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Rome: Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de propaganda fide, 1845. Duodecimo, 50 pp., uncut and unopened; original plain blue paper wrappers. A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for...
Lyon: Vander Aa, 1692.
Handsome uniform panelled calf bindingEleven volumes, duodecimo, the first with four engraved folding plates, and all eleven volumes embellished with charming ornamental title-pages; a handsome set in mid eighteenth-century panelled calf with original labels. Attractively bound set of Cicero in eleven volumes, noted as 'respectable...
Venice: circa 1430. Illuminated leaf on vellum, 469 x 353 mm., with illuminated initial "I", 122 x 90 mm. (body of initial); initial on a burnished gold ground and painted in rich colours of blue, red, green and ochre, the initial extended with lush leafy decoration in similar colours with...
London: Richard Phillips and Co., 1823.
On a convict ship to Tasmania and NSWOctavo, aquatint plate 'Ruins of the Theatre of Taormina', uncut, bound in plain paper boards. First and only edition of this description of a visit to New South Wales in 1818 and one of surprisingly few...
Padova: Tipografia e Fonderia, 1819-, 1820.
The continuing influence of French gardens and Malmaison12 volumes, octavo, a fresh fine set in the original printed blue paper wrappers, some wear at spines and evidence of earlier tape repairs, early Milanese bookseller's advertisement to front, very good. A most appealing set...
London: John Murray, 1887.
Featuring a portrait by Sir Joshua ReynoldsEight volumes, octavo, single portrait frontispiece, 14 maps (12 folding and 5 coloured); understated half brown morocco, gilt spine with raised bands. A most attractive set of Gibbon's opus, first published in 1776 and here re-issued with notes by...
London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly and T. Cadell, 1791.
Prisons, hulks, quarantine stations and mental hospitalsQuarto, with 22 engraved plans and views (18 of them folding) and a large folding table; bound without the half-title in contemporary sprinkled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red morocco label; an excellent...
London: Oxford University Press, 1954. Small folio, illustrated throughout in colour on every page; original illustrated linen-backed boards. First edition of this charming autolithographed children's book, one of several done by Hutton including A Picture History of Britain / France / Canada / Italy / Australia / America / Russia...
Venice: Gio. Giacomo Fuchs, 1818-1819.
The earliest scholarly edition of Marco PoloTwo volumes, quarto, with four folding maps; quarter vellum in antique style, original plain blue-grey wrappers bound in. The first "modern" edition of Marco Polo, the inspiration for all explorers towards the east. His reports of his travels...
The earliest substantial work on Fra Mauro's famous world map: the centrepiece of the 2013 Mapping our world exhibitionFolio, folding map, engraved plate; contemporary calf, spine in compartments with gilt bands. Fra Mauro's mappamundi (1457) is approximately two metres in diameter, was drawn on parchment and mounted...
The only substantial work on Fra Mauro's famous world mapFolio, folding map, engraved plate; uncut in modern quarter morocco. The first substantial study and reproduction of Fra Mauro's famous world map: the last and the greatest medieval mappa mundi and a treasure of Venice. Placido Zurla's handsome...
Venice: Battista Recurti, 1750.
Natural philosophy versus Newtonian physicsTwo volumes, quarto, with a total of 62 plates (including three letterpress tables numbered in series), contemporary full vellum with gilt lettered labels. Well-preserved compendium of articles on science and technology, including a splendid array of engraved plates illustrating many different...
Vicenza: Jean Rossi, and Modena, 1785-1786.
Palladian revival architectureThree volumes, folio, comprising: "Les Bâtimens et les desseins", four parts (bound in the first two volumes), each with separate decorated title-pages, portrait frontispiece to the first volume and a total of 208 engraved plates, many folding; "Les Thermes", being the.....
Rome: Typis Salomonianis, 1794.
Eighteenth-century India by a noted orientalistThree works bound together, quarto, the first main work with folding map, 2 plates and an engraved portrait vignette, with two shorter pamphlets (24 & 26 pp.); an attractive copy in contemporary patterned vellum boards, spine banded, red morocco spine...
Rome: Joannis Zempel, 1759.
Are fossils mere 'tricks of nature'?Quarto, frontispiece and 30 engraved plates; mid-nineteenth century half calf; gilt lettering. Early treatise on the formation of fossils from plants and animals that once lived, thereby rejecting existing notions that fossils were miraculously derived or mere 'tricks of nature'...
"A Londra" 1770.
Italian translation of the early Tahiti fictionOctavo, xvi, 104 pp.; a fine uncut copy in original soft boards, owner's inscription 'Girolamo Gherardini' on title. Very rare Italian translation of Bricaire de la Dixmerie's fictional account of Autourou, published in Paris in the same year; one of...
Italy: n.d., circa 1830. Two lithographic plates, 105 x 130 mm. each, on a single sheet; disbound. A rare and unusual piece of transportation history, showing a delightful and rather fanciful depiction of two scenes from the voyages to Sydney. In both scenes there is a distinct sense of classical...
Siena: Pazzini Carli, 1791-1794.
Eighteenth-century edition of the classic account of artists of the Italian RenaissanceEleven volumes, octavo, printed upon pale blue tinted paper with 159 engraved plates, an excellent set in contemporary gilt decorated quarter calf with crimson morocco labels. Remarkably fine and fresh late-18th-century edition of Vasari's...
Probably Venice: variously dated from 1795 to 1825.
Fine Commedia dell'arte watercoloursOblong small quarto album, 185 x 275mm, containing forty-six watercolours of various sizes and shapes ranging from delicate circular vignettes to larger scenes of urban and theatrical life, elegantly bound in nineteenth-century ochre morocco with ornate gilt decoration...
Naples: Stamperia Simoniana, 1758.
Large format VitruviusFolio, with engraved frontispiece and 25 plates, woodcut diagrams and vignettes throughout; contemporary vellum. Splendid edition of Vitruvius, published in large format with 25 detailed plates specially prepared for this edition. This is the best textual edition of Vitruvius, translated and edited by...