Ray Society volumes are available to members at very reduced prices.  Concessionary sales, limited to one per member are usually about half the retail price.  Further sales to members are 20% off the retail price. There is a standard charge of £9 p&p per order on all sales.

Please note that, in order to see members' discount prices, you must log in as a member. Please request a password, if you do not already have one, by emailing: enquiries@raysociety.org.uk 

About The Ray Society

The Ray Society was founded by George Johnston in 1844 to honour the name of John Ray (1628-1705), one of the most eminent and influencial naturalists of his time.  Ray published works on birds, mammals, fish, insects and plants, bringing order to the chaotic mass of names in use by contemporary naturalists. 

The Ray Society is not about John Ray himself, but exists to publish books on natural history with special, but not exclusive reference to the flora and fauna of the British Isles.  To date 178 volumes have been published.

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Price list for Ray Society Publications

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List of Ray Society Publications since 1845

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Membership of the Ray Society

Membership costs £10 per year and entitles members to purchase a copy of each volume at the members' concessionary price. Other volumes are available at 20% discount. Special offers, for members only, appear on the web site several times a year.

For details and ways to apply for membership, please go to 'MEMBERS' at the top of the page.


The Ray Society Publications Policy.

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Ray Society Accounts for 2017

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The Ray Society Credit Card Security Policy

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 Latest news and updates

Handbook of the Bees of the British Isles, Volumes 1 and 2, by George R Else and Mike Edwards

This volume, number 180, has now been published. It is available now to order from the web site.

Retail price is £150 + £9 p&p. It is available to members at the concessionary price of £80 + £9 p&p. Members' price to purchase more than one copy is £120.


In celebration of the Ray Society, established 1844, and its founder George Johnston (1797-1855).

Publication No. 163.

This essay, by Elizabeth Platts, was written in 1994 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Ray Society. It is now available as a PDF to download here.