Zoologia Typica, or Figures of New and Rare Mammals and Birds described in the Proceedings or exhibited in the Collections of the Zoological Society of London.

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London, Published by the Author, 1849. Folio (365 x 265mm). With printed and hand-coloured titles, the hand-coloured title within a scene of giraffe feeding and natives watching a lion across the Niger, and 70 hand-coloured lithographed plates with desciptive text and a list of subscribers. Contemporary brown half morocco, gilt ornamented spine with gilt lettering, gilt edges.

The excellent plates were executed by Charles Couzens and H.N. Turner

First edition, limited to 250 copies only. Originally issued in parts this interesting work was to describe every new and rare mammal and bird discussed in the Proceedings, or exhibited in the collections of the Zoological Society. Although publication ceased before this was achieved the plates issued illustrate forty-six species of birds and twenty-eight mammals with representations of their habitat. The excellent plates were executed by Charles Couzens and H.N. Turner. The author was Curator to the Zoological Society, conservator to the Earl of Derby at Knowsley of his Zoological collections, and naturalist on two expeditions to North Africa. The superb colouring of the plates was by the artist Triptree, 6 Guildford Street, Walworth, acknowledged by the author in the preface.

Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Alan Francis Brooke (1883-1963) famous British general. His foremost passion was birds. Armorial bookplate of Henry Rogers Broughton,

Anker 150; Wood 348; Nissen IVB, 329; Fine Bird Books, p. 96.