BROWN, Captain Thomas (1785-1862). Illustrations of the Recent Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland. Drawn from nature by Captain Thomas Brown. Edinburgh & London: printed by John Stark for W.H. Lizars and D. Lizars of Edinburgh and S. Highley of London, 1827. 13 parts in one volume, large 4° (335 x 268mm). 53 hand-coloured engraved plates by W.H. Lizars after Brown. (Title creased, light spotting to 4 plates, outer blank margin of plate 38 slightly soiled, some light staining to outer margins of a few text leaves.) Modern red half morocco incorporating the original paper covered boards with engraved title on upper cover, spine gilt, uncut (some old soiling to covers). Provenance: autograph manuscript note from the author at end of preface 'This copy was coloured by my own hand. Thos Brown'.
FIRST EDITION, WITH THE FINE PLATES COLOURED BY THE AUTHOR HIMSELF. An expanded second edition (Illustrations of the recent conchology of Great Britain and Ireland) was issued in 15 parts with 62 plates in 1837 to 1844. The present work is dedicated to the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry, but in his preface Brown writes 'The Author cannot omit remarking how deeply indebted the British Conchologist, and himself in particular, are to the exertions of his friend General Richard Bingham of Melcombe, Dorsetshire, who has made so many interesting discoveries among the minute species.' (See provenance of the second work in this lot.) BM(NH) VI, p.147; Nissen ZBI 608.
Captain Thomas BROWN. Account of the Irish Testacea. Edinburgh: printed by Neill & Company, 1817. 8° (205 x 130mm). Title, pp.[1-]36. Interleaved throughout. Hand-coloured stipple-engraved frontispiece. (Some spotting.) Contemporary red straight-grained half morocco gilt, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second (some scuffing). Provenance: Richard Bingham (author's presentation inscription 'To Lieut. General Bingham with the best respects of the Author').
VERY RARE - not listed in the standard bibliographies. This may be an offprint from a work originally published in the Memoirs of the Wernerian Society: the frontispiece includes engraved headline 'Wern. Mem. Vol.II.P.501. Plate XXIV', and a 2pp. letter addressed to Professor Jameson, president of the Wernerian Society, is bound before the descriptive text. The letter begins 'For the information of the Wernerian Society, I herewith send you an enlarged Catalogue of the Irish Testacea. You will observe that I have made a considerable addition to that sent on the 14th November 1814.'. (2)