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.

413 items
  • WARD, F. Kingdon. A Plant Hunter in Tibet.
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  • SMYTHIES, B.E. The Birds of Borneo. With 50 plates in Colour by Commander A.M. Hughes.
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  • MEINERTZHAGEN, Col. Richard. Pirates and predators. The Piratical and Predatory Habits of Birds.
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  • KRAUSE, Ernst. Erasmus Darwin… with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin.
    Erasmus Darwin… with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin
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  • KNIGHT, Capt. C.W.R. The Book of the Eagle.
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  • FORESTRY COMMISSION GUIDE. North Yorkshire Forests.
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  • FORESTRY COMMISSION GUIDE. New Forest.
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  • FORESTRY COMMISSION GUIDE. Know Your Conifers.
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  • CHAPMAN, Abel. Bird-Life of the Borders. Records of wild sport and natural history on moorland and sea.
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  • GOMMEZ, R. Piping and Ornamentation. A manual for learners and workers.
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  • BARBOUR, Thomas. The Birds of Cuba [Memoirs of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, No. 6].
    The Birds of Cuba [Memoirs of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, No …
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  • KEYNES, John Maynard. The Means To Prosperity.
    The Means To Prosperity
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  • WALLACE, Alfred Russel. The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A Narrative of Travel, with Studies of Man and Nature.
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  • WALLACE, Alfred Russel. The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A Narrative of Travel, with Studies of Man and Nature.
    The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the …
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  • WALLACE, Alfred Russel. Darwinism. An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection with Some of its Applications.
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  • LODGE, Sir Oliver. Pioneers of Science.
    Pioneers of Science
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  • DARWIN, Charles Robert. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
    The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the …
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  • DARWIN, Charles Robert. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex ... Second Edition, Revised and Augmented.
    The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex ... Second …
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  • JOHNSON, Alison. Islands in the Sound. Wildlife in the Hebrides.
    Islands in the Sound. Wildlife in the Hebrides
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  • WILLIAMSON, Henry. Salar the Salmon.
    Salar the Salmon
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  • COCKRAM, Mark. If I Ruled The Word LONG LIVE THE BOOK.
    If I Ruled The Word LONG LIVE THE BOOK
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  • DAWKINS, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker.
    The Blind Watchmaker
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  • WILKINSON, Edward Sheldon. Shanghai Birds. A Study of Bird Life in Shanghai and the Surrounding Districts.
    Shanghai Birds. A Study of Bird Life in Shanghai and the …
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  • CHAPMAN, Abel & Walter J. BUCK. Unexplored Spain; With 209 Illustrations by Joseph Crawhall, E. Caldwell, and Abel Chapman, and Others.
    Unexplored Spain; With 209 Illustrations by Joseph Crawhall, E. Caldwell, and …
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  • ANDREW, Christopher and Oleg Gordievsky. Instructions from the Centre. Top Secret Files on KGB Operations 1975-1985.
    Instructions from the Centre. Top Secret Files on KGB Operations 1975-1985
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  • WALLACE, Alfred Russel. The Geographical Distribution of Animals with a Study of the Relations of Living and Extinct Faunas as elucidating the Past Changes of the Earth's Su….
    The Geographical Distribution of Animals with a  Study of the Relations …
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  • SURTEES, R.S. "Ask Mamma".
    Ask Mamma
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  • WILLIAMS, John. The Natural History of the Mineral Kingdom, relative to the strata of coal, mineral veins, and the prevailing strata of the globe.
    The Natural History of the Mineral Kingdom, relative to the strata …
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  • HALL, Sir James. On the Revolutions of the Earth's Surface.
    On the Revolutions of the Earth's Surface
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  • COLLINGWOOD, W.G. The Lake Counties. With special articles on birds, butterflies and moths, flora, geology, fox-hunting, mountaineering, yachting, motor-boating, fishin….
    The Lake Counties. With special articles on birds, butterflies and moths …
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  • [BIGNOLD, Mary.] SPEED, Lancelot [illustrator]. A Sojourn in the Highlands.
    A Sojourn in the Highlands
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  • WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler. The Lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert & Sanderson. With Love and Truth & Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by Geoffrey Keynes.
    The Compleat Angler. The Lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert & Sanderson …
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