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Natural History / Botany

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oddie Bill - Follow That Bird! Around the World with a Passionate Bird-Watcher

A fine copy. Paperback. Pp.viii,172. Illustrated. A collection of "travaller's tales" of the pursuit of birds.
Published : Robson Books, London 2000, Reprint
£5.00

Papp, Jozsef;Rethy, Zsigmond - Magyar Madartani Bibliografia: Bibliographia Ornithologica Hungarica

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has an internal repair and a trace of two small labels which have been removed. Signed on the title page by Zsigmond (the editor). A note on the front end-paper indicates this copy was presented to G. V. T. Matthews and deposited by him in the Wildfowl Trust Library from where it was passed to the Alexander library which sold it. There is one stamp of the Wildfowl Trust library. 657 pages. Text in Hungarian.
Published : Bekes megyei Tanacs VB Kornyezet- es Termeszetvedelmi Bizottsaga 1980, First Edition
£25.00

Paterson Andrew - Birds of the Bahamas

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A nice clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.viii,[2],180. 98 figures. Map. Lists 280 species with 100 described and illustrated.
Published : Durrell Publications 1972, First Edition
£10.00

Paterson Rev. N. - The Manse Garden

Illustrated by Margaret Waterfield.
Nd. c.1926? A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which is virtually complete but with some internal repairs. 181 pages. Four attractive, tipped-in colour plates by Margaret Waterfield.
Published : Foulis, London, First Edition
£12.00

Paton, E. Richmond and Pike, Oliver G - The Birds of Ayrshire

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt.The book has been tied tightly with string at some point leaving crease marks on the spine and the rear board. Neat ownership inscription on front end-paper. Some edge foxing but largely clean internally. Pp.xxi,228. Folding map. Coloured frontispiece and 24 black and white plates. Smaller line drawings.
Published : H. F. & G. Witherby, London 1929, First Edition
£28.00

Perring F.H. And Walters S.M. (editors) - Atlas of the British Flora

Large 4to. A very good copy in a good (and now protected) dustwrapper with a sizeable chip at the foot of the upper cover and some tears. 432pp. More than 400pp of maps with four maps to a page showing the distribution of about 1700 species. A standard work of reference.
Published : Published for the Botanical Society of the British Isles By Thomas Nelson and Sons, London 1962, First Edition
£25.00

Perry Frances - Water Gardening

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and practically free of foxing. Pp. xviii, 338. Numerous illustrations. This is (or was?) the standard work on the subject.
Published : Country Life, London 1947, Revised Edition
£9.00

Perry Richard - At the Turn of the Tide

A very good copy in a good complete dustwrapper which a previous owner has protected with a clear adhesive sleeve. A clean attractive copy internally with no ownership inscription or foxing. 204pp. 4 colour plates. 11 monochrome illustrations. A book about the birds of marsh and sea.
Published : Lindsay Drummond, London 1943, Second Edition
£9.00

Perry Richard - Wildlife in Britain and Ireland

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 253pp. Illustrated.
Published : Croom Helm, London 1978, First Edition
£6.00

Pitches, Adrian; Cleeves, Tim - Birds New to Britain : 1980-2004

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 344 pages. 24 pages of plates. Many line drawings.
Published : T & A D Poyser, London 2005, First Edition
£24.00

Pitman, Captain C.R.S. - A Geame Warden Takes Stock

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Gift inscription on front free end-paper. A little edge foxing but a largely clean copy internally. Pp.xvii,287. Frontispiece and 38 illustrations. Studies and tales by a Ugandan game warden of the gorilla, hippopotamus, lion etc. Not an easy book to find in first edition in such a decent dustwrapper as this.
Published : James Nisbet & Co, London 1942, First Edition
£38.00

Plummer, D. Brian - In Pursuit of Coney

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and with no tears. A nice copy internally with no ownership inscription or foxing. Smallish red mark (approx. 1cm x 1cm) on top edge of pages. 186 pages. Black and white illustrations. A study of rabbits and methods of controlling rabbits.
Published : The Boydell Press, Woodbridge 1991, First Edition
£13.00

Pratt Anne - The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges and Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies the Club Mosses, Pepperworts and Horsetails

Hardback. A good to very good, attractive looking, four volume set in the original green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Top edges gilt. Ownership inscription in each volume. A little foxing but overall a clean set. Approx. 900 pages in total. 319 attractive colour plates which are complete although a very few are loose and a few are misplaced . A few pages are loose in volume 2.
Published : Frederick Warne, London 1889, First Edition
£180.00

Preuschoft Holger; Chivers David J; Brockelman Warren Y; Creel Norman (Editors) - The Lesser Apes: Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has one small edge tear. Previous owner's smallish inscription on front free end-paper. Pp.xiii,709. Numerous figures (including illustrations and maps) and tables. The book "represents the current state of knowledge about the genus Hylobates, dealing as it does with all recently discussed aspects of gibbon biology."
Published : Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 1984, First Edition
£52.00

Ratcliffe Derek (Editor) - A Nature Conservation Review: The Selection of Biological Sites of National Importance to Nature Conservatio in Britain Two Volumes

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in very good dustwrappers which are now protected in clear, removable, covers. Label of a Government library in each volume but no other markings. Vol. I, pp.xvi,388. Vol. 2,pp.viii,320. Plates, maps and tables in volume one. Identifies and describes 735 sites which should be conserved to protect Britain's rich heritage of flora and fauna.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1977, First Edition
£120.00

Ray, John; Linnaeus Carl - Synopsis Methodica Stirpum Britannicarum Editio Tertia 1724; Flora Anglica 1754 & 1759

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus complete and untorn dustwrapper which has traces of two price labels on the front panel. Facsimile reprints of two classic works with an Introduction by William T. Stearn.
Published : The Ray Society, London 1973,
£11.00

Rayner George W. - Whale Marking II Distribution of Blue, Fin and Humpback Whales Marked from 1932 to 1938

Folio. A near very good copy in grey card covers. Comprises pages 31-38 and plates V-XXII of volume XXV of Discovery Reports. These 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 1948, First Edition Thus
£18.00

Regan C. Tate - The Freshwater Fishes of the British Isles

Hardback. A good copy in the original boards. Boards a bit marked with a substantial but superficial damp stain on the rear board. Old ownership stamp on front end-paper. Pp.xxv,287 + 31 page publisher's catalogue. 37 plates. 27 illustrations in the text.
Published : Methuen, London 1911, First Edition
£15.00

Richards John - Primula

Illustrated by Brigid Edwards.
Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, cover. 299 pages. 116 coloured paintings on 19 plates. 51 colour photographs. 10 black and white photographs. 17 line drawings. This definitive reference work is the first full account of all the species of primula written as a single book. "It is a major taxonomic revision of the whole genus, with an emphasis on species."
Published : B.T. Batsford, London 1993, First Edition
£20.00

Rickman Philip - A Bird-Painter's Sketch Book

4to. A very good copy. Some light fore-edge foxing. 150pp. Illustrated by the author with 11 fine colour plates and 23 black and white plates.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1931, First Edition
£38.00

Robertson Forbes W. And Mckelvie Alastair - Scottish Rock Gardening in the 20th Century

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xi,272. Frontispiece and 243 illustrations nearly all in colour. "Covers all aspects of the development of rock gardening in Scotland".
Published : The Scottish Rock Garden Club 2000, First Edition
£12.00

Robinson Phil - Birds of the Wave and Woodland

4to. A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Some fading to upper board which also has a wrinkle in the cloth. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription and very little foxing. 224pp + adverts. Many illustrations by Charles Whymper and others.
Published : Isbister and Company, London 1894, First Edition
£18.00

Robinson Tim - William Roxburgh the Founding Father of Indian Botany

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is price-clipped but otherwise complete and untorn. Card of previous owner (a University Professor) pasted to front end-paper. Pp.xviii,286. Frontispiece and 129 figures, mostly in colour. 26 tables + 7 further tables in Appendices. The first full biography of the founding father of Indian botany.
Published : Phillimore in Association with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 2008, First Edition
£35.00

Roland, Arthur (Edited By Wil;liam H. Ablett - Tree-Planting for Ornamentation or Profit, Suitable to Every Soil and Situation

Hardback. A good plus copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated in gilt on upper board. Previous owner's signature on upper board and front end-paper. Pp.viii,157. A fair amount of pencilled side-lining to text.
Published : Chapman and Hall, London 1892, New Edition
£20.00

Rountree F. R. G. - Birds of Sark As at 31 December 1972

A very good copy in green card covers illustrated on upper cover. Minor tears at foot of spine. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.v,82. Folding map of the island. Bibliography. Index.
Published : Sark Ornithological Committee 1974, First Edition
£20.00

Rousseau Jean-Jacques - Botany a Study of Pure Curiosity Botanical Letters and Notes Towards a Dictionary of Botanical Terms

Illustrated by P.J. Redoute.
A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 154pp. Colour illustrations by Redoute. This is a translation of letters written by Rousseau to his friends concerning botany which he studied during the last years of his life.
Published : Michael Joseph, London 1979, First Edition Thus
£6.00

Russell Valerie - Shetland Ponies

Hardback. A very good copy in laminated boards. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 224 pages. Many black and white illustrations. Map.
Published : Whittet Books Ltd, Stowmarket, Suffolk 1998, Reprint
£12.00