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  1. [LONDON ZOO.] HARVEY, William (illustrator).

    The Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society delineated … Vol. I:...

    Chiswick, Charles Wittingham, for London, Charles Tilt, 1831.

    First edition, second issue, of the first record of the menagerie of the Zoological Society. Founded in 1826 with botanical gardens and a zoological collection at Regent’s Park, the Zoological Society of London was soon established as the foremost natural history collection in Europe, receiving...

    £175

  2. KEOGH, John.

    Zoologia medicinalis hibernica, or a Treatise of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Reptiles, or Insects, which are commonly known...

    Dublin, S. Powell for the author and sold by James Kelburn, 1739.

    First edition of a scarce text on the zoology of Ireland, with an index of Irish names. An early work on Irish zoology, the Zoologia was published by John Keogh (junior, 1680/1 – 1754) shortly after his Botanologia universalis Hibernica, or, a general Irish Herbal (1735)....

    £950

  3. MORTON, John.

    The natural History of Northampton-Shire, with some Account of the Antiquities, to which is annex’d a Transcript...

    London, R. Knaplock and R. Wilkin, 1712.

    First edition of Morton’s systematic natural history of Northamptonshire. Compiled over the course of a decade, Morton’s Natural History provides a careful account of the natural history, minerals, fossils, and geography of the county, accompanied by fourteen large copper-engravings....

    £775

  4. HULME, Frederick Edward.

    Natural History Lore and Legend, being some few Examples of quaint and by-gone Beliefs gathered in from...

    London, G. Norman & son for Bernard Quaritch, 1895.

    First edition. An artist and amateur botanist, F. Edward Hulme (1841 – 1909) is remembered for a variety of works on natural history, the most extensive being his Familiar Wild Flowers, which appeared in eight volumes from 1878 until his death (a ninth volume was published posthumously)....

    £85

  5. MAPLET, John, and W.H. DAVIES (editor).

    A greene Forest, or a naturall Historie, wherein may bee seene first the...

    London, Hesperides Press, 1930.

    Limited edition, numbered 31 of fifty copies on Millbourne pure rag hand-made paper, signed by Davies.

    £75

  6. HOBBES, Thomas.

    Leviathan, or the matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill.

    London, Andrew Crooke, 1651.

    The true first edition – often referred to as ‘first edition, first issue’, but in fact the only first printing – of a milestone of political philosophy: the earliest English book to set out a complete political system, the first modern philosophical formulation of a social contract theory, and...

    £25000

  7. YARRELL, William.

    A History of British Fishes … illustrated by nearly 400 Woodcuts.

    London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst, 1836.

    First collected editions, with an autograph letter on the Hebridal smelt from the species’ discoverer. Published serially from 1835 to 1836, Yarrell’s History of British Fishes was reprinted within a year, and followed soon after by Thomas Bell’s British Reptiles in 1839 and...

    £750

  8. BORLASE, William.

    The natural History of Cornwall: The Air, Climate, Waters, Rivers, Lakes, Sea, and Tides; Of the Stones, Semimetals,...

    Oxford, W. Jackson for the Author, and London, W. Sandby, 1758.

    First edition of Borlase’s monumental survey of Cornwall. Though aged over sixty at the time of publication, William Borlase (1696 – 1772), rector of Ludgvan, toured central and eastern Cornwall between 1752 and 1757, gathering material for his Natural History. The result, though less...

    £750

  9. [TIPU SULTAN.]

    Les Indiens, ou Tippoo-Saïb, fils d’Hyder-Ally, &c. Avec quelques particularités sur ce prince, sur ses ambassadeurs...

    A Londres [i.e. Paris?] et se trouve à Paris, chez Le Jay, 1788.

    The apparently unrecorded first issue of this work on Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), ruler of the kingdom of Mysore and implacable enemy of the British East India Company. The only copies recorded institutionally (on ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC) have the title Les indiens, ou Tipou-Sultan, fils D’Ayder-Aly and...

    £650

  10. HILL, John.

    The useful Family Herbal, or an Account of all those English Plants, which are remarkable for their Virtues, and of...

    London, W. Johnston and W. Owen, 1755.

    Second edition, published the year after the first, with contemporary annotations. Apothecary, actor, and prolific writer, John Hill (1714 – 1775) published his Useful Family Herbal in 1754, an otherwise ‘unaccountably unproductive year’ (ODNB). Through a long and varied career he...

    £550

  11. [RUSSELL, William].

    The history of modern Europe. With an account of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, and a view of the...

    London, Robinson, Robson, Walter and Sewell, 1779.

    Extremely rare first appearance of an ‘Enlightened history’. This first edition was published in the same year as a Dublin imprint. Two further volumes were issued in 1784, and the whole work issued as a five-volume set in 1786.

    £1600

  12. SCHOTT, Gaspar.

    Physica curiosa, sive mirabilia naturae et artis, libris XII. comprehensa, quuibus pleraque, quae de angelis, daemonibus,...

    Würzburg & Nuremberg, Jobst Hertz for Johann Andreas Endter & heirs of Wolfgang Endter, 1667.

    Preferred second edition, considerably expanded, of Schott’s Physica curiosa. As the title suggests, the Physica curiosa contains details on all sorts of oddities: the work begins with a chapter on angels and demons, followed by ghosts, a chapter on man, and a copiously illustrated...

    £2800

  13. POMET, Pierre, LEMERY, and Joseph Pitton de TOURNEFORT.

    A compleat History of Druggs, written in French … to which is...

    London, [William Bowyer for] R. & J. Bonwicke, R. Wilkin, and John Walthoe & Thomas Ward, 1725.

    Second English edition of Pomet’s Histoire générale des drogues. Among the most complete pharmacopoeias of the period, the Compleat History of Druggs is expanded from the work of Pierre Pomet (1658 – 1699), chief druggist to Louis XIV. Copiously illustrated with copper plates,...

    £425

  14. [TOPSELL, Edward, and PLINY the Elder.] BYRNE, M. St Clare (editor).

    The Elizabethan Zoo: A Book of Beasts, both...

    Cambridge, W. Lewis at the University Press, for London, Frederick Etchells & Hugh MacDonald, 1926.

    Limited edition, numbered 304 of 525 copies. ‘This is not a “child’s book of bad beasts”: it is composed of selections from the most serious and substantial books of zoology that were available for educated Englishmen in Shakespeare’s day. Designed originally to edify, to lead men to...

    £75

  15. [VIVANT DE MEZAGUES].

    Bilan général et raisonné de l’Angleterre, depuis 1600 jusqu’à la fin de 1761; ou Lettre à M. L....

    [Paris, n.p.,] 1762.

    First edition, a nice copy. ‘The object of the “letter” is to show that the wealth and trade of England were not greater than that of France. With this view the author examines into the balance of trade between England and other countries (including Ireland), the national income and debt, exchanges,...

    £250

  16. WOOD, William.

    Index entomologicus, or a complete illustrated Catalogue, consisting of 1944 Figures, of the lepidopterous...

    London, Richard & John E. Taylor for William Wood, 1839.

    First collected edition, with almost two-thousand hand-coloured butterflies. Initially published in parts between 1833 and 1838, the Index entomologicus is the most substantial entomological publication of the natural historian, doctor, and bookseller William Wood (1774 – 1857), following...

    £475

  17. THORNTON, Robert John, HENDERSON (illustrator), and Thomas BEWICK (engraver).

    A new Family Herbal, or a popular...

    London, Richard Phillips, 1810.

    First edition of Thornton’s educational herbal, illustrated by Bewick. Though principally famous for his ‘visually magnificent failure’ the Temple of Flora (ODNB), Robert John Thornton (1768 – 1837) wrote on botany for all audiences, from treatises on Linnaeus’s system to the...

    £350

  18. [WARING, Sarah.]

    The Minstrelsy of the Woods, or Sketches and Songs connected with the natural History of some of the most interesting...

    London, Joseph Rickerby for Harvey & Darton, 1832.

    First edition, inscribed by the author, of a charming ornithology with exquisite hand-coloured lithographic illustrations.

    £200

  19. ERASMUS, Desiderius and Gerard LISTRIUS (commentator).

    Moriæ encomium … epistolæ aliquot in fine additæ.

    Leiden, Joannes Maire, 1648.

    Second Maire edition of Erasmus’ Praise of Folly, in a handsome binding by Simier, from the celebrated library of the count De la Bédoyère, and appearing in the catalogues of both dispersals of his library.

    £675

  20. SARPI, Paolo.

    Historia del Concilio Tridentino di Pietro Soave Polano. Nella quale si scoprono tutti gl’artificii della Corte...

    London, John Bill, 1619.

    First edition, a large paper copy, of Sarpi’s history of the Council of Trent; published under the pseudonym of Pietro Soave Polano by the apostate Marcantonio de Dominis, with additions by the latter. Large paper copies of the first edition are very rare.

    £8500