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MICHAUX, Francois Andre, & Thomas Nuttall. The North American Sylva;
Philadelphia : 1849 (Nuttall volumes), 1850 (Michaux vol. I and II), & 1851 (vol. III)First Smith edition of Michaux volumes (first published in French in 1810-13 and in English in 1817-19), early editions of Nuttall's continuation (first published from 1841 to 1849, here each volume dated 1849); together the most important work on the trees of North America prior to the 20th century.
"Of the two works united, it is no exaggeration... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 148552
MAUND, Benjamin. The Botanic Garden:
London : 1825-35An appealing run of one of the best known botanical periodicals of the 19th-century, comprising the first decade of the periodical's existence in its first five volumes; the entire series was eventually extended to 13 volumes and published up until 1851. Benjamin Maund (c.1790-1864) "sought to share his lifelong passion for flowers by producing an interesting... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147430
AUDUBON, John James. The Birds of America,
New York & Philadelphia : 1839-40-44First octavo edition of Audubon's "Great National Work", the first complete edition and the first American edition; the original double-elephant folio was published in Edinburgh and London between 1827 and 1838. From the estate of the family of Edward Cruft (17761866), an original subscriber to this edition. Cruft was a prominent Boston merchant and... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 146756
DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Henry Colburn.
[late October 1837]An unrecorded early letter from Charles Darwin to his publisher Henry Colburn, regarding the proofing of his upcoming first book, the Journal of Researches (now known as Voyage of the Beagle), the seminal account of probably the most important voyage in the history of science.
Darwin completed the first draft of the book in June 1837, and in... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 142676
JACKSON, Mary Ann. The Pictorial Flora;
London : 1840First edition of this remarkable collection of botanical drawings, gathered over five annual journeys across England and Wales, and comprising a catalogue of over 1,500 plant species. Jackson intended the present work "to serve as a handy and affordable alternative to more expensive and elaborate botanical plate books then available" (Carter). This... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140873
GEOGRAPHY. A Compendious Geographical Dictionary; [together with] A Compendious Geographical and Historical Grammar.
London : 1802 & 1804An attractively bound set of geographical and historical reference works containing many coloured and engraved maps on folding plates.
The Dictionary opens with a chapter on the Newtonian solar system, followed by references and illustrations for modern and ancient places throughout the globe. It was first published in 1793, this being the third... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145848
BUXTON, Richard. A botanical guide to the flowering plants, ferns, mosses and algae, found indigenous within sixteen miles of Manchester;
London : 1849First edition, attractively bound for presentation to Prince Albert, inscribed on the first blank, "To His Royal Highness Prince Albert with the Authors dutiful regards". It is annotated in a second hand below: "not sent to H.R.H but presented by Mr. Binney to the Rev. Henry M. Birch, Rector of Prestwich, of which place the author was a native. March... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145812
DARWIN, Charles. The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species.
London : 1877First edition, published in a single issue of 1,250 copies in July 1877, with adverts dated either January or March 1877 without priority. Freeman notes that "had Darwin not chosen such genetically complex examples, he might have approached more nearly to an understanding of the laws of particulate inheritance". Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 142072
MAUPERTIUS, Pierre Louis Moreau de. Venus physique.
[The Hague?] : 1745Rare first edition of "Maupertuis's remarkable work on embryology and genetics... His arguments against the then-prevailing theory of pre-formation and for epigenesis were so close to the idea of evolution that he is a true forerunner of Darwin and Mendel" (Heirs of Hippocrates). Maupertius likely published the work anonymously to avoid repercussions... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143522
DARWIN, Charles. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.
London : 1871First edition, first issue of both volumes; a very nice, clean copy in the original cloth. Here the word "evolution" appears for the first time in any of Darwin's works, on page 2 of the first volume, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species the following year.
Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 144126
DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London : 1866Fourth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fourth edition of 1866 was of 1,500 copies. It was again extensively altered, and it is in this one that the date of the first edition, as given on the verso of the half title, is corrected from October 1st to November 24th 1859" (ibid.) The 32 pp. of adverts bound at... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 121494
DARWIN, Charles. The Descent of Man, and selection in relation to sex.
New York : 1871First US edition, later issue without errata. First published in the UK earlier that year, it was in this work that the word "evolution" appears for the first time, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species the following year. Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle the thorny question of human evolution,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 117907
DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London : 1859First edition of "the most influential scientific work of the 19th century" (Horblit) and "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), in which Darwin explained his concept of evolutionary adaptation through natural selection, which would become the foundation of modern evolutionary theory; 1,250 copies were printed.
"The... Learn More£275,000.00
Stock Code: 146564
BROWN, Robert. A Brief Account of Microscopical Observations.
London : 1828 & 1829First editions, the Brief Account being preceded only by the scarce privately printed edition of the same year, of Brown's "pioneering work on pollination and fertilization, which caused sufficient stir so as to be mentioned in George Eliot's Middlemarch" (ODNB).
"In 1927 Brown, while making microscopical observations, saw that pollen grains...... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 146594
DARWIN, Charles. Envelope addressed to William Ogle, with the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and his signature ("C. Darwin") at lower left.
[Down, Beckenham] : 5 May 1873The envelope is addressed to Darwin's fellow botanist and regular correspondent William Ogle (18271912) in London, the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and signed by him "C. Darwin" at bottom left, the addresses completed by other hands. The first address is 7 York Street, Baker Street, W, and the letter was redirected on the same day a short distance... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 146643
DARWIN, Charles. Letter signed by Darwin ("Ch. Darwin"), the text in the hand of his wife Emma, to William Ogle.
Down, Beckenham : [shortly after 27 November 1878]Darwin writes to thank his colleague and regular correspondent William Ogle (18271912) for his English translation of Anton Kerner's Die Schutzmittel der Bluthen gegen unberufene Gaste (The protective measures of flowers against uninvited guests, 1876), which appeared as Flowers and Their Unbidden Guests (Ogle trans. 1878). The book arrived at Down... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 146638
FORSTER, Johann Reinhold. Descriptiones animalium, quae in itinere ad maris Australis terras per annos 1772, 1773 et 1774
Berlin : 1844First edition of Forster's study of the Australasian fauna encountered on Cook's second voyage, listing 305 animal species; "the most important zoological work with full results" (Rookmaaker, p. 48). This a particularly desirable tall copy in the original boards, largely unopened. LibraryHub cites copies at just 4 British libraries (BL, ZLS, Cambridge,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140525
CASAUX, Charles de. "Account of a new Method of cultivating the Sugar Cane."
London : 1779First edition in English of this important advance in the cultivation of sugar cane on the island of Grenada, with the original French printed beneath. Published in volume 69 of the Philosophical Transactions, Casaux's contribution includes a striking large folding plate illustration of sugar cane.
Other papers in the volume include two mathematical... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142744
CARSON, Rachel. The Sea Around Us.
New York : 1951Book Club edition, inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Doris Thompson - who sells the right kind of books! Rachel L. Carson". Doris Thompson (1903-1970) was a literary agent and co-owner of a bookstore in Washington, DC, and was well connected within the city's diplomatic community and social sets. The Sea Around Us remained on the New York... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 130384
WHITE, Gilbert. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
London : 1900Large paper edition, number 86 of 160 copies signed by the editor and artists, lavishly bound and illustrated.
First published in 1789, White's Selborne is one of the great English books of the 18th century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The work is arranged into three... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139565
BEWICK, Thomas. A History of British Birds.
Newcastle : 1809Third edition; originally published as two separate works in 1797 and 1804. Roscoe notes that the paper used for this edition, although "very thin and rather poor", was "from the point of view of an artist anxious to show his work to the best advantage, more satisfactory than most of the papers previously used - it took an excellent impression from... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132533
ZOOLOGY. La Ménagerie Royale,
Paris : 1814First edition published under this title, second overall. This work was first published in 1812, under Napoleon's reign as emperor, as "La Ménagerie Impériale." Napoleon abdicated in 1814, to be succeeded by King Louis XVIII, and so the menagerie was reclassified as "royale," prompting Saintin to reissue the book from the same sheets with a suitably... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134214
DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Sir Henry Holland.
Down, Bromley, Kent : An unpublished fully autograph letter signed from Darwin to Sir Henry Holland, thanking him for congratulations on his receipt of the Copley medal, discussing Herbert Spencer's new work and his own health and commenting on Holland's travel and adventures ("How wonderful your strength & vigour of interest are: I had heard of your Gibraltar expedition").
Sir... Learn More£14,000.00
Stock Code: 142404
DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141677
DARWIN, Charles. Journal of Researches
London : 1839First separate edition, printed from the same sheets as Volume III of Fitzroy's Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, but with prelims i-iv cancelled and v-vi discarded. "His first published book is undoubtedly the most often read and stands second only to On the Origin of Species as the most often printed.... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 130580
DARWIN, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
London : 1875Sixth edition, fifth issue, marked as the "fifteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller type... giving the general... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 120369
DARWIN, Charles. Insectivorous Plants.
London : 1875First edition, from the first impression of 1,000 copies. "These meticulous studies form a minor contribution to the evolutionary series by the study of the adaptations of such plants to impoverished conditions... The book was published on 2 July 1875, in a standard binding without inserted advertisements. It is stated that 3,000 were printed, of which... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 120375
DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London : 1869Fifth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fifth edition of 1869 was of 2,000 copies and was again much revised. It is in this one that Darwin used the expression "the survival of the fittest", Herbert Spencer's term, for the first time; it appears first in the heading of Chapter IV" (Freeman). This copy with... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 120387
DARWIN, Charles. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
London : 1868First edition, second issue (with the one-line erratum in volume I); 1,250 copies were published in February 1868 and the two issues have "considerable textual differences" (Freeman). "The term 'survival of the fittest' (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) first appeared in the Variation and in the fifth... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 113772
SANCHEZ-ARIÑO, Tony. On the Trail of the African Elephant.
London : 1988Signed limited edition, one of 1,250 copies signed by the author on the title page. A comprehensive survey of elephants and the colourful characters who, throughout the years, have hunted them. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 129468
HAMILTON, Edward. The Wild Cat of Europe. (Felis Catus.)
London : 1896First edition of this detailed and well-illustrated study of the European wild cat, written soon after the potential extinction of the animal had first been recognised. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143739
ILDREWE, Miss (ed.) The Language of Flowers.
Boston : 1865First edition of this significant American botanical compendium, complete with the 12 colour plates and in the bright, decorative original cloth. Miss Ildrewe champions the significance of her native flora, an effort which was applauded by contemporary reviewers: "this pretty gift-book is the first really American contribution to the language of flowers"... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143182
HEIM, Roger. Destruction et protection de la nature.
Paris : 1952First edition, first impression, presentation copy, doubly inscribed on the half-title by the author and illustrator to natural historian Robert Lami, surrounded by two highly finished hand-coloured ink sketches by Bory depicting young explorers climbing trees and making studies of fish on the ocean floor.
Heim, a mycologist and early proponent... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 141879
HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
[Ipswich : 1733A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis,... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138840
NEWTON, Isaac. Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions, and Colours of Light.
London : 1704First edition, first issue, without Newton's name on the title. Newton's Opticks expounds his corpuscular or emission theory of light, and first contains his important optical discoveries in collected form. It also prints two important mathematical treatises (omitted in later editions) describing his invention of the fluxional calculus, which are the... Learn More£85,000.00
Stock Code: 137818
DU CHAILLU, Paul - VAUCAIRE, Michel. Paul du Chaillu: Gorilla Hunter.
New York : 1930First edition of this racy biography of the famed African explorer and naturalist, widely recognised as the discoverer of the great gorilla, and as a possible inspiration for Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan, but his reputation more recently the subject of some controversy. A wonderful example of 1930s American book production, retaining the striking... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 142108
NAPIER, James. A Manual of Dyeing Receipts for General Use.
London & Glasgow : 1855First edition. Highly interesting practical work with 56 small fabric samples mounted in the text, which immediately predates the massive expansion of the German synthetic dye industry. This is an excellent copy of this attractive book, which is moderately uncommon institutionally, with just a dozen copies on Library Hub, and rarely encountered on the... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 139284
HUXLEY, Thomas H. The Works.
New York : 1894Author'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 into five volumes as The... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 115182
EVELYN, John. Sylva,
London : 1664First 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 planting. This led to a serious... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 87758
ARAGO, François. Annuaire pour l'an 1842,
Paris : 1842Second edition, the only procurable one, presentation copy inscribed by Arago on the title page to "James Watt, de la part de son ami F. Arago". The recipient is James Watt (17691848), son of the renowned Scottish inventor of the same name for whom Arago wrote his Historical Eloge, which was read at the Academy of Sciences in 1834.
The French... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141018
JARVIS, C. S. Innocent Pursuits.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, of the author's wide-ranging reminiscences, featuring essays on pets, sport and history in Egypt, ornithology, trout fishing, dogs, reptiles, and trees. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 140696
MARTYN, Thomas. Flora Rustica: exhibiting accurate figures of such plants as are either useful or injurious in husbandry.
London : 1792-1794First edition of Martyn's Flora Rustica, with 144 hand coloured plates by Frederick P. Nodder, Botanic painter to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte. Nodder (fl. 1777-1800) "made illustrations for Erasmus Darwin's Botanic Garden, and a number of delicate little plates for T. Martyn's Flora Rustica - a volume dealing with 'plants useful or injurious to husbandry'... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138556
GALILEI, Galileo; SALUSBURY, Thomas, trans. Mathematical Collections and Translations:
London : 1661First edition in English of Galileo's Dialogo, the major work to be included in volume I, and the first vernacular translation in any language. The Systeme of the World, followed by the short but important Epistle to the Grand Dutchesse Mother concerning the Authority of Holy Scripture in Philosophical Controversies (known today as the Letter to Christina),... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 128763
STAUNTON, George. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...
London : 1798Second, corrected edition of the official account of the first official British Embassy to China, headed by George, Earl Macartney; the first edition was published the previous year. The failed embassy marked a historic missed opportunity in the relationship between China and the Western powers.
Macartney was dispatched to Peking in 1792 by... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 129560
AUSTEN, Ralph. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:
Oxford : 1658First edition. Ralph Austen (c. 1612-1676) is a fascinating figure, a combination of self-taught gardener and religious radical, whose "approach to horticulture was innovative, experimental, and sceptical of the authority of theorists" (ODNB). Here he challenges Sir Francis Bacon over his theory of the descent of sap, opposing the findings of his friend... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129008
MEAD, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa.
New York : 1928First edition, first printing, of Mead's first and pioneering book which launched her career as an internationally recognised anthropologist. Based on Mead's immersive field work in American Samoa in 1925, Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read anthropology books ever published. Its unwavering influence during the following decades is... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 118644
CARSON, Rachel. Silent Spring.
Boston : 1962First edition, first printing, of the book that ignited the environmental movement. Carson, a nature writer and Editor-in-Chief for the Fish & Wildlife service, had long been concerned about the widespread use of DDT and other pesticides, but lack of interest from magazine publishers led her to put aside her idea for an exposé. When the book finally... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139004
THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
London : 1949First and only edition. Well-represented institutionally, and occasionally encountered on the market, but rarely without library paraphernalia, and in such sound condition. Thompson was one of the leading Assyriologists of his era, his skill in the transcription of cuneiform being such that some of "those in Thompson's handscript remain indispensable"... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 140452
BROWNING, Gareth H. The Children's Story-Book of Bees
London : 1933First edition, first impression. Charming book about bees written for children, interlacing facts with stories and myths featuring the insect. Part of the publisher's "Nature & Science Series for Children".
Stock Code: 140134
BATESON, William. Materials for the Study of Variation:
London : 1894First edition. "William Bateson read the newly discovered paper by Mendel and recognized immediately its relevance to the unsolved problem expounded in his Materials for the Study of Variation variation is the cause of the evolution of species; but what causes variation, and how does it happen? Bateson was convinced that species evolve as the result... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139728
BURROUGHS, John. The Writings.
New York : 1904The Autograph edition. Number 62 of 750 copies only, signed by the author and publishers. John Burroughs (1837-1921) was an American naturalist and essay writer active in the early American conservation movement. Immensely popular in his time, Burroughs was described by his biographer, Edward J. Renehan, as a "literary naturalist with a duty to record... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 138373
CALDAS, Francisco José de. Ensayo de una memoria sobre un nuevo método de medir las montañas,
Burdeos : 1819First edition of the posthumously published work in which Caldas describes his principal scientific achievement, the discovery of a method for measuring altitude by the boiling point of pure water. Caldas (1768-1816), a self-taught scientist - and a lawyer and military engineer - from Popayán, New Granada, independently discovered the hypsometric principle... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 139366
PEACHEY, Emma. The Little Flower Maker.
London : 1869First edition. A rare, beautifully produced work designed by 'Mrs Peachey, a first rate artist in her department... favourably known to the public, by a former work on Modelling Wax Flowers to enable her youthful friends, who have often admired specimens of her skill, to become adepts in the charming art of paper flower making'. The techniques of paper... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136827
CUVIER, Georges, & Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon. La Voliere de la Jeunesse,
Paris : 1817First and only edition of this charming juvenile guide to the world's birds, based on the work of Cuvier and Buffon, attractively illustrated with a suite of lively and well-executed, if unsophisticated, plates. Uncommon, with just four sets located in an online search of institutional holdings: no copies traced in the UK, just one in the US. This copy... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136054
AUSTEN, Ralph. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees,
Oxford : 1665Third edition, first published in 1653. The third edition includes the text of Austen's observations on Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, which he had published in 1658. The life of the horticulturist Ralph Austen (1612-1676) was an odd mix of Anabaptist radicalism and gardening. "Austen contributed to three areas which, in the millenarian atmosphere... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129007