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Life of a Scotch Naturalist, Thomas Edward, Associate of the Linnean Society

by Smiles, Samuel

  • Hardback £45.00
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  • Catalogue No : 39801
  • Published : 1882
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : xxxv, 392
  • Collection : Prof Jim Green
  • Publisher : John Murray
  • Published In : London
  • Illustrations : portrait frontis, b/w plates, text illus, maps


New edition. 'After a life of hard work, Thomas Edward [1814-1886] remained comparatively unknown, except to the natives of Banff. […] He had discovered, by much labour and perseverance, many specimens of Crustacea in the Moray Firth, some of which were new to Britain, and others new to science. In consequence of his discoveries, and the assistance he had given to scientific men, he was elected an associate of the Linnean Society in 1866; but shortly after, through ill health, he was unable to pursue his outdoor investigations, and was under the necessity of confining himself to his indoor trade of a working shoemaker. […] Shortly after the appearance of the "Life" a memorial was presented through the late Lord Beaconsfield to Her Majesty [..] praying for Her Majesty's gracious aid in placing Thomas Edward upon the Civil List Fund. The memorial was signed by [..] Sir Joseph D. Hooker, […] Professor Richard Owen, […], and Charles Darwin […]. On Christmas day, 1876, the following letter was forwarded by the Prime Minister to Thomas Edward: "Sir - The Queen has been much interested in reading your Biography by Mr. Smiles, and is touched by your successful pursuit of natural science under all the cares of daily toil. Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to confer on you a pension of £50 per annum." ' - Preface.


8vo, cont. full morocco, raised bands, gt title to spine, aeg, gt inner dentelles; minor rubbing, a few perforations / small areas of damage to leather on rear board, but still an attractive copy. Contemporary prize inscription to verso of front free endpaper.

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