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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.

Gouan before conservation

GOUAN, Antoine. Flora Monspeliaca. Lyon: Sumptibus Benedicti Duplain, 1765.

Antoine Gouan (1733-1821) was a French naturalist who was the first to adopt Carl Linnaeus's binomial nomenclature in France, and the first to publish a flora according to Linnaean taxonomy. Gouan was native of Montpellier, and published this Flora of Montpellier in 1765.

The spine and covers need repair; the text block needs to be cleaned; and a protective wrapper will be made to keep the work safe.

Vandelli before conservation

VANDELLI, Domenico. Tractatus de Thermis Agri Patavini. Padua: Ex Typographia Conzatti, 1761.

Domenico Vandelli (1735–1816) was an Italian naturalist, who studied in Padua and did most of his scientific work in Portugal. One of his major works was the Tractatus de thermis agri patavini in 1761.

The spine and covers need repair; the text block needs to be cleaned; and a protective wrapper will be made to keep the work safe.

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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 before conservation, title page
Aldrovandi before conservation, spine

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.

Evelyn before conservation

EVELYN, John. Sylva, or a Discourse of Forest Trees ... Fourth Edition  London: Jo. Martyn and Ja. Allestry, 1706.

John Evelyn (1620-1706), English writer, gardener and diarist, was known for his knowledge of trees.  Evelyn's treatise, Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest Trees (1664), was written as an encouragement to landowners to plant trees to provide timber for England's burgeoning navy. Further editions appeared in his lifetime (1670 and 1679), with this fourth edition (1706) appearing just after his death and featuring an engraving of Evelyn even though it had been made more than 50 years prior by Robert Nanteuil in 1651 in Paris. 

The hinges are broken, and the book will need to be re-backed. 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.

Stackhouse before conservation

STACKHOUSE, John. Nereis Britannica; Continens Species Omnes Fucorum in Insulis Britannicis Crescentium... Bath: [privately], 1795-1801.

John Stackhouse (1742-1819) was an English botanist, primarily interested in Spermatophytes, algae and mycology. The Nereis Britannica, which was issued in parts, deals mainly with the seawracks or fuci, and was based on his own research, together with those of friends and the herbaria of Dillenius, Bobart, and Linnaeus.

The copy was water damaged.