4th Edition, illustrated with a complete set of engraved plates incl. a fold out sheet of Music (bird song)
In four voloumes - Vol. l. Class l. Quadrupeds ll. Birds Div. l. Land; Vol. ll Class ll Birds Div. ll Water; Vol. lll. Class lll Reptiles. lV Fishes; Vol. lV (Published 1777) Crustacea. Mollusca. Testacea. The Appendix in Vol. ll includes an article from Philosophical Transaction Vol. 63 (1773) on Experiments and Observations on the Singing Birds with a fold out plate of Music entitled 'Compositions of two piping Bullfinches'
The title page of Vol. l of this set and the other vols. are signed 'John Edwards' and each volume is profusely annotated and inserted with numerous newspaper and other clippings with articles pertinant to the various sections of each volume.
Calf leather bindings with gilt tooled spines (spines slightly worn and cracked, outer top board of Vol. l is detached; outer lower board of Vol. ll detached; outer top board of Vol. lll spilt at spine but holding; outer top board of Vol. lV detached)
Published London: William Eyres for Benjamin White, at Horace's Head, Fleet Street, 1776