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London: John Van Voorst, 1860. Octavo, with eight chromolithographic plates (including the frontispiece), in the publisher's blind blocked purple cloth. The best general account of Australian natural history at the time of its publication, and still a useful work. Bennett was particularly interested in the Platypus and his account of...
London: John Van Voorst, 1860.
With coloured lithographs after AngasOctavo, with eight handcoloured lithograph plates by George French Angas; in green half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. First edition: a handsome copy of this popular book by the well-travelled naturalist. "The drawings, with a few exceptions, are from the...
London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 & 1802.
The complete First Fleet account of David Collins, thick paper issue, in an unrecorded state with extra foldout engravingsTwo volumes, quarto, : 2 charts, 18 plates and four textual vignettes, the vignettes most unusually repeated on additional folding plates...
Paris: Deterville, 1817.
Cuvier's great zoology, including Australian insects from the Baudin voyageFour volumes, octavo, 15 engraved plates by C.-L. Laurillard a handsome set, with all four half-titles, in contemporary quarter calf over mottled papered boards, gilt, double spine labels in red & green. First edition of this germinal...
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
Fine depiction of the kookaburraOriginal engraving, 260 x 190 mm. very good condition, mounted. Fine impression of the so-called "Great Brown Kings Fisher" or Laughing Kookaburra. This engraving is taken from Governor Phillip's Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay published by Stockdale in late...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (540 x 355 mm.), with letter-press text. The banded Honey-eater was bought to Gould's attention by Mr Benjamin Bynoe, Surgeon of the Beagle, who collected the specimen whilst on the northern coast. An interesting bird and further testament to Gould's statement that the...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (365 x 540 mm.), with letter-press text; very good. The Crested penguin is occasionally found on the shores of Tasmania and the south coast of Australia. Gould borrows from Latham's description who calls it the Hopping Penguin and Jumping Jack due to its...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (510 x 350 mm), with letter-press text. The Ewing's Acanthiza, Acanthiza Ewingii, is a native of Tasmania and was named after the Reverend Thomas James Ewing. This is an original hand coloured lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia. John...
London: published by the Author, 1848.
The "Orange Chat" of inland AustraliaHand-coloured lithograph (510 x 350 mm), with letter-press text. Delicately hand coloured original lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia, one of the great natural history publications of all time. Known more commonly today as...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (360 x 540 mm.), with letter-press text. The Sombre Gallinule was encountered by Gould in the upper Hunter and also on the banks of the Murry in South Australia. An original hand coloured lithograph plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (510 x 350 mm.), with letter-press text. The Striated Pardalote, Pardalotus Striatus is a busy little bird that feeds off insects and frequents the Eucalyptus tree. This is an original hand coloured lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia. Birds...
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...
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...
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: 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: 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...
London: J.H. Bohte, 1822. Handcoloured engraving, 289 x210mm.; mounted. The Reed Warbler is an interesting bird, found down Eastern Australia to Victoria and Tasmania, but coming and going mysteriously in the southern parts of its habitat. Besides being a migrant, the Reed Warbler, as its name indicates, is a merry...
London: J.H. Bohte, 1838.
Australia's first professional artistEngraved plate with contemporary handcolouring, 280 x210mm. The graceful Sydney honey-eater engraved by Australia's first professional artist John Lewin, who arrived in the colony in 1800 and established himself as our first natural history illustrator. Aside from being Australia's first natural history...
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...
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...
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: 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...
Sydney: E.P. Ramsay, 1888. Octavo with folding map; release stamps from N.S.W. Public Libraries, contemporary maroon half morocco. Dr. Ramsay was a prominent naturalist, specialising in ornithology, who wrote a great many papers, many of which were to do with preserving natural history specimens.