Natural history & science
London: Gresham Publishing Company, 1907.
For equine connoisseurs Nine volumes, quarto, colour frontispieces and plates, folding tables; bright original decorated cloth with the bookplate of Henry White. A most attractive set in original art nouveau bindings of this complete guide to equine veterinary care, husbandry and pedigrees; profusely illustrated throughout... More
London: 1834-, 1835.
Charles Babbage's son at university before moving to Australia Engraved Certificate, 265 x 366mm, fine. Decorative document certifying that Babbage diligently attended the lectures in the Senior Mathematical Class during the session of 1834-35, and was presented with the First Certificate. More
London: 1833-, 1834.
Charles Babbage's son at university before moving to Australia Engraved Certificate, 265 x 366mm. Decorative document certifying that Benjamin Herschel Babbage (1815-1878; Charles Babbage's son) diligently attended the lectures in the Second Class of Mathematics (1st Division) during the session of 1833-34; as well as a First... More
London: Charles Knight, 1832.
Babbage's most successful work Small octavo, engraved title-page, original maroon cloth. Second edition of Charles Babbage's most successful work: there were four editions between 1832 and 1835 and the book was translated into at least six European languages. Babbage wrote this at the time he was... More
Sydney: Government Printer, 1924.
With colour plates of Austrailain timbers Oblong octavo, photo plates, original blue cloth. The first comprehensive scientific assessment of Australian timbers for use in the production of pulp and paper products, with its curiously appealing coloured plates showing microscopic details of wood-fibres.The authors focused on species... More
London: J. Cooke, 1787-1790. Original eighteenth century engraving, 120 x 175 mm. (image size). Engraving of Stubb's kangaroo, disbound from Bankes' New System of Geography. More
Wool in England; preface probably by Joseph Banks 12mo, uncut, recent marbled wrappers. Rare: an intriguing pamphlet on the vexed question of the importation of wool into England, with a preface thought to have been contributed by Sir Joseph Banks.The West Countryman John Anstie had first mooted a.... More
The cassowary Handcoloured engraving, 160 x 230mm. A fine rendering of the Cassowary from the account of the Baudin voyage to Australia and the Pacific.The expedition's artist was Charles-Alexandre Lesueur who set out on Baudin's expedition as an assistant gunner, and it wasn't until mass desertions, including all... More
London: Alecto Historical Editions, 1989.
From an edition of 35 Very large folio, 624 x 490mm, with a series of 15 engraved plates after Bauer, in two states, sepia and bound, or hand-coloured (by Karen Lightfoot or Helen Wellard) and unbound; number XV, in the original cloth-backed marbled boards, the... More
Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1555.
Exotica, real and imaginary Small octavo, with title-page bearing striking printer's device, three maps including double-page plan of Mt. Sinai, finely executed woodblock illustrations; a most attractive copy in eighteenth-century sprinkled calf, spine gilt in panels with red label. One of the first explorer-naturalists: Pierre Belon's... More
London: L. Upcott Gill, 1888.
Angling classic Octavo, frontispiece and over 150 textual engravings, many pages of advertisements; a very good copy, in the original decorated green cloth boards, gilt, A very good copy of this popular book of angling, by the fishing author John Bickerdyke. More
Paris: Annales des Sciences Naturelles, December 1826.
Separately printed and important work on the platypus 12 pp., caption-title; tipped into a modern binding of quarter linen and boards. The renowned French zoologist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on the platypus: an important study, read to the Académie des Sciences and set up... More
Fine pair of marine views by a master of the genre Two oil paintings on board, each measuring approximately 310 x 415 mm; mounted and framed, Two fine maritime oil paintings by Oswald Brierly (1817-1894) with a desirable provenance: until recent times both were housed in the collection... More
Hastings: J. Parsons, 1883.
Olive oil production in the colony of South Australia Octavo, 36 pp. (last blank), illustrated, limp cloth wrappers with printed titling label, as issued. Scarce treatise on olive cultivation by John Harris Browne (1817-1904), a physician who accompanied Sturt to the interior in 1844-1845. Some credit... More
London: Cadell and Davies, 1813.
Scotland's greatest lyric poet Five volumes, with an arresting portrait frontispiece; uniformly bound in contemporary full green polished calf with gilt ornament including a lyre in gilt on front and back covers; a most endearing set. A beautifully bound set of the complete works. The... More
London: Havell, circa 1834. Handcoloured aquatint, 642 x 450 mm. (sheet size), mounted. Born circa 1800, Priscilla Susan Bury was the daughter of a wealthy Liverpool merchant. She was raised at her family's estate, Fairfield, where exotic plants were grown in the family's hothouses. At that time, Liverpool was England's... More
London: E.W. Janson, 1874. Quarto, with three lithograph plates; in original cloth-backed printed green boards. This study of the butterflies and moths of New Zealand, made as part of the scientific surveys during the voyage of the Erebus and Terror, was issued separately, but also formed part of the general... More
London: Printed for the Society, 1900. Large quarto, original blue printed front wrapper for Transactions of the Zoological Society bound in, pp. 109-290 (complete); 18 coloured plates depicting cassowaries, 2 maps with hand-coloured hatching, 4 plates of photographic reproductions; an excellent copy in contemporary half morocco, boards rubbed, spine neatly... More
London: Lovell Reeve, 1856. Small octavo, eight coloured plates including frontispiece, with publisher's advertisements, in attractive original gilt decorated green cloth. Charming first edition of this light-hearted natural history distraction by the daughter of English novelist Charles Kingsley, featuring a frontispiece and seven detailed coloured plates of ferns.The author prefaces... More
London: Rivington, 1822.
Exotic plants for English gardeners Two volumes, octavo; the original boards, early green cloth spines, original spine labels retained. One of the early works seeking to take the study of exotic botany out of the realm of the professional horticulturalist and make it accessible to the gardeners... More
London: 1845. Handcoloured zincograph print, mounted. Handcoloured print of the Australian species Oxylobium Ovalifoloium, from Swan River, Western Australia.Species closely related to another legumious plant of Australia; Oxylobium retusum, "a handsome greenhouse shrub, native of King George's Sound in New Holland, whence seeds were brought by Mr. J. Richardson. The... More
Circa, 1845. Handcoloured zincograph, with accompanying page of text attached; mounted, approx 270 x 210mm. The Labichea is an Australian plant found on the Western Coast and also parts of Sydney.From The Floral Cabinet or Magazine of Exotic Botany by Knowles & Westcott. More
London: Circa. 1840. Handcoloured zincograph; mounted, picture approx 200 x 260 mm. A handcoloured print taken from The Floral Cabinet by Knowles & Westcott of the Australian Veronica Formosa.Accompanying text attached. More
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 Sir... More
London: Royal College, 1973. Large folio, with 30 engravings; original black Nigerian goatskin and Japanese silk, housed in a protective buckram case. One of the finest botanical productions of all time. The Royal College of Art's printing of these original eighteenth-century copper-plates appeared in an edition of only 100 numbered... More