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Melbourne: John Ferres, 1864.
Celestial phenomena in the Victorian colonyQuarto, coloured frontispiece, plates and charts; a fine copy in contemporary calf. An extensive monograph: whilst primarily an overview of the meteorological conditions of the colony of Victoria, the work contains a chapter on meteors, their incidence 'from 1859 to.....
Basle: Heinrich Petrus, March 1557.
"How many ways the Indian sea stretcheth itself"Folio, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final leaf, woodcut historiated initials; contemporary white pigskin over wooden boards, blind-tooled to a panelled design, roll-tooled borders including one with images of the psalmist and evangelists, another.....
Manuscript maps from ancient times to 1650Large folio, with 60 large maps, mostly double-page, two of them coloured, and a further 100 maps of smaller size in the text; marginal tear to one map, a very good copy in later half calf preserving original calf spine (rubbed).....
New York: Harper & Bros, 1874.
Native Hawaiian surfing actionOctavo, frontispiece map, illustrations; original cloth. First American edition, in book form, of this popular travel account, including a a dramatic engraved illustration of native Hawaiian surfing action. The book was originally serialized for Harper's New Monthly Magazine and gives.....
London: William Clowes and Son for HMSO, February, 1849.
Endemic abuse of power on Norfolk IslandTall quarto, with a large folding handcoloured map of penal works in Van Diemen's Land, recent green boards with front wrapper bound in. A rich and diverse source of primary information on convict management.....
Antwerp: Plantin, dated 1587, but issued 1592.
A new edition of Ortelius' famous mapEngraved map, 362 x 492 mm (sheet size 465 x 590 mm); Latin text on verso; an excellent example, mounted. The great cartographer Ortelius' major world map, of great significance for the imagining of the Pacific.....
London: House of Commons, 28 July, 1836.
Letter of instruction to William LightTall quarto, 40pp. with handcoloured lithographed sheet; bound in splendid full crimson crushed morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. A significant publication in the early history of South Australia, being the first report of the.....
London: House of Commons/HMSO, 1846.
Lessons from the Norfolk Island experimentFoolscap folio, 70 pp., folding coloured lithographic map by Arrowsmith; now preserved in a folding green cloth case. Includes a report of some 15 pages from Lord Stanley to Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, acting Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land, concerning.....
London: HMSO, 1841.
Adelaide survey mapsFoolscap folio, with four separate lithographic folding maps (backed upon linen), paginated as follows: xl, 272 pp. (report), x, 358 pp. (appendix), 58 pp. (index); first sectional title-page a bit stained, some maps creased, but very good in a most handsome half red morocco.....
Adelaide: Government printer, 1903.
Gold strikes in the wildernessFoolscap folio, 8pp, folding map; staple bound, original tinted titling wrappers. Scarce: 'I left Adelaide on March 3rd, and proceeded via Alice Springs to Winnecke's gold locality, where I arrived on March 25th. I inspected the various gold discoveries there, and.....
Adelaide: Government printer, 1874.
Sent in search of Peter WarburtonFoolscap folio, 5pp, folding lithographic map; disbound with perforations where previously stab-sewn, otherwise excellent. John Ross is now remembered as second of two men to cross the entirety of the Australian continent through its centre. This parliamentary printing records a......
Perth: Government Printer. 1902.
Incomprehensible suffering and despairFolio, 62 pp., with a large folding lithographic map measuring 890 x 648 mm., an excellent copy half crimson morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski. Official account of the scientific expedition financed by the wealthy English traveller Albert Calvert, dispatched 'for the.....
Rome: Typis Salomonianis, 1794.
Eighteenth-century India by a noted orientalistThree works bound together, quarto, the first main work with folding map, 2 plates and an engraved portrait vignette, with two shorter pamphlets (24 & 26 pp.); an attractive copy in contemporary patterned vellum boards, spine banded, red morocco spine.....
London: W. Peacock and Sons, 1802-, 1804.
Delightful small reference libraryThree volumes altogether, duodecimo, engraved folding maps highlighted in watercolour; uniformly bound in contemporary dark blue straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt; in original matching bookform box, gilt tooled spine. Fine example of a gentleman's reference library in miniature, contained.....
London: Stockdale, 1790.
A beautiful example of the rare second and "best" editionQuarto, portrait and engraved title, seven folding engraved charts and 46 engraved plates; a splendid copy, with wide margins, in contemporary polished marbled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red leather label. The very scarce well revised.....
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
First edition of the foundation bookQuarto, portrait and engraved title, seven folding engraved charts and 46 engraved plates; bound with the final leaf of advertisements; second state of the title-page, with a single name on the medallion; page 122 with the uncorrected mis-numbering 221, with.....
London: Cadell, Davies, Longman and Rees, 1811. Two volumes, quarto, 45 maps (including one double-page and two folding), double-hemisphere double-page world map as frontispiece, very good; nineteenth-century full calf, gilt. A handsome set, and an important work with much on Australasia and Polynesia. This thorough introduction to geography is designed.....
London: R. N. Rose, 1821.
"A literary conservatory of rare, curious, and interesting productions…"Six volumes, octavo, illustrated by one hundred engravings (some folding); contemporary half calf, marbled boards. Generously illustrated cyclopaedia of curious knowledge gleaned from myriad sources for the general reader. In the preface, the good Reverend Polehampton.....
London: F.C. Westley, 1831.
The first complete book describing Western Australian settlementOctavo, with a frontispiece map, neat library stamps on title-page, map verso and periodically throughout the text; otherwise a very good copy in modern tan quarter calf. First edition: rare. The first full book to describe newly-settled Western.....
London: Smith & Elder, 1833.
With the suite of views in original wrappers, and including the marvellous panorama of HobartComplete set in fine original condition, comprising: Text, duodecimo, folding map, very good in the original cloth with paper label to front, the label rather worn; and Views, two parts.....
London: London Missionary Society, 1865.
Early Missionary enterprise in the PacificSmall octavo, frontispiece, illustrations; bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in half black morocco. Summary of London Missionary Society activities across the world, edited for the enjoyment and education of children. Contains much relating to the Pacific Island missions, with.....
London: W. Stansby for H. Fetherstone, 1625-1626.
The extraordinary collection of voyage narratives in EnglishFive volumes, folio (in sixes), with seven double-page engraved maps, and 88 smaller maps or illustrations in the text; additional ornamental title page to the first volume; a few marginal repairs, some of the in-text.....
London: Bowles and Carver, circa 1801. Dissected map, 54 pieces with three blank replacement pieces (the lost pieces in the regions of Java, Sumatra and Hokkaido); hand-coloured lithograph paper laid down on wood, the completed map measuring 485 x 582 mm., in the original timber box with sliding lid, original.....
Sydney: E.P. Ramsay, 1888. Octavo with folding map; release stamps from N.S.W. Public Libraries, contemporary maroon half morocco. Dr. Ramsay was a prominent naturalist, specialising in ornithology, who wrote a great many papers, many of which were to do with preserving natural history specimens.