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London: Edward Orme, circa 1823.
The anonymous work of John Lewin?Quarto, pp. with 110 hand coloured aquatints (including the New South Wales plates), a good copy in ornate contemporary gilt decorated deep green morocco with all edges gilt. An attractive copy of one of the outstanding aquatint books of.....
London: Edward Orme, 1813.
Dedicated to Bligh: the first book on the Australian AboriginesQuarto, 10 coloured aquatints; modern half calf, spine gilt-titled. A very good copy of the first issue of this important Australian plate book. This was the first work to be published on the Australian Aborigines. Clark.....
Engraved from the medallion profileStipple engraving, 155 x 100mm (plate sized. Elegant portrait of the great Pacific navigator Bougainville, 'dessiné par Cless d'après un portrait en medaillon'. The portrait was engraved and printed for inclusion in Allgemeine geographische Ephemeriden (Weimar 1802).
London: N.D., circa 1830.
John Septimus Roe's patronMezzotint engraving, 522 x 404 mm., noted in the plate as "proof" at bottom left, mounted and framed. A fine mezzotint portrait of Sir Christopher Cole, an important naval officer and significant as the patron to John Septimus Roe, Phillip Parker King's.....
Launceston: Circa 1875.
A fine Colonial portrait with Tasmanian interestWatercolour portrait, 18 x 14.8 cm (mount size), very fine; preserved in a handsome folding travelling folder of burgundy roan, lined with green moire silk, gilt, the picture surround with gilt fillets and blind-embossed. A remarkable portrait in fine original.....
London: R. Baldwin, 1755 [i.e., 1754-, 1756.
A sharpening wit unleashed upon London society140 original numbers bound into two volumes, small folio, with woodcut decorations; corner of first title-page renewed with two letters supplied in ink, most of the imprints at the end of each number trimmed away or.....
London: Fisher Son & Co, 1834. Engraving, 230 x 145mm (plate size). Fine portrait of the great botanist as a young man. Hooker was born at Norwich in 1785. Following his father's fascination with exotic plants, he showed a precocious interest in botany and in 1809, through the encouragement of.....
Boston: Mills & Hicks, 1774.
Imaginative American almanac depiction of Maori and Aborigines in 1774Duodecimo, 32 pp., original printed wrappers. Rare American-printed Almanac with an important notice of "An Account of the Inhabitants of New Zealand, (embellished with an elegant Representation of a Warrior of that Nation, and two.....
[Holland]: Klauber, 1793.
Rare separately issued portrait from 1793Engraved portrait, 19.7 x 13.7 cm. Most uncommon: an apparently separately-issued engraving of Captain Cook, based on the famous Nathaniel Dance/Sherwin engraving of 1779. This famous portrait is the trademark image of Cook, and this is a fine eighteenth-century version. The.....
New York: Benjamin Gomez, circa 1779.
An American version of the Dance portraitEngraving, 130 x 100 mm, mounted and in a handsome early timber frame. Scarce American-published portrait: the engraving appeared as frontispiece to the New York octavo edition of Cook's third voyage. The depiction is based on Nathaniel.....
London: J.Webber, June 4, 1784.
Proof impression before lettersStipple engraving, oval 120 x 95 mm, printed in sepia; a proof before letters; mounted. Rare proof impression before letters of John Webber's and Francesco Bartolozzi's fine oval portrait of Captain Cook. This portrait has a very large margin, unusual for.....
Paris: Madame Veuve Hocquart, 1811-1814.
An Enlightened look at the peoples of the world: costumes, customs and ritualsTwo volumes, quarto, with 144 handcoloured plates; a very large copy, completely uncut, in a handsome contemporary binding of half crimson roan, flat spines banded and lettered in gilt. Lavishly illustrated study.....
Reading in an Ottoman inspired InteriorOil on canvas, signed lower right 920 x 490 mm, in original Melbourne frame. This large and attractive oil painting is in the original timber frame with the label of the Melbourne maker, W. & C. Dean, Collins Street on verso. It is.....
London: published by William Mackenzie, circa 1885.
Portrait of the great scientist as an old manSteel engraving, 107 x 134 mm. within larger sheet, An engraved portrait of the legendary naturalist Charles Darwin. The engraving is taken from an image by the famous studio of Elliott & Fry, specialists.....
Sydney: 1885. Signed with initials, dated twice and extensively inscribed: 31viii 81.Quapena/Luepada of Maupa/District Aroma/South Coast/New Guinea. / "Carthona"/Sydney/23 Jan. 1885/'Momento" from New-Guinea- Commodore J. Erskine. R.N.-, pen and brown ink and pencil with coloured chalk; 34cm x 25 cm, mounted and framed. A superb portrait by the Russian scientist.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1837.
Imaginary travels in the Australian inlandSmall octavo; half-title discarded, no publisher's advertisements which appear in some copies; in full green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Rare Australian utopia and imaginary voyage: first edition of this fantastical tale chronicling an 1835 expedition from Bathurst to the.....
London: Oxford University Press, 1962. Octavo, portrait frontispiece and black & white plates, grey cloth; dust-jacket. Rose de Freycinet was smuggled aboard her husband's command, the Uranie, in 1817 in Toulon and circumnavigated the globe until 1820. Her account is both detailed and acute, with lengthy descriptions of the Australian.....
London: John Hatchard, 1848. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, manuscript inscription at front of each volume; in contemporary maroon morocco, gilt. Second revised and enlarged edition of the life of the great Quaker reformer. The work was edited by two of Fry's daughters, and includes many excerpts from her letters and.....
London: G. Garrard, 31 May 1811.
Sir Joseph Banks judges sheepshearingOriginal aquatint, stipple, etching and engraving; 540 x 800 mm., mounted and framed. A large detailed and striking image of the annual sheep shearing festival held by the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, with Sir Joseph Banks a......
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933.
An ephemeral reprintOctavo, 77 pp., with a frontispiece and illustrations throughout, with two instances of juvenile handcolouring (but minor); original wrappers. The popularity of Gibbs' "gumnut" series ensured that many subsequent editions would enter the market in different formats: this sequel to Little Ragged.....
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1851.
From among the Weeds & Mud on the Banks of the South SeaOriginal etching, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted. (Two caricatures verso). Rare satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of the Bath for self-promotion. Portraits of Banks.....
Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879. Octavo, with six woodcuts of sketches by the author; in modern half cloth. The distinctly rare first edition of this account of Hamilton's experiences droving a herd of sheep from Port Philip to Adelaide. He settled in South Australia on his arrival in 1839, and.....