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Dublin: Chamberlaine and Rice, P. Wogan and others, 1790.
Rare poetic epitaph for Captain CookTwo volumes, with both half-titles; contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt and with double red and green morocco labels. A fine and attractively bound set of voyages collected and edited for the enlightenment of younger...
Melbourne: J. H. Moulines and Co. for the Committee of the 'Admella', November 1859.
Iconic Australian shipping disasterOctavo, frontispiece and folding map; in original blind blocked plum cloth with dramatic gilt vignette to front board bearing the slogan 'Hope to the Last.'. Only edition: the harrowing tale of the...
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Anson's circumnavigation and defeat of the FrenchCopper medal, 43.3 mm., with Anson crowned by Victory at right, on the reverse Victory on hippocamp, the names of Anson's officers around; corrected CAMPBEL variety, remnants of 'H' faintly visible, about uncirculated, some mint color remaining, slight abrasions...
London: Office of the Admiralty, 5 October 1757.
"The Risque of getting those Distempers"Folio, 6 pages plus integral blank; folded to docket size with manuscript annotation "Admiralty New Instructions relating to Surgeons" A scarce and desirable relic of eighteenth-century naval life: an official printed order from the Admiralty concerning...
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Circumnavigation and victoryCopper medal, 43.3 mm., with Anson crowned by Victory at right, on the reverse Victory on hippocamp, the names of Anson's officers around; CAMPHEL issue with 'B' faintly visible on 'H', about uncirculated, a few minor blemishes to the rims. An excellent medal...
Birmingham: T. Aris, 1743.
Eight Million Pieces of EightBifolium; franked. Original newspaper containing exciting news of Anson's buccaneering windfall: 'that Commodore Anson has taken eight rich Prizes, and after ravaging the Coast, departed about the middle of April for the East Indies; that he has two Ships with him...
London: John and Paul Knapton, 1744.
The anonymous "Squadron" account of the Anson voyageOctavo, with an engraved portrait frontispiece and four folding engraved plates; contemporary speckled calf, old rebacking. The rarest of two pirated accounts of the Anson voyage to appear in print in 1744, marking the hugely celebrated...
Paris: Chamerot et Renouard, 1893.
The Paris Observatory statue of the scientist AragoQuarto, 64 pp.; a very good unopened copy in the original grey titling wrappers. Publication commemorating the inauguration of the statue erected to honour the eminent French physicist and astronomer François Jean Dominique Arago (1786-1853). The bronze...
Paris: Langlume, 1840. Single sheet measuring 305 x 222 mm., wove paper, lithograph. Confronting image of a Port Jackson Aborigine, lithographed after a sketch by Jacques Arago, official artist of the expedition commanded by Louis de Freycinet. This portrait is stylistically similar to the work of Arago's predecessor Nicolas Petit...
Brussels: Société Typographique, 1840.
The abridged popular versionLarge octavo, with a portrait frontispiece, lithographs and in-text illustrations; original gilt decorated full calf. One of the reduced single-volume editions of Arago's classic account. There were numerous editions of his narrative: this particular one is not recorded by Ferguson (although a......
Timor: during the expedition of the Uranie, 1818.
Beautiful original sketch drawn on the Uranie expedition by Freycinet's official artistFine watercolour, the image 198 x 265 mm., on laid paper; pencil note "Mr. Arago" in Freycinet's later hand at bottom left; framed. Fine watercolour depiction of a scene in...
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Paris: Hortet et Ozanne, 1839.
The new version, with new titleFour volumes, octavo, with 60 lithograph plates (six folding); later binding of quarter dark green morocco. A fine set of the substantially changed version of Arago's classic account of the French circumnavigation in the Uranie under the command of...
Paris: H.-L. Delloye, 1840.
The rare supplementary volumeLarge octavo, 15 plates, untrimmed with an early library stamp on the title-page; a handsome copy in polished half calf, spine banded and gilt. Fine copy of this unusual addition to his voyage account by the prolific and eccentric Arago, which includes...
London: for the Proprietor, 1821.
Proof version of a Captain Cook portrait plateEngraving, printed upon india paper sheet measuring 180 x 130mm., laid upon larger sheet;. Proof version on india paper, marked "proof" to lower left-hand corner. This portrait is based on the oil painting by Nathaniel Dance now...
London: Chappell, 50 New Bond Street, circa 1854.
Illustrated sheet music for a fast Austral clipperSheet music, 8 pp. and colour-lithograph cover. A racy tune by the dance composer Charles d'Albert (1809-1886), this rare early sheet music features a particularly appealing coloured lithograph of the clipper Lightning, a vessel...
Upsala & Leipzig: Magnus Swederus, 1779.
Banks and Solander in icelandOctavo, large map and chart and eleven plates (most folding), 13 plates in total; contemporary quarter roan and marbled boards. First German edition, preceded only by the very rare Swedish edition of 1777, and followed by London and Paris...
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds and Curtis, 1805.
Banks on disease in cornOctavo, six engraved plates in the first work, and one folding engraved plate by Bauer in the second work; contemporary half calf (restored). One of remarkably few works by Joseph Banks to have appeared in print. Despite...
London: printed for J. Harding, 1805.
Sir Joseph Banks in printOctavo, 32 pp. including the half-title, with a folding plate; with the half-title in "Mackaness" morocco, with the Mackaness bookplate. One of remarkably few works published by Banks, but an apt demonstration of his wide range of scientific interest...
London: H. Humphrey, 4 July 1795.
Making fun of Sir Joseph Banks, who metamorphoses into a splendid butterflyHand coloured engraving, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted and framed. The rare 1795 first issue of this splendid satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of...
London: W. Dickinson, 30 January 1774.
The classic portrait of Banks as a young manMezzotint portrait, 510 x 370 mm.; a very good impression, mounted and framed. In this fine mezzotint Joseph Banks " the father of Australia" is shown sitting confidently at his desk, surrounded by the accoutrements...
Paris? circa 1824.
French portrait of Sir Joseph BanksStipple-engraved portrait, 204 x 120 mm. Fine head-and-shoulders portrait of Sir Joseph Banks by Ambrose Tardieu. Banks is shown wearing the star and garter' the comments that the image was based on the painting by Sir Thomas Phillips, and the borrowing...