WALTON, Elijah. The Camel, its Anatomy, Proportions and Paces. London, Day and Son, 1865.
Imperial folio (56 x40 cm). Original maroon half-morocco over pebble-grained cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. 39, lithographic frontispiece and 96 lithographic plates (including 49 and 50 bis, a few printed in colour); binding with wear around edges and a little marked, but holding firm; plates with traces of humidity through lower half, a few minor short marginal tears, light spotting only here and there; still a better copy than frequently encountered in the trade.
Very rare first edition of one of the best anatomical and motion studies of the camel. The Victorian artist Elijah Walton lived in 1863 to 1864 in the desert near Cairo in a tent and travelled the Sinai peninsula in order to study the camel at close range and examine its behaviour and movement. The result is this impressive book which shows Walton's admiration for the 'Race Horse of the Desert' (preliminaries). 'The thoroughness of Walton's observation of the camel could, perhaps, compare with George Stubbs's on the horse in the previous century' (ODNB). 'The frontispiece and all plates apart from the two additional unnumbered plates are signed as drawn and lithographed by Elijah Walton, and carry the imprint of Day & Son. The dedication is by 'An Artist to Richard Owen' (RA, online).