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Coloured Figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms Vols I-III with Supplement by James Sowerby

London : Printed by J Davis [Vols I & II] and B Wilks [Vol III] for the Author, 1798 A very good copy of the complete 3 volume 1st edition including later Supplement, with 440 hand coloured plates on 436 leaves. This work was James Sowerby's follo...

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British Entomology; being illustrations and descriptions of the Genera of Insects found in Great Britain and Ireland: containing coloured figures from nature of the most rare and beautiful species, and in many instances of the plants on which they are found. by John Curtis

London : Printed for the author, 1840 A very good complete set of the 1st edition, in 8 volumes with 770 hand coloured plates by John Curtis. This was Curtis' main publication and his preface to Vol I reflects the difficulties and the choices he made ...

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The Natural History of British Insects; explaining them in their several states, with the periods of their transformations, their food, oeconomy, &c. Together with the History of Such Minute Insects as require investigation by the Microscope. Vols I-XVI by Edward Donovan

London : Printed for the Author and for F. and C.Rivington, 1792 A good to very good complete set of 16 volumes in 8, with 576 plates of which 568 are hand coloured. In contemporary half morocco leather over what are likely to be the publisher's plain...

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The Historie of Great Britaine under the Conquests of ye Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their Originals, Manners, Habits, Warres, Coines, and Seales: with y Successions, Lives, Acts, and Issues of the English Monarchs from Julius Caesar to the most gracious Sovereign King James by John Speed

Popes-head alley, at y signe of y White Horse: Imprinted by William Hall and John Beale. Sold by John Sudbury and Georg Humble. , 1611 A good copy of the extremely rare 1st edition of Speed's comprehensive work. In full leather binding which has been...

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Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca: or a Compleat Collection of Voyages and Travels: Consisting of above Four Hundred of the most Authentick Writers; ....Vols I & II by John Harris

London : Thomas Bennet; John Nicholson; and Daniel Midwinter, 1705 A good copy of the 1st edition in recent full panelled calf bindings with 9 maps, 21 (of 22) plates, 2 frontispieces (one with loss) and 8 engravings in the text. John Harris (1633-1719) w...

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The Ornithology of Francis Willughby In Three Books. Wherein all the Birds Hitherto known being reduced into a Method suitable to their natures are accurately Described by Francis Willughby, John Ray

LONDON : A[ndrew]. C[lark]. for John Martyn, 1678 A very good copy in a high quality full leather binding. With title page in red and black ink; preface; text in 3 books with 2 plates of bird traps bound in, and 2 tables which serve as early identificatio...

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The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: consisting of the Inferno-Purgatorio- and Paradiso by Dante Alighieri, Rev. Henry Boyd [translator]

London : T Cadell Jun. and W Davies, 1802 A good to very good copy of the first translation into English of Dante's Divine Comedy. This copy retains the original marbled boards, with new calf spines and corners, so the bindings are clean, sound and ti...

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Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland, Together with the Adjacent Islands. by William Camden, Edmund Gibson

London : Mary Matthews, for Awnnsham Churchill , 1722 A very good copy of Camden's Britannia, revised by Edmund Gibson, and published in 2 volumes in contemporary full leather binding. Page edges pale yellow. With 51 maps (48 by Robert Morden and 3 by...

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Orcades Seu Rerum: Orcadensium Historiae Libri tres, Quorum primus, Praeter insularum ficum numerumque, Comitum, Procerum, incolarumq; origines, familias, gesta & vicissitudines..... by Thermodo Torffaeo [Thormodus Torfaeus]

Havniae: Literis Justini Hog, Universit, 1697 A very good copy of the 1st edition in recent full calf binding. Thormodus Torfaeus (1636-1719) was educated at the University in Copenhagen, and became Royal Antiquary of Iceland and Royal Historian of the Ki...

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The Arraignement and Conviction of Sr Walter Rawleigh, At the Kings Bench-Barre at Winchester on the 17. of November 1603 by Sir Thomas Overbury ['Coppied by Sir Tho: Overbvry']

At the Sun over against St Dunstan's Church in Fleetstreet: Printed by William Wilson, for Abel Roper, 1648 A fair copy of an extremely scarce work. Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) is best known for the scandal surrounding his death by poisoning in the To...

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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 t...

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

London : Richard Bentley, 1833 A very good copy of the 1st issue of the Richard Bentley Standard Novels Pride and Prejudice. This is the first issue as a single volume and the 4th edition overall. It retains the Standard Novels series half title page, be...

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Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, illustrated with above 600 copper plates. The History of Man and Quadrupeds ...[and] The History of Birds ..In Twenty Volumes by Count de Buffon, William Smellie [translator]

London : T Cadell and W Davies; R C and J Rivington; et al, 1812 A very good set of this 20 volume edition with black and white frontispiece, 2 folding maps, and 681 hand coloured plates. With an account of Buffon's life by William Wood. It is rare to...

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Scottish Cryptogamic Flora, or Coloured Figures and Descriptions of Cryptogamic Plants belonging chiefly to the Order Fungi; and Intended to Serve as a Continuation of English Botany by Robert Kaye Greville

Edinburgh and London: Maclachlan & Stewart; Bladwin, Cradock & Joy, 1823 A very good copy in 6 volumes dating from 1823-1828, with 360 hand coloured plates. Robert Kaye Greville, 1794-1866, had medical training but an assured income allowed him to...

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A New Dictionary of Natural History; or, Compleat Universal Display of Animated Nature with accurate representations of the most curious and beautiful animals, elegantly coloured by William Frederic Martyn

London : Harrison and Co , 1785 A rare and beautiful introduction to natural history. In 2 folio volumes with 99 (of 100) hand coloured plates by Moses Harris and others after his style. Martyn is a pseudonym for William Fordyce Mavor, who authored a wide...

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