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JOHNSTON, George. A history of british sponges and lithophytes.

Edinburgh. W. H. Lizars, 1842. First edition.
8vo. xii, 264pp. With 25 partially hand-coloured engraved plates. Original publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth, lettered in gilt. Extremities rubbed and lightly marked, slight surface loss to upper joint and foot of spine.Very occasional spotting, plates foxed. Presentation copy, inscribed to head of title-page: 'George Dunlop from his affc. uncle / the author'.
The first edition of Scottish physician and naturalist George Johnston's (1797-1855) authoritative monograph on the Porifera and lithophytes which thrive on the coasts of Britain. The illustrations for the work were provided by Johnston's spouse Catharine (1794-1871), a respected botanical artist to whom the volume is dedicated.
£ 200.00 Antiquates Ref: 16958