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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. 8vo, viii, 34, [2], 248 pp., 43 fine hand-coloured engraved plates (2 folding) after Oudart and Prêtre, text quite foxed at beginning, occasionally elsewhere, plates clean, contemporary red morocco gilt, all edges gilt, joints rubbed, a very good copy.

    £1,950
  2. First edition. 2 vols., limited to 3000 copies, 8vo, xviii, 244; x, 240 pp., 22 coloured plates by Gronvold, original grey buckram-backed green cloth gilt, covers with gilt pictorial roundel, original dust-wrappers lettered in brown (light edge wear), an excellent copy.

    £350
  3. 8 vols, original red cloth gilt decorated in gilt and black, 358 hand-coloured lithograph plates, slightly shaken, a very good clean set.

    £750
  4. First edition. 2 parts in 1 vol., 8vo, viii, 101; viii, 67 pp., 80 woodcuts in text by Mr. Mark of Wellington, Shropshire; contemporary green half morocco gilt, marbled sides, top edge gilt, small defect to blank outer corner page 5, a very good copy.

    £650
  5. Large folio (72.5 x 54.7 cm); 50 hand-coloured plates and 2 original watercolours, plate 9 with light damp stain to upper margin not affecting illustration, plate 49 soiled in upper margin (affecting plate number but not illustration), a few plates with a tiny water stain to very edge of lower margin not affecting illustration, plate 50 creased at extremities and with light damp stain, loose as issued in original morocco-backed cloth portfolio, joints worn.

    £19,500
  6. Folio, 2 vols bound in 1, titles in red and black, 100 hand-coloured engraved plates, most with tissue-guards, 2H1 vol. 1 bound back-to-front, 2E1 vol. 2 with tear running into text, scattered spotting, contemporary diced calf, rebacked retaining original backstrip, a little rubbed, bumping to corners and extremities, inner hinges strengthened with tape, all edges gilt, a very good copy.

    £2,850
  7. Second edition; large folio (46.8 x 32.7 cm); manuscript title page, 264 watercolours numbered in pencil (of which 2 folding) by Ferdinand and Franz Bauer, very occasional light marks, light crease to corner of plate 85, slight foxing at head of plate 101, short closed tear to fold of both folding plates (not affecting images), contemporary diced russia by C. Kalthoeber (binder's orange ticket to front free endpaper), richly gilt, gilt lettering to spine, gilt and marbled edges, marbled endpapers, neatly rebacked with original spine laid down, slight wear to upper board and extremities, repairs to corners; an excellent copy; [2], 136, [4, list of plates].

    £175,000
  8. Large paper copy, 4to, (31.7 x 23.4 cm); hand-coloured engraved title page vignette, 59 hand-coloured engraved plates, some plates weakening at platemarks, plate 30 dust-soiled in upper margin; contemporary green half morocco gilt, spine with raised bands in five compartments, gilt edges, spine faded, extremities rubbed, a very good copy.

    £3,750
  9. 'British Birds': first edition, 2 vols, numerous woodcut illustrations; 'Quadrupeds': fourth edition, numerous woodcut illustrations, the odd spot, otherwise all volumes internally clean, 3 vols in total; 8vo (222 x 145mm.); uniformly bound in full red morocco by Riviere & Son, spines with raised bands in six compartments, gilt-lettered, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, a fine set.

    £1,650
  10. First edition; 4to, (28 x 22 cm); dedication and advertisement leaves, 100 hand-coloured engraved plates after Hayes, his wife and children, without the frontispiece plate (as often), some offsetting to prelims, leaves slightly toned; crushed green morocco gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, spine gilt in compartments with bird motifs, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, an excellent example.

    £7,500
 

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