The Journal of a Naturalist

[KNAPP, John Leonard]. The Journal of a Naturalist.

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[KNAPP, John Leonard]. The Journal of a Naturalist. John Murray. 1830.

8vo. Contemporary half brown calf, marbled boards, spine contrasting red and green gilt morocco lettering pieces and gilt raised bands, marbled edges; pp. xvi + 440, 7 plates (1 hand coloured), text engravings; very good.
Third edition. Published anonymously, this was Knapp's most successful work and one that he viewed as a botanical companion to Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne. Like that book, this work is based on the author's observations in his home village, in Knapp's case in Worcestershire. In professional life Knapp was a sailor and then a militia captain, but his heart was in botany.
Interestingly, one of the labels on the spine attributes the woodcuts to Bewick, but there is nothing else to suggest that Bewick produced them. They are certainly not in his style.

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