Natural History

  • # 41975

    DARWIN, Horace (1851-1928)

    [DARWIN] Horace Darwin to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker : autograph letter signed, expressing his thanks to Hooker, as his “father’s best friend”, for congratulating him on being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Cambridge, 5 May 1903.

    2 pp. manuscript in ink, written on the first two sides of an octavo-size bifolium of notepaper, 180 x 115 mm, with Horace Darwin’s letterhead ‘The Orchard, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge’; dated 5 May 1903, the letter is addressed ‘Dear Sir Joseph’ (i.e. Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker) and is signed in full at the foot of …

  • # 43865

    FISHER, Rod

    Diggles down under : Brisbane via Sydney from Merseyside 1855-80.

    Brisbane : Brisbane History Group, 2003. Three volumes, large oblong quarto (205 x 290 mm), pictorial wrappers, pp. 106, 254, 330; b/w illustrations; in the publisher’s box; books in as new condition, but lacking the two CD-ROMS – however, most of the electronic information stored on these (even if you could find a way to …

  • # 43797

    JONES, Phillip

    Illustrating the Antipodes. George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand 1844-1845

    Canberra : National Library of Australia, 2021. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 380. illustrated. New copy. George French Angas (1822-1886) spent 18 months sketching and observing in Australia and New Zealand between 1844 and 1845. It was a period of decisive and irreversible cultural change. The young Angas excelled at capturing the minute detail of …

  • # 42511

    McTAGGART, Patricia Marrfurra et al.

    Ngan’gikurunggurr and Ngen’giwumirri plants and animals : Aboriginal biocultural knowledge from the Moyle River area, north Australia

    By Patricia Marrfurra McTaggart AM, Molly Yawalminy, Mercia Wawul, Kitty Kamarrama, Catherine Bamulying Ariuu, Topsy Kumunerrin, Mabel Kanintyanyu, Topsy Waya, Mary Kannyi, Harold Adya, Leo Tjifisha and Glenn Wightman. Naulyu (Daly River), NT : Merrepen Arts, Culture and Language Aboriginal Corporation ; Palmerston, NT : Department of Land Resource Management, 2014. Octavo, illustrated gatefold wrappers, …

  • # 41455

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The origin of species (1899)

    by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. London : John Murray, 1899. Sixth edition, with additions and corrections (fifty-sixth thousand). Octavo, original publisher’s gilt-lettered green cloth (slightly bruised with short splits at head and foot of spine, small mark to spine) original endpapers (lightly foxed, Manchester …

  • # 43683

    MALM, August Wilhelm (1821-1882)

    [WHALES] Några blad om hvaldjur i allmänhet och Balænoptera Carolinæ i synnerhet.

    Göteborg : Handelstidningens bolags tryckeri (the author’s own company), 1866. Cover: MALMSKA HVALEN. Från Göteborgs Zool. Zoot. Museum. Octavo (200 x 130 mm), publisher’s illustrated yellow wrappers, pp. 20; text in Swedish; a very good copy. On October 29 1865 a 16-meter-long and 25-ton blue whale (Balænoptera Sibbaldii Gray) beached at Backa in Askimsfjärden, near …

  • # 43583

    ATTENBOROUGH, David (1926 - )

    David Attenborough’s First Life : a journey back in time (signed copy)

    By Matt Kaplan with John Young. Introduction by David Attenborough. With material and images from the television series. London : Collins, 2010. First edition. Quarto, illustrated boards in dustjacket, pp. 288, illustrated. Signed by David Attenborough on a label affixed to a preliminary leaf. With a letter from the publisher to the subscriber apologising for …

  • # 43582

    ATTENBOROUGH, David (1926 - )

    The private life of plants. A natural history of plant behaviour (signed copy)

    London : BBC Books, 1995. First edition. Octavo, boards in illustrated dustjacket (lightly faded towards spine), pp. 320, extensively illustrated. Signed and inscribed by David Attenborough in blue pen on the half-title ‘To Richard, Best Wishes, David Attenborough’. The second work in the ‘Life’ series by popular naturalist and television broadcaster David Attenborough.

  • # 41440

    BEILBY, Walter

    The dog in Australasia

    Melbourne : George Robertson and Company, 1897. Octavo, gilt-illustrated maroon patterned cloth (light edge wear), expertly rebacked, endpapers replaced, pp. [xii, of xiv – advertisements – one leaf removed]; xvi; 475; (21 – advertisements), photographic plates, folding tables (one neatly detached), a couple of small stains and marginal edge tears, a couple of miscreases, one …

  • # 41958

    DARWIN, Charles (1809 - 1882)

    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. (Third edition)

    London : printed by W. Clowes and Sons for John Murray, 1861. Third edition. Octavo, original green cloth, boards blocked in blind, spine gilt (corners slightly bumped, light bumping to head and foot of spine, small damp mark to upper panel, small 10 mm mark recoloured to spine), binding variant B (no preference), without full …

  • # 42701

    DAMPIER, William (1651-1715)

    A collection of voyages. In four volumes.

    I.  Captain William Dampier’s voyages round the world : describing particularly, the coasts and Islands in the East and West-Indies. The South-Sea coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico. The countries of Tonquin, Achin and Malacca. The Cape of Good Hope, New-Holland, &c. II. The voyages of Lionel Wafer; giving an account of his being left …

  • # 42926

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

    / by Charles Darwin ; with photographic and other illustrations. London : John Murray, 1872. First edition, second impression. Octavo, modern binding of quarter crushed Morocco over marbled papered boards, vellum tips to corners, spine in compartments with two contrasting Morocco title labels, lettered and ruled in gilt, contemporary owner’s name to title page, pp. …

  • # 43195

    COOPER, Wendy

    The botanical art of William T. Cooper (from the library of Criss Canning)

    Canberra, ACT : NLA Publishing, 2021. Quarto, illustrated boards, pp. vi, 317, illustrated. A fine copy, signed on the title page by Australian artist Criss Canning. ‘William T. Cooper was one of the world’s most esteemed bird painters. In his paintings, birds nibble at plump red berries, they rest on twisted vines and branches covered …

  • # 41535

    SPARRMAN, Anders (1747-1820)

    Resa till Goda Hopps-Udden, södra pol-kretsen och omkring jordklotet, samt till Hottentott- och Caffer-landen, åren 1772-76.

    Stockholm : Anders J. Nordström, 1783; Carl Deleen, 1802 – 1818. Octavo, three volumes, fine early nineteenth century Swedish half-calf over marbled boards, spines in compartments with contrasting red morocco title labels, the last two volumes bound in uniform, with the volume numbers I; II  reversed by the binder, a fine set in early bindings …

  • # 40180


    Le petit naturaliste

    Paris : Chez Marcilly, [1833]. Miniature book, 48 x 67 mm, lithographed papered boards in matching slipcase (rubbed); all edges gilt; hand-coloured title page, eleven hand-coloured plates, with descriptions of birds and animals from around the world; in good condition. A charming miniature book on natural history for children. Gumuchian 4127; Houghton 118; Kleemeier 5774; …

  • # 42654


    The birds of Celebes and the neighbouring islands.

    Berlin : R. Friedlander, 1898. Two volumes, quarto, black library buckram spines lettered in gilt, bump to upper corner of the first volume, original printed wrappers bound in, pp. xxxii; 392; 393 – 962, 7 coloured maps and 45 lithographed plates, of which 42 are hand-coloured; internally clean, a fine set. A rare scholarly work …