THE BEAUTIES OF THE CREATION: OR, A NEW MORAL SYSTEM OF NATURAL HISTORY; DISPLAYED IN THE MOST SINGULAR, CURIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL QUADRUPEDS, BIRDS, INSECTS, TREES, SHRUBS & FLOWERS. DESIGNED TO INSPIRE YOUTH WITH HUMANITY TOWARDS THE BRUTE CREATION, AND BRING THEM EARLY ACQUAINTED WITH THE WONDERFUL WORKS OF THE DIVINE CREATOR. THIRD AMERICAN EDITION
1798 · Worcester
by Riley, George
Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, Jun., 1798. Original sheep, front board detached. Frontis illustration. xii, ix, , 14-274, [2- publ. advt] pp. Widely scattered foxing. Good+.
First published in London in 1790, the first American edition issued from Philadelphia in 1792. The author says that 'natural history' comprehends "the whole produce of the creation," reflecting the greatness of God. The Index of Animals goes from antelope and armadillo to zebra. Similar indices are provided for insects, trees, and flowers.
Evans 34470. Welch 1114.3. (Inventory #: 36693)