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A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, with a view chiefly to objects of Natural History, but including also occasional remarks on the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries [bound with] List of Fishes Found in the Frith of Forth, and Rivers and Lakes near Edinburgh, with Remarks
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A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, with a view chiefly to objects of Natural History, but including also occasional remarks on the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries [bound with] List of Fishes Found in the Frith of Forth, and Rivers and Lakes near Edinburgh, with Remarks

By Patrick Neill

Edinburgh, London: A Constable and Company, and John Murray, 1806 A fair copy of Patrick Neill's description of his tour in Orkney and Shetland in contemporary half leather binding. Bound with a copy of his paper on Fishes, first read to the Wernerian Natural History Society in 1808, and inscribed 'With best compliments from PN'. Patrick Neill (1776-1851) was a printer who became particularly known for his 'interests' in botany and horticulture. He was a founding Member and first Secretary of the Wernerian Natural History Society. He visited Orkney and Shetland in 1804/5 and his account was initially published in parts through The Scots Magazine. He was appalled by the miserable conditions experienced by ordinary people on the islands and he started a lively debate on the issue. In the preface of the whole work, published 1806, he states 'it was almost impossible not to take some notice of the state of the inhabitants of the islands. The freedom of my remarks however, on the unfortunate condition of the common people in Shetland, has brought upon me the censure of some of the landholders, which they have, very unnecessarily vented in unmeaning scurrility through the medium of the newspapers and of Grub-street pamphlets......The mere republication of the whole tour will, to the Public in general, be sufficient for my vindication'. This copy is in contemporary half calf with gilt-lined raised bands, title label and date to spine. The boards are marbled. The binding has scuffing and wear and the front board is detached, but it would be an easy repair. The endpapers are newer and have the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian book collector to the front pastedown. Contents: initial blank; title (with small paper nibblle and part of old signature at the top); preface 4pp; contents 3pp; text pp 1-113; appendices - answers to strictures, mineralogy, additional orkney plants, birds of orkney, agricultural society of orkney, timber, herrings, whales; postscript; finis p239. List of Fishes pp 1-30. Contents generally in very good clean condition with some pencil lining and notes and the odd spot or mark.

$372.49

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 good 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; 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 has been rebacked, providing a new spine with a title label. The binding is very clean and tight and the original endpapers have been repaired and retained. There is a signature to the half title. The 2 letterpress title pages are unopened. Contents are generally clean with good colouring to the plates. There is some brown marking to the top margins, particularly noticeable at pp 47-51, and the tissue guards to plates 1, 6 and 16 are grubby. There is some general browning to page edges and occasional light spotting.

$121.91

A Popular History of British Zoophytes, or Corallines
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A Popular History of British Zoophytes, or Corallines

By D Landsborough (Rev)

London: Reeve and Co., 1852 A good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with 20 hand coloured plates. This book is part of Lovell Reeve's Popular History series designed for young people. All the books measure around 13 x 16.6cm and came in a gilt decorative cloth binding or could be bound to taste. They had particularly well produced colour plates, although the quality of the writing varied. This copy is in its original binding which is bright and clean. There is a small pin prick of cloth loss to the side of the spine and slight pulling. Internally the front endpaper joint is taped with archival repair tape and the rear endpaper joint has had repair. There are some pencil markings to both sets of endpapers and a little grubbiness. Contents with tissue-guarded hand coloured frontispiece and 19 further plates. Plates and text are generally very clean and in very good condition. There is some light toning towards text page edges, and occasional spotting - this affects the frontispiece and some text pages. The stitching is visible between pp 128/9 but the book is sound. Some text pages are unopened.

$67.73

The Natural History of Fishes, particularly their structure and economical uses. The Naturalist's Library, Ichthyology Vol. II.
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The Natural History of Fishes, particularly their structure and economical uses. The Naturalist's Library, Ichthyology Vol. II.

By J S Bushnan, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1840 A good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary half leather binding, with 32 hand coloured plates. Contents: half title, engraved black and white frontispiece portrait of Salvianus; vignette title page with black and white illustration of seabirds and a sea monster; 2 further title pages; advertisement; contents listing; Memoir of Hippolito Salviani; text including numerous black and white illustrations; 32 hand coloured plates bound at the rear (numbered to 31, but with 2 versions of plate 27). The binding is in good clean condition: the black leather spine has gilt lined raised bands and compartments with blind stamped cross hatch design. Title labels are missing. The maroon cloth is clean with some fading at edges. There is some wear at the spine joints and the bottom corners are bumped. A little edge wear. Internally there is an armorial bookplate of Sidney Wentworth to the front pastedown, and the signature of A Shafto Barthropp to the fep. The text and plates are in very good clean condition with some offsetting to tissue guards. There is occasional light brown spotting visible at page edges, and particularly at the rear endpapers and final tissue guards - a couple of plates have a single pale spot towards the plate edge.

$108.36

Tenby: a sea-side holiday
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Tenby: a sea-side holiday

By Philip Henry Gosse

LONDON : John van Voorst, 1856 A good copy of this classic work on the natural history of the sea shore, in original green decorative cloth binding with 24 plates, of which 20 are partly coloured. Contains a detailed record of a summer holiday that Gosse spent in Tenby studying the shoreline and the wide variety of species that he found. The binding, with blind stamped decoration to both boards, is clean and bright, but with wear. There is pulling to the top and bottom of the spine, and some cloth wear at the front spine joint. The corners are bumped. The original endpapers are present , with slight damage at the front endpaper joint. There is an ink signature to the top of the half title page. With frontispiece (image partly showing through to the back of the paper); tissue guard; title page; preface; contents; plate list; text and index 400pp; advert for Marine Natural HIstory Class; advert for forthcoming publication of Sea Anemones; 4 further pages of adverts. Contents very clean. Small ink note to bottom margin of p 258.

$169.31

The Natural History of British Shells including figures and descriptions of All the Species Hitherto discovered in Great Britain Systematically Arranged in the Linnean Manner with scientific and general observations on each. Vols I-V
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The Natural History of British Shells including figures and descriptions of All the Species Hitherto discovered in Great Britain Systematically Arranged in the Linnean Manner with scientific and general observations on each. Vols I-V

By Edward Donovan

London : Rivington and Co, 1799 A fair copy of Edward Donovan's work on British Shells, in contemporary half morocco bindings with 180 hand coloured plates. Donovan is justly famed for his accurately observed and delicate illustrations of wildlife - mainly birds, insects, fish and shells. He took advantage of the large numbers of specimens being brought back to museums and private collections from voyages and expeditions. British Shells was issued in parts between 1799 and 1803 and subscribers would have been able to bind their copies as they chose. Donovan's works had limited distribution because of their expense, and have become scarcer as many sets have been broken up for their plates. This set is half morocco, with gilt lines to the spine and gilt titles, volume numbers and dates, and has marbled boards. The page edges have been minimally trimmed. The bindings are worn but sound - so the morocco is losing its surface on the spine joints and corners and there is general edge wear. The volumes have spent some time in the library of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and each volume has a stamp to the title page, some library numbers to the verso (except Vol I, which has another library stamp), and a stamp to a blank area of a text page later in the book. All the volumes have spotty and browned endpapers and blanks, and the quality of the text page paper varies considerably. Some is brown-toned, and some sections have brown toning to the margins, but not the text area. There are no tissue-guards, so there is some offsetting from strongly coloured plates. The plate paper is largely free of foxing, and varies from white to toned. There is the odd ?ink mark and spot, and occasional light browning at the top page edge probably from soot. Vol I: title page 1799; introduction 3pp; 36 hand coloured plates with text descriptions; index 10pp. Vol II: title page 1800; 36 hand coloured plates with text descriptions; 10pp index. Vol III: title page 1801; 36 hand coloured plates with text descriptions; 8pp index. Vol IV: title page 1802; 36 hand coloured plates with text descriptions; 8pp index. Vol V: title page 1803; 36 hand coloured plates with text descriptions; 7pp index; 1 pp advert for Donovan's works. Vol V has 2 plates which are foxed, and a waterstain affecting the top of the text pages accompanying plates CXLV and CXLVI. Please ask for more images if you would like to further assess condition.

$1760.85

Popular British Conchology
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Popular British Conchology

By George Brettingham Sowerby

London : Lovell Reeve, 1854 A good copy with 20 hand coloured illustrations drawn by Sowerby and printed by Vincent Brooks. In the original decorative cloth binding with a gilt mollusk on the front board. This book forms part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series, designed for young people with aim of giving them an insight into the natural world. The decorative cloth bindings are very distinctive as is the good quality of the illustrations - with many of the volumes having hand coloured plates. This copy has been expertly rebacked to preserve the original spine and endpapers. It is therefore sound and tight. The front board has a couple of small indentations to the edges and a bumped top corner. The spine is dulled. The endpapers have slight marking. Contents: publisher's catalogue; half title; frontispiece; title page; preface; list of plates; text with 19 further plates; index. The paper has brown toning, particularly to edges and there is slight folding evident to the top page corners at the beginning of the book (probably related to the corner bumping). An early owner has written 'Chapter 18' above the chapter heading with roman numerals. Plate 1 has a professional repaired paper tear and page 232 has some red offsetting from the red on the shell on the following plate page. Overall a good sound copy of a scarce work.

$108.36

The Linnaean System of Conchology, describing The Orders, Genera, and Species of Shells, arranged into divisions and families: with a view to facilitate The Student's attainment of the Science
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The Linnaean System of Conchology, describing The Orders, Genera, and Species of Shells, arranged into divisions and families: with a view to facilitate The Student's attainment of the Science

By John Mawe

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823 A very good copy of the 1st edition with hand coloured frontispiece and 36 further hand coloured plates. In newer quarter leather binding with marbled boards and gilt-lined raised bands to spine. The binding is in very good clean condition. With new endpapers and new initial and final blanks. Contents: frontispiece; title page; dedication; description of frontispiece; contents; Introduction; text interspersed with plates; glossary. Text and plates are in very good clean condition. There is the occasional mark including some brown spotting on pp xii and xiv, and occasional staining in the gutter (this looks to be caused by the paste from the original wraps). There is a handwritten note to p198.

$325.08

The Seas. Our knowledge of life in the Sea and how it is gained
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The Seas. Our knowledge of life in the Sea and how it is gained

By F S Russell & C M Yonge

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1947 A near fine copy of a later printing of the 2nd edition with good dustwrapper. With numerous illustrations. Part of the Wayside and Woodland Series. The wrapper has a large price clip, some edge nibbling and is slightly grubby on the spine. It is in a removable protective wrap. The green cloth binding has gilt and black titles and a gilt seahorse to the front board, and titles to the spine. It is in near fine condition. The contents, with decorative endpapers are in near fine condition. With publisher's adverts at the rear.

$27.09

A Popular History of British Crustacea; containing A Familiar Account of their Classification and Habits
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A Popular History of British Crustacea; containing A Familiar Account of their Classification and Habits

By Adam White

London : Lovell Reeve, 1857 A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with 20 hand coloured plates by G B Sowerby. This volume is part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series designed for young people and those starting out to study the natural world. The binding has gilt decoration and titles to the spine and a gilt crab design to the front board, with blind stamped decoration to both boards. Internally a list of Reeve's publications has been inserted before the front endpaper. With half title, frontispiece, title page, text with 19 further plates, and publisher's advert at the rear. The cloth binding has been rebacked, relaying the original spine, so it is sound and tight. The cloth has some fading particularly to the spine but is clean with a bright gilt crab. There is an armorial bookplate of James Cowan to the front pastedown which is a little grubby.The contents are in very good clean condition. The rear endpaper has a slight fold. Light toning to page edges. Size 13.5 x 16.8 cms.

$203.18

Actinologia Britannica. A History of the British Sea-Anemones and Corals
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Actinologia Britannica. A History of the British Sea-Anemones and Corals

By Philip Henry Gosse

LONDON : John Van Voorst, 1860 A very good copy of the 1st edition of what is considered to be one of Gosse's finest works. With colour-printed frontispiece, 10 further colour printed plates, and 1 plain plate engraved by Dickes from Gosse's drawings. In red full leather binding with marbled page edges and endpapers. The boards are very nice and bright with a little wear to corners. The spine with gilt compartments and title label has had some repair and has lost gilt outlining to the design, together with a little of the title label. There is some brown spotting to the reverse of the endpapers, preliminaries and end leaves. The text and plates are generally in very good condition with occasional spotting and slight brown toning towards page edges. P 152 has a very small loss from the bottom page margin, and it looks as though pp 151-156 have had the bottom page corner folded over at some point. 362pp including index.

$223.49

The Journal of the Linnean Society, Zoology, Vol XV
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The Journal of the Linnean Society, Zoology, Vol XV

By G J Allman; Jeffrey Bell; George Busk; Arthur Butler; Francis Day; P Martin Duncan; A D Michael; R B Watson; Edward Miers; J Lubbock

London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer; and Williams and Norgate, 1881 A good copy of Vol 15 of the Journal of the Proceedings, Zoology, with some papers on the Challenger Expedition by George Busk and Rev R B Watson; and papers citing new species from Madagascar, North Pole, Spain and Vera Cruz. With 29 plates, 2 of which are tinted. In half leather binding with marbled boards. Bound for the Geological Society with their name in gilt on the spine and their rules on the front pastedown. There are library stamps to the reverse of plates. The binding has wear to spine joints (which are fragile), the top and bottom of the spine and corners and some scuffing. The contents are in very good clean condition.

$24.38

Conchologia Iconica. Monograph of the Genus Patella
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Conchologia Iconica. Monograph of the Genus Patella

By Lovell Reeve

London : L REEVE & CO., 1855 A rare original copy of Lovell Reeve's Monograph on the Genus Patella, which formed part of Vol 8 of his 20 volume work: Conchologia Iconica. In very good condition with 42 hand coloured plates. In plain red cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The front page of the part wrapper has been bound in, slightly trimmed, as the title page. With half title page (with small section of verse); plates and accompanying text pages; and index with small errata note (2pp). The text pages are dated 1854-55, but they are not numbered. The binding is in very good clean condition with a little wear to edges and a very small mark to the back board. The contents are in very good bright condition. The plates are not tissue-guarded, so, where the shells are strongly coloured, there has been some offsetting to the next text page. There is a small repaired edge tear to the half title page. Pages have light brown toning towards the edges.

$677.25

Conchologia Iconica. A Monograph of the Genus Cancellaria
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Conchologia Iconica. A Monograph of the Genus Cancellaria

By Lovell Reeve

London : L REEVE & CO., 1856 A rare and very good copy of Lovell Reeve's Monograph on the Genus Cancellaria, with 18 hand coloured plates by George Brettingham Sowerby. Complete in itself, this Monograph is part of Vol 10 of Lovell Reeve's extensive 20 volume Conchologia Iconica. In strong plain cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The front cover to the original wrap has been bound in as the title page. There is a further half title with some verse. Each plate is bound with its relevant text page. None of the pages are numbered; they have a date at the bottom - covering 1855-1856. With single page index to the Genus at the rear. The side of the half title page has been repaired (not affecting text) but the remainder of the contents are in very good clean condition.

$406.35

Elements of Conchology: or, An Introduction to The Knowledge of Shells
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Elements of Conchology: or, An Introduction to The Knowledge of Shells

By Emanuel Mendes da Costa

London : Benjamin White, 1776 A very good copy of this scarce work, with 7 folding hand-coloured plates. Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791) was a very knowledgeable and respected 'amateur' with a focus on fossils. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1747. In his preface to this work he states that he did not see himself as a conchologist, but came to the study through his fossil work, where shells, sometimes in near perfect condition, were very frequent. He decided to study them in more detail: giving a series of public lectures on the subject which formed the substance of this work. This copy is in a recent near fine half leather binding with raised bands, gilt titles and blind tooling to spine; and marbled boards. The pastedowns are new - the front with the name of Dwight W Taylor stamped to the top. Contents include Preface pp i-viii; text pp 1-296; folding tables pp 297-8; Index pp 299-318; errata 1p; publisher's advert 1p; 7 folding hand coloured plates. The contents are in very good clean condition. There is a repair to the edge of the side margin of p 155 where the book was poorly opened. There are 2 old pencil annotations (pp 160 and 194) to the effect that the numbering of the figures is transposed. Pages 169 and 176 have a darkened line to the side margin not affecting text. A lovely copy of an extremely rare work.

$1083.60

The Sea-Side Book; being An Introduction to the Natural History of the British Coasts
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The Sea-Side Book; being An Introduction to the Natural History of the British Coasts

By W H Harvey, William Yarrell

London: John Van Voorst, 1854 A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt design to front board and gilt titles to spine. All page edges gilt. With vignette title page and numerous black and white illustrations in the text. 3rd edition with additional chapter on fish and fish diet by Yarrell. The binding is in good clean condition but with fading to spine and board edges. There is a little wear to edges and corners and some bumping. With original endpapers. Contents in very good clean condition. With publisher's catalogue at the rear. Small book - please enquire if you would like us to assess postage at cost.

$20.32

The Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to The Indian Ocean in 1905, under the leadership of Mr J Stanley Gardiner Vol VII. The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Ser. Zoology Vol XVIII
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The Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to The Indian Ocean in 1905, under the leadership of Mr J Stanley Gardiner Vol VII. The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Ser. Zoology Vol XVIII

By J Stanley Gardiner, A Dendy, Hugh Scott, C G Lamb, Hans Gebain, Florence E Jarvis, Dr Max Berhauer et al

London : The Cambridge University Press for the Linnean Society, and Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1922 A good copy of Vol VII of the Linnean Transaction papers devoted solely to the Percy Sladen expedition of 1905. Covers papers dated 1922-25. With 21 plates and 10 plates of photographs. Bound for the Royal Society of Edinburgh and with their crest in gilt on the spine. Half leather and marbled board binding with gilt compartments, label and volume and year in gilt. The binding has scuffing and edge wear and the spine joints are worn with some splitting at the front joint.The contents are in very good clean condition with just occasional marking (where present usually to top margin). The Royal Society has stamped the front pastedown, the bottom of the title page and the top of pages 1 and 165. Some of the earlier photograph plates are slightly taller than the binding and the bottom margins have been folded up. Please note that we have some further volumes of this expedition - please enquire if you are interested in more than one.

$67.73

The Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to The Indian Ocean in 1905, under the leadership of Mr J Stanley Gardiner Vol II. The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Ser. Zoology Vol XIII
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The Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to The Indian Ocean in 1905, under the leadership of Mr J Stanley Gardiner Vol II. The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Ser. Zoology Vol XIII

By J Stanley Gardiner, E R Sykes, R C Punnett, F A Potts, James Cosmo Melvill, Sir John Murray et al

London : Taylor and Francis for the Linnean Society, and Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1909 A very good copy of Vol II of the Linnean Transaction papers devoted solely to the Percy Sladen expedition of 1905. Covers papers dated 1909-10. With 22 plates (9 colour and 1 folding); 1 full page photograph, and 3 folding coloured maps. Bound for the Royal Society of Edinburgh and with their crest in gilt on the spine. Half leather and marbled board binding with gilt compartments, label and volume and year in gilt. The binding has some edge wear but is clean and sound. The contents are in very good clean condition with just occasional spotting or marking (where present usually to top margin). Two of the folding maps have a very small repaired paper tear to a margin. The Royal Society has stamped the front pastedown. Please note that we have some further volumes of this expedition - please enquire if you are interested in more than one.

$74.50

The Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to The Indian Ocean in 1905, under the leadership of Mr J Stanley Gardiner Vol VI. The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Ser. Zoology Vol XVII
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The Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to The Indian Ocean in 1905, under the leadership of Mr J Stanley Gardiner Vol VI. The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Ser. Zoology Vol XVII

By J Stanley Gardiner, Dr Gunther Enderlein, G Matthai, A Dendy, A Grouvelle, Edward T Browne, L A Borradaille, Hugh Scott et al

London : The Cambridge University Press for the Linnean Society, and Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1915 A good copy of Vol VI of the Linnean Transaction papers devoted solely to the Percy Sladen expedition of 1905. Covers papers dated 1914-21. With 34 plates and 32 plates of photographs. Bound for the Royal Society of Edinburgh and with their crest in gilt on the spine. Half leather and marbled board binding with gilt compartments, label and volume and year in gilt. The binding has scuffing and edge wear and the spine joints are worn.The contents are in very good clean condition with just occasional spotting or marking (where present usually to top margin). The Royal Society has stamped the front pastedown, the bottom of the title page and the top of p413. Please note that we have some further volumes of this expedition - please enquire if you are interested in more than one.

$67.73

Report on the Podophthalmous Crustacea of the Mergui Archipelago, collected for the Trustees of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, by Dr John Anderson, F R S, Superintendent of the Museum, Parts I-V, Journal of the Linnean Society, Zoology, Vol 22
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Report on the Podophthalmous Crustacea of the Mergui Archipelago, collected for the Trustees of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, by Dr John Anderson, F R S, Superintendent of the Museum, Parts I-V, Journal of the Linnean Society, Zoology, Vol 22

By J G Man

London: Longmans, Green, and Co., and Williams and Norgate, 1888 A good copy of Vol 22 of the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society, Zoology, containing all 5 parts of this work by J G Man. With 19 plates as called for. In half leather binding with marbled boards - bound for the Geological Society - with their name in gilt on the spine, and their regulations on the front pastedown. The binding has wear to edges, corners, and spine joints and some scuffing. Internally, there are some library stamps - on the back of plates (not the front) and on the title page. The contents are in good clean condition - there is a little marking to the side margin around p 293, but this does not affect text. Pages have light brown toning to edges.

$27.09

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