Natural History

  • # 18444


    Photographic portrait of the Victorian Government botanist Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. Melbourne, circa 1875.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 63 mm, verso with imprint of ‘J. Botterill, Beehive Chambers, Elizabeth St., Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Baron Von Mueller’; the albumen print has a few marks and some rust at top edge caused by contact with a metal clip, otherwise a good, strong print; …

  • # 19198

    WAGNER, Hermann

    Atlas d’histoire naturelle : coup d’oeil sur l’histoire naturelle des cinq parties du monde.

    48 planches coloriées, accompagnées d’un texte explicatif. At head of title: Méthode d’enseignement par l’aspect. Paris : Librairie française et étrangère (R. Schultz), [c.1880]. Large quarto, bound in modern half calf over papered boards with gilt lettered spine, pp 28 (explanatory text for each plate), followed by 24 double-page chromolithographic plates, plate XXIV illustrating Australian …

  • # 18810

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    Insectivorous plants.

    London : John Murray, 1876. Fourth thousand. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, pp. x, 462, 32 (publisher’s catalogue dated January 1882), errata slip bound in; lithographed illustrations in the text; some foxing to outer leaves, a very good copy. First published on July 2 1875, with two further editions …

  • # 18814

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species.

    London : John Murray, 1892. First edition. Fourth thousand. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth (lightly rubbed, a few light marks), spine lettered in gilt, hinges starting, original bookseller’s label to front pastedown, original owner’s inscription to first blank, pp. xxiv; 352, including index, numerous lithographed illustrations and tables in the text; clean throughout, …

  • # 18811

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882); DARWIN, Francis

    The power of movements in plants.

    London : John Murray, 1880. First edition. Second thousand. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth (lightly rubbed), spine lettered in gilt, pp. x, 592, 32 (publisher’s catalogue dated January 1879), lithographed illustrations in the text, some foxing to the outer leaves, else a clean and fresh copy. ‘The book was an extension of Charles …

  • # 18813

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The formation of vegetable mould through the action of worms; with observations on their habits.

    London : John Murray, 1882. First edition. Seventh thousand (corrected). Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth (a few small marks), spine lettered in gilt; front hinge a little weak, previous owner’s bookplate to front free-endpaper, pp. vii, 328, [1] advertisement, lithographed illustrations in the text; a few pages unopened, light foxing to preliminaries, a …

  • # 17295

    BANFIELD, E.J. (Edmund James)

    My tropic isle

    London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1913. Third impression. Thick octavo, pictorial cloth boards (rubbed, spine sunned), later bookplate to front pastedown, deckle edges, pp 313, illustrated with numerous photographic plates; fore-edge with spotting, light foxing to first and last few leaves, but a good copy. Naturalist and writer Edmund James “Ted” Banfield (1852-1923) spent the last …

  • # 17232

    MUELLER, Ferdinand, Baron von (1825-1896)

    Introduction to botanic teachings at the schools of Victoria

    Melbourne : John Ferres, Government Printer, 1877. Octavo, printed cloth boards (stained, and with old Victorian Dept. of Education stamp), later bookplate to front pastedown, library stamp on title page, pp 152, illustrated with line drawings throughout; scattered foxing, a fair copy. German-born Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller (1825-1869) was appointed as Victorian …

  • # 18679

    IMBERT, Henri

    Le tapir à tache blanche sur le dos de la Chine et de l’Indochine

    Hanoi-Haiphong : Imp. d’Extrême-Orient, 1921. Octavo, original printed yellow wrappers, pp 9, illustrated with 1 b/w photographic plate; text in French; a fine copy. A study of the Asiatic tapir.

  • # 18681

    IMBERT, Henri

    [BOTANY] Deux plantes insectivores de la province du Kouang-Toung (Chine).

    Hanoi-Haiphong : Imp. d’Extrême-Orient, 1922. Octavo, original printed grey wrappers, pp 9, illustrated with 1 b/w photographic plate; text in French; a fine copy. A study of two insectivorous plants native to China.

  • # 18763

    BIGLAND, John.

    [KANGAROO]. Letters on natural history :

    exhibiting a view of the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Deity, so eminently displayed in the formation of the universe, and various relations of utility which inferior beings have to the human species. Calculated particularly for the use of schools, and young persons in general of both sexes, in order to impress their minds …

  • # 18713

    DELILLE, l'Abbé Jacques (1738-1813)

    [COOK; TAHITI] Les jardins. Poëme par Jacques Delille.

    Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée et augmenté. A Paris : Chez L.G. Michaud, 1822. Duodecimo, contemporary half vellum over marbled papered boards, spine (somewhat darkened) with black morocco title label lettered in gilt, pp 233, with 4 engraved plates; occasional pale foxing, but a very good copy. A late eighteenth century bucolic poem, inspired by the …

  • # 18729

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom.

    London : John Murray, 1891. Third edition. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth (a few light marks), spine lettered in gilt; front hinge slightly weak, previous owner’s name to preliminary blank, pp. viii, 487, 32 (publisher’s catalogue dated January 1897), tables; fore-edge with a little spotting, internally clean, a very good copy. ‘This survey …

  • # 18833

    LIARDET, Cavendish Evelyn

    Soya beans

    Liverpool : The Northern Publishing Co., 1910. Octavo, printed green wrappers, pp. 27, photographic plates. A study on the plant by Liardet ‘of China’.

  • # 18366

    HOARE, Clement

    A practical treatise on the cultivation of the grape vine on open walls.

    London : Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1841. Third edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, pp. xii; 210; 32 (adverts.), partly unopened, text figures, a fine copy. First published in 1841, an important text on viticulture.

  • # 18358

    WEBER, Johann Adam (1611-1686)

    [BINDING] Discursus curiosi et fructuosi, ad praecipuas totius litteraturae humanae scientias illustrandas accomodati, …

    [Salzburg : J.B. Mayr, 1690?]. Octavo, contemporary binding of painted vellum, gilt ornamentation, upper panel with central image of a statue of the Madonna and Child and legend ‘Monastery Ettalensis Fundatrix’ (Ettal Abbey, or Kloster Ettal, is a Benedictine monastery situated near Oberammergau in Bavaria, founded in 1330; the statue of the Madonna and Child is said to …