1847 Antique Book - The Birds of Jamaica - by Philip Gosse - 1st ed

The title page reads : "The Birds of Jamaica. By Philip Henry Gosse; Assisted by Richard Hill, Esq. of Spanish Town. London: John Van Hoorst, Paternoster Row. M.DCCC.XLVII." [1847]

It is 8vo (8 X 5 inches); hardcover; blue - gray cloth on boards with gilt stamped titles on spine & blind stamped decorations on boards; edges worn; boards rubbed; corners lightly bumped; small tear to cloth on front spine edge; two private Ex-Lbris book-plates on front end-papers, one of which has glue stains in corner; front inner hinge starting to crack but board still secure; rear end paper has small owner's address inscribed in ink; rear-paste down has "400" inscribed in ink; light vertical fold through half-title & title page; very minor foxing spots scattered throughout contents; 447 pages + 2 pages of publisher's adverts.

This is the text volume. A companion volume with plates was published two years later.

It is a scarce publication. It has sold at auction with the plate-book at Bonhams: Lot 545•GOSSE (PHILIP HENRY) The Birds of Jamaica, 2 vol., 1847-1849; Sold for £7,750 (US$ 12,779).

Philip Henry Gosse (6 April 1810 – 23 August 1888) was an English naturalist and popularizer of natural science, virtually the inventor of the seawater aquarium, and a painstaking innovator in the study of marine biology.
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