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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to natural history, especially botany, biology, and other studies of organisms including plants or animals in their environment.

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    First edition, first printing, of Carl Sagan's first book, concerning the topic that consumed him throughout his life. This wonderful association copy comes from the library, with ownership stamp to the front free endpaper, of Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983). Newell was a mathematics professor and author who became a... Learn More
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  2. 122425detail
    The first authorized collected edition of his works. Rare in the original morocco binding. Learn More
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  3. Expression of Emotions 1
    First edition, second issue with the misprint "htat" on the first line of p. 208, and the plates numbered in arabic rather than roman ("it seems probable that the arabic set was the earlier", Freeman). Expression of the Emotions completed Darwin's great cycle of evolutionary writings, "written, in part at least, as a confutation... Learn More
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  4. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed verso of the front free endpaper, "P. Brown Esqre, M.D. with the kind regards of the Author", with Brown's ownership inscription to the title page. The son of a Newcastle seedsman, Belt (18321878) was educated at a private school conducted by by John Storey, a secretary of Tyneside... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114155

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  5. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes
    First edition. One of Wallace's later works was this edition of the botanical papers and diaries of his friend and co-Amazonian explorer Richard Spruce, who had died in 1894. "This work best reflects [Spruce's] gift for analysis, description, and narrative, along with his dry humour" (ODNB). Spruce had been sent to South... Learn More
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  6. The Horses of the Sahara, and the Manners of the Desert.
    First edition in English of this scarce classic work on Arab equitation, first published Paris, 1851; it is particularly uncommon in the original cloth. Eugène Daumas (1803-1871) served for some 15 years in Algeria, he was made head of the North Africa, Bureaux Arabes; became a personal friend of Abd-el-Kader, the emir... Learn More
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  7. 116530comp
    First edition in book form, signed limited issue. Number 197 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the author on the colophon, and handbound by Earle Grey for the publisher. This is the fifth book in the Yes! Capra Chapbook Series, edited by Robert Durand and Noel Young. Durrell's essay first appeared in the Paris Edition... Learn More
    £225

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  8. The Works.
    Author's edition, one of 1,000 numbered sets collecting works by the British biologist and science educationist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895). "Huxley published over 400 essays, papers, letters, reviews, and books. Many of his papers on invertebrate anatomy and vertebrate palaeontology were amassed by Foster and Lankester... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 115182

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  9. Smithsonian Scientific Series.
    Signed limited edition, one of 875 sets signed by C. G. Abbot and especially prepared for the patrons of the Smithsonian. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 115175

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    First edition, with all four half titles present, and the 15 engraved plates by Laurillard. This is the seminal work of natural history by the recognised father of comparative anatomy, applying the Linnaean system of classification to the whole animal kingdom, and establishing the four classes, vertebrata, mollusca, articulata... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 115758

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  11. .
    First and limited edition, number 386 of 1,250 copies signed by Scott. A particularly attractive copy of the sumptuously produced limited edition. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 115704

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  12. i1
    First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) "was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital... [and] was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital". The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as "much-overlooked... Learn More
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  13. The Origins of Prebiological Systems
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the editor to NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr on the front free endpaper, "22 February 1965, To Dr. Homer Newell with compliments, Sidney W. Fox". A fine association for this collection of studies on the origin of life, conducted partly under the auspices... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114398

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  14. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.
    First edition. Forsyth (1737-1804), for whom the forsythia was named, was superintendent of the royal gardens at St. James and Kensington. The Observations on the Diseases, Defects, and Injuries of Fruit and Forest Trees had been separately published in 1791. The "particular method of cure" was a "plaister", or paste, whose... Learn More
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  15. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
    Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 113696

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  16. Non-Verbal Communication.
    First edition, first impression. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip laid in. This report on non-verbal communication in humans and animals sets out the findings of a Royal Society study group. It is accompanied by essays "written from the point of view of a linguist, zoologists, psychologists, anthropologists... Learn More
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  17. Notes of a Naturalist in South America.
    First edition, presentation copy to the author's college, Christ's College, Cambridge, with the presentation bookplate to the front pastedown. The Dublin-born John Ball (1818-1889) was a politician, naturalist, and Alpine traveller. After leaving Cambridge he travelled in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe, contributing... Learn More
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  18. Nature versus Natural Selection: an essay on Organic Evolution.
    First edition. Charles Clement Coe (1830-1921) was educated at Manchester College, Oxford, and was appointed minister of the Unitarian Great Meeting chapel in Bond Street, Leicester. In this work, he defends evolution but rejects natural selection. The Scottish biologist J. Arthur Thomson gave the book a positive review,... Learn More
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  19. Nicoll's Birds of Egypt.
    First edition, first impression. Michael Nicoll was assistant director of the Zoological Gardens at Giza from 1906 until his retirement in 1924. When posted to Cairo as chief intelligence officer to the Egyptian expeditionary force, Meinertzhagen sought Nicoll out and the pair became friends. Nicoll died in 1925 and Meinertzhagen,... Learn More
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  20. A Victorian novelty card with a lace paperwork border.
    A charming piece of Victorian ephemera, a card with an illustration of a reader with his nose stuck in a work of natural history. When the book is folded back, he is revealed with a huge grin and luxuriant beard. Learn More
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  21. A Voyage into the Levant:
    First edition in English, translated by John Ozell, a year after the original text in French was published at Paris. Tournefort (1656-1708) was royal botanist to Louis XIV. The book arose from the suggestion made in 1699 to Louis XIV by the Count de Pontchartrain, Secretary of State and in charge of the French Academy, that... Learn More
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  22. Chinese Natural History Drawings
    First and limited edition, number 313 of 400 copies. A handsomely produced facsimile edition of a selection from the important and stunning collection of natural history paintings collected by John Reeves (1774-1856), a collector and artist who was based in Canton as the East India Company's chief inspector of tea. "Reeves... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 110924

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  23. The Natural History of Barbados.
    First edition of this important and attractive early work on the natural history of Barbados, by the Welsh-born clergyman and naturalist Griffith Hughes (1707-1758?). "In Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island's natural history. In 1743 he visited London with the intention of promoting this... Learn More
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    First editions, first impressions. Learn More

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  25. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.
    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to sculptor John Graham Lough: "To John Graham Esq. and his amiable wife, this volume conveys the sincere regards, of the Author and his wife" (half-title). Archibald Billing (17911881) was a physician by trade and an amateur artist and collector of engraved gems and... Learn More
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  26. A Treatise on the One-Humped Camel
    First edition, first impression, scarce: Copac locates just nine copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool, Trinity College Dublin, Edinburgh, Scotland, NHM, Wellcome), OCLC adds around 14 copies worldwide. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front pastedown: "To... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 107289

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  27. Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie … New Illustrations of Zoology,
    First edition. This is a very well coloured copy of a book which often suffers from indifferent colouring. Peter Brown (fl. 1758-1799), thought to be Danish, was court painter to the Prince of Wales. It is not certain if he studied as a pupil of Georg Ehret (1708-1770), the famous botanical artist from Germany, but he was... Learn More
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  28. i1
    First edition of this highly attractive botanical directory, originally published periodically. Wilfrid Blunt describes Edwin Dalton Smith as a "considerable artist of small-scale work" (The Art of Botanical Illustration, 1950, p. 212). He was employed at the Royal Gardens at Kew for many years and contributed illustrations... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 111188

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  29. The Historie of the World.
    First edition in English, first issue, with the Islip imprint. Of this translation, Lowndes says "A work of immense labour, and what few men of his time could have executed in a superior manner to Dr Holland." "This encyclopaedia of ancient knowledge about the natural world had already had a great indirect influence in England,... Learn More
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  30. Cassell's Natural History.
    First collected edition, richly illustrated. "Duncan's industry was unflagging. He undertook a great amount of work, of both a popular and a scientific character. He was editor of Cassell's Natural History (1876-82), to which he contributed several important articles … He also assisted in preparing the third edition of... Learn More
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  31. The Nile and its Banks.
    First edition of this attractive account intended "to speak of the daily life of the traveller in Egypt … [and] to call attention to the magnificent field for observation of birds, and collecting specimens which the Nile and its banks offer" (p. xv). Smith (1822-1898) was an English clergyman and ornithologist who was... Learn More
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  32. Einführung in die Wissenschaft vom Leben oder Ascaris.
    First edition, later printing ("4 bis 8 Tausend" on title page). Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Julian Huxley from the Author Nov 1927", in pencil in Huxley's hand (and another note, perhaps in his hand, on p. 330). A remarkable association copy, linking two key figures of evolutionary theory and developmental biology:... Learn More
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  33. .
    First edition, first printing of Neumann's last work on the theory of automata. Published posthumously, the contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, Neumann's colleague on the ENIAC project. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial... Learn More
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  34. Marine Atlas.
    First edition. An exhaustive scientific survey of the marine and coastal habitats found along the Saudi Arabian portion of the Gulf, an area covering some 1200 miles of diverse coastline (including islands) from Ra's al-Khafji on the Kuwaiti border in the north to Ra's Abu Qamis on the border with the UAE in the south; also... Learn More
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  35. Peruvian Bark.
    First edition, uncommon. "In his second post, from 1854, at what was to become the India Office, [Markham] was commissioned to carry from Peru to India seeds of the cinchona tree, the source of quinine and then found only in Peru; to establish the tree in India and Ceylon; and to make quinine readily available there. The... Learn More
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  36. Wanderings in South America,
    First edition edited by the natural historian and microscopist J. G. Wood. Charles Waterton (1782-1865) was a pioneering conservationist and his magnum opus was first published in quarto in 1825. Learn More

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  37. The Kingdom of the Pearl.
    English signed limited edition (first published with Dulac illustrations in French as Au Royaume de la Perle, 1920), number 15 of 100 copies signed by the artist, out of a total edition of 775 copies for sale in the British Empire (an additional 775 copies were published for the USA by Brentano's, New York, 1925). Rosenthal... Learn More
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  38. The Primitive Origination of Mankind, considered and examined According to The Light of Nature.
    First edition. The great jurist "argues for the creation of the human race by an intelligent agent; its arguments touch on numerous topics, including the impossibility of an infinite succession, the character of time and space, the demographic tendencies of modern England and of ancient Israel, and the unlikelihood of spontaneous... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 100334

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  39. The Camel. His Organization, Habits and Uses,
    First edition. George Perkins Marsh (180182) was an American lawyer, philologist and diplomat, whose book Man and Nature (1864) is recognised as an early work of conservationism or ecology, and was key in the establishment of the Adirondack Park. From 1849 to 1852 he was United States minister resident to the Ottoman Empire,... Learn More

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  40. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees;
    First Albany edition, the second American edition, following that of Philadelphia (1802); this Albany printing adds an 8-page letter addressed to the publishers by a Peter W. Yates in which he discusses his own practical experiences in cultivating fruit trees. "Cobbett added an introduction and notes, intended for the American... Learn More
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  41. The Natural History of Selborne …
    First published in 1789, continuously in print thereafter, and much loved generation after generation; "White's Natural History of Selborne is open to everyone, for everyone has observed much of what it describes. Writer and reader each share the inheritance of the natural world, and delight in what is given, so that Selborne... Learn More
    £450

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  42. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:
    First edition of a popular and comprehensive educational handbook, further editions followed in 1802 and 1806. It includes a section on double-entry bookkeeping, and chapters on English grammar and elocution, penmanship, arithmetic, stock-holding and merchants' accounts, mensuration and architecture, optics, algebra, annuities,... Learn More
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  43. A Collection of English Words Not Generally used,
    First edition. John Ray (16271705) was the supreme European naturalist before Linnaeus, and he was also a lexicographer. His travels around Britain with his friend Francis Willughby were primarily to seek out botanical specimens, but they also generated evidence about antiquities, customs, and language, which Ray shared... Learn More
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  44. Five offprints on birds collected during the Whitney South Sea Expedition.
    Offprints of five ornithological papers by Ernst Mayr (1904-2005) that appeared in the American Museum Novitates. Notes on New Guinea Birds IV is inscribed on the front wrapper by Mayr to Hubert Lynes (1874-1942), admiral and noted ornithologist: "To Admiral Lynes with Kindest regards, E. Mayr." In 1929, Mayr, who was already... Learn More
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  45. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
    First edition. "Ainsworth was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1835 he was appointed surgeon and geologist to the Euphrates expedition. This account of the geological work [of the expedition] is dedicated to Francis Chesney head of the expedition. Ainsworth produced this work very quickly,... Learn More
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  46. Why Birds Sing.
    First edition in English, third impression (the first so-called "cheap" edition). First published in Paris in 1928 under the title Pourquoi les oiseaux chantent. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More

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  47. Essai sur le principe de population.
    First French language edition, translated by Pierre Prévost. First published in English in 1798, it was perhaps the most influential work of its era on population, arguing that the growth of a population would always outrun its ability to feed itself. The first edition was so successful that Malthus soon elaborated on it... Learn More
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  48. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
    First edition, first printing. The contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, and present Neumann's final conception of the theory of automata. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial and natural automata, as well as the logical design... Learn More
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  49. The Philosophical Principles of Natural and Revealed Religion.
    First edition of Ramsay's great work, left unpublished at his death in 1743, and given by his wife to Foulis, and seen through the press thanks to the good offices of Hutcheson and, after his death in 1746, John Stevenson. "It reiterated many of the arguments of Ramsay's Cyrus, but made more explicit his attempt to reconcile... Learn More
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  50. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First edition, published five years after Smith's death, edited by Dugald Stewart with his "Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith", originally presented to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in two sessions during 1793. The editor states that the essays were intended as parts of "a connected history of the liberal... Learn More
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  51. 87959
    First Russian language edition of Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population, first published in English in 1798, one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. The translation was made by P. A. Bibikov, a historian, philosopher, and literary critic, who had already translated Smith's... Learn More
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  52. Sylva,

    Sylva,

    London: 1664

    First edition of Evelyn's most celebrated book and famously the first book to be printed by order of the Royal Society, which had been founded four years previously. During the 1640s and 1650s production of glass and iron increased rapidly and the wood used to fire the furnaces and factories was not being replaced by fresh... Learn More
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  53. General Conchology;
    Second edition. Learn More

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  54. The Natural History of Man
    An attractively bound and illustrated fourth edition of an important book, edited and enlarged by Edwin Norris, first published in 1848. Physician and ethnologist James Cowles Prichard was (along with William Lawrence and Charles William Wells) one of the three British scientific precursors to Darwin and evolutionary theory.... Learn More

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  55. 80645
    First edition in English, originally published in Paris in 1887. Quatrefages de Bréau was professor of anthropology and ethnography at the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle from 1855 until his death in 1892. He published extensively on a wide range of subjects, but his work has been characterised as "somewhat deficient in deep... Learn More

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  56. The Natural History of Barbados.
    First edition, large paper copy with contemporary hand-coloured plates. Large paper copies were supplied to about a fifth of the thousand or so subscribers Hughes managed to attract to his lavish project. Each of the plates is dedicated to one of the more illustrious of the subscribers. "The book is one to place beside Catesby's... Learn More

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    Stock Code: 80069

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  57. Flora Italiana.

    Flora Italiana.

    Pisa: 1818–22–24

    First edition. This richly illustrated work by the director of Pisa's Botanical Garden was conceived along the lines of the most important English contributions to botanical literature, in particular, The Botanist's Repository by Henry Andrews and The Botanical Magazine by William Curtis. The book presents a "collection"... Learn More

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  58. Excursions.
    First edition, in the Z cloth, one of a number of cloth variants used for this edition with no precedence. Excursions is a collection of nine essays, including several on natural history. Thoreau became increasingly fascinated with this subject during the last two decades of his life, making detailed observations of the... Learn More

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    Stock Code: 79536

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  59. The Anatomy of an Horse.
    First edition of "the first book in English on equine anatomy" (Garrison-Morton), a handsome folio printed in large paper format. The author (fl. 1660-1683) was serjeant farrier to King Charles II, to whom the book is dedicated. The illustrations appeared first, for the most part, in Carlo Ruini's Anatomia (1598). The appendix... Learn More

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  60. 61023comp
    First US edition, first printing. Originally published in the UK in the same year. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Colin Bloomfield, from Arthur Koestler". Learn More

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    Stock Code: 61023

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