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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, the Trustees of the British Museum, 1900-1905. Three parts in three. Folio (47.5 x 31.5 cm). Title and 102 pp.,; 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). Text and 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
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
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
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). 45 pp. [15; 6; 24]; 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
Unknown il...
Martyn, T.
Unknown illustrations for the "Universal Conchologist": Fine handcoloured stipple engravings of lesser-known Indo-Pacific and South Pacific marine shells.
[London, the author], ca. 1780. Six oblong sheets (27.0 x 33.2 cm) with original stipple-engraved handcoloured illustrations of shells.
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Unrecorded and seldom-seen original Martyn illustrations
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
Arthur Phi...
Phillip, A.
Arthur Phillips Reise nach der Botany-Bay, nebst Auszügen aus den Tagebüchern der neuesten Brittischen Entdecker in der Südsee.
Hamburg, Benjamin Gottlob Hoffmann, 1791. 8vo (20.4 x 11.1 cm). [xiv], viii, [9]-264 pp.; one engraved portrait as a frontispiece, one engraved title vignette, eight engraved plates and one hand-coloured folded map. Contemporary mottled half calf over marbled boards. reen moroccolabel with gilt title on the spine. Blue endpapers.
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"An exceedingly important and valuable work" (Cox)
Smith, J. E., T. Davies, and others
Transactions of the Linnean Society [of London] volume IV. [Including two important papers on the botany and ornithology of Australia].
London, John White, 1798. Large 4to (28.5 x 23.2 cm). viii, 304, [[i] pp.; 22 engraved plates of which five hand-coloured. Later quarter cloth over original boards. Paper label with title on the spine.
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Illustrated early natural history of Australia and more early natural history