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General Zoology or Systematic Natural History. Volumes IV and V : PISCES FISHES. The complete section on fishes of Shaw's 'General Zoology'
London, G. Kearsley, 1803-1804. The complete section on fishes of Shaw's 'General Zoology' published in 14 vols from 1800-26. Medium Octavo (230 x 140 mm), 4 parts in separate bindings, 4 steel-engraved separate title vignettes next to the printed titles (all with fishes depicted in a landscape) and 190 full-page steel-engravings of fishes. Contemporary binding of half red calf on marbled paper-covered boards. Gilt lettering on spines. some spotting and browning with some wear to hinges and edges (as usual). Nevertheless an attractive set of this rare work (Nissen, 1969).
The complete section on fishes of Shaw's 'General Zoology' published in 14 vols from 1800-26.
Volume IV, Part I, pp. 5, 2, 186 and 25 plates. Volume IV, Part II, pp. 13, 2, 632-186 and 92-25 + 4 (extra) plates. Volume V, Part I, pp. 5, 4, 250 and 132-92 + 1 (extra) plate. Volume V, Part II, pp. 6, 2, 463-250 and 182-132 + 3 (extra) plates. The plates are principally engraved by Mr. Heath. Shaw (1751-1813), curator of the zoological collection of the British Museum, was author of several memoirs; among those of the Linnaean Society of London. The present work is a development of Gmelin's system, augmented by species taken from Bloch and Lacepede (Pietsch, 1995). Most of the figures are copied from these authors, except for perhaps five or six taken from fishes that Shaw examined himself in the British Museum. Nissen, 1969; Pietsch, 1995.
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