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A General History of Quadrupeds with the figures engraved on wood by T Bewick
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A General History of Quadrupeds with the figures engraved on wood by T Bewick

By Thomas Bewick

Newcastle upon Tyne: S Hodgson, R Beilby, & T Bewick, 1790 A fair copy of the 1st edition of Bewick's History of Quadrupeds in contemporary half leather binding with numerous engravings by Bewick. Classed as 'fair' principally because the binding is very worn - the front board is detaching and the back board joint is weak. The spine is delaminating. There is a red leather title label to spine and some tape protection to board edges. There is an armorial bookplate 'Howell' to the front pastedown. Contents: title page with vignette, advertisement, index, text pp 1-452, Addenda to p456, finis. It is generally clean internally but with the odd spot or mark. There is a persistent brown spot which appears on the title page and lasts to p8; a brown splot at p276 and light staining in the bottom margin of pp398-420. There is some staining to the rear endpaper. There is a paper repair in the margin of p27 and a small paper tear to the top margin of p401.

$245.30

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.

$68.14

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.

$54.51

The Larvae of the British Lepidoptera and their Food Plants
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The Larvae of the British Lepidoptera and their Food Plants

By Owen S Wilson

London: L Reeve & Co.,, 1880 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original cloth binding with 40 colour printed plates. The binding has the gilt Lovell Reeve design to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. It is slightly shaken (stitching visible internally at pp 65 and 192) with wear to edges and to corners. The original floral design endpapers are present - there is a small hole at the front endpaper joint and both free endpapers are slightly browned. Contents: half title; frontispiece; title page; description of the illustrations and introduction xxvii; text pp 1-323; index 324-344; times of appearance 345-357; additions and corrections 358; index 359-367. Contents in very good clean condition. All the plates are tissue-guarded. There is the very occasional mark, and light toning at the page edges.

$190.79

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.

$340.70

The Description of the Isles of Orknay and Zetland. With Mapps of them, done from the accurat Observation of the most Learned who lived in these isles
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The Description of the Isles of Orknay and Zetland. With Mapps of them, done from the accurat Observation of the most Learned who lived in these isles

By Robert Monteith, Robert Sibbald

Edinburgh: Printed by Mr Andrew Symson; published by SRS MD, 1711 An extremely rare 1st edition copy with contemporary maps of Orkney and Shetland. The work is in 2 parts: the first being a description of Orkney 'From the MS of Robert Monteith Laird of Eglisha & Gairsa, dated Kirkwall Sept 24 1633'; and the second being a description of the Isles of Shetland. It is assumed that Robert Monteith authored both, with Sir Robert Sibbald subsequently collating and publishing the manuscript, adding the 2 maps. The first section is relatively brief while the second section includes much more detail on livestock, plants, farming, fishing and general ways of life. There are also references in the text dated 1652 and 1669, which suggest that Sibbald added his own words to a greater or lesser extent. This volume is in a newer half leather binding with leather title and date labels to spine and front board. There is some scuffing to the surface of the corners and the boards. It is clean and sound. Internally there is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to front and rear pastedowns. Contents: title page dated 1711 with a couple of pencil notes at the top; large folding map of Orkney (small tape repair to a fold edge); Orkney text pp 1-4; map of Zetland; Shetland text pp 1-42, small red ink star in top corner p10 and large black ink blot top outer corner p37 slightly affecting one word; finis. Contents generally very clean with varying degrees of toning to the paper.

$1158.38

England's Improvement Reviv'd: Digested into six boooks.
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England's Improvement Reviv'd: Digested into six boooks.

By John Smith

The Savoy: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for the Author, 1670 A good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary full leather binding. The binding has raised bands to spine and a newer title label. It has had some repair in the past but is splitting at the front joint and has general wear. particularly to corners. There is the bookplate of Sir Roger Twisden, 2nd Baronet of Bradbourne in Kent, to the front pastedown. He was MP for Rochester in 1689-90. There is also the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian to the verso of the title page, together with his signed pencil note to the front pastedown. Contents: title page dated 1670; dedication 1p; Report of John Evelyn and letter from a member of the Royal Society 1p; To the Reader 3pp; Errata; Contents 3pp; Table 2pp; text in 6 books; final blank. Contents clean and in very good condition - top margin can be closely trimmed. Some text is mispaginated - 160-141...148-169. The page corner is missing at p245 but text is not affected; and the rear pastedown is part missing and with some ink scribbling. A nice crisp copy of a scarce work.

$1648.99

The Natural History of Gallinaceous Birds. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol.III
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The Natural History of Gallinaceous Birds. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol.III

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1834 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of Volume I of Gallinaceous Birds (covering varieties of domestic and wild fowl eg turkeys, pheasants), in the publisher's brown cloth binding. With black and white frontispiece portrait of Aristotle; hand coloured vignette title page with a picture of a cockerel; 2 further title pages; contents listing; Memoir of Aristotle; and text with black and white illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates. 29 plates are listed in the contents index but there are 2 versions of plate 18. 32pp of advertisements and a 4 page yellow geographical works advert at the rear. The cloth binding is in good condition, being clean with light fading to the spine. The spine has some pulling and the bottom corners are bumped. There is small indentation to the top edge of the front board. The original green watermarked endpapers are present. Contents are very clean and some text is unopened. The frontispiece lacks its tissue guard. Stitching is visible at some points and slgihtly wobbly.

$163.54

The Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Shetland Islands
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The Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Shetland Islands

By Walter Scott and Richard Palmer

Lerwick: The Shetland Times Ltd, 1987 A near fine copy of the 1st edition in near fine wrapper, signed by Walter Scott on the fep. The wrapper has a small loss at the bottom of the spine and is slightly sunned. It is in a removable protective wrap. The binding is in very good condition with some wear to the bottom edges with cloth loss. Contents in near fine to fine condition. There is an ownership signature to the fep.

$136.28

The Natural History of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part II. Incessores. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol.X
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The Natural History of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part II. Incessores. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol.X

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1839 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Part II of Birds of Great Britain and Ireland in the original publisher's cloth binding. This volume covers a range of familiar birds from bullfinches to wrens. Contents: volume listing; half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of William Smellie with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page showing a robin; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of William Smellie; text with black and white illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates bound at the rear. The original binding has been rebacked, relaying the original spine, and is sound and tight. There is light scuffing to the boards, which have wear to corners with some cloth loss, and fading towards the edges. New endpapers have been added. Contents are very clean with light toning to page edges and the very occasional spot. The plates are without tissue guards.

$163.54

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.

$1090.24

The Natural History of the Ordinary Cetacea or Whales
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The Natural History of the Ordinary Cetacea or Whales

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1837 A good to very good copy in the original publisher's cloth binding with 30 plates of which 28 are hand coloured. Contents: volume listing; half title; frontispiece portrait of Lacepede; title page; vignette title page with hand coloured picture of narwhal; 2 further title pages; advertisement; contents listing; Memoir of M. Le Comte de Lacepede; text with engravings and plates; publisher's catalogues at the rear. Although the plate index has plates numbered to 29, there are two versions of plate 4 - one numbered IV. The binding has been rebacked, relaying the original spine, so it is sound and tight. There is some fading to board edges and the bottom corners are bumped. The original green endpapers have been retained with repair, and the fep is missing a corner tip. The text is largely unopened. Contents are clean, with light toning to edges, particularly the top edge. Plate 2 has a nibbled top edge and plate IV has a crease at the top gutter. The tissue-guards to plates 1,5 and 27 are spotty and the guard to plate 24 is loose.

$381.58

The Natural History of Pigeons. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol V Gallinaceous Birds, Part III
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The Natural History of Pigeons. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol V Gallinaceous Birds, Part III

By Prideaux John Selby, Andrew Crichton, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1835 A very good copy of the first edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with 30 hand coloured plates of pigeons from drawings by Edward Lear. Lear provided the illustrations for Pigeons and Parrots in the Naturalist's Library, and his work is distinctive for its accuracy combined with an ability to make the subject seem alive. Contents: volume listing; half title with signature to top; black and white frontispiece portrait of Pliny with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page with ring pigeons; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Pliny by Andrew Crichton; and text with black and white illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates. Publisher's catalogues at the rear. The binding is faded to spine and board edges. The spine is slightly cocked with pulling at the top and bottom. Bottom corners bumped. Internally the original green endpapers are present with repair to the front join and a small hole in the rear endpaper join. Plates and text are very clean with beautiful colouring to the plates. There is the occasional spot, mostly to tissue-guards, with one section of spotty text. A couple of gathers are slightly loose but the book is sound. The original owner has written the latin name of each bird neatly on its accompanying tissue guard. Light toning to text and plate edges.

$218.05

The Natural History of the Ruminating Animals, containing Deer, Antelopes, Camels & c. Part I
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The Natural History of the Ruminating Animals, containing Deer, Antelopes, Camels & c. Part I

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1835 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the publisher's original cloth binding. With volume listing; half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Camper; hand coloured vignette title page showing a red deer stag; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; Memoir of Camper; text with numerous illustrations and 33 plates, of which 31 are hand coloured; and publisher's catalogue 7pp. The binding is sunned to the spine, which has a little pulling top and bottom, and to the edges of the boards. The corners are bumped. Internally the original green endpapers are present: the fep with a small ink-stamped name - E E Roose. There is a small hole in the rear endpaper joint. Text and plates are bright and clean. There is light toning to text and plate edges and some offsetting from plates to tissue-guards. Some text pages are unopened. A nice copy.

$122.65

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.

$708.66

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.

$122.65

The Ornithologist\'s Guide to the Islands of Orkney and Shetland.
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The Ornithologist's Guide to the Islands of Orkney and Shetland.

By Robert Dunn

London: Printed by Richard Tayor for the Author, 1837 A fair copy of the 1st edition in contemporary full leather binding with black and white frontispiece and folding map of Shetland. Classed as 'fair' because it lacks the map of Orkney. It is otherwise in very good clean condition. Robert Dunn titles himself as an 'animal-preserver' - which, sadly, does not mean that he was a conservationist. The book is a full account of his travels and the various species that he encountered and then shot (and presumably stuffed when he was back home). The binding is in very good condition with faded gilt titles down the spine and plain boards with ruled lines to edges. It has general wear to spine joints and edges and a small scuff and a mark to the front board. The original endpapers are present - there is a small split developing at the rear endpaper joint. Contents with advertising sheet; half title; frontispiece; title page - with small signature to the top; dedication; introduction; notice to subscribers; folding map of Shetland; text 128pp; 2 final blanks. Very clean internally.

$299.82

Scotia Illustrata sive Prodromus Historiae Naturalis in quo Regionis natura, Incolarum Ingenia & Mores, Morbi iisque medendi Methodus, & Medicina Indigena accurrate explicantur; et.....
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Scotia Illustrata sive Prodromus Historiae Naturalis in quo Regionis natura, Incolarum Ingenia & Mores, Morbi iisque medendi Methodus, & Medicina Indigena accurrate explicantur; et.....

By Robert Sibbald

Edinburgh: Jacobi Kniblo, Josuae Solingensis & Johannes Colmarii, 1684 A good copy of this scarce work, in later full cloth binding with 22 illustrations on 20 plates. Robert Sibbald (1641-1722) was born in Fife and qualified as a physician after study in Leiden and Paris. He was appointed as the first Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh University and became Geographer Royal in 1682. He had a particular interest in creating frameworks for proper study - the proper institutions and evidence base. This work 'The Illustrated Essay of the Natural History of Scotland' is a systematic review of the natural resources of Scotland - from the weather to geography, geology, plant and animal life - including disease and local cures. This copy has a sound but worn rebacked cloth binding with gilt titles and date to spine. There is an ink signature of I Strachan to the fep, which is not original, and some ink letters and numbers to the initial blank, which is. Contents with title page; dedication 2pp; contents framework 1p; approvals; and text laid out in 3 main sections with separate title pages and pagination; followed by an Appendix; further text and errata and the plates bound at the rear. Sections: title page 1683; poem 1p; diploma 2pp; text pp 1-15; half title; 4pp diploma 2pp; praefatio 3pp text pp 1-47; finis. blank text 49-102; finis partis primae; index 6pp. Title page 1684; dedication 2pp; index 2pp; texxt pp 1-56; catalogus plantarum pp 57-62; text pp 63-114; finis partis secundae; index 6pp; title page 1684; dedication 2pp; index 2pp; text pp 1-35; finis; appendix pp 36-7; index 4pp; half title; index 1p; text 41-56; index 2pp; plate list 1p; errata 1p; finis; plates. Contents are in very good clean condition. There is occasional light staining in the margins - mostly the top margin; very occasionally at the side. There are some very small ink lines in a blank area on one page; and one mispagination - 3rd part - 11-10-11-14 - with continuous text. There is an ink signature of Eben Vetch 1706 on the main title page.

$1226.52

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.

$68.14

Fauna Orcadensis: or, The Natural History of the Quadrupeds, Birds, Reptiles, and Fishes, of Orkney and Shetland
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Fauna Orcadensis: or, The Natural History of the Quadrupeds, Birds, Reptiles, and Fishes, of Orkney and Shetland

By George Low

Edinburgh and London: Archibald Constable and Company; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown - and White, Cochrane and Co, 1813 A very good copy of the scarce 1st edition in contemporary half morocco binding. George Low arrived in Orkney to tutor in Stromness and later became the Minister of Birsay and Harray. He had a lifelong interest in natural history and was asked to accompany Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Solander when they landed in Orkney returning from Cooke's last voyage. Joseph Banks introduced him to Pennant and he drew on his knowledge and support in classifying the fauna that he saw. He died in 1795 - and the work was published by William Elford Leach, who acted as editor, noting that Pennant had also done some revisions. This copy is red morocco leather with marbled boards, endpapers and page edges. The spine has small raised bands with decorative gilt compartments and titles. The binding is sound and clean with some general rubbing to edges, including spine joints, and corners. Contents: 2 initial blanks; title page; dedication to Joseph Banks; advertisement by the editor; author's preface; glossary; contents listing (pp i-xx); Text pp 1-230; 2 final blanks. The contents are clean with the occasional light spot or mark. Paper is lightly toned.

$708.66

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