Collection: Natural History & Science

This is a traditionally strong area of interest for Sotheran's, with our unparalleled collection of John Gould ornithological lithographs. We maintain a selection of fine antiquarian bird books in stock, together with sought-after and scarce works in the areas of botany and zoology both British and foreign. We also specialise in books relating to Darwinism, evolution, genetics and human biology.

Sotherans has a long tradition of dealing with fine science books stretching back to 1906, when work began on our Bibliotheca Chemico-Mathematica. This exhaustive bibliography, which was published between 1921 and 1952, remains an important resource. We now stock books across a broad range of scientific subjects, including geology, evolutionary science, physics, medicine, astronomy, mathematics and technology. We also have a good stock of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and offprints from scientific journals.

466 items
  • JEENS, C.H. Charles Darwin engraving.
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    £275.00
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    £275.00
  • GREY, Edward (Viscount) and Eric Fitch DAGLISH (illustrator). Fly Fishing.
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    £450.00
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    £450.00
  • DARWIN, Charles Robert. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.
    The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
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  • CORBET, Philip S., Cynthia LONGFIELD & N.W. MOORE. Dragonflies.
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  • BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE. Historical and Descriptive Catalogue of the Darwin Memorial at Down House, Downe, Kent.
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    £60.00
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  • WHITEHEAD, Stanley B. The Book of House Plants.
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    £65.00
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  • WHITEHEAD, Stanley B. The Book of Flowering Trees & Shrubs.
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    £65.00
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  • STEP, Edward. Wild Flowers of the Wayside and Woodland.
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    £70.00
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  • SOUTH, Richard. Butterflies and Moths of the Wayside and Woodland.
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    £70.00
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  • PHILLIPS, G.A.R. The Book of Garden Flowers.
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    £60.00
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    £60.00
  • McMillan, Nora F. British Shells.
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    £60.00
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    £60.00
  • HOWARTH, T.G. South's British Butterflies.
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    £80.00
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    £80.00
  • HOWARTH, T.G. Colour Identification Guide to British Butterflies.
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    £60.00
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  • HERVEY, Canon G.A.K. & J.A.G. BARNES. Natural History of the Lake District.
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    £60.00
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  • CLEGG, John. Freshwater Life.
    Freshwater Life
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    £60.00
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  • CLAYTON. Joan M. The Living Seashore.
    The Living Seashore
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    £100.00
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  • HULME, F. Edward. Familiar Wild Flowers. Figured and Described.
    Familiar Wild Flowers. Figured and Described
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  • COWARD, T.A. and Enid BLYTON (editor). Birds of the Wayside and Woodland.
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    £110.00
  • BARBER, H. The Aeroplane Speaks.
    The Aeroplane Speaks
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  • WORTHINGTON-STUART, Brian. Collecting & Breeding Butterflies & Moths.
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    £100.00
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    £100.00
  • STEP, Edward. Shell Life. An Introduction to the British Mollusca.
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    £80.00
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    £80.00
  • STEP, Edward. Animal Life of the British Isles.
    Animal Life of the British Isles
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    £100.00
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  • SPEECHLY, William. A Treatise on the Culture of the Pineapple and the Management of the Hot-house. Together with a description of every species of insect that infest hot….
    A Treatise on the Culture of the Pineapple and the Management …
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    £600.00
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    £600.00
  • SOUTHWOOD, T.R.E. Life of the Wayside and Woodland.
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    £80.00
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  • SOUTH, Richard. The Moths of the British Isles.
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    £80.00
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    £80.00
  • JENKINS, J. Travis. Fishes of The British Isles, Both Fresh Water and Salt.
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    £80.00
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    £80.00
  • WEBSTER SMITH, B. The world in the past. What is was like & what it contained.
    The world in the past. What is was like & what it …
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    £65.00
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  • WATSON, James D. The Double Helix. A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA.
    The Double Helix. A Personal Account of the Discovery of the …
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    £200.00
  • STEP, Edward. Wayside and Woodland Ferns. A Pocket Guide to the British ferns, horsetails and club-mosses.
    Wayside and Woodland Ferns. A Pocket Guide to the British ferns …
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    £65.00
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    £65.00
  • RUSSELL, F.S. and C.M. YONGE. The Seas. Our knowledge of life in the sea and how it is gained.
    The Seas. Our knowledge of life in the sea and how …
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    £70.00
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    £70.00
  • STOKOE, W.J. and G.H.T. STOVIN. The Caterpillars of British Moths.
    The Caterpillars of British Moths
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    £120.00
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    £120.00
  • FORD, R.L.E. Practical Entomology. A guide to collecting butterflies, moths and other insects.
    Practical Entomology. A guide to collecting butterflies, moths and other insects
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    £70.00
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    £70.00