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Banks, J. and D. Solander and J. Britten
Illustrations of the botany of Captain Cook's voyage round the world in H.M.S. Endeavour in 1768-71. Australian plants.
London, printed by order of the Trustees of the British Museum, 1900-1905. Three parts in three. Folio (47.5 x 31.5 cm). Title and 102 pp., followed by 320 lithographed plates (numbered 1-318, 41A, and 45A) and three folding maps. The plates are photolithographic reproductions of original engraved proof plates by F. P. Nodder, James Miller, J. F. Miller, and John Cleveley that were never published. The set is bound in uniform black buckram with gilt lettering on spine, reading: Cook's First voyage. Australian plants , and the plate numbers contained in each volume.
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The first publication of the illustrations by Banks and Solander of Australian plants
The Botani...
Edwards, S.
The Botanical Register: or ornamental flower-garden and shrubbery. Volumes 1-33 [AND] the appendix by John Lindley being the systematic index and sketch of the vegetation of the Swan river colony in Australia. [All published].
London, J. Ridgway, 1815-1847. 34 volumes. Large 8vo (24.2 x 15.3 cm). With 2,707 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates and three plain engravings for a total of 2,710 plates, plus nine hand-coloured engraved plates in the appendix. Very nice half green morocco bindings by Bernard Middleton. Spines with five raised bands, gilt floral vignettes and title. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt.
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A complete set including the rare appendix and bound by Middleton
Histoire n...
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, I. and F. Cuvier
Histoire naturelle des mammifères, avec les figures originales, coloriées, dessinées d'après des animaux vivans. Marsupials.
Paris, A. Belin, 1819-1829. Large folio (approximately 53 x 35 cm). Five plates with explanatory text leaves. Not bound, as issued.
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Australian mammals in fine, very large illustrations by the famous Cuvier and Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
Gibson-Hill, C. A.
Contributions to the natural history of Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean.
Singapore, the Raffles Museum, 1947. 8vo (24.5 x 15.5 cm). 182 pp., seven plates, many text figures, including two maps. Original printed wrappers.
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The first monograph on the natural history of this enigmatic island with original observations
Handbook t...
Gould, J.
Handbook to the birds of Australia.
London, the author, 1865. Two volumes in two. Large 8vo (24.7 x 15.6 cm). viii, 636; [ii], 629 pp. One page of advertisements bound in at the end of volume 1. Original uniform green, blind stamped cloth with lavish gilt ornaments - including palm trees and birds-of-paradise - on covers and spines. Yellow endpapers. Original publication leaflet bound in the rear of volume I.
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Gould's "update" of his Birds of Australia
Journals o...
Grey, G.
Journals of two expeditions of discovery in north-west and western Australia during the years 1837, 38, and 39, under the authority of Her Majesty's Government. Describing many newly discovered, important and fertile districts, with observations on the moral and physical condition of the aboriginal inhabitants, &c., &c.
London, T. and W. Boone, 1841. Two volumes in two. 8vo (14.0 x 22.3 cm). Two lithographed frontispieces, one being hand-coloured and depicting a western-Australian Aboriginal person; (2), xiv, 412 pp., (16); vii, 482 pp.; 20 lithographed plates of which five hand-coloured. Original uniform embossed cloth. Gilt title and vignette on the spines. Yellow endpapers.
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First edition of an expedition narrative with chapters on the zoology and new, illustrated, herpetological species
Het aandee...
Heeres, J. E.
Het aandeel der Nederlanders in de ontdekking van Australië 1606-1765. The part borne by the Dutch in the discovery of Australia 1606-1765.
Leiden, E. J. Brill [AND] London, Luzac and Co., 1899. Large 4to (35.0 x 25.2 cm) 240 [xvii, 100 double; 101-106 single] pp., two large, folding full colour maps, 17 maps in the text. Contemporary grey buckram with gilt title on the spine. Floral-patterned endpapers.
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An excellent historical review with two fine, full-colour maps
Herschel, W.
Description of a forty-feet reflecting telescope.
London, The Royal Society of London, 1795. Large 4to (29.5 x 23.2 cm). pp. 347-399, plus 19 folding plates showing a total of 47 figures, including the famous huge foldout plate of this enormous telescope. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards.
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The original description of the largest telescope of the 18th century, or the eighth wonder of the world”
Knox, R.
Observations on the anatomy of the duck-billed animal of New South Wales, the Ornithorynchus paradoxus of naturalists [AND] Observations on the organs of digestion and their appendages, and on the organs of respiration and circulation, in the Ornithorynchus paradoxus [AND] On the kidneys, urinary bladder, and organs of generation, in the male of the Ornithorynchus paradoxus .
Edinburgh, Adam Black, 1824. 8vo (20.8 x 13.4 cm). 15+6+24 pp., three engraved plates. Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines and title. Marbled endpapers. Speckled edges.
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Rare early contribution to the anatomy of the duck-billed Platypus
27 origina...
Landor, A. H. S.
27 original 19th-Century watercolour sketches of Australia.
Australia, not published, [n.d., but 1891]. Mostly ca. 18 x 13 cm, some larger (up to 23.0 x 14.0 cm) or smaller (the smallest 17.5 x 6.0 cm). Some with hand-written captions.
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Landor's illustrations of Australia - not used in any book
Journal of...
Leichhardt, C.
Journal of an overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, a distance of upwards of 3000 miles during the years 1844-1845.
London, T & W. Boone, 1847. Large 8vo (22.2 x 14.2 cm). xx, 544 pp., 16 pp. of advertisements of T. & W. Boone publications (including 8 pp. Australiana), seven aquatinted engraved plates including the frontispiece and several fine woodcuts in the text. Original blind stamped cloth. Gilt title on the spine. Yellow endpapers.
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Only copy for sale outside Australia
Die Fauna...
Michaelsen, W. and R. Hartmeyer (eds.)
Die Fauna südwest-Australiens. Ergebnisse der Hamburger südwest-Australischer Forschungsreise 1905.
Jena, Gustav Fischer, 1907-1914. Four (of five) parts in four. 4to (26.5 x 19.0 cm). 2,143 pp., one map, 42 plates (some coloured). Contemporary uniform half-calf with gilt titles on spines. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. All original printed wrappers bound in.
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Many new data on the herpetology of the South West of Western Australia