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Sydney: David Ell and Hordern House, 1988.
The Skottowe ManuscriptTwo volumes, 80 & 112 pp., large octavo format (310 x 195 mm.), with 27 full-page watercolours and 26 pages of manuscript in colour-facsimile; printed on high quality gloss art paper, bound in fine cloth; slipcase. The first and only...
London: R. Taylor & Co., 1804-5.
With numerous Australian species described for the first timeTwo volumes in one, octavo, with 120 engravings with very good original hand-colouring; many folding, 19th century half calf, marbled boards. First edition: this beautiful botanical publication includes thirty-eight Australian species, the majority of which...
Australia's first botanical illustrations9 hand coloured engravings, each 235 x147mm, some with accompanying original letter press descriptions and all housed in a custom made solander case. A collection of nine superb hand coloured engravings from the first illustrated book on Australian flowers - John Edward Smith's A....
Paris: Maradan, 1810.
Charming natural history for young peopleSix volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and title to each volume, 65 engraved plates; uncut, in original bright pink wrappers with original paper spine labels. The first French edition of Thomas Smith's delightful natural history for young people: an immaculate set, in...
London: lithographed by the artist, c.1860.
Australian Christmas Bells: coloured proofHand coloured lithograph, 285 x 240mm, mounted and framed; artist's proof with notes to the colourist. A lovely image of Christmas Bells, by the natural history artist W.G. Smith, lithographed by the artist and here in an unique proof...
London: Published by J. Sowerby & Co, 1793.
The first engraved image of the magnificent waratahHand coloured engraved plate, 235 x 170mm, mounted and in a handsome nineteenth century timber frame. This superb image, 'the most magnificent plant which the prolific soil of New Holland affords is, by common...
S.P.C.K. circa 1860. Wood engraving, with original hand colouring; with brief description, in very good condition, mounted. Separately issued engraving of an "Emeu" published for use in schools. The text which describes the habitat and habits of the emu is imbued with the Society's message: "It is sometimes coursed for.....
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, 1862.
Adelaide Acts: the earliest known copyDuodecimo, 18, 52, 7 pp., original blue stiff wrappers, signature of J.D.Woods and J. Hindmarsh repeated a number of times, neat stamp for Webster collection; an excellent copy in fine original condition, spine a little frayed, preserved in handsome folding...
Adelaide: Surveyor General's Office, 1891-, 1892.
Splendid central desert chartsTwo large folding lithographic maps housed within the original printed card covers, splendidly preserved in a custom-made quarter blue morocco bookform box. Two splendid large maps of the central desert, rich in geographical and geological detail. The maps were issued...
London: G.B. Sowerby, 1839.
'Exquisite architecture of these wonders of the deep...'Octavo, with 24 handcoloured engraved plates; early ownership inscriptions on the front pastedown and title-page;. First edition of this attractive and profusely colour-illustrated guide to shells. Shell-collecting was a most popular eighteenth- and nineteenth-century pastime. During the great...
Paris: Buisson, 1787.
First French editionThree volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 15 engraved folding plates; contemporary French quarter calf, flat spines with double labels. An attractive copy of the first octavo edition in French, published simultaneously with a quarto edition. Sparrman, professor of zoology at Uppsala University...
York: Printed by G. Peacock for the author, 1790.
"Cultivating the Vine… has long been one of the first objects of my attention…"Quarto, five engraved plates (three folding), closed tear to p. 149; a most attractive copy in nineteenth-century straight grained red half morocco, label to front board, spine...
London: John Long, 1902.
With the supplementary portfolio of plates.Large quarto, with 20 photogravure plates (including the frontispiece) and tipped facsimile card; with the portfolio containing the full suite of loose photogravure plates (as issued); both book and portfolio in matching half vellum with gilt blocked Royal insignia; one...
York: G. Peacock, 1793.
Cook plants, preserving seeds on voyages, and building greenhousesQuarto, with three folding plates, contemporary (?original) marbled boards, calf spine renewed. A singular work written and published at the cusp of the fashion for exotics, which provides a most interesting overview of the state of play...
Adelaide: John Stephens, 1849.
Personal attacks on local landholdersOctavo, 64 pp., very good in modern brown quarter morocco. Rare printed lecture on "sanitary reform" which includes a detailed discussion of the streets and houses of Adelaide.The writer John Stephens was a South Australian identity, and regularly packed the lecture...
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...
Adelaide: Ordered by the House of Assembly to be printed, 1861. Folio, printed on blue paper, 24 pp.; with a large two-sheet folding map; neatly bound in later cloth, a fine copy from the collection of Rodney Davidson, with his bookplate. Rare official printing of John Macdouall Stuart's journal of...
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...
London: James Ridgway, 1827.
The first Australian botanical book to be illustrated from live specimensRoyal octavo, with 56 engraved plates in fine contemporary handcolouring; a fine, large copy, bound in handsome quarter green morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt. First edition, first issue (text watermarked 1825, the plates on...
Sydney: Building Limited, 1914.
Adelaide preferredLarge octavo, numerous photo illustrations, plans, diagrams, illustrated advertisements; original red cloth. First edition, an essential and rare guide to urban Australian architectural history with an introduction by John Sulman.Taylor was a progressive reformer who supported Walter Burley Griffin's design for Canberra. He compares...
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, educationist...