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Oahu: Na na Misionari, 1834.
The first Hawaiian printed musicDuodecimo, 360 pp., 194 hymns many with full musical notation; in excellent condition in old sprinkled and polished calf, later spine ornately gilt with red leather label; in a full calf protective bookform case. Rare and important: a delightful copy.....
London: 1785. Original watercolour on paper with faint outline of engraving, 250 x 360 mm., signed and dated lower right, mounted. An original watercolour by the highly regarded artist William Hayes (1727-1799) Despite a complete lack of training in any field, Hayes discovered a natural aptitude for painting birds. His.....
London: Printed for Her Majesty's Commisioners, 1862.
Australian products on the world stage.Three volumes, quarto, folding plan and steel engraved illustrations throughout; in original gilt decorated cloth. Official catalogue of the 1862 International Exhibition, a spectacle of vast proportions promoting the products and manufacturing of Britain and her colonies.....
London: Virtue and Company, circa 1875. Three thick quarto volumes, engraved vignettes, full page plates, page-edges gilt; in contemporary red morocco gilt, flat spines elaborately gilt, cloth boards marked. Beautifully illustrated collection of essays on the history of London bound in ornate handsome contemporary gilt decorated red morocco. In addition.....
Milan: Autumn 1825.
Superb expression of the La Perouse mythAquatint with original hand colouring, 340 x 390 mm, mounted and handsomely framed. Atmospheric coloured aquatint depicting an evocative scene from the staging of the "Ballet-Pantomime" based on the disappearance of La Pérouse in the Pacific. Between the complete disappearance.....
Paris: chez Thomas Perier, 1584.
French efforts to colonise the unknown southern landTall octavo, title-page vignette, with the 10 pp. index and 2 pp. errata, early owner's marks including neat library stamp to title-page; an excellent and very attractive tall copy in eighteenth-century sprinkled calf, flat spine gilt with.....
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, 1833. Thick octavo, half title including publishers advertisements to verso, almost 100 lithographs on thicker art pages (but with continuing pagination) as well as more than 2,000 wood engravings throughout, early owner's inscription,, very good; half dark blue morocco, original marbled boards.....
London: M. Taylor, 1838. Quarto, with 22 engraved plates (eight double-page); in the original grey boards with paper label,, with the 16pp. publisher's catalogue. A very charming, but practical, pattern-book aimed at the country gentleman who wished to construct villas which looked like farms, and for genteel farmers who wanted.....
London: J. Souter, 1825.
By Governor Macquarie's artistOblong folio, a tall copy with the pictorial lithographed title untrimmed, 48 coloured aquatint views after drawings by Joseph Lycett, the colouring generally very bright and of notably high quality, two engraved maps (one folding), with descriptive letterpress text, later neat owner's.....
London: John Booth Duke Street Portland Place, 4 June 1810.
The first panoramic views of Sydney to be exhibitedPair of uncoloured aquatints joined as a panorama as intended, 340 x 980 mm; in original bird's-eye maple frame. A rare panoramic view of Sydney Harbour. John Eyre arrived in New.....
Dunedin: New Zealand Institute, 1896.
The original Maori design source-bookLarge quarto, profusely illustrated throughout (including seven special plates printed in black and red), a very attractive copy in original half morocco binding. A special publication of the New Zealand Institute to record and photograph all outstanding examples of surviving.....
Wellington: The Polynesian Society, 1946.
A fine collectionOctavo, 98 plates with descriptive text, bound in recent blue cloth retaining original printed wrappers, fine copy. Second edition. 'Mr. W.O. Oldman of London was for many years a dealer in curios and artefacts fabricated by primitive peoples, and ended by becoming.....
London: Harrison & Co., 1785.
The Leverian and beyond: natural history for the popular marketTwo volumes, folio, with 100 handcoloured engraved plates (most incorporating from four to eight images); title-pages printed in black and red; contemporary marbled calf, very skilfully rebacked to match, preserving original red and green labels.....
Sydney: J. R. Clarke, circa 1870.
A Massachusetts tune published in SydneyFolio, sheet music comprising two leaves including the title-page, a few spots, very good; neatly disbound. Scarce Sydney printed musical score of a children's song by Massachusetts composer Charles Albert White. The score was published by Sydney bookseller.....
London: Whittaker, 1823.
By the 'father of Australian music'Large quarto, including 40 leaves of engraved musical scores continuously paginated with the text; old pencil marginalia, in mid-nineteenth century black half with gilt lettering. A treatise on the art of singing and the philosophy of music by the 'father of.....
Sydney: W. Baker. Hibernian Press, King Street, Sydney, 1845.
Setting of the Lord's Prayer by the early Australian composer and collaborator of Lord ByronA bifolium sheet of music, 345 x 270 mm; unbound. A rare and fragile piece of early pianoforte music by the vibrant and mercurial musician Isaac.....
Paris: Panckoucke, Agasse, 1789-1825.
Australian insects collected by Banks and LabillardièreNine quarto volumes, comprising seven text volumes and two of plates, 397 numbered plates and one bis; bindings a bit scuffed and a few joints starting, lower spine end of two volumes snagged, a good set overall in contemporary.....
Melbourne: Allan & Co., n.d., but, 1937.
"A lasting contribution to the life of Australian children…"Octavo; original illustrated wrappers. With the success of the first three song books written and composed by Annie Rentoul and Georgette Peterson and illustrated by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, other editions were inevitable. This collection.....
Sydney: N.S.W. Government Printer, 1897.
Photographic Panorama of the Sydney Agricultural ShowFive-panel panoramic photograph, highlighted by hand, laid down on canvas, 390 x 3490 mm.; some wear and staining to canvas backing, very lightly cracked at one joint, but overall in very good condition. A rare very large panoramic.....
London: for R. Ackermann, 1818.
Cottages ornés: influential on Colonial designImperial octavo, frontispiece and 26 aquatint plates, all handcoloured; nineteenth century purple half calf. In this beautifully illustrated book George Papworth (1775-1847) intended to demonstrate that even a modest cottage could be raised to a high aesthetic plane with.....
London: for J. Taylor, 1823. Quarto, 33 engraved plates (23 sepia aquatints), partly unopened in original grey boards, with 16 pp. publisher's catalogue. An excellent unsophisticated copy of the second edition. Pocock (1779-1849) had an extensive and varied architectural practice in England, Ireland and Canada, where he built the Ball.....
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: James Rimell and Son, 1881. Folio, with a suite of 24 tinted lithographs, some foxing; a very good copy bound in original dark blue cloth, small worm hole to front board, gilt. An attractive copy of this increasingly rare book of illustrations by Samuel Prout, an important and influential.....