WILKINSON, Edward Sheldon.
Shanghai Birds. A Study of Bird Life in Shanghai and the Surrounding Districts.
Shanghai: North-China Daily News & Herald Limited, 1929.
First edition of 'a very useful and well prepared systematic account of local Chinese birds’ (Wood), by E.S. Wilkinson, CBE (1883-1950). Wilkinson was a Chartered Accountant based in Shanghai, and had been employed by the Shanghai Municipal Council Service before becoming a senior partner of...
[CASTILLO Y SORIANO, José del.]
Amor á la creacion. Poesia dedicada á la Sociedad Madrileña Protectora de los Animales y de...
Madrid, Sociedad de Tipógrafos, 1879.
Very rare survival: a poem in twenty-four stanzas each of five lines devoted to the celebration of animals and plants, dedicated to the Madrid Society for the protection of nature, and publicly read by the actress Carolina Civili on the occasion of the May 1879 exhibition of plants and birds....
Signed autograph letter to John Lehmann.
Florence, Castello di Montegufoni, 30 January 1960.
A friendly letter from Edith Sitwell to her biographer, the literary agent, poet and author John Lehmann, mostly discussing Sitwell’s (favourable) opinion of the recently-published ‘I am my brother’, the second of three volumes of Lehmann’s autobiography. Reviewing the war years, the text mentions...
MATTIOLI, Pietro Andrea, and Francesco CALZOLARI.
Compendium de plantis omnibus, una cum earum iconibus, de quibus scripsit...
Venice, Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1571.
First edition of this scarce digest of Matthioli’s commentaries on Dioscorides’s Materia medica. A heavily illustrated compendium drawn from the author’s earlier Commentarii (Venice, 1554), the Compendium offers a practical enchiridion to medicinal botany, with almost...
[PERELLE, Gabriel, together with his sons Nicolas and Adam PERELLE.]
A collection of plates showing Versailles, its gardens and...
Poilly (and once only Langlois), [c. 1680].
An interesting collection of the fine views of Versailles with which Louis XIV dazzled the rest of Europe. The Perelles’ plates capture the splendour of the recently erected palace and its gardens, and include three bird’s-eye views of the menagerie, built in the early 1660s by the architect...
DVIGUBSKII, Ivan Alekseevich.
Opyt estestvennoi istorii vsekh zhivotnykh Rossiiskoi Imperii … S izobrazheniiami zhivotnykh. [Fly-title:]...
Moscow, University Press, 1831
First edition, rare, one of a series of six works on the flora and fauna of the Russian Empire, published 1829-1833 under the same general title. The present volume covers molluscs, including cephalopods and gastropods.
BARTHOLIN, Thomas, and Caspar BARTHOLIN the younger (editor).
De unicornu observationes novae. Secunda editione auctiores...
Amsterdam, Henricus Wetstein, 1678.
First illustrated edition (second overall) of Bartholin’s scarce treatise. The second of his family in a distinguished line of physicians at the University of Copenhagen, Thomas Bartholin (1616 - 1680) is remembered more for his medical discoveries than for the present work discussing single-horned...
Animal Biography, or authentic Anecdotes of the Lives, Manners, and Economy of the animal Creation, arranged...
London, R. Taylor & Co. for Richard Phillips, 1805.
Third edition of Bingley’s most popular zoological work. First published in 1802, the Animal Biography provides accounts of the form and behaviour of a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, and insects.
The Family Herbal, or an Account of all those English Plants, which are remarkable for their Virtues, and of the Drugs...
Bungay, C. Brightly & Co, and for T. Kinnersley, 1812.
Suffolk imprint of Hill’s Family Herbal, with a new suite of hand-coloured plates. First published in 1754 with but eight plates, the text is here much revised and accompanied by fifty-four hand-coloured plates by the celebrated engraver W.H.C. Edwards.
Epistola ad … Hier. Dav. Gaubium … De chaetodonte diacantho, descripto atque accuratissima icone illustrata...
Amsterdam, apud M. Magerum, 1772.
First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of the Royal Angelfish found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on the Royal Angelfish (and its first illustration), a now common species of coral fish in the Pacific and Indian Ocean.
[FARSARI, Adolfo, Studio of.]
Japanese flower seller.
[Yokohama?, c. 1887.]
A striking image of a Japanese flower vendor, with delicate contemporary hand colouring, most notably to the flowers. After time spent in America, where he fought in the Civil War, Adolfo Farsari (1841 - 1898) moved to Japan in 1873, establishing himself in Yokohama. In 1885 he opened his own...
Letters on natural History, exhibiting a View of the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of the Deity, so eminently displayed...
London, James Cundee for Longman, Hurst Rees, & Orme, and James Cundee, 1806.
Scarce first edition of Bigland’s Letters on natural History. Published ‘for the use of schools and young persons in general’, Bigland’s natural history intended to show ‘the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Deity’. Its attempts at taxonomy, however, are rudimentary, as Bigland...
CUVIER, Georges, and Edward BLYTH (editor).
The animal Kingdom, arranged after its Organization, forming a natural...
London, William S. Orr & Co., 1851.
Third Blyth edition of Cuvier’s Règne animal. A seminal work of natural history and comparative anatomy, the Règne animal was first published in December 1816 and translated into English in parts issued from 1824 to 1835. The work was edited and enlarged in 1840 by the zoologist...
AELIANUS, Claudius, Conrad GESSNER (translator), and Pierre GILLES (editor).
Περι ζωων ιδιοτητος...
Cologny, Philippe Albert, 1616.
Uncommon Geneva edition of Aelianus’s De animalium natura, the Greek printed in parallel with Gessner’s Latin translation. A third-century work on natural history, Aelianus’s text offers accounts and anecdotes of animals, ‘an appealing collection of facts and fables about the animal...
ENDLER, Friedrich Gottlob, F.P. SCHOSS, and C.F. STUCKART (editor).
Der Naturfreund, oder naturgeschichtliche Unterhaltungen...
[Breslau, s.n.,] 1828.
First volume of the second edition of the Naturfreund, a collection of zoological, ornithological, ichthyological, and botanical plates displaying the wildlife familiar to the self-taught engraver Friedrich Gottlob Endler (1763 – 1822) in Silesia. The work was initially published in eleven...
Natural History of Quadrupeds, for Children, combined with an Attempt to engraft on the youthful Mind the Principles...
London, Harvey & Darton, 1824.
A scarce work, second edition, the first edition to be attributed to ‘a lady’. An attractive natural history for children, the work was first published in 1813 ‘by the Author of The Decoy’, an educational work on English grammar; this second edition is the first to credit ‘a lady’...
The natural History of Insects, compiled from Swammerdam, Brookes, Goldsmith, &c., embellished with Copper-Plates, intended...
Mudie, and Leith, W. Coke, 1792.
Uncommon first edition of an anonymous Scottish companion to Buffon, printed at Perth.
The hemiptera-homoptera (cicadina and psyllina) of the British Isles: A descriptive Account of the Families, Genera,...
London, Ballantyne, Hanson, & Co. for L. Reeve & Co., 1896.
First edition of Edwards’s survey of British hemiptera-heteroptera.
[BUDGEN, L.M., Miss.]
Episodes of Insect Life, by Acheta Domestica, M.E.S., third Series.
London, Reeve & Nichols for Reeve & Benham, 1851.
First edition of the third series.
An Exposition of English Insects, including the several Classes of Neuroptera, Hymenoptera, & Diptera, or Bees,...
London, White and Robson, 1782.
Second edition of Harris’s ‘principal scientific work’ (ODNB), incorporating his important treatise establishing the classification of insects by wing venation. ‘I have kept so far as this method was agreeable to, and did not interfere with the plan, which I have adopted, of a strict adherence...