Natural History

  • # 23900

    Maker unknown.

    [MICROSCOPE SLIDE] Precious Opal. Australia.

    [United Kingdom : s.n., circa 1900]. Glass microscope slide, 75 x 25 mm, the mount with original label printed ‘Mineral’ and with contemporary manuscript caption in ink ‘Precious Opal. Australia’; in fine condition. An attractive microscope slide containing thousands of opal fragments, most likely from New South Wales, Queensland or South Australia.  

  • # 24170

    DIGGLES, Silvester (1817-1880)

    The ornithology of Australia, by Silvester Diggles. Four original parts, 24 plates, in publisher’s wrappers.

    Brisbane : Printed for the author by T.P. Pugh, [circa 1865 – 66]. Four parts (out of a total of twenty-one, these are numbers 2; 3; 7; 8, numbered in pen), folio, publisher’s wrappers (edges chipped, dusty, a couple of blind stamps) each containing 6 hand-coloured lithographed plates, heightened with gum arabic, each with an accompanying …

  • # 23020


    The sheep : its external ant [sic] internal organisation. A brief description with illustrations

    London : G. Greiner &​ Co., [1896?]. Oblong quarto, chromolithograph papered boards (edges slightly rubbed), cloth spine, pp. 37, text in two columns, previous owner’s name on upper board and title page, inside the lower board a diecut chromolithograph model of the sheep with multiple folding flaps showing the internal organs, a fine copy. On …

  • # 24094

    SPENCER, Baldwin

    Handbook of Melbourne : for the use of members of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science

    Melbourne meeting, 1900. Edited by Professor Baldwin Spencer M.A. Melbourne : printed by Ford & Son, 1900. Octavo, gilt-lettered flushcut cloth (dulled), pp. 201, two folding maps. Includes chapters on the Aborigines of Victoria, bird life, molluscs, botany, climate, commerce, geology, etc. Includes a map of Aboriginal language groups. Ferguson 6208.

  • # 23819

    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 …

  • # 23972

    HUNT, Susa and CARTER, Paul

    Terre Napoleon. Australia through French eyes 1800 – 1804

    Sydney : Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales in association with Hordern House, 1999. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 150, extensively illustrated. Art from the Baudin voyage to Australia.

  • # 23957

    ROSSER, Celia

    The banksias : watercolours by Celia Rosser

    Melbourne : The Banksias Project, Monash University, 2014. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, 64pp, numerous full page coloured plates throughout.

  • # 23300

    GRANT, James (1772-1833)

    Verhaal van eene ontdekkingsreize na Nieuw-Zuid-Wales,

    door den Luitenant James Grant, met zijner Majesteits Schip de Lady Nelson, in de jaren 1800, 1801 en 1802 … Uit het Engelsch. Met eene Kaart en Plaat. Haarlem : François Bohn, 1805. Octavo (228 x 137 mm), contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards (worn), spine with gilt lettering and rule, front pastedown with …

  • # 21591

    DURRELL, Gerald (1926-1995)

    My family and other animals. (First edition)

    London : Rupert Hart-Davis. 1956. First edition, first printing. Octavo, green cloth with silver lettering to the spine, in the original dust wrapper (price-clipped; a couple of tiny nicks to the extremities and mild toning to the spine), pp 256; contents clean throughout and without previous owner’s inscriptions or stamps, the binding firm; a fine …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15223

    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. 110), printed on large paper. Two volumes, large quarto, in original printed blue wrappers (one corner slightly bumped), illustrated with 28 black and white and 13 colour plates, and line drawings in the text, 2 folding colour maps, pages unopened, a fine set. A substantial, …

  • # 23693

    MALING, E. A.

    In-door plants, and how to grow them, for the drawing-room, balcony, and greenhouse : containing clear instructions by which ladies may obtain, at a small expense, a constant supply of flowers

    London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1861.  Octavo, gilt-illustrated green cloth, edges slightly rubbed, front free endpaper detached, coloured lithographic frontispiece, pp. viii; 150; [2], occasional light soiling, a very good copy. First edition of this charming little manual for the domestic horticulturalist, green-thumb or plant-daddy.

  • # 23479

    DUYKER, Edward

    Nature’s Argonaut : Daniel Solander 1733-1782. Naturalist and voyager with Cook and Banks

    Melbourne : Miegunyah Press, 1998 (1999). Octavo, boards in dustjacket, pp. xx; 380; 36 leaves of plates, a fine copy. “Nature’s Argonaut is the first full biography of this important eighteenth century naturalist who now only circled the globe under sail but ranged as far north as the Arctic as far south as Tierra del …

  • # 23664

    FINNEY, Vanessa

    Capturing nature : early scientific photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893

    Sydne : Australian Museum : NewSouth Publishing, 2019. Quarto, pictorial card covers, pp v, 199, extensively illustrated in b/w and colour; a brand new copy. ‘The ground-breaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed for the first time. In the mid-nineteenth century, some of the earliest adopters of …

  • # 19269

    WHITE, John (1756-1832)

    Journal of a voyage to New South Wales. (Coloured edition)

    / 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 speckled calf, expertly rebacked with new spine, contrasting morocco title labels, decorated in gilt, marbled edges, pp [xviii], 299, [36], …

  • # 21283

    PHILLIP, Arthur (1738-1814)

    The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay (coloured edition)

    with an account of the establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; compiled from authentic papers, which have been obtained from the several departments, to which are added, the journals of Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall; with an account of their new discoveries. London : John Stockdale, 1789. Quarto, full …