Title: The Natural History of Dogs
Author: Smith, Charles Hamilton; Jardine, William (ed.)
Illustrator: Charles Hamilton Smith
Publisher: W. H. Lizars
Year published: 1840
Place of Publication: Edinburgh
Book Condition: Very Good
Notes: Charles Hamilton Smith, The Natural History of Dogs, ed. by William Jardine (2 vols., Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, 1839-40), vol. 1: pp. 267; vol. 2: pp. 299, . 8vo. Fine binding in half green leather, spine divided into five compartments with gilt lettering and decoration, volumes numbered X-IX in Roman numerals on the spine (numbered according to their position in Jardine’s ‘Mammalia’ series as opposed to the Naturalist’s Library as a whole), spine slightly faded, but the volume is otherwise in very good condition. Marbled paper on boards and end papers. Complete with illustrations: vol.1: 31 plates (30 hand-coloured), 1 b/w title page, 1 b/w frontispiece portrait (of Peter Simon Pallas); vol. 2: 36 hand-coloured plates, 1 b/w title page vignette, 1 b/w frontispiece portrait (of Don Feliz d’Azara). The plates are after drawings by the author himself. It is stated at the end of vol. 2 that three plates omitted from vol. 1 have been inserted there. However, these appear to be missing. The lettering on the spine reads: ‘Naturalist’s Library: Mammalia: Vol. [number in Roman numerals]’.