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Popular British Entomology; containing a familiar and technical description of the insects most common to the various localities of the British Isles
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Popular British Entomology; containing a familiar and technical description of the insects most common to the various localities of the British Isles

By Maria E Catlow

London : Reeve and Co, 1852 A good copy of the 2nd edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 16 hand coloured plates. This was part of the Popular History series published originally in the late 1840's - mid 1850's. The series was designed to give young people a good introduction to the study of nature and a range of authors were employed to write on their particular subjects. Maria Catlow's work came in for some criticism but it is a nice example of its period and tries to take its readers with it by showing what they might expect to find month by month. The colour plates are well done. The decorative cloth binding has a gilt butterfly design on the front board and series designs and titles to the spine. The binding is sunned at the edges and on the spine and there are a couple of small tears to the spine joints. Corners have light wear with some bumping to the back corners. Contents are complete with a publisher's catalogue bound in at the front endpaper. Pen inscription to front pastedown and to rear free endpaper. Slight splitting to the rear endpaper at the joint. The plates are in near fine clean condition; paper is toned particularly to the edges and with occasional spotting.

$132.11

Profitable Plants; A Description of the principal articles of vegetable origin used for Food, Clothing, Tanning, Dyeing, Building, Medicine, Perfumery, etc
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Profitable Plants; A Description of the principal articles of vegetable origin used for Food, Clothing, Tanning, Dyeing, Building, Medicine, Perfumery, etc

By Thomas Croxen Archer

London: George Routledge and Sons A very good to near fine copy of Profitable Plants, which was originally published under the title Popular Economic Botany by Lovell Reeve as part of their Popular Natural History series. It is undated but probably circa 1865 and is unusual in retaining the original decorative spine design from the Popular Natural History series. It is a scarce title and is complete with hand coloured frontispiece and 19 further hand coloured plates. The binding has slight darkening to edges and slight wear to edges including spine joints (slight scuff at rear joint). Spine ends are lightly pulled. The original yellow endpapers are present. Contents are in very good to near fine clean condition.

$132.11

Popular History of the Aquarium of Marine and Fresh-water Animals and Plants
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Popular History of the Aquarium of Marine and Fresh-water Animals and Plants

By George Brettingham Sowerby

London: Lovell Reeve, 1857 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 20 hand coloured plates by George Brettingham Sowerby. One of the last volumes to be published in Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series, aimed at providing a good grounding for children and young people in a variety of natural science subjects. This copy has been rebacked and has new endpapers so it is sound and tight. The original spine has been relaid and the corners reinforced. The spine is faded but the binding is otherwise bright and clean. Contents are complete and clean. There is some brown toning to page edges particularly at the top and some spotting which affects around 3 of the plates. Publisher's catalogue at the rear. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$125.50

Historiae Naturalis de Insectis
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Historiae Naturalis de Insectis

By Joh. Jonstonus; John Jonston; Johannes Jonstonus; Jan Jonston

Amsterdam: Joannem Jacobi fil. Schipper, 1657 A fair copy of the extremely scarce Insectis section of Jan Jonston's famous work Historiae Naturalis. Jonston (1603-1675) studied botany and medicine and was a doctor. This copy is classed as 'fair' because it has been rebound in plain buckram binding without the title page, and the paper is very soft and lightly stained to the bottom outer corner margin. Contents are otherwise complete with 28 full page plates. The binding is clean and sound with gilt titles to spine. Contents: new endpapers; dedication 1p; Preface with plate list 3pp; Referenda ad pagninam 2pp with Plate I; text liber I pp 1-84; liber II 85-128; liber III 129-138; liber IV 139-147 with 27 further plates placed with relevant text; index 1p. Interestingly the final section includes starfish and seahorses. The contents are in very good clean condition apart from the paper damage mentioned above which has resulted in crumbling to the bottom corner of the dedication and preface leaf.

$1188.99

The Mabinogion, from the Welsh of the Llyfr Coch O Hergest (The Red Book of Hergest) in the Library of Jesus College, Oxford. Translated with notes.
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The Mabinogion, from the Welsh of the Llyfr Coch O Hergest (The Red Book of Hergest) in the Library of Jesus College, Oxford. Translated with notes.

By Lady Charlotte Guest (translator)

London : Bernard Quaritch , 1877 A good copy in newer half morocco leather binding with relaid spine. Marbled boards (probably part of the original binding) and newer endpapers. The binding is in good condition with light wear and scuffing to the board surfaces. Contents: half title; rubricated vignette title page; dedication; preface to 2nd edition; contents; introduction; text with half titles and vignette illustration to each section. 504 pp. Contents are clean with lightly toned paper - particularly at the top page edge. Pages 265-8 are not opened. There is the odd page corner turned. Note in pencil to initial blank.

$184.95

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

By J M Barrie

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1907 A good copy of the 4th edition in this format with 50 tipped in colour plates by Arthur Rackham. This edition was first published in 1906 and was extremely popular and this is the fourth printing. The decorative cloth binding is clean and tight having been rebacked with new matching cloth to the back board. The original spine has been relaid. The front board is faded and the cloth is a little blotchy. There is general light wear to edges and corners. The original endpapers are present with a plan of Kensington Gardens on the fep. Contents: half title; frontispiece with guard; title; contents, illustration list etc; text pp 1-126; plates at the rear. Contents are very clean. There is loss to the bottom of the tissue guard to one plate and another plate has a small crease to the inner bottom corner.

$251.01

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 to good 2 volume set in new quarter cloth and marbled board bindings with 151 of 152 hand-coloured plates. As is usual with the Bungay publications, the paper quality is poor, tending to attract dirt and staining. The plate collation is always haphazard. An interesting work however and scarce. The bindings are in fine condition with leather title labels to spines. Contents: Vol I: title; contents list, plate directions and introduction xxxv; text pp 1-586 with 70 of 71 plates. The plate of the American Redstart is lacking. Vol II: title; text pp 1-700 with 81 plates. There is a lot of offsetting from plates to text and staining/grubby marking. There is some professional paper repair including to p25 in Vol II where there is some text loss at the bottom corner. Please ask for additional images if you would like to further assess condition.

$515.23

Silas Marner
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Silas Marner

By George Eliot

London : Macmillan and Co. Limited , 1907 A good copy of the first edition of Silas Marner with Hugh Thomson illustrations. With 24 colour plates, 21 full page black and white illustrations and numerous illustrations and designs in the text. One of the few works illustrated by Thomson to have colour plates. In the original dark green decorative cloth binding with stunning gilt illustration and titles to front board and spine. All page edges gilt. The binding is very bright and clean. There is some indentation and cloth loss to the top edges of the boards and some areas of cloth loss to the side edges. The front top corner is bumped with some cloth loss; the bottom corner has similar bumping. Spine ends have wear with a little fraying at the top. The back board has lost some of the shine from its surface, with a couple of darker areas, and there is very slight warp at the top. Internally there is a decorative bookplate to the front pastedown endpaper. Contents are in very good clean condition. There is a small blind stamp to the title page with the words 'presentation copy'. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$52.84

Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery 1756-1838
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Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery 1756-1838

By Iain Whyte

Edinburgh: Ednburgh University Press Ltd, 2006 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition. In very clean condition with some turning to cover corners - small crease to front cover corner tip. Light marking to bottom page corner tips visible when book is closed.

$79.27

Mansfield Park
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Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen

London : J M Dent & Co, 1906 A very good set in the original decorative cloth bindings, edited by R Brimley Johnson, and with 12 colour plates by H M Brock. 4th edition thus. The bindings have gilt titles to spine and front board. The top page edges are gilt; the remaining edges are uncut. Original page markers are present. With half titles, showing that they were volumes V and VI of Brimley Johnson's series; colour frontispieces; decorative title pages; listing of illustrations; and text with head and tailpieces. Volume I has a preface. Vol I 245pp; Vol II 249pp. All the plates are present as called for.Vol I has a slight bump to the bottom corner of the front board and the spine is slightly dulled and with a small mark at the bottom. Vol II has a small bump to the top corner of the front board and the spine and board edges are slightly dulled. Contents of both are in very good clean condition. The stitching is visible between pp10 and 11 in Vol I but the volume is sound and tight.

$132.11

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.

$660.55

The History of the Renowned Prince Arthur, King of Britain; with his life and death, and all his glorious battles. Likewise the noble acts and heroic deeds of his valiant knights of the Round Table.
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The History of the Renowned Prince Arthur, King of Britain; with his life and death, and all his glorious battles. Likewise the noble acts and heroic deeds of his valiant knights of the Round Table.

By Thomas Malory

London : Walker and Edwards, A Richardson et al, 1816 A very good copy of the rare 2 volume 1816 edition of Malory's work. This copy has the 2 volumes bound in one in contemporary full calf, which has had a professional reback preserving the original spine. The work was first printed in 1485 by Caxton, with editions in 1498, 1529, 1557 and 1634. 2 editions were published in 1816 of which this is said to be the first. The binding, with gilt compartments and titles to spine, has some scuffing and wear to board edges and corners. There is small hole in the leather near the spine on the back board. The page edges are marbled with matching marbling to endpapers. Contents: initial blank; frontispiece; decorative title; letterpress title (with small stamped E to top); preliminary remarks, preface, prologue and contents pp v-xvi; text vol I pp 1-468; frontispiece; decorative title; letterpress title Vol II; contents i-xvi; text 1-488; final blank. The contents are in very good clean condition. The endpaper joints have been professional reinforced - presumably when it was rebacked. The paper to the frontispiece and decorative titles is lightly toned; there is a little freckling towards the end of Vol II; and a small stain at the corner tip of p 271 and p273 has attached the 2 pages at the tip.

$2642.20

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.

$105.69

Picturesqu Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English. Illustrated in Fifty Coloured Engravings with descriptions
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Picturesqu Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English. Illustrated in Fifty Coloured Engravings with descriptions

By William Alexander

London: Thomas Mc Lean A good copy of the 2nd edition - undated but circa 1830 - with 50 hand coloured engravings. It is in a late nineteenth century binding with half leather and marbled boards. There is some fraying and loss at the top of the spine and wear to the front spine joint, with some splitting at the top. The bottom spine end has some rubbing and there is wear to edges and corners. Internally there is a small ownership label to the front endpaper and a pencil note on the initial blank. This tells the sad tale of how the book was given to the owner in 1879 but in a horrible accident involving several books, it got left out in the weather. The newer binding is likely to be down to this incident. There is an insert detailing the gift which was from the then Chief Constable of Manchester. Contents: frontispiece; title; plate list; 49 further plates with accompanying text pages. There is some spotting to the bottom outer corners of initial and final pages - affecting the frontispiece and plates 49 and 50. Plate 7 has a paper flaw at the top. Contents clean with occasional light marking and the odd spot. Size: 24 cm x 17 cm. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$422.75

Pantologia. A New Cyclopaedia, comprehending a complete series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, alphabetically arranged; with a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Words: the whole presenting a distinct survey of Human Genius, Learning and Industry. [12 volumes]
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Pantologia. A New Cyclopaedia, comprehending a complete series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, alphabetically arranged; with a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Words: the whole presenting a distinct survey of Human Genius, Learning and Industry. [12 volumes]

By John Mason Good, Olinthus Gregory, Mr Newton Bosworth

London : C Kearsley; J Walker; J Stockdale; R Lea; E Jeffrey; Crosby and Co; Sherwood et al , 1813 A complete 12 volume set in contemporary full tree calf bindings with 368 plates (of 370) of which 183 are hand coloured and two of these are folding. The bindings have title and volume labels and gilt decorative compartments to the spine. They are in their original state without repair and all have some degree of wear to corners, edges, spine ends and spine joints. All are currently sound: Vol I has early splitting to top of rear spine jt; Vol VIII has some loss to the top of the spine; and Vol IX has early splitting to the top of the front spine joint. The contents have sporadic spotting and browning, particularly on tissue guards and to text around plates where there is general offsetting. The black and white plates are particularly prone to browning. Please enquire if you would like a full collation of each volume and additional images.

$990.83

The Runic and other Monumental Remains of the Isle of Man
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The Runic and other Monumental Remains of the Isle of Man

By J G Cummings

London: Bell and Daldy, 1857 A fair copy of the extremely scarce 1st edition of J G Cummings' work on monumental remains in the Isle of Man. Cummings (1812-1868) was an archaeologist and geologist and researched extensively on the Isle of Man during his tenure as Vice Principal of King William's College from 1841-1856. This copy is in the original binding with leather spine and paper-covered boards. The spine is in very poor condition with loss to the top section and general delamination. The front board has browning and scuffing with paper loss at the edges and a dent in the side edge. There is some ink marking to the back board. The original endpapers are present, with some slight splitting at the front endpaper joint. There is a small ink signature of A F Blake to the fep and a set of loose papers with extensive notes in runes and ogham. Contents: decorative title with tissue guard; dedication; prefatory note pp v-vii; tabular view of inscribed stones 1p; text with errata slip pp 1-44; list of subscribers 4pp; 14 plates with tissue guards; comparison of Manx Runic Alphabets with others 1p. There is a stain to the decorative title, but the text and plates are clean. There is occasional scholarly pencil annotation to the text. Paper lightly toned.

$264.22

Our Gipsies in City, Tent & Van. Containing an account of their Origin and Strange Life, fortune-telling practices, &c., specimens of their dialect, and amusing anecdotes of gipsy kings, queens, and other gipsy notabilities
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Our Gipsies in City, Tent & Van. Containing an account of their Origin and Strange Life, fortune-telling practices, &c., specimens of their dialect, and amusing anecdotes of gipsy kings, queens, and other gipsy notabilities

By Vernon S Morwood

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1885 A very good copy of this scarce work in original decorative cloth binding with black and white frontispiece and 16 further illustrations. The binding is bright and clean. The spine is slightly cocked to the front and has light pulling to the ends. Corners have wear with scuffing and loss to corner tips - top front corner slightly bumped. There is a small white mark to the top of the back board which has a couple of darker areas to the cloth. Original brown endpapers present. Contents complete with 32 pp publisher's catalogue at the rear. Internally in very good clean condition with the odd small spot and a couple of areas of foxing to the margins. There is a small repaired edge tear to p247 and some browning to the verso of the free endpapers and adjoining pages.

$251.01

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.

$132.11

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.

$118.90

Cosmographie in Four Books containing the Chorographie and Historie of the Whole World, and all the Principal Kingdoms, Provinces, Seas, and Isles thereof.
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Cosmographie in Four Books containing the Chorographie and Historie of the Whole World, and all the Principal Kingdoms, Provinces, Seas, and Isles thereof.

By Peter Heylyn

London : Anne Seile, 1669 A very good copy of the 5th edition 'enlarged and corrected by the Author'. In contemporary full calf binding (which has been rebacked retaining the original spine) and with the decorative title and 4 maps. The binding is in very good clean condition. The front board has the initials FT impressed on the leather and the corners have been rebuilt. The spine has a red title label, and there is some fraying at the top edge. The back board has rebuilt corners and there is some scuffing to the leather surface. Internally there are no pastedown endpapers. At the front, there is the bookplate of William Constable FRS and FAS. Constable was a noted collector and naturalist. Contents: Imprimatur; engraved title; rubricated letterpress title; to the Reader 7pp; To my brother 1p; introduction pp 1-24 with table of climates at p 20; title to First Book 1669'; map of Europe; text pp 27-272; title to Second Book 1668; text pp 1-226; title Third Book 1668; map of Asia; text 1-227; note on errata 228; table 229-230; title Fourth Book Part I Africa 1668; map; text 1-77; title Fourth Book Part II America 1668; map; text 83-154; title Appendix 1669 - including 'Terra Australis'; text 157-162; finis; blank; table 9pp; computation of coins 1p; alphabetical table 25pp; finis. Overall the contents are in very good condition with degrees of toning to the paper and the odd small spot or mark. The verso the imprimatur has old ink scribbles and some old repair; the engraved title has been relaid and has some loss to the corners; there is the occasional paper flaw or small edge tear to the top margin (circa 4); and in the First Book p 185/6 has lost the top corner with loss of the page number, but not text and the bottom corner of p233 without loss of text. The maps are very clean. The maps of Europe and Africa have old reinforcement to the side edge below the attachment and the map of Asia has some old small bottom edge repairs. There is a mispagination in the Fourth Book - 62-55-68-69 - but the text is continuous. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$2113.76

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