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Krefft, G.

The Mammals of Australia, Illustrated by Miss Harriett Scott and Mrs. Helena Forde. For the Council of Education;...


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  • Sydney
  • 1871
  • Book
  • 47.3 x 40 cm (18.5 x 15,75 inches).
  • Nissen ZBI, 2301; Wood p. 442; Ferguson 11248.
  • 30097
  • Rebound, the original wrappers have been used for the front and rear covers. Internally a very nicely preserved example. The lithographs probably colored at a later date.

Article description

Article description

Large Folio. 473 mm x 400 mm. 3 unnum. pp., 7 pp. Illustrated with 16 fine hand colored lithographs and descriptive text. A beautiful hand colored example of this rare illustrated monograph about the mammals of Australia. Drawn by A.W. Scott, the lithographs were done by his daughters Harriett and Helena. The text was compiled by Gerard Krefft. 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'.

Nissen ZBI, 2301; Wood p. 442; Ferguson 11248.

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