Antiquariaat Junk - personalized rss feed http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/ Antiquariaat Junk B.V. - Search criteria: Subject: England / Great Britain MOFFET, T. - Insectorum sive Minimorum Animalium Theatrum: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum ... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9866&s_currency= MOFFET, T.

Insectorum sive Minimorum Animalium Theatrum: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum ...

Londini, ex Officina typographica Thom. Cotes, 1634. Folio (295 x 190mm). pp. (20), 326, (4), title-page with woodcut of a bee hive surrounded by various insects and about 500 woodcuts in the text, 4 full pages with woodcuts of insects at end. Later vellum.

First edition, third issue, with the same collation as given by Lisney (Bibliography of British Lepidoptera, p. 8), who also amply describes the other issues and the interesting and complicated genesis of the work. It is the first book dealing entirely with Entomology to be published in the British Isles. "Ulysses Aldrovandi's 'De Animalibus insectis' (1602) was the first book to be devoted to insects... It was followed by Thomas Moffet's (1525-1605) 'Theatrum Insectorum' in 1634. The manuscript of this remarkable work, the first book on insects to appear in England, was actually begun before Aldrovandi's but its publication was delayed; however when it eventually appeared the book proved to be very successful and sold well... The woodcuts in the printed work are superior to those in the Aldrovandi work, and many of the butterflies can be identified" (P. Gilbert p. 2). Moffet's work remained unpublished during his lifetime, the manuscript eventuelly came into the hands of the physician and scholar, Sir Theodore de Mayerne who was able to find a publisher. Last leaf with small paper repair at the lower outer corner, the missing legs of an insect have been supplied by pendrawing. A few leaves with some tiny marginal worming. An attractive copy of this important work. Nissen ZBI, 2852.

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SOWERBY, J. - Coloured figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9828&s_currency= SOWERBY, J.

Coloured figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms.

London, printed by J. Davis and sold by the Author, 1797-1803, (1815). 3 volumes, bound in 2. Folio(320 x 200mm). With 440 hand-coloured engraved plates on 436 leaves. Contemporary binding with new richly gilt ornamented and lettered spines and old marbled boards.

The most attractive illustrated English work on mycology ever published, and a famous classic in its field. It was Sowerby himself who did the drawing and engraving of the plates, which are all beautifully handcoloured. James Sowerby sometimes printed the plate in a colour other than black. Our copy includes the rare supplement which is often lacking. "James Sowerby dedicated his 'Coloured figures of English fungi' to Sir Joseph Banks and J.E. Smith jointly. 'To the first of these gentleman', wrote Sowerby 'I have great obligations for granting me access to the first library in the world, as well as most ready assistance in any enquiry whatever relating to natural history'" (Henry, British Botanical and Horticultural Lit. II, p. 263). Provenance: Armorial engraved bookplate with crown and monogram on inside cover. Nissen BBI, 1874; Stafleu & Cowan 12.490.

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AYLESFORD COUNTESS- BOTANICAL WATERCOLOURS- (Louisa Finch, Countess of Aylesford, 1760-1832). - Two albums of original botanical watercolours. 2 volumes. Large folio (500 x 390mm), c. 1790-1820. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9672&s_currency= AYLESFORD COUNTESS- BOTANICAL WATERCOLOURS- (Louisa Finch, Countess of Aylesford, 1760-1832).

Two albums of original botanical watercolours. 2 volumes. Large folio (500 x 390mm), c. 1790-1820.

Comprising: GRASSES, 1 page manuscript index and 99 original watercolours mounted within watercolour borders & CLASS V. ORDER 2 TO 6, 1 page manuscript index and 84 original watercolours mounted within watercolour borders. Contemporary uniformly Russia, blind-tooled decorative borders around blind-stamped central coat-of-arms of the Earl of Aylesford to covers, gilt greek key turn-ins, uniformly rebacked, richly gilt decorated spines in 7 compartments, with red gilt lettered label, gilt edges.

An interesting pair of volumes featuring highly accomplished and detailed watercolours by Louisa, Countess of Aylesford, from a set of twenty-seven volumes originally sold from the Aylesford Library at Christie's in 1888. She was born at Longleat in Wiltshire, the eldest daughter of Thomas Thynne, 1st Marquess of Bath, she married Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford. The volume on grasses has a caption below each image giving the English and Latin nomenclature of the plants, the exact date as well as in most cases the name Packington (the Aylesford estate at Packington) where the plants were probably collected and drawn. The second volume pictures plants as Chenopodium, Gentiana, Pimpinella, Oenanthe, Caucalis, as well as a number of Umbelliferous plants. The fine drawings show Louisa to have been not only an accomplished draughtswoman but also a keen student of botany. Two mounts empty and some sheets missing from the numerical sequences.

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WILKES, B. - One hundred and twenty copper-plates of English Moths and Butterflies, representing their changes into the Caterpillar, Chrysalis, and Fly States, and the Plants, Flowers, and Fruits, whereon they feed. Coloured with great exactness from the subjects themselves. With a Natural History of the Moths and Butterflies, describing the method of managing, preserving, and feeding them... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9663&s_currency= WILKES, B.

One hundred and twenty copper-plates of English Moths and Butterflies, representing their changes into the Caterpillar, Chrysalis, and Fly States, and the Plants, Flowers, and Fruits, whereon they feed. Coloured with great exactness from the subjects themselves. With a Natural History of the Moths and Butterflies, describing the method of managing, preserving, and feeding them...

London, Benjamin White, 1773. 4to (307 x 265mm). pp. (2), 8, (22), 63, (1), (4), with 120 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary green half morocco, spine in 6 compartments with gilt ornamented butterflies, lines and lettering.

Second edition. The first edition was published 1747-49, by the same publisher. One of the most beautifully illustrated works on English butterflies and moths, most of the plants, fruits, and flowers of the fine plates are after drawings by George Ehret and Jacob van Huysum. In the preface of the present work Henry Baker, who compiled the text for Wilkes, writes: "As to the Plants, Flowers and Fruits, he [Wilkes] declares himself under the highest obligation to a most curious Naturalist, and worthy member of the Royal Society of London, whose costly and valuable Collection is known to the learned world, and esteemed as it derserves. This Gentleman has generously permitted him to make use of many excellent Paintings of these subjects, which were taken from Nature by those two celebrated Artists Mr. George Dennis [sic] Ehret, and Mr. Jacobus van Heysum [sic], and executed with the utmost Judgment and Command of Pencil, so that he could hardly doubt but that the true Copies of them would give great Pleasure to the Lovers of Botany, whom he has endeavoured to entertain with all the Variety he could introduce". The 'most curious Naturalist' is Joseph Banks who had purchased some 65 finished drawings by Ehret. "Benjamin Wilkes was one of the most significant of the group of eighteenth-century 'aurelians' which established British entomology in the direction it was to follow for well over a century" (Wilkinson, Benjamin Wilkes, the British Aurelian p. 4). It has only recently been rediscovered that the plates of Wilkes' work were to a large extent after drawings by the most renowned botanical painters of the 18th century, George Ehret 'Flower painter extraordinary' and Jacob van Huysum. A fine copy . Nissen ZBI, 4410a; Lisney 186.

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DONOVAN, E. - The Natural History of British Fishes, including scientific and general descriptions of the most interesting species, and an extensive selection of accurately finished coloured plates. Taken entirely from original drawings, purposely made from the specimens in a recent state, and for the most part whilst living. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9627&s_currency= DONOVAN, E.

The Natural History of British Fishes, including scientific and general descriptions of the most interesting species, and an extensive selection of accurately finished coloured plates. Taken entirely from original drawings, purposely made from the specimens in a recent state, and for the most part whilst living.

London, printed for the author and for F. and C. Rivington, 1802-1808. 5 volumes. 8vo (235 x 142mm). With 120 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates and explanatory text. Contemporary green half morocco, richly gilt decorated spines with gilt lettering.

First edition of one of the finest works on fishes. " ... the paint is laid on so thickly that it is frequently impossible to see the engraved lines underneath. The already rich colouring is heightened by the addition of burnished highlights, albumen overglazes and metallic paints to give an overall effect reminiscent of the work of a miniaturist. Surprisingly, these techniques were often combined to produce a very pleasing and delicate effect: the multiple ruses of the colourist triumph over the draughtsman's numerous failures. Donovan overreached himself and died penniless ..." (Dance, Art of natural History p. 87). Edward Donovan (1768-1837) was a Anglo-Irish naturalist and the author of a number of important natural history works which stand out for their perfection of execution. Best known are probably his publications of the insects of China and India. He was a Fellow of the Linnaean Society and the Wernerian Natural History Society. The title-page to the last volume has not been bound in. A nice uniformly bound set. Nissen ZBI, 1141; Dean I, 330.

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BEWICK, T. - History of British Birds. The figures engraved on wood by T. Bewick. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9582&s_currency= BEWICK, T.

History of British Birds. The figures engraved on wood by T. Bewick.

Newcastle, Printed by Sol. Hodgson/ Edward Walker, 1797-1804. 2 volumes. 8vo (210 x 125mm). pp. (2), xxx, 335, (1), with 208 wood-engravings; pp. xx, 400 with 240 wood-engravings. Contemporary green morocco, richly gilt decorated spines with gilt lettering, gilt panelled sides, inside dentelles, gilt edges.

A superbly bound copy by Zaehnsdorf, one of the finest London bookbinders of the period. Signature of Mrs. N.D. Bewick on free endpaper. Rare first edition and the best possible copy one can possible get. Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) is best known for his 'History of British Birds', which is admired today mainly for its wood engravings, especially the small, sharply observed, and often humorous vignettes known as tail-pieces. He is credited with popularising, a technical innovation in the printing of illustrations using wood. He adopted metal-engraving tools to cut hard boxwood across the grain, producing printing blocks that could be integrated with metal type, but were much more durable than traditional woodcuts. The result was high quality illustration at a low price. The text of the first volume deals with 'Land Birds' is by Beilby and the second volume 'Water Birds' is by Bewick. All the wood engravings are by Bewick. Zimmer p. 57; Nissen IVB, 95

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GREVILLE, R.K. - Scottish Cryptogamic Flora, or coloured figures and descriptions of cryptogamic plants, belonging chiefly to the order Fungi; and intended to serve as a continuation of English botany. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9537&s_currency= GREVILLE, R.K.

Scottish Cryptogamic Flora, or coloured figures and descriptions of cryptogamic plants, belonging chiefly to the order Fungi; and intended to serve as a continuation of English botany.

Edinburgh, Maclachlan & Stewart, 1823-1828. 6 volumes. Royal-8vo (240 x 150mm). With 360 fine hand-coloured engraved plates and descriptive text. Contemporary green half morocco, richly gilt spines with gilt lettering, marbled sides, gilt edges.

A fine set of this beautifully illustrated work on Scottish fungi which was published in 72 monthlyparts with 5 plates each and was intended as a continuation of Sowerby's 'English Botany'. "Das Werk gehört zu den für die Pilzsystematik bedeutenden colorierten Tafelwerke" (Dörfelt & Herklau, Die Geschichte der Mykologie p. 350). Robert Kaye Greville (1794-1866) was a Scottish mycologist and made important contributions to Scottish mycology. "Greville beautifully illustrated this work, and the treatment is also of high quality. New species were described, and a number of new combinations proposed...' (Margadant p. 131). Provenance: Armorial bookplate of John Dunkin (1782-1846) who was an English topographer. Nissen BBI, 757; Stafleu & Cowan 2160.

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SOWERBY, J. - Coloured figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9502&s_currency= SOWERBY, J.

Coloured figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms.

London, printed by J. Davis and sold by the Author, 1797-1803, (1815). 3 volumes. Folio (320 x 200mm). With 440 hand-coloured engraved plates on 436 leaves. Later gilt ornamented half calf with red and green gilt lettered labels, marbled sides.

The most attractive illustrated English work on mycology ever published, and a famous classic in its field. It was Sowerby himself who did the drawing and engraving of the plates, which are all beautifully handcoloured. James Sowerby sometimes printed the plate in a colour other than black. Our copy includes the rare supplement which is often lacking. "James Sowerby dedicated his 'Coloured figures of English fungi' to Sir Joseph Banks and J.E. Smith jointly. 'To the first of these gentleman', wrote Sowerby 'I have great obligations for granting me access to the first library in the world, as well as most ready assistance in any enquiry whatever relating to natural history'" (Henry, British Botanical and Horticultural Lit. II, p. 263). A fine and unusually fresh copy without any foxing to the plates. Provenance: bookplate of Arpad Plesch, famous collector of botanical books. Nissen BBI, 1874; Stafleu & Cowan 12.490.

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BROWN, T. - Illustrations of the recent Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland, with the description and localities of all the species, marine, land, and fresh-water. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9462&s_currency= BROWN, T.

Illustrations of the recent Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland, with the description and localities of all the species, marine, land, and fresh-water.

Second edition, greatly enlarged. London, Smith, Elder, and Co., (1844). Folio (315 x 255mm). pp. xiii, (1), 144, with 62 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spine with gilt shell ornaments (upper hinges splitting at foot of spine).

Thomas Brown (1785-1862) was a British naturalist and malacologist. At the age of 21 he joined the Forfar and Kincardine Militia, raising to the rank of captain in 1811. From that time onward he was universally known as Captain Thomas Brown. In 1838 he became curator of the Manchester Natural History Society's Museum. He wrote a number of natural history books which were illustrated and coloured by himself. This edition contains 9 plates more than the first, published in 1827. From the preface: "Every shell, as far as possible, has been drawn from Nature, and generally from the largest and most beautiful specimens which the author could meet with". 'In some copies the plate numbers have been altered in ink' (Dance. Shells p. 58). This is also the case in the present copy. The colouring of the plates is excellent. Nissen ZBI, 609.

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BRANDER, G. - Fossilia Hantoniensia collecta, et in Musaeo Britannico deposita. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9381&s_currency= BRANDER, G.

Fossilia Hantoniensia collecta, et in Musaeo Britannico deposita.

Londini 1766. 4to (270 x 215mm). pp. (2), vi, 43, with 9 engraved plates and 1 engraved title vignette. Contemporary marbled boards, later half calf, spine with gilt lettered label.

"In 1765 Gustavus Brander (1720-1787), a prosperous London merchant of Swedish parentage, with a country residence at Christchurch, Hampshire, gave the Museum a collection of fossils, mostly molluscs, from the Hampshire cliffs. Daniel Solander (1733-1782) described them in his 'Fossila Hantoniensia...'" (Stearn, The Natural History Museum at South Kensington p. 226). The engraved plates show 123 figures, mostly shells. A reissue appeared in 1829 by W. Wood. Nissen ZBI, 535.

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WILKES, B. - Twelve new Designs of English Butterflies: Creatures whose Elegance and Variety of Beauty demand our Admiration ... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9347&s_currency= WILKES, B.

Twelve new Designs of English Butterflies: Creatures whose Elegance and Variety of Beauty demand our Admiration ...

London, B. Wilkes, 1742. Folio (410 x 310mm). 13 hand-coloured engraved plates including the dedication. Bound up with: WILKES, B. Directions for making a collection. (London n.d.). pp. 1. Later marbled boards.

First edition, first issue. Lisney in his 'Bibliography of British Lepidoptera' gives an extensive description of the first, second issue and the second Bowles's edition. "There was no true title to the plates now known as the 'Twelve New Designs', although there was certainly a 'title-page' of sorts. There were actually thirteen engraved plates, the first being a dedication 'To the Worthy Members of the Aurelian Society,' describing in its text 'Twelve New Designs of English Butterflies' to follow, hence the commonly accepted name (even though moths as well as butterflies are depicted). Twelve plates with geometrical designs of numerous British Lepidoptera follow the dedication leaf, which is in itself a 'design' as it includes a floral rondo surrounded by larvae and foodplants" (Wilkinson, R.S. in his essay on Wilkes, preceeding the Classey reprint of 'Twelve new Designs'). DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING A COLLECTION: Lisney 184. The second copy known, untill the present copy, the only copy known to have survived is the one in the British Museum (Natural History) (see Wilkinson p. 7). The heading of this folio broadsheet reads as follows: 'In order to oblige such Persons as may be desirous to make a Collection of Moths and Butterflies, though unacquainted with the Manner how, it is judged proper to lay down the following Directions.' The text is printed in two columns on one side of a single sheet. 'This folio broadsheet containing instructions to collectors was undoubtedly on sale at the same time as the 'Twelve new Designs of English Butterflies', but was at no time considered part of that work' (Lisney p. 123). '... the most momentous innovations mentioned in the 'Collecting Directions' is the use of the clap net, a design which would dominate British entomology for more than a hundred years' (Wilkinson p. 7). A fine copy with excellent colouring of the plates, except for some very slight discolouration of the paper due to faint dampstaining. Nissen ZBI, 4411

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STEPHENS, J.F. - Illustrations of British Entomology; or, a synopsis of indigenous insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9326&s_currency= STEPHENS, J.F.

Illustrations of British Entomology; or, a synopsis of indigenous insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable.

Haustellata (&) Mandibulata. London, Baldwin and Cradock/ Henry G.Bohn, 1828-1846. 12 volumes (including supplement). Royal-8vo (243 x 150mm). With 95 fine handcoloured plates. Recent red half calf, spine with 2 black gilt lettered labels.

This extensive work consists of 7 volumes comprising the Mandibulata, 4 volumes comprising the Haustellata, and 1 supplement-volume. The plates are beautifully coloured by hand, all after drawings by C.M. Curtis and J.O. Westwood. James Francis Stephens (1792-1852) 'worked for many years as a clerk in the Admiralty, London. In 1818 he was seconded to the British Museum, and on completion of his work returned to the Admiralty. He made a large insect collection, which contained many type specimens. After his retirement this collection was purchased by the British Museum. Stephens published many important works...' (Harvey, Gilbert & Martin, A Catalogue of manuscripts in the Entomological Library... 309). Plate xxxix is bound in twice and is counted as one plate. A nice copy. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Haster Hollist and bookplate of J. d'Aguilar Nissen ZBI, 3994; Horn-Schenkling 21375.

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LEWIN, W. - The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from nature, with the natural history of each species. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9303&s_currency= LEWIN, W.

The Insects of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from nature, with the natural history of each species.

Les Insects de la Grande Brétagne rangés dans un ordre systématique, gravés avec soin, et peints d'après nature. London, J. Johnson, 1795. 4to (278 x 210mm). pp. 97, (3), with 46 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary red half morocco, spine with gilt lines and lettering.

Lewin planned to publish a comprehensive work on the insects of Great Britain, however, only one volume appeared due to the death of the author. "Lewin conceived the ambition to publish a comprehensive, illustrated work on 'The Insects of Great Britain'. In the event, his untimely death prevented the completion of all but the first volume on 'Papilios', which contains significantly more species of butterflies, together with their early stages, than works by previous authors: in present day terms, some 62 species plus three recognized forms... Lewin was also the first author to follow the strict order of families, and to use Linnaean names consistently..." (M.A. Salmon. The Aurelian legacy p. 122). The text both in English and French. Nissen ZBI, 2488.

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BARBUT, J. - The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus, exemplified by various specimens of English Insects drawn from nature./ Les Genres des Insectes de Linné; constatés par divers échantillonsd'Insects d'Angleterre copiés d'après nature. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9161&s_currency= BARBUT, J.

The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus, exemplified by various specimens of English Insects drawn from nature./ Les Genres des Insectes de Linné; constatés par divers échantillonsd'Insects d'Angleterre copiés d'après nature.

Londres, J.Dixwell ..., 1781. 4to (280 x 225mm). pp. (4), xvii, (3), 371, (20), with 1 engraved frontispiece, 20 (1 folded) finely hand-coloured engraved plates and 2 plain folded plates. Recent half cloth, spine with gilt label.

The English and French text is printed in double columns. James Barbut (fl. 1776-1799) was a British naturalist and painter. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The original drawings for the above work were purchased by the Natural History Museum in London in 2000. The delicately handcoloured plates depict 299 insects. This attractive work is very similar to Harris' 'Exposition of English Insects', first published in the previous year. No details of the life and circumstances of James Barbut appear to have been recorded. Nissen ZBI, 220.

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BARBUT, J. - The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus, exemplified by various specimens of English Insects drawn from nature./ Les Genres des Insectes de Linné; constatés par divers échantillonsd'Insects d'Angleterre copiés d'après nature. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9160&s_currency= BARBUT, J.

The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus, exemplified by various specimens of English Insects drawn from nature./ Les Genres des Insectes de Linné; constatés par divers échantillonsd'Insects d'Angleterre copiés d'après nature.

Londres, J.Dixwell ..., 1781. 4to (265 x 215mm). pp. (4), xvii, (3), 371, (20), with 1 engraved hand-coloured frontispiece, 20 (1 folded) finely handcoloured engraved plates and 2 plain folded plates. Contemporary calf, richly gilt decorated spine with red gilt lettered label, sides with gilt border.

A fine copy with many of the plates hightened with gum arabic. The English and French text is printed in double columns. James Barbut (fl. 1776-1799) was a British naturalist and painter. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The original drawings for the above work were purchased by the Natural History Museum in London in 2000. The delicately handcoloured plates depict 299 insects. This attractive work is very similar to Harris' 'Exposition of English Insects', first published in the previous year. No details of the life and circumstances of James Barbut appear to have been recorded. Nissen ZBI, 220.

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MARTYN, T. - The English Entomologist, exhibiting all the Coleopterous Insects found in England; including upwards of 500 different Species, the Figures which have never before been givento the Public. The whole accurately drawn & painted after Nature, Arranged and named according to the Linnaean System./ Entomologist Anglois ouvrage où l'on a rassemblé tous les Insectes Coleoptères qui se trouvent en Angleterre et qui forment plus de 500 espèces différentes d'insectes... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9159&s_currency= MARTYN, T.

The English Entomologist, exhibiting all the Coleopterous Insects found in England; including upwards of 500 different Species, the Figures which have never before been givento the Public. The whole accurately drawn & painted after Nature, Arranged and named according to the Linnaean System./ Entomologist Anglois ouvrage où l'on a rassemblé tous les Insectes Coleoptères qui se trouvent en Angleterre et qui forment plus de 500 espèces différentes d'insectes...

London, His Academy for Illustrating and painting Natural History, 1792. Folio (345 x 272mm). pp. (8), 33, with 2 medallion engraved plates and 42 fine handcoloured engraved plates, (French text:) pp.(4), 41, (1), (4). Recent half calf, gilt lettered spine.

One of the most attractive early English colour-plate books on Coleoptera. This is the issue with the text also in French and according to Horn-Schenkling 'Sehr Selten'. "This contains a number of plates of beetles, some very splendid; they were produced by Martyn's academy for drawing and printing natural history" (Knight, Natural History Books in English 1600-1900 p. 93). "...to the illustration of all those beautiful and curious species of insects found in England, of which the greater part are either non-descripts, or their figures hitherto unpublished; and lastly, and principally, to the founding an Academy of painters of Natural History, working on principles which give a transparency with richness of colours, and a facility of execution, that are entirely new ..." (from the Introduction). The fine plates were drawn by Martyn and engraved and coloured by his 'Academy' of young men who he had trained as natural history artists. Nissen ZBI, 2726.

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SWEET, R. - The British Flower Garden; containing figures & descriptions of the most ornamental & curious hardy herbaceous plants, including annuals, biennials, & perennials; with their scientific and English names... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8680&s_currency= SWEET, R.

The British Flower Garden; containing figures & descriptions of the most ornamental & curious hardy herbaceous plants, including annuals, biennials, & perennials; with their scientific and English names...

London, W. Simpkin and R. Marshall/ J. Ridgway, 1823-1838. 7 volumes (First and second series). Royal 8vo (232 x 150mm). With 712 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Later green half morocco, spines in 5 compartments with gilt lettering.

A rare complete set containing the first and second series. Robert Sweet (1783-1835) was a horticulturist, nurseryman and author. "In 1812 he joined Colvills, the famous Chelsea nursery, having been elected a fellow of the Linnean Society"(M. Hadfield, British gardeners p. 274). Sweet published several botanical works of which the present one is the most famous. The work came out in parts over a long period for which reason complete copies are rare. The first series contains 300 plates and the second series 412 plates. Of the first series the plates are by E. Dalton Smith, the second series are by various other artists. Special attention has been paid to the colouring of the plates which are all exquisitely handcoloured. A fine set. Dunthorne 293; Nissen BBI, 1923.

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CURTIS, W. - Flora Londinensis: or Plates and Descriptions of such Plants as grow wild in the Environs of London: with their places of growth, and times of flowering; their several names according to Linnaeus and other authors: with a particular description of each plant in latin and english. To which are added their several uses in medicine, agriculture, rural oeconomy and other arts. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8670&s_currency= CURTIS, W.

Flora Londinensis: or Plates and Descriptions of such Plants as grow wild in the Environs of London: with their places of growth, and times of flowering; their several names according to Linnaeus and other authors: with a particular description of each plant in latin and english. To which are added their several uses in medicine, agriculture, rural oeconomy and other arts.

London, printed for the author, (1775-) 1777-1798. 2 volumes bound in 3. Folio (473 x 280mm). With 2 engraved title-vignettes and 432 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Recent half calf, richly gilt spine with gilt lettering in 6 compartments, marbled sides.

First edition. William Curtis is one of the great names in botany, the present work and his famous 'Botanical Magizine' are landmarks in English botany. The impressive 'Flora Londinensis' is much more comprehensive in scope than its title suggests, for it embraces most of the English flora, and as a result of which it should be properly regarded as the first colour-plate national flora. "Curtis adopted the novel plan of having specimens drawn to a uniform scale and to life size, and most of the plates display a high degree of accuracy. In the opinion of Salisbury, the majority of the figures 'represent the most successful portrayals of British wild flowers that have ever been achieved'" (Henry II, p. 67). The fine plates are by James Sowerby and Sydenham Edwards. Our copy has the list of subscribers, the indices, the 'General observations on the advantage which may result from the Introduction of the Seeds of our best Grasses' (2 leaves), and 'A catalogue of certain plants... in the environmens of Settle' (3 leaves). The book was published in 2 volumes. Nissen BBI, 440; Great Flower Books, p. 54; Stafleu & Cowan 1286.

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WILLIAMS, J. - Faunula Grustensis: being an outline of the natural contents of the Parish of Llanrwst; Comprehending some account of its general history, commerce and agriculture; also, a trioglott catalogue (in Latin, English, and Welsh) of the animals and plants found in it, with some notes thereon... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8668&s_currency= WILLIAMS, J.

Faunula Grustensis: being an outline of the natural contents of the Parish of Llanrwst; Comprehending some account of its general history, commerce and agriculture; also, a trioglott catalogue (in Latin, English, and Welsh) of the animals and plants found in it, with some notes thereon...

Llanrwst, John Jones, 1830. Small-8vo (150 x 95mm). pp. 148. Publisher's printed boards.

A very rare local natural history of Wales cataloguing all birds, animals and plants to be found inthe parish of Llanwrst. John Williams (1801-1859) naturalist and physician was born in Llansanffraid, in the Conwy valley, north Wales.

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HARVEY, W.H. - Phycologia Britannica: or a history of British Sea-Weeds, containing coloured figures, generic and specific characters, synonymes, and descriptions of all the species of Algae inhabiting the shores of the British Islands. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8662&s_currency= HARVEY, W.H.

Phycologia Britannica: or a history of British Sea-Weeds, containing coloured figures, generic and specific characters, synonymes, and descriptions of all the species of Algae inhabiting the shores of the British Islands.

London, Reeve and Benham, 1846-1851. 4 volumes. Royal-8vo (235 x 145mm). With 360 hand-coloured plates (some double-page). Later green half morocco, spines with gilt lines and lettering, gilt edges.

Second issue of the first edition. William Henry Harvey (1811-1866) was an Irish botanist and professor of botany in Dublin. The present work is a classic on the Algae of Britain and the plates belong to the best made on this subject. "This was W.H. Harvey's magnificent crowning work on the seaweeds, 'Phycologia Britannica' ... A pioneering example of collaborative investigation by a network of collectors, many of them women, scattered around the coasts of Britain and Ireland... to become the standard work of reference on the subject for at least a generation" (D.E. Allen. Books and Naturalists pp. 211-2). Nissen BBI, 806.

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CURTIS, W. - Flora Londinensis: containing a history of the Plants indigenous to Great Britain, illustrated by figures of the natural size. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8522&s_currency= CURTIS, W.

Flora Londinensis: containing a history of the Plants indigenous to Great Britain, illustrated by figures of the natural size.

A new edition, enlarged by George Graves and William Jackson Hooker. London, Henry G. Bohn, [1817-]1835. 5 volumes. Large-folio (481 x 290mm). With 659 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates on 647 leaves. Contemporary green half morocco, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lettering, topedges gilt.

A reissue of the second, much enlarged edition. The second edition was published from 1817-1828. "Henry Bohm took over the remaining copies of this second edition and issued them in 1835 with new title-pages, carrying the date 1835" (Stafleu & Cowan 1286). The first three volumes contain the original 432 plates, but the text rewritten by Hooker. The final two volumes are entirely new, with the plates mostly from drawings by Hooker, together with his own descriptions. The impressive 'Flora Londinensis' is much more comprehensive in scope than its title suggests, for it embraces most of the English flora, and as a result of which it should be properly regarded as the first colour-plate national flora. "Curtis adopted the novel plan of having specimens drawn to a uniform scale and to life size, and most of the plates display a high degree of accuracy. In the opinion of Salisbury, the majority of the figures 'represent the most successful portrayals of British wild flowers that have ever been achieved'" (Henry II, p. 67). The fine plates are by James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards, and Hooker. William Curtis is one of the great names in botany, the present work and his famous 'Botanical Magazine' are landmarks in English botany. Restored marginal tear to title page of 5th volume and blind library stamp on title pages. A fine copy without the usual foxing. Nissen BBI, 440; Stafleu & Cowan 1286.

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LEACH, W.E. - Malacostraca Podophthalmata Britanniae; or, descriptions of such British species of the Linnean genus Cancer as have their eyes elevated on footstalks. Illustrated with figures of all the species, by James Sowerby. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8282&s_currency= LEACH, W.E.

Malacostraca Podophthalmata Britanniae; or, descriptions of such British species of the Linnean genus Cancer as have their eyes elevated on footstalks. Illustrated with figures of all the species, by James Sowerby.

London, printed by B. Meredith, published and sold by James Sowerby, 1815. 4to (295 x 230mm). pp. (4), (96), with 47 (5 folded or double-page) handcoloured engraved plates. Recent half calf, spine with black gilt lettered label. [Together with:] SOWERBY, G.B. Malacostraca Podopthalmata Britanniae ... continued and completed, with a new generic and specific index to the whole, and seven new plates. London, Bernard Quaritch, 1875. 4to (365 x 260mm). pp. (28), with 7 (1 double-page) handcoloured engraved plates. Publisher's blue printed wrappers (a bit worn).

One of the most splendid works on Crustacea ever published and comparable to J.F.W. Herbst's work on the Crustacea published 23 years earlier. The work was published in 19 parts and the concluding double issue by George Brettingham Sowerby was published over a half century afterwards by the antiquarian bookseller Bernard Quaritch, who had bought the remaining stock of the foregoing issues. Having been published over such a long period complete copies are very rare. The work is dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, who may both have supported his application to the Museum, and his candidature to the Royal Society. William Elford Leach (1790-1836) was an English zoologist and marine biologist and assistant keeper of the Zoological Department at the British Museum. "In 1813, when Konig was appointed Keeper of the Natural History Departments, he was given an assistant, William Elford Leach (1790-1836), perhaps one of the more brilliant minds to enter the Museum. In every generation English science has been fortunate in attracting men with intuitive feel for nature who by their gift and enthusiasm infect others and leave their inspiration planted in those who follow. Anyone, who knew Leach and even the greater number who did not, came to revere his memory and example. After over a century and half, in spite of the shortness of his service, he stands out from his contemporaries as a 'profound naturalist'" (Gunther, The Founders of Science at the British Museum p. 49). Nissen ZBI, 2404; B.M. (Nat. Hist.) III , 1071.

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STEPHENSON, J. & CHURCHILL, J.M. - Medical Botany: or, illustrations and descriptions of the medical plants of the London, Edinburgh and Dublin Pharmacopoeias: comprising a popular and scientific account of all those poisonous vegetables, that are indigenous to Great Britain. A new edition edited by Gilbert Burnett. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8022&s_currency= STEPHENSON, J. & CHURCHILL, J.M.

Medical Botany: or, illustrations and descriptions of the medical plants of the London, Edinburgh and Dublin Pharmacopoeias: comprising a popular and scientific account of all those poisonous vegetables, that are indigenous to Great Britain. A new edition edited by Gilbert Burnett.

London, John Churchill, 1834-1836. 3 volumes (235 x 150mm). With 187 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary green half calf, gilt decorated spines with red gilt lettered label.

A very fine copy of the second edition of this attractive illustrated work. The first edition was published in 1831. The plates are after drawings by W. Clark, C.M. Curtis, R. Reid, G. Spratt and Weddell. At the end of volume 3 there is a 'Tabular Index of the Latin names', and an 'Index of English names'. The colouring of plates is to a high standard. This second edition has 2 more plates than the first. Stafleu & Cowan 13.011.

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BARBUT, J. - The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus, exemplified by various specimens of English Insects drawn from nature./ Les Genres des Insectes de Linné; constatés par divers échantillonsd'Insects d'Angleterre copiés d'après nature. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7987&s_currency= BARBUT, J.

The Genera Insectorum of Linnaeus, exemplified by various specimens of English Insects drawn from nature./ Les Genres des Insectes de Linné; constatés par divers échantillonsd'Insects d'Angleterre copiés d'après nature.

Londres, J.Dixwell ..., 1781. 4to (260 x 210mm). pp. (4), xvii, (3), 371, (20), with 1 engraved frontispiece, 20 (1 folded) finely handcoloured engraved plates and 2 plain folded plates. Later green half calf, gilt lettered spine.

The English and French text is printed in double columns. James Barbut (fl. 1776-1799) was a British naturalist and painter. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The original drawings for the above work were purchased by the Natural History Museum in London in 2000. The delicately handcoloured plates depict 299 insects. This attractive work is very similar to Harris' 'Exposition of English Insects', first published in the previous year. No details of the life and circumstances of James Barbut appear to have been recorded. Nissen ZBI, 220.

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BLACKWALL, J. - A history of the Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7788&s_currency= BLACKWALL, J.

A history of the Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland.

London, Printed for the Ray Society, 1860-1864. 2 volumes. Folio (365 x 265mm). pp. vi, 384, with 29 handcoloured lithographed plates. Later half calf, spines with gilt ornaments and lettering.

A nicely bound copy, with some occasional foxing to plates as usual. One of the most beautiful iconographies on spiders. 'They have retained their desirability chiefly because of the excellence of their plates. There are nearly 500 coloured illustrations of 304 species of spiders, and no other book approaches this. There can be no surprise that the book has always been regarded as a really great pioneering effort, a foundation on which the whole study of British Spiders has rested.' (Savory, Spiders, Men and Scorpions p. 65). B.M.(N.H.) I, 169; Nissen ZBI, 380.

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MORRIS, F.O. - A History of British Birds. Fourth edition, revised, corrected, and enlarged. With three hundred and ninety-four plates coloured by hand. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7567&s_currency= MORRIS, F.O.

A History of British Birds. Fourth edition, revised, corrected, and enlarged. With three hundred and ninety-four plates coloured by hand.

London, John C. Nimmo, 1895-97. Royal-8vo (265 x 175mm). With 394 fine hand-coloured plates. Publisher's brown cloth, covers with gilt bird ornaments.

The first edition appeared in 1851-57 in monthly parts. 'A good feature of the work is the many figures of British birds shown on its hand-coloured plates, for which the woodblocks were originally engraved by the printer of the first edition, B. Fawcett, largely from drawings by Richard Alington' (Anker). A very fine and partly unopened copy of this popular work which went through many editions.

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LEWIN, W. - The Birds of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from nature; with descriptions, including the natural history of each bird. Les Oiseaux de la Grande Brétagne, rangés dans un ordre systématique.... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7555&s_currency= LEWIN, W.

The Birds of Great Britain, systematically arranged, accurately engraved, and painted from nature; with descriptions, including the natural history of each bird. Les Oiseaux de la Grande Brétagne, rangés dans un ordre systématique....

London, J. Johnson, 1800-1796-1801. 8 volumes, bound in 4. 4to (270 x 220mm). With 1 handcoloured engraved frontispiece and 335 handcoloured engraved plates. Near contemporary half calf, spines with gilt bird ornaments and gilt lettering in 6 compartments (hinges skillfully repaired).

The second edition and the first edition with the text likewise in French of one of the finest English bird books. "In the present edition the text is printed both in English and French and comprises a brief description of the birds figured and a brief mention of their natural history, which is said to be composed chiefly from original observations by the author and his sons" (Anker 306). Of the 336 beautifully handcoloured plates 58 show eggs. "Lewin, according to Swainson, was 'the best zoological painter, and one of the most practical naturalists, of his day.' He was patronised by the Duchess of Portland (from whose collection he drew the eggs for his greatest work) and various eminent men of his day." (Mullens & Swann. A Bibliography of British Ornithology pp. 349-350). Plate 15 of the plates of eggs was never published. Fine Bird Books 91; Nissen IVB, 562

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JEFFREYS, J.G. - British Conchology, or an account of the Mollusca which now inhabit the British Isles and the surrounding seas. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7458&s_currency= JEFFREYS, J.G.

British Conchology, or an account of the Mollusca which now inhabit the British Isles and the surrounding seas.

London, J. van Voorst, 1904-1869. 5 volumes. 8vo (195 x 125mm). pp. cxiv, 341; xiv, 465; 393; 486; 258, with 147 (107 handcoloured) engraved and lithographed plates. Publisher's cloth, gilt lettering on spines.

The 40 plain plates were never issued coloured. "The Welshman, John Gwyn Jeffreys (1809-1885), author of the British Conchology and for long a leading authority on eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean molluscs, had a remarkably complete collection of shells from British and adjacent seas" (Dance. Shell collecting, p. 217). The first volume is a reissue of the 1862 edition. Nissen ZBI, 2103.

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MARTYN, T. - The English Entomologist, exhibiting all the Coleopterous Insects found in England; including upwards of 500 different Species, the Figures which have never before been givento the Public. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=6028&s_currency= MARTYN, T.

The English Entomologist, exhibiting all the Coleopterous Insects found in England; including upwards of 500 different Species, the Figures which have never before been givento the Public.

The whole accurately drawn & painted after Nature, Arranged and named according to the Linnaean System. London, His Academy for Illustrating and painting Natural History, 1792. Folio (357 x 290mm). pp. (8), 33, with 2 medallion engraved plates and 42 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary green half calf, gilt lines and lettering on spine, marbled sides, uncut.

One of the most attractive early English colour-plate books on Coleoptera. "This contains a number of plates of beetles, some very splendid; they were produced by Martyn's academy for drawing and printing natural history" (Knight, Natural History Books in English 1600-1900 p. 93). "...to the illustration of all those beautiful and curious species of insects found in England, of which the greater part are either non-descripts, or their figures hitherto unpublished; and lastly, and principally, to the founding an Academy of painters of Natural History, working on principles which give a transparency, with richness of colours, and a facility of execution, that are entirely new ..." (from the Introduction). The fine plates were drawn by Martyn and engraved and coloured by his 'Academy' of young men who he had trained as natural history artists. A fine copy. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of William Danby. Nissen ZBI, 2726.

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CAMBRIDGE, O.P. - The spiders of Dorset, with an appendix containing short descriptions of those British species not yet found in Dorsetshire. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=5337&s_currency= CAMBRIDGE, O.P.

The spiders of Dorset, with an appendix containing short descriptions of those British species not yet found in Dorsetshire.

From the "Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club". Edited by J. Buckman. Sherborne, L.H. Ruegg, 1879. 8vo. pp. xlii, 625, (4), with 6 lithographed plates. Contemporary half calf, gilt spine with 4 raised bands and gilt-lettered green label.

B.M.(N.H.) I, 302. Sometimes erroneously listed under Pickard Cambridge. The author was among others a co-operator of the "Biologia Centrali-Americana".

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MONTAGU, G. - Testacea Britannica ou Histoire Naturelle des Coquilles marines, fluviatiles et terrestres d'Angleterre. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=5029&s_currency= MONTAGU, G.

Testacea Britannica ou Histoire Naturelle des Coquilles marines, fluviatiles et terrestres d'Angleterre.

Ouvrage traduit de l'Anglais. Paris, A. Franck, 1846. Royal-8vo (250 x 165mm). pp. xix, 364, with 14 lithographed plates. Publisher's printed boards.

This translation forms volume IV of Chenu's 'Bibliothèque Conchyliologique'.

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COSTA, E.M. DA. - Historia Naturalis Testaceorum Britanniae, or, the British Conchology; containing the descriptions and other particulars of natural history of the shells of Great Britain andIreland. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=2766&s_currency= COSTA, E.M. DA.

Historia Naturalis Testaceorum Britanniae, or, the British Conchology; containing the descriptions and other particulars of natural history of the shells of Great Britain andIreland.

La Conchologie Britannique. London, printed for the Author..., 1778. 4to. pp. xii, (2), 254, viii, with 17 engraved plates. Recent half brown morocco, spine with red gilt lettered label.

Printed in English and French in parallel columns. This rather uncommon work was issued with plain as well as coloured plates. The list of subscribers lists 111 subscribers, indicating coloured and plain copies. 22 were Fellows of the Royal Society, the list of names gives some measure of his rehabilitation. The work is dedicated to Sir Ashton Lever who surely must have bought many specimens from da Costa and he may have helped him in other ways. B.M.(N.H.)I, 389; See also P.J.P. Whitehead, Emanuel Mendes da Costa... 'Bull. Br. Mus (Nat. Hist.) Historical series 6, 1'.

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TURTON, W. - Conchylia Insularum Britanicarum. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=1002&s_currency= TURTON, W.

Conchylia Insularum Britanicarum.

The Shells of the British Islands, systematically arranged. London, M.A. Nattali, (1822). 4to. pp. xlvii, (1), 279, (1), with 20 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary green cloth, spine with gilt lettered label (slightly rubbed).

First edition of a superbly illustrated work, of which the plates were engraved by J. Curtis and are all beautifully handcoloured. The work describes the bivalves only. William Turton (1762-1835) published several works on shells. The genus 'Turtonia' was named in his honour in 1849 by Forbes and Hanley. "Among the other means of our research, we have twice dredged the British Channel, from Berry Head to the Guernsea islands" (from the Preface). Nissen ZBI, 4189; Agassiz IV, 465.

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FORBES, E. & HANLEY, S. - A history of British Mollusca, and their shells. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=100&s_currency= FORBES, E. & HANLEY, S.

A history of British Mollusca, and their shells.

London, J. van Voorst, 1853. 4 volumes. Royal-8vo. pp. lxxx, 486; viii, 557, (1); x, 616; vi, 301, (1), with 203 lithographed plates. Original cloth, spines with gilt lettering (1 spines rebacked, preserving old spine).

Nissen ZBI, 1406. Standard work on British shells, plates by G.B. Sowerby and James de Carle Sowerby.

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