Natural History

  • # 21072

    HUNT, Susa and CARTER, Paul

    Terre Napoleon. Australia through French eyes 1800 – 1804

    Sydney : Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales in association with Hordern House, 1999. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 150, extensively illustrated. Art from the Baudin voyage to Australia.

  • # 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 …

  • # 21002

    KUNZ, George Frederick and STEVENSON, Charles Hugh

    The book of the pearl

    The history, art, science, and industry of the Queen of gems. London : Macmillan, 1908. First edition. Quarto, decorated buckram (a little rubbed), top edge gilt, pp. xx; 548, 18 colour plates with tissue guards, 83 black and white plates, 5 maps (including the pearling regions in Oceania and Malaysia), a few occasional spots of …

  • # 21645

    F.G. RADCLIFFE (publisher)

    [SPELEOLOGY] Waitomo, Ruakuri and Aranui, New Zealand. “The most beautiful caves in the world.”

    Whangarei, NZ : F.G. Radcliffe [c.1910]. Small oblong quarto, original silver-lettered grey wrappers and green ties, [24] pp, all monochrome photographic illustrations; a pristine copy.

  • # 21629

    HOLMES, Katie; MARTIN, Susan K.; MIRMOHAMADI, Kylie (eds.)

    Green pens : a collection of garden writing.

    Melbourne : Miegunyah Press, 2004. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s pale green cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket, decorative endpapers, pp x, 276, monochrome illustrations (including photographic images) throughout; a fine copy.

  • # 21482

    TELLER, Thomas (pseud.)

    [WHALING] Stories about whale-catching. Told by a father to his son.

    Cover title: Stories about whale catching and the toils and perils of whalers. New Haven, CT : S. Babcock, Chapel Street, [1845]. Series: Teller’s Tales, New Series, Number five. Square duodecimo, original illustrated blue wrappers (light foxing and staining, loss of paper along spine), front free-endpaper with two very early child ownership inscriptions; pp 64, …

  • # 21145

    British quadrupeds

    London : The Religious Tract Society, 1839. Small square octavo, gilt-illustrated cloth (light discolouration), all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece, pp. xvi; 254, (2 – catalogue), numerous steel engravings with tissue guards (some foxed). A charming book on British fauna.

  • # 21897

    TISSOT Victor; AMERO, Constant

    Aux Antipodes : terres et peuplades peu connues de l’Océanie.

    Paris : Librairie de Firmin-Didot et Cie., 1890. Octavo, contemporary gilt decorated boards, marbled endpapers, Lycee de Nimes prize, dated 1893 on front pastedown, all edges gilt, 223 pp, 59 illustrations. Text in French. A very good copy. Ethnology and natural history of the Pacific region covering Australia, New Zealand and island Polynesia, Melanesia and the Malay archipelago.

  • # 21892

    Great Britain. Meteorological Council

    Meteorological charts of the Southern Ocean between the Cape of Good Hope & New Zealand.

    London : printed for Her Majesty’s Stationery Office by Darling & Son, 1899. Official Publication No. 123. Oblong folio (435 x 495 mm), gilt-lettered flushcut limp cloth, unpaginated, title page; preface by Robert H. Scott, Secretary to the Council; Remarks on the charts by C. W. Baillie, Marine Superintendant; twelve double page colour lithograph charts …

  • # 21087

    WATERS, Arthur

    Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H. M. S. Challenger during the years 1873 – 76 under the command of Captain George S. Nares, R. N., F. R. S. and the late Captain Frank Tourle Thomson, R. N.

    Prepared under the superintendence of the late Sir. C. Wyville Thomson, Knt., F. R. S., &c. … and now of John Murray, Ll.D., Ph. D., &c. Zoology – Vol. XXXI. Part LXXIX – Supplementary report on the polyzoa by Arthur Waters, F. L. S., F. G. S. London : Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1889. Quarto, …

  • # 21065

    PAYNE, Michelle

    Marianne North : a very intrepid painter

    London : Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, 2011 (2012 reprint). Oblong quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 96, extensively illustrated. Botanical works including those painted in Australia and New Zealand.

  • # 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 …

  • # 21144

    MITCHELL, Peter Chalmers

    [THYLACINE] Official Guide to the Gardens and Aquarium of the Zoological Society of London.

    Cover title: The Zoological Society of London. Guide to the Gardens and Aquarium, Regents Park. London : The Zoological Society, 1931. 28th edition. Royal octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers, pp i-xvi, 1-123, [1], with 67 photographic illustrations, folding map; a very good copy. On page 106 of this guide is a photograph of the London …

  • # 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 …