Dogs, jackals, wolves, and foxes: a monograph of the Canidae.

Dogs, jackals, wolves, and foxes: a monograph of the Canidae. St George Mivart.

London: R H Porter, 1890. Small quarto, 45 handcoloured lithographs by J. G. Keulemans, text illustrations. Modern half brown morocco (Period Binders of Bath), top edge gilt and other edges uncut, a fine copy with text and plates crisp and clean.

St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900) was an active British biologist (member and vice president of both the Zoological Society and the Linnaean Society) who produced several technical and philosophical works. He also made some original contributions to mammalian anatomy and was accepting of Darwinian theory in general although chose to make an exception when it came to the human intellect. This is probably explicable given his conversion to Catholicism, yet he advocated the claims of science even where they seemed to conflict with religion, a line of thought led to his excommunication in the year of his death. He is best remembered for two fine colour plate monographs; Monograph of the Lories (1896) and the Monograph of the Canidae. The Dingo plate, drawn from a live animal at London Zoo, is very handsome.

Wood p. 468.

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