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Concord: New Hampshire, Merrill, circa 1840. 12mo, woodcuts; in original yellow decorated wrappers. A rare and early whaling chapbook including the usual description of the size of the whale and its habits, methods of killing them and brief accounts of the Essex and Dundee.
Sydney: J. Moore, George Street, 1850. Octavo, folding frontispiece map; in original attractive patterned cloth. Scarce first edition of a pioneering Australian geography textbook, inscribed by the author Sir Thomas Mitchell, renowned explorer and Surveyor-General of New South Wales. The fine world map is by the Sydney engraver John Carmichael.....
Sydney: J. R. Clarke, circa 1870.
A Massachusetts tune published in SydneyFolio, sheet music comprising two leaves including the title-page, a few spots, very good; neatly disbound. Scarce Sydney printed musical score of a children's song by Massachusetts composer Charles Albert White. The score was published by Sydney bookseller.....
Bath: Printed by S. Hazard, for G. Riley, London, 1790.
Botany Bay described for childrenSquare 16mo, with an engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates, four full-page woodcuts in the text and altogether 48 circular woodcut vignettes; in a simple contemporary sheep-leather binding, unlettered spine banded in gilt. The extremely rare.....
London: W & R Chambers, circa 1912. Quarto, colour plates and illustrations in the text, early ownership inscription on front free endpaper; a good copy in the original illustrated boards. First edition of this justly famous children's book with anthropomorphised kangaroo characters - 'perhaps the best known story entirely devoted.....
London: Macmillan, 1862. Small octavo, engraved title, very good; in red polished calf, spine with raised bands, green morocco label, gilt, sunned, spine slightly bumped. A collection of poetry from a number of favourite poets selected and arranged by the English poet and critic Coventry Patmore (1823-1896). Includes a lovely.....
Paris: Logerot, Pauly, and others, circa 1910.
Colonial strategy for youngstersSix map puzzles, each measuring 330 x 240 mm., housed in the original colour printed card case. Geographical jigsaw puzzle set comprising six maps mounted and cut into parts corresponding to the colonial dominions of major European powers. This.....
Paris: J. Langlume et Peltier, 1835. Octavo, with 20 handcoloured plates (including frontispiece), original patterned green papered boards. A charming French account of the peoples of the world written for younger readers and featuring twenty vibrant hand-coloured plates including a Tahitian scene and a depiction of a war canoe from.....
Stuttgart: Friedrich G. Schutz, circa 1820.
German handcoloured globe for childrenHandcoloured paper globe comprising six gores measuring 170 x 65 mm., well preserved with the original cord ties within the publisher's folding card case with printed onlays; accompanied by a folding suite of 15 handcoloured lithographic plates measuring 97.....
Paris: Maradan, 1810.
Charming natural history for young peopleSix volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and title to each volume, 65 engraved plates; uncut, in original bright pink wrappers with original paper spine labels. The first French edition of Thomas Smith's delightful natural history for young people: an immaculate set, in.....
London: G.J. Palmer for J. Hatchard and Son, 1844.
English and French missionaries feuding in TahitiOctavo, engraved frontispiece, map and seven text vignettes; full contemporary calf; a fine copy. A particularly fine copy of an updated account of the London Missionary Society's activities in Tahiti, aimed at a juvenile.....
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.....
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.
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.....