Natural History

  • # 28110

    LEWIS-JONES, Huw, et al.

    Explorers’ Sketchbooks : The Art of Discovery & Adventure

    London : Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2016. Oblong quarto, laminated boards, cloth spine, pp. 320, extensively illustrated. New copy. Includes works by Roald Amundsen, Thomas Baines, Ludwig Becker, Charles Darwin, James Cook, Bruce Chatwin, Eugene von Guerard, William Hodges, Marianne North, Sydney Parkinson, Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Abel Tasman, James Wallis, John White and …

  • # 27610

    Maker unknown.

    [PLATYPUS] Hand-painted magic lantern glass slide with depictions of exotic animals.

    [U.K. : s.n., circa 1860]. Panorama format (45 x 235 mm sight), set within the original timber mount (70 x 260 mm), with four hand-painted designs over an opaque black-painted background, each with a caption etched by hand: Ornithorhincus (sic); Flying Squirrel; Beaver; Otter; no maker’s label or imprint; the slide is in very good …

  • # 27682


    The Sydney Mail Annual, Wednesday 21 November 1934

    Sydney : Sydney Mail, 1934. Folio (405 mm tall), wonderful illustrated colour wrappers signed F. W. (lower wrapper defective), pp. 60, numerous advertisements, illustrated articles about society, fashion, a Royal Visit, golfing in Melbourne, an air disaster at Longreach, etc. A fine Australian art deco publication.

  • # 27592

    VORPHAL, Frank

    Georg Forster : the South Seas at Wörlitz

    Munich : Hirmer Verlag, 2019. Quarto, pictorial boards, pp. 208, illustrated. New copy, sealed in shrinkwrap. At the age of seventeen Georg Forster embarked on a voyage around the world with the famous Captain James Cook. Shortly after his return in 1775 the explorer met the open-minded Prince Franz of Dessau and his consort Louise …

  • # 27923

    RIENITS, Rex and Thea

    Early artists of Australia

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1963. Quarto, cloth in illustrated dustjacket (a few silverfish marks, price clipped), patterned endpapers, pp. x; 246, illustrated. A very good copy. A valuable survey of the first European artworks of the Australian continent, including chapters on Cook’s artists, the First Fleet, Thomas Watling, William Westall, John William Lewin, George …

  • # 27867

    MARGOCSY, Paul

    Paul Margocsy

    Melbourne : Delshan Art Gallery. 2007. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 16, illustrated. Invitation card enclosed. Exhibition of watercolours by the popular Australian ornithological artist.

  • # 27217

    DANCE, S. Peter

    The art of natural history

    New York : Arch Cape Press, 1990. First published 1978. Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket, pp. 224, extensively illustrated. A detailed monograph on the history of natural history illustration.

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 27341

    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 …

  • # 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.

  • # 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, …

  • # 27308

    SMITH, Bernard and WHEELER, Alwyne (eds.)

    The art of the First Fleet & other early Australian drawings

    Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1988. Folio, cloth in dustjacket, pp. 256, illustrated. A significant survey of Australia’s earliest colonial art, including ethnographical studies, natural history drawings, early views of Sydney and New South Wales as well as early maps.

  • # 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 …