Natural History and Zoology

BABINGTON‚ Charles Cardale. 17681

BABINGTON‚ Charles Cardale.	17681 Autograph Letter in the third person‚ to Miss Atwood‚ offering assistance with any botanical questions‚ and commenting on a grass specimen. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition‚ second leaf laid down on small album page. St. John’s College‚ Cambridge‚ 25 September 1852. Charles Cardale Babington (1808–1895)‚ botanist and archaeologist‚ Professor of Botany at Cambridge.

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BALFOUR‚ John Hutton. 17750

BALFOUR‚ John Hutton.	17750	Autograph Letter Signed‚ thanking his correspondent for the specimen received on “return from a botanical trip to the Highlands”‚ identifying the plant as Nostoc Commune‚ a species of Alga‚ and describing its habitat. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ with signature on integral leaf‚ in good condition. 83 Great King Street‚ Edinburgh‚ 15 August 1846. John Hutton Balfour (1808-1884)‚ botanist‚ Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden and Queen’s botanist for Scotland. He was the first in Edinburgh to introduce classes for practical instruction in the use of the microscope.

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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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BOWERBANK‚ James Scott. 17788

BOWERBANK‚ James Scott.	17788 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Dr. Dobie‚ thanking him for his papers on Grantia [sponges] 1 page 7 x 4 inches‚ traces of mounting‚ light creases. 3 Highbury Green‚ 13 May 1852. James Scott Bowerbank (1797-1877)‚ naturalist and paleontologist‚ one of the founders of the London Clay Club (1836)‚ an organisation for the study of the fossils of the Tertiary period.

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BROMFIELD‚ William Arnold. 17683

BROMFIELD‚ William Arnold.	17683	Autograph Letter in the third person‚ to Miss Louisa Legge‚ identifying her plant as Yellow Birdsnest‚ an uncommon Hampshire plant‚ and diiscussing its habitat. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. Undated. William Arnold Bromfield (1801–1851)‚ English botanist and traveller‚ author of Flora Vectensis‚ a description of the plants of the Isle of Wight‚ and Letters from Egypt and Syria‚ both works being published posthumously in 1856. In September 1850 he embarked for the East‚ and spent some time in Egypt‚ penetrating as far as Khartoum. After a year of travelling in the Near East‚ he was attacked by malignant typhus at Damascus‚ and died on 9 October 1851. His collections were sent to Kew‚ some of the contents being shared amongst his scientific friends.

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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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BURKILL‚ Isaac Henry. 17959

BURKILL‚ Isaac Henry.	17959	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to A.S.Knight‚ referring him to an 1889 article on Ipomoea Purpurea (Morning Glory)‚ and other relevant sources of information on the plant. 3 pp.‚ with signature overleaf‚ 7 x 4 inches‚ occasional light foxing only. Royal Gardens Kew‚ 13 July 1898. Uncommon. Isaac Henry Burkill (1870 – 1965)‚ English botanist. In 1897 he joined the Royal Botanic Gardens‚ Kew as a Herbarium assistant and became a principal assistant in 1899. He worked in India and in the Straits Settlements (Singapore). He worked primarily in economic botany but published extensively on plant biology‚ ethno-botany‚ insect-plant interactions and described several species. He published a two volume compilation on the plants of economic importance in the Malay Peninsula‚ collating local names and knowledge. He also wrote a detailed history of botany in India. The plant genera Burkillia and Burkillianthus were named in his honour.

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CARPENTER‚ William Benjamin. 18082

CARPENTER‚ William Benjamin.	18082	A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed ‘William B.Carpenter’‚ to Samuel Bright‚ discussing in detail the academic future of Bright’s son‚ the Matriculation course‚ suggesting another session in the study of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy. 4 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. University Hall‚ London‚ 1 February 1854. “He has gone on very pleasantly & satisfactorily in every point but that of getting up in the morning‚ his failure in which‚ I believe‚ will not surprise you.” William Benjamin Carpenter (1813-1885)‚ naturalist‚ author of many works on zoology‚ geology and botany‚ accepted Darwin’s views with some reserve‚ insisting that natural selection leaves untouched the evidence of design in creation. His works included The Principles of General and Comparative Physiology (1838)‚ The Principles of Human Physiology (1842)‚ and a Popular Cyclopaedia of Natural Science (3 vols.‚ 1841–3). He took an active part in many expeditions to study marine zoology. From 1851 to 1859 Carpenter was Principal of University Hall‚ the residence for students at University College London.

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COHN‚ Ferdinand. 18532

COHN‚ Ferdinand.	18532	Autograph Letter Signed‚ addressed “My Lord”‚ expressing thanks for the invitation to attend the next meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science‚ accepting this‚ although not able “to take active part in the proceedings of the meeting”‚ and looking forward to meeting “the illustrious members of your association” in Glasgow. In English. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ in very good condition‚ remains of guard where formerly mounted. Breslau‚ 25 July 1855. Ferdinand Julius Cohn (1828 – 1898)‚ German biologist. He is one of the founders of modern bacteriology and microbiology. Cohn was the first to classify algae as plants‚ and to define what distinguishes them from green plants. His classification of bacteria into four groups based on shape (sphericals‚ short rods‚ threads‚ and spirals) is still in use today.

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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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DAUBENY‚ Charles. 18102

DAUBENY‚ Charles.	18102	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to J.B.Yates in Liverpool‚ about supplying plants for “our public Botanical Garden” in Oxford which has been laid out on a new plan‚ wishing to send his list of requirements to the manager of the Liverpool Garden‚ asking Yates to forward the list‚ which has also been sent to J.Hooker at Glasgow and Dr. Graham at Edinburgh. 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition‚ with address panel. Botanic Garden‚ Oxford‚ 25 April 1827. Charles G.B.Daubeny (1795-1867)‚ chemist‚ who applied his knowledge to geological and botanical studies. At Oxford‚ Daubeny became a professor of chemistry‚ botany and rural economy. He investigated the chemical nature of mineral and thermal waters and the conservation of seeds. One of his more important papers was ‘On the Action of Light upon Plants‚ and of Plants upon the Atmosphere’ [1836]. Soon after the publication of Darwin’s Origin of the Species‚ Daubeny gave it strong support in a paper ‘On the Sexuality of Plants’ read before the British Association in 1860. He was the author of a Journal of a Tour through the United States and in Canada‚ made during the Years‚ 1837-38.

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DON‚ David. 18070

DON‚ David.	18070	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to John Forbes Royle‚ inviting him to be one of a party “to visit Syon House tomorrow week to view the fine collection of Exotics cultivated there”‚ thanking Royle for relieving Don of some of his duties at King’s College. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ light staining to first page‚ integral blank leaf (partly separated). Linnean Society‚ Soho Square‚ 9 June 1841. “I should be thankful of you would undertake the remaining Illustration of the Natural Families.” David Don (1800-41)‚ botanist‚ librarian of the Linnean Society‚ professor of botany at King’s College‚ London. His chief independent work was Prodromus Florae Nepalensis (1825).

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FLOWER‚ William Henry. 18502

FLOWER‚ William Henry.	18502	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “My dear Stone”‚ asking for his notes on the Geological Gardens‚ if they have not been given away. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4 inches. Royal College of Surgeons‚ 17 July 1874. Sir William Henry Flower KCB FRCS FRS (1831-1899)‚ comparative anatomist and surgeon. Flower became a leading authority on mammals‚ and especially on the primate brain. He supported Thomas Henry Huxley in an important controversy with Richard Owen about the human brain‚ and eventually succeeded Owen as Director of the Natural History Museum.

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FORBES‚ Edward. 17684

FORBES‚ Edward.	17684	Autograph Letter in the third person‚ to Miss Atwood‚ answering her question relating to his Physical Atlas and metamorphic and igneous rocks‚ declaring that the text “relates entirely to stratified rocks containing organic remains”‚ and explaining this in detail. 4 pp. 4 x 7 inches‚ in good condition‚ remains of guard where formerly mounted. Museum of Geology‚ Jermyn Street‚ 4 September 1850. Edward Forbes (1815-1854)‚ naturalist‚ geologist‚ marine biologist‚ traveller in Europe and the Levant‚ author of numerous scientific papers. At the end of 1842 Forbes obtained the curatorship of the museum of the Geological Society of London. To the duties of that post he added in 1843 those of the professorship of botany at King's College London.

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FORD‚ George Henry. 18552

FORD‚ George Henry.	18552	Autograph Letter Signed ‘G.H.Ford’‚ to Dr. Royle [Dr. J.Forbes Royle‚ the naturalist‚]‚ about the preparation of lithographs of the cotton plants in Royle’s book‚ requiring Royle to see the plate before Ford makes the necessary alterations‚ referring also to Ford’s “most successful beginning of the portrait of General Pollock [completed 1850]”. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ minor blemishes only‚ in good condition. 54 Hatton Garden‚ undated [c.1850]. Uncommon. George Henry Ford (1808-1876)‚ South African natural history illustrator of exceptional merit who joined the British Museum in 1837. At first he portrayed animals and produced the plates in Sir Andrew Smith’s Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa (1838-1847). Ford drew Smith's zoological specimens. He proved to be so proficient that in 1825 Smith recommended him to the newly founded South African Museum in Cape Town‚ and later seconded him to the 1834-36 "Expedition for Exploring Central Africa". A report on this expedition was "Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa‚ consisting chiefly of figures and descriptions of the objects of natural history collected during an expedition into the interior of South Africa‚ in the years 1834‚ 1835‚ and 1836‚ fitted out by The Cape of Good Hope Association for Exploring Central Africa‚ together with a summary of African zoology‚ and an inquiry into the geographical ranges of species in that quarter of the globe". Ford accompanied Smith to England in 1837. G. H. Ford is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of Hispaniolan snake‚ Epicrates fordii (Ford's boa).

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HARVEY‚ William Henry. 18093

HARVEY‚ William Henry.	18093	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “My dear Ward”‚ describing his travels to Bristol and to Limerick where‚ over a fortnight‚ “I collected some hundreds of specimens of Algae ...” 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in fine condition. Trinity College Dublin‚ 30 October 1847. “The only novelty to me was Bytophloea companata‚ of which I enclose specimens. It is a very rare plant‚ but I found an abundant habitat‚ where it is likely to be found again. A large pool nearly full of it. I enclose you specimens‚ and hope you will admire them. Not every rare plant is so pretty.” William Henry Harvey (1811-1866)‚ professor of botany and curator of the herbarium at Trinity College‚ Dublin‚ author of many works including Phycologia Britannica: or‚ A History of British Sea-Weeds‚ and Nereis Boreali-Americana‚ or contributions towards a history of the marine algae of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America. Darwin rated Harvey “a first-rate botanist”.

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HICKSON‚ Sydney John. 17746

HICKSON‚ Sydney John.	17746	Autograph Letter Signed‚ about his lecture at the London Institution‚ proposing to speak on “The characters of the fresh water fauna”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition‚ paper adhering to verso where formerly mounted. Downing College‚ Cambridge‚ 8 July 1894. Sydney John Hickson (1859 – 1940)‚ zoologist known for his groundbreaking research in evolution‚ embryology‚ genetics‚ and systematics. Hickson travelled in the Malay archipelago in 1885–1886. He was appointed Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester in 1894. Author of A Naturalist in North Celebes. A narrative of travels in Minahassa‚ the Sangir and Talaut Islands‚ with notices of the fauna‚ flora and ethnology of the districts visited. [1889]; The Fauna of the Deep Sea [1894].

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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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HODGSON‚ Brian Houghton. 17960

HODGSON‚ Brian Houghton.	17960	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Halliday‚ sending the prepared skin of a Flying Squirrel‚ discussing its distinguishing features‚ but believing the differences to be “casual & that the species is the same as the unmarked-backed one or Magnificus”. 1 page 7 x 4 inches‚ corners torn where formerly mounted‚ otherwise good. Probably India or Nepal‚ undated. Uncommon. Brian Houghton Hodgson (1801-1894)‚ pioneer naturalist and ethnologist working in India and Nepal where he was a British Resident. He described numerous species of birds and mammals from the Himalayas‚ and several birds were named after him by others such as Edward Blyth. He was a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and wrote extensively on a range of topics relating to linguistics and religion. He was an opponent of the British proposal to introduce English as the official medium of instruction in Indian schools.

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HOWES‚ George Bond. 17611

HOWES‚ George Bond.	17611	A series of 5 Autograph Letters Signed‚ to the Revd. Thomas and Mrs. Stebbing‚ discussing Club meetings‚ the Congress‚ travel arrangements‚ meetings‚ reunions‚ thanks for the “Ostracod safely arrived ...you are welcome to the one your have retained”. 5 letters‚ 13 pp. in good condition. Together with an autograph postcard‚ also a letter from Anne Howes reporting her husband’s death‚ asking Stebbing to take the service. Royal College of Science and elsewhere‚ 1897-1901. Thomas George Bond Howes‚ FRS (1853-1905)‚ zoologist. After being introduced to Thomas Huxley in 1874‚ his skill as a draughtsman and enthusiasm as a naturalist led to his being employed as assistant to Huxley. He was tasked with developing a system of practical instruction in biology at the Normal School of Science and the Royal School of Mines at Kensington‚ where he was appointed demonstrator of biology in 1880. Howes's main interest lay with the comparative anatomy of the Vertebrata‚ a field to which he made significant contributions. An important account‚ which Howes co-authored with H. H. Swinnerton‚ dealt with the development of the skeleton of the Norfolk Island reptile‚ the Tuatara or Sphenodon. The Revd. T.R.R.Stebbing F.R.S. (1835-1926)‚ Fellow of King’s College‚ London.

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JEKYLL‚ Gertrude. 18526

JEKYLL‚ Gertrude.	18526	Autograph Letter Signed ‘G.Jekyll’‚ to Mrs. Thring‚ sending her plant list‚ and offering to “send Iris Stylosa at 6d. each about the 3rd week in September.” A good one page example‚ 7 x 4 inches. Munstead Wood‚ Godalming‚ 22 August‚ undated. Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932)‚ artist and garden designer.

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JESSE‚ Edward. 17799

JESSE‚ Edward.	17799	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “My dear Friend”‚ saying he has ordered that his “Portrait” [probably a photograph] be sent to his correspondent‚ adding that “we found our Cottage in nice order. I am pretty well‚ thanks to you.” 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. East Sheen‚ Mortlake‚ Surrey‚ 7 February 1857. Edward Jesse (1780-1868)‚ writer on natural history. Besides contributions to the Gentleman's Magazine‚ Bentley's Miscellany‚ Once a Week‚ and The Times‚ Jesse wrote a number of works describing the countryside around Hampton Court‚ Windsor‚ and Eton. His interests in natural history and angling are reflected in his An Angler's Rambles (1836) and Anecdotes of Dogs (1846).

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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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LINDLEY‚ John. 18504

LINDLEY‚ John.	18504	Autograph Letter Signed‚ sending answers to queries and hoping to visit his correspondent’s museum. 1 page 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. Undated [watermark 1839]. John Lindley (1799-1865)‚ botanist‚ secretary to the Horticultural Society and professor of Botany at University College‚ London. His published works included Rosarum Monographia‚ a Botanical History of Roses (1830).

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McLACHLAN‚ Robert. 17654

McLACHLAN‚ Robert.	17654	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to D.G.Rutherford‚ making arrangements to meet. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4 inches. Lewisham‚ 12 April 1877. Robert McLachlan (1837-1904)‚ entomologist‚ first editor of the review Entomologists' Monthly Magazine. He became a member of the Entomological Society of London in 1858‚ its secretary in 1868 to 1872‚ treasurer from 1873 to 1875 and from 1891 to 1904 and president 1885 to 1886. Author of a number of entomological monographs.

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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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NYLANDER‚ William. 17748

NYLANDER‚ William.	17748	Autograph Letter Signed [to W.A.Leighton‚ English botanist‚ author of Lichen Flora of Great Britain]‚ answering his letter and discussing lichens and recent articles on the subject. In French. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ with blemishes and a tear (without loss of text)‚ mounted at lower edge on part of an old album page. Paris‚ 19 June 1867. Uncommon. William (Wilhem) Nylander (1822-1899)‚ Finnish botanist and entomologist. Nylander taught at the University of Helsinki for a number of years before later moving to Paris. Nylander pioneered the technique of determining the taxonomy of lichens by the use of chemical reagents‚ such as tinctures of iodine and hypochlorite‚ still used by lichenologists to this day. Nylander was also the first to realise the effect of atmospheric pollution on the growth of lichens.

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SELBY‚ Prideaux John. 17753

SELBY‚ Prideaux John.	17753	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Samuel Williams‚ the engraver‚ sending drawings of the Field Cherry‚ with some seeds of other plants‚ with mention of the Sycamore‚ a drawing of fruit‚ the Horse Chestnut‚ etc.‚ hoping his correspondent can work with some of these to produce “tail pieces or vignettes”. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. Twizell House [Northumberland] 8 March 1841 Prideaux John Selby (1788 –1867) was an English ornithologist‚ botanist and natural history artist. Selby is best known for his Illustrations of British Ornithology (1821–1834)‚ the first set of life-sized illustrations of British birds. He also wrote Illustrations of Ornithology with William Jardine and A History of British Forest Trees (1842). Many of the illustrations in his works were drawn from specimens in his collection. Selby’s correspondent is Samuel Williams (1788–1853)‚ the draughtsman and wood engraver‚ who produced illustrations for Selby’s History of British Forest Trees.

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SPENCE‚ William. 18539

SPENCE‚ William.	18539	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Chambers‚ arranging a tea party with the Lawsons and Professor Anstead‚ extending an invitation‚ and hoping for a “full account of your Swiss adventures”. 4 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ fine. 18 Lower Seymour Street‚ 26 September‚ no year given. William Spence (c.1783 – 1860)‚ economist and entomologist. He became interested in entomology when he was 22 and immediately began a correspondence with leading entomologist William Kirby. Together they wrote Introduction to Entomology‚ published in four volumes between 1815 and 1826‚ the first popular book on entomology in English. Spence also published some 20 notes on entomology. In 1822‚ he also published Tracts on Political Economy Viz. 1. Britain Independent of Commerce; 2. Agriculture the Source of Wealth; 3. The Objections Against the Corn Bill Refuted; 4. Speech on the East India Trade. With Prefatory Remarks on the Causes and Cure of Our Present Distresses as Originating from Neglect of Principles Laid Down in These Works (London: Hurst‚ Rees‚ Orme and Brown‚ 1822).

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