MONRO, Alexander (secundus).

The Structure and Physiology of Fishes Explained, and compared with those of man and other animals.

Edinburgh: Printed for Charles Elliot,…and G.G.J. and J. Robinson, London, .1785

Large folio, 128 pages, and 50 engraved plates on 44 sheets (including 12 folding). Short tear in the fold of plate I (very large and folding), plate number of plate XX shaved, clean cut across plate XXIV without loss. Early 19th century green half calf, marbled paper sides rubbed and with some areas of the marbling missing, joints and corners rubbed, small crack at foot of lower joint, but a very good copy.

FIRST EDITION, issue with London in the imprint. “The first important Edinburgh textbook on comparative anatomy, a subject that had been recently introduced to their London students by the Hunters” (DSB). The fine life-sized plates, from actual dissections, are mostly from drawings by Andrew Fyfe or Thomas Donaldson and are printed on thick paper of excellent quality. Cole Library 1660. Taylor, The Monro Collection, M172 (issue without London in the imprint). Casey Wood p. 470: “A treatise of much value.”


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