Natural History

  • # 35330

    OLSEN, Penny

    Cayley & Son. The life and art of Neville Henry Hayley & Neville William Cayley (signed copy)

    Canberra : NLA Publishing, 2013. Quarto, illustrated boards in dustjacket (spine sunned), pp. [viii]; 227, extensively illustrated. This copy signed and inscribed by the author.

  • # 33874

    WOOD, W., and HANLEY, Sylvanus

    Index Testaceologicus, an illustrated catalogue of British and foreign shells,

    arranged according to the Linnean System; with the Latin and English names, references to authors, and places where found. Illustrated with 2300 figures by W. Wood, F.R.S. & L.S. London : printed for W. Wood, 1825. Octavo, half calf over marbled boards (heavily rubbed, rebacked with later calf spine, lettered in gilt), bookplate for Dr. …

  • # 35215

    WATTS, Peter et al.

    An exquisite eye : the Australian flora & fauna drawings 1801-1820 of Ferdinand Bauer

    Sydney : Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 1997. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (spine lightly sunned), pp. 167, illustrated. A very good copy. “This publication coincides with an exhibition of the same title held at the Focus Gallery, Museum of Sydney on the site of first Government House, between 13 December 1997 and 19 April …

  • # 32579

    HARRIS, George Prideaux (1775 - 1810)

    The first published image of the Thylacine and Tasmanian Devil

    Didelphis ursina [and] Didelphis cynocephala. London : Transactions of the Linnean Society, 1808. Engraving, plate 19, page 174 from the Transactions, 205 x 155 mm (plate line), signed in image lower left, a fine example. The first published image of the Thylacine and Tasmanian Devil. ‘The first European illustration of a thylacine was modeled on …

  • # 34787

    Photographer unknown.

    [TASMANIA] Native plant, photographed in situ.

    Circa 1870. Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each image 72 x 67 mm (irregular), mount 82 x 180 mm, numbered 72 in the negative at lower left of left-hand image; no photographer’s imprint; some light foxing to both prints; the mount fine. This stereoview was sourced with a large group of 1860s Tasmanian stereoviews, some of …

  • # 35085

    [GOULD, John]

    John Gould’s Birds of Australia

    Hobart : Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, 2004. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, sticker label to lower panel, pp. [8], illustrated Curated by Leo Joseph and Robert McCracken Peck, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.

  • # 35194

    ANEMAAT, Louise

    Natural Curiosity : unseen art of the First Fleet.

    Sydney : State Library of New South Wales, 2014. Quarto, illustrated limp boards, laminate slightly creased, light handling marks, pp. 256, illustrated. A sense of awe swept through natural history circles in 18th-century London when the first ships returned from Sydney with their cargo of exotic animals, birds, and plants—and striking watercolor illustrations. The sudden …

  • # 35084


    John Gould. The mammals of Australia 1845 – 63

    Sydney : Antique Print Room, 2006. Oblong quarto, illustrated wrappers (with the image of the thylacine on upper wrapper), pp. 72, illustrated

  • # 35166

    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, a new copy. Meticulously researched and handsome in its design, Cabouret’s splendidly illustrated monograph on Cayley makes an important contribution to the study of …

  • # 34911


    Inaugural address, delivered to the Bendigo School of Mines Science Society, June 20, 1881.

    Sandhurst, [Vic.] : G. Young, [1881]. Octavo (210 mm), original printed green wrappers, stitched, 8 pp; includes rules and list of office bearers of the Bendigo School of Mines Science Society for 1881/​82; a very good copy. Copies are recorded in six Australian collections (NLA; SLNSW; SLV; SLSA; Monash University Library; Royal Australasian College of …

  • # 34951

    NORST, Marlene J.

    Ferdinand Bauer : the Australian natural history drawings

    Melbourne : Lothian, 1989. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 120, illustrated.

  • # 33703

    WALLIS, John and WALLIS, Edward

    The Naturalist, a new game – moral and instructive.

    London : John Wallis, March 15, 1813  / Edward Wallis, 1820. Engraved game board with original hand colouring, dissected and laid on linen, folded, the full dimensions 492 x 380 mm, with the imprint Published March 13, 1813 by John Wallis, No. 42 Skinner Street, Snow Hill, London; housed in the original card slipcase, with hand coloured …

  • # 34615

    [Compiler unknown]

    Ferns from the Himalayas

    [Manuscript title on front board]. [Circa 1880]. Portfolio (360 x 255 mm), original papered boards, the front with handmade découpage (embossed and green silk decoration) and chromolithographed onlay, with calligraphic manuscript lettering in black ink at centre Ferns from the Himalayas; the first leaf [f.1] has a calligraphic manuscript rendering of a poem by Scottish poet …

  • # 33868

    FULTON, Robert

    The illustrated book of Pigeons. With standards for judging.

    Illustrated with fifty life-like coloured plates, from paintings by J. W. Ludlow. London, Paris and New York : Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., circa 1876. Quarto, half crushed morocco over pebbled cloth, spine in compartments with gilt ornamentation, lettered in gilt, edges rubbed and a few light stains, all edges gilt, expertly rebacked and endpapers …

  • # 34471

    BADEN-POWELL, George S.

    New homes for the old country. A personal experience of the political and domestic life, the industries, and the natural history of Australia and New Zealand.

    London : Richard Bentley and Son, 1872. Octavo, gilt-decorated blue cloth (edges rubbed), hinges repaired, frontispiece illustration and title vignette, pp. xx; 512, text block slightly cracked, internally clean, numerous engraved illustrations. Includes chapters on gold mining, bush rangers, indigenous inhabitants, natural history, farming and agriculture, emigration and much else. ‘Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell, KCMG …

  • # 34768

    STEAD, David G.

    Crustaceans,: ancient, modern and mythical. With notes on edible crustaceans of N.S.W.

    being a lecture delivered to the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of New South Wales on the 16th May, 1905.Octavo, lettered papered boards, cloth spine, previous owner’s name to pastedown, pp. 62, black and white plates of lobsters and other crustaceans, a very good copy.