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.

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  • "BLACK PALMER" Scotch Loch-Fishing.
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    £150.00
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    £150.00
  • "CECIL" [TONGUE, Cornelius]. Hunting Tours: descriptive of various fashionable countries and establishments, with anecdotes of Masters of Hounds and others connected with foxhunti….
    Hunting Tours: descriptive of various fashionable countries and establishments, with anecdotes …
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    £300.00
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    £300.00
  • "EPHEMERA". [FITZGIBBON, Edward]. A Handbook of Angling: teaching fly-fishing, trolling, bottom-fishing, and salmon fishing; with the natural history of river fish, and the best modes …
    A Handbook of Angling: teaching fly-fishing, trolling, bottom-fishing, and
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    £275.00
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  • ADAMS, Thomas. The Poetical Works of Thomas Adams, Warkworth: Consisting of the Battle of Trafalgar, and Some Miscellaneous Pieces.
    The Poetical Works of Thomas Adams, Warkworth: Consisting of the Battle
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    £450.00
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  • AGASSIZ, Alexander. Letters and Recollections of Alexander Agassiz.
    Letters and Recollections of Alexander Agassiz
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    £80.00
  • AGASSIZ, Elizabeth Cary. Louis Agassiz His Life and Correspondence.
    Louis Agassiz His Life and Correspondence
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    £550.00
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    £550.00
  • ALFRED, H.J. ("Otter"). A Complete Guide to Spinning and Trolling, showing how and where to take pike and jack, with instructions in the art of spinning for trout and perch.
    A Complete Guide to Spinning and Trolling, showing how and where
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    £425.00
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    £425.00
  • ALFRED, H.J. ("Otter"). The Modern Angler.
    The Modern Angler
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    £325.00
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    £325.00
  • Allan, P.B.M. Trout Heresy.
    Trout Heresy
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    £65.00
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    £65.00
  • AMPHLETT, F.H. Everybody's Book on Angling.
    Everybody's Book on Angling
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    £90.00
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    £90.00
  • ANONYMOUS Comparisons of structure in animals. The hand and the arm.
    Comparisons of structure in animals. The hand and the arm
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    £98.00
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    £98.00
  • Anonymous. Ancient Historic Ballads.
    Ancient Historic Ballads
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    £60.00
  • ANONYMOUS. British Fish and Fisheries.
    British Fish and Fisheries
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    £98.00
  • ANONYMOUS. Money; its nature, history, uses and responsibilities.
    Money; its nature, history, uses and responsibilities
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    £98.00
  • ANONYMOUS. Remarkable Delusions; or, illustrations of popular errors.
    Remarkable Delusions; or, illustrations of popular errors
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    £98.00
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    £98.00
  • ANONYMOUS. Splinters, Historical, Sacred and Profane.
    Splinters, Historical, Sacred and Profane
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    £200.00
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    £200.00
  • ANONYMOUS. The Angler's Pocket-Book; or, Compleat English Angler: containing all this is necessary in that Art. Also, Nobbs's Celebrated Treatise on The Art of T…
    The Angler's Pocket-Book; or, Compleat English Angler: containing all this
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    £375.00
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    £375.00
  • ANONYMOUS. The Geography of Plants.
    The Geography of Plants
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    £98.00
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    £98.00
  • ATLANTIC REFINING COMPANY. Defensive Driving Practices and the Operator's Responsibility.
    Defensive Driving Practices and the Operator's Responsibility
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    £100.00
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    £100.00
  • AUDUBON, John James. Writings and Drawings.
    Writings and Drawings
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    £70.00
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    £70.00
  • BABBAGE, Charles. Mr Babbage's Invention. Copies of the correspondence between the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury and the President and Council of the Ro…
    Mr Babbage's Invention. Copies of the correspondence between the Lords Commissioners
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    £3,500.00
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    £3,500.00
  • BABBAGE, Charles. Table of the logarithms of the natural numbers from 1 to 108000.
    Table of the logarithms of the natural numbers from 1 to
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    £400.00
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    £400.00
  • BAIN, Iain. The Watercolours and Drawings of Thomas Bewick.
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    £80.00
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    £80.00
  • BAKER, Henry Das zum Gebrauch leicht gemachte Microscopium.
    Das zum Gebrauch leicht gemachte Microscopium
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    £600.00
  • BAKER, Henry Le Microscope a la Portée de Tout le Monde, ou description, calcul & explication de la nature de l'usage & de la force des meilleurs Microscopes…
    Le Microscope a la Portée de Tout le Monde, ou description
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    £950.00
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    £950.00
  • BAKER, Henry. Beytrage zu nüzlichem und vergnügendem Gebrauch under Verbesserung des Microscopii.
    Beytrage zu nüzlichem und vergnügendum Gebrauch under Verbesserung des Microscopii
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  • BALDWIN, John R. (editor). Scandinavian Shetland. An Ongoing Tradition?
    Scandinavian Shetland. An Ongoing Tradition
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    £30.00
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    £30.00
  • BALDWIN, Nick. The Observer's Book of Commercial Vehicles.
    The Observer's Book of Commercial Vehicles
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • BALL, John. Notes of a Naturalist in South America.
    Notes of a Naturalist in South America
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    £350.00
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    £350.00
  • BALNEAVES, Elizabeth. The Windswept Isles. Shetland and its People.
    The Windswept Isles. Shetland and its People
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    £25.00
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    £25.00
  • BANG, Jens. Bang & Olufsen. From Vision to Legend.
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    £120.00
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    £120.00
  • BARCLAY, Robert S. The population of Orkney 1755-1961.
    The population of Orkney 1755-1961
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    £30.00