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London: Thomas Tegg, circa 1808.
Flinders to the rescueOctavo, [ii], 7-28 pp. (as issued), paper water-marked "1807", with a folding engraved frontispiece, modern quarter calf. Very scarce chapbook account of the wreck of the Porpoise and Cato off the Great Barrier Reef in 1803. This was the beginning of...
London: S. W. Fores, June 16, 1824.
Contemporary cartoon of the Hawaiian royals in LondonEtching with original handcolour, 235 x 330 mm.; in a recent archival mount. Very rare caricature of the Hawaiian royal family, published during their visit to London in 1824. Kamehameha II, as the name has...
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...
Concord, New Hampshire: Rufus Merrill, 1844.
New Hampshire whaling chapbookDuodecimo, 24 pp., woodcut vignettes, recent plain wrappers. Early chapbook on the American whaling industry, describing the types of whales and their respective yields in oil. Includes an abridged yet powerful description of the loss of the whaler Essex, accompanied...
Concord: New Hampshire, Merrill, circa 1840. 12mo, woodcuts; in original yellow decorated wrappers. A rare and early whaling chapbook including the usual description of the size of the whale and its habits, methods of killing them and brief accounts of the Essex and Dundee.
London: W. Peacock and Sons, 1802-, 1804.
Delightful small reference libraryThree volumes altogether, duodecimo, engraved folding maps highlighted in watercolour; uniformly bound in contemporary dark blue straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt; in original matching bookform box, gilt tooled spine. Fine example of a gentleman's reference library in miniature, contained...
Paris: Chex Saintin, 1813.
Peoples of the world, including Botany BayTwo volumes, square duodecimo, with a total of 32 plates including the frontispieces; recent marbled boards. A good copy of this scarce book which illustrates the native peoples of exotic and relatively recently discovered lands. It includes one section...
Paris: Chez Saintin, 1811. Octavo, two hand-coloured plates and seven hand-coloured maps (four double-page, three folding), some loss to a few pages (seemingly original defects in the paper, and not affecting text); half calf, a little rubbed, bumped at corners, a handsome copy. A wonderful children's Atlas, with delightful depictions...
Stuttgart: Friedrich G. Schutz, circa 1820.
German handcoloured globe for childrenHandcoloured paper globe comprising six gores measuring 170 x 65 mm., well preserved with the original cord ties within the publisher's folding card case with printed onlays; accompanied by a folding suite of 15 handcoloured lithographic plates measuring 97...
Amsterdam: Isaak Tirion, 1753.
Conjoined Australian landmassHandcoloured map measuring 360 x 490 mm. (sheet size); mounted, fine. A colourful and attractive eighteenth-century Dutch map of the Old World, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Interestingly, it depicts the Australian continent connected to the landmass of New Guinea - an archaism given...
London and Bath: J. Marshall, R. White, S. Hazard, 1796.
Cautionary tales to curb the vicesOctavo chapbook, 16 pp., with a woodcut on the title; stitched as issued. A rare transportation chapbook in particularly good condition. This moral tale shows how a life of gambling and dissipation ends in...
London: John Wallis, nd. circa 1820.
A rare mention of Australia…Folding canvas-backed handcoloured engraved game, in original blind-stamped cloth slipcase with gilt title vignette; in very good original condition; lacks rule book. Very decorative bi-hemispherical race game of a voyage around the world, with Port Jackson and Van Diemen's...
Sydney: Charles Troedel & Co., 1878.
Troedel's Album complete with the History of NSWOblong quarto, with 22 chromolithographs, each accompanied by a leaf of text; original half brown morocco and cloth, front cover lettered and decorated in gilt. A good copy of this rare illustrated work depicting New South...
Sydney: Absalom West, 30 November 1812.
The first views published in AustraliaThree engravings, each 275 x 405 mm.; good impressions, each complete with all caption details, each mounted. Three fine and exceedingly rare views from the series published by Absalom West, one of the most fascinating and enigmatic projects...
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