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"CROCODILE TRADER" by Rory Macauley.

Hardcover Edition in green hardcovers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by the Adventurers Club, London. The volume is undated. Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

A rather fascinating account of crocodile hunting in Northern Rhodesia.

208 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition: Dustcover has some edge wear and a tear to the top of the rear cover. Hardcovers good. Internal pages good with some foxing to extreme edges and very slight damp marking to pages with photographs. Binding tight.

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"THE BIRDS OF WORCESTERSHIRE" by A. J. Harthan

Dimensions: 25cm x 19cm approx. Publication date not given but, probably c.1950. Published by Littlebury & Company, Ltd, Worcester. A comprehensive review of the birds of Worcestershire - the first since that published by R. F. Tomes in the "Victoria History" of the county published in 1901. 79 pages with a number of black and white plates by Eric J. Hosking and identifying 236 species.

Condition:  Normal library markings. Red hardcovers have some wear and are very slightly warped. Internal pages good and clean. Binding tight.

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"THE NATURALIST ON THE RIVER AMAZONS. A Record of the Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature Under the Equator, During the Eleven Years of Travel." by Henry Walter Bates. With a Memoir of the Author by Edward Clodd. 1892.

Hardcover "Reprint of the Unabridged Edition" in gilt embossed green cloth covers, published by John Murray, London in 1892. Dimensions: 24cm x 17cm approx.

A fascinating volume that contains numerous black and white illustrations in the text, a double-page colour plate "exhibiting forms of mimicry in butterflies" and a fold-out map of the Amazons to the rear.

395 pages.

Condition:  Fair. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine covering splitting to bottom and showing some shelf wear. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with some minor yellowing and foxing as well as a slight ripple. Binding a bit loose but not falling apart.

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"BIRDS OF THE AIR" by Allen W. Seaby. 1931. Illus.

Hardcover First Edition in decorated hardcovers, published by A & C Black, London in 1931. Dimensions: 21cm x 16cm approx.

A rather nice volume that is written more for younger readers than experienced Ornithologists but, is interesting none the less. Illustrated with colour frontispiece and 134 black and white illustrations in the text.

179 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to hardcovers. Internal pages good with just some yellowing and some minor foxing mainly to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"TALKS ABOUT BIRDS" by Frank Finn. 1911. Illus.

Hardcover First Edition in decorated hardcover, published by Adam and Charles, London in 1911. Dimensions: 21cm x 15.5cm approx.

A rather interesting volume that is aimed at getting young people interested in Birds and Natural History in general. Contains 15 chapters on Ornithology as well as 8 full page illustrations in full colour and 20 black and white illustrations.

240 pages.

Conditions:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to hardcovers. Boards slightly warped. Spine cracking slightly at both hinges. Internal pages slightly yellowed with a slight ripple. Binding quite tight.

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"INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LICHENS" by Ursula K. Duncan.  1970.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover,  published by T. Buncle & Co, Ltd, Arbroath in 1970.   Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx.

A fascinating book covering all British Lichens.

292 pages with numerous black and white illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonable.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers (front cover has a slight crease).  Internal pages good.  Binding tight.

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"DANGEROUS MARINE ANIMALS"  by Bruce W. Halstead.  1959.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by Cornell Maritime Press, Maryland in 1959.  Dimensions: 23.5cm x 15.5cm approx. 

An interesting book that is divided into 4 main sections: "Our Knowledge of the Past", "Marine animals that Bite", "Marine Animals that Sting", and "Marine Animals that are Poisonous to Eat".

146 pages with colour frontispiece and numerous black and white photographs and illustrations.

Condition:  Good.  Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers.  Internal pages very good.  Binding tight.

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"MAMMOTH - The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant"  by Richard Stone. 2002.

Softcover First Edition in printed covers, published by Fourth Estate, London in 2002.  Dimensions: 19cm x 13.5cm approx.

Truth is often stranger than fiction and this book is proof!!  The incredible story of the hunt for Mammoth remains amongst the Arctic tundra.  The book follows two teams of explorers - one Russian/Japanese, the other a French-led consortium - as they battle the cold, high winds, supply shortages and the deeply rooted superstitions of the indigenous peoples who fear the consequences of awakening the "rat beneath the ice".  Also covers the history of the hunt for Mammoth remains.

242 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Very Good. Slight wear to covers. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"PHOTOGRAPHING WILD LIFE ACROSS THE WORLD" by Cherry Kearton.  c.1930.

Hardcover Fifth Impression in green cloth cover, published by Arrowsmith, London.  The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1930.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

An extremely interesting volume by wildlife photographer, Cherry Kearton author of numerous books on wildlife and wildlife photography including "My Friend Toto", "In the Land of the Lion" and many more (including numerous books written in conjunction with his brother).  Includes chapters on Borneo, East Africa, South Africa and the Congo, India, Canada and the American Rockies.  Contains 84 black and white photographs (73 of which were previously unpublished).   

319 pages.

Condition:   Reasonably Good.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers.  Internal pages good with just some yellowing and light foxing.  Binding tight.

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"MY FRIEND TOTO - The Adventures of a Chimpanzee and the Story of his Journey from the Congo to London" by Cherry Kearton.  1925.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Arrowsmith, London in 1925.  Dimensions: 19cm x 15cm approx.

Quite a remarkable story of the bond formed between wildlife photographer Kearton and a chimpanzee who he adopted in the Congo.  Kearton brought the monkey back to London with him and he even moved to France with Kearton as well.  An extremely interesting story.   

126 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:   Reasonably Good.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers.  Spine covering slightly damaged.  Internal pages reasonably good just some yellowing and light foxing.  Binding tight.

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"HILLSIDE, ROCK AND DALE - Bird Life Pictured with Pen and Camera" by Oliver G. Pike.  1902.

Hardcover First Edition in pictorially decorated green cloth cover, published by Hutchinson & Co, London in 1902.  Dimensions: 19cm x 13cm approx.

A superb early photographic ornithology volume which was the sequel to "Woodland, Field, and Shore" by the same author.  Looks at a wide variety of British birds in diverse locations.     

258 pages with large number of black and white photographs and a number of publishers and other advertisements to the rear.

Condition:   Good.  Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges.  Internal pages good and clean.  Binding tight.

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"THE GREAT WINDING ROAD - Being the Adventures of a Naturalist on the Roads of Britain"  by Oliver G. Pike.  c.1940.

Hardcover First Edition (Second printing) in green cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Herbert Jenkins, Ltd, London.  The volume is undated but I would guess it to be c.1940.  Dimensions: 19cm x 13cm approx.

An extremely interesting ornithological drive around Britain, describing both the countryside and its winged inhabitants.  Introduction by Right Hon. Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.

234 pages with 20 full-page black and white plates by the author.

Condition:    Good.  Dustcover is tatty around the edges with some chipping and minor loss as well as rubbing.  Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers.  Internal pages good with some yellowing and very minor foxing.  Binding tight.

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"A NATURALIST'S PILGRIMAGE" by R. Kearton.  1926.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover, published by Cassell and Company, Ltd, London in 1926.  Dimensions: 19.5cm x 13.5cm approx.  Ex-Libary copy.

An interesting autobiographical volume reviewing the life and adventures of one of the earliest wildlife photographers.  Kearton and his brother were true pioneers of wildlife photography and were deservedly renowned for their work.   

246 pages with a numbre of black and white photographs.

Condition:   Reasonable.  Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and a number of places internally.  Page 131/2 loose.  Other internal pages reasonably good but yellowed with some edge wear and light foxing.  Binding a little loose.

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"ROYAL ALBERT MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, EXETER. PROCEEDINGS OF THE COLLEGE FIELD CLUB AND NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY."  1904 - 1953.

22 Softcover First Edition volumes in card covers Exeter Times / Sydney Lee between 1904 and 1953.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx.  Ex-Library copies from Exeter City Library.

A fascinating record of the excursions, topics of interest and fields of study of the field club.  The books contain numerous interesting articles on the Geology and Natural History of Devon including "The Rotifera of the Exeter Area", "Flora of the Warren", "Bird Migration in the Exeter District", "Bird-Life in the Exe Estuary", "Wells and Sorings in and around Exeter" and much more.

The volumes cover a period between 1904 and 1953 but, are not a complete run. A number of issues are duplicated and some are missing.

Condition:     Generally Good.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers (one or two covers are disbound).  Internal pages good but quite yellowed with a small amount of wear.   Bindings quite tight.

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"MT. CARMEL FLOWERS - Thirty-two Wildflowers Growing on Mt. Carmel"  by Se'ev Berlinger & Zwi Silberstein with Water Colours by Brakha Levy.  1958.

Softcover First Edition in card cover with original dustcover, published by The Municipality of Haifa in 1958. Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx.

A superbly illustrated volume which describes 32 wild flowers that are found on Mt. Carmel.  32 excellent water colours printed on one side only.  Detailed descriptions of each flower.

Approx 50 pages.

Condition:    Good.    Some wear/rubbing/fading to the dustcover which has some damage to the spine.  Internal pages very good with just very light yellowing.   Binding tight.

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"BULLY FOR BRONTOSAURUS - Reflections in Natural History"  by Stephen Jay Gould. 1991.

Softcover First Edition in printed covers, published by Hutchinson Radius, London in 1991. Dimensions: 23.5cm x 15.5cm approx.

A fascinating book which takes in a range of Natural History related subjects.  Chapters include: History in Evolution, Dinomania, Adaptation, Fads and Fallacies, Art and Science, Evolution and Creation and more.

540 pages with a number of black and white photographs/illustrations.

Condition:    Very Good.  Slight wear to covers.  Internal pages very good.   Binding tight.

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"THE FORESTS OF INDIA" Volume I by E. P. Stebbing.  1922.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth cover with original dustcover, published by John Lane The Bodley Head, London in 1922.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 16cm approx.

Descibed on the dustcover as "...the first complete history of the Indian Forests and of the Great Forest Service which has built up a large forest estate of great value both to India and the rest of the world." the author worked for many years for the Indian Forestry Service and was later Professor of Forestry at the University of Edinburgh.

548 untrimmed pages with numerous black and white plates and a fold-out chart of average annual rainfall in India.

Condition:    Reasonably Good.  Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings.  Dustcover is good and is protected by plastic.  Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to cloth covers.  Corners bumped.  Internal pages good with some edge wear.  Binding tight.

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"NATURE KNOWLEDGE READERS"  by Vincent T. Murche.  1906.

Hardcover Edition in green cloth cover, published by Macmillan & Co, Ltd, London in 1906.  Dimensions: 17.5cm x 12cm approx.

An interesting and comprehensively illustrated book aimed at school children to accompany lessons and encourage their own research. Contains chapters on The Farm and Garden throughout the Seasons, Snails and Slugs, Insects, Beetles, Butterflies and Moths, Fish, Bees, and much more.

292 pages with 8 colour plates and a lot of black and white illustrations.

Condition:    Reasonably Good.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to the covers.  Corners bumped.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and a bit brittle.  Internal pages good with slight yellowing and a few very minor creases.  Binding quite tight.

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"BLEDGRAVE HALL" by J. K. Stanford.  1950.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Faber and Faber, Ltd, London in 1950.  Dimensions: 22cm x 16cm approx.

A superbly illustrated and rather unusual book. The story concerns Derick Gloyne who returns from the desert-war and a German prison camp and buys a derelict farm in Norfolk. Gloyne finds avocets nesting on his marshes and determines to protect them. 

75 pages with numerous black and white illustrations by A. M. Hughes.

Condition:   Good.  Dustcover has a fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking and some minor damage.  Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to cloth covers.  Internal pages good with some yellowing.  Binding tight.

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"THE UNIVERSE or THE INFINITELY GREAT AND THE INFINITELY LITTLE"  by F. A. Pouchet.  c.1880.

Hardcover Thirteenth Edition in pictorially illustrated red cloth cover, published by Blackie & Son, Ltd, London.  The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1880.  Dimensions: 23cm x 16.5cm approx.

A superbly illustrated volume on Natural History. The book is divided into sections: The Animal Kingdom, The Vegetable Kingdom, Geology, The Sidereal Universe, Popular Errors (Monsters and Superstitions).

This is a nice copy of the book with a neat bookplate to the front paste-down stating that it is a prize awarded at Whitelands College to a Sybil Watson. It even has the original publisher's flyer.

564 pages with 270 engravings on wood from drawings by A. Faguet, Mesnel, and Emile Bayard (4 colour plates).

Condition:    Good.  Some wear/rubbing/fading to the covers.  Corners bumped.  Front free endpaper and frontispiece loose.  Internal pages very good indeed.  Binding tight.

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"LIFE OF THE SHORE AND SHALLOW SEA"  by Douglas P. Wilson.  1937.

Hardcover First Edition (First re-print) in printed black cloth covers, published by Ivor Nicholson and Watson, London in 1937.    Dimensions: 25cm x 19cm approx.

A rather interesting volume which gives quite comprehensive information about in-shore sea life.  The book covers Animals and Plants, their habitat, breeding and life-cycles.

150 pages with numerous black and white photographs and illustrations.

Condition:    Reasonable.    Heavy wear/rubbing/fading to the covers.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges.  Internal pages reasonably good with some yellowing and a few minor marks and stains.   Binding a little loose.

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"ONE DAY AT TETON MARSH"  by Sally Carrighar.  1955.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Michael Joseph, London in 1955.    Dimensions: 21cm x 14cm approx. 

A beautifully written volume which looks in some detail at the plants and animals living in the valley of the Tetons, Wyoming.  Superbly illustrated with black and white woodcuts and drawings by George and Patritia Mattson.

253 pages.

Condition:    Good.    Dustcover has a fair bit of war/rubbing/fading.  Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers.  Internal pages very good.  Binding tight.

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"PLANT-LIFE ON LAND.  Considered in Some of its Biological Aspects" by F. O. Bower.  1911.

Hardcover First Edition in pictorially embossed red cloth cover,  published by Cambridge University Press in 1911.  Dimensions: 17cm x 13cm approx.

An interesting little volume - part of a series known as the "Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature".  Chapters are as follow: Present-day Botany, The Beach and Rocks, The Bracken Fern, The Flower and Metamorphosis, Pollination and Fertilisation, Fixity of Position as a Factor of the Evolution of Plants, Plant Population, Sand Dunes, Golf Links and General Outlook on the Flora of the Land.

172 pages with a number of black and white plates and illustrations.

Condition:     Reasonable.    Heavy wear/rubbing/fading to covers.    Spine is cracked at front and rear hinges and a number of places internally.  Boards slightly warped.  Internal pages good if a bit yellowed with some edge wear.   Binding quite tight.

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"WILD FOLK" by Samuel Scoville.  1922.

Hardcover First Edition in gilt embossed blue cloth cover, published by The Atlantic Monthly Press, Boston in 1922.  Dimensions: 22cm x 15.5cm approx. 

An extremely nice volume which is primarily aimed at children but is still a rather lovely Natural History book.  Looks at American natural history.

184 pages with 8 full-page black and white illustrations by Charles Livingston Bull and Carton Moorepark.

Condition:   Reaosnably Good.  Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers.   Corners bumped.  Internal pages good with some light yellowing.  Binding tight.

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"OUR FAVOURITE SONGBIRDS - Their Habits, Music, and Characteristics" by Charles Dixon.  1897.

Hardcover First Edition in pictorially decorated blue cloth cover, published by Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd, London in 1897.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15.5cm approx.

A rather nice and well illustrated volume which looks at the various species of British songbirds.  Each species is comprehensively described and illustrated.     

287 un-trimmed pages with 38 black and white illustrations by H. Stannard.

Condition:   Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages slightly yellowed with some minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"INTIMATE SKETCHES FROM BIRD LIFE" by Eric J. Hosking and Cyril W. Newberry.  1940.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Country Life, Ltd, London in 1940.  Dimensions: 22cm x 15cm approx.

An extremely interesting volume on ornithology with an introduction by Julian S. Huxley.  Contains colour frontispiece photograph and 52 black and white photographs by the authors. 

104 pages including index.

Condition:   Good original condition. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers (spine in particular). Internal pages good with some very light foxing and slight yellowing pages.  Binding quite tight.

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"OUR FAVOURITE SONGBIRDS - Their Habits, Music, and Characteristics" by Charles Dixon.  1897.

Hardcover First Edition in pictorially decorated red cloth cover, published by Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd, London in 1897.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15.5cm approx.

A rather nice and well illustrated volume which is described looks at the various British songbirds.  Each species is comprehensively described and illustrated.     

287 pages with 38 black and white illustrations by H. Stannard.

Condition:   Reasonable.  Heavy wear/rubbing/marking to covers.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges.  Spine covering beginning to come away from binding.  Internal pages a little yellowed with some wear, light marking, and foxing.  Binding a bit loose.

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