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London: John W. Parker, February, 1850. Octavo, 8 pp. advertisements, 56 pp. text, large folding map; preliminary leaves and advertisements in attractive half green morocco by Sangorski, spine gilt. Scarce early history of the settlement, collecting and publishing important primary documents related to the Canterbury Association with a modest desire.....
[Canton]: circa 1863.
Old Canton through European eyesWatercolour on paper, 210 x 300 mm; signed in pencil; mounted. Charming and atmospheric watercolour of the Guangzhou area, depciting the Pearl River at sundown, looking towards old Canton, with the Chigang Pagoda and the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees seen.....
Brisbane: J.W. Buxton, 1867. Octavo, photographic portrait frontispiece, single lithographic plate and a large folding map at the rear; in original cloth inscribed 'presented by the author January 1870'. Rare narrative of an important inland expedition across far north Queensland and Cape York, with an original mounted sepia frontispiece photograph.....
London: Charles Reynell, 1839.
The industry of emigrationDuodecimo, with three folding maps (including the frontispiece) and a folding table; original blind stamped ribbed brown cloth, bookplate of Charles Glover. Third edition. Settler's guide with good maps of Adelaide and surrounds. The separately paginated 16 pp. advertising appendix contain some.....
London: Robert Tyas, 1838.
Revised second editionSlim duodecimo, folding map; at some point disbound from a larger volume (with over-printed numbers in the top margins), in recent green cloth. Informative emigrants handbook for South Australia, including a folding frontispiece map of the Gulf of St. Vincent with an inset.....
London: Waterlow and Sons, 1847.
Self government for OtagoOctavo pamphlet, 14 pp., titling wrappers. 'Written chiefley by the Reverend Thomas Burns, on the resumption of, and as a stimulus to, the enterprise of which Capt. Cargill was leader and Dr. Aldcorn first secretary. Very heavy composition; likens the proposed.....
London & Melbourne: Novello Ewer & Co. [and] Allan & Co., 1880.
Prize-winner for the Melbourne International ExhibitionTall octavo, some foxing, all advertisements present; in original lilac wrappers, Surprisingly scarce: a 161 pp. musical score for Victoria, the prize cantata written by Caron for the opening of the Melbourne.....
London: Norie & Co., No. 157 Leaden Hall Street, 1 March 1816.
Handsome matched pair of Regency floor globesPair of 18-inch diameter (455 mm) floor globes, height overall 42 ins. (1065 mm), diameter of stand 24.5 ins (620 mm); each made up from two sets of eighteen gores; on.....
Angers: Lachese et Dolbeau, 1889. Octavo, 60 pp.; neatly bound in old quarter cloth, leather label. Scarce offprint from the Revue libérale: a discussion of the early history of Vietnam, and in particular China's attempts to gain control of the country. Fosses concludes that Vietnam would fare much better under.....
Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1875. Small octavo; in a handsome vellum binding, boards with black morocco onlays, decorated ornately with gilt Greek key motif, morocco label and tailpiece, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. A beautifully bound copy of the second edition, revised and corrected, of this attractive nineteenth-century version of the poems.....
London: R. Royston, 1676.
The dreaded 'cauldron of boyling oyl'Folio, with a frontispiece and double page 'Tree of Faith' plate, several other cuts in the text; contemporary gilt-ruled polished crimson calf, spine with gilt decorated panels between raised bands. A beautifully printed history of the early church, illustrated with.....
Melbourne: W.H. Glen & Co., circa 1888. Octavo; modern marbled cloth-backed boards with original printed stiff wrappers bound in. A rare musical souvenir of the lavish opening of the Centennial International Exhibition, held in the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the landing of the First.....
Glasgow: William Collins, 1832.
In the tradition of Adam Smith and MalthusOctavo, contemporary diced russia, with gilt spine label, title page inscribed 'to Captain McKenzie with the author's best regards'. Standard work by the great Scottish minister, theologian and economist.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: J. Marshall, MS note dated, 1807.
Nelson & TrafalgarSingle sheet folded to form four leaves (eight pages paginated); edges untrimmed. A well-preserved early nineteenth-century English chapbook of popular ballads and ditties. This publication of eight pages is one of a series; each part being separately issued and individually.....
London: J. Wilkes, 20 September, 1800.
Commemorative portraitEngraving, 161 x 114mm. (plate size). A particularly interesting engraved portrait of Cook, after the original by Nathaniel Dance. The vignette at the base of the oval includes a minute but essentially accurate rendering of Webber's scene depicting Cook's death in Hawaii.....
Edinburgh: Davis Ramsay and Son, 1846.
'the entire country is of comparatively recent formation'Large bifolium, 560 x 405 mm. Sturt's third expedition to inland Australia, reported to readers in Scotland. Departing from Adelaide in 1844 accompanied by John MacDougall Stuart and Harris Browne, the expedition ventured into some of.....
Paris: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1787. Two volumes, duodecimo; contemporary French quarter calf. The very rare first edition of this work, which purports to be the translation of an ancient text describing an expedition to "Solamir" in North Africa. The young Greek Azémor, travelling with Tiresias in order to learn.....
Paris: l'Honore & Chatelain, 1719.
One of the most richly decorated world maps ever producedEngraved map, with fine hand colouring, printed in four sheets joined, 860 x 1440 mm.; mounted and framed. A splendid example of Henri Châtelain's rare and magnificent wall chart of the Pacific and its surrounds.....
Paris: Henri Plon, 1871. Duodecimo, quarter red-brown morocco. Early French edition of Chesney's electrifying tale of the German invasion of England. Its depiction of the humiliation of the English in battle, but also the crushing despair of life under German rule, positions this work as one of the most important.....
London: John Nichols, 1800. Four volumes, octavo; title pages with armorial ownership stamp; in a fine contemporary binding of tree calf, flat spines gilt, double morocco labels. A most attractive set of this famous book. Chesterfield (1694-1773) is chiefly remembered as the author of these famous Letters, begun in 1737.....
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1911.
"A picture which grips the imagination"Octavo, black & white photographic illustrations; original green cloth. Day by day account of a missionary's life in Papua. The Archbishop of Brisbane, in his preface, says of the book "the freshness and humour, the varying moods, and.....