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The Works of Charles Darwin: An Annotated Bibliographical Handlist


Archon Books. 1977. Second Edition, revised and enlarged, frontis., 235pp., orig. cloth. Lists some 1600 items, including a complete list of all reprints and editions, with a publishing history of each book.


John Ray's Cambridge Catalogue (1660).

By OSWALD (P. H.) & PRESTON (C. D.) Translated and edited by

London: The Ray Society, 2011. First edition, 612pp., illustrs., orig. cloth, d.w. John Ray is considered the outstanding British natural historian of the 17th century. His first publication, A catalogue of plants growing around Cambridge (1660) is famous as the first British County Flora. It is a complex work, not only a botanical catalogue but also has for the benefit of beginners indexes of English names and of places (with lists of the rarer species of 12 areas in the county) together with chapters on the meanings of plant names and of botanical terms (hitherto untranslated). Ray s abilities as an all-round naturalist are apparent from the numerous observations and digressions in the text. This book includes a complete translation from the Latin of the work together with the rare appendices to the Catalogue, published in 1663 and 1685, translated for the first time. The editorial commentary on the text is included in nearly 2,000 footnotes which outline problems of translation, discuss the identity of some of Ray s more problematic species, identify his cited and some of his uncited sources and detail the treatment in his later works of some of the plant variants (such as colour forms) that he regarded as species in 1660. The translation is preceded by introductory chapters which use unpublished manuscripts and recently published studies to present a new account of Ray s time in the University of Cambridge and the possible roles of his collaborators. The work s structure and sources are analysed, biographical portraits of the botanists cited by Ray provided together with a discussion of the problems of equating his names to modern taxa. The book ends with a vocabulary of the epithets in Ray s Latin plant names, a gazetteer and a bibliography. As Professor Oliver Rackham comments in his foreword, other editions and commentaries on the Cambridge Catalogue exist but none does justice to its complexity, its discursiveness, its allusiveness, the circumstances of its writing, its vast bibliography or Ray s other works associated with it as appendices or supplements . Ewen and Lewis 1975 translation was limited to the text considered relevant to a modern reader and excluded, for example, the chapters on technical terms and on etymology preventing a full assessment of Ray s work.


A Bibliography of Gilbert White, the Natural Historian and Antiquarian of Selborne

By MARTIN (Edward A.)

Halton & Co. 1934. First edition, frontis., 4 plates, orig. cloth, spine faded.


Etudes de la Nature. Par Jacques-Henri-Bernardin de Saint Pierre. Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée et augmentée..

By SAINT PIERRE (Jacques-Henri Bernardin de)

Londres: W. & C. Spilsbury, 1796. 2 Vols., [4], xvi, 500; [4], 504pp., frontis., 4 folding plates, text a little stained, cont. half calf, rubbed, hinges cracked, upper cover to vol. I just holding by cords.


Essays on Natural History, Chiefly Ornithology. Second Series: With a Contribution of the Autobiography of the Author

By WATERTON (Charles)

London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1846. Third edition, 204 + 32pp., of adverts, frontis., orig. cloth, ex-library but a very good copy.


The Literature of the Charadriiformes from 1894-1924. With a Classification of the Orders, and Lists of Genera, Species and Subspecies

By LOW (G. Carmichael)

H. F. & G. Witherby, 1828. Second edition, xii, 637pp., orig. cloth, d.w.


American Wildlife Painting (Catesby, Wilson, Audubon, Heade, Thayer & Fuertes).

By NORELLI (Martina R.)

Galahad Books, New York. 1982. 4to, numerous illustrs., (some coloured), orig. cloth, d.w. slightly torn.


Catalogue of the Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Drawings in the British Museum (Natural History).


New York. (Reprint) 1991. 8 Volumes in 4, limited to 450 sets, orig. cloth.


Catalogue of the Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Drawings in the British Museum (Natural History).


(Reprint of the 1903-40 Edition) 1992. 8 Volumes in 4, orig. cloth.