1845 · Philadelphia
This little volume is intended to serve the purpose of a sequel to the author's 'Visit to the Menagerie,' and 'Birds of the Air.' The whole course comprised in the three volumes, however unsystematic in a scientific point of view, will serve to inspire the young reader with a taste for descriptive reading . . . the exclusive reading of works of imagination in childhood, is apt to inspire a passion for novels and romances at a later period, when such reading interferes seriously with more important pursuits" (Preface, p. 7).
One of the first juveniles relating to fish in a serious way, the work was first printed in 1841 and this is the second and last edition. The 41 "plates" are plates in the sense they are printed on one side of a leaf, but both sides of those leaves are counted in the pagination. => These 41 plates are excellent, although unsigned, wood engravings.
Binding: 20th-century boards covered with stone-pattern marbled paper; binder's label of C.A. Carpenter, Jr., Shrewbury, MA, on rear pastedown.
Provenance: Bookplate of Jeffrey Norton on front pastedown; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Of the first edition, WorldCat locates only three libraries reporting ownership (Columbia, UC-San Diego, Bowdoin) and of this second only two (AAS, Free Library of Philadelphia). Clean, with light foxing occasionally rising to moderate throughout; in fact a very good copy. (Inventory #: 38733)