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Animal and nature enthusiasts will love the rare natural history books page in the Biblio Rare Book Room. There are many rare and antique books on natural history and wildlife, and many of the books in the Biblio Rare Book Room have detailed illustrations and ornate bindings. Many of the antique and rare natural history books focus on a specific region or country, and others are focused on just fauna or birds. Be sure to browse the Biblio Rare Book Room for fascinatingly rare and antique natural history books.

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Rainforest: Ancient Realm of the Pacific Northwest.
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Rainforest: Ancient Realm of the Pacific Northwest.

by DAVIS, Wade, Text. Graham Osborne, Photographs. Foreword by David Suzuki

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Vancouver BC: Greystone Books / Douglas McIntyre, 1998. Signed on the half-title page by the author, additionally inscribed: For Roger and Penny, with my best wishes on Christmas 1998 as always, Wade. First edition / First printing. Black paper-covered boards. Very fine in about fine dust jacket.
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The Frozen Deep
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The Frozen Deep

by Collins, Wilkie

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THE FROZEN DEEP BY WILKIE COLLINS, AUTHOR OF "THE WOMAN IN WHITE" AND "THE MOONSTONE". PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM F. GILL AND COMPANY, BOSTON, 1874, 1ST AMERICAN EDITION. ILLUSTRATED BY ALFRED FREDERICKS. USED. GOOD- CONDITION Green cloth boards with Black and gold gilt titling and ornamentation that remains fairly bright. Tight binding, bright pages. There is a liquid spill on a couple of pages as shown in our photos.
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The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed.
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The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed.

by McPHEE, John.

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New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973. Signed on the title page by the author. First edition / First printing. Green cloth spine, orange paper-covered boards. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. A superb copy!
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Wanderings in South America, the North-West of the United States, and the Antilles, in the years...
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Wanderings in South America, the North-West of the United States, and the Antilles, in the years 1812, 1816, 1820, and 1824 : with original instructions for the perfect preservation of birds, &c., for cabinets of natural history

by WATERTON, Charles

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1825 1ed Wanderings South America Natural History Darwin & Wallace Inspiration

Charles Waterton (1781-1865) was a famous English naturalist, explorer, taxidermist, pioneering conservationist and overall polymath interested in anything and everything.
first visited British Guiana with his father in 1804. He subsequently returned on 4 occasions between 1812 and 1824, during which time he travelled extensively in the Guianas and across the northern part of South America. He was one of the first to observe the birds and animals of the tropics. He described his discoveries in this book 'Wanderings in South America,' which inspired Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

This 1825 first edition of Waterton's 'Wanderings' catered to the reading public's taste for adventures with its descriptions of a fight with a boa constrictor and the capture of crocodiles and his descriptive writing caused a stir in Victorian England with the publication of a drawing of a half man, half animal creature he was… Read More
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Les Phenomenes et les Curiosites de la Nature
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Les Phenomenes et les Curiosites de la Nature: (Phenomena and Curiosities of Nature)

by Munerelle

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First edition of this rare illustrated introduction to meteorological, geological, terrestrial and marine phenomena aimed at students.The 36 (of 37) dramatic lithographs were drawn and printed by the Strasbourg engraver Emile Lemaitre, handfinished in color and gum arabic.The phenomena include meteorological (sunrise, lightning, the Aurora Borealis, tides and rainbows), geological (mines, gold fields and volcanoes), as well as terrestrial wonders (Mount Vesuvius, Niagara Falls, the Andes mountains, Giant's Causeway, Fingal's cave, the Rhone, etc.) The plates are accompanied by explanatory text printed in blue, detailing historical and scientific information, sometimes referring to the latest inventions and events. The Arctic plate includes Sir John Franklin's 1845 doomed expedition to the North Pole, while the Gold Fields plate describes the California Gold Rush of 1848.List of plates: Sunrise - Thunderstorm - Rainbow - Earthquake - Waterspout - Moonlight - Flood - Avalanche - Simoom - Aurora Borealis… Read More
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Le Spectacle de la Nature
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Le Spectacle de la Nature: Ou Entretiens sur les particularites de l'Histoire Naturelle qui ont paru les plus propres a rendre les Jeunes Gens curieux, et a leur former l'esprit.

by Noel-Antoine Pluche

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Complete set of this portable edition of Abbe Pluche's popular work on natural history for children, first published in 1732 and reprinted many times. First edition in 12mo, published in An 11 of the French Revolution (1803).With 61 fine copperplates by Jacques de Seve, including 2 frontispieces, 4 folding celestial maps (illustrator). Plates engraved by Duhamel, Letellier, Racine and Bigani. Vol. 1: 359pp, frontispiece, 5 plates of insects and shells; Vol. 2: 300pp, 5 plates of birds, animals, fish and plants; Vol. 3: 353pp, 7 plates of botany; Vol. 4: 336pp, 10 plates of botany and equipment; Vol 5, 347pp, 21 plates of fish, ships and shells; Vol. 6, 344pp, 3 plates of gems and astrology; Vol.7, 364pp, 8 plates (4 folding) of astrology; Vol. 8, 231pp, frontispiece.With half titles, tables of contents and list of illustrations in each volume. Elaborate gilt decorated spines with red title labels and volume numbers. Some scuffing to boards, but interior fresh and all plates present and free of… Read More
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A botanical description of British plants in the Midland counties, particularly of those in the...
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A botanical description of British plants in the Midland counties, particularly of those in the neighbourhood of Alcester with occasional notes and observations [ . . . ] + An appendix [ . . . ] 3 volumes. 37 of the 38 plates

by Purton, T.

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Stratford upon Avon: Printed and sold by J. Ward, 1817 Book. Good. Full leather. Vol 3, the Appendix was published in 1821 by Longman. Pagination Vol 1 - [iv], ix, [i], 361, [1] pages + 3 plates. Vol 2 - [iv], [363]-795, [1] pages + 5 plates but plate facing page 692 duplicates that facing page 573. Vol 3 - xiv, [ii], 333, [vi], 336-575, [1] pages +30 plates. All bound in attractive full leather, creasing to the spine of vol 3. Some light wear. Ink owner's name to the front free end paper in each volume. Lacks one plate due to the duplication in vol 2..
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Theologia naturalis; sive, Liber creaturarum specialiter de homine et de natura ejus in quantum...
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Theologia naturalis; sive, Liber creaturarum specialiter de homine et de natura ejus in quantum homo: et de his que sunt ei necessaria ad cognoscendum seipsum et Deum, et omne debitum ad quod homo tenetur et obligatur tam Deo quam proximo.

by De Sabunde, Raymundus (Raimundus Sabundus, Raymond of Sebonde or Ramon Sibiuda, Catalan scholar, c.1385-1436)

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Strasbourg: Argentinae: Ex officina Martini Flach junioris, 1501. Half leather. Fine. Folio, printed in Strassburg by Martin Flach, 7 February 1501; 161 unnumbered leaves. BINDING: new Gothic hand-sewn oak binding by Arthur Green of Malvern; tawed quarter leather over quarter-sawn oak boards, quires hand-sewn on four double-cords creating four raised spine bands, board leather blind-tooled with period style rosettes and fleurs-de-lys within panel of diagonal blind triple fillets, hand-sewn Gothic double headbands of alternate hand-dyed indigo and undyed linen thread, hand-made brass hasps and clasps ornamented in period style; an exceptionally attractive recreation of a Gothic hand-sewn binding employing medieval techniques contemporaneous with the date the book was printed. COLLATION: [pi]6, a2-8, b-y6, z8, zeta6, antisigma8; leaf a1 excised and subsequent first few lines of a2[recto] redacted in black ink in the sixteenth century by the inquisitor for its heretical content (see below). TEXT: Double… Read More
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Notes sur l’osteometrie et la craniologie des Orang-Outans.
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Notes sur l’osteometrie et la craniologie des Orang-Outans.: Extra-Illustrated with photographs, engravings and lithographs

by Delisle, F.

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Extracted from Nouvelles Archives de Musée d'Histoire Naturelle. 1895, 3. série, tome. VII. pp. (83)-114 with four text woodcuts and two chromolithographed plates by A. Millot (Lit. Lemercier) showing Max and Maurice.Contemporary calf backed marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt. An extra-illustrated volume with 22 engravings, lithographs, half-tones and especially important 9 mounted original photographs by an unknown photographer showing the two orangoutans (living and as stuffed animals) with their zookeeper, their taxidermist (?) and with an exotic looking young male. It must have been a fascinating entertainment for the Parisian public and it is said that they attracted more than 100.000 visitors in 1893. They were imported from Borneo and travelled throughout Europe, public viewing was possible in Antwerp, Bruxelles and Paris. Within a year they died from stress and pneumonia. Ernst Pinkert from the Leipzig Zoological Gardens eventually bought them to nurse them back to health… Read More
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Naturalist's Pocket Magazine
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Naturalist's Pocket Magazine: or Compleat Cabinet of the Curiosities and Beauties of Nature

by Anonymous

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Six volumes only of this rare eight-volume set. (Vol. VIII was discontinued after only 4 issues with 12 plates.)With 352 hand-coloured engraved plates (of 360).Incomplete set of this rare handy pocket-sized edition of 18th century natural history describing many newly discovered species.Text and plates copied from accounts published by Count Buffon, George Edwards, George Shaw, James Bruce, Thomas Pennant, Maria Sybilla Merian and others. Includes the extinct dodo and sukotyro, endangered animals and birds (Siau Island tarsier, white rhinoceros, polar bear, Indian bustard, great green macaw, wild water buffalo, banded cotinga, Russian mink, African grey parrot). Also notable for the early images of plants and animals discovered in New South Wales, Australia (short-beaked echidna, kangaroo, black swan, eastern quoll, waratah, Banksia, etc.).Half contemporary calf with red and black morocco gilt spine labels, marbled boards scuffed, front board off Vol. VI. Some plates loose or trimmed, foxing and… Read More
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British Ornithology
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British Ornithology: History of Every Known Species of British Birds

by George Graves

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Complete set with 144 fine bird plates drawn, engraved and hand-coloured mostly by George Graves, (A few plates after Samuel Howitt and Sydenham Edwards, and engraved by Weddell and Warner.)A nice set of this study of British birds, with many songbirds, game birds, owls and hawks, divers, waders, and sea birds.Second edition of first two volumes (originally published in parts from 1811 and 1821), but first edition of the complete set (the third volume first appearing in 1821).With the title typo: British Ornithology, Being the History, with a Coloured Representation, of Every Kown [sic] Species of British Birds.George Graves (1784-1839), FLS, was an English publisher, artist, engraver and colourist who worked on botanical and ornithological works. Apart from British Birds (1811-1821), he also wrote and illustrated Ovarium Britannicum (1816), The Naturalist's Pocket Book (1817), and A Monograph on British Grasses (1822). From 1817, he oversaw the hand-colouring and publishing with William Jackson… Read More
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Kunstformen der Natur
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Kunstformen der Natur: Hundert Illustrationstafeln mit bechriebenden Text

by Ernst Haeckel

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A beautiful copy of Ernst Haeckel's influential book on natural history that married art and science.First complete book edition following the original edition in parts published from 1899-1904. With the 51-page supplement. 100 fine plates, some printed in colour, chromolithographed by Adolf Giltsch after sketches by Ernst Haeckel. "First edition of this famous and marvelous work which had a considerable influence on decorative design in the Jugendstil and Art Nouveau period during the beginning of the 20th century and depicts fantastic, real forms and structures found in animal and plant life." Many artists of the era, such as French glass designers Emile Galle and Rene Lalique, kept a copy of Haeckel's illustrations at home. French architect Rene Binet incorporated forms of Radiolarians in his work on the Porte Monumentale at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Dutch architect Henrick Petrus Berlage designed a chandelier based on Discomedusae jellyfish. German photographer Karl Blossfeld also explicitly… Read More
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Birdman Of Alcatraz
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Birdman Of Alcatraz

by Gaddis, Thomas E.

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RARE SIGNED STATED FIRST EDITION: Gaddis, Thomas E.: Birdman Of Alcatraz, The Story of Robert Stroud .1955 Random House 1st. Ed. w/ exlib replacement 1st Ed. DJ is an original HARVEY GABOR White/black jail bars/ bird inset dust jacket protected by a mylar wrap. Unclipped Front flap states 9/55. Used. Good-/Good condition original dust jacket. Front cover states: "The fantastic true story of the prisoner with the longest record of solitary confinement in the United States – who became a leading authority on birds." The original source material for the gripping American film starring Burt Lancaster. YOUR OFFERS ARE WELCOME HERE!
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Mendel's Principles of Heredity
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Mendel's Principles of Heredity

by Bateson

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Description:Description: A very early detailed exposition of Genetic Theory. Includes translations of Mendel's papers at the end of the book.I believe this is a first edition, first printing, 1909. See photo - verso of tittle page states "Printed by John Clay at the University Press" only.Text block solid, inside hinges intact, with minimal foxing and all colour plates/tissue protectors intact. Cracking of the cover cloth at front and back hinge. Back cover has bottom corner bent and cracked. Creasing on bottom right of front cover. See my photographs. A clean copy - no owners names, stamps etc. throughout. Minimal foxing. Bateson was one of the rediscoverers of Mendel's neglected publications in 1900. He became an advocate for Mendelism in Britian. Today, it is clear that there is no conflict between the ideas of Mendel and those of Darwin. However, Bateson was not a "Darwinian" in that he did not believe in gradual change over eons was the true story of evolution. He was convinced that, if… Read More
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A History of the Earth and Animated Nature
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A History of the Earth and Animated Nature: complete 2 vol set

by Goldsmith, Oliver

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Goldsmith, Oliver A History of the Earth and Animated Nature. Glasgow, Edinburgh: Blackie and Son, 1852. 2 volumes, 8vo, modern quarter calfBiologie, Geïllustreerd, Geschiedenis, Natuurlijke historie, Ornithologie, Verzamelwerken - Aantal: 2 - Handgekleurde illustratiesObject: Boek (Meer kavels)Aantal boeken: 2Onderwerp: Biologie, Geïllustreerd, Geschiedenis, Natuurlijke historie, Ornithologie, VerzamelwerkenAuteur/ Illustrator: Oliver GoldsmithBoektitel: A History of the Earth and Animated NatureStaat: Zeer GoedPublicatiejaar oudste item.: 1852Druk: Geïllustreerde drukTaal: EngelsOorspronkelijke taal: JaUitgever: Blackie & Son - Queen St Glasgow, Edinburgh, LondonBand: HalfleerExtra's: Handgekleurde illustratiesAfmetingen: 25,5×16 cm- Oliver Goldsmith- A History of the Earth and Animated Nature - Volume 1 and 2 (complete matching & very handsome set, newly bound, very tight)- Blackie & Son Queen St Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, 1852- Vol I; lxii, 564 pp with a portrait frontispiece and a color… Read More
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