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Common Plants of the Maldives, Sujanapal, P. & V. K. Sankaran
131 Sujanapal, P. & V. K. Sankaran Common Plants of the Maldives
9251092958 / 9789251092958 New
 
2016. 28cm. Pp.308. Colour photos, glossary, references, species indices in Dhivehi and English.

Includes information on 270 species of vascular plants observed during surveys conducted on more than 50 islands in the Maldives. Deals with the common native as well as all alien plants which currently occur on the Islands.

Information provided includes the current valid name of the plant, most popular synonyms, names in Dhivehi and a few common English names. Plant descriptions given include data on vegetative characters avoiding confusing scientific terms as far as possible. Data collected from the field are the source of information on the occurrence and pattern of distribution on different islands. Information on the threat and damage caused by invasive alien species is also included. Ethnobotanical information collected during the study is given under plant uses.

Very useful full colour field guide for the identification of native, non-native and invasive plants of the Maldives by specialists and non-specialists alike.

eBook / pdf, 25.7MB.

 
Price: 16.95 GBP
 
 
Emerging Pests and Vector-borne Diseases in Europe, Takken, Willem & Bart G.J. Knols  (editors)
132 Takken, Willem & Bart G.J. Knols (editors) Emerging Pests and Vector-borne Diseases in Europe
9086860532 / 9789086860531 New
 
2007. 26cm. Pp.500. Hardbound.

Emerging Pests and Vector-borne Diseases in Europe is a multi-authored book concerning the perceived threat and recorded increase of emerging pests and vector-borne diseases affecting man and animals in Europe.

Historically, Europe suffered from numerous pests and vector-borne diseases, including yellow fever, malaria, plague and typhus. Introduction of hygienic measures, drugs and vector control caused the disappearance of many of these diseases from Europe. In the (sub)tropics, however, many of these diseases still thrive, causing serious health problems for humans and animals. Increased trade, leading to animal and human movement and climate change cause reason to assume that several of these diseases might become re-established or allow 'new' diseases and pests to be introduced in Europe.

The recent outbreaks of bluetongue virus in North-western Europe highlights this concern, requiring an effective surveillance systems for the early detection of pests and vector-borne diseases. In 24 chapters this book provides examples of the most likely pests and diseases affecting man and animals in Europe, with emphasis on ecological factors favouring these diseases and methods for prevention and intervention. The authors are recognized experts in specific fields. All chapters are peer reviewed.
 
Price: 119.00 GBP
 
 
Emerging Pests and Vector-borne Diseases in Europe, Takken, Willem & Bart G.J. Knols  (editors)
133 Takken, Willem & Bart G.J. Knols (editors) Emerging Pests and Vector-borne Diseases in Europe
9086860532 / 9789086860531 New
 
2007. 26cm. Pp.500. Binding : ebook.

Emerging Pests and Vector-borne Diseases in Europe, ebook, 9.94MB ; system requirements Acrobat 7 or above, Windows XP or above.
 
Price: 12.00 GBP
 
 
Birds of Southern Africa. The Sasol Plates Collection, Tarboton, W ; P. Hayman & N. Arlott
134 Tarboton, W ; P. Hayman & N. Arlott Birds of Southern Africa. The Sasol Plates Collection
094743044X / 9780947430443 Clean secondhand
 
Struik Winchester, Cape Town, first edition, 1994. 34cm. Pp.432. Colour plates. Hardbound, jacket, slipcase, fine copy virtually as new.

Originally commissioned as the artwork for the field guide 'Sasol Birds of Southern Africa' (which remains the region's most comprehensively illustrated and trusted field guide having been published in four editions, 1993, 1997, 2002 & 2011) the plates are here reproduced in their original size.

This is the standard edition, only 6000 copies were printed, hardly a large number for the world's birders.

More than 4000 fine colour figures by Peter Hayman and Norman Arlott illustrate 900 species, many in flight, with natural variations of plumage with age, sex, and the seasons. This is the most comprehensive set of illustrations of South African birds in one volume.

Warwick Tarboton is a well-known bird expert and writer who has produced a number of well-received books. He was awarded the Gill Memorial Medal for services to ornithology south of the Zambezi.

Peter Hayman is recognised as one of the world's top birding artists. His training as an architect enables him to illustrate birds with extraordinary precision and accuracy of form.

Norman Arlott is a highly accomplished, award-winning illustrator based in England. His work has appeared in over 150 books, magazines and on many British Commonwealth postage stamps. His fondness for African birds stems from several visits to the region over the past 35 years. He is currently writing and illustrating a series of bird guides for Europe, North America and Asia.

The following review by Martin Woodcock was published in the African Bird Club Bulletin 3.1 March 1996 :

" This is an impressive book, weighing in at over 3 kg - or about the same as a Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax and comes in a protective and handsome box. It derives from the Sasol Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey and Warwick Tarboton, and the intention is to reproduce the plates in that guide at their original size with a new text. There is a preface by each of the artists, with comments on their general approach and working methods, and also an introduction by the author discussing the taxonomy and systematics of southern African birds. The book is issued in three versions - a Sponsor's, Collector's and Standard edition - the first two limited to 26 and 150 numbered copies respectively, the last to 6,000 copies unnumbered.

It thus follows a well established tradition in southern Africa, since various volumes featuring the bird paintings of C G Finch Davies were published in subscriber's editions and, earlier, the well-known illustrations of Norman Lighten for Roberts Birds of South Africa were reproduced at two thirds the size of the original paintings in a splendid volume measuring 18" x 13". The plates in 'Roberts' were published at only a quarter the size of the originals and much detail was revealed in the larger format book, but in the present case there is not quite so much to gain, as the plates are only about a third larger than they appear in the SASOL Guide.

Rather over half the plates were painted by Peter Hayman including most of the non-passerines, as well as larks Alaudidae, cisticolas Cisticola spp, cuckoo-shrikes Campephagidae, swallows Hirundinidae, orioles Oriolidae and crows Corvidae. The artwork has been altered in some respects, especially for seabirds and herons Ardeidae, and some eight plates of sunbirds Nectariniidae, sparrows and weavers Ploceidae by Norman Arlott are completely new, and replace the earlier versions. Since this is emphatically not a field-guide one wonders why, for instance, one of the Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora figures has metamorphosed from an adult to a juvenile, and why there is now an additional figure of an immature Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca. The new plate of white egrets Egretta spp is more pleasing, and various small figures have been removed from other plates, and opportunity has been taken to correct the captioning on the plate of crombecs Sylvietta spp. Overall, the plates gain a lot in appearance not only through the enlarged size, but also because the captions have been removed, and appear in a neat - and novel - panel at the bottom of the facing page, with all the figures relating to a species tinted the same colour, distinguishing them at a glance from the other species. The only slight problem is that the plates of birds in flight, which are such a feature of the work, appear as double-page spreads, sometimes consecutively, so that the captions have to appear before and after each section, leaving large blank areas, as there is no other text on these pages. The useful distribution maps in the smaller book do not appear, and the text itself is entirely new, being a half page of very readable general information about the species depicted opposite, discussing any aspects of interest from behaviour, relationships or migration, to field characters. It thus complements the character of the book as a splendid pictorial account of southern African birds, meant for browsing through at one's leisure. Its smaller cousin is still the one to use in the field. "

 
Price: 85.00 GBP
 
 
100 Recettes de Cuisine Armenienne, Tchakmakian, P
135 Tchakmakian, P 100 Recettes de Cuisine Armenienne
290654700X / 9782906547001 Clean secondhand
 
Societe d'Editions Generales, 1986. 28cm. Pp.142. Colour photos. Hardbound.

100 Recettes de Cuisine Armenienne, French language book of Armenian cookery, nice copy
 
Price: 20.00 GBP
 
 
Vietnamese Cuisine for India edited by Thilaka Baskaran, Thomas, Nhung
136 Thomas, Nhung Vietnamese Cuisine for India edited by Thilaka Baskaran
Clean secondhand
 
Cre-A, first edition, 1984. 18cm. Pp.114. Text figures. Paperback.

Vietnamese Cuisine for India
 
Price: 35.00 GBP
 
 
La Cocina Catalana : platos y vinos de Cataluña, Torres, Marimar
137 Torres, Marimar La Cocina Catalana : platos y vinos de Cataluña
8440647174 / 9788440647177 Clean secondhand
 
Grafos, Barcelona, 1995. 25cm. Pp.xxvii, (ii), 172 with 2 maps, 17 colour photos, index. Hardbound, very nice copy with the dustjacket. Text in Spanish.

This is the Spanish edition of the author's 'The Catalan Country Kitchen : food and wine from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean sea coast of Barcelona', 1992.

 
Price: 26.00 GBP
 
 
World Distribution of Atmospheric Water Vapour Pressure, Tunnell, G. A
138 Tunnell, G. A World Distribution of Atmospheric Water Vapour Pressure
Clean secondhand
 
Met. Office, 1958. 28cm. Pp.60. Seasonal maps. Wrappers, spine taped.

World Distribution of Atmospheric Water Vapour Pressure
 
Price: 10.00 GBP
 
 
Cozinha Regional Portuguesa, Valente, M. O. C
139 Valente, M. O. C Cozinha Regional Portuguesa
Clean secondhand
 
Porto. No date [1970s]. 24cm. Pp.267. Hardbound.

Cozinha Regional Portuguesa, regional Portuguese cookery, Portuguese text.
 
Price: 35.00 GBP
 
 
Ixodid Ticks (Acarina, Ixodidae) of Central Africa, Volumes I - V, Van der Borght-Elbl, A. & G.Anastos
140 Van der Borght-Elbl, A. & G.Anastos Ixodid Ticks (Acarina, Ixodidae) of Central Africa, Volumes I - V
New
 
1966-1977. 5 volumes (all published). 26cm. Pp.xiv,275; x,205; x,555; x,412; xii,158. 98 figures, 79 maps. Paperbound.

Ixodid Ticks of Central Africa comprising Volume I, General Introduction, Genus Amblyomma Koch, 1844 ; Volume II, Genus Ixodes Latreille, 1795 ; Volume III, Genus Rhipicephalus Koch, 1844 ; Volume IV, Genera Aponomma Neumann, 1899, Boophilus Curtice, 1891, Dermacentor Koch, 1844, Haemaphysalis Koch, 1844, Hyalomma Koch, 1844, and Rhipicentor Nuttall and Warburton, 1908, Lists and Bibliography ; Volume V. The larval and nymphal stages of the more important species of the genus Amblyomma Koch, 1884.

Standard systematic account of the hard ticks of central Africa.

Volume I pictured.

 
Price: 116.00 GBP
 
 
Material Culture in Himbaland, Northern Namibia, van Wolputte, S
141 van Wolputte, S Material Culture in Himbaland, Northern Namibia
907589449X / 9789075894493 New
 
2002. 26cm. Pp.328. 19 colour & 200 BW photos, map. Softbound.

 
Price: 39.99 GBP
 
 
At the Fringes of Modernity, van Wolputte, S. and G. Verswijver
142 van Wolputte, S. and G. Verswijver At the Fringes of Modernity
9075894627 / 9789075894622 New
 
2005. 26cm. Pp.240. 51 BW photos, 3 maps, 1 table. Softbound.

Herding communities in Africa take up a 'special' place in modernist imagery. Once confined to the outskirts of the colonial land- and mindscape, nowadays they are found at the fringes of the contemporary nation-state: modernist discourse, quite literally, 'has no place' for herders and nomads.'At the Fringes of Modernity', a collection of five essays, focuses on cultural transformation, whether within the context of ritual or in that of resistance against (post)colonial rule. Like the first volume in this series, it advocates a social and cultural anthropology of the everyday, the common, the quotidian. It examines the way common people in eastern and southern Africa deal with violence and trauma, with development efforts (which, in the context of African pastoralism, are directed mainly towards famine relief and wildlife conservation), with the power exerted by a colonial regime aimed mainly at eradicating the basis and source of their life and livelihood, with the way they continuously re-invent their 'tradition' (and hence themselves) to overcome alienation and with the way they deal with animals and the sociology of gift and exchange.

These histories and subjectivities challenge ready-made and easy or common dichotomies such as oppression versus resistance, dominator versus dominated, powerful versus powerless, hegemony versus counter-hegemony, and so on. They highlight and contradict different aspects of experience, or are phrased from within a different mindset, epistemology or symbolic-metaphoric universe. At times, local actors deliberately inscribe themselves in (post)colonial discourse, at others they vehemently oppose it or simply defy or disengage from it.
 
Price: 39.99 GBP
 
 
La Cusina de Milan, Vaona, Martino
143 Vaona, Martino La Cusina de Milan
887955073X / 9788879550734 Clean secondhand
 
Libreria Meravigli, 1995. 25cm. Pp.174. Text illustrations. Card covers.

La Cusina de Milan, the Cookery of Milan, text in English, Italian and Milanese.
 
Price: 35.00 GBP
 
 
Guide to the Classification of Actinomycetes and their Antibiotics, Waksman, S. A. & H. A. Lechevalier
144 Waksman, S. A. & H. A. Lechevalier Guide to the Classification of Actinomycetes and their Antibiotics
Clean secondhand
 
Williams & Wilkins, first edn., 1953. 24cm. Pp.[ix],246. Original cloth

J.Nash-Wortham's mushroom bookplate to front paste down, very good copy.
 
Price: 20.00 GBP
 
 
Food and The Memory, Walker, H (editor)
145 Walker, H (editor) Food and The Memory
1903018161 / 9781903018163 New
 
Proc. Oxford Symp. Food, Cookery and Food History. Prospect Books, 2000. 24cm. Pp.318. Figures. Paperback.

Food and The Memory, was about GBP£30.00 new, fine copy.
 
Price: 20.00 GBP
 
 
The Genus Rhipicephalus (Acari, Ixodidae), A Guide to the Brown Ticks of the World, Walker, Jane B ; James E. Keirans & Ivan G. Horak
146 Walker, Jane B ; James E. Keirans & Ivan G. Horak The Genus Rhipicephalus (Acari, Ixodidae), A Guide to the Brown Ticks of the World
052101977X / 9780521019774 New
 
28cm. Pp.656. 352 photos & figures. Paperback.

The Genus Rhipicephalus (Acari, Ixodidae), A Guide to the Brown Ticks of the World provides identification keys for adult ticks from the Afrotropical regions and elsewhere. For the nymphs and larvae, unique plates have been compiled in which line drawings of the capitula of similar species are grouped together to facilitate identification ; the highly-illustrated keys are to immature stages as well as adults. Brief well-illustrated descriptions of the known stages of every species are given, plus information on their hosts, distribution, and disease relationships. Tables providing data on host/parasite relationships and disease transmission are also included.
 
Price: 74.00 GBP
 
 
Longevity of Mammals in Captivity; from the Living Collections of the World, Weigl, Richard
147 Weigl, Richard Longevity of Mammals in Captivity; from the Living Collections of the World
3510613791 / 9783510613793 New
 
2005. 30cm. Pp.214. Paperback.

Longevity of Mammals in Captivity presents data of historical and present longevities of captive mammals, much from previously unpublished sources, including information on extinct and very rare species and subspecies. 3398 mammalian taxa have been exhibited in zoos and institutions. This is a record of their exact dates of arrival, birth, movement out of the collection or date of death, showing day, month and year. Anecdotal records have not been included.

One (1) copy left.
 
Price: 35.00 GBP
 
 
A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, Whyte, Robert & Greg Anderson
148 Whyte, Robert & Greg Anderson A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia
064310707X / 9780643107076 New
 
2017. 22cm. Pp.464. 1300+ colour photos. Softbound.

Filling a major gap in the natural history of Australia 'A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia' uses photographs of living animals to help people identify many of the spiders they encounter. Covers all the known families of Australian spiders with stunning macro-photography revealing fascinating details not discernible to the naked eye. Containing the most uptodate taxonomic information this is the most comprehensive account of Australian spiders ever published.

Robert Whyte is an honorary researcher in arachnology at the Queensland Museum, having developed an interest in spiders with the encouragement of arachnologist Robert Raven. He has participated in five Bush Blitz bio-discovery expeditions in remote parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. He is an accomplished editor, author and journalist, with skills in photography and publication design.

Greg Anderson is a biomedical research scientist and heads the Chronic Disorders Program at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. He has been interested in spiders since his early life in Newcastle and has travelled extensively around Australia and other parts of the world studying and photographing spiders. He has a particular interest in Comb-footed spiders.

Abbrevitated table of contents:
Foreword, Preface
Acknowledgements, Introduction
From arachnophobia to arachnophilia
How to use this book
Determining species – everything helps, including genitals
Australia’s rich arachnological history
Parts of a spider: the need-to-know terms
Shortcuts to identification
Spider families from A to Z (from page 46)
Araneomorphae
Mygalomorphae
Little-known Spider Families
Glossary
Photo credits
Readings
Index
Spiders: family tree

 
Price: 38.50 GBP
 
 
Properties and Applications of Diamond, Wilks, E. & J
149 Wilks, E. & J Properties and Applications of Diamond
0750619155 / 9780750619158 New
 
1994. 26cm. Pp.525. Paperback.

Properties and Applications of Diamond provides a unique consolidation of all useful information, as well as a comprehensive survey of literature.

No other book covers this topical field with such breadth and clarity, making it both a fundamental introduction and an invaluable on-going reference.

Contents : Diamonds today; The Structure of Diamond; Impurities in diamond; Optical absorption and colour; Luminescence; The morphology of diamond; Geometric defects in the diamond lattice; Mechanical properties; Strength and fracture; Plastic deformation of diamond; Polishing and shaping diamond; Mechanical differences between diamonds; Friction; Polycrystaline diamond (PCD); Applications and Wear of Diamond; Wear and surface characteristics; Turning, boring and milling; Grinding; Sawing and drilling; Miscellaneous applications; Appendix 1 Some numerical values; Appendix 2 Units and conversion factors.
 
Price: 75.00 GBP
 
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