SOWERBY, James (1757-1822)
The British Miscellany: or Colored Figures of New, Rare, or Little Known Animal Subjects; many not before ascertained to be inhabitants of the British Isles
London: R. Taylor, 1804-1806. 12 parts in one vol. 8vo. vi, 138 pp. 76 hand-colored plates (two folding). Uncut. Original blue paper lettered parts wrappers bound in the rear.
Modern half calf and marbled paper covered boards
With beautifully hand colored plates of unusual British birds, insects and animals.
A rare work by Sowerby, illustrating and describing unusual specimens found in Great Britain from his own collection, including birds, fish, butterflies, insects, mollusc, shells, snakes and more. Among the more unusual is an image of a narwhal, found on the coast at Friestone. Published in 12 parts, each containing 8 plates, at 5s. per number, the work was issued in part to promote Sowerby's collecting interests, with advertisements on the wrappers to send notice of unusual specimens.
Anker 480; Wood 579; Nissen ZBI 3916.