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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

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.
DE ALGEMEENE EN BYZONDERE NATUURLYKE HISTORIE, MET DE BESCHRYVING VAN DES KONINGS KABINET...... ( the Dutch version of - HISTOIRE NATURELLE, GÉNÉRALE ET PARTICULIÈRE)- MAMMALS. Amsterdam. J. H. Schneider. 1773-1785
17 bound in 13 volumes QUARTO 11 x 9 inches, being volumes 1-17 of the mammals section of the Dutch quarto edition of Buffon. An almost complete set of the mammals- an 18th volume was published in 1793 and is not present. Of the total number of 720 plates - 354 are FINE FULL PAGE PLATES OF MAMMALS, the other plates are anatomical, skeletons, horns etc. Included is also a portrait of Buffon, some decorative vignettes and 4 maps including one twin globe of the poles. The text appears complete. There is occasional old stains to the text but only about 20 plates are very slightly marginally affected. 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 leather binding of half period calf over boards. Included in the plate count are 21 dogs, 5 domestic cats, 6 rabbits, at least 23 big cats including lions and tigers, 14 bats, 40 moneys, 3 giraffes, 4 hippos, 2 rhinos, 3 elephants, 2 camels, 4 zebras, 6 seals/sea lions and every sort of mammal from all over the world. A quarto 18th century edition of this great classic.


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£1800

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

COMPENDIUM OF HAND COLOURED PLATES

CUVIER, GEORGES BARON (Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Cuvier) 1769-1832.
THE ANIMAL KINGDOM arranged according to its organization. London. G. Henderson. 1834-1837
4 volumes octavo 8 x 5 1/2 inches. Original bindings but very worn and some boards detached. Text and plates bound together. Mixed edition of 1834 and 1837. 4 titles, text and ILLUSTRATED WITH A TOTAL OF 687 HAND COLOURED PLATES. This work seems to be rarely absolutely complete and most copies have varying plate numbers thus sold as described. HAND COLOURED PLATES = INSECTS and ZOOPHYTES 125 hand coloured plates (plus 3 uncoloured), MAMMALS 66 hand coloured plates (plus 17 uncoloured), BIRDS 112 hand coloured plates (plus 2 uncoloured), MOLLUSCS, CRUSTACEA, ANNELIDES and ARACHNIDES 199 hand coloured plates (plus 13 uncoloured), REPTILES 41 hand coloured plates (plus 3 uncoloured), FISH 144 hand coloured plates (plus 9 uncoloured). Occasional spotting particularly to the uncoloured plates and titles. A lovely compendium of hand coloured plates of natural history subjects. Bindings worn but THE HAND COLOURED PLATES ARE VERY CLEAN AND WITH EXCEPTIONALLY BRIGHT HAND COLOURING, some with added gum Arabic. The text is also clean and in good condition. Georges Cuvier, was a French naturalist and zoologist, sometimes referred to as the founding father of palaeontology. His most famous work is Le Règne Animal - English: The Animal Kingdom. In 1819, he was created a peer for life in honor of his scientific contributions. Thereafter, he was known as Baron Cuvier.


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£875

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

DISTANT, WILLIAM LUCAS 1845-1922.
RHOPALOCERA MALAYANA: A Description of the Butterflies of the Malay Peninsula. London and Penang. W. L. Distant and D. Logan. 1882-1886
Stout quarto 12x10 inches, recently leather bound in half morocco with marbled boards. xvi, 486 pages and illustrated with 46 fine colourful chromolithograph plates including 2 bis plates - complete. Some spotting to the blank endpapers and title, otherwise a good copy. A scarce title. (Bibliography - Nissen ZBI 1114). William Lucas Distant was an English entomologist. Born in Rotherhithe, the son of whaling Captain Alexander Distant. A whaling trip with his father to the Malay Peninsula aroused his interest in natural history, and resulted in the publication of this work. Distant is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of snake, Leptotyphlops Distanti.


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£2500

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

EDWARDS, SYDENHAM AND OTHERS.
THE BOTANICAL REGISTER ; ...... VOLUME 7 London 1821
Octavo, leather bound. Text and 85 hand coloured plates, numbered 521-605 (8 folding, plus one uncoloured, 14 slightly offset). The seventh volume of the series, complete.
Although with some offset that could be improved with the diligent use of an eraser- with numerous interesting international titles such as Carolina Lily, Sunflower of Mexico, Illinois Sunflower, Chinese Chamomile, Buenos Ayres Amaryllis, Blue American Lobelia, Russian Snow Drop, Louisiana Helenium, Rattlesnake Plant.

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£750

EDWARDS, SYDENHAM AND OTHERS.
THE BOTANICAL REGISTER ; ...... VOLUME 8 London 1822 Octavo, leather bound. Text and 84 hand coloured plates, numbered 606-689 (11 folding, most slightly offset). The eighth volume of the series, complete.
The offset could be improved by the careful use of an eraser. Includes - Australian Jasmine, Elliptical-Leaved Psychotria, 3 Amaryllis, Chrysanthemum, Mexican Jalap, Peony, Camelia, American Crab Apple, Guava of Trinadad, Giant Poppy, 2 Passion Flowers.
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£650

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