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Concord: New Hampshire, Merrill, circa 1840. 12mo, woodcuts; in original yellow decorated wrappers. A rare and early whaling chapbook including the usual description of the size of the whale and its habits, methods of killing them and brief accounts of the Essex and Dundee.
London: T. & W. Boone, 1839.
Mitchell's early expeditions: a classic work of inland explorationTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 51 lithographic plates including six colour chromolithographic and three folding plates, and a large folding map; in the original publisher's blocked green cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Second...
Glasgow: privately printed, circa 1876.
The Cadell northern Australian expeditionOctavo, photographic portrait frontispiece; with eight lithographic plates, four folding maps and a single engraved map integral to the pagination; original blue cloth with spare gilt ornament. Uncommon - the only public account of an important expedition to Arnhem Land...
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...
Paris: Panckoucke, Agasse, 1789-1825.
Australian insects collected by Banks and LabillardièreNine quarto volumes, comprising seven text volumes and two of plates, 397 numbered plates and one bis; bindings a bit scuffed and a few joints starting, lower spine end of two volumes snagged, a good set overall in contemporary.....
Adelaide: W.K. Thomas, 1914-, 1917. Duodecimo, four books bound together in contemporary quarter roan with gilt lettering; with a total of 83 photo plates (some folding), with original printed wrappers bound in. An outstanding collection of Australian ornithology and central desert travel narratives by pioneering conservationist and Aboriginal advocate Samuel...
Madrid: Real Academia, 1851 -, 1855.
"The greatest classic of the early years of Spanish activity in the New World"Four volumes, folio, with a total of 15 plates (three folding, one coloured); a fine uncut set in contemporary half morocco. The first full publication of one of the great...
Paris: Hetzel, circa 1900. Small folio, line drawings throughout; some foxing throughout but good in original cloth-backed boards, some wear to upper board. Delightful French picture book based on a father taking his daughter Lili around the zoo in the Jardin des Plantes. They visit all manner of animals including...
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: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 21 June 1824.
Foundation Act for the Australian Agricultural CompanyFolio, pp. -756, armorial letterhead, fine. Foundation Act of the Australian Agricultural Company, a fabulously lucrative investment scheme that followed a formal meeting at the chambers of John Macarthur in Lincoln's Inn during April 1824. In...
London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1850. Foolscap folio, 56 pp., in half red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Despite the pedestrian title, this report contains much information on the progress of the Australian colonies, including Queensland and Victoria, at an important time. The growth, and later independence, of...
Adelaide: Government printer, 19 January 1869.
Aftermath of the Adam Bay settlementFoolscap folio, single leaf, fine. Official publication of the petition presented to parliament by Boyle Travers Finniss following his dismissal as administrator of the fledgling Adam Bay settlement in Northern Australia during 1863. Following the decision to place...
Adelaide: Government printer, 28 September 1866.
Supplying McKinlay and his men in northern AustraliaFoolscap folio, tinted, in recent tan cloth with gilt lettered label. Two consecutive South Australian government despatches bound together, both concerning the present-day Northern Territory. Proceedings of Surveying Schooner "Beatrice"…28 September 1866 [No. 79]. Single foolscap...
Adelaide: Government printer, 14 September 1880.
Alluvial goldfields of the tropical NorthFoolscap folio, 6pp., fine. Correspondence collected by the Government Resident Edward Price regarding goldfields claims, a reward of some £500 being offered by the government of South Australia for viable discoveries. Two such are here examined, the conditions...
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: Wilkie and Robinson, 1810. Three volumes, octavo; engraved frontispiece and plates, half morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt. Thomas Pennant born in 1726, he was a prominent ornithologist and zoologist and prolific author of the eighteenth century. His writings about natural history, topography and travel were based on his...
Paris: An XII, that is, 1804.
One of Peron's first scientific articles from the voyageQuarto, hand-coloured plate and 10 pp.; some toning, but an excellent copy in modern marbled paper wrappers. Very rare indeed: the first printing of one of Péron's earliest scientific articles based on his work during...
Two Eighteenth century Tokens of Exotic animalsTwo bronze tokens, diameter 21cms. Pidcock's menagerie was at Exeter Exchange on the Strand in London. He exhibited exotic animals since 1793, including a kangaroo, elephant, rhinoceros and cockatoos. The tokens here on offer are one showing an elephant and on...
London: Parker, 8, October, 1836. Small folio, 2 pp.; woodcut illustration, disbound. An illustrated two-page description of the platypus which, although based on field observations of one Mr. Bennet, still demonstrates the lack of understanding of this unique creature: "It is now a clearly-ascertained fact, that the young are suckled...
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...