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Considerations on the Fisheries in the Scotch Islands: to which is prefixed A General Account elucidating the History, Soil, Productions, Curiousities, &c of the same, the Manners of the Inhabitants, &c
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Considerations on the Fisheries in the Scotch Islands: to which is prefixed A General Account elucidating the History, Soil, Productions, Curiousities, &c of the same, the Manners of the Inhabitants, &c

By James Fea

London : Printed for the Author at the Dove, 1787 A good copy of an extremely scarce work in contemporary half leather binding with folding map of Orkney and Shetland. The binding has been rebacked supplying a new spine with gilt titles and blind ruled compartments. The boards have the original leather and are marbled. The binding is in very good condition with general wear to edges and corners. The original endpapers look to be retained. Contents: initial blank, title, introduction pp vii; fold out map; text pp 1-101; half title - considerations on the fisheries; text pp 3-88 finis; list of subscribers 6pp; final blank. A piece has been cut from the top edge of the title and the first page of the introduction - which also has an inscription: Francis Taylor's book 1834. The title has also lost the corner tip. The map has loss to the left margin, but this does not affect the Orkney and Shetland Isles, and some edge tears to the bottom folds. It has been reinforced. There is a mispagination - 42-47, 48 etc - there is no loss of text. The contents are clean - there are occasional signs of old stitch holes in the gutter.

$451.89

The British Museum; or elegant repository of Natural History Vol III Fishes & Insects
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The British Museum; or elegant repository of Natural History Vol III Fishes & Insects

By William Holloway

London : J Johnson , 1806 A very good copy of Vol III of this scarce work by William Holloway, in full leather binding with contemporary blind stamped boards and newer spine. The British Museum .. was issued in 4 volumes and this volume is complete in itself, and covers fish and insects. It contains a colour frontispiece and 22 further hand coloured plates of fish, and 10 hand coloured plates of insects. It lacks the engraved title page and, according to the copy held by Harvard University, lacks the plate of a swallow tail. We have not been able to find consistent collations of this work. The binding is in very good clean condition with light wear and scuffing to the boards. There is an armorial bookplate with the name Haughton and the motto 'maigre le fort' to the front pastedown. There is the signature of James Haughton dated 1810 to the title, together with a part signature - Heard - dated 1884. Contents: frontispiece, title, contents list pp vi; fish - text 1-143 with 22 plates; insects pp 145-216 (the end) with 10 plates. The contents generally clean with well coloured plates. There is occasional light marking - most obvious at pp 39-41.

$193.67

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.

$355.05

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.

$116.20

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.

$103.29

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.

$161.39

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.

$1678.43

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.

$103.29

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.

$309.86

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.

$193.67

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.

$213.03

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.

$645.55

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.

$387.33

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.

$19.37

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.

$25.82

The Journal of the Linnean Society, Zoology,Vol XXI [Mergui Archipelago papers]
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The Journal of the Linnean Society, Zoology,Vol XXI [Mergui Archipelago papers]

By Anderson, Bates, Bell, Beddard, Carpenter, Duncan, Hincks et al

London: Longmans, Green, and Co., and Williams and Norgate, 1889 A good copy of Vol 21 of the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society, Zoology, containing a set of papers on the zoology of the Mergui Archipelago. With 28 plates - of which 6 are coloured and 5 are folding/double size. 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). The contents are in very good clean condition - with some light brown toning to page edges.

$25.82

An Introduction to the Study of Conchology: including Observations on the Linnaean Genera and on the arrangement of M Lamarckk; a Glossary, and a Table of English Names
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An Introduction to the Study of Conchology: including Observations on the Linnaean Genera and on the arrangement of M Lamarckk; a Glossary, and a Table of English Names

By Samuel Brookes

LONDON : John and Arthur Arch, 1815 A good copy of the 1st edition of this extremely rare work, with 11 plates, 9 of which are hand coloured. Brookes set out to write for those who wanted to understand Conchology, but who might not have a grounding in natural history. He took care to use english rather than latin names where possible, and to give readers a clear framework for their study. This copy is in a later speckled calf binding with gilt lining and blind stamped decoration to the board edges. The spine has raised bands with gilt lining and gilt stamped decoration. There is a leather title. It is in near fine condition. Page edges are marbled. There is an inked owners name to a preliminary - J Reid Moir. 3rd November 1919 - possibly the Reid Moir who authored 'Antiquity of Man in East Anglia'. The title page has browning and some spotting and an ink mark. The text pages vary between very clean and bright (the majority) to occasional foxing and spotting, to quite heavy foxing in the margins (a section p 71- circa p 90 - affecting margin but not text itself). The plate paper is slightly brown toned but the plates are generally clean and the hand colouring is beautifully done. Each plate has a protective guard.

$903.77

The Subterranean Crustacea of New Zealand; with some general remarks on the fauna of caves and wells. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. 2nd ser. Vol VI Pt 2. Zoology
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The Subterranean Crustacea of New Zealand; with some general remarks on the fauna of caves and wells. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. 2nd ser. Vol VI Pt 2. Zoology

By Charles Chilton

London : Taylor and Francis for the Linnean Society, and Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1894 A good copy of Part 2 of Vol 6 of the second series of Transactions of the Linnean Society, Zoology, in the original paper wrap with 8 b/w plates. This part only contains Chilton's work on New Zealand crustacea. The wrap has lost its back; the front section is a little frayed and grubby; spine frayed. Contents very clean and bright with some pages unopened. Pages 163-284 of the Transactions.

$23.24

The Natural History of British Fishes, Vols I & II, The Naturalist's Library, Ichthyology Vols IV and VI
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The Natural History of British Fishes, Vols I & II, The Naturalist's Library, Ichthyology Vols IV and VI

By Robert Hamilton; Sir William Jardine [editor]

Edinburgh: W H Lizars , 1842 A good copy of the 1st edition of VolsI & II of the Natural History of British Fishes in the original publisher's brown cloth binding with 68 hand coloured plates. Part of Jardine's Naturalist's Library but complete in themselves. Both volumes have been rebacked: relaying the original spines with gilt titles, and retaining the original green endpapers. Both bindings are clean, tight and sound with slight fading to board edges. Vol I, 1842, with volume listing; black and white frontispiece portrait of Rondelius; vignette title page; 2 further title pages; advertisement; contents listing; Memoir of Rondelet; text and 34 plates bound at the rear. 313pp. The text pages are largely unopened. There is some brown spotting to text and some pages are brown toned. The plates are brightly and well coloured. There is some toning to plate page edges and the tissue guards have offsetting and spotting. Vol II, 1843, with black and white frontispiece portrait of Humboldt; vignette title page; 2 further title pages; advertisement; contents listing; Memoir of Humboldt; text; and 34 hand coloured plates at the rear. 424pp. The endpapers have a little marking in addition to their repair. The frontispiece and title page have browning. The text has brown spotting - prevalent on some pages, absent from others. The plates are clean and bright. They do not have tissue guards.

$348.60

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 2 volume set of the first edition in original publisher's cloth binding in good condition. Volume I has: volume listing; 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; and 31 plates bound at the rear, of which 29 are hand coloured. It has 263 pages in all. 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 plate 25 and 2 plate 30's. Plate 11 is double size. The book has had a cloth case repair to relay the spine, so is sound and tight. The gilt lettering to the spine is bright. With the original green endpapers repaired. Ink signature to the fep. Text pages have occasional brown marking to edges; plates very clean - plate paper has some light brown toning, particularly to edges. Volume II is dated 1843 and has: volume listing (where a previous owner has added later volumes in pencil); 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; 214 pages of text; Prospectus for Illustrations of Indian Ornithology; and 30 hand coloured plates. The original binding has bright lettering on the spine. It has had a cloth case repair to relay the spine so is sound and tight. The original endpapers have been repaired. Text pages are largely unopened and have somel brown spotting, particularly to margins. Plates are bright and clean. There is offsetting from plates to tissue guards. A nice set.

$271.13

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