London: Readers Union / Jonathan Cape, 1956. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Octavo, original white boards titled and decorated in red and gil, pictorial endpapers. 296 pp., Index, Bibliography, Illustrated throughout. Although uncredited, the Illustrations are very much in the style of Pauline Baynes, illustrator of the NARNIA books and others. Lower fore-edge orners slightly knocked; a fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #311786
¶ "With immense erudition, wit, grace, and a singular lack of condescension, the author illuminates literary, scientific, historical, linguistic and other aspects of the bestiarist's catalog. He further enhances the volume with informative discussions of the history of the bestiary from its origins in remote oral traditions; through Herodotus, Pliny and Aristotle; during the medieval period and the Renaissance; and up to Sir Thomas Browne's Vulgar Errors (1646 ). Both amusing and amazing, The Book of Beasts is not only a rich survey of the proto-zoology on which much of our later science is based, but also a revealing, illustrated examination of how pre-scientific man perceived the earth's creature's."