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.

425 items
  • 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
  • NEWTON, Sir Isaac. Opticks: or a Treatise on the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light.
    Opticks: or a Treatise on the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours
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    £6,500.00
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    £6,500.00
  • BARTHOLOMEW, John. The Observer's World Atlas.
    The Observer's World Atlas
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    £250.00
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    £250.00
  • H.M.S.O. Combined Operations.
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    £65.00
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    £65.00
  • MARREN, Peter; John CARTER. The Observer's Book of Observer's Books.
    The Observer's Book of Observer's Books
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • WHITE, Mark. The Observer's Book of Big Bands.
    The Observer's Book of Big Bands
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    £125.00
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    £125.00
  • STROUMILLO, Elisabeth De. The Observer's Book of Paris.
    The Observer's Book of Paris
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    £125.00
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    £125.00
  • SQUIRE, Geoffrey; Pauline BAYNES. The Observer's Book of European Costume.
    The Observer's Book of European Costume
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • RETI, Ladislao and Bern DIBNER. Leonardo Da Vinci. Technologist.
    Leonardo Da Vinci. Technologist
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    £30.00
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    £30.00
  • POND, Grace. The Observer's Book of Cats.
    The Observer's Book of Cats
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • PAYTON, Mary & Geoffrey. The Observer's Book of Glass .
    The Observer's Book of Glass
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • PARKER, John. The Observer's Book of the Lake District.
    The Observer's Book of the Lake District
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • PALMER, Geoffrey; Noel Lloyd. The Observer's Book of Victoriana.
    The Observer's Book of Victoriana
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    £125.00
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    £125.00
  • MARREN, Peter; John CARTER. The Observer's Book of Observer's Books.
    The Observer's Book of Observer's Books
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • LINECAR, Howard. The Observer's Book of Coins.
    The Observer's Book of Coins
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • LESTER, Reginald M. The Observer's Book of Weather.
    The Observer's Book of Weather
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • KERSHAW, K. A; K. L. Alvin. The Observer's Book of Lichens.
    The Observer's Book of Lichens
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • JOSLIN, Edward C. The Observer's Book of British Awards and Medals.
    The Observer's Book of British Awards and Medals
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • JEWELL, Arthur L. The Observer's Book of Mosses and Liverworts.
    The Observer's Book of Mosses and Liverworts
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • HEARNE, Tina. The Observer's Book of Pets.
    The Observer's Book of Pets
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • EVANS, I.O. The Observer's Book of Sea & Seashore.
    The Observer's Book of Sea & Seashore
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • CASTRES, Elizabeth de. The Observer's Book of Silver.
    The Observer's Book of Silver
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    £125.00
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    £125.00
  • WOODS, Fred. The Observer's Book of Folk Song in Britain.
    The Observer's Book of Folk Song in Britain
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • WOODFORDE, John. The Observer's Book of Furniture.
    The Observer's Book of Furniture
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • WHEAT, Peter; Ray FORSBERG. The Observer's Book of Sea Fishing.
    The Observer's Book of Sea Fishing
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • WHEAT, Peter. The Observer's Book of Coarse Fishing.
    The Observer's Book of Coarse Fishing
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • WAINWRIGHT, Neil. The Observer's Book of Tropical Fishes.
    The Observer's Book of Tropical Fishes
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • TURNILL, Reginald. The Observer's Book of Unmanned Spaceflight.
    The Observer's Book of Unmanned Spaceflight
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • SMITH, Peter. The Observer's Book of Cricket.
    The Observer's Book of Cricket
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • PAGE, Mary. The Observer's Book of Herbs.
    The Observer's Book of Herbs
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    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • MESSENGER, Charles. The Observer's Book of Tanks and other Armoured Vehicles.
    The Observer's Book of Tanks and other Armoured Vehicles
    Regular price
    £50.00
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    £50.00
  • HATLEY, Jan. The Observer's Book of Zoo Animals.
    The Observer's Book of Zoo Animals
    Regular price
    £50.00
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    £50.00