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H.G. Adams. The Language and Poetry of Flowers. 12mo. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1864. 272 pages; 6 hand-colored flower prints.

Henry Gardiner Adams (1811/12 - 1881) was an English druggist and chemist, with an interest in natural history. He published volumes on birds and their nests and eggs, on shells, and on botanicals, as well as biographical volumes. He also wrote children's books under the pen name "Nemo."

In this volume Adams compiled an anthology of prose and poetry about flowers, with six colored illustrations. $150



J.G. Wood. Animate Creation; Popular Edition of "Our Living World," A Natural History. Folio. Bound in half leather with pebble grained buckram boards; gold stamping on spines and covers. New York: Selmar Hess, 1898. Interiors complete with few flaws and unusually slight browning. Tall, heavy volumes.

These fine natural history books offer a vast compendium of information from leading American biologists and an outstanding presentation of art depicting life on earth. The set has beautiful chromolithographs by Louis Prang and company mounted on separate pages, in addition to full-page wood engravings, and innumerable wood engravings throughout the text. Such works by American artists and scientists are quickly becoming scarce as those in less durable bindings have fallen apart and the prints appear for sale as separate entities. This attractive example of book publishing at the end of the nineteenth century is a tribute to American art and science.



Britain's Birds and Their Nests: Described by A. Landsborough Thomson. Illustrated with 132 drawings in Colour by George Rankin. Octavo. [i] - xxvii, 1-.340 pp. 132 plates. [with erratum slips for plates 94 and 100]. Edinburgh and London: Chambers, 1910. Lovely gold stamped publisher's cloth binding. Some slight bumps. Ref.: Zimmer, Ayer Ornithological Library, p.633. Mullens and Swann, Bibliography of British Ornithology, pp.579-80.

All plates are colored using screen printing and show each species of bird with a nest and egg for each. Arthur Landsborough Thomson (b. 1890) was a well acknowledged scientist from Edinburgh and Aberdeen and twenty years of age when this work was published. It is his best known work Rankin's illustrations later became very popular when some species appeared on cigarette cards. This is a fine, indexed compendium. $650





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