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A.B. Lambert  Description of the Genus Pinus 1832 First Octavo Edition
Print ID: 17901

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The Description of the Genus Pinus first appeared in 1803 in folio dimensions. The illustrations by the great botanical artist Ferdinand Bauer (and one each by Georg Ehret and Franz Bauer) elicited the admiration of the imminent German philosopher Goethe himself a talented amateur botanist and botanical artist. What most distinguishes this work is the three-dimensional nature of the drawings the artist having graded his tones to give a natural appearance as opposed to the compositions of earlier artists that provided a somewhat flat perspective. As Goethe stated so admiringly, "It is a real joy to look at these plates, for Nature is visible, Art concealed." The first octavo edition was published in 1832. This copy is in good to very good condition, very nicely hand colored but with scattered spotting and finger soiling to text and plates. The binding is in very good condition overall however the hinges on the front cover are starting. This is a rare and beautiful volume on the conifers and will make a very valuable addition to a fine botanical collection. References: Nissen 1126; Great Flower Books p. 64; Stafleu TL2 4146.
Price: $2700.00
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Baron Georges Cuvier Regne Animal, Mollusques 1829-1843
Print ID: 7200

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None of Cuvier's works attained a higher reputation than his Règne Animal distribué d'après son Organisation pour servir de base à l'Histoire Naturelle des Animaux et d'Introduction à l'Anatomie Comparée, the first edition of which appeared in four octavo volumes in 1817, and the second in five volumes in 1829–1830. In this classic work Cuvier embodied the results of the whole of his previous researches on the structure of living and fossil animals.

Cuvier's papers on the Mollusca began appearing as early as 1792, but most of his memoirs on this branch were published in the Annales du museum between 1802 and 1815; they were subsequently collected as Mémoires pour servir de l'histoire et a l'anatomie des mollusques, published in one volume at Paris in 1817.

Large 8vo., 8 1/4" x 9 3/8" overall measurement, quarter leather binding (spine and corners), original marbled boards, corners bumped and scuffed, spine bumped on bottom, head of spine torn slightly, leather scuffed on spine, binding is in fair to good condition, first couple of pages of text foxed thereafter in bright condition, plates bright, no foxing on plates, first few plates have light paper toning, contents tight, overall condition of the book is Good-Good+, 64pp. French text, 38 hand-coloured engraved plates (complete), Paris, Chez. Bailliere.
Price: $1100.00
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Charles Lucien Bonaparte Iconographie des Pigeons 1857
Print ID: 9401

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Considered among the finest books ever published on the subject of pigeons, this work was intended to form a supplement to Mme. Knip's "Les Pigeons" but "ranks as a completely separate work (Fine Bird Books)." "The hand-colored bird portraits are extremely fine (McGill/Wood)."

Folio, 13 7/8" x 21 3/4" overall measurement, red cloth binding in very good condition, 54 of 55 hand-colored lithographed plates after and by Paul Louis Oudart, F. Willy and E. Blanchard, printed by Lemercier, light spotting on approximately 15 plates, top of spine slightly bumped, binding tight. References: Ayer/Zimmer 78, Fine Bird Books 60, McGill/Wood 248, IVB 117: Nissen, SBVB 57.

EXTREMELY RARE (the last time I saw this book for sale, Heritage Books of Los Angeles had it for $11,500). **These images are digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermarks do not appear on the actual prints** Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.

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Price: $6800.00
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Cicely Mary Barker The Book of the Flower Fairies c.1927
Print ID: 30600

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Among the most sought after of children’s illustrations today is The Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. “It was her Flower Fairies books that brought Cicely Mary Barker her greatest popular acclaim. Cicely Mary Barker and her Art by Jane Laing.

Small 8vo. 5 1/2” x 7 1/4” overall measurement, green cloth binding in very good condition, no dust jacket, gold gilt lettering on cover and spine, 72 colored plates, light paper toning on text and plates, plates clean and bright, no foxing on text or plates, top and bottom of spine slightly bumped, spine lightly sunned, lower right corners slightly bumped, back board has several small shelving dents, hinge inside front cover starting needs reinforcement, previous owner bookplate inside front cover otherwise a very nice and clean copy in VG condition, early edition, c. 1927, Blackie & Son, Limited, London.

**These images are digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermarks do not appear on the actual prints. The shadowing that appears in some of the prints is a result of scanning the book and is not in the prints themselves.** Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.

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Price: $650.00
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William Curtis Botanical Magazine 1802-1803 Vols. 27-28 Ninety-six Hand-Colored Plates
Print ID: 4601

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"A delightful work pictorially..most carefully colored and a source of lasting interest and information." G.Dunthorne.

The Curtis Botanical Magazine is distinguished as the longest running botanical publication of all time. It started in 1787 and has continued on through today having become the publication called Kew Magazine. The first series (Vol. 1-40) are the most difficult to find and the most coveted because of the artistry of the work of botanical artist Sydenham Edwards. Edwards was the chief illustrator during this period and he is largely credited for the fine quality of the copperplate engravings and the delicate and beautiful hand-coloring.

96 Copperplate engravings hand- colored, first series, 8vo. (5.5"x 9.25") quarter leather with marbled boards, plates are in good to excellent condition with some spotting and some offsetting, binding fair with spine bumped and chipped top and bottom and torn (upper spine) hinges starting. References: Dunthorne 189 Nissen 2350.
Price: $1850.00
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William Curtis Botanical Magazine 1897 Vol.  Sixty Hand-Colored Plates
Print ID: 31900

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"A delightful work pictorially..most carefully colored and a source of lasting interest and information." G.Dunthorne.

The Curtis Botanical Magazine is distinguished as the longest running botanical publication of all time. It started in 1787 and has continued on through today having become the publication called Kew Magazine. The plates in this publication have historically been coveted because of the artistry of the work of botanical illustrators, particularly Sydenham Edwards and James Sowerby (earlier series), Walter Hood Fitch and Lilian Snelling.

8vo. (5.5"x 9.25"), 60 hand- colored lithographs, third series, quarter leather with marbled boards, plates are in good to excellent condition with some spotting, light notations in very neat hand of the period on three plates, binding good with spine bumped and rubbed top and bottom, corners and bottom of boards scuffed and rubbed, tight. References: Dunthorne 189 Nissen 2350.

**These images are digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermarks do not appear on the actual prints** Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.

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Price: $600.00
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William Curtis General Indexes of the Botanical Magazine 1805
Print ID: 27000

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William Curtis (1746-1799) was a pharmacist and an avid gardener. He began the Botanical Magazine in 1781, editing it until 1798 when John Sims took over. It continues in production to the present day. The volumes of the early decades were particularly beautifully illustrated with hand-colored etchings, drawn by Sydenham Edwards and etched by Francis Sansom. This General Index contains 1. An Alphabetical Latin Index. 2. An Alphabetical English Index. 3. An Enumeration of the Plants figured in the Order of Publication, with Corrections and Additional Remarks. 4. A Systematic Arrangement. It is an important publication, a notable product of the Enlightment.

4to., oval aquatint portrait frontis, original marbled boards, a new grey buckram spine, paper label. This copy is a little rubbed at the edges but overall VG- an attractive example of a very scarce item.

**These images are digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermarks do not appear on the actual prints** Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.

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Price: $575.00
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William Jardine The Naturalist's Library Shore Birds 1843
Print ID: 18301

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Comprising forty volumes and a total of over 1,300 plates, the Naturalist's Library has been described as being "typical of the thoroughness of its period and is both informative and attractive."

Small 8vo., 4.25" x 6.75" overall measurement, steel engravings, 30 (out of 33 listed in index) hand-colored plates, original cloth bindings, boards somewhat scuffed, top and bottom of spine bumped small stain on cover, internally tight, overall condition very good, London, 1843. References: Nissen 471 Russell 64.
*Please Note* This image is digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermark does not appear on the actual print.

Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.
Price: $375.00
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