London Paris New York Melbourne: Cassell & Co. Ltd, N.D. [1870s - 80s]. Limited Luxury New Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo (7 3/4" x 5 5/8"), original decorative pictorial green cloth with elaborate gilded and embossed covers, profusely illustrated with 538 B&W woodcuts, 538 pages. Good + / None. Item #3388
Louis Figuier (1819 - 1894) was a French scientist, writer, and professor of chemistry at L'Ecole de pharmacie of Montpellier. Editor P. Martin Duncan (1821 - 1891; F.R.S. from 1868) was a distinguished naturalist who edited Cassell's Natural History (1876-82). To Figuier's study, Duncan made some corrections and notice of the Thysanoptera (Thrips cerealium), plus researches on the "evolution" of Stylops of the Strepsiptera, a flying parasite which attacked the larvae of bees and wasps.
SUPERIOR STUDY with tight text block, good hinges, and many engraved woodcuts. Considerable light foxing throughout. Name stamp & light wear to decorative cloth.