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New Naturalist series monograph. Colour painting by Peter Scott, colour and b/w photos and maps, diagrams and line drawings. Boards nice and clean, gilt title to spine dulled. A few minor foxspots present. Text block a little grubby. Contents otherwise clean. Pictorial wrapper is NOT price-cut, is browned and has damp staining to spine and a few small chips to top of spine.
Very large format. Leather spine and corners. Tissue guarded plates. A Bibliographical Record of Two Centuries of Finely-Illustrated Flower Books. Large format. Colour & b/w illustrations. Limited to 295 numbered copies printed on 'Amstel' special mould-made paper. Due to the size of this book, if posted, it will need to be sent via courier and may incur extra shipping costs. SIGNED by authors, Sittwell and Blunt. Copy No. 42. Ex-Library (reference) minimal stamps. A few tissue guards have chips. Contained in a slipcase which has split for approx. 4" to bottom edge.
The SIGNED Limited Edition. Scott's book brings a rush of memory to anyone who has delighted in wild places. Large format. Black cloth spine with gilt titles. Beige boards. Exquisite tissue-guarded mounted colour plates plus numerous b/w plates. xiii + 138 pages. SIGNED BY author. Copy no. 564. Book: all plates present. Covers edges slightly darkened. Contents fine. Blue wrapper price-clipped, browned and edge-chipped.
New Naturalist No. 81. 16 colour plates and over 150 b/w photos and drawings. ISBN: 0002199343. Dustwrapper spine faded.
Very large format. 18" x 12" by 3". Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of Natural Curiosities" is one of the i8th century's greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Though it was common for men of his profession to collect natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba(1665-1736) had a passion that led him far beyond the call of duty. His amazing, unprecedented collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. In 1731, after decades of collecting, he commissioned illustrations of each and every specimen and arranged the publication of a four volume catalogue detailing his entire collection - from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, insects, butterflies and more, as well as fantastic beasts such as a seven-headed hydra. The beautiful illustrations transport these creatures from the scientific world of specimens into extremely aesthetic and vivid scenes, where plants and animals intermingle. It is this narrative element that continues to lend the book much of its special fascination. This magnificent reproduction of all 449 of the original plates is taken from a rare, hand coloured copy at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague. The introduction provides background information on the intriguing tradition of the cabinet of curiosities to which Seba's colection belonged, while an additional annex written by contemporary scientists provides descriptions of the specimens. A journey into the past and simultaneously a road to rediscovering the wonders of Nature, which remain as vital as ever. 588 pages. ISBN: 3822816000. Contained in original red corrugated cardboard box that has a small dent hole to front and some wear to edges and tabs. This copy would make a wonderful gift.
GERANIACEAE THE NATURAL ORDER OF GERANIA (2 VOLUMES)
Written by Robert Sweet.
Stock no. 2111584
Published by James Ridgway. Very good condition.
This is Volumes 1 & 2 ONLY (of a 5 volume set). More modern binding of plain green covers. 192 beautiful hand coloured engraved plates. Comprising the numerous and beautiful mule-varieties cultivated in the gardens of Great Britain, with directions for their treatment. Plain covers are very marked, with uneven browning. Corners are bumped and worn. Bookplates to front pastedowns. Page browning and some foxing. A few margin marks. Some tissue-guards are worn and creased, but all present, as are all hand coloured plates.
Dark green leather binding with gilt titles and decorations. This is 3 volumes that have been bound into two books. Elaborate manuscript presentation; leaf inscribed 'To Anne Hoare...' bound into the front of each volume. 119 hand-coloured plates. All edges gilt. Some light bumping and wear to spine, corners and cover edges. A bit of scuffing along some cover edges. Some foxing and page browning internally. Hand coloured plates are all present and exquisite!
SOME BIRDS AND MAMMALS OF SOUTH AMERICA
Written by Sacheverell Sitwell; Carlos Selva Andrade. Illustrated by Axel Amuchastegui.
Stock no. 2111295
Published by The Tryon Gallery; George Rainbird. 1st 1966. Nearly fine condition.
Very large format. Quarter bound in morocco with hand marbled paper. 17 colour plates, using multi-colour lithography. Limited edition (in this format numbers 51 to 300). Plates are tissue-guarded. A beautiful book! Due to the size of this book, if posted, it will need to be sent via courier. This is copy no. 217. SIGNED by artist. A couple of marks to endpapers and a few foxspots to outer page edges. Some tissue-guards have become creased. Illustrations are fine - beautifully bright! Contained in a very good slip case, which is foxed and spotted, with wear.
New Naturalist series 93. Colour and b/w photos. ISBN: 0002201402.
MOLLUSQUES TERRESTRES ET FLUVIATILES DE SYRIE (2 VOLUMES)
Written by Louis German.
Stock no. 1708157
Published by J. - B. Balliere Et Fils. 1921. Very good condition.
Two volumes. Card wraps. Text in French. B/w photos. B/w illustrations. Volume 2 is published in 1922. Spines browned. Some foxing. Some pages edges un-cut.
Large format. Red leather spine and corners. Raised bands and gilt title to spine. Green decorated cloth with gilt vignettes. 60 hand-coloured engraved plates. Wear to cover edges; some darkening marks to edges of leather. Front joint is cracked, with some chipping. Some foxing and grubby marks to pages internally, but illustrations are exquisite!
Large format. Brown cloth with gilt titles. B/w and beautiful colour plates. Silk book mark, with card glossary of botanical terms attached to it. Damp mark to bottom corner of front cover. Some scuff marks to covers. A little foxing. Colour plates are beautifully bright and vibrant!