Natural History

  • # 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 …

  • # 25207

    ERKSON, L. A., Mrs.


    Late nineteenth century album, small quarto (250 x 195 mm), original limp roan covers with cloth spine, front cover with calligraphic gold lettering ‘SEA MOSSES.’; front endpaper inscribed by the compiler ‘Mrs. L. A. Erkson, Sept. 8th 1888’, [19] paper leaves with marine algae specimens mounted recto only; in exceptional condition, all specimens fully intact …

  • # 25136

    McLEAN, Ken

    Quest for a classic winner : pedigree patterns of the racehorse

    Lexington, Kentucky : K. A. and C. J. McLean, 1987. First edition. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth, dustjacket (foxed), pp. x; 267, illustrated, pale foxing to edges and preliminaries, a good copy. A classic text on thoroughbred breeding. Scarce.

  • # 24946

    VRHOVEC, Ivan

    Australija in nje otoki. [Australia and its Islands.]

    Celôvec [i.e. Klagenfurt] : Družba sv. Mohorja, 1899. First edition. Octavo (205 x 130 mm), original pictorial wrappers (very lightly foxed), pp [ii], 224 pp, wood engraved illustrations throughout, maps; text in Slovenian; clean and sound, a near fine copy. This somewhat obscure book was printed at the press of the Catholic St. Mohor Society …

  • # 25100

    BOLAM, A. G.

    The Trans-Australian Wonderland

    Melbourne : McCubbin-James Press, 1923. First edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (small chip and wear), pp. 97, illustrated. The Aboriginal inhabitants and natural environment of Western and South Australia.

  • # 25446

    [THYLACINE] Mammifères d’Australie (Australian mammals)

    Belgium : Liebig, [1955]. Complete set of 6 trade cards, each 73 x 110 mm, rectos with illustrations of thylacine and wombat; dingo and spotted quoll; flying fox; rock wallaby and kangaroo rat; echidna and devil cat, and elephant seal; versos with printed text in French about each animal. Fine.

  • # 23694


    [MANUSCRIPT] Persons to whom Bread Fruit Potatoes were sent. 1814.

    [London?] : s.n. Folio bifolium (325 x 200 mm), manuscript in ink written on 2 1/2 sides, headed ‘Bread fruit Potatoes sent out fm. Middr. 1813 to Middsumr. 1814. Journal’ (prior to the Industrial Revolution, keeping accounts from Midsummer to Midsummer was the way that agriculture-related production and finances were recorded); the ‘journal’ is a …

  • # 25298

    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. …

  • # 25031

    TAKA-TSUKASA, Prince Nobusuke (1889 - 1959)

    The birds of Nippon. (Presentation copy, complete)

    London and Tokyo : H. F., & G. Witherby and Yokendo (parts 1-7, 1932 – 1939) and Tokyo, by the author, (part 8, 1943). Eight parts bound without wrappers in two volumes, quarto, brown binder’s cloth with gilt-lettering (edges rubbed), original painted gouache frontispieces, title page in red and black (with some ghosting), vol. 1 pp. iv; …

  • # 25274

    BANKS, Joseph

    Joseph Banks’ Florilegium. Botanical treasures from Cook’s first voyage

    London : Thames & Hudson, 2019. Quarto, illustrated boards, pp. 320, illustrated. New copy. A full-colour publication of the botanical illustrations commissioned by Joseph Banks, with expert commentaries. Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768 to 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from …

  • # 25230

    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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 24673

    Hayes, William (1735-1802)

    Portraits of rare and curious birds, with their descriptions from the Menagery of Osterley Park, in the county of Middlesex.

    London : printed by W. Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Printing Office; and published for the author by R. Faulder, 1794 [ – 1799]. Quarto, contemporary full calf (edges worn), spine with contrasting morocco title label (chipped at head and foot, rubbed), bookplate for Frances Hubert Barclay to pastedown, front hinge weak, two volumes in one, …

  • # 24933


    A set of alphabet ‘building cards’ featuring animals including the kangaroo

    [S.l. : s.n., circa 1890]. A collection of thick cards each 100 x 60 mm, each with a letter of the alphabet and animal (many are in duplicate or triplicate), the verso with a chromolithograph image of the animal, the top of each card with an interlocking piece so that a house of cards can …

  • # 24869

    MONTROUZIER, Xavier (1820-1897)

    [NEW GUINEA; NATURAL HISTORY] Essai sur la faune de l’ile de Woodlark ou Moiou.

    Lyon : Imprimerie de F. Dumoulin, 1857. Octavo (235 x 160 mm), contemporary marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners bumped) with cloth spine (splits, small loss to cloth at head and tail); pp 226, [7] (index); hinges cracked, foxing to title page (also a small amount of silverfishing at top edge) and last few leaves, otherwise …

  • # 25047

    MARGOCSY, Paul

    Paul Margocsy : away with the birds (signed copy)

    Melbourne : P. Margocsy, 2008. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 112, illustrated. Signed and inscribed by the prominent Australian ornithological artist.