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  • King Bird and Regent Bird of Paradise  – Lemaire 1836

    King Bird and Regent Bird of Paradise – Lemaire 1836

    The most beautiful hand coloured engraving. Executed by Pauquet for Lemaire’s supreme work “Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux Exotiques” published in Paris 1836.

    The plate is 23cm by 14cm rich creamy paper and in fine condition. The colours are so vivid and, enhanced with gum arabic, they surprise the eye. We think this is maybe the prettiest of the smaller Victorian bird prints

    The King Bird of Paradise and the Regent Bird of Paradise. Two striking male birds. Both frequent the lowland forests of Papua New Guinea. What a place.

    The King Bird of Paradise is often regarded as the most beautiful and during his mating ritual can ruffle his white feathers up so much that he almost looks like a white ball .. with all his finer protruding of course.

    The Regent Bird of Paradise is a cousin to the Australian Regent Bowerbird … the more extensive yellow, particularly across the top of the head is the giveaway.

    Price framed $190.00 unframed

    No birds more beautiful than the Birds of Paradise


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  • Women in Love – DH Lawrence – Scarce and Collectable – First UK Edition 1921

    Published by Martin Secker, London in 1921 the first UK edition.

    1,500 printed and a very rare surviving copy. Without the scarce dust jacket which would make it worth several thousand dollars.

    Octavo, 508 pages. Original brown cloth binding, browned inside as usual due to the paper type; a very good copy

    Written during WWI, not about it, but about D. H. Lawrence’s desires, aspirations, struggles .. a record of the profoundest experiences in the self.

    Best and First UK Edition – D.H.L. – Women in Love


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  • Rare Cased Free-Standing Gould Type Microscope – Likely Dollond of London, circa 1840.

    Rare Cased Free-Standing Gould Type Microscope – Likely Dollond of London, circa 1840.

    Most Gould style microscopes screw directly into the case on assembly. This example has its own folding stand and working rack and pinion focus.

    We can find two examples in the collection of the Royal Microscopical Society, London collection. They appear on pages 83 and 84 of the standard reference. First one c1845 by Duncan of Aberdeen, which with its mahogany box is very similar to our example excepting the foot which is a four-limb folding foot. The second example by Dollond has the three-limb folding foot and the clamp ring for holding slide firmly, the arm between the pillar and the body tube is different, regarding that ours is more like the Aberdeen example.

    Whilst the microscope is a offered as a collection item for display it still works and is usable, there are limitations.

    There are six objectives, only two, a low and medium/high power, contain operative lenses; they work well. The objectives screw into the bottom of the body tube and in turn screw into the arm. All threads are fine. The eye piece screws into the body tube, not a push fit, another sign of quality.

    All other parts assemble well with no wobble. The rack and pinion flows evenly from top to bottom. The mirror has a blemish but still provides enough light. There is a live cell in good condition. A tiny threaded brass canister contains tiny round cover slips used with the old slides, an absolute rarity.

    There are five bone slides 84mm of which only three retain any sign of contents; they are numbered. The mahogany box is a nice one, plush lined in burgundy, polished flame veneered. Original lock but missing key. Fitted cabinet work showing age with some chips and minor losses, still protects the parts well. The bottom drawer is aged with some loss near the lock in the floor but again a rarity.

    Second Quarter 19th Century Gould Style Microscope. Scarce a special collector’s item.


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  • Roman Ehnasya (Herakleopoli Magna) Plates and Text Supplementary to Ehnasya – Flinders Petrie – 1904

    Roman Ehnasya (Herakleopoli Magna) Plates and Text Supplementary to Ehnasya – Flinders Petrie – 1904

    Roman Ehnasya (Herakleopoli Magna) Plates and Text Supplementary to Ehnasya – Flinders Petrie – 1904

    A Special Extra Publication of The Egypt Exploration Fund … published by order of the Committee, London 1905.

    Quarto, hardbound in original cloth covered boards, gilt title to spine. Title, list of plates, narrative to page 15, 28 full page plates of multiple items followed by 3 full pages of Potters Marks. Previous owners stamp to front free end paper. Very good condition and a very rare item

    A large quantity of figures were found in houses and could be dated by coins found along with them. Consequently, serving as a scale by which to date late examples of classical work. Here we have literally hundreds of photographic images of the items found carefully classified … such as … Classical figures (Roman); Serapis, Iris, Horus (Roman); Harpocrates (Roman); Egyptian Gods (Roman); Roman Heads; Roma Lamps … and Potters Marks (many of them). Narrative chapters on the Terracotta Figures; The Lamps (extensive) an the Architecture

    Together Price $270.00

    Flinders Petrie at Ehnasya with the scarce illustrated Supplement



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  • 19thC Magic Lantern Slide – John Browning’s Spectroscope.

    19thC Magic Lantern Slide – John Browning’s Spectroscope.

    A quite striking wooden framed magic lantern slide, hand coloured, of a complex spectroscope by leading maker John Browning of London. The model depicted named (and labelled Gassiot’s Spectroscope).

    The model was made to order, designed for Physicists. The first design went to John Peter Gassiot a prominent Fellow of the Royal society. Refer John Browning’s book “How to Work with the Spectroscope” 1878, page 57.

    Likely, manufactured by the McIntosh Battery & Optical Company Chicago circa 1890. The company was formed in 1879 and in the 1890’s changed its name to the McIntosh Electrical Co to concentrate in radio devices. No makers mark, but this is their style, quality and the subject label consistent with theirs.

    The wooden slide is 28cm by 10cm with the circular hand coloured slide 8 cm in diameter. The condition of the colouring and slide generally is excellent.

    Rare Scientific Instrument Slide by Leading Maker


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  • Allen & Hanburys Ltd – Abridged Catalogue of Surgical Instruments and Appliances – Aseptic Hospital Furniture and Electro-Medical Apparatus. – c1920

    Allen & Hanburys Ltd – Abridged Catalogue of Surgical Instruments and Appliances – Aseptic Hospital Furniture and Electro-Medical Apparatus. – c1920

    Possibly the most important reference of the period on the subject. Allen & Hanburys were at 48 Wigmore Street, London W1 with a factory at Bethnal Green and other facilities in Hertfordshire and Norway (Cod Liver Oil).

    Abridged in their world means large octavo 739 pages. Original red cloth covered boards, titles etc blind stamped on spine, white to front. No date but references show circa 1920. Thousands of illustrations, frontispiece of the principal premises. Pasted onto inside front is a 28 page price list from April, 1925. All in very good condition.

    By this time Allen & Hanburys were leading players with businesses in South Africa, China, Australia, India, South America, USA, Canada, Arabia, New Zealand, West Indies and throughout Europe.

    Items covered include far too numerous to list even by category, they appear to cover every aspect. We have provided quite a few images to give some idea.

    Special Medical instrument Reference from the distinguished Allen & Hanburys.


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