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Aborigines of New HollandHandcoloured wood engraving, 100 x 75mm; Very good. Charming French hand-coloured woodcut depicting a man and woman of "New Holland". It was most likely printed as part of a series of costume plates, and may be the same as a similarly-sized woodcut of the...
Paris: Office Technique Pour l'Utilisation de l'Acier, 1935. Folio, numerous photogravure plates, plans, elevations and details, black leather spine, coloured decorative boards edged with white leather scuffed. Binding signed 'Barast' apparently one of a number of special copies for presentation, this copy numbered '8' and inscribed to M.Bruneton. This impressive.....
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their characters shown on their facesDuodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all hand coloured); mottled pink wrappers. First edition of this fascinating French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races...
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...
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......
Paris: circa 1822.
A timeless neoclassical depiction of the Caroline islandsHand-coloured engraving, 240 x 320 mm (plate size). small paper repair at bottom margin else very good condition. A famous portrait of a man and woman of the Caroline islands, depicted in high neoclassical style. This engraving is derived...
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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The French in AustraliaFolio, viii pp. title and preliminaries with illustrations, followed by seventeen plates, some in colour; a fine set, unbound as issued in the original folder. Handsome album issued to commemorate BNP's first hundred years in Australia, with finely printed reproductions of original plates from...
Paris: Chez Camille Bloch & Jules Meynial, 1927.
Diaghilev and the Ballets RussesQuarto, portrait frontispiece, introduction followed by twenty-five pochoir colour plates, each signed by the artist and mounted on tinted grey Arches paper; fine in polished half-calf with black lettering. A remarkable collection of elegant theatrical costume designs...
Paris: A. Nepveu, 1812.
The Indian Ocean by a Baudin veteranTwo volumes octavo of text, with small folio atlas of 45 plates and charts (5 folding); the text volumes in contemporary quarter calf bindings, spines gilt with double labels, the atlas completely unbound and the loose plates contained in...
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale, 1807-1816.
Official account of the Baudin expeditionTwo volumes, quarto, and large quarto atlas in two parts containing 41 full-page engravings, many in original handcolouring, and 14 fine charts; the text volumes uncut; a fine set in modern quarter morocco. First edition: the Baudin-Freycinet expedition, one of...
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 2000.
Baudin's personal record of the voyageLarge octavo, includes many colour and black & white plates; original illustrated wrappers. French language edition of the personal journal of Nicolas Baudin, carefully edited and prepared for publication with special appendices and numerous colour plates of original scientific and...
Paris: Librairie Plon, 1888.
In the original publisher's wrappersSmall octavo, with seven folding maps; in the original printed pale blue wrappers. First edition: a very scarce publication, by a French naval officer who sailed with the D'Entrecasteaux expedition in the 1790s. Admiral Charles Baudin played a role in the...
The cassowaryHandcoloured engraving, 160 x 230mm. A fine rendering of the Cassowary from the account of the Baudin voyage to Australia and the Pacific. The expedition's artist was Charles-Alexandre Lesueur who set out on Baudin's expedition as an assistant gunner, and it wasn't until mass desertions, including...
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [Royale], 1807/16/07/11; 1815/12.
The full account of the Baudin voyage: superbly hand-colouredBound in five volumes; a handsome set of the complete official edition, including the two-volume quarto narrative text with portrait frontispiece and two folding tables, the two-parts of the large quarto atlas bound as a....
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [Royale], 1807-1816.
The Baudin voyage to Australia and the PacificThree volumes, small and large quarto; the two-volume text with portrait frontispiece and two folding tables; the two-part large quarto atlas (bound in one volume) containing 40 plates (23 coloured and two folding) and 14 maps (two...
Amsterdam: Jan Rieuwertsz and Pieter Arentsz, 1669.
French incursions in the East IndiesQuarto, with eight engraved plates; bound in later period-style full calf, spine gilt with raised bands, ex libris of Saint Charles de Bourbon seminary on title;. First Dutch edition, and rare. This is the only separate appearance...
Paris: E. Ducrocq, 1850.
French RobinsonadeOctavo, with eight chromolithographs (including frontispiece); in the original black grained cloth, spine ornately gilt, all edges gilt. A good example of one of the later Robinsonades. First published around the same time as the now more famous Swiss Family Robinson tales by Wyss...
Londres: Jean Nourse, 1758.
Educational use of an imaginary voyage settingTwo volumes, small octavo; a neat set in contemporary calf, flat spines gilt in compartments. Second edition, following a 1754 version by the same publisher. Both works are of some rarity, NUC listing a single copy of the first...
Paris: Henri Plon, 1870-, 1872.
With photographic platesThree volumes, octavo, in total 7 folding maps & 38 plates engraved after photographs (5 folding); contemporary quarter green morocco. A very good early mixed set of this extremely popular account of the author's voyage around the world. This popular and well-written...
Paris: l'Auteur, 1791.
Lunar living is rather like FranceOctavo; original condition, stitched in plain blue-grey wrappers. First edition: lunar life proves very similar to life in provincial France, but the music is better. Beffroy de Reigny (1757-1811) was a highly successful journalist and dramatist. His most important works were...
Paris: Dépôt Génerale de la Marine, 1765.
Halley's great dream pursued by BellinChart, engraved; 620 x 930 mm. Mid eighteenth century world map showing magnetic variation through the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. This map represents decades of work by several enlightenment luminaries. The scientific study of magnetic variation was.....