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London: John Murray, 1844.
Bathurst and Homebush by a great woman naturalistSmall octavo, 164 pp., half title, one page of illustrations; in modern tan calf, gilt. A fine and engaging work by Louisa Anne Meredith, better known for her long and industrious career in Tasmania, but here publishing an...
Concord, New Hampshire: Rufus Merrill, 1844.
New Hampshire whaling chapbookDuodecimo, 24 pp., woodcut vignettes, recent plain wrappers. Early chapbook on the American whaling industry, describing the types of whales and their respective yields in oil. Includes an abridged yet powerful description of the loss of the whaler Essex, accompanied...
Concord: New Hampshire, Merrill, circa 1840. 12mo, woodcuts; in original yellow decorated wrappers. A rare and early whaling chapbook including the usual description of the size of the whale and its habits, methods of killing them and brief accounts of the Essex and Dundee.
London: T. & W. Boone, 1839.
Mitchell's early expeditions: a classic work of inland explorationTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 51 lithographic plates including six colour chromolithographic and three folding plates, and a large folding map; in the original publisher's blocked green cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Second...
Glasgow: privately printed, circa 1876.
The Cadell northern Australian expeditionOctavo, photographic portrait frontispiece; with eight lithographic plates, four folding maps and a single engraved map integral to the pagination; original blue cloth with spare gilt ornament. Uncommon - the only public account of an important expedition to Arnhem Land...
Paris: Panckoucke, Agasse, 1789-1825.
Australian insects collected by Banks and LabillardièreNine quarto volumes, comprising seven text volumes and two of plates, 397 numbered plates and one bis; bindings a bit scuffed and a few joints starting, lower spine end of two volumes snagged, a good set overall in contemporary.....
Adelaide: W.K. Thomas, 1914-, 1917. Duodecimo, four books bound together in contemporary quarter roan with gilt lettering; with a total of 83 photo plates (some folding), with original printed wrappers bound in. An outstanding collection of Australian ornithology and central desert travel narratives by pioneering conservationist and Aboriginal advocate Samuel...
Madrid: Real Academia, 1851 -, 1855.
"The greatest classic of the early years of Spanish activity in the New World"Four volumes, folio, with a total of 15 plates (three folding, one coloured); a fine uncut set in contemporary half morocco. The first full publication of one of the great...
Paris: Hetzel, circa 1900. Small folio, line drawings throughout; some foxing throughout but good in original cloth-backed boards, some wear to upper board. Delightful French picture book based on a father taking his daughter Lili around the zoo in the Jardin des Plantes. They visit all manner of animals including...
London: Thomas Cotes, 1640.
The largest early English herbal, with 2700 original woodblock illustrationsFolio, with elaborately engraved title-page and about 2700 woodcut illustrations in the text; in an attractive later binding of smooth polished calf. An especially good copy of this famous and beautiful English herbal, 'one of the...
London: 1834. Handcoloured lithograph; mounted, printed size approx 240 x 160mm. This lithograph of an Australian plant is taken from Joseph Paxton's Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants. Paxton's note on the plant commented that it 'is a very distinct species of stypandra… raised from New Holland seeds...
London: Wilkie and Robinson, 1810. Three volumes, octavo; engraved frontispiece and plates, half morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt. Thomas Pennant born in 1726, he was a prominent ornithologist and zoologist and prolific author of the eighteenth century. His writings about natural history, topography and travel were based on his...
Paris: An XII, that is, 1804.
One of Peron's first scientific articles from the voyageQuarto, hand-coloured plate and 10 pp.; some toning, but an excellent copy in modern marbled paper wrappers. Very rare indeed: the first printing of one of Péron's earliest scientific articles based on his work during...
Two Eighteenth century Tokens of Exotic animalsTwo bronze tokens, diameter 21cms. Pidcock's menagerie was at Exeter Exchange on the Strand in London. He exhibited exotic animals since 1793, including a kangaroo, elephant, rhinoceros and cockatoos. The tokens here on offer are one showing an elephant and on...
London: Parker, 8, October, 1836. Small folio, 2 pp.; woodcut illustration, disbound. An illustrated two-page description of the platypus which, although based on field observations of one Mr. Bennet, still demonstrates the lack of understanding of this unique creature: "It is now a clearly-ascertained fact, that the young are suckled...
London: R. N. Rose, 1821.
"A literary conservatory of rare, curious, and interesting productions…"Six volumes, octavo, illustrated by one hundred engravings (some folding); contemporary half calf, marbled boards. Generously illustrated cyclopaedia of curious knowledge gleaned from myriad sources for the general reader. In the preface, the good Reverend Polehampton...
London: Skinner and Co., 1786.
Hawaiian feather cloaks and tapaQuarto; engraved frontispiece not present (as is the case with some copies), contemporary half sheep. An unsophisticated copy of this rare auction catalogue, of particular interest to Australia and the Pacific for its many hundreds of natural history lots, including...
Portland: Henry F. Perry & Co. for the museum, 1881. Octavo pamphlet, 12pp., original printed wrappers. An eloquent plea to seafarers to collect natural history specimens for the Portland Society of Natural History - which had twice lost their magnificent collections to fire. The pamphlet, printed fifteen years after the...
London: 1835. Engraving, 230 x 140 mm. An uncommon portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, after Phillips. Although evidently an accomplished image, and while clearly dated 1835, little is known about the production of this portrait. The engraver "Herdiviller" does not seem to have been recorded in the standard references such...
Edinburgh: Engraved for the Naturalist's Library, circa 1835. Engraving, 160 x 100 mm. An attractive and well-executed portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, engraved by William Home Lizars. As the full caption here suggests, this portrait was engraved for the Naturalist's Library, an important series of books published by Sir William...
London: H. Colburn & Co., August 1st, 1820. Engraving, 215 x 140 mm. An excellent copy of this engraved portrait of Banks after Thomas Phillips, published soon after the great man's death in 1820. This portrait is another example of the popular reproductions of the most famous image of Banks...
London: Charles Knight, n.d., but circa 1835. Engraving, 138 x 107 mm. A very good engraved portrait of Banks, based on the painting by Thomas Phillips commissioned by the Royal Society, a famous image of Banks in his later life as President of the Royal Society, with the motto "Nullius...
Glasgow & Edinburgh: William Mackenzie, n.d., circa 1835. Engraving, 138 x 107 mm. A very good engraved portrait of Banks, based on the famous painting by Thomas Phillips commissioned by the Royal Society. Perhaps the most famous of the images depicting Banks in his later life, this portrait shows him...
Chilworth and London: Unwin Brothers, 1886.
Samoan zoologyOctavo, illustrated, presentation note to Jason Spicer tipped in, bookplate of Edward Unwin; original decorated boards. First edition: an uncommon and impressively detailed account of zoology entirely in the "Samoan Dialect". This was a presentation copy from the author, with his note...