Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, (1842-1844. second edition). Duodecimo, 40 volumes, 1298 handcoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary half morocco, a handsome crisp set.
Sir William Jardine (1800-1874) was the seventh baronet of Applegirth in Dumfrieshire. A man of considerable means he was a skilled artist, England's foremost ichthyologist of this day and an energetic promoter of natural history. His circle of friends included John Preaux Selby and John Gould. His son-in-law High Strickland was a geologist and co-authored The dodo and kindred allies 1848.
"By making natural history available to all levels of society, through the hugely popular forty volumes of The Naturalist's Library, Sir William promoted the study of natural history in the nineteenth century in the tradition of Thomas Bewick, Thomas Pennant and gilbert White the previous century ([Jackson, Christine E. and Peter Davis. Sir William Jardine: a life in natural history, 2001 p. ix)."
"In addition to the description and depiction (mostly finely coloured plates) by various well-known contributors to almost the whole range of the subject, the series is supplemented by biographies of famous naturalists of all times and all countries ... It is well described as a remarkable little library of early nineteenth zoology, as well as a brief account of the lives of the chief zoologists of all time"(Wood).
Wood pp. 405 and 482.
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