Natural History of the Animal Kingdom

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    THE number of books on natural history, written for the purpose of attracting persons young in years or knowledge is truly astonishing; in most cases they are adaptations from French or German sources, but sometimes they are “original” compilations. They are always illustrated; they come, and, what is more truly wonderful, they go, in the trade acceptation of this word. The demand for them would seem to be great—so great that few are able to resist the temptation of adding to their number, not knowing beforehand what pains of remorse are caused to the authors of such writings, in after days.

    Natural History of the Animal Kingdom, for the Use of Young People.

    In Three Parts. With 91 Coloured Plates and numerous additional Illustrations in the Text. Adapted from the German of Prof. von Schubert by W. F. Kirby. (London: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1889.)

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    Natural History of the Animal Kingdom. Nature 43, 435–436 (1891) doi:10.1038/043435a0

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