Melbourne: Government Printer, 1878-1890. Large octavo, 199 handsome lithographed plates (including 172 chromolithographs) of mammals, reptiles and fish. Handsome modern half green morocco, small ink stamp on both title pages, a fine set
The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria is an underrated work of Australian natural history; the plates are handsome and the text scholarly. There are 36 chromolithographs of reptiles, 57 of fish and five of mammals.
Irish-born Frederick McCoy arrived in Melbourne in 1854 to take up the position of the first Professor of Natural Science of the newly formed University of Melbourne. For the next 40 years he was at the centre of Colonial scientific life. He became the first Director of the newly formed National Museum of Victoria and was responsible for the rapid development of the Museum and its collections.
Not in Ferguson; Casey Wood p. 456. See also Pescott, R. T. M. Collections of a century: the history of the first hundred years of the National Museum of Victoria. Melbourne: National Museum of Victoria, 1954.
Price: $6,500.00 AU