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England: partly dating from the 1790s, assembled as an album circa 1825-1830.
An intimate family album with beautiful original watercolours by Sarah StoneQuarto album, 40 original watercolours tipped onto coloured pages, most signed "Sarah Smith" (see the handlist), ornately gilt-printed title-page with added hand-painted monogram in gilt reading "JLS...
London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1820-1823 & 1830-1833.
Including many newly discovered specimens from Australia and the South SeasSix volumes, octavo, 318 handcoloured plates, an excellent set in uniform contemporary green half morocco over marbled boards, all edges gilt. A particularly attractive set of both first and second series...
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1882. Large octavo, frontispiece and 45 plates, illustrated, a little browned; very good copy in half black morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt, very gently rubbed. A very good copy of this seminal work on the fishes of New South Wales. Tenison-Woods (1832-1889), was a Catholic priest...
London: Cadell and Davies, 1802.
After Thomas WatlingHandcoloured engraving, 267 x 200 mm. mounted. Fine hand-coloured impression of this famous depiction of the "Maenura Superba" or Superb Lyre Bird. The present engraving which was published in 1802 in David Collins' An Account of the English Colony in New South...
St. Petersbourg: de l'Imprimerie de l'Academie Imperiale des Sciences, 1852. Octavo, four folding plates; in original printed wrappers, rubbed with some loss, splitting at spine. An attractive if worn copy of this important nineteenth-century scientific journal, with a long and significant article regarding the eucalypts of New Holland. The 77...
Oysters for allSepia drawing 110 mm x 170 mm (image size) mounted in an early timber frame. Charming rendering of a colonial woman oystering--a rare subject. Far from being the preserve of the gourmet, oysters in 19th century Sydney were fodder for all. Shell deposits in Sydney...
Amsterdam: Chez L'honore & Fils. 1748.
Pre-Darwinian utopia dedicated to Cyrano de BergeracTwo volumes in one, octavo, owner's name on title; contemporary French mottled calf. First edition of this important, controversial, and strangely prescient work, dedicated to Cyrano de Bergerac. By using the device of an imaginary voyage to...
London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, circa 1880. Four volumes in two, large octavo; contemporary half green morocco. This is a beautifully, if somewhat romantically, illustrated overview of the animal kingdom, using an idiosyncratic taxonomical system. The coloured plates include Adam naming the animals, a pastoral scene overflowing with rabbits and hares...
London: Harvery and Darton, 1826. Duodecimo, with ten handcoloured plates;, original marbled boards, morocco. First edition of this charming conchological guide for children which takes the form of an instructive dialogue between a father and his two children. The plates are exquisitely engraved and coloured by hand. There are several...
Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Crapelet, [Revolutionary Year VIII], 1800-1803.
With Australian plants gathered on the d'Entrecasteaux voyageFolio, 100 engraved plates each with descriptive letterpress sheet; complete with the half-title; a large copy, edges uncut, in contemporary green quarter morocco gilt. One of the most elegant botanical books, this study...
London: Nattali and Bond, 1860. Two volumes, large octavo, 14 fine engraved plates, with many additional textual engravings; contemporary half brown morocco over marbled boards, top edge gilt, preserved in a cloth slipcase. This edition is richly illustrated with a total of 61 plates and vignettes, after Stothard, Inskipp, and...
London: Edward Lacey, circa 1850. Octavo, handcoloured plates; in original wrappers with engraved vignette. A rare and charming natural history primer for children. This is number six of the Zoological Gallery, and illustrates twenty-four species of fish and amphibious animals. A spouting whale appears as the frontispiece.
London: B. Fellowes, 1834. Octavo, contemporary full polished calf, spine gilt with morocco label. Richard Whately was an enthusiastic agitator against transportation (his influential 1832 pamphlet Thoughts on Secondary Punishments led in part to the House of Commons select committee inquiry) this was founded on his belief that punishment and...
London: B. Fellowes, 1834.
Towards a better system for the colonies.Octavo, in fine green half morocco binding. Richard Whately was an enthusiastic agitator against transportation (his influential 1832 pamphlet Thoughts on Secondary Punishments led in part to the House of Commons select committee inquiry) this was founded on his...
London: S.T. Freemantle, 1900. Two volumes, thick quarto, many plates, illustrations, and textual vignettes, untrimmed, original lettered tissue-guards badly foxed and some spotting; a handsome set in the original stiff vellum boards, gilt-embossed hand-coloured coat-of-arms to front boards of both volumes, spines lettered in gilt, bookplates. A handsome set of...
London: Printed for J. White, 1802. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume, one handcoloured and folding, one folding plate; contemporary ownership inscription on each of the titles, contemporary marbled sheep. The Rev. Gilbert White (1720-1793), best known for his Natural History of Selborne - a classic of both natural...
London: J. Debrett, 1790.
Sarah Stone and Thomas Watling depict the colony's natural historyQuarto, engraved title and 65 handcoloured plates; bound with the list of subscribers, early owner's inscription on first page of text; a remarkably large copy with wide margins, completely uncut; in a good modern calf binding...
London: J. Debrett, 1790.
The first natural history of the colony, with fine hand-colouringQuarto, engraved title and 65 hand coloured plates; in a superb binding of crimson straight-grained morocco gilt, all edges git. A particularly fine copy of the rare deluxe issue: the version of the first edition of...
London: J. Debrett, 1790.
The most substantial early work of Australian natural historyQuarto, with an engraved title page and 65 engraved plates; old full speckled calf. First edition: the foundation of natural history of the new colony, John White's Journal is a travel and ornithological classic by a medical...
Edinburgh: Fullarton & Co., 1852. Four volumes, octavo, plates throughout (many colour); in full green calf. 'The Rural Cyclopedia communicates a thorough knowledge of farming, a general knowledge of gardening, and a very considerable knowledge of the natural sciences, and of general country affairs. It presents to farmers a digest...
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1868-, 1876. Four volumes, quarto, each with numerous wood engraving; handsome contemporary half calf, marbled boards, endpapers and edges, gilt spines. John George Wood (1827-1889) was an ordained priest, but from the 1850's he was developing a career as a natural historian; The Illustrated Natural...