WILLUGHBY, FRANCIS. 1635-1672; AND JOHN RAY. 1627-1705. The Ornithology of Francis Willughby ... in Three Books wherein all the Birds hitherto known. London: John Martyn, 1678.

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WILLUGHBY, FRANCIS. 1635-1672; AND JOHN RAY. 1627-1705.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby ... in Three Books wherein all the Birds hitherto known. London: John Martyn, 1678.

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WILLUGHBY, FRANCIS. 1635-1672; AND JOHN RAY. 1627-1705.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby ... in Three Books wherein all the Birds hitherto known. London: John Martyn, 1678.
Folio (364 x 231 mm). Title printed in red and black, 80 engraved plates, 2 letterpress tables. Modern half calf and marbled boards. Soiling to title page, dampstaining and worming to upper margin at inside corner through numerous leaves, tears to some plates, one with old tape repair.

FIRST EDITION in English. Translated, edited and slightly expanded by Ray from Willughby's Latin original. Willughby had left his encyclopedic works on animals incomplete upon his death, and Ray took it upon himself to complete and publish them. Before the final work, Historia Piscium, was completed, Ray himself had died, leaving William Derham to complete the project on behalf of the Royal Society. Isaac Newton described this work as the "foundation of scientific Ornithology." Anker 532; ESTC R9288; Keynes 39; Nissen IVB 991.
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WILLUGHBY, FRANCIS. 1635-1672; AND JOHN RAY. 1627-1705. The Ornithology of Francis Willughby ... in Three Books wherein all the Birds hitherto known. London: John Martyn, 1678.
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