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Natural history of the corallines

Natural history of the corallines

John Ellisís pioneering work, published in 1755, is adorned throughout with detailed engravings, the fruit of patient collection and acute observation. It proved that the corallines were of the animal kingdom and not of the vegetable. The frontispiece, illustrated here, captures some of the wonderful variety of their intricate structures. The armorial bookplate and inscription of William Borrer, present in the Libraryís copy, indicate ownership by a distinguished naturalist of the nineteenth century.