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The Royal Natural History by Richard Lydekker (£169.00)Publisher: London & New York: Frederick Warne & Co. — 1893Binding: Hardback [½ Leather] Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with wear and fading to the leather spines of all volumes. Vol. V spine strip mostly detached. Pages lightly age-tanned. Hinges weak on all volumes, although certainly not yet loose. A pleasant set, complete in the six volumes. Description: Contains: Engravings; Colour plates [72]; Colour frontispiece; Pagination: Volume I, Mammals: XVI, 583, Index; Volume II, Mammals: XII, 583, Index; Volume III, Mammals, Birds: XV, 584, Index; Volume IV, Birds: XV, 583, Index; Volume V, Reptiles, Fishes: XV, 584, Index; Volume VI, Invertebrate Animals: XVI, 580, Index;Notes: Foreword or introduction by P. L. Sclater. Size: 10½" x 7". 0 pages. Tags: lydekker sclater natural history mammals zoology birds fishes invertebrates amphibians reptiles section sections invertebrate animals
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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Fauna Britannica: The Practical Guide to Wild and Domestic Creatures of Britain by Duff Hart-Davis (£22.00)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781407218779]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Man has lived among animals for the whole of his existence on earth, first competing with them, then using, and all too often abusing them. But in the past fifty years or so people in Britain have become overwhelmingly urban, and in consequence have lost contact with nature and the country. Most children have little direct experience of animals and birds: they see them on television but rarely meet them in the flesh. Yet the popularity of farms open to the public demonstrates the affection that people have for animals, and also the beneficial effects that contact with animals can produce.

Fauna Britannica is a work of reference for people whose interest in animals has been awakened by passing acquaintance. This book is essentially a practical encyclopaedia of creatures, wild and domesticated, that have lived and now live in the British Isles. Without seeking to be exhaustive, it concentrates on the creatures that people are most likely to come across or to have read about. As well as being an authoritative guide, Fauna Britannica aims to show how attitudes to animals have changed over the centuries, and to demonstrate how our exploitation of them has had far-reaching consequences for the environment.

The author surveys those creatures such as the Steppe Mammoth and the Giant Irish Elk whose presence in Britain is revealed in the fossil records, and describes the exotic imports and menageries of historical times. He profiles many species of wild mammals, horses, farm animals, dogs and cats, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Interspersed throughout the book are essays on various aspects of the countryside, including the reintroduction of the European Beaver, poaching, fox hunting, horse healers and the Scottish drovers. Social history, folklore and legend combine with scientific authority to make Fauna Britannica an enthralling survey of Britain’s creatures, then and now.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 416 pages. Tags: hart davis 9781407218779 zoology great britain encyclopedias domestic animals history fauna man folklore
P&P: UK 1st £8.25. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £12.96. EU Air £12.85. ROW Surface £12.96. ROW Air £24.22

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Fauna Britannica: The Practical Guide to Wild and Domestic Creatures of Britain by Duff Hart-Davis (£22.00)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781407218779]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Man has lived among animals for the whole of his existence on earth, first competing with them, then using, and all too often abusing them. But in the past fifty years or so people in Britain have become overwhelmingly urban, and in consequence have lost contact with nature and the country. Most children have little direct experience of animals and birds: they see them on television but rarely meet them in the flesh. Yet the popularity of farms open to the public demonstrates the affection that people have for animals, and also the beneficial effects that contact with animals can produce.

Fauna Britannica is a work of reference for people whose interest in animals has been awakened by passing acquaintance. This book is essentially a practical encyclopaedia of creatures, wild and domesticated, that have lived and now live in the British Isles. Without seeking to be exhaustive, it concentrates on the creatures that people are most likely to come across or to have read about. As well as being an authoritative guide, Fauna Britannica aims to show how attitudes to animals have changed over the centuries, and to demonstrate how our exploitation of them has had far-reaching consequences for the environment.

The author surveys those creatures such as the Steppe Mammoth and the Giant Irish Elk whose presence in Britain is revealed in the fossil records, and describes the exotic imports and menageries of historical times. He profiles many species of wild mammals, horses, farm animals, dogs and cats, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Interspersed throughout the book are essays on various aspects of the countryside, including the reintroduction of the European Beaver, poaching, fox hunting, horse healers and the Scottish drovers. Social history, folklore and legend combine with scientific authority to make Fauna Britannica an enthralling survey of Britain’s creatures, then and now.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 416 pages. Tags: hart davis 9781407218779 zoology great britain encyclopedias domestic animals history fauna man folklore
P&P: UK 1st £9.00. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £14.26. EU Air £14.10. ROW Surface £14.26. ROW Air £26.72

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The Oxford Dictionary of Natural History by Edited by Michael Allaby (£16.50)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0192177206]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Top edges of text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “This dictionary lists many groups of plants and animals, but it also includes terms from ecology, statistics, earth sciences, atmospheric sciences and biochemistry that may be encountered in literature dealing with aspects of plant or animal growth, structure or behaviour. At the same time, it will be of use to those concerned with other disciplines who are unfamiliar with taxonomic terms that may occur in literature of special interest to them. The dictionary contains over 12 000 entries, written by a team of more than 25 specialists aided by consultants, and its coverage is world-wide. It will be of value to students as well as to those who derive pleasure from the wildlife around them, or even from well tended gardens, and who wish to support personal observations by reading and watching films, but need ready access to authoritative explanations of unfamiliar expressions.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Attenborough. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 688 pages. Tags: palaeontology carboniferous entomologist broad-leaved nomenclature invertebrate meteorology environment brachiopods climatology naturalists exploration pleistocene entomology naturalist atmosphere coniferous conserving jean-henri ecosystems cretaceous heathlands amphibians ordovician vegetation creatures taxonomic 508/.03/2 frederick aristotle descartes sanctuary oligocene phycology alexander evolution botanist studying painting national wildlife waterton linnaeus thorburn american mountain breeding devonian reptiles johnston habitats
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22

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The Oxford Dictionary of Natural History by Edited by Michael Allaby (£16.50)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0192177206]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ with a ½" closed tear to the top tip of the lower panel.Description: From the flap: “This dictionary lists many groups of plants and animals, but it also includes terms from ecology, statistics, earth sciences, atmospheric sciences and biochemistry that may be encountered in literature dealing with aspects of plant or animal growth, structure or behaviour. At the same time, it will be of use to those concerned with other disciplines who are unfamiliar with taxonomic terms that may occur in literature of special interest to them. The dictionary contains over 12 000 entries, written by a team of more than 25 specialists aided by consultants, and its coverage is world-wide. It will be of value to students as well as to those who derive pleasure from the wildlife around them, or even from well tended gardens, and who wish to support personal observations by reading and watching films, but need ready access to authoritative explanations of unfamiliar expressions.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Attenborough. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 68 pages. Tags: palaeontology carboniferous entomologist broad-leaved nomenclature invertebrate meteorology environment brachiopods climatology naturalists exploration pleistocene entomology naturalist atmosphere coniferous conserving jean-henri ecosystems cretaceous heathlands amphibians ordovician vegetation creatures taxonomic 508/.03/2 frederick aristotle descartes sanctuary oligocene phycology alexander evolution botanist studying painting national wildlife waterton linnaeus thorburn american mountain breeding devonian reptiles johnston habitats
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22
The Vivarium by George F & HEMS, Jack Hervey (£12.00)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ overall a little faded and soiled, with minimal edgewear. Price Clipped. Inscription to ffep, small sticker to front pastedown.Description: Illustrated with line drawings. The authors tell of there experience of keeping reptiles and amphibians both indoors and out of doors extands back a quarter of a century, tell the reader all they need to know about keeping the animals in captivity. 88pp. Index. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Illustrated by Eileen M. Hill. Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Tags: Reptiles Amphibians Pets
P&P: UK 1st £2.38. UK 2nd £2.20. EU Surface £2.56. EU Air £2.86. ROW Surface £2.56. ROW Air £4.30

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The Natural History of Britain and Ireland by Heather Angel (£10.50)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0718119894]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with the expected associated chafing to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “This beautiful book is a new natural history of Britain and Ireland, illustrated by one of Britain’s finest natural history photographers. Heather Angel records nature as it is seen — the pine woods of the Cairngorms laden with snow, the flocks of barnacle geese on the banks of the Solway Firth, the immense charm of a southern chalk stream. But, as a creative photographer, she uses her art to explain the intricate ways of plants and animals resulting in an exquisite tribute to the British countryside. Together with a team of leading naturalists, Heather Angel traces the history and variety of our landscape and then builds on to this the complex picture of Britain and Ireland’s plant and animal life. Our natural history is revealed in the six sections of the book. Each section begins with an introduction to a variety of related habitats, how they came about and why; full-colour maps show where each of the habitats may be seen. The author then displays the roles and inter-relationships of the member plants and animals, from the loftiest oak dominating a wood to the smallest insect in the leaf litter. Following each introductory essay are photographic examples of the innumerable species of plants, insects, birds and mammals found in each habitat.”Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: environment creatures naturalist pioneers emperor frederick john ray carl linnaeus gilbert white natural henri fabre insect man botanist david douglas chaillu squire waterton american jungles wildlife sanctuary charles darwin zoos national parks audubon gould thorburn aristotle pliny history books william harvey descartes robert hooke nomenclature joseph banks captain james
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72

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The Shell Guide to Britain's Threatened Wildlife by Nigel Sitwell (£10.50)Publisher: Collins — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002190508]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Price Clipped. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges with a small nick to the head of the lower panel. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “This is the first comprehensive account of Britain’s threatened wildlife stemming directly from the Wildlife and Countryside Act, which became law in October 1981. The Act has been the cause of much animated discussion and controversy, not just among those with vested interests — conservationists, farmers and landowners — but among all those who are concerned with our natural heritage. The main purpose of the book is to focus attention on the wide-reaching implications of the Act, and to underline the dangers which threaten our wildlife.”Notes: Size: 10½" x 7½". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: the wildlife and countryside act 1981 natural history conservation organisations reptiles amphibians threatened birds ornithologists lizard orchid common dolphin golden eagle rainbow leaf beetle threaten our wildlife fauna flora geology climate human activities farming wildlife conservation barn owl lady’s slipper badger-digging badgers act pine marten mole cricket natterjack toad childling pink downy woundwort hen harrier endangered vulnerable rare perring and farrell glutinous snail essex emerald moth agriculture nature conservancy council eec’s mountains sustainable wasteful over-production eec directive environmental impact assessments countryside forestry
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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The Senses of Animals by L[eonard] Harrison Matthews; Maxwell Knight (£9.50)Publisher: Museum Press — 1963Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with fraying at the head of the spine and a couple short, closed, tears. Dust wrapper tanned on the reverse. Edges of the text block spotted. Offset to the blanks and endpapers.Description: Reprint. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “THIS introduction to the study of the senses of animals is aimed at senior pupils in the schools and university students, and it will also be of great interest and value to field-naturalists, particularly those who incline more towards zoology than towards botany. The book is divided into two sections. The first deals with animal senses in a general way, and also with those observations in the field that can show how the creatures concerned use their senses under differing conditions. The second section describes how the various senses work and also deals with their nervous structures and physiology. The authors have endeavoured to keep technicalities down to a reasonable minimum, believing as they do that too much jargon can confuse rather than assist the student.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Tags: ability acceleration acuity adders additional adequacy affecting affinity alarm albinism alleged alligators amoeba amphibians ampullae anableps anemones angular angus animals antennae anthropoid aquatic archer arthropods ascidians asdic attacks auditory avoidance axons badgers balancing barbels barely barton basically bears beetles behaviour beluga bird's blackbirds blind bloodworms brain bream breeding budgerigars bullia burying
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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The World of Fossils by Vittorio De Zanche; Paolo Mietto; (£9.50)Publisher: Sampson Low — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0562001204]Condition: Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Offset from a price sticker to the head of the upper panel. Ding to the head of the lower board. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “How do we know about dinosaurs and other animals that no longer exist? The answer is because of fossils. Owing to certain chemical and physical conditions, the remains, or their traces, of animals and plants which lived millions of years ago have been preserved in rock strata -as fossils. It is from this fossilized evidence that our knowledge of the evolutionary development of living organisms originates. The World of Fossils explains palaeontology in simple terms and describes, in separate chapters, the succession of life within the geological eras of Earth history — outlining the life-forms which emerged at certain times and those which died out, and suggesting the possible reasons for these events. The recent period, in which Man has evolved, is also discussed. Other chapters include: The Process of Fossilization: conditions required for fossilization; the processes; extraordinary fossils Geological Time: Radioactive dating; relative chronology Evolution: evolution from species to species; evolution in the major groups of organisms The Uses of Fossils: basic information about living organisms from their fossilized remains; Palaeoecology; Palaeoclimatology; Biostratigraphy; Palaeogeography; Pseudofossils: inorganically produced structures; Over 250 colour photographs and drawings illustrate the text which consists of about 35,000 words. A selective bibliography is included.”Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 256 pages. Tags: acipenser aeophonus aepyornis aetosaurs africanus agnathans agnostus alternata amaltheus amiskwia ammonites ammonoids amphibians amphibius amphineura ampulla anagale ananchytes anapsida anaspids anatlnus annelids antrodemus appearance apternodus arachnids aralia araucaria arctica argonauts arthropods assilina astrangia atractites aturia aysheaia bacteria balanus beloptera bifida biloba biological bivalves blastoids blochius borhyaena botanical brooksella bryozoans bubonius burgessia
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Water And Rock Gardening by Peter Robinson (£9.50)Publisher: Hermes House — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1843098237]Condition: Very Good+.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Everything you need to know to design and construct a successful rock and water feature. Full-scale case studies of established rock and water gardens, including A Cobble Fountain, A Dried River Bed and A Shady Raised Pool. Guidance on planting schemes and techniques, propagating plants and dealing with pests and diseases, as well as on buying and introducing fish. A Calendar of Care explaining key maintenance tasks throughout the year. Over 600 lavish garden shots, practical sequences and plant portraits.”Notes: Size: 9" x 6¾". 256 pages. Tags: watercourses transformers sticklebacks caddis-flies ultra-violet construction convolvulus reinforcing propagation bittercress maintenance meadowsweet foundations electricity scorpioides dragonflies blanketweed damselflies spatterdock shuttlecock leaf-mining semi-raised globeflower leafhoppers spillstones plantaginea sieboldiana hakonecbloa hydrocharis deschampsia dodecatheon pseudacorus waterlilies oxygenating sikkimensis arundinacea cephalonica argentinian ranunculus filtration lysimacbia uentricosa seeaurinia ornamental infections asdepiadea fibreglass excavating concealing gardener's scirpoides
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22
Guide to Garden Ponds: An Easy-To-Follow Practical Guide to Constructing, Stocking and Maintaining a Pond in Your Garden by David Papworth (£7.50)Publisher: Interpet — 2001Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 1902389549]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs, plans and drawings. From the cover: “Planning a garden pond raises many questions. How big? Where to put it? What fishes and plants to stock it with? This colourful guide answers all these questions and more with a clear practical approach that will encourage everyone with a garden or even just a patio to — embark on their first pond with absolute confidence.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 4¾". Pictorial boards. In the Interpet Guide series. 117 pages. Tags: achillea aconitum adiantum aestivum aetbiopica aethiopica agrimony albertiana alboaurea alchemilla aleuticum alexandrae algicides alpicola amazomca amazonica american americanus amphibians amphibious anagallis andromeda angelica antennaria aponogeton aquatica aquatics aquaticum aquatilis archangel arenaria argentinian arrowhead arundinacea asdepiadea asplenium astranti’a astrantia athyrium auriculata babylonica bachelor’s balearica ballerina battle’s beccabunga beesiana bellflower bentomat bentonite bilberry
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Mammals of the World by Michael Boorer (£4.00)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1970Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0600001008]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently faded at the spine and wrappers. Top corner of the lower wrapper clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with line drawings. First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “Mammals are the most advanced level of animal development. They occupy an amazing variety of habitats, from the oceans and polar ice caps to the hottest deserts. They range in size from the tiny Pygmy Shrew to the hundred-foot Blue Whale. Michael Boorer describes in simple terms the characteristic structure of the mammal body and how it works, and he explains the part that warm-bloodedness has played in the mammals’ success in adapting to different conditions. The families of mammals are described and a variety of fascinating species are beautifully illustrated in full colour.”Notes: Illustrated by John Beswick. Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). In the Hamlyn All-Colour Paperbacks series. 160 pages. Tags: aardvark aardwolf acerodon acouchis aethalops african agoutis alpaca american amphibians anatinus angwantibos anomaluroidea anteaters antelopes antillean antilocapridae antlers apes aplodontoidea armadillos artiodactyla asses aye-aye babirusa baboons backbone badgers baiaemdae balaenopteridae bandicoots banteng barbary bathyergoidea bats beaked bears beavers beluga birch bison blackbuck boar boyidae bradypodidae bradypus buffalos bulldog bush bushbabies caenolestidae
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

 
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