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The first volume to appear was E. Ford 's Butterflies in The authors of this series are usually eminent experts, often professional scientists. This gives the series authority, and many are or have been authoritative introductory textbooks on a subject for some years. The books are written in scientific style, but are intended to be readable by the non-specialist, and are an early example of popular science in the media. The books of the series have had considerable influence on many students who later became professional biologists, such as W.
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Hamilton and Mike Majerus. Its aim was to cover "in greater detail Volume 82 of the main series, The New Naturalists ,  described the series to date, with authors' biographies and a guide to collecting the books. Being a numbered series, with a very low print run for some volumes, the books are highly collectable. Second-hand copies of the rarer volumes, in good condition, can command high prices. The th volume, Woodlands by Oliver Rackham was published in Woodlands volume was also published in as a " leatherbound " edition, limited to copies.
In fact it was fake leather. The fake leather edition of Dragonflies volume was initially limited to copies, which was subsequently limited to , and finally to According to the New Naturalist website only were actually sold and the remaining unsold stock is being kept secure at HarperCollins's offices.
HarperCollins continue to produce limited numbers of "leatherbound" editions of all volumes published since Dragonflies , but only from Islands volume was real leather actually used.
All recent volumes have only 50 leatherbound copies. The series won the British Book Design and Production Award for "brand or series identity",  and in the official website was launched, with features including the latest news, a members only area with access to exclusive content and downloads, and a forum. In around , Bloomsbury produced a series of facsimile editions, as hardbacks with new dustjacket designs, and with all plates in black and white, including those which were originally in colour.
New Naturalist Cover of the first book in the series, E. Ford 's famous Butterflies. Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald.
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Dudley Stamp. John Gilmour and Max Walters. Fraser Darling. Fraser Darling and J. John Ramsbottom. North , B. Campbell and R. Wilfrid Blunt. Life in Lakes and Rivers . Macan and E. Fleure and Margaret Davies. Malcolm Smith. Harrison Matthews. Wooldridge and F. James Fisher and R. Colin G. Entwistle and the authors. Original green cloth covers, dust-jacket price-clipped, light rubbing to extremities. Webster Smith, 'The World in the Past', , first edition, small 8vo, dust-jacket 2.
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The Dragonflies of the British Isles. Second enlarged edition, 8vo x mm. Original green cloth, gilt vignette of a dragonfly, dust-jacket with mounted colour plate two tears to upper edges without loss. Note: 'Presentation Copy' embossed to the title. The Migration of Butterflies.
Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, Original blue cloth bumping to extremities, spotting to endpapers , dust-jacket uniform browning with one or two finger-marks. Provenance: P. Allan , the bookplate of the author and naturalist to the front pastedown. The New Naturalist Library. London: Collins and HarperCollins, Numerous plates and illustrations.
Original cloth, dust-jackets. Note: a very good near-complete set of the first ninety volumes of the New Naturalist Series, vols. Hewer, is published by Taplinger, the American imprint of the NN series The Redstart. London: Collins, Colour frontispiece by Eric Hosking. Faint stamp to rear-free endpaper. Original green cloth, dust-jacket price-clipped. Note: 'The Badger' contains an a. London: HarperCollins, First impression, The New Naturalist Series, no. Numerous illustrations, some colour. Original green cloth, dust-jacket. Note: a fine copy.
London: G. Parts in 8 vols. Numerous illustrations in black and white some spotting to preliminaries of vols. Original blue cloth bumped to extremities, a mark to vol. A Natural History of British Moths. Moderate spotting to preliminaries, a bookplate to front pastedown of vol. Original green cloth blocked in gilt and blind bumped to spine ends.
The Lepidoptera of the British Islands. London: L. Reeve and Co. Spotting to preliminaries of vol. Original brown cloth bumped to extremities. Provenance: Colin Pratt ownership stamp to half-titles Large illustrated edition, 9 vols. Some spotting to most preliminaries, browning to edges of front-free endpapers.
Original brown cloth bumped to extremities 8 ; or contemporary half-calf rubbing to the raised bands. TUTT, J. A Natural History of the British Lepidoptera.
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Numerous colour and black and white plates Minor spotting to some preliminaries. Original purple cloth, blind-stamped, gilt titling to spines fading to all spines. Note: these volumes comprise Tutt's work on moths, volumes were on butterflies, vols.
A Natural History of the British Butterflies. Numerous black and white plates. Minor spotting to some preliminaries and fore-edges.
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