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ANDREWS, HENRY
THE BOTANIST'S REPOSITORY, Comprising coloured engravings of New, and Rare Plants only.... London. T. Bensley for the author. 1797-1815
8 volumes quarto 11 x 8 1/2 inches, FULL CONTEMPORARY RED STRAIGHT GRAINED MOROCCO by George Mullen of Dublin with the binders label in volume four, some discolouration and signs of wear but a handsome solid set of the first 8 volumes of a possible 10. 8 engraved titles, plus the rare letterpress title to volume one. 552 FINE HAND COLOURED ENGRAVED BOTANICAL PLATES, including numerous folding plates. These volumes complete with accompanying letterpress and indexes. Some condition issues as often with this work with occasional heavy spotting to the TEXT NOT affecting many of the plates. The following faults should be noted- plate 217 torn with loss, text leaf at page 360 is torn, plate 432 is repaired, plate 439 is discoloured and plate 503 has a small paper flaw. Slight offset in volume 8. HOWEVER - generally the plates are unusually clean and free from the trimming often found. THIS SHOWCASE OF EXOTIC SPECIES ..... MADE A CONTRIBUTION OF LASTING IMPORTANCE TO THE LITERATURE OF BOTANY AND HORTICULTURE by providing records and means of identification of a great diversity of beautiful and interesting plants, many of them new to science- Hunt Botanical Catalogue. A lot of the species are from Australia, South Africa and some from America. A SCARCE RUN.


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£6500

BARNARD, GEORGE
ELEMENTARY STUDIES OF TREES London G. Rowney. 1849
Small oblong folio 10x14 inches, leather bound in full period morocco, rebacked. A Rugby school prize in 1860. Third edition. Lithograph title and plates numbered 1-24, 1-3, one unnumbered plate, 6-12, and 32 various numbered and unnumbered plates. A collection lithographs of trees and leaves within the first sections - and topographical plates in the second. Sold as defective. A TOTAL OF 60 LITHOGRAPHIC PLATES. The tree section with a marginal crescent waterstain to the bottom margins. A fairly scarce series of studies for drawing classes.


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£375

A BEAUTIFUL HUNTING BOOK

BLOME, RICHARD
THE GENTLEMAN'S RECREATIONS: IN THREE PARTS..... FIRST PART... INTRODUCTION TO THE LIBERAL ARTS.... SECOND PART...OF HORSEMANSHIP, HAWKING, HUNTING... FOWLING, FISHING etc etc. THIRD PART... LAWS OF THE FOREST AND GAME... London R. Bonwicke and J. Walthoe. 1710
FOLIO 16x10 inches, full contemporary panelled calf, rebacked to style, upper hinge a bit cracked . 2nd edition enlarged. 3 parts in on volume. (10), 290; (2), 385, (1); 67 pages. Additional engraved title and 80 engraved plates on 77 leaves. The Paul Mellon Collection page 48 calls for a frontispiece, engraved title and 78 plates but it does not mention the number of leaves. The bibliography Schwerdt simply states "perfect copies are rarely found". Text with numerous woodcuts. The first part has 32 plates including 20 oval table plates of the liberal art subjects with the tables in the centre of the ovals and decorative borders showing people engaged in those activities ie Rhetoric, Logic, Astronomy and Geography (with a rare map of the world showing California as an island within the plate). The second part on hunting, shooting, fishing etc has 48 copper engraved plates, the majority being highly decorative. Included are horses, falconry or hawking, and various forms of hunting. Condition, one plate slightly torn in the margin without loss and some general spotting and occasional soiling. However a reasonable copy of the folio second edition of this encyclopaedic and beautifully illustrated work for the country gentleman. Schwerdt 72. Mellon 48.


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£2500

EXCEPTIONAL HAND COLOURING

BOLTON, JAMES
HARMONIA RURALIS; OR AN ESSAY TOWARDS A NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH SONG BIRDS:.... London. Henry G. Bohn. 1845
Quarto 12x10 inches, handsomely leather bound in period half morocco gilt, upper hinge with minor rubbing. New edition, revised and augmented. Two volumes bound in one. Two vignette title pages, dedication, xxiv, ii, 66 + 96 pages, ILLUSTRATED WITH A HAND COLOURED FRONTISPIECE AND 80 FINE HAND COLOURED PLATES- song birds, nests and eggs.. COMPLETE. Condition- occasional light spotting to some text, THE PLATES EXTRAORDINARILY CLEAN but for a inner marginal mark on two plates- thus a good copy of the RARE Bohn edition which is often considered to be the best because of the SUBTLE AND FINE HAND COLOURING. James Bolton 1735-1799 was born near Warley in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1735, the son of William Bolton, a weaver. James initially followed in his father's trade, but later became a self-taught art teacher and finally a publican in his home village of Warley. A keen naturalist and writer - Bolton's final published work was Harmonia Ruralis, issued in two volumes (1794–6). The birds and their nests were DRAWN FROM LIFE, whilst the text contained many of Bolton's first-hand observations. The popularity of the subject matter led to two subsequent but posthumous editions in 1830 and 1845.


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£5000

COPPER PLATE ENGRAVINGS OF FISH

BONNATERRE, M. L'ABBE
ENCYLOPEDIQUE METHODIQUE. HISTOIRE NATURELLE...... LES POISSONS - ICHTHYOLOGIE ( FISH ) Paris Panckoucke. 1788
2 volumes quarto 10 x 8 inches, text in period half calf, plates in marbled boards. - 102 FINE ENGRAVED PLATES OF FISH by Robert Bernard, plates numbered a and b and 1-100- complete and in good condition. A very decorative collection of engravings. The text and plates not in uniform bindings. Slight stain to the title of the text otherwise a good copy.


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£875

BONNATERRE, M. L'ABBE.
TABLEAU ENCYCLOPEDIQUE ET METHODIQUE DES TROIS REGNES DE LA NATURE........ ORNITHOLOGIE ( BIRDS ) Padoue 1792
Quarto 12x9 inches, original wrappers detached, stitching going. Title with engraved vignette, v-lxxxiv pages and 109 FINE ENGRAVED PLATES OF BIRDS complete. A hole to the margin of the last plate and very occasional marginal spots but a good clean collection of eighteenth bird prints.


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£475

BOULENGER, GEORGE ALBERT
CATALOGUE OF LIZARDS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM - volume three - Lacertidæ, Gerrhosauridæ, Scincidæ, Anelytropidæ, Dibamidæ, Chamæleontidæ London the Trustees. 1887
Octavo 8 1/2 x 6 inches, bound in full recent buckram. Title, xii, , 575 pages - illustrated with 40 lithograph plates. Good copy of the original second edition.


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£100

BREISLAK, SCIPION 1748-1826
TRAITE SUR LA STRUCTURE EXTERIEURE DU GLOBE, OU INSTITUTIONS GEOLOGIQUES........ and....... ATLAS GEOLOGIQUE OU VUES D'AMAS DE COLONNES BASALTIQUES. Milan. Jean-Pierre Giegler. 1818 - 1822
One volume octavo of text only (of two) and the oblong quarto atlas 9x15 inches- bound in the original wrappers, worn. Text xxix, 468 pages. ATLAS - with calligraphic Avis leaf, and 56 FINE ENGRAVED PLATES, including title, COMPLETE but with the title torn with loss and plate one torn without loss. Plates numbered 1-53 plus A and B- all bar those mentioned clean. A MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION OF VIEWS ROCK FORMATIONS. Scipion Breislak was a geologist and Volcanologist.


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£750

BROWN, CAPTAIN THOMAS (1785-1862)
ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE RECENT CONCHOLOGY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, with the Description and Localities of all the Species, Marine, Land, and Fresh Water. London. Smith Elder. 1844
Quarto 12 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches, original half dark morocco over marbled boards. Second edition, greatly enlarged. xvi, 144 pages and 62 FINE HAND COLOURED PLATES - COMPLETE, numbered as 1-59 with 3 bis plates. Minor spotting to the endpapers but a good clean copy in a period binding. Reference Nissen ZBI 609.


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£1500

FINE IMPRESSIONS.

BUFFON (GEORGE LOUIS LECLERC, COMTE DE) 1707-1788.
Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière nouvelle edition... HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX. (Natural History of Birds). Dordrecht. A. Blusse et Fils, 1795-1799
9 volumes QUARTO 11 1/2 x 9 inches. The bird section complete. Vignette titles, head and tailepieces within the French text, and 263 FINE ENGRAVED PLATES OF BIRDS- COMPLETE with descriptive letterpress. Images of the birds all sit within engraved backgrounds of rural, urban or architectural scenes deemed to suit their species- with engraved black borders. Plates by Jacques De Seve 1742-1788 and François-Nicolas Martinet 1731-1800. and engraved by B. de Bakker, Hulk and others. Images of birds from all over the world including exotic birds. Included are 18 birds of prey, 7 owls, 11 parrots, sun-bird, bird of paradise, humming bird, toucan, and a fine selection of water birds including 5 penguins. VERY FINE, DARK CLEAN ENGRAVINGS, with margins. Bound in a dull unlettered half buckram over period marbled boards. Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century- Ernst Mayr.


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£1750

MAMMALS.

BUFFON, GEORGE LOUIS LECLERC, COMTE DE 1707-1788 and DAUBENTON, LOUIS-JEAN-MARIE 1716-1800.
HISTOIRE NATURELLE, GÉNÉRALE ET PARTICULIÈRE… plus Supplements- MAMMALS. Amsterdam and Dordrecht. J. H. Schneider and A. Blusse et Fils. 1766-1799
21 volumes QUARTO 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, being volumes 1-15 of the mammals section plus volumes 2-7 of the supplementary volumes on mammals. The first 15 volumes with 597 engraved plates and the supplements with 199 engraved plates and 2 maps. An almost complete set of the mammals- wanting two plates and volume one of the supplementary section. Of the total number of 796 plates - 431 are FINE FULL PAGE PLATES OF MAMMMALS, the other plates are anatomical, skeletons, horns etc. The text appears complete. Very good clean dark impressions of these stunning plates- all the animals sit within engraved backgrounds of rural, urban or architectural scenes deemed to suit their species- with engraved black borders. Bound in a dull unlettered half buckram over period marbled boards. Included in the plate count are 31 dogs, 7 domestic cats, 6 rabbits, at least 19 big cats includings lions and tigers, 14 bats, 68 moneys, 2 giraffes, 3 hippos, 2 rhinos, 3 elephants, and every sort of animals from all over the world. A quarto 18th century edition of this great classic.


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£2250

with HAND COLOURED PLATES.

BUFFON, GEORGE LOUIS LECLERC, COMTE DE.
HISTOIRE NATURELLE GENERALE ET PARTICULIERE, Paris. Sanson & Compagnie. 1785-1791
49 of 54 volumes, small octavo 7 x 4 1/2 inches, period half calf worn. Introductory volumes and - Volume 1-14 and 16-18 of Birds Oiseaux, volumes 1-12 and 14 of Quadrupeds, and volumes 1-9 of Mineraux. ILLUSTRATED WITH 256 HAND COLOURED ENGRAVED PLATES (103 OF BIRDS AND 154 OF MAMMALS), plus 3 folding maps an 25 uncoloured plates. A defective or breaking copy - plates clean. GOOD BRIGHT NATURAL HISTORY ENGRAVINGS IN PERIOD 18TH CENTURY HAND COLOUR. Sold as a collections of engravings.


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£1250

FINE ENGRAVINGS OF SHELLS.

BUONANNI, FILIPPO 1638-1723.
RICREATIONE DELL'OCCHIO E DELLA MENTE NELL'OSSERVATION DELLE CHIOCCIOLE,.. Roma. per il Varese. 1681
2 volumes, text and plates, small quarto 9 1/2 x 7 inches, bound in full period vellum. TEXT - xvi, 384 pages, without the index, Illustrated with a fine additional engraved title and 4 plates. PLATE VOLUME - fine engraved title, fine anthropomorphic engraved title to the fourth part and 3 other engraved sectional titles and 106 ENGRAVED PLATES OF SHELLS. Plates complete and very clean. These early prints of shells are very decorative as are the fine rococo engraved titles with images of mermen and Neptune. BUONANNI, FILIPPO 1638-1723- was an Italian Jesuit scholar. His many works included treatises on fields ranging from anatomy to music. He created the earliest practical illustrated guide for shell collectors in 1681, for which he is considered a founder of conchology.


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£2000

CURTIS, JOHN
BRITISH ENTOMOLOGY, Being Illustrations and Descriptions of the Genera of Insects found in Great Britain and Ireland. London 1862
8 volumes octavo 10 x 6 1/2 inches, full publisher's green buckram. Titles, text and 770 HAND COLOURED PLATES- A RARE COMPLETE COPY. A few tiny signs of wear and a few plates a little loose in the binding, ownership name on titles BUT BASICALLY A VERY GOOD CLEAN COPY. The famous French naturalist Cuvier described this work as the paragon of perfection. The insects are featured with plants or flowers.
The second edition - Differs from the first edition solely in the title pages- British Museum catalogue (page 442).

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£5250

D'ORBIGNY CHARLES
DICTIONNAIRE UNIVERSEL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE servant de complément aux œuvres de Buffon, de Cuvier, aux encyclopédies, aux anciens dictionnaires scientifiques. Deuxième édition revue, considérablement augmentée et enrichie. Paris. Au Bureau principal de l'éditeur. 1867-1869
17 volumes octavo and quarto- 14 volumes of text including the index 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches and 3 VOLUMES OF PLATES quarto 12 x 9 1/2 inches. Leather bound in half period red morocco in solid condition. The plate volumes are large paper with extra wide borders. 327 FINE HAND COLOURED PLATES and 8 uncoloured. Some heightened with gum arabic. 47 plates in volume one and 17 in volume two with some old damp stains- mostly in the lower margin. This second edition has approximately 45 more plates than the first and covers astronomy as well as Mammals, birds, insects, fishes and botany. Charles Henry Dessalines d'Orbigny 1806-1876, the brother of the naturalist Alcide Charles Victor Marie Dessalines d'Orbigny, and a naturalist in this own right. His Dictionnaire first published in 1841 and here is in the enlarge second edition with plates on Large Paper- it is considered the largest and best natural history encyclopaedia of the mid-19th century.


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£3000

DARWIN, CHARLES
THE FORMATION OF VEGETABLE MOULD, THROUGH THE ACTION OF WORMS, WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THEIR HABITS London, John Murray 1883
Octavo, original publisher’s cloth, Ninth thousand (corrected). Title, iii-vii, 328 pages plus one leaf of adverts. Good clean complete copy.


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£100

SUPERB COLOUR

DONOVAN, EDWARD
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH BIRDS; OR, A SELECTION OF THE MOST RARE, BEAUTIFUL, AND INTERESTING BIRDS WHICH INHABIT THIS COUNTRY.... London. F and C. Rivington 1794/98 and 1815/1819
10 volumes bound in 3, octavo. HANDSOMELY LEATHER BOUND in nineteenth century half calf over marble boards with recent leather lettering labels. Titles to volumes 1-5 only and 244 FINE HAND COLOURED PLATES OF BIRDS WITH ACCOMPANYING DESCRIPTIVE TEXT. PLATES COMPLETE- some occasional spotting to the text (as usual). Collation of the text is apparently impenetrable and issue points in exactly dating the edition vary- some of the plates in the first 5 volumes are watermarked 1804-1809 (Bibliography of British Ornithology by Mullens and Swann). VERY PRETTY, CLEAN AND BRIGHTLY HAND COLOURED PLATES AS IN ALL DONOVAN'S WORKS.
A good copy of this pretty ornithological work. "His work is artistically good and his plates of birds show originality and are more spirited than those executed by his contemporaries and some of his successors" - from the Bradley Martin Ornithology catalogue. A key nineteenth century hand coloured bird book.

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£6000

DONOVAN, EDWARD
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH SHELLS...... London. Rivington. 1800-1804
5 volumes bound in 2, HANDSOMELY BOUND IN A FULL CONTEMPORARY DICED CALF WITH GILT SPINES, some signs of repair but still good. Titles to volumes one and two bound at the front of the 2 bound volumes with the other titles bound at the back with the indexes. 180 FINE HAND COLOURED PLATES COMPLETE with accompanying leaves of text. Some spotting but mostly to the text and tissues, only 4 plates slightly affected. Fine handcolouring typical of Donovan’s works. A GOOD COPY with a “country house” feel.


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£3250

EDWARDS, SYDENHAM AND OTHERS.
THE BOTANICAL REGISTER ; ...... VOLUME 14 London 1828
Octavo, leather bound. Text and 86 hand coloured plates, numbered 1131-1216 (9 folding, one slightly soiled). The fourteenth volume of the series, complete.
Includes- Persian Sun’s Eyed Tulip, Californian Lathyrus, 2 Amaryllis, North West American Flax, Whole Coloured Gaillandia, Paeony.

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£800

EDWARDS, SYDENHAM AND OTHERS.
THE BOTANICAL REGISTER ; ...... VOLUME 2 London 1816 Octavo, leather bound. Text and 87 hand coloured plates , numbered 91-177 (8 folding, about half the plates offset). The two volume of the series, complete.
Including- Passion Flower, Clematis, Rose, 2 Azalea, Missouri Currant, Tulip, Cactus
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£475

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