Natural History

  • # 18235

    Elizabeth Ann THORNE (née BISDEE) (1821-1910), attributed

    A suite of watercolours of Australian wildflowers. Sydney, 1865-1870

    Late nineteenth century scrap album, large quarto (330 x 270 mm), original cloth boards, the upper board with blind embossed Art Nouveau decoration and lettering in blue and gilt (rubbed); front pastedown with a twentieth-century bookseller’s typed description taped down: ‘A Botanical Album from the 19th Century / Eighteen fine botanical watercolours of Australian flora …

  • # 18242

    ANDREWS, Roy Chapman (1884-1960), et al.

    Natural History of Central Asia.

    New York : The American Museum of Natural History, 1918 – 1943. A rare complete set of all published volumes of Natural History of Central Asia and the Preliminary Reports. Central Asiatic Expeditions of the American Museum of Natural History, under the leadership of Roy Chapman Andrews. Preliminary contributions in geology, palaeontology and zoology 1918 …

  • # 18721

    FORSTER, Johann Georg Adam (1754-1794)

    [COOK] Vom Brodbaum

    [Kassel] : [privately printed], 1784. First edition. Small quarto, contemporary half sheep over papered boards (rubbed), spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and contrasting title label lettered in gilt Artocarpus (a little worn), all edges stained red, front free-endpaper with ownership inscription of the German botanist Ernst Nolte dated 1817, pp [ii], 47, with 2 …

  • # 18494

    HARKER, John

    Amateur watercolour drawings of fungi. Hazel Grove, Lancaster, circa 1860.

    Watercolour on artist’s paper, 230 x 155 mm, signed and dated lower right ‘Hazel Grove. July 31st, J. Harker’; [together with] Unused bookplate of Dr. John Harker, Lancaster. Lithograph printed, 110 x 70 mm; scattered foxing. Dr. John Harker – though not the most accomplished watercolorist – was a keen amateur archaeologist. His paper describing his …

  • # 18234

    Peyrère, Isaac de la (1596-1676)

    [MANUSCRIPT; ARCTIC] Extrait d’une Relation de Groenland addressée à M. de la Mothe le Vayer.

    [Drop title]. [No date, but circa 1800]. Unbound manuscript in ink on laid paper, 225 x 165 mm, 3 1/4 pages; initialled ‘D’ at the foot; in very good condition, clean and legible. This manuscript is an extract from a work entitled Une Relation du Groenland (1647), written by Isaac de La Peyrère (1596-1676) while he was …

  • # 18463

    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, half-calf …

  • # 14850

    LEWIN, John William (1770-1819)

    A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq.

    A fine example, in original condition, of one of the rarest illustrated works of Australian natural history. London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. Folio, original publisher’s binding of quarter crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt ‘Lewin’s Birds of New Holland’, green cloth covered boards, yellow endpapers, pp [iv], 26 etched plates with original gouache hand …

  • # 18387

    [THYLACINE]. The zoological gardens. A hand-book guide for visitors.

    London : H. G. Clarke & Co., n.d. [c. 1875]. Octavo, printed wrappers (pencil annotations, disbound from another volume), folding map of the zoo, pp. 78, (8), illustrated. Illustrated guide to Regent’s Park Zoo, with many species illustrated including the emu, kangaroo, Tasmanian wold (thylacine), wombat, kiwi etc. Rare illustrated guidebook to the zoological gardens …

  • # 18238

    BROINOWSKI, Gracius (1837 - 1913)

    The birds of Australia,

    comprising three hundred full-page illustrations with a descriptive account of the life and characteristic habits of over seven hundred species. Melbourne: Charles Stuart & Co., 1890-1891. Six volumes, folio, full straight-grained black morocco, gilt rule, gilt-lettered labels to spine (lacking on the first volume), bookplates for Bernard Gore Brett to pastedowns, unpaginated, 303 chromolithographed plates, …

  • # 18191

    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. From the library of art historian Leigh Astbury, signed by him on preliminary blank. 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.

  • # 18044

    The sea and its living wonders

    Translated from the fourth German edition and partly reqritten by the author. With numerous woodcuts and twelve chromoxylographic plates by Henry Noel Humphreys. London : Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860. Octavo, prize binding of full green calf, upper panel gilt panelled with coat of arms, spine elaborately gilt-ttoled with contrasting morocco title label, edges …

  • # 17895

    YORK, Frederick Arlington Viler (1823-1903)

    Australian Pelican.

    [London : Frederick York, between 1872 and 1875]. Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, 78 x 77 mm each individual image (irregular), on original green card mount, imprinted recto: ‘Animals in Zoological Gardens / Photographed from Life. London’; verso with original printed paper label: ‘Australian Pelican’; a tiny surface scratch below the eye of the pelican in …

  • # 17904


    Ararat and District Poultry and Kennel Club. Schedule of Prizes for the Third Annual Exhibition of Poutry, Dogs, Pigeons, Canaries, &c. To be held in the Town Hall, Barkly Street, Ararat … 3rd and 4th July, 1912.

    Ararat, Vic. : Printed at the “Advertiser” Office, 1912. Octavo pamphlet, original printed pink wrappers (sunned along spine), stapled, pp 16, [2], advertisements to inner wrapper and lower wrapper; light foxing to a few leaves, but a very good copy. Appears unrecorded.

  • # 17888


    Spraying : prepared by the Davey Institute of Tree Surgery.

    Kent, Ohio : The Davey Tree Expert Co., Inc, 1929. Narrow octavo, original pictorial wrappers, pp 13, [1], b/w photographic illustrations; a fine copy. Scarce American pamphlet on arboreal science. No copy located in OCLC.

  • # 17403


    Garden guide : Catalogue of rhododenrons, camellias, azaleas, trees, shrubs grown by Williams’ Nurseries, Perrins Creek Road, Kallista.

    Kallista, Vic. : Williams’ Nurseries, 1951. Tall octavo, original illustrated card covers (foxed, central vertical crease), 28 pp, photographic illustrations; original owner’s annotations, some foxing at bottom margin of several leaves; Two copies are recorded in Australian collections (State Library of Victoria; State Library of New South Wales).

  • # 16900

    MATHEWS, Gregory M. and IREDALE, Tom

    A manual of the birds of Australia

    Illustrated with coloured and monochrome plates by Lilian Medland. Vol. I. Orders Casuarii to Columbae (all published). London : H. F. & G. Witherby, 1921. Quarto, gilt-illustrated cloth in printed dustjacket, pp. xxiv; 279, 36 coloured plates, a fine copy in fine dustjacket.