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    Two Eighteenth-Century Natural History Works

    Gustavo Brander. Fossilia Hantoniensia Collecta, et in Musæo Britannico Deposita. Londini: [n.p.], 1766. First edition. Small folio. [1, half-title], [2, blank], [i, title page], [ii, blank]-vi, 43 pages. Nine engraved plates, plus four inserted original drawings with watercolor, mounted on pale blue cardstock and numbered by hand in old ink. Preface by Brander in Latin and English. Text in Latin. On laid paper, with slight toning to edges. Occasional spotting and light creasing to leaves. Most plates with some dampstaining, most noticeably to plates VII, VIII, and IX. A collection of fossils found in the cliffs around Christchurch and the coast of Hampshire in the South of England. [bound with:] William Boys. Testacea Minuta Rariora, Nuperrime detecta in Arena Littoris Sandvicensis. / A Collection of the Minute and Rare Shells, Lately Discovered in the Sand of the Sea Shore near Sandwich. London: Printed by J. March by the author, [n.d., 1784]. First edition. Bound in fours. [1, title page], [2, blank], [3, dedication], [i]-v, [1, blank], [2, Plate 1], [1]-25, [blank] pages. Three engraved plates. On laid paper, with slight toning to edges. Some offsetting of figures to pages facing plates. Green ribbon marker laid between pages iii and iv has stained the pages at the spine edge. These two works have been bound together in period quarter calf over marbled paper boards; spine has five raised bands and two gilt-stamped leather title labels. Leather quite worn, with both joints split but repaired. Leather that comprises half of the bottom compartment of the spine is missing. Extremities quite worn. Marbled paper rubbed and with some stains. Housed in a maroon slipcase. Binding still sturdy, with contents in very good condition. A prime candidate for restoration.

    Two natural history offerings by professional men (a banker and a surgeon, respectively) who came upon their "discoveries" whilst pursuing their leisure-time interests along the southern coast of England.


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