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MILNER, Thomas, 1808-1882 : THE GALLERY OF NATURE: A PICTORIAL AND DESCRIPTIVE TOUR THROUGH CREATION, ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE WONDERS OF ASTRONOMY, PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, AND GEOLOGY.

MILNER, Thomas, 1808-1882 : THE GALLERY OF NATURE: A PICTORIAL AND DESCRIPTIVE TOUR THROUGH CREATION, ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE WONDERS OF ASTRONOMY, PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, AND GEOLOGY.

London : for the Proprietors by William S. Orr & Co., 1846. First edition. The Reverend Milner with a hugely popular Victorian exploration of the wonders of the physical world. Originally published in parts 1844-1846 – “a well-written and profusely illustrated serial, beautifully printed, and so cheap that, even in these days of cheap literature, it excites surprise how so much can be given for so little money. It is work that ought to be in the library of every Mechanics’ Institute, Artizans’ Society, or Athenaeum in the kingdom: it deserves the most widely-extended sale that is possible; and nothing but that can adequately reward those who have embarked in the undertaking” (Leicester Chronicle, 8th February 1845).
Royal 8vo (246 x 164mm). xii,(804)pp. Eight engraved plates by Edward Radclyffe. Four folding sidereal maps by Stephen John Russell. Three folding charts and a map by John Dower. Some 250 wood-engraved vignettes and hundreds of diagrams. Bound in a handsome contemporary half black polished calf, intricately worked in gilt and blind, and with the ownership initials “W. T.” at foot; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; some minor wear; a few internal marks, spots and faint signs of age and use, but still overall a very good copy.

£200

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RANDELL, Thomas : GEOGRAPHY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE. ADAPTED TO THE NEW CODE.

RANDELL, Thomas : GEOGRAPHY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE. ADAPTED TO THE NEW CODE.

London : William Collins, Sons & Co. [1872]. First edition. An attractive and unusual Victorian school text, with a folding coloured map of the county, woodcut illustrations and population statistics drawn from the 1871 Census. The “New Code” referred to would appear to be the New Education Code of 1871. In the “Collins County Geographies” series.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 32pp. Folding coloured map. Original wrappers; a little worn and slightly dusty, but a very good example of a scarce, fragile and ephemeral production.

£25

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REYNOLDS, James, 1817-1876 – publisher : [COVER TITLE] DIAGRAMS OF GEOLOGY, HISTORY, AND PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY.

REYNOLDS, James, 1817-1876 – publisher : [COVER TITLE] DIAGRAMS OF GEOLOGY, HISTORY, AND PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY.

London : James Reynolds, 1846-1850. An attractive assemblage of eighteen of the well-known series of educational cards published by James Reynolds of the Strand, contained within the original Reynolds folder. Ranging somewhat beyond the subjects noted on the cover, twelve of the cards were drawn and engraved by John Emslie (1813-1875) – and four – “Comparative Magnitudes of the Planets”, “Transparent Chart of the Heavens”, “Transparent Diagram of the Phases of the Moon”, and “Transparent Solar System”, are constructed with cut-outs and translucent paper so that when held to the light the image becomes brightly illuminated. The remaining cards (undated except where noted) comprise “The Sun and Solar Phenomena”; “Eclipses / The Theory of the Tides”; “The Theory of the Seasons”; “Comets and Aerolites”; “Geographical Diagram of the Earth Adapted for Illustrating its Movements” (with two hemispherical volvelles); “Popular Geology” (1849) and a “Geological Map of England” (1849); “Waterfalls” (1846) and a “Panoramic Plan of the Principal Rivers and Lakes”; “The Stream of History” (1850) in two cards, showing the rise and fall of empires, post and pre-Christianity; a “Comparative View of the Principal Buildings in the World” (1850); an ethnographic card of “The Principal Varieties of Mankind” (1850), and a card of “The Antediluvian World” (1849), with early representations and reconstructions of prehistoric birds and animals from fossil remains. All the cards have clearly written explanatory text.
Medium 4to (29cm) – the cards individually each approx. 29 x 23cm (11-1/4” x 9”). Eighteen cards, mainly engraved on steel, all with original hand colour. The folder very lightly worn at tips; the individual cards with a few minor marks, spots and slight signs of handling and use; one volvelle a little loose, but overall a very good and attractive selection.

£1,500

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