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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...
Germany? circa 1851.
Travelling menagerie including an Australian dingoTwo broadsheets (400 x 243 mm.; 218 x 380 mm.). Two wonderful German broadsheets, advertising a travelling zoo. Among the fascinating animals listed as being exhibited, the Australian dingo makes a rather surprising inclusion. The 1840s and 1850s had witnessed a....
Paris: Deterville, 1817.
Cuvier's great zoology, including Australian insects from the Baudin voyageFour volumes, octavo, 15 engraved plates by C.-L. Laurillard a handsome set, with all four half-titles, in contemporary quarter calf over mottled papered boards, gilt, double spine labels in red & green. First edition of this germinal...
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1877-, 1878.
Monotremes by the great French scientific publisherFour lithographed plates measuring 552 x 362 mm., one coloured; with accompanying text comprising two unopened quarto gatherings, both plates and text separately preserved in the publishers blue printed titling wrappers. Beautifully preserved monograph on the New Guinea...
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, circa 1860.
A compassionate approach to natureOblong album containing 119 handcoloured plates, recent red cloth. Attractive collection of coloured zoological plates prepared for British schoolchildren during the mid-nineteenth century, including two Australian species (an emu and a kangaroo). The plates were issued by...
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...
Paris: Pillet aîné, 1825.
Report on the zoology of the Freycinet voyageOctavo, 16 pp., quarter calf. Rare report by Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on the zoological volume of the Freycinet voyage publication, including some personal observations on the mammals of Australia. The Zoologique section of the voyage publication was prepared by.....
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...
Uppsala: Royal Academy Press, 1822.
An Australian FaunaSmall quarto, [ii], 8 pp.; uncut and unbound, as issued. A scarce and significant academic paper, this was the first serious attempt at compiling a formal fauna of Australia, in the form of a dissertation presented by Huss before Carl Thunberg, Linnaeus's...
Milano: Giacomo Pirola, 1857.
The first guide to the natural history collections of MilanLarge 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...
Edinburgh: Lizars; and London, Bohn, 1835 to 1866.
A "complete" natural history, beautifully illustratedComplete 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...
Denmark: circa 1880.
Australian idyll and a Hyena's feastSlim lined booklet, writing exercises completed in a cursive hand, original decorated wrappers. Charming children's exercise book with engraved illustrated covers depicting a group of five kangaroos titled "Kaempekaenguru". This idyllic bushland scene, complete with a joey and its mother and...
London: F. Newberry, 1775.
First children's book to include the kangarooTwelve 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;...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Chilworth and London: Unwin Brothers, 1886.
Samoan zoologyOctavo, illustrated, presentation note to Jason Spicer tipped in, bookplate of Edward Unwin; original decorated boards. First edition: an uncommon and impressively detailed account of zoology entirely in the "Samoan Dialect". This was a presentation copy from the author, with his note...
Paris: Ducrocq, probably 1873.
With kangaroos and, more remarkably, a platypusOblong folio, 24 colour-printed plates and 41 pp. text; some browning of the paper as common for books of this era, but very good in the original red boards embossed in gilt, bumped and a little worn at edges...
London: John Long, 1902.
With the supplementary portfolio of plates.Large quarto, with 20 photogravure plates (including the frontispiece) and tipped facsimile card; with the portfolio containing the full suite of loose photogravure plates (as issued); both book and portfolio in matching half vellum with gilt blocked Royal insignia; one...
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1868-, 1876. Four volumes, quarto, each with numerous wood engraving; handsome contemporary half calf, marbled boards, endpapers and edges, gilt spines. John George Wood (1827-1889) was an ordained priest, but from the 1850's he was developing a career as a natural historian; The Illustrated Natural...