Natural History

  • # 20197

    COOPER, William

    The sheepman’s diary

    Berkhamsted [U.K.] : William Cooper and Nephews, [1910]. Octavo, gilt-lettered red cloth, ready reckoner and calendar to endpapers, pp. 81 (pp. 45-46 creased), a few manuscript notes, very good. Published for the Australian and New Zealand market, this largely unused diary for graziers is filled with useful information for the ‘sheepman’ (sheepbaths, sheepdip, postage rates, …

  • # 20067


    Shanghai Birds. A Study of Bird Life in Shanghai and the surrounding Districts.

    Shanghai : North-China Daily News & Herald Ltd., 1929. Octavo, gilt-lettered illustrated cloth (fine copy), bookplate to pastedown, pp. xxi; 243, colour plates, a fine copy. An attractive book on Chinese avian life.

  • # 19458

    SKERTCHLY, Sydney B. J. (Barber Josiah) (1850-1926)

    Our island : a naturalist’s description of Hongkong.

    Hongkong : Kelly & Walsh, Limited, 1893. First (and only) edition. Small octavo, original blind blocked brown cloth boards, pp ii, 56, xxxii (Rhopalocera hongkongensis : a preliminary list of the butterflies of Hongkong / with notes by S.B.J. Skertchly and J.J. Walker); endpapers and fore-edges with spotting, but a fine copy. Scarce monograph on …

  • # 19460

    XU, Guangqi (HSÜ, Kuang-ch'i) (1562-1633); MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry) (1796-1857) (translator)

    Dissertation on the silk-manufacture, and the cultivation of the mulberry;

    translated from the works of Tseu-Kwang-K’he. Called also Paul Siu, a Colao, or minister of state in China. Shanghae : Printed at the Mission Press, 1849. [Series: The Chinese miscellany, III]. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards; title leaf, pp 108, followed by [16] full-page wood block printed illustrations; title and last illustrated …

  • # 19430

    HORSBURGH, James (1762-1836); BOTELHO, Bras Joaquim (translator)

    Epitome da descripçam de ventos, tempos, vagas, apparencias luminozas, e temperatura do mar, correntes, mares, magnetismo e variaçam da agulga &c.

    Macao : Impresso e publicado pelo traducte na Typographia Ciciliana, 1838. Large octavo, full calf (a little scuffed) with gilt lettered title label to spine; printed on letter press, pp [x], 87, with several folding tables and a diagram; includes a list of Macau subscribers, at the head of which is the Governor, Adrião Acácio da Silveira …

  • # 19429

    WANG, Ta-hai; MEDHURST, W.H. (1796-1857) (translator)

    The Chinaman abroad: or, a desultory account of the Malayan archipelago, particularly of Java; by Ong-tae-hae. Translated from the original.

    Shanghae : Printed at the Mission Press, 1849. [Series: The Chinese miscellany, II]. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards, spine with contrasting title label lettered in gilt; pp xv, 80; folding ‘Chinese map of the Malayan Archipelago’ bound in at page 1; the last few leaves with browning, but a fine copy. Rare …

  • # 19661


    The library of the Earl of Macclesfield removed from Shirburn Castle. Part One : Natural History.

    London : Sotheby’s, 2004. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth, colour illustration, illustrated endpapers, 146, illustrated. The first sale catalogue of the famed Macclesfield library.

  • # 16858

    HALL, Thomas Sergeant

    Victorian hill and dale. A series of geological rambles

    Melbourne : Thomas C. Lothian, 1909. Octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, pp. 160, numerous photographic plates, maps; scattered foxing; a good copy.

  • # 19833

    BOTHAMLEY, Robert

    Developing an image. Photography, books, and the National Park Service, from the collection of Robert Bothamley

    San Francisco : The Book Club of California, 2017. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s printed grey folio, main text and plates on loose leaves, 16 pp, with 54 colour plates; internally very clean, a fine copy. A bibliographic listing of early Yosemite publications from the collection of Robert Bothamley. Each listing is accompanied by two images …

  • # 19405

    ROWAN, (Marian) Ellis (1847-1922)

    Bill Baillie : his life and adventures. (Association copy)

    … With eight coloured illustrations by the author and numerous black and white drawings by Jack Sommers. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs, [1908]. First edition. Small oblong quarto, pictorial cloth over bevelled boards (light rubbing and and mild flecking), an association copy, awarded as a school prize to a young member of the Crompton family …

  • # 19269

    WHITE, John (1756-1832)

    Journal of a voyage to New South Wales. (Coloured edition)

    / with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions by John White Esqre., Surgeon General to the settlement. London : J. Debrett, 1790. Quarto, full speckled calf, expertly rebacked with new spine, contrasting morocco title labels, decorated in gilt, marbled edges, pp [xviii], 299, [36], …

  • # 19270

    WHITE, John (1756-1832)

    Journal of a voyage to New South Wales

    with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions by John White Esqre., Surgeon General to the settlement. London : J. Debrett, 1790. Quarto, full tree calf, gilt decorated borders, spine with detailed ornamental tooling, contrasting morocco title label, marbled endpapers, pp [xviii], 299, [36], 65 …

  • # 10428

    BLUMENBACH, Johann Friedrich (1752-1840)

    [PLATYPUS] Sur un nouveau genre de quadrupède édenté, nommé Ornithorhynchus – paradoxus;

    par M. BLUMENBACH. IN: Bulletin des Sciences, par la Société Philomatique, No. 39. Paris : Prairial, an 8 de la République [i.e. May-June, 1800]. Quarto, mid nineteenth century plain blue wrappers (some paper loss along spine), upper wrapper with later nineteenth century manuscript annotation ‘1800 a 1801‘, containing a year’s run of twelve Bulletins (nos. …

  • # 19082

    HESLOP, Robert

    Copper halfpenny token for Robert Heslop, dealer in natural curiosities, Finsbury Square, London, 1790s.

    London : Robert Heslop, n.d. [c.1795]. Æ halfpenny, diameter 29.7 mm. Obverse: A male contortionist and a monkey. Around the perimeter: CAN YOU DO SO. Reverse: An inscription on six lines THE FIRST SHOP IN LONDON FOR NATURAL CURIOSITYS PAINTINGS COINS COLOURS FOR ARTISTS &c. Around the perimeter: R. HESLOP NO. 86 CHISWELL STREET FINSBURY …

  • # 19088

    BOULTER, Daniel (1740-1802); BOULTER, Joseph (1743-1819); BOULTER, John (1745-1816)

    Copper halfpenny token for Daniel Boulter’s ‘Exhibition of natural and artificial curiosities’, Yarmouth, Norfolk, 1796.

    Yarmouth : Joseph, Daniel and John Boulter, 1796. Æ halfpenny, diameter 29.8 mm. Obverse: A female seated holding a scroll inscribed BOULTER’S EXHIBITION OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL CURIOSITIES. In ex. YARMOUTH in a straight line. Reverse: Three figures symbolising Asia, Africa and America presenting various curiosities to Britannia, who is recording them in a book. …

  • # 19035

    BISHOP, James

    A visit to the zoological gardens, in the Regent’s Park:

    Interspersed with a familiar description of the nature and habits of the many rare and interesting animals exhibited therein. A pleasing companion to the juvenile visitors to this delightful place of fashionable resort. Sixth edition, entirely re-written, with forty accurate engravings, – twelve of which are neatly coloured. London : Thomas Dean, s.n. circa 1845. …