Gatherings of a Naturalist in Australasia; being observations principally on the animal and vegetable productions of New South Wales, New Zealand, and some of the Austral Islands. George BENNETT.
Gatherings of a Naturalist in Australasia; being observations principally on the animal and vegetable productions of New South Wales, New Zealand, and some of the Austral Islands.
Gatherings of a Naturalist in Australasia; being observations principally on the animal and vegetable productions of New South Wales, New Zealand, and some of the Austral Islands.

Gatherings of a Naturalist in Australasia…
Gatherings of a Naturalist in Australasia; being observations principally on the animal and vegetable productions of New South Wales, New Zealand, and some of the Austral Islands.

London: John Van Voorst, 1860.

Octavo, with eight handcoloured lithograph plates by George French Angas; in green half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

With coloured lithographs after Angas

First edition: a handsome copy of this popular book by the well-travelled naturalist. "The drawings, with a few exceptions, are from the accurate pencil of Mr. G.F. Angas, well known for his correct delineations of subjects of Natural History, and the author of three splendid works illustrative of the scenery and natives of New Zealand, South Australia and Southern Africa" (Preface). The "few exceptions" are from originals by Thomas Baines and Joseph Wolf; together they represent three of the foremost artists of the period.

First edition: a handsome copy of this popular book by the well-travelled naturalist. "The drawings, with a few exceptions, are from the accurate pencil of Mr. G.F. Angas, well known for his correct delineations of subjects of Natural History, and the author of three splendid works illustrative of the scenery and natives of New Zealand, South Australia and Southern Africa" (Preface). The "few exceptions" are from originals by Thomas Baines and Joseph Wolf; together they represent three of the foremost artists of the period.
Dr George Bennett first visited New South Wales in 1829 and settled in Sydney in 1836. As with many medically trained men from previous centuries, he was an ardent natural scientist, and became involved with the Australian Museum and Acclimatisation Society. He was also the Sydney agent for British ornithologist John Gould.
Bennett's book is a practical and well-illustrated guide to the productions of Australia and an active attempt to protect certain species such as the Echidna, the Emu and the Notornis. This is a wonderful book, with commentary on life and natural history in colonial Australia. From the collection of Robert Edwards.

Abbey, 'Travel', 564; Ferguson, 6929; Mengel, 228; Whittell, p.49; Wood, p.231.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00  other currencies     Ref: #4106484

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