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The Natural History of Fishes of the Perch Family. The Naturalist\'s Library. Ichthyology. Vol I
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The Natural History of Fishes of the Perch Family. The Naturalist's Library. Ichthyology. Vol I

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1835 A fair copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's cloth binding. With half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Sir Joseph Banks; hand coloured vignette title page with picture of Pentaceros capensis; 2 further title pages; advert; contents listing; Memoir of Sir Joseph Banks; text with black and white illustrations and 34 plates of which 32 are hand coloured. Publisher's adverts at the rear. The original cloth binding is in good condition being complete and clean with some light bumping to front corners and slight marking to the spine and back board. Internally the original green endpapers are present, with the bookplate of the naturalist Francis Hemmings to the front pastedown. There is a little splitting at the rear endpaper joint. Contents are complete with some brown toning at page edges, including the plates, particularly the top margin. Occasional spotting to text. Stitching is a little wobbly.

$106.03

The Natural History of the Fishes of Guiana. Part I. and Part II. (The Naturalist\'s Library. Ichthyology. Vol III. Fishes of Guiana. Part I and Part II
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The Natural History of the Fishes of Guiana. Part I. and Part II. (The Naturalist's Library. Ichthyology. Vol III. Fishes of Guiana. Part I and Part II

By Robert H Schomburgk, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1841 A very good 2 volume set of the 1st edition in original publisher's cloth binding with 61 plates, of which 59 are hand coloured. The bindings have the usual light sunning to spines and board edges. The spines have pulling and slight fraying to spine ends. Corners with light wear. Original green endpapers present and clean in both volumes. Contents: Vol I: volume listing; half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Schomburgk; black and white vignette title page showing fish catching; 2 further title pages; advertisement; contents listing; erratum slip; Memoir of Schomburgk; text with numerous black and white illustrations 263pp; and 31 plates bound at the rear, of which 29 are hand coloured. The erratum slip says that there should not have been a plate 24 referred to as there were 2 copies of plate number 25 instead. In this volume, there are 2 different versions of plate 25 and 2 plate 30's. Plate 11 is double size. Vol II: vol listing; frontispiece black and white portrait of Burckhardt; black and white vignette title page showing horses menaced by a serpent; 2 further title pages; advertisement urging readers to complete their sets of Jardine now; contents listing; Memoir of Burckhardt; text 214pp; Prospectus for Illustrations of Indian Ornithology; and 30 hand coloured plates. Contents are in very good clean condition. There is light toning to text pages. Plates are clean and brightly coloured.

$371.11

Popular British Entomology; containing a familiar and technical description of the insects most common to the various localities of the British Isles
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Popular British Entomology; containing a familiar and technical description of the insects most common to the various localities of the British Isles

By Maria E Catlow

London : Reeve and Co, 1852 A good copy of the 2nd edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 16 hand coloured plates. This was part of the Popular History series published originally in the late 1840's - mid 1850's. The series was designed to give young people a good introduction to the study of nature and a range of authors were employed to write on their particular subjects. Maria Catlow's work came in for some criticism but it is a nice example of its period and tries to take its readers with it by showing what they might expect to find month by month. The colour plates are well done. The decorative cloth binding has a gilt butterfly design on the front board and series designs and titles to the spine. The binding is sunned at the edges and on the spine and there are a couple of small tears to the spine joints. Corners have light wear with some bumping to the back corners. Contents are complete with a publisher's catalogue bound in at the front endpaper. Pen inscription to front pastedown and to rear free endpaper. Slight splitting to the rear endpaper at the joint. The plates are in near fine clean condition; paper is toned particularly to the edges and with occasional spotting.

$132.54

Profitable Plants; A Description of the principal articles of vegetable origin used for Food, Clothing, Tanning, Dyeing, Building, Medicine, Perfumery, etc
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Profitable Plants; A Description of the principal articles of vegetable origin used for Food, Clothing, Tanning, Dyeing, Building, Medicine, Perfumery, etc

By Thomas Croxen Archer

London: George Routledge and Sons A very good to near fine copy of Profitable Plants, which was originally published under the title Popular Economic Botany by Lovell Reeve as part of their Popular Natural History series. It is undated but probably circa 1865 and is unusual in retaining the original decorative spine design from the Popular Natural History series. It is a scarce title and is complete with hand coloured frontispiece and 19 further hand coloured plates. The binding has slight darkening to edges and slight wear to edges including spine joints (slight scuff at rear joint). Spine ends are lightly pulled. The original yellow endpapers are present. Contents are in very good to near fine clean condition.

$132.54

Popular History of the Aquarium of Marine and Fresh-water Animals and Plants
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Popular History of the Aquarium of Marine and Fresh-water Animals and Plants

By George Brettingham Sowerby

London: Lovell Reeve, 1857 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 20 hand coloured plates by George Brettingham Sowerby. One of the last volumes to be published in Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series, aimed at providing a good grounding for children and young people in a variety of natural science subjects. This copy has been rebacked and has new endpapers so it is sound and tight. The original spine has been relaid and the corners reinforced. The spine is faded but the binding is otherwise bright and clean. Contents are complete and clean. There is some brown toning to page edges particularly at the top and some spotting which affects around 3 of the plates. Publisher's catalogue at the rear. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$125.91

The Natural History of Birds, from the works of the best authors, antient and modern: embellished with numerous plates Accurately Coloured from Nature
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The Natural History of Birds, from the works of the best authors, antient and modern: embellished with numerous plates Accurately Coloured from Nature

Bungay: Printed and published by Brightly & Childs. Published also by T Kinnersley, 1815 A fair to good 2 volume set in new quarter cloth and marbled board bindings with 151 of 152 hand-coloured plates. As is usual with the Bungay publications, the paper quality is poor, tending to attract dirt and staining. The plate collation is always haphazard. An interesting work however and scarce. The bindings are in fine condition with leather title labels to spines. Contents: Vol I: title; contents list, plate directions and introduction xxxv; text pp 1-586 with 70 of 71 plates. The plate of the American Redstart is lacking. Vol II: title; text pp 1-700 with 81 plates. There is a lot of offsetting from plates to text and staining/grubby marking. There is some professional paper repair including to p25 in Vol II where there is some text loss at the bottom corner. Please ask for additional images if you would like to further assess condition.

$516.91

Erd- und Susswasser Gasteropoden der Schweiz. Mit zugabe einiger merkwurdigen exotischen arten [plate volume only]
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Erd- und Susswasser Gasteropoden der Schweiz. Mit zugabe einiger merkwurdigen exotischen arten [plate volume only]

By J D W Hartmann

St Gallen: Verlag von Scheitlin und Zollikofer, 1844 Plate volume only from this extremely scarce work by Johann Daniel Wilhelm Hartmann. With 84 plates of which 83 are hand coloured. Issued in parts between 1840 and 1844, it seems likely that the plates were issued separately. This volume in marbled paper covered card boards and cloth spine is made up purely of the plates with no title page. The plates are stapled in, but the gutters are wide, so this would not affect any rebinding. The plates issued in 1840 (nos I-XII) have roman numerals and the remainder are numbered with arabic numerals. The name of the work is written in ink on the front endpaper and 3 initial and 4 final blanks have been bound in. The plate paper is slightly toned and there is general light spotting and more toned areas throughout. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$662.70

Popular Physical Geology
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Popular Physical Geology

By J Beete Jukes

London : Reeve and Co, 1853 A good copy of this scarce work in the original decorative cloth binding with colour frontispiece and 19 further lithographed plates. Part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series which aimed to provide a good grounding for amateurs (mainly children and young people) in a number of natural history subjects. The binding has bright front board and a more faded spine. There is wear to board corners, spine joints and spine ends. There is a small bump to the bottom corner of the back board. Internally the original endpapers are present - slightly grubby and with some repair to joints. There is a signature to the front pastedown endpaper and a stamped name to the fep. Contents are complete and clean. The paper is very toned, particularly towards the edges and this affects both text pages and plates. There is a small repaired tear in the top gutter to p110 where the page was poorly opened. Some of the stitching is a little wobbly.

$106.03

Popular Geography of Plants; or, A Botanical Excursion Round the World
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Popular Geography of Plants; or, A Botanical Excursion Round the World

By E M C, Charles Daubeny (editor)

London: Lovell Reeve, 1855 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with colour frontispiece and 19 further colour plates. Part of the Popular Natural History series published by Lovell Reeve with the aim of producing sound introductory volumes to nature study for children, young people and amateurs. This one is authored by Maria Catlow although only her initials are given. She was the author of one of the very early volumes in the series - Popular British Entomology - which attracted a lot of criticism from experts at the time. Perhaps that accounts for the use of initials and the prominence given to the technical editor, Charles Daubeny. This copy has a bright front board and spine with light wear to corners (bottom corners with slight bump); light pulling to the spine, with small fray to the top; and small indentation to the bottom edge of the back board. There is some rubbing to the rear spine joint. The original yellow endpapers are present with some slight grubbiness to the front pastedown and pencil note of author to verso of fep. Contents are complete and clean, and the text is mostly unopened. Some of the stitching is a little wobbly and there is light toning to page edges.

$119.29

A popular history of British mosses, comprising a general account of their structure, fructification, arrangement and general distribution.
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A popular history of British mosses, comprising a general account of their structure, fructification, arrangement and general distribution.

By Robert M Stark

London: George Routledge & Co A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt decoration to the spine and blind stamped designs to the boards. Originally published as part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series as an introductory work for amateurs in the subject, principally children and young people. Undated but post 1865 when George Routledge and Sons took over the title. The binding is in near fine clean condition and the original yellow endpapers are present with a blind stamp to the fep. Contents are complete with colour frontispiece and 19 further colour plates bound at the rear. The frontispiece and title have some spotting to page edges and the tissue guard to the frontispiece is very spotty. Otherwise, the text is very bright and clean. Plates have spotting to edges and there is some spotting on the surface of plates XIII, XIV and XX.

$26.51

The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol XIV. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part IV. Natatores
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The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol XIV. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part IV. Natatores

By Sir William Jardine

Edinburgh: W H Lizars, 1843 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of the final volume in Jardine's Naturalist's Library in the original publisher's binding. This volume covers seagulls and ducks among others. With volume listing; black and white frontispiece portrait of Wilson; black and white vignette title page of seagulls; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Alexander Wilson; text with black and white illustrations; directions for the binder; and 31 hand coloured plates. A set of title pages for the entire series is also bound in. This was done in case subscribers wanted to rebind their sets using title pages with the same date - 1843. The binding is in very good condition with light sunning and a small mark to the spine and very light wear to boards. Corners and edges have light wear. The original green endpapers are present and are unmarked. The contents are clean with light toning to the text pages. The gather at p307 has slightly loose stitching. Plates are clean and bright; tissue guards have some offsetting and the occasional spot.

$172.30

A Popular History of Birds
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A Popular History of Birds

By Adam White

London: Lovell Reeve, 1855 A good copy of the extremely scarce 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 20 hand coloured plates. This volume is part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series and is in their standard binding, which for this volume has a gilt cockatoo to the front board. The series was designed to give young people an accurate introduction to nature and encourage them to study further. The binding is very bright with slightly chipping and pulling to the top and bottom of the spine. There is light corner wear. Internally there is a pasted note 'Given by Dr and Mrs A T Spoor' to the front endpaper. Contents: half title; frontispiece; title; dedication; preface; plate list; text with 19 further plates and index 347 pp. The book is very clean internally and some text is unopened. There is some marking to plate VI at the top and side edge and repair to the side edge of plate XVIII. Paper is lightly toned with occasional spotting, particularly to the back of plates.

$198.81

British Song Birds: A Practical Treatise on their Habits, Nidification, and Incubation; the mode of rearing young birds, and their treatment in sickness and in health
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British Song Birds: A Practical Treatise on their Habits, Nidification, and Incubation; the mode of rearing young birds, and their treatment in sickness and in health

By Joseph Nash

London : William Tegg, 1872 A good to very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with colour frontispiece and 7 further colour plates. All page edges gilted. The binding has light mottling to the edges of the boards and the spine is slightly faded. The spine ends have slight pulling and reinforcement has been added at some point. Original brown endpapers present. Contents are complete with 8 plates and illustrations in the text. The paper, including plate paper is toned and there are occasional small marks and spots. There is light spotting to the verso of the endpapers and the following page. Otherwise the contents are in very clean condition. A scarce work.

$92.78

Birds' Nests
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Birds' Nests

London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with black and white frontispiece, 22 hand coloured plates, 2 black and white plates and engravings in the text. No author given and undated, but probably 1850's. The binding has a gilt nest to the front board and gilt titles to spine. It has been rebacked with new endpapers and is sound and clean. There is light wear to the corners and some light small marks to the back board. Contents with frontispiece; title; contents and directions to binder; text 248 pp with 24 plates; and 4pp publisher's list to rear. Contents in very good clean condition. One plate has had the corner tip turned over and has a crease as a result. A scarce work.

$159.05

British Birds.
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British Birds.

London : The Religious Tract Society , 1846 A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with hand coloured frontispiece and 23 further hand coloured plates. Anonymous author. The binding has a gilt bird on a branch to the front board and gilt titles to spine. All edges gilted. The binding is bright and clean with light wear to corners. There is the beginning of a split at the front spine joint but the book is sound. Original yellow endpapers present. Contents with frontispiece and guard; title; contents and plate list; text 216pp with 23 guarded plates. Internally in very good clean condition with the occasional light mark or spot.

$59.64

An Essay towards a Natural History of Serpents: in two parts. I. The First exhibits a general View of Serpents, in their various Aspects.....II. The Second gives a View of most Serpents that are known...
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An Essay towards a Natural History of Serpents: in two parts. I. The First exhibits a general View of Serpents, in their various Aspects.....II. The Second gives a View of most Serpents that are known...

By Charles Owen

London: Printed for the author and sold by John Gray, 1742 A fair copy of the 1st edition in later half calf binding with 7 plates. A fascinating read today, being an account of a mixture of mythical and real animals - including descriptions of dragons. The binding is in good to very good condition with gilt titles and gilt ruled lines to spine and lightly marbled boards. There is some light scuffing and wear. There is an armorial bookplate to the front pastedown with the motto 'durum sed fortissimum' and the name 'Stones' to the top. The endpapers are also newer but the paper has been chosen to match the rest of the volume. Contents: title; dedication pp iii-v; to the reader pp vi-vii; directions to binder and errata 1p; list of subscribers ix-xxiii; text pt I pp 1-50; Pt II pp 51-166 with 7 plates; Part III pp 167-240; index 12 pp. With decorative head and tailpieces. Overall the text is very clean. The title has been relaid onto matching paper and has loss at all margins; the first page of the dedication has old repair to the bottom corner; and there is similar old repair in the gutter of plate VI. There are new small edge tear repairs to margins of pp 71,73, 85 and plate VII. There is a small area of loss to the bottom edge of p69 and a tiny hole in p 85. There is staining to some areas eg circa pp 135-9 (on text); 143-185 - side edges; bottom corner margin pp 215-20. The final index leaf is toned and fragile with a couple of small brown pencil marks. The plates have some toning and occasional marking. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$1093.46

The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from naure, with the Natual History of each species,...
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The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from naure, with the Natual History of each species,...

By W. Lewin [William Lewin]

London : J Johnson, 1795 A very good copy of this scarce title, with 46 superb hand coloured plates. William Lewin (1747-1795) intended this work to be the first volume of 'The Insects of Great Britain' series. However he died in 1795 with only this volume completed. This is the rare first issue which has the series title page and ends 'End of Volume I'. The second issue amends the title to the 'Papilios of Great Britain' making it stand-alone. This copy is a later half vellum binding with blind stamped decoration to the buckram boards. Page edges have light marbling and the endpapers are marbled. The binding is in very good condition. There is corner wear particularly to the bottom corners, which are bumped with leather loss. Contents: title pages in French and English; half title page 'The insects of Great Britain'; text in French and English with 46 hand coloured plates; index 3pp. There are 2 mispaginations: plate 6 with text is placed after plates 7 and 8; and plate 28 with text is placed after plate and text 23. The contents are very clean with bright strong colouring to plates. There is a smear to the paint around one butterfly on plate 9 and the odd light spot or mark elsewhere. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition.

$3777.39

The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology. Vol. X. Flycatchers
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The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology. Vol. X. Flycatchers

By William Swainson, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1838 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with 31 hand coloured plates and a hand coloured vignette title page. The binding is in its original state and is bright, clean and sound with some fading to the spine and light pulling at the spine ends with a little chip at the top. The bottom front corner has a light bump; the remaining corners have very light wear. The original green endpapers are present without marking. Contents: volume listing; half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Haller with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page with picture of Green Tody; 2 further title pages; advert; contents listing; Memoir of Baron Haller; text; and 31 hand coloured plates bound at the rear. Contents are in very good clean condition. Some text sections have light toning. Plate 1 lacks a tissue guard and there is slight loss to the top edge of plate 12. The plates are exceptionally well coloured.

$159.05

Catalogus Stirpium, &c. or, A Catalogue of Plants Naturally growing and commonly cultivated in divers Parts of England, More especially about Nottingham....
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Catalogus Stirpium, &c. or, A Catalogue of Plants Naturally growing and commonly cultivated in divers Parts of England, More especially about Nottingham....

By George Charles Deering

London : Printed for the author by G Ayscough, and sold by C Rivington, 1738 A fair copy in contemporary full leather binding. The binding is complete but with front board detached, back board beginning to split at spine, and spine lacking some surface leather. Contents, however, are in very good clean condition. An extremely scarce early local flora. The author was born in Germany and was a medical practitioner and botanist. He was resident in the UK from 1719-49, moving to Nottingham in 1736. This work, published in 1738, went through 2 impression in that year, the second issue having a canceled dedication. A separate occasional dedication was published and this is sometimes bound into the work. This copy has a single page dedication. Contents: title (with ownership details to top); blank verso; dedication with blank verso; To the Reader 14pp; abbreviated names 2pp; text 231pp; blank; english index 9pp; blank; alphabetical list of plants for every month in the year pp 1-6; plants omitted 1p; errata 2pp; blank; General Distribution of Plants according to Mr Ray's Synopsis pp 1-24; Finis.

$331.35

Outlines of British Fungology; containing characters of above a thousand species of fungi, and a complete list of all that have been described as natives of The British Isles
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Outlines of British Fungology; containing characters of above a thousand species of fungi, and a complete list of all that have been described as natives of The British Isles

By M J Berkeley

London : Lovell Reeve, 1860 A good copy of the 1st edition with one plain plate and 23 hand coloured plates of fungi. Regarded as a classic reference work on British fungi. In the original cloth binding with gilt titles to spine and gilt Lovell Reeve design to front board. The binding has been rebacked preserving most of the original spine and is sound and tight. There are some faded areas to the cloth. New endpapers. Contents: half title, frontispiece (with torn tissue-guard), title, dedication, preface, explanation of plates and addenda pp xvii; text pp 1-409; appendix 410; glossary pp 411-414; principal authors quoted pp 415-417; index to genera and species pp 423-424; 23 hand coloured plates with tissue guards; catalogue 16pp. Contents in very clean condition. The black and white frontispiece has some darkening around the edges, particularly in the bottom corner, and the title and preliminary pages to the addenda have a darker area in the bottom corner of the page. There is an occasional stain in the top gutter not affecting text. P 399 has a small repaired side margin tear. The tissue guards to the colour plates are darkened and stained, but the plates are bright and clean.

$106.03

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