WATERTON, Charles. Natural History Essays … Edited, with a life of the author, by Norman Moore, B.A. London, Frederick Warne & Co. [c. 1871].
8vo. Original red cloth, illustrated and lettered in gilt and black; pp. viii, 631, 5 plates including frontispiece portrait of Waterton; previous owner's inscription to verso of portrait, binding a little rubbed and dulled, occasional spotting to the text.
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. The plates show Waterton's estate set within extensive grounds, the Grotto, his grave and The Vigour of Nature.
This is the extremely rare variant of a book which usually comes with the title Essays on Natural History, and is bound in green cloth, merely lettered - and not illustrated - in gilt, without any blocking in black.