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“NO OTHER ORNITHOLOGIST HAS EVER EXCEEDED THE MAGNITUDE AND SPLENDOR OF HIS FOLIO PUBLICATIONS”

GOULD, John. Monograph of the Pittidae [Tropical Birds]. London, 1880. Two parts in one, Part I with plates and text, Part II text only, all published.

First edition of this lovely Gould monograph, with ten beautiful hand-colored plates, in original printed boards as issued. $22,000.

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“A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON ALL SUBSEQUENT THOUGHT ON MAN’S PLACE IN NATURE”

TYSON, Edward M.D. Orang-Outang: or the Anatomy of a Pygmie. London, 1699.

First edition of Tyson's "epoch-making" anatomical study that laid a foundation for the theory of evolution, "the first work to demonstrate scientifically the structural relationships between man and anthropoid ape" (Norman), heralded as a "forerunner of Blumenbach, Buffon, Huxley and Darwin" (PMM), with eight striking copper-engraved folding plates. A handsome wide-margined volume in contemporary paneled calf boards. $18,500.

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"A MAJOR SYNOPSIS OF ENLIGHTENMENT PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, SCOTS STYLE"

KAMES, Henry Home, Lord. Sketches of the History of Man. Edinburgh, 1774. Two volumes.

First edition of the work that the Kames himself referred to as his "magnum opus," a "major synopsis of Enlightenment philosophical anthropology," two quarto volumes in contemporary polished calf. $8800.

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FIRST EDITION OF BURTON’S SCARCE FALCONRY IN THE VALLEY OF THE INDUS

BURTON, Richard F. Falconry in the Valley of the Indus. London, 1852. First edition of “one of the earliest of Burton’s books of travel” (Abbey), one of only 500 copies, with four full-page lithographic plates (including frontispiece), in original blind-stamped cloth. $7000.

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"THE BOOK IS HANDSOMELY PRINTED, AND THE PLATES ARE FINELY EXECUTED FROM DRAWINGS BY EHRET"

(BARBADOS) HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados. London, 1750.

First edition of this important work on the flora and fauna of Barbados, with folding map of the island by Thomas Jefferys and 30 folio engraved plates, 12 after renowned botanical artist G.D. Ehret, one of the greatest botanical painters of the 18th century. $5500.

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WITH TWO VOLUMES OF OVER 700 FINELY ENGRAVED AND BEAUTIFULLY HAND-COLORED PLATES

GUERIN, Félix-Edouard, editor. Dictionnaire Pittoresque d"Histoire Naturelle. Paris, 1833-39. Eleven volumes bound as seven. First edition of this impressive early 19th-century natural history encyclopedia, complete with all 720 steel-engraved plates, virtually all of which are hand-colored, depicting in stunning detail a comprehensive range of life, handsomely bound in seven volumes (five of text, two of plates). $4800.

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"INCULCATED IN HIM A FIRM BELIEF THAT HE COULD HIMSELF FIND THE EVIDENCE IN NATURE NECESSARY TO SUPPORT HIS THEORIES"

DARWIN, Charles. A Monograph on the Fossil Lepadidae. BOUND WITH: A Monograph on the Fossil Balanidae and Verrucidae. London, 1851; 1854. Two works in one.

First editions of these two “minute investigative researches” on barnacles, with seven engraved plates of fossil forms by James de Carle Sowerby, accompanied by keys to the images on interleaved pages, beautifully bound. $4500.

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“HIS VOLUMES ARE THE JOURNAL OF ADAM IN PARADISE”

WHITE, Gilbert. Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. London, 1789.

First edition of this "solitary classic of natural history," with folding frontispiece panoramic view of Selborne and six engravings (one folding) by Peter Mazell and Daniel Lerpinire after drawings by Samuel Grimm. An uncut copy in orginal marbled boards. $4200.

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