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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.

$131.21

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.

$275.54

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.

$328.03

Considerations on the Fisheries in the Scotch Islands: to which is prefixed A General Account elucidating the History, Soil, Productions, Curiousities, &c of the same, the Manners of the Inhabitants, &c
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Considerations on the Fisheries in the Scotch Islands: to which is prefixed A General Account elucidating the History, Soil, Productions, Curiousities, &c of the same, the Manners of the Inhabitants, &c

By James Fea

London : Printed for the Author at the Dove, 1787 A good copy of an extremely scarce work in contemporary half leather binding with folding map of Orkney and Shetland. The binding has been rebacked supplying a new spine with gilt titles and blind ruled compartments. The boards have the original leather and are marbled. The binding is in very good condition with general wear to edges and corners. The original endpapers look to be retained. Contents: initial blank, title, introduction pp vii; fold out map; text pp 1-101; half title - considerations on the fisheries; text pp 3-88 finis; list of subscribers 6pp; final blank. A piece has been cut from the top edge of the title and the first page of the introduction - which also has an inscription: Francis Taylor's book 1834. The title has also lost the corner tip. The map has loss to the left margin, but this does not affect the Orkney and Shetland Isles, and some edge tears to the bottom folds. It has been reinforced. There is a mispagination - 42-47, 48 etc - there is no loss of text. The contents are clean - there are occasional signs of old stitch holes in the gutter.

$459.24

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.

$131.21

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

London : George Allen, 1899 A good to very good copy of the first edition of Sense and Sensibility with Chris Hammond illustrations, in the original decorative cloth binding. Chris Hammond was born Christiana Mary Demain Hammond and shortened her name to better compete in what was a male-dominated market for illustrators. This copy has a very bright and clean binding with gilt titles and decoration to front board and spine. There is light wear to corners and the spine is slightly faded with some pulling. It is cocked to the front (as is common with these bindings). The back board has slight marking with more noticeable wear to the corners. All page edges gilt. Internally the original black endpapers are present in very good condition. There is an inscription to the verso of the fep. Contents are complete and very clean. There is persistent light spotting mainly to the top margin and the top foredge.

$590.45

Skara Brae A Pictish Village in Orkney
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Skara Brae A Pictish Village in Orkney

By V Gordon Childe, T H Bryce, D M S Watson

London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd, 1931 A very good copy of Professor V Gordon Childe's account of the final excavation and conservation of Skara Brae at Skaill in Orkney. The original excavation in the mid 1800's after the site was revealed by a storm, was undertaken before there was an understanding that there should be a methodical and systematic approach with comprehensive recording. There has been further small excavations but the site was then left open and there was further damage from a storm in 1924. The site was put under the guardianship of H M Commissioners of Works in 1924 and over the next few years, the site was re- excavated and then conserved. This book gives a full account and is supplemented by papers on the human remains and animal bones. It is profusely illustrated and has 60 photographic plates, a colour map, and 2 sections at the rear. The brown cloth binding is in good clean condition with light spotting to the front board, a slight nick to the side of the spine and slight scuffing to the back board. Contents: half title, title, preface, contents, illustration list pp xiii; text 208pp including index; photographic plates, map and sections to rear. Contents in very good clean condition with light toning to margins and a little light spotting to the end index leaves.

$183.69

A Paper on The Shetland Islands, read at the opening of the Devenport Mechanics' Institution, when an exhibition was made of choice specimens of Shetland knitting, August, 1844
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A Paper on The Shetland Islands, read at the opening of the Devenport Mechanics' Institution, when an exhibition was made of choice specimens of Shetland knitting, August, 1844

By Edward Standen

Oxford: Privately printed, 1845 A rare copy of notes drawn up by Edward Standen before his death and published privately for the benefit of his family and close friends. Edward Standen was a cloth merchant and, on a visit to Shetland in 1839 noticed the beautiful knitwear that the local woman made for their families. He is credited with turning what was a pastime into a profitable industry by introducing buyers in England to Shetland lace and knitwear. Shetland shawls became hugely popular and made a welcome contribution to the local economy. Standen visited Shetland every year and imported large quantities of knitted goods. He died in Shetland in 1844 after catching pneumonia. This book is in its original cloth binding with gilt titles to the front board. Contents: half title; title; preface and text 32pp. The binding is in very good condition. Contents very good with signature to front endpaper and light spotting to endpapers.

$131.21

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

By Sir William Jardine

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

$393.63

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.

$170.57

The Isle of Foula. A series of articles on Britain's loneliest inhabited isles
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The Isle of Foula. A series of articles on Britain's loneliest inhabited isles

By Ian B Stoughton Holbourn, [edited with memoir by] M C Stoughton Holbourn

Lerwick: Johnson & Greig, 1938 A good copy of the 1st edition with photographic frontispiece and 13 f and urther photographic plates. In the original red cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding has a cocked spine which is faded and pulled. The front board has gilt titles and is bright and clean. Back board with some lighter spotting, bumped corners and a light corner crease. Internally there is a signature to the front pastedown which has offset slightly to the free endpaper. Contents with half title, frontispiece, title, contents and foreward pp viii; text pp 1-256 with appendix and 13 plates. Contents in very good clean condition with the occasional light spot.

$104.97

The History of St Kilda. Containing A Description of this remarkable Island; The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; The Religious and Pagan Antiquities there found; With many other curious and interesting Particulars
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The History of St Kilda. Containing A Description of this remarkable Island; The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; The Religious and Pagan Antiquities there found; With many other curious and interesting Particulars

By Kenneth Macaulay

London : T Becket and P A De Hondt, 1764 A very good copy in contemporary full leather binding with fold out map of St Kilda. An interesting account by the Rev Mr Kenneth Macaulay, who was Minister of Ardnamurchan and was sent to St Kilda as a missionary by the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge. The binding has gilt ruled lines to the board edges and has been rebacked providing a newer spine with title and gilt lined raised bands. The binding is in very good clean condition with wear to edges and corners (some loss to the rear bottom corner) and a little scuffing. Internally there is a decorative bookplate of Ralph Stewart-Wilson to the front pastedown. Contents: initial blank; half title; folding map; title; contents 3pp; introduction pp i-iv; text pp 5-278; and publisher's list at the rear. There is some creasing to the initial leaves where the map fold lies. The map has some marks to towards the bottom edge. Contents in very good clean condition with some occasional staining in the top margin and the odd mark. There is some light spotting to preliminary leaves

$747.90

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.

$157.45

Rambling Sketches in the Far North and Orcadian Musings
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Rambling Sketches in the Far North and Orcadian Musings

By R Menzies Fergusson

London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Kirkwall: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. John Menzies & Co. Wm Peace & Son, 1883 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding. The binding has gilt titles and black decoration to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. It is bright and clean. The spine is cocked and with some pulling and slight fraying at the top and bottom. There is slight mottling and a little bubbling to the cloth on the back board, and overall light wear to corners. Internally the original yellow endpapers are present - with some splitting starting at the bottom part of the rear joint. Contents with title; poem to Orkney; preface; contents 3 pp and text pp 1-177 including appendix. Contents in very good clean condition.

$164.01

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.

$183.69

The British Museum; or elegant repository of Natural History Vol III Fishes & Insects
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The British Museum; or elegant repository of Natural History Vol III Fishes & Insects

By William Holloway

London : J Johnson , 1806 A very good copy of Vol III of this scarce work by William Holloway, in full leather binding with contemporary blind stamped boards and newer spine. The British Museum .. was issued in 4 volumes and this volume is complete in itself, and covers fish and insects. It contains a colour frontispiece and 22 further hand coloured plates of fish, and 10 hand coloured plates of insects. It lacks the engraved title page and, according to the copy held by Harvard University, lacks the plate of a swallow tail. We have not been able to find consistent collations of this work. The binding is in very good clean condition with light wear and scuffing to the boards. There is an armorial bookplate with the name Haughton and the motto 'maigre le fort' to the front pastedown. There is the signature of James Haughton dated 1810 to the title, together with a part signature - Heard - dated 1884. Contents: frontispiece, title, contents list pp vi; fish - text 1-143 with 22 plates; insects pp 145-216 (the end) with 10 plates. The contents generally clean with well coloured plates. There is occasional light marking - most obvious at pp 39-41.

$196.82

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

By Robert Tyas

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

$367.39

Our Trip North
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Our Trip North

By R Menzies Fergusson

London : Digby, Long & Co, 1892 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt titles to spine and front board. Contents with black and white frontispiece and 2 further black and white plates. Work describes a trip 'north' to the Orkney Islands. The binding is bright and clean with light corner wear (a little bumping to top corners) and light pulling. The original decorative endpapers are present. Contents complete with half title, frontispiece, title and text 255pp. 8 page publisher's catalogue at the rear. In very good condition internally with light toning to margins and occasional slight grubbiness in the top margin.

$183.69

Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

London : George Allen , 1894 A fair to good copy of the 1st publication of the 'Peacock Edition' of Pride and Prejudice with illustrations by Hugh Thomson. In the original green decorative cloth binding with spectacular gilt peacock design to front board and gilt designs to spine. Aeg. With numerous black and white illustrations by Thomson. The binding is bright and clean. The front board has wear to the corners with slight cloth loss and a small indentation at the side edge also with slight cloth loss. The spine is cocked to the front and is slightly dulled with some pulling and slight fraying at the bottom. The back board has some corner wear and slightly faded areas. The original black endpapers are present with early splitting at the front joint and more obvious splitting at the rear joint where there has been repair. The book is sound but shaken - with webbing visible at p 32/3 and 352. Contents are complete and in good clean condition. There is a light stain to the side edge of the fep which persists to the dedication page, and occasional spotting primarily to margins. There is some marking at pp 18/19. There is what looks like an old repair to the corners of pp 175/6 and 177/8 where a section was probably torn and reattached - there is slight loss of text underneath the adhesive that has been used. There are a couple of very small edge tears at the bottom margin.

$1246.50

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

By M C Cooke

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

$39.36

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