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  1. 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...


  2. 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...


  3. [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.


  4. BERTHAULT, Pierre.

    Florus Francicus, sive rerum a Francis bello gestarum epitome, in IV libellos distincta ... Adiecta sunt in...

    Paris, Jean Libert, 1644.

    Fourth edition of these popular abridged histories of France for students by the historian Pierre Berthault (c. 1600-1681), a member of the Congregation of the Oratory of Jesus and Mary Immaculate who taught at Marseille and served as Canon of Chartres. The Florus Francicus was long considered one of...


  5. ATLANTICUS, pseud.

    Ein Blick in den Zukunftsstaat. Produktion und Konsum im Sozialstaat. Mit einer Vorrede von Karl Kautsky.

    Stuttgart, J. H. W. Dietz, 1898.

    First edition of this utopian discourse on the industrial and commercial composition of the ideal socialised state. The most common attribution is to the Latvian-born economist Carl Ballod, though some, including the British Library, suggest the author Gustav Jaeckh. There is a significant foreword (pp....


  6. SABATIER, Ernest, Père.

    Dictionnaire Gilbertin – Français.

    Polycopié à Tabuiroa et terminé le 25 juillet 1954.

    Scarce first edition, the first complete description of the Gilbertese or Kiribati language. Sabatier (1886-1965) served as a Catholic missionary in the Gilbert Islands for over 50 years, arriving as a young man in 1912 and remaining there until his death. He earned a reputation as a linguist, ethnographer...


  7. BRUECKMANN, Franz Ernst.

    De Cervo Volante et eius Hybernaculo.

    Wolfenbüttel, [for the author], 1739

    First and only edition of the earliest monograph on the stag beetle. The fine plate shows the insect in all its glory, also his winter quarters in the trunk of an oak tree.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.



    [Drop-head title:] Instrucion de la practica y estilo que deue tener una persona que quiere tratar en Espana...

    [N. p. n. p., n. d., in or before 1600].

    First and only edition of a very rare work of Canon law: a manual for curiales de Roma, officials charged with implementing Canon law in the Spanish provinces. The handbook first of all recommends the most financially convenient and effective ways of transferring payments to Rome and of maintaining trusted...