Natural History

  • # 16384

    MARSDEN, William

    The history of Sumatra,

    containing an account of the government, laws, customs, and manners of the native inhabitants,with a description of the natural productions, and a relation of the ancient political state of that island. The third edition, with corrections, additions, and plates. London : printed for the author, [1810] – 1811. Quarto, full crushed morocco, elaborately decorated in …

  • # 16128

    SEEBOHM, Henry (1832 - 1895); BOWDLER SHARPE, R. (1847 - 1909)

    A monograph of the Turdidae, or family of thrushes.

    By the late Henry Seebohm, … edited and completed (after the author’s death) by R. Bowdler Sharpe, Lld., F.L.S., etc. London : Henry Sotheran & Co., 1902. Two volumes, thick quarto, publisher’s binding of half red morocco over red cloth bound boards, gilt ruled, spine in compartments, ruled and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, …

  • # 16359

    Introduction to Anthropology. By Theodor Waitz …

    Edited, with numerous additions by the author, from the first volume of Anthropologie der Naturvölker by J. Frederick Collingwood. Series title: Anthropology of primitive peoples. Volume the first. London : Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts for the Anthropological Society of London, 1863. First edition in English. Large octavo, original brown blind ruled ribbed cloth, the …

  • # 16358

    SMUTS, Johanne

    Dissertatio zoologica, enumerationem mammalium Capensium continens tribus tabulis adjunctis

    Leidae [Leiden] : Apud J.C. Cyfveer, 1832. Quarto, quarter calf over marbled boards (worn), spine with raised bands and gilt decoration, marbled endpapers, pp [4], vi, 108, 3 plates (2 colour), loose double sheet with Theses and poem by H. Schlegel [109-110], [1] corrigenda. Text in Latin. An early nineteenth century dissertation on the mammals of …

  • # 16354

    The Tower Menagerie comprising the Natural History of the Animals contained in that Establishment; with Anecdotes of their Characters and History

    London : Robert Jennings, 1829. First edition. Octavo, original quarter bound green morocco over plain boards (lightly marked), spine with gilt lettering, xviii, 241 pp, illustrated. A good copy. A fascinating early nineteenth publication which serves as a guide book to the collection of exotic animals kept at the menagerie of the Tower of London, …

  • # 16351

    LEGRAND, Augustin

    Album de la jeunesse : mélange d’histoire naturelle, minéraux, plantes, animaux,

    leur emploi dans la vie : quelques élémens des sciences exactes : tableaux astronomiques, cosmographiques et géographiques, costumes, naturels de diverses contrées du globe, anecdotes curieuses, chasses on pêches, d’après nos célèbres voyageurs, accompagné de courtes explications. Paris : Librairie de Gide fils, [1830?]. Oblong quarto, later papered boards with the front panel of the …

  • # 16324

    BERTHELOT, Sabin

    [NATURAL HISTORY] Considérations sur l’acclimatement et la domestication exposées dans le but de

    démontrer l’importance des jardins et des ménagéries d’acclimatation pour la propagation des animaux et des plantes utiles. Paris : Bethune et Plon, 1844. Octavo, publisher’s printed blue wrappers (loss of paper to spine, back cover with some staining and small tear to one edge), viii, 40 pp (unopened, waterstain penetrating all pages but not affecting print). In …

  • # 16124

    Photographer unknown.

    Buchan Caves, Gippsland : photographic views of cave interiors

    [Victoria, Australia : Photographer and publisher unknown, circa 1947]. Seventeen black and white photographs, in format 55 x 84 mm, all with printed captions in the negative; in corner mounts (i.e. the photographs are removable) on 3 album pages; all in fine condition. The honeycomb of limestone caves located near the township of Bucan in …

  • # 16123

    Photographer unknown.

    Cave House, Jenolan, circa 1897

    Albumen print photograph, 205 x 155 mm, laid down on its original board mount; manuscript caption in negative ‘Cave House Jenolan’ followed by indistinct sequence number ‘1681’ (?); no photographer’s imprint; albumen print in good condition with a few light marks; mount with scattered foxing recto and verso. The Jenolan Caves, located in the Blue …

  • # 16440

    SEEBOHM, Henry (1832 - 1895).

    The geographical distribution of the family Charadriidae, or the plovers, sandpipers, snipes, and their allies.

    London : Henry Sotheran, 1887 – 88. Quarto, gilt-lettered green cloth (edges a little worn), rebacked, bookplate for Harry Forbes Witherby to front pastedown, presentation inscription on notepaper tipped-on to front free endpaper ‘The editors of The Auk with the author’s complts. Christmas, 1887’, label from the Nature Conservancy Council Library Service with note ‘Bought …

  • # 16448

    ROWLEY, George Dawson (1822 - 1878)

    Ornithological miscellany

    London : Trubner and Co; Bernard Quaritch; R. H. Porter, [1875] 1876 – 1878. Three volumes, quarto, twentieth century half-calf over cloth, spines a little sunned, lettered and ruled in gilt, vol. I pp. vi; 322, vol. II pp. vi; 477, vol. III pp. vi; 276, 135 lithographed and wood-engraved plates after Keulemans and Smit, …

  • # 15788

    DIGGLES, Silvester, 1817-1880

    The ornithology of Australia : being illustrations of 244 Australian birds, with descriptive letter-press.

    A rarely offered complete set of one of the most important Australian ornithological publications of the nineteenth century. [Brisbane : Printed for the author by T.P. Pugh, 1866-1870]. Folio, nineteenth century gilt-lettered cloth (joints a little worn), bookplate to the front pastedown of English ornithologist George Dawson Rowley, manuscript list of plates tipped-in, manuscript title leaf supplied …

  • # 15838

    PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804

    Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.

    Rare complete set, in contemporary bindings, of the official account of the Baudin voyage. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte générale de la Nouvelle Hollande, along with many significant charts of the southern Australian coastline (“Terre Napoléon”), superb …

  • # 15786

    BRENCHLEY, Julius Lucius, 1816-1873

    Jottings during the cruise of H. M. S. Curaçoa among the South Sea Islands in 1865

    Naturalist Julius Brenchley’s account of one of the most significant scientific expeditions to the Western Pacific of the nineteenth century. London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873. Octavo, gilt-illustrated green cloth (rebacked, a little edge worn), endpapers replaced, folding chromolithograph frontispiece; pp xxviii, 487; colour map; 8 full page wood engravings; 36 text vignettes; chromolithographs; 50 …

  • # 15954

    WHITE, Adam

    The instructive picture book, or a few attractive lessons from the natural history of animals

    Ninth edition. With many new illustrations by Mrs. Blackburn, Gourlay Steel, R.S.A. &c. &c. Edinburgh : Edmonston and Douglas, circa 1875. Folio, full black roan, ruled in gilt (worn), marbled endpapers, presentation inscription dated 1875 to preliminary blank, hand-coloured lithographed half-title, pp. 36, printed in double columns, 27 double page hand-coloured plates of mammals, reptiles, …

  • # 16028

    ROSSETTI, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894; BEWICK, John, 1760-1795 (artist)

    [WOMBAT] O uommibatto

    [Title from first line of poem]. [Beecroft, N.S.W.] : Blackdawn Press, 1989. Edition limited to “50 copies for friends of the Blackdawn Press, 1989”. Broadsheet, 340 x 220 mm, hand-set and hand-printed for private circulation to friends of the printer; illustration reproduces Bewick’s engraving of a wombat; a fine copy. Text in Italian. It is …

  • # 16079

    SCHUBERT, Gotthilf Heinrich von (1780-1860)

    [PLATYPUS; KANGAROO] Lehrbuch der Naturgeschichte für Schulen und zum Selbstunterricht.

    Erlangen : Carl Heyder, [1846]. Octavo, contemporary half pebbled cloth over marbled papered boards (rubbed), spine with gilt lettering and ornament, marbled edges, title page with old blank slip label, pp 459, [4], illustrated with 12 hand-coloured engraved plates including small depictions of the platypus (plate X) and kangaroo (plate XI); scattered foxing and browning, …

  • # 15996

    HOWCHIN, Walter (1845-1937)

    [GEOLOGY] Glacial beds of Cambrian Age in South Australia

    [London : Geological Society, 1908]. “From the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society for May 1908, Vol. lxiv”. Octavo, original printed wrappers, a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the upper wrapper  for ‘Jas. Mackintosh Bell, Esq., M.A., PhD.’; p. 234-259, [8] leaves of plates, line drawings; a good copy. The only copy of this offprint …

  • # 15558

    JESSE, Edward (1780 – 1868)

    Scenes and tales from country life : with recollections of natural history.

    London : John Murray, 1844. First edition. Octavo, binding by J. Larkins in half calf over marbled boards, spine in compartments with gilt ornament and contrasting label lettered in gilt, previous owner’s bookplate to pastedown; pp vii-396; plates with mild foxing. Lowndes, p.1199.

  • # 15732

    LINNE, Carl von (1707 - 1778)

    [KANGAROO]. Des Ritters Carl von Linné vollständiges Natursystem :

    nach der zwölften lateinischen Ausgabe, und nach Anleitung des holländischen Houttuynischen Werks, mit einer ausführlichen Erklärung, ausgefertiget von Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller. Nürnberg : Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1773 – 1776. Octavo, six volumes bound in eight, plus supplement, contemporary half-calf over papered boards, spines in compartments, contrasting gilt-lettered morocco title labels (a little worn but …

  • # 15367

    BEWICK, Thomas (1753-1828)

    A general history of quadrupeds.

    / The figures engraved on wood by Thomas Bewick. Newcastle upon Tyne : T. Bewick and S. Hodgson, 1800. Fourth edition. Large octavo, contemporary diced russia (worn, joints repaired), spine rubbed, title with mild foxing, 525 pp, illustrated with numerous wood-engravings and 111 vignettes, internally clean. First published in 1790, Bewick’s General history is noted for its faithful depictions presented …

  • # 15812

    Maker unknown.

    [MICROSCOPE SLIDE] Hairs of Australian Oppossum (sic)

    [s.l. : s.n., circa 1880]. Glass microscope slide, 77 x 27 mm, maker’s small paper label with manuscript ‘Hairs of Australian Oppossum (sic)’; in fine condition.

  • # 14850

    LEWIN, John William, 1770-1819

    A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq.

    A fine example, in original condition, of one of the rarest illustrated works of Australian natural history. London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. Folio, original publisher’s binding of quarter crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt ‘Lewin’s Birds of New Holland’, green cloth covered boards, yellow endpapers, pp [iv], 26 etched plates with original gouache hand-colouring, …

  • # 15783

    BULLER, Walter Lawry, 1838-1906; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912

    A history of the birds of New Zealand.

    Scarce first edition of an acclaimed ornithological work, illustrated by J.G. Keulemans. London : John Van Voorst, 1873. First edition, printed in an edition of 500 copies. Quarto, contemporary full crushed blue morocco by Leighton of London (edges a little rubbed) with armorial crest of the house of Dutton, spine in compartments, lettered in gilt; …

  • # 15787

    SHELLEY, George Ernest, Captain, 1840-1910; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912

    A monograph of the nectariinidæ, or family of sun-birds.

    Rare privately printed ornithological work, with some of the finest illustrations of bird artist J. G. Keulemans. London : published by the author, 1876-1880. Printed in an edition of 250 copies. Three volumes, quarto, gilt-lettered blue crushed morocco over marbled boards (lightly rubbed), marbled endpapers, the bookplate of J. Hamilton Leigh to pastedowns; top edges gilt; …

  • # 15789

    DRESSER, H.E., 1838-1915; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912

    A monograph of the coraciidæ, or the family of the rollers.

    Scarce privately printed ornithological work, illustrated by J.G. Keulemans. Farnborough, Kent : published by the author at Topclyffe Grange, 1893. Printed in an edition of 250 copies. Folio, full crushed morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, spine in compartments, lettered in gilt; bookplate for Nowell Peach to front pastedown, marbled endpapers, title page remargined; pp xx, 111; 27 fine hand-coloured …

  • # 15430

    [Compiler unknown]

    Album of pressed seaweed specimens collected in New South Wales and Victoria, circa 1860.

    Small quarto, 240 x 200 mm, original half green calf over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, upper board with ornate green calf title label lettered in gilt ‘SEA WEEDS’, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, front pastedown with binder’s ticket of ‘Oldland & May, Corn St., Bristol’; verso of front endpaper with pencilled initials ‘C-JBW’, apparently …

  • # 15734

    Photographer unknown.

    The Hanging Rock, Woodend, Victoria

    [Melbourne : Maker unknown, circa 1900]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original paper label with typed caption and sequence number, 23. The Hanging Rock, Woodend, Victoria; in fine condition. A beautiful photographic view of one of the most romanticised natural attractions in Victoria.

  • # 15733


    [NEW ZEALAND; ANGLING] Auckland Acclimatisation Society. License to Fish for Trout. Season 1895/6.

    Auckland, N.Z. : W. McCullough, typ., [1890]. Single sheet, 205 x 220 mm; recto with manuscript entries recording issue to the Hon. H.S. O’Grady of Derbyshire [Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1847-1927] on 6 December 1895; endorsed in red ink: ‘This License is available for all the waters of the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. H.A. …

  • # 15428


    The North London Natural History Society. Syllabus, January to June, 1894.

    [Southwark : Ash & Co., Printers], [1894]. Folding card, duodecimo (115 x 77 mm), printed on [4] sides; in fine condition. The syllabus for this amateur group included lectures on “Are the Planets Inhabited?”; “Ferns”; “Native Poisonous Plants”, and “Abnormal Appearances in 1893”, as well as several field excursions.

  • # 15264

    BECKER, W. (lithographer)

    Album of the finest birds of all countries

    Philadephia : Weik & Wieck, c. 1850. Oblong folio, pictorial silk (a few stains), rebacked, 25 hand coloured lithograph plates of birds from around the world, a very good copy. The German-American firm of Weik and Wieck, described on the upper board as ‘Publishers and Importers’, are recorded as being in partnership from at least 1853. …

  • # 15432

    CRANWELL, Thomas

    Album of New Zealand pressed ferns in a presentation rimu wood binding

    Auckland : T. Cranwell, [between 1875 and 1890]. Quarto, 280 x 220 mm, original rimu wood boards with incised decoration, upper board with ‘New Zealand Ferns’ carved in raised relief, original morocco backstrip with blind tooling ruled in gilt, front pastedown with nineteenth century binder’s ticket reading ‘Prepared and mounted by T. Cranwell, Parnell, Auckland, N.Z.’; front endpaper …

  • # 15626

    CHERRY, J. W. (John William), 1824-1869; LAKE, J.W.; DEGOTARDI, Johann Nepomuk, 1823-1882.

    [SHEET MUSIC] Shells of ocean /​ words by J.W. Lake ; music by J.W. Cherry.

    Sydney : Woolcott and Clarke, [1853 or 1854]. Folio, disbound, original illustrated wrappers lithographed by John Degotardi (old paper reinforcement to original stitching and small closed tear at fore-edge), 6 pp of engraved music notation for voice and piano; page 2 has a publisher’s advertisement at the head of the music; internally very clean, a good example. …

  • # 15484

    BAILEY, Frederick Manson, and GORDON, Patrick Robertson

    Plants reputed poisonous and injurious to stock (signed copy).

    Brisbane : James C. Beal, 1887. Octavo, green cloth (fine), signed by the author in pencil to title page, pp. 112, 44 lithographed plates. Ferguson 6514

  • # 15421

    MARINELAND; CAYLEY, Neville, 1886-1950 (illustrator)

    The “Oceanarium” at Marineland, Manly, New South Wales : a guide to the fishes to be found near Sydney and on view in the Oceanarium.

    Manly, NSW : Marineland Pty. Ltd., [between 1965 and 1970]. Octavo booklet, pictorial wrappers (very lightly marked), staple bound, 16 pp, colour illustrations by Neville Cayley; a very good copy. Two copies are recorded in Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales)

  • # 15223

    British ornithologists' union expedition, 1909-1911 ; OGILVIE-GRANT, W. R.

    Reports on the collections made by the British Ornithologists’ Union Expedition and the Wollaston Expedition in Dutch New Guinea, 1910-13.

    London : Francis Edwards, 1916. Limited edition of 150 copies (no. 110), printed on large paper. Two volumes, large quarto, in original printed blue wrappers (one corner slightly bumped), illustrated with 28 black and white and 13 colour plates, and line drawings in the text, 2 folding colour maps, pages unopened, a fine set. A substantial, …

  • # 15239

    Art in taxidermy

    Chicago : Jonas Brothers, 1930. First edition. Quarto, pictorial textured card wrappers, sepia tone photographic illustrations throughout; a pristine copy.

  • # 13816

    SAY, Thomas (1787-1834)

    Description of the land and fresh water shells of the United States.

    Philadelphia : [Mitchell, Ames and White], 1819. “From Mitchell, Ames & White’s third edition of Nicholson’s Encyclopedia” (title page). Octavo, plain wrappers, upper section of title page with late nineteenth century paper restoration, [24] pp, illustrated with 4 engraved plates; scattered foxing. Sabin, 77380. Rare. Not in Shaw-Shoemaker, Early American imprints. Series II (1801-1819). The bibliography in Turton’s A …

  • # 15368

    BEWICK, Thomas (1753-1828)

    History of British birds

    The figures engraved on wood by T. Bewick. Vol. I. containing the history and description of land birds. Newcastle : Sol. Hodgson, for Beilby & Berwick, 1797. First edition. Large octavo, contemporary diced russia (worn, joints repaired), spine rubbed, title with mild foxing, 335 pp, illustrated with numerous wood-engravings, one quire loose. A second volume appeared in 1804.  

  • # 15363

    Taronga Zoological Park Trust

    Official illustrated guide to Taronga Zoological Park Sydney

    Sydney : Alfred James Kent, c. 1930. Oblong octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 84, illustrated.

  • # 14953

    HANNAFORD, Samuel (1827-1874)

    Jottings in Australia: or, Notes on the flora and fauna of Victoria

    :  with a catalogue of the more common plants, their habitats and dates of flowering. Melbourne : James J. Blundell Co., 1856. Small octavo, original limp roan with title in gilt to front, spine with contemporary paper label in manuscript (some loss at head and tail), pp [iv], [1], 100 (interleaved with blank pages); the …

  • # 14950

    MITCHELL, Peter Chalmers

    [THYLACINE] Official Guide to the Zoological Society of London.

    Cover title: The Zoological Society, London. Official Guide to the Gardens Regents Park. London : Harrison & Sons [for The Zoological Society], [1929]. 26th edition. Royal octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers (a little creased), pp i-xviii, 1-106, xix-xxii, photographic illustrations, folding map; bottom corners dog-eared and some damp marks to outer leaves; else a good …

  • # 12490

    Antonio de Ulloa y de la Torre Giral, 1716-1795; Antonio de and Jorge Juan y Santacilla, 1713-1773

    Observaciones astronómicas, y phisicas hechas de orden de S. Mag. en los reynos del Perù

    $6,000 USD Por D. Jorge Juan … y D. Antonio de Ulloa … de las quales se deduce la figura, y magnitud de la tierra, y se aplica a la navegacion. En Madrid : Impresso de orden del rey nuestro señor, por Juan de Zuñiga, Año M.D.CC.XL.VIII. [1748]. First edition. Folio, contemporary full speckled calf …

  • # 14751

    BLAINVILLE, H.-M. Ducrotay de (Henri-Marie Ducrotay), 1777-1850

    [PLATYPUS] Lettre de M.H.D. de Blainville à M. le rédacteur de l’Echo du Monde savant,

     au sujet de l'ornithorhynque. Paris : Imprimerie de Decourchant, [1835]. Offprint from the scientific review L'Echo du monde savant, t.1, nos 46, 47 (1835). Octavo, later papered boards preserving the original manuscript title label, pp 16; a very good copy.  A scarce work on the taxonomy of the platypus by the French anatomist and zoologist Henri-Marie Ducrotay de …

  • # 14623

    MACLAURIN, Colin (1698-1746)

    A Treatise of Fluxions In Two Books

    Edinburgh : T.W. and T. Ruddimans, MDCCXLII [1742]. First edition. Two volumes, quarto, contemporary calf (scuffed and worn, rebacked and recased, preserving the original title labels). Vol. I: previous owner's wet stamps to front paste down and half title, early newspaper clippings to first blank opposite the half title, half title, title page (early ownership …

  • # 14516

    WOODBRIDGE, W.C. (William Channing), 1794-1845

    [HAWAII] He hoikehonua, he mea ia e hoakaka’i i ke ano o ka honua nei, a me na mea maluna iho :

    ua unuhi ia noloko mai o ka hoikehonua / a W.C. Woodbridge. [=A geography, something describing the form of the earth, and things on it.]. Oahu : Mea Pai Palapala a na Misionari, 1836. Second edition. Octavo, original printed papered boards, rebacked with new spine, front pastedown with early manuscript dedication and modern bookplate, front …

  • # 15427


    The North London Natural History Society. Syllabus, February to June, 1892

    Southwark : Ash & Co., Printers, [1892]. Folding card, duodecimo (115 x 77 mm), printed on [4] sides; in fine condition. The syllabus for this amateur group included lectures on “The Skinning and Stuffing of Birds”; “Is the Earth Becoming Colder?”, and “The Occupiers of Space”, as well as several field excursions.  

  • # 15234

    CARSON, James C. L.

    The form of the horse, as it lies open to the inspection of the ordinary observer.

    London : SImpkin, Marshall & Co., 1862. Second edition. Duodecimo, gilt-decorated cloth, front joint shaken, pp. 158, a very good copy.

  • # 15418

    BARRETT, Charles

    The Sun tree book

    Quarto, publisher’s pictorial wrappers (a few small rust spots), 44 pp, photographic illustrations throughout; centre pages loosened due to rusted staples, else a clean copy. Includes a good article on Victoria’s Giant Mountain Ash.