Christmas Gift Ideas / Natural History and Sciences
TELFORD Thomas.; HERSCHEL J.F.W (1831)
A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural PhilosophyEnquire
Engraved title page dated 1830, series title page dated 1831. First edition. Small 8vo., maroon cloth, printed paper label, 12 pp adverts, fore edge untrimmed. London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green.
COOK Capt. James (1973)
Captain Cook's Florilegium. A selection of engravings from the drawings of plants collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on Captain Cook's first voyage to the islands of the PacificEnquire
First edition, one of 100 copies, numbered no. 86. 30 uncoloured plates from the original copper engravings (all magnificent impressions). Large 4to. Half black morocco over silk covered boards by Zaehnsdorf, lettered in gilt on upper board, black cloth solander box, text and plates printed on handmade Crisbrooke paper, title printed in gold and black, accompanying text to plates printed in different colours relating to the geographical distribution of the plants illustrated (blue = Australia, brown = Java, green = Society Islands, red = New Zealand, purple = Brazil), subscribers' leaf loosely tipped in at front,and prospectus also inserted. London, Lion & Unicorn Press,
PARDIES Ignace Gaston
Elémens de gémetrie, oÙ par une methode courte & aisée l'on peut apprendre ce qui'il faut sçavoir d'Euclide, d'Archimede, d'Apollonius. Paris, Sebastien-Marbre Cramoisy. [With]: Discours de la connoissance des bestes . . . second édition. Paris, 1678. [And]: La statique ou la science des forces mouvantes . . . troisiéme édition. Paris, 1688. [And]: Deux machines propres à faire les quadrans avec très-grand facilité . . . troisiéme édition. Paris, 1687Enquire
Folding engraved scientific and mathematical plates, numerous text illustrations.4 works in one. 12mo. Contemporary calf, gilt back (a little worn).
ANDERSON J (1750)
Histoire Naturelle de l'Islande du GroenlandEnquire
du Detroit de Davis, et d'autres Pays situés sous le Nord..
First French edition. 2 vols. Engraved frontispiece, folding map, 7 folding engraved plates. 12mo. in 8s. c.19thC quarter red morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and monogram to spine in raised compartments. A little dusty, occasional spotting in vol. 2, otherwise very good. xl, 314; iv, 391pp. Paris, Sebastien Jorry,
BACON Roger (1557)
[Le miroir d'alquimie [and other works] . . . traduit de Latin en François]. [With:] Des choses merveilleuses en nature. [And:] De l'admirable pouvoir et puissance de l'art, & de nature, ou est traicté de la pierre philosophie. [And:] L'elixir des philosophes, autremont l'art transmutatoire. Lyon, par Macé BonhommeEnquire
Printer's device on each title-page, 10 woodcut illustrations in final part, ornamental woodcut initials and head-pieces.4 vols. in one. Sm. 8vo. 134pp. f.; 191pp.; 95pp.; 205pp. 18th century calf, triple gillet fillet, gilt and panelled back, r.e (joints split, headcaps defective).
KEPLER Johann (1621(-1622))
Prodromus dissertationum cosmograhicarum, continens Mysterium cosmographicum de admirabili proportione orbium coelestium... Addita est erudita narratio M. Georgii Ioachimi Rhetici, de libris Revolutionum...Nicolai Copernici, item eiusdem Ioannis Kepleri pro suo opera Harmonices mundi apologia aduersus demonstrationem analyticam cl.v. d. Robert de Fluctibus, medici oxoniensis.
2 parts folio (290 x 186mm.) , 1114, 119-163, [1(blank)]; 50 [2(blank)]p, 4 folding woodcut plates numbered I-II (p. 18) , IV (p. 54), V (p. 56), woodcut figures in text, contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt in compartments, lacking the engraved plate at p. 26 (Tabula III orbium planetarum dimensiones...), some browning, binding slightly rubbed
Frankfurt: Erasmus Kempfer for G. Tampach,
HILL John (1756)
The British Herbal: an History of Plants and Trees, Natives of Britain, cultivated for beauty. By John Hill, M.DEnquire
First Edition. Large Folio. Text and plates with watermark of a fleur-de-lis with countermark "IV". [Text: 409 x 252 mm]. , 533, [3 (index)] pp. Engraved frontispiece and seventy-five engraved plates by various engravers, all with careful contemporary hand-colour. One or two small wormholes in the lower inner corner of the first 50pp (almost imperceptibly going through some of the images) and in the fore-margin of the last few leaves. Otherwise a lovely, fresh copy. Bound in 1765 (see below) in mottled calf, comb-marbled endleaves (rebacked, original spine label preserved, the other panels tooled in gilt to style; inside joints strengthened with cloth; corners worn; the surface of the leather affected by the mottling acid and a little scuffed).
The frontispiece designed by Samuel Wale and engraved by H. Roberts depicting "The Genius of Health receiving the tributes of Europe Asia Africa and America and delivering them to the British Reader" has been carefully hand-coloured (though with some oxidisation on the faces) and the name of artist ("S. Wale delin.") carefully scratched-out and that of the colourist "St George Molesworth pinxit" added by hand. The Rev. St George Molesworth (1731-1796), grandson of the 1st Viscount Molesworth, was the absentee vicar of Northfleet, Kent (presented Feb. 1763) and d. at Hamburg.The vignette on the title designed by Wale and engraved by Charles Grignion depicting "Aesculapius and Flora gathering from the Lap of Nature, Health and Pleasure" has also been carefully hand-coloured and there is a tiny ink cypher "[?E]B pinxt." opf the colourist added beneath. Neat manuscript ink note on the title beneath the imprint "Finished and bound in ye year MDCCLXV" [the date cut from the imprint of a book]. The engraved coat-of-arms of the dedicatee, the Earl of Northumberland, has also been hand-coloured.
London: for T. Osborne and J. Shipton; J. Hodges; J. Newbery; B. Collins; and H. Crowder and H. Woodgate,
SPRAT Thomas (1667)
The History of the Royal-Society of London, for the Improving of Natural KnowledgeEnquire
First Edition. 4to., , 438,  pp. Engraved plate of the arms of the Royal Society on the verso of the licence leaf, and two folding plates on pages 173 (slightly shaved) and 233 (very short tear) but without the etched frontispiece by Hollar that is often missing. Contemporary calf (rebacked, new endleaves, corners repaired).
London: by T. R. for J. Martyn and J. Allestry,
BATES Henry Walter (1863)
The Naturalist on the River Amazons, A record of adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the equator, During Eleven Years of TravelEnquire
First edition. 2 vols. Folding map & 9 plates with illustrations in the text. Small 8vo. Fine contemporary half calf, spines gilt, minor slight blemish on the upper cover of vol. 1. ix, 351, 32ads.(dated January 1863); vi, 423pp. London, John Murray,