Natural History

  • # 42916

    [Società Geografica Italiana]

    Bollettino della Società Geografica Italiana. [Serie prima:] Anno VII. Volume X. Fascicolo 1, iuglio 1873 – Fascicolo 6, dicembre 1873].

    Roma : Stabilimento Giuseppe Civelli, June-December 1873. Six parts in five volumes (as issued), octavo, original printed blue wrappers (some light staining and foxing, early ownership inscription to two of the upper wrappers); pp. 1-120 (with folding colour map showing telegraph communication linking Europe and Asia); 1-92; 1-94; 1-117; 1-74 (with folding lithographed plate of …

  • # 43094

    SANDERS, Roșie

    Rosie Sanders’ Flowers : a celebration of botanical art (from the library of Criss Canning)

    London : Batsford, 2016. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 160, magnificently illustrated with botanical illustrations. Signed by Australian artist Criss Canning in ink on the half-title. Provenance: Criss Canning, acquired in 2023

  • # 43082

    AITKEN, Richard et al.

    Capturing flora : 300 years of Australian botanical art (from the library of Criss Canning)

    Ballarat : Art Gallery Ballarat, 2012. Quarto, boards in dustjacket (light shelf wear and jacket a little discoloured), pp. 287, illustrated. ‘Capturing Flora is a handsome historical survey of the botanical illustration of Australian plants, from the time of Dampier to 2012. This sumptuous publication accompanied the exhibition of the same name at the Art …

  • # 42908

    DIGGLES, Silvester (1817-1880)

    The ornithology of Australia : being illustrations of 244 Australian birds, with descriptive letter-press.

    [Brisbane : Printed for the author by T. P. Pugh, 1866-1868]. Folio (375 x 270 mm), bound in two volumes, recent half calf over marbled papered boards, spines in compartments with gilt lettering, edges stained red; as usual without the printed title and preface (which were not printed until 1874-75), and the last six plates (which …

  • # 42654


    The birds of Celebes and the neighbouring islands

    Berlin : R. Friedlander, 1898. Two volumes, quarto, black library buckram spines lettered in gilt, bump to upper corner of the first volume, original printed wrappers bound in, pp. xxxii; 392; 393 – 962, 7 coloured maps and 45 lithographed plates, of which 42 are hand-coloured; internally clean, a fine set. A rare scholarly work …

  • # 42655

    British ornithologists' union expedition, 1909-1911 ; OGILVIE-GRANT, W. R.

    Reports on the collections made by the British Ornithologists’ Union Expedition and the Wollaston Expedition in Dutch New Guinea, 1910-13.

    London : Francis Edwards, 1916. Limited edition of 150 copies (no. 27), printed on large paper. Two volumes, large quarto, finely bound in half crushed blue morocco over cloth, edges and corners slightly rubbed, spines in compartments with raised bands, ruled in gilt with gilt lettering, top edges gilt, small book label for Rollo Hammett …

  • # 41440

    BEILBY, Walter

    The dog in Australasia

    Melbourne : George Robertson and Company, 1897. Octavo, gilt-illustrated maroon patterned cloth (light edge wear), expertly rebacked, endpapers replaced, pp. [xii, of xiv – advertisements – one leaf removed]; xvi; 475; (21 – advertisements), photographic plates, folding tables (one neatly detached), a couple of small stains and marginal edge tears, a couple of miscreases, one …

  • # 42847


    [ENVIRONMENTALISM] Anti-woodchipping postcard petitioning the Federal Government to grant parts of East Gippsland National Park protection.

    [Melbourne] : Wilderness Society, [ca. 1990?]. Colour photographic postcard with image of a dead ringtail possum accompanied by main text ‘East Gippsland : wood chip licences available NOW!’, 103 x 110 mm; verso with printed text of petition and space for subscriber’s details; not mailed, in fine condition.

  • # 39412

    LEWIN, John William (1770 - 1819)

    A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature.

    Illustrated with twenty-six plates. London : J. H. Bohte, 1822 [but 1826 or later]. Folio, 366 x 262 mm, original publisher’s binding of half straight-grained red morocco, gilt-lettered to spine ‘Lewin’s Birds’, expertly re-backed and re-cornered, original grey papered boards, engraved paper title label to front panel, a few light stains, armorial bookplate to front …

  • # 41958

    DARWIN, Charles (1809 - 1882)

    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. (Third edition)

    London : printed by W. Clowes and Sons for John Murray, 1861. Third edition. Octavo, original green cloth, boards blocked in blind, spine gilt (corners slightly bumped, light bumping to head and foot of spine, small damp mark to upper panel, small 10 mm mark recoloured to spine), binding variant B (no preference), without full …

  • # 42802

    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, 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.  

  • # 26897

    MUELLER, Ferdinand (1825 - 1896); LA TROBE, Charles Joseph (1801 - 1875)

    Analytical drawings of Australian mosses. (Presentation copy to Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe)

    I. Fascicle (all published). Melbourne : John Ferres, Government Printer, 1864. Octavo, gilt-lettered purple flush cut cloth (spine faded), recased, pp. 7, [1]; twenty lithographed plates by Frederick Schoenfeld with accompanying text. Presentation inscription to the front free endpaper (which has been bound at the rear of the book) ‘To his Patron and Friend Charl. Jos. La …

  • # 42273

    WILSON, Sir Samuel

    Salmon at the Antipodes : being an account of the successful introduction of salmon and trout into Australian waters

    London : Edward Stanford, 1879. First edition. Octavo, finely bound in half crushed morocco over marbled papered boards, spine in compartments with gilt-lettering and angling related devices, edges rubbed, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers with collector’s leather heraldic label to front pastedown (unidentified), photographic frontispiece, pp. viii; folding map; 252, a fine copy. Ferguson 18663.

  • # 41597

    DARWIN, Charles

    Menniskans härledning och Könsurvalet. (First Swedish edition of The Descent of Man)

    Stockholm : Albert Bonnier, 1872. Two volumes, octavo, contemporary gilt-lettered half-morocco over pebbled cloth (edges scuffed, particularly at head and foot of spine), marbled edges, pink endpapers, pp. [iv]; 314; (2); [iv]; xv; [blank]; 294; (6), portrait frontispiece of Darwin to volume two, text illustrations, internally fine, a fine set. The first Swedish edition of …

  • # 41898

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The origin of species (1900)

    by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. With portrait. London : John Murray, 1902. Octavo, original publisher’s gilt-lettered green cloth (light corner wear, lightly bruised at head and foot of spine) original endpapers (bookplate to front free endpaper); pp xxxii, 703, folding diagram. A very good …

  • # 41948

    DARWIN, Charles (1809 - 1882)

    The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex (1872)

    New York; D. Appleton and Company; 1872. Two volumes, octavo, brown cloth with black decoration, lettered in gilt to spine (chipped at head and foot of spines), previous owner’s name to endpapers, Vol. I, pp. [iv]; (blank);  vi, 409; (blank); [2 – advertisements); [2 – blank]; 25 text illustrations; Vol. II, pp. [ii]; (blank), viii, …