Natural History

  • # 30523

    [THYLACINE] Zoogdieren van Australie (Australian mammals)

    Belgium : Liebig, [1955]. Complete set of 6 trade cards, each 73 x 110 mm, rectos with illustrations of thylacine and wombat; dingo and spotted quoll; flying fox; rock wallaby and kangaroo rat; echidna and devil cat, and elephant seal; versos with printed text in Flemish about each animal. Fine.

  • # 30185

    DRESSER, H.E., 1838-1915; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912

    A monograph of the coraciidæ, or the family of the rollers.

    Scarce privately printed ornithological work, illustrated by J.G. Keulemans. Rare copy in the publisher’s cloth, reproducing the vignette on the title page. Farnborough, Kent : published by the author at Topclyffe Grange, 1893. Printed in an edition of 250 copies. Folio, gilt-decorated publisher’s cloth (edges a little rubbed, slight wear to head and foot of …

  • # 29896

    STUART, J. McDouall (1815-1866)

    The journals of John McDouall Stuart during the years 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861, & 1862, when he fixed the centre of the continent and successfully crossed it from sea to sea.

    Edited from Mr. Stuart’s Manuscript by William Hardman. With maps, a photographic portrait of Mr. Stuart, and twelve engravings drawn on wood by George French Angas from sketches taken during the different expeditions. London : Saunders, Otley and Co., 1864. First edition. Octavo, modern binding of half-calf over buckram, spine in compartments with contrasting morocco …

  • # 30058

    MULLENS, W. H. and SWANN, H. Kirke

    A bibliography of British ornithology from the earliest times to the end of 1912

    including biographical accounts of the principal writers and bibliographies of their published works. London : Macmillan and Co., 1917. Octavo, finely bound in half-crushed morocco over cloth bound boards, spine in compartments, lettered and ruled in gilt, top edge gilt, pp. xx; 691. Fine binding on this important bibliography, covering English ornithology with references to …

  • # 29065

    BUTLER, Captain E. A.

    A catalogue of the birds of the southern portion of the Bombay Presidency

    Bombay : printed at the Government Central Press, 1880. Octavo, Indian binding of quarter-cloth over imitation crocodile skin (rubbed), folding map with outline hand colour, pp. 113, occasional foxing and staining.

  • # 30116

    MIERS, John

    [BOTANY] The apocynaceae of South America

    With Some Preliminary Remarks on the Whole Family. With 35 plates, to illustrate the structure of the genera. London and Edinburgh, Williams & Norgate, 1878. Quarto, gilt-lettered pebbled cloth (spine sunned with small splits and rubbing), pp. 291, 35 lithographed plates, water stain to the margins of final leaves, intruding slightly into the plates. Overall …

  • # 30189

    POUCHET, F.-A. (Félix-Archimède) (1800-1872)

    Traité élémentaire de zoologie, ou Histoire naturelle du règne animal.

    Rouen : E. Le Grand, 1832. First edition. Thick octavo (207 x 132 mm), original half shagreen over marbled papered boards, spine with gilt lettering and decoration, marbled endpapers, modern owner’s ex libris and pencilled ownership inscription to first blanks, pp x, 643, followed by [8] leaves of lithographed plates; front hinge starting, first and …

  • # 30071


    The insects of Australia And New Zealand.

    / With eight plates in colour by P. Tillyard. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1926. First edition. Thick octavo (245 mm), publisher’s brown cloth over boards (boards rubbed and marked, spine flecked and softened at head and tail, cloth starting to split mid-way along rear joint), pp. xvi, 560; b/w frontispiece; b/w diagrams throughout, 8 colour …

  • # 29176

    RHEMREV, J. L. Th.; MULDER, P. J. (illustrator)

    [JAVA] Serat Gurma Lelana : ri ngengga ing gambar 4 lembar.

    Leiden : Brill, 1884. First edition. Octavo, original printed yellow wrappers, 92 pp, illustrated with [4] double-page chromolithograpic plates, including tiger, wild boar and deer hunting scenes and a native house on stilts; text in Javanese. A very good copy, partly unopened and clean throughout, the margins of the plates with some light foxing or …

  • # 29150

    MAIDEN, J. H.

    Sir Joseph Banks : The “Father of Australia”

    Sydney: William Applegate Gullick, 1909. Octavo, gilt-decorated cloth (clean and bright), pp. xxiv; 244; illustrated with numerous folding plates and charts, a fine copy.

  • # 30317

    OWEN, Richard

    The life of Richard Owen

    By his grandson the Rev. Richard Owen, M.A. with the scientific portions revised by C. Davies Sherborn. Also, an essay on Owen’s position in anatomical science by the Right Hon. T. H. Huxley. London : John Murray, 1894. Two volumes, octavo, spines and corners rubbed, lettered in gilt, hinges split, presentation inscription for the Queensland Naturalist …

  • # 30208

    WHITE, John (1756-1832)

    Journal of a voyage to New South Wales (facsimile)

    New York : Arno Press & The New York Times, 1971. Facsimile of White’s Journal originally published in 1790. Quarto, decorated cloth, pp. 299; [35], illustrated. As Surgeon General on the voyage, White’s scientifically trained eye was well suited to the recording of new species discovered on the island continent. His account includes much scientific …

  • # 30014

    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 (slightly sunned), pp. 256, illustrated. 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.

  • # 28787

    WILHELMI, Johann Friedrich Carl (1829 - 1884).

    Carl Wilhelmi, German naturalist in Australia: three autograph letters, signed, with significant content on Murray Aboriginal customs and botanical collecting. June 1860; September 1860; October 1871.

    Carl Wilhelmi (1829-1884), German seedsman and botanical collector, arrived in Adelaide in March 1849, having been sent out to South Australia by the Dresden Lutheran Missionary Society. During his almost twenty-year sojourn in Australia, he made major contributions in the fields of both botanical science and anthropology. Early on, Wilhelmi collected botanical specimens extensively throughout …

  • # 29031

    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 a nineteenth century binding of plum half crushed morocco over pebbled cloth slightly sunned and lightly rubbed, spine in compartments …

  • # 29464

    HARTITZSCH, Otto von

    Studio portrait of botanist Dr. Richard Schomburgk, long-term curator of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Inscribed by Schomburgk and dated 1874.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 101 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘Otto von Hartitzsch, Artist and Photographer, 113 Rundle Street, Adelaide, South Australia’ and a fully contemporary inscription in ink in the hand of the great botanist himself: ‘With Dr. Schomburgk’s kind regards. Adelaide, Nov. 6th 74’; some mottling in …