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  • A Natural History of British Moths - 4 volumes by MORRIS, The Reverend F. O.
    MORRIS, The Reverend F. O.
    A Natural History of British Moths - 4 volumes

    London: John C. Nimmo, 1891. Four Volumes. Third Edition. Complete with 132 plates.Containing nearly two thousand specimens all coloured by hand. Original dark green decorated buckram. Slight fading / rubbing to the gilt. Handling to top and base of spine. Bump / crease to the front of vol III (not as bad as it sounds!). Internally clean and tidy with slight foxing to the end papers. A Very nice copy.
    xvi, 253., iv, 180., iv, 233., iv, 5-322. pp.
    260 by 160mm (10¼ by 6¼ inches).

    Book ID: 2171
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  • A Treatise on the Management of Female Complaints, and of Children in Early Infancy. by HAMILTON, Alexander.
    HAMILTON, Alexander.
    A Treatise on the Management of Female Complaints, and of Children in Early Infancy.

    Peter Hill, Edinburgh & T Cadell and W. Davies, London, 1804. Original half leather with marbled boards. lacks end paper. A fascinating snapshot into how the health of women was viewed at the turn of the Eighteenth & nineteenth centuries. Hamilton was the professor of Midwifery at Edinburgh university. He previously wrote books intended for midwifes, but finding that these were used by ordinary families, he decided to write this work for the education of ordinary people. It is full of the prejudices of the age, with sections on sexual weakness and hysterical affections, as well as what would now be considered gynaecology. There is an appendix with examples of medicines and how to make them up to the rear. xii, 1-360 pp.

    Condition: good condition for age. The boards are somewhat darkened and rubbed, with a little nicking to the head and tail of the spine. The label has now gone. Owner's signature to the inside board. The front end paper is missing, so the work begins with the title page. This is missing an area from the corner (about an inch of paper) not affecting text. The rest of the book is clean and tidy, with just a little darkening to it. There is a small worm hole growing through the last 60 pages - but half an inch at its longest, and only affecting the margin (no text).

    Book ID: 1389
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  • Amber Eyes by MEANEY. Joseph,
    MEANEY. Joseph,
    Amber Eyes

    London: Sands: 1942. Pink card covers. Originally intended to have a dust wrapper, so no titles on the card covers at all. Gift inscription to the front end paper. Frontis photograph and 7 further photographic plates. (Lacks one photograph) An account of dogs that the author has known, and characters who have been involved with dogs. 102 pages.

    Condition: The pink card is clean and tidy, with just a touch of darkening to the edges. White mark to the rear panel. Inside, the book is clean and tidy, but on slightly darkened economy wartime paper. Gift inscription to the front end paper (Nov. 1942). 8 of 9 photographs present (lacks "Rags and tatters".

    Book ID: 1341
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  • Blood & Oil by FARMANFARMAIAN, Manucher & Roxane
    FARMANFARMAIAN, Manucher & Roxane
    Blood & Oil Memoirs of a Persian Prince

    New York: Random House, 1997. Signed by both authors to half title page. Reprint (3rd impression). A memoir of Iran before the revolution. 514 [iii]. pp
    240 by 160 mm (9½ by 6¼ inches).

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket

    Book ID: 2038
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  • Catalogue of the Library of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Two parts in one volume. by [ANON]
    [ANON]
    Catalogue of the Library of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Two parts in one volume. Part 1. Alphabetical list of authors and titles & Part 2. Subject catalogue

    Mansfield CT: Maurizio Martino, 1995. Limited to 150 copies. Facsimile of the 1918-1920 Cambridge University Press edition. In original green cloth with gilt title to spine. No dust wrapper, as issued. 587 pp. 280 x 220 mm (11 x 8¾ inches).

    Condition: In very good condition. Pages clean and binding tight.

    Book ID: 2090
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  • Congenital Club-Foot by BROCKMAN, E. P. M.Chir., F.R.C.S.
    BROCKMAN, E. P. M.Chir., F.R.C.S.
    Congenital Club-Foot (Talipes Equinovarus)

    Bristol: John Wright & Sons Ltd, 1930. First edition. In burgundy buckram, with debossed title to front board, and gilt stamped title to spine.
    110 pp. with 92 illustrations / photographs. This is regarded as a seminal work on this subject. Brockman was a well respected Orthopaedic specialist, who worked at both St. Thomas' and Westminster Hospitals.

    Condition: A couple of small minor marks to the front and rear boards. Title page has the previous owner signature of Sir Henry Osmond-Clarke (Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Queen from 1965 to 1973).

    Book ID: 2321
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  • Description des Experiences de la Machine Aerostatique de MM. de Montgolfier, by De SAINT-FOND, Faujas.
    De SAINT-FOND, Faujas.
    Description des Experiences de la Machine Aerostatique de MM. de Montgolfier, et de celles auxquelles cette decouverte a donne lieu;

    Paris: Chez Cuchet: 1783. Fairly recent French full leather binding, with gilt titles and decoration to the spine. Barthélémy Faujas de Saint-Fond (a French geologist & traveller) produced this work in 1783 as the Montgolfier brothers were conducting their experiments. This is the revised edition of the book - with a supplement and further information about the brother's experiments in June-September 1783. There is a brief supplement to the rear adding information about the flight of November 21, in which Pilâtre de Rozier, accompanied by the Marquis d'Arlandes, made the first aerial voyage in history - this last flight is often recorded in engravings as the first flight over Paris. There was a second continuation volume issued in 1784. 9…

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    Paris: Chez Cuchet: 1783. Fairly recent French full leather binding, with gilt titles and decoration to the spine. Barthélémy Faujas de Saint-Fond (a French geologist & traveller) produced this work in 1783 as the Montgolfier brothers were conducting their experiments. This is the revised edition of the book - with a supplement and further information about the brother's experiments in June-September 1783. There is a brief supplement to the rear adding information about the flight of November 21, in which Pilâtre de Rozier, accompanied by the Marquis d'Arlandes, made the first aerial voyage in history - this last flight is often recorded in engravings as the first flight over Paris. There was a second continuation volume issued in 1784. 9 engravings (number 5 is the frontis illustration). Frontis, xl, 1-299, [vii] - 8 plates.

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    Condition: The leather binding is in good clean and tidy condition, with just a touch of bumping to the corners. Internally the book is in very nice condition, with just the odd foxing spot, although these are more prevalent to the beginning, and the title page is significantly spotted.

    Book ID: 1849
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  • Elements of the Science of Botany, as established by Linnaeus by [DUPPA, Richard] Linnaeus
    [DUPPA, Richard] Linnaeus
    Elements of the Science of Botany, as established by Linnaeus With Examples to Illustrate the Classes and Orders of his System. The Third Edition, complete in Three Volumes

    Edition: Reprint

    London: T. Bensley for J. Murray, 1812. Three volumes, complete. Anonymous but Richard Duppa. Original leather diced Russian boards with gilt decoration to the edges. New spine with gilt design / titles and 6 raised bands. This is an ex-library copy with the inevitable labels and stamps, including a small circular stamp to the verso of almost every plate. Complete with 125 engraved plates of which 122 are hand coloured. Although COPAC states that the third edition of this work was in 1810, each volume of this copy is stated third edition and dated 1812. (103, [51]p. of plates; 144, [8], 43, [65]p. of plates; 106, [29]p. of plates)

    Condition: despite being an ex-library copy, this is a lovely example of this work. The boards are clean and tidy, with the gilt still bright. Internally, generally clean and tidy. There is the odd foxing spot, but little handling other than the library marks. These perhaps forgiven on an item of this scarcity. The hand coloured plates are clean and tidy (the library stamps not having bled through).

    Book ID: 1495
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  • Gedachten over de veranderingen van het weder, by BODE, J. E.
    BODE, J. E.
    Gedachten over de veranderingen van het weder, het onmogelijke en onnuttige van denzelver voorspelling

    Haarlem: A. Loosjes: 1819. Blue paper wraps. "Thoughts on the changes of the weather, the impossible and useless for prediction thereof" Previously in the possession of the Royal Meteorological Society (Symons Bequest) and with their stamp to the front cover. 67 pages. 67 pages.

    Condition: There are a couple of the private library stamps - which are not onerous. There has been staining to the bottom two thirds of the pages across the book - where there is a pale "tide mark." Attractive engraved title page with astrological design to it.

    Book ID: 1851
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  • Interesting Illustrated Treatise on Natural Medicine Signed by the Author
    Historie Naturelle et Medicale des Casses, et Particulierment de la Casse et Des Senses Employes en Medecine; by COLLADON, L. Theod. Frederic
    COLLADON, L. Theod. Frederic
    Historie Naturelle et Medicale des Casses, et Particulierment de la Casse et Des Senses Employes en Medecine;

    Montpellier: Jean Martel, 1816. Signed by the author (unfortunately part of the signature was cropped in re-binding). Mid 20th Century paper covered boards with leather title label to the spine. Very good clean condition. New end papers. Large folding chart of plants covered, and 20 folding engraved plates bound in to rear. 140 pages + plates.
    250 by 200mm (9¾ by 7¾ inches).

    Condition: The half title and title have a touch of darkening and foxing. Other than this, the book is in excellent clean condition. Plates are fresh and bright.

    Book ID: 2271
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  • History of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society by BENSON, Albert Emerson
    BENSON, Albert Emerson
    History of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

    Massachusetts: Horticultural Society, 1929. First edition. Original navy blue buckram with gilt title to front board and spine. ix, 553 pp. (including index). Frontispiece of Horticultural Hall, several portraits, details of exhibitions. 235 x 165 mm (9¼ x 6½ inches).

    Condition: In a good condition. Lightly bumped to edges. Neat owner's name to front pastedown.

    Book ID: 2051
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  • Les Maladies Vénériennes No. 1 by SIBOULET, Dr A.
    SIBOULET, Dr A.
    Les Maladies Vénériennes No. 1

    Paris: Galliena S.A, 1970. A record (vinyl) and chart in the Enquete epidemiologiue series. Very nice condition. Double album cover with information and charts. One record (as issued). Looks to be in unplayed perfect condition, but not tested. Cover is clean and tidy with a touch of bumping only. Health education in French. Of particular interest is the 'chain de contamination' - looking at the gender split shows a few prejudices of the time! 310 by 315mm (12¼ by 12½ inches).

    Book ID: 2391
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  • Lights, Colors, Tones and Nature's Finer Forces by STEVENS, Ernest J.
    STEVENS, Ernest J.
    Lights, Colors, Tones and Nature's Finer Forces Marvelous Discoveries. Basic and Active Principls. Functions of Electrons, Magnetons, Atoms, Cold-Lights, Odics, Auras and Radio.

    San Fransisco: EJ Stevens Light, Color and Tone Research Laboratories, 1923. Original black and white faux crocodile skin cover soft covers with paper label to spine. Portrait of Stevens to front end paper. Owner's signature to the title page. Small stamp for EST Library to the title page. (These both for Ojai, Ca. A Theosophical Centre). Colour plate of the Nervous System. Many of the end pages of chapters have the small coloured paper sheet showing specific colours and quotations (often lacking). 190 by 130mm (7½ by 5 inches).

    Condition: Rubbing to spine edges, and some chipping to label. Slight weakness to front hinge. Internally in very good condition with slight darkening to the pages only.

    Book ID: 2194
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  • Manufacture de Glaces by DIDEROT & D'ALEMBERT
    DIDEROT & D'ALEMBERT
    Manufacture de Glaces Plate section from the Encyclopedie ou Dictionnaire des Science

    Paris: Chez Briasson, Dave & Le Breton: 1762. Recent black marbled boards, with cloth spine and paper label. No title. This is a collection of the abstracted plates dealing with 'manufacture de Glaces' from the 11 plate volumes of the Encyclopedie our dictionnaire raisonne des scienced, des arts et des metiers. 47 copper engravings - some double page. The Encyclopedie was published in 35 volumes between 1751 and 1777. The complete works comprised 17 volumes of text, 11 plate volumes, 4 supplementary volumes, 2 of index and an additional plate volume. Complete series (this edition had slightly fewer plates than the earlier edition). 47 plates.

    Condition: Boards are clean and tidy with a touch of rubbing. Spine and label are as new. Plates are strong - clean and tidy with no flaws.

    Book ID: 1912
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  • New and Rare Beautiful-Leaved Plants by HIBBERD, Shirley
    HIBBERD, Shirley
    New and Rare Beautiful-Leaved Plants Containing illustrations and descriptions of the Most Ornamental-Foliaged plants not hitherto noticed in any work on the subject.

    London: Bell and Daldy, 1870. First edition. Original silk covered boards. black label to spine. With 54 chromolithographs (complete). Author's gift inscription to Ms Silver to the front end paper.
    viii, 144 pp.
    270 by 185mm (10¾ by 7¼ inches).

    Condition: There is a little staining to the silk binding, and chipping to the top edge of the spine. Slight splitting to the spine edges. Clean and tidy throughout, with slight shadowing from the chromo-lithographs to the facing pages.

    Book ID: 2121
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  • Nouveau Cours de Mathematiques, by BELIDOR (B. Forest de)
    BELIDOR (B. Forest de)
    Nouveau Cours de Mathematiques, a L'Usage de L'Artillerie et du Genie ou l'on applique. Les Parties les plus utiles de cette Science à la Théorie & à la Pratique des differens sujets qui peuvent avoir rapport à la Guerre.

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: Chez Nyon, Fils, Quay del Augustins: 1725. Contemporary full leather binding, with 6 raised bands to the spine. 5 panels decorated with gilt devices, and the 6th with a burgundy and gilt label. Marbled end papers. Complete with 34 folding plates. There is a curious vandalism to the title page and dedication page. An early owner has crossed out the name of Le Duc du Maine, who the book was dedicated to, and has coloured in portions of the Duc's crest. In the same ink is written "La livre ma coute 15 denier" (my book which cost 15 denier). To the following page (the dedication) again the Duc's crest has been defaced, along with his name, and several of…

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    Paris: Chez Nyon, Fils, Quay del Augustins: 1725. Contemporary full leather binding, with 6 raised bands to the spine. 5 panels decorated with gilt devices, and the 6th with a burgundy and gilt label. Marbled end papers. Complete with 34 folding plates. There is a curious vandalism to the title page and dedication page. An early owner has crossed out the name of Le Duc du Maine, who the book was dedicated to, and has coloured in portions of the Duc's crest. In the same ink is written "La livre ma coute 15 denier" (my book which cost 15 denier). To the following page (the dedication) again the Duc's crest has been defaced, along with his name, and several of the titles which pertained to him. The Duc was the legitimised son of Louis XIV, but despite this, was disliked by many who still considered him a bastard. Belidor (1698 - 1761) was a Frenchman born in Catalonia, an artillery professor at La Fère, whose work on artillery, engineering and hydraulics was widely disseminated in the 18th century. (24),560,(32) pp

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    Condition: The boards and spine are clean, A little bumping to the head and tail of the spine, with a touch of the cover rubbed. Inside, the book and plates are clean and tidy other than the sabotage to the Duc!

    Book ID: 1897
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  • Slang Esculaap en Gaper by SCHOENMAKERS, Ton., & JAS, Jorien.
    SCHOENMAKERS, Ton., & JAS, Jorien.
    Slang Esculaap en Gaper Medisch-farmaceutische symbolen

    Mijdrecht: Roche Nederland B.V, 1993. Fascinating book, dealing with the symbols and representations associated with chemists / apothecaries. Full of colour photographs. 174 pages. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches).

    Condition: Clean and tidy full colour dust wrapper. Book itself is also clean throughout. It appears that a front end paper has been removed, so the book starts with the half title.

    Book ID: 2681
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  • Species des Hymenopteres d'Europe & d'Algerie by ANDRE, Ed.
    ANDRE, Ed.
    Species des Hymenopteres d'Europe & d'Algerie

    Cote d'Or: Chez l'Auteur, Beaun, 1879. Two volumes. 1st Edition. 70 Beautiful lithographed plates, of which many are hand coloured. 3/4 tan leather with brown mottled boards Gilt titles to spine. Brown marbled endpapers.
    CICVI, [ii], 1-637, [ii], 1*-70*, 24 plates and descriptive page opposite each. / i-vi, 5-917, [iii], 1*-48*, 46 plates and descriptions.
    240 by 170mm (9½ by 6¾ inches). An important standard work on the Hymenoptera. A complete set contains 11 volumes and was published from 1879-1913. Hymenoptera is a large order of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants. Over 150,000 living species of Hymenoptera have been described. No wonder it is 11 volumes!

    Condition: Vol 1: Fractional rubbing to the edges of the spine. Book is clean and tidy throughout. Vol 2: one page (880) has a small corner missing to the page - does not affect text.

    Book ID: 2601
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  • The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany. by [DUPPA, Richard]
    [DUPPA, Richard]
    The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany. Illustrated by Select Specimens of Foreign and Indigenous Plants. Volume 3 only.

    London: T. Bensley: 1816. Volume 3 only (of a three volume set) - The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany. Illustrated by Select Specimens of Foreign and Indigenous Plants. Bound in burgundy full leather with gilt decoration, gilt title to spine and all page edges also in gilt. Leather is darkened, corners and edges are rubbed. Bindings are sound.

    With 59 beautiful engravings - all but one are hand-coloured (See images). Ex-library edition with sympathetically done security stamps and one electronic security tag neatly applied to back of engraving between pages 456 - 457. Only very light sporadic foxing (see images).

    - Encompasses pages 401 - 550. This is followed by a Dictionary of Botanical…

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    London: T. Bensley: 1816. Volume 3 only (of a three volume set) - The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany. Illustrated by Select Specimens of Foreign and Indigenous Plants. Bound in burgundy full leather with gilt decoration, gilt title to spine and all page edges also in gilt. Leather is darkened, corners and edges are rubbed. Bindings are sound.

    With 59 beautiful engravings - all but one are hand-coloured (See images). Ex-library edition with sympathetically done security stamps and one electronic security tag neatly applied to back of engraving between pages 456 - 457. Only very light sporadic foxing (see images).

    - Encompasses pages 401 - 550. This is followed by a Dictionary of Botanical Terms (including a single advert page following the title page) plus 82 unpaginated pages and a General Index of 18 unpaginated pages + 2 blank pages (102 pages in total).

    240 by 160mm (9½ by 6¼ inches). (103, [51]p. of plates; 144, [8], 43, [65]p. of plates; 106, [29]p. of plates)

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    Condition: despite being an ex library copy, this is a lovely example of this work. The boards are clean and tidy, with the gilt still bright. Internally, generally clean and tidy. There is the odd foxing spot, but little handling other than the library marks. These perhaps forgiven on an item of this scarcity. The hand coloured plates are clean and tidy (the library stamps not having bled through).

    Book ID: 1993
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  • The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany. by [DUPPA, Richard]
    [DUPPA, Richard]
    The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany. Illustrated by Select Specimens of Foreign and Indigenous Plants. Volume 1 only.

    London: T. Bensley: 1816. Volume 1 only - The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany. Illustrated by Select Specimens of Foreign and Indigenous Plants. Bound in burgundy full leather with gilt decoration, gilt title to spine and all page edges also in gilt. Leather is darkened, corners and edges are rubbed. Bindings are sound. Small closed tear to frontis - does not affect engraving (see images).

    With 88 beautiful engravings - all but one are hand-coloured (See images). Ex-library edition with sympathetically done security stamps and one electronic security tag neatly applied to back of engraving between pages 96 - 97. Only very light sporadic foxing (see images).

    - Encompasses pages XXVII 1 - 196

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    London: T. Bensley: 1816. Volume 1 only - The Classes and Orders of the Linnaean System of Botany. Illustrated by Select Specimens of Foreign and Indigenous Plants. Bound in burgundy full leather with gilt decoration, gilt title to spine and all page edges also in gilt. Leather is darkened, corners and edges are rubbed. Bindings are sound. Small closed tear to frontis - does not affect engraving (see images).

    With 88 beautiful engravings - all but one are hand-coloured (See images). Ex-library edition with sympathetically done security stamps and one electronic security tag neatly applied to back of engraving between pages 96 - 97. Only very light sporadic foxing (see images).

    - Encompasses pages XXVII 1 - 196

    240 by 160mm (9½ by 6¼ inches). (103, [51]p. of plates; 144, [8], 43, [65]p. of plates; 106, [29]p. of plates)

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    Condition: despite being an ex library copy, this is a lovely example of this work. The boards are clean and tidy, with the gilt still bright. Internally, generally clean and tidy. There is the odd foxing spot, but little handling other than the library marks. These perhaps forgiven on an item of this scarcity. The hand coloured plates are clean and tidy (the library stamps not having bled through).

    Book ID: 1994
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