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London: George Harrap, 1926. Octavo, many photographic illustrations, a good copy in decorated boards, small kangaroo vignette to front board. First edition: an attractive study of the wild animals of Australia and the Pacific. The work is particularly good on the kangaroo, with over thirty photographic illustrations of the different...
London: Grant and Griffith, 1851. Small octavo, with four steel-engraved plates; good in original blue cloth, blind blocked boards and ornate gilt spine. First edition of an imaginary travelogue for children featuring detailed yet entirely concocted descriptions of Aboriginal life in the Australian wilderness. The tale follows the dashing Captain...
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...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
Leichhardt complete with maps and in original conditionOctavo, seven plates including frontispiece, further vignettes, with three maps mounted on linen in uniform folding case; fine in original publisher's cloth, lovingly preserved in a handsome gilt blue morocco solander case. An excellent copy of...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
"It was at the end of September, 1844…"Octavo, with seven plates including frontispiece, vignettes, 4 & 8 pp. advertisements at front (the first dated June 1848), and a further 8 pp. at rear; a handsome copy in recent tan crushed morocco by Sangorski...
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...
Off the Lizard, coast of England: 10 July, 1838.
Lhotsky worries about his specimensThree page manuscript letter, 205 x 165 mm., on a single sheet folded in half; postal stamps, remnants of red wax seal. Most uncommon autograph letter by the naturalist Lhotsky, written off the Cornish coast in...
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...
London: Kent and Richards, 1849.
The squatter and the KangaroosSmall octavo, lithograph frontispiece and engraved title page; rebound in half morocco and blue cloth, from the library of the 'Sydney Mechanics School of Art', with attendant stamps, foxed and thumbed. A reissue of A Visit to the Antipodes (1846)...
London: J. Souter, November 1824.
Idealised Australian parkland viewHand-coloured aquatint, 265 x 355 mm., mounted. An attractive plate from the Joseph Lycett's Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Dieman's Land, published in London in 1825 and a landmark in the development of Australian illustrated books. Lycett...
London: D. Walther, 1838. Octavo; stab-sewn as issued. First edition of this scarce emigrant tract. Copies of this pamphlet, which offered sound advice to emigrants for the outward voyage, were issued by their prospective colonial employers whose name often appears in the space provided on the title. Whilst this copy...
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...
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...
Sydney: 25 July 1821.
The beginnings of the Strathallan estate in TasmaniaFolio; manuscript in ink on vellum, 303 x 390 mm; in fine original condition, with suspended paper seal. A good, early grant by Macquarie as fifth governor, with the signatures of Charles Whelan as witness and Frederick Goulburn...
Madrid: Imprenta Real, after, 1827.
Australian plants in the botanical gardens of MadridThick 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...
Sydney: 31 October, 1815.
To Marsden's fellow-traveller and authorFolio; manuscript in ink on vellum, 262 x 445 mm.; with suspended paper seal. An original grant of land made in the year that the road to Bathurst was officially opened. Bathurst was the first settlement to be opened west of...
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...
London: Harrison & Co., 1785.
The Leverian and beyond: natural history for the popular marketTwo volumes, folio, with 100 handcoloured engraved plates (most incorporating from four to eight images); title-pages printed in black and red; contemporary marbled calf, very skilfully rebacked to match, preserving original red and green labels...
Melbourne: Robert S. Brain, 1885 -, 1890.
An overlooked classic of Australian natural historyTwo 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...
London: John Murray, 1844.
Bathurst and Homebush by a great woman naturalistSmall octavo, 164 pp., half title, one page of illustrations; in modern tan calf, gilt. A fine and engaging work by Louisa Anne Meredith, better known for her long and industrious career in Tasmania, but here publishing an...
Concord, New Hampshire: Rufus Merrill, 1844.
New Hampshire whaling chapbookDuodecimo, 24 pp., woodcut vignettes, recent plain wrappers. Early chapbook on the American whaling industry, describing the types of whales and their respective yields in oil. Includes an abridged yet powerful description of the loss of the whaler Essex, accompanied...