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THE

BEING

POPULAR DESCRIPTIONS, TALES, AND ANECDOTES

OF MORE THAN

FIVE HUNDRED ANIMALS,

COMPREHENDING ALL THE

Quadrupeds, Birds, fishes, Reptiles, Insects, &c.

OF WHICH A KNOWLEDGE IS INDISPENSABLE IN

POLITE EDUCATION.

WITH INDEXES OF SCIENTIFIC AND POPULAR NAMES, AN EXPLANATION OF

TERMS, AND AN APPENDIX OF FABULOUS ANIMALS.

ILLUSTRATED BY NEARLY

FIVE HUNDRED ENGRAVINGS ON WOOD BY BEWICK, HARVEY, LANDELLS,

THOMPSON, WHIMPER, SLY, AND OTHERS.

A New Edition, revised, enlarged, and completed to the present state of Zoological Science,

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LONDON:
HENRY G BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

1850.

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PREFACE.

The care of preparing a new edition of this longestablished work having been confided to me, I have endeavoured to render it as instructive as I could without destroying its popular and entertaining character. For this purpose I have added scientific names to the popular ones at the head of each description, and I have placed all the animals of each genus and all the genera in each order together, that the child who reads the book may have the animals most nearly allied to each other associated together in his mind. For the same reason, I have used, in most cases, the Linnæan names, as Linnæus placed a great many animals in one genus, which are now divided into several. At the same time that the child may learn both the Linnæan and the modern name of each animal, I have given both in the Table of Contents. I have not arranged the orders quite scientifically ; as I could not persuade myself either to displace the Lion from the situation he has held so long at the com

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