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The Butterflies of Great Britain with their transformations Delineated and Described
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The Butterflies of Great Britain with their transformations Delineated and Described

By J O Westwood

London : George Routledge and Sons, 1887 A very good copy of this classic work in contemporary full leather binding with hand coloured frontispiece decorative title and 19 further hand coloured plates. J O Westwood redrew the plates in 1854 so that the book could be reduced in size and cost. The binding has false raised bands, gilt compartments and title label to the spine, and gilt ruled lines to the board edges, with gilt decoration on the edge. It is very clean but with a lot of wear to the spine joints, particularly to the front where there is some splitting. There is also wear at the top and bottom of the spine with some leather loss. Corners with lighter wear. Page edges and endpapers are marbled and there is blind stamped decoration to the inner board edges. Contents: decorative title, title, directions to binder, preface, introduction, plate description and contents list pp xl with 2 plain plates; text pp 140 with appendix and index and 19 hand coloured plates. There is an inscription to an initial blank. Contents in very good clean and bright condition.

$142.02

The Natural History of Pigeons. Naturalist's Library Vol IX Ornithology
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The Natural History of Pigeons. Naturalist's Library Vol IX Ornithology

By Prideauxx John Selby

Edinburgh: W H Lizars A good to very good copy of the second 'Popular' edition of Pigeons with hand coloured vignette title and 30 hand coloured plates from drawings by Edward Lear. Undated but circa 1845. Improvements in printing and materials enabled Lizars to reissue the Naturalist's Library at lower cost while retaining the original text and plates. This volume has added text - a section on rearing, feeding and management of domestic pigeons. The red cloth binding is in very good condition. It is complete, sound and clean. The cloth is faded to the spine, which is pulled - particularly to the top where there is the beginnings of a split, and the corners have some bumping and wear. The original endpapers are present. Contents: half title; frontispiece with guard; vignette title; title; contents; memoir and text 252pp with 30 plates. Contents are very clean and bright. The gather at pp 114-226 has loose stitching.

$129.11

Colonsay and Oronsay in the Isles of Argyll. Their history, flora, fauna and topography
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Colonsay and Oronsay in the Isles of Argyll. Their history, flora, fauna and topography

By John de Vere Loder

Edinburgh and London : Oliver and Boyd, 1935 A very good copy of the 1st edition. In original blue cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding is clean and sound with light bumping to bottom corners. Original blue endpapers. Contents: initial blank with signature July 1938, half title, title, dedication, song, preface, contents, illustration list, introductory description pp xxxi; half title History; text pp 1-190; half title appendices; text pp 193-448; authorities consulted 449-453; index 455-472. With 57 photographic plates, 1 folding section, 2 folding genealogical tables and 2 folding colour maps. Contents in very good clean condition.

$271.13

A Flora of Shetland; comprehending a list of the flowering and cryptogamic plants of the Shetland Islands, with remarks on their topography, geology, and climate &c &c
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A Flora of Shetland; comprehending a list of the flowering and cryptogamic plants of the Shetland Islands, with remarks on their topography, geology, and climate &c &c

By Thomas Edmondston

Aberdeen: Geo Clark and Son, 1845 An extremely scarce original copy of Edmondston's Shetland flora. Thomas Edmonston produced his first list of Shetland plants when he was 11 years old and had the good fortune to be able to discuss and share it with Joseph Hooker. He expanded the list and produced this work when he was 20 years old. It was and has remained an important work on Shetland's flora. It is in the original blind stamped decorative cloth binding with gilt titles to the front board. The binding is in very good condition. The original yellow endpapers are present and a previous owner has glued the top flap of an envelope to the fpd with their ink notes of plants and a reference to Tingwall manse. There is also a small ink '35' to the top corner of the fep. Contents: title, dedication, preface, introduction pp xxvii; arrangement of Shetland plants 1-67 with errata slip. Contents clean with extensive scholarly annotation - such as references to locations and Icelandic flora.

$322.78

The Birds of Iona and Mull 1852-70. With a Memoir of the Author
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The Birds of Iona and Mull 1852-70. With a Memoir of the Author

By Henry Davenport Graham, J A Harvie-Brown (editor)

Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1890 A good to very good copy illustrated with numerous drawings by the author. In the original green cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. Top page edges gilt. The spine is faded with pulling and some fraying to the top and bottom. Both boards have slight marking with the back board having a small cloth scuff. Corners lightly bumped and with wear. Internally there is some early splitting at the front endpaper joint. Contents: title with signature to top, decorative title with crease to tissue guard, prefaces, contents and illustration list pp xv; half title Memoir text pp 3-34; half title letters; text pp 37-186; half title extracts from diaries; text pp 189-276; index 277-279; and publisher's catalogue dated October 1890 at the rear. Memoir and diary extracts profusely illustrated with Graham's drawings. Original page marker present - detached. Contents generally in very good clean condition.

$129.11

The Natural Histor of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland Vols I-IV: Birds of Prey; Incessores; Rasores and Grallatores; and Natatores
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The Natural Histor of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland Vols I-IV: Birds of Prey; Incessores; Rasores and Grallatores; and Natatores

By Sir William Jardine

Edinburgh: W H Lizars, 1838 A complete 4 volume set of the Birds of Great Britain from the Naturalist's Library. With 4 black and white frontispieces; 4 vignette title pages of which 2 are hand coloured; and 129 hand coloured plates. This set has been rebound in plain green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. The page edges have been trimmed and marbled and new endpapers added. The bindings are in near fine clean condition. Vol I: Birds of Prey - frontispiece portrait of Sibbald; black and white vignette title page; plain title 1838; advert; contents listing; memoir and text 315pp; 34 hand coloured plates at the rear. Vol II: Incessores - frontispiece portrait of Smellie; hand coloured vignette title page; title 1839; advert; contents; memoir and text 409pp; and 30 hand coloured plates at the rear. Vol III: Rasores and Grallatores - frontispiece portrait of Walker; hand coloured vignette title page; plain title 1842; advert; contents list; memoir and text 349pp and 34 hand coloured plates. Vol IV: Natatores - title 1843; frontispiece portrait of Wilson; vignette title page; advert; contents list; memoir and text 313pp; note to binder and 31 hand coloured plates. Contents are in very good to near fine condition. In Vol I plate 22 has been bound the wrong way so the top of a bird's head is trimmed and there is also a small piece missing from the gutter which does not affect the image. In Vol III plate 13 has slight loss to one edge. In Vol IV the plate paper is lightly toned and in some plates, the rough edge between plates on the original plate paper is showing.

$387.33

A Vertebrate Fauna of the Shetland Islands
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A Vertebrate Fauna of the Shetland Islands

By Arthur H Evans and T E Buckley

Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1899 A very good copy in the original cloth binding with faded titles to spine. There is an armorial bookplate of James Donald Dobson to the front pastedown endpaper. Top page edges gilt - remainder rough cut where pages have been opened. Contents: half title (which refers to A Vertebrate Fauna of Scotland - the intention being to cover the whole of Scotland in time), title with photographic background, preface, contents, illustration list, introduction and bibliography pp 1-xxix; text 248 pp with 12 full page photographic plates and 2 photographs in text. Folding colour map at the rear. Contents in very good clean condition. Some of the pages are very roughly opened with varying margin sizes.

$167.84

The British Museum; or elegant repository of Natural History Vol I [quadrupeds pt 1}
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The British Museum; or elegant repository of Natural History Vol I [quadrupeds pt 1}

By William Holloway

London : J Johnson , 1806 A good copy of Vol I of this extremely scarce work, in full leather binding with contemporary blind stamped boards and newer spine with compartments and title label. The whole work is in 4 volumes, and this volume together with Vol II cover quadrupeds. This copy has hand coloured frontispiece and 38 further hand coloured plates. It is lacking the engraved title and the plate of a Newfoundland dog. It looks as though a plate has been cut out at p199, but this may be a protruding tie to another plate - we have not been able to find a consistent collation. The binding is in very good clean condition with wear and scuffing to the contemporary boards. There is an armorial bookplate with the name Haughton and the motto 'maigre le fort'. There is the signature of James Haughton to the top of the title dated 1810, and a further part signature below of Heard dated 1884. Contents: frontispiece, title, preface and contents pp viii; text 244pp with 38 plates. Contents generally clean with the odd mark and light toning to paper. Repaired small margin edge tears to pp 9 and 101; larger tear repair at p 69 and repair to a text page paper flaw.

$154.93

The Natural History of Sun-birds. The Naturalist's Library Vol V Ornithology Sun-birds
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The Natural History of Sun-birds. The Naturalist's Library Vol V Ornithology Sun-birds

By Sir William Jardine

Edinburgh: W H Lizars A very good copy of a scarce title from the Naturalist's Library in the original decorative cloth binding, with black and white frontispiece, hand-coloured vignette title page, and 30 further hand coloured plates. This copy is undated but is the Lizars 'Popular Edition' circa 1845. Advances in printing meant that the Naturalists' Library could be reissued at less cost so this edition retains the plates and text from the first. The red cloth binding has gilt decoration and blind stamped design to the front board and gilt decoration and titles to the spine. It has been rebacked and the cloth polished at the same time, so it is very bright and clean. There is light corner wear. The original endpapers have been retained with reinforcement at the joint in cloth matching the boards. There is a pencil signature to the fep. Contents: frontispiece with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title; title; contents list; memoir; and text 277 pp with 30 hand coloured plates. In very good clean condition with light toning to plate edges.

$180.75

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

Beautiful Birds. Their Natural History, Habits &c. Series I-III
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Beautiful Birds. Their Natural History, Habits &c. Series I-III

By Robert Tyas

London : Houlston and Wright A scarce complete set of Beautiful Birds in 3 volumes with 36 hand coloured plates by James Andrews. Undated but circa 1855. In the original gilt decorated blue cloth bindings with all page edges gilt. Vols I and II have been rebacked retaining most of the original spines and all have professional reinforcement to the endpaper joints. All have the decorative bookplate of Graham Watson to the front pastedown. The pagination in Vols I and II is unusual in that some of it is in 16 page sections, suggesting that these were first issues distributed in parts. Vol I: binding bright to front board, rear board with scuffing; bump to top front corner. Internally gift inscription to fep. Contents: frontispiece with tissue guard, title, ad, contents and plate list (with each plate ticked), introduction pp xx; text with 11 further plates and pp numbered 1-92; 1-16; 1-16; 1-16; 1-15; 1-16; 1-16 - this numbering is reflected in the contents listing. Contents in very good clean condition. Vol II: bumping to top corners. Contents: half title, frontispiece with tissue guard, title, ad, contents and plate list; text with 11 further colour plates and numbered 1-16; 1-16; 1-16; 1-16; 113-192 - this numbering is reflected in the contents pages. Torn tissue guard to second plate, contents in very good clean condition. Vol III: binding in original condition with wear to the top and bottom of the spine. The decoration to the front board differs from that of Vols I and II. Contents: gift inscription from 1861 to fep; frontispiece with tissue guard, title, ad, contents and plate list; text pages 1-198 with 11 further plates. In very good clean condition.

$361.51

A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi, with especial reference to the esculent and economic species
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A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi, with especial reference to the esculent and economic species

By M C Cooke

LONDON: Hardwicke and Bogue, 1876 A good copy of the 3rd revised edition. The original brown cloth binding has gilt decoration (mushrooms) to the front board and spine and is bright and clean. There is wear to the top and bottom of the spine, which is slightly cocked to the front, and wear to spine joints. The corners have light wear and bumping. The cloth is slightly rippled towards the bottom of the back board. There is a purchase label to the front pastedown which records the purchase of the book by the Borough of Hackney Microscopical and Natural History Society on July 6th 1877. The Society has also stamped the title and the top corner of text page 89 and plate 9. Contents with frontispiece and 19 further colour plates, which were revised for this edition. 2 page catalogue at the rear. Generally clean with occasional light foxing, mostly at the beginning. Small incision in fep. Slightly shaken.

$38.73

A Tour in Scotland. MDCCLXIX
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A Tour in Scotland. MDCCLXIX

By Thomas Pennant

Chester: John Monk, 1771 A very good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary tree calf with later leather spine and title label. Contents complete with 18 full page plates and an in-text engraving. The boards have gilt ruling to edges. The binding is in very good clean condition with some wear and loss of leather to corners, including bumping to the top front corner. Endpapers are light marbled and have professional tape to joints. Contents: initial blank; title, dedication, plate list and errata with engraving pp viii; text pp 1-220. appendix 221-298, itinerary 299-304, index pp 305-316 finis with 18 full page plates as called for. Contents are in very good clean condition with offsetting from plates to text and occasional light browning/spotting.

$193.67

The Natural History of Parrots. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol VI
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The Natural History of Parrots. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol VI

By Prideaux J Selby, Sir William Jardine [editor]

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1836 A good copy of the first edition with 30 hand coloured plates engraved from drawings by Edward Lear. In original publisher's cobbled brown (originally purple) cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding has been rebacked retaining the original spine and is sound and clean. There is some fading to spine and board edges and slight bumping to corners. The original green endpapers are present with the bookplate of Francis Hemming, the noted entomologist to the front pastedown. The fep has some fraying and damage and the endpaper joints have been repaired. Contents: half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Thomas Bewick and tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page with 2 parrots; 2 further title pages; an advertisement extolling the virtues of Edward Lear's pictures; contents listing; Memoir of Thomas Bewick (by the Reverend Turner); text with 30 hand coloured plates; and publisher's catalogues bound at the rear. One of these is a prospectus for the Naturalist's Library and advertises the next 2 volumes to be published: Birds of West Africa. A large number of the text pages are unopened. There is browning to top margins and general light toning to paper. The plates are generally bright and clean - plate 1 has a small mark to the side. All the plates have tissue guards - some have considerable offsetting from the plates. There is a very slight musty/smokey smell when the book is opened.

$413.15

A Conchological Dictionary of The British Islands
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A Conchological Dictionary of The British Islands

By William Turton [assisted by his daughter]

London : John Booth, 1819 A very good copy in quarter leather binding with 28 hand coloured plates. This copy looks to be in a contemporary binding with new endpapers - so the book is sound and tight. The binding has wear to the top and bottom of the spine, and a little to the joints but is clean and sound with gilt title label and gilt bands to the spine. There is a pencil signature from 1975 to the fep. The book has clearly been used but carefully looked after. There are 2 ink signatures to the title page: Eleanor Moody of Bathampton House, Wiltshire; and Marianne ? of Aldwick Court, Somerset. From the writing it looks like Marianne has done a careful cross check between plates and text, writing the name of the animal neatly in pencil on the plate and writing a cross reference to the plate neatly in the side margin of the text. Contents: 2 initial blank; title with vignette silhouette of Turton, preface, list of conchological authors, explanation of terms and plate list -ppxxiv; plates; text with postscript and index 272pp; final blank. Contents in very good clean condition.

$142.02

A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi
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A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi

By M C Cooke

LONDON: Robert Hardwicke, 1871 New and Revised edition of M C Cooke's classic work on British Fungi in decorative green cloth binding with gilt titles and a gilt picture of a mushroom on the front board. With hand coloured vignette title page and 22 (of 23 - lacking plate 13) other hand coloured plates of mushrooms. The binding is very bright and clean with light wear to joints, some pulling to the spine and light bumping to the top corner. . There is slight pulling to the spine and slight bumping to corners. The original brown endpapers are present with slight marking to the fep. Contents are generally clean with occasional light marking.

$38.73

The Natural History of the Felinae. The Naturalist's Library, Mammalia, Volume II
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The Natural History of the Felinae. The Naturalist's Library, Mammalia, Volume II

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1834 A very good copy of the 1st edition covering lions, tigers, leopards etc. In original publisher's cloth binding and with original green endpapers watermarked 'Naturalist's Library'. The binding is in very good clean condition. It has been rebacked preserving the spine. The spine and board edges are slightly faded and there is light wear to edges and corners. There is a small stamped name to the top of the fep and there is repair to endpaper joints. Contents: half title; engraved frontispiece of Baron Cuvier; vignette title page showing a tiger and a snake; 2 further title pages with a half title; contents listing; Memoir of Cuvier; and text with numerous engravings and 36 hand coloured plates as called for (the plates are numbered to 34 but there are 2 bis plates). With publisher's catalogue at the rear. Contents in very good clean condition.

$206.58

The Natural History of the Human Species, its Typical Forms, Primaeval Distribution, Filiations, and Migrations
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The Natural History of the Human Species, its Typical Forms, Primaeval Distribution, Filiations, and Migrations

By Lieut. Col. Charles Hamilton Smith

EDINBURGH: W H Lizars, 1848 First edition of the scarce supplementary volume to Sir William Jardine's Naturalist's Library covering Humankind. Issued in 1848, at about the time that Lizars were reissuing the Naturalist's Library in the 'popular edition'. It was intended as a stand-alone volume that could be easily added to the Naturalist's Library collection as it was in the same format. In the original blue decorative cloth binding, with gilt titles and decoration to the spine and a gilt outline of a horse and rider on the front and back boards. The top of the page edges are gilt. The binding is clean and sound and has been rebacked. The gilt is slightly faded and the corners are slightly bumped. New yellow endpapers have been added. Contents: half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Lieut. Col. Charles Hamilton Smith; black and white vignette title page with picture of a Blackfoot Indian; 2nd title page; advertisement from the publisher; contents listing; text with appendix and explanation of the plates; 7 black and white plates (mainly of skulls); and 26 coloured hand-finished chromolithographic plates mainly of the heads of different races in their costumes.The explanation of the plates states that plates 6 and 8 have been combined and the plate has numbers 6 and 8 on it. Plate 7 follows 6/8 and is un-numbered but matches the description of the plate in the explanation. The remaining plates from 9 to 34 are coloured. Contents are very clean with many text pages unopened. There are the outlines of some pressed leaves/flowers on p 325 and on the tissue guards of 2 plates. Light toning at page edges.

$271.13

De Historia Stirpium commentarii insignes
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De Historia Stirpium commentarii insignes

By Leonhart Fuchs

Lugduni: Balthazarem Arnolletum, 1549 A good copy of the very scarce second edition of Leonhart Fuchs' outstanding work on plants. Fuchs (1501-1566) was born in Germany and was a physician and botanist. This work was first published in 1542 in folio and was a huge advance on previous works, particularly in its use of woodcuts after drawings by Albrecht Meyer. The second edition is 16mo and the woodcuts were redone by Clement Bussy, who also produced a portrait of Fuchs which is printed on the verso of the title. This copy is in a later card binding with the title to the spine. The binding is sound but rubbed and worn. Page edges are red. Contents: title with printer's device; portrait; lectori 2pp; dedication 5pp; 3 index sections with latin, medical and french names 20pp; blank; text pp 1-852 with numerous woodcuts; appendix; finis. There should be a 6 leaf glossary of terms after the Finis, but this is lacking. The contents are lightly toned but very clean. The stitching is visible between the portrait and lectori section. A good to very good copy.

$1936.65

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

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine (editor)

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1836 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of British Moths in original publisher's cloth binding. With listing of the Naturalist's Library; half title; black and white engraved frontispiece of Madame Merian; black and white vignette title page - showing 2 cherubs chasing butterflies; 2 further title pages; an advert; contents listing; Memoir of Maria Sibilla Merian; text with 30 hand coloured plates bound in; and a 4 page publisher's catalogue (for Simpkin Marshall) at the rear. The binding is clean and bright. The spine has a small tear and some pulling at the top, and light pulling to the bottom, and there is some pale marking to the top section of the back board (probably damp staining). The spine and the top of the front board are slightly faded. The contents are in very good clean condition. Many text pages are unopened. The tissue guards to plates 12 and 20 are loose.

$154.93

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