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British Fresh-Water Fishes. British Fresh-Water Fishes. British Fresh-Water Fishes. British Fresh-Water Fishes.
British Fresh-Water Fishes.
HOUGHTON, William.
British Fresh-Water Fishes.

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Published: London William Mackenzie, [1879]

Stock Code: 115760

£1,500

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First edition of this "classic and beautifully illustrated" work (Everard and Knight, Britain's Game Fishes, online), "even more lavishly illustrated [than Houghton's previous titles]. Full-page coloured plates of each species were included, as well as a landscape scene in black and white of a freshwater location where the fish could be found. Each section of the book discussed where the fish thrived in Britain, its size, its colour, and whether or not it was edible, and if so, how, it tasted … In a delicate balancing act, Houghton avoided ‘God-talk' as well as any discussion of evolutionary theory … He also deferred to professional scientists in order to bolster his own authority" (Lightman, Victorian Popularizers of Science, pp. 84-6). There was a second edition in 1895, and a third in 1900.
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Description

2 volumes, folio (365 x 265 mm). Original red-brown morocco-grain cloth over bevelled boards, spines and front boards lettered and decorated in black and gilt, rear board blocked in blind, all edges gilt, dark green coated endpapers.

Illustrations

41 chromolithographic plates heightened in gum arabic including frontispieces, all by A. F. Lydon, title pages printed in red and black, engravings to the text.

Condition

Spines gently rolled, and lightly frayed at ends, tips bumped and rubbed, scattered markings to text, and occasional browning apparently from laid-in plant pressings (now gone), a few plates slightly soiled in margins, vol. 1 half-title spotted, vol. 2 front free endpaper creased, half-title and title marked, pale tide-mark to fore margins of a few plates, sometimes just touching the images. Overall a good copy with vivid colour plates.

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