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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...
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...
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: Paris Philip-Dionysius Pieres (part-titles add: sold by Louis-Nicolas Prevost, Paris; Peter Elmsley, London; and Rudolph Gräffer, Vienna and Leipzig), 1784-1791.
The first book with engravings after Redouté: with 91 hand-coloured botanical plates6 parts in 1 volume, folio, (510 x 355 mm); with a general title-page, six part-titles (each...
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...
Kiliae: Impensis Bibliopolii Academici Novi, 1801.
Australian insects collected on the d'Entrecasteaux voyageTwo volumes, thick octavo, neat library stamps to both titles, occasional early manuscript annotations; an excellent set in contemporary glazed paper boards, gilt. The first work by the great Danish naturalist Fabricius to incorporate newly discovered species...
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.....
Hamburg: Meissner, 1831-1851.
Australian specimens in the Hamburg botanical gardenFour separately printed parts, slim quarto, original wrappers. Four very scarce catalogues of bryophytes or non-vascular plants in the botanical collection at Hamburg, including ten New Holland Species, one from New Zealand and another specifically noted as a native species...
Paris: Paulin, 1842.
including Australian speciesOctavo, 294pp (including 2pp index); original publisher's wrappers, spine strengthened. Very scarce: five Australian species are included in this zoological study. Most of the mammals discussed would have been encountered by Lesson during his three-year voyage under Duperrey and Dumont d'Urville. As naval surgeon...
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...
Berlin: Ferdinand Dümmler, 1816.
Many Australian species, including a long but baffled study of the platypusOctavo, folding plate, single page errata, neat library stamps to title-page, author's presentation note to inside front cover "vom Verfasser"; an excellent copy in the original pink wrappers. Author's presentation copy of this rare.....
Berlin: Buchdruckerei der Königl. Akademie der Wissenschaften, August, 1862. Octavo, 2 plates, pp. numbered 545-577; an excellent copy in the original printed buff paper wrappers. Uncommon copy of the "monthly journal" of the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin for August 1862, with the first notice of the Australian Little...
Sydney: 1893. Quarto, photograph as frontispiece (offset onto title, as always) and 42 photographic or lithographic plates; uncut and partly unopened in the original green wrappers. An influential and well illustrated collection of zoological articles, published by the Linnean Society as a memorial to William Macleay, its first and most...