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The Raven at her Writing-Desk: Letters 1849-1889 of Amelia Louisa Vaux Gretton

“The approach to Port Adelaide is very curious; you wind through a creek not wider than a river, bordered by sands which are covered with shrubs which seem growing actually out of the water; a number of pelicans stand along the shore, and beautiful parrots are seen flying about. About two hours rowing brought us […]

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A Natural History of the Lepidopterous Insects of New South Wales by John William Lewin (1822)

Frist titled Prodromus Entomology and printed in 1805, A Natural History of the Lepidopterous Insects of New South Wales (1822) is Lewin’s second edition on Lepidoptera, the order of insects comprising butterflies and moths. Its descriptive text is accompanied by 18 leaves of magnificently hand-coloured plates, each depicting the distinctive markings of the insects’ scaly […]

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1876)

Rare Books & Special Collections’ copy of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is an impressive 1876 folio edition, measuring 50cm x 40cm.  It records Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s longest major poem and is accompanied by thirty-eight magnificent plates by renowned French artist and illustrator, Gustave Doré. The son of Devon headmaster and clergyman John Coleridge […]

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