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Paris: J. Hetzel, circa 1868.
Australia…a parody of universal lawsQuarto, engraved frontispiece and title-page vignette, generously illustrated throughout; a bright copy in original gilt tooled scarlet cloth, edges fully-gilt. A lavish, large-format edition with numerous dramatic illustrations by Edward Riou who collaborated with Jules Verne for six of his.....
Amsterdam: 'depens de l'editeur,', 1761. Two volumes, octavo, titles printed in black and red; contemporary mottle,d calf, spines ornately gilt in compartments between raised bands, tan morocco title and number labels (number on volume two missing). First edition of a scarce lunar utopia. This early tale of space-travel is also.....
London: 1791. Octavo; later half maroon morocco, with marbled sides. A tragedy about incest which suffered from more than the usual attention from pirateers. In the preface the author offered an apology for its appearance in public, claiming "it is solely to avoid its being rendered still worse by a......
London: Nattali and Bond, 1860. Two volumes, large octavo, 14 fine engraved plates, with many additional textual engravings; contemporary half brown morocco over marbled boards, top edge gilt, preserved in a cloth slipcase. This edition is richly illustrated with a total of 61 plates and vignettes, after Stothard, Inskipp, and.....
London: Edward Lacey, circa 1850. Octavo, handcoloured plates; in original wrappers with engraved vignette. A rare and charming natural history primer for children. This is number six of the Zoological Gallery, and illustrates twenty-four species of fish and amphibious animals. A spouting whale appears as the frontispiece.
London: S.T. Freemantle, 1900. Two volumes, thick quarto, many plates, illustrations, and textual vignettes, untrimmed, original lettered tissue-guards badly foxed and some spotting; a handsome set in the original stiff vellum boards, gilt-embossed hand-coloured coat-of-arms to front boards of both volumes, spines lettered in gilt, bookplates. A handsome set of.....
London: Printed for J. White, 1802. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume, one handcoloured and folding, one folding plate; contemporary ownership inscription on each of the titles, contemporary marbled sheep. The Rev. Gilbert White (1720-1793), best known for his Natural History of Selborne - a classic of both natural.....
Adelaide: Frearson's Printing House, 1897. Octavo, black & white frontispiece and another plate, original red cloth with gilt title, localised mark affects rear board. Lucretia (1840-1918) was the first child of shipping owner William Whitington and his wife Mary Emily, she was born in South Australia, not long after the.....
Sydney: J.J. Moore, 1887. Duodecimo, with bookstall stamp on front page; original green cloth. An attractive copy of William W. Wilkins' geography book for school children first published in 1863. Wilkins (1827-1892) immigrated to Australia in 1851, settling in Sydney where he administered the Fort Street School modelled after the.....
Berlin: Carl Friedrich Amelang, 1821.
Rare natural history by Mendelssohn's confessorThree octavo text volumes and oblong quarto atlas; the text volumes with fine engraved titles, the atlas profusely illustrated with 50 plates, 48 of them finely hand-coloured; original half mottled calf, spines gilt with ivory title-labels (texts) and original.....
London: George Bell, 1886.
Friend of Tennyson and Sir Charles Latrobe's sculptorOctavo; uncut copy in original red cloth, gilt device on upper board. Author's signed presentation copy: a long narrative poem recounting the pantheistic vision of the blind sage Tiresias. A founding member of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and the.....