Natural History and Zoology

BOWER‚ Frederick Orpen. 16349

BOWER‚ Frederick Orpen.	16349	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Kidston‚ discussing botany‚ “... the question of number of sporangiophores per leaf in Sph. Majus ...” etc. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ remains of guard‚ in good condition. Hillhead‚ 31 March 1902. F.O.Bower (1855-1948)‚ Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Glasgow‚ author of many books on botany.

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BUCHANAN WHITE‚ Francis. 16303

BUCHANAN WHITE‚ Francis.	16303	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to ‘My dear Madam’‚ describing rare insects‚ “entomological operations”‚ asking about species she requires‚ etc. 4 pp. 6 x 4 inches‚ in good condition‚ traces of mounting. Dingwall‚ 18 September 1868. Francis Buchanan White (1842-1894)‚ Scottish entomologist and botanist. His main area of interest was the Lepidoptera and the taxonomy of the Hemiptera. He was the author of numerous scientific papers‚ published in the Scottish Naturalist‚ Journal of Botany‚ and The Proceedings and Transactions of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science. White was a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and the Linnean Society.

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DALLINGER‚ W.H. 16716

DALLINGER‚ W.H.	16716	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Philip Penton‚ giving notice of a Unionist Demonstration‚ “having reference to Ulster’s appeal to England”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ one light stain. 21 June 1892. William Henry Dallinger (1842–1909)‚ Wesleyan Methodist minister and biologist. Dallinger's contributions to science were of two kinds—his classical investigations into the life history of certain micro-organisms‚ and his improvements in microscopical technique. In collaboration with John James Drysdale of Liverpool he concentrated his research on protozoa‚ in particular on flagellates‚ about which little was then known. He occupied the post of president of the Royal Microscopical Society four times (1884–7). He edited and rewrote William Benjamin Carpenter's book The Microscope and its Revelations (1890; new edn‚ 1901)‚ and was author of a theologico-scientific work‚ The Creator and what we may Know of the Method of Creation (1887). [DNB]

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HINCKS‚ Thomas. 16633

HINCKS‚ Thomas.	16633	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Miss Selby‚ about completing his work‚ identifying specimens in the box she sent‚ including a specimen he has sketched and hopes to publish. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Taunton‚ September 1875. Thomas Hincks (1818 – 1899) naturalist known for his work on zoophytes and bryozoa. He published A history of the British hydroid zoophytes (1868) and A history of the British marine Polyzoa (1880). In June 1872‚ he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. At least six genera and 13 species of invertebrates are named in his honour.

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JOWETT‚ Thomas. 16767

JOWETT‚ Thomas.	16767	Autograph Letter Signed‚ sending dried specimens of “the rarer Nottinghamshire plants”‚ and listing his desiderata. With a printed advertisement for his Botany of Nottinghamshire pasted on the third page. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ toned. Nottingham‚ 10 April 1831. Thomas Jowett (c.1801-1832)‚ botanist and surgeon in Nottingham‚ published botanical calendars.

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KNAPP‚ John Leonard. 16304

KNAPP‚ John Leonard.	16304	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “My dear Madam”‚ about his attempts to remove a troublesome child (”a most violent personage beyond the control of her Father”) from her aunt’s house to the poor house. 2 pp. 4½ x 3½ inches‚ fine. 4 May 1833. Uncommon. John Leonard Knapp (1767 -1845)‚ English botanist best known for his Journal of a Naturalist and his work on British grasses. In 1804 he published Gramina Britannica‚ or Representations of the British Grasses on 119 coloured plates‚ with Descriptions‚ in quarto‚ the figures being executed by himself. This edition was‚ with the exception of a hundred copies‚ destroyed by a fire at Bensley's‚ the printers‚ and the book was not reissued until 1842. In 1818 Knapp published anonymously a poem entitled "Arthur‚ or the Pastor of the Village‚" and between 1820 and 1830 a series of articles‚ under the title of ‘The Naturalist's Diary‚’ in the almanac series ‘Time's Telescope.’ These formed the germ of his most successful work‚ the Journal of a Naturalist‚ published anonymously in 1829‚ which went through three editions during his lifetime. It was published in America in 1853 as Country Rambles in England with an introduction and notes by Susan Fenimore Cooper.

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KNOWLTON‚ Frank Hall. 16894

KNOWLTON‚ Frank Hall.	16894 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Robert Kidston in Stirling‚ Scotland‚ sending “a small box containing specimens of the coal with the curious inclusions‚ like that sent you last summer.” 1 page 10 x 8 inches‚ minor marginal tears‚ traces of mounting. Smithsonian Institution‚ Washington‚ 30 March 1889. Farnk Hall Knowlton (1860-1926)‚ plant collector. Robert Kidston‚ FRS (1852 -1924)‚ Scottish palaeobotanist. In the 1880s Kidston was asked to catalogue the Palaeozoic plant collection of the British Museum (Natural History).

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NEILL‚ Patrick. 16618

NEILL‚ Patrick.	16618	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Ormond‚ inviting him to a meeting of the Society of Antiquarians that evening. 1 page 6½ x 8 inches‚ lower blank trimmed away. Canonmills [Edinburgh]‚ 11 April 1831. Uncommon. Patrick Neill (1776–1851)‚ Scottish printer and horticulturalist‚ known as a naturalist. A founding member‚ and the first secretary‚ of both the Wernerian Natural History Society (1808–49) and the Caledonian Horticultural Society (1809–49)‚ he is mainly remembered today for having endowed the Neill Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Neill's works include A Tour Through Some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland (1806)‚ which caused much public debate at the time‚ due to its descriptions of the economic misery of the islanders. He also wrote the Gardening article in the seventh edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. This article was subsequently expanded and published as a separate book under the title of The Fruit‚ Flower‚ and Kitchen Garden‚ which was very popular and ran through several editions.

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SALVIN‚ Osbert. 17098

SALVIN‚ Osbert.	17098 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Osbert Salvin’‚ thanking his correspondent for the cheque and for the loan of “the Dippers”‚ and commenting on his own recent lecture. 2¼ pages 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ light traces of former mounting. 16 The Grove‚ Boltons [London] S.W.‚ 30 May 1867. “My paper I fear was very imperfect as regards what ought to have been the best known species. I could get at very few specimens for comparison. Something will have been done if only some one else will work out the localities of the European races.” Uncommon. Osbert Salvin FRS (1835 –1898)‚ English naturalist‚ ornithologist‚ and herpetologist best known for co-authoring Biologia Centrali-Americana (1879–1915) with Frederick DuCane Godman. This was a 52 volume encyclopedia on the natural history of Central America. Salvin accompanied his second cousin by marriage‚ Henry Baker Tristram‚ in a natural history exploration of Tunisia and eastern Algeria. Their account of this trip was published in The Ibis in 1859 and 1860. In the autumn of 1857‚ he made the first of several visits to Guatemala‚ returning there with Frederick DuCane Godman in 1861. It was during this journey that the Biologia Centrali-Americana was planned. In 1871 he became editor of The Ibis.

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SCLATER‚ Philip. 17456

SCLATER‚ Philip.	17456	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Cooke‚ checking a gentleman’s name and address. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches‚ with the original envelope. Zoological Society of London‚ 11 Hanover Square‚ 31 May 1865. Philip Lutley Sclater (1829 – 1913)‚ lawyer and zoologist. In zoology‚ he was an expert ornithologist‚ and identified the main zoogeographic regions of the world. He was Secretary of the Zoological Society of London for 42 years‚ from 1860–1902.

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THISTLETON DYER‚ Sir William Turner. 17162

THISTLETON DYER‚ Sir William Turner.	17162 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Groom‚ clarifying details in a translation of a botanical work. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ fine. Royal Gardens‚ Kew‚ 2 February 1904. W.T.Thistleton Dyer (1843-1928)‚ English botanist‚ assistant director and later director of the Royal Botanic Gardens. “You will probably have seen in Nature that your wish to have a tropical botanical Laboratory in the West Indies has been at last realised by the Americans.”

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