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London: William Ball, 1838.
Scarce work by former Attorney General of NSWSmall octavo, neat blind-stamp to title-page, bound without the 4 pp. advertisements noted by Ferguson; half green morocco by Sangorski, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of a surprisingly scarce work, written by a former Attorney General...
Lisbon: Regia Officina Typographica, 1788.
Portuguese discoveries in a crisp uniform edition24 volumes, duodecimo, with four portraits and five folding maps; contemporary blonde speckled calf. This extensive set is a fundamental travel book, and the basis for any history of Portuguese exploration. This is the first collected edition of...
Cape Town: South African Vigilance Committee, 1900. Octavo booklet, 58pp. (last blank), a good copy in original printed wrappers; Mitchell library duplicate copy with a few discreet stamps. The stated object of the South African Vigilance Committee was 'To set forth to the British public the necessity for the prosecution...
Milan: Ranieri Fanfani, 1825-1829.
Fine Americana in original wrappersEighteen small quarto volumes, with a total of 101 handcoloured plates and seven maps; an excellent set as issued in the publisher's tinted wrappers. Scarce in original condition: a record of Catholic missionary activity across the globe from the seventeenth to...
London: Edward Orme, circa 1823.
The anonymous work of John Lewin?Quarto, pp. with 110 hand coloured aquatints (including the New South Wales plates), a good copy in ornate contemporary gilt decorated deep green morocco with all edges gilt. An attractive copy of one of the outstanding aquatint books of...
London: Edward Orme, 1814.
Famous colourplate book including a section on the Aborigines of NSWQuarto, 160 pages letterpress without pagination, 100 handcoloured aquatints with the 1813 New South Wales supplement bound at rear (this comprising separate title-page, dedication leaf, 10 handcoloured aquatints and 14 letterpress pages); a fine copy...
London: 9 May 1785.
The "legal basis" for transportationFoolscap, 20 pp., very good, neatly disbound; preserved in a red quarter morocco solander case. Very uncommon: crucial discussions leading to the establishment of transportation to a colony at Botay Bay. This is the first report of the committee appointed to...
Paris: chez Buisson, 1787.
First edition in FrenchTwo volumes, quarto, with a folding map and 16 engraved plates, some folding; contemporary mottled calf. Cook's second voyage and travels in South Africa, by the famous Swedish naturalist. This is the first edition in French, the most profusely illustrated of the...
London: Edward Moxon, 1850. Octavo, a fine copy in a handsome mid nineteenth-century polished half calf prize binding, ornate gilt spine with crimson morocco label. A handsomely bound collection of treasured voyage and travel accounts. The volume includes four classic narratives: Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, Cleveland's Voyages and...
London: William Day, 1854.
The charm of Table BayLithographed plan; 340 x 425 mm. Attractive English map of Cape Town, showing the street plan of the city with detail of public parks and thoroughfares, the waterfront onto Table Bay, cemeteries, hospitals, quarries and the like. The lower portion of...
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
London: S.O. Beeton, 1863. Octavo, with a chromolithograph frontispiece and one other plate, woodcuts throughout, 8-pp. advertisements bound in at rear; good in the original highly-gilt pictorial cloth, some flecking. First edition of this extraordinary compendium, illustrated by Harden S. Melville, artist on the Fly expedition in the Great Barrier...
Paris: Libraire Ethnographique, 1847.
Pacific warriors in brilliant colourQuarto, with a total of 55 handcoloured plates (six of which are browned), in publisher's black quarter roan with gilt lettering. Vibrantly handcoloured mid-nineteenth-century French book on native customs and costumes, with a substantial section treating Australia, New Zealand and the...
London: Alexander Heylin, 1855.
Natal ten years after colonisationOctavo, three folding maps and numerous illustrations, including four tinted-lithographed plates; half red morocco by Sangorski. A few light pencilled notes of a previous owner. Nice complete copy of an early sought-after history of Natal. The appendix includes discussion of the...
Babylone (Paris): n.p., 1760. Octavo, with four engraved plates by Cochin after Desfriches illustrating the second work "Mon Odyssée ou le Journal de Mon Retour de Saintonge"; contemporary mottled calf,spine gilt with red label. First edition: a marvellous utopian community in Africa, prefiguring the uses of photography, television and the.....
London: W. Faden, 1822.
"Fine pasture country, uninhabited and considered as neutral ground"Engraved chart, hand coloured; 605 x 890 mm. Detailed topographic map of the Albany district (present day South Africa) presenting a wilderness mapped but largely untamed. This map was published by William Faden (1749-1836), one of the...
London: John Murray, 1857.
Unequalled contribution to African geographyLarge octavo, engraved portrait and 23 plates (including folding frontispiece view), two folding maps by Arrowsmith (one in pocket at rear), numerous wood engraved illustrations through the text; original brown cloth. The most famous account of African exploration, recording three years...
Basle: Heinrich Petrus, March 1557.
"How many ways the Indian sea stretcheth itself"Folio, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final leaf, woodcut historiated initials; contemporary white pigskin over wooden boards, blind-tooled to a panelled design, roll-tooled borders including one with images of the psalmist and evangelists, another...
London: Thomas Osborne, 1745.
Travel: "the very excellency of man"Two volumes, folio, with 37 maps and 16 plates (many folding), and a letterpress folding table; a handsome set in the original panelled calf, decorated in gilt, rebacked by Aquarius. A fine set, with excellent early provenance, of one of...
London: Hutchinson & Co., 1892.
Inland explorer, and governor of New ZealandTwo volumes, octavo, each with engraved portrait frontispiece; an appealing set in original cloth. Standard biography of Grey, explorer and pre-eminent colonial administrator of South Australia, Cape Colony, and New Zealand. This set is a presentation copy from...
New Zealand: H. Brett of Lake Takapuna, 1892.
Inscribed by Sir George GreyOctavo, black & white illustrations including portrait frontispiece; original blue cloth; inscribed by George Grey to Sir Davenport on separate slip of paper tipped-in. Inscribed by Sir George Grey 'To Sir R. Davenport, K.C.M.G. with the best.....
Paris: Chez Saintin, 1811. Octavo, two hand-coloured plates and seven hand-coloured maps (four double-page, three folding), some loss to a few pages (seemingly original defects in the paper, and not affecting text); half calf, a little rubbed, bumped at corners, a handsome copy. A wonderful children's Atlas, with delightful depictions...
Paris: Buisson, 1787.
First French editionThree volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 15 engraved folding plates; contemporary French quarter calf, flat spines with double labels. An attractive copy of the first octavo edition in French, published simultaneously with a quarto edition. Sparrman, professor of zoology at Uppsala University...