AUSTRALIANA BOOKS

On the vertebrated animals of the Lower Murray and Darling, their habits, economy and geographical distribution. [and] On snakes observed in the neighbourhood of Sydney.

Krefft, Gerard.

Sydney: Transactions of the Philosophical Society of New South Wales, 1866. Octavo, Publisher's quarter cloth and printed boards, a fine copy contained in a handsome modern solander box, rare.

Both Krefft papers (also published as an author's reprint) are of great interest, the first paper particularly so as it gives an insight into the abundance and variety of animals in southern New South Wales before agriculture took hold. Krefft was the biologist on the Blandowski Expedition and his account of the Pig-footed Bandicoot is the only substantial record of an animal that vanished almost immediately with European settlement.

Other papers of interest are Berncastle, On snake-bites and their antidotes (published in duodecimo form and extremely scarce); Ramsay, On the oology of Australia; and Krefft, On the manners and customs of the Aborigines of the Lower Murray and Darling.


FORTHCOMING BOOK

Night Parrot: Australia's Most Elusive Bird

Olsen, Penny.

Although we are retreating from stocking new books, this book is an exception. This is a bird we care very much about, and a portion of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Bush Heritage to fund Night Parrot research and conservation programs.

Due for release in September, this book provides a comprensive history of this mysterious and rarely seen bird. The story of the rediscovery of the Night Parrot is one of the great chapters in the history of Australian ornithology. Here, Olsen documents the competitiveness and controversy, the triumphs and adventures of the history of the Night Parrot and its followers.

As a special offer for Andrew Isles customers and Bush Heritage donors, each copy purchased through Andrew Isles Natural History Books will be signed by Penny Olsen and will also come with our limited edition Night Parrot bookmark, featuring the artwork of William T. Cooper. 

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