London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman, 1834.
Small octavo, vi, 256 pages plus 21 full-page engravings (including the additional pictorial engraved title page for 'Heath's Picturesque Annual for 1834'.
Original blind-stamped and gilt-decorated full red leather, all edges gilt; leather a little rubbed at the extremities, with minor wear to two corners; spine a little dulled; plates foxed (mainly around the unprinted borders), with some offsetting and light foxing to the adjacent pages; a very good copy.
With the armorial bookplate of 'George Bennett, MD, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, England'. Dr George Bennett (1804-1893), naturalist and doctor, migrated to Australia in 1836, 'developing a successful medical practice in Sydney and becoming a leading figure in the newly established Australian Museum, the Acclimatization Society and the Zoological Society'. He was the author of 'Wanderings in New South Wales, Batavia, Pedir Coast, Singapore and China, being the Journal of a Naturalist in those Countries, during 1832, 1833 and 1834' (1834) and 'Gatherings of a Naturalist in Australia' (1860). Bennett died in Sydney, 'leaving an impressive record, emphasized by the numbers of plants and animals that bear his name, as "the greatest of the physician-naturalists of Australia".... A large library which he left was unfortunately rejected by the University of Sydney when offered for £2000, and was sold by public auction'.