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London: G. Garrard, 31 May 1811.
Sir Joseph Banks judges sheepshearingOriginal aquatint, stipple, etching and engraving; 540 x 800 mm., mounted and framed. A large detailed and striking image of the annual sheep shearing festival held by the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, with Sir Joseph Banks a....
London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1636.
With more than 2500 botanical woodcutsThick folio, with more than 2500 woodcut illustrations of plants, as well as numerous other woodcut decorations; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine ornately gilt in wide compartments, red morocco label. A splendid copy of one of...
London: Religious Tract Society, 1885.
Cook Islands and TuvaluOctavo, frontispiece and engraved plates, charming vignettes; in original gilt decorated green cloth. An unusually bright and fine copy. William Wyatt Gill (1828-1896) was an energetic English missionary active in the Pacific and New Guinea, author of numerous works containing valuable...
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1851.
From among the Weeds & Mud on the Banks of the South SeaOriginal etching, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted. (Two caricatures verso). Rare satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of the Bath for self-promotion. Portraits of Banks...
London: printed for the author, 1861. Octavo; in the original crimson cloth. This octavo edition of Gould's Humming-Birds was prepared as part of the process of editing and checking the material for the folio edition. Gould described it as 'an introduction to, and a revision of, the general'. It was...
London & Maidstone: dated between 4 September 1879 & 23 December, 1880.
"with Mr Gould's compts. & thanks"Four single sheets; including two printed receipts from Gould, 13.5 x 21 cm, both completed in manuscript, one with internal revenue stamp and signature of Gould, purchase order from Maidstone Museum, 12.5...
Australia and United States: 1907-, 1924. Collection of 11 papers and offprints, octavo, and two folding maps. A collection of eleven scientific papers, mostly by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, relating to The Great Barrier Reef. The collection includes separately-issued scientific papers originally delivered at the Australasia Association for...
London: John van Voorst, 1875.
Marvels of pond life in London tapwaterLarge thick octavo, two volumes bound in handsome deep red half morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, the second volume with 48 engraved plates, some handcoloured. Splendidly bound copy of the third edition, a marvellous relic of Victorian popular...
London: Henry S. King, 1876.
Precursors to Darwin illuminatedTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 15 plates (including the folding frontispiece map), contemporary full polished calf, spine banded with green labels. Good summary of Darwinian evolutionary theory, and its historical precursors (namely Kant, Lamarck, Cuvier, Agassiz, Goethe, Oken and...
Osborne & Shipton: London, 1756. Folio, coloured frontispiece and engravings throughout; an excellent uncut copy in recent half calf. The first edition of a classic treatise on husbandry. The title-page states that the work encompasses 'Rules for performing, in the most profitable manner, the whole business of the Farmer and...
Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879. Octavo, with six woodcuts of sketches by the author; in modern half cloth. The distinctly rare first edition of this account of Hamilton's experiences droving a herd of sheep from Port Philip to Adelaide. He settled in South Australia on his arrival in 1839, and...
A Nineteenth Century Nature StudyAlbumen silver photograph 84 x 69 mm. contemporary manuscript inscription on the obverse, very good. Original field-work photograph of the "Danaeia Erippus" (actually Danaus, the "Southern Monarch") taken at the Hawkesbury River in 1896. Compelling image of butterflies, caterpillars and a chrysalis perched on...
London: 1785. Original watercolour on paper with faint outline of engraving, 250 x 360 mm., signed and dated lower right, mounted. An original watercolour by the highly regarded artist William Hayes (1727-1799) Despite a complete lack of training in any field, Hayes discovered a natural aptitude for painting birds. His...
London: (W.Bulmer and Co), circa 1799.
Explaining the mystery of Bessborough's dogQuarto, folding plate, 24 pp.; new wrappers. Explaining the mystery of Lord Bessborough's dog, Sir Everard Home discusses hermaphroditism in all manner of animals including man, referring to anatomists such as Hunter, Baron Haller, and Cheselden, and making...
London: M. & N. Hanhart Imp. circa 1851.
A great botanist of his eraLithograph portrait; 295 x 240 mm., wide margins, mounted. A fine portrait of the botanist Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911). Son of the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (whom he later succeeded in the...
London: Wm. S. Orr & Co and William Smith, 1841-1849.
A paen to the beauty of butterflies and the under-appreciated mothThree volumes, quarto, profusely illustrated with full-page plates exquisitely hand-coloured; uniformly bound in half morocco richly gilt, all edges gilt, with the gilt arms of the Barons Sherborne. A...
London: W.Bulmer and Co, 1804.
Snakes preserved at the Hunterian MuseumQuarto offprint, title-page, 7 pp., engraved plate; recent wrappers. Detailed monograph on the venom glands of deadly serpents, with a detailed engraved plate, published as an offprint of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Sir Everard Home (1756-1832)...
Uppsala: Royal Academy Press, 1822.
An Australian FaunaSmall quarto, [ii], 8 pp.; uncut and unbound, as issued. A scarce and significant academic paper, this was the first serious attempt at compiling a formal fauna of Australia, in the form of a dissertation presented by Huss before Carl Thunberg, Linnaeus's...
Batavia: Typis Lange and Co., 1856-, 1859. Six volumes, illustrated with 26 lithographs, mostly depicting spiders and fishes, (including seven ichthyological plates), one fine coloured lithograph of a Hornbill, large folding map of the central Javanese provinces of Kadoe and Bagelen, in a recent library binding of dark blue cloth...
Edinburgh: Lizars; and London, Bohn, 1835 to 1866.
A "complete" natural history, beautifully illustratedComplete set of 40 volumes, small octavo, each volume with portrait frontispiece & engraved and printed title-page to each volume, and some 1248 handcoloured engraved plates (see note below), making a total of 1328 plates; in...
London: printed for J.Sewell; Vernor and Hood, and others, 1799-1812.
'Much more than the Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian world'Eleven volumes, quarto, with a total of 132 plates (of which 24 are folding), some handcoloured; contemporary polished half calf with gilt spines. A splendid set in a handsome and well-preserved contemporary...
83 x 83 mm., numbered in the plate at top left, partially obscured by more recent label neatly applied along top edge. A rare magic lantern slide of a kangaroo hunt. Nineteenth-century magic lantern slides are uncommon anyway, partly on account of their fragility, and much sought-after; to find one...
[England]: circa, 1820.
Nonplussed kangaroos on Sydney harbourSingle leaf from a scrapbook, 215 x 260 mm., the engravings and captions neatly cut-out and pasted down, views to both sides of the sheet; in a nineteenth century frame. Marvellous page from a scrap book with a naïve scene depicting "Natives...