Octavo (240 x 150 mm), four volumes, containing in all [iv], 505-693 pages plus 187 hand-coloured engraved plates (plus a title leaf and index leaf in each volume).
Contemporary speckled calf later rebacked, with contrasting leather title-labels; old leather shows minor signs of age and wear, but attractive withal; the contents, especially the plates, are in fine condition.
Wellington, Government Printer, 1982/ 1961; 1970; 1980; and 1985.
Octavo, four volumes, liv, 1085 pages with 40 illustrations; xl, 354 pages with 43 illustrations; xlii, 220 pages with 27 illustrations plus 4 pages of colour plates; and lxxiv, 662 pages with an illustration plus 8 colour plates; all volumes have colour endpaper maps (the same four maps in each case).
Cloth (Volumes 1 and 2) and papered boards (Volumes 3 and 4); a few corners slightly bumped; commercial bookplate on each front flyleaf; essentially a fine set with the dustwrappers in near-fine condition (the sub-titles have been added to the spines... Read complete entry
Drop-title; four small holes in the left-hand margin where stab-sewn when bound (now disbound); a fine copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 55 of 1866. Mainly routine matters, but there is a page of information and 'Instructions to Botanical Collector' prepared by Dr Richard Schomburgk, Director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Adelaide, W.K. Thomas, 1911 [a new work - see footnote].
Octavo, [viii], 80, [4, detachable order forms for the publisher's newspapers, printed rectos only] pages with a few illustrations and numerous pictorial advertisements plus advertising on the covers.
Wrappers with the title page details repeated on the front cover; contemporary date (7 September 1911) stamped at the head of the front cover; a fine copy.
Reprinted from The Register and The Observer; a selection of some of the most educative and interesting articles from the 'Man on the Land' column. A pamphlet with the same title but containing a different selection of material was published twelve months earlier (with a second printing of 2000 copies also called for). This second selection includes articles on various aspects of animal husbandry, as well as vines, wattle bark, blacksmithing, charcoal, sparrow poisoning and potato growing - with as much space devoted to roses as to any topic.
Octavo, 42,  (last blank) pages plus a full-page frontispiece, 24 illustrations (on 11 leaves at the rear) and 5 original albumen paper photographs (each approximately 110 x 80 mm or the reverse) mounted on individual leaves. A correction has been made in ink (page 6, line 27, Riviera for rivers); we have noted this in other copies (including the standard issue) and presume it is in the author's hand.
Quarter leather and ornate gilt-lettered watered cloth (almost certainly the original binding); slight loss to the head of the spine, with a little loss of its treated surface down its length (slightly affecting a few letters); cloth slightly rubbed... Read complete entry
Ferguson 7285 (not noting this extra-illustrated edition); Holden 7 ('Photography in Colonial Australia. The Mechanical Eye and the Illustrated Book', 1988). The author was Sheriff of South Australia, 'and with a view to provide means of useful employment to the short-sentenced prisoners, it has been my duty to superintend the olive plantations which have been formed near the Adelaide Gaol. [On] holiday, in the years 1876 and 1877, [I visited] the olive countries of Europe, and ... acquainted [myself] with the processes of olive cultivation and manufacture of oil'. The plates are of mature olive trees; on one occasion in the text, he strongly recommends a particular variety and states 'I have brought photographs of this tree'. Offered together with six vintage albumen paper photographs (each 220 x 160 mm) from the same series used to illustrate the book, with only one of them published therein. Several of them are from the Cannes region. These photographs were originally owned by Sir Samuel Davenport, and all carry captions in his hand on the mounts. Sir Samuel Davenport (1818-1906) was an ardent promoter of agriculture and new industries in South Australia and served as president of both the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society and the South Australian branch of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Australian Dictionary of Biography). For good measure, a contemporary bottle label for pure olive oil 'from the Corporation olive yards' of the City of Adelaide is included.
Quarto, xliv, 196 pages with numerous illustrations plus 30 full-page chromolithographs by David Blair FLS.
Gilt-pictorial cloth, all edges gilt; extremities a little bumped and rubbed; rear cover a little scuffed; minimal light foxing, confined mainly to the leaves adjacent to the boards; an excellent copy.
Quarto; papered boards a little rubbed; bottom edge lightly worn; top edge slightly marked; small tape mark and ownership signature to flyleaf; mild signs of handling; a very good copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Aboriginal plant usage (for food, craft and medicinal purposes) is noted throughout, and a revised edition of 'Top End Native Plants' (1988).
Folio, 139,  (blank} pages with several illustrations by Muirhead and Stephen Bone plus 41 full-page colour plates (most of them after watercolours by Gavin Bone, being 'drawings from the living plants').
Buckram lightly mottled, with the spine slightly sunned; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper sunned on the spine and with minor loss (confined mainly to the rear bottom corner).
Number 167 of 1100 copies of the edition in buckram.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1805 and 1806 [first Dutch edition]/ 1802.
Octavo, two volumes, [ii], viii, 484 and [vi], 517 pages plus 18 engraved plates (on 17 folding sheets bound in at the rear of the second volume - plates 5 and 12 are engraved on the one copper plate and are bound in as one after plate 4).
Later half cloth and marbled papered boards (bound without lettering by a capable amateur), all edges uncut; leaves heavily cockled and occasionally creased; minor signs of age and use (outer pages a little chipped, foxed and dusty, small dogears to... Read complete entry
A translation by J.F. Serrurier of the 'Pomologisches theoretisch-praktisches Handwörterbuch' by Johann Ludwig Christ (the title page here incorrectly giving his initials as 'J.C.'); it incorporates additional material from 'A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees' (1802) by William Forsyth. All but three of the plates appear to be new to this edition (Lindley Library catalogue record). With the bookplate of Hugo van Dam in each volume.
Quarto, xii, 113 pages with a frontispiece portrait and 4 illustrations plus 12 colour plates ('from Paintings by Reginald Farrer in the field').
White buckram, top edge gilt; light scattered foxing (confined mainly to the leaves adjacent to the covers); an excellent copy with the embossed ownership stamp of Sir Thomas Ramsay.
One of only 500 copies. Reginald John Farrer (1880-1920), traveller and plant-hunter, died in the remote Minshan mountains in Upper Burma at the early age of 40. 'This volume originated from the desire of a number of Reginald Farrer's gardening friends and admirers to learn the number of his plants of the Kansu and Upper Burma expeditions that are in cultivation'.
Octavo; pictorial green cloth slightly rubbed; endpapers offset; uncut edges lightly foxed (and a few uncut leading edges are a little ragged where inexpertly cut open); ownership signature; an excellent copy.
Volume 18 in the Handbooks of Practical Gardening series.
London, printed for Sherwood, Jones and Co., 1824.
Octavo, (iv), 166, (22, book catalogue) pages plus 8 hand-coloured plates (7 full-page plates and one large folding plate, printed surface 205x340mm).
Original plain papered boards rubbed along the edges and worn at the corners; only a small portion of the spine - with part of the title-label - remains; front board expertly reattached; paper on the covers and the endpapers a little waterstained;... Read complete entry
The Sir Joseph Banks contribution (pages 151-166 plus the folding plate, based on drawings by Francis Bauer) first appeared in the fourth edition of this book in 1805. There is a five-line reference in it to 'Specimens received from the colony of New South Wales ... in the year 1803'; this edition is not in Ferguson, but see 399a and 533a (in the Addenda volume) for the fourth and fifth editions.
Octavo, 94 pages with 9 pages of line illustrations plus 10 colour plates (with all illustrations by the author); tipped onto the 'List of Contents' page is a leaf (verso blank) listing the book's distributors ('First published in 1968 by Lamb Publications Pty. Ltd. 1975 Distribution by the University of Western Australia Press ...').
Cloth; minimal foxing; essentially a fine copy with the slightly torn and rubbed dustwrapper.
Octavo; cloth; head of the spine slightly bumped; foot of the spine lightly sunned; endpapers lightly offset; pencilled ownership signature; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, marked, sunned and chipped with slight loss.
Octavo, 406 pages with 42 full-page plates (rectos blank) and numerous vignette illustrations.
Original blind-stamped and gilt-decorated maroon cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with minimal wear to the spine ends; spine a little sunned; uncut top edge dusty, leading edge a little marked; a very good copy.
The 'Forests and Forest-Trees of England ... are very rapidly passing away. At present few of those that were once so famous still exist. The fine Forest of Sherwood was sold in 1827 ... very soon not one of the Forests will retain its primitive appearance' (publisher's advertisement).