Features eight handcoloured plates by George French Angus, engravings. Publisher's blindstamped plum coloured cloth, bookplate, a fresh crisp copy, rare in this condition.
The best general account of Australian natural history at the time of publication and still a useful work. Bennett was particularly interested in the Platypus and his account of this extraordinary animal in Gatherings is a classic.
"The drawings, with a few exceptions, are from the accurate pencil of Mr G. F. Angas, well known for his correct delineations of subjects of natural history, and the author of three splendid works illustrative of the scenery and natives of New Zealand, South Australia and southern Africa" (Preface).
This copy is exceptional. The publisher's cloth is easily sunned and invariably copies in the publisher's cloth, even very good copies, have a sunned spine contrasting with the coloured cloth.
Ferguson 6929; Mengel 228; Whittell p. 49; Wood p. 231.