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Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1882.
A study of culturesOctavo, diagrams and tables throughout the text, folding table; elegantly bound in modern three-quarter morocco with raised bands. Fine copy of a scarce anthropological study carried out by French maritime medical officer Cauvin, during his visit to Australia and New Guinea in...
London: R. Royston, 1676.
The dreaded 'cauldron of boyling oyl'Folio, with a frontispiece and double page 'Tree of Faith' plate, several other cuts in the text; contemporary gilt-ruled polished crimson calf, spine with gilt decorated panels between raised bands. A beautifully printed history of the early church, illustrated with...
Melbourne: W.H. Glen & Co., circa 1888. Octavo; modern marbled cloth-backed boards with original printed stiff wrappers bound in. A rare musical souvenir of the lavish opening of the Centennial International Exhibition, held in the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the landing of the First...
Glasgow: William Collins, 1832.
In the tradition of Adam Smith and MalthusOctavo, contemporary diced russia, with gilt spine label, title page inscribed 'to Captain McKenzie with the author's best regards'. Standard work by the great Scottish minister, theologian and economist.
London and Auburn USA: Sampson Low, Son and Co.; Derby and Miller, 1853.
London edition: "among the cannibals of Nuyts' Land…"Octavo, frontispiece portrait and four plates by Orr of New York; an excellent copy in green polished half calf by Sangorski. An excellent copy of a terrific yarn, the...
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: J. Marshall, MS note dated, 1807.
Nelson & TrafalgarSingle sheet folded to form four leaves (eight pages paginated); edges untrimmed. A well-preserved early nineteenth-century English chapbook of popular ballads and ditties. This publication of eight pages is one of a series; each part being separately issued and individually...
Edinburgh: Davis Ramsay and Son, 1846.
'the entire country is of comparatively recent formation'Large bifolium, 560 x 405 mm. Sturt's third expedition to inland Australia, reported to readers in Scotland. Departing from Adelaide in 1844 accompanied by John MacDougall Stuart and Harris Browne, the expedition ventured into some of...
Paris: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1787. Two volumes, duodecimo; contemporary French quarter calf. The very rare first edition of this work, which purports to be the translation of an ancient text describing an expedition to "Solamir" in North Africa. The young Greek Azémor, travelling with Tiresias in order to learn.....
Paris: Henri Plon, 1871. Duodecimo, quarter red-brown morocco. Early French edition of Chesney's electrifying tale of the German invasion of England. Its depiction of the humiliation of the English in battle, but also the crushing despair of life under German rule, positions this work as one of the most important...
London: John Nichols, 1800. Four volumes, octavo; title pages with armorial ownership stamp; in a fine contemporary binding of tree calf, flat spines gilt, double morocco labels. A most attractive set of this famous book. Chesterfield (1694-1773) is chiefly remembered as the author of these famous Letters, begun in 1737...
Melbourne: C. Troedel, 1865.
Pioneering chromlithograpy depicting the wilderness regions of VictoriaImperial folio; 12 unnumbered chromolithographs mounted on stiff white sheets, with Troedel's blind-stamped mark in the margins and printed captions on the verso of each plate; original cloth portfolio lettered as above on front cover. Melbourne, C. Troedel...
Melbourne: Australasian Authors' Agency, 1911. Octavo, 80 pp. (last blank), frontispiece; a few old library stamps and scattered pithy marginalia; original printed wrappers. Uncommon Melbourne-printed first edition of one of the most eccentric Australian publications: much republished, this first edition includes the notorious folding colour frontispiece depicting criminal, lunatic and...
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1911.
"A picture which grips the imagination"Octavo, black & white photographic illustrations; original green cloth. Day by day account of a missionary's life in Papua. The Archbishop of Brisbane, in his preface, says of the book "the freshness and humour, the varying moods, and...
London: Harvey & Darton, 1830. Duodecimo, with an engraved frontispiece and three plates;, in the original quarter red roan with marbled boards, First edition: considered the first novel of Australia. This is an exemplary copy of the very scarce first edition, bound with the advertisements in the publisher's roan-backed marbled...
London: Harris, 1821. Octavo with a folding frontispice map, 84 hand-coloured engravings on 28 plates (three on each); original printed boards. Second edition of this children's study of Asian lands. Each engraving is numbered and complimented by a corresponding description. The pictures and text cover a number of Asian countries...
London: J. Stockdale, 1797.
The Macartney embassy to ChinaOctavo, folding map; contemporary sprinkled calf. An attractive copy of the reduced octavo version of the official narrative of the important Macartney embassy to China, by which the British sought to establish formal diplomatic and commercial relations. Staunton served as a....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government printer, 1 March, 1860.
Revenue from Chinese gold-miners.Single foolscap sheet. 'Statement of the amount of Chinese and gold fields revenue collected at Belvoir, from the date of Mr. Hanify's appointment as Chinese protector to the present time, and statement relating to the collection of customs...
London: Methuen & Co., 1899.
The journal of a searcher in a "sea of small islands"Octavo, frontispiece and numerous photo-plates throughout, three plans and two folding maps; publisher's decorated green cloth with gilt spine lettering;. The author was Robert Louis Stevenson's neighbour in Samoa between 1890 and 1893 whilst...
London: Darton and Harvey, 1794-1805.
Heavily illustrated: superb Large Paper example in fine contemporary bindingTwo volumes, folio, 402 x 266 mm, with 84 engraved images, engraved and printed title-pages; contemporary green straight-grained morocco, ornately decorated in gilt and blind with complex borders and panels to sides and spines, stylish...
London: John Walthoe, 1732.
Churchill's great voyage collection, completeEight volumes, folio, comprising two works in matching bindings, containing some 213 engraved plates including work by Herman Moll, Johannes Kip, and others (many double-page or folding), engraved and woodcut illustrations throughout; late eighteenth-century Russia, marbled edges. A splendid set of...
London: H. Rhodes, et al. 1696.
Before LaureateshipQuarto; in a vellum by Riviere. First edition of Cibber's first play. Colley Cibber (1671-1757) was himself an actor, especially noted for playing lead roles, most usually fops. Eventually he became a leading player/manager in Drury Lane, as well as the author...
Lyon: Vander Aa, 1692.
Handsome uniform panelled calf bindingEleven volumes, duodecimo, the first with four engraved folding plates, and all eleven volumes embellished with charming ornamental title-pages; a handsome set in mid eighteenth-century panelled calf with original labels. Attractively bound set of Cicero in eleven volumes, noted as 'respectable...