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Natural History / Botany

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,

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

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

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

Oddie Bill - Birdwatching with Bill Oddie

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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,

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

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

Pitman, Captain C.R.S. - A Game 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

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

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

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,

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,

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

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

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

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

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

Robinson Tim - William Roxburgh the Founding Father of Indian Botany

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

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,

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

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,

Russell Valerie - Shetland Ponies

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,

Salomonsen Finn - Fugletraekket Og Dets Gader

Hardback. A near very good copy in publisher's pale blue/grey cloth with title in dark blue on spine, which is bumped at the top and foot. No inscriptions. 333 pages.Frontispiece and 87 figures. Very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Text in Danish.
Published : Munksgaard, Copenhagen 1967,

Scarlett Meta Humphrey - A Space of Flowers : a Celebration of Some of the Fabulous Flowers That Grow in Our Highland Glens and Gardens

A very good copy. This is no. 76 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. Unpaginated - approx. 80 pages. Text on each left-hand page with sketch of flowers on each right-hand page. A scarce item by the author of the much better known "In the Glens Where I Was Young."
Published : Privately Published 1994, First Edition

Schlich W. - Schlich's Manual of Forestry Volume II Sylviculture

A good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. A little wear to spine ends. A stain to the fore-edge does not affect the book internally. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.viii,393. 87 illustrations.
Published : Bradbury, Agnew & Co, London 1904,

Schmid Wolfram George - The Genus Hosta

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 428pp. Profusely illustrated including 208 colour photographs, many black and white photographs, maps, charts and drawings. A definitive reference work on the Hosta.
Published : B. T. Batsford Ltd, London 1991, First Edition

Scott Walter and Palmer Richard - The Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Shetland Islands

A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.ix,468. Colour frontispiece and 16 colour plates. 26 maps. Lists 827 species with distribution, habitat and frequency of each. Described as "the most complete account of the higher plants of the Shetland Islands that has yet appeared."
Published : Shetland Times Ltd., Lerwick 1987, First Edition

Scott Walter S. - White of Selborne and His Times

4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. 166pp. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. Gives a rounded picture of White rather than concentrating on his abilities as a naturalist.
Published : John Westhouse, London 1946, First Edition

Scrase, David - Flower Drawings (Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks)

Hardback. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. Bookplate of David McClintock (one of the foremost plantsmen of his generation and President of the Botanical Society of the British Isles). Pp.vii,134. 64 beautiful colour plates of flowers on each right-hand page with commentary on the artist and painting on the left-hand page. The illustrations are taken from a selection of drawings of flowers held in the Fitzwilliam Museum. The book is arranged chronogically from the 15th century to the present day.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1997, First Edition

Seago M.J. - Birds of Norfolk

A very good copy in a good, complete dustwrapper with one small tear and a little edge wear. Gift inscription. 148pp. Colour illustrations.
Published : Jarrold & Sons, Norwich 1967, First Edition

Seebohm Henry - The Birds of Siberia; a Record of a Naturalist's Visits To the Valleys of the Petchora and Yenesei

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is a little faded on the spine. Light fore-edge foxing. Pp.xix,512. Illustrations. Folding map. Some, mainly pencilled, comments in the early part of the text. First published in 1901 this is a record of travel as well as ornithology.
Published : Alan Sutton 1976,

Seigne J.W. - A Bird Watcher's Note Book Studies of Woodcock, Snipe and Other Birds

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Splashmark at top of rear board. Some, mainly end-paper foxing. Previous owner's name and address on front fixed end-paper. Pp.viii,[4],226. Coloured frontispiece and 16 black and white plates. Includes three chapters on woodcock and snipe and two chapters on vermin, one from the bird-lover's point of view and one from the shooting man's point of view.
Published : Philip Allan, London 1930, First Edition

Selous Edmund - Realities of Bird Life Being Extracts from the Diaries of a Life-loving Naturalist

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xvi,351.
Published : Constable, London 1927, First Edition

Sharrock, J. T. R. - Scarce Migrant Birds in Britain and Ireland

A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper, which is otherwise complete and untorn. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 191 pages. 12 plates. 14 tables. 129 figures.
Published : T. & A. D. Poyser, Berkhamsted 1974, First Edition

Shaw David - Tragedy of the Salmon: The Scottish Fishery and the 1986 Salmon Act

Hardback. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Just a little bumped to lower board tips. Pp.xiv,341. Illustrations, maps and tables. A study of the decline of the wild Atlantic salmon and what might be done to remedy the situation.
Published : The Hillfield Press 1995, First Edition

Simpson A. Nicol - Sketches in Angus: Being a Series of Papers on the Natural History of Forfarshire

Hardback. A good copy in rather soiled yellow cloth with paper title label on spine. Some browning to end-papers but otherwise quite clean and with no ownership inscription. 248 pages.
Published : Printed at The Arbroath Herald Office, Arbroath 1894, First Edition

Sinclair George - Hortus Gramineus Woburnensis: Or, an Account of the Results of Experiments on the Produce and Nutritive Qualities of Different Grasses and Other Plants Used as the Food of the More Valuable Domestic Animals: Instituted By John, Duke of Bedford

Hardback. A good copy in a leather binding. Rebacked. Presentational label/bookplate by members of the Botanical Society and Exchange Club of the British Isles on front fixed end-paper. Small gilt stamp of Oxford University library on spine and one cancelled library stamp at page v. Otherwise very good internally. Pp.xx,438 + 6pp adverts. Numerous uncoloured illustrations.
Published : James Ridgway, London 1825,

Sinclair Ian and Hockey Phil - The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa

A very good copy of this substantial softcover book. 448pp. Profusely illustrated in colour by Peter Hayman and Norman Arlott. The most comprehensive guide to the region's birds.
Published : Struik Publishers, Cape Town 1997,

Sitwell, Sacheverell; Sitwell, Reresby; Sitwell, George; Sitwell Osbert - Hortus Sitwellianus

Illustrated by Meriel Edmunds.
Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. Ownership inscription and blind-stamp on front end-paper. 128 pages. 8 line illustrations. Contains Sir George Sitwell's "On The Making of Gardens", first published in 1909, together with a foreword, introduction to the 1947 edition and an account of the gardens at Renishaw today.
Published : Michael Russell, Salisbury 1984, First Edition

Smiles Samuel - The Life of a Scotch Naturalist Thomas Edward Associate of the Linnean Society

A good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Gift inscription. Pp.xxxv,392. Illustrated.
Published : John Murray, London 1905,