London: L. Upcott Gill, N.D [188?]. First Edition. Hardcover : pp. [v] vi- vii [viii]  4-370, [32pp adverts, of which 25pp are publisher's adverts] : 4 b&w plates including frontis 'The Cobra' and 1 fold out : in-text drawings : green cloth boards : gilt snake and platypus illustration to front : lettering in gilt front and spine : gilt bird illustration to spine : flower illustration both boards : flower illustrated endpapers : top edge dye : protective mylar cover : gift inscription to front paste down : written in pencil on back of frontispiece ''Not in Ferguson, much Australian interest''.
Slight foxing to edges mostly at tail; head and tail of spine gently pushed; a little shaken; occasional fox mark throughout; corner crease page 109. Very good. Item #2120
The "Australian interest" includes a chapter on Monotremes and the platypus appears here as one of the four plates (repeated on the cover in gilt). A scarce book, held only by seven institutions worldwide (Worldcat). A nice, bright copy.