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London: J. Johnson, 1808. Two volumes, octavo; contemporary blue morocco, gilt. New edition, with engraved head- and tail-pieces by Thurston. Based on the first editions of 1782 and 1785, and including his most famous work The Task. Thurston's engravings are an attractive complement to Cowper's poetry.
London: T. Clay, 1828.
Learning to paint in watercolourOblong quarto; illustrated throughout with full-page hand-coloured lithographs; in later quarter maroon calf over original marbled boards. Artistic tuition by a notable English painter whose reputation has grown in recent years. The recent major exhibition of Cox's work at the Yale.....
London: J. Dodsley, 1781. Quarto, 36 pp. (with terminal blank); in modern half polished tan calf. First edition, scarce. The work was published for subscribers, apparently in an edition of around 250: books 'give new views to life, and teach us how to live'. Although he had published Inebrity in.....
London: John Murray, 1819. Two volumes, octavo, with the half-titles and a final leaf of advertisements; in half green morocco. First edition, the last of Crabbe's works to be published during his lifetime. Although passionately opposed to sentimentality, his use of the Augustan heroic couplet has a slightly jingling tone.....
London: J. Hatchard, 1812.
Poet, surgeon and clergymanOctavo, bound without the half-title and the final leaf of advertisements in old half blue calf. First edition of Crabbe's collection of twenty-one poems revealing his rather grim sense of humour. The most well-known of these, The Frank Courtship, tells of the.....
London: J. Dodsley, 1783. Quarto, with half-title and final blank; in later drab boards. First edition of Crabbe's best poem, an unsentimental homage to English country life. It was the work that confirmed his reputation and promise. Written in stirring heroic couplets, the poem was an implicit protest against the.....
London: Richard Phillips and Co., 1823.
On a convict ship to Tasmania and NSWOctavo, aquatint plate 'Ruins of the Theatre of Taormina', uncut, bound in plain paper boards. First and only edition of this description of a visit to New South Wales in 1818 and one of surprisingly few.....
London: Macmillan, 1890. Two volumes, octavo, in original blue cloth. First edition. Set in Germany, this fairy-tale concerns a young cigarette-maker, who claims to be the dispossessed Count Skariatine, and Vjera, a Polish girl, one of the few who believe his story. Given this preamble, it comes as little surprise.....
London: Macmillan, 1895. Two volumes, octavo; uncut, in smooth blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. New York. First American edition. Both "The Ralstons" and "Casa Braccio" were published in the U.S. before the U.K. Set in New York, this is a typically humane offering from Crawford, well-regarded for his.....
Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1857. Octavo, portrait; green cloth, original wrappers bound in. Second edition. Madeline Smith (1835-1928) was tried for murder by arsenic-poisoning and acquitted by the Edinburgh courts. After the highly-publicised trial she married a Dr. Tudor Hora and was urged by her family to leave for the.....
London: William Harrison Ainsworth, 1828.
A Voyage to New Holland for childrenOctavo, illustrated throughout with wood-engravings; half calf gilt, marbled boards. The first Christmas annual for children and scarce, this contains a twelve-page account of a Voyage to New Holland. The author notes that '... in time New Holland.....
Sydney: 24 May, 1830.
Over-supply in the colonial marketALs single sheet of laid paper, 250 x 440 mm., stamped "India Letter Deal" A colonial mercantile correspondence: Crombie Maclaren & Co write to advise Andrew Scott in Edinburgh of an over supply in the colony due to the previous large.....
London: B. Tooke and G. Strahan, 1703. Quarto; title page thumbed; polished half calf by Sangorski and Sutcliff. Early edition of John Crown's best play. Based on the Spanish play No Puedesser, and written at the command of Charles II, Sir Courtly Nice was first performed (and published) in 1685.....
Paris: Barrois l'aîné, 1783.
Tasmania and New Zealand, and the first printed account of Surville's voyageOctavo, with seven plates (including two maps, one folding); contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, leather label. First edition: this rare book is of great importance for both New.....
London: Chatto and Windus, no date, but circa 1876. Two volumes, octavo, engravings; in original green cloth. Delightfully illustrated throughout with original engravings included the folding transportation engraving "Probable Effects of Over Female Emigration". Cruikshank's illusrations are celebrated, and these works extending as they do over a nineteen year period-.....
Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1871.
The Straits of MagellanOctavo, with a coloured folding map and 21 lithograph plates; in the original green cloth. Scarce account of an exploration of the Strait of Magellan. Cunningham was appointed naturalist aboard the Nassau, a steamer sent to work on the survey of.....
Paris: Deterville, 1817.
Cuvier's great zoology, including Australian insects from the Baudin voyageFour volumes, octavo, 15 engraved plates by C.-L. Laurillard a handsome set, with all four half-titles, in contemporary quarter calf over mottled papered boards, gilt, double spine labels in red & green. First edition of this germinal.....
Paris: 25 August 1814.
Senior officer of the d'Entrecasteaux voyage presents the official accountManuscript letter, 227 x 183 mm., on a bifolium sheet, letter comprising first page with two blank pages, the fourth page an address panel, dated and signed by Rossel; folded to letter size, addressed with remnants.....
London: W. Stahan and T. Cadell, 1771.
Biographical and anecdotal history of the timesTwo volumes, quarto, with the erratum leaf in the second volume; a very good set in contemporary polished calf, with double spine labels in red and green morocco. A handsome set in a contemporary binding of.....
London: Argonaut Press, 1939. Octavo, frontispiece, folding map and other facsimile plates, fine in half green crushed morocco by Sangorski, top-edge gilt, spine with raised bands. A foundation document in the discovery of Australia, here offered in a splendid binding by Sangorski and Sutcliff. This Argonaut Press edition includes a......
London: published by William Mackenzie, circa 1885.
Portrait of the great scientist as an old manSteel engraving, 107 x 134 mm. within larger sheet, An engraved portrait of the legendary naturalist Charles Darwin. The engraving is taken from an image by the famous studio of Elliott & Fry, specialists.....
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Duodecimo; original blue-grey boards and paper label; uncut, with the three final leaves of advertisements. Third edition: an attractive copy, in original binding, of the book which established De Quincey's literary reputation. Himself a laudanum addict, this harrowing account of the joys and sorrows of.....
Geneva: heirs of Pierre de la Rovière, 1626-1630.
Banned by the VaticanFolio, five volumes bound in four, contemporary full vellum; with contemporary annotations to front blank of first volume. Early edition of the influential, and highly controversial, history of Europe by French luminary Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617). A......
Tasman map by Blaeu's apprenticeEngraved map, 460 x 560 mm., with original handcolouring; mounted. Fine early map of the East Indies showing the north-Australian discoveries of Abel Tasman. Frederick de Wit was one of the foremost map-makers in Holland, whose 'maps were distinguished by their excellent craftsmanship.....