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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.

$1295.64

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.

$71.98

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.

$748.59

The Natural History of Humming Birds. Volumes I & II. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology.
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The Natural History of Humming Birds. Volumes I & II. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology.

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1834 1st edition, second printing, of humming birds in the original publisher's cloth bindings, with 64 hand coloured plates. The bindings are sound and clean. Both have been rebacked preserving the original spine. Vol I has slight bubbling to the cloth; a bump to the rear bottom corner; a small lighter spot on the front board and fading to edges and spine. Vol II has some wear and bumping to corners; the front board has mottling and some fading to edges. The original green endpapers are present in both volumes with repair. Vol I: frontispiece black and white portrait of 'Linnaeus in his Lapland Dress'; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages dated 1834 (a year after the first printing); publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Linnaeus; and text with black and white illustrations and 34 hand coloured plates bound at the rear; 23pp publisher's catalogue. Vol.II: half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Pennant; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages dated 1833 together with an additional title page for Vol I; contents listing; advert; Memoir of Pennant; text with 30 hand coloured plates; synopsis; index; and a range of publisher's adverts - 166 pages in all. Vol I has foxing, particularly to the early pages and to the page edges. The plates have light brown toning, but Plate I is very browned. There is the odd spot to plates but this is mostly to the verso. 5 plates lack tissue guards. Vol II is brighter, and although with occasional spotting eg initial text, gutter to pp 30-35; the plates are generally bright and clean. Plates 1 and 2 have a couple of spots with more spots to verso and tissue guards; plates 27 and 28 have a couple of small spots. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images. As usual with editions bound in the publisher's cloth, page edges are untrimmed.

$547.05

The Natural History of Humming Birds. Volumes I & II. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology.
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The Natural History of Humming Birds. Volumes I & II. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology.

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1833 1st edition in the original publisher's binding, with 64 hand coloured plates. Humming birds Vol I was the first volume issued in the Naturalist's Library, and this copy of Vol I has a 'Notice of the Naturalist's Library' by Professor Rennie extolling the virtues of the new series, making it a first issue. Both volumes are in their original state with the publisher's (now brown) cloth binding with gilt titles to spine, and green endpapers with the Naturalists' Library watermark to the front endpaper. Both volumes have some fading to the spine and edges, and light pulling to the spine. Corners lightly bumped. Vol I has a couple of small idents to the side of the boards. Vol I has an armorial bookplate of Sir Henry Jardine (1766-1851, related to Sir William Jardine) to the front pastedown. Contents: notice for the series; adverts for North American Ornithology; half title; frontispiece black and white portrait of Linnaeus; hand coloured vignette title page; one further title page; contents listing; advert; Memoir of Linnaeus; and text with black and white illustrations and 34 hand coloured plates - 147 pages in all; publisher's adverts to rear. Vol.II: half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Pennant; hand coloured vignette title page; 3 further title pages (one for insertion into Vol I); contents listing; advert; Memoir of Pennant; text with 30 hand coloured plates; synopsis; index; and publisher's advert - 166 pages in all. Both volumes are generally clean. Vol I has some lettering and a little grubbiness to the front pastedown and some light unobtrusive foxing in places. The rear free endpaper has the imprint of some figures. Vol II has some offsetting and spotting to tissue guards and the occasional spotting to plates. Both are very good copies. Please ask for additional images if you would like to further assess condition.

$748.59

The Natural History of Birds, from the works of the best authors, antient and modern: embellished with numerous plates Accurately Coloured from Nature
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The Natural History of Birds, from the works of the best authors, antient and modern: embellished with numerous plates Accurately Coloured from Nature

Bungay: Printed and published by Brightly & Childs. Published also by T Kinnersley, 1815 A fair 2 volume set in contemporary full leather bindings with 118 of 152 hand-coloured plates. As is usual with the Bungay publications, the paper quality is poor, being soft and fragile and prone to staining/toning. The plate collation is always haphazard and although the birds are said to be 'accurately coloured from nature', the colouring is rudimentary. An interesting work however. This set has the original full leather boards with gilt lining, and newer leather spines with raised bands, gilt decoration and title labels. There is wear to corners but the bindings are in very good clean condition. Contents: vol I: 586pp, 67 plates - a couple of pages have repaired tears and the plate at p147 has some smudging. Vol II: 700pp, 51 plates - a couple of repaired edge tears; some corner tips missing; small ink marks pp 100, 101; some marking pp 237-9; badly foxed section pp 313-357. Please ask for additional images if you would like to further assess condition.

$446.28

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

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

$71.98

An Universal System of Natural History, including the Natural History of Man; The Orang-Outang; and whole tribe of Simia; all the known Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, and Amphibious Animals; insects, polypees, zoophytes, and animalculae....Vols I-III
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An Universal System of Natural History, including the Natural History of Man; The Orang-Outang; and whole tribe of Simia; all the known Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, and Amphibious Animals; insects, polypees, zoophytes, and animalculae....Vols I-III

By Ebenezer Sibley

London: Printed for the Proprietor, and sold by Champante and Whitrow, 1794 An extremely scarce hand coloured set of the first 3 volumes in Ebenezer Sibley's major work on the natural world. 14 volumes were eventually published, running in date from 1794 to 1808, and Sibley's name is only mentioned on the decorative title page to Vol I, where the work is titled 'Magazine of Natural History'. Each volume is complete in itself, and the first 3 volumes cover Man, Apes and Quadrupeds, with a lengthy dissertation on the relationship between Man and 'brute animals'. All 3 volumes have contemporary boards with newer spines, which have title labels, gilt lining and blind stamped decoration. The boards have some scuffing and wear to edges and corners, but all the bindings are nicely clean and sound. All have new endpapers. Vol I: Man - frontispiece; decorative title page; letterpress title page; introduction - viii; text pp 1-450 plus index which looks to be missing the final page;19 hand coloured plates. There is a signature to the top of the title pages; a couple of paper tears; occasional marking eg at top margin of frontispiece and title pages, mark to foredge; some paper sections more toned than others; anatomical plates have some splotching; final index page with worm hole. Vol II: Simia; frontispiece; title page; text incl index 420pp with plate list; 19 hand coloured plates. Generally very clean with occasional toning/marking, frontispiece has had repair at some point. Vol III: quadrupeds; title page; frontispiece; text with index 608pp; 16 hand-coloured plates. Very clean, usual toning in places. Vol II is the only one with a plate list and it is complete. The other 2 volumes do not have plate lists. The hand colouring is vibrant with deep colours and the images of the simia in particular are fascinating for the facial features that they have been given. A very rare work. Please ask for additional images if you would like to further assess condition.

$1151.68

A Voyage round the World, In His Majesty's ship The Dolphin, Commanded by the Honourable Commodore Byron. In which is Contained, A faithful Account of several Places, People, Plants, Animals, &c. seen on the Voyage:
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A Voyage round the World, In His Majesty's ship The Dolphin, Commanded by the Honourable Commodore Byron. In which is Contained, A faithful Account of several Places, People, Plants, Animals, &c. seen on the Voyage:

London: J Newbery, F Newbery, 1767 A fair copy of the 1st edition of Commodore Byron's circumnavigation of the globe. With black and white frontispiece and 2 further plates. The title page states that it was written 'by an Officer on Board the said Ship' This was originally thought to have been Byron himself, but it is more recently being assigned to Charles Clerke, who was a Mid-Shipman on the voyage - and later sailed with James Cook. Byron was asked to explore the S Atlantic, in the hope of finding a base for British interests, but this was kept secret to avoid conflict with Spanish authorities who controlled the S American mainland. He crossed the Atlantic in winter 1764. The account provoked considerable interest, particularly because of its desciption of a giant people in Patagonia. The book describes a meeting in which Commodore Byron wanted to hand out 'trinkets - 'The method he made use of to facilitate the distribution of them, was by making the Indians sit down on the ground, that he might put the strings of beads, &c. round their necks, and such was their extraordinary size, that in this situation they were almost as high as the Commodore when standing.' This copy is bound with the original marbled boards and a new spine with gilt-lined raised bands and title label. There is scuffing and wear to the boards but the binding is clean and sound. Internally the original endpapers are present with repair. Contents: frontispiece (repaired with some loss); title page with ink signature to top (some browning and loss to side edge); preface 2pp (similar browning and side edge loss); text pp 1-181 with decorative headpiece and initial capital and 2 plates; Appendix with errata pp 181-186; Finis; advertisement 2pp (damage to bottom corner. Overall the contents are in very good clean condition, with light toning to paper and the occasional mark.

$1367.62

The Common Moths of England
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The Common Moths of England

By J G Wood

London: George Routledge and Sons A very good early copy in the original decorative cloth binding with colour printed frontispiece and 11 further colour plates. Undated, but probably 1870's. The binding has beveled edges and a gilt design with 3 moths to the front board, and gilt design and titles to the spine. It has been rebacked with new endpapers so is sound and tight. The spine is a little faded and there is some general edge and corner wear. Contents: frontispiece with tissue-guard; title page; preliminaries and text 180pp with 11 plates and black and white illustrations. Index 6pp plus page detailing the plates. Internally very clean with bright plates. Some plates without tissue-guards; remaining guards usually loose.

$50.39

British Butterflies: Figures and Descriptions of Every Native Species
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British Butterflies: Figures and Descriptions of Every Native Species

By W S Coleman

London: Routledge, Warne & Routledge, 1860 A good copy of the 1st edition with 16 full page plates, of which 14 are colour printed by Edmund Evans. In contemporary half morocco binding with cobbled cloth boards. With gilt compartments and titles to spine. The binding is sound with general wear to the top and bottom of the spine, edges and corners. Cloth boards with slight colour variations. Contents generally clean with the occasional light mark or spot. There are some small edge tears and slight loss to the side of p170 (plate descriptions - no loss of text). There is some damage/repair to text pp 95/97 and a small ident in plate VIII (see plate image).

$34.55

Cage and Chamber-Birds, Their Natural History, habits, food, diseases, management, and modes of capture....incorporating the whole of Sweet's British Warblers
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Cage and Chamber-Birds, Their Natural History, habits, food, diseases, management, and modes of capture....incorporating the whole of Sweet's British Warblers

By J M Bechstein, H G Adams [editor]

London and New York: George Bell & Sons, 1892 A very good copy in recent quarter leather binding with 31 full page plates of which 30 are hand-coloured.This is a later edition edited by H G Adams. The plates are mostly taken from those first used in Jardine's Naturalist's Library, including 4 by Edward Lear (3 of parrots, and one pigeon). The binding has a calf spine with title label, and marbled boards. New endpapers have been added. Contents with tissue-guarded frontispiece; title page; list of illustrations (which includes woodcuts in the text as well as the full page plates); text with one black and white and 30 colour plates. With alphabetical list of Bohn's works at the rear. Binding and contents in very good clean condition. Tissue guard to frontispiece is spotty and title page slightly browned. Light toning to text pages

$107.97

Common Objects of the Microscope
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Common Objects of the Microscope

By J G Wood

LONDON: Routledge, Warnes, and Routledge, 1861 A good copy of the 1st edition of the Reverend Wood's work on 'the wonderful structures discovered by the microscope'. In original blue/purple decorative cloth binding with gilt titles and picture of a microscope on the spine. With 12 colour plates by Tuffen West, printed by Evans and numerous black and white illustrations in the text. Extensive catalogue of miscroscopes bound at the rear. This work is rare in this format and was published by Wood to 'guide' students in their first studies into the microscope. The binding has a faded spine which has pulling and some fraying at the bottom and at the top of the spine joints. There is a little white marking to the front board and bumping to the corners. Internally the original endpapers are present - the rear endpaper has repair at the joint - not elegant, but currently sound. There is slight splitting at the top of the front endpaper joint. Contents in very good clean condition. The advertisements have a small piece cut out of p1 of the catalogue at the bottom.

$107.97

Rust, Smut, Mildew, & Mould. An Introduction to the Study of Microscopic Fungi
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Rust, Smut, Mildew, & Mould. An Introduction to the Study of Microscopic Fungi

By M C Cooke

London: Robert Hardwicke, 1865 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original green decorative cloth binding with 16 plates by J E Sowerby, 13 of which are hand coloured. The binding is bright and clean. The spine is cocked to the front and there is some chipping to the top edge, and pulling to the bottom. Corners bumped. The original brown endpapers with printed adverts are present. There is a signature dated 1865 to the half title page. Contents in good/very good clean condition. The stitching is slightly wobbly and is visible at pp 48 and 64. Publisher's catalogue at the rear.

$57.58

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, 1866 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 23 other hand coloured plates of mushrooms. The binding is very bright and clean. There is slight pulling to the spine and slight bumping to corners. The original endpapers are present with a pasted ownership label to the front pastedown. There are 2 further ownership signatures: to the verso of the fep and to the verso of the frontispiece. The contents are in very good clean condition. There is a little marking to the side margin at pages 1-9. The stitching is a little wobbly and visible at times. Page 68 has been poorly opened and there is small tearing at the top margin. Catalogue at the rear.

$57.58

Entomologica Edinensis or a description and history of the insects found in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh. Coleoptera
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Entomologica Edinensis or a description and history of the insects found in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh. Coleoptera

By James Wilson and James Duncan

London: William Blackwood, 1834 A good copy of this extremely scarce work. In the original plain cloth binding with paper labels to spine. The binding is sound but with wear at the spine and general discolouration and some cloth bubbling. Light indentation to sides of boards ? from being bound in string bundle. Internally has title page with blind stamp of University of Aberdeen Natural History Dept; 2 plain plates; errata and text including Addenda, Notes and Index 351pp. Probably lacking half title. The endpapers are very spotty and the text pages have light toning - more so at the beginning of the work. However, some text is unopened and it is in very clean condition.

$71.98

The Fishes of the British Isles both Fresh Water and Salt
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The Fishes of the British Isles both Fresh Water and Salt

By J Travis Jenkins

London and New York : Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1936 A near fine copy of the 2nd edition in near fine wrapper. Part of the Wayside and Woodland series. With numerous colour and black and white illustrations. The wrapper is not price-clipped. It has slight fading to the spine and is in a removable protective wrap. The decorative cloth binding with gilt and black titles and a gilt fish to the front board, and titles to the spine is in near fine condition. The contents are in near fine clean condition.

$43.19

Typical Flies. A Photographic Atlas of Diptera including Aphaniptera. Series I, II & III
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Typical Flies. A Photographic Atlas of Diptera including Aphaniptera. Series I, II & III

By E K Pearce

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1928 A complete 3 volume set in dustwrappers with numerous photographs. Series I: 2nd edition 1928, 47 pp including photos, with 2 errata slips. Contents near fine; wrapper fragile particularly around the spine where there is a loss and repair; card binding with cloth spine VG. Series II: 1st 1921, 38pp with errata slip; contents VG - spotty rear endpapers; has 2 wrappers, one inside the other; binding VG some edge wear. Series III: 1st 1928, 64pp including index, with 2 errata slips; contents VG; 2 wrappers - one inside the other - one with considerable wear; binding G to VG - some darkening towards the top edges. A very good set.

$64.78

The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges & Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies, the Club Mosses, Horsetails, &c. 4 Vols
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The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges & Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies, the Club Mosses, Horsetails, &c. 4 Vols

By Anne Pratt, Edward Step

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co, 1905 A very good copy of the 4 volume set, in the original art nouveau style decorative cloth bindings with 318 colour plates and 5 plain plates. Top page edges gilt. This is a later edition of Anne Pratt's work, extensively revised by Edward Step and with colour plates reworked to ensure that the colour matched the plants.The bindings are bright and clean with light pulling and slight fading to spines. A couple of the spines have slight cocking to the front. Very occasional light marks and light corner wear. Each volume has half title, frontispiece with tissue-guard, title page, contents, text and plates. Vol I: 269pp, 77 colour and 4 plain plates; Vol II: 279 pp, 76 plates; Vol III: 258 pp, 78 plates; Vol IV: 178 pp plus index pp 181-215, 87 colour plates, 1 plain plate. Contents are very clean and in very good condition. There is light spotting to preliminaries and end leaves and occasional light spotting elsewhere most usually in the gutter or margin. Vol I has a small repaired page margin tear at page 224; Vol II has a small page tear in the bottom margin at p 208.

$431.88

Bees, Wasps, Ants and Allied Insects of the British Isles
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Bees, Wasps, Ants and Allied Insects of the British Isles

By Edward Step

London and New York : Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1946 A near fine copy in near fine dustwrapper. Part of the Wayside and Woodland Series. The wrapper is not price clipped - and is bright and clean. It is in a removeable protective wrap. The decorative cloth binding has a gilt bee and gilt and black titles to the front board, and gilt titles to the spine. There is very slight fading to the top of the front board. The contents, including decorative endpapers are in near fine clean condtion. There are some light pencil impressions to the top of the fep.

$57.58

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