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The Wild Life of Scotland - James Hunter Crawford

1896 - John Macqueen, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy, illustrated throughout by John Williamson.

Including chapters on bird life, the moors, marine mammals and fish, the stag, lochs and the Shetlands.

 
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Natural History of the Strait of Magellan and West Coast of Patagonia - Robert O. Cunningham

1871 - Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh - First Edition
A superior example of the first edition, illustrated with folding colour map and 21 lithograph plates, some in colour.

‘The Scottish naturalist Robert O. Cunningham (1841-1918) began his 1866 voyage to South America in inclement weather, and, by the eleventh day of travel, noted a 'pond' forming in his tiny cabin aboard HMS Nassau. With never-failing humour, Cunningham presents here a record of the zoological, botanical and geological observations made across the three years he spent at sea.

As the ship's naturalist (recommended for the post by Joseph D. Hooker), his time was given wholly to research and exploration, and his findings are both fascinating and thorough. Included are his anecdotal records of seamen's slang, research into the history of the changing landscapes he visited, which had been previously documented by travellers as diverse as Drake and Darwin, statistical data on various species of animals and plants, and numerous original images. An absorbing testament of the breadth of the explorer-naturalist's interests. [C.U.P.]
 
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1859 - Blanchard and Lea, Philadelphia - First American Edition
A superb copy, in the original publisher’s sheep binding and endpapers, the black spine label complete, binding without restoration or rebind, text and illustrations clean, no attempts to colour the illustrations, no handwriting. Rare as such.

Gray’s Anatomy, the book that brought the beauty of the human form to the masses, has remained a landmark text in medical study since its first appearance in print. The first edition, published in England in 1858, was found to have a good many errors, most of which were corrected in this, the first American edition. The corrections, improvements and new index are outlined in the publisher’s note at the beginning of the work.

Illustrated with 363 wood-engraved illustrations by Gray’s colleague and assistant, Henry Vandyke Carter.

‘The success of the book was not due to an absence of rivals. There were already several texts on anatomy... Gray's
Anatomy, however, eclipsed all others, partly for its meticulous detail, partly for its emphasis on surgical anatomy, but most of all perhaps for the excellence of the illustrations, based on drawings by H. V. Carter [1831-97], who assisted Gray with the dissections, and engraved by Messrs Butterworth and Heath with remarkable skill. The design of the book, and the skill with which the illustrations were interpolated in the text, could hardly have been improved. For a man in his early thirties it was a remarkable achievement’ [ODNB]. 
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1894 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition
A large and beautifully bound work Illustrated with eleven full page plates by Scottish wildlife artist Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935).

Augustus Grimble presents here his entertaining recollections and views on fishing and shooting in the highlands of Scotland.

Grimble was the first to call for a close time to the Salmon fishing season in Scotland after witnessing the alarming drop in catch, and rise in netting technology and quantity, as well as highlighting the threats of industrial sewage polluting the rivers and streams near cities.
 
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The Lady and the Panda: An Adventure - Ruth Harkness

1938 - Carrick &, New York - First Edition
A bright copy – in the rare original dust jacket – of this uncommon book, American socialite Ruth Harkness’ account of her panda-hunting expedition to China in 1936. Successfully – and unexpectedly – capturing an infant panda, which she named Su-Lin,

Harkness brazenly side-stepped Chinese bureaucracy, and garbed in fur with a cigarette dangling from her lipsticked mouth and a baby bottle propped in hand, she waged a savvy public battle to extricate Su-Lin from his native land, eventually finding a home for him at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, where he attracted record crowds: 53,000 visitors the first day, a number yet to be matched.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout with 16 pages of black and white photographs taken during Harkness’ journey and of panda, Su-Lin.
 
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Himalayan Journals - Joseph Dalton Hooker

1854 - John Murray, London - First Edition
Finely bound first editions of this landmark work of Himalayan literature, and one of the earliest accounts of Himalayan exploration. British botanist and explorer Sir Joseph Hooker’s fascinating journal recounts his expedition through Sikkim and East Nepal Himalaya between 1847 and 1851, as well as recording his numerous, detailed botanical observations. During his expedition Hooker also attempted to climb Donkia and Kinchinjhow, on one occasion reaching between 19,000 and 20,000 feet – higher than any other European before him.

Hooker dedicated his journals to his close friend, Charles Darwin, who he had first met prior to embarking on a voyage to the Antarctic in 1839, and later assisted with the classification of plants collected in South America and the Galåpagos.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, with twelve coloured chromolithographs (one folding) mostly from Joseph Hooker’s original sketches, one woodcut plate printed in red, 79 black and white woodcut engravings (both full page and in-text), large folding ‘
Map of part of Bengal, The Himalaya & Tibet’ (with coloured inset showing ‘The Course of Yangma River’ and four smaller black and white insets ), and a large folding ‘Map of Sikkim and Eastern Nepal’ with Hooker’s routes outlined in colour. Together with an appendix with details of meteorology, climate, humidity, and a table of elevations of the areas travelled.

This set was formerly owned by the accomplished water colour artist Colonel Charles J. Cramer Roberts of Darjeeling, with his signatures dated 1881. Later presented to the Lyceum Alpine Club in 1908 by a relative.
 
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Bird Notes in Angus and in the Far North - Douglas G. Hunter

1934 - By the Editor, Arbroath - First Edition
Edited by Rev. John Adams, B.D. Illustrated with many full page black and white plates, as well as in text drawings.

Inscribed by the daughter of Douglas G. Hunter. Nice bookplate.
 
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Voyage dans les Mers de l'Inde - Guillaume Joseph Le Gentil de la Galaisiere

1779 - Imprimerie Royale, Paris - First Editions
‘Two monumental volumes... crammed with details on astronomy, navigation, and natural history... His descriptions of life in Manila, Pondicherry, and Madagascar are invaluable’ (Dunmore).

A stunning set In contemporary bindings and illustrated with twenty seven folding copper engravings showing two world maps, maps charts and plans of Eastern and Western Philippines, Bay of Manila, Philippine Harbours, Manilla, Madagascar and it’s coastline, Isle de France (Mauritius), Isle de Bourbon (Réunion), Quartier S. Denis on Réunion, Eastern and Western Straits of Malacca, and Pondicherry. Together with engraved plates of animals and plant life, the ruins of Pondicherry, pagodas, Indian deities, and charts of comets and constellations.

‘In addition to the scientific details for which the voyage was undertaken, the first volume treats of the manners, customs, and religion or the people of the Malabar Coast and of the astronomy of the Brahmins. The second volume contains elaborate accounts of the Philippine Islands, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Bourbon and their inhabitants, including views and charts of the Philippines. Le Gentil gives details of the Islands, their climate, volcanoes, fertility, fruits, birds, animals, peoples, language, history, and description of Manila, the government, ecclesiastical and civil, commerce, &c.’ (Edwards).
 
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