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London: Ward, Locke & Co. n.d, circa 1865. Octavo; contemporary half blue morocco. A nice copy of this one-volume edition of Kingsley's classic novel, first published in three volumes in 1859. Two Devonshire county families come to Australia to seek their fortunes; bushrangers, natural disasters and cattle branding give drama.....
Czechoslavakia: Bancroft & Co., circa 1960.
Columbus pop-up bookSmall folio, 7 p. story with vignette, folding colour pop-up of Columbus' three ships; illustrated boards. A delightful example of the renowned Czech illustrator and paper engineer Vojtech Kubasta. With a double-page pop-up diorama depicting Columbus' three ships, the Niña, the.....
"Agra" (Paris): avec Privilege du Grand Mogol, 1746.
Not known to Strabo or PtolemyTwo volumes in one, octavo; in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson label. First edition: a popular and often reprinted satire on Parisian manners, set in the Indies, in a "fertile land now known to.....
Paris: Jules Renouard, 1839.
I, ClaudiusDuodecimo, unopened and untrimmed, in the original printed wrappers, Charming account of the La Pérouse voyage for children, with notice of the later discoveries relating to the great French mariner, including chapters on d'Entrecasteaux, Dumont d'Urville and Peter Dillon. These concluding sections concentrate on.....
Paris: Chez Giguet et Michaud, 1805.
Waiting for La PerouseTwo volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and half-title in each volume; nineteenth-century mottled calf, gilt. First edition of Esmenard's epic poem on voyages of discovery generally, and La Pérouse specifically. The work includes a plate of the 'Naufrage des Canots de.....
London: Vernor and Hood, 1799.
La Pérouse torn between two wivesOctavo, 40 pp., recent wrappers, solander case. A light-hearted drama based on the disappearance and conjectured fate of La Pérouse in the Pacific. This is the London-published translation of the German play which had appeared in Leipzig in 1797.....
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Octavo, 6pp. ads at rear. First edition, second issue: Lamb's most famous work. Writing as 'Elia' for the London magazine, the graceful irony of Lamb's essays was immediately popular, and his unaffected, inclusive style brought a poise rarely equalled in the essayist. Nonetheless, Elia sold.....
London: Macmillan, 1921. Small octavo, all edges gilt, a crisp copy; full polished calf, spine with raised bands, gilt. A very good copy of the well-known English essayist Charles Lamb's best known work. First appearing between 1820 and 1823 in the London Magazine, the content is known to be largely.....
Paris: Barrois, 1787.
Eccentric Tahitian linguisticsQuarto, 112pp, bound with two later Hebrew and Arabic grammars, in early nineteenth-century quarter calf (spine scuffed). A rare and eccentric treatise promoting Celtic as the foundation for all languages ancient and modern. The work includes a chapter on Tahiti based upon vocabularies in.....
Rotterdam: Don Luis le Maingre …, 1730. Duodecimo, with both errata leaves; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, crimson morocco label. First edition of this imaginary voyage, and very rare. Although rarely commented on, this work concludes with the hypothesis that Hercules discovered the golden.....
London: Hurst, Robinson and Company, 1822. Four volumes, small octavo, 24 engravings including 4 frontispieces, some foxing to plates and preliminaries; half polished calf with marbled boards, spines with double morocco labels, gilt. A lovely set of the French novelist and playwright Alain-René Lesage's masterpiece in a Root binding. Lesage.....
London: Grant and Griffith, 1851. Small octavo, with four steel-engraved plates; good in original blue cloth, blind blocked boards and ornate gilt spine. First edition of an imaginary travelogue for children featuring detailed yet entirely concocted descriptions of Aboriginal life in the Australian wilderness. The tale follows the dashing Captain.....
Paris: Gide Fils, circa 1830.
With plates based on "Foreign Field Sports"Oblong quarto, with 60 engravings; an attractive copy in original printed boards. A rare and beautiful French children's book, with wonderful Australian plates including six based closely on Clark's Foreign Field Sports. This work is not recorded by.....
Paris: c. 1830.
Charming French collapsible globe, with accompanying bookletA collapsible engraved and handcoloured globe in six gores (170 mm. tall); protected by the original lithographed portfolio, 8 folding pages of text; with loose double-sided engraved and hand-coloured card 'Mécanisme du Glode Artificiel'; a very good and attractive example.....
Bruxelles: Pilliet, 1852-1854-, 1857.
Rare complete set with the full complement of mapsFour parts text bound in one volume, with epilogue and atlas volumes, the latter oblong folio; 18 plates (some folding) in the text volumes, 50 plates (see note) in the atlas volume, excellent impressions of all the.....
London: Fanfrolico Press, 1929. Tall octavo, signed numbered edition, includes numerous wood engraved illustrations, untrimmed; a crisp copy, top edges gilt, in full brown crushed morocco, title in gilt to spine. A very attractive copy from a limited edition published by the Fanfrolico Press. The accomplished translation is by Jack.....
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, and Company, 1885.
America's lyric foundationEight volumes, octavo; finely bound in contemporary tan polished calf, gilt. Very attractive set of Longfellow's works. Published shortly after the poet's decease, this comprehensive American edition includes prose and dramatic works. Many cherished favourites are here, including The Golden Legend.....
'Andrinople: chez Thomas Franco" 1734. Duodecimo, old quarter calf. First edition of this allegorical satire on French society, an orientalist fantasy with Malabar princesses and many of the usual props including sultans and harems. Its author is believed to have been de Longue, an obscure writer who does not make.....
Lyon: Sebastianus Gryphius, 1556.
An early pocket Macrobius with the world map, in original dated pigskin bindingOctavo, with diagrams and woodcut map, woodcut initials, printer's device on title; marginal notes; contemporary dated binding (1560) of blind-embossed pigskin over wooden boards, two engraved metal clasps. This is a most attractive.....
Florence: Juntae, 1515.
The pocket MacrobiusOctavo, ff. [xii], 280, italic letter, woodcut printer's device on last leaf, with six woodcuts; contemporary vellum, This was the first popular pocket edition of Macrobius's influential text, printed by the Giunta family in Florence; such smaller format publications were a feature of publishing.....
Florence: the heirs of Filippo Giunta, 1519.
Early geographical compendiumSmall octavo, italic letter, capital letters neatly rubricated; numerous annotations of differing vintage; an excellent copy in contemporary Italian vellum, flat spine lettered and banded in gilt. Scarce edition of this important collection of classical geographical texts, closely based on.....
Rotterdam: Jean Hofhoudt, 1729. Octavo, woodcut vignettes; in contemporary sprinkled calf. First edition of this Oriental romance and utopian allegory by the economist Melon (d. 1738), an influential French intellectual, who, amongst other things, helped found a literary society under the protection of the Duc de la Force. His best.....
London: Archibald Constable, 1895. Two volumes, octavo; ribbed sage-green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and the upper board, uncut. First edition and one of Meredith's best loved novels: the 'chivalrous advocacy of women compromised in honour and in pride by masculine despotism' (CHEL).