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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. 2 volumes in 1, folio (52 x 34.5 cm). 63 copper engraved plates, including 61 printed in colour and finished by hand, contemporary veau blond gilt by Bozerian (signed at foot of spine), flat spine with monkey tools in compartments, all edges gilt, a fine copy.

    £16,500
  2. First edition. Large folio (61.5 x 44 cm). Title, [4] introduction, 27 hand-coloured engraved maps and 55 lithographs on india paper on 31 sheets, each map accompanied with printed leaves of text; bookseller's printed overslip ('Paris [...] Vve. Bouchard-Huzard') pasted onto date of title page, a few maps lightly browned, some spotting, mostly marginal. Contemporary green half morocco, gilt rules to covers, spine with raised bands gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers; neatly rebacked preserving spine, neat repairs to extremities.

    £4,750
  3. 6 vols, 4to (27 x 22 cm); Ornamental Greenhouse Plants and Ornamental Perrenials vol 1 First editions, 303 (of 304 hand-coloured lithograph plates, lacking 1 plate from Wild Flowers at page 144) occasional light spotting and soiling; publisher's green cloth gilt, pictorial vignettes to spine and upper covers, spines faded to tan, neat repairs to extremities, a very good set.

    £9,000
  4. First edition. 4to., limited to 250 copies signed by Rowland Ward, xviii, 416pp., 9 hand-coloured lithograph plates, modern green half morocco gilt, an excellent copy.

    £1,750
  5. Facsimile reprint limited to 250 copies. Folio (55 x 38 cm). 5 coloured plates, text, the original wrapper reproduced in brown, [with] Prospectus to the reprint, small folio, uniformly bound in brown half morocco gilt, marbled boards, housed in original half morocco fold-over box, a mint copy.

    £150
  6. Large folio album. (33 x 23cm) containing numerous specimens of dried plants, all specimens identified with printed labels. Contemporary green cloth with red floral motif to upper cover.

    £2,000
  7. 5 vols, 4to (29.3 x 24 cm); text in Dutch and French in two columns; with two frontispieces engraved by Th. Koning after J. Buys, including one enhanced in colour, hand-coloured title engraved by C.J. de Huyser, and 442 hand-coloured plates (42 of which are in the Supplement), with 10 titles including one engraved and hand-coloured, and two leaves of subscribers; beautifully bound in full contemporary red morocco (for the first 4 volumes), spines with raised bands, richly decorated, titles, volume numbers and provenance in green morocco, gilt fillets on the boards and on the edges, gilt inner dentelle, all edges gilt, identical pastiche binding for the 5th volume (Supplement); an excellent copy.

    £32,500
  8. Two volumes, leaves loosely inserted, 4to; with numerous dried plant and flower specimens mounted onto the pages, some with accompanying Latin names printed or manuscript and the location where gathered; housed on green boards black ties.

    £650
 

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