Boston: Thames and Andrews, 1803.
PARTS 1 & 3 ONLY, bound together. xxix, , 466 +96 pages. Includes an index to these volumes one page partially torn. 8vo, old tan cloth, very worn but sound with inner hinges re-enforced. Text is unmarked but heavily browned and with occasional staining. Boston: Thomas and Andrews, 1803. Second American from the third London edition. Scarce. A good copy, but lacking the 2nd part.
Austin 617 and 618. GM 105, Osler 2413 (both cite original London edition, 1794-1796). Orr 148 (2nd and 3rd American editions). Reynolds 1187 (3rd American edition). Cole 2087. Wood p. 311. This work is "the celebrated forerunner of Darwinism" and the one which alone has made the author's name memorable (apart from his familial connection with Charles Darwin). The work sustains a peculiar but original thesis in which the author attempts to formulate the laws that govern the origin and progress of animal life. There is much in it that seems to foreshadow Darwinism.