Decr 22. 1834
The number of letters which have come upon me at one time, in consequence of my list, has prevented my replying so punctually as I could have wished – I trust you will excuse what under ordinary circumstances would appear inattention –
Donovans shells <1> are the least saleable of his works – they would be worth 2 / 15 / 0 to me. The Oriental Field Sports <2> in one very large folio volume was published at 25gs, – at least the labels which I have hitherto seen, bore that price, – they it may have been reduced to 10 / 10 / 0 by some subsequent publisher, but I never saw it labeled at that price. The book now sells very low, the morocco binding of my copy being worth 5 / 5 / • out of the 8 / 8 / • it is marked. I do not wish to have any more copies, but if you are serious of parting with it, I will allow 3 / 0 / 0 presuming that although the boarding may be in bad condition, none of the plates are torn. Malcolm would not suit me at present as I am selling the Large Paper hf bd russia for 2 / 12 / 6 & the small calf gall, for the same price. A great number of copies have lately been returned from India.
The original edition of Buck is more in my favorite class [illegible deletion] (Books of Prints) than any of the others. The 2 vols of Castles & large folio of Cities, complete, would be worth from 15 to 20 according to condition – It is many years since they were worth £40. I had a set with most of the original Indian Ink Drawings, which I sold for 50£ in Morocco, and another set, without the drawings, for 25 / • 1ּ in Russia –
I sent you another copy of my list for post
I remain Sir Your most obdt Humble sert
Henry G. Bohn
4 York Street
Mr H. Fox Talbot Esqr MP
1. E. Donovan The Naturalist’s Repository or Miscellany of Exotic Natural History Exhibiting Rare and Beautiful Specimens of Foreign Birds, Insects, Shells (London: 1834).
2. Possibly Thomas Williamson and Samuel Howitt, Oriental field sports: being a complete … description of the wild sports of the East … (London: Edward Orme, 1807).
3. Probably a reference to Barthélemy d’Herbelot (1625–1695), French orientalist.
4. Possibly Julius Fürst (1805–1873), German Orientalist.