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Eighteenth-century book-artMottled-calf binding sculpted to form a painters' box 210 x 140 x 55 mm, fully-lined in floral linen with two-removable inner trays, containing 28 ceramic paint-shells and three paint-brushes. An eighteenth-century painters' box intricately sculpted from a book-binding of full mottled-calf with marbled fore-edges. Intriguingly the...
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...
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Anson's circumnavigation and defeat of the FrenchCopper medal, 43.3 mm., with Anson crowned by Victory at right, on the reverse Victory on hippocamp, the names of Anson's officers around; corrected CAMPBEL variety, remnants of 'H' faintly visible, about uncirculated, some mint color remaining, slight abrasions...
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...
London: Norie & Co., No. 157 Leaden Hall Street, 1 March 1816.
Handsome matched pair of Regency floor globesPair of 18-inch diameter (455 mm) floor globes, height overall 42 ins. (1065 mm), diameter of stand 24.5 ins (620 mm); each made up from two sets of eighteen gores; on...
Berlin: W. Hagelberg, 1886.
An ephemeral curioColour printed card, 115 x 166 mm., with pull-out tab which opens a booklet of eight black & white scenes with captions;. Very scarce Christmas souvenir of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1866, depicting scenes from the Empire including two scenes featuring...
London: Royal Society, 1784. Bronze medal, 43 mm. diameter, relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder which is affixed to a globe on verso. The Royal Society's formal memorial to the great navigator: one...
London: circa 1780.
Exceptionally rare medal, an early commemoration of Cook's deathBronze medal, 37 mm. Extremely rare: the "Courage and Perseverance" medal, struck soon after news of Cook's death reached England. News of Cook's death was first published in Büsching's Wöchentlichte Nachrichten (Berlin, 1780) in early January 1780, via...
Paris: Depaulis, 1826.
Departure medal for the first Dumont D'Urville expeditionBronze medal, 50 mm. Rare original medallion commemorating the departure on 25 April 1826 of the first voyage of the Astrolabe to the South Seas, under the command of Dumont d'Urville. The Astrolabe (Duperrey's old ship the Coquille renamed...
Paris: Depaulis, 1826.
Departure of the AstrolabeBronze medal, 50 mm, Rare original medallion commemorating the departure on 25 April 1826 of the first voyage of the Astrolabe to the South Seas, under the command of Dumont d'Urville. The Astrolabe (Duperrey's old ship the Coquille renamed in honour of La...
Paris: Andrieu & de Puymaurin, 1822.
Duperrey's Coquille voyageBronze medal, 50 mm, An excellent example of the very uncommon bronzed copper medal commemorating the first voyage of Duperrey to the Pacific. A similar example of this bronze version is held in the Rex Nan Kivell collection of the National...
Paris: Puymaurin & Andrieu, 1817.
Medal for the departure of Freycinet on the UranieBronze medal, 41 mm, fine. Obverse: profile portrait of Louis XVIII. Reverse: "Hémisphère Austral. Physique Astronomie. La Corvette l'Uranie Mr. Ls. de Freycinet Commandt… S.A.R.M. Le Duc d'Angoulême, Amiral de France…." An excellent bronze example of.....
Berlin: A.Sala, circa 1910. Game consisting of 4 pp. instructions, six colour printed boards of the continents, 120 colour printed pictorial playing cards; contained within the original box (330 x 390 x 25 mm.), with colour printed pictorial label on upper lid. A question and answer game of geography for...
Paris: Chromol de Engelmann et Graf, circa 1860. Loto Game, consisting of 18 pictorial game cards, each illustrated with five lithographic scenes, one small cloth bag containing glass counters, one large cloth bag containing 90 numbered circular timber tokens, folio rule sheet printed on yellow paper; all contained in the...
Lille: chez Vanackere and Paris, chez Nicolle, circa 1806.
Early children's geographical card gameGeographical card game, consisting of 48 cards measuring 105 x 70 mm, each illustrated with a small round engraving by Pierre-François Godard, together with a folded sheet with introduction and rules for the game, and a....
83 x 83 mm., numbered in the plate at top left, partially obscured by more recent label neatly applied along top edge. A rare magic lantern slide of a kangaroo hunt. Nineteenth-century magic lantern slides are uncommon anyway, partly on account of their fragility, and much sought-after; to find one...
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...
London: J. Davis, 1844.
Medallion celebrating the Pacific MissionsWhite metal medal, 41 mm., pierced at top with suspension loop. John Williams was a missionary working in the Pacific from 1817 until his death in 1839, killed by islanders in the New Hebrides. The London Missionary Society sent out a....
New York: National Studios, no date but, 1935.
A Thousand Hours of Hell For One Moment of Love!Glass slide, 83 x 100 mm., coloured transfer; in the original card mount. A fantastic reminder that while scholars and historians have argued for centuries about the true motives of the Bounty...
Two Eighteenth century Tokens of Exotic animalsTwo bronze tokens, diameter 21cms. Pidcock's menagerie was at Exeter Exchange on the Strand in London. He exhibited exotic animals since 1793, including a kangaroo, elephant, rhinoceros and cockatoos. The tokens here on offer are one showing an elephant and on...
Paris: Logerot, Pauly, and others, circa 1910.
Colonial strategy for youngstersSix map puzzles, each measuring 330 x 240 mm., housed in the original colour printed card case. Geographical jigsaw puzzle set comprising six maps mounted and cut into parts corresponding to the colonial dominions of major European powers. This...
Germany: circa 1870. Set of 6 engraved dissected puzzles, with a colour printed copy of each map loosely inserted, 280 x 310 mm., decorative box with colour lithograph on lid. This lovely German puzzle-game, designed to encourage children's geographical awareness, includes two circular puzzles of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres...
London: Bowles and Carver, circa 1801. Dissected map, 54 pieces with three blank replacement pieces (the lost pieces in the regions of Java, Sumatra and Hokkaido); hand-coloured lithograph paper laid down on wood, the completed map measuring 485 x 582 mm., in the original timber box with sliding lid, original...