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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.....
London: Boussod Valadon & Cie. 1896. Folio, coloured frontispiece & 39 full page engraved plates with captioned tissue guards, full red morocco, gilt spine, tooled. Limited edition 146/200; book plate of William Montague Hay. Deluxe edition, with the plates supplied in two states, of a richly illustrated history of the.....
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.....
Paris: Philippe-Denys Pierres, 1782. Duodecimo, engraved title, engraved plate, half-title, single page approbation at rear, a lovely copy in contemporary tan calf, flat spine gilt with red morocco label, bumped. A rare work and a very attractive copy of the most celebrated and influential poem of Delille, in which the.....
circa 1840. Original lithograph, 195 x 166mm., mounted. Portrait of Thomas Denman, Lord Chief Justice and politician, in his judicial robes. Denman played an active role in reforming English laws so as to secure individual liberties. In 1837 he carried two bills abolishing the death penalty for forgery and other.....
N.p. (Japan): 1854.
A Dutch ship in NagasakiStitch sewn booklet measuring 149 x 79 mm., with two fine coloured woodblock prints, one double-page; original stitched wrappers, original cloth folding case; now preserved in a quarter morocco box. Charming Japanese publication, with two fine coloured woodcuts, one a double-page view.....
London: G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823. Tall quarto, copperplate engraved music and text;; contemporary half calf, a very handsome copy, the spine gilt and with an unusual triple "harlequin" set of labels in red, white & blue. First edition of this early collection of the patriotic ditties and rollicking shanties.....
London: Frank Kerslake, 1879.
Dickens BibliographyOctavo; original wrappers bound in, half morocco. First edition of this early bibliography. A brief bibliography had been published in Forster's Life (1873), but this work is expressly designed to supersede it. It proposes, Cook writes, 'to give the Bibliophilist or Collector a thorough.....
London: Jacob Tonson, 1682. Small quarto, 32pp.; protected in modern wrapper. First edition, second issue: 'the second of Dryden's political satires'. The acquittal of the Earl of Shaftesbury on charges of treason for opposing the succession of the Catholic James was regarded as a great Whig victory. Flushed with success.....
London: James Hodson, 1816. Quarto, disbound. Sermon delivered in the aftermath of the Littleport riots of 1816 on the Isle of Ely. The riots arose from inflation following the Napoleonic Wars that drove the price of bread and other necessities beyond the reach of the labouring poor. During the subsequent.....