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Coimbra: Real Officina Typografica da Universidade, 1786. Small quarto, woodcut initial and tailpieces; contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt. A fine copy of the first edition of this comprehensive manual on the cultivation of olive trees. Dalla Bella had earlier published a work on the manufacture of olive oil - Memorias.....
London: Thomas Cotes, 1640.
The largest early English herbal, with 2700 original woodblock illustrationsFolio, with elaborately engraved title-page and about 2700 woodcut illustrations in the text; in an attractive later binding of smooth polished calf. An especially good copy of this famous and beautiful English herbal, 'one of the.....
London: 1834. Handcoloured lithograph; mounted, printed size approx 240 x 160mm. This lithograph of an Australian plant is taken from Joseph Paxton's Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants. Paxton's note on the plant commented that it 'is a very distinct species of stypandra… raised from New Holland seeds.....
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.....
Portland: Henry F. Perry & Co. for the museum, 1881. Octavo pamphlet, 12pp., original printed wrappers. An eloquent plea to seafarers to collect natural history specimens for the Portland Society of Natural History - which had twice lost their magnificent collections to fire. The pamphlet, printed fifteen years after the.....
London: Religious Tract Society, circa 1863. Octavo, eight colour plates, very good in old gilt ruled morocco, joints rubbed. This attractive literary selection is illustrated with eight colour plates showcasing English, Japanese, Indian, Syrian, Australian, North and South American and African flowers: each plate is accompanied by text explaining the.....
London: Published for Dr. Thornton, 25 March, 1800.
The bounty of Linneaus in English handsStipple engraved oval portrait of James Edward Smith above line engraved view of 'The Pursuit of the ship containing the Linnean Collection by order of the King of Spain', on the one sheet 480 x......
Paris: Ducrocq, probably 1873.
With kangaroos and, more remarkably, a platypusOblong folio, 24 colour-printed plates and 41 pp. text; some browning of the paper as common for books of this era, but very good in the original red boards embossed in gilt, bumped and a little worn at edges.....
London: respectively 1794; 1793-1795; 1789; the letter undated; evidently compiled as a volume no later than 1795.
Unique assembly of pioneering work on the natural history of New South Wales; including two original watercolours by NodderQuarto, four works together: 1. The Shaw Zoology with ten engraved plates (of twelve.....
London: R. Taylor & Co., 1804-5.
With numerous Australian species described for the first timeTwo volumes in one, octavo, 120 engravings with fine original hand-colouring; many folding, contemporary calf with gilt Greek-key border to the sides, spine gilt-decorated with red title-label, well rebacked, edges fully-gilt. First edition: this beautiful.....
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......
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.....
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 the cultivation of imported exotics, which provides a most interesting overview of.....
Amsterdam: Johannes Müller, 1839.
Almost 200 Australian plants in the Netherlands in the 1830sOctavo, two hand-coloured lithographic plates, manuscript presentation inscription to "Lys" (for Cornelius?) van der Hoop in Salzburg; a fine copy in the original printed green glazed-paper boards. Rare: a superb copy in the original boards with.....
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.....
Richmond: 14 January, 1878.
Ferns of the Blue MountainsEight-page letter on blank-embossed note paper, 176 x 115 mm., neatly written; very good. An interesting and detailed letter on the ferns of the Cumberland and Blue Mountains, sent by the Australian botanist and writer William Woolls. Woolls advises his friend.....