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Natural History

In the natural history department, we focus on the great flower and bird books of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly the work of artists such as Audubon, Catesby, Elliott, Gould, and Redoute. These books are not only works of art in their own right, but also provide a valuable record of many species sadly extinct.

Contact Julian MacKenzie or Bernard Shapero for more information about Natural History at Shapero Rare Books.

 

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  1. First edition. Folio (27 x 41.7 cm) iv, [8], 719, [1] pp., text in double columns, with engraved frontispiece and twelve engraved plates, 1 folding, with the additional leaf on improvement of fences with engraved plate in text, small old marginal worm track to 5 leaves and 1 plate towards end, not touching letters or illustration, contemporary calf, headcap, joints, and corners repaired, covers scuffed, red morocco label, a clean attractive example.

    £1,950
  2. A new edition, with engravings. 2 vols, 8vo, engraved frontispieces. Publsher's boards, blue sides, brown spine, white paper title labels to each spine printed in black. Uncut. Minor spotting but an exceptional survival in the original condition.

    £375
  3. First edition. Two vols, folio (53 x 34 cm); 145 stipple engraved plates after Jacques Barraband, printed in colours and finished by hand (with tissue guards); half-titles present, list of plates at end of each volume, uncut, two leaves of letterpress with marginal closed-tears, occasional minor foxing; contemporary French half red morocco-grain roan, spines lettered in gilt, dark slate-green pebble-grain cloth, bindings slightly rubbed; overall a very attractive copy.

    £125,000
  4. 4to (27 x 22 cm.), 59 (of 60) hand-coloured lithograph plates, occasional very light spotting, publisher's green cloth gilt, pictorial vignettes to spine and upper covers, spines and edges faded to tan, neat repairs to spine ends, mild staining to boards, otherwise very good.

    £1,250
  5. 11 volumes 4to., 527 fine hand-coloured lithograph or chromolithograph plates (with tissue guards) by John Nugent Fitch (one double-numbered folding plate in volume I), some with tinted backgrounds; chromolithograph plate (Cypripedium Charlesworthii) from another work inserted in volume X. Original brown fine diagonal-rib cloth, gilt lettered spines and front covers, spines and front covers with floriate panelling in blind & black (back covers stamped in blind), untrimmed, endpapers yellow coated or with a pale grey or brown floriate pattern. Bookseller's ticket of David Bryce & Son, Glasgow. Rear joint of volume I split at foot but sound, scattered foxing to letterpress, plates clean and fresh. A very good set.

    £16,000
  6. 9 volumes (of 13), 4to., 9 engraved titles, 216 hand-coloured engraved plates each showing 4 subjects, later half vellum gilt, green morocco labels, marbled sides and edges, a very handsome run.

    £3,000
  7. 4to (27 x 22 cm.); 47 hand-coloured lithograph plates, occasional light spotting, publisher'sl green cloth gilt, pictorial vignettes to spine and upper covers, spines faded to tan, neat repairs to extremities, light stain to upper cover, otherwise very good.

    £2,500
  8. 4to (27 x 22 cm.); 58 hand-coloured lithograph plates, occasional light spotting, publisher's green cloth gilt, pictorial vignettes to spine and upper covers, spines faded to tan, neat repairs to extremities, nonetheless very good.

    £2,750
  9. First edition; 4to (27 x 22 cm.), 42 hand-coloured lithograph plates, light spotting, publisher's green cloth gilt, pictorial vignettes to spine and upper covers, spine faded to tan, neat repairs to extremities, otherwise good.

    £2,500
  10. 4 vols., 8vo, one hundred and thirty-two hand-coloured plates containing nigh-on two thousand illustrations, some occasional light spotting, mostly to endpapers and fore-edges, publisher's embossed cloth gilt, a little bumped and rubbed at extremities, otherwise very good.

    £575
 

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