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Amsterdam: Jean Frederic Bernard, 1741.
The enlightenment RabelaisThree quarto volumes, with two frontispieces, two engraved decorative titles, and 16 plates (of which three are folding), contemporary binding of polished calf, flat spines gilt with complex ornaments in panels. Beautifully printed with an impressive array of engraved plates, this is.....
"Leïpsick: Et se trouve à Paris" [i.e. Paris]: 1781.
Flying to Australia, and Hawaiian Anthropophages: by the Rousseau of the gutterFour volumes, duodecimo, with altogether 23 engraved plates including the large double-plate (numbered 23-24, and thus sometimes leading to some confusion about the correct number of plates): pp. -240.....
Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836.
Two dendroglyph carved treesEngraving, 135 x 220 mm.; very good condition. Charming engraved plate depicting an Australian indigenous tomb, complete with carved trees and unusually formed earthen walls. Although the image is somewhat incongruous as a depiction of an Australian Aboriginal tomb, it does include.....
Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836.
Canary IslandsEngraving, 135 x 220 mm.; very good condition. Charming engraved plate depicting sailors filling casks at the Canary Islands from Domeny de Rienzi's Océanie ou Cinquième partie du monde, revue géographique et ethnographique de la Malaisie, de la Micronésie, de la Polynésie et de.....
Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836. Engraving, 135 x 220 mm.; very good condition. Charming engraved plate depicting coastal stilt dwellings on the Isle of Rawak (present day Indonesia) from Domeny de Rienzi's Océanie ou Cinquième partie du monde, revue géographique et ethnographique de la Malaisie, de la Micronésie, de la Polynésie.....
Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836. Engraving, 135 x 220 mm.; very good condition. Charming engraved plate depicting sailors filling casks at New Ireland, Papua, from Domeny de Rienzi's Océanie ou Cinquième partie du monde, revue géographique et ethnographique de la Malaisie, de la Micronésie, de la Polynésie et de Mélanésie (Paris.....
London: Lonngman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman, 1833. Large octavo,vignette title-page plus 20 engravings,, original gilt cloth, highly decorated, all edges gilt. This attractive copy is the first in a three volume set published as 'Turner's Annual Tour'. The 21 steel engravings are from drawings by J.M.W. Turner, illustrating.....
The first European residentOctavo; in the original printed wrappers, faded, but a very good copy. A very scarce book, printed by the government press in Tahiti, the first complete edition of the private journal of Maximo Rodriguez, who arrived in Tahiti in 1774 and stayed for over.....
Paris: Ducrocq, probably 1873.
With kangaroos and, more remarkably, a platypusOblong folio, 24 colour-printed plates and 41 pp. text; some browning of the paper as common for books of this era, but very good in the original red boards embossed in gilt, bumped and a little worn at edges.....
Rouen: circa 1480. Illuminated leaf, 182 x 116 mm., with an exquisite panel border on both sides of blue and gold acanthus leaves with unusual orange and red flowers on the verso and red and white flowers on the recto, with ten 1-line initials and two 2-line initials in red.....
Rouen: circa 1480-1500. Illuminated leaf, 166 x 112 mm., panel border on each side of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus, coloured flowers, fruits and leaves; 15 1-line initials in dark red and blue alternately. Fine leaf from a French Book of Hours with a typical Rouen decorative.....
Paris & Brussels: G. van Oest, 1925. Folio, with 70 fine photogravure plates, three of them in colour, and a map; contemporary quarter vellum. A scarce book, evidently produced in quite a limited printing. This is an important study of the Buddhist sculpture of Thailand, handsomely produced and well illustrated.....
Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1652. Handcoloured engraved map, 400 x 545 mm. (plate size); mounted. Stately double-hemisphere map by Nicolas Sanson, cartographer extraordinaire and geographer to Louis XIII. Sanson's principal historical importance lies in his role as a disseminator of knowledge: 'His maps, geographical tables and teaching captured the attention of.....
Paris: Victor Delarue, circa 1835.
Ship views of the 1830sOblong album, with title-page and eight large lithographic plate measuring 433 x 582 mm. (sheet size); old presentation note inscribed to top margin of title page, a very good copy in contemporary cloth boards with gilt blocked title. Attractive lithographic.....
London: Boussod Valadon & Co, 1893. Folio, coloured frontispiece & 24 full page engraved plates with captioned tissue guards; full red morocco, tooled, gilt spine; marbled end papers. An illustrated history of the unfortunate Queen in a sumptuous late Victorian binding.
London & Paris: Goupil & Co, Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant & Co, 1898. Folio, colour frontispiece & engraved plates, protected with tissue guards; full brown morocco; gilt spine and tooling, marbled end papers with inner gilt dentelles; bookplate of John Stafford Reid Byers. A comprehensive biography of Charles I, by.....
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.....
Paris: Charles de Sercy, 1659. Duodecimo, contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt between raised bands. Very scarce: first edition of this description and history of an imagined kingdom, an allegorical satire on French court and society. Sorel (1597-1674) novelist and historian, wrote a vast array of works, many issued anonymously or.....
Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1853.
Global devaluation caused by too much gold?Octavo, folding table; a good copy in publisher's blind blocked cloth cloth, skilfully rebacked with original spine laid down. First edition: one of few early books linking Californian discoveries to the Australian goldfields. The author looks at the.....
Paris: Clouzier & F. Le Breton, 1730.
Gulliver's son JeanTwo volumes, but a really pretty set in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, double red labels. First edition of this sequel to Swift's Gulliver's Travels by the first French translator of the work. The impressive success of Desfontaines'.....
Paris: Tastu, 1833. Lithographed view on china paper, 175 x 315 mm (image size); mounted. Good view of Sydney, taken during the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney. The view is taken from what is now the Botanic Gardens, towards Lady Macquarie's.....
Paris: L.-R. Delay, 1843.
France and Britain compete for control of Tahiti.Octavo, viii, 80 pp.; uncut in original printed wrappers. A very scarce pamphlet: this discussion of the issue of French sovereignty in Tahiti is collected and translated from publications of the London Missionary Society, and publishes material from.....
Avignon and Paris: Froulle, 1779.
The earliest separate serious work on TahitiOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece view of Tahiti; a fine copy in contemporary speckled half calf. First edition: the very scarce and earliest separate serious work on Tahiti (predated only by the Omai-based fictions and the poetical satires.....
"A Londra" 1770.
Italian translation of the early Tahiti fictionOctavo, xvi, 104 pp.; a fine uncut copy in original soft boards, owner's inscription 'Girolamo Gherardini' on title. Very rare Italian translation of Bricaire de la Dixmerie's fictional account of Autourou, published in Paris in the same year; one of.....