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.
[Bouquet de fleurs. 1838
A beautiful, rich bouquet, painted on vellum and signed by one of Redouté's most talented pupils. Rare. Anne-Ernestine Panckoucke (1784-1860), née Désormeaux, described herself as 'translator of Goethe's poems, pupil of Redouté and designer of the Flore Médicale' – one…£8,500
Exotic ornithology containing figures and descriptions of new or rare species of American birds1866-1869.
Published in 13 parts between October 1866 and November 1869, the preface states it was originally intended to cover “”the many new and rare ornithologicalic forms that have been recently discovered in nearly every part of the world's surface. As…£10,000
TREW, Christoph Jacob.
Uitgezochte Planten, … Uit het Latyn vertaald en met aantekeningen verrykt door Cornelius Pereboom.[1769-]1771 [-1774].
The first Dutch edition of Trew's Plantae selectae. One of the greatest eighteenth-century botanical colourplate books. It has magnificent illustrations by Ehret, whose career was established by his involvement with Trew, and parts of this work were expected with keen…£45,000
[MANETTI, Saverio, Lorenzo LORENZI & Violante VANNI].
A Group of Six Owls. 1776]
Storia naturale degli uccelli… was one of the finest bird books issued to that date and one of the most sumptuous publications of the eighteenth century in Italy”” (Christine Jackson, Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World). Description Hand-coloured etching,…£7,500
WHITE, Gilbert; Edmund New [Illustrator]
The Natural History Of Selborne. 1902.
Description 8vo., illustrated with 2 engraved portraits, over 40 full-page illustrations and maps and numerous text vignettes, near-contemporary half vellum with tan lettering piece gilt, marbled endpapers (ownership book-plate to upper paste-down), top edge gilt and others untrimmed, slight bowing…£275
ANGLO-INDIAN SCHOOL 19th CENTURY
Rare Apple and Guava. 19th Century.
A highly accomplished pair of botanical watercolours. Company painting' is a broad term for a variety of hybrid styles that developed as a result of European (especially British) influence on Indian artists from the early 18th to the 19th centuries.…£12,500
BELON du MANS, Pierre.
L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naïfs portraicts retirez du naturel. 1555.
A beautiful copy of the rare first edition. One of the first ornithological texts based on direct observation and illustrated from original drawings. “”Belon described approximately 230 species (including the bat), most of them European, but including some foreign species…£37,500
The Fruit Grower's Guide n.d. [1891-94].
Description 3 volumes bound as 6, containing 43 chromolithograph illustrations of various fruits including apples, pears, gooseberries, cherries etc., by May Rivers. Original publishers decorative cloth, light wear, a very good set., published n.d. [1891-94]. Bibliography Stock ID: 94781£750
BERLÈSE , Abbé Laurent.
Iconographie du genre camellia ou description et figures des camellias les plus beaux et les plus rares peints d'après nature… 1841-1843.
First edition of an outstanding botanical books, this example with fine provenance. The highly finished plates were drawn by J.J. Jung, member of the Royal Society of Horticulture in Paris, from the varieties growing in the gardens and hothouses of…£37,500
Conchology or the Natural History of Shells: containing a new arrangement of the genera and species, illustrated by coloured engravings executed from the natural specimens, and including the latest discoveries.1811.
A lovely, fresh copy with good provenance: Bradley Martin was perhaps the greatest collector of natural history books of the post-war era. His collection was sold at auction by Sothebys in a series of sales some twenty years ago. This…£6,500
WESTWOOD, John Obadiah.
British butterflies and their transformations. 1841.
“”A high, and arguably unequalled standard in Victorian butterfly book illustration”” (Dunbar). Westwood, a distinguished entomologist and member of the Linnean Society, collaborated in writing the text to accompany the charming beautiful painings by Humphreys. Each print depicts several species…£850
WESTWOOD, John Obadiah.
The buttertflies of Great Britain with their transformations, delineated and described.1855.
An abridged reduced format version of the 1841 British butterflies and their transformations with new plates and revised text. Dunbar notes that some copies are poorly coloured, however the present example has fine bright colouring. Westwood, a distinguished entomologist and…£500
[GOULD, John]; Richter, Henry Constantine.
Group of Four Lithograph Plates of Ducks. .
Description Set of four hand coloured lithograph plates of Ducks (Oidema Fusca, Oidema Perspicillata, Spatula Clypeata & Gallinula Chloropus), from “”The Birds of Great Britain””. Framed and glazed, overall dimensions: 64.3 by 46.2cm., published . Bibliography Stock ID: 93618£4,750
ALBINUS, B[ernard] S[iegfried] and Jan WANDELAAR (artist).
[Pair of Anatomical studies] 1749.
Albinus' work, based upon his concept of the ideal man, is among the most artistically perfect of anatomical atlases. “”Albinus and his artist, Jan Wandelaar, used some ingenious methods to prepare the illustrations, including the establishment of an optically ideal…£3,850
Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.)
ORNITHOLOGIAE LIBRI TRES. 1676.
“”The Ornithologiæ libri tres (referred to as the Ornithology) is one of the first truly scientific ornithological texts. It was published four years after the death of Francis Willughby (1635–1672) by his friend and collaborator John Ray (1627–1705). These two…£5,000Search