Natural History

  • # 27051

    CABOURET, Mark R.

    The premier bird painter of the colonies : the early career of Neville Henry Cayley in Victoria

    Dissertatio inauguralis. Hawksburn, Vic. : Naturalistes et Chasseurs (Dr Mark Cabouret), December 2014. Edition limited to 200 copies. Quarto, pictorial laminated covers, pp x, 52, colour illustrations, with numerous folding plates, an as new copy, signed by the author. Meticulously researched and handsome in its design, Cabouret’s splendidly illustrated monograph on Cayley makes an important …

  • # 24765

    Photographer / Publisher unknown.

    Album of Snowy and Broadrib Rivers, Croajingolong.

    [Victoria, Australia] : s.n., [1889?]. [Title from front cover]. Nineteenth century photograph album. Quarto (245 x 205 mm), original olive-green cloth over boards, the upper board with title and decorative border printed in gold (rubbed and stained), containing [32] albumen print photographs in identical 100 x 150 mm format, mounted in pairs on [9] leaves …

  • # 26936

    A. E. FOOTE (firm)

    [GEMMOLOGY] Pedagogical collection of mineral specimens in its original box, 1890s.

    Philadelphia, PA : A. E. Foote, [probably between 1890 and 1900]. Oak box, 130 x 130 x 35 mm, hinged lid with swing hook metal clasp at front; the interior of the box is divided into 25 compartments containing 22 (of the original 25) specimens, each with a tiny printed label bearing a number corresponding …

  • # 26817

    [ANGAS, George French (1822-1886)]

    Australia : a popular account of its physical features, inhabitants and productions, with the history of its colonization.

    Published under the direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education, appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, circa 1865. Duodecimo, gilt-decorated blue cloth (the upper board showing a gold miner), corners a little rubbed, all edges gilt, prize inscription to front free endpaper, folding frontispiece map printed …

  • # 26494

    BARTLETT, R. H. (Robert Henry) (1842-1911)

    A pair of tuatara. Auckland, New Zealand, 1870-73.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 106 mm (mount); verso imprinted ‘R. H. Bartlett, Photographer. Auckland. By Appointment to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, His Excellency Sir. G. F. Bowen & The Earl of Pembroke’; the albumen print is in very good condition, though slightly pale; the mount is fine. …

  • # 26491


    Moa skelton in the Christchurch Museum, early 1870s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 100 x 62 mm (mount), recto and verso with imprint of Easter & Wallis’ City Photographic Rooms, Colombo Street, Christchurch; mild crease lower left corner, otherwise very good. A rare early image of a museum display of a skeleton of Palaypteryx Elephantopus, one of the nine species of the …

  • # 26769

    Photographer unknown.

    Man holding a boomerang and spears, posed with taxidermy specimens of native Australian animals.

    [Queensland or New South Wales : s.n., between 1890 and 1900]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, uncaptioned; one edge lacking the original black paper border, otherwise in fine condition.

  • # 25710


    Narrative of the voyage of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, commanded by the late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. &c. during the years 1846-1850.

    Including discoveries and surveys in New Guinea, the Louisiade Archipelago, etc. To which is added an account of Mr. E. B. Kennedy’s expedition for the overland exploration of the Cape York Peninsula. London: T. & W. Boone, 1852. Two volumes, octavo, rebound in quarter-calf over morocco buckram, spine in compartments with gilt-lettering and ornaments, endpapers replaced, …

  • # 26213


    Views of Whakarewarewa : the hot springs of New Zealand

    Christchurch, NZ : Whitcombe & Tombs, [1903?]. Small oblong quarto (210 x 270 mm), original pictorial wrappers (light handling wear, lower wrapper with publisher’s advertisement, [36] ff., full-page black-and-white photographic views with printed captions; light foxing to bottom margin of title leaf, else internally clean; a very good copy. Features 14 photographic views of Whakarewarewa, …

  • # 24579

    Hayes, William (1735-1802)

    A natural history of British birds. 

    London : the author, [1771-1779]. Two volumes, folio, contemporary half calf over marbled boards (edges rubbed), no title page (as issued), 40 proof plates hand coloured by Hayes and his family, all but seven signed, captioned and dated; the Green Woodpecker has the signature of William Hayes and Gabriel Smith; a few spots but otherwise …

  • # 25431

    HAMLYN-HARRIS, R. et al

    Memoirs of the Queensland Museum

    Volumes I – VIII. Brisbane : The Museum, 1912-1924. Eleven volumes, quarto, generally in fine condition, each with a small collector’s wetstamp, a very good run. The volumes contain a variety of scientific articles including some on mummification of Queensland aborigines. A good run of this scientific journal.

  • # 25430

    SPENCER, Baldwin et al.

    Memoirs of the National Museum, Melbourne

    Volumes I – XII. Melbourne : The Museum, 1906-1941. Twelve volumes, quarto, the first issue with tears to the upper wrapper, the remainder mostly fine, each with a small collector’s wetstamp, a very good run. No. 1 : WOODWARD, Arthur Smith. On a carbonifirous fish fauna from the Mansfield District, Victoria. 1906. No. 2 : …

  • # 25950

    PIGOTT, Louis J.

    The bird man of Brisbane : Silvester Diggles and his ornithology of Australia

    Brisbane. : Boolarong Press, 2010. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. xii; 214, illustrated. ‘When Silvester Diggles arrived in 1855 there was little artistic or scientific talent in the small frontier town of Brisbane. By the time of his death in 1880, his paramount legacy was a large book on Australian birds, profusely illustrated with hand-coloured lithographs. …

  • # 26334

    SMITH, Bernard

    European vision and the South Pacific 1768-1850.

    A study in the history of art and ideas. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1960. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s navy cloth over boards, in dust jacket, tape marks to endpapers and adjoining leaves, fore edge foxed, 287 pp, with 171 b/w plates; internally very clean and sound, a good copy of the scarce first edition. …

  • # 25162


    Tiger-Wolf & wombat

    Also titled lower centre : Australia (Van Diemen’s Land). Lithograph printed in colour, 173 x 260 mm (image), plate number XXIV upper right, very pale foxing, else fine. Originally published in: Wilde Thiere aller Zonen. Ihre Gewohnheiten und Lebensweise, ihr Nutzen und Schaden in 60 nach der Natur gezeichneten und gemalten Tafeln zum Anschauungs-Unterricht für Schulen und …

  • # 24978

    [HOOKER, Joseph Dalton, 1817-1911]

    [ANTARCTICA] Naval Medical Supplemental Fund. Standing Orders and Regulations. (Issued to Joseph Dalton Hooker on his appointment as second surgeon on HMS Erebus)

    For the Constitution and Government of the Supplemental Fund for the Relief of the Widows of Medical Officers in the Royal Navy. [London : Council of the Royal Navy, 183-?]. Octavo (230 x 135 mm), stitched as issued with blue paper spine, pp [49]-54; the front is inscribed: ‘Mr Joseph Dalton Hooker. Admission Fee £2.6.0 …