Kent, William Saville (d. 1908)
The Great barrier reef of Australia; its products and potentialities. Containing
an account, with copious coloured and photographic illustrations of the corals
and coral reefs, pearl and pearl-shell, beche-de-mer, other fishing industries,
and the marine fauna of the Australian Great barrier region.
London: W.H. Allen & co., limited, [pref. 1893]
xvii p., 1 l., 387 p.: front., ill., plates (part col.) fold. map; 36 cm.
First extensive photographic study of the origins, external features and
composition of coral reefs. Saville-Kent strongly believed that by no other
process than photography is it possible to represent areas of coral-growths that
are uncovered by the sea for such short uncertain intervals, accurately.
Urusus Rare Books, catalogue 221
16 high-tone chromolithographed
plates of Great Barrier Reef Fauna, comprising plates of Anemones, Corals, Mollusca,
Oysters, Fishes, etc., and 48 photographic plates
a large folding lithographed
Chart of the Great Barrier Area, and various illustrations in text.
First edition. A work that has received unqualified praise. Its scientific
value is largely enhanced by the number and beauty of its illustrations.
Preface: The Great Barrier Coral Reef of Australia, the marvelous structure
and extent of which were first made known to the world through the explorations
of Captain Cook, is one of the wonders of the universe. Henry
Sotheran, Piccadilly notes no. 48 (Summer 2004)
1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. 2. Corals--Australia. 3. Marine fauna. 4. Fisheries--Queensland.