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Natural History / Botany

- A Book for the Sea-Side

Hardback. 16mo. Nd. probably mid-late 1800's. A good copy in reddish ribbed cloth which is lettered and decorated in gilt. Spine faded but lettering clear. No ownership inscription. Pp.viii,275 + 4pp. adverts. Many engravings. A rather attractive little Victorian book dealing with fishes, shells, sea-birds, plants etc.
Published : The Religious Tract Society, London,
£15.00

- A Field Guide to the Birds of Guernsey Produced for Birdpak

4to. A very good copy in stapled card covers. Pp.[2],34. Numerous maps. Line drawing.
Published : Holidaypak Ltd 1977,
£7.00

- A Magnificent Collection of Botanical Books

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in maroon cloth with pictorial onlay to upper board. 425 pages + bibliography, index etc. Numerous illustrations including colour. This is the auction catalogue of "the finest colour-plate books from the celebrated library formed by Robert De Belder".
Published : Sotheby's, London 1987,
£18.00

- A Treatise on Domestic Pigeons

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. 144pp. Illustrated. This is a reprint of a work first published in 1765.
Published : Paul P.B. Minet 1972, Reprint
£10.00

- Catalogue of the Library of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Part I Alphabetical List of Authors and Titles ; Part II Subject Catalogue

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. This is a facsimile of the 1918-1920 first edition published by Cambridge University Press and is limited to 150 copies. Two parts in one. Pp.vii,1-372; x,373-587. A nice clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. "The present catalogue enumerates approximately 22,000 volumes, including pamphlets----In addition to the books the library has accumulated a collection of nurserymen's and seedsmen's trade catalogues of many countries numbering 11,000 items and cdating back to 1776."
Published : Maurizio Martino, Mansfield, CT, Reprint
£30.00

- Field Notes of Rhododendrons and Other Plants Collected By Kingdon Ward in 1927/28

Hardback. A small volume in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on upper board. No publisher or date of publication given. Divided into two parts: "Specimens of Rhododendrons, 1927-28", pages 3-33 and "Trees, Shrubs and Herbs Seasons 1927/28", pages 1-34. Gives a brief description of plants collected, date of collection and height at which collected.
Published : ,
£45.00

- Insect Transformations

Hardback. A good plus copy in a half leather binding with marbled boards. The book is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. No ownership inscription. Some foxing to early and late pages. Pp.xii,420. Numerous wood engravings in text. A volume in "The Library of Entertaining Knowledge" series.
Published : Charles Knight , London 1830, First Edition
£15.00

- Japanese Landscape Gardens

Softback. A very good copy in decorated paper covers with silk ties. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.viii,68. 45 illustrations including four in colour. Four maps including folding railway map of Japan.
Published : Japanese Government Railways, Tokyo 1926, First Edition
£28.00

- Konigliche Gartenbibliothek Ehemals Zu Schloss Herrenhausen Bei Hannover

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy. Illustrated front board. Pp.[xii],204,[vi]. Attractive colour frontispiece and numerous illustrations, of both books and plants, with many in colour. This is an auction catalogue of fine botanical books and is the 100th catalogue of Reiss & Sohn. Text principally in German but items of international interest also have condition reports in English.
Published : Reiss & Sohn, Konigstein Im Taunus 2005,
£40.00

Mabey Richard (Introduction and Botanical Notes by) - The Flowers of May

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Bookplate of David McClintock, the noted botanist. Caroline May was an artist who painted a magnificent flora of the wild flowers of Britain. This book comprises an Introduction by Richard Mabey, A biographical sketch of May by her descendant, the Rev. John Tyler and a selection of nearly 90 of her paintings in colour. Loosely inserted is correspondence relating to the book.
Published : Collins & Brown, London 1990, First Edition
£12.00

"A Rural D D." [Esdaile David] - Contributions to Natural History Chiefly in Relation to the Food of the People

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Small bookplate and ownership inscription. Not foxed. Pp.viii,364 + adverts. A mid-19th century plea that we should eat certain kinds of food, in particular horse-flesh, fungi and fish. Includes several chapters on salmon and maritime pisciculture. A nice, fresh, copy.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh 1865, First Edition
£80.00

"R.D." - Out of the Ark or Creatures Facetious in Cut and Doggerell

Hardback. A good plus copy in publisher's red marled cloth with white paper label on spine. No inscriptions. Profusely illustrated in black and white. 119 pages. Lacks blank rear end-paper. A book of humorous verse about animals real and imaginary.
Published : Peter Davies, London 1930, First Edition
£7.00

"The Cockiolly Bird" - A Nursery Book of Science

Illustrated by Percy J. Billinghurst.
Hardback. 4to. N.d. but gift inscription dated Easter 1918 on front end-paper. Very good copy in publisher's green cloth with nature scene illustrations on front board and on spine. Spine and top of lower board a little faded.Title in white on front board and on spine. Illustrated endpapers. 32 colour illustrations and many black and white illustrations. 118 pages. Some foxing to page ends but a nice copy internally.
Published : T.C. & E.C. Jack, London, First Edition
£18.00

[Hey, Mrs. R.] - The Spirit of the Woods

Hardback. A lovely copy in a fine, dark green, leather binding lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt. Some wear at the join of the spine and upper board. All edges gilt. No ownership inscription. A little end-paper foxing. Pp.xvi,306. 26 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. The author tells us something of the history, distribution, use etc of a large number of trees with frequent literary allusion. Photographs available on request.
Published : Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, London 1837, First Edition
£365.00

Acworth Bernard - The Cuckoo and Other Bird Mysteries

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected. 198pp. Deals with the laws of flight and their bearing on bird phenomena in addition to the cuckoo.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1944, First Edition
£5.00

Ainsworth, G. C. - Introduction to the History of Mycology

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little torn at the head of the spine. Presentation copy from the author to William T. Stearn (the Brirish botanist, author, and former President of the Linnean Society) and with Stearn's bookplate. A little edge foxing but clean internally. Pp.xi,359. Coloured frontispiece. 106 figures. This is an account "of the main views held about fungi for the past three millennia and the development of the study of fungi as a branch of science for the last 250 years."
Published : Cambridge University Press 1976, First Edition
£25.00

Aiton William - A Treatise on the Origin, Qualities and Cultivation of Moss-Earth with Directions for Converting it Into Manure

Hardback. A poor copy externally in the original boards which have lost much of their paper covering. A fairly sizeable stain affects the first few pages and part of the front end-paper is missing but otherwise this copy is sound internally. There is a gift inscription from the author on the half-title. Pp.xxxix,357 + errata slip at end. This treatise on the nature and reclamation of moorland was published "at the desire and under the patronage of the Highland Society" and is much enlarged and improved from the first edition of 1805. A reading or rebinding copy.
Published : Wilson & Paul, Ayr 1811,
£50.00

Alderton David - Parrots, Lories, and Cockatoos

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper faded to yellow on spine. 186pp. Many illustrations including 8 pages of colour plates. This is both a description of the birds and a guide to keeping them.
Published : Saiga Publishing Co 1982, First Edition
£9.00

Aleksandrova, V. D. - The Arctic and Antarctic : Their Division into Geobotanical Areas

Hardback. A very good copy in a near fine dustwrapper. No ownership inscription. Pp.xii,247. 23 figures. An authoritative analysis of plant communities in the polar regions by one of the world's leading ecologists.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1980, First English Edition
£25.00

Ali Salim & Ripley S. Dillon - A Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Illustrated by John Henry Dick.
4to. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 176pp. 106 plates, many in colour, depicting all the bird species in the Indian sub-continent.
Published : Bombay Natural History Society 1983, First Edition
£18.00

Ali Salim and Ripley S. Dillon - The Book of Indian Birds

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is chipped at top of spine. Pp.li,162. 88 plates mostly in colour.
Published : Bombay Natural History Society 1972, Ninth Edition (Revised)
£6.00

Allan Morris and Tyler Tim - In Search of the Scottish Wildcat

A near fine copy in card covers. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.[viii],111. Numerous photographs with some in colour. This book is the result of "nearly twenty years of intensive research in the wilds---."
Published : Windfall Books, Kelty 2002, First Edition
£25.00

Allen, David Elliston - The Botanists: A History of the Botanical Society of the British Isles Through a Hundred and Fifty Years

Hardback. A fine copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. In a fine dustwrapper which is now protected by a clear removable sleeve. Pp.xv,232. 25 illustrations.
Published : St Pauls Bibliographies, Winchester 1986, First Edition
£18.00

Appleyard, Ian - Ring Ouzels of the Yorkshire Dales

Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy. Pictorial upper cover. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.vii,60. Many colour plates. 8 tables.
Published : W. S. Maney & Son, Leeds 1994, First Edition
£9.00

Arber Agnes - Water Plants: a Study of Aquatic Angiosperms

Hardback. A very good copy in light green cloth lettered and decorated in dark green. Inscription on front end-paper probably from author ("M.O. from A.A. with many thanks. Sept. 1920"). Pp.xvi,436. 171 figures. Scarce in first edition.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1920, First Edition
£50.00

Babington Charles Cardale - Memorials Journals and Botanical Correspondence

Hardback. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Neat ownership inscription on front end-paper. A few spots of foxing but generally clean. Pp.xciv,475 + errata page. Two portraits. Lacks the Babington pedigree in rear pocket. Babington was Professor of Botany at Cambridge University.
Published : Macmillan and Bowes, Cambridge 1897, First Edition
£20.00

Balfour John Hutton - Flora of Edinburgh Being a List of Planrts Found in the Vicinity of Edinburgh

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth with title-pieces to spine (rather worn) and front board. Pp.vii,174 + 2pp publisher's adverts. Folding frontispiece map. Some pencilling to text and rear end-paper. The author was professor of Botany at Edinburgh University.
Published : Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh 1863, First Edition
£20.00

Banks George - An Introduction to the Study of English Botany

A good copy in rather worn green boards. Previous owner's name on f.e.p. Some foxing, mainly to early pages. 80pp + glossary of botanical terms +37 plates at rear. Portrait frontispiece of Linnaeus.
Published : Henry Washbourne, London 1832, Second Edition
£30.00

Barbour Michael G. and Billings William Dwight (Editors) - North American Terrestrial Vegetation

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Neat ownership inscription. Pp.x,434. Numerous illustrations. Some light pencil marking in the text. "Describes the major vegetation types from the arctic tundra of Alaska and Canada to the tropical forest of Central America".
Published : Cambridge University Press 1988, First Edition
£20.00

Barkham J. P. Et al - Foula, Shetland Volume 2 the Flora of Foula

4to. A very good copy in a ring-bind format. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xii,71. Figures, text maps and tables.
Published : Brathay Hall Trust 1981, First Edition
£10.00

Bateman Robert - The World of Robert Bateman

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 168pp + Appendix. More than 90 colour plates. Black and white illustrations. A celebration of Bateman's wildlife art.
Published : Viking 1985, First Edition
£15.00

Batey, Mavis - Oxford Gardens:The University's Influence on Garden History

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to William Stearn (botanist, author and president of the Linnean Society). With Stearn's bookplate. (This copy was actually sent to Stearn by the Times Literary Supplement for a review). Pp.xvi,256. Numerous illustrations. The book "traces the history of gardens and landscapes in and around the university."
Published : Avebury Publishing Company, Amersham 1982, First Edition
£25.00

Berry John - The Status and Distribution of Wild Geese and Wild Duck in Scotland

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in black. In a near very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which has a little minor edge wear and tear. Internally a very nice, clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xii,[1],190. 4 pages of plates with six photographic illustrations. Folding coloured map at rear. Described as the first attempt of its kind "to put on record a distributional index and a practical estimate of a country's total stock of wildfowl." Uncommon in dustwrapper.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1939, First Edition
£25.00

Berry, R. J. - The Natural History of Orkney

Hardback. A near fine copy of the first issue in a fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. The book would be fine except that an ownership inscription has been erased from the front free end-paper. 304 pages. 20 colour plates. 113 figures. 25 tables. "This is the first - and long-needed - survey of the islands' natural history, complete in one volume." Number 70 in the New Naturalist series. Photographs available on request.
Published : Collins, London 1985, First Edition
£950.00

Birkhead Mike - The Kestrel in the Town

A very good copy in laminated boards. 32pp. Many colour illustrations. Part of the "Animal Habitats" series.
Published : Methuen Children's Books, London 1988, First Edition
£6.00

Birks, H. J. B. - Past and Present Vegetation of the Isle of Skye a Palaeoecological Study

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xii,415. 34 figures. 7 plates in pocket at rear. Numerous tables.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1973, First Edition
£50.00

Bisson A. J. - A List of the Birds of Guernsey

A very good copy in yellow card covers. 44 pages. Double-page map. Line drawings. Index.
Published : A. J. Bisson, Guernsey 1976, First Edition
£7.00

Blunt Wilfrid - The Art of Botanical Illustration

Hardback. A near very good copy in green cloth which shows some fading in a fair dustwrapper which shows some soiling, has one small chip, and has some ink writing (page references) on the rear panel. Just a little ink side-linig in the text. Pp.xxxi,304. Many colour and black and white plates together with illustrations in the text. A volume in Collins' New Naturalist series.
Published : Collins, London 1950, First Edition
£20.00

Bompas George C. - Life of Frank Buckland

Hardback. A good plus copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. No ownership inscription. Pp.ix,433. The life of an Inspector of Fisheries with much on salmon, sea fisheries, fish culture etc.
Published : Smith Elder & Co, London 1889, New Edition
£14.00

Boutcher William - A Treatise on Forest-Trees: Containing Not Only the Best Methods of Their Culture Hitherto Practised, But a Variety of New and Useful DISCOVERIES, the Result of Many Repeated Experiments: ---

Hardback. 4to. Externally a very good copy in a modern quarter-leather binding with marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands and lettered in gilt on a red title-piece. New end-papers. Internally good. SIGNED by author on verso of title page. (Lacks extra engraved title-page which was only present in a few copies). Fairly minor marginal staining to a few early pages. Edge tear at pages133/134. Pp.4,xlviii,259 + 3pp postscript. List of Subscribers which appears to include almost all of the great and good of Scotland of the time!
Published : R. Fleming, Edinburgh 1775, First Edition
£280.00

Bramley W. G. - A Fungus Flora of Yorkshire 1985

Hardback. A near fine copy in a very good plus dustwrapper which is slightly faded on the spine. Pp.xii,277. Frontispiece. Map. "Lists the microscopic and larger fungi (including mushrooms and toadstools) found in Yorkshire during the last 100 years."
Published : The Mycological Section, Yorkshire Naturalists' Union 1985, First Edition
£15.00

Brockie Keith - One Man's River Paintings and Sketches from a Scottish River

4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is chipped at the top of the spine. Sketches in colour and black and white of animals, birds, plants etc found on or close to the River Tay.
Published : Harper & Row, New York 1988, First USA Edition
£15.00

Brockie Keith - The Silvery Tay Paintings and Sketches from a Scottish River

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Would be near-fine but lower ends are a little bumped. 150 paintings, sketches and drawings of the birds, animals, flowers and plants that are to be found along the River Tay.
Published : J.M. Dent & Sons, London 1988, First Edition
£7.00

Brown James - The Forester: a Practical Treatise on the Planting, Rearing, and General Management of Forest Trees with an Improved Process for Transplantation of Trees of Large Size

Hardback. A good copy in blind-stamped green cloth lettered in gilt. Spine faded but lettering clear. Pp.xiv,526 + 16pp publisher's adverts. Unopened. Double-page diagram. This second edition "has been entirely re-written, a number of new sections upon important subjects added to it, and the whole brought out in more detail, for the purpose of making it better adapted as a complete guide in all forest operations: in short it has been so much enlarged and improved, that it may be considered altogether a new book".
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1851, Second Edition
£18.00

Buckland, S.T. Bell M.V. and Picozzi N. (Editors) - The Birds of North-East Scotland

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.ix,473. 795 figures. 196 maps of relative abundance of which 137 also show breeding distribution.
Published : North-East Scotland Bird Club, Aberdeen 1990, First Edition
£40.00

Bullen Frank T. - Creatures of the Sea

Hardback. A near very good copy in publisher's olive coloured cloth with illustrated front board and spine. Gift inscription dated 1919. 49 plates including coloured frontispiece. 2 pages have closed tears at foot. Some foxing to page ends. 430 pages with 16 page catalogue at rear. Described as "being the life stories of some sea birds, beasts and fishes."
Published : The Religious Tract Society, London 1911, Reprint
£15.00

Burns John - Gardening in Orkney and Shetland

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Pp.ix,79 + blank pages for notes. 12 colour illustrations. The first (and only?) book to deal exclusively with gardening in Orkney and Shetland.
Published : The Shetland Times Ltd, Lerwick 1976, First Edition
£18.00

Carrington Richard - Elephants a Short Account of Their Natural History Evolution and Influence on Mankind

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little worn/chipped at spine ends. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 272 pages. 24 plates. 39 drawings by Maurice Wilson and others.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1958, First Edition
£10.00

Chapman Abel - Memories of Fourscore Years Less Two 1851-1929 with a Memoir By George Bolam

Hardback. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.xxvii,257 + 3pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece. 24 full page tissue-guarded colour illustrations. 3 full-page black and white illustrations. Numerous illustrations in the text. Four Parts covering Egypt, Africa, Spain and Northumberland. The author's last book.
Published : Gurney and Jackson, London and Edinburgh 1930, First Edition
£24.00

Chapman Abel - The Borders and Beyond: Arctic---Cheviot---Tropic

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription. A little fore-edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.xxi,489 + 3pp publisher's adverts. 16 full-page tissue-guarded colour plates. 21 full page black and white plates. Numerous illustrations in text. 2 folding maps. Several chapters on each of grouse, wildfowl and salmon with other chapters on otter, raven woodcock and heron etc.
Published : Gurney and Jackson, London and Edinburgh 1924, First Edition
£30.00