Welcome to 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 influential 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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Out soon - Chemosymbiotic bivalves Lucinidae

Chapters include:

  • Habitats occupied by Lucinidae
  • Phylogeny and classification
  • Diversity and distribution

This volume is now being printed and will be available soon.

Bivalve molluscs Front Cover
Volume 181 Francis Hamilton's Gangetic Fishes in colour, edited, with introduction and commentary by Ralf Britz.

Volume 181 Francis Hamilton's Gangetic Fishes in colour, edited, with introduction and commentary by Ralf Britz.

This magnificent and very heavy volume, no. 181, is now available 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.

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

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

This volume, number 180 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.

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Latest Publications

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.