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New Zealan...
Cranwell, T.
New Zealand ferns. Prepared and mounted by T. Cranwell.
Auckland (Parnell), T. Cranwell, no date [before 1877]. Small folio 27.0 x 21.6 cm). 30 sheets with mounted ferns, each with a small, mounted label with the Latin name. Original leather spine and carved wood-panels. Marbled endpapers. Contained in recent clamshell box.
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€1,750.00
A very rare, large format, dried fern album with wooden panels
Remarks up...
Darwin, C.
Remarks upon the habits of the genera Geospiza, Camarhynchus, Cactornis and Certhidea of Gould.
London, The Zoological Society of London, 1837. 8vo (22.7 x 13.9 cm). p. 49. Original blind blue wrappers, preserved in a green clamshell box with gilt title.
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€4,200.00
The fundaments of evolution: Darwin on "his" finches
Travels on...
Duppa, R.
Travels on the continent, Sicily and the Lipari Islands. Second edition.
London, Longman, Rees, Orme, and Co., 1829. Large 8vo (26.8 x 17.2 cm). x, 494, [ii] pp.; 21 fine engraved plates, and 34 text engravings. Contemporary grained half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with five raised, stipple-gilted bands; compartments with gilt vignettes and a brown morocco label with gilt title.
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€900.00
Travels of an inquisitive mind
Natuurlyke...
Ellis, J.
Natuurlyke historie van de koraal-gewassen en andere dergelyke zee-lighamen, die men gemeenelyk vind op de kusten van Groot-Brittanien en Ierland: benevens eene beschryving van een grooten zee-polyp, In den zomer van 't jaar 1753 by den Noord-Pool door de walvis-vangers gevonden. Uit het engels vertaald door Jan Tak.
's Gravenhage [The Hague], Pieter de Hondt, 1756. 4to (27.6 x 21.5 cm). xvi, 118 pp., with a hand-coloured engraved frontispiece of a beautiful marine scene, a black and red printed title page, and 39 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary calf binding, spine with raised bands and gilt floral motifs. Red speckled edges.
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€1,850.00
A rare, beautifully hand-coloured copy
Contributi...
Gibson-Hill, C. A.
Contributions to the natural history of Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean.
Singapore, the Raffles Museum, 1947. 8vo (24.5 x 15.5 cm). 182 pp., seven plates, many text figures, including two maps. Original printed wrappers.
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€150.00
The first monograph on the natural history of this enigmatic island with original observations
Notice his...
[Grandidier, A.] Lacroix, A.
Notice historique sur Alfred Grandidier. Membre de la Section de Géographie et Navigation.
Paris, Gauthier-Villars [Académie des Sciences], 1921. 4to (28.3 x 22.3 cm). Portrait frontispiece, 58 pp. Near contemporary burgundy half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with two raised bands and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Original printed wrappers bound in.
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€120.00
Bi(bli)ography of the foremost explorer of Madagascar
Recherches...
Grandidier, G.
Recherches sur les Lémuriens disparus et en particulier sur ceux qui vivaient à Madagascar.
Paris, Masson, 1905. Large 4to (31.5 x 24.4 cm). 144 pp., 12 lithographed plates, 27 text figures, one tinted map. Later burgundy buckram with gilt title on the spine.
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€240.00
An unusual clean copy with handwritten dedication by the author
Titres et...
Grandidier, G.
Titres et travaux scientifiques de M. Guillaume Grandidier.
Paris, Masson, 1905. 4to (27.6 x 22.3 cm). 74 pp., numerous text illustrations. Original printed wrappers.
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€350.00
A rare work on Guillaume Grandidier, one of Madagascar's greatest naturalists
The salmon...
Grimble, A.
The salmon rivers of Ireland. Volumes I-II. [Complete].
London, Kegan Paul, Trübner, 1903. Two volumes in two (28.6 x 22.2 cm). 4to. 561 [xv, 262 ; xii, 272] pp., two maps, 33 [14; 19] photographic plates. Original uniform half vellum. Printed label on the spines.
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€750.00
August Grimble's finest work
A yacht vo...
Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, F. T. [Lord Dufferin]
A yacht voyage. Letters from high latitudes; being some account of a voyage, in 1856, in the schooner yacht "Foam" to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitzbergen, by Lord Dufferin, Governor General of the Dominion of Canada.
Toronto, Adam, Stevensen, 1873. 8vo (18.1 x 12.0 cm). 281 pp., engraved frontispiece, tissue-guarded portrait of the author, nine engraved plates including one of a skeleton in a coffin captioned: "Et ego in arctis", several wood engravings in the text. Original decorated cloth with bevelled edges and gilt title on the spine, and gilt title and large vignette on the front board.
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€250.00
Signed and dated by the author, the governor of Canada
Voyage à l...
Hamilton, W.
Voyage à la cote septentrionale du Comté d'Antrim en Irlande, et à l'ile de Raghery, contenant l'histoire naturelle de ses productions volcaniques & plusieurs observations sur les antiquités & moeurs de ce pays... auquel on a ajouté l'essai sur l'oryctographie du Derbyshire par M. Ferber, traduit de l'Allemand.
Paris, Cuchet, 1790. 8vo (19.6 x 12.5 cm). viii, 239 pp., engraved folding plate showing several geological layers of Derbyshire. Contemporary full mottled calf. Spine rich gilt with floral vignettes, small red morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers, red edges.
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€1,200.00
The first really detailed description of the geologically diverse northern coast of Ireland.
A paradox:...
Hamond, W.
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 tripple gilt borders and rosettes; gilt-lined edges and elaborate gilt inner dentelles.
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€14,500.00
Hamond's famous first attempt to promote Madagascar as a Paradise on Earth