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On The Archetype And Homologies Of The Vertebrate Skeleton. By Richard Owen, F.R.S. -

Sir Richard Owen

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Works Published By Mr. Van Voorst During 1847


London:: John Van Voorst, Paternoster Row., MDCCCXLVIII.

Physical Description

viii, 203, [3] p., [3] fold. tables 2 fold. pl.: illus.; 222 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Advertisement - Contents - [Text] - [3 fold. tables] - Description Of Plates; [colophon] - [Plates] - [Publisher's advertisement].

Responsibility Note

The first plate is signed as drawn and lithographed by Tuffen West; and carries the imprint, 'Stannard & Co. Imp.' The second plate is signed as drawn by 'R.O.'; and lithographed by Tuffen West.

The text printer is named on the verso of the title page and in the colophon: 'Printed By Richard And John E. Taylor, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street.'

The work is dedicated by Richard Owen to William John Broderip, Esq., F.R.S.


N.A. Rupke, Richard Owen, Victorian naturalist (1994); R. Owen, The life of Richard Owen (2 v., 1894).

Summary Note

The text is followed by the publisher's advertisement, 'Works Published By Mr. Van Voorst During 1847'.


The front loose endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'For the Library of the Royal Academy from the Author.' The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil, 'T.U.'

Binding Note

19th-century bown cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers decorated in blind; spine lettered 'Owen On The Homologies Of The Vertebrate Skeleton.'


Skeleton - Anatomy
Treatises - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Great Britain - 19th century


John van Voorst, publisher
Tuffen West, draughtsman, lithographer
Sir Richard Owen, draughtsman, previous owner, donor
Richard Taylor, printer
John Edward Taylor, printer
William John Broderip, dedicatee
Stannard and Company, lithographic printer