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London: S. Parkinson, 1773.
The artist's account of Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti, including magnificent portraits of Maori warriorsQuarto, with frontispiece portrait, a map and 26 plates; a large and attractive copy, top edge gilt, others completely uncut, finely bound in full speckled tan calf. First edition: a large...
Paris: Saillant & Nyon, 1772.
First French editionOctavo, blind-stamped ex-libris to half title; contemporary French marbled calf, flat spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. A fine copy of the first French account of Cook's Endeavour voyage, and the first French book on the east coast of Australia. Fréville.....
London: J K Sherwin, circa 1779.
Very first proof copy of first separately issued portrait of CookEngraving, artist's proof copy 275 x 235 mm, mounted and framed. A proof impression (before title, date and some letters) of the first issue of the first separately published engraving of Captain Cook...
New York: Benjamin Gomez, circa 1779. Engraving, 13 x 10 cm. mounted and in a handsome early timber frame. Engraved portrait appeared as frontispiece to the New York octavo edition of third voyage, the image is based on Nathaniel Dance's original portrait, commissioned by Joseph Banks, for which Cook sat...
London: B. White, 1777 & 1778.
The Forsters' two independent accounts of Cook's second voyageThree volumes (the first work is in two volumes), quarto, with the large folding map in the first volume and the folding table of languages in the second work; bound without 1 p. list of...
Paris: chez Buisson, 1787.
First edition in FrenchTwo volumes, quarto, with a folding map and 16 engraved plates, some folding; contemporary mottled calf. Cook's second voyage and travels in South Africa, by the famous Swedish naturalist. This is the first edition in French, the most profusely illustrated of the...
Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871.
The Straits of MagellanOctavo, with a coloured folding map and 21 lithograph plates; in the original green cloth. Scarce account of an exploration of the Strait of Magellan. Cunningham was appointed naturalist aboard the Nassau, a steamer sent to work on the survey of...
Paris: Deterville, 1817.
Cuvier's great zoology, including Australian insects from the Baudin voyageFour volumes, octavo, 15 engraved plates by C.-L. Laurillard a handsome set, with all four half-titles, in contemporary quarter calf over mottled papered boards, gilt, double spine labels in red & green. First edition of this germinal...
London: Argonaut Press, 1939. Octavo, frontispiece, folding map and other facsimile plates, fine in half green crushed morocco by Sangorski, top-edge gilt, spine with raised bands. A foundation document in the discovery of Australia, here offered in a splendid binding by Sangorski and Sutcliff. This Argonaut Press edition includes a....
Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1754.
Dampier for German readersQuarto, with 26 maps and plates (numbered 1-25 with a plate 10 bis); contemporary calf. German compendium of travel accounts published in the mid-eighteenth-century, including Dampier's voyages and excellent maps of Australia and the South Pacific. This single volume from a....
London: published by William Mackenzie, circa 1885.
Portrait of the great scientist as an old manSteel engraving, 107 x 134 mm. within larger sheet, An engraved portrait of the legendary naturalist Charles Darwin. The engraving is taken from an image by the famous studio of Elliott & Fry, specialists...
Paris: Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, 1832-33.
Special version of the Dumont d'Urville voyageTen octavo text volumes bound as five, and folio atlas with a portrait of Dumont d'Urville and 20 maps and plates (six coloured); a good set in a recent French period-style binding of quarter dark blue polished.....
Paris: 25 March 1830.
A Baudin voyage veteran studies Dumont D'UrvilleLetter signed on official letterhead of the "Ministère de la Marine", 310 x 200 mm. Intriguing letter which shows the workings of the inner circle of French grands voyages experts and veterans, explicitly thanking Bory de Saint-Vincent for the...
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, circa 1826.
Original plates from the Duperrey voyageThree original parts, folio, containing a total of 29 plates, 6 of which are in original colouring; completely unbound as issued, original printed wrappers. A substantial series of botanical plates from the finely-illustrated Duperrey voyage, published in Paris between...
Brussels: N.-J. Gregoir, V. Wouters et Cie. 1839.
Enriching the formal account of DuperryOctavo, four volumes bound in one, each with separate title page and frontispiece; to the first title page, yet quite a good copy in contemporary quarter black roan. Uncommon account of the voyage of the Coquille...
The death of a Pacific veteranSheet of laid paper 264 x 210 mm.,very good. Rare obituary notice for Dupetit-Thouars, the Pacific voyager, who died at Paris on 16 March 1864. 'Dupetit-Thouars's account of his stay in California, in 1837, is one of the most important and complete...
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1877-, 1878.
Monotremes by the great French scientific publisherFour lithographed plates measuring 552 x 362 mm., one coloured; with accompanying text comprising two unopened quarto gatherings, both plates and text separately preserved in the publishers blue printed titling wrappers. Beautifully preserved monograph on the New Guinea...
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, circa 1860.
A compassionate approach to natureOblong album containing 119 handcoloured plates, recent red cloth. Attractive collection of coloured zoological plates prepared for British schoolchildren during the mid-nineteenth century, including two Australian species (an emu and a kangaroo). The plates were issued by...
Adelaide: House of Assembly, 1893.
Predating the public reportFolio, with two large colour folding maps; uncut in recent cloth. One of only 750 copies published: this rare printing is not recorded by Ferguson. Sir Thomas Elder, who had earlier financed the first great desert journey of Ernest Giles, in...
London: William Darton, n.d. but, 1827.
With the kangaroo of "New Holland".Square duodecimo, printed title-page, 48 hand-coloured plates with letterpress description verso, final 2 pp. advertisements, extant captions dated 26 August 1826, early manuscript presentation dated 1827; in publisher's binding of red calf, lettered in gilt to front board...
London: John Murray, 1825.
A great compendium of early science and discoveryOctavo, with a frontispiece, four folding maps and two botanical plates at rear; an attractive copy in later full tan calf gilt, red spine label, Bonython bookplate. First edition: one of the more important and interesting works relating...
London: B. White, 1771.
Forster's how-to on collecting: a primer for Cook's second voyageOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece; a delightful copy in its original binding of unlettered speckled sheep. First edition, and a rare early work by the German-born scientist most famous for sailing on Cook's second voyage. Forster...
Newcastle: T. and J. Hodgson, 1827.
Australian animals and Cook voyage artefacts on display in EnglandOctavo, with 13 engraved plates including a portrait of Tunstall; nineteenth century quarter calf, marbled boards. Rare and pioneering work, which describes the contents of one of the most significant collections of natural history...
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....