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London: Darton & Clark, n.d., 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original striped black and red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley", with a charming...
London: Darton & Clark, n.d., but, 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley". Surprisingly detailed account of New...
London: C.Cooke, 31 October, 1788.
Hand-colouredEngraving, 155 x 215 mm (plate size), early hand-colouring. An attractive and rather uncommon version of Webber's death of Captain Cook, newly engraved by William Grainger, with good early hand-colouring. Although in a reduced format, the engraving is neatly executed, and the use of...
Paris: circa 1795.
From ethnology to fashionEngraved aquatint with original handcolouring, 440 x 530 mm. (sheet size), mounted and framed. Rare and alluring hand-coloured engraving of the islanders of the Pacific, composed of twenty-four groups of inhabitants from new lands revealed through the voyages of Captain James Cook and...
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London: S.O. Beeton, 1863. Octavo, with a chromolithograph frontispiece and one other plate, woodcuts throughout, 8-pp. advertisements bound in at rear; good in the original highly-gilt pictorial cloth, some flecking. First edition of this extraordinary compendium, illustrated by Harden S. Melville, artist on the Fly expedition in the Great Barrier...
Brisbane: James C. Beal, Government Printer, 1884.
The Gregory brothers, inland exploration and the search for LeichhardtOctavo, in the original blind-embossed and gilt lettered green cloth, bookplate. Remarkably fine copy in original condition of the complete edition of the journals of eight expeditions undertaken by the Gregory brothers in...
London: Boone, 1841. Two volumes, octavo, with two large folding maps loose in an end pocket in one volume, with all 22 plates (six coloured), and with advertisement leaves; a handsome uncut set, tan half calf, gilt with morocco labels. One of the most striking of all works of inland...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1841.
Grey in the North west and his discovery of rock paintings in the KimberleyTwo volumes, octavo, with 22 plates (six handcoloured), the two large folding maps housed in pocket of binding, text illustrations; well bound without the advertisements in later half green morocco...
London: T. and W. Boone, 1841.
With an appendix by John GouldTwo volumes, octavo, with all 22 plates (six coloured); with two large folding maps loose in an end pocket and with the required advertisement leaves and an extra 4 pp. advertisements at the start of volume 1; original...
London: Henry S. King, 1876.
Precursors to Darwin illuminatedTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 15 plates (including the folding frontispiece map), contemporary full polished calf, spine banded with green labels. Good summary of Darwinian evolutionary theory, and its historical precursors (namely Kant, Lamarck, Cuvier, Agassiz, Goethe, Oken and...
Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879.
Two important overland journeys from Port Phillip to AdelaideOctavo, frontispiece and five wood engraved plates, in the publisher's gilt lettered cloth, bumped. A scarce and informative account of grazing life in south-eastern Australia, with vibrant and conversational descriptions of Port Phillip and Adelaide. The...
London: J. Fairburn, June, 1824.
Kamehameha and Kamamalu an exotic tease for "Poodle" ByngHandcoloured engraving (240 x 340 mm.), mounted. A wonderful and very rare British satirical print from the time of the royal visit to London by King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamamalu in 1824. The print was...
Oahu: Na Na Misionari I Pai, '1838' but in fact, 1839.
Desirable Hawaiian Mission press bibleThick octavo, original calf binding. Important early Hawaiian missionary imprint: one of two separately published parts of the first printing of the Old Testament in Hawaiian, prepared for the American Bible Society at the...
Honolulu: Editions Limited, 1987. Octavo, plates and endpaper maps, original cloth with dust-jacket. This book presents the accounts of eight officers who served on board the Neva and the Nadezhda in the first Russian expedition to the Hawaiian Islands in 1803-1806. Their accounts are here translated for the English reader...
Oahu: Na na Misionari I Pai, 1835.
The first complete Hawaiian New TestamentSmall octavo, original reverse calf binding. Rare and important: a landmark in missionary publishing in Hawaii, this is the first complete edition of the New Testament in the Hawaiian language, printed entirely by the Mission Press. David...
Paris: Librairie A. Franck; Leipzig, Frank'sche Verlags-Buchhandlung, 1862.
Presentation copy of an important Hawaiian historyOctavo, with presentation inscription; original quarter red roan and marbled boards, spine lettered and banded in gilt. A rare and important Hawaiian history, its French text based on an early oral history in the Hawaiian...
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: Libraire Ethnographique, 1847.
Pacific warriors in brilliant colourQuarto, with a total of 55 handcoloured plates (six of which are browned), in publisher's black quarter roan with gilt lettering. Vibrantly handcoloured mid-nineteenth-century French book on native customs and costumes, with a substantial section treating Australia, New Zealand and the...
London: W. Clowes & Sons, 1835.
Governor Hindmarsh honouredOctavo booklet, 44pp., a fine and partially unopened copy preserved in a magnificent polished calf folding case lined with moiré silk by Sangorski. Rare: published shortly after the establishment of South Australia as a separate colony in 1834, this pamphlet captures...
Paris: Madame Veuve Hocquart, 1811-1814.
An Enlightened look at the peoples of the world: costumes, customs and ritualsTwo volumes, quarto, with 144 handcoloured plates; a very large copy, completely uncut, in a handsome contemporary binding of half crimson roan, flat spines banded and lettered in gilt. Lavishly illustrated study...
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...
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, October, 1896.
The report suppressed by HornFoolscap folio, 32 pp., with 13 full page photogravure plates and four larger folding maps and sheets bound in (including the large map measuring 1290 x 1290 mm., and a plan of the Hermannsburg mission measuring 822 x....
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
Likeness of a Papuan warrior by Captain HunterEngraving, 220 x 285 mm. (sheet size). Remarkable engraved portrait of a Papuan warrior by First Fleet officer John Hunter, with detail of native musical pipes and weapons. Hunter sailed with Arthur Phillip and undertook, amongst other tasks...