Manuscripts and Letters

The original works of scientists and travellers, written and/or drawn

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Landor, A. H. S.
27 original 19th-Century watercolour sketches of Australia.
Australia, not published, [n.d., but 1891]. Mostly ca. 18 x 13 cm, some larger (up to 23.0 x 14.0 cm) or smaller (the smallest 17.5 x 6.0 cm). Some with hand-written captions.
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€14,900.00
Landor's illustrations of Australia - not used in any book
Trevor Llo...
Lloyd, T.
Trevor Lloyd's sketchbooks of New Zealand.
New Zealand, ca. 1925. In two volumes. Folio (35 x 25 cm, and 36 x 33 cm). The first of white paper, with his name handwritten on the second leaf, and (68 groups of) illustrations, mostly on leaf rectos only, a few using both sides of a leaf. The second, largest, of brown paper, with his name written on the front cover. Inserted: one sheet of trace paper with pencil drawing, and 24 leaves with colour pencil sketches of New Zealand landscapes, and people.
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€5,600.00
The base of the artist's fine etchings and hilarious cartoons
A study of...
MacInnes, D.G.
A study of fossil Mammalia from East Africa [original manuscript].
Unpublished [n.d., but ca 1938.] 4to (26.0 x 20.4 cm). Original typed manuscript with 336 pp., 143 original photographs in various sizes, and some original drawn maps. Full contemporary dark blue cloth with gilt title on spine.
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€4,000.00
Fine manuscript on extinct elephants and other mammals collected by Louis Leakey's expeditions
Familie de...
[Manuscript on cacti]
Familie der Cacteen.
Switzerland, unpublished, 1893-1905. Folio. (ca. 38 x 28 cm). 24 pp. of hand-written text, including an "Eintheilung nach Förster", and loose sheets (some on grey paper) with original hand-coloured illustrations of various Cacteae, similar succulents, and a few other plants, many after specimens in the Botanischer Garten Basel. Text in contemporary paper wrappers.
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€1,500.00
Wonderful original 19th-century watercolours of cacti
Unknown il...
Martyn, T.
Unknown illustrations for the "Universal Conchologist": Fine handcoloured stipple engravings of lesser-known Indo-Pacific and South Pacific marine shells.
[London, the author], ca. 1780. Six oblong sheets (27.0 x 33.2 cm) with original stipple-engraved handcoloured illustrations of shells.
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€2,250.00
Unrecorded and seldom-seen original Martyn illustrations
Extensive...
Mertens, R.
Extensive collection of 265 offprints and independently published treatises on herpetology, many rare and/or signed by the author.
Various places and publishers, 1917-1975. 265 items in 265. Size between 8vo (22 x 15 cm) and large 4to (ca. 31 x 24 cm). Numerous pages. Various printed wrappers.
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A huge collection of - often rare - offprints
[Original...
Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his fourth paper on reptile hybrids]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1968]. Handwritten on rectos of 49 uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€350.00
Robert Mertens at work: a revealing manuscript
[Original...
Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his third paper on reptile hybrids]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1964]. Handwritten on rectos of four uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm), and one blank verso of a proof leaf from Senckenbergiana Biologica .
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€125.00
Robert Mertens on speciation, in his own hand
[Original...
Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the elegant sand racer, Psammophis elegans (Shaw), a snake from West Africa].
[Frankfurt am Main, 1973]. Handwritten on rectos (two discarded texts on versos) of six uniform, loose, ruled leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm).
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€125.00
Robert Mertens handwritten concept of a paper on snakes
[Original...
Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on the Cape platanna or Cape clawed toad, Xenopus gilli Rose and Hewitt]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1970]. Handwritten on rectos of eight uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€150.00
Careful thinking and writing by Robert Mertens
[Original...
Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on Grandidier's dwarf gecko, Lygodactylus tuberifer Boettger and its lectotype]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1970]. Handwritten on rectos (and one verso) of eight uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€150.00
Great thoughts on a small lizard
[Original...
Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on the life and herpetological work of Leopold Fitzinger]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1973]. Handwritten on rectos (and one verso) of 21 uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€375.00
Robert Mertens on Leopold Fitzinger: an interesting manuscript