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The Philosophy of Natural History. by Smellie, William - 1790, 1799

The Philosophy of Natural History.

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First editions. Volume I Printed for the Heirs of Charles Elliot; and C. Elliot and T. Kay, T. Cadell, and G. G. J. & J. Robinsons. Edinburgh. 1790. Volume II Printed for Bell and Bradfute et al. Edinburgh. 1799. Two volumes. Quarto. xiii, (1), 547pp; xii, 515pp. Later Quarter calf, marbled boards, spines in six compartments, with gilt rules and lettering. Tiny marginal corner loss I, xiii, light marginal stain to I, 544-7, II, 1-10. A handsome set.

William Smellie (1740-1795), Naturalist, Antiquary, Master Printer, Compiler of the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, founder of the Newtonian Society, member of the Scottish Enlightenment. As a master printer he printed works by David Hume, Adam Smith, William Robertson, Adam Fergusson, James Beattie, Joseph Black, James Hutton and his great friend, Robert Burns. ODNB.

ESTC: T306102, T106301. Freeman 3437.

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In Stirpes Aliquot Novas et Minus Cognitas Horti R. Academici. Praelectae D. II. Martii, A....
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"In Stirpes Aliquot Novas et Minus Cognitas Horti R. Academici. Praelectae D. II. Martii, A. MCCCLXXXII." In Commentationes Societatis Regia Scientiarum Gottingensis, vol. V.

by MURRAY, Johan Anders (1748-1791).

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Gottingen:: Ioan. Christ Dieterich, 1783., 1783. 4to. xii, [xvi], 102, 64, 136, 54 pp. Title page vignette, 1 chapter head vignette, tailpieces, 5 engraved folding botanical plates, 3 engraved mathematical plates (1 folding); moderate foxing, early ex-library rubber stamps on plates. Later quarter tan calf, boards, gilt spine, brown leather spine label, new endleaves. A fine copy. Murray's work is an attempt at Linnean classification of rare and unusual plants in the genera lysimachus, veronica, scabiosa, and celosia. Murray, a Swede, was one of Linnaeus' favorite students. He took his medical degree at the University of Gottingen and was appointed professor of medicine there and inspector of the university's botanical garden. He translated many of Linnaeus' works and his teaching powerfully influenced the succeeding generation of botanists. See: Blake, NLM, 317; BM (Nat. Hist.), III, p. 1382. This volume also contains contributions on botany, physics, mathematics and ancient inscriptions by: Johann… Read More
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A naturalists wanderings in the Eastern Archipelago. A narrative of travel and exploration from...

A naturalists wanderings in the Eastern Archipelago. A narrative of travel and exploration from 1878 to 1883

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Harper & Brothers. New York. 1885. 8vo. xix, (1), 536, 4pp adverts. Coloured frontispiece of Mrs Forbes Honey Eater with tissue guard, 14 plates, numerous text illustrations including 1 map, 3 coloured folding maps, I coloured map, 1 monochrome map. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and black, slight wear to head of spine. Uniformly toned, a tight crisp copy. Orientalia booksellers plate, New York to rep. A nice copy.
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Sarawak; its inhabitants and productions: being notes during a residence in that country with His...
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Sarawak; its inhabitants and productions: being notes during a residence in that country with His Excellency Mr Brooke

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First edition. First issue. Richard Bentley, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. London. 1848. Crown 8vo. xxiv, 416pp, 6pp manuscript index bound in. Engraved frontis., 6 further plates. Later rebacking using original red cloth embossed boards, bumped with shelf wear to extremities. Some foxing to plates, occasional spotting to text. Marginal tear 170. Last page chipped to upper corner. Occasional marginal pencil annotation, in the same hand as index.
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The Tiger in the House

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering and blind-stamped front board medallion, pictorial dust jacket. x, 367pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear; front endpaper rather age toned. A tight, quite nice fourth printing of this 1920 classic -- and bearing a huge, bold inked inscription and signature from the author on front flyleaf: "For Gordon North / because I liked / him -- / from / Carl Van Vechten / in New York / April 17, 1962." Front jacket panel touts: "This great treatise on Felis domestica describes the history, manners, and habits of the cat and explores his relation to folklore, music, painting, law, poetry, and fiction. It has long been considered the best book ever written about the cat." This Iowa-born writer (1880-1964) penned many novels in the teens and '20s such as the controversial "Nigger Heaven" (1926) before turning to photography, where he is known for portraits of the countless celebrities with whom he… Read More
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Zoological Philosophy:  An Exposition with Regard to the Natural History  of Animals

Zoological Philosophy: An Exposition with Regard to the Natural History of Animals

by Lamarck, J. B. ; Elliot, Hugh (translator)

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London: Macmillan and Company. Very Good with no dust jacket; Heel bumped, boards rubbed, newspaper . clipping about bacterial resistance to antibiotics laid in.. 1914. 1st English Language Edition. Hardcover. Translated and with an introduction by Hugh Elliot. Green ruled cloth. Titles stamped in gilt on spine. xci, 410 pp. + [2] pp. publisher’s ads. “Presentation copy” embossed on title page. “Sir F. Keeble, Hammels, Boars Hill, Oxford”, which indicates previous owner was Sir Frederick Keeble, the noted British botanist and professor. One of the most influential books in the history of evolutionary theory, this book was first published by Jean Baptiste Lamarck in Paris in 1809. It contravened Christian dogma about how plants and animals were divinely created in final fixed states and not transformed over time according to environmental factors. Lamarck also theorized that more complex forms of life derived from simpler ones. The 1809 first edition of this work is… Read More
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A naturalists wanderings in the Eastern Archipelago. A narrative of travel and exploration from...

A naturalists wanderings in the Eastern Archipelago. A narrative of travel and exploration from 1878 to 1883

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Sarawak; its inhabitants and productions: being notes during a residence in that country with His...
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Sarawak; its inhabitants and productions: being notes during a residence in that country with His Excellency Mr Brooke

by Low, Hugh

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First edition. First issue. Richard Bentley, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. London. 1848. Crown 8vo. xxiv, 416pp, 6pp manuscript index bound in. Engraved frontis., 6 further plates. Later rebacking using original red cloth embossed boards, bumped with shelf wear to extremities. Some foxing to plates, occasional spotting to text. Marginal tear 170. Last page chipped to upper corner. Occasional marginal pencil annotation, in the same hand as index.
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Low, Sir Hugh
(1824–1905), botanist and colonial administrator. "Low became closely associated with James Brooke, who was then establishing his regime in Sarawak. Low also travelled widely in north Borneo and acquired exceptional knowledge of the land and people, which he demonstrated in his book Sarawak: its Inhabitants and Productions." Low developed a twelve-acre garden with a choice selection of plants. He made the first documented climb of Mount Kinabalu, the… Read More
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Horning Into Africa (Signed)

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Privately Printed for W. S. Van Dyke by California Graphic Press, 1931. Hardcover. Very Good. 0x0x0. Collectible first edition, first printing of legendary American film director W. S. Van Dyke's journal written during the filming of Trader Horn in central Africa, a film, in turn, based on the book Trader Horn by celebrated ivory trader Alfred Aloysius "Trader" Horn. "First Printing" so stated on copyright page. Inscribed and signed by W. S. Van Dyke on front free endpaper thus: "To you Tyler - | and don't be too hard | on it! | W. S. Van Dyke | L. A. | 1-22-35." Signature unconditionally guaranteed to pass any COA examination. Bound in dark blue linen with gilt lettering to front and spine panels and gilt water buffalo to front panel. Includes 26 full-page photos of natives, big game animals and more, taken on location. 219 pp. Tight, unmarked copy with minimal shelf wear. An exceptionally presentable copy of an important African safari collectible.
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The Country Of The Dwarfs
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The Country Of The Dwarfs

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New York: Harper and Company, 1871. Hardcover. Orig. brown cloth decorated and lettered in gilt. Near fine. 314 pages. 19 x 13 cm. Twenty four full page black and white illustrations. Eight pages of adverts at rear. Chaillu explored the regions of West Africa in the neighborhood of the equator, gaining considerable knowledge of the delta of the Ogooué River and the estuary of the Gabon, and the first modern European outsider to confirm the existence of gorillas, and later the Pygmy people of central Africa. Interior contents very fresh and bright as is the front cover gilt decoration. Spine faded, slight rubbing to backstrip extremities.
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Essai sur la Geographie des Plantes
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Essai sur la Geographie des Plantes: Acompagne d'un Tableau Physique des Regions Equinoxiales

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México, Institut Panaméricain de Géographie et d'Histoire - Editorial Cultura, 1955Folio. 155 pp., 11hh., 1 tabla desplegable en color.Encuadernación en cartoncillo, portada a dos tintas, camisa completa. Facsimilar de la edición de 1805.Tratado sobre la vegetación autóctona de la zona ecuatorial, y sobre cómo las diversas variables geográficas influyen sobre su desarrollo. La obra fue originalmente publicada originalmente en 1805.Una obra que podría considerarse como el epítome de su visión global del mundo. Un capítulo final explora algunos elementos "geopoéticos" que brindan pistas esenciales sobre el éxito de Humboldt en unir los mundos del conocimiento científico y humanista.Ejemplar no. 473/510
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The Philosophy of Natural History

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Boston: William J. Reynolds. Nice full leather. Stereotype Edition. Few minor scuffs on leather, previous owner's names in pencil, slight foxing, Very Good. . Very Good. Hardcover. 1855.
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The Philosophy of Natural History: With an Introduction and Various Additions and Alterations Intended to Adapt it to the Present State of Knowledge By John Ware, M.D.

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The Philosophy of Natural History

by Smellie William 1740-1795

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The philosophy of natural history

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Boston : William J. Reynolds, 1845. Stereotype edition. Softcover. Poor copy in the original stiff-card wrappers; wear and tear as with age. Boards detached. Text remains in fine condition and without blemish. Physical description; viii, 344 pages ; 19 cm. Subjects; Zoology. Animal behavior. Behavior, Animal.
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THE PHILOSOPHY OF NATURAL HISTORY

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The Philosophy of Natural History (1791) the Philosophy of Natural History (1791)
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The Philosophy of Natural History

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The Philosophy of Natural History

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Philadelphia: Robert Campbell, 1791. Hardcover. Good. First American edition. Octavo. viii, [9]-490, [2]pp. Contemporary full sheep, red morocco spine label. Binding is worn, thus good only, interior text pages are very good, lacking the rear free endpaper. An early Philadelphia imprint, suitable for rebinding.
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Robert Campbell. Collectible - Acceptable. Philadelphia: Robert Campbell, 1791. 1st American edition. 8vo full leather hardcover. 490pp. Fair book. Boards edgeworn and heavily scuffed. Hinges cracked. Front endpage detached. Owner's name in ink on title page. (Natural History, Animal Behavior, Zoology) Inquire if you need further information.
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Cap'n Kid Goes To The South Pole

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The Polynesian Triangle

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Oregon; Or, a Short History of a Long Journey

Oregon; Or, a Short History of a Long Journey: Narrative of a Journey Across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River

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Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe

Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe

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New York: William Morrow and Company, inc., 1987. First Edition. Extensively illustrated with large and beautiful photographs. Square 4to, publisher’s original pictorial boards in the original decorated dustjacket. (30). A fine, bright copy. In clear, concise text and exceptional, full color photographs, noted science author Seymour Simon explains how different types of glaciers and icebergs are formed, how they move, and how they affect life on Earth. He also explores some of their mysteries: Can icebergs be used as a source of fresh water for dry lands? And will the ice ages return, covering the continents with glaciers as they did twenty thousand years ago?
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The Natural History of Selborne; With Observations on Various Parts of Nature; and The...

The Natural History of Selborne; With Observations on Various Parts of Nature; and The Naturalist's Calendar

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London: Henry G. Bohn, 1851. Leather Bound. Good. Half leather over cloth boards in good condition. Marbled endpapers. TEG. With 40 hand-colored engravings. Raised bands on the spine. A few words underlined pp. 115-116. Some foxing. Eight pages have a dark mark in the center of the page, but the text is still legible. A damp stain on the lower corner of many pages. With additions and Supplementary notes by William Jardine. Edited with further illustrations, a biographical sketch of the author and a complete index by Edward Jesse.
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Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica
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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Reprinted from the sixth London edition with all additions and corrections

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Curtis Botanical Magazine Plate 846: Ixia Erecta, v. Lutea, Yellow Upright Ixia

Curtis Botanical Magazine Plate 846: Ixia Erecta, v. Lutea, Yellow Upright Ixia

by Curtis, William

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London: T. Curtis, 1805. Very good +. This is a hand colored copper plate engraving. The print measures 5.5 x 9.25 inches, with a plate mark of 4.5 x 7.75. It is a beautiful decorative antique print expertly colored and beautifully composed. This particular plate has been trimmed at the rough edge. Curtis' work was the first study of British flora, and artists contributing to the opus included James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom and William Kilburn. "The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed, is an illustrated publication which began in 1787. The longest running botanical magazine, it is widely referred to by the subsequent name Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Each of the issues contains a description, in formal yet accessible language, and is renowned for featuring the work of two centuries of botanical illustrators. Many plants received their first publication on the pages, and the description given was enhanced by the keenly detailed illustrations. The first issue, in… Read More
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Curtis Botanical Magazine Plate 750: Moraea Papilonacea, Dwarf Moraea

Curtis Botanical Magazine Plate 750: Moraea Papilonacea, Dwarf Moraea

by Curtis, William

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Wilmington, Vermont, United States
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London: T. Curtis, 1804. Very good +. This is a hand colored copper plate engraving. The print measures 5.5 x 9.25 inches, with a plate mark of 4.5 x 7.75. It is a beautiful decorative antique print expertly colored and beautifully composed. This particular plate has been trimmed at the rough edge. Curtis' work was the first study of British flora, and artists contributing to the opus included James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom and William Kilburn. "The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed, is an illustrated publication which began in 1787. The longest running botanical magazine, it is widely referred to by the subsequent name Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Each of the issues contains a description, in formal yet accessible language, and is renowned for featuring the work of two centuries of botanical illustrators. Many plants received their first publication on the pages, and the description given was enhanced by the keenly detailed illustrations. The first issue, in… Read More
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$35.00