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South America: 7 January 1832.
Original panorama from the Beagle voyageOriginal watercolour, 85 x 390mm., inscribed "Point Naga S.65.W. H.M.S Beagle Jan 7 1832" lower left; "Spirito Santo 3.20 distant 5 miles" lower centre; on verso inscribed "Fanny 1836"; backed on tissue and mounted. This superb coastal profile is...
London: N.D., circa 1830.
John Septimus Roe's patronMezzotint engraving, 522 x 404 mm., noted in the plate as "proof" at bottom left, mounted and framed. A fine mezzotint portrait of Sir Christopher Cole, an important naval officer and significant as the patron to John Septimus Roe, Phillip Parker King's...
London: printed for Robert Sayer and John Bennet, 53 Fleet Street, 1775.
James Cook proves his worthEngraved chart, 540 x 705 mm. with simple early handcolouring to the coastlines. Attractive large-format map of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, derived from the survey work of James Cook and Matthew Lane...
London: Elliot Stock, 1893.
First publication of the Corner JournalQuarto, with portrait frontispiece, four maps and plates bound in as well as three large folding charts in rear endpaper sleeve; in the original polished wooden boards, morocco spine lettered in gilt. A wonderful Cook relic: one of just fifty...
Paris: Saillant & Nyon, 1772.
First French editionOctavo, blind-stamped ex-libris to half title; contemporary French marbled calf, flat spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. A fine copy of the first French account of Cook's Endeavour voyage, and the first French book on the east coast of Australia. Fréville.....
London: Argonaut Press, 1939. Octavo, frontispiece, folding map and other facsimile plates, fine in half green crushed morocco by Sangorski, top-edge gilt, spine with raised bands. A foundation document in the discovery of Australia, here offered in a splendid binding by Sangorski and Sutcliff. This Argonaut Press edition includes a....
London: G and W. Nicol, 1814.
Prepared for Flinder's Australian atlasEngraved map measuring 668 x 469 mm., neatly backed upon linen. Original engraved chart of the Gulf of Carpentaria published for the atlas volume of Flinders' masterpiece A Voyage to Terra Australis. Charting this region was particularly difficult for...
London: J.D. Potter, 1861.
The chronometers of HMS Fly, by an officer on boardOctavo, xvi, 228 pp., including appendices and tables. New edition, revised and considerably expanded. The work includes important statistical tables from the north Australian survey conducted by HMS Fly under the command of Francis Blackwood between...
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...
Honolulu: Editions Limited, 1987. Octavo, plates and endpaper maps, original cloth with dust-jacket. This book presents the accounts of eight officers who served on board the Neva and the Nadezhda in the first Russian expedition to the Hawaiian Islands in 1803-1806. Their accounts are here translated for the English reader...
Copenhagen: Ernst Henrich Berling, 1743.
Royal copy of an important work on naval manoeuvresFolio, with woodcut headpieces, tailpieces, and initials, engraved allegorical frontispiece and 68 full-page plates, mostly showing various formations, manoeuvring, and engagements of naval fleets; title-page with oval library stamp of "Søe Officerernes Bibliothek Stempel"; a fine...
Sydney: Stephens & Stokes, December 1832.
With an extensive series of Sydney engravingsOctavo, folding map, engraved title-page with view of the GPO, two folding tables, two folding plates (one hand-coloured), map of Mount Victoria, two views of the Mount Victoria pass by John Carmichael, and 11 engraved advertisements for...
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longman, & Roberts, 1858.
Explaining the technical aspects of sailingSmall octavo, 124 pp., all edges gilt; a very attractive copy in plum morocco embossed in blind, lettered in gilt to front board and with royal arms to rear board, spine banded and gilt. First edition...
London: Mark Baskett, 10 January 1765.
£3000 awarded to the widow of Tobias MayerFolio, title page, pp. 367-374, fine. An important Longitude Act, bringing John Harrison closer to reward but insisting the secret workings of his chronometers be revealed. Having outlined the successful sea trials during voyages to Jamaica...
London: Mark Baskett, 1762.
"the Trade and Honour of this Kingdom"Folio, title, pp. 675-678; disbound yet fine. This Act empowers the Commissioners of Longitude power to expend sums up to £2,000 on experimental projects. As such, it significantly expands the scope of the Board to rigorously test plausible proposals...
London: Mark Baskett, 1765.
For payments up to £2000 to worthy contendersFolio, title, pp. 271-274; disbound yet fine. This Act clarifies the process of paying out prize monies, stipulating that the Commissioners of the Board of Longitude are to pass on the particulars of any individual deemed worthy to...
London: William Hughes, 1820. Octavo, xii, 76 pp. of tables, a few spots, ink to the last 3 leaves of the tables; a very good copy in the original publisher's boards, rebacked, some wear on the edges. First edition, rare. A remarkable collection of astrological tables preceded by a colourful...
London: Cadell, Davies, Longman and Rees, 1811. Two volumes, quarto, 45 maps (including one double-page and two folding), double-hemisphere double-page world map as frontispiece, very good; nineteenth-century full calf, gilt. A handsome set, and an important work with much on Australasia and Polynesia. This thorough introduction to geography is designed...
London: J. Nourse, 1764.
From the library at Westport HouseTwo volumes, large octavo, 11 folding plates and five folding maps (two celestial), many diagrams and engraved headpieces; an attractive set in contemporary sprinkled calf; spines numbered but unlettered. A fine set, with apt provenance, of the rare second edition...
London: Journal of the Royal Gepgrahical Society, vol. 22, 1852.
Roe's final expeditionOctavo, pp. 1-57; with a folding engraved map, 220 x 435 mm; old half textured cloth and marbled sides; book-form box, The account of John Septimus Roe's final, arduous five-month expedition from Perth east of Esperance to...
Santiago, Chile: Imprenta Nacional, 1891.
Cruel and unforgiving waters.Thick quarto, with 95 plates and coastal profiles (many folding and printed in smaller format); but a very good copy overall in later quarter calf over old marbled boards. Scarce pilot guide to the Straights of Magellan and the coastline of...
London: Henry Colburn, 1834.
'A true picture of his mind and genius'.Octavo, very good in early marbled boards, sympathetically rebacked in period style. Second English edition of John Ledyard's biography, the American who sailed as sergeant of marines in the Resolution on Cook's third voyage: 'one of the great...
Adelaide: published by the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, 1893. Small staple bound booklet, 12 pp. (last blank), original printed wrappers. Solving the age old riddle; the author stresses 'the importance to navigators of possessing some simple and inexpensive mans of readily ascertaining the true bearing of a....
London: R. Wilkinson, 1 January, 1794.
From Port Jackson to CantonEngraved map, 265 x 338mm., contemporary handcolouring, a fine copy with the early manuscript numeral "42" in ink to lower right margin. Marvellous map, the companion to Wilkinson's map of the east coast of Australia. This map of South-East...