Natural History

  • # 24673

    Hayes, William (1735-1802)

    Portraits of rare and curious birds, with their descriptions from the Menagery of Osterley Park, in the county of Middlesex.

    London : printed by W. Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Printing Office; and published for the author by R. Faulder, 1794 [ – 1799]. Quarto, contemporary full calf (edges worn), spine with contrasting morocco title label (chipped at head and foot, rubbed), bookplate for Frances Hubert Barclay to pastedown, front hinge weak, two volumes in one, …

  • # 24579

    Hayes, William (1735-1802)

    A natural history of British birds. 

    London : the author, [1771-1779]. Two volumes, folio, contemporary half calf over marbled boards (edges rubbed), no title page (as issued), 40 proof plates hand coloured by Hayes and his family, all but seven signed, captioned and dated; the Green Woodpecker has the signature of William Hayes and Gabriel Smith; a few spots but otherwise …

  • # 23801

    Maker unknown.

    [MICROSCOPE SLIDE] Australian Coralline.

    [United Kingdom : s.n., between 1860 and 1870]. Glass microscope slide, 75 x 25 mm, the mount with original blue and gold paper covering and contemporary manuscript caption in ink ‘Australian Coralline’; in fine condition. A specimen of Australian Coralline algae, a branching reddish seaweed with a calcareous jointed stem which plays a significant role …

  • # 23900

    Maker unknown.

    [MICROSCOPE SLIDE] Precious Opal. Australia.

    [United Kingdom : s.n., circa 1900]. Glass microscope slide, 75 x 25 mm, the mount with original label printed ‘Mineral’ and with contemporary manuscript caption in ink ‘Precious Opal. Australia’; in fine condition. An attractive microscope slide containing thousands of opal fragments, most likely from New South Wales, Queensland or South Australia.  

  • # 23814


    [HORTICULTURE] Choicest Burmese & Indian orchids and world famous fancy leaved caladiums. Offered for sale by L. B. Pradhan & Sons, … The Citrus Nursery … Pakyong, Sikkim (Bengal)

    Calcutta : Industry Press, [between 1945 and 1950?]. Duodecimo (155 x 90 mm), printed wrappers (sunned), 16 pp, with additional text on inner wrappers and lower wrapper; fine. Scarce trade catalogue for Pradhan & Sons, an enterprising Bengal nursery which even advertised its mail order business in Australian newspapers in the late 1940s.

  • # 23927


    [THYLACINE] Австралийская фауна (=Australian fauna)

    St. Petersburg : Litografiia Kadushin, [c.1900]. Chromolithographed print, 165 x 250 mm (sheet); reproduced from the Brockhaus Konversationslexikon, with the original German text translated into Russian; in good condition, unmounted.

  • # 24202

    BARRETT, Charles

    The Weekly Times wild nature book

    / by Charles Barrett. Containing 34 color plates and 22 photographs of Australian animals and birds. Melbourne : Herald and Weekly Times, 1931. Large octavo (222 x 152 mm), publisher’s pictorial wrappers (lightly marked, original owner’s name to front), pp 96, profusely illustrated with colour plates and b/w photographic illustrations; a good copy.

  • # 24044


    Marvels of the Great Barrier Reef North Australia and New Guinea.

    Chatswood, NSW : Thomas Tennant, [c.1940]. Small quarto (240 x 185 mm), pictorial stiff wrappers (mild corner creasing and some pale foxing to lower wrapper), staple bound, pp 50, b/w photographic illustrations of marine life and native fauna throughout, with full page illustrations on inside wrappers; a couple of leaves with toning, else internally very …

  • # 23899

    MUELLER, Ferdinand, Baron von (1825-1896)

    [BOTANY; NEW GUINEA] Descriptive notes on Papuan plants.

    Melbourne : George Skinner, acting Government printer, 1875. Octavo (213 x 140 mm), bound in recent cloth covered boards with gilt lettering to front, pp 34, complete and in very good condition; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to front free-endpaper.

  • # 24379


    The honey and pollen flora of New South Wales

    Sydney :David Harold Paisley, Government Printer for the New South Wales Department of Agriculture, 1938. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (flecked), colour frontispiece, pp. 195, maps and plates (some in colour), occasional foxing.

  • # 24270

    CAROL, Mark Philip and Alan James ROBINSON

    [PRIVATE PRESS] Banging rocks

    A dissertation on the origin of a species of rock that descended with modification from the ancient piroboli, complete with elaborate descriptions of its social and sexual habits, information regarding its behaviors and activities, as well as details pertaining to its care and feeding. [Easthampton, MA.] : ABCedary Productions, 1990. Octavo, papered boards, pp. [32], 2 …

  • # 24170

    DIGGLES, Silvester (1817-1880)

    The ornithology of Australia, by Silvester Diggles. Four original parts, 24 plates, in publisher’s wrappers.

    Brisbane : Printed for the author by T.P. Pugh, [circa 1865 – 66]. Four parts (out of a total of twenty-one, these are numbers 2; 3; 7; 8, numbered in pen), folio, publisher’s wrappers (edges chipped, dusty, a couple of blind stamps) each containing 6 hand-coloured lithographed plates, heightened with gum arabic, each with an accompanying …

  • # 23020


    The sheep : its external ant [sic] internal organisation. A brief description with illustrations

    London : G. Greiner &​ Co., [1896?]. Oblong quarto, chromolithograph papered boards (edges slightly rubbed), cloth spine, pp. 37, text in two columns, previous owner’s name on upper board and title page, inside the lower board a diecut chromolithograph model of the sheep with multiple folding flaps showing the internal organs, a fine copy. On …

  • # 24094

    SPENCER, Baldwin

    Handbook of Melbourne : for the use of members of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science

    Melbourne meeting, 1900. Edited by Professor Baldwin Spencer M.A. Melbourne : printed by Ford & Son, 1900. Octavo, gilt-lettered flushcut cloth (dulled), pp. 201, two folding maps. Includes chapters on the Aborigines of Victoria, bird life, molluscs, botany, climate, commerce, geology, etc. Includes a map of Aboriginal language groups. Ferguson 6208.

  • # 23819

    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 …

  • # 23957

    ROSSER, Celia

    The banksias : watercolours by Celia Rosser

    Melbourne : The Banksias Project, Monash University, 2014. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, 64pp, numerous full page coloured plates throughout.