Two series, uniformly bound. Yarrell, William. A History of British Birds. Illustrated by 520 Wood-Engravings. In Three volumes. London: John Van Vorst, 1843. And Yarrell, William. A History of British Fishes. Illustrated by Nearly 400 Woodcuts. In Two Volumes. London: John Van Vorst, 1836. All 8vo, green crushed Morocco with gilt borders front and rear, gilt spine with five spine bands, gilt doublures, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Vol. I (Birds), 525pp; Vol. II - 669pp; Vol. III - 528pp, Supplement - 53pp; Vol. I (Fishes) - 408pp, Supplement 48pp; Vol. II - 472pp, Supplement - 72pp. The binding is signed "J. Wright."
William Yarrell (1784-1856) was an English zoologist and naturalist. These two series are the ones Yarrell is best known for. The format is based on an earlier "History of British Birds" by Thomas Berwick, and Yarrell defined taxonomy for generations of naturalists. John James Audubon was a friend and acknowledged Yarrell's help and influence on his own work. Thomas Berwick himself corresponded with Yarrell. A number of species of birds and fishes are named for Yarrell.
All with some shelf wear, bumping of corners. Two with small separations starting at head of front hinge. Contents uniformly clean and complete.
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