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A History of British Sea-Anemones, Philip Gosse, 1st/1st

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1860 John Van Oorst. Green publisher's cloth, glit. 8vo, pp. xl, 362pp, index, 12 full colour platesThe covers have some minor wear, with a small repair to the head of the spine. Binding tight and square. From the library of the Cruising association, with gilt monogram to the spine, gilt stamp to front cover and plate to front paste-down. A blind-stamps at head of title page (no ink stamps)Philip Henry Gosse (1810 –1888) was an English naturalist and popularizer of natural science, the virtual inventor of the seawater aquarium, and a painstaking innovator in the study of marine biology. Omphalos is almost certainly Gosse's most famous work, and was his attempt to reconcile the geological ages presupposed by Charles Lyell with the biblical account of creation. Gosse penned a succession of books and articles on natural history, some of which were (in his own words) pot-boilers" for religious publications. (At the timeRather than describe the condition in minute detail here, please ask for a full set of photos and catalogue. We are selling an entire first and early edition collection of Darwin and other Victorian naturalist. in many cases we have several copies of the same Darwin titles in similar condtion, including presentation copies. Please ask for a complete catalogue. For more information email- or visit-

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