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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

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

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

CURTIS, WILLIAM
THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, FLOWER GARDEN DISPLAYED.. volumes 1-55. London 1791-1828
Volumes 1-55 plus the index to the first 53 volumes bound in 43 volumes. Illustrated with 2 portraits of Curtis and 2890 FINE HAND COLOURED ENGRAVED PLATES plus 3 uncoloured plates, including numerous folding plates. The index to the first 42 volumes bound in volume 42 with a separate title page. Collating as follows - wanting 8 plates (2022, 2031, 2043, 2052, 2053, 2571, 2717 and 2809) but with 19 hand coloured plates in duplicate (2531-2550) as the binder bound them in twice. Plus 4 extra hand coloured bis plates. Titles all present and with accompanying uncollated text. All bound in calf boards with uniform 19th century calf backs, some wear and a couple of boards off in the last volumes- the first 28 in reasonably attractive condition. 2 volumes wrongly numbered on the spine. Condition- occasional minor offset as usual and the flimsies spotted -and the first 10 plates in volume 50 with a small marginal hole. A MAJOR RUN OF THIS IMPORTANT BOTANICAL PERIODICAL. -The Botanical Magazine became a primary source for the study of the history of gardening tastes and methods, and of plant introductions. This, combined with the work of some of the greatest botanical artists, means -the reputation of the magazine has always resided in the accuracy of its portrayal of plants... this pictorial record of garden and greenhouse plants from the temperate and tropical regions of the world has no rival.... The work was immediately successful, (its publication continuing almost without interruption until 1983), endorsing Curtis's theory that his clients, who refused to buy folio pictures of unassuming plants, would subscribe to an octavo work which pictured showy plants that filled their gardens.


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£16000

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

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

EDWARDS, SYDENHAM AND OTHERS.
THE BOTANICAL REGISTER ; OR ORNAMENTAL FLOWER GARDEN AND SHRUBBERY. etc VOLUME XIV London 1828
Octavo, half calf over marbled boards, rubbed. Volume 14 only, complete as a volume with title, text and 94 finely hand coloured botanical plates (9 folding). 2 plates with some spotting otherwise plates extremely clean and with excellent bright hand colouring.
Plates number 1124-1216 with a bis plate. (A slight curiosity as this volume usually begins at plate 1131 and has 86 or 87 plates if bound with the bis)

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£850

EDWARDS, SYDENHAM.
THE NEW BOTANIC GARDEN, illustrated with one hundred and thirty-three plants, engraved by Sansom, from original pictures, and coloured with the greatest exactness from drawings by Sydenham Edwards. London. John Stockdale. 1812
Two volumes bound in one. Quarto 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Very handsomely leather bound in recent full calf gilt using the original marbled endpapers. Half titles, titles, paginated to 503 pages, and ILLUSTRATED WITH 61 FINE HAND COLOURED BOTANICAL PLATES, including the extra plate 19 bis. A classic botanical work also found under the title by R. W. Dickson under the pseudonym Alexander McDonald A Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening and a further title- THE NEW FLORA BRITANNICA.


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£1850

EISENBERG, Le Baron d'
DESCRIPTION DU MANEGE MODERNE. DANS SA PERFECTION, Explique par des Lecons necessaires, et represente par des Figures exactes, depuis l'Assiette de l'Homme a Cheval................ 1727 but 1728
Oblong folio 12x18 inches, original calf over marbled boards, German lettering to spine. Minor rubbing. From an old German private collection with a small stamp to the blank endpaper and a aristocratic gilt armorial to the upper board. Engraved title, dedication dated 1728, avertissement, 56 pages of text and 59 PLATES - COMPLETE but without the list of subscribers sometimes found. The plates are 4 of bits and 55 of horses and riders. 2 plates slightly browned otherwise a very clean copy with good impressions of the plates. FIRST EDITION. Plates engraved by Bernard Picart. The later editions added to title the words - L'Art de Monter a Cheval. One of the seminal decorative eighteenth century horse books The Baron Eisenberg- a German horseman and artist, spent some of his youth at the stables of Saxe-Weimar before entering into the service of the Emperor. He then spent six years in Naples as the Master of Horse of the Viceroy before returning to Vienna where he studied under M. de Regenthal, the imperial Master of Horse. He participated in the coronation of the Emperor Charles V at Frankfurt in 1711, then spent some time in England, but was back in Germany before 1753. He probably died in Tuscany where he was Director and Master of the Horse at the Academy in Pisa.


[Ref:5326]
£5250

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