves with tears but without loss, occasional browning and marginal staining, pp. xii, [1], [13-] 340; [i], viii, [3-] 314, [6], 12mo, contemporary half calf, rebacked and recased, good

Publication Details: Birmingham: Printed for T[homas] Warren, 1743-45

Notes: A rather charming, and somewhat rare, little ornithology, possibly intended for children. The 'natural history' is occasionally enlivened with anecdote. The second vol. has in addition in its title: With the methods of breeding, managing and teaching of song- birds. Thomas Warren was a Birmingham bookseller, whose chief claim to fame is being responsible for the publication of Samuel Johnson's translation of Jerome Lobo (1735). Indeed, 'during 1733 Johnson stayed for a time with Warren and began to write for a newspaper which the bookseller had recently set up, entitled the Birmingham Journal....more

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Price: £2,500

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1743-45

Stock Number: 57481

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