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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to natural history, especially botany, biology, and other studies of organisms including plants or animals in their environment.

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  1. Select Orchidaceous Plants.
    First edition of the first series of Warner and Williams's richly illustrated large-format work on orchid species, one of "the most glorious iconographic orchid books produced during the height of orchid collecting in the nineteenth century" (Long, Flora Illustrata, p.8). The Florist and Pomologist was particularly pleased... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 112387

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  2. The Natural History of Barbados.
    First edition of this important and attractive early work on the natural history of Barbados, by the Welsh-born clergyman and naturalist Griffith Hughes (1707-1758?). "In Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island's natural history. In 1743 he visited London with the intention of promoting this... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 110849

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  3. A Voyage into the Levant:
    First edition in English, translated by John Ozell, a year after the original text in French was published at Paris. Tournefort (1656-1708) was royal botanist to Louis XIV. The book arose from the suggestion made in 1699 to Louis XIV by the Count de Pontchartrain, Secretary of State and in charge of the French Academy, that... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 109026

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  4. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
    First edition, first issue, one of 1,500 copies printed; scarce in the original cloth. The term survival of the fittest (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) was first used by Darwin in the first edition of this work, preceding its first use in the fifth edition of the Origin... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 106850

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  5. Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie … New Illustrations of Zoology,
    First edition. This is a very well coloured copy of a book which often suffers from indifferent colouring. Peter Brown (fl. 17581799), thought to be Danish, was court painter to the Prince of Wales. It is not certain if he studied as a pupil of Georg Ehret (17081770), the famous botanical artist from Germany, but he was... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 111330

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  6. Birds of Arabia.
    First edition, presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author to army officer and merchant banker, Sir Reginald Lindsay "Rex" Benson: "In gratitude for 36 years valued friendship". An excellent copy of Meinertzhagen's ornithological magnum opus, inscribed to another freewheeling soldier, one of Meninertzhagen's closest... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 102744

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  7. The Kingdom of the Pearl.
    English signed limited edition (first published with Dulac illustrations in French as Au Royaume de la Perle, 1920), number 15 of 100 copies signed by the artist, out of a total edition of 775 copies for sale in the British Empire (an additional 775 copies were published for the USA by Brentano's, New York, 1925). Rosenthal... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 102086

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  8. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees;
    First Albany edition, the second American edition, following that of Philadelphia (1802); this Albany printing adds an 8-page letter addressed to the publishers by a Peter W. Yates in which he discusses his own practical experiences in cultivating fruit trees. "Cobbett added an introduction and notes, intended for the American... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 95457

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  9. A Collection of English Words Not Generally used,
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 90721

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  10. General Conchology;
    Second edition. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 77947

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  11. The Natural History of Man
    An attractively bound and illustrated fourth edition of an important book, edited and enlarged by Edwin Norris, first published in 1848. Physician and ethnologist James Cowles Prichard was (along with William Lawrence and Charles William Wells) one of the three British scientific precursors to Darwin and evolutionary theory.... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 80676

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  12. The Pygmies..
    First edition in English, originally published in Paris in 1887. Quatrefages de Bréau was professor of anthropology and ethnography at the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle from 1855 until his death in 1892. He published extensively on a wide range of subjects, but his work has been characterised as "somewhat deficient in deep... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 80645

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  13. Flora Italiana.
    First edition. This richly illustrated work by the director of Pisa's Botanical Garden was conceived along the lines of the most important English contributions to botanical literature, in particular, The Botanist's Repository by Henry Andrews and The Botanical Magazine by William Curtis. The book presents a collection of... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 81896

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  14. The Anatomy of an Horse.
    First edition of "the first book in English on equine anatomy" (Garrison Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 60471

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  15. Thornton's Temple of Flora
    Fine critical edition of Thornton's famous flower book (1799, 1804). Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 47046

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  16. The Case of the Midwife Toad.
    First US edition, first printing. Originally published in the UK in the same year. Learn More
    £120

    Stock Code: 61023

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  17. Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.
    First edition. Collection of papers emphasizing the eugenic aspects of crime: Harry Olson's presidential address, "Crime and Heredity," to the 1923 Annual Meeting of the Eugenic Research Association, 1923 - Olson was Chief Justice of the Municipal Court; the 1925 presidential address, "Crime from the Psychiatrist's Point... Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 63619

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  18. Land Problems and National Welfare.
    First edition, first impression. The author's personal copy with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 45161

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