• # 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.  

  • # 23405

    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, string bound pamphlet, 17 pp, a fine copy. Includes reference to Burke …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15281

    FLINDERS, Matthew (1774 - 1814)

    Observations upon the marine barometer, made during the examination of the coasts of New Holland and New South Wales, in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803

    Contained within : Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London for the year MDCCVI. Part II. London : printed by W. Bulmer, 1806. Quarto, original plain blue wrappers, pp. iv; 239 – 473; [8]; 12 engraved plates (some folding), the plates foxed but the text clean, all edges uncut and a little dusty, a …

  • # 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.

  • # 22327

    PATON, Robert, Jnr.

    [WOOL] Getting the absolute best.

    Sydney : W.A. Pepperday, 1929. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (lightly marked), pp 72; a very good copy. Scarce Australian manual on sheep management and wool production. Copies are recorded in only two Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales)

  • # 22385

    Photographer unknown.

    [GOLD MINING] Photograph album compiled by a globetrotting mining engineer between 1900 and 1910, with his unique panoramic views of the King of the Hills mine in Western Australia, and topographical views in West Africa, Colombia, and the Caucasus, many of them documenting gold mining enterprises.

    Late nineteenth century photograph album, oblong folio (280 x 370 mm), half calf over black crushed morocco ruled in gilt (heavily worn, front board detached), all edges gilt, containing a total of 150+ silver gelatin photographs (and one albumen print) mounted on thick leaves; over 50 of the photographs were taken with a special panoramic …

  • # 21614


    The Tropical Diet Chart

    Singapore : Biochemical Laboratory, College of Medicine, 1932. Separately issued large folio sheet (500 x 360 mm), folding to 250 x 180 mm, recto with table setting out 7 main groups of food types with suggested quantities for a balanced daily intake, captioned in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil; verso divided into four panels each …

  • # 21490


    Decorative letterhead of T. Gaunt & Co. Pty. Ltd., Watchmakers & Goldsmiths, Jewellers & Opticians. Melbourne, 1911.

    Lithographed letterhead, 175 x 200 mm, illustrated; being an invoice to Mr, David Rumbold (farmer, of Baringhup near Maldon, Victoria) for the purchase of a gold chain and gold necklet (total £10); dated 27 November 1911; duty stamp affixed; old spike hole, but in fine condition. An attractive letterhead for the famous Bourke Street firm of …

  • # 21299

    STEFANSSON, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962

    [PARLIAMENTARY PAPER] Central Australia : report

    At head of title: 1923-24. The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. At foot of title: Presented by command, 24th September, 1924 ; ordered by the Senate to be printed, 1st October, 1924. [Melbourne] : H.J. Green, Government printer, 1924. Folio, 4 pp; fine. One of 960 copies printed. At the invitation of the Government, …

  • # 21337

    POPE, Clifford H.

    The reptiles of China. Turtles, crocodilians, snakes, lizards

    New York : The American Museum of Natural History, 1935. Quarto, black lettered yellow cloth, dustjacket, pp. lii; 604; 27 plates, 78 text illustrations, map, very fine. Volume X of Natural History of Central Asia published by The American Museum of Natural History 1918 – 1943 ‘The Central Asiatic Expeditions explored the natural history of Mongolia and China …

  • # 19846

    The first six books of the elements of Euclid

    Köln : Taschen, 2010. Two volumes, large octavo (260 x 210 mm), publisher’s black cloth over boards with paperback supplementary volume, in decorated black cloth solander box, xxix, 268 (hardcover), 95 (softcover) pp, with colour illustrations throughout; internally pristine, a fine copy. The first volume is a facsimile of the first edition of Byrne’s work on Euclidean geometry, …

  • # 16858

    HALL, Thomas Sergeant

    Victorian hill and dale. A series of geological rambles

    Melbourne : Thomas C. Lothian, 1909. Octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, pp. 160, numerous photographic plates, maps; scattered foxing; a good copy.

  • # 19631

    WALLACE-CRABBE, Keith; DRISCOLL, "Wally" Anthony (illustrator)

    [CHILDREN’S] The story of Otto, or, How they fissioned the atom. (Presentation copy from the illustrator)

    Cover title: Otto the atom. Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, [1954]. First edition. Royal octavo, pictorial cloth backed boards (small mark to top edge of upper board), a presentation copy from the illustrator Wally Driscoll inscribed on verso of the half-title ‘To Len with all best wishes Wally, May 1954’; pp 40, illustrated with Driscoll’s charming …

  • # 16027

    MELA, Pomponius (circa 15 - 45 AD)

    De Situ Orbis Libri III.

    Cum notis integris Hermolai Barbari, Petri Joannis Olivarii, Fredenandi Nonii Pintiani, Petri Ciacconii, Andreae Schotti, Isaaci Vossii, et Jacobi Gronovii. Lugduni [Leiden] :  ex officina Samuelis Luchtmans, 1722. Octavo, full contemporary vellum, manuscript title to spine, textblock nearly detached, endpaper detached, engraved title page, printed title page in red and black, pp. [lxxx]; 811; [37]; engraved …

  • # 19147

    CORBETT, Francis

    [IRRIGATION] On Abyssinian tube wells

    / by Francis Corbett, Esq. [Melbourne] : Royal Society of Victoria, 1874. Octavo, original printed wrappers (small ink spot to front), stitched, 6 pp; a very good copy. Transcript of a lecture read before the Royal Society of Victoria on 18 July 1874, on the construction and effectiveness of the so-called “Abyssinian tube well”, a …