Natural History

  • # 18467

    BRY, Johann Theodor de; Johann ISRAEL (illustrator)

    Indiae orientalis (Small Voyages), Parts IV-XI.

    The first Latin editions of Parts IV-XI (eight parts in two volumes) of one of the most important collections of voyages published in the Age of Discovery, primarily devoted to the exploration of the East Indies and containing 140 engraved plates and maps illustrating voyages to the Spice Islands, India, Africa and North America. The …

  • # 20790

    BOLDREWOOD, Rolf, Mrs. [BROWNE, Margaret Maria]

    The flower garden in Australia : a book for ladies and amateurs.

    Melbourne : Melville, Mullen and Slade, 1893. Octavo, blind stamped green cloth (a few marks), spine gilt; pp. iv; 144; a planting calendar for different months of the year; hinges a little weak, title page with mild offsetting, light foxing to fore-edges, but a good copy. ‘Margaret Browne was the wife of Thomas Browne – …

  • # 21182

    GILLRAY, James (1756-1815)

    [BANKS] The Great South Sea Caterpillar, transform’d into a Bath Butterfly

    London : H. Humphrey, July 4th 1795 (the Bohn restrike of 1851, under authority from Gillray’s widow). Etching, printed in black ink, from one copper plate; hand-coloured (350 x 250 mm); numbered 410 upper right. Fine. One of Sir Joseph Banks’ greatest admirers, George III, had wielded his influence to secure for Banks the position …

  • # 13557

    MEYNIER, Johann Heinrich, 1764-1825

    Wissenschaftlicher Hausbedarf für die Jugend. Eine kleine Handbibliothek in 21 Bändchen

    enthaltend diejenigen Kenntnisse welche jeder gebildete Mensch wissen muss. Nürnberg : bei Friedrich Campe, 1821. Twenty-one booklets, square duodecimo, in the original uniform green papered boards, each with the original printed label to the front listing the individual volume number and its subject; various paginations from 30 to 64 pages; with 5 hand coloured copperplate engravings …

  • # 21283

    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, full …

  • # 21138

    [EASTER ISLAND] Estudios sobre la Isla de Pascua

    Santiago de Chile : Ediciones de la Universidad de Chile, 1980. Series title: Serie de monografías anexas a los Anales de la Universidad de Chile. Large octavo, printed wrappers (mild corner crease lower right), 229 pp, illustrated with black and white and colour plates and line drawings. Scarce. An important collection of essays by various …

  • # 20674

    LEBRETON, Louis (1818-1866)

    [WHALING; DUMONT D’URVILLE] Pêche à la baleine dans les mers du sud.

    [= Whaling in the South Seas]. Paris : F. Sinnett, Editeur, rue d’Argenteuil, 17 / Imp. Becquet, rue des Noyers, 37, [c.1845]. Lithograph with hand colouring, 340 x 500 mm (sheet 430 x 560 mm), signed ‘Lebreton’ in stone next to anchor, lower right; printed title in lower margin, with ‘No. 12’ and ‘Lebreton dessinateur aux …

  • # 20546

    MACKINTOSH, Jessie

    [BOARD GAME] Race round Australia : an instructive, educational game for two to four players.

    [Collingwood, Vic. : G.N. Raymond, c.1945]. Thick papered boards, 410 x 475 mm, folding, front with pictorial title onlay, original buckram backstrip; fold-out game board with colour design based around a map of Australia with vignette illustrations of native fauna; a fine example (lacking the rare rules sheet). An educational board game designed by the …

  • # 20688

    BISHOP, J.

    Henry and Emma’s Visit to the Zoological Gardens, in the Regent’s Park.

    Interspersed with a familiar description of the manners and habits of the animals contained therein. Intended as a pleasing companion to juvenile visitors of this delightful place of recreation and fashionable resort. A new edition, with additions to the present season, by J. Bishop. With twelve illustrative coloured engravings. London : Dean and Munday, n.d. …

  • # 20367

    CROW, W.B.

    Precious stones : their occult power and hidden significance

    London : The Aquarian Press, 1968. First edition. Small octavo, publisher’s black cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket (rubbed, mild edge wear), pp 64; a very good copy.

  • # 20780

    "TE WHARE" [Henry Edwards VASSAL]

    A bush cinema : made in Australia

    Sydney : Carter’s Printer Works, 1922. Octavo, original cloth backed pictorial stiff wrappers (upper wrapper with some paper loss at bottom edge and along spine), pp 96; with 49 illustrations of a diverse range of Australian native fauna; pale foxing to outermost leaves, else internally very clean and sound.

  • # 20687


    Colonial certificate or writing blank with a lithographed scene of Australian Aborigines and fauna.

    [Australia] : [s.n.], [c.1860]. Lithograph printing, 218 x 262 mm, in blue ink, the beautifully illustrated border depicting an Australian Aboriginal hunting scene with kangaroos, emu, possum, a lyrebird, kookaburras, black swans, and cockatoos; chipped edges and corners, but the illustrated section is unscathed. This uncommon item of decorative stationery was probably intended for use …

  • # 20573

    ADAMS, W. H. Davenport.

    The bird world described with pen and pencil

    London : Thomas Nelson, 1880. Octavo, gilt-decorated cloth (corners rubbed, lightly marked), all edges gilt, pp. 464, illustrated, occasional foxing. Some natural history engravings tipped-on the first page. Illustrations by H. Giacomelli

  • # 20197

    COOPER, William

    The sheepman’s diary

    Berkhamsted [U.K.] : William Cooper and Nephews, [1910]. Octavo, gilt-lettered red cloth, ready reckoner and calendar to endpapers, pp. 81 (pp. 45-46 creased), a few manuscript notes, very good. Published for the Australian and New Zealand market, this largely unused diary for graziers is filled with useful information for the ‘sheepman’ (sheepbaths, sheepdip, postage rates, …

  • # 20067


    Shanghai Birds. A Study of Bird Life in Shanghai and the surrounding Districts.

    Shanghai : North-China Daily News & Herald Ltd., 1929. Octavo, gilt-lettered illustrated cloth (fine copy), bookplate to pastedown, pp. xxi; 243, colour plates, a fine copy. An attractive book on Chinese avian life.

  • # 19458

    SKERTCHLY, Sydney B. J. (Barber Josiah) (1850-1926)

    Our island : a naturalist’s description of Hongkong.

    Hongkong : Kelly & Walsh, Limited, 1893. First (and only) edition. Small octavo, original blind blocked brown cloth boards, pp ii, 56, xxxii (Rhopalocera hongkongensis : a preliminary list of the butterflies of Hongkong / with notes by S.B.J. Skertchly and J.J. Walker); endpapers and fore-edges with spotting, but a fine copy. Scarce monograph on …