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An Introduction to the Study of Conchology, describing the Orders, Genera and Species of Shells; their most prominent characteristics, and usual mode of classification. With Observations on the Nature and Properties of the Animals; and Directions for Collecting, Preserving, and Cleaning Shells
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An Introduction to the Study of Conchology, describing the Orders, Genera and Species of Shells; their most prominent characteristics, and usual mode of classification. With Observations on the Nature and Properties of the Animals; and Directions for Collecting, Preserving, and Cleaning Shells

By Charles Wodarch

London : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and J Mawe, 1820 A fair copy of the 1st edition in newer cloth binding, with 3 (of 4) hand coloured plates and lacking the final text pages covering Teredo and Sabella, the explanation of the plates(pp117-123), the index, and erratum. Wodarch wrote his introduction to remedy the lack of an accessible and up to date guide for classifying shells and understanding their context. He hoped that this book would enable students to apply the Linnean system to their collections. This copy is in a newer cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding is clean and sound with light wear to corners. Contents: half title; title page; preface; contents; Introduction; text 116pp; and 3 hand-coloured plates accompanied by text description. Contents generally clean with browning at the page edges. The pages are uneven in size and occasionally poorly opened.

$66.83

The Conchologist's Companion; comprising the instincts and constructions of Testaceous Animals; with a general sketch of those extraordinary productions which connect the vegetable and animal kingdoms.
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The Conchologist's Companion; comprising the instincts and constructions of Testaceous Animals; with a general sketch of those extraordinary productions which connect the vegetable and animal kingdoms.

By Mary Roberts

London: G.and W.B. Whittaker, 1824 A fair to good copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with black and white frontispiece by E Burney. The title page attributes the work as follows: 'By the Author of "Select Female Biography;" "Wonders of the Vegetable Kingdom;" &c.&c.' - reflecting a time when many women authors were unable to put their names to their works. The author, Mary Roberts, wrote a number of books, particularly on natural history, aiming to simplify aspects of the natural world for young people and new students. This copy retains the original black cloth binding rebacked with new cloth spine and, possibly, the original title label. The endpapers have been retained with repair. There are 2 ownership signatures to the fep. Contents with black and white engraved frontispiece; title page; preface; bibliography; errata; contents; and text pp 1-251. The binding is worn at the corners and edges. Contents generally clean with the odd spot/mark. There is some offsetting from the frontispiece. The page corners at pp 75-87 have been turned at some point and now show a faint crease. The top corner tips have been lost from pp 89,91,138,139 and 215. There is small loss from the gutter at p119 and a very small edge tear in the margin at p249. There is no text loss. The final page - 251 has had a paper repair - presumably when the book was rebacked.

$53.46

British Oribatidae Vols I & II
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British Oribatidae Vols I & II

By A D Michael

London: Ray Society, 1884 A very good copy of British Oribatidae in 2 volumes: a scarce work by A D Michael - a leading authority at the time, who was responsible for identifying and naming a number of species. With 62 plates of which 48 are partly coloured. In later (?mid 20th century) red cloth bindings with gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. The bindings are in good to very good clean condition. The corners have some wear and bumping, and there is a small stain to the spine on Vol I, where the spine is also slightly pulled. Both volumes are sound and tight. Contents - Vol I: Ray Society title page; volume title page; preface, contents pp i-x; text 336 pp including index; 23 partly-coloured and 8 black and white plates. Vol II: Ray Society title page; Volume title page 1888; contents etc pp i-xi; text pp 337-657 including index; 25 partly coloured and 6 black and white plates. Both volumes have the decorative bookplate of T E Gibson, together with their signature to the front pastedown. Vol I has a small ink annotation at piii; the occasional spot; and an intermittent light crease at the top gutter. Vol II has a small darkened area in the gutter at p342 and a very occasional spot. Both volumes have light toning to page edges. A nice set.

$334.13

Magasin de Zoologie, Journal. Destine a establir une correspondance entre les zoologistes de tous les pays, et a leur faciliter les moyens de publier les especes nouvelles ou peu connues qui'ils possedent; publie par F E Guerin-Meneville, Troisieme Section. Animaux Articules
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Magasin de Zoologie, Journal. Destine a establir une correspondance entre les zoologistes de tous les pays, et a leur faciliter les moyens de publier les especes nouvelles ou peu connues qui'ils possedent; publie par F E Guerin-Meneville, Troisieme Section. Animaux Articules

Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1839 This is a collection of papers/descriptions with 23 plates - 21 hand coloured. The binding looks to be mid 1800's with small raised bands to the spine which has gilt compartments and gilt titles. The boards and endpapers are marbled. Although the title page states 1839, and there is a long list of contents, implying input between 1831 and 1838, the first paper is dated 1841. The initial heading indicates that the contents cover Arachnides, but it looks as if a collection of descriptions have been collated into this volume rather than it being issued as a set. Overall contents are clean, with well-coloured plates. Some of the text pages have marking and there is occasional foxing. There is a blind stamp to the initial blank. The binding is clean and sound. There is wear to edges, corners and joints. Please enquire if you would like to see more images or would like a list of the plates.

$66.83

The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Cestoda Vols I & II
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The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Cestoda Vols I & II

By T Southwell

London: Taylor and Francis, 1930 A very good 2 volume set with signed inscriptions by the author to the reverse of the front endpaper of both volumes. In the original dark red decorative cloth binding with gilt lines and titles to spine and blind stamped decoration to boards. There is some pulling to the spines and corner wear to both volumes; Vol II has a lighter, more faded spine. The books were given to Dr D U Owen but they were clearly unread because most of the text is unopened. Vol I: 391pp with folding map at rear; Vol II: 262pp. Contents in near fine condition.

$53.46

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.

$20.05

The Natural History of British Butterflies, Jardine's Naturalist's Library, Entomology, Vol III
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The Natural History of British Butterflies, Jardine's Naturalist's Library, Entomology, Vol III

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine (editor)

Edinburgh: W H LIZARS, 1835 A fair copy of the 1st edition of British Butterflies, vol III of Entomology from the Naturalist's Library edited by Sir William Jardine. In the original publisher's cloth binding with gilt titles to the spine, with 34 plates of which 32 are hand coloured. With volume listing for the Naturalist's Library; notice from the publisher; half title; frontispiece portrait of Werner; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages; advertisement; contents listing; Memoir of Werner; text with illustrations, 2 plain plates and 32 hand coloured plates - tissue-guarded; and publishers adverts (20 pages) at the rear. The binding is complete but the spine has a couple of vertical creases and there is some chipping at the top, and general pulling. Corners are bumped. Internally the original green endpapers are present. The front endpapers have a bit of a messy repair at the joint and there is a small hole in the fep. There is the signature of Francis Hemming, the naturalist, to the fep and his bookplate to the front pastedown. There is a small black mark to the bottom side of the frontispiece mirrored on the vignette title page where there is a small piece missing from the side margin. Plate 11 is loose at the bottom gather and plate 18 has torn tissue guard. Overall contents are clean but the paper, both text and plate, is toned, particularly towards the margins.

$133.65

The Natural History of Foreign Butterflies; The Naturalist's Library, Entomology, Volume V
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The Natural History of Foreign Butterflies; The Naturalist's Library, Entomology, Volume V

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine, editor

Edinburgh: W H LIZARS, 1837 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the publisher's brown (originally purple) cloth binding with 30 hand coloured plates. With volume listing for the Naturalist's Library; black and white frontispiece of Lamarck; hand coloured vignette title page of butterflies and a lizard; 2 further title pages; publisher's advertisement dated 1 June 1837; contents listing; Memoir of Lamarck; text with 30 colour plates bound in - plate 1 is double size; and publisher's advert at the rear. The binding is in very good bright clean condition. It has been expertly rebacked relaying the original spine so it is sound and tight.There is a little mottled fading to the top of front and back boards. 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, and the signature of A G Hemming, Orpington, to the fep. Contents in very good clean condition with very well-coloured plates. Plate 18 has a small mark not affecting the butterfly. Book has a very slight smokey odour. Publisher's catalogue at the rear. A very nice copy.

$334.13

British Tyroglyphidae
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British Tyroglyphidae

By A D Michael

LONDON: Ray Society, 1901 A very good copy of this 2 volume work published in 1901 and 1903. In the original Ray Society binding with 28 colour and 14 black and white plates. An authoritative work still used today. The bindings are very bright and clean. Vol I has a more faded spine with slight pulling. Vol II has a spine lean towards the front and a slight bump to the top corner of the back board. Vol I: original endpapers; 2 title pages; preface; abbreviations; contents; text and 13 colour and 9 black and white plates at the rear; list of Ray Society publications and Ray Society business. There is a very small repaired edge tear the side of p33 and the top corner of the rear endpaper has been turned over at some point. Vol II: original endpapers; 2 title pages; preface; contents; text with 15 colour and 5 black and white plates at the rear; List of Ray Society publications and Ray Society business. Text pages slightly toned in comparison with Vol I. A nice set.

$93.56

Life of the Wayside and Woodland. When, Where, and What to Observe and Collect
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Life of the Wayside and Woodland. When, Where, and What to Observe and Collect

By T A Coward

London and New York : Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1948 A very good copy in very good dustwrapper with numerous colour and black and white illustrations. 7th impression. Part of the Wayside and Woodland Series providing a month by month picture of the countryside and its animal and plant life. The wrapper is price-clipped with some edge nibbling (repaired) at the top and slight darkening on the spine. It is in a removable protective wrap. The decorative cloth binding with a gilt beetle and gilt and black titles to front board is bright and clean. There is some bubbling to the cloth on the boards, slight pulling to the spine and slight bumping to corners. Contents in very good clean condition.

$13.37

A Plain and Easy Account of the Land and Fresh-Water Mollusks of Great Britain; containing descriptions, figures, and a familiar account of the habits of each species
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A Plain and Easy Account of the Land and Fresh-Water Mollusks of Great Britain; containing descriptions, figures, and a familiar account of the habits of each species

By Ralph Tate

London : Robert Hardwicke, 1866 A very good to near fine copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative green cloth binding with 11 hand coloured plates and figures in the text. Produced at the height of the Victorian 'get to know nature' period, this book gives a simplified account of the British Mollusca and was intended for young people and new students. The binding has a decorative gilt snail to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. Internally the original brown endpapers are present; there is a frontispiece, title page; text and index with 10 further colour plates; and 4 p publisher's catalogue at the rear. The plate index calls for 11 plates; there is mention of a title page illustration - this is in fact refers to the gilt snail on the front board. The binding is very bright and clean. The spine is slightly darkened and with a little pulling at the top and bottom; there is a little rubbing to corners. The contents are in very good to near fine condition with little obvious marking.

$106.92

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

By William Frederic Martyn

London : Harrison and Co , 1785 A rare and beautiful introduction to natural history. In 2 folio volumes with 99 (of 100) hand coloured plates by Moses Harris and others after his style. Martyn is a pseudonym for William Fordyce Mavor, who authored a wide range of works. The books are set out alphabetically, with the plates reflecting this classification, so they can portray lizards and lynx side by side on the same plate. The pages are double column and unpaginated. The text for each animal is thoughtfully put together eg for the guinea pig 'The Guinea-Pig is a very cleanly creature and totally different from that that affords it a name....Guinea-Pigs repose on their bellies, pretty much in their usual posture...'. The plates are nicely coloured and the ones by Moses Harris (butterflies, moths and shells) are particularly well drawn. This copy is in a contemporary half leather binding with marbled boards. The half leather corners have been replaced with a paper cover. There is some wear to boards and corners but overall they are in good condition. The spines are leather with raised bands and gilt decoration. There are title and volume labels. There is some wear to joints, particularly on Vol I, where there is some cracking at the front hinge, but the bindings are currently sound. Contents generally clean with occasional marking and some edge tearing. There are some pencil notes at the beginning of both volumes. The paper used in this work is particularly soft and prone to edge-tearing. Vol I: red and black title page; Preface; covers A-K; 55 plates; new rear endpaper. A couple of plates have margin/edge tears - Plate I has tear at the top margin with a small piece missing at the corner and a tear at the bottom margin again missing corners; Plate XLVII has a small piece missing from the bottom edge and a repair. The title page has a small hole and 2 repaired edge tears. Vol II: 44 of 45 plates; title page in red and black; text and plates L-Z; 2pp listing of plates; Finis. There is some offsetting from plates to text, occasional browning to pages; and some edge-tearing. Please enquire if you would like more images to assess condition.

$3341.25

An Introduction to Entomology; The Naturalist's Library, Entomology; Vol.I.
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An Introduction to Entomology; The Naturalist's Library, Entomology; Vol.I.

By James Duncan, 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 volume listing; half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Baron de Geer; hand coloured vignette title page of insects; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Swammerdam; Memoir of De Geer; text with black and white illustrations; and 36 plates bound at the rear of which 32 are hand coloured. The binding has some pulling and fading to spine and an area of fading extending into the back board. The original green endpapers are present and there is a bookplate of William Moult, Knowsley to the front pastedown.The contents are very clean with well-coloured plates. The first gather, which includes the title pages, is slightly loose, although the stitching is holding.

$213.84

Illustrations of the Fossil Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland, with the descriptions and localities of all the species hitherto discovered. Parts 1,2,4,5,6,7, 8 [incomplete], 9, 10,11,12,19/20
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Illustrations of the Fossil Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland, with the descriptions and localities of all the species hitherto discovered. Parts 1,2,4,5,6,7, 8 [incomplete], 9, 10,11,12,19/20

By Captain Thomas Brown

Edinburgh: Maclachlan & Stewart; John Smith & Son; William Curry, Jun. & Co; Smith, Elder, & Co.; and W S Orr & Co, 1849 A rare set of parts in original paper wraps with 52 colour plates (of 53). They are undated but the full work was published by Smith, Elder in 1849. Parts 1,2,4,5,6,7,9,10,11 and 12 are complete - with original wraps, 4 colour plates and 4 pages of text. All were published in Edinburgh. Part 8, published in Manchester, is incomplete - lacking one plate, all the text and the back part of the wrapper. Some of the wrappers look to be made from the left-over print runs for other publications eg Illustrations of Game Birds. Part 19/20 was published in London and has 9 colour plates and 8 pages of text. All have dog-eared covers with some grubbiness and general nibbling to edges/spine area. The contents are generally clean but with a little rippling/grubbiness at edges. Presumably when bound, the pages and plates would have been trimmed. There is some light marking in parts 1 and 8. The plates are not bound in order eg Part 1 contains plates I, III, V and VI.

$641.52

The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus exemplified by Various Specimens of English Insects drawn from Nature/Les Genres des Insectes de Linne; constates pars divers echantillons d'Insectes de l'Angleterre, copies d'apres Nature
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The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus exemplified by Various Specimens of English Insects drawn from Nature/Les Genres des Insectes de Linne; constates pars divers echantillons d'Insectes de l'Angleterre, copies d'apres Nature

By J Barbut

London : J Dixwell, J Sewell, 1781 A very good copy of this scarce work with frontispiece, 20 hand coloured plates, one of which is folded, and 2 plain plates, in contemporary full leather binding. Little is known about the author, James Barbut, other than that he was an artist with a keen interest in nature. This work, with text in English and French, is the product of his close observation of the 'insect' world (which he understood to include spiders, scorpions, and crabs), and the artwork and descriptions are a pleasure to view. This copy is in contemporary binding with gilt compartments and title label to spine; cross-hatched blind-tooled decoration with gilt border to boards. It has some scuffing and wear and has been rebacked to relay the spine and reinforce the corners. The original endpapers are present. Contents with initial blank; black and white engraved English title page frontispiece; title page in French with ink signature to top right; list of subscribers and errata 2pp; Preface in double column English and French pp i-xvii; index 1p; text in English and French pp 1-271 with 20 hand coloured plates, 1 folding (butterflies) and 2 plain anatomical plates; index 19pp; directions to binder 1p; final blank. There is some light toning to text pages and the odd spot or mark including occasional offsetting from plates. Plates very well coloured; plate paper lightly toned.

$1336.50

A Handbook to the Order Lepidoptera. Part I. Butterflies Vol I
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A Handbook to the Order Lepidoptera. Part I. Butterflies Vol I

By W F Kirby; R Bowdler Sharpe [editor]

London : W H ALLEN AND CO., LIMITED,, 1894 A good copy in the traditional Allen's Naturalist's Library binding with 35 colour printed plates and 2 plain plates. An interesting copy because it sets out the scheme for the remainder of the Library which was originally intended to be as extensive as Jardine's Naturalist's Library some 60 years earlier. Lepidoptera were supposed to cover 4 volumes, but in the end a fifth was needed. This first volume contains the Nymphalidae. The binding has a buckram spine with gilt label style titling, and marbled boards. There is a lot of wear to edges and corners and a little pulling and dulling to the spine. The original black endpapers are present with a little splitting part way along the join with bookblock at the front (book is currently sound). The text is largely unopened and it and the tissue-guarded plates are in very good clean condition. A press notice about the library, plans for its future and a page of Allen's other publications bound at the rear.

$40.10

Illustrations of the Land and Fresh Water Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland, with Figures, Descriptions, and Localities of all the Species
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Illustrations of the Land and Fresh Water Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland, with Figures, Descriptions, and Localities of all the Species

By Captain Thomas Brown

London : Smith, Elder, and Co.,, 1845 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 27 colour plates. With title page, dedication, preface and systematic index pp i-xi; text with occasional pencil scholarly annotation; alphabetical list and index and description of plates 142pp; list of works by Brown; and 27 colour plates bound at the rear. Loose alphabetical list of land and fresh water shells included - published by Smith Elder and for 'effecting exchanges and naming collections'. The binding has blind stamped illustration to the boards and gilt decoration and titles to spine. There are some areas of fading to the boards but they are very clean and the spine is bright. Corners have wear and bumping and there is a little pulling to the spine. There is a little grubbiness to the endpapers and a small ink signature to the top of the fep. Text pages generally clean with the occasional spot or mark - mainly in the gutter of the top margin. The tissue -guarded plates have some spotting - mainly to margins rather to the images. The tissue guards have spotting. Plate edges protrude beyond the text page edges and therefore have some browning.

$260.62

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.

$26.73

A History of the Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland
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A History of the Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland

By John Blackwall

LONDON : Ray Society, 1861 An exceptional copy. Complete in 2 volumes - rebound - brown leather spines with raised bands and gold lettering; marbled boards in fine condition. Original Ray Society plates retained and pasted onto new end papers.Volume 1 issued in 1861 and Volume 2 in 1864. Contents in very good condition with 29 hand coloured plates drawn from nature by Tuffen West. Some brown age spotting.

$1069.20