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Object ID 001381

Object Name Wood's Natural History

Object Desc Wood's Natural History Young Folks' Edition, illustrated.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001160

Alternate ID

General Category Printed Material

Category Books


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 20

Object Date

Start Year Range 1890

End Year Range 1910

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Wood, Reverend John George,natural history,animals,M. A. Donahue & Company,books,illustrations,picture books,

Title Wood's Natural History



Edition Young Folks' Edition

Description / Abstract "The Greatest Book ever published on Natural History for the Young" (title page). This book covers a variety of animals, explaining them in terms understandable to a young adult. In addition, each animal description is accompanied by an illustration.

Physical Description Approx. 38pp. Hardcover in red fabric binding. Cover of book is illustrated in color and reads "Wood's Natural History, M.A. Donohue & Co. Chicago, 136 Wood's Natural History." The illustration includes a tiger standing by foliage. The back of the book is a red ink illustration of a young girl reading. Pages are large print with a large one-page picture for each animal. Measurements: 9.5" length/height, 7.5" width Measurements:

Author Rev. J. G. Wood

Author Details In 1854, Wood gave up his curacy to devote himself to writing on natural history, becoming a well-known parson-naturalist of the Victorian era. After 1876 he devoted himself to the production of books and lecturing on zoology, which he illustrated by drawing on a black-board or on large sheets of white paper with coloured crayons. These "sketch lectures," as he called them, were very popular, and made his name widely known both in Great Britain and in the United States. Wood died at Coventry on March 3, 1889. **Wood may possibly have died before the publishing of this book, however, the book is most certainly based on his studies and previous work in the study and writing of Natural History. See title "Wood's Natural History."**





Publisher M.A. Donahue & Co.

Publisher Details Chicago, Ill. M. A. Donohue & Co., was a publisher of many book titles for children in the late 19th century and early to middle 20th century. M.A. Donohue & Co. based in Chicago, Illinois was established in 1871. The company was founded by two bookbinders, William P. Henneberry and Michael A. Donohue. The company was initially known as Donohue & Henneberry.The company was known for inexpensive editions of popular works of fiction. It focused on publishing sets and series of books (i.e. "libraries.") In 1903, Donohue bought out his partner, Henneberry, and changed the company name to M.A. Donohue & Company. It continued in business to the 1960s.

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Image Caption CMY001160

Description Wood's Natural History Young Folks' Edition


Date FEB 1,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes This book is in fair condition for its age. The cover's illustration is still vibrant, and the inside illustrations are impressive and in good condition. However, some illustrations have been colored in by a previous owner. The binding and outside back cover of the book have considerable distress, showing cracks in the cover and taped edges.


Date JUN 21,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 20 from Room 1, Shelf 18 - automatic entry by admin