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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,

- 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,

- 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,

- 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,

- 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,

- 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 : ,

- 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 & Co, London 1830, First Edition

- 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

- Konigliche Gartenbibliothek Ehemals Zu Schloss Herrenhausen Bei Hannover

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,

- Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Vol. II. Including Numbers VI-X

Hardback. A very good copy in a dark green half-leather binding with marbled boards. Five raised bands on the spine which is lettered in gilt on a maroon title-piece. Some rubbing to spine edges. Marbled end-papers. Small museum label on front fixed end-paper and one stamp of the museum on verso of garden plan. Pp.x,497. Folding coloured plan of the garden. The principal item in this volume (pp.21-481) is entitled: "History of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Botanical Excursions Made By Professor John Hutton Balfour, in the years from 1846 to 1878 Inclusively."
Published : His Majessty's Stationery Office, Glasgow 1902, First Edition

"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

"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

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

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,

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

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,

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

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.,162. 88 plates mostly in colour.
Published : Bombay Natural History Society 1972,

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

Berthold Peter - Bird Migration: A General Survey (Oxford Ornithology Series)

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription and smallish ownership label on front free end-paper. Pp.x,239. 50 figures. "Describes the science of bird migration in an accessible way."
Published : Oxford University Press, Oxford 1993,

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

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

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

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,

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

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,

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

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

Burbidge F.W. - Cultivated Plants Their Propagation and Improvement

A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in black on the upper board. bevelled edges. No ownership inscription. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Stamped "With the Publishers' Compliments" on the title page. Pp.xii,618 + 2pp publisher's adverts. Numerous illustrations in the text.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London 1877, First Edition

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

Catchpole C.K. and Slater P.J.B. - Bird Song: Biological Themes and Variations

Illustrated by Nigel Mann.
A very good copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Minor bumping to upper board tips. Previous owners' name and address label on front free end-paper. Pp.viii,248. Pen and ink illustrations. Numerous figures. "This book explores the study of bird song from the biological viewpoint, and reviews the large literature written on the subject."
Published : Cambridge University Press 1995, First Edition

Chapman, Donald and Norma - Fallow Deer: Their History, Distribution and Biology

A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 271 pages. Numerous illustrations including colour. Figures. Tables. Described as "a definitive work on this species, giving an outline of the origins and background of present day fallow deer and an overall picture of what is known of their natural history."
Published : Terence Dalton Ltd, Lavenham. Suffolk 1975, First Edition

Chatfield, Judith & Perugi Liberto - A Tour of Italian Gardens

Hardback. A fine copy in publisher's dark green cloth with title impressed on front board and in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Many photographs in colour and in black and white by Liberto Perugi. 224 pages. Fine dustwrapper which is price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. The author leads readers on a tour of fifty of Italy's historic gardens, nearly all of them open to the public.
Published : Ward Lock Ltd., London 1988, First Edition

Commelin, Johannes (Edited By Wijnands D. O; Wilson M. L. And van Hove, T. Toussaint) - Jan Commelin's monograph on Cape flora: Drawings and descriptions of the plants that the Hon. Simon van der Stel, Governor at the Cape of Good Hope, found on his great journey, 1685

Hardback. A near fine copy in a leatherette binding. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Limited to 350 copies. 110 pages. Frontispiece, map, facsimile of a page of the monograph and 42 plates of which 10 are folding.
Published : Published By the Editors, Cape Town 1996, First Edition

Cooper R. E. , Curle A. O and Fair W. S. (Editors) - George Forrest V. M. H. Explorer and Botanist Who By His Discoveries and Plants Successfully Introduced Has Greatly Enriched Our Gardens. 1873-1932

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 89 pages. Many illustrations.
Published : The Scottish Rock Garden Club, Edinburgh 1935, First Edition

Corke H. Essenhigh & Nuttall G. Clarke - Wild Flowers as They Grow

A very good copy in dark blue cloth with pictorial onlay to upper board. 197pp. Frontispiece and 24 colour photographs.
Published : Cassell, London 1911, First Edition

Court Ian - Birds of Conservation Concern in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Illustrated by Tony Disley.
Softback. A very good copy. 67 pages. Black and white illustrations. Lists and illustrates each threatened bird and covers its ecology, distribution and status, current threats and conservation actions.
Published : Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority 2000, First Edition

Cowen D. V. - Flowering Trees and Shrubs in India

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in tan cloth lettered in green. Lacks blank front end-paper. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xvi,137. 59 full-page colour plates. 39 black and white sketches.
Published : Thacker & Co., Bombay 1950, First Edition

Dahl, Eilif - The Phytogeography of Northern Europe: British Isles, Fennoscandia, and Adjacent Areas

A very good copy. Trace of a label having been removed from foot of front free end-paper. otherwise a nice clean copy internally. Pp.xii,297. 82 figures. 6 tables. This is an analysis and explanation of the distribution of individual plant taxa across north-western Europe.
Published : Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1998, First Edition

Darwin Charles (Edited By Frederick Burkhardt) - Charles Darwin the "Beagle" Letters

Illustrated by Martens Conrad.
Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper.,470. Frontispiece. 19 colour plates. 35 black and white plates. Introduction by Janet Browne. Contains the complete texts of all the letters Darwin wroite and received while sailing round the world on HMS Beagle between 1831 and 1836.
Published : Cambridge University Press 2008, First Edition

De Graaff Jan and Hyams Edward - Lilies

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 142pp. 47 colour plates. Described as "the definitive book on lilies".
Published : Nelson, London 1967, First Edition

de Lucas Manuela; Janss Guyonne F.E; Ferrer Miguel (Editors) - Birds and Wind Farms : Risk Assessment and Mitigation

. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. The book itself would be fine but for a slight trace of a label having been removed from the foot of the front end-paper. 275 pages. Figures. Tables. Illustrations. A study of the effect of the wind farm industry on birds and bats together with methods of minimising the risk of adverse impacts.
Published : Quercus 2007, First Edition

Dixon H. N. And Jameson H. G. - The Student's Handbook of British Mosses

Hardback. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Neat ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xlix,583 + 65 plates at end. A little neat, informative, ink marginal writing.
Published : V. T. Sumfield, Eastbourne 1904,

Dregni Michael (Editor) - Loons Song of the Wild

Oblong 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 108pp. Over 70 colour photographs. This is an anthology of writing, photography and art from throughout the world on the subject of loons or divers.
Published : Voyageur Press 1996,