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London: published by the artist, 1787.
Cook's patronMezzotint three-quarter length portrait, trimmed very close to the plate mark, a few spots and some rubbing but overall an excellent impression. Mounted. Rare and impressive portrait of one of Cook's great friends and champions. Palliser (1722-1796) was born in Yorkshire, entering...
Melbourne: Government printer, 1866.
Glory and gains to those who reveal the richesFoolscap folio, 24pp. and single unpaginated appendix leaf; aside from single neat closed tear an excellent unopened copy. Primarily concerns the Alma goldfields: competing claims for discovery and precedence here contested, with much primary testimony from the...
Australia's first botanical illustrations9 hand coloured engravings, each 235 x147mm, some with accompanying original letter press descriptions and all housed in a custom made solander case. A collection of nine superb hand coloured engravings from the first illustrated book on Australian flowers - John Edward Smith's A....
Melbourne: Robert Barr, 1890.
"The gigantic evil of the opium trade"Slim pamphlet, 16pp, covers worn and thumbed, chipped at corners affecting all leaves. Condemnation of British opium policy with China: 'I therefore ask the house to register a protest against England's greatest national sin'. House of Commons, Session 1889...
Paris: Maradan, 1810.
Charming natural history for young peopleSix volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and title to each volume, 65 engraved plates; uncut, in original bright pink wrappers with original paper spine labels. The first French edition of Thomas Smith's delightful natural history for young people: an immaculate set, in...
London: lithographed by the artist, c.1860.
Australian Christmas Bells: coloured proofHand coloured lithograph, 285 x 240mm, mounted and framed; artist's proof with notes to the colourist. A lovely image of Christmas Bells, by the natural history artist W.G. Smith, lithographed by the artist and here in an unique proof...
London: Published by J. Sowerby & Co, 1793.
The first engraved image of the magnificent waratahHand coloured engraved plate, 235 x 170mm, mounted and in a handsome nineteenth century timber frame. This superb image, 'the most magnificent plant which the prolific soil of New Holland affords is, by common...
England: partly dating from the 1790s, assembled as an album circa 1825-1830.
An intimate family album with beautiful original watercolours by Sarah StoneQuarto album, 40 original watercolours tipped onto coloured pages, most signed "Sarah Smith" (see the handlist), ornately gilt-printed title-page with added hand-painted monogram in gilt reading "JLS...
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1860. Octavo, 13 handcoloured illustrations and numerous woodcuts; full calf. First edition with illustrations by John Leech: a classic of Victorian sporting literature. Surtees was an aficionado of the hunt and failed solicitor, who began writing his Sporting Magazine in 1831. Immensely popular in the Victorian...
London: Charles Knight, 1835-, 1840. Four volumes, duodecimo, each with engraved frontispieces of Smith, Ricardo and other eminent economists; each volume bearing ownership name 'C.M. Wakefield'; bindings show some wear and spine ends a little chipped yet a very good set in original blind decorated green publisher's cloth. A Wakefield...