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BELLING, John; The Use of the Microscope; A Handbook for Routine and Research Work. New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1930, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xi, 315 pp, 25 illustrations, bibliography, glossary, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, withdrawal stamp from Cornell University Library on bookplate, light blind-stamp, no other library stamps, light cover wear, overall clean and very good.

A standard reference for microscope use by a cytologist from Carnegie Institution of Washington.

US$15. bookID # 13843


BRIDSON, Gavin; The History of Natural History; An Annotated Bibliography. New York and London, Garland Publishing, 1994, , 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; xxxi, 740 pp, bibliography, detailed indexes, original green cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, clean fine copy, as new.

Published in the Smithsonian Institution's Bibliographies on the History of Science and Technology series, the highly qualified author, has produced a superb and very useful reference in all aspects of natural history. It gives details on thousands of works, books, articles, in general natural history, botany, zoology, broken into detailed categories, such as microscopy, aquatic biology, natural history exploration, classification, botanical gardens, illustration, zoological gardens, herbaria, museums among many others. This edition is superior to the later edition in that its printed on acid-free, 250-year-life paper.

US$118. bookID # 13844


BROWN, Lady Richmond; Unknown Tribes Uncharted Seas. London, Duckworth & Co., [1926], , 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xvi, 268 pp, frontis portrait of author, 51 photos on plates, index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, edges worn, spine a little faded but lettering clear, pictorial bookplate of John Rea, interior is clean in good sound covers.

A narrative of the author's travels with Mitchell Hedges through Panama, describing the Kuna people of the Rio Chucunaque and the area traveled, collecting ethnological and zoological specimens. Good photos of the local people and one of shrunken heads. The author was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Zoological Society, the Linnaean Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. The addendum is a letter from the British Museum thanking her for the thousands of objects she brought back from the expedition and donated to the museum.

US$22. bookID # 13856


CARPENTER, William B.; The Microscope and its Revelations. London, John Churchill, 1856, First edition, thick 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; xx, 778, [ii, publisher's ads] pp, 345 illustrations, index, original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends worn, small split at joint, endpaper inscription dated 1935, internally very good and clean in good cover.

The work was a standard reference and underwent many later printings over the years. Of particular interest are the many illustrations of microscopes and related equipment, accessories.

US$165. bookID # 13842


COCKAYNE, L. (Leonard); Report on a Botanical Survey of Stewart Island. Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand Department of Lands; John Mackey, Government Printer, 1909, First edition, folio [33.5 x 21 cm]; 68 pp, colored folding map, 43 photo illustrations, mostly two per page, tables, bibliography, original printed paper wrap front cover with title lettering held by tape, wrapper worn, chipped, bit foxed, lacks rear blank paper cover, interior is very good, unmarked and clean.

A well-illustrated and detailed study by famous New Zealand botanist.

US$35. bookID # 13862


DUNSTERVILLE, G. C. K. and E. Dunsterville, edited by Alec M. Pridgeon; Orchid Hunting in the Lost World (and Elsewhere in Venezuela). West Palm Beach, American Orchid Society, [1988], First edition in book form, parts were previously published in journals, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; xv, 280 pp, numerous color illus from photos, black and white photos, many drawings of orchids, maps, map endpapers, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine in fine jacket, clean throughout.

The author of the 6 volume Venezuela Orchids Illustrated, traveled widely in Venezuela in search of its 1,200 orchid species. This is an interesting mixture of botany and adventure which appeared in the American Orchid Society Bulletin over a 40 year period. The Lost World was made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle.

US$20. bookID # 13860


DUNSTERVILLE, G. C. K. and E. Dunsterville, edited by Alec M. Pridgeon; Orchid Hunting in the Lost World (and Elsewhere in Venezuela). West Palm Beach, American Orchid Society, [1988], First edition in book form, parts were previously published in AOS periodical, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; xv, 280 pp, numerous color illus from photos, black and white photos, many drawings of orchids, maps, map endpapers, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine in fine jacket, clean throughout.

The author of the 6 volume Venezuela Orchids Illustrated, traveled widely in Venezuela in search of its 1,200 orchid species. This is an interesting mixture of botany and adventure which appeared in the American Orchid Society Bulletin over a 40 year period. The Lost World was made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle.

US$18. bookID # 13859


DUNSTERVILLE, G. C. K. and E. Dunsterville, edited by Alec M. Pridgeon; Orchid Hunting in the Lost World (and Elsewhere in Venezuela). West Palm Beach, American Orchid Society, [1988], First edition in book form, parts were previously published in periodicals, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; xv, 280 pp, numerous color illus from photos, black and white photos, many drawings of orchids, maps, map endpapers, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine in fine jacket, clean throughout.

The author of the 6 volume Venezuela Orchids Illustrated, traveled widely in Venezuela in search of its 1,200 orchid species. This is an interesting mixture of botany and adventure which appeared in the American Orchid Society Bulletin over a 40 year period. The Lost World was made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle.

US$17. bookID # 13858


EMORY, William H.; Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior [complete set]. Washington, printed by AOP Nicholson, Cornelius Wendell, 1857-59, First edition, mixed Senate and House documents, 4to [29.5 x 24 cm]; 4 parts in 3 volumes, xvi, 258; viii, 174; 62, 35, 32, 85, ii; 270; 78 pp, 347 plates including 25 hand colored of birds, 12 colored of views & native peoples, 3 large folding maps (1 colored with 4 inch tear), 2 other maps/charts, mixed cloth bindings, including original cloth, 2 volumes in rebound cloth, cover wear, minor foxing on few leaves, mostly marginal, stain in margin of one title page, one volume with library stamp on cover & title, interiors very good, sound set.

This is one of the first scientific explorations of the area including its natural history, botany, geography, geology. The boundary delineated by Emory as described in this work demonstrates his competence and skill since it remains largely unchanged today. A cornerstone work on the exploration and mapping of the US southwest and the Texas-Mexican border. Besides Emory's reports, there are scientific reports by James Hall, T.A. Conrad, Spencer F. Baird, Charles Girard, C. C. Parry, George Engelmann, etc. George Merrill, 1906, History of American Geology, p. 461: 'This has the distinction of being the earliest coloured geological map of the region published by the Government. It is, moreover, of historical interest as showing how little was definitely known of the region.' Dobie 86: 'Emory's great two volume report is, aside from descriptions of borderlands and their inhabitants, a veritable encyclopedia, wonderfully illustrated, on western flora and fauna.' The plates include views, geology, mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, botany, cacti, costume plates of native people, etc. Only 3,000 copies of volume two were printed. Jenkins 57. Howes 3312. Wheat 916, 917,918, 919. Wagner/Camp 291. Reese 31. A complete set with all plates, numerous text illustrations, maps, including the large folding colored 'Map Illustrating the General Geological Features of the Country West of the Mississippi River', which is often lacking.

US$3200. bookID # 13850


FAWCETT, P. H.; Exploration Fawcett. London, Hutchinson, [1953], First Edition, with "First published 1953" on verso title, and no additional printings listed, 8vo [23.5 x 16]; xv, 312 pp, frontis (portrait of Fawcett), illustrated from drawings from Brian Fawcett, illus from photos, endpaper maps, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, slightly foxed at outer edge of text block, dj (not price clipped, light wear at foot of spine), near fine clean copy, unmarked, no signatures in very good dj.

The first account of the expeditions of Fawcett in the jungles of Brazil and Bolivia between 1906 and 1925. Fawcett disappeared with his companions in Brazil in 1925, searching for the lost cities and White Indians rumored to be in the area. There have been a number of attempts to solve the mystery of his disappearance, including one by Peter Fleming, which became the book, 'Brazilian Adventure', and a more recent attempt in The Lost City of Z book. Much on nature and natives. A fascinating and classic travel book that was issued as a Daily Mail book society selection. The work was edited from his manuscripts, letters, log-books and records by his son Brian Fawcett and remains an important and often-referred to work on the area. "It is both a tale of great adventure and of sound research to determine the boundaries of Bolivia and Peru, to study the wild life and the people of Amazonia." (Hassoldt Davis, author of 'The Jungle and the Damned') Goodman 843: 'The complete, bizarre story.' The later US edition had the title 'Lost Trails, Lost Cities'.

US$35. bookID # 13857


FUNK, V. A. and Scott A. Mori; A Bibliography of Plant Collectors in Bolivia. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989, First edition, 4to [28 x 21.5 cm]; iii, 20 pp, full-page map, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, with printed title lettering, small ink stamp on cover, else near fine copy, clean throughout.

A useful work consisting of an introduction by authors, a detailed bibliography, mostly with annotated descriptions and a list of general reference works.

US$18. bookID # 13863


GILLESPIE, John Wynn; New Plants from Fiji - I. Honolulu, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, 1930, First edition, 8vo [25.5 x 17 cm]; [vi], 99 pp, frontis from photo, 57 plates from drawings, original printed paper wrappers with title lettering on spine and cover, slight wear at spine ends but clean, unmarked fine copy.

A detailed account, very well-illustrated, most drawings by Helen Gillespie Sperry.

US$30. bookID # 13861


HALL, Captain Basil; Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea and the Great Loo-Choo Island; with an Appendix containing Charts and Various Hydrographical and Scientific Notices. London, John Murray, 1818, First edition of Hall's most important book, 4to [27 x 22 cm]; xvi, 222, cxxx, [lxxii, vocabulary] pp, 9 fine engraved plates, of which 8 are hand colored, 5 maps and plans including several folding, plate of Wallaston's Dip Sector, tables, [complete with all 15 plates, maps, charts], contemporary full calf, professionally rebacked with original gilted spine, gilt title on leather spine label, gilt design cover, marbled endpapers & edges, light wear to corners, lightly scuffed, internal clean and fine, slight foxing on few margins.

There is a vocabulary of the Loo-Choo language by H. J. Clifford at the end of the book. The fine plates were drawn by William Havell, one of the best early painters in water-color, and engraved by Robert Havell based on sketches by the author and C. W. Browne. They include views of Sulphur Island, Napakiang, various officials, costume, one of artifacts, etc. The plates are clean and bright with a few with light off-setting in margins. Hill I, 134: "The expedition took Lord Amherst's embassy to China and explored the relatively little-known East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. Visits were made to Korea and the Ryuku Archipelago. . . [first] detailed information was obtained about the Ryukyus." Cordier 3009. Prideaux 251. Tooley 241. Abbey Travel 558 (which reproduces the frontis plate). Korea had been only sketchily explored by Europeans until this expedition. The American edition was abridged with only two maps and no plates. Hall's first and most important book. The author has inscribed this copy on the half-title page to Lord Amherst, with the author's complements. Amherst was the British ambassador to China who was with Hall on the expedition, which was the most important exploration of Korea up to that time, and remains a classic.

US$3900. bookID # 13846


HOMET, Marcel F.; On the Trail of the Sun Gods. London, Neville Spearman, [1965], First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 272 pp, 31 plates from photos, numerous illustrations from drawings, bibliography, appendix, original cloth, spine title lettering, fine and clean in good dust jacket (price clipped, a little used).

The author describes his discoveries in the Amazon region in search for lost cities of sun worshippers, facing death and dangers, covering much of same ground as the legendary Colonel Fawcett. He links ancient civilizations in Brazil and Peru with those of Egypt and the middle east in a fascinating and well-illustrated account.

US$22. bookID # 13849


LA CONDAMINE, M. de; A Succinct Abridgment of a Voyage made within the Inland Parts of South America from the Coasts of the South Sea to the Coasts of Brazil & Guiana, down the River of Amazonas. London, E. Withers, 1747, First edition in English, 8vo [21x 13 cm]; xii, 108 pp, folding engraved map, with the half title page, contemporary full leather, spine worn, joints repaired, light foxing including on map, but mostly marginal, internally clean and very good.

Sabin 38488. A French-Spanish expedition was sent to South America in 1736, to measure the degree of latitude in the area near Quito where the equator crossed, to determine the size and shape of the earth. The ten year expedition proved that the earth is flattened at the Poles. La Condamine returned by crossing Brazil via the Amazon. His narrative of his journey was of great importance, because, for the first time, the long course of the Amazon was traversed by a man of science capable of making astronomic observations, and determining longitudes.' [Borba de Moraes, I, 447] The fine engraved map of the Amazon and its tributaries accompanying the text was drawn by La Condamine himself, and is the first map in which the latitudes were observed and shown on the map. Cox ii, 273: 'La Condamine returned to the east coast of the continent by descending the Amazon, the first time it was accomplished by a scientist'. Hill 169: 'the greatest geographical event of the eighteenth century as regards South America. . . to measure one exact degree of meridian to determine the dimensions and shape of the earth. . . the work occupied eight years'. Goodman 495: 'A very useful abridgment of this indispensable work, entirely satisfactory for nearly all purposes'. Spain & Spanish America I, 369.

US$800. bookID # 13853


LA CONDAMINE, M. de [Charles Marie de (1701-1774)]; Journal du Voyage fait par Ordre du Roi a l'Equateur, servant d'Introduction Historique a la Mesure des Trois Premiers Degres du Meridian. Paris, de L'Imprimerie Royale, 1751, First edition, 4to [25 x 20 cm]; [ii], xxxvi, 280, xv (index) pp, 7 engraved maps, plans and plates including 6 folding, one being fldg table, engraved vignette head-pieces and tail-pieces, contemporary full leather, gilt spine title & design, raised bands, light cover wear, few tiny holes on front joint,marbled endpapers, endpaper labels of Le Chev du Blaisel & B. Mendel, few leaves with light marginal browning, else clean crisp, near fine.

This is the first edition of the account of the great French Scientific Expedition to South America to measure an arc of the meridian at the equator to determine the dimension and shape of the earth. After the scientific measurements done north of the city of Quito in Ecuador, La Condamine then journeyed down the Amazon, being the first to explore that region. His measurements stood the test of time until the advent of GPS showed that the actual equator was somewhat further south, although the original monument and museums north of Quito still advertise themselves as the actual equator. The work includes a detailed plan of the city of Quito and a large map of what is now Ecuador. Hill 169: 'the greatest geographical event of the eighteenth century as regards South America. . . to measure one exact degree of meridian to determine the dimensions and shape of the earth. . . the work occupied eight years'. Sabin 38479. Norman 1250.

US$4200. bookID # 13854


PARDEE, R. G.; A Complete Manual for the Cultivation of the Strawberry; with a Description of the Best Varieties, also Notices of the Raspberry, Blackberry, Cranberry, Currant, Gooseberry and Grape; with Directions for their Cultivation & Selection of Best Varieties. New York, Orange Judd & Company, 1857, third revised edition; the first edition was in 1854, 12mo [19.5 x 13 cm]; xii, [13] - 157, [x, publisher's ads] pp, engraved illustrations from drawings, original patterned brown cloth, gilt spine title lettering, lightly foxed on title and few margins, minor shelf-wear, very good copy, clean and unmarked.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society Catalog 241. Hedrick p. 491: 'One of the most successful authors from the point of view of book sales was R. G. Pardee, Palmyra, New York.... This was one of the first works to discuss the blackberry, cranberry and black raspberry, and since there were descriptions of varieties and directions for cultivating these new fruits, as well as the older ones, the book was in demand at once.' The author provides new advice and varieties in this edition.

US$30. bookID # 13855


PARK, Bertram; Collins Guide to Roses. London, Collins, 1956, First edition, 8vo [21 x 15 cm]; 288 pp, frontis, plus 64 colored plates (complete), plus 16 black and white plates, chart, bibliography, index, original red cloth with gilt spine title lettering and vignette, very good sound copy with previous owner's notes on roses on blank endpaper and a few tipped-in illustrations of roses from other sources, dj with wear and short tears.

The colored plates are from photos by the author and from paintings by Pamela Freemand, paul Jones and Margaret Stones and show 130 rose varieties. The black and white plates, each with one or more illustrations, show how to cultivate, plant, prune, etc. The author is a long time rose grower and photographer. Stock 2062. Stock lists a number of later printings, each identical to this first printing.

US$7. bookID # 13841


PELLY, David F.; Expedition; An Arctic Journey Through History On George Back's River. Toronto, Betelgeuse Books, [1981], Limited First edition, 8vo [23 x 17 cm]; xiii, 172 pp, color frontis, illustrations, portraits, color plates from photos, maps, bibliography, list of birds, mammals and plants found, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, very good jacket (rubbed at edges, slight wear at spine head, not price clipped), else a fine copy inscribed & signed by the author with his name on title page.

An account of the Pelly Lake Expedition that retraced George Back's 1834 travels through the Canadian Arctic and Barrens, from the source of Back's River to Lake Pelly. The Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company at the time, John Henry Pelly, who supported Back's explorations, was an ancestor of the author. The frontis and many illustrations are from Back's original work.

US$55. bookID # 13851


RENNER, S. S.; A History of Botanical Exploration in Amazonian Ecuador, 1739-1988. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993, First edition, 4to [28 x 21.5 cm]; iii, 39 pp, map, table, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, printed title lettering on cover, few small ink letters on cover, else near fine and clean.

Includes a chronology of botanical exploration, cryptogamic flora, ethnobotanical collecting in Amazonian Ecuador, status of botanical inventory of area, annotated list of collectors, index to localities, literature cited.

US$27. bookID # 13864


SCHULTES, Richard Evans and Robert F. Raffauf, foreword by Duke of Edinburgh; The Healing Forest; Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazonia. Portland, Oregon, Dioscorides Press, [1990], First American edition, large 8vo [27 x 19 cm]; 484 pp, hundreds of illustrations from photos and drawings, some full-page, bibliography, index to diseases and treatment, index to genera, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, jacket (not clipped, tiny tear at corner), fine and clean.

An exhaustive, comprehensive and interesting study of medicinal flora by the world's most renowned authorities. Schultes, was director of Harvard Botanical Museum, a plant explorer and conservationist and spent decades with native peoples studying ethnobotany. Raffauf was professor of Pharmacognosy at Northwestern University. The area covered includes parts of Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. The authors describe about 1,500 species and varieties, 596 genera, in 145 plant families, of which half had not previously been investigated for their pharmacological properties. An important work on the ethnobotany of the Amazon. A massive and detailed work.

US$75. bookID # 13852


STEINSALTZ, Rabbi Adin; Opening the Tanya; Learning from the Tanya; Understanding the Tanya; the complete 3 volume set. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, [2003-7], , 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 3 volumes, xxiv, 360; xxii, [ii], 360; xxvii, 353 pp, glossary, bibliographical notes, indices, original hardcover bindings, gilt spine title lettering, dust jackets (not clipped), a fine, clean, crisp set, unmarked.

The author, esteemed rabbi, teacher, scholar, writer, social critic, best known for his monumental commentary and translation of the Talmud, author of over 300 books, recipient of numerous honours and awards, described as a "once in a millennium scholar", here provides a definitive commentary on the Tanya, a classic work of Kabbalah, one of the most important books of moral teachings ever written and the most influential work of Chabad Chassidism.

US$230. bookID # 13848


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