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The Swiss Family Robinson or, Adventures of A Father and Mother and Four Sons in a Desert Island: [Antiquarian]

Regular price £50.00

The Genuine Progress of the Story forming a Clear Illustration of the First Principles of Natural History, and Many Branches of Science which most immediately apply to the Business of Life 

'to which are added Notes of Reference Explanatory of the Subjects Treated of. With twelve cuts from new designs and a map of the island'

By Johann Wyss (author's name not mentioned in book) This Seventh edition presents the book at if it is an account of a real adventure. It also had fascinating Notes of Reference at the back which, among other things, explains that a Penguin is 'a bird of the goose kind found near the Straits of Magellan' and a Buffalo is a 'ruminating quadruped of the ox species, which it clearly resembles in form and stature.............a terrific ferocity and wildness............This is a serious attempt to educate the reader about animals they had no knowledge of in Britain, at the time.

Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock, London

Date published: 1828

Format: Hardback. Size: 7"x 4.5"x1.5". Plain boards with calf spine with gilt title and bands. 

Condition: Damage to top of spine. Front board becoming detached at top. overall worn and grubby. Gift inscription on front pastedown (1852)General grubbiness throughout. Edges of pages worn.