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London: Edward Moxon, 1850. Octavo, a fine copy in a handsome mid nineteenth-century polished half calf prize binding, ornate gilt spine with crimson morocco label. A handsomely bound collection of treasured voyage and travel accounts. The volume includes four classic narratives: Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, Cleveland's Voyages and.....
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.....
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.....
Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, 1877.
Property dispute at InverellFoolscap, 8pp. including survey plan. Regarding a property dispute at Inverell, New South Wales: "Return of an Order made by the Honourable the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, dated 20 July, 1876…Copies of all correspondence, papers, and minutes in.....
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: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812.
The tide changes in the East…Octavo, original spine, label and diced boards; with errata bound in. Uncommon: reflections on the state of play by an East India Company agent. Published a year prior to the abolition of the Company monopoly on.....
London: 28 May, 1789.
The first published account of life in Sydney by a womanBroadsheet, 8 pp. comprising a complete issue of the London Chronicle, original tax stamp; disbound. The first published account of life in Sydney by a woman, and a letter of some descriptive power: 'every one.....
London: Thomas Tegg, circa 1808.
Flinders to the rescueOctavo, [ii], 7-28 pp. (as issued), paper water-marked "1807", with a folding engraved frontispiece, modern quarter calf. Very scarce chapbook account of the wreck of the Porpoise and Cato off the Great Barrier Reef in 1803. This was the beginning of.....
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
London: HMSO, 1907.
The country sacred to ConfuciusFoolscap folio, 26 pp., with two maps; in recent green paper wrappers. The author states his intention as such: 'The object of the journey was to study in some degree the Province of Shantung, its resources and inhabitants, to visit the country.....
Paris: Delgrave, 1874.
French forces occupy HanoiOctavo, [iv], 40 pp. (last blank), folding map; unopened in original printed wrappers. Scarce posthumously published offprint, describing Francis Garnier's last China expedition. Shortly afterwards he led an armed expedition against Vietnamese forces and captured Hanoi for a short time. The survivor of.....
Berlin: Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1878. Thick octavo, twelve issues bound together, 32 plates in total (some folding, one hand-coloured, two coloured); blue paper boards, neat library stamps with cancel for Altenburg. Full run of the monthly bulletins of the Prussian Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin for 1878, including two long.....
London: Colburn, 1853.
Classic account of JapanTwo volumes, octavo; a very good, largely uncut and partly unopened copy in original green blind-stamped cloth. The Russian explorer's classic account of Japan, first published in 1817 and still a fascinating primary resource in the 1850s, one of the most valuable works.....
London: Chapman and Hall, 1844.
Aftermath of the first Opium WarOctavo, single lithographic plate reproducing the gaol calendar, a fine copy in late nineteenth century burgundy half morocco with gilt spine lettering; bookplate of James A. Garland. Scarce account based on the journals of two British prisoners detained by.....
Glasgow: Maclehose, 1903-1905.
Classic English collection of voyagesTwelve volumes, octavo, illustrated throughout with maps (many folding), proof impressions of the plates; essentially an excellent set in the original quarter parchment gilt over blue cloth boards, top edges gilt others uncut. A fine set of the famous Maclehose edition of.....
London: Henry Colburn, 1844.
Britain's first ironclad deployed in the Opium wars.Two volumes, large octavo, with a total of six engraved plates, including the frontispieces, and three folding maps; from the Bellfield Library with preliminary stamps to both volumes and spine labels removed; in original publisher's cloth; preserved in.....
London: Wm. S. Orr & Co and William Smith, 1841-1849.
A paen to the beauty of butterflies and the under-appreciated mothThree volumes, quarto, profusely illustrated with full-page plates exquisitely hand-coloured; uniformly bound in half morocco richly gilt, all edges gilt, with the gilt arms of the Barons Sherborne. A.....
Uppsala: Royal Academy Press, 1822.
An Australian FaunaSmall quarto, [ii], 8 pp.; uncut and unbound, as issued. A scarce and significant academic paper, this was the first serious attempt at compiling a formal fauna of Australia, in the form of a dissertation presented by Huss before Carl Thunberg, Linnaeus's.....
"Pressure" (Paris?): Dans les Jardins de M. l'Ebahi, 1788.
A visit to JapanOctavo, half-title, woodcut vignette of a ship setting sail at start of text; neat modern quarter calf. First edition: a very scarce anonymous imaginary voyage and a satirical commentary on French politics and society which has decadent.....
London: Printed for T. Jefferys, 1764.
Bering, and Russian discoveries on the Northwest coastQuarto, with four folding maps on three folding sheets; a very nice copy in old half maroon morocco gilt. A scarce and important publication, whose maps and text were of significant influence on the planning and.....
Milan: Ranieri Fanfani, 1825-1829.
Original wrappers: with over one hundred coloured engravingsEighteen small quarto volumes, with a total of 101 handcoloured plates and seven maps; an excellent set as issued in the publisher's tinted wrappers. Scarce in the original wrappers: this series of reports from Jesuit missionaries around the.....
London: printed for J.Sewell; Vernor and Hood, and others, 1799-1812.
'Much more than the Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian world'Eleven volumes, quarto, with a total of 132 plates (of which 24 are folding), some handcoloured; contemporary polished half calf with gilt spines. A splendid set in a handsome and well-preserved contemporary.....
London: James Madden and Co., 1840.
Tribal cultures of the MoluccasOctavo, two maps; in nineteenth century polished full black calf. A last gasp of Dutch interest in the seas off the northern coast of Australia, translated and published by George Windsor Earl, (?1813-1865) an important figure in the repeated.....