Back to results

Library

The historie of foure-footed beastes. Describing the true and liuely figure of euery beast, with a discourse of their seuerall names, conditions, kindes, vertues (both naturall and medicinall) countries of their breed, their loue and hate to mankinde, and the wonderfull worke of God in their creation, preseruation, and destruction. Necessary for all diuines and students, because the story of euery beast is amplified with narrations out of Scriptures, fathers, phylosophers, physitians, and poets: wherein are declared diuers hyerogliphicks, emblems, epigrams, and other good histories, collected out of all the volumes of Conradus Gesner, and all other writers to this present day. By Edward Topsell.

  • Author

    Topsell, Edward

  • Date published

    1607

  • Publisher

    London : printed by William Iaggard, 1607.

  • Subject

    Zoology Pre-Linnean works Early works to 1800

General note: First word of title is xylographic. Title page varies: with cut of hyena (used for sea wolf on p. 749) or of gorgon (most copies; not illustrated in the text pp. 262-3); examples of both at British Library. B1, 2, 5, 6 in 2 settings; B2r catchword: 'they'; B6r line 1: 'crowne' (Huntington Library) or 'gers' and 'Crowne' (Harvard). In some copies (one of the British Library copies, for example) there is an extra leaf after F4 with heading: 'The Picture of the vulger Bugill Folio 57.' (STC). The first leaf and the last leaf are blank. Signatures: A6 [par.]6 2[par.]8 *² B-2V6 3A-3X6 3Y8. Lacks tp. (supplied in MS.), E4-E6, G6, K3, K6, O4, T4, Us, U6, X6, 2H6, 2P4-5, 2T2-5, 3O2, 3D2, 3L3-4, 3O8; extensive water damage in 1940s resulting in leaves adhering and tears to edges throughout; some MS. pencil marks UK-SuSCL Cited in: STC (2nd ed.), 24123 Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1962. 1 microfilm reel; 35mm. (Early English books, 1475-1640; 942:01). Ownership and custodial history: MS. ink note on flyleaf: "R.A. to W.J.B" (C19th); bookplate of Lieut. Col. Fr. Thomas Hammond, St James Square; stamp on tp.: "A.R." with MS. ink date 1695; collection of William Jaggard, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon; deposited by the RSC UK-SuSCL Binding Information: C19th half-leather, paper boards, severe water damage UK-SuSCL