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The following is a list of rare and vulnerable items which have been restored by conservator, Anthony Zammit. If you would like to know more about these items or perhaps make a donation towards the conservation of another vulnerable title, please contact Rare Books & Manuscripts. Further information can also be obtained by downloading the Adopt-a-Book donation leaflet.

Arts | Botanical & Gardening | Etiquette & Social Customs | History, Discovery & Politics | Literature & Language | Mathematics I Medicine | MusicPhilosophy & Essays | ReligionScience & Natural History



Audsley, George Ashdown, 1838-1925
The ornamental arts of Japan. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882-1884.

Rede, Geraldine, 1874?-1943; Teague, Violet, 1872-1951
Night fall in the Ti-tree. Melbourne: Imprinted now for the first time by hand at the Sign of the Rabbit, 1905.


Botanical & Gardening

Busby, James, 1801-1871
A treatise on the culture of the vine, and the art of making wine: compiled from the works of Chaptal and other French writers; and from the notes of the compiler during a residence in some of the wine provinces of France. Australia: R. Howe, 1825

Candolle, Augustin Pyramus de, 1778-1841
Aug. Pyrami de Candolle Botanicon gallicum, seu, synopsis plantarum in flora gallica descriptarum; editio secunda. Paris: Bouchard-Huzard, 1828-1830.

Curtis, William, 1746-1799
Hooker, William Jackson, 1785-1865
Flora Londinensis: containing a history of the plants indigenous to Great Britain, illustrated by figures of the natural size. London: Printed for George Graves, 1777-1828.

De Mole, F. E. (Fanny Elizabeth), 1835-1866
Wild flowers of South Australia. London: Paul Jerrard, 1861.

Evelyn, John, 1620-1706
Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesties dominions. London: Printer for Jo. Martyn and Ja. Allestry, 1670.

Fiveash, Rosa, 1854-1938
Orchid paintings / by Miss R.C. Fiveash. Adelaide, ca. 1906-1932.

Forster, John Reinhold, 1729-1798
Forster, Georg, 1754-1794
Sparman, Anders, 1748-1820
Characteres generum plantarum: quas in itinere ad insulas Maris Australis, collegerunt, descripserunt, annis MDCCLXXII-MDCCLXXV. London: Prostant apud B. White, T. Cadell & P. Elmsley, 1776.

Gerard, John, 1545-1612
The herball, or Generall historie of plantes...Very much enlarged and amended by T. Johnson. London: Printed by Islip, Norton and Whitakers, 1636.

Harvey, William Henry, 1811-1866
Nereis Australis or algae of the Southern ocean: being figures and descriptions of marine plants collected on the shores of the Cape of Good Hope, the extra-tropical Australian colonies, Tasmania, New Zealand and the Antarctic regions; deposited in the Herbarium of the Dublin University. London: Reeve Brothers, 1847.

Lawson, William, c1553-fl1618
A new orchard and garden, or, The best way for planting, grafting, and to make any ground good for a rich orchard: with The country hous-wifes garden for herbs of common use...: as also, the husbandry of bees... London: Printed by William Wilson for George Sawbridge, 1660.

Meredith, Louisa Anne, 1812-1895
Bush friends in Tasmania: native flowers, fruits and insects, drawn from nature, with prose descriptions and illustrations in verse. London: Macmillan, 1891.

Rodway, Leonard, 1853-1936
The Tasmanian flora. Hobart: J. Vail, Govt. Printer, 1903.

Smith, James Edward, 1759-1828
Tracts relating to natural history. London: Printed for the author by J. Davis, and sold by J. White, 1798.

van Nooten, Berthe Hoola, 1817-1892
Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de l'île de Java / peints d'après nature par Berthe Hoola van Nooten. Bruxelles: C. Murquardt, 1880.

Etiquette / Social Customs

Member of the Aristocracy
Manners and rules of good society or solecisms to be avoided, 28th ed. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1905
Currently being considered for conservation

History / Discovery / Politics

Angas, George French, 1822-1886
Savage life and scenes in Australia and New Zealand: being an artist's impressions of countries and people at the antipodes. London: Smith, Elder, and Co.,1847.

Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626
The historie of the reigne of King Henry the Seventh. London: Printed by R.Y. and R.H. and are sold by R. Meighen, 1641.

Barrington, George, 1755-1804
An account of a voyage to New South Wales. To which is prefixed a detail of his life, trials, speeches, &c. &c. London: Printed for M. Jones, 1810.

Cook, James, 1728-1779
The voyages of Captain James Cook round the world: Comprehending a history of the South Sea islands, &c. &c. London: Printed and published by Jacques and Wright, 1825

Dampier, William, 1652-1715
A new voyage round the world: describing particularly the Isthmus of America, several coasts and islands in the West Indies, the Isles of Cape Verd, the passage by Terra del Fuego, the South Sea coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico, the isle of Guam, one of the Ladrones, Mindanao, and other Philippine and East-India islands near Cambodia, China, Formosa, Luconia, Celebes, &c., New Holland, Sumatra, Nicobar Isles, the Cape of Good Hope, and Santa Hellena: their soil, rivers, harbours, plants, fruits, animals, and inhabitants: their customs, religion, government, trade, &c. London: Printed for James Knapton, 1697.

Dampier, William, 1652-1715
A collection of voyages: ... Containing I. Captain William Dampier's voyages round the world ... II. The voyages of Lionel Wafer ... III. A voyage round the world: containing an account of Capt. Dampier's expedition into the South Seas ... By W. Funnell ... IV. Capt. Cowley's voyage round the globe. V. Capt. Sharp's journey over the Isthmus of Darien ... VI. Capt. Wood's voyage ... VII. Mr. Robert's adventures and sufferings amongst the corsairs of the Levant ... London: printed for James and John Knapton, 1729.

Forrest, Thomas, c1729-1802
A voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other islands; and illustrated with thirty copperplates : performed in the Tartar Galley, belonging to the honourable East India Company, during the years 1774, 1775, and 1776. London: Printed by G. Scott, 1780.

Howard, Robert, Sir, 1626-1698
The history of the reigns of Edward and Richard II ... London: Printed by F. Collins for Thomas Fox, 1690.
Selected for conservation

James I, King of England, 1566-1625
Truth brought to light: Or, the history of the first 14 years of King James I.: In four parts. I. The happy state of England at His Majesty's Entrance... II. The divorce betwixt the Lady Frances Howard and Robert Earl of Essex... III. A declaration of His Majesty's revenue since he came to the Crown of England... IV. The commissions and warrants for the burning of two Hereticks, newly revived, with two pardons, one for Theophilus Higgons, the other for Sir Eustace Hart. London: Printed for Richard Baldwin, 1692.

Jessop, William R. H.
Flindersland and Sturtland, or, The inside and outside of Australia. London: Richard Bentley, 1862.

Mawson, Douglas, 1882-1958
The home of the blizzard: being the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. London: Heinemann, 1915.

de la Pérouse, J. F. G., 1741-1788
A voyage round the world, performed in the years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788. London: printed by A. Hamilton, for G.G. and J. Robinson...1799.

Raleigh, Sir Walter, 1552-4?-1618
Remains of Sir Walter Raleigh: viz. Maxims of state. [Containing] Advice to his son: his sons advice to his father. His sceptick. Observations concerning the causes of the magnificency and opulency of cities. Sir Walter Raleigh's Observations touching trade and commerce with the Hollander and other nations ... His letters to divers persons of quality. The prerogative of parliaments in England... London: Printed for Henry Mortlock, 1681.

Ray, John, 1627-1705
A collection of curious travels & voyages: In two tomes. The first containing Dr. Leonhart Rauwolff's itinerary into the eastern countries ... The second taking in many parts of Greece, Asia minor, Egypt, Arabia Felix ... from the observations of Mons. Belon, Mr. Vernon, Dr. Spon, Dr. Smith, Dr. Huntingdon, Mr. Greaves, Alpinus, Vestingius, Thevenot's collections, and others. London: Printed for S. Smith and B. Walford, 1693.

duc de Richelieu, Armand Jean du Plessis, 1585-1642
The compleat statesman: or, The political will and testament of that great minister of state, Cardinal Duke de Richilieu.  London: R. Bentley, 1695

Schürmann, Clamor Wilhelm, 1815-1893
The Aboriginal tribes of Port Lincoln in South Australia: their mode of life, manners, customs, etc. / by C.W. Schürmann. Adelaide: George Dehane, 1846.

Taplin, Rev. George, 1831-1879
The folklore, manners, customs, and languages of the South Australian Aborigines: Gathered from inquiries made by authority of South Australian Government. Adelaide: Government Printer, 1879
Selected for conservation


Literature & Language

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834
Letters, conversations and recollections of S.T. Coleridge. London: E. Moxon, 1836.

Coleridge, Samuel, 1772-1834
The rime of the ancient mariner; illustrated by Gustave Doré. London: Doré Gallery, 1876.
Restoration currently in progress.

Cornwall, Barry, 1787-1874
The life of Edmund Kean: in two volumes. London: Edward Moxon, 1835

Harris, Max, 1921-1995; Reed, John, 1901-; Kerr, Donald Beviss, 1919-1942
Angry penguins. Adelaide: University of Arts Association, 1940-1946. 9 volumes.

Le Breton, Anna Letitia, 1808-1886
Memoir of Mrs. Barbauld, including letters and notices of her family and friends. London: George Bell and Sons, 1874.

Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599
The works of that famous English poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser, viz., The faery queen, The shepherds calendar, The history of Ireland, &c. London: Printed by Henry Hills for Jonathan Edwin, 1679.

Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
Kew Gardens. 2nd ed. Richmond, England: Hogarth Press, 1919.


Barrow, Isaac, 1630-1677
The usefulness of mathematical learning explained and demonstrated: being mathematical lectures read in the public schools at the University of Cambridge; to which is prefixed, the oratorical preface of our learned author, spoke before the University on his being elected Lucasian Professor of the Mathematics. London : Printed for Stephen Austen, 1734.

Clarke, Henry, 1743-1818
The rationale of circulating numbers,: with the investigation of all the rules and peculiar processes used in that part of decimal arithmetic. To which are added, several curious mathematical questions; with some useful marks on adfected equations, and the doctrine of fluxions. London: Printed for Messrs. Ogilvy and Speare, Middle-Row, Holborn: Mr. Murray, Fleet-Street: I and W. Clarke, booksellers, Manchester, 1794
Restoration currently in progress


Verdier, Cesar, 1685-1759
Abrégé de l'anatomie du cops humain... Seconde edition, revue & augmentee. A Paris: De l'imprimerie de P.G. Mercier, 1751.



Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
Trios: Pianoforte. London: R. Cocks & Co., c1840

Ives, Joshua, 1854-1931
A symphony in D minor (l'Australienne) for orchestra & organ. 1901?

Philosophy & Essays

Agrippa von Nettesheim, Heinrich Cornelius, 1486-1535
The vanity of arts and sciences. London: Printed by R.Everingham for R.Bentley, 1684.

Digby, Sir Kenelm, 1603-1665
Of bodies and of mans soul: to discover the immortality of reasonable souls: with two discourses, Of the powder of sympathy, and, Of the vegetation of plants. London: Printed by S.G. and B.G. for John Williams, 1669.

Glanvill, Joseph, 1636-1680.
Two choice and useful treatises: the one Lux orientalis, or, An enquiry into the opinion of the Eastern sages concerning the praeexistence of souls ... the other, a Discourse of truth, by the late Reverend Dr. Rust ... London: Printed for James Collins, and Sam. Lowndes, 1682.

Vaughan, Thomas, 1622-1666
A brief natural history intermixed with variety of philosophical discourses: and refutations of such vulgar errours as our modern authors have hitherto omitted, by Eugenius Philalethes. London: Printed for Matthew Smelt, 1669.


The byble in English: that is to say, the contente of all the holy scripture, bothe of the olde and new Testament, accordyng to the translacion that is appointed to be read in churches. London: Imprinted at London by Edwarde Whytchurche, 1553.


Science & Natural History

Budgen, L. M.
Episodes of insect life. London: Reeve, Benham, 1849-1851.

Gould, John, 1804-1881
An introduction to the birds of Australia. London: Printed for the author, by Richard and John E. Taylor,1848.

Hooke Robert, 1635-1703
Micrographia restaurata: or, The copper-plates of Dr. Hooke's wonderful discoveries by the microscope, reprinted and fully explained: whereby the most valuable particulars in that celebrated author's Micrographia are brought together in a narrow compass; and intermixed occasionally, with many entertaining and instructive discoveries and observations in natural history... London: Printed for J. Bowles, 1745

Lewin, John William, 1770-1819
A natural history of the lepidopterous insects of New South Wales. London: J.H. Bohte, 1822.

Lister, Martin, 1638?-1712
Martini Lister Conchyliorum bivalvium utriusque aquae exercitatio anatomica tertia: huic accedit dissertatio medicinalis de calculo humano. Londini: Sumptibus authoris impressa, 1696.

Lydekker, Richard, 1849-1915
A hand-book to the marsupialia and monotremata. London: W.H. Allen & Co., 1894.

Sprat, Thomas, 1635-1713
The history of the Royal-Society of London. London: Printed by T.R. for J. Martyn... and J. Allestry, 1667.

Swan, John, d. 1671
Speculum mundi. Or, a glasse representing the face of the world: Shewing both that it did begin, and must also end: The manner how, and time when, being largely examined. the whole of which may be fitly called an hexameron. Or discourse of the clauses, continuance, and qualities of things in nature, occasioned as matter pertinent to the work done in the six dayes of the worlds creation. London: Printed by R. Davenport for John Williams, 1665.



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