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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.
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: 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: 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.....
Manuscript map: French Indian Ocean territory in the era of Flinders's imprisonmentManuscript chart; 440 x 540 mm., expertly drawn details in ink on laid paper. A beautifully-drawn large manuscript map of Île Bonaparte (modern Réunion) commissioned in anticipation of the naval actions that would determine possession of.....
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.....
Geneva: Imprimerie de Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1868.
With actual photographs: an early example of a scarce genreOctavo, illustrated with 20 original albumen prints of drawings (10 full-page, mounted on inserted leaves of heavy paper as plates, and 10 smaller, mounted on the text leaves in spaces left for that purpose);.....
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.....
Martens before the BeagleLithograph, 150 x 245 mm., Very rare indeed: an example of the work being done by Conrad Martens before he sailed on the Beagle. Any art relating to this early part of his career is most uncommon. Conrad Martens (1801-1878), perhaps the best known.....
London and New York: J. and F. Tallis, n.d., but, 1848.
British overseas dominions illustratedEight volumes, large octavo, with numerous plates and maps, some hand-coloured; a very fine, bright set in the original red cloth, spines and front boards richly decorated in gilt. A set in particularly fine condition.....
The earliest substantial work on Fra Mauro's famous world map: the centrepiece of the 2013 Mapping our world exhibitionFolio, folding map, engraved plate; contemporary calf, spine in compartments with gilt bands. Fra Mauro's mappamundi (1457) is approximately two metres in diameter, was drawn on parchment and mounted.....
The only substantial work on Fra Mauro's famous world mapFolio, folding map, engraved plate; uncut in modern quarter morocco. The first substantial study and reproduction of Fra Mauro's famous world map: the last and the greatest medieval mappa mundi and a treasure of Venice. Placido Zurla's handsome.....
London: John Murray, 1859. Octavo, with four maps (three folding), folding facsimile of record found of Franklin's Expedition, larger folding map in rear pocket of the binding; 14 wood engraved illustrations; original gilt decorated blue cloth. First edition: the discovery of the fate of John Franklin's final expedition. Jane Franklin.....
Florence: the heirs of Filippo Giunta, 1519.
Early geographical compendiumSmall octavo, italic letter, capital letters neatly rubricated; numerous annotations of differing vintage; an excellent copy in contemporary Italian vellum, flat spine lettered and banded in gilt. Scarce edition of this important collection of classical geographical texts, closely based on.....
London: John Murray, 1844.
Bathurst and Homebush by a great woman naturalistSmall octavo, 164 pp., half title, one page of illustrations; in modern tan calf, gilt. A fine and engaging work by Louisa Anne Meredith, better known for her long and industrious career in Tasmania, but here publishing an.....
London: Saturday Magazine, 1836-, 1837.
Rare compilation … the full run of twenty parts20 parts, in 24 issues, small folio, with woodcut illustrations throughout; bound together in modern half blue morocco. A series of valuable contemporary accounts of New South Wales in the 1830s by William Romaine Govett, one.....