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Circa 1920 - Nisbet & Co. Ltd, London - Number 648 of a limited 675 numbered copies.
A superb large quarto of Dulac's illustrated book masterpiece. One of a limited edition, commissioned by famed Parisian jeweller, Léonard Rosenthal.

‘Each one of these plates is a work of art, and the matter of the book itself is an engrossing history of pearls, their culture, their treatment, their myths and legends, and the narratives of famous stones. The book combines romance and instruction.’ -
The New York Times (4 December, 1921)

Dulac uses techniques borrowed from Persian manuscripts, such as overwashing the watercolours with silver and gold. Those approaches produced stunning results, contributing to the gem-like quality of the ten exquisite tipped-in plates with captioned tissue guards.
 
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Mountain Monarchs : Wild Sheep & Goats of the Himalayas - George B. Schaller

1977 - University of Chicago Press, Chicago - First Edition
The first detailed behavioural study of mountain ungulates in a little studied region - the Himalaya. Illustrated. Unusual in this fine condition.

In 1968, the intrepid George Schaller began a three year study in the vast mountainous and forested regions of Central and Southern Asia, focusing his research on six species of wild sheep and goat – Punjab urial, Persian wild goat, markhor, Himalayan tahr, Nilgiri tahr, and bharal, or blue sheep. The result was this book: the first illustrated and detailed behavioural study of mountain ungulates in the Himalayas.
 
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Travel and Adventure in South-East Africa - Frederick Courteney Selous

1893 - Rowland Ward and Co., London - First Edition
Illustrated with 22 full page monochrome plates, frontispiece portrait of the author, 35 in-text illustrations, and folding colour map to rear.

‘In this work recounting eleven years of exploration, work and sport in the 1880's and 1890's, Selous describes numerous adventures with lions and leopards, particularly near the Zambezi, Zweswi, and Manyami Rivers, with additional sport after rhinoceros, eland and hartebeest. After returning to the Transvaal, he linked with Montague Kerr and travelled into Matabeleland. Selous hunted more lions and rhinoceros, and vividly depicts an elephant hunt near the Zweswi River. In 1886, he hunted through Mashonaland, but was forced to escape after his camp was destroyed by hostile tribesmen. Eventually reaching the Zambezi, he hunted lion and lost a canoe to a hippopotamus. He concludes with a chapter on rifles, and another reflecting earlier sporting adventures after elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and others’ – Czech,
African Big Game Hunting. 
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In the Australian Bush - Richard Semon

1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition in English
German zoologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Semon’s account of his two year expedition to Australia, his purpose to study the country’s fauna, in particular mammals, marsupials, and lungfish. Most of Semon’s observations were made in the Burnett district in northern Queensland, though he also includes chapters on his travels through Brisbane, Cape York, Thursday Island and Torres Strait, New Guinea, and Java, together with an account of the customs, ceremonies, clothing, weapons, medicine, and decorative arts of tribes of Australian Aborigines in northern Queensland.

Profusely illustrated with more than 80 full page and in-text illustrations, many reproduced from the author’s photographs, and four folding colour maps.
 
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Through Unknown African Countries - A. Donaldson Smith

1897 - Edward Arnold, London New York - First Edition
With a photogravure portrait of the author, 26 full page monochrome plates, over 40 in-text illustrations, and six maps (five of which are folding and most outlined in colour).

A. Donaldson Smith was an American medical doctor and amateur big-game hunter who, in 1894-95, undertook an 18-month expedition from Berbera, Somalia (then British Somaliland) to Lake Turkana (then Lake Rudolf) in Kenya. He explored the headwaters of the Shabeelle River in Ethiopia and, on his return journey, descended the Tana River to the Kenyan coast. This book is his account of the expedition. Its appendices contain detailed descriptions and illustrations of the fishes, spiders and scorpions, moths, geological specimens, fossils, plants, and ethnographic objects collected on the expedition. Also included are maps of the expedition’s route, glossaries of words collected from several African tribes, and his correspondence with Emperor Menelek, from whom he sought permission to travel through southern Ethiopia. Lake Turkana National Park in Kenya is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
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The Naturalist in Manchuria - Arthur de Carle Sowerby

1922 - Tientsin Press, Tientsin - First Edition
China-born Arthur Sowerby began his career as a naturalist by collecting specimens for the Museum in Tai-yuan Fu. In 1906, he was appointed to the staff of the Anglo-Chinese College at Tientsin as lecturer and curator of its Natural History Museum. In 1908, he joined American millionaire Robert Sterling Clark on an expedition into Shansi and Kansu provinces of north China for the Smithsonian Institute. This began a long association with Clark, who financed four expeditions into Manchuria from 1913 to 1915, during which Sowerby gathered new facts and made original observations on ‘every type of country-wide and fertile plains, heavy coniferous forests, or lighter woods of deciduous trees, low, grassy hills, or high, rocky peaks, reeking swamps, the valleys of great rolling rivers, or lesser stream-cut ravines’.

Five volumes bound in three, titled:
Travel and Exploration; Mammals; Birds; The cold-blooded Vertebrates and Tunicates of the Manchurian Region; and The Invertebrates and Flora of the Manchurian Region.

A remarkably clean set, profusely illustrated with three tipped-in colour plates, three folding maps, 127 black and white photographic illustrations on 79 plates, 38 black and white sketches on 9 plates, a folding black & white line drawing, and numerous in-text sketches and diagrams.
 
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Trout in New Zealand: Where to Go and How to Catch Them - AUTHOR’S COPY - W.H. Spackman

1892 - George Disbury, Wellington - First Edition
Spackman’s own copy of the first edition, and the first published work by a New Zealander on New Zealand trout fishing, with his underlinings and annotations to the first chapter, possibly preparing for an extract to be published on Salmon in New Zealand, as he has crossed out trout Fishing in New Zealand, and inserted Acclimatization of Trout Salmonidae in New Zealand.

This work also also details for the first time the major fishing waters of the South Island, describing the Mataura River as ‘
the best fly-fishing river in Otago or Southland’.

With the large folding map
New Zealand Shewing Trout Streams [49 x 74 cm] which is usually missing, as well as two full page plates of Otago Trout from different Rivers, and a colour folding plan of the Acclimatisation Ponds at Masterton.

William Henry Spackman was a Barrister, as well as President of the Canterbury Angler’s Society, and Counsel to the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was the joint owner of a fishing hut at Selwyn Huts, by the Selwyn River near Christchurch.
 
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Short Sketches of the Wild Sports & Natural History of the Highlands - Charles St. John

1861 - John Murray, London - New Edition
The classic and entertaining journals of Charles St. John recall a time of natural beauty and diversity of wildlife, from Martens, Ptarmigans, Eagles, Wild Swans and Buzzards to Grouse, Salmon, Woodcock, Stags, Badgers and Grebe. 
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