London. Printed for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1845.
8vo. xii, 360pp. With an engraved frontispiece and a further 51 engraved illustrations. Original publisher's blind-stamped navy cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly rubbed and marked. Armorial bookplate to FEP, frontispiece a trifle creased, else internally clean and crisp.
The first edition of a succinct study, intended for a juvenile readership, of the wonders of the world's oceans. The author, zoologist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888), was highly influential in popularising natural science and marine biology. He is famed for establishing the first public aquarium (and indeed coining the term), triggering a craze for such exhibits to sweep through Victorian society.£ 50.00 Antiquates Ref: 22161