A Philosophical Account of the Works of Nature.

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Endeavouring to set forth the several Gradations Remarkable in the Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal Parts of the Creation. Tending to the Composition of a Scale of Life. To which is added, An Account of the State of Gardening, as it is now in Great Britain ... London, W. Mears, 1721. 4to. pp. (12), 194, (2), with 28 (1 folded) handcoloured engraved plates. Recent green half calf, gilt ornamented spine with red gilt lettered label, marbled sides.

B.M.(N.H.) I, 220. Richard Bradley was elected fellow of the Royal Society of London on 1 December 1720 and in 1724 was appointed to the chair of botany at Cambridge University. "Bradley was a prolific science writer ... His style was clear and readable and his reputation immense. Bradley's main scientific contributions were his studies on the movement of sap and on the sexual reproduction of plants" (D.S.B. II, p. 390). The present work is beautifully illustrated and deals for the larger part with zoological matter. Quite a number of reptiles and amphibians are shown such as: a turtle, rattle-snake, a West Indian serpent, a lizard, a camelian, a flying lizard from Ambon, frogs, the common English toad and the Surinam frog. Small owners stamp and signature on title.