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AXELROD, Herbert R.; Cliff W. Emmens; Duncan Sculthorpe; William Vorderwinkler; Neal Pronek; Exotic Tropical Fishes; Looseleaf Edition. Jersey City, T. F. H. Publications, [1969], , 4to [23 x 20 cm by 7 cm thick]; 2 large volumes, hundreds of illustrations from photos, mostly in color, numerous maps, index, original pictorial looseleaf binders with title lettering on covers and spines, contains updates and supplements, appears complete with various supplements, but complete collation impossible, overall very good, light wear on one cover.

A massive set of two thick volumes that was published initially in 1969 with yearly supplements which have been added to appropriate parts of the set. The largest section is an alphabetical encyclopedia on tropical fishes, each with detailed description, colored photo, many with distribution maps. There is also a large section on aquarium plants and their cultivation by C. D. Sculthorpe and a large section on aquarium management by Dr. C. W. l. Emmens. Also a detailed section on raising tropical fishes commercially, including setting up the hatchery, prevention and treatment of disease, breeding fish, commercial breeding techniques, raising in outside pools, etc. Very well-illustrated throughout.

US$40. bookID # 13379


BOULENGER, E. G.; The Aquarium Book. London, Duckworth, [1925], First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; 208pp, frontis from painting, plates from paintings and photos, plus many other illustrations from drawings by L. R. Brightwell (complete), original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine faded but lettering clear, minor foxing at outer edge of text block, very good and clean, unmarked.

The first edition of a book that became a classic on aquariums as illustrated by its many reprints. It covers both sea-water and fresh-water aquariums, with many still relevant ideas and approaches and some fascinating illustrations.

US$22. bookID # 13657


BRYMER, J. H. P.; Guide to Tropical Fishkeeping. London, Water Life, Dorset House, [[1954], First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xvi, 335 pp, frontis, 30 colored plates, from photos and paintings by R. A. Vowles and G. J. M. Timmerman, hundreds of illustrations from photos, colored endpaper maps, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, internally near fine and clean in very good+ covers.

A detailed and very well-illustrated work on all aspects of raising tropical fish in aquariums, including plants, diseases, etc..

US$5. bookID # 13630


BUTLER, Henry D.; The Family Aquarium; or Aqua Vivarium. A New Pleasure for the Domestic Circle Being a Familiar and Complete Instructor Upon the Subject of the Construction, Fitting-up, Stocking, & Maintenance of the Fluvial & Marine Aquaria, or "River and Ocean Gardens". New York, Dick & Fitzgerald, [858], First edition, 12mo 18.5 x 12 cm]; viii, [9]-121, [viii, ads for books] pp, hand-colored plate and tissue guard, other engraved illustrations, original blind-stamped pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on cover in gilt border with gilt pictures of fish, slight edgewear, light foxing on most pages, old owner signature, very good.

One of the first books on aquariums in America, published soon after Gosse's ground-breaking British work of 1856. This copy has the colored plate of a Victorian aquarium, which many copies lack. 'The aquarium has become, within a short period, almost a necessary luxury in every well-appointed household, both in Europe and America'. [preface]. The author gathered much of his information at Barnum's American Museum, which had some of the first aquariums.

US$450. bookID # 13632


CHUTE, Walter H.; Guide to the John G. Shedd Aquarium. [Chicago], Shedd Aquarium Society, [1933], First edition, 12mo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 220 pp, frontispiece, numerous illustrations and color plates (some from paintings), index, original pictorial wraps with mounted colored plate, title lettering, slightly rubbed at spine end, name on endpaper, else near fine.

The original edition for this famous aquarium. The photos are by the author and Loren Tutell, the colored plates by Norman Erickson

US$7. bookID # 13670


EDWARDS, Arthur M.; Life Beneath the Waters; or, the Aquarium in America. New York, H. Bailliere, 1858, First edition, 12mo [19.5 x 13.5 cm]; xii, [13]- 168, [169]-170 pp, 10 plates, frontis, other illustrations from woodcuts, index, original blind-stamped and pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on cover and spine, spine bit faded, spine ends frayed, front blank endpaper removed, light blind-stamps on plate margins, good sound copy.

One of the first books on aquariums published in the US. The illustrations show early or Victorian aquariums and as suitable plants, fish, animals. The book covers both fresh-water and marine aquariums. The ads at the back describe relevant books.

US$290. bookID # 13652


GOSSE, Philip Henry; Actinologia Britannica; A History of the British Sea-Anemones and Corals. London, Van Voorst, 1860, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xl, [i, errata], 362 pp, complete with 12 plates, 11 of which are fine chromolithographs (colored lithographs), other illus in text, index, plates with tissue guards, with the half-title & errata slip, original cloth decorated in blind and gilt, gilt title lettering, endpaper signature & bookplate of Chris J. Poulter, minor foxing on outer pages, but a clean, bright and near fine copy, excellent impressions of plates.

Nissen 1641. Freeman 1390. Freeman & Wertheimer 108. Gosse, the premier marine biologist of the nineteenth century and the first to author a complete book on the aquarium, describes all the British species in this work and notably, produced his finest colored plates which are superb examples of underwater life. This is regarded as his most important work of the many he published. Friedman 69: 'stunning' plates.

US$350. bookID # 13683


GOSSE, Philip Henry; Evenings at the Microscope: or Researches Among the Minute Organs and Forms of Animal Life. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1860, First American edition, 20 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 480 pp, illustrations, index, original blind-stamped and pictorial cloth, gilt microscope on cover, gilt spine title lettering, cover rubbed, edgewear, light stain on some margins, no bookplates, names or marks, good.

Gosse was among the most distinguished naturalists in the nineteenth century and published numerous books, especially on marine biology, the sea shore, aquariums, and on his travels in Jamaica, Canada, Alabama, etc. Freeman 86: 'This was one of the most successful of Gosse's books and was a useful and accurate manual for the amateur microscopist. Most of the book is based on original observations and some of it was taken from his previously published papers in serials'.

US$32. bookID # 13653


GOSSE, Philip Henry; Tenby: A Sea-Side Holiday. London, John Van Voorst, 1856, First edition, 8vo [20 x 13 cm]; xviii, 400, [i], i], 8, [iv],16 [ads, some of author's other books] pp, 24 lithographed plates including 20 colored, frontis, original blind stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, endpaper signature, minor foxing on a few leaves, else a fine clean copy.

Gosse was the most important marine biologist of the nineteenth century, the father of sea-side studies and of the aquarium, and a true field naturalist. Some of the ads at the rear of the book are 'Practical Instructions of Tank Management and a list of descriptions, illustrations and prices of whatever relates to Aquaria' in keeping with the aquarium craze at the time which was in a large part encouraged by Gosse's book on aquariums and his others on marine biology. This book is based on a family holiday on the Welsh side of the Bristol Channel in 1854. Freeman & Wertheimer 67. Superb illustrations, many on microscopic life.

US$400. bookID # 12338


GOSSE, Philip Henry; The Aquarium; an Unveiling of the Wonders of the Deep Sea. London, John Van Voorst, 1854, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xiv, 278 pp, 6 fine mounted color lithographs (chromolithographs) from the author's painting including frontis, with tissue guards, 6 other plates (lignigraphs), index, contemporary green full calf, gilt title lettering on red leather spine label, gilt floral decoration on spine and gilt rules on cover, joint repaired, some minor foxing, all edges gilted, edges rubbed, very good with excellent impressions of plates.

This is the first book devoted to the aquarium, and the marine biologist author's most popular work, published near the beginning of the craze where persons would collect specimens from the seashore and add them to their home aquariums, in the days before pet stores. It was Gosse who coined the name 'aquarium' after considering previous names such as vivarium and aqua-vivarium. Freeman 60: 'Gosse's second study of the sea-shore is full of infectious enthusiasm. It is as much about observations of marine animals in the wild, particularly those at the bottom of the tide and below, as it is about the servicing of a marine aquarium and was an important influence behind the mid-Victorian craze for keeping aquariums.' Barber (Heyday of Natural History) 117: 'The first and best was appropriately provided by Gosse in The Aquarium of 1854. . . it was the most successful of Gosse's books'. One of the plates show a Victorian fountain aquarium.

US$400. bookID # 11150


GOSSE, Philip Henry; The Aquarium; an Unveiling of the Wonders of the Deep Sea. London, John Van Voorst, 1854, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xiv, 278 pp, 6 fine mounted color lithographs (chromolithographs) from the author's painting including frontis, with tissue guards, 6 other plates (lignigraphs), index, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt title lettering on spine, edges rubbed, internal hinge lightly cracked but firm, all edges gilted, very good overall, interior is clean, unmarked and fine.

This is the first book devoted to the aquarium, and the marine biologist author's most popular work, published near the beginning of the craze where persons would collect specimens from the seashore and add them to their home aquariums, in the days before pet stores. It was Gosse who coined the name 'aquarium' after considering previous names such as vivarium and aqua-vivarium. Freeman 60: 'Gosse's second study of the sea-shore is full of infectious enthusiasm. It is as much about observations of marine animals in the wild, particularly those at the bottom of the tide and below, as it is about the servicing of a marine aquarium and was an important influence behind the mid-Victorian craze for keeping aquariums.' Barber (Heyday of Natural History) 117: 'The first and best was appropriately provided by Gosse in The Aquarium of 1854. . . it was the most successful of Gosse's books'. One of the plates show a Victorian fountain aquarium.

US$350. bookID # 13686


GOSSE, Philip Henry; The Aquarium; an Unveiling of the Wonders of the Deep Sea. London, John Van Voorst, 1856, Second and best edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xiv, 304, [vi, ads] pp, 6 fine mounted color lithographs (chromolithographs) from the author's paintings including frontis, with tissue guards, 8 other plates (lignigraphs), index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, name on endpaper, slight foxing on two pages, but a near fine, clean copy.

This is the first book devoted to the aquarium, and the marine biologist author's most popular work, published near the beginning of the craze where persons would collect specimens from the seashore and add them to their home aquariums, in the days before pet stores. It was Gosse who coined the name 'aquarium' after considering previous names such as vivarium and aqua-vivarium. Freeman 60: 'Gosse's second study of the sea-shore is full of infectious enthusiasm. It is as much about observations of marine animals in the wild, particularly those at the bottom of the tide and below, as it is about the servicing of a marine aquarium and was an important influence behind the mid-Victorian craze for keeping aquariums.' Barber (Heyday of Natural History) 117: 'The first and best was appropriately provided by Gosse in The Aquarium of 1854. . . it was the most successful of Gosse's books'. This second edition has the original colored plates and also additional plates and text that were not in the first edition of 1854. Some of the text has been re-written, other parts brought up-to-date and augmented.

US$450. bookID # 13687


GOSSE, Philip Henry; The Aquarium; an Unveiling of the Wonders of the Deep Sea. London, John Van Voorst, 1856, Second and best edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xiv, 304, [vi, ads] pp, 6 fine mounted color lithographs (chromolithographs) from the author's paintings including frontis, 8 other plates (lignigraphs), index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, spine faded, minor foxing on a few leaves, clean near fine interior in a very good cover.

This is the first book devoted to the aquarium, and the marine biologist author's most popular work, published near the beginning of the craze where persons would collect specimens from the seashore and add them to their home aquariums, in the days before pet stores. It was Gosse who coined the name 'aquarium' after considering previous names such as vivarium and aqua-vivarium. Freeman 60: 'Gosse's second study of the sea-shore is full of infectious enthusiasm. It is as much about observations of marine animals in the wild, particularly those at the bottom of the tide and below, as it is about the servicing of a marine aquarium and was an important influence behind the mid-Victorian craze for keeping aquariums.' Barber (Heyday of Natural History) 117: 'The first and best was appropriately provided by Gosse in The Aquarium of 1854. . . it was the most successful of Gosse's books'. This second edition has additional plates and text that were not in the first edition of 1854, but includes all the superb original plates. Some of the text, especially the directions section has been re-written, other parts brought up-to-date and augmented.

US$370. bookID # 9894


HIBBERD, Shirley; The Book of the Aquarium [with] The Book of the Marine Aquarium; or Practical Instructions on the Formation, Stocking, and Management in all Seasons, of Collections of Marine and River Animals and Plants. London, Groombridge and Sons, 1869, a new edition, revised and enlarged, 12mo [17 x 11 cm]; 2 volumes bound in one, vi, [i] 134; iv, [i], 128, [viii, ads] pp, frontis in each volume, numerous other wood-engraved illustrations including full-page, original cloth with title lettering on spine and cover, spine faded and a bit rubbed at edges, but lettering clear, light wear, else a very good copy, interior clean and unmarked.

Freeman 1662 and 1663. The two books, two of the earliest books published on aquariums, were originally issued in 1856 with only 48 and 50 pages respectively and is here issued bound in one volume with each volume greatly expanded. Hibberd was a major writer on gardening and nature topics of the period. The illustrations included several of Victorian aquariums, including the frontis.

US$200. bookID # 13629


HUMPHREYS, H. Noel; Ocean Gardens; The History of the Marine Aquarium, and the Best Methods now Adopted for its Establishment and Preservation. London, Sampson Low, Son and Co., 1857, First edition, first issue, 12mo [19 x 14 cm]; vii, 112 pp, 12 fine hand-colored plates including frontis (complete), each with tissue guards, other illustrations, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt design and title lettering on front cover & spine, all edges gilted, name on endpaper, cover with some light stains and rubbed, light foxing on plates, else very good.

Freeman 1833. Published near the start of the aquarium hobby, a little after Gosse published the first aquarium book in 1854, those interested would find their specimens at nearby seashore, ponds and rivers rather than from a store. The attractive illustrations include sea weeds, various sea creatures such as sea anemones, star-fishes, and with two of the plates being designs for an aquarium, one mounted in handsome rustic work, the other plainly mounted. Bennett p. 61 refers to the less desirable US edition: '12 charming plates'.

US$250. bookID # 13703


HUMPHREYS, H. Noel; Ocean Gardens; The History of the Marine Aquarium, and the Best Methods now Adopted for its Establishment and Preservation. London, Sampson Low, Son and Co., 1857, First edition, first issue, 12mo [19 x 14 cm]; vii, 112 pp, 12 fine hand-colored plates including frontis (complete), each with tissue guards, other illustrations, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt design and title lettering on front cover & spine, spine rubbed, name on endpaper, interior is clean and fine in very good sound cover.

Freeman 1833. Published near the start of the aquarium hobby, a little after Gosse published the first aquarium book in 1854, those interested would find their specimens at nearby seashore, ponds and rivers rather than from a store. The attractive illustrations include sea weeds, various sea creatures such as sea anemones, star-fishes, and with two of the plates being designs for an aquarium, one mounted in handsome rustic work, the other plainly mounted. Bennett p. 61 refers to the less desirable US edition: '12 charming plates'.

US$380. bookID # 13070


HUMPHREYS, H. Noel; River Gardens; Being An Account of the Best Methods of Cultivating Fresh-Water Plants in Aquaria, in such a Manner as to Afford Suitable Abodes to Ornamental Fish and Many Interesting Kinds of Aquatic Animals. London, Sampson Low, Son and Co., 1857, First edition, first issue, 12mo [19 x 14 cm]; vii, 108, [iv, ads] pp, 8 fine hand-colored plates including frontis (complete), each with tissue guards, other illus, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt picture of water lily and title lettering on front cover, spine a little rubbed, tissue guard for frontis removed, otherwise a very good copy, interior is clean & fine with only slight foxing on few leaves.

Freeman 1834. Published near the start of the aquarium hobby, a little after Gosse published the first aquarium book in 1854, those interested would find their specimens at nearby ponds and rivers rather than from a store. The attractive illustrations include a glass circular aquarium, water lilies, aquatic plants, fish, sticklebacks and their nests, goldfish, snails and valisneria, aquatic reptiles, plants with frog, crayfish, water spider, etc.

US$275. bookID # 13069


HUMPHREYS, H. Noel; The Butterfly Vivarium; or Insect Home, being an account of a new Method of Observing the Curious Metamorphoses of Some of the Most Beautiful of Native Insects, also a Popular Description of the Habits & Instincts of Many Insects. . .With Suggestions for. London, William Lay, 1858, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 288, [iii, ads including one for author's earlier book] pp, 8 fine hand colored engraved plates including frontis, engraved headpieces for each chapter, with the half title page, endpaper ads, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and on cover in decorative gilt border, all edges gilted, cover rubbed, rebacked preserving original spine & endpapers, interior clean and near fine in very good cover, solid and tight binding.

Freeman 1836. An attractively produced book by author of other high-class natural history books, one being an early work on aquariums done at the beginning of the aquarium craze in Victorian England. The work translates the aquarium, a habitat for fish and other marine animals, to one of insects where the enthusiastic nature lover could collect various insects and watch them grow and reproduce in the comfort of their own home. The plates, including many of butterflies, beetles, etc, are beautifully done, the frontis being one of the vivarium itself, an ornate Victorian aquarium with plants, water, butterflies, etc, that could have been found in a typical parlor of the time.

US$550. bookID # 13068


HUMPHREYS, H. Noel; The Butterfly Vivarium; or Insect Home, being an account of a new Method of Observing the Curious Metamorphoses of Some of the Most Beautiful of Native Insects, also a Popular Description of the Habits & Instincts of Many Insects. . .With Suggestions for. London, William Lay, 1858, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 288, [iii, ads including one for author's earlier book] pp, 8 fine hand colored engraved plates including frontis, engraved headpieces for each chapter, with the half title page, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and on cover in decorative gilt border, all edges gilted, cover rubbed and expertly re-set in binding, interior clean and near fine in very good cover, sound and tight binding.

Freeman 1836. An attractively produced book by author of other high-class natural history books, one being an early work on aquariums done at the beginning of the aquarium craze in Victorian England. The work translates the aquarium, a habitat for fish and other marine animals, to one of insects where the enthusiastic nature lover could collect various insects and watch them grow and reproduce in the comfort of their own home. The plates, including many of butterflies, beetles, etc, are beautifully done, the frontis being one of the vivarium itself, an ornate sort of aquarium with plants, water, butterflies, etc that could have been found in a typical parlor of the time.

US$650. bookID # 12275


INNES, William T.; Aquarium Highlights, Consisting of Reprints of the Most Popular Articles from the Monthly Magazine THE AQUARIUM, Since 1932. Philadelphia, Innes Publishing Company, [1952], , large 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; 519, [i, ads for other aquarium books by Innes] pp, colored frontis plate, hundreds of illustrations, including colored, mostly from photos, some drawings, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering, very good, unmarked and clean in dj (chipped at spine ends, small stain), the dust jacket is often lacking.

A mine of information which does not overlap with author's other books, consisting of very well-illustrated full articles from The Aquarium magazine, covering all aspects including terrariums, pools, shows, scavengers, fish foods, diseases, plants, mechanical, etc. The articles are by various authors, experts in their fields, including many by Innis.

US$25. bookID # 13673


INNES, William T.; Exotic Aquarium Fishes; a Work of General Reference. Philadelphia, Innes Publishing Co., [1953], fifteenth edition, 8vo; 523, [i], illustrations including color, tipped-in color frontis, map endpapers, original pictorialcloth & paper label, fine.

US$9. bookID # 362


INNES, William T.; Exotic Aquarium Fishes; a Work of General Reference. Philadelphia, Innes Publishing Co., [1954], seventeenth edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 533, [i, ads], hundreds of illustrations including color, tipped-in color frontis, map endpapers, original pictorial cloth & paper label, gilt picture of fishes on cover, edge slightly rubbed, name on endpaper, but clean, solid, near fine copy.

The classic reference work on the subject by the pioneer who greatly influenced the tropical fish hobby.

US$12. bookID # 13707


INNES, William T.; Goldfish Varieties and Tropical Aquarium Fishes; a Complete Guide to Aquaria and Related Subjects. Philadelphia, Innes and Sons, 1921, second edition, first published in 1917, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 274, [ii] pp, color frontis, 227 illustrations, including drawings and photos, bibliography, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt goldfish on front & gilt angel fish on rear cover, original paper title label, edges bit rubbed, light cover stains, lightly foxed on few pages, good clean copy.

The author was a major figure in promoting the aquarium and tropical fish hobby and wrote several books, this one being very well illustrated.

US$25. bookID # 13672


INNES, William T.; Goldfish Varieties and Water Gardens. Philadelphia, Innes Publishing Company, [1947], First edition [so stated], 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; 381, [i, ad] pp, mounted color plate frontis with tissue guard and letterpress, hundreds of color & black & white illustrations and plates, photos, + hundreds of drawings, original pictorial gilt cloth with gilt goldfish on cover, title lettering on original spine label, pictorial endpapers, fine & clean copy in good dust jacket (spine bit chipped and stained), with extra loose copy of front dj panel, gilt cover is bright.

A very well-illustrated work in three main sections: fish, equipment, water gardens and plants. A fine copy of the first edition in the scarce dust jacket.

US$75. bookID # 13684


INNES, William T.; The Complete Aquarium Book; the Care and Breeding of Goldfish and Tropical Fishes. New York, Halycon House, [1936], , 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 317 pp, colored frontis with tissue guard, numerous photos including in color, on plates, plus hundreds of illustrations from drawings, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, spine a bit faded and with stain, light edgewear, interior is clean and very good in good cover.

A beautifully illustrated work by one of the greatest experts on aquariums and fish.

US$12. bookID # 13691


JONES, Thomas Rymer; The Aquarian Naturalist; a Manual for the Sea-Side. London, John Van Voorst, 1858, First edition, 8vo [20 x 13 cm]; xviii, 524 pp, 8 colored plates, frontis, original brown cloth with gilt spine title lettering, slight shelfwear, light endpaper browning, small owner's blind-stamp on title page, else very good sound copy.

Freeman 2028. The author describes the many inmates of the marine aquarium including sponges, foraminifra, jelly fishes, hydra tuba, medusa, zoophytes, sea urchins, star fish, crabs, crustacea, prawns, barnacles, mussels, fishes, and many others, which can be gathered at the seashore. Delightful and detailed illustrations.

US$40. bookID # 13692


M'INTOSH [MCINTOSH], Charles; The Greenhouse, Hot House and Stove; including Selected Lists of the Most Beautiful Species of Exotic Flowering Plants and Directions for Their Cultivation. London, Wm. S. Orr and Co., 1838, First edition, 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; vii, 415 pp, 18 fine hand-colored plates including frontis and extra engraved title page, numerous other illustrations in text including many of greenhouses, index, original cloth, decorated in blind and in gilt, all edges gilted, spine edges worn & chipped, hinges cracked but holding, front joint repaired, internally clean, very good copy, with good impressions of plates.

There are chapters on heathers, geraniums, camellias, bulbs, succulents, the conservatory, orangery, tropical plants, the orchid house, aquarium, etc with detailed lists of varieties of for each type of greenhouse. Very attractive plates. Sitwell (Great Flower Books) p. 117. Catalogue of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society 196.

US$230. bookID # 6551


M'INTOSH [MCINTOSH], Charles; The Greenhouse, Hot House and Stove; including Selected Lists of the Most Beautiful Species of Exotic Flowering Plants and Directions for Their Cultivation. London, Wm. S. Orr and Co., 1840, , 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; vii, 415 pp, 18 fine hand-colored plates including frontis and extra engraved title page (compete), numerous other illustrations in text including many of greenhouses, index, original cloth, decorated in blind and in gilt, all edges gilted, spine edges worn chipped, hinges cracked but holding, internally clean, very good copy, minor foxing on few pages, else interior clean and near fine, with good impressions of plates.

There are chapters on heathers, geraniums, camellias, bulbs, succulents, the conservatory, orangery, tropical plants, the orchid house, aquarium, etc with detailed lists of varieties of for each type of greenhouse. Very attractive plates. Sitwell (Great Flower Books) p. 117. Catalogue of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society 196. First printed in 1838, this edition has some corrections and all the plates are included.

US$250. bookID # 10468


M'INTOSH [MCINTOSH], Charles; The Greenhouse, Hot House and Stove; including Selected Lists of the Most Beautiful Species of Exotic Flowering Plants and Directions for Their Cultivation. London, Wm. S. Orr and Co., 1840, , 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; vii, 415 pp, 18 fine hand-colored plates including frontis and extra engraved title page dated 1838 (compete), numerous other illustrations in text including many of greenhouses, index, original cloth, decorated in blind and in gilt, all edges gilted, spine edges lightly worn, internally clean and near fine, cover very good, with good impressions of plates, attractively colored..

There are chapters on heathers, geraniums, camellias, bulbs, succulents, the conservatory, orangery, tropical plants, the orchid house, aquarium, etc with detailed lists of varieties of for each type of greenhouse. Very attractive plates. Sitwell (Great Flower Books) p. 117. Catalogue of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society 196. First printed in 1838, this edition has some corrections and all the plates are included.

US$240. bookID # 11847


NACHSTEDT, Julius and Hans Tushe; Breeding Aquarium Fishes: Practical Hints on the Care and Propagation of Popular Aquarium Fishes. New York, Aquarium Stock Co., [1954], First edition in English, translated from German first edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; 127, [i] pp, numerous illustrations from photos, also drawings, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, near fine and clean in good dj (tears, chipped at edge, lightly foxed).

A well-illustrated book covering all the main types of topical fish, for breeding and raising, includes temperature and light requirements, water chemistry, feeding, handling, type of tank, etc, based on the thirty year experience of two German experts.

US$7. bookID # 12818


PETERS, C. H.; Life and Love in the Aquarium. New York, Empire Tropical Fish Import Company, [1934], First edition, 8vo [20.5 x 13.5 cm; 399 pp, color plates including frontis from paintings, numerous other plates and illustrations, index, original blind-stamped & pictorial cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, internal hinges cracked but firm, interior clean, cover with only slight wear at edge, very good+.

It seems even fish have no privacy. The book covers all aspects including plants and floating plants, live food, enemies, troubles, scavengers, snails and hundreds of varieties of fish, each described in detail. The illustrations, paintings are by Henry Uhlig, made especially for this work.

US$35. bookID # 13681


SMITH, Hugh M.; Japanese Goldfish; Their Varieties and Cultivation; a Practical Guide to the Japanese Methods of Goldfish Culture for Amateurs and Professionals. Washington, W. F. Roberts Company, 1909, First edition, oblong 4to [19 x 25 cm]; 112 pp, frontis, 10 fine colored plates from paintings by J. Urata, copyright by S. Matsubara, numerous other illustrations, including full-page, mostly from photos, bibliog, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, with gilt goldfish picture and title lettering on cover, name on endpaper, hinges cracked but firm, slightly foxed on title, but very good clean copy.

An important work by the US deputy commissioner of fisheries and recognized expert, with excellent illustrations of both fish varieties and methods of caring and breeding.

US$320. bookID # 13700


SOWERBY, George B. [Brettingham]; The Aquarium; A Popular Account of Marine and Fresh-water Animals and Plants. London, Routledge, Warne and Routledge, 1865, , square 12mo [16 x 13.5 cm]; xvi, 327 pp, 20 hand colored plates (complete), with frontis [hand colored], original pictorial gilt cloth with gilt picture of turtle on front cover, gilt title lettering & decoration on spine, all edges gilted, slight wear on corners, gilt bright, a fine, clean and bright copy.

British Museum Nat Hist Catalogue 1981. Freeman 3496. The author was an important marine biologist of his day. This work, one of the first works on aquariums published, is indicative of the fashion of the day to collect natural history objects and display them in one's home. In this case ecologies were established using various live sea creatures, both plants and animals, usually collected personally at the sea shore. The author, a noted conchologist and zoologist, describes the construction and maintenance of the aquarium and the type of creatures to collect. This is the first edition with this title.

US$250. bookID # 13495


SOWERBY, George Brettingham; Popular History of the Aquarium of Marine and Fresh-water Animals and Plants. London, Lovell Reeve, 1857, First Edition, first issue, square 12mo [17 x 14 cm]; xvi, 327, [x, publisher's ads] pp, 20 hand colored plates (complete), with frontispiece (hand colored), original pictorial gilt cloth with gilt picture of turtle on front cover, gilt lettering and decoration on spine, light wear on edges, bit rubbed, very good, interior clean.

British Museum Natural History Catalogue 1981. Freeman 3496. The author was an important marine biologist of his day. This work, published just three years after the first book devoted to the newly invented aquarium was published by Gosse, is indicative of the fashion of the day to collect natural history objects and display them in one's home. In this case ecologies were established using various live sea creatures, both plants and animals, usually collected personally at the sea shore. The author, a noted conchologist and zoologist, describes the construction and maintenance of the aquarium and the type of creatures to collect.

US$220. bookID # 13680


SOWERBY, George Brettingham; Popular History of the Aquarium of Marine and Fresh-water Animals and Plants. London, Lovell Reeve, 1857, First Edition, first issue, square 12mo [17 x 14 cm]; xvi, 327, [viii, publisher's ads] pp, 20 hand colored plates (complete), with frontispiece (hand colored), original pictorial gilt cloth with gilt picture of turtle on front cover, gilt lettering and decoration on spine, light wear on edges, gilt bright, 2 leaves with tear in margin, very good+, interior clean & unmarked.

British Museum Natural History Catalogue 1981. Freeman 3496. The author was an important marine biologist of his day. This work, published just three years after the first book devoted to the newly invented aquarium was published by Gosse, is indicative of the fashion of the day to collect natural history objects and display them in one's home. In this case ecologies were established using various live sea creatures, both plants and animals, usually collected personally at the sea shore. The author, a noted conchologist and zoologist, describes the construction and maintenance of the aquarium and the type of creatures to collect.

US$380. bookID # 10312


SWINDELLS, Philip; Water Gardening. London, Michael Joseph, [1975], First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 224 pp, numerous illustrations from photos and drwgs, glossary, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, near fine clean copy.

Plants and fish for the pool and aquarium, including propagating the plants and breeding the fish, bog plants, water lilies, sub-merged oxygenating plants, pests and diseases, types of fish, easy reference guide to pool plants, appendices that are helpful for design and operation.

US$5. bookID # 9723


TAYLOR, J. E.; The Aquarium; Its Inhabitants, Structure, and Management. London, Hardwicke & Bogue, 1876, First edition, 8vo [19 x 12.5 cm]; xv, 316, [iv, ads] pp, 239 illustrations including full-page, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, with gilt picture of aquarium and fishes, gilt lettering, all edges gilted, covers rubbed, old bookseller's blindstamp on endpaper, very good, interior is clean and unmarked.

Freeman 3658. The author describes the history of the aquarium in detail, fresh-water and marine aquariums, their construction and use, the inhabitants of the aquariums including fish, reptiles, plants, insects, zoophytes, etc, the aquarium as a nursery for the microscope. Very well-illustrated. The illustrated ads at the rear are for the author's other books. At the time, this was the ultimate aquaria book, at the peak of the aquarium hobby in the nineteenth century.

US$125. bookID # 13658


TUGWELL, Rev. George; A Manual of the Sea-Anemones Commonly Found on the English Coast. London, John Van Voorst, 1856, First Edition, small 8vo [19.5 x 13 cm]; [viii], 123, [i, errata] pp, 6 colored lithographed plates (chromolithographs), including the folding color frontis, one plain lithographed plate, tables, original blind-stamped, gilt lettering on spine, light wear to spine ends, a clean, unmarked, unstained copy, fine overall.

Freeman 3755. Notable for its very attractive color plates. The book was issued at the peak of the interest in England of the sea shore and its creatures and in preserving them in an aquarium.

US$260. bookID # 12625


WALKER, Braz; Enjoy Keeping Native Fishes. New York, The Pet Library, [1971], , 12mo [20 x 14 cm]; 32 pp, numerous colored illustrations from photos, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, very good+, clean and unmarked.

Rather than tropical fishes, this work describes the collecting, maintenance of native aquarium, diseases, spawning, suitability, etc, of collecting native American fishes found in streams and lakes.

US$3. bookID # 12819


WHITERN, W. L.; Beautiful Goldfish. Jersey City, T. F. H. Publications, [1962], First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 32 pp, many colored and black and white illustrations from photos including full-page, publisher's ads on rear cover, original pictorial heavy paper wraps with title on cover, cover slightly rubbed but very good, interior is clean, fine and unmarked.

Nicely illustrated, a good introduction to all aspects of raising, breeding goldfish in aquariums and pools.

US$5. bookID # 13685


WOOD, Rev. J. G.; The Fresh and Salt-Water Aquarium. London, George Routledge and Sons, 1868, First Edition, 12mo [16.5 x 11 cm]; viii, 182, [ii, ads] pp, 11 color plates (chromolithographs) including frontis as called for, including frontis, numerous text illustrations, original pictorial decorated gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, lightly rubbed at edges, spine ends bit worn, small bookseller label on endpaper, else near fine and clean, Victorian cover bright.

Freeman 4100. Published near the start of the aquarium hobby, those interested would find their specimens at the seashore rather than from a store (pet stores didn't exist at that time). The author provided detailed instructions on how to stock and maintain an aquarium and its inhabitants, which would include fish, mollusks, plants, beetles, reptiles, etc.

US$260. bookID # 13679


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