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Tasmanian Friends and Foes: Feathered, Furred and Finned

by MEREDITH, Louisa Anne

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Published
1881
Edition
Second Edition
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AU$256.62

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London: Marcus Ward, 1881. Second Edition. Second edition of a beautifully illustrated Australian natural history book, specially written for children by pioneer Tasmanian novelist, Louisa Anne Meredith (1812 -1895). [Ferguson, 12515; Morris Miller, p.612; Muir, 4977.] Louisa Mederdith migrated to Australia in 1839 to join her husband Charles who enjoyed mixed fortunes in the colony. As a young… Read more
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The Picture Alphabet

by BISHOP & CO

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Published
1830
Edition
First Edition
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AU$604.89

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Houndsditch: Bishop & Co, 1830. First Edition. A delightful woodcut alphabet. Here are many favourites - the Fox, the Goose, and the Lamb - but where necessary, the publisher's evidently felt capable of stretching their young audience. Significantly, it includes a 'K' for Kangaroo, revealing how wide-spread and how quickly the appetite for exotic natural history from Australia and… Read more
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Le Buffon des Enfans ou Histoire des Animaux Les Plus Intéressans a Connaitre

by [CHILDREN] ESPEISSE, A.

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Published
1851
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AU$238.29

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Paris: Martial Ardant freres, 1851. French natural history primer named after the great 18th century French naturalist, George-Louis Leclerc of Burgundy, later Compte de Buffon, listing man as the first animal to be examined (deemed the most interesting). Covers quadrupeds (mammals), birds, fish, insects and reptiles. With two pages dedicated to the kangaroo. Small octavo, bound in the original… Read more
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Suggestions in Floral Design

by HULME, Frederick Edward

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Published
1878
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AU$1,026.48

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London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1878. Pattern book for interior designers: arresting album of plates depicting floral designs drawn from many sources, showcasing traditional patterns inspired by various sources such as medieval tapestry and Islamic mosque tiles alongside novel creations of the later nineteenth century. Frederick Hulme (1841-1909) was an artist and graphic designer who studied under Christopher… Read more
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Fantaisies Oceanographiques

by RASKIN, E.H.

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Published
1926
Edition
First Edition
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AU$7,698.60

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Paris: F. Dumas, 1926. First Edition. Parisian pochoir printmaking at its finest A rare and exotic album of vivid French art deco undersea fantasies. These skilfully printed pochoir designs are based on tropical corals, anemones, plankton and jellyfish, combined into enticing patterns for possible use in fabric and wallpaper designs. The designs are remarkable for their use… Read more
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Gum Blossom Babies

by GIBBS, May

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Published
1916
Edition
First Edition
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AU$403.26

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Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1916. First Edition. Rare first edition. 'Today these booklets are generally regarded as children's items, but in their day they were issued in individual envelopes and were intended to be used as enlarged greeting cards... their contribution to the Australian pictorial propaganda of the First World War was pervasive and amusing and remains perhaps the… Read more
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Sunday Sun Comics. Sunbeams Supplement to 'The Sunday Sun and Guardian' April 21 1946

by BANCKS, J.C., GIBBS, May and others

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Published
1946
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AU$135.64

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Sydney: The Sunday Sun, 1946. Contains a variety of cartoons, including 'Bib and Bub' by May Gibbs (half page) and Bancks timeless Ginger Meggs (whole page). Eight page tabloid newspaper insert (305x380mm) printed in colour, a few marginal tears and chips but in remarkably good condition for an item of this age and nature (has not browned).
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Bushland Stories

by MACK, Amy Eleanor

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Published
1921
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AU$219.96

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Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1921. Joyce Dennys. A collection of short nature tales that capture the spirit of the Australian bush. Deluxe edition with gilt-stamped spine and blue A&R device printed on endpapers. Home reviewed the new edition of Amy Mack's Bushland Stories in December 1921 and praised the 'entirely new illustrations in colour and black and white… Read more
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La Philosophie de la Nature dans L'Art d'Extrême-Orient

by PETRUCCI, Raphael

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Published
1910
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AU$502.24

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Paris: Henri Laurens, 1910. Folio, full-page plates including four woodblocks in colour; contemporary cloth a little foxed. 'C'est sans doute par un effet de la mentalité particulière des Extrême-Orientaux que ~ le monde leur est apparu, non point comme un élément incomplet, soumis à leur orgueil par un créateur absolu, mais comme un ensemble frémissant dont la vie s'écoulait,… Read more
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Hortus Floridus; The First Book, Contayninge a very lively and true Description of the Flowers of Springe

by PASS, Crispin van de

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Published
1928
Edition
Limited Edition
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AU$128.31

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London: Cresset Press, 1928. Limited Edition. One of 550 numbered copies. 'The seventeenth century saw the production of many books of plant engravings, and of these the "Hortus Floridus [I]" of Crispin de Pass is generally acknowledged to be the masterpiece.' Preface, Eleanor Sinclair Rohde. Oblong octavo, etchings throughout; a very good copy in original morrocco-backed marbled boards,… Read more
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Sunday Sun Comics. Sunbeams Supplement to 'The Sunday Sun and Guardian' March 17 1946

by BANCKS, J.C., GIBBS, May and others

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Published
1946
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Sydney: The Sunday Sun, 1946. Contains a variety of cartoons, including 'Bib and Bub' by May Gibbs (half page) and Bancks timeless Ginger Meggs (whole page). Eight page tabloid newspaper insert (305x380mm) printed in colour, in excellent condition.
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Wattle Babies

by GIBBS, May

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Published
1922
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AU$73.32

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Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1922. 'Today these booklets are generally regarded as children's items, but in their day they were issued in individual envelopes and were intended to be used as enlarged greeting cards... their contribution to the Australian pictorial propaganda of the First World War was pervasive and amusing and remains perhaps the only such work to survive… Read more
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Little Obelia and Further Adventures of Ragged Blossom, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

by GIBBS, May

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Published
1921
Edition
First edition
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AU$549.90

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Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1921. First edition. A copy of the extremely rare first edition of May Gibb's 'Little Obelia'. Pictorial boards with colour pictorial onlay, 91pp, colour frontispiece and one colour plate, 19 full page sepia illustrations, decorated endpapers and black and white line drawings throughout. Corners of front boards rubbed, modest foxing to front and read endpapers… Read more
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Gems for the Drawing Room - Fruit and Flowers - Books 1 and 2

by JERRARD, Paul & BAYLEY, J.W.N.

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Published
1852
Edition
First Edition
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AU$5,499.00

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London: Paul Jerrard, 1852. First Edition. Mid-nineteenth century opulence: two elaborate Victorian plate books with plates of fruit and flowers complimenting verse, fully printed in gilt. Two folios in original cloth with large colour card onlay on front board and gilt floral motif on rear, 24 full-page chromolithographic plates each facing a matching gilt printed poem; cloth mildly browned… Read more
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William Fletcher

by ANDERSEN, Trevor & BRADHURST, Jane

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Published
1983
Edition
First Edition
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AU$22.00

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Sydney: Published by the author, 1983. First Edition. A beautiful survey of the work of William Fletcher. Foreword by John Brackenreg. Quarto, colour plates; original brown papered boards; a fine copy in the dustjacket.
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An Herbarium for the Fair

by SHAW-LAWRENCE, Betty & FASSAM, Thomas

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Published
1949
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First Edition
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London: Printed by the Ditchling Press for the Hand and Flower Press, 1949. First Edition. Being a book of common herbs with etchings by Betty Shaw Lawrence together with curious notes on their histories and uses for the furtherance of loveliness and love by Thomas Fassam. Edition of 260 numbered copies signed by Thomas Fassam. Small quarto, half brown… Read more
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Zoologisk Have

by HANSEN, Sikker & KYRRE, Hans

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Published
1930
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AU$421.59

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Copenhagen: Rasmus Navers, 1930. Danish natural history primer featuring animals from Africa to Australia and beautifuly illustrated throughout with soft yet striking charcoal drawings. Folio, full-page black & white illustration throughout, 48 pages; light external wear yet still a fine copy.
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A Bunch of Wild Flowers

by OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul

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Published
1933
Edition
First Edition
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AU$366.60

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Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933. First Edition. OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. Rare first edition with original dust jacket. Verse and illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. A dramatic stylistic shift from her body of work up until this point, Ouhtwaite's "Bunch of Wild Flowers" follows in the tradition of Margaret Tarrant and Cicely Mary Baker's little books of poetry illustrated… Read more
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L'Écrevisse.; Mœurs - Reproduction - Éducation

by CARBONNIER (Pierre)

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Published
1869
Edition
First Edition
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AU$109.98

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Paris: Paul Dupont et L'Auteur, 1869. First Edition. "The Crayfish: Manners, Reproduction, Education" by Pierre Carbonnier. Born in Bergerac in the Dordogne region of France in 1829, Pierre Carbonnier was a French scientist specialising in marine biology and exotic sea creatures. Carbonnier founded one the earliest aquariums in the world in Paris in 1850 and succeeded in… Read more
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Early Artists of Australia

by RIENITS, Rex and Thea

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Published
1963
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AU$164.97

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Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1963. Standard art reference for the first thirty years of European settlement: detailed chapters on Thomas Watling, William Westall, John William Lewin, George William Evans and further discussion on other artists 1800-1821. First edition. Quarto, colour frontispiece and black & white plates; original brown cloth, a few marks affect the half-title page, otherwise a very… Read more
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