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The Parsons Collection Part 11Quarto, 160 pages, bound in saifu cloth with colour dustjacket. 156 items fully described and illustrated in colour throughout, with bibliography of principal references and an index to both parts. The second part continues the story of Pacific discovery and exploration from La Pérouse to.....
Sydney: George Howe, 1813.
"Sydney's Caxton"Duodecimo; stab-sewn in the original quarter red roan and stiff marbled wrappers, as issued; quarter morocco case. First edition: a superb copy of a very rare Australian imprint in desirable original condition. This copy has an outstanding provenance, having originally belonged to the newspaper.....
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855.
The state of affairs before the Eureka StockadeOctavo, two volumes, 24 pp. advertisements in the second volume not noted by Ferguson; in the original green cloth. First edition of a classic; probably the best of the digger narratives, it is a lively.....
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: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
The Fly, in Torres Strait and surveying the Barrier ReefTwo volumes, octavo, two folding maps and 19 plates, three line-engraved views, and four natural history plates, textual illustrations, with various publisher's advertisements including for Leichhardt & Stokes; a very attractive set in the.....
Basel: printed by J.J. Tourneisen, 1789.
Continental editionOctavo; in a finely preserved contemporary binding of speckled polished sheep, red label. Scarce continental edition of one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, first published in London the previous year, and frequently reprinted and translated into a number.....
London: Dickinson & Watson, 1779. Mezzotint, 38 x 28cm. Henry Keppel had first served in the Malacca Straits in the early 1840s during the campaign against the Borneo pirates. During that time he formed a close friendship with Sir James Brooke, who had been appointed rajah of Sarawak in perpetuity.....
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.....
Leipzig: no publisher, 1799.
With a full crew list - including savants and supercargoOctavo, with an engraved portrait, five plates and a folding world map; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt with raised bands. Abridged account of the La Pérouse voyage, published two years after the official edition. The.....
Melbourne: Wilson & Mackinnon, 1862. Octavo, engraved frontispiece and large fold-out map of Australia; linen-backed pink printed card boards. First edition, first issue. The map is uncoloured and was not issued with the botanical appendix found in the Baillière issue.
'The History of Doctor Lang, to which is added the History of New South Wales'Two volumes, octavo, with a folding coloured map; in a good modern binding of half calf and marbled boards. First edition of a classic and influential study of the colony of New South.....
Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1833. Lithographed view, 218 x 297mm., mounted. The voyage of the Favorite under Laplace's command was aimed at re-establishing French influence over Indo-China and the Pacific as well as gathering detailed trading information, hydrographic data and natural history specimans. Although it was a difficult voyage, scientifically it.....
Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1833. Aquatint view, 222 x 320 mm.; mounted. A fine view of the Derwent River, one of only two Tasmanian illustrations published from the La Place voyage. The Favorite arrived in Hobart on 11 July 1831, both ship and crew in a weakened condition. Their stay was.....
Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1833.
One of the best early views of SydneyAquatint view, handcoloured, 220 x 315 mm. mounted. A superbly-coloured example of one of the best early Sydney views. This view of Sydney Cove was made during the Laplace voyage. It shows Circular Quay brimming with ships, the.....
Paris: Gide Fils, circa 1830.
With plates based on "Foreign Field Sports"Oblong quarto, with 60 engravings; an attractive copy in original printed boards. A rare and beautiful French children's book, with wonderful Australian plates including six based closely on Clark's Foreign Field Sports. This work is not recorded by.....
London: Leighton Brothers, n.d., but circa 1855.
Australia Felix: fine portrait of Westgarth's partner Alfred Ross.Engraving, 545 x 400 mm. (sheet size), laid down on publisher's light card, mounted. Fine and rare large format engraving of Alfred Ross, Australian merchant, partner of William Westgarth, and eminent member of the.....
London: Printed for the author; and sold by J. Walter, 1791. Octavo, folding map; contemporary half calf and marbled boards. A very good, clean copy. First edition. "Lempriere, a surgeon at Gibraltar, was sent for by the favourite son of the Emperor of Morocco for medical attendance, in the belief.....
London: Thomas East, 1582.
The Portuguese expand into India, the East Indies, and ChinaSmall quarto, printed in black letter with woodcut initials; a few contemporary marginal notes; nineteenth-century calf, very well rebacked. The first English edition of one of the most important works of the first great age of.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1848. Octavo, with 7 engraved plates; a good copy in contemporary half calf. The first issue (the title-page was subsequently amended to read "H.H. The Rajah Brooke") of Low's account of Sarawak at the beginning of a century of rule by the British Raj. James Brooke, a......
London: J. Souter, November 1824.
Idealised Australian parkland viewHand-coloured aquatint, 265 x 355 mm., mounted. An attractive plate from the Joseph Lycett's Views in Australia or New South Wales, & Van Dieman's Land, published in London in 1825 and a landmark in the development of Australian illustrated books. Lycett.....
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.....
Venice: Gio. Giacomo Fuchs, 1818-1819.
The earliest scholarly edition of Marco PoloTwo volumes, quarto, with four folding maps; quarter vellum in antique style, original plain blue-grey wrappers bound in. The first "modern" edition of Marco Polo, the inspiration for all explorers towards the east. His reports of his travels.....