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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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La Science Amusante - Tom Tit (pseudonym Arthur Good)

Circa 1890s - Librairie Larousse, Paris - Fifth Edition
A bright copy of this wonderful book – in French – a collection of physical and scientific experiments for childrenand adults, which Good originally wrote as a series of weekly articles for the French magazine, L’Illustration.

Profusely illustrated throughout with numerous engravings, frequently described as ‘surrealist collages’.

Good’s experiments include geometrical demonstrations, crafts projects, and physics experiments, all of which can be carried out with everyday household materials.
 
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Via Recta AD Vitam Longam - with - The Baths of Bathe - and - The taking of the Fume of Tobacco - Tobias Venner

1650 - Printed by James Flesher, London - Much Enlarged than the former Impressions.
A finely bound copy of the most comprehensive set of 17th century works on health and nutrition, by the pioneering Somerset physician, Tobias Venner (1577–1660), in which he described how hygiene, diet and environment can influence health, and stresses the benefits of sleep and regular exercise. Bound with his important early treatise on the effects of tobacco. Venner could certainly claim to have discovered the right way to a long life: he died at Bath on 27 March 1660 at the grand old age of 83, when life expectancy at the time was 35, and was buried in Bath Abbey.

‘Venner agrees that water may be suitable as a drink in tropical countries, but not in England. He gives the names of the various wines sold in England during the early part of the seventeenth century, and recommends to avoid excess, but to drink wine ‘
ad hilaritatem’, up to the ‘merry’ stage [Simon]. However he believed it unsuitable for younger men because it “stimulates them like madmen unto enormous and outrageous actions.” Venner also cautioned against drinking water conveyed through lead piping and advocated cleaning of the teeth to prevent decay.

This 1650 edition includes an enlarged version of
Via Recta as a well as the second part, first published in 1621, in which he describes the benefits of sleep and regular exercise. Venner claimed that bathing in Bath’s thermal springs would “make slender such bodies as are too grosse.” “Let those that fear obesity … come often to our Bathes. For by the often use of them … they may not onely preserve their health but also keepe their bodies from being unseemingly corpulent.”

Also bound with this edition is Venner’s famed ‘
Accurate Treatise concerning Tobacco’, first published in 1621. Although he recommended tobacco to improve digestion, Venner personally disliked its “detestable savour” and his observations on the adverse effects of smoking are remarkably close to those of modern medicine: “It dries the brain, dims the sight, vitiates the smell, hurts the stomach, destroys the concoction, disturbs the humours and spirits, corrupts the breath, induces trembling of the limbs. It desiccates the windpipe, lungs and liver, annoys the milt, scorches the heart, and causes the blood to be adjusted.” [Gibb] 
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A Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne

1876 - Griffith and Farran, London - 4th Printing. [New Edition]
A smart copy with the same pictorial covers and 52 full page monochrome illustrations by Riou as the first English edition of 1871.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth literally plunges the reader into the center of the earth through vivid description, detailed explanations, and the "eyewitness" accounts of the narrator. On the most basic level, Journey is an adventure story, a tale of the obstacles, encounters, and wonders. The eccentric scientist Professor Hardwigg finds directions to the center of the earth in an old book and sets out, along with his nephew Henry and the guide Hans, to Iceland where they find the mountain and the shaft that allows them access to the depths of the earth. On a deeper level the story can be seen as man's journey into himself, always probing deeper for what lies at his center. [Mitchell]  
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An Unsinkable Titanic: Every Ship its own Lifeboat - John Bernard Walker

1912 - Dodd, New York - First Edition
A fine copy of one of the scarcest and most sought after Titanic books. Walker was editor of Scientific American. Walker’s work,, published in July 1912, was the first in depth scientific analysis of the sinking after the tragedy of April 15th, 1911. One premise of the book was had Titanic had a watertight bulkhead configuration like the Great Eastern, Titanic would not have sunk.

Illustrated with 37 black and white plates.
 
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Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo - John Whitehead

1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this stunningly illustrated and unsurpassed large folio containing 32 lithographed plates, comprising 11 natural history plates, hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic, and 21 tinted lithographed views and ethnographic subjects, and with map and an additional 21 woodcut illustrations in the text.

The detailed narrative of John Whitehead's (1860-1899) travels from October 1884 to August 1888 in Borneo, Java, Palawan and Balabac Islands, especially of his three efforts (the last one successful) to ascend Mt. Kina Balu. He brought back examples of many new animals, including no fewer than forty-five new species of birds. The author's primary interest was ornithology, but he also provides much information on head-hunting, religion and custom of the peoples of the region. Besides visiting North Borneo he spent several months in Java and Palawan, and made an expedition into the state of Malacca.
 
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