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Wood, John George.  The common objects of the country. London & New York: George Routledge & Co., [1858]. 12mo (16 cm, 6.25"). iv, 182 pp.; 12 color plates.

Invertebrate zoology for the older juvenile audience. The => beautiful, complex, artistic illustrations are by Coleman and were printed in color by Evans, with multiple images per plate; additionally there are wood-engraved, in-text illustrations in black and white. Despite the author's having been a clergyman, there is no religious overtone to the text or its explanations; his first-person presentation is => conversational, anecdotal, and entirely engaging.
        Binding: A Denstone College prize binding of green calf, richly gilt on the spine with one compartment having a red leather gilt label reading simply, "The Country"; and with the school's motto and coat of arms in gilt on the front cover. All edges marbled.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Binding as above, lightly rubbed at edges and joints, edges darkened, publication date minutely inked at the foot of the title-page; abraded areas to front pastedown where a printed prize award giving the recipient's name was (long ago) removed. Paper age-toned, with scattered minor foxing mostly confined to outer portions. => A very good, "prize" copy of this, and one with the many brightly colored plates in gorgeously bright condition.  (41594)   Please RESHELVE This.

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