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The Natural History of Oxfordshire
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The Natural History of Oxfordshire

By Plot, Robert [R. P. LLD.]

First edition. Printed at the Theater in Oxford, and are to be had there: And in London at Mr. S. Millers, at the Star near the West End of St. Pauls Church-yard. 1677. The price in sheets at the Press, nine shillings. To Subscribers, eight shillings. Folio. Imprim. April 13, 1676; Title, with engraved vignette; (7)pp Dedication, with engraved headpiece and historiated initial; 358pp; (1)errata; 10pp index. 15 engraved plates by Michael Burghers. Contemporary leather, worn, lacking spine strip. Boards still attached by threads. First gathering (Title and Dedication) disbound. N2 loose. Ffep and imprim crumpled at top inner corner. Some fraying to protruding edges. Discolouration to margins of title page and endpapers. Occasional marks and toning. Ink marks to upper margin of first page. Lacks the map and Tab. 3. Signature of John Hobart to title page. "Robert Plot's Natural History of Oxfordshire, first published in 1677, included the first known illustration of a dinosaur bone, [Plate 8] thought by Plot to be the bone of a giant. "If then they are neither the Bones of Horses, Oxen, nor Elephants, as I am strongly persuaded they are not … It remains, that (notwithstanding their extravagant Magnitude) they must have been the bones of Men or Women: Nor doth any thing hinder but they may have been so, provided it be clearly made out, that there have been Men and Women of proportionable Stature in all Ages of the World, down even to our own Days". The influence of the book was immediate and far-reaching. Not only was its author ever after referred to as the "learned Dr Plot", but it may well also have confirmed Elias Ashmole in the belief that Oxford was the heaven-appointed place for his collection, and persuaded the University authorities both to accept the collection and to provide a fine building in which to house it." Oxford University Museum of Natural History. English short title catalogue R7620; Wing P2586; Madan, F. Oxford books, 3130.

$400.53

Travels to discover the source of the Nile, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, & 1773
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Travels to discover the source of the Nile, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, & 1773

By Bruce, James of Kinnaird, Esq.

The third edition, corrected and enlarged. Vol. VIII. Containing the plates and maps. Printed by George Ramsay and Company, for Archibald Constable and Company and Manners and Miller, Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, London. 1813. Quarto. 26pp. 79 engraved plates, some folding, and 3 folding maps. Contemporary half calf, gilt to spine, marbled boards. Marbled endpapers and marbled edges. Block tightly bound, crisp and bright. No loose pages. Boards detached and present. Areas of loss to spine strip. Some offsetting to title page from frontispiece, and to p 26 from the first plate. Light spotting to frontis., first plate and last plate, otherwise very bright and crisp with few minor foxing spots and paper faults. Maps intact. Bookplate of Professor R. M. Gordon M.D. to lower board. Rupert Montgomery Yeats Gordon (1893-1961) OBE(1938) BA Dubl(1914) MB BCh BAO Dubl(1916) DTM Liverp(1919) DPH Liverp(1920) MD Dubl(1920) ScD Dubl(1933) MRCP(1936) FRCP(1941) Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Parasitology in the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Luigi Balugani made the sketches and maps, his contribution never acknowledged by Bruce. Balugani died in Gondar; the true circumstances of his death will probably never be known. Each engraving carries the imprint London Published Octr 1st 1804 by Longman & Co. Heath, Sc. The first map "To The Right Revd. John Lord Bishop of Carlisle. This Map shewing the Tract of Solomon's Fleet in their Three Years Voyage from the Elanitic Gulf to Ophir and Tarshish the necessity of Employing in that space of time is Dedicated by his Most Obedient Servant James Bruce". Signed J. Walker, Sculpt. The second map "To My Worthy and Learned Friend The Honourable Daines Barrington This Plan of the Attempts to Arrive at the Source of the Nile is dedicated by his most Obliged and faithful Humble Servant James Bruce" The third map "To The King. This Map, Containing a Chart of the Arabian Gulf, with its Egyptian, Ethiopian and Arabian Coasts. from Suez to Bab el Mandeb. A Journey through Abyssinia to Gondar, its Capital. From thence to the Source of the Nile. The Whole of that River from its Source to the Mediterranean. Now first laid down from Astronomical Observations of all those points necessary to Ascertain the form of its course. The Return by Sennaar and the Great Desert of Nubia and Beja. All laid down by actual survey with the largest and most perfect instruments now in use. By His Majesty's most dutiful and faithful Subject & Servant James Bruce". Signed J. Walker Sculpt. Margaret Street Cavendish Square.

$333.78

The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.
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The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.

By Darwin, Charles

Sixth edition, forty-fifth thousand, with additions and corrections. John Murray. London. 1894. Half-title, title, xxi, 432pp. Folding plate. Full contemporary calf, spine in six compartments with gilt tooling and leather label. Double gilt border rules to boards. Kingswood School crest gilt vignette with Wyvern to upper board. Edge gilt tooling, inner edge blind tooling. Marbled endpapers. Marbled edges. A little spotting to free endpapers, a little shelf wear, otherwise a crisp and bright handsome copy. No inscriptions. Kingswood School, founded by John Wesley lies in the Lansdown estate of William Beckford, at Fonthill. The sixth edition was the last edition published during Darwin's lifetime, and the first edition in which he used the word "evolution". Darwin made extensive revisions to previous editions, dropped "On" from the title, and added a new chapter VII to address counter arguments, and renumbered subsequent chapters.

$600.80

The British Herbal: an history of plants and trees, natives of Britain, cultivated for use, or raised for beauty
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The British Herbal: an history of plants and trees, natives of Britain, cultivated for use, or raised for beauty

By Hill, John

First edition. Printed for T. Osborne and J. Shipton, in Gray's Inn; J. Hodges near London BridgeJ. Newbery, in St. Paul's Churchyard; B. Collins; And S. Crowder and H. Woodgate, in Pater-noster Row. London. 1756. Folio. Engraved frontispiece. Title page in red and black. (2), dedication, 533, (3) index pp. Text in double columns. Decorative engraved tailpieces. 75 engraved plates. Contemporary full calf. Spine in seven compartments with raised bands and red leather label. Relaid to joints and corners. Inner margin repair to title, lower edges of 1-4 chipped, paper fault small hole to 47/8, short closed tear to 113/4 with basic paper repair to verso, minor insect damage to lower margin 169/70, repair to outer margin 429/30. Toning/darkening to feps, frontis and title. Occasional spotting, a bright crisp handsome copy. Pressed grasses have been loosely inserted at 269, 303, 337, 351, 419, 431, 437, 499, and at plate 71. A small historic and faded note list of plants loosely inserted. Decoratively inscribed, with floral embellishment, to verso of ffep "John Gainsworth Senior" dated March 10, 1833. Further word removed by scorching..

$2002.65

Botanologia. The English Herbal: or, History of Plants. Containing I. Their names. Greek Latine and English. II Their species, or various kinds. III. Their descriptions. IV. Their places of growth. V. Their times of flowering and seeding. VI. Their qualities or properties. VII. Their specifications. VIII. Their preparations, Galenic and Chymick. IX. Their virtues and uses.  X. A complete florilegium, of all the choice flowers cultivated by our florists, interspersed through the whole work, in their proper places: where you have their culture, choice, increase, and way of management, as well for profit as delectation. Adorned with exquisite icons or figures, of the most considerable species, representing to the life, the true forms of those several plants. The whole in alphabetical order.
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Botanologia. The English Herbal: or, History of Plants. Containing I. Their names. Greek Latine and English. II Their species, or various kinds. III. Their descriptions. IV. Their places of growth. V. Their times of flowering and seeding. VI. Their qualities or properties. VII. Their specifications. VIII. Their preparations, Galenic and Chymick. IX. Their virtues and uses. X. A complete florilegium, of all the choice flowers cultivated by our florists, interspersed through the whole work, in their proper places: where you have their culture, choice, increase, and way of management, as well for profit as delectation. Adorned with exquisite icons or figures, of the most considerable species, representing to the life, the true forms of those several plants. The whole in alphabetical order.

By Salmon, William

First edition. Folio. Printed by I. Dawks for H. Rhodes at the Star, the corner of Bride Lane, in Fleet Street; and J. Taylor, at the Ship in Pater Noster Row. 1710. Engraved title. Title page in red and black. 4pp dedication to Queen Anne, xxiv, 1296pp. Index Plantarum & Index Latinus [41pp]. Index Morbarum, erratum [6pp]. Numerous engravings. Full panelled calf, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, blind rules. Gilt lettering and floral tooling to second compartment. Blind tooling to boards Small symbols inscribed to base of title page. Neat historic addenda to the margins. P22 'Angelica' in historic script to margin. P173 small portrait to margin. P180 note to lower margin re 'hen Bane'. P256 script to margin "Touch me not or Elaterium". P671 script 'Powder' to margin. P892 script to margin 'Extract'. Occasional drawn marginal manicules. P1162 script to margin 'Powder'. P312 misnumbered 351. Four leaves of index restored to margins, in slightly smaller state. P63 slight loss of text (4 letters in 3 lines) from short paper fault. P111 slight loss to heading from short paper fault. P749-61 minor worm to lower margin. Occasional spotting, variable toning, paper faults, short closed tears, corner tears, small holes or marks. A handsome well – bound copy of an essential work. ESTC T83065; Henrey 1308. The first known reference to the cultivation of the tomato. "In 1710-1711 Salmon published Botanologia; or the English Herbal, dedicated to Anne, Queen of Great Britain. He mentions his travels in the British colonies of North America, making the first known reference to the tomato's cultivation there, in what is now the Carolinas. He also extols the virtues of the Virginian potato. Preparations of cannabis root are suggested for the treatment of gout, arthritis, and painful joints."

$3738.28

Egyptian Birds
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Egyptian Birds

By Whymper, Charles

First edition. Adam and Charles Black. London. 1909. Small quarto. x, 221, (2)pp. Colour frontispiece plate, 20 further colour plates, all with printed tissue guards. Original decorative cloth, gilt lettering to spine and upper board. Top edge gilt. Endpapers toned. Upper hinge repaired. Occasional light spotting. Some light shelf wear. A nice copy. Ownership inscription in pencil to ffep: "H. Hibberd Burnham Thorpe Rectory" An interesting provenance. Henry Hibberd, Rector of Burnham Thorpe and author of A History of Burnham Thorpe. Lord Nelson's Birthplace. 1937. Lord Nelson was born at The Rectory Burnham Thorpe, his father being Rector there from 1755 – 1803. Henry Hibberd wrote of Nelson's birthplace, "Looking out at the fruit trees, here they still flourish; apple and mulberry". The church has a crucifix and lectern made from wood taken from HMS Victory, and other Nelson memorabilia, including the two HMS Victory medallions recently returned to the church after Henry Hibberd presented them to Kathleen Morris in 1945. 'On 14th June 1944 the Rev. Henry Hibberd, wrote to the Admiralty requesting permission to fly the White Ensign on his church in memory of Nelson. The request was supported by two, probably retired, Admirals, but the Admiralty replied that although they had no authority to refuse the request they would not give it their approval, as it would set a precedent for many other churches that had connections with naval heroes. In October the vicar wrote again asking if the flag flown by Nelson at the Battle of the Nile could be authorised. This was probably in the hope that the Admiralty would be prepared to sanction an obsolete ensign. In January 1945 this also was refused. Hibberd tried again in February writing that he was not asking for permission, but for an indication that the Admiralty did not object.' The church flies an 18th century type White Ensign. fotw.info/flags The Nelson authority Carroll Storrs Alden corresponded with Henry Hibberd from 1928 until Hibberd's death in 1952. Their correspondence is held at the United States Naval Academy.

$66.76

Modern microscopy. A handbook for beginners, in two parts
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Modern microscopy. A handbook for beginners, in two parts

By Cross, M. I. & Cole, Martin J.

First edition. Bailliere, Tindall and Cox. London. 1893. xii, 13-104pp, (2), 42 page publisher's catalogue dated 1893. Engraved frontispiece, 29 further engravings. Original maroon cloth, gilt and blind lettering to upper board. Publisher's emblem to lower board. Corners and extremities of spine slightly rubbed. Green endpapers showing minor splits to gutter, but firm. No inscriptions. A nice crisp copy.

$40.05

The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay: With an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island
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The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay: With an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island

By Phillip, Arthur

Third edition. (The Octavo Edition) Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly. London. 1790. xxiv, 383pp. Frontispiece portrait, title page copper engraved Wedgewood vignette, folding table, 16 copper engraved plates of which 13 are folding: folding plate View of Botany Bay, folding plate View in Port Jackson, folding plate Natives of Botany Bay (short closed marginal fold tear), plate Lieutenant King, folding plate View of a Hut in New South Wales, folding plate View in New South Wales, folding plate Kangooroo, folding plate Spotted Opossum, folding plate Vulpine Opossum, folding plate Black Flying Opossum, folding plate Great Brown Kings-fisher, folding plate Bronze-winged Pigeon, folding plate New Holland Cassowary, plate Lieutenant Shortland, folding plate Canoe and Natives of Mulgrave's Range (repair to short closed marginal fold tear), plate Lieutenant Watts. Appendix: A list of Convicts sent to New South Wales in 1787. 2 plates missing: the Map of Norfolk Island and the Sketch of Sydney Cove. Contemporary worn full calf, boards detached. Spine, worn, in six compartments with gilt rules. ffep loose, the binding is firm otherwise. Faint initials dated 1896 to upper margin of first blank.Occasional light foxing, occasional marginal light staining. Corner loss to lower free endpaper. This volume contains the early state "Kangooroo" plate, rather than the later amended "Kanguroo". Note on laid paper loosely inserted at Great Brown Kings Fisher: 'Native name - Kookaburra - Burkman's name - "Laughing Jackass"'. "On 13 May 1787, the British Empire sent 11 ships boarded with convicts and naval personnel to New South Wales, Australia. They became known as the 'First Fleet' and, arriving in January 1788, they established a penal colony, the first European settlement, on the continent. First published in 1789, this is an account of the Fleet's voyage, settlement and interaction with the Aboriginal Australians, as recorded by Captain Arthur Phillip. Phillip led the fleet as 'Captain General & Commander in Chief, in & over the Territory of New South Wales'." British Library

$467.29

Cruise of the \
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Cruise of the "Alert". Four years in Patagonian, Polynesian, and Mascarene waters (1878-82)

By Coppinger, Dr R. W.

Fourth edition. Swan Sonnenschein & Co. London. 1899. Octavo. xiii, (1), 256pp. Engraved frontis., 17 further plates. Original decorative green and blue cloth, gilt to spine and upper board. All edges gilt. Very lightly rubbed to corners. Includes zoological and botanical indices. A very bright copy. COPPINGER, RICHARD WILLIAM (1847–1910), naval surgeon and naturalist

$133.51

A biology of dragonflies
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A biology of dragonflies

By Corbet, Philip S.

First edition. H. F. & G. Witherby. London. 1962. Octavo. xvi, 247pp. Colour frontis., 5 further monochrome plates, text illus. Original cloth, in original dustwrapper. Two short closed tears to d/w edge, otherwise a nice copy..

$46.73

Squirrels. The New Naturalist. Illustrated with 32 Photographs in Black and White 22 Maps & Drawings
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Squirrels. The New Naturalist. Illustrated with 32 Photographs in Black and White 22 Maps & Drawings

By Shorten, Monica

First edition. Collins. London. 1954. Octavo. xii, 212pp. Photo frontis., 31 further photo plates and text illus. Original green cloth, gilt to spine. Original dustwrapper by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, price-clipped, lightly foxed, chipped to lower edge and slightly frayed to head of spine and corners. p.19-20 extraneous corner fold paper fault. Ownership inscription to ffep, dated May 1955, The Abbey, Malvern Wells.

$53.40

The Fenland past and present
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The Fenland past and present

By Miller, Samuel H. & Skertchly, Sydney B. J.

First edition. Leach and Son. Wisbech. Longmans, Green & Co. London. 1878. Large octavo. xxxi, 649pp Folding map, short closed tear to fold reinforced with tissue. Colour litho frontis tipped in, 26 further plates, two folding, text illus., folding tables. Original green decorative cloth, gilt and black, rubbed with wear to extremities. Foxing/browning to prelims and title. A little askew due to weight. Includes the subscribers' list. An exhaustive treatise on the Archaeology, History, Geology, Drainage and Sanitation, Local and Natural History and dialect of the Fenland.

$233.64

The Natural History of Staffordshire.
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The Natural History of Staffordshire.

By Plot, Robert

First edition. Printed at the Theatre. Oxford. 1686. Tall quarto. Title; Imprim.; (2)pp; (2)pp; (4)pp; (2)pp; (1)pp; (3)pp; 450pp; index (10)pp; subscriber's list 2pp. Folding map, 37 plates, of which 25 are double. Lacking Plate XXVIIII. Includes the Armes Omitted plate which is often lacking. Contemporary tooled calf. Relaid to spine, with short split to top. Spine in six compartments with gilt tooling and leather label. Gilt edge embellishment. Commensurate ageing, corners bumped and rubbed. Edges sprinkled. Endpapers renewed. Paper fault to margin of 159/60. Page 417 misnumbered 407. Occasional spotting or toning. A few short closed tears to folds. A nice example, with all the prelims and the subscriber's list. Bookplates to fep. This work contains the earliest known recorded account of Freemasonry ritual on pages 316 to 318. Plot refers to the Masonic secrets, and mentions "The large parchment vellum they have amongst them, containing the History and Rules of the craft of masonry". Plot, Robert (bap. 1640, d. 1696) In March 1683 he was appointed Professor of Chemistry, and first Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum. Elias Ashmole's initiation into Freemasonry occurred on 16 October 1646 at Warrington in Lancashire, and he recorded it briefly in his diary. Provenance: Vernon of Sudbury bookplate. George Vernon (1635-1702) is included in the subscriber's list. The Vernons of Sudbury held Swynnerton and Hilton in Staffordshire. Wright bookplate.

$2136.16

The Pelargonium Family. The species of Pelargonium, Monsonia and Sarcocaulon
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The Pelargonium Family. The species of Pelargonium, Monsonia and Sarcocaulon

By Webb, William

First edition. Quarto. viii, 104pp. Colour plates and text illus. Very good copy in original cloth and original protected dust wrapper.

$33.38

The gardens of the British working class
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The gardens of the British working class

By Willes, Margaret

413pp. Illustrations in colour and monochrome. Very good in original dust wrapper. As new.

$16.69

A history of Worcestershire agriculture and rural evolution
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A history of Worcestershire agriculture and rural evolution

By Gaut, R. C.

Printed by Littlebury & Company Ltd. The Worcester Press. Worcester. 1939. Octavo. xvi, 490pp. Original brown cloth, black lettering to spine and upper board. Slightly rubbed. Occasional spotting.

$33.38

Fair Isle an island saga
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Fair Isle an island saga

By Thom, Valerie M.

First edition. John Donald. Edinburgh. 1989. 147pp. Photo illus in colour and monochrome. Original cloth, in original dust wrapper. Vgc.

$10.01

Fair Isle: a photographic history
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Fair Isle: a photographic history

By Waterston, George & Jones, Jean

William Blackwood in association with the National Trust for Scotland. Edinburgh. 1983. 4to. 86pp. Monochrome photo illus. Original laminated paper covers. Slightly bumped to corners.

$13.35

Deer breeding for fine heads. With descriptions of many varieties and cross-breeds
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Deer breeding for fine heads. With descriptions of many varieties and cross-breeds

By Winans. Walter

First edition. Quarto. xii, 105pp. 4pp publisher's advts. Photo text illus. Original red cloth, gilt, in original rare dust wrapper, with loss to lower corner. Toning to ffep. Signature C. H. Chichester to ffep. Rev. Charles Chichester, son of Sir Arthur Chichester of Youlston Park, Shirwell and Arlington Court near Barnstaple, both had extensive deer-parks. His son was Sir Francis Chichester.

$200.27

Sarawak; its inhabitants and productions: being notes during a residence in that country with His Excellency Mr Brooke
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Sarawak; its inhabitants and productions: being notes during a residence in that country with His Excellency Mr Brooke

By Low, Hugh

First edition. First issue. Richard Bentley, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. London. 1848. Crown 8vo. xxiv, 416pp, 6pp manuscript index bound in. Engraved frontis., 6 further plates. Later rebacking using original red cloth embossed boards, bumped with shelf wear to extremities. Some foxing to plates, occasional spotting to text. Marginal tear 170. Last page chipped to upper corner. Occasional marginal pencil annotation, in the same hand as index. Inscribed to title page "To Edw. Thomas" [indecipherable: Glansevern? Glansevin?] Low, Sir Hugh (1824–1905), botanist and colonial administrator. "Low became closely associated with James Brooke, who was then establishing his regime in Sarawak. Low also travelled widely in north Borneo and acquired exceptional knowledge of the land and people, which he demonstrated in his book Sarawak: its Inhabitants and Productions." Low developed a twelve-acre garden with a choice selection of plants. He made the first documented climb of Mount Kinabalu, the highest in Borneo, and repeated the climb three times, partly to collect specimens. ODNB

$367.15

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