Natural history & science
London: J. Cross, 1838.
In a Sangorski binding Octavo, 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 Milan Large 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... More
Edinburgh: Lizars; and London, Bohn, 1835 to 1866.
A "complete" natural history, beautifully illustrated Complete 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... More
Germany: circa 1860.
Kangaroo and Pangolin Lithograph, 205 x 290 mm. Handsomely executed lithograph of a kangaroo from a mid-nineteenth century German zoological handbook; also depicted is a Javanese pangolin (scaly ant-eater). More
London: F. Newberry, 1775.
First children's book to include the kangaroo Twelve 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;... More
London: Printed by Richard Taylor, 1835.
Kangaroos in London Octavo, 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... More
Ipswich: Printed for the Author by J. Raw, 1802.
Australian bees collected by Sir Joseph Banks Two 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... More
Stuttgart and Tübingen: sumtibus J.G. Cottae, 1833-, 1850.
The new science of botany Six 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..... More
Kiliae: Impensis Bibliopolii Academici Novi, 1801. Two volumes, thick octavo, neat library stamps to both titles, occasional early manuscript annotations; an excellent set in contemporary glazed paper boards, gilt. A particularly handsome set of the first work by Fabricius to incorporate the newly discovered species collected on the d'Entrecasteaux/Labillardiére voyage..... More
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... More
Paris and Strasbourg: A. Koening, 1806-1809.
Contemporary of Cuvier Four 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... More
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..... More
Hamburg: Meissner, 1831-1851.
Australian specimens in the Hamburg botanical garden Four 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... More
Paris: Paulin, 1842.
including Australian species Octavo, 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... More
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... More
London: J.H. Bohte, 1838.
Australia's first professional artist Engraved 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... More
Berlin: Ferdinand Dümmler, 1816. Octavo, folding plate, single page errata, neat library stamps to title-page, author's presentation note to inside front cover "vom Verfasser"; an excellent copy, original pink wrappers. Author's presentation copy of this rare early catalogue for the Zoological Museum of the University of Berlin, with early notices..... More
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... More
London: John & Arthur Arch, 1828.
With two Australian plants Square octavo, 10 handcoloured plates, each plate accompanied by single leaf of text; in the original printed wrappers. Uncommon: a separate issue of the famous Loddiges "Botanical Cabinet", including plates of two Australian specimens being grown at their nursery. This... More
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... More
London: for the Linnean Society, 1845. Engraving, 243 x 300 mm. (plate size). Fine engraved portrait of Alexander Macleay, after the oil painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence commissioned by the Linnean Society and displayed in their prestigious portrait gallery of eminent naturalists at Burlington House, London. Macleay was Secretary of... More
Sydney: Gullick, 1907-1911. Three parts, quarto, 30 lithograph plates; original wrappers. Maiden was Government Botanist and Director of the Botanic Gardens, Sydney. He compiled this three-part work to draw the public's attention to New South Wales species not previously depicted, or which were only in such rare works as to... More
Madrid: Imprenta Real, after, 1827.
Australian plants in the botanical gardens of Madrid Thick octavo; in contemporary mottled calf, flat spine gilt, front hinge worn, a few bumps. An account of the exotic plants known in 1802 by the great Spanish botanist Antonio José Cavanilles in his role as director... More
London: Simpkin, Marshall, circa 1845. Small quarto, illustrated with over 1900 woodcuts; an attractive copy in contemporary red half roan, marbled boards and endpapers. A remarkable work, a concise introduction to exotic plant species introduced to England until the early 1840s, with specific notice of plants from all parts of... More
Melbourne: Robert S. Brain, 1885 -, 1890.
An overlooked classic of Australian natural history Two volumes, thick octavo, with all 20 "decades", 199 lithographic plates (including one double folding plate), nearly all coloured and some finished by hand; attractively bound in contemporary navy half calf, spines gilt, double labels in... More