Natural History

  • # 26329

    CABOURET, Mark R.

    The premier bird painter of the colonies : the early career of Neville Henry Cayley in Victoria

    Dissertatio inauguralis. Hawksburn, Vic. : Naturalistes et Chasseurs (Dr Mark Cabouret), December 2014. Edition limited to 200 copies. Quarto, pictorial laminated covers, pp x, 52, colour illustrations, with numerous folding plates, an as new copy, signed by the author. Meticulously researched and handsome in its design, Cabouret’s splendidly illustrated monograph on Cayley makes an important …

  • # 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 …

  • # 25431

    HAMLYN-HARRIS, R. et al

    Memoirs of the Queensland Museum

    Volumes I – VIII. Brisbane : The Museum, 1912-1924. Eleven volumes, quarto, generally in fine condition, each with a small collector’s wetstamp, a very good run. The volumes contain a variety of scientific articles including some on mummification of Queensland aborigines. A good run of this scientific journal.

  • # 25430

    SPENCER, Baldwin et al.

    Memoirs of the National Museum, Melbourne

    Volumes I – XII. Melbourne : The Museum, 1906-1941. Twelve volumes, quarto, the first issue with tears to the upper wrapper, the remainder mostly fine, each with a small collector’s wetstamp, a very good run. No. 1 : WOODWARD, Arthur Smith. On a carbonifirous fish fauna from the Mansfield District, Victoria. 1906. No. 2 : …

  • # 25950

    PIGOTT, Louis J.

    The bird man of Brisbane : Silvester Diggles and his ornithology of Australia

    Brisbane. : Boolarong Press, 2010. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. xii; 214, illustrated. ‘When Silvester Diggles arrived in 1855 there was little artistic or scientific talent in the small frontier town of Brisbane. By the time of his death in 1880, his paramount legacy was a large book on Australian birds, profusely illustrated with hand-coloured lithographs. …

  • # 25162


    Tiger-Wolf & wombat

    Also titled lower centre : Australia (Van Diemen’s Land). Lithograph printed in colour, 173 x 260 mm (image), plate number XXIV upper right, very pale foxing, else fine. Originally published in: Wilde Thiere aller Zonen. Ihre Gewohnheiten und Lebensweise, ihr Nutzen und Schaden in 60 nach der Natur gezeichneten und gemalten Tafeln zum Anschauungs-Unterricht für Schulen und …

  • # 24978

    [HOOKER, Joseph Dalton, 1817-1911]

    [ANTARCTICA] Naval Medical Supplemental Fund. Standing Orders and Regulations. (Issued to Joseph Dalton Hooker on his appointment as second surgeon on HMS Erebus)

    For the Constitution and Government of the Supplemental Fund for the Relief of the Widows of Medical Officers in the Royal Navy. [London : Council of the Royal Navy, 183-?]. Octavo (230 x 135 mm), stitched as issued with blue paper spine, pp [49]-54; the front is inscribed: ‘Mr Joseph Dalton Hooker. Admission Fee £2.6.0 …

  • # 25207

    ERKSON, L. A., Mrs.


    Late nineteenth century album, small quarto (250 x 195 mm), original limp roan covers with cloth spine, front cover with calligraphic gold lettering ‘SEA MOSSES.’; front endpaper inscribed by the compiler ‘Mrs. L. A. Erkson, Sept. 8th 1888’, [19] paper leaves with marine algae specimens mounted recto only; in exceptional condition, all specimens fully intact …

  • # 25136

    McLEAN, Ken

    Quest for a classic winner : pedigree patterns of the racehorse

    Lexington, Kentucky : K. A. and C. J. McLean, 1987. First edition. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth, dustjacket (foxed), pp. x; 267, illustrated, pale foxing to edges and preliminaries, a good copy. A classic text on thoroughbred breeding. Scarce.

  • # 25100

    BOLAM, A. G.

    The Trans-Australian Wonderland

    Melbourne : McCubbin-James Press, 1923. First edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (small chip and wear), pp. 97, illustrated. The Aboriginal inhabitants and natural environment of Western and South Australia.

  • # 25446

    [THYLACINE] Mammifères d’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 French about each animal. Fine.

  • # 25031

    TAKA-TSUKASA, Prince Nobusuke (1889 - 1959)

    The birds of Nippon. (Presentation copy, complete)

    London and Tokyo : H. F., & G. Witherby and Yokendo (parts 1-7, 1932 – 1939) and Tokyo, by the author, (part 8, 1943). Eight parts bound without wrappers in two volumes, quarto, brown binder’s cloth with gilt-lettering (edges rubbed), original painted gouache frontispieces, title page in red and black (with some ghosting), vol. 1 pp. iv; …

  • # 25284

    [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.

  • # 25274

    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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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, …