WATERTON, Charles. Essays on Natural History… Edited, with a life of the author, by Norman Moore, B.A. Frederick Warne & Co. 1871.
8vo. Original green cloth, gilt lettering to front and spine; pp. viii + 631, 5 plates including frontispiece portrait of Waterton; a little rubbing to hinges, otherwise very good.
First edition with the extensive biographical chapter on Waterton by Moore. Waterton's essays are variously observant, erudite, humorous and eccentric; as the biographical chapter reveals, this is characteristic of the man himself. These pieces tackle subjects as diverse as British birds, exotic reptiles, cannibalism, monkeys and fighting hares, and show the broad interests of this singular traveller and naturalist.