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S.V. BENSON
The Observer's Book of Birds. Describing Two Hundred and Thirty-Six Species with 200 Illustrations 100 of which are in full colour. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Frances Countess of Warwick.
Warne n.d. [c.1960] "Sm. 8vo., with 200 coloured and monochrome plates, front free endpaper browned; original series binding of terracotta cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in black, backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter moderately age-marked and lightly frayed (without material loss) at head and tail of backstrip. Observer 1. Code 864.960 with 'Fieldfare' dustwrapper. 'The excellent illustrations and concise format of one bird per page made this book an enduring classic' (Marren & Carter). Marren & Carter, p.147."
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S.V. BENSON
The Observer's Book of Birds. Describing Two Hundred and Thirty-Six Species with 200 Illustrations 100 of which are in full colour. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Frances Countess of Warwick.
"Warne, [1945]" Sm. 8vo. with 200 coloured and monochrome plates; original series binding of terracotta cloth upper board blocked and lettered in black backstrip lettered in black case a little shaken (but binding entirely sound) a very good bright clean copy in coloured Observer 1; print code: 122.545. The dustwrapper is clipped bur retains its original price of 4/6 net. Well-above average copy of an early reprint of the original edition of 1937. The coloured dusatwrapper illustration of the Mistle Thrush is taken fr
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(G. RILEY). D.J. CARTER.
The Observer's Book of Caterpillars. [Illustrated by G. Riley].
"Warne, [1979]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 226 coloured illustrations by Gordon Riley, 17 illustrations in monochrome and pictorial endpapers, small signature on front free endpaper verso; original series binding of green cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in white, a very good, bright, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Observer 79. Printing code 0080-1178. Jacket 79. Scarce, especially in this condition. Marren & Carter, p.178."
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(E.C. MANSELL). J. CLEGG.
The Observer's Book of Pond Life. [Illustrated by E.C. Mansell]. EARLY ISSUE IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Frederick Warne, [1956]" "Sm. 8vo., with 32 coloured plates and 16 plates in monochrome by Mansell, 16 photographs by the author, numerous illustrations in the text and endpapers charts; original pale blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in darker blue, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly dust-soiled at backstrip. Observer 24. Printing code 654.857. 'A Classic, perhaps the most successful natural history title after Birds, it was first devised as a companion to the author's Freshwater Life of the British Isles' (Marren & Carter). Nice copy of an early issue in unclipped dustwrapper. Marren & Carter, p.160."
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J. CLEGG
The Observer's Book of Pond Life. Illustrated by E.C. Mansell. FIRST EDITION IN DUSTWRAPPER
"Frederick Warne, [1956]" Sm. 8vo. First Edition with 32 coloured plates and 16 plates in monochrome by Mansell 16 photographs by the author numerous illustrations in the text and endpaper charts; original pale blue cloth upper board and backstrip lettered in darker blue a very go Observer 24. Printing code 864.1055. 'A Classic perhaps the most successful natural history title after Birds it was first devised as a companion to the author's Freshwater Life of the British Isles' (Marren & Carter). Marren & Carter p.160.
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F. DINN.
The Observer's Book of Music. IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Warne, [1955]" "Sm. 8vo., with coloured and monochrome illustrations throughout; original series binding of olive cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in red, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. First published in 1953. Observer 16. Printing code 808.755. Marren & Carter, p.156."
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I.O. EVANS.
The Observer's Book of British Geology. Foreword by H. . Hawkins. [Second Edition].
"Warne, [1952]" "Sm. 8vo., Second Edition, with 12 plates in colour and 170 illustrations in monochrome in the text; original series binding of brown cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly scuffed and age-soiled and rubbed at extremities. Observer 10. Code 655.652. First published in 1949; this issue is revised with additional coloured plates. Marren & Carter, p.152-3."
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I.O. EVANS (ED.)
The Observer's Book of Sea and Seashore. [Second Impression].
"Warne, [1965]" "Sm. 8vo., Second Impression, with 32 coloured plates and 32 plates in monochrome; original series binding of terracotta cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in red, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Observer 31. First published in 1962. Marren & Carter, p.162-3."
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I.O. EVANS.
The Observer's Book of Geology. Foreword by Professor H. . Hawkins.
"Warne, [1960]" "Sm. 8vo., with 12 coloured plates and 170 illustrations in monochrome, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original series binding of terracotta cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped, lightly dust-soiled dustwrapper. Observer 10. First published in 1949 and reissued with colour plates in 1952. Marren & Carter, p.152-3."
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(DENNIS PUNNETT). W. GREEN.
The Observer's Book of Aircraft. With Silhouettes by Dennis Punnett. 1968 Edition. [Seventeenth Edition]. IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Warne, [1968]" "Sm. 8vo., Seventeenth Edition, with very numerous photographs and illustrations in the text; original series binding of pale blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in navy blue, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter rubbed at front fold-in and with one or two scuffs on front panel. Observer 11. Printing code 722.1167. Marren & Carter, p.153."
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C.L.B. HUBBARD
The Observer's Book of Dogs. Describing Three Hundred Breeds and Varieties. [Second Edition].
"Frederick Warne, [1946]" "Sm. 8vo., Second Edition, with 148 photographs in the text, small contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original series binding of red cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in black, backstrip lettered in black, upper hinge cracked (but binding entirely sound), a very good, bright, clean copy in price-clipped, very lightly dust-soiled dustwrapper. Observer 8. Code 204.1045; jacket 8.1 with ('Canis'). Early issues are very scarce in this condition. Marren & Carter, p.151."
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L.E. JONES
The Observer's Book of Old English Churches.
"Warne, [1965]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 4 coloured plates, 44 plates, numerous illustrations in the text and pictorial endpapers; original series binding of red cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Observer 36. Printing code 1656.165. 'One of the better books of the series' (Marren & Carter). Marren & Carter, p.164."
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(JOAN LUPTON). ARTHUR KING.
The Observer's Book of Garden Flowers. Compiled by Arthur King from the larger Work ;The Book of Garden Flowers' by G. .R. Philips. With Illustrations by Joan Lupton. FIRST EDITION IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Frederick Warne, [1957]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 100 plates in colour and 100 illustrations in monochrome in the text, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original series binding of green cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly age-soile and with with small label scar on front wrapper. Observer 25. Code 532.856. Marren & Carter, p.160."
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A.S.B. NEW
The Observer's Book of Cathedrals.
"Warne, [1972]" Sm. 8vo. First Edition with plates illustrations maps and plans in the text and pictorial endpapers neat contemporary signature on title; original series binding of red cloth upper board and backstrip lettered in black a very good bright clean copy in pri Observer 43. Marren & Carter p.167-8.
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R.T. PARSONS.
The Observer's Book of Automobiles. With a Foreword by Stirling Moss. FIRST EDITION IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Warne, [1955]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 260 photographs, 53 illustrations of badges and 90 illustrations in the text; original series binding of terracotta cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in maroon, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly age-soiled, with minor loss (affecting lettering) at head and tail of backstrip, and short closed tear on rear panel. Observer 21. Print code 732.455. Well-above average copy of the scarce original edition, albeit in worn wrapper. VERY SCARCE IN DUSTWRAPPER. Marren & Carter, p.158-9."
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M. PAYTON AND G. PAYTON
The Observer's Book of Glass. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Warne, [1976]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 19 coloured plates on 8 and 95 monochrome photographs in the text; original series binding of blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in white, a near fine copy in unclipped, very lightly browned dustwrapper. Observer 62. Code 608.1175; jacket 62. Marren & Carter, p.173."
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M. PAYTON AND G. PAYTON
The Observer's Book of Pottery and Porcelain. NEAR FINE COPY IN DUSTWRAPPER
"Warne, [1973]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with coloured plates and numerous monochrome photographs in the text; original series binding of blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in darker blue, a near fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter with one short closed tear. Observer 51. Printing code 1278-573. Marren & Carter, p.70."
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J. PENOYRE AND M. RYAN
The Observer's Book of Architecture. Foreword by F. .S. Yorke. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Warne, [1963]" "Sm. 8vo., with very numerous coloured and monochrome illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; original series binding of terracotta cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Observer 13. First published in 1951. Printing code: 873.263. Marren & Carter, p.154."
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J. PENOYRE AND M. RYAN
The Observer's Book of Architecture. Foreword by F.R.S. Yorke. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Warne, [1963]" "Sm. 8vo., with very numerous coloured and monochrome illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; original series binding of terracotta cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Observer 13. First published in 1951. Printing code: 873.263. Marren & Carter, p.154."
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S.H. SCOTT
The Observer's Book of Cacti and other Succulents. IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Frederick Warne, [1958]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 16 coloured plates and 66 photographs in monochrome; original series binding of beige cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in green, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter chipped without material loss at head and lightly browned at backstrip. Observer 27. Code 680.1057; jacket 27.1 matt. 'Perhaps the first title aimed at the adult collector' (Marren & Carter). Marren & Carter, p.161."
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T. SCOTT
The Observer's Book of Golf. NEAR FINE COPY IN DUSTWRAPPER
"Warne, [1975]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 8 coloured plates and 26 plates in monochrome; original series binding of red cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in blue, a near fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Observer 58. Print code 223.575. Marren & Carter, p.172."
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W.J. STOKOE
The Observer's Book of Trees and Shrubs of the British Isles. Describing One Hundred and Six Species. FIRST EDITION IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Frederick Warne, [1938]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 16 coloured plates and 161 monochrome illustrations in the text, neat contemporary signature (dated 1938) on front free endpaper; original dark green cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, firm copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly browned at backstrip and with one very small closed tear. Observer 4. Scarce, particularly in the dustwrapper. Marren & Carter, p.149."
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W.J. STOKOE
The Observer's Book of British Wild Flowers. Compiled by W. . Stokoe. Describing Two Hundred British Species. THIRD IMPRESSION IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Frederick Warne, [1938]" "Sm. 8vo., Third Impression, with 100 illustrations in colour and 120 in monochrome, neat contemporary inscription on front paste-down repeated on front free endpaper; original green cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in dark blue, boards very faintly age-soiled, case with very slight forward lean else a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter faintly age-soiled but with most white areas clean and bright. Observer 2, first published in 1937. The illustrations are taken from Sowerby's 'English Botany'. Scarce in anything like this condition. Marren & Carter, p.147-8."
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W.J. STOKOE.
"The Observer's Book of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes. With an Introduction by A. Bruce Jackson. Revised and extended by A. Laurence Wells."
Warne n.d. [c.1956] "Sm. 8vo., with 50 coloured plates and 54 plates in monochrome; original series original series binding of green cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter moderately age-soiled and with several archival repairs on inner surface. Observer 7. Code 519.756."
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W.J. STOKOE
The Observer's Book of British Wild Animals. Describing Sixty-Nine Species. EARLY ISSUE IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Frederick Warne, [1946]" "Sm. 8vo., with 46 full-page coloured illustrations and 26 illustrations in monochrome, small neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original series binding of brown cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped, very lightly age-soiled dustwrapper. Observer 5. First published in 1938. Code 540.1146; jacket 5.2. Early issues are scarce in this condition. Marren & Carter, pp.149-150."
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