The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
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Title: The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents Describing at Large Their True and Lively Figures… whereunto is now added, the Theater of Insects, 1658
Author: Edward Topsell, John Rowland
Publisher: London, Printed by E. Cotes, for G. Sawbridge at the Bible on Ludgate-hill, T. Williams at the Bible in Little-Britain, and T. Johnson, at the Key in Pauls Church-yard
Condition: Very Good

The first complete edition of Edward Topsell’s famous bestiary, The History of Four-Footed Beasts, also containing his History of Serpants, and the first English edition of The Theatre of Insects. The first two works are translations from Gesner's Historiae Animalium as The History of Four-footed Beasts first in 1607 and The History of Serpents in 1608. The Theatre of Insects, also known Insectorum Theatrum, had a much more significantly delayed printing, as it was left unpublished as a manuscript upon his death in 1565, and continued by friend and colleague Nicholas Penny, until he also passed in 1588. Then, Thomas Moffet was directed to complete the work, but was done so in 1589. However, it was not printed until 1634, first in Latin, then, finally, in 1658.

There are hundreds of woodcuts throughout, with many full-page examples, including the famous rendition of Durer’s depiction of a rhino, and much, much more.

The following pages are lacking, and provided in facsimile: The first three preliminary leaves including the title page, 55-56, 81-82, 113-116, 181-182, 207-208, 221-222, 391-392, 509-510, 511-512 (this page is present, with the lower portion of the page lacking, the facsimile included to reflect the missing portion), ffff3-4, 1047-1048, 1069-1070, 1081-1082, 1091-1092, 1129-1130, and the last three index leaves. Pages 461-462, 511-512, 545-546 are present, but also have facsimiles, as portions of the original pages are lacking, with the facsimiles provided to provide full detail.

Three parts bound into two volumes in folio, (10 of 16)+798 of 818+(14 of 18)+879 of 889-1130 pages

This volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing to the bindings. Pages 461-462, 511-512, 545-546 are damaged, with some portions lacking, and facsimiles bound in reflecting the lacking text and imagery. There is some foxing throughout, heavier with some staining to some pages throughout.