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London: Macmillan, 1895. Two volumes, octavo; uncut, in smooth blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. New York. First American edition. Both "The Ralstons" and "Casa Braccio" were published in the U.S. before the U.K. Set in New York, this is a typically humane offering from Crawford, well-regarded for his.....
London: William Harrison Ainsworth, 1828.
A Voyage to New Holland for childrenOctavo, illustrated throughout with wood-engravings; half calf gilt, marbled boards. The first Christmas annual for children and scarce, this contains a twelve-page account of a Voyage to New Holland. The author notes that '... in time New Holland.....
London: B. Tooke and G. Strahan, 1703. Quarto; title page thumbed; polished half calf by Sangorski and Sutcliff. Early edition of John Crown's best play. Based on the Spanish play No Puedesser, and written at the command of Charles II, Sir Courtly Nice was first performed (and published) in 1685.....
Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1930. Large octavo, colour illustrations; original gilt-decorated cloth. An attractive copy of Dana's masterpiece of reportage. Dana, a Harvard man, spent two years voyaging by sea between 1834 and 1836, visiting many ports in the Americas. His work is vivid and important, particularly regarding California and rounding.....
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Duodecimo; original blue-grey boards and paper label; uncut, with the three final leaves of advertisements. Third edition: an attractive copy, in original binding, of the book which established De Quincey's literary reputation. Himself a laudanum addict, this harrowing account of the joys and sorrows of.....
Geneva: heirs of Pierre de la Rovière, 1626-1630.
Banned by the VaticanFolio, five volumes bound in four, contemporary full vellum; with contemporary annotations to front blank of first volume. Early edition of the influential, and highly controversial, history of Europe by French luminary Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617). A......
London: [Printed by J. Gold Naval Chronicle Office...] and published by Joseph Mawman, 1815.
Robinson Crusoe bookends the life and career of Matthew FlindersOctavo, folding map of the world by J. Mawman, illustrated throughout with woodcuts; early marbled boards, red morocco spine label. A remarkable edition of Defoe's great.....
Paris: Philippe-Denys Pierres, 1782. Duodecimo, engraved title, engraved plate, half-title, single page approbation at rear, a lovely copy in contemporary tan calf, flat spine gilt with red morocco label, bumped. A rare work and a very attractive copy of the most celebrated and influential poem of Delille, in which the.....
London: Jacob Tonson, 1682. Small quarto, 32pp.; protected in modern wrapper. First edition, second issue: 'the second of Dryden's political satires'. The acquittal of the Earl of Shaftesbury on charges of treason for opposing the succession of the Catholic James was regarded as a great Whig victory. Flushed with success.....
Dumas on convicts, New Caledonia and Botany BaySix sheets of neatly written autograph manuscript on light blue paper, headed "Les Bagnes", each sheet measuring 276 x 215 mm., preserved in a neat modern slipcase. An important and revealing manuscript essay on prisons and convict transportation by the.....
London: S.P.C.K., n.d., but, 1879. Octavo, frontispiece and two black &-white plates; in the original green decorated cloth. Charles Eden lived in Australia for eight years, during which time he wrote a number of stories for boys. This tale is based on his experiences in Queensland and New Guinea.
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: Printed for William Miller... by T. Bensley, 1804.
"Largest Paper", binding attributed to Edwards of HalifaxLarge octavo, with three steel-engraved plates and five finely engraved vignettes; a very large copy with wide margins in a splendid straight-grained red morocco binding (attributed to Edwards of Halifax) with elegant neoclassical.....
London: Cadell and Davies, 1811.
One of Field's earliest publicationsOctavo; an excellent copy in contemporary half calf (spine renewed) and marbled boards, new endpapers. First edition of a rare piece by of one of Australia's first civilian judges, one of our first poets (and warm friend of Charles Lamb).....
London: Printed for T. Longman et al. 1792. Three volumes, small octavo, with four engraved plates; in attractive contemporary half roan, flat spines lettered in gilt. A very attractive set of a "new edition" of this great novel, first published in 1749, from the library of the Marquess Conyngham at.....
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1692. Octavo, in contemporary mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt; fine armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A revised edition, prepared by François Raguenet, possibly from a manuscript by Foigny himself. The dangerously heretical nature of the first edition has been tempered here by concentrating on the fabulous.....
Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1732.
French editionSmall octavo; contemporary French mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands, red morocco label; with the bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. Attractive early edition of Foigny's imaginary voyage to Australia. This is the fourth French edition, based on the Paris edition of.....
Amsterdam: Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, Jan Lamsvelt, 1701.
The "Vlamingh edition"Small quarto, in an attractive period-style binding of full calf, spine banded, red morocco label. Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia. This edition was one of a trio of separate "Southern.....
Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien, 1790.
A fantastic galactic utopiaEight volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece in volume 1 and a folding plate in vol. 2; a fine set in contemporary French polished marbled calf; flat spines ornately gilt with double red labels. A very attractive set of Fontenelle's works, including his.....
Berlin: A.Sala, circa 1910. Game consisting of 4 pp. instructions, six colour printed boards of the continents, 120 colour printed pictorial playing cards; contained within the original box (330 x 390 x 25 mm.), with colour printed pictorial label on upper lid. A question and answer game of geography for.....
Launceston: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.
Poems for the Crimean WarSmall octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt. Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William.....
Lyon: Cercle Lyonnais du livre, 1928.
Prepared for a select society of bibliophilesPortfolio, with unbound letterpress sheets printed in folio and 32 handcoloured plates loosely inserted (and final colophon leaf signed by Daragnès); a fine example in original folding case with leather ties, housed within the publisher's slipcase. An.....
London: J. Dodsley, 1768. Octavo, with the rare half-title; contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf, in contemporary calf, preserved in a folding cloth case. First edition, second issue with the contents at page 121. This is the first London edition and includes the famous 'Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard'.....