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De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae
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De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae

By Johannes Goedartius, M Lister

London: S Smith, 1685 A very good copy of Goedart's work on insect metamorphosis, edited by M Lister, who added an appendix. First edition in this form. Johannes Goedart set up, observed and documented a series of experiments which demonstrated that caterpillars, pupae and butterflies were not different animals, but forms of the same animal. His works were first available in translated form in 1662/7. M Lister edited Goedart's work for the Royal Society and added an appendix on marine life. This copy has been rebound with cloth spine with title label, and marbled boards. The binding is in fine condition. New endpapers. Contents: title page 1685; lectori 5pp; 1 plate; text pp 1-356 with 13 plates; title page Appendices.. 1685; introduction 2pp; text pp 1-45 with 7 plates; finis. Overall in very good clean condition. There is a small ink mark to the top of p51; small paper flaw p80; slight crease to the top of plate @p134; plate @p206 has been bound in upside down; small tear to bottom margin p243.

$1166.96

British Moths and their Transformations
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British Moths and their Transformations

By H N Humphreys and J O Westwood

London: Wm S Orr & Co.,, 1849 A good copy of the 2nd Edition in 2 volumes, in contemporary half leather bindings with 124 hand coloured plates by H Noel Humphreys. The bindings are half morocco leather with marbled boards. The spines have raised bands with gilt compartments and gilt titles. All page edges gilt. The bindings are sound, but with a lot of scuffing, particularly to the marbling, and wear - most obvious to the corners. Vol I has an armorial bookplate to the front pastedown with the initials GTL and a bookplate of Sir Arthur Clay to the fep. There is a small round stamp of Hendon Public Libraries to the title pages of both volumes and both have a library marking to the verso of the title. Both volumes are complete: Vol I: title page; plate list; preface; text with errata and corrigenda, index and alphabetical list 258pp with 56 plates. Vol II: title page; plate list; text with addenda and corrigenda and alphabetical list 268pp with 68 plates. Hendon Libraries have been relatively modest in their stamping: each plate has a small (1 cm) stamp to the back, and there is a round stamp in the bottom margin of every 50th text page and at the end. Contents are generally clean with the odd mark or spot and the plates are in very good condition overall. The odd page corner has been turned over at some point. Vol I has splitting at the front endpaper joint, but the book is currently sound, and the initial pages have slightly crinkled side edges. There are a couple of scuffed areas to the text pp (at 137 and 171) with the loss of a couple of letters. There is a small repaired margin tear at p133. Vol II has a brown ink mark extending from the top page edge into the first text para at p 143.

$758.52

The Common Moths of England
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The Common Moths of England

By J G Wood

London: George Routledge and Sons A very good early copy in the original decorative cloth binding with colour printed frontispiece and 11 further colour plates. Undated, but probably 1870's. The binding has beveled edges and a gilt design with 3 moths to the front board, and gilt design and titles to the spine. It has been rebacked with new endpapers so is sound and tight. The spine is a little faded and there is some general edge and corner wear. Contents: frontispiece with tissue-guard; title page; preliminaries and text 180pp with 11 plates and black and white illustrations. Index 6pp plus page detailing the plates. Internally very clean with bright plates. Some plates without tissue-guards; remaining guards usually loose.

$51.05

British Butterflies: Figures and Descriptions of Every Native Species
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British Butterflies: Figures and Descriptions of Every Native Species

By W S Coleman

London: Routledge, Warne & Routledge, 1860 A good copy of the 1st edition with 16 full page plates, of which 14 are colour printed by Edmund Evans. In contemporary half morocco binding with cobbled cloth boards. With gilt compartments and titles to spine. The binding is sound with general wear to the top and bottom of the spine, edges and corners. Cloth boards with slight colour variations. Contents generally clean with the occasional light mark or spot. There are some small edge tears and slight loss to the side of p170 (plate descriptions - no loss of text). There is some damage/repair to text pp 95/97 and a small ident in plate VIII (see plate image).

$35.01

Entomologica Edinensis or a description and history of the insects found in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh. Coleoptera
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Entomologica Edinensis or a description and history of the insects found in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh. Coleoptera

By James Wilson and James Duncan

London: William Blackwood, 1834 A good copy of this extremely scarce work. In the original plain cloth binding with paper labels to spine. The binding is sound but with wear at the spine and general discolouration and some cloth bubbling. Light indentation to sides of boards ? from being bound in string bundle. Internally has title page with blind stamp of University of Aberdeen Natural History Dept; 2 plain plates; errata and text including Addenda, Notes and Index 351pp. Probably lacking half title. The endpapers are very spotty and the text pages have light toning - more so at the beginning of the work. However, some text is unopened and it is in very clean condition.

$72.94

Typical Flies. A Photographic Atlas of Diptera including Aphaniptera. Series I, II & III
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Typical Flies. A Photographic Atlas of Diptera including Aphaniptera. Series I, II & III

By E K Pearce

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1928 A complete 3 volume set in dustwrappers with numerous photographs. Series I: 2nd edition 1928, 47 pp including photos, with 2 errata slips. Contents near fine; wrapper fragile particularly around the spine where there is a loss and repair; card binding with cloth spine VG. Series II: 1st 1921, 38pp with errata slip; contents VG - spotty rear endpapers; has 2 wrappers, one inside the other; binding VG some edge wear. Series III: 1st 1928, 64pp including index, with 2 errata slips; contents VG; 2 wrappers - one inside the other - one with considerable wear; binding G to VG - some darkening towards the top edges. A very good set.

$65.64

Bees, Wasps, Ants and Allied Insects of the British Isles
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Bees, Wasps, Ants and Allied Insects of the British Isles

By Edward Step

London and New York : Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1946 A near fine copy in near fine dustwrapper. Part of the Wayside and Woodland Series. The wrapper is not price clipped - and is bright and clean. It is in a removeable protective wrap. The decorative cloth binding has a gilt bee and gilt and black titles to the front board, and gilt titles to the spine. There is very slight fading to the top of the front board. The contents, including decorative endpapers are in near fine clean condtion. There are some light pencil impressions to the top of the fep.

$58.35

The Dragonflies of the British Isles
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The Dragonflies of the British Isles

By Cynthia Longfield

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1949 A near fine copy of the 2nd and enlarged edition in very good wrapper. The original green decorative cloth binding with a gilt dragonfly and titles to the front board. Decorative endpapers. Part of the Wayside and Woodland series. First published in 1937, the new edition included new colour plates, additional drawings, and a description of a new species of damsel fly. The author also took the opportunity to correct some mistakes. The wrapper is price-clipped with slight edge nibbles and slight fading to the spine. It is in a protective wrap. The binding is near fine being sound and clean. Contents in near fine clean condition.

$51.05

A Manual of British Coleoptera, or Beetles; containing a brief description of all the species of beetles...
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A Manual of British Coleoptera, or Beetles; containing a brief description of all the species of beetles...

By James Francis Stephens

London: Longman, Orme Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1839 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original green cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding is in good clean condition. It has bumped corners and the spine is pulled. There is a little bubbling to the cloth on the front board. Internally there is a stamped name twice on the front pastedown and handwritten ownership details to the fep. Contents in very good condition with 1 page list of works by Stephens at the rear.

$43.76

A Handbook of the Destructive Insects of Victoria, with notes on the methods to be adopted to check and extirpate them. Vols I-III
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A Handbook of the Destructive Insects of Victoria, with notes on the methods to be adopted to check and extirpate them. Vols I-III

By C French

Melbourne: Robt S Brain for Victorian Dept of Agriculture, 1904 A fair copy of Vols I, II and III of this series which ran to 5 volumes. Vol I: 1904 reprint, 14 colour plates, 3 black and white photos; 163pp - clean internally but with wear to binding and splitting at the front endpaper joint. Some scholarly annotation. Vol II: 1893, 22 colour plates, 11 pp of black and white illustrations, 222pp - sunned binding, which is very worn and there is splitting at the endpaper joints. Contents slightly loose, particularly initially at the bottom gather, and plate XXIV has a crumpled bottom corner. Contents otherwise clean with some scholarly annotation. Vol III: 1900, 29 colour plates (2 double size), 18 black and white plates, 229pp - binding worn and spotty, contents clean with scholarly annotations - some to plates.

$36.47

Humble Creatures. The Earthworm and The Common Housefly. In Eight Letters
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Humble Creatures. The Earthworm and The Common Housefly. In Eight Letters

By James Samuelson, J Braxton Hicks

London: John Van Voorst, 1858 A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt titles to spine and blind stamped decorative cloth to boards. The binding has light wear including some pulling to the spine. Internally there is a signature to the bottom of the front pastedown endpaper and a price impression to the top of the fep. With black and white frontispiece with tissue guard, title page, and text with a further 7 plates. 78 pp with 2 page publisher's list at the rear. There is a little marking where the tissue guard has been attached to the frontispiece; and a small mark on Plate V reflected on the opposing text page. Contents in very good clean condition, slightly shaken and with occasional roughness to the top page edge where the page has been opened.

$21.88

Illustrations of British Entomology; or, a Synopsis of Indigenous Insects; containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable
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Illustrations of British Entomology; or, a Synopsis of Indigenous Insects; containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable

By James Francis Stephens

London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1828 A very good copy of the full 11 volume set with supplement, bound in 9 volumes, with 94 (of 95) hand-coloured plates by Curtis and Westwood. The set has been bound in matching green morocco half leather bindings with marbled boards and endpapers. The spines have raised bands and gilt compartments and titles. All are sound and clean, with some degree of scuffing and wear, particularly Mandibulata VII which has a little staining to the front board. Mandibulata Vols I and II bound together. Vol I: tile page 1828 plus title page for Part 1 dated 1827; introduction; 186pp; plate list and errata; 9 plates. Vol II: 1829; 200 pp; plate list and errata; 6 plates. Mandibulata III: 1830; 374pp plate list and errata; 4 plates. Mandibulata IV: 1831; 413 pp; plate list and errata; 4 plates. Mandibulata V: 1832; 364 pp; Appendices and errata to Vols I-V - 365-440; index and plate list; 4 plates. Mandibulata VI: 1835; 240 pp; plate list and errata; 7 plates. Mandibulata VII and Supplement in one Vol. VII: 1835; 310 pp; plate list, advert for Manual of British Beetles, errata; 6 plates. Supplement: 1846; vi; 33 pp; 13 plates. Haustellata Vols I & II bound in one: Vol I: 1828; 151 pp; plate list; 12 plates. Vol II:1829; 202 pp; plate list and errata; 12 plates. Haustellata Vol III: 1829; 336 pp; plate list and errata; 8 plates. Haustellata Vol IV: 1834; 433 pp; postscript, plate list and errata; 9 plates. There is occasional spotting, particularly adjacent to the marbled endpapers, and usually in margins. There is a toned area to pp 266-7 of Mand. Vol III; and some ink marking on pp 276-7 of Mand. VII. The plates are clean with occasional light marking. The first part of Mandibulata was clearly bound later because the page edges are a little grubby. The plate numbers alternate to latin numerals. Vol VII of Mandibulata has an additional plate - plate XXXVII - which is missing from the Plate list and is instead listed in the Supplement. The Supplement lacks plate XLVII. This was Stephens' major work and despite occupying at least 20 years of his time, and considerable resources, was not completed. It is of interest that it contains the first printed reference to Charles Darwin, who sent Stephens some specimens, and was delighted to see his name in print. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images of this work.

$3500.88

Queen Rearing
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Queen Rearing

By L E Snelgrove

Bleadon, Somerset: Miss I Snelgrove, 1946 A fair copy of the 1st Edition in the original cloth binding with gilt titles and a bee to the front board. The binding is worn and bumped. Contents are clean and complete but the book was in the possession of the Bournemouth Reference Library who, at that time, were keen book-stampers. There is a large decorative library bookplate to the front pastedown and the original library card holder with card attached to the rear endpaper. There is slight roughening to the fep where a card may have been removed. There are stamps to the half title; rear of the title page; and at intervals in the top page margins. There are 2 correction slips taped in to the text at pages 124 and 158. Small margin tear to bottom of p19.

$17.50

The Natural History of British Butterflies
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The Natural History of British Butterflies

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine (editor)

Edinburgh : W H Lizars, 1835 A good to very good copy of British Butterflies, Vol III of Entomology from the Naturalist's Library edited by Sir William Jardine. With 34 plates of which 32 are hand coloured. In contemporary half leather binding with false decorative raised bands and blind tooled decoration to spine. The binding is sound and tight, but has lost its title and volume labels and has general wear to edges, joints and corners. The cloth is faded to edges and has light marking. Internally there is an armorial bookplate of Sidney Wentworth to the front pastedown endpaper and the signature of A Shofto Barthropp to the free endpaper. Contents with half title; frontispiece portrait of Werner; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages; advertisement; contents listing; Memoir of Werner; text with illustrations 246pp; 34 plates at the rear of which 32 are hand coloured. There is some spotting to the endpapers. Text bright, clean and in very good condition. Plates are tissue-guarded and clean and well-coloured. There are a couple of light spots on plate 20; some offsetting from the plates to the tissue guards; and plate 21 has a slight fold to the corner.

$160.46

The Natural History of British Moths, Sphinxes, & c.
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The Natural History of British Moths, Sphinxes, & c.

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine (editor)

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1836 A very good to near fine copy of the 1st edition of British Moths in original publisher's cloth binding. With listing of the Naturalist's Library; half title; black and white engraved frontispiece of Madame Merian; black and white vignette title page - showing 2 cherubs chasing butterflies; 2 further title pages; an advert; contents listing; Memoir of Maria Sibilla Merian; text with 30 hand coloured plates bound in; and a 4 page publisher's catalogue (for Simpkin Marshall) at the rear. The binding is very clean and bright. The spine is sunned to the usual brown, but the boards retain the original purple colour, which is extremely rare. Slight wear to corners and a little rippling to the top and bottom of the spine. Original green endpapers present. Text and plates are very clean and in very good condition. The tissue guards have occasional light spotting.

$175.04

The Genera of British Moths Vols I & II
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The Genera of British Moths Vols I & II

By H Noel Humphreys

London : Paul Jerrard and Son, 1860 A good copy of the 2 volume work in one, with original decorative cloth binding and 62 hand coloured plates. All page edges gilt. Undated but 1860 1st edition. The binding has beveled edges and has a bright gilt decorated front board and back board with blind stamped design. It has been rebacked to provide a new plain spine, which has a leather title label. There is some wear to corners but the binding is tight and sound. Internally the endpapers are new. Contents: frontispiece; title page to Vol I; preface; introduction; text pp 1-76 with 29 further colour plates; half title Vol II; text pp 77-196 with 32 colour plates; methods of preserving specimens pp 197-200; index 201-206. Plates are generally very bright and clean, but without tissue guards. Text pages have sporadic foxing and there has been damage to some page edges - presumably the book was disbound at some point. Title page to Vol I has repair to side edge and gutter and the frontispiece has gutter repair. Page 1 and 75 have some margin loss. Some pages have browning to the top edge.

$510.55

The Natural History of Bees. The Naturalist's Library. Entomology. Vol. VI.
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The Natural History of Bees. The Naturalist's Library. Entomology. Vol. VI.

By Sir William Jardine [editor]

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1840 A very good copy of the first edition in the original publisher's cloth binding. With black and white frontispiece portrait of Huber; hand coloured vignette title page showing bees; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert (which hints at authorship but does not give a name); text with black and white illustrations; and 30 plates bound at the rear - of which 19 are hand coloured. The binding has been expertly rebacked to retain the original spine and is therefore sound and tight. There is a lighter mark at the bottom of the front board and some lighter marking/mottling on the rear board. The original green endpapers have been retained with repair at the joint. There is a decorative bookplate of Francis Hemming, the noted entomologist, to the front pastedown. It has been pasted over the remnants of a previous plate. There is an ink note 'to W Newman' across the first title page. Contents generally very clean with light toning to paper throughout. There is browning to the page edges and occasional light browning to the outer plate margins.

$291.74

The Naturalist's Library, Entomology Vol. VII, Exotic Moths
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The Naturalist's Library, Entomology Vol. VII, Exotic Moths

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine (editor)

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1841 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Exotic Moths in the original publisher's cloth binding. With listing of the Naturalist's Library; black and white engraved frontispiece of Latreille; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages; an advert; contents listing; Memoir of Latreille; text; 2 black and white plates relating to Latreille; and 30 further plates of which 29 are hand coloured and one is double size. The binding has had an expert cloth case repair relaying the spine and is therefore sound and tight. There is a small identation to the edge of the front board, some lighter patches on the back board and the corners are lightly bumped. The original green endpapers are present with repair to joint area. There is the bookplate of Francis Hemming, a noted entomologist who specialised in the Lepidoptera, to the front pastedown endpaper. There has been expert paper repair to a couple of side margins and text page 73 has lost its top corner having been badly opened. Much of the later text is unopened. Contents clean - text pages have browning to top margins, plates generally clean and well coloured.

$320.91

Butterflies and Moths of the Wayside and Woodland
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Butterflies and Moths of the Wayside and Woodland

By W J Stokoe, Richard South

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1939 A near fine copy of the 1st edition in good wrapper. This work was designed to act as a field guide - taking key points from Richard South's three Wayside and Woodland publications: butterflies and moths - series I and II. There are some blank leaves at the end of the book for field notes and it is conveniently pocket-sized. The jacket has been price-clipped and has some edge nibbling - principally around the spine and the bottom edge at the front close to the spine, where there is loss. It has had repair and some reinforcement with archive repair tape. It is in a removable protective wrap. The blue cloth binding is very bright and clean with very slight pulling to the spine. Contents near fine clean condition.

$43.76

Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.
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Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.

By Thomas Moffet

Londini: Ex officina typographica Thom. Cotes, 1634 A fair copy of the first printing of Insectorum Theatrum, classed as 'fair' because the title page and final plate page are in facsimile. The title page is that of the 3rd issue with a single printer named, but the book itself is 1st issue with page numbering at p 48 corrected in manuscript. This work was the first book on entomology to be published in Britain, and, although credited largely to Thomas Moffet (1553-1604), began as part of Conrad Gesner's researches in the mid 1500's. Thomas Penny and Caspar Wolf continued the work after Gesner's death, and Moffet, who was a neighbour and friend of Penny's, rescued the manuscript after Penny's death. It was finally published after Moffet's death by Theodore Mayerne (cf Lisney - Bibliography of British Lepidoptera). This copy has contemporary boards, rebacked with a newer spine and title label. The binding is in very good clean condition: there is wear to the boards but the corners have been repaired. Newer endpapers have been provided and there is a bookplate of Paul Sokoloff, and a smaller plate of Basil Harley to the front pastedown. The facsmile title page is 3rd issue and has some staining. Contents: title page; dedication 10pp; index 1p; Preface 4pp; authorities 3pp finis; full page plate of beehive; text pp 1-175; blank; second book preface 1p; table 1p; text pp 179-326 Finis; 2 leaves of figures - 2nd leaf in facsimile. With decorative headpieces, tailpieces, initial capitals and engravings throughout. There are several pagination errors but the text is continuous: p 48 corrected by hand; 128-130; 149-134-151; 157-166-159; 169-174-171; 285-296. The contents have general brown toning and there is some old annotation. The paper is particularly fragile at the edges of early leaves, where there is some light staining, and there is a little paper repair to the preface, and to p 41 and 46. A scarce and important work.

$2042.18

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