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Animal and nature enthusiasts will love the rare natural history books page in the Biblio Rare Book Room. There are many rare and antique books on natural history and wildlife, and many of the books in the Biblio Rare Book Room have detailed illustrations and ornate bindings. Many of the antique and rare natural history books focus on a specific region or country, and others are focused on just fauna or birds. Be sure to browse the Biblio Rare Book Room for fascinatingly rare and antique natural history books.

[Hortus Nitidissimis omnem per annum superbiens floribus. by TREW, Christoph Jakob (1695-1769) - EHRET, Georg (1708-1770)

Nuremberg: Fleischmann, and Adam Ludwig Wirsing, [plates dated 1753-1786]. Folio (18 x 13 inches). 172 fine hand-colored engraved plates by J.M. Seligman, J.M. Stock and A.L. Wirsing after G.D. Ehret, G.W. Baurenfeind, B.R. and M.B. Dietschin, N.F. Eisenb...

From Arader Galleries


Historia naturalis Ranarum nostratium / Die naturliche Historie der Froesche hiesigen Landes by Roesel von Rosenhof, August Johann

(10), viii, 116, 48 engraved plates (24 handcolored each with an uncolored key plate), 1 colored, engraved frontis. A very clean copy of the most well known and most desirable book on amphibians. Some plates trimed close effecting plate numbers on colore...

From Breck Bartholomew Natural History Books


Herpetologia Mexicana, seu descriptio amphibiorum Novae Hispaniae by Wiegmann, Arend Fridericus Augustus

Marginal page repair on leaf 53/54 and plate I (very minor, see photos). Foxing on endpapers with a few spots on the titlepage and first two pages. A Very Good copy. Herpetology Mexicana was the earliest significant post-Linnean treatise on the lizards an...

From Breck Bartholomew Natural History Books


Plate XXVI Wolverine. Gulo Luscus, Lin (Linnaeus). by Audubon, John James & Bachman, Rev. John

Philadelphia:: Audubon, J.J.,, 1843.. Imperial Folio Edition. Near Fine Condition with rich original hand-coloring. . A Near Fine orginal hand-colored lithograph by JT Bowen after painting by John James Audubon. (1785-1851). Near Fine condition with a f...

From Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books


On the Flora of Australia, its Origin, Affinities, and Distribution; being an Introductory Essay to the Flora of Tasmania... Reprinted from the Botany of the Antarctic Expedition, Part III, Flora of Tasmania, Vol. I. by HOOKER, Joseph Dalton

London: Lovell Reeve, 1859. First Edition. Hardcover. London, Lovell Reeve, [November] 1859 [first separate edition]. Large quarto, viii, 128 pages (complete with the half-title). Later half roan and stippled cloth, lightly rubbed at the extremities; a v...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers


Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de la flore et de la pomone de l' Ile de Java peints d'après nature par Madame Berthe Hoola van Nooten. Troisieme edition by HOOLA VAN NOOTEN, Berthe (1840-1885)

Brussels and Leipzig: Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt, 1880. Folio. (21 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches). Half-title, title, dedication to the Queen of the Netherlands and foreword in French, parallel text in French and English. 40 chromolithographed plates by P....

From Donald Heald Rare Books


Biologia Centrali-Americana: Aves. Set of Volumes I-IV (Birds 1-4) by SALVIN, Osbert & Frederick Du Cane GODMAN

London, 1904. Hardcover. Used: Very Good. Published by the Authors, 1879-1904. Three text volumes and one plate volume containing 84 hand-colored lithographic plates by J.G. KEULEMANS (82) and E. NEALE (2). Royal 4to (306x242 mm). Together with the Intr...

From Buteo Books


British Entomology; being illustrations and descriptions of the Genera of Insects found in Great Britain and Ireland: containing coloured figures from nature of the most rare and beautiful species, and in many instances of the plants on which they are found. by John Curtis

London : Printed for the author, 1840 A very good complete set of the 1st edition, in 8 volumes with 770 hand coloured plates by John Curtis. This was Curtis' main publication and his preface to Vol I reflects the difficulties and the choices he made ...

From E C Books



United Kingdom, 1840. A collection of 43 very fine, early/mid 19th century, comparatively large (approximately 285 x 235 mm), original watercolour studies of different species of South African Ericas, each autographed with the species name. Housed in a ...

From Loe Books


Quadrupeds of North America 1860 edition. by John James Audubon & John Bachman

Publisher's deluxe binding in full blind-stamped morocco, blind stamped inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges heavily gilt. 155 hand-colored lithographic plates. The first Lockwood edition and the second quarto book edition overall. Dime stain...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA



London, printed by E. Cotes, for G. Sawbridge at the Bible on Ludgate-hill, T. Williams at the Bible in Little-Britain, and T. Johnson, at the Key in Pauls Church-yard, 1658.. Describing at large their true and lively figure, their several names, conditi...

From Roger Middleton


A PROFITABLE INSTRUCTION of the PERFITE ORDERING of BEES, with the Marvellous Nature, Propertie, and Government of them: and the Necessarie Uses both of their Honie and Waxe [i.e. part 2 only of The Profitable Art of Gardening], by HILL, Thomas. (Thomas Hyll).:

London, Henrie Bynneman, 1574.. THIRD EDITION of Hill's treatise on bee-keeping, 1574. The first printed work on bees in English, pages 1-44 on bees followed by 2 other works. Small 4to, approximately 175 x 130 mm, 7 x 5 inches, pages: [viii], 1-88, las...

From Roger Middleton


Fantaisies Oceanographiques by RASKIN, E.H

Paris: F. Dumas, 1926. First Edition. Parisian pochoir printmaking at its finest A rare and exotic album of vivid French art deco undersea fantasies. These skilfully printed pochoir designs are based on tropical corals, anemones, plankton and jellyfish...

From Rare Illustrated Books


The American Bisons, Living and Extinct (Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Vol. IV. No. 10) by Allen, J. [Joel] A

Cambridge: University Press (Welch, Bigelow, & Co.,), 1876 246 pages, plus large folding map, plus 12 plates, six of which fold out. Contemporary half leather binding, with gilt lettering on spine and marbled paper over boards. Original paper wrap c...

From Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps


An History Of Fungusses, Growing About Halifax by BOLTON, James [d. 1799]

Halifax & Huddersfield: Printed For The Author. 1788-89. First Edition of "the earliest British work devoted exclusively to fungi" (Henrey II p. 136). A supplementary volume, not present here, was published in 1791. "About 220 of 231 [...

From D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)


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