In the Australian Bush and on the Coast of the Coral Sea; being the Experiences and Observations of a Naturalist in Australia, New Guinea and the Moluccas - Richard Semon 1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition in English German zoologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Semon’s account of his two year expedition to Australia, his purpose to study the country’s fauna, in particular mammals, marsupials, and lungfish. Most of Semon’s observations were made in the Burnett district in northern Queensland, though he also includes chapters on his travels through Brisbane, Cape York, Thursday Island and Torres Strait, New Guinea, and Java, together with an account of the customs, ceremonies, clothing, weapons, medicine, and decorative arts of tribes of Australian Aborigines in northern Queensland.

Profusely illustrated with more than 80 full page and in-text illustrations, many reproduced from the author’s photographs, and four folding colour maps.
  The original German edition of Semon’s work was first published in Leipzig, in 1896.

Richard Semon (1859-1918) was a German scientist and memory researcher. He was a proponent of the theory of organic memory, popular among biologists and psychologists from 1870 to 1918, though the theory later lost scientific legitimacy. He committed suicide in Munich in 1918, reportedly wrapped in a German flag because he was depressed by Germany’s defeat in WWI.

Provenance: from the estate of Swiss-born Dr C.A.W. Guggisberg (1913-1980), a distinguished zoologist and authority on conservation, with ink stamp to front endpaper, dated 1981.

Popular Science Monthly July 1899, 417-18. Olsen, Glimpses of Paradise 61. Schacter, Forgotten Ideas, Neglected Pioneers 2001. Goeschal, Suicide in Nazi Germany 2009. Mason, An Unnatural Order 2004.

Large 8vo. pp. xv [1] 552. Publisher’s green cloth, blind ruled panels, gilt titles to spine, top edge gilt, others uncut.
  Condition: Very good, minor rubbing to extremities, occasional light scattered foxing, a few gatherings slightly over opened.   Ref: 107895   Price: HK$ 2,000