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THE NATURALIST'S LIBRARY [complete in 40 volumes]
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THE NATURALIST'S LIBRARY [complete in 40 volumes]

By JARDINE, SIR WILLIAM; Robert Hamilton

Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, 1843. The Naturalist's Library, complete in 40 vols, each with engraved additional titles (some hand-coloured) and portrait frontispieces, plus 1,183 engraved plates of 1,214 (so missing 31), of which the majority hand-coloured, mostly with original tissue guards (for details see full collation at end). Attractively bound in contemporary green half-calf, with red title labels to the spine; very good and strong with light rubbing only. All edges marbled, original plain endpapers. Contents generally very good and clean, no inscriptions, several tissue guards missing or torn, one or two books with gatherings out of line, 3 text leaves missing overall, some plates trimmed, particularly in vol. 21 humming birds which affects part of the image. Generally very good. Bibliographic note. A work notorious for its collation regarding plates, even sets seemingly dating from the same year have different numbers of plates. We have methodically counted all the plates in this set and have compared with the contents pages - details are given below. Some of the missing plates from this set were probably never bound-in, in the first instance and others have been subsequently removed. We have priced the set very competitively to take account of the few missing plates and other faults. FULL COLLATION AS FOLLOWS. Vol. 1 (Mammalia vol xi): portrait; h/c tp; 35 h/c plates. Vol. 2 (Mammalia vol i): portrait; h/c tp; 30 h/c plates. Vol. 3 (Mammalia vol ii): portrait; h/c tp; 35 h/c plates. Vol. 4 (Mammalia vol ix): portrait; h/c tp; 29 h/c plates (of 30, wanting plt 5) + 1 plain plate. Vol. 5 (Mammalia vol x): portrait; plain tp; 32 h/c plates + 4 plain plate. Vol. 6 (Mammalia vol. vi): portrait; h/c tp; 29 h/c plates (of 30). Vol. 7 (Mammalia vol. viii): portrait; plain tp; 28 h/c plates + 3 plain plates. Vol. 8 (Mammalia introduction): portrait; plain tp; 27 h/c plates (of 31, wanting plts 2, 14, 15, 23). Vol. 9 (Mammalia vol. v): portrait; plain tp; 25 h/c plates (of 26) + 4 plain plates. Vol. 10 (Mammalia vol. iv): portrait; plain tp; 31 h/c plates. Vol. 11 (Mammalia vol iii): portrait; h/c tp; 31 h/c plates (of 32) + 1 plain plate. Vol. 12 (Mammalia vol. xii): portrait; plain tp; 28 h/c plates (of 30) + 3 plain plates. Vol. 13 (Mammalia vol. vii): portrait; plain tp; 32 h/c plates. Vol. 14 (Ornithology vol. ii): portrait; h/c tp; 29 h/c plates [of 30, wanting plt 2] + duplicate plt 30. Vol. 15 (Ornithology vol. i): portrait; h/c tp; 31 h/c plates [of 34, wanting plts 9,15,18]. Vol. 17 (Ornithology vol. x): portrait; h/c tp; 30 h/c plates. Vol 18 (Ornithology vol. vi): portrait; h/c tp; 28 h/c plates [of 30, wanting plts 6 & 11]. Vol. 19 (Ornithology vol. v): portrait; h/c tp; 29 h/c plates [of 30, wanting plt 25 & pp. 207/8]. Vol. 21 (Ornithology vol. iv): portrait; h/c tp; 29 h/c plates of [of 30] a few plates trimmed. Vol. 22 (Ornithology vol. vii): portrait; h/c tp; 32 h/c plates. Vol. 23 (Ornithology vol. viii): portrait; h/c tp; 30 h/c plates [of 32, wanting plts 2 & 12]. Vol. 24 (Ornithology vol. ix): portrait; plain tp, 32 h/c plates [of 34, wanting plts 1 & 2]. Vol. 25 (Ornithology vol. xiv): portrait; plain tp, 29 h/c plates [of 33]. Vol. 26 (Ornithology vol. xii): portrait; h/c tp, 32 h/c plates [of 34, wanting plts 10 & 25 & pp 167-170]. Vol. 27 (Ornithology vol. xi): portrait; h/c tp; 30 h/c plates. Vol. 28 (Ichthyology vol. ii): portrait; plain tp; 32 h/c plates. Vol. 29 (Ichthyology vol. i): portrait; h/c tp; 34 plates of which 32 h/c. Vol. 30 (Ichthyology vol. iii): portrait; plain tp; 29 h/c + 2 plain plates (of 32? - no plt 24) inc. 1 double. Vol. 31 (Ichthyology vol. v): portrait; plain tp; 32 h/c plates. Vol. 32 (Ichthyology vol. v): portrait; plain tp; 34 h/c plates. Vol. 33 (Ichthyology vol. vi): portrait; plain tp; 32 h/c plates (of 34, no plt 20 or 26). Vol. 34 (Entomology vol. i): portrait; h/c tp; 31 h/c + 2 plain plates (of 36) Vol. 35 (Entomology vol. ii): portrait; h/c tp; 31 h/c plates (of 32, no plt 4). Vol. 36 (Entomology vol. v): portrait; h/c tp; 30 h/c plates, of which 1 double. Vol. 37 (Entomology vol. vii): portrait; h/c tp; 29 h/c plates, of which 1 double + 3 plain plates. Vol. 38 (Entomology vol. vi): portrait; h/c tp; 20 h/c plates + 10 plain plates. Vol. 39 (Entomology vol. iii): portrait; h/c tp; 34 plates of which 32 h/c. Vol. 40 (Entomology vol. iv): portrait; h/c tp; 30 h/c plates. [Nissen ZBI 4708; Wood, p.405; Zimmer, p.326]. Reissue. Half Leather. Very Good. 12mo (10.5 x 16.5 cm). Book.

$3292.75

EDINBURGH PAST AND PRESENT Its Associations and Surroundings  [ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S COPY WITH HIS INSCRIPTION, SAMOA]
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EDINBURGH PAST AND PRESENT Its Associations and Surroundings [ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S COPY WITH HIS INSCRIPTION, SAMOA]

By Ballingall, William; et al

Edinburgh: William Ballingall, 1877. An outstanding association copy with a bold autographed gift inscription from Robert Louis Stevenson to the verso of the front free end-paper "With R. L. Stevensons Compliments Samoa" This book was published in 1877 while Stevenson was still in Edinburgh and almost certainly it was his own copy, which was with him in Vailima, Samoa (1890-1894), and of which, it would seem, he subsequently made a gift. To the front paste-down is the armorial bookplate of Jane Jardine, who was perhaps the recipient of the book. To the front free endpaper is the bookplate of Sir George Taylor [Born Edinburgh 1904, obtained a first class degree from Edinburgh University, went on to become the Keeper of Botany, British Museum; Director of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, general plant collector and botanist.] The book itself is the much rarer edition published by the editor William Ballingall, rather than the simultaneously edition published by Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier. Pp xiv, 153; with 32 plates, all with original tissue guards, engraved on wood by William Ballingall after Waller H. Paton, Sam. Bough, James Drummond, E. T. Crawford, John smart, Robert Sanderson, R. Scott Temple and other artists. etc; numerous b/w letterpress illustrations in text. Sections include - A General Description of Edinburgh; The Old Town; From Warriston Cemetery; Historical and Descriptive Notes; Modern Dwellings of the People; Queensferry to Musselburgh along the shore; Roslin, Hawthornden, and the vale of the Esk; Outline of the Geology of Edinburgh and its neighbourhood. Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, bevelled edges to the boards, a little general wear and some rubbing to edges. Contents clean and tight, original brown-coated end papers, no foxing. All edges gilt. Overall a very good copy of this outstanding association copy.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 4to (20 x 26.5cm).

$1580.52

JAPANESE CHILDREN
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JAPANESE CHILDREN

By Okada, Matsuo

Tokyo: The Toyodo, 1895. 10 double page woodblock illustrations printed in lithography, 8 english text pages, a comprehensive description of the plates. Bound accordion style, covers good with light general wear and a little creasing only. The paper covered boards are delicately decorated and to the front the title is in red ink, the spine is silk and shows a little loss and wear. Contents clean and tight, the colours remain vibrant, paper bright and unmarked, no inscriptions or annotation, matching endpapers. To the rear of the book on the pastedown is the original book advertising plate - The Toyodo, Tokyo and Mr .M. Okado Tokyo . A very good copy of this rare and stunning example of early 20th century Japanese illustrated children's books. Found on COPAC. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 8vo. Book.

$651.96

RHYMES & LIFE SCENES OF JAPAN CALENDAR FOR 1902
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RHYMES & LIFE SCENES OF JAPAN CALENDAR FOR 1902

By Unknown

Tokyo: T. Hasegawa, Takejiro, 1898. Cover and internal pages are crepe, binding held with silk ties, spine somewhat rubbed but lettering still intact. Covers good with light general wear and a little creasing, decorated front and rear and shows no signs of fading, a couple of ink splashes to the front panel [Please see images]. Contents clean and tight, vibrant handcoloured illustrations, unmarked, no inscriptions or annotation. A very good copy of this rare and stunning example of the 1902 calendar. Found on COPAC. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 12mo. Book.

$474.16

MOMOTARO JAPANESE FAIRY TALE SERIES NO.1
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MOMOTARO JAPANESE FAIRY TALE SERIES NO.1

By Unknown

London & Sydney : Griffith Farran & Co., 1885. Printed by Kobunsha, Tokyo c.1885. Published as part of a series of twelve. Momotaro is No. 1. Crepe edition, Numerous colour illustrations, appear to be handcoloured throughout and within English text. Appears to be stitch bound, covers good with light general wear, spine rubbed and a little creasing. The covers are brightly decorated and show no signes of fading. Contents clean and tight, text printed within double-ruled borders, the colours remain vibrant, unmarked, no inscriptions or annotation. A very good copy of this rare and stunning example of late 19th century Japanese illustrated children's books. Found on COPAC. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 12mo. Book.

$125.12

THE FABLES OF AESOP Illustrated with 25 drawings in Colour By Edward J, Detmold.
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THE FABLES OF AESOP Illustrated with 25 drawings in Colour By Edward J, Detmold.

By Aesop

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909. This edition limted to seven hundred and fifty copies, numbered and signed by the artist of which this is No. 102. Unpaginated. 25 fine tipped-in colour illustrations by Detmold, all with captioned paper guards and all in very good condition. Original cream cloth binding with gilt lettering, and decoration. Binding very good and clean without soiling, light wear only, gilt slightly dulled. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Contents clean and tight, original end papers with scarab beetle motif to the centre, a little surface damage to the edges of the paste-downs, previous owner's neat signature to the front free endpaper. A very good copy of the fine limited edition.. Limited Edition. Cream Cloth. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by Detmold, E. J.. Large 4to (26 x 31cm).

$1145.88

THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA Volume.VI(Emu, Kia, Bustard, Plover, Oyster Catcher, Pewit etc.)

By Gould, John

Melbourne: Hill House, 1995. First limited facsimile edition, No. 196. Original green Japanese Saifu cloth gilt, preserved in the original carton. 82 fine coloured plates with accompanying text. Endpapers with a repeating pattern of BM library stamps. One of series of remarkably exact same-size facsimile of the original in the British Library, printed by offset lithography on acid-free matt art paper and hand-bound. The Hill House series contained the only authentic full-size facsimiles of the works of John Gould - this volume is one of the original printings and now out of print. An as-new copy. Publisher's blurb thus "They are not reproductions, because no camera was used in transferring the images from the B.M.(N.H.) originals. Indeed the originals are taken by Museum security courier to the repro-house in Singapore, where they are subjected to the preparation of new plates for printing on 5 and 6 colour offset presses. The paper used is 130 gsm mat art paper. As facsimiles, the books carry faithfully every spot, mark or stain of the originals. They also carry the original Museum Department of Zoology stamps, and librarian's annotations. From behind glass, the naked eye would be unable to distinguish the original from the facsimile, so accurate is the colour printing. Also as facsimiles, they are exactly the same size as the originals (Imperial Folio: 22" x 15"). Each volume is hand sewn, cased-in and bound between 4 mm. boards covered in special Japanese Saifu cloth, gold stamped on the spine, and with the gold Crown Cipher of the British Museum (Natural History) on the front, and blind embossed on the inner margin of the front boards. The end-papers are of special wood-free heavy grade paper, printed in a generated repetitive pattern of the Museum's Library stamps. The publisher has not intruded into the authenticity of the books, leaving the publication data printed only on the very last page at the end of the book block. Each copy is hand inspected by the printer's quality control officer, individually numbered on the inside front board, hand wrapped in protective brown paper, and placed in its own crush-proof outer carton. The carton is then sealed, numbered and signed on the outside by the printer's quality control officer. Thus, no two copies are exactly the same. Although initial volumes were printed in more than 500 copies, later production runs have not exceeded 300 for world-wide sale. This has been caused by a relative shortage of quality paper, together with the intensive hand-labour involved in their production." Please see the other Gould titles we are offering in this impressive edition. A little wear to the cloth on the bottom edge. A POSTAL SURCHARGE MAY APPLY ON THIS HEAVY BOOK. We hold the full set of Birds of Australia in stock. Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. Elephant Folio. Book.

$658.55

THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA Supplement ( All Species Discovered After Vols.I-VII).

By Gould, John

Melbourne: Hill House, 1990. First limited facsimile edition no. 208. Original green Japanese Saifu cloth gilt, 80 fine coloured plates with accompanying text. Endpapers with a repeating pattern of BM library stamps. One of series of remarkably exact same-size facsimiles of the original in the British Library, printed by offset lithography on acid-free matt art paper and hand-bound. The Hill House series contained the only authentic full-size facsimiles of the works of John Gould - this volume is one of the original printings and now out of print. Publisher's blurb thus "They are not reproductions, because no camera was used in transferring the images from the B.M.(N.H.) originals. Indeed the originals are taken by Museum security courier to the repro-house in Singapore, where they are subjected to the preparation of new plates for printing on 5 and 6 colour offset presses. The paper used is 130 gsm mat art paper. As facsimiles, the books carry faithfully every spot, mark or stain of the originals. They also carry the original Museum Department of Zoology stamps, and librarian's annotations. From behind glass, the naked eye would be unable to distinguish the original from the facsimile, so accurate is the colour printing. Also as facsimiles, they are exactly the same size as the originals (Imperial Folio: 22" x 15"). Each volume is hand sewn, cased-in and bound between 4 mm. boards covered in special Japanese Saifu cloth, gold stamped on the spine, and with the gold Crown Cipher of the British Museum (Natural History) on the front, and blind embossed on the inner margin of the front boards. The end-papers are of special wood-free heavy grade paper, printed in a generated repetitive pattern of the Museum's Library stamps. The publisher has not intruded into the authenticity of the books, leaving the publication data printed only on the very last page at the end of the book block. Each copy is hand inspected by the printer's quality control officer, individually numbered on the inside front board. Thus, no two copies are exactly the same. Although initial volumes were printed in more than 500 copies, later production runs have not exceeded 300 for world-wide sale (this copy is stamped no. 0128 to the front paste-down). This has been caused by a relative shortage of quality paper, together with the intensive hand-labour involved in their production." A few spots to the title page. Please see the other Gould titles we are offering in this impressive edition. A POSTAL SURCHARGE MAY APPLY ON THIS HEAVY BOOK. We hold the full set of Birds of Australia in stock. Facsimile Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Dust Jacket. Elephant Folio. Book.

$302.93

Mammals of Australia Vol. II (Kangaroos & Wallabies)
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Mammals of Australia Vol. II (Kangaroos & Wallabies)

By Gould, John

Melbourne: Hill House, 2001. First limited facsimile edition thus, in original box, fine. 51 fine coloured plates with accompanying text. Endpapers with a repeating pattern of BM library stamps. Original red Japanese Saifu cloth gilt. Fine condition with minimal wear only, contents clean and tight, unmarked, no inscriptions. One of a series of remarkably exact same-size facsimiles of the original in the British Library, printed by offset lithography on acid-free matt art paper and hand-bound. The Hill House series contained the only authentic full-size facsimiles of the works of John Gould - this volume is one of the original printings and now out of print. Publisher's blurb thus "They are not reproductions, because no camera was used in transferring the images from the B.M.(N.H.) originals. Indeed the originals are taken by Museum security courier to the repro-house in Singapore, where they are subjected to the preparation of new plates for printing on 5 and 6 colour offset presses. The paper used is 130 gsm mat art paper. As facsimiles, the books carry faithfully every spot, mark or stain of the originals. They also carry the original Museum Department of Zoology stamps, and librarian's annotations. From behind glass, the naked eye would be unable to distinguish the original from the facsimile, so accurate is the colour printing. Also as facsimiles, they are exactly the same size as the originals (Imperial Folio: 22" x 15"). Each volume is hand sewn, cased-in and bound between 4 mm. boards covered in special Japanese Saifu cloth, gold stamped on the spine, and with the gold Crown Cipher of the British Museum (Natural History) on the front, and blind embossed on the inner margin of the front boards. The end-papers are of special wood-free heavy grade paper, printed in a generated repetitive pattern of the Museum's Library stamps. The publisher has not intruded into the authenticity of the books, leaving the publication data printed only on the very last page at the end of the book block. Each copy is hand inspected by the printer's quality control officer, individually numbered on the inside front board. Thus, no two copies are exactly the same. Although initial volumes were printed in more than 500 copies, later production runs have not exceeded 300 for world-wide sale, and purportedly only 150 copies of this volume were produced. This has been caused by a relative shortage of quality paper, together with the intensive hand-labour involved in their production." Please see the other Gould titles we are offering in this impressive edition.A POSTAL SURCHARGE MAY APPLY ON THIS HEAVY BOOK.. Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover. Fine. Elephant Folio.

$362.20

CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. Vols. 7, 8, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 48, 51, & 52. [11 volumes bound in 7 with 594 hand-coloured plates]
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CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. Vols. 7, 8, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 48, 51, & 52. [11 volumes bound in 7 with 594 hand-coloured plates]

By Sims, John; Curtis, William

London: Printed by Stephen Couchman, 1813. An excellent broken run with good margins and 594 bright, hand-coloured, engraved plates of which many are folding. All uniformly bound in contemporary half tan calf with gilt-decorated raised bands and contrasting gilt-lettered labels over marbled boards. 1794, 1795, 1801, 1806, 1807, 1821, 1824 and 1825; vols. 7 & 8 bound together, vols. 15 & 16 bound together, vols. 23 & 24 bound together, vols. 25 & 26 bound together, vols 48, 51 & 52 bound in separate volumes. The volumes include the following plate numbers: [v. 7] 217-252; [v. 8] 253-288; [v. 15] 505-548; [v. 16] 549-596; [v. 23] 881-923; [v. 24] 923* - 966; [v. 25] 967-1013; [v. 26] 1014-1059; [v. 48] 2189-2272; [v. 51]2441-2522; [v. 52] 2523-2606. Each part with separate index; the volumes containing two parts of the work have not had the second title page bound in. As stated good margins - leaf size 144 x 236 mm, for instance instruction for cancelled leafs printed in the upper margin are retained e.g. p. for plate 532. Binding very good with light rubbing and wear only. Contents clean and tight, plates generally very clean and bright. Original end-papers, no inscriptions. An excellent broken run of this most famous of all botanical periodicals. Vols. 7 and 8 are by Curtis alone, whilst all the others are by Sims. [Nissen BBI 2350]. First Edition. Half Leather. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 8vo (15 x 24cm).

$5926.95

COMMETARIA [COMMENTARIA/COMME[N]TARIA] SANCTI THOME AQUINATIS  IN EPISTOLAS PAULI / ACCURATISSIME RECOGNITA, ET A MENDIS OMNIBUS EXPURGATA ... [bound with] EPISTOLAE PAULI ET ALIORUM APOSTOLORUM AD GRECAM
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COMMETARIA [COMMENTARIA/COMME[N]TARIA] SANCTI THOME AQUINATIS IN EPISTOLAS PAULI / ACCURATISSIME RECOGNITA, ET A MENDIS OMNIBUS EXPURGATA ... [bound with] EPISTOLAE PAULI ET ALIORUM APOSTOLORUM AD GRECAM

By Aquinas, Thomas and Caietanum [Cajetan/Cajetanus/Cajetano], Thomam de Vio.

Paris: Venundantur ... apud Johannem Petit / Apud Iod. Badium Ascensium & Ioan. Parvum. & Ioannem Roigny., 1529. Two early 16th century works bound together in one. Both commentaries, in Latin, on Books of the New Testament and both printed in Paris. First Work. Comme[n]taria by Aquinas, complete as follows - fine engraved title page printed in black and red and dated 1529, printed by Johannem Petit, followed by 13 leaves of the Tabula, followed by 236 leaves of text. Black letter, Tabula in three columns, main text in two columns, woodcut initials. Second Work. Epistolae Pauli.. by Cajetanus. Complete as follows: fine engraved title page, dated 1532 and printed Iod Badium Ascensium et al, followed by 11 leaves of index and 231leaves of text; index printed in two columns, main text in a single column; fine woodcut initials. Bound in contemporary or near contemporay vellum with manuscript title to the spine, binding strong but vellum worn and age soiled, evidence of mediaeval manuscript vellum showing on the inside of the binding.. Contents very good, most pages remarkably clean and crisp. Some very neat near contemporary manuscript annotation to the blank margins, single old stamp to the front blank which also carries some old manuscript notes. The annotation is very minimally truncated which suggests that the volume has been slightly trimmed. A little worming only to the last leaves of the second work but confined to the blank fore edge margin, just a few pages slightly watermarked to fore-edge. A very good copy of these two rare early commentaries. Copac lists just one copy of the first - held at Cambridge and four copies of the second work held at the British Library and Cathedral libraries.. Hardcover. Very Good. Folio (21 x 32cm).

$1843.94

[Removal of certain imputations] The Remoouall of certaine Imputations laid vpon the Ministers of Deuon [Devon]: and Cornwall by one M.T.H. [Thomas Hutton] and in them, upon all other ministers els-where, refusing to Subscribe.
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[Removal of certain imputations] The Remoouall of certaine Imputations laid vpon the Ministers of Deuon [Devon]: and Cornwall by one M.T.H. [Thomas Hutton] and in them, upon all other ministers els-where, refusing to Subscribe.

By [Devon and Cornwall Ministers]

[Printed by R. Schilders]: [Middelburg], 1606. Printer not cited - details from ESTC; pp. [6], [1], 2-66 [Signatures: A-I4]. Later Victorian [?] binding of black morocco with plain dark green pebbled-cloth boards, gilt lettering to the spine. Head/tail of the spine chipped otherwise very good. Contents remarkably good, clean and tight, with a little light pencil highlighting and ticks to margins. All printed marginal notes present and untrimmed with the exception of the final two leaves where a couple of marginal notes are mimimally cropped; last leaf with very small (4 x 3 mm) chip to fore-edge, very light staining to title page. A very good copy. A reply by the Deven and Cornwall Ministers to Thomas Hutton's "Reasons for Refusal of Subscription to the booke of Common Praier..." (Oxford 1605). While this book appears in a number of major libraries, we have been unable to find any auction records or any catalogue records. A pencil note to the verso of the front free endpaper states £56 -1945, i.e. about £2,200 at today's prices. [Davidson's bibliography of Devon p. 93; ESTC Citation No. S104342]. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Quarto.

$2370.78

THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. vols 29-34 [xxix - xxxiv] Bound in Six Volumes.
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THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. vols 29-34 [xxix - xxxiv] Bound in Six Volumes.

By Curtis, William

London: Printed by Stephen Couchman for W. Curtis, 1809. 1809-1811; vols 29-34, bound in 6 vols. Plate no. 1,148 - plate no. 1,418 inclusively, i.e. 271 hand-coloured engraved plates (several folding), drawn by Sydenham Edwards. Each volume with title page and index. Attractive Contemporary half calf, red and black morocco spine labels, marbled-paper boards, slightly rubbed, light wear to head/tail of a few joints but all volumes remain strongly bound. Contents clean and tight, plates generally very clean and bright, occasional light offsetting and browning, foremargin of one plate stained, a little oxidisation of the red pigment to the odd plate. Original end-papers, no inscriptions. An excellent early run of this most famous of all botanical periodicals. [Nissen BBI 2350]. First Edition. Half Leather. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by Sydenham Edwards. 8vo (15 x 24cm).

$3556.17

CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. vols 37- 40 & 43-47 [xxxvii - xl & xliii - xlvii] Together 9 Volumes bound in 7. [c. 600 Hand-Coloured plates]
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CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. vols 37- 40 & 43-47 [xxxvii - xl & xliii - xlvii] Together 9 Volumes bound in 7. [c. 600 Hand-Coloured plates]

By Sims, John; Curtis, William

London: Printed by Stephen Couchman, 1813. An excellent run with particularly generous margins and bright plates. 1813-1814 & 1816-1820; vols. 37-40 (bound in 2 vols.) & vols. 43-47, together 9 vols. bound in 7. 598 hand-coloured engraved plates of which some folding, plts. 1502-1680 & 1771-2188 [inc. plt. 1888A & 1888B] and one uncoloured plate. Each volume with title page and index. As stated wide margins - leaf size 155 x 250mm, for instance instruction for cancelled leafs printed in the upper margin are retained e.g. page 1912. All plates are bound with the original pale blue tissue guards. Contemporary, green half morocco bindings, lightly rubbed, spines faded to tan-green, a few corners bumped and edges rubbed. Contents clean and tight, plates generally very clean and bright, occasional spotting and light offsetting, mostly to tissue guards. Original end-papers, no inscriptions. An excellent early run of this most famous of all botanical periodicals. [Nissen BBI 2350]. First Edition. Half Leather. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 8vo (15 x 24cm). Book.

$7639.18

General Zoology or Systematic Natural History [28 Vols. inc. index]

By Shaw (George)

London: G. Kearsley, 1800. 1800-1826. Complete set of Shaw's General Zoology, Each volume is in two parts with the second part of volume 14 being the separate index volume, a total of 28 separate volumes, complete with all plates [c. 1,153 see biblioographic note at end], all in accordance with the "directions for placing the plates" in each volume. An excellent unadulterated set still in the publisher's original paper-backed boards, uncut, some pages unopened. All original adverts, erratas, directions for placing the plates, half-titles present as issued by the printer. Engraved vignette title pages to each volume and separate letterpress title pages. Internally very good, some pages lightly toned with a little very mild foxing, but generally very clean, plates very good, a few a little dust marked to edges, slight offsetting from plates, some uncut edges a little dust marked, bookplates to the front paste-downs, contemporary signatures to the head of the title pages of a couple of volumes, otherwise no apparent inscriptions. The bindings, never intended to be permenent, are generally frail, with some loose and a few detached boards, chipping to the paper spine coverings to a lesser or greater extent, number stamped to the base of each volume, a few bindings cracked and one or two loose pages at front/rear. Very rare in the publisher's original boards. [Bibliographic note. This was the first world review of amphibians and reptiles in English" (Adler p. 17) A number of references suggest that the full complement of plates is c 1,218, however we believe this to be incorrect, as this copy conforms with "the directions for placing the plates" bound in each volume, and but for one or two BIS plates the total is c. 1,153; the breakdown as follows: Vol. I. Part I. MAMMALIA. 1800. 70 plts.; Vol. I. Part 2. MAMMALIA. 1800. 52 plts.; Vol. II. Part I. MAMMALIA. 1801. 44 plts.; Vol. II. Part II. MAMMALIA. 1801. 68 plts.; Vol. III. Part I. AMPHIBIA. 1802. 32 plts.; Vol. III. Part II. AMPHIBIA. 1802. 54 plts.; Vol. IV. Part I. PISCES. 1803. 25 plts.; Vol. IV. Part 2. PISCES. 1803. 71 plts.; Vol. V. Part I. PISCES. 1804. 41 plts.; Vol. V. Part II. PISCES. 1804. 53 plts.; Vol. VI. Part I. INSECTA. 1806. 79 plts.; Vol. VI. Part II. INSECTA. 1806. 60 plts.; Vol. VII. Part I. AVES. 1809. 36 plts.; Vol. VII. Part II. AVES. 1809. 35 plts.; Vol. VIII. Part I. AVES. 1812. 45 plts.; Vol. VIII. Part II. AVES. 1812. 39 plts. [plt. 79 was issued here as plt. 29 for Part I. which was not issued]; Vol. IX. Part I. AVES. 1815. 50 plts.; Vol. IX. Part II. AVES. 1815. 30 plts.; Vol. X. Part I. AVES. 1817. 30 plts.; Vol. X. Part II. AVES. 1817. 32 [31] plts.; Vol. XI. Part I. AVES. 1819. 17 plts.; Vol. XI. Part II. AVES. 1819. 34 plts.; Vol. XII. Part I. AVES. 1824. 35 plts.; Vol. XII. Part II. AVES. 1824. 29 plts; Vol. XIII. Part I. AVES. 1825. 30 plts.; Vol. XIII. Part II. AVES. 1825. 33 plts.; Vol. XIV. Part I. AVES. 1826. 30 plts.; Vol. XIV. Part II. AVES. 1826. General index. No. plts. George Shaw was responsible for the first eight volumes of the General Zoology published between 1800 and 1812, and volumes IX-XIV (on birds) were completed by J.F. Stephens in 1828. Lowndes records the work as having been published with black and white plates at "361 15s., or on large paper, with proof impressions, 531 4s.",]. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Dust Jacket. Royal 8vo.

$2370.78

FINE AND EXTENSIVE HERBARIUM OF BRITISH PLANTS, DORSET, England and Wales inlcuding: Salisbury Plain, Corfe Castle, Snowdon, Bramshaw, New Forest, Lulworth, Sedge Moor, Rakes Brake[?], Ramsey, Swanage, Cheddar, Yarmouth, Coombe Bissett.....
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FINE AND EXTENSIVE HERBARIUM OF BRITISH PLANTS, DORSET, England and Wales inlcuding: Salisbury Plain, Corfe Castle, Snowdon, Bramshaw, New Forest, Lulworth, Sedge Moor, Rakes Brake[?], Ramsey, Swanage, Cheddar, Yarmouth, Coombe Bissett.....

By Unknown

n/a: n/a, 1904. A superb and extensive collection of herbarium specimens of British Plants with over 650 species represented; approximately 100 of these are supported with original watercolour illustrations, and a few with original b/w photographs of specimens or habitat. Each specimen is displayed in a separate card folder (size approx. 38 x 51cm folding to 38 x 26cm.), carefully sewn in place with white thread; and generally protected with an inserted sheet of blotting paper; each with a printed species label to which location and date have been added in manuscript and occasionally the collector's initials. The illustrations are painted or inserted onto the inside front fold opposite the dried plant and vary somewhat in quality, with some highly accomplished. The specimens were collected mainly between 1904 and 1910 with a few later specimens around 1913, with a further adjunct collection of specimens around 1932. We are not sure who the main collector was, but all collections appear to be made by the "J" family as there are a few references to E. V. J.; E. M. J.; D. R. J.; and E. S. C. J. The centre of collection is focused around Canterton in Dorset, but collections were made all over England and Wales inlcuding: Salisbury Plain, Corfe Castle, Snowdon, Bramshaw, New Forest, Lulworth, Sedge Moor, Rakes Brake[?], Ramsey, Swanage, Cheddar, Yarmouth, Coombe Bissett, Sheepstor etc. and in Cornwall - Kynance, Goonhilly Downs etc; and in Wales - Snowdon and Cefn Rocks. To give an impression of the scope of this extraordinary collection there are at least 24 orchid species represented as follows: - bog orchid, New Forest Aug 1906 (supported with a contemporary b/w photograph presumably of the collected plant); broad-leaved helleborine, Cadman Road, Aug. 1903; marsh heleborine, Sennen (W. Cornwall), July 1919; white helleborine, White Parish Hill, June 1906; common tway-blade, Canterton, July 1904; heart-leaved tway-blade, near Llyn Anafon, July 1910 (N.Wales); bird's nest orchid, Binstead Hill Wood, June 1906; commony lady's-tresses, nr. Brook Pond, Sept. 1903; large-flowered lady's tresses, New Forest 1905; green-winged Orchid, Canterton, May 1904; military orchid June 1909 (initialled W. M. J., no location given); Orchis ustulata (burnt orchid), Whiteparish Hill, June 1906; early purple orchid, Canterton, May 1903; spotted hand orchid (O. mascula), Canterton, June 1908; Marsh Orchid, (O. latifolia), New Forest , May 1912; Pyramidal Orchid, Lulworth, 1906; butterfly orchid, New Forest, June 1906; great butterfly orchid, Buckcharm, June 1905; fragrant orchid; nr. Rhydymwyn, July 1910; green frog orchid, The Leeta, Mold, N. Wales, June 1903; bee orchid, Lulworth, June 1904; spider orchid, Swanage, April 1910; and Fly Orchid, Bentworth, June 1906. The specimens in their folders are contained within a six-shelf stained pine cabinet, adapted to the purpose; to the the lip of each shelf in manuscript are lists of plant families, though these only partly relate to the specimens on that shelf. The cabinet is a little bruised and worn, and the key to the lock missing, but the contents and specimens are in excellent condition, a few folders dusty to the outside. An extraordinary collection, containing many rare species, a testimony to a bygone Britain before the introduction of intensive farming and the wholesale loss of wildflower meadows. A large heavy item: a shipping surcharge will apply.. First Edition. Very Good. Folio. Book.

$2173.22

THE BIRDS OF NEW GUINEA and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, including Many New Species Recently Discovered in Australia. Volume I. (one) [Birds of Paradise]
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THE BIRDS OF NEW GUINEA and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, including Many New Species Recently Discovered in Australia. Volume I. (one) [Birds of Paradise]

By Gould, John; Sharpe, Bowdler

Melbourne: Hill House, 1988. Completed after the author’s death by R. Bowlder Sharpe. Limited facsimile edition, (this copy stamped no. 565 to the front paste-down). Original red Japanese Saifu cloth gilt; pp. [iv], iii plus 56 fine coloured plates with accompanying text (inc. cucckoo-shrikes, fairy-wrens, flycatchers and others). One of series of remarkably exact same-size facsimile of the original in the British Library, printed by offset lithography on acid-free matt art paper and hand-bound. The Hill House series contained the only authentic full-size facsimiles of the works of John Gould - this volume is one of the original printings and now out of print. Binding fine, contents clean and tight, unmarked. A fine copy. Publisher's blurb thus "They are not reproductions, because no camera was used in transferring the images from the B.M.(N.H.) originals. Indeed the originals are taken by Museum security courier to the repro-house in Singapore, where they are subjected to the preparation of new plates for printing on 5 and 6 colour offset presses. The paper used is 130 gsm mat art paper. As facsimiles, the books carry faithfully every spot, mark or stain of the originals. They also carry the original Museum Department of Zoology stamps, and librarian's annotations. From behind glass, the naked eye would be unable to distinguish the original from the facsimile, so accurate is the colour printing. Also as facsimiles, they are exactly the same size as the originals (Imperial Folio: 22" x 15"). Each volume is hand sewn, cased-in and bound between 4 mm. gilt stamped on the spine, and with the gold Crown Cipher of the British Museum (Natural History) on the front, and blind embossed on the inner margin of the front boards. The end-papers are of special wood-free heavy grade paper, printed in a generated repetitive pattern of the Museum's Library stamps. The publisher has not intruded into the authenticity of the books, leaving the publication data printed only on the very last page at the end of the book block. Each copy is hand inspected by the printer's quality control officer, individually numbered on the inside front board. Thus, no two copies are exactly the same. Although initial volumes were printed in more than 500 copies, later production runs have not exceeded 300 for world-wide sale. This has been caused by a relative shortage of quality paper, together with the intensive hand-labour involved in their production." This book is held in stock.A POSTAL SURCHARGE MAY APPLY ON THIS HEAVY BOOK.. Facsimile Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Dust Jacket. Elephant Folio.

$421.47

SIEBOLD'S FLORILEGIUM OF JAPANESE PLANTS Florilegium Plantarum Japonicarum Sieboldii Held in the Library of the Komarov Botanical Institute (Complete - 3 vols. in 4)

By Sidgwick, Mrs Alfred & Mrs. Paynter

Tokyo: Maruzen, 1993. A sumptuous work limited to just 450 copies. Loosely inserted are two copies of the original folding prospectus including three examples of the same illustration of a tiger lily. Three volumes bound in four: vols. 1a & 1b (Botanical drawings, mostly by Keiga Kawahara, commissioned and collected by Siebold with accompanying text in English and Japanese); vol. 2. Articles and Catalogue (in English); vol. [3]. Articles in Japanese. Vols. 1a, 1b & 2 - 53cm tall and bound in fine blue textured Japanese cloth; vol. 3 - 38 cm and bound in smooth dark blue cloth. Generally fine condition with slight wear only to the bindings, very slightly marked, rear lower corner of vol. 1a a little bumped, edges of textblock very slightly marked; contents clean and tight, no inscriptions. A fine set. Very scarce - published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Maruzen publishing house and costing at publication approximately £7,000. Seemingly a number copies were gifted to major libraries and botanical gardens, though the British Library with a grant from the Friends of the British Lbrary paid £4,125 (Grant made 2006-07), and described the book as "an exceptional source for scientific study of Japanese plants as well as having great artistic merit.". Limted Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Dust Jacket. Elephant Folio.

$5004.98

IMPORTANT 19TH CENTURY HERBARIUM ALBUM CONTAINING c. 360 MAINLY IRISH MOSS SPECIMENS INCLUDING MANY  "Specimens not previously described as being indigenous to that Island" WITH LOCATION NOTES, DATES AND BRYOLOGISTS.
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IMPORTANT 19TH CENTURY HERBARIUM ALBUM CONTAINING c. 360 MAINLY IRISH MOSS SPECIMENS INCLUDING MANY "Specimens not previously described as being indigenous to that Island" WITH LOCATION NOTES, DATES AND BRYOLOGISTS.

By Orr, David

Unknown: Not Appropriate, 1869. An important 19th Century Herbarium album of predominantly Irish mosses, compiled by David Orr, containing many specimens not previously described from Ireland, and therefore historically, highly significant (though the reliabilty of some of Orr's specimens is questioned - see below). "These specimens marked thus X were found and identified in Ireland by David Orr not being previously described as being indigenous to that Island" Of the c. 360 specimens 53 are marked X; arranged on 27 sheets. All specimens collected between 1846 & 1869, mostly by Orr with contributions from other recognised contemporary Bryologists [see notes below]. This collection was assembled by David Orr, Assistant to Dr Moore at Botanic Garden, Dublin; each specimen mounted and pencil labelled with a facing page giving details of the specimen, location, collector and date found. It clearly reflects Orr's passion for the subject and represents hundreds of hours of field work, but is not entirely unique and may have been produced on commission. Orr is also a figure of certain notoriety as it is believed he falsified some records which throws into question many of his other, probably genuine records. The album has suffered from exposure to damp at some time, the binding and paper is cockled and uneven, toned in places, but no damp staining and the dried pressed specimens remain in good condition. There are several small worm holes but these do not interfere with the contents. The card binding is worn and missing the original closure strap and title label, but all pages remain firmly bound in. "Orr, David (?- 1892) Collected mosses in Antrim, Dublin and Wicklow. Plants at BM(NH), also Dublin, letters in Wilson correspondence at BM(NH)" OTHER CONTRIBUTERS OF SPECIMENS INCLUDE: - "Davies, J.H.(1838-1909) Mosses at Trinity College, Dublin. Donaldson, G (1860s) County Antrim at Oxford. Fergusson, Rev. J. Letters at BM(NH), Plants at Oxford. Hunt, George Edward (1841-1873) Mosses at BM(NH) Letters at Kew. Jackson, John (1837-1920) Keeper ,Kew Museums 1858-1901. Kirk, Sir John (1832-1922) MD Explorer and naturalist (Livingston's Expedition 1858). Moore, David (1807-1879) Botanist and Curator Botanic Garden, Glasnevin 1838. Nowell, Rev. J. (1802-1867) Bryologist. Wilson, William (1799-1871) Described mosses for Hooker's Flora Antarctica, Plants and drawings at BM(NH) Letters at BM(NH). Wood, John (1813-1890) MD Bryologist, Plants and letters at Kew, in W. Wilson correspondence at BM(NH)". [Desmond, Ray; Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists]. Notes: - The National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, Dublin holds a very similar album with the title "A hand Herbarium of British and Irish Mosses arranged according to Wilson's Bryologia Britannica" and dated 29th 1873. This is a leather bound volume 15.5 x 19.5cm containing 47 leaves with 322 differentt specimens (taxa). So very similar to our album. For what purposes these collections were made is unknown as is the number of copies produced, but the emphasis on new records would suggest that their purpose was, at least, partly proselytic. Regarding Orr's reputation to falisfy records, can it really be that all of the 53 specimens in our album described as "not previously described as being indigenous to that Island" are fabricated? Throughout the history of science reputations have, often unfairly, sullied very good and pioneering work; does Orr's work fall into this category? Perhaps not, but either way this album is a small but important record in the history of Irish botany. Provenance: from the estate of the Marine Biologist T. Willcocks of The Plymouth Institution/Devon & Cornwall Natural History Society.. First Edition. Card Covers. Good/No Dust Jacket. 4to. Book.

$2239.07

OBSERVATIONS ON THE NEILGHERRIES, Including an Account of Their Topography, Climate, Soil & Productions, and of the Effects of the Climate on the European Constitution: Including Fold Out Maps and Colour plates
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OBSERVATIONS ON THE NEILGHERRIES, Including an Account of Their Topography, Climate, Soil & Productions, and of the Effects of the Climate on the European Constitution: Including Fold Out Maps and Colour plates

By R. Baikie, Esq. M. D., Edited By W. H. Smoult, Esq.

Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press, 1834. 136 pages; Complete with 34 hand-coloured lithographed maps, including 3 folding and 10 plates, including the frontispiece of Ootacamund Lake, all but-one hand-coloured. Rebound in a plain textured brown cloth possibly late 1970s near fine, gilt title and gilt number to spine. Contents clean and tight, single no. and date stamp (1979) to the verso of the title page. Appears to be minimally if at all trimmed, certainly the dimensions are larger than the copy sold by Christies in 2004, contents more or less unmarked. A near fine first edition copy with wonderful colour plates.. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by J. Bennett. 8vo.

$1843.94

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