- Category = Natural History
The Philosophical History And Memoirs of The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris: Or, An Abridgement of All The Papers Relating To Natural Philosophy, Which Had Been Published By Members of That Illustrious Society, From The Year 1699 to 1720.
London: John and Paul Knapton et al., 1842. 5 volume set, 8.25 inches tall. A very finely bound set with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Alternating speckled pink on white and pink edges for each section. 45 engraved plates, mostly folding. Ex-Earls of Macclesfield, with their bookplate and blind stamp on the first 3 leaves. Containing papers and discussions of the works of Halley, Descartes, Huygens, Boyle, Lewenhoeck, Newton, Malpighi, etc..More details Price: £5,000.00
Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, Translated into English.
London: Strahan and Cadell, 1785. 9 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A spectacular 18th century tree calf, unrestored and in pristine condition with gilt bands, triple labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. Yellow edges. With an engraved frontispiece, portrait and 307 engraved plates of which 7 are folding. A magnificent set of the English translation of the work of "the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century" (Ernst Mayr).More details Price: £3,500.00
Le Jardin des Plantes. Description et moeurs des mammifères de la ménagerie et du muséum d’histoire naturelle.
Paris: Dubochet, 1842. Full calf, 10.5 inches tall. A stunning full cat's paw calf by Clarke & Bedford, one of the finest binders of the period in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, delightful label and superb gilt tooling to the panels. With gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Embellished with 4 hand coloured engraved plates, 2 portraits, and full page engravings and vignettes throughout.More details Price: £1,250.00
A General Outline of The Animal Kingdom and Manual of Comparative Anatomy.
London: John Van Voorst, 1841. Full morocco, 11 inches tall. A stunning full hard grain morocco by Toovey of Piccadilly with gilt raised bands, exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels and a triple fillet framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edge. One of only 50 'Imperial' copies. With the leather label of Denning. Illustrated with 336 engraved vignettes. Thomas Rymer Jones, eminent English surgeon, academic and zoologist was Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the Royal Institution in 1840 to 1842.More details Price: £500.00
Animal Biography, or Popular Zoology.
London: Rivington et. al, 1813. 3 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. Full diced calf with gilt and inked bands, twin labels and an elaborate gilt and inked tail panel, so typical of the Regency style of binding. The diced boards are framed within Etruscan rolls. Bookplate. The 4th, much enlarged, edition. A superb copy of this curious work.More details Price: £425.00
The Natural History of Selborne.
London: Rivington et al., 1825. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. Rather extraordinary but good looking Georgian half calf with a title label within fine gilt tooling above a wide band of blind tooling. Embellished with 4 engravings, one coloured and two foxed. Bookplates and an ink inscription on the reverse of the free endpapers.More details Price: £320.00
Sylvan Sketches; or, A Companion to the Park and the Shrubbery: with Illustrations from the Works of the Poets.
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1825. Full diced calf, 8.5 inches tall. A near contemporary binding with gilt raised bands, blind and gilt pallets and gilt centre tools. A bookplate has been rather roughly removed from the paste-down endpaper. A curious and scarce work. Elizabeth Kent was a respected English Botanist who wrote Flora Domestica' with her brother in law Leigh Hunt, the famous critic and writer.More details Price: £240.00
On The Natural History and Classification of Quadrupeds
London: Longman et al, 1835. Full calf, 6.5 inches tall. With a raised title and very wide raised gilt head and tail band. The lower panels have dense blind tooling within gilt rolls. Gilt and blind tooling to the boards. Engraved title page and vignettes throughout. Considerably rubbed edges but still perfectly tight and firm. A truly charming little volume.More details Price: £100.00