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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...
London: J. Cross, 1838.
In a Sangorski bindingOctavo, with folding map of Port Lincoln as frontispiece and another map of Encounter Bay (not noted by Ferguson), with the 4-page Postscript; in fine condition, in a fine full niger morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, top edges gilt, others rough-trimmed...
Milano: Giacomo Pirola, 1857.
The first guide to the natural history collections of MilanLarge octavo, large folding plan, 61 pp.; in neat modern green paper boards. Complete with the large folding plan, which gives a detailed overview of a collection of international significance, and one which included one of...
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...
Adelaide: Advertiser Print, 1881.
Moses and meOctavo, [iv], 32, [iv] pp., eight lithographed plates after Herbert Woodhouse or Arthur Esam; original pink pictorial wrappers. This delightful and rare illustrated work is an account of the author's trip from Adelaide to Mount Browne. The Introduction remarks that 'interest has been...
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...
Denmark: circa 1880.
Australian idyll and a Hyena's feastSlim lined booklet, writing exercises completed in a cursive hand, original decorated wrappers. Charming children's exercise book with engraved illustrated covers depicting a group of five kangaroos titled "Kaempekaenguru". This idyllic bushland scene, complete with a joey and its mother and...
London: F. Newberry, 1775.
First children's book to include the kangarooTwelve duodecimo volumes, with 117 engraved plates (of 118, lacking single plate); preliminaries thumbed, title of one volume perforated and another significantly browned, one leaf of text ink-stained, general foxing and offsetting; worn contemporary sheep, scuffed with split hinges;...
London: Printed by Richard Taylor, 1835.
Kangaroos in LondonOctavo, 26 pp., damage to the top edge, otherwise very good, stitch-sewn as issued. A good early report of the Zoological Society of London which had been founded only nine years earlier in 1826. The report does not merely provide financial...
Sydney: Stephens & Stokes, December 1832.
With an extensive series of Sydney engravingsOctavo, folding map, engraved title-page with view of the GPO, two folding tables, two folding plates (one hand-coloured), map of Mount Victoria, two views of the Mount Victoria pass by John Carmichael, and 11 engraved advertisements for...
Ipswich: Printed for the Author by J. Raw, 1802.
Australian bees collected by Sir Joseph BanksTwo volumes bound in one, octavo, 18 plates (4 with original hand-colouring), half-titles and errata leaf, bookplate; an attractive work in early polished tan half calf, banded spine with morocco label. A lovely copy...
Stuttgart and Tübingen: sumtibus J.G. Cottae, 1833-, 1850.
The new science of botanySix volumes, octavo, each volume with both series title and individual title bound in, supplement volume with 40 plates, some toning and spotting; an excellent set in contemporary tan quarter calf, gilt. A magisterial six-volume work, heavily.....
Paris: Dabo, Libraire, 1817.
Discovering Venus de Medici and the Wounded Amazon in Tasmania and MelanesiaFolio atlas with engraved title and 44 engraved maps and plates; contemporary quarter dark brown morocco and marbled sides. The 1817 reissue of the Labillardière atlas, unchanged from the first edition of 1800, indeed...
Paris: Huzard, 1804.
A beautiful set of the foundation work of Australian botanyTwo volumes, royal quarto, with a total of 265 engraved plates; a fine copy in French quarter dark green morocco, double crimson labels on gilt spines, green glazed sides. A superb set in an attractive French binding...
Paris: H. J. Jansen, 1800.
Searching for La PerouseTwo volumes, quarto, and folio atlas; text volumes uncut; the atlas with engraved title, folding chart of the voyage and 43 engraved maps, and plates; text in marbled papered boards, atlas in contemporary quarter calf with marbled paper sides; title page...
London: Bohn, circa 1845.
The deluxe edition, with plates "like highly finished drawings"Eleven volumes (the eleventh the Index) bound in ten, quarto, with 193 handcoloured etched plates, some with 1838 watermarks; contemporary half brown morocco. One of the great illustrated bird books, with a remarkable number of species of...
Paris and Strasbourg: A. Koening, 1806-1809.
Contemporary of CuvierFour volumes, octavo, 12 plates and 2 folding tables; in contemporary marbled paper boards with spine labels, old shelf markers to spine. First edition. Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833) had entered the Paris Museum in 1799, and became Professor of Entomology on...
Paris: Théophile Barrois père, 1802. Octavo, 12 hand-coloured plates and 2 folding tables, an excellent copy in contemporary quarter calf, gilt. First edition: the rare hand-coloured edition with, among much of Pacific interest, two Australian "Bull Dog" ants figured for the first time on the handsome engraved plates. Pierre André.....