Natural History

  • # 23568

    McEVEY, Allan

    John Gould’s contribution to British art: a note on its authenticity.

    Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1973. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, 28 pp., illustrations, slightly foxed.

  • # 23352

    TURNER, Charles

    Zoology and things

    / by Charles Turner. Illustrated by the author. Sydney : Gordon &​ Gotch, [1883]. Colophon: John Sands, Printer, George Street, Sydney. Small square octavo (150 x 125 mm), original pictorial card covers (paper loss to spine, else near fine), lower wrapper with several of Gordon & Gotch’s specially produced illustrated labels promoting this work pasted …

  • # 13837


    Copper token issued by Pidcock’s Menagerie, London, circa 1801, featuring a kangaroo and joey

    Æ halfpenny, diameter 29 mm, weight 11 grams. Obverse: a kangaroo left, facing back, a joey in pouch, THIS KANGAROO’S BIRTH. SEP. 10. 1800. Reverse: a lion standing right, facing back, with dog on back, LION AND DOG 1801; plain edge. An extremely fine, near mint example with lustrous brown patina. The Grand Menagerie of …

  • # 12502


    Copper token for Thomas Hall, taxidermist, London, 1795

    London : Thomas Hall, 1795. Æ halfpenny, diameter 30 mm, weight 12 grams. Obverse: Three quadrupeds. THE KANGUROO . THE ARMADILLO . THE RHINOCEROS. Reverse: T. HALL CITY ROAD NEAR FINSBURY SQUARE LONDON 1795 / THE FIRST  ARTIST IN EUROPE  FOR PRESERVING  BIRDS BEASTS &c. Dark brown patina with reddish highlights and excellent detail; a …

  • # 23289

    CLARKE, Frank

    [MELBOURNE] In the Botanic Gardens : their history, art and design, with stories of the trees.

    Cover title: In the Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Melbourne : Robertson & Mullens, 1938. Small quarto (258 x 190 mm), publisher’s card covers with photographic onlay to front, pp 50, illustrated with 11 photographic plates by Sears; a fine copy of the larger and more desirable 1938 edition.

  • # 23418

    MAWE, John (1764 - 1829)

    The voyager’s companion, or shell collector’s pilot;

    with instructions and directions where to find the finest shells; also for preserving the skins of animals; and the best methods of catching and preserving insects &c. &c. &c. London : printed for and sold by the author, and by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825. Fourth edition. Duodecimo, later red roan with …

  • # 23106

    MOUNTFORD, Charles

    Australian tree portraits

    Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1956. Quarto, boards in dust jacket (slightly chipped), pp 70, illustrated. A very good copy

  • # 22258

    SHAW, George (1751-1813)

    A suite of nine plates from Shaw’s Zoology of New Holland, 1794.

    [London] : Printed by J. Davis : Published by J. Sowerby, 1794. Nine engravings with original hand colour, each approximately 230 x 160 mm (plate lines), on J. Whatman watermarked paper, 303 x 242 mm (sheet), titled and imprinted in the image (imprint erased from one as issued), small stab holes from the string binding …

  • # 22658

    Anon. [after FREEMAN, W.H. and GOULD, John, 1804-1881]

    [ORNITHOLOGY] Dicées de la Nouvelle-Hollande (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) et leur nid sur une branche de loranthus.

    [France : circa 1860]. Pen and ink drawing of Australian Swallow Dicaeum (Mistletoe Bird) and nest; approximately 220 x 180 mm, on first side of a bifolium, 310 x 205 mm; title from contemporary caption at head of sheet; after a drawing by W.H. Freeman, engraved by Sargent and published with identical French title in Magasin …

  • # 22535


    Icones Piscium, or plates of rare fishes.

    London : Richard and John Taylor, 1843. Quarto, publisher’s printed wrappers, string bound, manuscript correction of ‘Four’ to ‘Five’ coloured plates, pp. 8 (unopened); 5 plates with striking original hand colouring. Housed in a custom made folding clamshell box. Book label of Alan John Jarvis to inside upper wrapper and inside the box. An exceptional …

  • # 22729

    EMERSON, E.S.; LINDSAY, Norman, illustraor

    An Australian Bird Calendar

    Written by E. S. Emerson. Illustrated by Norman Lindsay. Melbourne : George Robertson & Company, n.d. [c. 1910]. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers highlighted in silver (edges slightly sunned), pp. [16], sepia illustrations by Norman Lindsay throughout, with 2 full-page photographic plates by W.S. Henty; clean throughout, a very good copy.

  • # 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 …

  • # 19270

    WHITE, John (1756-1832)

    Journal of a voyage to New South Wales

    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, full tree calf, gilt decorated borders, spine with detailed ornamental tooling, contrasting morocco title label, marbled endpapers, pp [xviii], 299, [36], 65 …

  • # 22633

    BARKLY, Henry Sir (1815-1898)

    Royal Society of Victoria. President’s inaugural address for 1860.

    [Cover title]. Also titled: President’s inaugural address for 1860 / delivered by His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly … to the members of the Royal Society of Victoria at the anniversary dinner held on the 10th April, 1860. [Melbourne : The Society, 1860]. Octavo pamphlet, string boundt, 17 pp; a fine copy.

  • # 22629


    Big Game of America. The honour of your Company is requested to a Private View of Works by American and other Artists; of the above subjects at the Burlington Gallery,

    27, Old Bond Street, W. on Tuesday, April 10th, 1894, & three following days. Amongst the Collection will be the Works which have been submitted to Her Majesty the Queen, and two drawings lent by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. [London : Burlington Gallery, 1894]. Lithographed invitation card, 92 x 138 mm, printed recto only, …

  • # 22604

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    Suite of studio photographs of taxidermied Australian native fauna.

    [Between 1890 and 1900]. Five silver albumen print photographs (each 205 x 150 mm), laid down recto of their original card mounts, numbered and captioned in the negatives as follows: 775. Australian Laughing Jackass; 776. Australian Opossum; 421. Lyre Birds; 785. Australian Emu; 787. Australian Kangaroo; the studio imprint of H.King Photo, Sydney appears in …