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Popular Botany
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Popular Botany

by James Main

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1st Edition
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Birsay, Orkney
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$86.65

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London : Orr and Smith , 1835 A nice copy of this rare work. It originated as an article for the British Cyclopaedia of Natural History, and was enlarged for separate publication to give readers a systematic introduction to the science of Botany. In original pebbled brown cloth with gilt title on spine, and gilt edges to pages. Profusely illustrated with line drawings and with hand coloured plates. The binding is in good condition - the spine has been relaid at some point and corners and spine edges have been repaired so the book is tight and firm. With marbled endpapers and signature of Miss Wilson and the number 14 to one of the preliminaries. Internally the book is very clean and bright. The index of illustrations is difficult to interpret as it does not distinguish between text illustrations and plates and appears to randomly list some text illustrations and not others - however, I think the book is lacking a colour plate frontispiece and 2 other plates giving 24 plates present of a possible 27.… Read More
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$86.65
A History of British Birds
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A History of British Birds

by F O Morris (Reverend)

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Used - Good
Edition
2nd Edition
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Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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$854.15

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LONDON: George Bell & Sons, 1870 A nice set of the second edition of Morris's History of British Birds. In 6 volumes with original decorative cloth bindings and 365 hand coloured plates as called for. The bindings are all clean with bright gilt pictures of birds to each front board and gilt titles and decoration to spine. There is some wear: volume I has some cloth splitting at the hinges and splitting at the rear endpaper with rubbing to corners; volumes II, III and IV have very slight pulling to top and bottom of spine and a little rubbing at corners; volume V has very small splits at the top and bottom of the spine; and volume VI has a 1 inch tear at the top of the spine (with no loss) and scuffing at the corners. Internally all have the original endpapers; the first section including the frontispiece is becoming loose on volumes I, II, and III; volume IV is sound but the stitching is looser than on the others. There is a little spotting to some plates and text pages but in general the… Read More
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$854.15
A Song of the English
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A Song of the English

by Rudyard Kipling

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Used - Good
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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$557.06

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London : Hodder and Stoughton Limited edition signed by W Heath Robinson. Undated but 1909. Numbered 89 out of 500 in decorative vellum binding, with 30 tipped in colour plates as called for by Heath Robinson and numerous black and white illustrations. The binding is faded on the spine with some cracking at the top and base. It is slightly grubby on the boards with some fading. Ties are present but they could be replacement ones (golden yellow). Internally the text pages are untrimmed and unpaginated apart from the top edges which are gilt edged. Some of the black and white illustrations have offset slightly onto the preceding page and some of the pages have slight marking (sometimes it is not clear if this was part of the original paper). The tipped in plates are all paper guarded (each guard has the title of the plate and a little design) and are in excellent condition with beautiful colouring.
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$557.06
The Botanic Garden; consisting of Highly Finished Representations of Hardy Ornamental Flowering...
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London : Simpkin & Marshall, 1825 Volumes I - VII of the 1st edition of Maund's Botanic Garden ranging in date from 1825 to 1836 (Vol VII is undated) with 167 of 168 fine hand coloured plates. It was originally issued in parts and these volumes are in what looks like an original publisher's cloth binding which is worn and disintegrating with some poor stitching, so this set has been priced to take account of rebinding costs. The book is in a square octavo format and text pages are printed on one side only. The contents are clean and bright with beautiful colouring on the plates (faults are listed in the detailed description below). There is some offsetting where particularly strong colour has been applied and shows through to the back of the plates. All have a decorative title page and an additional title page. Vol IV has a third title page part way through the book. All are unpaginated. Vol I has a dedication 'to the lovers of Botany', preface and index - the 9th plate has some… Read More
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$1,237.90
The Prince's Cabala: Or Mysteries of State
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The Prince's Cabala: Or Mysteries of State

by King James the First, and some Noblemen in his Reign, and in Queen Elizabeth's

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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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$433.26

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London : R Smith and G Strahan at the Royal Exchange, F Brown without Temple Bar, F Graves next White's Chocolate House in St James's Street; and Sold by R Burleigh in Amen Corner , 1715 A very good copy of this scarce work in contemporary full leather binding with raised bands, gilt compartments and title label to spine. All page edges marbled. With bookplate of the collector and book seller Arnold Muirhead, and plate of the Rolle Family of Devon on the front pastedown. There is an ink dedication on the fep. With title page in red and black inks; more detailed overview title page; dedication to George, Prince of Wales - 5 pp; Preface 5pp;Table of contents 11 pp; and seven sections - all bar the first with separate title pages. Sections as follows: Table Talk of James I & C collected by Sir Thomas Overbury pp1-42; Religio Regis - title page dated 1715 pp 45-80; Advice of the Lord Verulam ...to King James I - title page dated 1715 pp 83-96; A Memorial presented to Queen Elizabeth ..written… Read More
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$433.26
The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneis. Translated into English...
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The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneis. Translated into English Verse; by Mr Dryden

by Virgil, John Dryden

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Used - Good
Edition
1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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$2,228.22

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London : Jacob Tonson, 1697 A good copy in contemporary full leather binding with frontispiece, title page in red and black inks, and 91 (of 101) full page engravings. This is the first illustrated edition of Dryden's famous translations of Virgil's works completed in 1696. The illustrations are spectacular - each dedicated to a subscriber who donated 5 guineas for the privilege. With frontispiece by M Vander Gucht (a flemish engraver working in England); title page; dedication to the Right Hon Lord Clifford 4pp; Life of Vergil 16pp; Preface to the Pastorals 12pp; Poems to Dryden 6pp; Lists of Subscribers [which also provide a plate index] 4pp; plate and text to Pastorals p 1-48; Dedication to Earl of Chesterfield 5pp; Essay on the Georgics 6pp; Georgics pp 49-147; Dedication (45pp); Aeneis
pp 201-619; Postscript to the Reader p621-623; Notes and Observations p625-640. The pagination between Georgics and Aeneis is odd in that the page numbers stop with Georgics and restart with Aeneis; the… Read More
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The Novels of Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma,...
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Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1923 A near fine set of the 1st Oxford edition of Jane Austen's Novels, in the large paper version - limited to 1,000 sets of which 950 were for sale. The set consists of 5 volumes (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are in one volume) with detailed notes, additional information and numerous illustrations. This set has been recently rebound by Elizabeth Howard - with pale blue calf spines (with title labels) and corners and matching marbled boards. New endpapers. Page edges to side and base untrimmed. Each volume has a colour frontispiece: in the case of Mansfield Park, this has an additional flap to give 2 different views of the same scene; and in Vol V there is a colour frontispiece for both books. All other illustrations are present as called for. Sense and Sensibility 429pp; Pride and Prejudice 415pp; Mansfield Park 567pp; Emma 521pp; Northanger Abbey 252pp; Persuasion 263pp. There is the very occasional spot, for example on the verso of the street plan of Bath at the… Read More
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$2,228.22
The Natural History of Horses.The Equidae or Genus Equus of Authors.
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The Natural History of Horses.The Equidae or Genus Equus of Authors.

by Lieut-Col. Chas. Hamilton-Smith; Sir William Jardine (editor)

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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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$222.82

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EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1841 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Horses (Mammalia Vol XII) from Jardine's Naturalist's Library in the original publisher's cloth binding. With volume listing; black and white frontispiece of Gesner; black and white vignette title page; 2 further title pages; Publisher's advert (noting that this volume was produced 'early' - Marsupials had been due to be the next volume published); Memoir of Gesner; Introduction with black and white illustrations; text including synopsis and memorandum; and 32 plates bound at the rear. Of these 29 are hand coloured - the other 3 are a copy of a bas relief, a skeletal view, and a muscular view. The cloth binding is in very good condition having been expertly rebacked to retain the original spine. The spine and board edges are lightly sunned and there is a small identation on the side edge of the front board. The original green endpapers are present - with repair. There is a decorative bookplate of Francis… Read More
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$222.82
The Complete Works of Jane Austen. In 12 volumes: Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice;...
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The Complete Works of Jane Austen. In 12 volumes: Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion; Lady Susan; The Watsons; Letters

by Jane Austen, Prof. William Lyon Phelps; Reginald Brimley Johnson

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$990.32

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Boston and New York: Colonial Press Company A scarce printing of Jane Austen's works in 12 volumes, undated but cited as 1906, with 30 colour plates by H M and C E Brock, 6 further illustrations and a folding facsimile autograph letter. In matching blue cloth bindings with paper labels which state that this edition is the 'Beacon Edition'. Top page edges gilt; remainder untrimmed. It uses some of the Brock plates from an earlier J M Dent/E P Dutton edition first published in 1898, and the prefaces are by Brimley Johnson, who edited that edition. However it also has a substantial introductory piece by Prof. William Lyon Phelps, which appears in the Frank S Holby publications. A fairly large type-face is used - reminiscent of the Winchester Edition. Book size 20 x 14.5 cms. The blue cloth bindings are generally sound and clean with the occasional light mark. There is some wear to the top and bottom of the spines - the degree of wear varies: Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey were… Read More
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$990.32
Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri Cum aeneis figuris
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Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri Cum aeneis figuris

by Johannes Jonstonus [Jon Jonston or John Johnston]

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Used - Good
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1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Francofurti ad Moenum: Math. Merian, 1650 A scarce 1st edition copy of Quadrupeds, the first of 6 works on the natural world by Jon Jonston with decorative title and 80 full page plates of quadrupeds. Jonston (1603-1675) was of scottish heritage, born in Poland. He studied in Scotland and in Leiden, becoming an MD and was well regarded as a doctor. His work on the natural world was designed to be an encyclopaedia of known species. The first 4 books were produced between 1650 and 1653, and then reprinted in 1657, with 2 further volumes in 1665. Quadrupeds is illustrated by Mattheus Merian and the plates show a mix of recognisable animals eg lions together with mythical beasts eg unicorns. This copy is in a new full calf binding with gilt lines and title label to spine and a panelled design to the boards. The binding is in fine condition. New endpapers. Contents: engraved title; dedication p3; Preface pp 4-7; text with 80 plates arranged in 4 books pp 8-213; title and text on Hyaena Odorifera pp… Read More
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$2,166.32
The Happy Prince and Other Stories
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The Happy Prince and Other Stories

by Oscar Wilde

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Used - Good
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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$1,485.48

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London : Duckworth & Co, 1913 A good copy of the limited edition in gilt-decorated parchment binding with tipped-in frontispiece and 11 further tipped-in plates by Charles Robinson. This copy is number 241 of 260 copies of which 250 were for sale. The binding has a browned spine, and a lot of browning and scuffing to edges with some loss of surface at the front corners and the top back corner. There is some marking to the front board. Internally the decorative endpapers are present without inscription. The contents, including numerous designs and line illustrations by Charles Robinson are in good to very good clean condition. There are lightly creased tissue guards to plates at pp 26 and 68 and the tissue guards to plates at pp 76 and 122 have some wrinkling and browning. The mount to the plate at p76 has a slight ripple at the top. Page 47 has a turned corner tip and there is a small repaired edge tear to the bottom margin of p 54. Please enquire if you would like to see more images to assess condition.
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The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: consisting of the Inferno-Purgatorio- and Paradiso
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The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: consisting of the Inferno-Purgatorio- and Paradiso

by Dante Alighieri, Rev. Henry Boyd [translator]

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Used - Good
Edition
1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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$5,570.55

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London : T Cadell Jun. and W Davies, 1802 A good to very good copy of the first translation into English of Dante's Divine Comedy. This copy retains the original marbled boards, with new calf spines and corners, so the bindings are clean, sound and tight with some light scuffing to the boards. The translation was completed by Henry Boyd, then Vicar of Rathfryland in County Down. The contents are complete with frontispiece portrait by Stothard and titles and half titles to each volume. Vol I: frontispiece; title; dedication; half title to Inferno; text 408pp. Vol II: title; half title; preliminary essay and text 384pp. Vol III: title; half title; preliminary essay and text with index, errata and addenda 420pp (more detailed collation available on request). All the volumes retain their original endpapers with repair at the joints and stamped ownership details of Richd Hopkins of Huntingdonshire. All the endpapers have some marking and Vol II has lost the corner tip of the rear free endpaper.… Read More
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$5,570.55
The Universal Herbal; or, Botanical, Medical, and Agricultural Dictionary. Containing an account...
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The Universal Herbal; or, Botanical, Medical, and Agricultural Dictionary. Containing an account of All the known Plants in the World, arranged according to the Linnean System.

by Thomas Green

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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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Liverpool: Henry Fisher , 1820 A very good 2 volume set of the 1st edition, newly rebound in half calf with marbled boards. With 2 decorative frontispieces, 1 decorative title, and 106 hand coloured plates. The title pages are undated but Vol I has a preface dated 1820 and the 1st edition was produced between 1816 and 1820. This copy is in new half calf with gilt lines title labels and volume numbers to spines. The marbled paper matches the marbling on the page edges. New endpapers. All the plates are in very good clean condition and are well coloured. The paper quality varies with the paper in the first half of Vol II being noticeably toned and prone to light spotting. Contents - Vol I: frontispiece; decorative title; title; preface 2 pp; introduction, instructions on finding a plant, and text (to letters KYL) with 56 plates pp 1-790. There are a couple of ink corrections in the margins of pp 304-5 and 627. Paper lightly toned with light spotting circa p 700. Vol II: frontispiece; title; text pp… Read More
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$2,228.22
The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales From the Old French
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The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales From the Old French

by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Birsay, Orkney
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$1,231.71

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London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1910 A very good copy of the limited edition of Sleeping Beauty signed by Edmund Dulac. No 598 of 1,000. In the original full morocco leather binding with gilt decoration to boards and spine, with tipped-in frontispiece and 29 further colour plates. Top page edges gilted. The binding has been rebacked, preserving the original spine which has some loss at the top. It is sound and tight with newer endpapers and initial and final blanks. There is slight colour variation to the front board and some scuffing to the middle of the back board. Edges and corners are lightly rubbed. There is a loose flyer for the exhibition of Dulac's art work for the book, which ran from November 19th to Christmas of 1910. Contents: half title; frontispiece with guard; title; preface; illustration list; preface; text 129 pp with 29 tissue-guarded plates. The original blanks are browned to one side. There is a small tear in the bottom edge of the tissue guard to the plate at p40; a mark to the guard,… Read More
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$1,231.71
The Violet Fairy Book
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The Violet Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

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Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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Birsay, Orkney
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$519.92

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London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1901 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original gilt decorated binding with illustrations including 8 colour plates by H J Ford. Aeg. The binding has been rebacked and is sound and clean. All page edges gilted. The beautiful gilt decoration is slightly dulled on the spine and at the side edge of the front board. Corners have light wear and there are a couple of lighter marks and a ripple in the cloth which runs vertically down the back board. Contents are complete and clean with occasional light marking, and general toning to page margins, particularly at the top. There is a small group of old ink spots to the verso of the black and white plate at p 71. There are a few old top page corner creases which have now flattened out.
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$519.92