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London: Ackermann, 1824. Two volumes in one, duodecimo, with 26 hand-coloured engraved plates; a very good copy, untrimmed, well bound in modern half calf. A very good copy of this charming illustrated book; although separately published it also formed part of the series "The World in Miniature", published by Ackermann.....
London: Ackermann, 1824.
Miniature islands picture book, with Baudin and Freycinet imagesTwo volumes in one, duodecimo, with 26 handcoloured engraved plates; original cloth. A very good copy of this charming illustrated book; although separately published it also formed part of the series "The World in Miniature", published by Ackermann.....
Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847. Octavo, two volumes in one; early ownership inscription on title, in original red cloth. The scarce first American edition which, according to Forbes, may have preceded the London edition. Sir George Simpson was governor of the Hudson's Bay Company in North America, and his acute.....
Melbourne: M. L. Hutchinson, 1891. Octavo, with the frontispiece mounted photographic portrait and 24 plates, owner inscription to flyleaf; original blue-green cloth. First edition, the superior issue in cloth with mounted photographic frontispiece portrait found only in this issue. Singleton, a Dublin-born physician and philanthropist, emigrated to Victoria in 1851.....
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington. 1876.
A close look at AustraliaOctavo, engraved frontispiece, plates and vignettes, folding map; original gilt decorated cloth; a good copy. First edition. A scientific voyage around the world from 1872-76, the Challenger expedition of scientific circumnavigation is an excellent example of the.....
Paris: la veuve Lepetit, 1804.
Beautiful French editionSeven volumes, duodecimo, comprising six text volumes with an atlas of uniform size containing a folding map and twenty double-page plates; original dark calf decorated in blind and gilt. A most attractive set of the delightful 'Bibliothèque portative' edition, a diminutive French.....
New York: H. Fisher, Son and Jackson, 1828.
One of the primary narratives of Hawaii in the 1820sSmall octavo, folding map and three engraved plates; a very good copy in contemporary cloth, with label to spine. First London edition appearing simultaneously with a New York version: the missionary Stewart's.....
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1866.
Kangaroo hunting with the Yarra Yarra tribeOctavo, frontispiece and illustrated title- page; contemporary half calf and marbled boards. First edition of a scarce collection of sporting memoirs, mainly set in England, Wales and the Scottish Highlands. However Stretton had been to the Victorian diggings.....
London: Paul Gauci, 1860. Folio, with ten tinted lithographs on thick paper; original red-brown cloth. Quite scarce collection of rather attractive lithographed topographical views by a competent artist, privately published for subscribers. Scenes include the Chateau de Welden near Ghent, a fishing boat off Ostend, the Great Skerrid of Monmouthshire.....
Paris: Tastu, 1833. Lithographed view on china paper, 175 x 315 mm (image size); mounted. Good view of Sydney, taken during the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney. The view is taken from what is now the Botanic Gardens, towards Lady Macquarie's.....
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. A charming separately issued lithograph showing Bear Island before it was joined to the mainland at La Perouse, Sydney and prior to the construction of a fort built in the 1880s to ward off the.....
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. An unusual and separately issued view of Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. This view, looking up from the Harbour, shows Darling Point populated by only a few stately villas. In the background can be seen the spire.....
London: n.d., circa 1790.
The city of Sydney bears his nameMezzotint engraving, 440 x 310 mm. A fine and fresh impression: Lord Sydney, after the official portrait by Gilbert Stuart, the celebrated American portraitist – the "father of American portraiture" – who worked in England from 1775 until the.....
London: Macmillan and Co., 1940. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, 18 plates and seven folding maps, large folding map in endpocket in second volume; original blue cloth with dustjackets. A particularly fine copy, complete with perfect dustjackets, of the very scarce first edition. Following his lengthy and highly distinguished military and.....
Paris: L.-R. Delay, 1843.
France and Britain compete for control of Tahiti.Octavo, viii, 80 pp.; uncut in original printed wrappers. A very scarce pamphlet: this discussion of the issue of French sovereignty in Tahiti is collected and translated from publications of the London Missionary Society, and publishes material from.....
Sydney: Building Limited, 1914.
Adelaide preferredLarge octavo, numerous photo illustrations, plans, diagrams, illustrated advertisements; original red cloth. First edition, an essential and rare guide to urban Australian architectural history with an introduction by John Sulman. Taylor was a progressive reformer who supported Walter Burley Griffin's design for Canberra. He.....
London: G. Nicol and J. Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second bookQuarto, folding map, early owner's name on title-page in handsome twentieth century full tree calf, gilt. A most attractive copy of the first edition of one of the scarcest First Fleet accounts. The second of Tench's two books, this brings.....
London: Nicol and Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second book detailing the early years: original boardsQuarto, with a folding map; uncut; in the original blue-grey boards; contemporary simple canvas spine with hand-lettered label; unsophisticated and preserved in a bookform box. Tench's second book, completing his account of the settlement at Sydney.....
London: Nicol and Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second book detailing the early years: an eighteenth-century book club's copy in its original boards bindingQuarto, with a folding map; a remarkable copy, completely uncut in the original blue-grey boards with plain leather spine; quarter morocco bookform box. A remarkable 18th-century book club.....
London: Samson, Low, Son and Co., 1863.
Rival claimants for the discovery of goldOctavo, original blind blocked plum cloth, gilt spine lettering. First edition of the memoirs of Sir Roger Therry (1800 - 1874) magistrate of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Therry's Reminiscences are an important source.....
Lille & Grammont: Maison du Bon Livre & Oeuvre de St. Charles, circa 1900.
Early French visitor to LhasaFolio, illustrated throughout including photographic plates and full-page steel-engravings, original deep blue decorated wrappers. A particularly good copy of this important account of China and Tibet by the French missionary Évariste.....
Paris: Dondey-Dupré père et fils, 1826-1827.
A Russian envoy to ChinaTwo octavo volumes bound in one, and a quarto atlas with lithographic title page, large folding map, two folding plans and eight lithographic plates; matching later quarter crimson morocco. First French edition, recounting the experiences of a Russian envoy.....
Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot, circa 1890.
Dramatic steel-engravings of OceaniaOctavo, frontispiece, full-page and textual illustrations; quarter maroon calf and marbled boards. A popular account of the native cultures and natural wonders of Australia and the island worlds of Oceania, lavishly illustrated throughout with the dramatic steel-engravings so cherished by.....
London: Cassell & Co., 1924. Octavo, with a photogravure frontispiece; in the original brown cloth, boxed. First edition of this famous reminiscence of the East Indies: first issue (with the palm tree in gilt on the spine). Tomlinson's deep thoughts and observations of his surroundings give us an excellent perspective.....