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G. KREFFT
The Mammals of Australia, Illustrated by Miss Harriett Scott and Mrs. Helena Forde. For the Council of Education With a Short Account of all the Species Hitherto Described
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1871. Large folio (470 x 390mm). With 16 lithographed plates and descriptive text. Original printed brown paper boards, torn with loss to the front right cover of the volume and first few pages. Closed tear to the right of the page throughout, repaired in the second half of the volume. 16 fine lithographed plates, advertisement leaf at end, title with contemporary pencil inscription at head and spotted & marked, some other light spotting, frayed at edges with marginal tear to fore-edge throughout (some repaired), explanatory text leaf of plate of 'Native Cat' torn across and crudely repaired, original cloth-backed glazed printed wrappers. Very scarce work. A beautifully illustrated monograph on Australian mammals. The excellent plates are by Harriett Scott and Helena Forde. Gerard Krefft (1830-1881) was curator of the Australian Museum and built up the museum's collections and won international repute as a scientist. He corresponded with Charles Darwin, Richard Owen and many others and was one of the few Australian scientists to accept Darwin's theory on evolution. 'Some of his observations on animals have not been surpassed and can no longer be equalled because of the spread of settlement' (DAB). Condition Report Externally Spine good condition cloth spine in overall good condition, fraying at the ends to the spine and half way down the rear joint. Joints good condition see above, solid with some fraying. Corners poor condition front corners worn with loss to the front cover top and base, rear similar with less loss. Boards fair condition see above … [Click Below for Full Description]
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