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The Wild Flowers of Clevedon.
A.E.L. (Mrs A E Lainson).

Book Description: George James Caple, Clevedon, 1877. First edition. Small octavo, 67 + (i). Hard covers. Publisher’s green cloth. Ornate gilt title to front cover, with blind ruling and decoration to both boards. Loose flyer being a reprint of an effusive review of the book from the Clevedon Mercury in 1877. 201 species noted and a nine page index linking the common names to the Latin names. Book Condition: Good. Chippings to extrems of spine and to corners. Title and final page toned. No annotations or inscriptions. Mrs A E Lainson was a member of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society.

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Practical Gardener, or Improved System of Modern Horticulture adapted either to Small or Large Gardens:
Abercrombie, John (Rev'd by James Mean)

... Designed to assist those gentlemen who manage their own gardens and as a manual for professional horticulturists. Book Description: T Cadell, London, 1823. Third Edition. Hard Cover. Half calf with marbled boards with 4 raised bands, gilt. Gilt label and blind tooling to the panels. Hand marbled endpapers. 12mo. viii prelims + 548 pp + 24 pp index. Book Condition: Worn paper on boards; chipped head of spine and front hinge weak with lower half split but internally very good and free from foxing except for slight browning of the title page. No inscriptions but neat pencil notes and plan of a fruit garden dated Nov 5 1834 on reverse of rear fep. Strong on the Kitchen garden and the Fruit garden (inc listing 36 Good Varieties of Gooseberry) as well as the Hot House where no less than 22 pp are devoted to growing pineapples! Not a common work in this edition revised by a Head Gardener.

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The South African Garden Manual. A Compendium of Garden Practice under South African Conditions.
Anon.

Book Description: The Specialty Press of South Africa Ltd., Johannesburg, 1969. Completely revised edition. Hard covers, pictorial board. Octavo, 411 pp. Illustrated throughout the text plus plates, some coloured. Book Condition: Good. Contents clean but flyleaves heavily foxed and page edges toned

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The Birds of British Somaliland and the Gulf of Aden: Their Life Histories, Breeding Habits and Eggs: Volume IV
Archer, Sir Geoffrey and Godman, Eva M.

Book Description: Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh / London, 1961. Hard Cover. First Edition. Quarto. Publisher’s green buckram with blocked image of shrike to the upper board. Fore-edge and lower page edges uncut. Seven colour plates, by Archibald Thorburn (with titled tissue guards); huge fold-out colour map of the area at rear. Book Condition: Very Good. Binding tight. The dust jacket is very good save for slight abrasions to the mounted illustration and not price clipped; light sunning to spine.

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Ref 10258 : £50
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Realm of Numbers - An Imaginative Approach to Mathematics.
Asimov, Isaac & Belmore, Robert (diagrams).

Book Description: Victor Gollancz, London, 1969. 1st UK edition, 2nd impression. Large 8vo. 159 pp. Publisher's red plain cloth covers, gilt lettering on spine. Colour pictorial dust-wrapper. Book Condition: Fair. Ex-library with dust-wrapper taped to original publisher’s boards. One stamp, lacks ffep, trace of library ticket pocket on pastedown. Thumbed. Dewey 510 to wrapper spine only. Classic volume by the king of Science fiction who explains the concepts of mathematics in the very simplest of terms which enable the teen-age reader or adult to understand the reasons behind the mere techniques of maths.

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The Home-life of the Spoonbill, the Stork and Some Herons.
Beetham, Bentley

Book Description: Witherby & Co., London, 1910. Hard Cover. First Edition. Hard Cover. Orig. green cloth with gilt title on the upper board and the spine. 4to. viii + 47 pp. + 32 plates mounted on brown card pages at the back. No Jacket. Book Condition: Very Good. Apart from foxing which is almost exclusively on the two blank leaves between the text and the plates, the book is in Fine condition.

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A History of Quadrupeds
Bewick, Thomas

Book Description: T. Bewick, and Son; Longman & Co. London; and Wilson & Sons, York, 8th edition, 1824. Hard Cover, demy 8vo. x + 526 pp, printed title with vignette (neat C19th signature to top of tp) and hundreds of wood engravings by the author. Modern half cloth with paper covered boards by George's of Bristol. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex library with just the residue of label glue on feps and Dewey class number (761) to spine. Latin name of duck billed platipus in pen on final page. Contents clean and binding tight.

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Rambles with Nature Students.
Brightwen, Mrs. F. E. S.

Book Description: The Religious Tract Society, London, United Kingdom. No Date. Hardcover. Original publisher’s cloth. Carreras, Theo. (illustrator). 12mo. Book Condition: Fair. Some signs of damp to the boards. No Jacket. 131 illustrations throughout the volume which is arranged as a series of walks for each month of the year.

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Zoology; Being A Systematic Account of The General Structure, Habits, Instincts, and Uses of the Principal Families of the Animal Kingdom; as well as of The Chief Forms of Fossil Remains. 2 volumes.
Carpenter, William B. (Revised by W. S. Dallas)

Book Description: London: Bell and Daldy for Henry Bohn's Scientific Library, 1866 (Edition of 1857). 2 Hard Cover Volumes, crown 8vo. Original red embossed cloth with titles gilt. Book Condition: Vol 1; Small ink stain near head of spine and a weakness on lower hinge less than 1 cm in length. Vol 2; Sl stain on upper board and a v short split at head of spine. Otherwise both volumes in fine bright original state. 728 illustrations. Vol 1: 5 pp adverts + vi + 598 pp + 7 pp adverts. Vol 2: 5 pp adverts + vii + 588 pp inc Index to both vols + 7 pp adverts. A very handsome set.

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Popular Garden Botany, Containing a Familiar and Scientific Description of Most of the Hardy and Half-Hardy Plants Introduced Into The Flower Garden
Catlow, Agnes

Book Description: Lovell Reeve, London, 1855. Hard Cover. Orig. bright blue pebbled cloth with blind stamped decoration to the boards and a gilt blocked floral design to the upper board and gilt blocked decoration and title to the spine. Sq. 8vo. xii + 320 pp. Hand-coloured frontispiece & 19 other hand-coloured plates as called for. Book Condition: Very Good. Bright, tight and clean with just the slightest fading to the spine. Two images available.

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A General System of Horsemanship: TWO VOLUMES IN ONE. A Facsimile of 1743 Edition - The manner of feeding, dressing, and training of horses for the great saddle, and fitting them for the service, or for the exercise of gentlemen at home.
Cavendish, William, the Duke of Newcastle

THE ONLY KNOWN COPY? Book Description: Published in London, 1980; printed by the Scolar Press, Ilkley. Folio 47 x 32cm. Bound in generous half calf with cloth to the boards, 5 raised bands and two labels, gilt. 4 Blanks; Title page Nottingham Court Press 1980; Foreword by Princess Anne; Introduction by Duke of Badminton (signed in pen); blank; half title; double page engraved title 1658/blank verso. Vol I: i Printed Title 1743/blank verso; iii 2pp Dedication; viii 4pp Contents; C pp11-142 (4pp Intro + 5-142 New Method of Dressing Horses); 4pp Index; 42 double page plates/blank verso. Index to diseases plates/blank verso + 18 single & 2 double page plates/blank verso. Vol II: Printed Title 1743/blank verso; 2pp Dedication; 2pp Preface; 2pp Contents. B pp1-85 Horsemanship; pp86-89 Of the Stud; pp90-112 Anatomical Description; pp113-131 Supplement of Choice Receipts, Shoes, Table of Remedies, etc. Pp132-138 Indexes; 14pp Dictionary; 4 blanks. Book Condition: Very fine. DESPITE VERY EXTENSIVE ENQUIRIES I CANNOT FIND ANOTHER COPY OF THIS BOOK ANYWHERE. There are none in the British Library catalogue or any of the other 80 or so UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues on COPAC; nor any on the OCLC database. The ISBN code 0-906691-85-0 also produces a similar nil return. It was conceived as a fund raising venture for Save the Children to be produced in an edition of no more than 500 copies. None of the organisations or persons involved in its concept has knowledge of any copies and it seems that it never went into production. I have a more detailed account of this information and the sources of the 1743 text and plates and more illustrations which I will email to anyone considering purchasing this excellent volume, described in Princess Anne’s Introduction as containing many amusing references and observations of both men and horses which are thoroughly modern. Although there are a number of facsimiles of volume I, there are no printed or electronic editions of volume II, so this edition and perhaps just this one copy may be the only readers' access to the complete work outside a major library unless they can afford the original 1743 edition, currently for sale at over £20,000!

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Ref 10487 : £890
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Cheiro's Book of Numbers: Vol. I. & II. Complete.
Cheiro (Count Louis Hamon).

Book Description: London, Herbert Jenkins Ltd., n.d. 2nd (revised and enlarged) edition. Hard covers in publisher‘s white cloth boards. Thick small octavo. 297 pp. + 2pp adverts. Book Condition: Fair. Light spotting. Page edge toned. Covers a bit grubby and dented. A few sums on a blank prelim. page and two later pages. Lacks frontis. portrait but has three other diagrams as called for. An unusual book on the way numbers are bound up with life!

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A Country Calendar: A Diary for Every Year.
Clare, John. Bewick, Tbomas (illustrator).

Book Description: Scolar Press, London, 1979. First Edition. Hard covers; laminated and decorated boards. 78 pp. Octavo. Book Condition: Near fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No dust-wrapper. Perpetual diary unused.

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A Popular History of Astronomy
Clerke, Agnes Mary

Agnes Mary Clerke (1842–1907) first published A Popular History of Astronomy in 1885. RARE FIRST EDITION. She was a skilled astronomical populariser and in 1885 she published a best seller; A Popular History of Astronomy during the Nineteenth Century. The work was received with widespread acclaim and brought Clerke an international reputation as a science writer. The work is still important today for scholars researching the history of the discipline and its place in educated Victorian society. Her first book was so popular that a second edition was published just two years later and two more editions were published in her lifetime. Her other books about astronomy were The System of the Stars (1890), The Herschels and Modern Astronomy (1895), The Concise Knowledge Astronomy co-authored with John Ellard Gore and Alfred Fowler (1898), Problems in Astrophysics (1903) and Modern Cosmogonies (1905). In 1892 she was awarded the Actonian Prize of 100 guineas by the Royal Institution. As a member of the British Astronomical Association she attended its meetings regularly, as well as those of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 1903, with Lady Huggins, she was elected an honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society, a rank previously held only by two other women, Caroline Herschel and Mary Somerville. A crater on the Moon, near the landing site of Apollo 12, was named in her honour. The History surveys the progress made in the field of astronomy during the nineteenth century. It is split chronologically into two parts, dealing with the first and the second half of the century. Part 1 focuses on the career of the astronomer William Herschel (1738–1822) and the development of sidereal astronomy; part 2 deals with the discovery of spectrum analysis and the progress of knowledge about sun spots and the magnetic disturbances which cause them. Clerke's work, a classic example of Victorian popular scientific literature, stands alongside Grant's 1852 History of Astronomy in its success in popularising the subject. It is an important work in Nineteenth Century Astronomy. This first edition, a first book by a then unknown author, is rarely to be found. I cannot find another copy available for sale on the internet. Robert Ball (Author of “The Story of the Heavens” also first published in 1885) wrote in a review: We have read this book with very great interest and no little pleasure. The authoress (for this learned volume is indeed the product of a lady's pen) has modestly described her 'History of Astronomy' as a 'popular' work. We certainly hope that the book will be as popular as it deserves, and that it will be widely and extensively read. We think, however, that few men of science who use this book will think that it ought to be classed as a popular work in the ordinary acceptance. It might be more correctly described as a masterly exposition of the results of modern astronomy in those departments now usually characterised as physical. For more information on Agnes Clerke please see: http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Clerke.html Edinburgh, Adam & Charles Black, 1885. Original brown cloth, gilt title to spine; blind rulings to boards. xiv + 468pp. The cloth is a little marked and the top of the spine is slightly split and there is a split to the cloth on the edge of the upper board.(See image). The endpapers have some damp-staining but the text block is fine and very clean. Inscription on early blank also has corner clipped. As a bonus, a newspaper clipping from 1899 records observations of Polaris, Ursae minoris, a visual binary, by Professor Campbell of the Lick Observatory.

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Sir Peter Scott: People Who Have Helped the World.
Courtney, Julia.

Exley Publications, Watford, England, 1989. First Edition. 8vo. 64pp. Pictorial Laminated Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. The story with black and white and colour photographs of the life of Sir Peter Scott a founder of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), who has devoted his life to conservation. Includes a glossary, a list of important dates and a reading list. This is not a common book.

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On the Origin of the Species By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
Darwin, Charles. (Edited by William Bynum)

The 150th anniversary landmark edition. Book Description: Penguin Classics, London, 2009. Hard covers. Illustrated Boards. 8vo, lx + 516 pp. Publisher's deep blue faux leather with Damian Hirst designed panel on front board, end papers and quotation on the back cover. Silver blocked title on upper board and spine. Book Condition: Near Fine; just a little edge denting. Scarce in this hardback edition.

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Perfumery with Herbs.
Day, Ivan. Margaret Tebbs (Illust.)

Book Description: Darton, Longman and Todd, London, 1979. 1st Edition. Hard covers with dust-wrapper. Octavo. 218 pp. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Perfumes, incense, potpourri, etc. Glossary of plant materials. Recipes. Illustrated throughout the text. A practical book.

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Ref 10432 : £3
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A Guide to Gardening in Southern Africa.
D'Ewes, Dudley R.

Book Description: C Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 1975. Original pictorial wraps. First Edition. Oblong quarto. 105 pp. Book Condition: Good; hinges rubbed. Copy in illustrated card covers with laminate protective covering adhered to card. Inscription on Title page. Colour plates with illustrations in the text. Two images.

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Ref 10334 : £8
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Our Rarer Birds being Studies in Ornithology & Oology.
Dixon, Charles

Book Description: Richard Bentley & Sons, London, 1888. Hard Cover. Orig. dark blue cloth with fine gilt blocked eagle on upper board. Gilt title to spine. 20 chapter head illustrations by Charles Whymper with frontis. by Keulemans. xv + 373 pp + (2) adverts. Book Condition: Good. Extrems of spine chipped and corners bumped. Spine rather dull. Otherwise very good. 8vo.

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The Game Birds and Wild Fowl of the British Islands, being a Handbook for the Naturalist and Sportsman
Dixon, Charles

Book Description: Chapman & Hall, 1895. Hard cover. Original blue cloth with gilt motif on front cover. Sl chipping to head of spine and some marks on the spine, otherwise very good. 8vo untrimmed. xv + 468 with frontis. (tissue guard foxing transferred to Title) & 12 plates. With Illustrations by A.T. Elwes, Coloured.

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Ref 10028 : £35
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The Birds of Devon: With an Introduction and Some Remarks on the Migrations of Devonshire Birds
D'Urban, W.S.M.; Mathew, The Rev.Murray A.

Book Description: London: R. H. Porter, 1895. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Contents in very good state except for the missing illustrations (Lacks the 5 chromolithograph plates (of birds), but has 3 of 4 photographic plates, 1 original photograph, mounted & 2 collotype photographs, mounted (topographical; lighthouses, etc). Has the 3 folding maps but the first map has blue crayon lines dividing the county into 9 areas (area IX is actually in Somerset!) and the outline has been traced as evidenced by the pencil track). Plain blue cloth with gilt title on spine which has a sl crease. The top of the upper hinge is split for 2 cm. Does not look like the original binding but was professionally carried out. 2nd Edition. 8vo. lxxxvii + 459 + 31 (supplement not in 1st edition) + 7 (subscribers) + maps. Bookplate of Geoffrey Gush who was awarded the Tucker Medal of the BTO, the highest accolade which can be bestowed from within ornithological ranks, in 1989. This volume looks as if it was the working copy used by Geoffrey Gush, who wrote articles for the BTO, in his ornithological exploration. This is a very scarce book but because of the condition this makes a relatively inexpensive reading copy. Two images available.

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Ref 10031 : £30
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The Forester s Handbook.
Edlin, H.L.

Book Description: Thames and Hudson, London, 1953. First Edition, Green cloth hard-covers. Octavo, xii, 395 pp. 31 photogravure plates and 12 line drawings in the text. Book Condition: Fair, rubbed spine. Clearly been used in the woods, but as this will be wanted as a practical manual, it will be more than good enough for the task! See images.

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Ref 10356 : £8
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Treasury of Garden Writings for the Royal Horticultural Society.
Elliott, Charles (editor).

Book Description: Frances Lincoln, London, 2005. Hard Cover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo, silk marker. 68 illustrations, many in colour, from the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library accompany writings on the garden and gardening from the 1st Century AD to the end of the 20th century.

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Bloodstock Breeding Winners in Europe and America.
Gill, James.

Hardback with dust-wrapper. Very good condition. D/W slightly chipped. 1977, Elm Tree Books. Extensively illustrated in black and white with colour plates. Over 300 pages and with index to nearly 3000 horses.

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A mathematician's apology.
Hardy, G. H. Snow, C. P. (foreword).

Book Description: Cambridge University Press, London and New York, 1979. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Reprinted. 12mo, 153 pp. This edition has the iconic portrait of the author on the cover. This is a classic work for scientists or non scientists who might wish to understand the ethos of Mathematics. Hardy was eccentric, radical, unorthodox but the purest of the pure mathematicians. He saw mathematics as a creative art. Not to be ignored by every generation of students, whether of sciences or the arts. C P Snow’s Foreword (50 pages!) helps put Hardy in perspective amid the intellectuals of the period.

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The Book of Air & Water Wonders.
Hawks, Ellison.

Harrap, London. 1938. Hardcover. (Original Cloth). 272 pp., illustrated with black-and-white photographic frontispiece and thirty plates, tables, 24 figures in text, index. Book Condition: Very Good. No dust-wrapper. Here he describes in plain language the wonders of air and water as found in nature. He tells of the atmosphere -- its composition, extent, pressure and temperature; of dew, mist and fog; of clouds, lightning, rain, and hail; of seasons, climate, and winds; of storms, including cyclones, tornadoes, and water spouts; of snow, frost, and ice; of glaciers and iceberg; of streams and rivers; of waterfalls and lakes. Not a common book but this original is less than half the price of printed on demand replicas!

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The Fern Paradise. A Plea for the Culture of Ferns. Illustrated Edition
Heath, Francis George

Book Description: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1880. Foster, Birket (illustrator). Hard Cover. Original decorated cloth. xvi + 474 pp. Sixth Edition. Sm. 8vo. Green cloth boards, gold-stamped design. Brown endpapers. Frontispiece with laid-on photograph, title page with engraved border. "The woodbury-type frontispiece, and the three other woodbury-type illustrations are reduced from the negatives of photographs taken for the Author by Messrs Brinley and Son, of Totnes." Eight illustrations from drawings by Birket Foster. The eight fern plates were made by a new process: "The fronds were laid upon white card-board, grouped in the manner shown on the plates. By a new and laborious process their actual impress was taken, and the identical figures thus obtained were photographed on the blocks of the engraver, ..." Book Condition: Very Good. Text and plates bright and clean. Lower hinge shaky internally. Extrems of spine and corners a little bumped. A few small bleached spots on the bottom of the boards.

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Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London (later the Royal Horticultural Society, the RHS), Volume IV for 1820 & 1821. (First Series), plus the Transactions for 1822. Complete with all Coloured Plates!
Horticultural Society of London

Book Description: Printed by W. Nicol successor to W. Bulmer & Co., London, 1822. First edition. Large quarto with wide margins. Volume IV covers papers read in the years 1820 to 1821. Additionally bound with the papers for 1822. This is a rare volume dating back to the very beginning of the Horticultural Society of London, which was founded in 1804 and later became the Royal Horticultural Society (the RHS) that we know today. The papers cover a wide range of Horticultural subjects including experience of growing species in different parts of the country, by head gardeners and the landed gentry. Many well known names in the history of the garden contributed to the Society in these early years. A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, coloured à la poupée (a time-consuming but effective method of inking the plate, whereby the printer inked up the different colours by the use of selective dabbing, sometimes finished by hand touching), and by hand. Book Condition: Most volumes offered for sale lack most, if not all, of the coloured plates. In this copy, all 22 called for plates are present; 1 is folding. 11 Plates: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21 are coloured. ADDITIONALLY, in this volume are the complete papers for the following year, 1822, with 3 more plates (all called for), 2 coloured. Of the 13 coloured plates, at least 9 are believed to be by William Jackson Hooker, considered one of the most inspired botanical illustrators. Drawings of these fruits by him are listed in the RHS Library catalogue and 5 plates actually have Hooker’s name engraved on them. Galleries can be found on the internet offering these plates at $200 to $350 each! The text is complete with Preface (vi); an Advertisement; a list of contents and of the plates, (16 pp); + 573 pp. + Appendix 10 pp. Lists of Drawings, Medals and Rewards; a list of books presented to the Library; the Banksian Medal and a list of Recipients; a List of Authors and an Index, blank. (48 pp). Also in this volume are the papers given in 1822. The text is complete with an Advertisement; a list of contents and of the plates, (iv); + 174 pp. + Lists of Drawings, Medals and Rewards; a list of Recipients of the Banksian Medal and Certificates; and a list of books presented to the Library. (22 pp). The volume is bound in the original half Morocco with green cloth to the boards. The spine has a blocked gilt title within an elaborately decorated frame. There has been professional restoration of the front hinge. The edges to the leather have gilt rulings and blind decoration. The cloth is somewhat worn and faded with a few stains and corners are bumped. All edges gilt. “Watered silk” endpapers. Tissue guards to all the plates. The engraved title is a little foxed. By and large the rest of the volume is free of foxing and although a few of the black and white plates are foxed, the coloured plates are clean. There is some evidence of pressed leaves dating back, probably, to the 19th century. This volume is heavy, 3 Kg, so email me with your location so as to agree the carrier and cost.

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Ref 10170 : £325
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Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London Volume II. (First Series)
Horticultural Society of London

Book Description: Printed by W. Bulmer and sold by J. Hatchard, London, 1818. Second edition. Large quarto with wide margins. Volume II covers papers read in the years 1812 to 1817. This is a rare volume dating back to the very beginning of the Horticultural Society of London, which was founded in 1804 and later became the Royal Horticultural Society (the RHS) that we know today. The papers cover a wide range of Horticultural subjects including experience of growing species in different parts of the country, designs for forcing houses, etc., by head gardeners and the landed gentry. Many well known names in the history of the garden contributed to the Society in these early years. A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, coloured à la poupée (a time-consuming but effective method of inking the plate, whereby the printer inked up the different colours by the use of selective dabbing, sometimes finished by hand touching), and by hand. Book Condition: Most volumes offered for sale lack most, if not all, of the coloured plates. This volume has 30 plates in all; 2 are folding. 14 Plates: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 27 & 28** are coloured. Of the 14 coloured plates, at least 11 are believed to be by William Jackson Hooker, considered one of the most inspired botanical illustrators. Drawings of these fruits by him are listed in the RHS Library catalogue. Plate 19 (Ord Apple) and Plate 28* (Fruit of the Long-yen), have been excised. The text is complete with Preface (viii); The Charter of the Horticultural Society of London with a fine engraved headpiece after Reubens; an Advertisement; a list of contents and of the plates, (xxiv). Preliminary Observations on the volume by a Fellow of the Royal Society, (viii) + 410 pp. + Appendix 10 pp. Lists of Drawings, Medals, and Index plus a List of Authors. (26 pp). The volume is bound in the original half Morocco, with green cloth to the boards. The spine has a blocked gilt title within an elaborately decorated frame. The edges to the leather have gilt rulings and blind decoration. The cloth is somewhat worn and faded, corners are bumped and the hinges have been replaced using a matching cloth, preserving the “watered silk” endpapers. All edges gilt, a trifle rubbed. Tissue guards to all the plates. The engraved title is a little foxed. By and large the rest of the volume is free of foxing and although a few of the black and white plates are foxed, the coloured plates are clean. A couple of plates have closed edge tears. This volume is heavy, 2 Kg, so email me with your location so as to agree the carrier and cost.

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Ref 10171 : £275
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The Naturalist's Library Vol. XXV Mammalia Amphibious Carnivora
Jardine, William and Hamilton, Robert

Book Description: London, W H Allen, 1884. Hard cover. Sm Octavo (6 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches) original red cloth with gilt and blind blocking. Fine. Partly unopened. Frontispiece, engraved vignette title and 31 other plates, 28 hand coloured. Three wonderfully imaginative plates of sea serpents and giant cuttle fish. Several engravings in the text. Text by Robert Hamilton, Memoir of Peron. A very fine bright copy except for sunned and marginally bumped spine. Two images available.

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The Naturalist's Library Vol. XVII Mammalia: British Quadrupeds
Jardine, William and MacGillivray, W.

Book Description: London, W H Allen, 1884. Hard cover. Sm Octavo (6 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches) original red cloth with gilt and blind blocking. VG. Partly unopened. Frontispiece, engraved vignette title and 34 other hand coloured plates. Several engravings in the text. Text by Robert Hamilton, Memoir of Ulysses Aldrovandi. A very nice copy except for sunned and chipped head of spine. Two images available.

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Ref 10046 : £65
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British Wild Flowers
Loudon, Mrs J

Book Description: James Nelson, London, 3rd. edition, 1859. Half-Leather. 4to. Pp. xvi, 311 + 60 Plates. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Weight 2.5 kg. Book Condition: Very Good. 60 fine large lithographic plates with original hand colouring hand-coloured plates as called for, all bright with paper guards and only occasional slight finger marks. Contemporary half morocco with gilt decorated spine, a trifle rubbed and frayed at extrems. A very attractive copy having generally clean pages with just occasional spotting and finger marks mainly on the text pages. The 60 plates are very finely hand-coloured and almost entirely free of foxing. This is a very nice copy of the very popular book by Jane Wells Loudon (née Webb) was an author, a prolific writer on botanical, horticultural and natural science subjects and a magazine editor. Jane studied botany after her marriage to author and landscape designer John Claudius Loudon. She attended lectures by the renowned botanist John Lindley, after whom the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Lindley Library is named, and often wrote up her notes as articles. She travelled widely with her husband, acting as secretary to him on trips throughout the British Isles, helping him to compile, record and edit his books and periodicals, working as his literary assistant, into the early hours of the morning. Increased debt incurred during her marriage caused Jane to turn to writing again herself. She had started early in life writing fiction and science fiction anonymously but now she started writing gardening books that were extremely popular, especially with women, together with books on plants, botany and this item, British Wild Flowers.

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Ref 10169 : £395
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The Frampton Flora.
Mabey, Richard.

Book Description: Published by Published by Century Publishing, London, 1985. First and only edition. Small quarto. 192pp. Hard-back in illustrated boards with dust-wrapper, not price clipped. Half title signed and dated May 1st 1985 by the Author and Henriette Clifford, who arranged publication with her husband Peter Clifford whose extended family produced the paintings in the nineteenth century. Packed with beautifully reproduced paintings which are arranged in seven sections according to their situations, after an informative introduction. Many of these paintings were made from sketches taken in the countryside around Frampton on Severn in the Berkeley Vale, Gloucestershire, during the third and fourth decade of the nineteenth century by the Clifford sisters and their aunts. Book Condition: As new, except for minimal shelf wear to foot of spine. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, is in fine condition. Four images.

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Ref 10265 : £25
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Markhams Maister-peece
Markham, Gervase

Markhams maister-peece: containing all knowledge belonging to the smith, farrier, or horse-leech, touching the curing of all diseases in horses: drawne with great paine, and most approved experience, from the publick practise of all the forraigne horse-marshals in Christendome; and from the private practise of all the best farriers of this land. Being divided into two bookes. The first containing all cures physicall: the second all belonging to chyrurgery; with an addition of 160. principall chapters, and 370. most excellent medicines, never written of, nor mentioned in any authour whatsoever. Together with the true nature, use, and quality of every simple spoken of through the whole worke. Now the seventh time newly imprinted, corrected, and augmented, with above thirty new chapters, and above forty new medicines that are most certaine and approved; and heretofore never published, which you shall finde noted thus (a hand with pointing finger). All which never was before made knowne, but concealed in the authors breast for his owne credit. Written by Gervase Markham, Gent. Imprinted at London by William Wilson, and are to be sold in Pauls Church-yard, or in any other part of London, 1651. Quarto in a handsome eighteenth century (?) full calf binding with gilt rulings to the boards, blind tooling to the board edges, a spine with 5 raised bands, gilt rulings and a label with the title, gilt. Page edges sprinkled. Corners gently bumped and the boards pitted in a few places, (see images) but the binding is strong. A few page corners folded during printing. Period ink symbols in two margins and George Sayer’s signature in margin of engraved title. Bookplate of Harold Newgass on the front pastedown. A really fine complete copy save for just one plate which is provided in facsimile. (16). The first leaf bears The minde or meaning of the frontispeece on verso facing the additional engraved title page of 10 illustrations of the “Compleat Horse-man” with title Markhams maister:peece and signed Ren. Elstrak sculpsit. Printed Title. Prelims. “The first booke containing all cures physicall”, pp1-231. “The second booke: containing all cures chyrurgicall, has separate title page dated 1651 & continues to p591; pagination and register are continuous. (24), Postscript and Indexes. The last leaf is blank. (The typesetting of the pagination becomes eccentric from p453 on but the signatures collate complete). 4 full-page text woodcuts (2 folding, one shaved to full page but shows all 15 tools described) and a dozen or so small woodcuts in the text). The full page illustrations are of the veins and two of the skeleton of the horse and one of the farrier’s tools. There is also 1 folding woodcut plate, provided in facsimile. The only fully complete copy of this edition that I can find being currently offered for sale is at €15,000!

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Ref 10505 : £1,450
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They Still Meet at Eleven
Meads, Jim. Illustrated by John King

Book Description: The Standfast Press, Cherington, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK. 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good with just a small loss of colour at the foot of the spine and the inside top edges of the boards. The boards themselves and the inside pages are Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine, unclipped. First Edition. xii + 141 pp., 70 photos and many line drawings. Lge 4to.

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Ref 10057 : £25
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Historic Gardens of Cornwall.
Mowl, Timothy.

Book Description: Tempus Publishing, Gloucestershire, 2005. Soft pictorial cover. No Jacket. First edition. 192 pp. Book Condition: Near Fine. Research work funded by The Leverhulme Trust. The author looks at the development of gardens in this favoured part of England over the centuries and their position now. With colour and black & white photographs throughout. A scarce work.

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Ref 10301 : £12
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Newman s birds of Southern Africa updated.
Newman, Kenneth.

Book Description: Southern Book Publishers, Johannesburg, 1988. Tall thick 8vo. 472pp. Glossy illustrated covers, softback. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Previous owner's name on end paper and very minor creases to covers. Illustrated with over two thousand colour paintings on 209 full-colour plates and distribution maps.

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Ref 10193 : £5
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Aus Wald Und Flur Pflanzen Unserer Heimat
Noldner, Walter

Book Description: Hamburg-Bahrenfeld, Cigaretten-Bilderdienst, 1937. Soft Cover. 4to. 128 pp. Comprises 175 large (12 x 8 cm) and very large (12x 17 cm) format coloured cigarette "cards" which are pasted in a large format "album" which is more a botanical handbook on the native plants of Germany with a very full textual explanation (in German). Book Condition: Very Good. One card is slightly creased and there are crayon marks on two pages and two leaves have minor tears at foot. First.

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Ref 10091 : £10
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Collection of British Field Sports. Facsimile Edition
Orme, Edward

Book Description: Charles W. Traylen, Guildford, c.1955. Twenty, very large eight-colour printed facsimile plates depicting various forms of hunting, shooting and racing plus a fine illustrated Title and an Index with a large illustration. Orig. plain limp card wrappers in dust jacket. Oblong folio. This is probably the rarest of all British Sporting books and even this facsimile is scarce with individual plates being advertised in the US at $200 or more each. Book condition: Many of the plates are loose but all are in fine condition. Dust Jacket Condition: Spotted and with a crease. A very large volume being 55 cms by 45 cms. It will need special packing Orig. plain limp card wrappers in dust jacket. Four images available.

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Ref 10164 : £140
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The Wildlife of the Royal Estates
Page, Robin

Book Description: Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1984. Hard Cover. Orig. black cloth. 4to. 240 pp. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket: Very Good. First Edition.

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Ref 10089 : £5
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Everyday Science: A Course of General Science, related to Human Activities.
Parsons, L. M.

Book Description: MacMillan and Company Limited, London. 1936. First edition reprinted with corrections. Hardcover. Green boards, black titles & decoration on front board & spine. 695 pages with 381 excellent period illustrations, see image. Book Condition: Very Good with few little paler areas on the spine and pencil marks on the fore edge. Owner's name inside. This volume is so much nicer than the printed on demand copies and much, much less expensive!!

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Ref 10220 : £7
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The Grammar of Science (Everyman's Library No.939).
Pearson, Karl.

Book Description: J.M. Dent & Sons, London, 1951. Hard-covers. 16mo, xxv + 357 pp. Book Condition: Very Good. Inscribed by previous owner. No dust-jacket. This classic book’s purpose was to be a critical survey of the fundamental concepts of modern science. Figures in the text.

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The Ferns of Great Britain, and Their Allies The Club-Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails
Pratt, Anne

Book Description: London. Frederick Warne & Co., n.d. Hard Cover. vi + 174pp. (inc 10 page index) Some illus. in text and with 41 coloured plates, each with heavy duty guard sheet. Prize binding in three quarter leather and rexine to boards with 5 raised bands and black and gilt tooling to the spine and gilt edging to the leather on the boards. AEG. Handwritten presentation bookplate on front pastedown. Foxing to many text pages and a few of the plates. Otherwise in VG condition. 8vo.

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Ref 10068 : £55
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Roberts Birds of South Africa.
Roberts, Austin (revised by G. R. McLachlan & R. Liversidge).

Book Description: The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, 1978. Hard rexine covers with dust-wrapper. Fourth Edition. Octavo, xxxii + 660 pp. 72 colour plates. Book Condition: Very good. Slight darkening to top of front board. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair, toned spine and strengthened top.

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Ref 10418 : £6
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Lehrbuch Der Naturkunde, Methodisch behandelt f r die Verschiedenen Stufen der Volksschule
Sandmeier, Melchior

Book Description: Sauerländer, Aarau, 1850. Hard Cover. Three quarter black calf with five raised bands and gilt and blind tooling. Book Condition. Good but spine is damaged at the head and there is a hole in one of the panels and the leather is generally worn. The content is foxed in some parts but the binding is strong. Pencil dedication on Title dated 1877. The gilt and light brown label is wrongly stamped "Naturtunde". All edges coloured but faded. Two volumes bound in one. xvi + 476 + 4pp adverts & xvi + 384. Vol 1 has 31 plates and both vols have numerous illustrations in the text.

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Ref 10072 : £35
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The Woodlander.
Seymour, John.

Book Description: Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1983. Hard covers with dust-wrapper, gilt titles, first edition, 128 pp. Black and white illustrations by Sally Seymour. Book Condition: Near fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near fine. A celebration of the forester in their own words with discussion of practical forestry.

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Ref 10408 : £4
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An Introduction to Physiological and Systematical Botany.
Smith, James Edward.

Book Description: London, printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1825. Fifth edition, corrected and enlarged. Large 8vo, xxi (xxii blank), 435pp (436 adverts), uncut, 15 hand-coloured engraved plates of the elements of plants. Book Condition: Original pink sugar paper covered boards, re-backed with paper label on new cloth spine; some wear to the boards, but generally a very good copy. The technical definitions are illustrated by 214 excellent figures engraved for the work on 15 copper plates superbly hand coloured and very fresh. This is Smith’s most successful work, appearing first in 1807 and going through six editions in his lifetime.

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Ref 10485 : £85
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The Magnificent Botanical Library Of The Stiftung Fur Botanik Vaduz Liechtenstein Collected By The Late Arpad Plesch Part I, A - G
Sotheby & Co

Book Description: Sotheby & Co , London, 1975. Hard Cover. 250 pages with fine black and white illustrations, one colour plate. Spine sunned and very short tear at head. A few marks on front board, 4 numbers (lots?) inscribed in blue pen in corner of the front board. Otherwise very good condition, pale grey papered boards with black titles. Auction Catalogue 16 & 17 June 1975 to this famous botanical library giving a wealth of bibliographical information. Two images available.

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Ref 10076 : £8
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The Renaissance Garden in England.
Strong, Roy.

Book Description: Thames & Hudson, London, 1998. Soft Cover. 240 pp, octavo. First paper-back edition. Book Condition: Near Fine. In memory of all those gardens destroyed by Capability Brown and his successors.

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The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England including the Rural and Domestic Recreations, May Games, Mummeries, Shows, Processions, Pageants & Pompous Spectacles
Strutt, Joseph & Hone, William

..... from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. Book Description: William Tegg & Co., Cheapside, London. Third edition reprinted 1850. Hard Cover. New edition with copious index. Large 8vo. lxvii + 420pp. 136 illustrations in text. Publisher's purple blind stamped cloth covers, gilt title and decoration to spine of Roman man with falcon, bows & arrows, greyhound, etc. Book Condition: Rather worn all round and the decoration is rubbed and fading. Extrems of spine bumped sand worn. The contents are in very good condition and have been neatly secured by black cloth tape which does not interfere with the book lists that make up the end papers.

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Hawbuck Grange
Surtees, R.S.

Book Description: Bradbury, Agnew & Co., London, n.d. Hard Cover. Original gilt and black pictorial on red cloth with bevelled boards. H K Browne (Phiz), and W T Maude, illustrators. 8vo. (xii) + 257 pp +30 pp Sketch of Robert Smith Surtees + 30 pp on John Leech and his illustrations to Surtees works. Subscription edition. Printed for subscribers from the plates of the Original Edition issued by Bradbury, Agnew & Co. 8 hand coloured engravings plus 13 full page black & white engravings and more in the text. Book Condition: very good except for the usual sunned spine and a chip from it at the head. See images.

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Ref 10263 : £18
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Mr. Romford's Hounds
Surtees, R.S.

Book Description: Bradbury, Agnew & Co., London, n.d. Hard Cover. Original gilt and black pictorial cloth with bevelled boards, rebacked. John Leech, H K Browne (Phiz), etc., illustrators. 8vo. viii + 405 pp. Hand coloured vignette to Title & 24 hand-coloured steel engraved plates mostly by John Leech, 4 full page b/w engravings and many text illustrations. Book Condition: Fair. Re-backed with the original spine laid down. Spine considerably faded. Water spots to lower board. Corners bumped. Title browned and some plates have marks to the page edges. One or two grubby pages. One leaf re-joined. New endpapers. Otherwise Good.

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Flowers : Their Origin, Shapes, Perfumes and Colours.
Taylor, J E

Book Description: Edinburgh: John Grant, 1906. 4th Edition. Hard Cover. xxiv + 347 pp. Pale blue fine grained cloth with red lettering and black blocked design on upper board and spine. Book Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed, small mark on upper board. Neat inscription on ffep. Illustrated with 32 colour figures, by Sowerby and 161 woodcuts.

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Our Common British Fossils & where to find them
Taylor, J.E.

Book Description: Routledge, London, 1885. Hard Cover. Orig. blue cloth, blind stamped title on upper board, gilt title on spine. 331 illustrations. Book Condition: Good. sl. rubbed hinges, sl loss of colour from edge of upper board (from damp?), interior clean.

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Ref 10103 : £11
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Biology for Everyman.
Thomson, J. Arthur.

Book Description: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London, 1934; 1936 & ‘38 reprints. Hard Covers. Small 8vo. 2 volumes, 1561 pages, 492 illustrations. Edited by E.J. Holmyard. Book Condition: Very Good. Original publisher’s green cloth. No dustwrappers. No foxing. Neat single inscription on ffep to Vol 1. These volumes are so much nicer than the printed on demand copies that have to warn buyers: ..... may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc., ....... and much cheaper too! The purpose of this book was to give the public a complete and profusely illustrated guide to life in its manifold forms without it being a text book.

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Chasing Around Britain.
Tyrrel, John.

Hardback with dust-wrapper, near fine condition. 1990, The Crowood Press. Extensively illustrated in black and white as well as colour illustrations. Covers steeplechase courses in England, Scotland and the Welsh Borders.

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Gardening in Southern Africa. The Flower Garden.
van der Spuy, Una.

Book Description: Juta & Co., Cape Town, South Africa, 1973. Hard covers, pictorial board. Octavo, 286 pp. Illustrated throughout the text plus plates, some coloured. Flowers throughout the seasons, planting plans and index. Book Condition: Fair. Contents clean but boards somewhat rubbed. See image.

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The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne 1813, Facsimile
White, Gilbert

Book Description: Ray Society, London. 1993. Hard Cover. Facsimile edition. Quarto. xxxi + xi + 588 pp, 12 illustrations, including folding frontis and 11 plates (1 in colour). Very thick 4to. Original green cloth with gilt portrait on upper board, aeg. Book Condition: Fine in d/w (just a little creased). The gilt edges have a few small marks. Two images available.

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Ref 10133 : £35
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Wildlife in Wessex - A Naturalists' Guide
Whitlock, Ralph

Book Description: Moonraker Press, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, 1976. Hard Cover. Pictorial laminated boards. No Jacket as issued. 8vo. Book Condition: New and unused. Covers: Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Avon, West Berkshire and East Devon. Maps and engravings and photographs.

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