London: John Van Voorst, 1860. Octavo, eight handcoloured plates by George French Angas, text engravings. Contemporary half morocco and marbled boards, gilt spine with title label, top edge gilt, an excellent copy
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 mammal 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).
Ferguson 6929; Mengel 228; Whittell p. 49; Wood p. 231.
Price: $850.00 AU