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Charles HEDLEY (1862-1926), and others.

[AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, etc.. – a collection of 27 malacological works in 22 volumes, including off-prints or extracts].

Authored or co-authored by Hedley.

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Charles HEDLEY (1862-1926), and others.

[AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, etc.. – a collection of 27 malacological works in 22 volumes, authored or co-authored by Hedley, including off-prints or extracts].


1.A Preliminary Index of the Mollusca of Western Australia. Perth: 1916. Octavo. Light brown paper wrappers, stapled into cream paper wrappers. Off-print.

2.&3.[Drop-head title:] Report of the Mollusca collected by Mr. Herbert Basedow of the South Australian North-West Expedition, 1903. [No place, but Adelaide?: 1903]. 1 plate. Grey/oatmeal colored paper wrappers; [bound with:] C. HEDLEY & T. GRIFFITH-TAYLOR. [Drop-head title:] Coral Reefs of the Great Barrier, Queensland: a study … [No place but Sydney?: 1907]. 3 plates, illustrations. Pink paper wrappers. 2 works in one, octavo. Stapled into cream paper wrappers. Off-print.

4.C. HEDLEY & Henry SUTER. [Drop-head title:] Reference list of the land and freshwater Mollusca of New Zealand. [No place but Sydney?: 1893 ?]. (Vertical creasing). Stapled into cream paper wrappers. Provenance: ‘H. Suter’ ink stamp on small paper slip bound in at front. Off-print.

5.[Wrapper title: A Check-List of the Marine Fauna of New South Wales. Part I. – Mollusca. Sydney: 1918]. Octavo. Green paper wrappers.  Stapled into cream paper wrappers. Off-print.

6.,7.&8.[Drop-head title:] Results of Dredging on the Continental Shelf of New Zealand. [Wellington, NZ: 1906]. 2 plates. Green paper wrappers; [bound with:] R. MURDOCH & H. SUTER. [Drop-head title:] Results of Dredging on the Continental Shelf of New Zealand. [Wellington?: 1905?]. 7 plates; [and:] [Drop-head title:] South Australian Nudibranchs, and an Enumeration of the known Australian Spoecies. [Adelaide?: 1905?]. 12 plates (11 colored). Oatmeal upper wrapper (damaged). 3 works in one volume, octavo. Stapled into cream paper wrappers. Off-prints.

9.-27.[seventeen volumes containing 19 works, mostly off-prints, most concerning Australian shells, most published in Australia, see images for some further examples].  (27 works in 22 volumes).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hedley, Charles (England-Australia 1862-1926) malacology After moving away from England in 1881 because of an asthma problem, Charles Hedley tried several kinds of work in New Zealand and Australia before getting himself involved in natural history studies at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane. He subsequently moved over to the Australian Museum in Sydney, where he slowly worked his way up the chain of command. Hedley's main speciality was the taxonomy of molluscs, and he spent as much time in the field collecting specimens as a variety of ailments permitted. As one obituary noted, "He studied and wrote with equal ability and enthusiasm on the Mollusca, whether from the anatomical, the conchological, or the systematic standpoint; he was equally an authority on beach ecology, on the rules of nomenclature, and on the uses of shells by native tribes." This interest extended to biogeographical considerations as well, where Hedley attempted to explain distribution patterns of South Pacific molluscs on the basis of his "Melanesian Plateau" model, hypothesizing (earlier on) agency through the past existence of a now-sunken continent, or (later on) various extensions of Antarctica to the same effect. Life Chronology --born in Masham, Yorkshire, England, on 27 February 1862. --1881: tries sheep farming in New Zealand --1882: moves to Queensland, Australia --1882-1888: tries his hand at oyster and fruit farming, but suffers an accident to his elbow precluding further physical work --1888: begins volunteering at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane --1889: joins the permanent staff at the Queensland Museum; becomes honorary secretary of the Royal Society of Queensland --1891: joins the staff of the Australian Museum in Sydney --1896: member of the Royal Society of London's Funafuti Atoll reef boring expedition; promoted to conchologist at the Australian Museum --1897: collects in New Caledonia --1900: publishes the first two parts of his Studies on Australian Mollusca --1902: collects along the northern coast of Australia --1908: made assistant curator at the Australian Museum --1912: lengthy working trip to England, France, Switzerland, and Washington D.C. --1916: receives the David Syme Prize for scientific work in Australasia --1920: advanced to principal keeper of collections at the Australian Museum --1924-1925: working vacation in Africa --1925: resigns from the Australian Museum and is made scientific director of the Great Barrier Reef Investigation Committee; receives the Royal Society of New South Wales' Clarke Memorial Medal --dies at Sydney, Australia, on 14 September 1926.’ (Shellers from the Past and the Present).  (27 works in 22 volumes)

RIJ 445, 477, 478, 479, 480, 481, 482, 483, 1560, 1567, 1568, 1834, 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842,  1843, 1844, 1845.

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