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Lot 461
COCKS (WILLIAM PENNINGTON)
"Contributions to the Falmouth Fauna, Etc. by an Octogenarian (aged 85 Years, 9 months)"

Sold for £ 624 (US$ 869) inc. premium

Printed Books and Maps

20 May 2008, 10:30 BST

Oxford

COCKS (WILLIAM PENNINGTON)
"Contributions to the Falmouth Fauna, Etc. by an Octogenarian (aged 85 Years, 9 months)", manuscript in ink on paper, approximately 80 pages, some loose, original wrappers, blindstamp on upper wrapper, 4to, [c.1876]; and 3 further manuscript notebooks concerning the natural history of Devon and Cornwall, particularly relating to shells, c.1857-1881 (4)

Footnotes

  • An indexed collection of small essays, or notes, on various animals and plants, many from the area around Falmouth, including "Tail-less Cat. This variety is very rare in Falmouth... I met with a cat in the Middle Terrace, with a twisted tale, about 2 inc. in length, rather bushy, and like the letter S; born with the defect". Cocks reports local anecodotes concerning all manner of creatures, quoting other amateur naturalists and fishermen, but includes a few notes of subjects of personal interest to himself: suicide, Napoleon, antipathy, etc.
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