AUSTRALIANA BOOKS

The Naturalist in Australia.

Saville-Kent, W.

Large quarto, 302 pp., photographs, three chromolithographs including one of Gouldian Finch by Keulemans. Publisher's handsome illustrated green cloth with contemporary spine and corners in heavily gilt-tooled calf to match, all edges gilt (the standard publisher's issue is top edge gilt only), a superb copy and very scarce in this condition.

William Saville-Kent (1845-1908) was an English born marine biologist whose early life was disturbed by the murder of his half-brother by his younger sister. He was employed by the British Museum and was involved in the early establishment of public aquariums and aquaculture research. On the recommendation of Thomas Henry Huxley, he arrived in Tasmania in 1884 to assist the Tasmanian Government with rebuilding their oyster beds and overhauling the fisheries industry. He did similar work in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. He was involved with the acclimatisation of Salmon and Brown Trout to Australian waters and wrote many scientific papers and reports. He wrote three major books: A Manual of the Infusoria (three volumes, London, 1880-82), The Great Barrier Reef (London, 1893) and The Naturalist in Australia (London, 1897). His two Australian books are characterised by the liberal use of quality photographs and are important examples of the effective use of photographs for scientific illustration.


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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