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  1. 130612
    First edition, first impression. Dorothy Fernando (1907-1981) was an active horticulturist born in Panadura, Sri Lanka. She developed her technique in botanical watercolours by illustrating articles on the indigenous orchid flora for her brother-in-law, and avid orchid grower, Ernest Soysa. In the late 1940s she travelled... Learn More
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  2. 120407
    Third edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), issued in April 1861, one of 2,000 copies printed. The text was extensively altered, and a table is given of differences from the second edition, a feature that occurs in each subsequent Murray edition. The third edition is also notable for the... Learn More
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  3. 89500
    First edition in English of the Principia, based on the 1726 Pemberton edition of the Latin text and dedicated to Sir Hans Sloane as President of the Royal Society. The translator Andrew Motte (1696-1734) was the son of the printer Benjamin Motte and very briefly a lecturer on geometry at Gresham College. Also included is... Learn More
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  4. 120399
    Fifth 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"... Learn More
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  5. 133535
    Second London edition, third overall, of Dillon's earliest work which was first published in 1780 in London, and the following year in Dublin.
    John Talbot Dillon (1734-1806) was a traveller and historian. He was also "clearly proud to be a baron of the Holy Roman empirea title conferred on his father, Francis, and passed... Learn More
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    First editions of Galton's three publications on fingerprints, this a very scarce presentation set with the first work inscribed by Galton to his brother, "Erasmus Galton, from F.G.", on the half-title, the second work with Erasmus's ownership inscription "E. Galton, Oct 9 1893" to verso of front free endpaper. Erasmus (1815-1909)... Learn More
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  7. 132700
    First edition of the first book on shells to be illustrated with aquatint plates, one of the finest conchological works of the 19th century, this copy with exquisite original hand-colouring; letterpress watermarked "W. Turner & Son", plates with no discernible watermarks; early issue of the index leaf, bearing Bulmer's imprint... Learn More
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  8. 129065
    First edition under this title, first published in 1789 as "The Bee-master's Companion and Assistant". James Bonner "who was Bee-Master at Auchencrow, near Berwick-on-Tweed, was the most able and the best known of Scottish bee-men" (British Bee Books, p. 99). Bonner appeals to the Scottish landed gentry to cultivate bee-hives,... Learn More
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    New York: 1980

    First edition, first impression, signed by the artist on the half-title "Irving Penn, New York, 1980". The photographs, originally published from 1967 to 1973, were taken by Penn for the American edition of Vogue. Learn More
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  10. 120367
    Sixth edition, third issue, marked as the "thirteenth 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... Learn More
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  11. 129931
    Sixth edition, fifth issue, marked as the "fifteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition, and the first to feature the word "evolution", a term first used by Darwin in the Descent of Man in 1871. Darwin continually made revisions to the text of the Origin for new editions; this sixth... Learn More
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  12. 132734
    Sixth edition, thirty-seventh thousand. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition, and the first to feature the word "evolution", a term first used by Darwin in the Descent of Man in 1871. Darwin continually made revisions to the text of the Origin for new editions; this sixth edition featured a new chapter, chapter... Learn More
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  13. 131927
    Rare and very attractive half-length portrait of the great German naturalist, explorer and botanist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the finest and most impressive version from the oil by Emma Gaggiotti Richards, an oval head-and-shoulders portrait, the original of which is at the Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie... Learn More
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  14. Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte
    Very rare first edition of Kant's first book. "In his early years Kant pondered the nature of space and time first from the point of view of Leibniz and then of Newton, but eventually he found both positions unsatisfactory. In his Thoughts on the true estimation of Living Forces the present work he took Leibniz's view and... Learn More
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  15. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,
    First edition, "the earliest attempt to gather, interpret and discuss the remnants of older and local language as a contribution not only to the better understanding of the provincial communities, but to those antiquarian studies which were leading men to a knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic tongues" (Raven). This copy... Learn More
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  16. 131571
    Presentation edition, with a copy presented to every exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851; trade editions were also produced. The book is a key contemporary document for the Exhibition, giving the jury awards and details of the thirty categories of exhibit, and was selected in Printing and the Mind of Man as the representative... Learn More
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  17. 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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  18. 129488
    First and only edition, outside America OCLC shows only four locations in Japan and Taiwan, COPAC lists no copies in the UK and Ireland. This comprehensive study of Japan's hot springs was "compiled as an exhibit in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, in order to make known to the world the general conditions... Learn More
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  19. 130485
    First edition of ''the best English book on falconry, and a very attractive publication'' (Schwerdt). The scion of a Roman Catholic landed family in Durham, Salvin (18171904), was educated at Ampleforth and in 1839 was commissioned in the York and Lancaster Regiment, retiring in 1864 with the rank of captain. "Salvin's early... Learn More
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  20. 117907
    First 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... Learn More
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  21. 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 (1791-1881) was a physician by trade and an amateur artist and collector of engraved gems... Learn More
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  22. 128977
    First English edition, first impression, of Müller's explication of Darwinian evolution through the natural history of crustaceans. This copy is from the library of Darwin bibliographer Richard Freeman with his ownership inscription and annotation on the front free endpaper verso, "R. B. Freeman, 1967, Translation of Für... Learn More
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  23. 128842
    Freud's third paper published as a medical..."> First separate printing, presentation copy, with Freud's inscription at the head of the front wrapper: "Seinem lieben Freunde, Hernn Chem. Dr. S. Herzig d. Verf." Josef Herzig (1853-1924), professor of chemistry at the University of Vienna, was one of Freud's lifelong friends.
    Freud's third paper published as a medical... Learn More
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  24. 128841
    First separate printing, presentation copy, with Freud's inscription at the head of the front wrapper, "Rollett", that is, Alexander Rollett (1834-1903), the Austrian physiologist and histologist. The presentation was likely made at the suggestion of Freud's supervisor, Professor Ernst Brücke, who had mentored Rollett in... Learn More
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  25. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
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  26. 129884
    US editions, being the second edition of the first volume, and the first editions of the second two volumes (the UK editions were published the same years). Romanes (1848-1894) had a considerable influence on the study of Darwinism in the later 19th century. "A decisive influence on his activity and scientific work, in 1874,... Learn More
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  27. 129604
    First edition, first issue, with 32 pp. inserted adverts dated May 1878 and with two lines of errata at the foot of page x; 1,500 copies were printed. The collaborative authorship proclaimed on the title page reflects Darwin's concern to introduce his children into the world of science. Francis Darwin had trained as a doctor... Learn More
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  28. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First Dublin edition, same year as the first London edition; Kress lists the Dublin printing first and calls the London "another issue" while Tribe calls the Dublin edition a piracy. The Essays were published five years after Smith's death and edited by the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart (1753-1828); his "Account of... Learn More
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  29. 128830
    First edition of this "landmark book which established Melliss as the first historian of the island and included a section on natural history intended as a precursor for an ambitious broader study of the African islands of the southern Atlantic" (Natural History Museum). Melliss, a military officer with the Royal Engineers,... Learn More
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  30. 128813
    Second edition, fourth thousand. The text of the second edition was altered and significantly enlarged from the first, and includes a paper prepared for the first French edition of 1870 (the paper itself was published in 1869). Darwin's next book after the Origin, the first of the volumes of supporting evidence, attributing... Learn More
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  31. 128407
    Early octavo edition. The naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851) had made his reputation with The Birds of America (published between 1827 and 1839), widely regarded as the finest illustrated book ever produced, with record-breaking auction prices to match. In the early 1840s, while the octavo edition of The... Learn More
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  32. 121644
    First edition of Goldmann's magnum opus, one of the most important and substantial studies of South African gold mines. Sydney Goldmann (1868-1958), an uitlander of German-Jewish descent, made his fortune in gold mining; he later served as a Boer War correspondent for The Standard alongside Winston Churchill, before entering... Learn More
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  33. 123577
    First edition, first issue, with the relevant issue points as called for by Freeman. The first issue, consisting of 1,500 copies, was published in January 1868 and was followed by a second the next month. The majority of the work consists of details about artificial selection and domestication of animals and plants but it... Learn More
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  34. 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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  35. 128819
    Second edition, first published earlier that year, of "one of the finest scientific travel books ever written" (DSB). Wallace's account of his path-breaking eight-year collecting expedition was a huge success on first publication and has drawn praise for its artistic format and literary style in addition to its scientific... Learn More
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  36. 124180
    First edition. Adam Dickson (1721-1776), a Scottish clergymen with a keen interest in agriculture, published this work after observing that much of the literature on agriculture was based on English farming, and therefore not applicable to Scotland. Seeking to rectify this, in this work he focuses heavily on Scottish agriculture,... Learn More
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  37. 125719
    First edition of Johnson's enlarged version of the herbalist's major work, first published in 1597. Thomas Johnson (c.1595-1644), the London apothecary who was already a botanical writer of some note by 1633, sensibly marked his additions and major alterations to the first edition, making it possible to distinguish the revisions... Learn More
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  38. 125234
    First edition. Botanicum Officinale may "be regarded as the first text-book of vegetable Materia Medica, worthy of the name, in the English language" (American Journal of Pharmacy, vol. 78, 1906, p. 320). "In 1722 was published Joseph Miller's Botanicum officinale. This well-printed octavo volume was sold at five shillings.... Learn More
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  39. 127068
    First London edition, following the Geneva Latin edition of 1674; originally published as Traité de physique (Paris: Charles Savreux, 1671). This edition is dedicated to the physician Thomas Short (1635-1685); Pepys owned a copy (item 1278 in the catalogue of his library). Through the English version of the theologian and... Learn More
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  40. 126143
    First and limited edition, number 545 of 550 copies, of this handsome publication with Millais and Thorburn's wonderful designs superbly printed in coloured lithography and photogravure. The chromos were executed by Albert Frisch of Berlin. Frisch's early career was as a pioneering photographer in South America: "in 1875... Learn More
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  41. 125015
    First edition of this glossary on bureaucratic matters by French archaeologist and writer Jacques Bouther de Perthes (1788-1868), who was one of the first to establish the presence of prehistoric man in Europe. Learn More
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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Grant to African explorer Sir John Kirk on a panel from the original wrappers bound to face the title page: "My dear Kirk, I avail myself of the oppty of Sir Bartle Frere to send you Part I of the Botany of the 'Speke & Grant Expedition' and hope that future travellers will... Learn More
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  43. 124764
    First edition, from the library of the novelist Richard Adams (1920-2016), best known as the author of Watership Down (1972), with his bookplate to the pastedown. Adams used the proceeds of his novels to develop an extensive book collection. White's Selborne is one of the great English books of the 18th century, "the first... Learn More
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  44. 119271
    First edition of the author's second book, uniform with his Narrative of a Visit to the Australian Colonies, published the previous year. Backhouse (1794-1869) came from a prominent Quaker family of botanists and horticulturists with roots in Darlington, where his grandfather, also James, made the family fortune by establishing... Learn More
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  45. 123125
    First English-language edition, first published in French in 1868. This work is the second part of Reclus's seminal La Terre; description des phénomènes de la vie du globe (1867-8). Learn More
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  46. 122879
    Review of Humboldt's Aspects de la nature, presentation copy to Alexis de Tocqueville, inscribed by Circourt on the front wrapper, "Monsieur Alexis de Toqueville de l'Académie Française, hommage de l'auteur." Circourt's book reviews are discussed in his extensive correspondence with Tocqueville (Œuvres complètes, vol.... Learn More
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  47. 121347
    A superb collection of brilliantly rendered, almost photo-realist paintings of feathers; exquisitely finely coloured, and subtly highlighted and shaded, the sheen of the silk supporting the illusion, suggesting the natural translucence and lustre of the subject. Perhaps originally a wedding gift (the pattern of the cloth... Learn More
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  48. 120461
    First edition, large paper issue. Wolf's "pictures are often noted for the astonishing realism of feet, fur, and feather texture, and for their backgrounds, which often include small but perfectly painted subsidiary creatures bickering or otherwise associating in a lively fashion. In the opinion of Sir Edwin Landseer he... Learn More
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  49. 121700
    Second edition, greatly enlarged, of Von Haller's 1743 work Brevis Enumeratio Stirpium Horti Goettingensis. Haller organised the botanical garden at Göttingen University during his professorial tenure; this work is a classification of the plants in the garden, utilising Haller's own non-Linnaean taxonomical system. Learn More
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  50. 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 (1832-1878) was educated at a private school conducted by by John Storey, a secretary of Tyneside... Learn More
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  51. 117640
    First edition of the work which was long considered the first Western history of Arabic science and medicine, and though in fact preceded by an obscure work in French by Pierre Joseph Amoreux, published in 1805, it remains the foundational work on the subject (see Arcadian Library p. 216). The last 16 pages are lithographed... Learn More
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  52. 112234
    First and only edition. Richter (1847-1905), an Austrian glaciologist, served as president of the Deutscher und Österreichischer Alpenverein from 1883 to 1885. The volumes respectively concern the development of the Northern Limestone Alps, the Central Western Alps, and finally the Central Eastern Alps and the Southern... Learn More
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  53. 117961
    First edition of what has been called "the most influential work dealing with archaeology in the nineteenth century" (Murray, p. 243) in which Lubbock "introduced the terms Neolithic and Paleolithic into the archaeological lexicon". Lubbock was Darwin's neighbour in Kent, and helped prepare the manuscript of Origin of Species... Learn More
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  54. 117955
    First edition of the companion volume to Lyell's pioneering work, Principles of Geology (1830-1833). "Originally intended as a supplement to the Principles, this formed an independent practical guide to the science of geology" (Summerhayes, p. 12). Learn More
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  55. 120503
    First octavo edition, with the Willis and Sotheran reissue of volume VII (the Preface to volume I is dated 1852). The original folio edition of 1835-41 is described by Mullens and Swann as "one of our most valuable illustrated works on ornithology". Henry Leonard Meÿer involved his whole family in the production of his... Learn More
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  56. 120482
    Volume 53 of Curtis's Botanical Magazine. William Curtis (1746-1799), the botanist and entomologist, published the first volume of The Botanical Magazine in 1787. The periodical intended to provide practical information on the ornamental and exotic plants rapidly becoming popular in Britain. It followed Curtis's well-received,... Learn More
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  57. 120487
    Volume 54 of Curtis's Botanical Magazine. William Curtis (1746-1799), the botanist and entomologist, published the first volume of The Botanical Magazine in 1787. The periodical intended to provide practical information on the ornamental and exotic plants rapidly becoming popular in Britain. It followed Curtis's well-received,... Learn More
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  58. 120375
    First 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... Learn More
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  59. 120133
    First and limited edition, number 224 of 680 copies printed on handmade paper. Wasson's work on ethno-mycological studies brought increased scholarly attention to the importance of psychoactive plants in cultural and spiritual activities. In this work, through "intelligent and sometimes brilliant but always sensitive and... Learn More
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  60. 115179
    First edition of one the great English books of the eighteenth century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Ency. Brit.) White's Selborne is arranged into three sequences of letters, those addressed to Pennant and to Barrington forming the natural history portion of the volume, the... Learn More
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