Item #5000711 The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history. Richard Polydore NODDER, William Elford LEACH.
The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history.
The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history.
The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history.
The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history.
The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history.
The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history.
The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history.

The Zoological Miscellany…
The Zoological Miscellany; being descriptions of new and interesting animals, by William Elford Leach... illustrated with coloured figures, engraved from original drawings, by R.P. Nodder, animal painter, draftsman, and engraver in natural history.

London: For E. Nodder and Son, [volume 3:] for R.P. Nodder, 1814-1817.

Three volumes, octavo; with 150 handcoloured engraved plates (numbered 1-149, with an additional 135b); contemporary half calf and marbled boards, a very nice set.

With 34 Australian specimens, including a number from Macleay's collections

A beautifully-illustrated work, depicting and describing birds, shells and insects. The coloured plates are the work of Richard Polydore Nodder, and the series was intended to provide a continuation of sorts to the "Naturalists' Miscellany" by Richard's father Frederick Nodder and George Shaw. After Frederick Nodder's death early in the century the work of the family publishing business was taken over by his widow Elizabeth. Thus the first volume here is published by "E. Nodder and Son" while by the time of the last volume, published three years later, Richard Nodder has fully taken over the imprint.

A beautifully-illustrated work, depicting and describing birds, shells and insects. The coloured plates are the work of Richard Polydore Nodder, and the series was intended to provide a continuation of sorts to the "Naturalists' Miscellany" by Richard's father Frederick Nodder and George Shaw. After Frederick Nodder's death early in the century the work of the family publishing business was taken over by his widow Elizabeth. Thus the first volume here is published by "E. Nodder and Son" while by the time of the last volume, published three years later, Richard Nodder has fully taken over the imprint.

Richard Polydore Nodder (fl. 1793–1820) was, according to ODNB, "a gifted painter who exhibited a number of animal subjects at the Royal Academy and won the title botanic painter to George III".

Nearly a quarter of the 150 plates here, 34 in all, describe specimens from New Holland, eight of them credited as being from specimens in Alexander Macleay's collection. A list of these can be seen at hordern.com.

The work was dedicated to Joseph Banks. Its stated aim was to add newly discovered species, or to elucidate any previous misdescriptions, and William Elford Leach (1790-1836), an English zoologist and marine biologist and assistant keeper of the Zoological Department at the British Museum, was engaged to write it.

In 1837 Dr Francis Boott, secretary of the Linnean Society of London, wrote, "Few men have ever devoted themselves to zoology with greater zeal than Dr Leach, or attained at an early period of life a higher reputation at home and abroad as a profound naturalist. He was one of the most laborious and successful, as well as one of the most universal, cultivators of zoology which this country has ever produced."

"In 1813, when Konig was appointed Keeper of the Natural History Departments, he was given an assistant, William Elford Leach (1790-1836), perhaps one of the more brilliant minds to enter the Museum. In every generation English science has been fortunate in attracting men with intuitive feel for nature who by their gift and enthusiasm infect others and leave their inspiration planted in those who follow. Anyone, who knew Leach and even the greater number who did not, came to revere his memory and example. After over a century and half, in spite of the shortness of his service, he stands out from his contemporaries as a 'profound naturalist'" (Gunther, The Founders of Science at the British Museum, p. 49).

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AUSTRALIAN SPECIES

Vol. 1

III Brown's Acanthophis (specimen killed at Port Jackson)

IV Painted Lamia (from Macleay's collection)

V Macleay's Butterfly (from Macleay's collection)

IX Violet-winged Phasma (from Macleay's collection)

X Banksian Hipparchia (from Macleay's collection)

XI New-Holland Creeper

XII Zera and Lineated Volute (found in New-Holland seas)

XV Painted Agarista

XX Yellow-legged Ascalaphus

XXIII Red Earshell

XXIV Australasia Locust

XXV Painted Locust

XXX Red-headed Myrmeleon (from Macleay's collection)

XXXIV Australasian Mantis (from Macleay's collection)

XXXIX Margined and Harrisian Tettigonia

XL Cross-bearing Mictis

XLI Desmaretian Manakin

XLV Antlion Nymphes (from Macleay's collection)

XLIX Lithoisa and Unequal Lithosia

XLVI Pheasant Coucal (from Macleay's collection) (appears after plate L)

LII White-bellied Coucal

LV Adorned and Painted Skipper

LX Fiery Argusfly

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Vol. 2

LXXV Green-brassy and Green-footed Rutela

LXXXII New-Holland Spatangus

LXXXVI Noisy Crow (Norfolk Island)

XC Echidna

XCV Gigantic Petalure

XCVI Wombat Phascolomis

CVI Gigantic Dacelo

CXI Reddish Ornithorynchus

CXIX Peron's Ibacus (Jardin des Plantes... Brought by Peron from New Holland)

CXX Dufresne's Bulimus

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Vol. 3

148 Perga (several described, two illustrated)

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Nissen IVB, 535; Fine Bird Books, 87.

Ref: #5000711