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Rare Books Collection

The Earth Sciences Rare Book Collection is held at the Earth Sciences Library. It is an important research collection of rare and early geological and palaeontological texts. The collection includes many seminal works from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It includes over 1,000 volumes and approximately two thirds of the items in the collection are the only known copy available in Australia.

Apart from a small number of items, the collection is not catalogued on the University of Melbourne Library Catalogue. This list is organised alphabetically by author and title. Volumes are not available for loan but can be used in the library.

Books may be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library, by arrangement in advance with staff in the Earth Sciences Library. Please note that it takes 72 hours to process requests. Contact the Earth Sciences Library to request items.

 

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v. Ettingshausen, Constantin; Die tertiaer-floren der Oesterreichischen Monarchie: no. I, fossile flora von Wien; Wien: K.K Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1851
Call Number B7, S6

v. Gruenewaldt, M.; Ueber die versteinerungen der silurischen kalksteine von bogosslowsk: ein beitrag zur geologie des oestlichen ural; St. Petersburg: Buchdrukerei der kaiserlichen akademie der wissenschaften, 1854
Call Number B3, S6

van Hise, Charles Richard; Department of the Interior, Monographs of the United States Geological Survey, vol. XLVII: A treatise on metamorphism; Washington: Government Printing Office, 1904
Call Number B7, S6

van Hise, Charles Richard & Bayley, William Shirley; Monographs of the United States Geological Survey, vol. XXVIII: the Marquette iron-bearing district of Michigan, with atlas; Washington: Government Printer, 1897 (including a chapter on the republic trough, by Henry Lloyd Smyth)
Call Number B7, S1

van Hise, Charles Richard & Leith, Charles Kenneth; Department of the Interior, Monographs of the United States Geological Survey, vol. LII: the geology of the Lake Superior region; Washington: Government Printing Office, 1911
Call Number B7, S6

Varley, D.; Rudimentary treatise on mineralogy; London: John Weale, 1856 (also contains: Dana, James D.: A treatise on rocks or mineral aggregates.)
Call Number B3, S2

Vaughan, Thomas Wayland; Department of the Interior, Monographs of the United States Geological Survey, vol. XXXIX: The eocene and lower oligocene coral faunas of the United States, with descriptions of a few doubtfully cretaceous species; Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900
Call Number B7, S6

Vaughan, Thomas Wayland; Department of the Interior: United States Geological Survey, professional paper 98-T: The reef-coral fauna of Carrizo Creek, Imperial country, California, and its significance; Washington: Government Printing Office, 1917
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria: Annual report of the Acting Secretary for Mines and Water Supply: On the working of the statutes relating to the regulation and inspection of mines and mining machinery during the year 1884; Melbourne: John Ferres, 1885
Call Number B4, S4

Victoria: Annual report of the Acting Secretary for Mines and Water Supply: On the working of the statutes relating to the regulation and inspection of mines and mining machinery during the year 1885-6; Melbourne: John Ferres, 1886
Call Number B4, S4

Victoria: Annual report of the Acting Secretary for Mines and Water Supply: On the working of the statutes relating to the regulation and inspection of mines and mining machinery during the year 1887; Melbourne: John Ferres, 1887
Call Number B4, S4

Victoria: Board of Science, first and second annual reports, goldfield statistics for 1860-1870
Call Number B4, S4

Victoria: Board of Science, first annual report; Melbourne: John Ferres, 1858-9
Call Number B4, S4

Victoria. Department of Mines, Bulletins of the Geological Society of Victoria, No. 12, maps
Call Number B4, S6

Victoria. Department of Mines, Can we help you?; 1959 (bundle 2);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Geological Mapping symbols; 1959 (bundle 2);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Geological Survey of Victoria, bulletins 1-24 (m. 12-14, 17, 21-23); 1903-1912 (bundle 8);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Geological Survey of Victoria, bulletins 31-40; 1913-1917 (bundle 7);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Gold nuggets of Victoria; 1961 (bundle 2);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Guide for prospectors in Victoria; 1931, 1936 & 1958 (bundle 2);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Limestone; Limestone caves; ANZAAS Adelaide meeting - Murray Basin Symposium; 1958 (bundle 1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, List of publications (1958-62); 1958-62 (bundle 1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Miners handbooks; 1894 (bundle 2);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Preliminary report on Elysian Flat gold-field; 1899 9bundle 1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol. 1, parts 1-4; 1902-1906 (bundle 10 - also contains: 1905 report of proposed Sunnyside tunnel, Mount Willis goldfield);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol. 2, parts 1-4; 1907-1908 (bundle 6);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines; Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol 3, part I; Melbourne: J. Kemp, Government Printer, 1909,
Call number B3, S5

Victoria. Department of Mines; Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol. 3, part 2 (1912); Melbourne: Department of Mines, 1912,
Call number B3, S5

Victoria. Department of Mines; Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol. 3, part 3 (1914); Melbourne: Department of Mines, 1914
Call number B3, S5

Victoria. Department of Mines; Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol. 3, part 4 (1916); Melbourne: Department of Mines, 1916
Call number B3, S5

Victoria. Department of Mines, Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol. 4, parts 1-4; 1917-1925 (bundle 11);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol. 5, part 4; Victoria, 1937;
Call Number B6, S4

Victoria. Department of Mines, Records of the Geological Survey of Victoria, vol. 5, parts 2, 4 (m. 1,3); 1936-37;
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Regulations and instructions or the guidance of Mining Surveyors; 1888 (bundle 1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Report on Victorian fossils; 1898 (bundle 1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Special reports - reports of the Victorian coal-fields, no. 2; 1893 (bundle 1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Special reports - reports on the Maldon gold-field; 1897 (bundle1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, the golden years of Victoria (1958); 1958 (bundle 1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Victorian building stones; 1937 (bundle2);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Department of Mines, Victorian Minerals - coal (1958?); 1958? (bundle 1);
Call Number B6, S3

Victoria. Geological Survey of Victoria: Observations on new vegetable fossils of the auriferous drifts; Victoria, 1874 (also contains: 2nd decade (1883) Appendices A & B);
Call Number B6, S4

Victoria. Geological Survey: Geological Surveyor's report for the year 1859; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1859-60
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Survey: Geological Surveyor's report; report of the Government Geologist on the progress of the Geological Survey of the colony. Accompanied by maps.; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1857-8
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Surveyor, report on the progress of Survey, from date of commencement; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1856
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Surveyor's report (with plans and sections); Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1854
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Surveyors Report (with plans and sections), 1853-1872; Melbourne: John Ferres, c. 1872
Call Number B4, S5

Victoria. Geological Survey: reply to the question put by Mr. Frazer on 13th March, 1861; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1860-1
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Survey: report of the Director of the Geological Survey of Victoria for the period from June 1863 to September 1864, with appendices; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1864-5
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Survey of Victoria: report of the Director of the Geological Survey of Victoria; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1868
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Survey: report of the Geological Surveyor on the geological structure of the colony of Victoria, the basin of the river Yarra, and part of the northern, north eastern, and eastern drainage of Westerport Bay, with plans and sections; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1855-6
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Survey: reports relative to the Geological Survey of Victoria, 1861; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1861-2
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Survey: : reports relative to the Geological Survey of Victoria, 1865; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1866
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria. Geological Survey: return to an Address of the Legislative Assembly, 9th February, 1860; Melbourne, 1860
Call Number B5, S2

Victoria: Geological Survey and Mines Department Reports, 1896-1900; ?;
Call Number B4, S4

Victoria : gold and minerals / Mines Department. Melbourne, Vic. : The Dept., 1935.
Call number 559.45 VICT. (B9, S3-5)
Note: includes bookplate indicating copy was donated by Professor Skeats

The Victorian Government: Prize essays,1860; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1861
Call Number B2, S1

Victoria. Reports and statistics of the Mining Department for the quarter ended 31st March, 1891; Melbourne: Robt. S. Brain, c.1891
Call Number B4, S4

Vogdes, Anthony W.; A bibliography relating to the geology, palaeontology and mineral resources of California; Sacramento: A.J. Johnson, 1896
Call Number B1, S2

von Beust, Friedrich Constantin Freiherrn; Geognotische Skizze der wichtigsten porphyrgebilde, zwischen Freyberg, Frauenstein, Tharandt und Nossen, entworfen; Freyberg: J.G. Englehardt, 1835
Call Number B3, S5

von Cotta, Bernhard; Geology and history: a popular exposition of all that is known of the earth and its inhabitants in pre-historic times; London: Trubner & Co., 1865
Call Number B3, S1

von Cotta, Bernhard (trans from 2nd German edition by Frederick Prime); A treatise on ore deposits; New York: D. van Nostrand, 1870
Call Number B3, S5

von Hochstetter, Ferdinand & Petermann, A. (trans by C.F. Fischer); The geology of New Zealand: in explanation of the geographical and topographical Atlas of New Zealand; Auckland: T. Delattre, 1864
Call Number B4, S3

von Hochstetter, Ferdinand et.al; Geological and topographical Atlas of New Zealand: six maps of the provinces of Auckland and Nelson; Auckland: T. Delattre, 1864
Call Number B3, S3

von Kobell, Franz (trans. Robert Corbet Cambell); Instructions for the discrimination of minerals by simple chemical experiments; Glasgow: Richard Griffin & Co., 1841
Call Number B3, S2

von Martens, Edouard; Critical list of the mollusca of New Zealand contained in European collections, with references to descriptions and synonyms; Wellington: James Hughes, 1873
Call Number B7, S3

von Meyer, Hermann; Palaeontographica: beitrage zur naturgeschichte der vorwelt, achter band; Cassel: Theodor Fischer, 1859-1861
Call Number B6, S1

von Meyer, Hermann; Palaeontographica: beitrage zur naturgeschichte der vorwelt, vierzehnter band; Cassel: Theodor Fischer, 1865, 1866
Call Number B6, S1

von Mueller, Ferdinand (Baron); Eucalyptographia: a descriptive atlas of the eucalypts of Australia and the adjoining islands, Decades I-X; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1879-1884 (2 volumes)
Call Number B2, S3

von Mueller, Ferdinand (Baron); Geological Survey of Victoria: Observations on new vegetable fossils of the auriferous drifts; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1883
Call Number B3, S6

von Mueller, Ferdinand (Baron); Geological Survey of Victoria: Observations on new vegetable fossils of the auriferous drifts; Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1874 (5th edition, greatly enlarged)
Call Number B4, S2

von Wullerstorf-Urbair, B.; Reise de Osterreichischen fregatte Novara um die erder in den jahren 1857, 1858, 1859; Wien:?, 1865
Call Number B2, S3

von Zittel, Karl A., trans. Eastman, Charles R.; Text-book of palaeontology; London: MacMillan & Co. Ltd., 1900
Call Number B2, S4

von Zittel, Karl A., trans. Eastman, Charles R.; Text-book of palaeontology; London: MacMillan & Co. Ltd., 1902
Call Number B2, S4

von Zittle, Karl Alfred (trans by Maria M. Ogilvie-Gordon); History of geology and palaeontology to the end of the nineteenth century; London: Walter Scott, 1901
Call Number B4, S3

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