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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....
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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.

$339.08

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.

$108.50

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.

$74.60

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.

$7459.65

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.

$284.82

Coloured Figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms Vols I-III with Supplement
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Coloured Figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms Vols I-III with Supplement

By James Sowerby

London : Printed by J Davis [Vols I & II] and B Wilks [Vol III] for the Author, 1798 A very good copy of the complete 3 volume 1st edition including later Supplement, with 440 hand coloured plates on 436 leaves. This work was James Sowerby's follow up to his successful English Botany and he both drew, and engraved the plates and oversaw the colouring. He immersed himself in the study of mushrooms over the period of work, which was published between 1798 and 1809, including creating 200 models of larger species, and making his collection of specimens available to public view. In his introduction to the Supplement (which was issued without separate title) he states his concern that the identification of many individual species, with illustrations that focus only on perfect specimens, might confuse the public into eating poisonous fungi. His response was to illustrate a number of specimens rather than the 'perfect one' and to model a number of poisonous species for public inspection. This copy is in a near fine half marbled calf binding with marbled boards; small raised bands with gilt ruling and title and volume labels to spine. The binding looks later than the books. The endpapers are marbled and all have the armorial bookplate with the motto 'Haud Muto Factum' ('nothing happens by being mute), the motto of the Delves Broughton family of Doddington Hall, to the front pastedown endpaper. Each volume has an initial and final blank leaf. A previous owner has lightly annotated plate margins with the name of the mushroom and occasionally added scholarly notes and comparison with other works. Overall the contents are in very clean condition. There is occasional offsetting (no tissue guards) and the odd spot or mark in margins. Contents: Vol I: title; dedication to Joseph Banks and James Edward Smith; Preface 2pp; text to plates I - CXX; plates 1 - 120; Index 2pp. There is slight damage to the leather at the spine joint between the title and volume labels at the front; faint lettering at the top of the initial blank; light rippling to bottom paper margins with slight colour change at some points particularly between plates 26-39. Occasional light spots to margins and some indentations to top margins which looks to be caused by paper clips, perhaps holding the book open for view. Vol II: title 1799; text to plates CXXI - CCXL; plates 121 - 240; Index 2pp. The front endpaper has lost its bottom corner tip and there are faint letters to the top of the initial blank. Text for CXL is misprinted as CLX. There is mark to the verso of plate 126 which has imprinted on the blank margin of 127. Vol III: title 1803 with printer B Wilks; text CCXLI - CD; plates 241 - 400; Index 5pp; Dedication to Hugh Davies; Introduction 2pp; text to CCCCI - CCCCXL (with additional observations on tab 387 fig 0); plates 401-440 on 36 leaves. Plate 268 has a small ring with a dot inside - and the figure 1 next to it - this is apparently a spore. There is a scuff to the top of the fep and the initial blank has a large oval stamp of Hulton Press Library and a small oblong stamp at the top. Some text sections have spotting/brown toning (around 13 spotty pages and 19 toned pages) and there is a stain in the bottom gutter affecting the first 10 text pp. Plate 262 has a light stain. Text page to CCCCVI is brown toned on verso. There are a couple of light ? paint splashes to the bottom margin of plate 428 mirrored on the verso of plate 427. A very beautiful work - please enquire if you would like to see additional images to further assess condition.

$16275.60

The Common Objects of the Sea-Shore, inlcuding Hints for an Aquarium
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The Common Objects of the Sea-Shore, inlcuding Hints for an Aquarium

By Rev J G Wood

London : G Routledge & Co, 1857 A VG copy in the original blue decorative cloth binding with 12 colour printed plates specially drawn by Sowerby and engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. Numerous black and white engravings in the text. This work was intended to give ordinary families an inexpensive guide to exploring the seashore and the wealth of animal and plant life to be found there. The cloth binding has been rebacked with new endpapers so the book is tight and sound. The spine is lightly faded and there is some scuffing to edges and corners. Contents with colour printed frontispiece; title with signature to top; preface; contents list and text with 11 further plates; index. Contents in very good clean condition. There is a small tear to the top margin at p 64 and a previous owner has attempted the drawing of a shell in the top margin of p 18.

$74.60

The Poisonous, Noxious and Suspected Plants of our Fields and Woods
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The Poisonous, Noxious and Suspected Plants of our Fields and Woods

By Anne Pratt

LONDON: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1857 A very good copy in contemporary half morocco binding with 44 colour printed plates. Undated but 1857. Anne Pratt was a prolific author of natural history works, and unusual in that she published under her own name. She was extremely popular although thought not be as scientific as her male contemporaries. The binding with raised bands to spine and gilt titles is clean and sound. The leather is lightly rubbed to edges and corners and on the joints. Bottom corners turned in. There is a pencil signature to the initial blank leaf. Contents with title, contents, errata and preface pp xii; text with index and 44 colour printed plates pp 208; final blank. Contents are bright and clean and in very good condition with the very occasional light mark or spot.

$67.82

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 to very 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. The spine is darkened with pulling at the top and bottom, and the front bottom corner is bumped. Contents complete with frontispiece, title, plate list etc pp xii; text pp 1 - 386 with 19 further plates; glossary and notes pp 387-404; publisher's list 1 p. Contents in very good clean condition with light toning towards page edges. There is some marking to the bottom margin at p 184/5. The rear endpaper joint has a little damage but the joint is sound.

$81.38

British Entomology; being illustrations and descriptions of the Genera of Insects found in Great Britain and Ireland: containing coloured figures from nature of the most rare and beautiful species, and in many instances of the plants on which they are found.
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British Entomology; being illustrations and descriptions of the Genera of Insects found in Great Britain and Ireland: containing coloured figures from nature of the most rare and beautiful species, and in many instances of the plants on which they are found.

By John Curtis

London : Printed for the author, 1840 A very good complete set of the 1st edition, in 8 volumes with 770 hand coloured plates by John Curtis. This was Curtis' main publication and his preface to Vol I reflects the difficulties and the choices he made over the 16 years that it was in production. It was issued in parts, so it was not possible to focus on individual genera in sequence and include updates in classification and the new species which were being identified. At the end of the process Curtis made sets available organised by genera, and also issued new title pages and index pages to enable owners to reorganise their purchase if they wished. This set has the new title pages and is divided up into genera with, for example, Volumes I and II covering Coleoptera; Volumes V and VI Lepidoptera. As a consequence, plate numbers are not in sequence. Text pages are unnumbered. Curtis' attention to detail and artistry in the illustrations and their colouring is outstanding. He noted in the preface that the colouring alone cost him over £3,000 (£309,000 today). This copy is in contemporary half leather bindings with gilt lined raised bands, gilt compartments and title/volume labels to spine. Boards are of cobbled cloth. The bindings are clean with bright gilt. There is scuffing and wear to the spine ends, spine joints, edges and corners - this varies in degree across the volumes - Vol V has some splitting at the top half of the front spine joint; and Vol VII has the top surface of the leather missing at the top of the front board. All the volumes are currently sound. Internally all have the armorial bookplate of Edward H Mainwaring Sladen to the front pastedown. Vol I has a piece of paper pasted to the bottom of the title with John Curtis' signature - this may have been cut from a letter. The contents are very clean and in very good to near fine condition. There are some sections where the paper is more toned and there is some offsetting from plates to text where the plate is particularly strongly coloured. Contents: Vol I - title Coleoptera pt I 1823-40 with note 'yr obed & obligd serv J Curtis' to bottom; preface pp 1-8; subscribers' list pp 9-11; contents note and adverts 1p; dedication; 131 plates with text; index 4pp. Pale yellow area to text and back of plates at plate 188 and 287. Vol II: title - Coleoptera pt 2; dedications; 126 plates and text; index 4pp. Small darker area to top gutter at plate 694. Vol III: title - Dermaptera, Dictyoptera, Orthoptera, Strepsiptera, Hymenoptera pt 1; dedication; 87 plates with text; index and errata 2pp. Vol IV: title Hymenoptera pt 2, Neuroptera, Trichoptera; dedications; 70 plates with text; index and errata 2pp. Vol V: title Lepidoptera pt 1; dedications; 93 plates with text; index and errata 2pp. Vol VI: title Lepidoptera pt 2; 100 plates with text; index and errata 2pp. Vol VII: title Homoptera, Hemiptera, Aphoniptera; dedications; 55 plates with text; index 2pp; alphabetical list of insects 6pp; systematic index to complete work pp 7-19; alphabetical list of plants 19-24; systematic list of plants 24-30; index to english names of plants 30-36. Plate 657 has a little spotting. Vol VIII: title Diptera, Omaloptera; dedications; 108 plates with text; index 3pp; errata 1p. Slight light spotting to early text; small light splash in top gutter pl 489 on both sides - not affecting image. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images to further assess condition.

$9765.36

The Natural History of Beetles;  Naturalist's Library,Entomology Vol. II.
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The Natural History of Beetles; Naturalist's Library,Entomology Vol. II.

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine, editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1835 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's binding. With black and white frontispiece portrait of John Ray; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages; contents listing; publisher's advert; Memoir of Ray; text with numerous illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates; and publisher's catalogue bound at the rear. There is a small insert at the contents page about publications. The binding has been rebacked preserving the original spine and green endpapers. It is therefore sound and tight. The spine is slightly faded and there is a little scuffing to the boards and light corner wear. Internally there is the bookplate of Francis Hemmings, the noted entomologist to the front pastedown endpaper. The endpaper joints have repair. Contents have brown toning to page margins of both text and plates. The plates are well-coloured and have new tissue guards.

$230.57

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.

$149.19

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.

$135.63

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.

$284.82

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.

$339.08

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.

$135.63

The Natural History 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 History 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.

$406.89

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.

$176.32

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.

$162.76

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.

$189.88

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