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Natural History

We usually have a number of collectable and antiquarian Natural History books in stock. Please email us you're after a particular volume and can't find it on the website, we may have it in the shop!

The Naturalist On The River Amazon. Henry Walter Bates.SOLD

Author: Henry Walter Bates
Pages: 407
Year: 1930

Publishing company: J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd.

In good condition. Price includes postage.

The Enemies of the Rose

Author: G.Fox Wilson & John Ramsbottom
Pages: 154
Year: 1952
Publishing company: Official Publication of the National Rose Society


Green hardback volume with gilt embossed lettering. In good condtion. Ten colour and numerous black and white plates throughout.

Price includes postage.

Price INCLUDES postage

Illustrations of The British Flora. W.H.Fitch & W.G.Smith

Author:W.H.Fitch & W.G.Smith
Pages: 338
Year: 1919
Publishing company: L.Reeve & Co.Ltd.


Hardback, rebound in red and black boards. In good condition ( someone has neatly coloured a few of the plates ) Beautifully and comprehensively illustrated. The titlepage reads:

Illustrations of The British Flora: A series of wood engravings, with dissections of British Plants.


With 1315 black and white illustrations, four to each page with both the common and latin name.

Price includes postage.

Price INCLUDES postage

The Spiders & Allied Orders of the British Isles. Theodore H. Savory SOLD

Author:  Theodore H. Savory
Pages: 224
Year: 1953
Publishing company:Frederick Warne & Co.Ltd.
Ex- library book. Hardback with embossed gilt lettering to front and spine. In good condition. Illustrated throughout with 95 plates. ( 63 in colour )
Comprehensive and informative with descriptions of every family of British spiders, every species of harvestman and false scorpion and also the more familiar of the British mites and sea-spiders.

Price includes postage.

British Birds' Eggs & Nests. Rev J.C.Atkinson SOLD

Pages: 172plus index
Year: C1910
Publishing company: George Routledge and Sons Ltd.


Green hardback with embossed gilt lettering to the spine. In good condition. Beautifully illustrated throughout with 12 colour plates.

Illustrations by W.S.Coleman.

Price includes postage.

Life in Ponds and Streams. W.Furneaux.

Author: W.Furneaux
Pages: 406
Year: 1896
Publishing company: Longmans,Green and Co.


Hardback with green boards and embossed gilt lettering to the spine and an embossed gilt frog to the front. In good condition. Ex library, ( Royal College of Science Library, Ireland).


Comprehensive and informative with eight beautiful colour plates and numerous illustrations within the text.

Price includes postage.

Price INCLUDES postage

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