A History of British Animals, Exhibiting the Descriptive Characters and Systematical Arrangement of the Genera and Species of Quadrupeds, Birds, Reptiles, Fishes, Mollusca, and Radiata of the United Kingdom; Including the Indigenous, Extirpated, and Extinct Kinds, Together with Periodical and Occasional Visitants.
by FLEMING, John (1785-1857).
Edinburgh:: Bell & Bradfute, 1828., 1828. 8vo. xxiii, , 565,  pp. Half-title, index, corrigenda. Original quarter olive cloth, plain boards, paper printed spine label; joints reinforced with kozo, extremities worn, label heavily rubbed. Very good. First edition. Fleming was a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. "Regarded as Scotland's foremost zoologist as early as 1815, Fleming was concerned largely with the description and classification of freshwater and marine invertebrates.. . . His History of British Animals (1828) was a detailed description and classification of the British fauna, although it omitted the insects, which were supposed to be covered in a succeeding volume that never appeared. The book was noteworthy for its inclusion of fossil species and for its application of the binary system throughout. . .. Fleming had argued in his controversy with Buckland that there must be free inquiry in science without regard for the Bible, yet in his History of British Animals he adopted a scheme of reconciliation between geology and Genesis that was originally proposed by a friend, the Reverend Thomas Chalmers, on the basis of Cuvier's idea of successive creations." – DSB, V pp. 31-32.
(Inventory #: RW1431)
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