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Sydney: James Waugh 1857-, 1858. Six issues, octavo, all but one in original printed wrappers. The Sydney Magazine published the proceedings of the Australian Horticultural and Agricultural Society, and the Philosophical Society of New South Wales. These six issues include a variety of articles; including viticulture, horticultural exhibitions and prizes...
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds and Curtis, 1805.
Banks on disease in cornOctavo, six engraved plates in the first work, and one folding engraved plate by Bauer in the second work; contemporary half calf (restored). One of remarkably few works by Joseph Banks to have appeared in print. Despite...
London: printed for J. Harding, 1805.
Sir Joseph Banks in printOctavo, 32 pp. including the half-title, with a folding plate; with the half-title in "Mackaness" morocco, with the Mackaness bookplate. One of remarkably few works published by Banks, but an apt demonstration of his wide range of scientific interest...
Lisboa: na Typografia da Mesma Academia, 1848.
A celebration of Sir Joseph BanksQuarto, 11 pages, laid paper watermarked 1843, original plain paper wrappers. Attractive copy of a very unusual work, a paper presented in Portuguese in 1843 on the life of Sir Joseph Banks. Manoel Maria José da Costa...
London: John Van Voorst, 1860.
With coloured lithographs after AngasOctavo, with eight handcoloured lithograph plates by George French Angas; in green half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. First edition: a handsome copy of this popular book by the well-travelled naturalist. "The drawings, with a few exceptions, are from the...
London: Fisher Son & Co, 1834. Engraving, 230 x 145mm (plate size). Fine portrait of the great botanist as a young man. Hooker was born at Norwich in 1785. Following his father's fascination with exotic plants, he showed a precocious interest in botany and in 1809, through the encouragement of...
London: J K Sherwin, circa 1779.
Very first proof copy of first separately issued portrait of CookEngraving, artist's proof copy 275 x 235 mm, mounted and framed. A proof impression (before title, date and some letters) of the first issue of the first separately published engraving of Captain Cook...
New York: Benjamin Gomez, circa 1779. Engraving, 13 x 10 cm. mounted and in a handsome early timber frame. Engraved portrait appeared as frontispiece to the New York octavo edition of third voyage, the image is based on Nathaniel Dance's original portrait, commissioned by Joseph Banks, for which Cook sat...
Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871.
The Straits of MagellanOctavo, with a coloured folding map and 21 lithograph plates; in the original green cloth. Scarce account of an exploration of the Strait of Magellan. Cunningham was appointed naturalist aboard the Nassau, a steamer sent to work on the survey of...
Paris: Didot, 1753.
With Dampier's famous botanical plates newly engravedDuodecimo, two folding plates, very good copy in contemporary full patterned calf. With voyage accounts extracted from the larger published accounts of Françoise Pelsart, Abel Tasman, William Dampier and Willem Schouten. Of special interest are the two attractive folding plates.....
Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1754.
Dampier for German readersQuarto, with 26 maps and plates (numbered 1-25 with a plate 10 bis); contemporary calf. German compendium of travel accounts published in the mid-eighteenth-century, including Dampier's voyages and excellent maps of Australia and the South Pacific. This single volume from a....
N.P. N.D., but circa 1832.
Dumont d'Urville presents his new work to a scientific opinion-makerSingle sheet of laid paper, 207 x 260 mm., folded vertically to form a letter, written in a small and neat hand to first page and addressed – but not stamped – to the last...
Padova: Tipografia e Fonderia, 1819-, 1820.
The continuing influence of French gardens and Malmaison12 volumes, octavo, a fresh fine set in the original printed blue paper wrappers, some wear at spines and evidence of earlier tape repairs, early Milanese bookseller's advertisement to front, very good. A most appealing set...
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, circa 1826.
Original plates from the Duperrey voyageThree original parts, folio, containing a total of 29 plates, 6 of which are in original colouring; completely unbound as issued, original printed wrappers. A substantial series of botanical plates from the finely-illustrated Duperrey voyage, published in Paris between...
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...
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.....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...