Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute and W. Creech, 1797. 8vo (173 x 100 mm). 99 (of 100) engraved plates, including engraved title and the folding plate "View of the Greenland Whale Fishery" (lacks the frontispiece). Contemporary mottled calf. Skillfully refurbished, rebacked preserving original spine, some offsetting from text onto plates, pl. 44 lacking one blank corner, pl. 112 with tear crossing image. Item #404545
A charming and well-illustrated guide to animals designed for children. In his note to the reader, the author discusses that many books meant to introduce children to the habit of reading "tend rather to cloy than entertain them; I have thought fit to engage their attention with short descriptions of animals, and pictures fairly drawn, which last, experience shews them to be much delighted with." The illustrations derive from Buffon and other naturalists.