Adelmann, Howard B.: Marcello Malpighi and the Evolution of Embriology. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1966. First edition. 5 vols. pp. [xxiv], 726 + 1 folding plate; [x], , 727-1013,  + 11 folding plates; [x], , 1017-1526; [x], , 1528-2062; [x], , 2064-2475, all with illustrated frontispiece. First two leaves (acknowledgements) of vol. 1 loose, else very good copies. Blue cloth, the odd spot or scratch, spines a bit faded, modern library stamp to front free endpaper, small paper label to spine of vols. 2-5, but still very good. 'Peerless among monographs in the history of science' ('BioScience', 1967). Ref: 53423show full image..
[Annual] Kennedy, William: (Prout, Samuel, illus.:) The Continental Annual, and Romantic Cabinet for 1832. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1832. Large paper. 8vo., p. [x], 313, [i] + frontispiece, additional engraved title-page and 11 further engraved plates. Most plates with their protective tissues neatly excised, one tissue (over 'View in Metz' plate) with a small square cut out. Sporadic foxing, mostly affecting plates and their adjacent leaves. Burgundy textured sheepskin, gilt spine and borders, a.e.g., yellow endpapers. Spine faded with a few scrapes, rubbed, corners worn but a very good, sound copy. To top corner of ffep, tiny blindstamp of Remnant & Edmonds, Binders, Paternoster Row. Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep. Inscription to preliminary blank: 'From her brother Jim, with much love, and all best hopes,/ to Clara A. Allan, in memory of 1885./ [illegible place name?]. July 20. 1907.' The illustrator Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a master of architectural watercolour painting, and was a sometime teacher of John Ruskin. He was appointed 'Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary' to King George IV in 1829, and afterwards to Queen Victoria. Ref: 51733
[Annual] Roscoe, Thomas: (Harding, J.D., illus.:) (The Landscape Annual for 1832:) The Tourist in Italy. London: Jennings & Chapman, 1832. Large Paper. 8vo., pp. [viii], 286, [x] + engraved frontispiece, additional title-page with engraved vignette, plus 24 further engraved plates. Eight-page publisher's catalogue at rear. Sporadic foxing, some images toned with transfer to their protective tissues but others clean. Textured green sheepskin, gilt title to spine, raised bands, blind-tooled borders, a.e.g., yellow endpapers. Spine a bit faded, slightly rubbed with some wear to corners, small chip to bottom edge of upper board, very good overall. Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep, initials E.W. inked to top corner. Tiny binder's label of F. Westley, Friar Street, Near Doctor's Commons (London), at bottom edge of rear paste-down. The third of the publisher's Landscape Annuals. Ref: 51732
[Annual] Roscoe, Thomas: (Prout, S., illus.:) (The Landscape Annual for 1830:) The Tourist in Switzerland and Italy. London: Robert Jennings, 1830. 8vo., pp. [vii], 278, [ii] + 26 plates including additional engraved title-page, as called for. Each plate protected by a slightly foxed tissue, but only very occasional spots of foxing elsewhere. Slight separation at gutter between frontis and engraved title. Green textured sheepskin, gilt title to spine, a.e.g.. Spine faded, a bit rubbed, lower corners bumped but a very good, sound copy overall. Signed to preliminary blank by the illustrator to his eldest daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth (b.1813). Recent pencilled ownership inscription to ffep. Samuel Prout (1783-1852) was a master of architectural watercolour painting, and sometime teacher of John Ruskin. He was appointed 'Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary' to King George IV in 1829, and afterwards to Queen Victoria. The plates in this volume were engraved under the direction of the celebrated engraver Charles Heath (1785-1848). Ref: 51731
Arrowsmith, Aron Orbis Terrarum Veteribus Noti Descriptio. A Comparative Atlas of Ancient and Modern Geography from Original Authorities, and upon a New Plan, for the use of Eton School. London: Published by the Author, 1828 First edition. Folio. 3 engraved leaves of text, 26 double-page + 1 single-page engraved maps,  engraved leaf of text. Engraved title with arms of Eton College, maps with boundaries highlighted in colour, unrelated map of North America inserted within. Uniform slight age browning, edges dusty, marginal ink splash to title and plates 1, 3 and 4, one lower blank corner torn, some thumbing, lower fore-edge a bit softened, very small tears to few edges, margins of one leaf of plate 5 repaired, burn to upper blank margin of two plates, a couple a bit dusty, occasional spotting or slight offsetting. Half calf over marbled boards, original boards with recent utilitarian but unsympathetic rebacking and recornering with tape reinforcement to hinges. Boards rubbed. 19th-century autograph 'Sticks Mi: Magd. Coll. School' and 'H.S. Perris (from E.L.H.) i.3.89' to front pastedown; occasional student's annotations in pencil or marker. A well-read copy of the first edition of this manual of ancient and modern geography, originally prepared for the use of Eton schoolboys. The author, Aron Arrowsmith, son of the major namesake cartographer and printer, achieved some notoriety thanks to this atlas and another on biblical geography. In the present one, each double-page plate features on the left the modern outline of continents and states, and on the right their ancient geography. Europe is divided into Central, Western, Northern and Southern, whereas non-European maps highlight the British possessions, territories under British influence by tribute, protection or subsidy, and territories of independent states. Being an atlas of regions 'known to the ancients', as the title asserts, the maps only cover the Eastern hemisphere; to the Western one is devoted a final map, showing the general outline of the Americas. Ref: 53314show full image..
Beeton, Samuel Orchart (ed.): Dictionary of Geography. A universal gazetteer comprising twelve thousand distinct articles. London: Ward, Lock & Tyler, (c.1868). 8vo, pp. [vi], 898, with 7 folding map and 99 full-page plates (wanting plates 22, 86-86 within numerical sequence), illustrated frontispiece, slight age browning, most plates browned and foxed, occasionally dusty, some light dampstaining to title and following couple of gatherings, first few leaves a bit frayed at margins. Modern buckram. 19th-century dedication to verso of frontispiece. A later edition of Beeton's popular geographical dictionary, with maps of the ancient, modern and biblical world, and wood-engraved illustrations. Contemporary advertisements boasted of 'several hundred engravings', but it is unlikely they were all ever bound in. That there were variations is proved by plate 14 in this copy, repeated twice but with a different image. Ref: 53313show full image..
Beevor, Antony: Berlin: The Downfall 1945. London: Viking Penguin, 2002. First edition, sixth impression. 8vo., pp., xxxvii, 490 + plates. Section of maps to text. Toning, darkening to margins and edges, otherwise contents clean. Hardback: black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine, fine. Dust-jacket, creased at head of spine and along joints and all edges, white background now partly grubby, but still good. Ref: 53569
(Beilby, Ralph:) Bewick, Thomas, illus.: A General History of Quadrupeds. Newcastle upon Tyne: printed by and for S. Hodgson, […], 1800. Fourth edition. 8vo. pp. , [x], 525, , with title vignette, over 300 woodcuts of quadrupeds and woodcut head- and tailpieces by Thomas Bewick. Small ink splash to title, intermittent light toning to final gatherings, occasional minor marginal spotting. Contemporary polished calf, triple gilt ruled, raised bands, spine gilt, gilt-lettered red and green morocco labels, marbled endpapers. Lower board minimally scuffed on one corner. Bookplate of Henry Hampden Wigram to front pastedown. A very good, handsomely bound copy of this famous history of quadrupeds, beautifully illustrated by the English wood-engraver and natural historian Thomas Bewick (1753-1828). First published in 1790, A General History of Quadrupeds was produced at the workshop run by Bewick with Ralph Beilby, his former teacher and business partner. Originally intended for children, it conquered also an adult readership, leading to further illustrated works on natural science. The History of Quadrupeds is divided into short sections, each beginning with a woodcut of a specific animal, followed by a narrative on its characteristics, behaviour and habitat. The hundreds of animals include not only common English quadrupeds like stags or sheep, but also the more exotic tiger, ichneumon and the New South Wales wolf, with interesting information on distant places, such as the migration of wild reindeer in the area of Hudson's Bay. ESTC N67364. Only 4 copies recorded in the UK and 3 in the US. Ref: 53676
(Bracebridge, Charles Holte:) Authentic Details of the Valdenses, in Piemont and Other Countries; with abridged translations of 'L'Histoire des Vaudois,' par Bresse, and 'La Rentree Glorieuse,' d'Henri Arnaud, with the ancient Valdensian Catechism. To which are subjoined original letters, written during a residence among the Vaudois of Piemont an London: John Hatchard and Son, 1827. First edition. 8vo. pp. [viii], 464 + 12 plates. Plates toned with some transfer to adjacent leaves (including title-page), very occasional foxing. 19th-century half calf over marbled boards, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label. Extremities and boards a bit rubbed. 19th-century memento bookplate of Capt. Gervase Petty Sleigh to front pastedown; ex-dono inscription to Joseph Walton from John Sleigh Esq. (1885); John Sleigh's autograph to first leaf of text. First edition of this important history of the Valdenses based on authentic documents and on the personal journey to Piedmont and other countries of the author, Charles Holte Bracebridge (1799-1872) of Atherstone Hall, Warwickshire. Among the places he visited was Schoenberg, the place of exile of the Valdenses in the early 18th century. Bracebridge also discussed the famous scarf of the pastor Henri Arnaud, probably donated to him by Vittorio Amedeo II, Duke of Savoy, saying it had been taken to Holland. Gervase Petty Sleigh (1854-1883) was captain on HMS Flagship Regent in Siam. Hugon-Gonnet, 'Bibliografia Valdese', 40. Ref: 53277show full image..
Bradley, Simon: The Railways: Nation, Network and People. London: Profile Books, 2015. First edition. 8vo., pp. 645 + colour plates. Hardback: blue cloth, silver-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. A little light shelf-wear to jacket edges, otherwise a fine, unread copy. Ref: 53579