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Amsterdam: Chez L'honore & Fils. 1748.
Pre-Darwinian utopia dedicated to Cyrano de BergeracTwo volumes in one, octavo, owner's name on title; contemporary French mottled calf. First edition of this important, controversial, and strangely prescient work, dedicated to Cyrano de Bergerac. By using the device of an imaginary voyage to.....
Paris? Chez rue a l'enseigne, 1740. Two volumes, small octavo; contemporary French mottled calf, spines gilt compartments with double labels. Very scarce: the probable first edition of this utopian romance, which is missed by most of the standard bibliographers. This strange mix of the utopian and the fairy-tale is set.....
Chester: McGachey, printer, for the Middle Hill Press of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1856.
Dieppe school: the Vallard mapColour lithograph printed on card measuring 435 x 585 mm. The only early printing of any of the so called Dieppe maps, depicting the elusive landmass of 'Jave la Grande' that is.....
Paris: Libraire Hachette & Cie. 1874.
By a close associate of Kamehameha VTwo parts in one volume, two folding engraved maps; original yellow wrappers bound in, later half green morocco with neat gilt spine lettering. Good account of Hawaiian royal affairs by a French consular official who arrived on.....
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.....
c, 1825. Lithograph on brown washed paper with white heightening, 290 x 370 mm., mounted. Carle Vernet (1758-1836) was trained by his father, Claude-Joseph. He won the Prix de Rome in 1782 and the Legion of Honor in 1808 with one of his battle scenes. Vernet was a horseman, riding.....
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.....
[Paris]: [chez Isabey], n.d, but circa 1785.
Desirable proof before caption stateEngraving, 300 x 220 mm (image size), "Fessard" and "Webber" present as faint scratch signatures. A further near-final proof of the French version before the complete caption has been added and with names in scratch proof form only.....
France: circa 1820.
Whaling and its gruesome accoutrementsOriginal drawing in ink on paper, 220 x 290 mm., ms. notations in ink and pencil; in fine condition, mounted. A finely-executed nineteenth-century technical drawing showing the tryworks and various implements involved in on-board whale processing. This drawing, with its various manuscript.....