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England: circa 1800-1850.
Spelling setAlphabet set of 179 pieces of bone, each approx. 15 x 18 mm., letters incised and filled in with black ink by hand; original cedar box with 18 internal compartments and a sliding lid, 256 x 153 mm. A fine, early alphabet set, consisting of...
France: circa 1870.
Three-dimensional alphabet gameGame comprising 24 timber blocks, each papered with illustrations on each face, with six chromolithographic paper guiding sheets each measuring 177 x 262 mm., original box with papered lid. French alphabet blocks, comprising a game for children wherein the blocks are rearranged on their...
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: John Harris, 1832.
Scarce educational game featuring AustraliaEngraved map, 345 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of Australia, Asia and the east coast of Africa. The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who...
London: John Harris, 1832. Engraved map, 315 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of the World The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who had settled in France in 1780 and later fled the revolution...
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...
Paris: circa 1940.
A primerColour printed cloth book measuring 230 x 115, stitch sewn and folded to form four pages with illustrated covers. Vibrant French natural history primer for young children, with a kangaroo; old cloth books such as this example are typically worn and ravaged, making this fine example most unusual.
Paris: no publisher, 1808. Two volumes, duodecimo, three folding engraved plates after John Webber, charming early printed prize label to front endpapers; in original tree calf, ornate gilt spines with black morocco labels. A beautiful set of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for children. As the...
Paris: n.p., 1808.
With some fifty pages devoted to HawaiiTwo volumes, duodecimo, the three wide folding engraved plates after John Webber in very clean and crisp condition; completely uncut in the original orange paper wrappers. A handsome copy of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for...
Germany: 1386. Manuscript leaf, 215 x 170 mm., fine calligraphic initial at top of each page, on recto enclosing sketched head of a man, capitals touched in red, 26 lines in gothic hand. The initial D which begins the text contains a sketched head of a man. This decoration is...
London: The Marine Society, 1783.
Schools and gardens for the serviceTall folio, with nine engraved plates, five of them double-page or folding, minor offsetting, small neat library stamps; later half leather on earlier glazed cloth boards, gilt stamp of Inner Temple Library to front board, bookplate of the same...
London: Printed for Thomas Wright, Mathematical Instrument-Maker… And E. Cushee, Globe-Maker, 1738.
Globes, by the Master of the MintOctavo, with six engraved folding plates; early ink ownership inscription ("John Wadham, his booke July 12th 1762"), armorial bookplate of Belsfield, and a later owner's embossed stamp; a good, crisp copy...
London: Valpy, 1824.
Early Australian schoolbookDuodecimo, owner's inscription on title-page and front free endpaper; in original plain roan binding. A charming relic of early Australian education. This classical Greek textbook in its seventh edition, is in its original colonial binding and was originally owned by William Howe, member of...
Houndsditch: Bishop & Co., circa 1840.
Alphabet odditiesDuodecimo, 12 pp. in total, woodcut illustrations throughout; original green printed wrappers, folded (not sewn) as issued. A delightful woodcut alphabet. Here are many favourites - the Fox, the Goose, and the Lamb - but where necessary, the publisher's evidently felt capable...
Sydney: Gibbs, Shallard, & Co., 1876.
Silencing the convict PressOctavo pamphlet, 16 pages, stitched without wrappers (as issued). The only edition of this letter, addressed by Lang to William Neill, Manager of the City Bank. Neill had petitioned the Parliament to 'obtain from the country a substantial recognition of...
Sydney: Stephens and Stokes, 1831.
Jeremy Bentham's bequestOctavo, 27 pages, old (original?) marbled wrappers bound in; recent half morocco with crimson spine label, bookplate. A rare and early pamphlet by the prolific Lang, on the foundation of the Australian College, printed in Sydney by Stephens & Stokes the same...
Sydney: Stephens and Stokes, 1831.
Jeremy Bentham's bequestOctavo, 27 pages, old marbled wrappers. A rare and early pamphlet by the prolific Lang, on the foundation of the Australian College, printed in Sydney by Stephens & Stokes the same year that they began publishing the Herald. In his preface, Lang...
Paris: c. 1830.
Charming French collapsible globe, with accompanying bookletA collapsible engraved and handcoloured globe in six gores (170 mm. tall); protected by the original lithographed portfolio, 8 folding pages of text; with loose double-sided engraved and hand-coloured card 'Mécanisme du Glode Artificiel'; a very good and attractive example...
Adelaide: E. Spiller, Government Printer, 1880.
South Australians at the Melbourne FairOctavo, 84pp. (last blank), with two maps; in original gilt lettered limp green cloth. A glowing appraisal of South Australia prepared for visitors to the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880. This booklet includes chapters on the history of...
Sydney: J. Moore, George Street, 1850. Octavo, folding frontispiece map; in original attractive patterned cloth. Scarce first edition of a pioneering Australian geography textbook, inscribed by the author Sir Thomas Mitchell, renowned explorer and Surveyor-General of New South Wales. The fine world map is by the Sydney engraver John Carmichael...
Bath: Printed by S. Hazard, for G. Riley, London, 1790.
Botany Bay described for childrenSquare 16mo, with an engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates, four full-page woodcuts in the text and altogether 48 circular woodcut vignettes; in a simple contemporary sheep-leather binding, unlettered spine banded in gilt. The extremely rare...
Paris: Hetzel, circa 1900. Small folio, line drawings throughout; some foxing throughout but good in original cloth-backed boards, some wear to upper board. Delightful French picture book based on a father taking his daughter Lili around the zoo in the Jardin des Plantes. They visit all manner of animals including...