London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1880. Hardcover. with 74 illustrations by R.T. Pritchett and 12 water-colour sketches after F. Jones - produced here in chromograph. Thin quarto. Three-quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with red leather title label to spine. Heavy wear to boards with some loss to paper. Chipping to head of spine and wear to edges of boards. Minor foxing to interior and smudge marks / spots of soiling throughout. Short tears to edges of some pages. This was obviously a family favorite in years past. 144 pages. ENG/071422. Very Good.
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London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868. Hardcover. First English edition of this interesting and accessible translation of Mangin's work, first published in 1864. Arthur Mangin (1824-1887) was a well-known science writer and popularizer of scientific knowledge who is said to have inspired Jules Verne. The translator, William Henry Davenport Adams (1828-1891) was a well known English historian. Mangin writes of all aspects of the ocean, including its history and phenomena, and of its multitude of creatures, even the mythical kraken. With 130 full page and text and black and white illustrations by W. Freeman and J. Noël. Bound in handsome brown leather with gilt rulings and ornaments to covers, and raised bands with gilt ornaments and title to spine. Leather is a bit scuffed and rubbed but still quite nice. All edges gilt. Preliminaries are foxed but text is otherwise clean with very light aging to margins.Gift inscription dated 1869 on ffep. Very good condition. Large octavo. 470 pages including index. NATURE/032322. Very Good.