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  • Great White-Crested Cockatoo – Greene – 1884

    Great White-Crested Cockatoo – Greene – 1884

    Original wood cut engraving of a beautiful Cockatoo from Parrots in Captivity published in London in 1884. It inhabits the rainforests of the Moluccas . He is a relative of the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. The male and female are almost identical.

    Greene’s delightful work comprising wood-engraved plates printed by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by A.F. Lydon. The prints are hand finished with delicate highlighting in gum arabic that makes the breast feathers shimmer in a most unusual way.

    Benjamin Fawcett was one of the great colour printers of the 19th century. He pioneered a system of wood block engraving from multiple blocks that resulted in vivid finely coloured works. Fawcett had an association of some 50 years with Francis Orpen Morris to produce many beautiful works on birds. Greene’s Parrots in Captivity is an authoritative and studious work. The engravings are the finest of all the illustrations of parrots from the period.

    Price $140.00 unframed and matted as shown. Very good condition. Mat dimensions 37cm by 29cm … cream textured mat board with french gold line. Archival materials.
    Nice Cockatoo from the Eastern Regions of Indonesia


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  • Choice Garden Flowers (With Twelve Beautiful Hand Coloured Plates) –  James Andrews 1847

    Choice Garden Flowers (With Twelve Beautiful Hand Coloured Plates) – James Andrews 1847

    Full title … Choice Garden Flowers their Cultivation and General Treatment in All Seasons”

    A first edition published by Houlston and Wright, London in 1847. Book not dated but some plates are. Scarce included in the Library at Kew.

    Octavo, with twelve striking hand coloured lithographed plates of “Choice Flowers”’ including roses, acacia, rhododendron, crocus, petunia, ranunculus etc.

    Original brown cloth covered boards with gilt device to front. A little loss to head of spine, all page pages gilt. A super copy for the delightful plates alone.

    Andrews a Fellow of the Horticultural Society one of the great flower illustrators of his day. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1868. He also did portraits and a number are included in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

    Scarce well executed botanical collection


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  • Illustrations De Zoologie (Complete with 60 Hand Coloured Stipple Engraved Plates) – Rene Primevere Lesson  – Published progressively from 1831 to 1834 – Scotland’s Great Naturalist Sir William Jardine’s Copy

    Illustrations De Zoologie (Complete with 60 Hand Coloured Stipple Engraved Plates) – Rene Primevere Lesson – Published progressively from 1831 to 1834 – Scotland’s Great Naturalist Sir William Jardine’s Copy

    Illustrations de Zoologie, ou recueil de figures d’aninaux peintes d’apres nature.

    Published by Arthus Bertrand progressively between 1831-1834.

    Complete. Originally published in twenty parts with three plates each giving sixty hand coloured stipple engraved plates in total. Bound in half calf in the 20thC, nicely done, top edge gilded, with original dark brown wrappers from the first and the last of the twenty parts bound in at the ends. General spotting of the text, the plates pretty clean and bright and beautifully executed.

    Rene Primevere Lesson was born at Rochefort and joined the French Naval Medical school at sixteen. He served in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1816 he became described as a Naval pharmacist. He served on the Duperrey scientific expedition on board La Coquille round the World and in particular to the Pacific from 1822-1825. During that voyage he, along with Dumont d’Urvillle, collected natural history specimens … many were first specimens to the western world … and Lesson was the first to observe and take interest in the birds of paradise of New Guinea. On returning to Paris he focused his life on natural history, and this is one of the first publications he produced. To be followed by a works on the Birds of Paradise and an extension of Buffon’s Natural History and works relating to the Duperry expedition.

    Sir William Jardine (1800-1874), 7th Baronet of Applegarth FRS, FRSE, FLS, FSA and Voyager Hero was the Scottish equivalent of Sir Joseph Banks sponsoring all things natural history. Perhaps best known for his backing and editorial effort in creating The Naturalist’s Library which ran to 41 volumes containing numerous hand coloured plates. He worked closely with his brother in law, William Home Lizars a talented engraver and printer in Edinburgh. The pair were to inspire Audubon to create his magnificent work on American Birds. It is interesting to note that the date of the work offered here coincides with the publication of Volume 1 of the Naturalist’s Library – Hummingbirds Part I.

    Rare Natural History Plate Book – Lesson 1831– Complete – Distinguished Naturalist Sir William Jardine’s Copy


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  • Platypus Hand Coloured Copper Engraving – Schmuzer – 1798

    Platypus Hand Coloured Copper Engraving – Schmuzer – 1798

    Original hand coloured copper engraving of the Platypus by Schumzer for Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelm. It was produced for Wilhelm’s “Discourses in Natural history”.

    Wilhelm (1758-1811) was a Protestant Pastor born to an engraver and publisher in Augsburg, Germany. He began his great work on natural history in 1792. It was printed by his father and issued in installments. This engraving by Jacob Schmuzer was completed in 1798 and is clearly based on the image in Hunter’s First Fleet Journal.

    Price $270.00 framed in Voyager Natural History style … enquire if you would like this item unframed …

    Very early Platypus Engraving from the late 18th Century


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  • Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning – Lesson – c1830

    Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning – Lesson – c1830

    Le Kangourou elegant (Halmaturus elegans) or …. Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning

    Original hand coloured engraving originally drawn by Charles Alexander Lesueur (1778-1846) . Good strong clean example. Produced for Rene Primevere Lesson (1794-1849) for his extension of the great natural history work originally produced by Count Buffon. They were published in Paris in c1830.

    The Banded Hare-wallaby is considered vulnerable and is found on Bernier Island and Dorre Island off Western Australia

    Lesueur participated in the Baudin Expedition, Geographie and Naturaliste, originally taken on as a gunner. Baudin discovered his talent for art and appointed him to illustrate his private journal. Lesson participated as doctor and naturalist in the Duperry voyage round the world on board La Coquille (1822-1825).

    Price $120.00 unframed … enquire if you wish framing options.

    The rare Australian Banded Hare-wallaby … look after him!


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  • Collection of Foreign Banknotes

    Collection of Foreign Banknotes

    A small collection of 20 bank notes, all circulated, that could form the basis or the extension of a collection for a budding notaphilist.

    Includes two pre-revolution notes from Imperial Russia 5 and 10 rubles from 1909. Also, some early Reichsbanknote from 1914 through to 1922. More modern examples from under financial pressure Yugoslavia … 50 million dinara … some Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago etc

    All kept in standard protective display covers

    Nice group which should spur further interest in the World


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