Manuscripts and Letters

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

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The everla...
Jennings, E. [and Stuart Bevan]
The everlasting animals and other stories.
London, Duckworth & Co., 1898. 4to (26.0 x 19.7 cm). [iii], 87 pp., seven chromolithographed plates. Original full orange and silver pictorial buckram. Black title on the spine, black vignette on the rear board. Large original, hand-coloured drawing by Bevan on the front pastedown and front free endpaper recto.
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A unique copy with an extra drawing of George Grossmith
"Daphnis e...
Joumard, G. P.
"Daphnis et Chloé". Hand-finished pochoirs.
Paris, ca. 1930. 17.0 x 12.0 cm (visible part). In passe-partouts (28.5 x 23.5 cm).
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Two fine watercolour pochoirs, finished by hand, in Art Deco style
Histoire d...
Lacretelle, J. C. D., De
Histoire de France, pendant le dix-huitième siècle.
Paris, Treuttel et Würtz, 1819-1826. 14 parts in 14. 8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm). Frontispiece (portrait of the author), 6,136 pp., seven additional frontispieces, 204 portraits, (four hand-coloured), 69 original letters of which many large, folded, six letters in facsimile, 12 signed printed documents, 13 original printed billets, 67 other engraved plates of which 13 tinted and two large, folded and hand-coloured. Uniform original red half morocco over red grained boards. Rich gilt spines.
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A special set, enriched with original 18th-century letters, autographs, etc.
27 origina...
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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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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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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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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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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Unrecorded and seldom-seen original Martyn illustrations
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
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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Robert Mertens at work: a revealing manuscript
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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Robert Mertens on speciation, in his own hand
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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Robert Mertens handwritten concept of a paper on snakes