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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

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