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Natural Sciences

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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  1. General Conchology;
    WOOD, W. General Conchology;

    London : 1835

    Second edition. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 77947

  2. Essai sur le principe de population.
    MALTHUS, Thomas Robert. Essai sur le principe de population.

    Paris : 1809

    First French 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 under his real name, culminating in... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 93446

  3. The Plant-Magic Man.
    DURRELL, Lawrence. The Plant-Magic Man.

    Santa Barbara : 1973

    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 of the New York Herald Tribune... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 116530

  4. Wild Chorus.
    SCOTT, Peter. Wild Chorus.

    London : 1938

    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
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 115704

  5. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.
    FORSYTH, William. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.

    London : 1802

    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 application would, Forsyth... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 114624

  6. The Origins of Prebiological Systems
    (FOX, Sidney W., ed.) The Origins of Prebiological Systems

    New York and London : 1965

    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 of NASA. Dr Homer E. Newell... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 114398

  7. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
    BELT, Thomas. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:

    London : 1874,

    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 Naturalists' Field Club,... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 114155

  8. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
    GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,

    Liège : 1760

    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 Belgium "at the start of his... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 113696

  9. Non-Verbal Communication.
    HINDE, Robert Aubrey (ed.) Non-Verbal Communication.

    Cambridge : 1972

    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 and a drama critic" (flap blurb),... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 112867

  10. Nature versus Natural Selection: an essay on Organic Evolution.
    COE, Charles Clement. Nature versus Natural Selection: an essay on Organic Evolution.

    London : 1895

    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, describing it as a very interesting... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 111223

  11. Notes of a Naturalist in South America.
    BALL, John. Notes of a Naturalist in South America.

    London : 1887

    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 papers on botany and the Swiss... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 111224

  12. Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie … New Illustrations of Zoology,
    BROWN, Peter. Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie … New Illustrations of Zoology,

    London : 1776

    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 most certainly influenced by... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 111330

  13. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes
    SPRUCE, Richard; Alfred Russel Wallace (ed.) Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes

    London : 1908

    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 America in 1849 by Hooker,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 110960

  14. The Florist's Guide, and the Cultivator's Directory;
    SWEET, Robert. The Florist's Guide, and the Cultivator's Directory;

    London : 1827-32.

    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 for Sweet's Flora Australasica... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 111188

  15. The Natural History of Barbados.
    HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados.

    London : 1750

    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 work and ingratiated himself... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 110849

  16. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.
    BILLING, Archibald. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.

    London : 1867

    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 and coins. A lecturer at the... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 109013

  17. Einführung in die Wissenschaft vom Leben oder Ascaris.
    GOLDSCHMIDT, Richard. Einführung in die Wissenschaft vom Leben oder Ascaris.

    Berlin : 1927

    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: Julian Huxley (1887-1975)... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 104615

  18. Marine Atlas.
    LOUGHLAND, Ronald A., & Khaled A. Al-Abdulkader. Marine Atlas.

    Dhahran, Saudi Arabia : 2011

    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 1,200 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 included is an in-depth... Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 102570

  19. Peruvian Bark.
    MARKHAM, Clements R. Peruvian Bark.

    London : 1880

    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 remoteness of the country, the... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 102127

  20. The Primitive Origination of Mankind, considered and examined According to The Light of Nature.
    HALE, Matthew. The Primitive Origination of Mankind, considered and examined According to The Light of Nature.

    London : 1677

    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 generation in anything... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 100334

  21. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    SMITH, Adam. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.

    Dublin : 1795

    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 the Life and Writings of Adam... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 97132

  22. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:
    HODSON, Thomas. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:

    London : 1800

    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, trigonometry, logarithms,... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 96467

  23. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees;
    (COBBETT, William, intro.) FORSYTH, William. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees;

    Albany : 1803

    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 reader, to the Philadelphia... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 95457

  24. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
    AINSWORTH, William Francis. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;

    London : 1838

    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, long before Chesney's own account... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95148

  25. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
    VON NEUMANN, John. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Urbana : 1966

    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 of a self-reproducing cellular... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 91541

  26. Five offprints on birds collected during the Whitney South Sea Expedition.
    MAYR, Ernst. Five offprints on birds collected during the Whitney South Sea Expedition.

    New York : 1938-41

    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 in New Guinea on behalf... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 91310

  27. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,
    RAY, John. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,

    London : 1674

    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 of the issue with a comma... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 90721

  28. The Philosophical Principles of Natural and Revealed Religion.
    RAMSAY, Andrew Michael. The Philosophical Principles of Natural and Revealed Religion.

    Glasgow : 1748-9

    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 Newtonian ideas to his own... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 90441

  29. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    SMITH, Adam. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.

    London : 1795

    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 sciences and elegant arts", but... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 90155

  30. Flora Italiana.
    SAVI, Gaetano. 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" of plants selected "from the... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 81896

  31. The Natural History of Man
    PRICHARD, James Cowles The Natural History of Man

    London, Paris & Madrid : 1855

    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. His central idea was the... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 80676

  32. The Natural History of Barbados.
    HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados.

    London : 1750

    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 Natural History" (Hunt).... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 80069

  33. Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.
    (EUGENICS & CRIME.) Research Studies of Crime as related to Heredity.

    1925

    First edition of this collection of papers emphasising the eugenic aspects of crime: Harry Olson's presidential address, "Crime and Heredity," to the 1923 Annual Meeting of the Eugenic Research Association, 1923 - Olson was Chief Justice of the Municipal Court; the 1925 presidential address, "Crime from the Psychiatrist's Point of View," Charles W.... Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 63619

  34. Land Problems and National Welfare.
    TURNOR, Christopher. Land Problems and National Welfare.

    1911

    First edition, first impression. The author's personal copy with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 45161

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