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1 Calvin, William H. The Ascent of Mind. Ice Age Climates and the Evolution of Science
New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland Bantam Books 1991 0553070843 / 9780553070842 First Edition Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland: Bantam Books, 1991. Calvin explores how drastic and frequent climate changes influenced the developing human mind. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Green paper-covered boards; black cloth spine with silver lettering. Clean text; 302 pages, indexed. The dustjacket is Very Good (plus); it has some tiny spots of rubbing at the corners and the margins of the spine. There are two tiny closed tears on the bottom of the front cover and one on the rear panel. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2 Cooke, M.C. Our Reptiles and Batrachians. A Plain and Easy Account of the Lizards, Snakes, Newts, Toads, Frogs and Tortoises Indigenous to Great Britain
London W.H. Allen & Co., Limited 1893 First Thus Very Good No Jacket 
London: W.H. Allen & Co., Limited, 1893. The famous botanist Mordecai Cubitt Cooke (1825-1914) first published this study in 1865; this is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus (a "New and Revised Edition"), illustrated with many coloured lithographs and black-and-white drawings throughout. Dark green cloth binding, ruled on the covers, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 200 pages, indexed, and with a 47-page publisher's catalogue with "Great Reductions" in the back. Bumped and rubbed at the margins. . First Thus. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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3 Darwin, Charles A Naturalist's Voyage. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. 'Beagle' Round the World
London Jonn Murray 1890 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: Jonn Murray, 1890. Darwin's first published book; of equal importance as the "Origin of Species." This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the "New Edition." Green cloth binding with a gilt illustration of the Rhea hunt on the front cover; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xi, 500 pages, indexed. Frontis portrait of Darwin. No later publisher's catalog. Previous-owner signature and stamp on the FFEP; some light flood-marking on the first few pages (mainly the endpapers). Bumped corners, rubbing at the margins. The gutters have cracked but seem to be holding nicely. There is some rather oppressive mottling affecting the spine and front cover, looking almost like the result of a chemical spill. Please note the condition issue. While this is a basically sound copy, Quercus must offer it as a Binding Copy, in need of repair or restoration. We find this an excellent candidate for a nice rebind.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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4 Ellis, Havelock Man and Woman: A Study of Secondary Sexual Characters
London & New York Walter Scott & Charles Scribner's Sons 1897 Second Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London & New York: Walter Scott & Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897. This is the fourth book by Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), who would next write (with John Addington Symonds) the first objective medical work on homosexuality. An uncommon to scarce title, except in reprint or subsequent revisions. Originally published in 1894; this is a Near Fine copy of the Second Edition, characterized as from "The Contemporary Science Series." Ellis was a pioneer in the study of human sexuality, with a somewhat diminished reputation due to his support for the now-disgraced "science" of eugenics. Maroon cloth binding, ruled, and with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 409 pages, with two indices and 12 pages of publisher adverts in the rear. There is very mild rub to the corners and the head and foot of the spine, else a Fine copy. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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5 Figuier, Louis The Vegetable World: Being A History of Plants, with Their Structure and Peculier Properties. Adapted from the Work of Louis Figuier. With a Glossary of Botanical Terms
London, Petter, Galpin & Co. Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. 1880 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London, Petter, Galpin & Co.: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., 1880. Louis Figuier (1819-1894) abandoned research to write popular science books such as this, an interesting book, and uncommon. There is no publication date; Quercus assumes it to be circa 1880. Brown decorative cloth binding; stamped and filled in black on the front cover; black and gilt on the spine. Clean text; viii, 583 pages, with four pages of the publisher's adverts in the rear. With 473 great black-and-white illustrations. Bookplate of the illustrator J.Carl Pehl (1872-1959) on the front paste-down. The FFEP is missing; lightly rubbed at the margins. Sound and quite attractive. . First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 Figuier, Louis & Robert Wilson (Editor) The Human Race. By Louis Figuier. Newly Edited and Revised By Robert Wilson
London, Paris & New York Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. 1880 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London, Paris & New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., 1880. Louis Figuier (1819-1894) abandoned research to write popular science books such as this; in his very interesting Preface, the engineer/editor Robert Wilson complains that his science was not very good! Nonetheless, this is an interesting book, and uncommon. No publication date; Quercus assumes it to be circa 1880. Brown decorative cloth binding; stamped and filled in black on the front cover; black and gilt on the spine. Clean text; x, 621 pages, indexed. With 242 great black-and-white illustrations. Bookplate of the illustrator J.Carl Pehl (1872-1959) on the front paste-down. Rubbed at the margins, but remains sound and quite attractive. . First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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7 Fiske, John Excursions of an Evolutionist
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1902 Reprint Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902. John Fiske (1842-1901), an American historian and philosopher, popularized Darwin. He saw no conflict between evolution and religion, but in another area he was inconsistent. Although a fervent Abolutionist, he also harbored racist theories that would find fruition in eugenics theory. Originally published in 1883, this is a reprint issued as part of the "Standard Library Edition" in twelve volumes; this is Volume VII of that series. Despite his popularity, his work is uncommon tody. Red cloth binding, ruled in gilt and with a reproduced signature on the front cover, gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 365 pages, indexed.Top edge is gilt. Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine condition. Just some light rub to the margins, else a Fine copy. No dustjacket.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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8 Fordyce, George, M.D. F.R.S. Five Disertations on Fever
Boston Bradford & Read 1815 First American Edition. Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Bradford & Read, 1815. Scottish neuroscientist George Fordyce (1736-1802) did work on phantom sensation in amputated limbs. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was friends with Joshua Reynolds and Samuel Johnson.This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition (stated on Title Page). A rare book; all copies held institutionally are electronic or a later midcentury edition. Stiff paper covers; paper label on spine. Although extensively spotted, the text is quite clear and readable; 442 pages, with the Table of Contents and an Advertisement of the author's other works in the rear. Most pages are unopened. The lectures are "Simple Fever" (London, 1800); "Regular Tertian Intermittent " (1802); "Regular Continued" in two parts (1798 & 1799); "Irregular, Intermitting" (1802); "Irregular Continued" (1803); and a "General Conclusion." Bumped, and the spine worn and chipped, with a chip to the paper label; penciled notations on front paste-down and free endpaper. First signature is rather tender. Although the book is sound enough, Quercus feels that it deserves some restoration and a rebind to preserve it in a suitable manner.. First American Edition.. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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9 Huxley, Thomas H. Science and Christian Tradition. Essays
New York D. Appleton and Company 1897 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the "Authorized Edition" of some of Huxley's essays on the collision of science and religion. Originally published in 1896; this is a Later Printing, from one year later. Marbled paper-covered boards with brown leather spine and tips; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 419 pages; top-edge is gilt, others rough-cut. Rubbing to the margins, with some flaking of the leather. A nice one-volume introduction to Huxley, who is usually seen in multi-volume collected editions. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Half-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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10 Kinsey, Alfred C. (and Others) Sexual Behavior in the Human Female
Philadelphia & London W.B. Saunders Company 1953 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Philadelphia & London: W.B. Saunders Company, 1953. Kinsey's second controversial study of human sexuality; his co-contributors ("the Staff of the Institute for Sex Research, Indiana University") are also listed on the Title Page: Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin, and Paul H. Gebhard; along with other Assistants. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, lacking the dustjacket. A large, heavy octavo (almost three pounds; will be shipped at exact cost) with a dark red cloth binding; spine is ruled in gilt with dark blue labels lettered in gilt. Clean text; 842 pages, indexed. A solid copy of this classic work. There is a small scrape on the spine and the edges are a bit dusty; several faint red smudges on the half-title (could it be lipstick?); else Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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11 Kinsey, Alfred C. (and Others) Sexual Behavior in the Human Female
Philadelphia & London W.B. Saunders Company 1953 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Philadelphia & London: W.B. Saunders Company, 1953. Kinsey's second controversial study of human sexuality; his co-contributors ("the Staff of the Institute for Sex Research, Indiana University") are also listed on the Title Page: Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin, and Paul H. Gebhard; along with other Assistants. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, idustjacket, which is elusive. This is a large, heavy octavo (almost three pounds; will be shipped at exact cost) with a dark red cloth binding; spine is ruled in gilt with dark blue labels lettered in gilt. Clean text; 842 pages, indexed. The dustjacket is unclipped (the price is on the rear flap) but shows some edgewear. There is a mostly-closed tear on the front, along with two that are closed; there are three chips on the rear panel, one of which crosses over to the edge of the spine. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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12 Kinsey, Alfred C. (and Others) Sexual Behavior in the Human Male
Philadelphia & London W.B. Saunders Company 1948 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Philadelphia & London: W.B. Saunders Company, 1948. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of Kinsey's first study of human sexuality, the Fifth Printing of the First Edition, from February, 1948 (originally published one month earlier, it immediately went into multiple printings). Kinsey's other authors (listed on TP) were Wardell B. Pomeroy and Clyde E. Martin. A large, heavy octavo (2.5 pounds); red cloth binding with spine labeling in black and gilt. Clean text; 804 pages, indexed; with bibliography and appendices. There is hardly any wear to this copy, but the rear hinge has cracked (although holding well); otherwise this would be close to a Fine copy. Lacking the dustjacket. . Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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13 Le Conte, Joseph Evolution and Its Relation to Religious Thought
New York D. Appleton and Company 1888 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1888. Le Conte (1823-1901) was a Southern sympathizer during the Civil War. His unhappiness with Reconstruction drove him to California, where he became a famed professor of geology and natural history, as well as a co-founder of the Sierra Club. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Brown pebbled cloth binding; ruled, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 344 pages, indexed; with a ten-page catalogue of Appleton's publications related to Evolution. Mild bumping and rubbing to head and foot of spine, else a Fine copy. An uncommon to scarce title; solid and attractive. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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14 Le Conte, Joseph Evolution. Its Nature, Its Evidences, and Its Relation to Religious Thought
New York D. Appleton and Company 1892 Second Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1892. Joseph Le Conte (1823-1901) was a physician and scientist who was a co-founder of the Sierra Club (with John Muir). Resident and working in the South during the Civil War, he harbored racist views of Reconstruction; Quercus finds this ironic, considering his later academic career and fame at UC Berkeley. First published in 1888; this is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition, containing Le Conte's revisions of the previous version. Olive green cloth binding, tanned to a brown shade on the spine, which has gilt lettering. Clean text; 392 pages, with 12 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Mildly bumped, and with some wear visible at the margins of the spine. A solid copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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15 Mill, John Stuart A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive; Being a Connected View of The Principles of Eviodence and the Methods of Scientific Investigation
New York Harper & Bros 1869 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1869. Philosopher, political economist, the most interesting intellect of the 19th Century, Mill was also an important figure in the history of science and the development of what we call today its methodology. Originally published in 1843, this is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of a Later American Printing. Large, sturdy octavo in brown pebbled cloth, ruled on the front and rear covers, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text, nicely bright; 600 pages, indexed. Contemporary (dated 1869, at Harvard) signature on the third free endpaper. There are a few penciled notations scattered throughout, but particularly in the section dealing with the chain of reason. A solid copy of this important work. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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16 Naphys, George H., A.M., M.D. The Transmission of Life. Counsels on the Nature and Hygiene of the Masculine Function
Philadelphia David McKay, Publisher 1889 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Philadelphia: David McKay, Publisher, 1889. Dr. Napheys (1842-1876) marketed his book on male sexuality to the Protestant Christian community, where it was immensely popular. He was an early Eugenicist, which he combined with "...sociology, animal breeding, Christian faith, and good old 'common sense.'" This is a Very Good (plus) copy of a Later Printing of a "New Edition." Brown decorative cloth binding, ruled in black, with gilt titling on the spine. The front cover has a gilt decoration with the motto (Knowledge is Safety." Clean text; 1v, 362 pages, and 31 pages of "Testimonials" in the rear. Indexed. Contains an Author's Preface and an Editor's preface from 1878. Slightly dusty paqe edges; front gutter has cracked, but seems to be holding well. . Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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17 Niblo (Marshall Clark) Niblo's The Complete Palmist. A Practical Guide to the Study of Cheirognomy and Cheiromancy Adapted from the Works of the World's Most Renowned Palmists
New York A. Mackel and Company 1900 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: A. Mackel and Company, 1900. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Light green decorative binding, featuring (of course) a human palm. Black lettering and a rather jaundiced flesh filling the design. Bumped corners; previous-owner lettering on the FFEP. Niblo (pseudonym for Marshall Clark) was one of the more famous of the celebrity palmists of the day, and was involved in a rather public scandal. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 Oxenford, Ina and Alpheus, A, The Complete Palmist
Chicago M.A. Donohue & Co. 1902 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket I.M. Forbes-Marvin 
Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Co., 1902. The late 19th Century and early 20th was a time of both scientific innovation and bloviation. Quercus makes no judgement on the science of palmistry nor its cousin phrenology, but here is a lovely little treatise on the former. Decorative red binding, featuring (what else?) several palms (of the hand, not the tree); filled with black and "flesh pink;" gilt lettering on the spine. This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the Firest Edition. Clean text; 215 pages, with eleven pages of illustrated publisher's adverts in the rear.Just a hint of wear at the spine margins, and the tiniest of bumps at the corners, else a Fine copy. Enjoy! Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by I.M. Forbes-Marvin. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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19 Rattan, Volney A Popular California Flora, or, Manuale of Botany for Beginners. Containing Descriptions of Flowering Plants Growing in Central California, and Westward to the Ocean, with Introductory Lessons
San Francisco A.L. Bancroft and Company 1880 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft and Company, 1880. Here is a cute, and informative, treatise intended as a course-book for secondary schools. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the Second Edition, "Revised and Enlarged" (First Edition Thus). Orange cloth binding, ruled and titled in black. Clean text; xviii, 138 pages; index, glossary, addenda. Many black-and-white illustrations. Contemporary (1881) signatures on both front paste-down and the Front Free Endpaper. Mildly bumped and rubbed at the margins; stain on the rear panel. Without these minor defects, close to a Fine copy.. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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20 White, Gilbert The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, in the County of Southampton. By the Rev. Gilbert White, M.A.
London Bickers and Son 1875 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown) 
London: Bickers and Son, 1875. From its first publication in 1789 to the dawn of the 20th Century, White's "Natural History" went through at least 90 editions in the British Isles alone, and it continues to delight. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, presented in an attractive fine binding. Marbled paper-covered boards and endpapers with tips and spine in dark green leather; five raised bands. Identified as "The Standard Edition by E.T. Bennett. Thoroughly revised, with additional Notes, by James Edmund Harting, F.L.S., F.Z.S." Illustrated by Thomas Bewick and others.Rubbed at the margins. A solid copy, quite readable today. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Brown). First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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