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Erd- und Susswasser Gasteropoden der Schweiz. Mit zugabe einiger merkwurdigen exotischen arten [plate volume only]
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Erd- und Susswasser Gasteropoden der Schweiz. Mit zugabe einiger merkwurdigen exotischen arten [plate volume only]

By J D W Hartmann

St Gallen: Verlag von Scheitlin und Zollikofer, 1844 Plate volume only from this extremely scarce work by Johann Daniel Wilhelm Hartmann. With 84 plates of which 83 are hand coloured. Issued in parts between 1840 and 1844, it seems likely that the plates were issued separately. This volume in marbled paper covered card boards and cloth spine is made up purely of the plates with no title page. The plates are stapled in, but the gutters are wide, so this would not affect any rebinding. The plates issued in 1840 (nos I-XII) have roman numerals and the remainder are numbered with arabic numerals. The name of the work is written in ink on the front endpaper and 3 initial and 4 final blanks have been bound in. The plate paper is slightly toned and there is general light spotting and more toned areas throughout. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$647.10

Popular Physical Geology
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Popular Physical Geology

By J Beete Jukes

London : Reeve and Co, 1853 A good copy of this scarce work in the original decorative cloth binding with colour frontispiece and 19 further lithographed plates. Part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series which aimed to provide a good grounding for amateurs (mainly children and young people) in a number of natural history subjects. The binding has bright front board and a more faded spine. There is wear to board corners, spine joints and spine ends. There is a small bump to the bottom corner of the back board. Internally the original endpapers are present - slightly grubby and with some repair to joints. There is a signature to the front pastedown endpaper and a stamped name to the fep. Contents are complete and clean. The paper is very toned, particularly towards the edges and this affects both text pages and plates. There is a small repaired tear in the top gutter to p110 where the page was poorly opened. Some of the stitching is a little wobbly.

$103.54

A Popular History of the British Ferns and The Allied Plants, comprising the Club-Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails
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A Popular History of the British Ferns and The Allied Plants, comprising the Club-Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails

By Thomas Moore

London : Reeve and Benham, 1851 A very good copy of the 1st edition of this important work. It was commissioned for Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series, and was extremely popular, contributing to the Victorian craze for fern books in the mid 1800's. It went through several editions. This copy is in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt decoration to the front board and spine and blind stamped decoration to the back board. The spine is slightly sunned with some light pulling to the spine ends. The front board is bright and clean with a slightly faded area at the side edge and a small ink spot at the bottom. The back board has a small ink fleck. Corners are slightly turned. Internally both front and rear endpapers are advertisements for the Popular Natural History series. Contents with frontispiece; title with signature to the top; preface; plate and contents listing and text 354 pp including index with 19 further hand coloured plates. The plates are placed to match the text and the numbers do not run in sequence. Publisher's catalogue at the rear. Contents in very good clean condition.

$129.42

Popular Geography of Plants; or, A Botanical Excursion Round the World
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Popular Geography of Plants; or, A Botanical Excursion Round the World

By E M C, Charles Daubeny (editor)

London: Lovell Reeve, 1855 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with colour frontispiece and 19 further colour plates. Part of the Popular Natural History series published by Lovell Reeve with the aim of producing sound introductory volumes to nature study for children, young people and amateurs. This one is authored by Maria Catlow although only her initials are given. She was the author of one of the very early volumes in the series - Popular British Entomology - which attracted a lot of criticism from experts at the time. Perhaps that accounts for the use of initials and the prominence given to the technical editor, Charles Daubeny. This copy has a bright front board and spine with light wear to corners (bottom corners with slight bump); light pulling to the spine, with small fray to the top; and small indentation to the bottom edge of the back board. There is some rubbing to the rear spine joint. The original yellow endpapers are present with some slight grubbiness to the front pastedown and pencil note of author to verso of fep. Contents are complete and clean, and the text is mostly unopened. Some of the stitching is a little wobbly and there is light toning to page edges.

$116.48

A popular history of British mosses, comprising a general account of their structure, fructification, arrangement and general distribution.
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A popular history of British mosses, comprising a general account of their structure, fructification, arrangement and general distribution.

By Robert M Stark

London: George Routledge & Co A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt decoration to the spine and blind stamped designs to the boards. Originally published as part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series as an introductory work for amateurs in the subject, principally children and young people. Undated but post 1865 when George Routledge and Sons took over the title. The binding is in near fine clean condition and the original yellow endpapers are present with a blind stamp to the fep. Contents are complete with colour frontispiece and 19 further colour plates bound at the rear. The frontispiece and title have some spotting to page edges and the tissue guard to the frontispiece is very spotty. Otherwise, the text is very bright and clean. Plates have spotting to edges and there is some spotting on the surface of plates XIII, XIV and XX.

$25.88

The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol XIV. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part IV. Natatores
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The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol XIV. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part IV. Natatores

By Sir William Jardine

Edinburgh: W H Lizars, 1843 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of the final volume in Jardine's Naturalist's Library in the original publisher's binding. This volume covers seagulls and ducks among others. With volume listing; black and white frontispiece portrait of Wilson; black and white vignette title page of seagulls; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Alexander Wilson; text with black and white illustrations; directions for the binder; and 31 hand coloured plates. A set of title pages for the entire series is also bound in. This was done in case subscribers wanted to rebind their sets using title pages with the same date - 1843. The binding is in very good condition with light sunning and a small mark to the spine and very light wear to boards. Corners and edges have light wear. The original green endpapers are present and are unmarked. The contents are clean with light toning to the text pages. The gather at p307 has slightly loose stitching. Plates are clean and bright; tissue guards have some offsetting and the occasional spot.

$168.25

A Popular History of Birds
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A Popular History of Birds

By Adam White

London: Lovell Reeve, 1855 A good copy of the extremely scarce 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 20 hand coloured plates. This volume is part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series and is in their standard binding, which for this volume has a gilt cockatoo to the front board. The series was designed to give young people an accurate introduction to nature and encourage them to study further. The binding is very bright with slightly chipping and pulling to the top and bottom of the spine. There is light corner wear. Internally there is a pasted note 'Given by Dr and Mrs A T Spoor' to the front endpaper. Contents: half title; frontispiece; title; dedication; preface; plate list; text with 19 further plates and index 347 pp. The book is very clean internally and some text is unopened. There is some marking to plate VI at the top and side edge and repair to the side edge of plate XVIII. Paper is lightly toned with occasional spotting, particularly to the back of plates.

$194.13

British Song Birds: A Practical Treatise on their Habits, Nidification, and Incubation; the mode of rearing young birds, and their treatment in sickness and in health
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British Song Birds: A Practical Treatise on their Habits, Nidification, and Incubation; the mode of rearing young birds, and their treatment in sickness and in health

By Joseph Nash

London : William Tegg, 1872 A good to very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with colour frontispiece and 7 further colour plates. All page edges gilted. The binding has light mottling to the edges of the boards and the spine is slightly faded. The spine ends have slight pulling and reinforcement has been added at some point. Original brown endpapers present. Contents are complete with 8 plates and illustrations in the text. The paper, including plate paper is toned and there are occasional small marks and spots. There is light spotting to the verso of the endpapers and the following page. Otherwise the contents are in very clean condition. A scarce work.

$90.59

Birds' Nests
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Birds' Nests

London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with black and white frontispiece, 22 hand coloured plates, 2 black and white plates and engravings in the text. No author given and undated, but probably 1850's. The binding has a gilt nest to the front board and gilt titles to spine. It has been rebacked with new endpapers and is sound and clean. There is light wear to the corners and some light small marks to the back board. Contents with frontispiece; title; contents and directions to binder; text 248 pp with 24 plates; and 4pp publisher's list to rear. Contents in very good clean condition. One plate has had the corner tip turned over and has a crease as a result. A scarce work.

$155.30

British Birds.
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British Birds.

London : The Religious Tract Society , 1846 A very good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with hand coloured frontispiece and 23 further hand coloured plates. Anonymous author. The binding has a gilt bird on a branch to the front board and gilt titles to spine. All edges gilted. The binding is bright and clean with light wear to corners. There is the beginning of a split at the front spine joint but the book is sound. Original yellow endpapers present. Contents with frontispiece and guard; title; contents and plate list; text 216pp with 23 guarded plates. Internally in very good clean condition with the occasional light mark or spot.

$58.24

An Essay towards a Natural History of Serpents: in two parts. I. The First exhibits a general View of Serpents, in their various Aspects.....II. The Second gives a View of most Serpents that are known...
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An Essay towards a Natural History of Serpents: in two parts. I. The First exhibits a general View of Serpents, in their various Aspects.....II. The Second gives a View of most Serpents that are known...

By Charles Owen

London: Printed for the author and sold by John Gray, 1742 A fair copy of the 1st edition in later half calf binding with 7 plates. A fascinating read today, being an account of a mixture of mythical and real animals - including descriptions of dragons. The binding is in good to very good condition with gilt titles and gilt ruled lines to spine and lightly marbled boards. There is some light scuffing and wear. There is an armorial bookplate to the front pastedown with the motto 'durum sed fortissimum' and the name 'Stones' to the top. The endpapers are also newer but the paper has been chosen to match the rest of the volume. Contents: title; dedication pp iii-v; to the reader pp vi-vii; directions to binder and errata 1p; list of subscribers ix-xxiii; text pt I pp 1-50; Pt II pp 51-166 with 7 plates; Part III pp 167-240; index 12 pp. With decorative head and tailpieces. Overall the text is very clean. The title has been relaid onto matching paper and has loss at all margins; the first page of the dedication has old repair to the bottom corner; and there is similar old repair in the gutter of plate VI. There are new small edge tear repairs to margins of pp 71,73, 85 and plate VII. There is a small area of loss to the bottom edge of p69 and a tiny hole in p 85. There is staining to some areas eg circa pp 135-9 (on text); 143-185 - side edges; bottom corner margin pp 215-20. The final index leaf is toned and fragile with a couple of small brown pencil marks. The plates have some toning and occasional marking. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$1067.72

Exotic Botany: consisting of coloured figures, and scientific descriptions, of such new, beautiful, or rare plants as are worthy of cultivation in the gardens of Britain...
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Exotic Botany: consisting of coloured figures, and scientific descriptions, of such new, beautiful, or rare plants as are worthy of cultivation in the gardens of Britain...

By James Edward Smith

London: Printed by R Taylor and Co and sold by James Sowerby, by J White, Symonds, 1804 Complete 2 volume set of the 1st edition in the original publisher's boards, with 120 hand coloured plates of which 35 are folding. A beautiful work which fully displays the artistry of James Sowerby. The bindings were only intended to last until the owner bound the volumes to their own taste, and so are now very worn and the stitching is very wobbly. The pages are untrimmed and although just on the margin of the quarto size, the volumes are the scarce octavo variant, published at the same time as the quarto. Both volumes have the armorial bookplate of Joseph Radcliffe Baronet of Rudding Park to the front pastedown. Volume I: title 1804; dedication 1p; preface 3pp; text 118 pp with 60 plates (16 folding); index. Very clean with the occasional light spot and some offsetting. Vol II: title 1805; text 122 pp with 60 plates (19 folding) ; index. Plate 103 has a pasted slip correcting the caption. Text page 33 has some offsetting; plate 96 some browning; text pp 111-2 have some browning; some of the folding plates need refolding. There is occasional light scholarly pencil annotation.

$2976.66

Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, illustrated with above 600 copper plates. The History of Man and Quadrupeds ...[and] The History of Birds ..In Twenty Volumes
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Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, illustrated with above 600 copper plates. The History of Man and Quadrupeds ...[and] The History of Birds ..In Twenty Volumes

By Count de Buffon, William Smellie [translator]

London : T Cadell and W Davies; R C and J Rivington; et al, 1812 A very good set of this 20 volume edition with black and white frontispiece, 2 folding maps, and 681 hand coloured plates. With an account of Buffon's life by William Wood. It is rare to find this set with hand colouring. In contemporary full speckled calf bindings that have been rebacked to provide new spines with gilt-lined raised bands and title and volume labels. The original boards have scuffing and pitting, and there is light wear at edges and corners, but the bindings are in very good clean condition. Endpapers are marbled and some of the front pastedowns have a scuffed area indicating the removal of bookplates. 2 of the volumes have the armorial bookplate of the Right Hon. Sir Robert Peel, Bart, who was Prime Minister 1834-5. and 1841-6 and is viewed as the founder of the modern British police force. The contents are in very good condition with occasional light spotting, generally at the top margin, and offsetting from the plates. The occasional plate and text page is toned. All the volumes have 2 initial and final blanks, a half title and title, contents listings and directions to the binder. All have the original page marker (torn in one volume). In this set, Vol VI has 2 plates numbered 152 and 2 numbered 158 with different animals; Vol VII lacks one plate (211) and Vol VIII lacks plate 252 but has 2 numbered 254 (different animals). Detailed contents: Vol I: preface by translator and life of Buffon pp lv; text 496pp; 2 folding hand coloured maps. Vol II: text 592pp; 13 plates, of which 6 are folding. There is a small hole in text p 443. Vol III: text 567 pp; 1 plate. Vol IV: text 419 pp including folding chart of dogs; 48 plates. Vol V: text 378 pp; 63 plates. Vol VI: text 439pp; 67 plates. Vol VII: 477 pp; 49 plates of which 2 are folding. Vol VIII: 400 pp; 49 plates. Vol IX: 406pp; 56 plates. Vol X: text 288 pp; appendix with half title to p396; index 44 pp; 69 plates. Vol XI: [first volume of Birds]preface by translator pp xvi; text 435 pp; notes by translator to p 444; 29 plates (29 is misprinted 39 on directions to binder). Vol XII: text 518 pp; 27 plates - plate numbering not in sequence. p 305 has lost the bottom corner tip. Vol XIII: 496pp; 27 plates. Vol XIV: 464 pp; 22 plates. Vol XV: 468 pp; 22 plates. Vol XVI: 494 pp; 15 plates. Vol XVII: 574 pp; 19 plates. Vol VXIII: 567 pp; 31 plates. Vol XIX: 514 pp; 40 plates. Vol XX: text 1-390; appendix by translator to p 515; index 88 pp; 34 plates.

$3235.50

The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from naure, with the Natual History of each species,...
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The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from naure, with the Natual History of each species,...

By W. Lewin [William Lewin]

London : J Johnson, 1795 A very good copy of this scarce title, with 46 superb hand coloured plates. William Lewin (1747-1795) intended this work to be the first volume of 'The Insects of Great Britain' series. However he died in 1795 with only this volume completed. This is the rare first issue which has the series title page and ends 'End of Volume I'. The second issue amends the title to the 'Papilios of Great Britain' making it stand-alone. This copy is a later half vellum binding with blind stamped decoration to the buckram boards. Page edges have light marbling and the endpapers are marbled. The binding is in very good condition. There is corner wear particularly to the bottom corners, which are bumped with leather loss. Contents: title pages in French and English; half title page 'The insects of Great Britain'; text in French and English with 46 hand coloured plates; index 3pp. There are 2 mispaginations: plate 6 with text is placed after plates 7 and 8; and plate 28 with text is placed after plate and text 23. The contents are very clean with bright strong colouring to plates. There is a smear to the paint around one butterfly on plate 9 and the odd light spot or mark elsewhere. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition.

$3688.47

The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology. Vol. X. Flycatchers
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The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology. Vol. X. Flycatchers

By William Swainson, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1838 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with 31 hand coloured plates and a hand coloured vignette title page. The binding is in its original state and is bright, clean and sound with some fading to the spine and light pulling at the spine ends with a little chip at the top. The bottom front corner has a light bump; the remaining corners have very light wear. The original green endpapers are present without marking. Contents: volume listing; half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Haller with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page with picture of Green Tody; 2 further title pages; advert; contents listing; Memoir of Baron Haller; text; and 31 hand coloured plates bound at the rear. Contents are in very good clean condition. Some text sections have light toning. Plate 1 lacks a tissue guard and there is slight loss to the top edge of plate 12. The plates are exceptionally well coloured.

$155.30

Catalogus Stirpium, &c. or, A Catalogue of Plants Naturally growing and commonly cultivated in divers Parts of England, More especially about Nottingham....
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Catalogus Stirpium, &c. or, A Catalogue of Plants Naturally growing and commonly cultivated in divers Parts of England, More especially about Nottingham....

By George Charles Deering

London : Printed for the author by G Ayscough, and sold by C Rivington, 1738 A fair copy in contemporary full leather binding. The binding is complete but with front board detached, back board beginning to split at spine, and spine lacking some surface leather. Contents, however, are in very good clean condition. An extremely scarce early local flora. The author was born in Germany and was a medical practitioner and botanist. He was resident in the UK from 1719-49, moving to Nottingham in 1736. This work, published in 1738, went through 2 impression in that year, the second issue having a canceled dedication. A separate occasional dedication was published and this is sometimes bound into the work. This copy has a single page dedication. Contents: title (with ownership details to top); blank verso; dedication with blank verso; To the Reader 14pp; abbreviated names 2pp; text 231pp; blank; english index 9pp; blank; alphabetical list of plants for every month in the year pp 1-6; plants omitted 1p; errata 2pp; blank; General Distribution of Plants according to Mr Ray's Synopsis pp 1-24; Finis.

$323.55

Outlines of British Fungology; containing characters of above a thousand species of fungi, and a complete list of all that have been described as natives of The British Isles
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Outlines of British Fungology; containing characters of above a thousand species of fungi, and a complete list of all that have been described as natives of The British Isles

By M J Berkeley

London : Lovell Reeve, 1860 A good copy of the 1st edition with one plain plate and 23 hand coloured plates of fungi. Regarded as a classic reference work on British fungi. In the original cloth binding with gilt titles to spine and gilt Lovell Reeve design to front board. The binding has been rebacked preserving most of the original spine and is sound and tight. There are some faded areas to the cloth. New endpapers. Contents: half title, frontispiece (with torn tissue-guard), title, dedication, preface, explanation of plates and addenda pp xvii; text pp 1-409; appendix 410; glossary pp 411-414; principal authors quoted pp 415-417; index to genera and species pp 423-424; 23 hand coloured plates with tissue guards; catalogue 16pp. Contents in very clean condition. The black and white frontispiece has some darkening around the edges, particularly in the bottom corner, and the title and preliminary pages to the addenda have a darker area in the bottom corner of the page. There is an occasional stain in the top gutter not affecting text. P 399 has a small repaired side margin tear. The tissue guards to the colour plates are darkened and stained, but the plates are bright and clean.

$103.54

Evenings at the Microscope; or, Researches among the minute organs and forms of Animal Life
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Evenings at the Microscope; or, Researches among the minute organs and forms of Animal Life

By Philip Henry Gosse

London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1859 A fair to good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with numerous illustrations in the text. Not dated on the title page but with signature to front endpaper dated 1859 and meeting the criteria for the 1st edition. The binding is generally clean with a couple of small marks to the front board. The spine is darkened and there is wear at the front joint with splitting to the cloth at the bottom. Spine ends pulled and spine slightly cocked to front. Small dent at the top of the back board. Bumped corners. Internally there is a blind stamp (bookseller's) to the front endpaper and two signatures, one dated 1859. The front endpaper is splitting at the joint. Contents complete: title, preface dated February 1859, list of illustrations pp xii; text including index pp 1-506. Adverts for Gosse's works 4pp. The contents are in very good clean condition with light toning to margins. Top page corners have been turned over at some point on pp 28-32, and 255-7. The book has a light musty odour.

$71.18

The Natural History of British Insects; explaining them in their several states, with the periods of their transformations, their food, oeconomy, &c. Together with the History of Such Minute Insects as require investigation by the Microscope. Vols I-XVI
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The Natural History of British Insects; explaining them in their several states, with the periods of their transformations, their food, oeconomy, &c. Together with the History of Such Minute Insects as require investigation by the Microscope. Vols I-XVI

By Edward Donovan

London : Printed for the Author and for F. and C.Rivington, 1792 A good to very good complete set of 16 volumes in 8, with 576 plates of which 568 are hand coloured. In contemporary half morocco leather over what are likely to be the publisher's plain boards. The spines have raised bands, delicate blind-stamped and gilt designs, and gilt titles. The boards have a blind-stamped design to the leather edges. All the bindings are sound and clean, with wear to corners (with leather loss at tips) and edges, and some light marking to the card, particularly where is adjoins the leather. The red leather is slightly darkened on one volume and lighter on two. The contents are largely 1st issue, with a question over Vols I, X and XIII. Donovan issued the contents of I-X in parts between 1792 and 1801 and, viewing the work as complete, issued a new title, advert, and contents pages. He added 6 more volumes between 1806 and 1813. In this set, Vol I has the later title and is probably 2nd issue. Vol X has a title page with the right date, but a slight variation in publisher and printer (this variant is not mentioned in Lisney). Vol XIII has the first issue title to Vol XI with the volume number changed by hand. All volumes have the bookplate of Paul Sokoloff (a noted amateur entomologist) to the front endpaper, and some have an additional armorial plate, with the motto 'sapere aude'. The contents are clean and in very good condition with very bright and well coloured plates. The original page markers are present in most volumes. As with all works issued in parts, paper tone and quality varies with occasional sections having light toning, and some having spotting. This is noticeable in Vol I with spotting in text pp 45-58; IV with some toning and a little spotting; VI where p 75 is spotty; and XI where there is heavy spotting to text pp 23-7, 59-62 and 67-72 - plates 368, 369, 380, 381 and 385 are affected. There are no tissue guards, but there is little offsetting, other than in Vol XIV. There are a couple of small repaired margin tears; a paper flaw at the back of plate 330; a creased title to IX and p 3 in Vol II; a couple of ragged page edges and a dampstain to the front pastedown of Vol IX. Please enquire if you would like to see more images to further assess condition.

$7118.10

The Family Herbal, or an account of all those english plants, which are remarkable for their virtues, and of the drugs which are produced by vegetables of other countries, with their descriptions and their uses as proved by experience.
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The Family Herbal, or an account of all those english plants, which are remarkable for their virtues, and of the drugs which are produced by vegetables of other countries, with their descriptions and their uses as proved by experience.

By Sir John Hill MD

Bungay: C Brightly and T Kinnersley, 1812 A very good copy in recent half leather binding, complete with 54 hand coloured plates. 'Sir' John Hill 'MD' was neither a 'Sir' nor an MD although he did have an extensive background in rare herbs. He was a prolific writer - being credited with around 76 works - and was the subject of much controversy - including a bizarre episode with the Royal Society where (source Wikipedia) he took a false name, pretended to observe cases where women became pregnant by themselves, and published this study as a letter to the Society. This because the Society refused to admit him as a Fellow. His Family Herbal was very popular and much reprinted. This copy is in a near fine half calf binding with gilt lines, title label, and date in gilt to spine. Boards marbled. New endpapers and 2 initial and final blanks added. Contents are complete and remarkably clean for a Bungay publication (paper quality is generally poor and so prone to grubbiness and browning). Contents: title; preface pp iii-viii; introduction i-xl; text 1-368; appendix 369-376; 54 hand coloured plates at the rear. There is the odd mark or spot; a small hole in the top margin of p 17; a couple of pages with ragged side margins; some creasing to edges pp 141-160; yellow mark in margin pp 98-9; and a couple of ? burn marks pp 226-31 and 237-40.

$271.78

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