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DUNAL, Michel Felix. Histoire naturelle, médicale et économique des Solanum, et des genres qui ont été confondus avec eux. Paris: Koenig, 1813.

Michel Félix Dunal (1789-1856) was a French botanist. He held the chair of natural history at the University of Montpellier from 1816 up until his death in 1856. The Solanaceous plant genus Dunalia is named after him.

He is especially known for his research on Solanum, which includes very important food-plants such as the tomato and potato plant. Dunal published important early taxonomic works on the genus.

This work is beautifully illustrated, and from the library of James Edward Smith. The binding is in need of repair.

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OLIVIER, Guillaume Antoine. Entomologie, ou histoire naturelle des insectes... Paris: [printer:] Baudouin, 1789-95.

The beautiful plates (by J. Audebert, J.L. Reinold and Meunier) depict thousands of species of Coleoptera. Olivier (1756-1814) was an important early French naturalist and renowned entomologist. His large collection of beetles (now mainly in the Paris Natural History Museum), is described in this work, by which he made his name as an entomologist.

ALDROVANDI, Ulisse. Quadrupedum Omnium Bisulcorum Historia.... Bononiae: Sebastianum Bonhommium, 1621.

Interesting and beautifully illustrated early work on quadrupeds, including an early depiction of a giraffe. From the library of James Edward Smith.

Several pages are torn, and the binding needs to be repaired, with a new spine. A box will need to be made to keep the item safe.

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Lear Maccaw

LEAR, Edward. Illustrations of the Family of Psitticadae, or Parrots... London: the author, 1832.

Edward Lear (1812-1888) was a creative genius, not only excelling as a writer and poet, but also creating some of the most wonderful nature illustrations of all time. Considered one of the greatest ornithological artists, Edward Lear was a self-taught naturalist and painter.

Lear’s work is especially remarkable because he was one of the first bird artists to draw from living birds, capturing not only the precise details of the birds he painted, but also the individual bird’s unique character traits.

This item needs rebinding, interleaving to protect the plates and a thorough clean. A box will be made to protect it.


HEDWIG, Johann. Descriptio et Adumbratio Microscopico-Analytica Muscorum Frondosorum .... Lipsia: Mullerianus, 1787-97.

Johann Hedwig (1730-1799) was a German botanist known for his studies of mosses. He is often referred to as the father of bryology, especially with regard to the observation of sexual reproduction in the cryptogams. In this excellently illustrated work, he makes full use of his microscopic observations and discoveries.

The boards are loose and damaged, and the item needs a complete clean, re-back, board repair and a box made to protect it.