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  • Original Press Photograph – The Archbold Expedition at Mount Wilhelmina – 1939

    Original Press Photograph – The Archbold Expedition at Mount Wilhelmina – 1939

    An original photograph 22cm by 15cm of the Archbold Expedition camping at the tree line near the base of Mt Wilhelmina, Dutch New Guinea during their important biological exploring expedition of 1938/39 … the third and most ambitious of Archbold’s expeditions, under his leadership.

    Very good condition albeit usual press stampings and pasted narrative to rear.

    The narrative reads – “Exploring New Guinea by Air – Mount Wilhelmina, Netherlands New Guinea – The camp of the expedition carriers near the timber line in the shadow of Mount Wilhelmina (background) the second loftiest peak on the island, rising mor than three miles at the Equator. It was in this area that MR Archbold discovered a bird he said was hitherto unknown to science. It is slightly larger than the ordinary sparrow, with a bluish-black boy an a brilliant red patch to its throat. It has a delicate, flycatcher- type back and warbles melodically”

    Richard Archbold (1907-1976) was a wealthy American zoologist and philanthropist … his three expeditions to Dutch New Guinea were very successful, particularly this the third and final expedition. In it they concentrated mainly in the area from Mt Wilhelmina to the Idenburg River.

    Mt Wilhelmina, known as Puncak Trikora since 1963 is 4,750 metres high. It was first climbed in 1913 by Alphons Herderschee. At that time its peak was still covered by a substantial ice cap, as were a number of other high peaks in the area. During the early part of the 10th Century the ice gradually melted and had disappeared by c1940.

    The Archbold expeditions continued, under Australian leadership, after WWII and included territory in Papua New Guinea. We have the reports of these later expeditions in stock.

    Price $40.00
    Nice image of the Archbold camp New Guinea 1939.

    $40.00

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  • Bass and Flinders – Circumnavigation of Tasmania – 200th Anniversary Medal

    Bass and Flinders – Circumnavigation of Tasmania – 200th Anniversary Medal

    Together Matthew Flinders and George Bass were the first to circumnavigate Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), in HM Sloop Norfolk, in 1788/89.

    This large fine limited run medal was produced in Tasmania to celebrate the 200th anniversary i.e. 1998/99.

    Only 120 were produced in this form, this being number 53, marked to the rim. Cast in white metal, 800 mm diameter, 115gms weight. Strong deep profile, fine condition.

    Carries the bust of both Flinders an Bass either side of the sloop’s mast, with descriptive text. On the reverse a map of Van Diemen’s Land with the route taken marked and a fine and substantial depiction of the vessel fully rigged.

    Limited numbered run of important maritime celebration.

    $150.00

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  • Antique Microscope Slide – Human Fleas – E Bryan c1900

    Antique Microscope Slide – Human Fleas – E Bryan c1900

    A very nice example prepared by E Bryan Optician of Manchester, England [Not in Bracegirdle]. Bryan operated at the premises in 24 Cross Street c1900. The slide carries his label and a brief subject description.

    Male and female examples of the human flea .. that is male and female fleas not fleas of male and female for the grammatically and scientifically challenged.

    The Human Flea (Pulex Irritans), an interesting Latin name, is happy on a number of hosts not just humans. It was thought to have originated on South American Guinea Pigs. The female burrows into the flesh particularly around the feet and ovulates internally.

    The first single flea image is the female and the second the male

    Antique He and She Flea

    $70.00

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  • Field or Students Microscope c1900-  Large size with three separate objectives and group of antique French microscope slides – fine condition.

    Field or Students Microscope c1900- Large size with three separate objectives and group of antique French microscope slides – fine condition.

    A late Victorian perhaps Edwardian student’s or field drum microscope. In fine working condition. Original wooden case. This variety would have been used by naturalist’s in the field and French by manufacture.

    Three brass objectives all in excellent condition. Overall, good optics, retains the original lacquer, swivel mirror unblemished. Comes with five 19thC French style prepared slides.

    Mahogany fitted case in fine condition.

    Practical antique scientific instrument

    $290.00

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  • Poems to Pavlova – Tulloch Cull – First Edition 1913

    Poems to Pavlova – Tulloch Cull – First Edition 1913

    A first edition of this poetic homage to the great ballerina Anna Pavlova.

    Published by Herbert Jenkins, London in 1913. Square octavo, 62 pages after preliminaries with 8 plates from period photographs. Original decorative green cloth covered boards, all in very good condition.

    Russian born Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) hardly requires introduction. Principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes … forever to be remembered as the dying swan.

    Her name was pronounced Pa … vlova unfortunately the pudding designed in her honour Pav … lova has corrupted our understanding. Invented (the pudding) during her tour of Australia in the 1920’s … disputed by Kiwis across the Ditch who believe it was first made in Wellington.

    Anna Pavlova … much more than a meringue with fruit!

    $60.00

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  • Seven Professionally Prepared Antique Microscope Slides – Botanicals – by W. Watson

    Seven Professionally Prepared Antique Microscope Slides – Botanicals – by W. Watson

    A fine collection of antique ring mounted botanical specimens. Comprising …

    Leaf of Tea Tree
    Leaf of Aloe ferox
    Leaf of Laurel
    Leaf of Tobacco Plant
    Stem of Ribes
    Lime Tree section
    Lea bud of Ash

    Some super examples with very minimal specimen degradation as can be seen from the images.

    William Watson set up as an optician in 1837. He took up premises at 313 High Holborn, London in 1862. The business became W Watson & Sons from 1882. They took over the slide preparation business of Edmund Wheeler in 1884 and from them were to become one of the most successful preparers. These slides are circa 1900, though the Lime Tree is earlier and carries the distinctive Watson cursive style specimen label of the 1880’s.

    Note tray not included slides will be sent in protective special purpose containers.

    A good group of early quality mounts by Watson

    $140.00

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