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Kilpatrick Jane - Gifts from the Gardens of China

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in publisher's pink cloth with title in gilt on spine. One end a little bumped. SIGNED by author on title page. 288 pages. Fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. When Jane Kilpatrick found no one knew just how and when her beloved garden plants had arrived from China she set out to find out. Those responsible quickly became her heroes. She visited their families to find letters and portraits and spent long hours in libraries, archives, museums and print rooms gradually piecing together the origins of each and every plant that arrived before the Treaty of Tientsin of 1860 finally opened China to the West.
Published : Frances Lincoln Ltd,, London 2007, First Edition
£28.00

Kingdon-Ward F. - Plant Hunting in the Wilds

A good copy in light blue cloth lettered in black on spine and upper board. A little wear to edges. 79pp. 8 plates. A volume in the "Pioneer Series".
Published : Figurehead, London 1931, First Edition
£18.00

Kingdon-Ward Frank - Pilgrimage for Plants

A very good copy in a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which has a couple of edge tears and some scuffing to the front panel. 191 pages. Illustrations. End-paper maps. Includes a biographical introduction and a bibliography by William T. Stearn. The book "blends autobiography with speculations on plant geography and first-hand accounts of the discovery of various plants and their introduction to gardens".
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1960, First Edition
£18.00

Knight David M. - Natural Science Books in English 1600-1900

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 262pp. 4 colour illustrations. 96 black and white illustrations. This is a survey of all the significant scientific works which have appeared in English between 1600 and 1900.
Published : B. T. Batsford Ltd, London 1972, First Edition
£15.00

Lady Lindsay R. I. - About Robins. Songs, Facts and Legends Collected and Illustrated

Hardback. 4to. Nd. c.1890? A good copy in the original boards which shows some wear to the board edges. Edges stained red. Decorated end-papers. 115 pages. Tissue-guarded colour frontispiece. Other colour and blackand white illustrations.
Published : George Routledge & Sons, London,
£28.00

Laidler Liz - Otters in Britain

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription. 200pp. Profusely illustrated including colour.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1982, First Edition
£6.00

Lambert, Robert A. (Editor) - Species History in Scotland : Introductions and Extinctions since the Ice Age

A very good copy. Paperback. Pp.viii,152. 27 illustrations. Chapters include "Extinctions, Introductions and Colonisations of Scottish Mammals and Birds since the last Ice Age", "The History of the Beaver in Scotland and its future Re-introduction", "On the Extinct Plants of Scotland" etc.
Published : Scottish Cultural Press, Edinburgh 1998, First Edition
£10.00

Lane Margaret - Life with Ionides

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Some edge foxing. Inscription on front end-paper reads "To Monty with love from Margaret 1963". "Monty" is Sir Compton MacKenzie (from whose library this copy came). "Margaret" I assume to be the author. Pp.ix,180. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. The story of time spent by the author with C. J. P. Ionides the naturalist and authority on poisonous snakes.
Published : Hamish Hamilton, London 1963, First Edition
£25.00

Langmead Clive - A Passion for Plants from the Rainforests of Brazil to Kew Gardens the Life and Vision of Ghillean Prance Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

A fine copy in a fine price-clipped dustwrapper. 201pp + index. Illustrated.
Published : Lion Publishing, Oxford 1995, First Edition
£7.00

Lawrence Richard - An Inquiry Into the Structure and Animal Economy of the Horse; Comprehending the Diseases to Which His Limbs and Feet are Subject, with Proper Directions for Shoeing ---

Hardback. nd. 1812? A new edition revised and corrected. Rather plain half-leather binding with worn, marbled, boards. Lacks all before title page (front end-paper and possibly half-title). Pp.xxiv,224. 12 (of 17) plates present, lacking plates 8,14,15,16 and 17 (with Description of plates 13,15,16,and 17 also lacking). Text complete and quite clean.
Published : Robert Baldwin, London,
£85.00

Lellinger, David B. - Field Manual of the Ferns and Fern-allies of the United States and Canada

Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in black. In a good dustwrapper which shows some edge rubbing and tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. Stamp of previous owners on front end-paper. Pp.ix,389. 406 colour illustrations. Gives "detailed information for both the professional and amateur botanist and horticulturist."
Published : Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D. C. 1985, First Edition
£15.00

Levring Tore, Hoppe Heinz A, Schmid Otto J. - Marine Algae a Survey of Research and Utilization

Hardback. A very good copy in a clear glacine wrapper. Review copy with ownership inscription of reviewer. 421 pages. 16 plates. Many figures in the text.
Published : Cram, De Gruyter & Co, Hamburg 1969, First Edition
£18.00

Levyns Margaret R. - A Botanist's Memoirs: Sixty Years in the Botany Department of the University of Cape Town

A very good copy in card covers. 40 pages. Frontispiece. Errata slip. The author was the first woman President of the Royal Society of South Africa. She is described as "an inspired teacher and a dedicated research worker with a long list of major publications to her credit."
Published : Privately Published By Authority of the Department of Botany, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 1968, First Edition
£8.00

Lewis Frank - A Dictionary of British Bird Painters

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has a small chip/tear at the head of the spine. 47 pages text + 53 plates at end.
Published : F. Lewis, Leigh-On-Sea 1974, First Edition
£15.00

Looker Samuel J. (Editor) - William Henry Hudson a Tribute By Various Writers

Hardback. A good plus copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. There are creases on the surface of the front cover but these do not affect the book internally. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 169 pages. 31illustrations including colour frontispiece. A tribute to the late 19th/early 20th century naturalist.
Published : Aldridge Bros., Worthing 1947, First Edition
£16.00

Low G. Carmichael - The Literature of the Charadriiformes from 1894-1928 with a Classification of the Order and Lists of the Genera, Species and Subspecies

Hardback. A very good, bright, copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which has some edge chipping. No ownership inscription. Some light edge foxing but otherwise clean. Pp.xiii,637. This is a compilation of the chief references to bustards, snipe, plover and wading birds during the thirty-five years covered with many of the references being annotated. This second edition is revised and much enlarged.
Published : H.F.& G.Witherby, London 1931, Second Edition
£20.00

MacGillivray W. - The Travels and Researches of Alexander Von Humboldt with a Narrative of Humboldt's Most Recent Researches Including His Celebrated Journey to the Ural Mountains, and the Caspian Sea Etc.

A good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine. Some wear and tear at spine ends and board tips. Ownership inscription. Remains of prize label on front fixed end-paper. 418 pages. Plates. Map.
Published : T. Nelson & Sons, London 1857,
£35.00

Mackintosh N. A. - The Southern Stocks of Whalebone Whales

4to. A very good, clean, copy in grey card covers. Comprises pages 197-300 of Volume XXII of the "Discovery Reports." 30 tables. 9 figures. The Discovery Reports were funded by the British Colonial Office and were intended to provide the scientific background to stock management of the Antarctic whale fishery.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1942, First Edition Thus
£20.00

MacPherson Rev. H. A. - A Vertebrate Fauna of Lakeland

A very good copy in green cloth. Boards a little discoloured. A fine copy internally. 552pp. 8 full-page illustrations. Folding map at rear. This is a reprint of a book first published in 1892.
Published : Paul P.B. Minet 1972, Reprint
£15.00

MacPherson, Rev.H.A. and Duckworth William - The Birds of Cumberland Critically Studied, Including Some Notes on the Birds of Westmorland

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A little wear to spine ends. Front hinges cracked. Pp.xx,206. Colour frontispiece. Folding map. Errata slip.
Published : Chas. Thurnam & Sons, Carlisle 1886, First Edition
£48.00

Martin Isa H. (editor) - The Field- Club Flora of The Lothians

A very good copy of this pocket sized volume produced by the botanical committee of the Edinburgh Natural History society. 142pp. Map.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh 1927,
£6.00

Martin Isa H. (editor) - The Field-Club Flora of The Lothians

A very good copy of this pocket sized book prepared by the botanical committee of the Edinburgh Natural History Society. 318pp. Illus. Map.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh 1934,
£7.00

Maughan E. W. E. (Editor) - Caithness Bird Report 1991 Including Breeding Bird Atlas 1988-91

Softback. A very good copy. Small ownership stamp. 83 pages. Illustrated.
Published : Scottish Ornithologists' Club Caithness branch 1992, First Edition
£6.00

Maw Percival Trentham - The Practice of Forestry Concerning Also the Financial Aspect of Afforestation

Hardback. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Previous ownership stamps on front end-paper. Pp.xix,503.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1912, Reprint
£12.00

Maxwell Sir Herbert - Scottish Gardens Being a Representative Selection of Different Types Old and New

Illustrated by Mary G. W. Wilson.
Hardback. A very good copy in decorated red cloth which is lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription and just a little fore-edge foxing. Pp.x,252. 32 tissue-guarded colour plates. Describes 33 Scottish gardens.
Published : Edward Arnold, London 1908, First Edition
£28.00

McIntyre Jim - The Story of the Rose

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper slightly worn at top of spine. 160pp. Colour illustrations.
Published : Ward Lock Ltd, London 1970, First Edition
£5.00

McMurtrie, Mary - Scots Roses of Hedgerows and Wild Gardens

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Signed by the author on the title page. 110 pages. Attractive colour illustrations throughout. Pictorial end-papers. Introductory chapter on "The Scots or Burnet Rose."
Published : Garden Art Press, Woodbridge 1998, First Edition
£30.00

McWilliam John Morell - The Birds of the Firth of Clyde Including Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Buteshire, Dumbartonshire and South Argyllshire

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A little darkened on spine. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Some, mainly edge, foxing. 164pp. 14 plates. Map.
Published : H.F.& G.Witherby, London 1936, First Edition
£30.00

Middleton A.D. - The Grey Squirrel

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.viii,107. 8 plates. Deals with "the introduction and spread of the American grey squirrel in the British Isles, its habits, food, and relations with the native fauna of the country."
Published : Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1931, First Edition
£15.00

Moffatt William - Mostly Shetlanders

Hardback. Nd but this is an inscribed presentation copy from the author with the inscription being dated July 1959. A good plus copy in publisher's green cloth with title in gilt on front board and spine. 139 pages. In a just about good dustwrapper which is chipped at the spine ends and with internal repairs. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. The author is a Shetlander and "in this book he recalls his observations, as a youth, of some of the animals which fascinated him."
Published : The Mitre Press, London, First Edition
£35.00

Morris Desmond - Catlore

A very good copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Page ends slightly browned. 114 pages. Illustrations in text.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1987, First Edition
£8.00

Morris M.G. and Perring F.H. (Editors) - The British Oak: Its History and Natural History

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. 376 pages. 8 black and white plates. Numerous figures and tables. This volume is described as "the most comprehensive ever published on the two native British Oaks." It is the Report of the 14th Conference of the Botanical Society of the British Isles.
Published : E. W. Classey Ltd for the Botanical Society of the British Isles 1974, First Edition
£18.00

Morris, Richard - Flora Conspicua ; A Selection of the Most Ornamental Flowering, Hardy, Exotic and Indigenous Trees, Shrubs, and Herbaceous Plants, for Embellishing Flower-gardens and Pleaseure-grounds. Drawn and Engraved from Living Specimens By William Clark

Hardback. 8vo. An attractive copy in a contemporary half morocco binding lettered and attractively decorated in gilt on spine. Marbled end-papers. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Unpaginated. With 59 of 60 beautiful hand-coloured engraved plates (1 double page) by William Clark, each with accompanying text. Index. The plates are clean and, with very minor exceptions, free of foxing. First issued in Parts each plate, with a very few exceptions, contains a date (either 1825 or 1826) and publisher (most often Smith Elder & Co or Longmans & Co) at the foot. This copy is lacking one plate (Plate 37) but the quality of the engravings is some of the best ever achieved in Britain. In "Great Flower Books 1700-1900, Sacheverell Sitwell describes this as "a rare and lovely botanical work." Photographs available on request.
Published : Thomas Griffiths, London 1830,
£1,450.00

Moseley H.N. - Notes By a Naturalist: An Account of Observations Made During the Voyage of H.M.S. "Challenger" Round the World in the Years 1872-1876

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.xviii,540. Illustrated. First published in 1879 this edition is part of the "Live Books Resurrected" series.
Published : T. Werner Laurie, London 1944, Reprint
£35.00

Mrs. Lankester - Wild Flowers Worth Notice

A very good copy in light grey cloth lettered in red and decorated in red and green. Some endpaper browning but otherwise a clean copy internally. Pp.xx,159. 108 coloured figures on 18 plates from drawings by J.E. Sowerby.
Published : Gibbings & Co., London 1903, New Edition
£10.00

Mullens W. H; Swan H. Kirke; and Jourdain Rev. F. C. R. - A Geographical Bibliography of British Ornithology from the Earliest Times to the End of 1918 Arranged Under Counties

Hardbacks. Rebound in two volumes in blue cloth lettered in gilt. In very good condition. Spines faded but lettering clear. Bookplate of the Daltry Library in each volume but no other markings. Vol. I,pp.viii,288. Vol. II,pp.289-558. Described as "being a record of printed books, published articles, notes and records relating to local avifauna."
Published : Witherby & Co, London 1920, First Edition
£45.00

Mullens W.H. and Swann H. Kirke - A Bibliography of British Ornithology from the Earliest Times to the End of 1912 Including Biographical Accounts of the Principal Writers and Bibliographies of Their Published Works

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Small patch of fading to rear board. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xx,691.
Published : Macmillan & Co., London 1917, First Edition
£60.00

Mullens W.H. and Swann H. Kirke - A Bibliography of British Ornithology from the Earliest Times to the End of 1912 Including Biographical Accounts of the Principal Writers and Bibliographies of Their Published Works

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered (rather dully) in gilt. A water stain affects part of the spine and upper board but does not affect the book internally. Small tears to spine ends. Pp.xx,691. The first edition of a most important work.
Published : Macmillan, London 1917, First Edition
£45.00

Munro Ian - The Birds of the Pentland Hills

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xi,208. 8 illustrations. Includes a species list detailing observations.
Published : Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh 1988, First Edition
£6.00

Murray C.W. - Check List of the Plants of the Islands of Skye and Raasay as Known to the End of 1973

Original wrappers. Some tears to the spine but otherwise a good copy. Pp.iv,72 + index. 2 maps.
Published : Published for the Botanical Society of the British Isles By Portree High School 1974, First Edition
£30.00

Murray R. D et al - The Breeding Birds of South-East Scotland: a Tetrad Atlas 1988 - 1994

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in laminated boards. Pp.x,357. 8 colour plates. Maps. Graphs. "An authoritative work showing the status of breeding birds in South-east Scotland, including, for the first time, population estimates, and how the current distributions relate to the present habitat and to past knowledge."
Published : The Scottish ornithologists' Club, Edinburgh 1998, First Edition
£18.00

Murray Ray - The Birds of the Borders

Softback. A very good copy. 127 pages. Illustrations. Maps. A detailed survey of the status and distribution of the birds of the Scottish Border country.
Published : The Scottish Ornithologists' Club 1986, First Edition
£8.00

Nethersole-Thompson Desmond - Pine Crossbills: A Scottish Contribution

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. The spine lettering on the wrapper is a little off centre. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 256 pages. 2 colour plates. 16 black and white plates. Tables, line drawings etc.
Published : T & A D Poyser Ltd, Berkhamsted 1975, First Edition
£25.00

Nethersole-Thompson, Desmond; Watson, Adam - The Cairngorms Their Natural History and Scenery

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 317 pages. Illustrations. Maps. Tables. A classic work on the natural history and human history of what is decribed as "the finest remaining area of wild country in the British Isles." This edition has a new chapter on "The Modern Story" to bring the book up to date.
Published : The Melven Press, Perth 1981, Second (Enlarged) Edition
£10.00

Nicholson E. M. - Birds and Men; the Bird Life of British Towns, Villages, Gardens and Farmland

Hardback. A very good copy. In a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which shows a little surface rubbing at the top of the spine. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xvi,256. Colour and black and white plates. This is New Naturalist no. 17 and the first book on birds in the New Naturalist main series.
Published : Collins, London 1951, First Edition
£10.00

North F.J., Campbell Bruce and Scott Richenda - Snowdonia the National Park of North Wales

A good copy. Some fading to boards and a little foxing to page ends. A volume in The New Naturalist series. 469pp. Many plates and diagrams including 40 colour plates.
Published : Collins, London 1949, First Edition
£10.00

Oddie Bill - Birdwatching with Bill Oddie

A very good copy. Paperback. 199pp. Illustrated. A beginner's guide to bird-watching.
Published : Papermac, London 1989, Reprint
£5.00