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London: Vincent Brooks Day & Son, circa 1870.
Unusually fine Victorian panoramaFolding panorama in its original cloth boards, chromo-lithographic plates pasted together to form one continuous panorama 113 x 3660 mm.; lettered in gilt to front. Beautiful coloured-lithographic panorama, as issued in its original decorated cloth boards: the series...
London: B. White, 1771.
Forster's how-to on collecting: a primer for Cook's second voyageOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece; a delightful copy in its original binding of unlettered speckled sheep. First edition, and a rare early work by the German-born scientist most famous for sailing on Cook's second voyage. Forster...
Newcastle: T. and J. Hodgson, 1827.
Australian animals and Cook voyage artefacts on display in EnglandOctavo, with 13 engraved plates including a portrait of Tunstall; nineteenth century quarter calf, marbled boards. Rare and pioneering work, which describes the contents of one of the most significant collections of natural history...
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1636.
With more than 2500 botanical woodcutsThick folio, with more than 2500 woodcut illustrations of plants, as well as numerous other woodcut decorations; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine ornately gilt in wide compartments, red morocco label. A splendid copy of one of...
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1851.
From among the Weeds & Mud on the Banks of the South SeaOriginal etching, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted. (Two caricatures verso). Rare satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of the Bath for self-promotion. Portraits of Banks...
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...
Australia and United States: 1907-, 1924. Collection of 11 papers and offprints, octavo, and two folding maps. A collection of eleven scientific papers, mostly by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, relating to The Great Barrier Reef. The collection includes separately-issued scientific papers originally delivered at the Australasia Association for...
London: John van Voorst, 1875.
Marvels of pond life in London tapwaterLarge thick octavo, two volumes bound in handsome deep red half morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, the second volume with 48 engraved plates, some handcoloured. Splendidly bound copy of the third edition, a marvellous relic of Victorian popular...
London: Henry S. King, 1876.
Precursors to Darwin illuminatedTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 15 plates (including the folding frontispiece map), contemporary full polished calf, spine banded with green labels. Good summary of Darwinian evolutionary theory, and its historical precursors (namely Kant, Lamarck, Cuvier, Agassiz, Goethe, Oken and...
A Nineteenth Century Nature StudyAlbumen silver photograph 84 x 69 mm. contemporary manuscript inscription on the obverse, very good. Original field-work photograph of the "Danaeia Erippus" (actually Danaus, the "Southern Monarch") taken at the Hawkesbury River in 1896. Compelling image of butterflies, caterpillars and a chrysalis perched on...
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...
London: Charles Knight, 1836-1839.
Darwin's mentor and guideFour volumes, octavo, half calf, marbled boards. William Paley (1743-1805), the Archdeacon of Carlisle was a leading Anglican voice in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain. Paley is renowned as the promoter of the 'blind watchmaker' argument, refuting the notion of evolutionary science...
London: (W.Bulmer and Co), circa 1799.
Explaining the mystery of Bessborough's dogQuarto, folding plate, 24 pp.; new wrappers. Explaining the mystery of Lord Bessborough's dog, Sir Everard Home discusses hermaphroditism in all manner of animals including man, referring to anatomists such as Hunter, Baron Haller, and Cheselden, and making...
London: W. Bulmer and Co., 1802.
The earliest scientific notice of the echidna, in a special author's pre-issueQuarto, 19 pp. and four large folding plates; contemporary (? original) neat quarter red roan binding. The first scientific notice of the echidna: this important separately-issued pamphlet is very rare in this...
London: M. & N. Hanhart Imp. circa 1851.
A great botanist of his eraLithograph portrait; 295 x 240 mm., wide margins, mounted. A fine portrait of the botanist Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911). Son of the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (whom he later succeeded in the...
London: Wm. S. Orr & Co and William Smith, 1841-1849.
A paen to the beauty of butterflies and the under-appreciated mothThree volumes, quarto, profusely illustrated with full-page plates exquisitely hand-coloured; uniformly bound in half morocco richly gilt, all edges gilt, with the gilt arms of the Barons Sherborne. A...