An History of Animals. Containing descriptions of the Birds, Beasts, Fishes, and Insects, of the several Parts of the World; and including accounts of the several classes of Animalcules, visible only by the assistance of Microscopes...
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London, Thomas Osborne, 1752. Folio (375 x 235mm). pp. (8), 584, (4), with 28 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spine in 6 compartments with black gilt lettered label, marbled sides.
A large section is devoted to microscopic animals
A separately published volume of Hill's 'A General Natural History', which contained a volume on Botany, one on Mineralogy and a final one on Zoology. The present work is an attractively illustrated encyclopaedia of the animal world. "Hill's principal achievement in zoology is the third volume of the 'General Natural History', on animals. A large section is devoted to microscopic animals, and some of the names Hill coined for these animals still stands, such as 'paramecium'"(DSB). "This work, in the English language, was unsurpassed as a source of information on natural history and as a work of almost unbelievable labour" (Stafleu, Linnaeus and the Linnaeans p. 210). The fine engraved plates are by B. Cole and show among others insects, fishes, shells and birds. An uncut copy.
Nissen ZBI, 1939; Anker 210.