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London: John Murray, 1872.
A monument of industrious Victorian scholarshipTen volumes, octavo, folding maps and illustrations; a fine set in contemporary polished half calf, marbled sides and edges, spines decorated in gilt in compartments. 'Although as biased as Macaulay's History of England and less scholarly than Mommsen's Roman History.....
London: John Murray, 1848.
Somewhere on the MonaroDuodecimo, 162 pp. in modern crushed green morocco, gilt device to front board, banded spine with double red labels. Uncommon: a good pre-goldrush account of life in New South Wales, of note for the author's love of anecdote and his keen eye.....
Paris: chez Breaute, 1861. 12mo., uncut, in the original pink printed wrappers. First edition and very scarce: through natural aptitude and indefatigable perseverance Mlle. Hertha discovers the truths of the universe. This work is an abstract from Hertha's longer text Égalité-Liberté, and is presented to her public in the hope.....
London: Edward Bull, 1829.
Flinders & Baudin both get a poetDuodecimo, with a steel-engraved decorative title-page, in contemporary green morocco, all edges gilt, bound without half-title or final leaf of advertisements. A collection of romantic poems by Thomas Kibble Hervey (1799-1859) including "Australia", a lengthy idyllic poem inspired by.....
London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1797. Octavo, uncut, single leaf errata; in period style half red morocco. Influential study of the tales of Sindbad and their relation to the imaginary voyage. The poet and antiquary Hole (1746-1803) was a founding member of the Exeter Literary Society, to which he.....
London: Boussod Valadon & CO., 1897. Folio, coloured frontispiece & b/w engravings, red leather presentation binding, inset with letter of presentation; gilt spine; gilt tooling green silk endpapers with inner gilt dentelles. Presented to Thomas Ryland, a prominent member of the Birmingham community. Ornate and decorative binding typical of the.....
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847.
Original version of the scene in KealekakuaTwo volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume and 38 black & white plates in the text; in contemporary quarter morocco. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children, including La Pérouse and the third voyage.....
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume plus 38 plates in the text; in original blue cloth, with elaborate gilt decorations. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children including La Pérouse, Dumont d'Urville and the third voyage of James Cook with.....
London: Payne and Edwards, 1792-, 1793.
The London HoraceTwo volumes, quarto, with a portrait frontispiece; in contemporary tree calf, flat spines with gilt panelling, red and green morocco labels. Fine and scholarly printing of Horace: 'a very magnificent and valuable edition; the text of which is formed chiefly on.....
London: Valpy, 1824.
Early Australian schoolbookDuodecimo, owner's inscription on title-page and front free endpaper; in original plain roan binding. A charming relic of early Australian education. This classical Greek textbook in its seventh edition, is in its original colonial binding and was originally owned by William Howe, member of.....
London: R. Ware, 1754. Octavo; original boards. Eleventh edition. Copy of David Dundas with bookplate. Historiographer royal to Charles II, and author of many historical works, it is nonetheless this work upon which his 'enduring title to literary fame rests' (CHEL). Written during his imprisonment in the 'Fleet' in the.....
London: J. Darby, 1726. Octavo, engraved frontispiece; contemporary calf, Ninth edition. Howell, historiographer royal to the court of Charles II, wrote this collection of often fictional letters in 1645. Witty, lucid and readable they are the work on which Howell's 'enduring title to literary fame rests' (CHEL); they include one.....
Babylone (Paris): n.p., 1760. Octavo, with four engraved plates by Cochin after Desfriches illustrating the second work "Mon Odyssée ou le Journal de Mon Retour de Saintonge"; contemporary mottled calf,spine gilt with red label. First edition: a marvellous utopian community in Africa, prefiguring the uses of photography, television and the.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1842-1855.
Uniform binding by Bayntun of bathThree volumes, octavo, with 18 illustrations, in matching half red morocco with marbled boards, raised spines decorated in gilt. A very good mixed set of the first three series of this beautifully produced edition, in uniform Bayntun binding. Ingoldsby's Legends.....
London: Henry Bohn, 1850-1854.
Includes biographies of Columbus and the prophet MohammedTen volumes, octavo, finely bound by in green half calf with elaborate gilt spines. Sterling example of early twentieth century English bookbinding from the workshop of Sangorski & Sutcliff. Although best known for his short stories, particularly the.....
Boston: The Stinehour Press for the Club of Odd Volumes, 1980. Octavo; fine in original papered boards, with paper spine label. Sidney Ives' lively work on the mysterious affair of the trial of Jane Austen's aunt, Mrs Leigh Perrot, for shoplifting in 1800. The work includes part of a letter.....
"Pressure" (Paris?): Dans les Jardins de M. l'Ebahi, 1788.
A visit to JapanOctavo, half-title, woodcut vignette of a ship setting sail at start of text; neat modern quarter calf. First edition: a very scarce anonymous imaginary voyage and a satirical commentary on French politics and society which has decadent.....
Paternoster Row, London: Goff & Co., February 8th. 1787.
Rev. Richard Johnson; Chaplain of the first Christian service in Australia on February 3rd. 1788.Engraving, 17 x 11 cms. title inscribed around oval half length portrait; vignette below depicting a redemption scene by a harbour with sailing ships, captioned with.....
London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1776. Octavo; early repair to front hinge and spine, in contemporary sheep. First collected edition of these political pamphlets, published anonymously. Probably the most famous of the four is the last, 'Taxation no Tyranny; An Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American.....
London: Stockdale, 1811.
Bards of the Mermaid tavernFour volumes, small quarto, with an engraved frontispiece of each playwright by Audinet;, full diced Russia, gilt spines with raised bands. Beautifully bound set of the works of master playwright Ben Jonson, for many years the equal to Shakespeare on the English.....
London: F. Newberry, 1775.
First children's book to include the kangarooTwelve duodecimo volumes, with 117 engraved plates (of 118, lacking single plate); preliminaries thumbed, title of one volume perforated and another significantly browned, one leaf of text ink-stained, general foxing and offsetting; worn contemporary sheep, scuffed with split hinges;.....
Basel: printed by J.J. Tourneisen, 1789.
The wreck of the Antelope; Lee Boo travels to EnglandOctavo; in a finely preserved contemporary binding of speckled polished sheep, red label. Scarce continental edition of one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, first published in London the previous year.....
Cambridge: Macmillan, 1857. Three volumes, octavo; 4 pp. publisher's advertisements at end of volume I, publisher's catalogue dated January 1857 at end of volume II and volume III; original blind-stamped blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, First edition. Continuing Kingsley's urgent belief in the necessity for religion and politics to.....
Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862. Three volumes, octavo; uncut in the original morocco-grain blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Rare: first edition of Kingsley's second novel, written on his return to England. 'The romantic story of an old English family, affected by mixed marriages and consequent social and ecclesiastical problems… Some Australian.....