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Baron Cuvier: with figures designed after nature: the Crustacea, Arachnides & Insecta, by M. Latreille:
The Animal Kingdom, arranged according to its organization, serving as a foundation for the Natural History of Animals, and an introduction to Comparative Anatomy. With figures designed after Nature. [Complete in four volumes]. Illustrated by nearly 800 coloured plates. Translated from the latest French Edition.

London: E. Henderson, 1834-1837. First English edition. Vol I: [iv] (engd title, title), ii (advertisement), xlviii (memoir, Portrait, prefaces, corrigenda), 380; [ii], xviii, Mammalia (pl-63), Aves (pl-99); Vol II: [ii] (engd title), xxxvi (title, memoirs, 2 portraits, index), 412; [ii], xxii, Reptilia (pl-40), Pisces (pl-80); Vol III: [ii] (engd title), xxxvi (title, Latreille's preface, index), 472; [ii], xxiv, Mollusca (pl-44), Annelides (pl-10), Crustacea (pl-42), Arachnides (pl-29); Vol 4: [iv], (engd title, title), ii (memoir of Latreille, portrait), xliv (memoirs, 2 portraits, index), 544 (including a Catalogue of Authors and Abbreviations, followed by a general index to the work); [ii], xxxii, Insecta (pl-115), Zoophytes (pl-23). ** ['(pl-)' records the number printed on the final plate in each section: there are perhaps half as many again with interposed numberings - ie: total nearly 800 plates, with tissue guards, nearly all being hand-coloured.] ** Whereas the printed title pages are dated 1834 or 1836, the plates section of each volume is preceded by an engraved title page dated 1837, followed by a table of contents to the plates. Contents clean and bright, with minor spotting to title pages, almost none elsewhere. One page edge damaged, some plate edges pricked, and a depression mark to the back of one portrait. A very nice set with new cream endpapers in the contemporary binding of bottle-green pebble cloth, rebacked (except Vol IV), with the original labelled spines laid down. Large 8vo, 24x14.5cms, and taking up nearly a foot of shelf space. Very Good+.
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Charles Hamilton Smith: (series editor Sir William Jardine):
Mammalia: Introduction to Mammalia. The Naturalist's Library Vol I.

Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars, 1843. First edition. [iv], xi-xiv, [15]-313pp, illustrated by (27 of) thirty-one coloured plates, with portrait and memoir of Dru Drury, and an additional engraved title. Lacks plates 13, 20*, 23, & 31. Aside from bats, bears, and anteaters, this vol includeds racoons and less familiar creatures, such as Gwatkin's Galidictis. Contents very good. Nicked fore-edge to Plate 1. 16.5x1.5cms, recased in the original marbled boards, with new spine and corners of glazed brown cloth, with red labels to spine. Very nice copy, lacking 4 plates. VG+.

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Charles Hamilton Smith: (series editor Sir William Jardine):
Dogs. Part second. Canidae or Genus Canis of Authors. Including also the genera Hyaena and Proteles. Vol II: . The Naturalist's Library Vol V.

Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars, 1843. First edition. [iv], ix-xvi, 17-29pp: illustrated by (33 of) thirty-eight plates, with portrait and memoir of Don Felix d'Azara, and an additional engraved title. Lacks plates 5,10, & 18, and apparently two others. Contents very good. 16.5x1.5cms, recased in the original marbled boards, with new spine and corners of glazed brown cloth, with red labels to spine. Very nice copy, lacking 5 plates. VG+.

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Hogg, Robert, LL.D., F.L.S., et al:
The Florist and Pomologist: A Pictorial Monthly Magazine, of Flowers, Fruits and General Horticulture. The first four Volumes, for 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865.

London, published at the "Journal of Horticulture" office, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1866. Original editions. 1st Vol: (vi), 194pp + 30 species on 23 plates (one double-page); 2nd Vol: (iv), 178pp + 33 species on 25 plates; 3rd Vol: viii, 288pp + 13 species on 12 plates; 4th Vol: (viii), 279pp + 13 species on 11 plates. All 71 of the hand-coloured plates called for (mostly by W.H.Fitch) are present, many with intense colour. Some spotting to plates in the last volume. The verso of the frontis of each volume bears a faded contemporary gift inscription. A matching set in the original grained blue cloth, the upper boards and spines splendidly decorated in gilt, the lower boards in blind. Rebacked, with the original yellow endpapers retained, and the dulled spines relaid. Very good set in original cloth. VG+.
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H.G. Adams:
Nests and Eggs of Familiar Birds: described and illustrated, with an account of the feathered architects and their times and modes of building.

London: Groombridge and Sons, n.d. [1880s ?] Reprint. [ii], 238pp plus the 16 coloured plates, including the guarded frontis, illustrating 86 eggs. Contents in very bright condition: two minor soil marks noted in text, and front pastedown has a crossed-out library bookplate: closed split to front endpaper. Octavo, all edges gilt, in the original binding of russet cloth over bevelled boards, ornately titled and decorated in gilt, with border decoration in black. Bright and firm, spine ends puckered and fraying a little. Includes three pages on How to Preserve Eggs for the Cabinet, but also a page titled A Boy reproved by a Bird. This edition combines the first and second series, which were originally published in the 1850s. Very nice copy. VG+.

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Sowerby, G. B.:
Illustrated Index of British Shells. Containing figures of all the recent species, with names and other information.

London: Sowerby, and Simpkin and Marshall, 1887. Second edition, revised and enlarged. 16pp preface followed by 26 hand-coloured, guarded plates (all called for), interleaved with an index leaf to each. Engravings and colouring exquisite, with some browning to margins, and mild foxing encroaching slightly on four. First and last few leaves have shallow pink staining (c.5mm) to upper edges. Light soiling to title and final text page, and one or two very minor marks or spots elsewhere. New endpapers. All edges gilt. Quarto, in the original red cloth, decorated in blind and titled in gilt, darkened in one corner, otherwise bright and firm. Very Good.

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Morris, Rev F.O., revised and corrected by W.B. Tegetmeier:
A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds. Complete in 3 volumes.

London: John C. Nimmo, 1896. Fourth edition. Vol I: xix, (i), 178; Vol II: viii, 155; Vol III: xi, (i), 207: 'with two hundred and forty-eight plates, chiefly coloured by hand' - all present except that of the Cranes in Vol III: not all show nests. Contents pages to Vol III have been carelessly opened, and five edge tears elsewhere have been made good. One or two small soil marks noticed, but contents otherwise very clean. Firm, restored set, with original khaki endpapers and in the original khaki textured cloth, ruled in blind, with a vignette of nest and eggs in gilt on the upper board and in blind on the lower, spine ruled and titled in gilt. A few small patches of discolouration, chiefly to upper joint of Vol III, otherwise bindings clean and bright. Very Good+.
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Prof. Dr. K.W.v. Dalla Torre:
Die Alpenflora der osterreichischen Alpenlander, Sudgaierns und der Schweiz. Nach der analytischen Methode zugleich als Handbuch zu dem vom D. u. O. Alpenvereine herausgegebenen 'Atlas der Alpenflora'.

Munich / Munchen: J. Lindauersche Buchhandlung, 1899. First edition. xvi, 271pp + [1] advert. German text. Delicately patterned endpapers, with elegant Latin bookplate. Light foxing to back of endpapers and the facing page. Slight tanning to pages, contents otherwise clean and unmarked. Marbled edges to textblock. 19 x 12.5 cms, in the original binding of green cloth titled and decorated in silver, clean bright and firm, with a short scuff to top edge and slight puckering to spine ends. Very nice copy. VG+.

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Richard M. Barrington:
The Migration of Birds: as observed at Irish Lighthouses and Lightships including the original reports from 1888-97, now published for the first time, and an analysis of these and of the previously published reports from 1881-87: together with an Appendix giving the measurements of about 1600 wings.

London: R.H. Porter; Dublin: Edward Ponsonby, 1900. First edition. xxv, 285, (i), [ii], 667, including the two foldouts, a map and a table. Original brown endpapers with armorial bookplate dated 1901, and 1944 ownership name to verso of front free endpaper. 'Note added in Press' tipped in at Preface. Foxing to prelims and to untrimmed fore-edges. Contents otherwise clean, with occasional minor spotting. Top edge gilt. In the original binding of red pebble cloth titled in gilt, decorated with a small gilt lighthouse to front. Clean and firm, front bright, spine slightly dulled. Small nick to head of spine, and slight blunting to extremities. A very nice copy. Very Good.
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F.W. Frohawk, illustrated by, and collated by Arthur G. Butler:
Birds' Eggs of the British Isles.

London: Brumby & Clarke, n.d. [1904? 1910?] First or early edition. vii, [iii], 105pp, plus the 24 superb guarded plates. In this copy the eggs are shown on a plain white background. Some browning to endpapers and half-title. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. Large quarto, in the original binding of half green cloth with paler green cloth boards, boldly titled in gilt: two small pale marks to upper board, upper corners knocked: a good firm copy. Very Good.

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J.B. Wroe:
Chrysanthemums and How to Grow Them for exhibition. With Instructions for Timing and Stopping for Northern and Southern Growers; Selections of the Best Varieties of Japanese, Incurved, Anemone, Reflexed, and Pompon.

London: W.H. & L. Collingridge, 'Amateur Gardening' Office, n.d. [c.1904]. Third edition. 94 + [10] adverts, with illustrations in the text. Contents clean and in good order, with creases to some corners. 8vo, in the original orange boards printed in black and red with green cloth spine. Slight soiling and small red stain to boards, and a tiny amount of fraying to spine ends. Good firm copy. Very Good.

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Laurence B. Hyde; edited by T.W. Sanders:
Simple Gardening (School Gardening): A Handbook for Beginners.

London: W.H. & L. Collingridge, 'Amateur Gardening' Office, n.d. [1917]. Reprint. 108pp, with many illustrations in the text and a photo frontis: the last 4 pages are advertisements. First issued in 1913 as 'School Gardening: A simple book for teaching boys and girls in elementary schools the rudiments of practical horticulture.' A few pages have some foxing, but contents otherwise clean. In the original printed green card covers: firm and clean with minor knocks and scuffs.

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Selous, Edmund, illustrated by J.A.Shepherd:
Jack's Insects.

Methuen, London, 1920. First printing of the popular edition, which is a reprint of the first part of the book published in 1910. [viii], 183pp, illustrated. Contents generally clean, endpapers slightly browned, some minor soil marks in text, and a few corners creased. In original binding of red cloth, lettered and illustrated in black. Spine red slightly faded, boards bright and firm, with a few minor soil marks. Spine ends crimped, severe knock to bottom leading corners. Scarce title: VG copy.

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H.H. Thomas:
Allotment Gardening: A Complete Guide.

London: Cassell, 1920. Reprint. viii, 152, [ii] adverts: illustrated with photographs and drawings, and with rear advertisement thin card cover bound in. Title page very stained, subsequent few pages decreasingly affected. Occasional minor soiling. Original front thin card cover missing. In a new quarter binding of green cloth with paper-covered boards, front reproducing the print from the title page. Worn copy in very nice binding. VG.

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Robinson, Herbert C.; F. N. Chasen; Lord Medway (Gathorne-Hardy) and D. R. Wells: with plates by Grönvold:
The Birds of the Malay peninsula: COMPLETE SET of 5 vols. A General Account of the Birds inhabiting the region from the Isthmus of Kra to Singapore with the adjacent islands.

London: Witherby: 1927, 1928, 1936, 1939, 1976. All are First Editions. Mixed set. Vol 1 is missing plates 1 & 8: otherwise all volumes are complete. Vols 1 and 2 are in library dark maroon leatherette with gilt titles and with minor library stamps inside. Vol 1 has some staining and wormholes at the front up to p.x, and Vol 2 has staining, some of it severe, at the back of the book (pp265-310); Vols 3, 4 and 5 are all clean inside, and bound in the original red cloth gilt with top edges gilt. Vol 3 is clean and firm with extremities knocked and some fraying at the spine ends, spine faded, with a small puncture. Vol 4 has recently been rebacked with the stained and faded spine laid down, while Vol 5 is in very fresh bright condition, spine ends crimped, and with a slightly damaged pictorial dustjacket. A useful if undecorative set. ------- [Titles: Vol I: The Commoner Birds; Vol II: The Birds of the Hill Stations; Vol III: Sporting Birds : Birds of the Shore and Estuaries; Vol IV: The Birds of the Low-Country Jungle and Scrub; Vol V: Conclusion, and Survey of Every Species.] -------
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The Nigerian Field: Vols XI - XXXV: 28-year run, lacking only 2 issues. 94 issues in all.

Printed by Arthurs Press, Stro The Nigerian Field Society, 1943 - 1970. Original issues. c.48pp per issue: a wealth of interesting articles on natural history and anthropology, illustrated with many photographs and drawings, and a few colour plates. All issues are in their original printed wraps except for those of 1952-1963, which are bound into 4 vols without their wraps. They are well-printed and all are in very good order. The bound volumes are all of green buckram with a red lettering-piece (slightly scuffed) lettered in gilt: all are clean, firm, and slightly knocked. The NFS is 'An organisation devoted to the flora and fauna, culture, history, travel, sports and pastimes of West Africa'. The missing issues are Vol XV pt 3 and Vol XVI pt 1. However, included in this lot are 3 earlier issues: Vol IV pt 4 (Oct 1935), and Vol VI pts 2 & 4 (1937). The journal was issued quarterly over this period except during the War (1939-1946) when issues were irregular. Near Fine.
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Edited by Richard Morse: 'Founded in 1905 by E. Kay Robinson':
Country-side: Journal of the B.E.N.A. / British Empire Naturalists' Association. [aka Countryside, Journal of the BENA]: 40 issues 1946-1954. 'A Journal devoted to Natural History' / 'A Magazine devoted to Nature'.

London: British Empire Naturalists' Association. 1946-1954. Stapled 8vo booklets, 21x13.5cms. c.28pp - 44pp per issue, illustrated in line, and with photographs. Contents in very good clean condtion. In green printed paper covers, with occasional minor browning or soiling, spines slightly scuffed, and staples rusty, but appear still adequately tenacious. Comprises April 1946 to Autumn 1954 missing only 4 issues. Very Good.
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J.A. Baker:
The Hill of Summer.

London: Collins, 1969. First edition. 159pp. Contents very clean: first owner's name to front free endpaper, repeated on half title with date, with offsetting to verso of endpaper. In the original blue cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, bright and firm, corners good, slight compression ridge to foot of spine. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Jacket very good, bright, with slight scuffs to the front fold, tiny closed tears at two corners, a short hair-line mark to the front panel, and a faint tide-stain to top edge of rear panel and a small mark towards the base. A very nice copy. Very Good+ in very good dust-jacket.

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Donald Watson:
The Hen Harrier.

Berkhamsted: Poyser, 1977. First edition. 307pp, illustrated, including some in colour. Contents fresh, clean and unmarked, with erratum slip at p.200. In the original cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, firm and bright, corners sharp, with slight blunting to foot of spine. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, bright and clean, with some sunning to spine illustration. Near Fine in near fine dust-jacket.

Price: £58.00


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Linssen, E.F.:
The Observer's Book of Insects of the British Isles: with a Section on Spiders. With Cyanamid jacket.

London: Frederick Warne, 1978. First edition thus. 191pp, illustrated in colour and black and white. Ownership name on front free endpaper, contents otherwise clean and fresh and unmarked. In the original maroon textured binding lettered in white, clean, bright, firm and sharp. In protected unclipped (unpriced) pictorial dust jacket, with tortuous copy advertising Cyanamid Avenge wild oat herbicide: very bright and fresh and clean. Near Fine in Fine dust-jacket.

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