Natural History

  • # 32579

    HARRIS, George Prideaux (1775 - 1810)

    The first published image of the Thylacine and Tasmanian Devil

    Didelphis ursina [and] Didelphis cynocephala. London : Transactions of the Linnean Society, 1808. Engraving, plate 19, page 174 from the Transactions, 205 x 155 mm (plate line), signed in image lower left, a fine example. The first published image of the Thylacine and Tasmanian Devil. ‘The first European illustration of a thylacine was modeled on …

  • # 26694

    WHITE, John (1756-1832)

    Journal of a voyage to New South Wales (deluxe coloured edition)

    / with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions by John White Esqre., Surgeon General to the settlement. London : J. Debrett, 1790. Quarto, in an Italian binding of full white vellum, contrasting morocco title labels, decorated in gilt, engraved map from 1802 of the …

  • # 32315

    COLLINS, David (1756 - 1810); WATLING, Thomas

    Maenura superba (Lyre bird)

    Etching with original hand colour, 26 x 200 mm, mounted. The first printed image of the Lyre Bird, sourced from the second volume of David Collins’ An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, London : T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1802. ‘The second volume is of the greatest importance, not only for its detailed …

  • # 32313

    LEWIN, John William (1770-1819)

    Scarlet Creeper

    Etching, 290 x 210 mm, hand coloured in gouache, a fine example, in mount. A fine etching of the Australian Scarlet Creeper from John William Lewin’s A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. The naturalist and natural history artist John William Lewin arrived in New South Wales …

  • # 32314

    LEWIN, John William (1770-1819)

    Reed Warbler

    Etching, 290 x 210 mm, hand coloured in gouache, a fine example, in mount. A fine etching of the Australian Scarlet Creeper from John William Lewin’s A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. The naturalist and natural history artist John William Lewin arrived in New South Wales …

  • # 32658

    JOHNSTON, George

    An introduction to conchology; or, Elements of the natural history of molluscous animals.

    London : John Van Voorst, 1850. First edition. Octavo (220 x 142 mm), publisher’s blue cloth over boards (rubbed, small old shelf label to upper board), spine with contrasting leather title piece lettered and decorated in gilt (spine ends softened); front pastedown with a recent ex libris bookplate, title page with early owner’s initials in …

  • # 32645

    McCOY, Frederick, Sir (1817-1899)

    Exposition Intercoloniale, 1866. Notes sur la zoologie et la palœontologie [sic] de Victoria,

    par Frederick McCoy … Traduit de l’anglais par E. Lissignol, Secrétaire du Consulat de France à Melbourne. [Drop title]. Melbourne : Masterman, imprimeur, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 1866. Octavo (215 x 138 mm), stitch bound, 35 pp; text in French; a very good copy. Ferguson, 11890a. French translation of McCoy’s On the recent zoology and palaeontology of …

  • # 32166


    Memoir on fossils of the Late Pre-Cambrian (Newer Proterozoic) from the Adelaide Series, South Australia.

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson Limited, in conjunction with The Royal Society of New South Wales, 1936. Octavo (220 x 140 mm), publisher’s black cloth over boards with gilt lettering to spine (very good), in the original printed dust jacket (front panel sunned at top edge), endpapers and half title with offsetting and foxing, pp …

  • # 32747

    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 …

  • # 32746

    BANKS, Joseph

    The Florilegium of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia, 1768-1771

    Compiled by Hank Ebes. Melbourne : Ebes Douwma Antique Prints and Maps ; Sydney : Sotheby’s Australia, 1988. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 200, illustrated. Sales of selected lithographs and engravings from the Florilegium were held in Sydney, June 26, 1988, and in Melbourne, July 2, 1988. “This book provides for the first time … a complete …

  • # 32738

    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 …

  • # 32411

    DI TOMMASO, Lisa

    The art of the First Fleet

    Melbourne : Hardie Grant Books, 2012. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, corners slightly bumped, pp. 112, extensively illustrated. Ethnographical and topographical art, zoology and botanical painting from the Natural History Museum, London.

  • # 31523

    PHILLIP, Arthur (1738-1814)

    The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay (coloured edition)

    with an account of the establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; compiled from authentic papers, which have been obtained from the several departments, to which are added, the journals of Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall; with an account of their new discoveries. London : John Stockdale, 1789. Quarto, contemporary …

  • # 32167

    HOWCHIN, Walter

    The geology of South Australia. With notes on the chief geological systems and occurrences in the other Australian States. (With a presentation inscription by geologist and Antarctic explorer Sir T. W. Edgeworth David)

    Adelaide : Walter Howchin (printed by Gillingham & Co.), 1929. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Octavo (220 x 145 mm), publisher’s black-lettered blue cloth over boards, spine lettered in black (sunned, frayed at head and tail), a significant association copy, the front pastedown inscribed in fountain pen by the distinguished Welsh-Australian geologist and Antarctic explorer …

  • # 32040

    STUBBS, George (1724-1806) (after)

    [KANGAROO] An Animal of a new Species found on the Coast of New South Wales.

    Copper-engraved plate, 168 x 110 mm (plate line); contained within: The Gentleman’s Magazine, July 1773. London : Printed for D. Henry, at St. John’s Gate, 1773. Disbound octavo (210 x 130 mm), pp. 305 – 360, with half column of text description of the plate on the facing page (p. 320). A very early published image …

  • # 32030

    DUNN, E. J. (Edward John), 1844-1937; MAHONY, D. J.

    Mt. Buffalo National Park Victoria Australia : a geological survey

    Also titled: Buffalo Mountains : a geological survey / Buffalo granite : a petrological determination. Melbourne : [Victorian Railways], 1939. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (dog-eared at upper right, otherwise good), stapled, 28 pp, illustrated, colour map. A single copy of this first edition recorded in Australian collections (State Library of Victoria).