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.
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
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
JERDON, Thomas Caverhill.
Illustrations of Indian Ornithology, Containing fifty figures of new, unfigured and interesting species of birds, chiefly from the south of India.1847.
Jerdon (1811-1872), in his capacity as assistant surgeon to the East India Company, arrived in Madras in 1836. In his introduction the author notes that of the forty-seven species depicted “”the great majority of them are figured here for the…£5,000
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…£5,000
SCHEUCHZER, Johann Jacob.
Kupfer-Bibel, in Welcher Die Physica Sacra, Oder Beheiligte Natur-Wissenschafft Derer in Heil[Ige] Schrifft Vorkommenden Natürlichen Sachen.1731-1735.
Finely bound set of a masterpiece of German baroque engraving. Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) was a professor of mathematics and a polymath with a particular interest in fossils. His monumental Physica Sacra is a detailed explication of events in the…£19,500
Naauwkeurige Waarneemingen omtrent de Veranderingen van Veele Insekten of Gekorvene Diertjes… 1774]
Beautiful depictions of the metamorphoses of butterflies, continuing the fine Dutch tradition of insect illustration begun by Maria Sibylla Merian. L'Admiral (1700-1770), was a gifted amateur entomologist who had studied insects since the age of ten. A year after his…£2,850
LEVAILLANT, François and Alexandre BOURJOT SAINT-HILAIRE
Histoire naturelle des perroquets [with] Troisième volume (supplémentaire), pour faire suite aux deux volumes de Levaillant.1804-5 and 1837-38 [but 1835-9].
An unusual example of this magnificent work, which Huzard enriched with the publication prospectus and an original watercolour, signed A.P. for the plate 131 'Variété du perroquet à taches souci'. It also includes a plate before the letter (#22).The watercolour…£100,000
POITEAU, A. and P. TURPIN.
Traité des arbres fruitiers: A Pair of Pears 1807-1835.
Two plates from 'One of the finest and rarest books on fruit' (Dunthorne p.192). This series takes its title from Duhamel's Traité of 1768, it is an independent work and was intended as Poiteau and Turpin's homage to the earlier…£2,400
Magazine of botany and register of flowering plants1834-1849
Paxton (1803-1865), was head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire at his great Chatsworth estate, which he made one of the most famous gardens of Europe. The plants depicted include many exotic species newly introduced to England. His interest in…£8,500
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