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A Selection of Collectable Natural History Books - December 2016

Offered here is a selection of rare, antiquarian and modern natural history books.

Highlights include:

Louisa Anne Meredith’s sumptuously illustrated 'Bush Friends in Tasmania' - signed and inscribed limited edition | A copy of the first English edition of Jan Swammerdam's pioneering work in the field of microscopy and insect anatomy, 'The Book of Nature; or, the History of Insects...' | ‘Histoire Naturelle des Crustaces’ by Louis Augustin Guillaume Bosc, a French naturalist who lived in the United States of America during the 1790s, following the French Revolution. This copy is a rare survivor from the Napoleonic era retaining its original publisher’s boards | A superb copy of Blackwall’s ‘A History of the Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland’, a timeless classic in the field of Arachnology | Written by two Victorian sisters, Mary Ward (microscopist and science writer) and Jane Mahon, ‘Entomology in Sport, and Entomology in Earnest’ is a rare whimsical book accompanied by charming and playful hand-coloured vignettes | Three works from the New Naturalists series, among them ‘Freshwater Fishes of the British Isle’ (New Naturalist 75) in pristine dust-wrapper, of which there are ‘no more than a handful of extant unfaded copies'. Many other volumes from the New Naturalist series in stock.

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Entomology in Sport, and Entomology in Earnest; by The Honorable Mrs W[ard] & Lady M[ahon]

by [Ward, Mary; Mahon, Jane]

Cat No. : 31579, Published : [1859], Illustrations : hand-col frontis, additional decorative title + 35 hand-col text figs

Hardback £495.00

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Rare. Charming whimsical book, 'intended, not so much for the scientific, as for the young or the comparatively uninstructed reader. The authors have therefore aimed at making them entertaining,...(more)


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Index Entomologicus; or, A Complete Illustrated Catalogue … of the Lepidopterous Insects of Great Britain

by Wood, W.; Westwood, J.O.

Cat No. : 19579, Published : 1854, Illustrations : 59 hand coloured plates

Hardback £350.00

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New and Revised [2nd] edition, with supplement, containing figures of nearly two hundred newly discovered species, synoptic lists, etc. Hand-coloured illustrations by W. Wood. Freeman 4149....(more)


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The Genera and Species of British Butterflies

by Humphreys, H.N.

Cat No. : 31405, Published : [1859], Illustrations : 32 fine hand-coloured plates + additional hand-coloured lithographed title

Hardback £695.00

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Scarce early printing with highly finished plates with backgrounds also finely coloured. This copy is without the two-page index and four-page 'The Best Methods of Preserving Butterflies and Moths',...(more)


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Natural History of British Butterflies

by Frohawk, F.W.

Cat No. : 26436, Published : [1924], Illustrations : 60 colour + 5 plain plates

Hardback £500.00

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A complete, original, descriptive account of the life-history of every species occurring in the British Islands, together with the habits, times of appearance, and localities. A classic work based on...(more)


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Varieties of British Butterflies

by Frohawk, F.W.

Cat No. : 29078, Published : [1946], Illustrations : 48 col plates

Hardback £90.00

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Dated 1938, but this is the later reprint (remaining stock of the first printing was destroyed during the second world war)

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The Surinam Album

by Merian, Maria Sibylla

Cat No. : 30050, Published : 2006, Illustrations : 91 col plates

£795.00

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Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies. The 91 plates in this facsimile edition have been reproduced by digital photography from the original album in the British Museum, London. Three additional...(more)


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European Butterflies and Moths

by Kirby, W.F.

Cat No. : 29877, Published : 1898, Illustrations : 1 plain + 61 hand-col plates

Hardback £250.00

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First published 1882....(more)


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Fabre's Book of Insects: retold from Alexander Teixeira de Mattos' Translation of "Souvenirs Entomologiques" by Mrs. R. Stawell

by Fabre, J.H.; Stawell, R.; Detmold, E.H. (Illustrator)

Cat No. : 26851, Published : 1935, Illustrations : 12 col plates

Hardback £150.00

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New edition. First printing of the Tudor re-issue. Fine mounted colour plates by E.J. Detmold...(more)


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A Practical Handbook of British Beetles

by Joy, N.H.

Cat No. : 31364, Published : 1932, Illustrations : 170 plates

Hardback £300.00

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1st edition....(more)


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Histoire abrégée des Insectes

by Geoffroy, E.L. [1727-1810]

Cat No. : 19576, Published : 1764, Illustrations : 22 folding engraved plates, folding table

Hardback £695.00

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2nd edition (first published anonymously in 1762), with the author's name given on title-page, and the words 'que se trouvent aux environs de Paris' ommitted from the title, otherwise identical with...(more)


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Käferbuch: Naturgeschichte der Käfer Europas. Zum Handgebrauche für Sammler

by Calwer, C.G.

Cat No. : 2830, Published : 1893, Illustrations : 2 plain & 48 colour lithographic plates

Hardback £125.00

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5th edition revised by G. Stierlin....(more)


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The Insect Hunter's Companion

by Greene, J.

Cat No. : 31181, Published : 1870, Illustrations : text figs

Hardback £65.00

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Being instructions for Collecting and Preserving Buterflies and Moths and comprising an Essay on Pupa Digging. 2nd edition, with a chapter on Coleoptera by Edward Newman....(more)


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Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Die Indo-Australischen Spinner und Schwärmer

by Seitz, A.

Cat No. : 27810, Published : [1907-]1934, Illustrations : 104 col plates

Hardback £900.00

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German edition. Fine chromolithographic plates. (Plates numbered: 1-54, 55A-C, 56A-C, 57-100). Title page to text volume is dated 1933 and to plate volume 1934. However the work was originally issued...(more)


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The Butterflies of Europe: Rhopalocera Europae

by Lang, H.C.

Cat No. : 28428, Published : 1884, Illustrations : 82 colour plates

Hardback £375.00

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Lepidoptera of Dorsetshire. Or A Catalogue of Butterflies and Moths Found in the County of Dorset

by Dale, C.W.

Cat No. : 31503, Published : 1886

Hardback £120.00

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With an appendix containing a few of the chief rarities of the other orders of insects.

1st edition. Scarce....(more)


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A History of the Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland

by Blackwall, J.

Cat No. : 12073, Published : 1861-1864, Illustrations : 29 hand-col plates

Hardback £950.00

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Rare. Only 600 copies printed....(more)


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Histoire Naturelle des Crustacés, contenent leur description et leurs moeurs

by Bosc, L.A.G.

Cat No. : 11501, Published : An X. [1802], Illustrations : 18 engraved plates, (17 hand-coloured), folding table

Hardback £325.00

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Suite a Buffon, volumes 56-57. ZBI 681. (Nissen incorrectly gives the number of plates as 24). A rare survivor from the Napoleonic era retaining its original publisher’s boards.

Louis Augustin...(more)


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The Marine Invertebrates and Fishes of St. Andrews [with] Additions to the Marine Fauna of St. Andrews since 1874

by M'Intosh, W.C.

Cat No. : 19908, Published : 1875-1927, Illustrations : 12 plates (9 chromolithographed), text engravings

Hardback £350.00

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A Grammar of Botany, Illustrative of artificial , as well as natural, Classification, with an Explanation of Jussieu's System

by Smith, James Edward

Cat No. : 31025, Published : 1821, Illustrations : 21 hand-col plates

Hardback £210.00

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1st edition. Scarce. Charming hand-coloured plates with 277 figures of flowers, fruits, seeds, etc. [Freeman 3461].

Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828) was a botanist, fellow of the Royal Society,...(more)


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The Gardener's Assistant: Practical and Scientific. A Guide to the Formation and Management of the Kitchen, Fruit, and Flower Gardens, and The Cultivation of Conservatory, Green-House, and Stove Plants. with a Copious Calendar of Gardening Operations, an

by Thompson, R.

Cat No. : 20156, Published : 1881, Illustrations : 32 plates (12 chromolithographs), numerous illus. in text

Hardback £75.00

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New [2nd] edition, revised by Thomas Moore

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Practical Hints on the Culture and General Management of Alpine or Rock Plants

by Lothian, James

Cat No. : 31032, Published : [1845], Illustrations : engraved title, 4 hand-coloured + 2 plain plates

Hardback £180.00

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'To which is also appended a list of alpines, ferns, marsh, and aquatic plants, etc.' Original issue, undated, but published 1845. The book was also reissued around 1860. This original issue has...(more)


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An Introduction to Botany, in a Series of Familiar Letters

by Wakefield, Priscilla

Cat No. : 31023, Published : 1803, Illustrations : 11 plain engraved plates, 1 folded table

Hardback £55.00

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3rd edition. Priscilla Wakefield [née Bell] (1750–1832) was an author and philanthropist. She wrote seventeen books, principally moral tales, introductory works of natural history, and travelogues....(more)


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British Birds

by Thorburn, Archibald

Cat No. : 31477, Published : 1917-1918, Illustrations : 82 col plates

Hardback £440.00

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Mixed editions: vols 3 & 4 - 2nd edition (1918, 500 print run each); vols 1 & 2 - 3rd edition (1917, 500 print run each)....(more)


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Wildfowl & Waders: Nature & Sport in the Coastlands

by Southgate, F. (Illustrator); Pollard, H.B.C.

Cat No. : 23019, Published : 1928, Illustrations : 16 col + 48 b/w plates

Hardback £150.00

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Limited edition (950 copies)

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Bush Friends in Tasmania Last Series

by Meredith, L.A.

Cat No. : 30047, Published : 1891, Illustrations : 15 col plates (12 numbered), 8 b/w illus poem title-pages

Hardback £500.00

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Native Flowers, Fruits and Insects, drawn from Nature, with Prose Descriptions and Illustrations in Verse - Last Series. Limited edition of 700 signed and numbered copies. Beautiful chromolitographed...(more)


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Freshwater Fishes of the British Isles (New Naturalist 75)

by Maitland, P.S.; Campbell, R.N.

Cat No. : 31543, Published : 1992, Illustrations : 21 col photos, over 200 b/w figs

Hardback £720.00

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1st edition. Very scarce. Bernhard & Loe, NN75A....(more)


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The Book of Nature; or, the History of Insects...

by Swammerdam, J. (1637-80)

Cat No. : 30583, Published : 1758, Illustrations : engraved title vignette, 53 engraved plates

Hardback £2,150.00

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Including The Generation of the Frog, the History of the Ephemerus, the Changes of Flies, Butterflies, and Beetles….With the life of the author, by Herman Boerhaave... Translated from the Dutch and...(more)


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The Fulmar (New Naturalist Monograph 6)

by Fisher, J.

Cat No. : 31424, Published : 1952, Illustrations : 4 col + 48 b/w plates

Hardback £135.00

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1st editiion....(more)


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The Badger (New Naturalist Monograph 1)

by Neal, E.

Cat No. : 30105, Published : 1948, Illustrations : col frontis, 29 b/w photos, text figs

Hardback £95.00

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1st edition

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Petrifactions and their Teachings; or, a Hand-Book to the Gallery of Organic Remains of The British Museum

by Mantell, G.A.

Cat No. : 29981, Published : 1851, Illustrations : frontis, title vignette, 115 engravings, 1 folding

Hardback £180.00

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Manual of Geology: Treating of the Principles of the Science with Special Reference to American Geological History

by Dana, J.D.

Cat No. : 29926, Published : 1880, Illustrations : frontis, 12 b/w plates, 1162 text figs, 1 col folding map

Hardback £85.00

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The Drawings of Antoine Nicolas Duchesne for his Natural History of the Gourds

by Paris, H.S.

Cat No. : 29222, Published : 2007, Illustrations : 258 col plates

Hardback £65.00

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Bilingual in English and French. This book makes available high-resolution reproductions of all the 258 paintings of gourds of the genus Cucurbita, figuring about a hundred cultivars, kept at the...(more)


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The Natural History and Antquities of Selborne 1813

by White, Gilbert

Cat No. : 23677, Published : 1993, Illustrations : 12 illustrations, including folding frontis, 2 engravings, 9 plates (1 in col)

Hardback £30.00

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Facsimile edition, with an introduction by P.G.M. Foster

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Robert Wight and the Botanical Drawings of Rungiah & Govindoo

by Noltie, H.J.

Cat No. : 29944, Published : 2007, Illustrations : b/w photos + col illus

£75.00

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This 3-volume illustrated work is devoted to the collection of botanical drawings made by Indian artists, Rungiah and Govindoo, for Scottish surgeon-botanist, Robert Wight (1796-1872). Book 1: The...(more)


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