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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.....
Prato: Fratelli Giachetti, 1840-, 1845.
From Christopher Columbus to Sir Thomas MitchellOctavo, 18 volumes (bound in 17), with 159 plates and maps (five handcoloured), in later nineteenth-century red half morocco with ornate gilt spines. A handsome set of voyage accounts uniformly bound in rich gilt morocco, including an Italian.....
London: T. Hatchard, 1852. Small octavo, frontispiece, folding map and numerous vignettes; in original gilt decorated green cloth. Rare: first edition, first issue of a work that was one of the most popular goldfields-era accounts of Australia. 'If you were in Sydney, you would hardly think you were in a......
Sydney: E.S. Hall, George Street, September, 1834.
Sydney rarityOctavo, pp. [ii], ii, lii, 3-90 (complete thus), errata slip; finely bound in full tan polished calf, spine elaborately gilt, bookplates for John Chapman and Tristan Buesst. A beautiful copy of this noted rarity: James Mudie's vindication of his role in.....
London: T. & W. Boone, 1835.
Boone's first Australian publication.Octavo; in the original green morocco-grain half cloth and drab papered boards; printed paper label on the spine. First and only edition of Boone's first Australian publication. Between 1835 and 1853 Thomas and William Boone would publish an outstanding series.....
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: James Fraser, 1839.
A Domesday Book for the Swan RiverOctavo, with frontispiece and four plates (two folding) by C.D. Wittenoom; four folding tables; large folding map of Western Australia (coloured in outline) in endpocket of the binding; half calf with marbled boards by Aquarius. First edition: a highly.....
London: Dickinson Brothers, circa 1852.
The rare coloured issue, with original wrappersLarge folio, 4 pp. (title and text) and nine images on eight coloured lithograph plates; original printed wrapper with red cloth backstrip, preserved in a solander case. One of the finest Pacific illustrated books of the nineteenth century.....
Adelaide: W.K. Thomas, 1914-, 1917. Duodecimo, four books bound together in contemporary quarter roan with gilt lettering; with a total of 83 photo plates (some folding), with original printed wrappers bound in. An outstanding collection of Australian ornithology and central desert travel narratives by pioneering conservationist and Aboriginal advocate Samuel.....
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: Thomas Osborne, 1745.
Travel: "the very excellency of man"Two volumes, folio, with 37 maps and 16 plates (many folding), and a letterpress folding table; a handsome set in the original panelled calf, decorated in gilt, rebacked by Aquarius. A fine set, with excellent early provenance, of one of.....
Madrid: Real Academia, 1851 -, 1855.
"The greatest classic of the early years of Spanish activity in the New World"Four volumes, folio, with a total of 15 plates (three folding, one coloured); a fine uncut set in contemporary half morocco. The first full publication of one of the great.....
Adelaide: W. K. Thomas & Co., 1906.
Early wanderings on the coast of South AustraliaOctavo booklet, 46 pp. very good in original printed pink wrappers, chipped; preserved in splendid full crushed morocco bookform box by Sangorski lined with moiré silk, with gilt lettering. Uncommon booklet in remarkable original condition.....
London: Wilkie and Robinson, 1810. Three volumes, octavo; engraved frontispiece and plates, half morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt. Thomas Pennant born in 1726, he was a prominent ornithologist and zoologist and prolific author of the eighteenth century. His writings about natural history, topography and travel were based on his.....
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: 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.....
Sydney: J.S. Prout, 1842. Lithographic view, 185 x 295 mm; mounted. An idyllic view of Government House and its castellated bathing house seen across Farm Cove, from the Botanical Gardens. The signal station on Fort Phillip Hill is in the background to the left and Macquarie Fort to the right.....