London: John Van Voorst, 1860. Octavo, eight handcoloured lithographs by George French Angas. Publisher's blindstamped purple cloth, faded spine (typical) and a few flecks, bookplates, a very good copy.
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). George Bennett was a correspondent with Charles Darwin and acted as his unofficial Australian agent.
Ferguson 6929; Mengel 228; Whittell p. 49; Wood p. 231.
Price: $850.00 AU