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Butterflies and Late Loves, Fountaine, Margaret ;   Cater, W.F.         (ed)
Butterflies and Late Loves

The Lost Ark - New & Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century, Shuker, Dr. Karl
The Lost Ark - New & Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century

The Oxford Book of Birds, Campbell, Bruce
The Oxford Book of Birds

Aberrations of British Butterflies, Russwurm, A.D.A.
Aberrations of British Butterflies

Foreign Birds for Cage and Aviary - Waxbills, Weavers, Whydahs, Soderberg, P.M.
Foreign Birds for Cage and Aviary - Waxbills, Weavers, Whydahs

Somerset Birds and some other folk, Hendy, E.W.
Somerset Birds and some other folk

The Hedgerow Book, Wilson, Ron
The Hedgerow Book

Wild Flowers of Britain and Northwest Europe, Grey-Wilson, Christopher
Wild Flowers of Britain and Northwest Europe

 

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A Vision of Eden - The Life and Work of Marianne North, ,
1 A Vision of Eden - The Life and Work of Marianne North
,. Webb & Bower, Exeter, 1986. first thus, Hardback, 4to brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 2nd impression, , 240pp. plus index, Colour illustrations.Very Good/Very Good. Spine very slightly bumped. Dustwrapper has some evidence of occasional handling, but has little or no shelfwear except some bumping at top of spine. Originally published in 1893 as "Recollections of a Happy Life," Miss North's epic global journey to depict exotic flora is here presented in an abridged edition which is nonetheless generously illustrated with North's work. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: North, flora, botany, Kew. 3188

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2 Bird and Butterfly Mysteries - Realities of Migration
Acworth, Bernard ; Vesey-Fitzgerald, Brian. Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1955. first edition, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 303pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Spine and boards bumped, with some faint discolouring. Foxing to block edges, also to opening and closing pages. Text and plates clean and unmarked. Curious little book, with plenty of scholarly science on certain natural phenomena - Bird and bitterfy migrations - and the life cycle of the cuckoo Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Migration, butterfly, cuckoo. 4558

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The Skeleton Coast - A journey through the Namib desert, Allen, Benedict
3 The Skeleton Coast - A journey through the Namib desert
Allen, Benedict. BBC Books, London, 1997. first edition, Book is very good, apart from fact that rear board and final pages of block have become dampened, resulting in staining of rear boards and some wobbling of final pages. Book is still perfectly readable. TV series tie-in book, lavishly illustrated, in which the author explores a treacherous, yet visually stunning, region of southern Africa.. 4479

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My Brother Bird, Ames, Evelyn
4 My Brother Bird
Ames, Evelyn. Dodd, Mead, New York, 1954. first edition, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 125pp. Black and white illustrations. Illustrations by William Pene Du Bois. Very Good/Very Good. Inscribed by author. From the private library of JB Priestley, stickered thus, and inscribed to Priestley and his wife by the author. Spine slightly bumped. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some shelfwear with slight chipping to spine and corners. A delightful tale of an animal-loving New York family and a pigeon named Smoky who joins them… Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Pigeon, New York. 2724

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The Life of Birds, Attenborough, Davi
5 The Life of Birds
Attenborough, Davi. BBC Books, London, 1998. first edition, Hardback, 255mm x 177mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 320pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Gift Inscription. Top of block a little dusty else near fine. Pages clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper has a little shelfwear along top, some evidence of occasional handling. Tie-in book of popular and typically extravagant David Attenborough natural history series, revealing the extraordinary diversity of the world's birdlife. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Attenborough, Birds, BBC, toucan. 4548

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The Personality of the Dog, Aymar, Brandt ;   Sagarin, Edward
6 The Personality of the Dog
Aymar, Brandt ; Sagarin, Edward. Wings Books, New York, 1995. second edition, Hardback, 235mm x 160mm green hard card boards, gilt titles, second edition, xi prelims, 356pp. Good +++/Good +++. Spine and boards just a little bumped at corners, block edge perhaps a little darkened by age, else clean and tight. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal edgewear. "A dog lover's collection of stories, poems and pictures by Jack London, Virginia Woolf, Anton Chekhov, Winslow Homer and others." Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: dog, pet, Terhune, Cowper. 13057

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7 Animal Parasites
Baer, J.G.. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1971. first thus, Hardback, 193mm x 129mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 256pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Reading copy only/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Book is ex-lib with stamps, front endpaper removed. Otherwise fair condition - block edges grubby with ink marks, exterior bumped and scuffed, pages clean overall. Handy illustrated guide to animal parasites, in translation from he author's French by Kathleen Lyons. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: worm, flea, infestation, host. 15329

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My Life - My Trees, Baker, Richard St. Barbe
8 My Life - My Trees
Baker, Richard St. Barbe. Lutterworth Press, London, 1970. first edition*, Paperback, 215mm x 137mm , ix prelims, 174+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Paperback has been much handled, tape residue on front spine creased, edges curled and grubby in places, rear also creased, pages clean. Remarkable memoir of a scientist and conservationist who devoted his life to the study and cultivation of trees. (* Uncorrected and Confidential Advance Proof Copy.) Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: arboreal, tree, antipodes, green. 13859

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Butterflies of Australia and New Guinea, Barrett (F.R.Z.S., C.M.Z.S.), Charles ;   Burns (B.Sc., F.R.E.S.), A.N.
9 Butterflies of Australia and New Guinea
Barrett (F.R.Z.S., C.M.Z.S.), Charles ; Burns (B.Sc., F.R.E.S.), A.N.. N.H. Seward, Melbourne, 1951. first edition, Hardback, 22cm x 14cm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, x prelims, 187+pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +/Fair. Book has been handled over years, light wear to edges, one plate rough clipped at bottom. Owner stamp on front endpaper. Dustwrapper (now protected) is worn and chipped around edges with staining and crinkling to rear. "Beautifully illustrated… guide to Australian Rhopelocera and many of the splendid butterflies of Papua-New Guinea" Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: endomology, migration, mimicry, insect. 14839

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The Observer's Book of Birds, Benson, S. Vere
10 The Observer's Book of Birds
Benson, S. Vere. Frederick Warne, London, 1965. Hardback, 146mm x 94mm brown cloth boards, black titles, , 224pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Good +/Good +. Book has been handled over years, spine and boards bumped, some foxing to top block edge only, else clean. Dustwrapper has light wear and surface rubbing. Front flap clipped. Revised edition of Observer's guide to (British) birds. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: cormorant, kite, eagle, duck. 13031

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My Life, Bewick, Thomas ;   Bain, Iain
11 My Life
Bewick, Thomas ; Bain, Iain. Folio Society, London, 1981. first thus, Hardback, 8vo yellow card boards over brown cloth spine, gilt titles, first thus, 192pp. Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Near Fine/NoWrapper. Book is near fine. No slipcase, but torn tracing paper wrapper still present. FS edition of classic memoir by eminent Georgian artist and naturalist, featuring Bewick's own engravings and watercolours. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Bewick, Northumberland, nature. 4562

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The Compleat Naturalist - A Life of Linnaeus, Blunt, Wilfrid ;   Stearn, William T.
12 The Compleat Naturalist - A Life of Linnaeus
Blunt, Wilfrid ; Stearn, William T.. Collins, London, 1971. first edition, Hardback, 254mm x 201mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 256pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good. Book is not new and has been read but still clean and tight with no obvious imperfections. Tiny Foyles sticker on inner front board. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear and chipping around edges. Superbly researched and illustrated life of the 18th century Swedish naturalist whose classification of living things into genera and species is univerally used by scientists today. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Linnaeus, binomial, nature, life This book is unusually heavy or large and may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction.. 9985

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The Rivers and Streams of England, Bradley, A.G.
13 The Rivers and Streams of England
Bradley, A.G.. Bracken Books, London, 1993. first thus, Hardback, 258mm x 198mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 190pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Illustrations by Sutton Palmer. Good +++/Good +. Scuffing at bottom edges of boards and spine, dusting to top blocke edge, book otherwise clean, tight and attractive. Dustwrapper is clean but has some shelfwear and has been handled, some line indentaitons here and there. Originally published iin 1909, this is a new print of Bradley's classic guide to the natural waterways of England, with 75 timeless watercolours by palmer. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: England, river, stream,Devon. 8527

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14 Flowers in Britain - Wild, Ornamental and Economic and some relatives in other lands
Brimble (B.Sc., F.L.S.), L.J.F.. Macmillan, London, 1947. first edition, Hardback, 235mm x 160mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 3rd impression, , x prelims, 393pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Gift Inscription. Book is tight, clean and solid, with just a little bumping of boards. Spine and board edges have colour faded. Popular guide to popular British plants. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Plants, flowers, pansies, geraniums. 4525

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Getting to Know Wild Flowers, Browning, Gareth H.
15 Getting to Know Wild Flowers
Browning, Gareth H.. Collins, London & Glasgow, 1948. first edition, Hardback, 247mm x 185mm grey cloth boards, red titles, first edition, 96pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Illustrations by Harold Riddett. Good +/Fair. Book is a little darkened by age, spine and boards a little bumped, but still clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper (now protected) has 4 sq cm area of loss at top rear by spine. Otherwise in good condition - worn, but still presentable. Lovely guide to some of the wild flowers of Britain, with illustrations by Riddett including 16 full-page drawings in line and colour. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Britain, flowers, sorrel, foxglove. 9301

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16 Owls of the World - their evolution, structure and ecology
Burton, John A. (ed). Peter Lowe, 1973. Hardback, 280mm x 215mm red full leather binding, gilt titles, , 216pp. plus index, plus appendix/appendicies, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Illustrations by John Rignall. Very Good/NoWrapper. Top of of block a little dusty, front endpaper a little scuffed on surface. Bright, clean and attractive. Compehensive collection of essay articles on the subject of owls, superbly illustrated, with a mass of scholarly information. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Owl, Burton, fishing, tawny. 4480

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The Oxford Book of Birds, Campbell, Bruce
17 The Oxford Book of Birds
Campbell, Bruce. Book Club Associates, London, 1974. first thus, Hardback, 247mm x 180mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xvi prelims, 207pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Illustrations by Donald Watson. Good +++/Good +++. Book is lovely and clean with just a little dusting to top block edge, spine also bumped at ends. Dustwrapper is clean with light wear from handling, spine colour just a little faded. Book club edition of superbly illustrated guide to the birds of Britain, with colour plates facing two-column text. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: migration, flight, fowl, breeding. 15352

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Charles Darwin, Chancellor, John
18 Charles Darwin
Chancellor, John. Book Club Associates, London, 1973. first thus, Hardback, 255mm x 180mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 231pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good +. Book is tight and clean, block a little darkened by age, no markings. Dustwrapper has been handled, some light shelfwear. Book club edition of Chancellor's readable biography of the great evolutionist, generously illustrated throughout. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Darwin, evolution, Beagle, Erasmus. 9285

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Birds of the Hants/Surrey Border, Clark, J.M.
19 Birds of the Hants/Surrey Border
Clark, J.M.. Hobby Books, Aldershot, 1984. first edition, Paperback, 226mm x 167mm , 148pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been read, some ligth wear to edges, also creasing of spine, else tight and clean. Serious ornithologist's guide to the birds of the Hamphire - Surrey border region. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Hampshirfe, Surrey, bird, shoveler. 9960

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Darwin's Notebook - The Life, Times and Discoveries of Charles Robert Darwin, Clements, Jonathan
20 Darwin's Notebook - The Life, Times and Discoveries of Charles Robert Darwin
Clements, Jonathan. The History Press, Stroud, 2009. first edition, Hardback, 215mm x 160mm decorated boards, 160pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Book has been handled only occasionally, spine bumped, else clean and tight. A full account of the life and achievements of Charles Darwin, presented in the style of an illustrated personal notebook. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: evolution, Galapagos, Beagle, nature. 14308

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Meerkat Manor - Flower of the Kalahari, Clutton-Brock, Tim
21 Meerkat Manor - Flower of the Kalahari
Clutton-Brock, Tim. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2007. first edition, Hardback, 270mm x 194mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 240pp. Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Book is clean and tight with little or no wear. Dustwrapper is clean with no obvious signs of wear. Bright and generously illustrated account of the life of a dominant female meerkat named Flower who featured in popular TV series Meerkat Manor. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: litter, pup, conservation, habitat This book is unusually heavy or large and may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction.. 13866

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Game Birds, Coles, Charles
22 Game Birds
Coles, Charles. Crescent Books, New York, 1988. first thus, Hardback, 355mm x 255mm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 117pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Illustrations by Maurice Pledger. Good/Good. Book is in very good condition apart from dampening to opening pages. Even so, this is still an impressive large-scale presentation of twenty-four game birds. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some fading to edges, notably on front top, still basically clean and presentable. With full-page colour illustrations by Pledger, and a Foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, this is a big book of game birds with authoritative accompanying text for the naturalist and the sportsman. Originally published in the UK by Collins in 1981. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Game, grouse, shooting, pheasant. This book is unusually heavy or large and may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction.. 8924

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Secret Nature of the Channel Shore, Cooper, Andrew
23 Secret Nature of the Channel Shore
Cooper, Andrew. BBC Books, London, 1992. first edition, Hardback, 25cm x 19cm light blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 224pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Spine bumped, block bright and clean with no markings. Dustwrapper has a little shelfwear along top, with top of spine frayed. TV series tie-in book, presenting the dramatic geology and natural life of the English Channel. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Channel, Manche, Scilly, otter. 4547

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Intelligent & Loyal - A Celebration of the Mongrel, Cooper, Jilly
24 Intelligent & Loyal - A Celebration of the Mongrel
Cooper, Jilly. Eyre Methuen, London, 1981. first edition, Hardback, 253mm x 193mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 222pp. Photographic illustrations. Illustrations by Graham Wood. Good +++/Good +++. Book is not new but still tight and clean save for some grubbiness to top block edge. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear, front flap clipped. With photographs by Wood', this is a famous novelist and dog-lover's tribute to mongrel dogs, drawing on correspondence from hundreds of British owners. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Cooper, mongrel, breed. 8580

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25 Grey Owl and The Beaver
Cory, Harper ; Owl, Grey. Thomas Nelson, London, 1935. second edition, Hardback, 194mm x 130mm green cloth boards, green titles, second edition, 2nd impression, , xi prelims, 144+pp. plus advertisments,Good/NoWrapper. Gift Inscription. Some discolouring to exterior, light wear to block edges, differential fading to endpapers, rear endpaper creased, else clean and tight. Account of beaver life and behaviour in Canada, co-written by the so-called and once-famed "Grey Owl" - in reality an Englishman who pretended to be a native American. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: beaver, nature, canada, moose. 15358

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The Concise Encyclopedia of Freshwater Tropical Fish, Dawes, John
26 The Concise Encyclopedia of Freshwater Tropical Fish
Dawes, John. Parragon, Bristol, 1998. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 173mm decorated boards, 256pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Book is not new but still tight and clean, with just a little dusting to block edges. Dustwrapper has been handled, perhaps just beginning to darken near top, but still bright and clean. Comprehensive and superbly illustrated reference guide for the freshwater tropical aquarium keeper. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: fish, aquarium, freshwater This book is unusually heavy or large and may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction.. 731

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British Animals of the Wild Places, Day, J. Wentworth
27 British Animals of the Wild Places
Day, J. Wentworth. Blandford Press, London, 1960. first edition, Hardback, 190mm x 127mm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 88pp. Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Illustrations by Roland Green. Good +/Fair. Previous owner's name. Prize sticker on inner front board. Book is a little bumped and worn around edges but pages clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper is worn and grubby from handling, with fraying to corners and spine. Suitable for readers of all ages, this is a rather lovely little introduction to the many wild animals - specifically, mammals - native to Britain, with colour illustrations by Green. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: badger, shrew, fox, otter, Britain. 10446

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Wild Life and the Camera, Dugmore (F.R.G.S.), A. Radclyffe
28 Wild Life and the Camera
Dugmore (F.R.G.S.), A. Radclyffe. J.B. Lippincott / William Heinemann, Philadelphia / London, 1912. first edition, Hardback, 224mm x 140mm black cloth boards, green titles, first edition, 332+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Fair/NoWrapper. Book is ex-lib, and generally bumped and worn, with foxing to block edges ans some damage to spine. A guide to animal photography, with accounts of expeditions into the (North American) wild in search of mammals, fish and birds. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: Photography, animal, porcupine. 10023

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Catch Me a Colobus, Durrell, Gerald
29 Catch Me a Colobus
Durrell, Gerald. Collins, London, 1972. first edition, Hardback, 215mm x 137mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 221pp. Black and white illustrations. Illustrations by Edward Mortelmans. Good/Good. Gift Inscription. Exterior edges bumped and faded, block edges darkened, some foxing and spotty staining, pages overall clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) is darkened and worn around edges, front flap clipped. A typically readable volume from celebrated naturalist Durrell, full of entertaining details about the exotic animals in his globe-trottiing life. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: animal, ape, hornbill, Africa. 13087

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The Best of Gerald Durrell, Durrell, Gerald ;   Durrell, Lee         (ed)
30 The Best of Gerald Durrell
Durrell, Gerald ; Durrell, Lee (ed). Harper Collins, London, 1996. first edition, Hardback, 250mm x 174mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 266+pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +. Hardback has been handled, spine bumped, very faint foxing to block edges, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper has been handled, some indentations and wear to edges. A collection of writings by a famous 20th century naturalist and author, selected by Durrell's wife Lee after his 1995 death. Catalogue: Natural History. Keywords: animal, conservation, naturalist, Africa. 13098

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