Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 under the command of captain George S. Nares, R.N., F.R.S. and captain Frank Tourle Thomson, R.N. prepared under the superintendence of the late Sir. C. Wyville-Thomson, Knt., F.R.S., &c. and now of John Murray. Zoology. Volume IV. Report on the deep-sea medusae dredged by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76.
London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1882. Large 4to (31.9 x 25.3 cm). cv, 154 pp., 32 lithographed plates (mostly chromolithography) with explanatory text leaves, 16 wood-engravings in the text. Original green, blind stamped cloth boards with bevelled edges. Spine with gilt title. Black endpapers.Read more
Ernst Haeckel's work on jellyfish which inspired the Jugendstil and Art Nouveau movements
Thesaurus anatomicus primus - decimus; Curae posteriores seu Thesaurus anatomicus omnium praecedentium maximus; Curae renovatae, seu, Thesaurus anatomicus post curas posteriores, novus.
Amsterdam, Jansson-Waesberg, 1721-1729. 12 parts in one. 4to (23.8 x 18.4 cm). 12 title pages. 47 engraved plates of which seven larger, folded. Later half calf over marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands; compartments with gilt vignettes and red morocco label with gilt title. All edges red.Read more
Complete with the Curae posteriores and Curae renovatae
[Collection of mind-blowing insect-paintings by an artist famous as 'Bergmahler'.]
Germany, unpublished, 1906-1960. Five near uniformly sized sketch books (ca. 22.0 x 17.0 cm), and 28 loose leaves (size 22.5 x 13.5 cm or larger) with fine illustrations of - mainly - insects. Two large ones in uniform wooden frames (oblong, sizes 29.5 x 55.0 cm; 29.5 x 66.2 cm.Read more
Utterly stunning original drawings by the GOD of entomological illustration
Historia Romana. De Bellis Civilibus.
Venice, Bernhard Maler (Pictor), Erhard Ratdolt and Peter Loslein, 1477. Two parts in one. Folio (27.3 x 20.4 cm). 343 [211, 132] leaves. Early 17th-century full vellum. Spine with three raised bands and script title in an old hand. Edges speckled red.Read more
A beautifully preserved copy with the very rare red ornamental border and an interesting provenance
Verhandelingen over de natuurlijke geschiedenis der Nederlandsche overzeesche bezittingen, door de Leden der Natuurkundige commissie in Indië en andere schrijvers. Uitgegeven op last van de Koning.
Leiden, S. Luchtmans and J. Luchtmans, 1839-1844. Three volumes in five, including a matching drop box. Folio (42.6 x 29.1 cm). 1379 pp.; 258 plates on 257 sheets (and one double, not counted), of which all but 81 finely hand-coloured, and four maps, of which one double-sized, and all but one partly hand-coloured. Uniform contemporary dark green half morocco over grained boards. Spines with five raised bands; gilt ornaments at head and foot, and gilt title. Speckled edges.Read more
A well-preserved set of this rarely-seen work with an unusual high number of coloured plates
Raccolta di disegni incisi da Girolamo Mantelli di Canobio sugli originali esistenti nella Bibliotheca Ambrosiana di mano di Leonardo Da Vinci e de suoi scolari Lombardi dedicata a sua eccellenza Giberto Borromeo Arese Conte e Signore di Magno imperiale Corte regale e Vicario imperiale perpetuo Conte d'Arona e Signore della sua rocca ec. ec. Grande di Spagna di prima classe ec.
Milano, [Federico Agnelli], 1785. Folio (43.2 x 30.7 cm). Engraved title page and 27 engraved plates, printed in red and black. The engraved, allegorical title page is signed and dated Hier. Mantelli inuen sculpt. 1785 . Contemporary mottled half calf over mottled boards. Spine with gilt ornamental bands and vignettes, and gilt-ornamented morocco label with gilt title. Edges speckled red.Read more
One of only three complete copies known
Das Thier in der decorativen Kunst. Die Wasserthiere.
Wien, Gerlach & Schenk, 1896. Large folio (55.8 x 43.1 cm). Marvellous chromolithographed title page; one page of text (author’s preface); 14 stunning chromolithographed plates showing animals in a fabulous Art Nouveau style. Contemporary pebbled half linen over brown boards. Front board with gilt title in Jugendstil lettering; spine with gilt title. Patterned endpapers.Read more
Fantastic Art Nouveau plates of dragons, shells and fish
A paradox: prooving, that the inhabitants of the isle called Madagascar, or St. Laurence, (in temporall things) are the happiest people in the World. Whereunto is prefixed, a briefe and true description of that island: the nature of the climate, and condition of the inhabitants, and their speciall affection to the English above other nations. With most probable arguments of a hopefull and fit plantation of a colony there, in respect of the fruitfulnesse of the soyle, the benignity of the ayre, and the relieving of our English ships, both to and from the East-Indies.
London, Nathaniell Butter, 1640. 4to (18.7 x 14.4 cm). Original second blank; title page, half title, half-title (placed after 12th text page) [xii, xxi] pp., Mid-19th century brown crushed morocco. Spine with five raised, gilt-stippled bands; compartments rich gilt with floral patterns and gilt title; boards with triple gilt borders and rosettes; gilt-lined edges and elaborate gilt inner dentelles.Read more
Hamond's famous first attempt to promote Madagascar as a Paradise on Earth
[Burma - Myanmar] A collection of sixteen late nineteenth to early twentieth century Burmese costume studies.
Burma [Myanmar], ca. 1920. 16 watercolours. 8vo-sized (images ca. 21.0 x 15.7 cm). Heightened with white body colour; each signed "M. T. Hla" in lower right corner, uniformly mounted. Mounts 40.5 x 27.9 cm.Read more
From the first Nurmuse artist working in a realistic style
Illustrations of the botany of Captain Cook's voyage round the world in H.M.S. Endeavour in 1768-71. Australian plants.
London, the Trustees of the British Museum, 1900-1905. Three parts in three. Folio (47.5 x 31.5 cm). Title and 102 pp.,; 320 lithographed plates (numbered 1-318, 41A, and 45A) and three folding maps. The plates are photolithographic reproductions of original engraved proof plates by F. P. Nodder, James Miller, J. F. Miller, and John Cleveley that were never published. The set is bound in uniform black buckram with gilt lettering on spine, reading: Cook's First voyage. Australian plants , and the plate numbers contained in each volume.Read more
The first publication of the illustrations by Banks and Solander of Australian plants
Die Pflanzenthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Farben erleuchtet nebst Beschreibungen. [AND] Fortzetzungen der Pflanzenthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Farben erleuchtet nebst Beschreibungen.
Nürnberg, 1791-1806. In four volumes. 4to (text volumes 24.2 x 19.6 cm; atlases 26.4 x 20.2 cm). Title pages, 857 [of 905 in this section] pp. Erster Theil (1791) xii, 320 pp.; Zweiter Theil (1794) 303 pp.; Fortsetzungen. Erster Theil (1797) pp. 1-116; 149-230]; Zwyter Theil pp. 1-24. 395 [of 445] hand-coloured or tinted engraved plates. Near uniform half calf over marbled boards. Spines with gilt chains and black morocco labels with gilt titles. Edges mottled.Read more
The most beautiful corals and sponges - originally described and finely figured
Cimicum Regni Neapolitani Centuriae. Centuria [prima], Centuria secunda, Centuria tertia et quartae fragmentum. Cum tabulis I - VIII. [AND] Additamenta ad Centurias Cimicum Regni Neapolitani. [Complete].
Napoli, for the author, 1838-1860. Five parts in three, 4to (ca. 25 x 20 cm). [iv], 266 pp. [74, 41, 41, 71, 39]; eleven finely engraved plates of which six originally hand-coloured, and five in stipple-engraved colour printing. Bound in three, rather similar contemporary bindings, viz. pebbled half cloth over marbled boards. Spine with gilt title. Speckled edges; and uniform green quarter paper over marbled boards with script titles.Read more
A very rare complete set including the supplement, which is not recorded in any major bibliography
Sammel-Mappe Flächenverzierung. XV. Folge. Mit besonderer Beruksichtigung der Textilindustrie. Herausgegeben von etwa 30 praktischen Fachmännern.
Plauen, Christian Stoll, [ca. 1903]. Folio (39.2 x 26.0 cm). 48 loose plates in printed portfolio.Read more
Inspiring designs by important Art Nouveau artists
Les dons merveilleux et diversement coloriés de la nature dans le règne animal ou collection d'animaux précieusement coloriés.
Paris, chez l'auteur, 1782. Large folio (42.7 x 27.9 cm). Engraved title page, [iv] pp. (explanations to plates 1-100, present twice]; 156 finely engraved and exquisitely hand-coloured plates. Contemporary full red morocco. Spine with six double, gilt-stippled, raised bands separated by a ruled floral green morocco strip; compartments with two green morocco labels with gilt title and red morocco inlay with gilt border. Boards with gilt ornamental greek key border and marbled panel in gilt-stippled border; gilt-lined edges and gilt floral inner dentelles; marbled endpapers.Read more
The ultra-rare animal "dons" with beautiful illustrations
Book of cage birds. [A natural history of cage birds]
[London, for the author, 1871]. Folio (28.1 x 18.8 cm). 113 pp.; 24 hand-coloured auto-lithographed plates. Contemporary grained burgundy half morocco over pebbled green boards, with gilt ornamental borders. Spine with five raised, gilt-ornamented bands, gilt vignettes and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt.Read more
Perhaps the rarest of all bird books illustrated by Keulemans
Physica curiosa sive mirabilia naturae et artis libris XII comprehensa, quibus pleraq[ue] quae de angelis, daemonibus, hominibus, spectris, energumenis, monstris, portentis, animalibus, meteoris.
Herbipoli (Würzburg), Johann André Endter & Wolfgang Endter junior, 1667. Thick 4to (20.6 x 16.8 cm) [21.6 x 19.5 x 9.8 cm]. Half-title, engraved title by I. Sandrart, letterpress title page in red and black, verso with engraved coat of arms ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’. 1460 ([l], 1389 [xxi]) pp.; 61 engraved plates, numbered I-LVIII; A-C, of which six larger, double-folded. Contemporary, extensively blind-tooled pigskin boards. Spine with four raised bands. Boards with bevelled edges and with two leather straps and brass clasps. Edges blue.Read more
The second, better illustrated edition in a beautiful, contemporary binding
Nile-sketches painted from nature during his travels through Egypt.
Wandsbeck near Hamburg, Gustav W. Seitz; London, Hildesheimer & Faulkner, [1870-1878]. Folio (37.4 x 29.1 cm). Frontispiece map in red and black; title in red and black; 71 pp.; 24 chromolithographed page-sized views, each with a printed tissue-guard. Publisher's very rich gilt polychrome, decorative cloth. Gilt title on the spine and front board. Pictorial endpapers. All edges gilt. In protective transparent (Mylar) sleeve.Read more
The first English edition of a stunningly bound and illustrated book
Original diaries, photographs, letters and notebooks.
[Tibet], mostly unpublished, 1927-1928. Diary in ‘Einjahrbuch’ (19.0 x 15.5 cm; 365 pp.; sold in Hamburg by Max Schlichtmann), with the author’s name and Berlin address, and a smaller agenda (14.3 x 9.2 cm), with a hand-written label ‘1928 / April - Mai / Ürumtschi - Berlin’; a set of business cards, mostly in Chinese, inserted. This includes, however, a business card of Sven Hedin ‘Correspondant de l’Institut de Sinologie de l’Université nationale de Pékin’ in both French and Chinese, and of several other people who aided the expedition; several letters, a map, and over 500 original photographs, as described below.Read more
With Hedin through Tibet - the unpublished eye witness account of his photographer
Physiologie des mouvement. Four original photographs of a jumping military horse.
France, É. J. Marey, 1895-1898. A series of four original albumen silver print plates (16.3 x 23.1; 16.4 x 23.0; 16.2 x 23.0; and 16.2 x 23.1 cm). Preserved in protective sleeves.Read more
From a predecessor of Muybridge: a horse shot with the first 'photographic gun'
Ricettario medicinale di M. Giuseppe Santini Lucchese. Con un pieno trattato intorno alla cognitione del provedere, eleggere, conseruare, preparare e comporre ogni sorte di medicamento.
Serravalle di Vinetia, Marco Claseri, 1604. Small 4to (19.8 x 14.4 cm). Title page with large, allegorical vignette; xviii, 504 pp.; three page-sized engravings with explanatory text on opposite leaves. Early 20th-century boards. Spine with two morocco labels with gilt borders, and title.Read more
Only two copies in libraries worldwide
New and improved system of logarithms, with a table of the logarithms of the natural numbers, from 1 to 100,000, and by differences, from 1 to 10,000,000. The calculations have been recently made, and afterwards compared with the tables of Callet, Hutton, Vega, Briggs, Gardiner, Taylor, and Babbage. To which is added, an account of the origin, nature and use; and their application to several subjects to which they appertain. Also, an index, containing tables of trigonometrical formulae, (the notation entirely new and simple.)
London, William Day, Lithographer to the Queen, and Queen Dowager, 1838. Tall folio (40.7 x 25.9 cm). Half-title, title page, [vii]-xii, 106, [i] pp.; nine double-sized, partially hand-coloured tables; a few hand-coloured text figures; mounted tabs. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with triple gilt bands; front board with rectangular ruled morocco label with gilt ornamental borders and title. Edges speckled red.Read more
A work with Seven Superiorities
Musée des Lépidoptères. Collection de papillons de toutes les parties du monde.
Paris, Arnauld de Vresse, [ca. 1840]. Folio (42.0 x 30.1 cm). Gilt-lettered title page; 12 chromolithographed plates with captions, finished by hand, some heightened with silver and gum arabic. Original green cloth with large gilt-embossed decoration and title to front panel and blind-tooled borders.Read more
Exceedingly rare book on butterflies, not in any bibliography, nor in any library
Histoires prodigieuses les plus memorables qui ayent esté observées depuis la nativité de Iesus Christ, iusques à nostre siecle : extraictes de plusieurs fameux autheurs, Grecz, & Latins, sacrez & prophanes: mises en nostre langue par P. Boaistuau, surn’mé Launay, natif de Bretaigne, avec les pourtaictz & figures. Dediées à treshault, & trespuissant Seigneur, Iehan de Rieux, Seigneur Dasserac.
Paris, Vincent Sertenas, 1560. 4to (22.0 x 15.8 cm). Title page with engraved vignette; [xxiii], 173, [v] pp.; woodcuts in the text. 18th-century full mottled calf; spine with five raised bands; compartments rich gilt with floral vignettes, and burgundy morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Edges speckled red.Read more
Famous first book on 'monsters'
Het eerste [-sevende] deel van de teeken-konst. [Complete].
Amsterdam, Frederick de Wit [ca. 1675]. Folio (31.6 x 19.7 cm). 140 fine engraved plates including seven engraved titles, the first with a portrait of the author. 19th-century half calf over marbled boards. Spine with four raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartments with gilt floral vignettes and title. Marbled endpapers. Edges sprinkled red.Read more
One of two known copies of this edition
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