Catalogues

Just published

Just published

OUR NEW CATALOGUE includes some fine illustrated natural history material, literature and travel. Some of the catalogue items are examined in more detail on our website here . There are links to the relevant pages in the catalogue.

Books from a private collection. Part 7. English voyages after Cook.

Books from a private collection. Part 7. English voyages after Cook.

This catalogue describes English voyages after Cook, dating from Thomas Forrest's classic account of experiences in New Guinea and the East Indies (1779) to Guillemard's first hand account of his voyage in the Marchesa from Japan to the South Pacific (1886). These form part of the collection of a long-term client and friend of Hordern House, with a few additions; their collection has been assembled over several decades, with books acquired from ourselves as well as from other specialist dealers.
Books from a private collection. Part 6: French "Grands Voyages"

Books from a private collection. Part 6: French "Grands Voyages"

This catalogue describes French voyage books associated with the "grands voyages", the major French enterprises of discovery and exploration of the early nineteenth century, dating from Baudin’s voyage at the start of the century and closing with Dumont d’Urville’s second voyage, completed in 1840. These form part of the collection of a long-term client and friend of Hordern House, with a few additions; their collection has been assembled over several decades, with books acquired from ourselves as well as from other specialist dealers.

 

Pictorial Maritime History

Pictorial Maritime History

AS THE LOCKS ARE DISCARDED and our Island Home again takes its place on the world stage, Hordern House has chosen a selection of original maps, pictures and engravings that illustrate the diverse legacy of early European explorers and artists who charted and recorded our seas.
The earliest engraving is the 1571 rare map by Arias Montanus which shows for the first time on a world map a single southern continent. The eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries are represented by the remarkable art emanating from French and English explorers in the Pacific.
Two magnificent Pacific paintings are also offered; the superb large 1859 portrait of Admiral Sir George Seymour, commander-in-chief of the Pacific Station, and Conrad Martens’ 1836 View of Tahiti painted in Sydney after his sojourn on H.M.S Beagle with Charles Darwin. The cover image shows detail from a vibrant depiction of Kingston Harbour, Ireland, with a fascinating provenance: a valuable record of two worlds. 
Pacific voyages and major travel

Pacific voyages and major travel

The 1821 French edition of Krusenstern’s world voyage puts us in mind of a Pacific Midsummer Night’s Dream with its enchanting lithographs, while the aquatints in the 1802 Relación of the Spanish voyage to the American Northwest coast include a depiction of a breathtaking celebration at Nootka Sound in 1792. These are accompanied in our new catalogue by other major voyage or travel books including Laplace’s formidable account of his world voyage, which is also superbly illustrated with aquatint plates, as is the beautiful copy of Lycett’s Views Australia, or New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land Delineated... . The fine set of Cook’s Voyages in the catalogue belonged to one of his early shipmates.

Books from a private collection. Part 5: Captain Cook

Books from a private collection. Part 5: Captain Cook

This catalogue describes the fifth part of the collection of a long-term client and friend of Hordern House: the voyages of Captain James Cook. It includes a fine set of the three official voyage accounts with a uniform contemporary provenance, as well as several rarities including a first and second edition of Zimmerman's third voyage account, together with works of natural history.

Books from a private collection. Part 4: French voyages before 1800.

Books from a private collection. Part 4: French voyages before 1800.

This catalogue describes the fourth part of the collection of a long-term client and friend of Hordern House, with a few additions. The subject matter ranges from Bougainville and Crozet’s voyages to the La Pérouse expedition, covered in the collection in detail; its tragic fate would remain mysterious for forty years — the eighteenth century’s MH370.

Books from a private collection. Part 3: English voyage books before Cook

Books from a private collection. Part 3: English voyage books before Cook

A shelf of English voyage books of the pre-Cook period is described in our catalogue of the third part of the collection of a long-term client and friend of Hordern House, with a few additions; their collection has been assembled over several decades, with books acquired from ourselves as well as from other specialist dealers. Anson and Dampier appear here, along with various associates of each of them, such as Byron, Funnell, Rogers, and Thomas – pretty much buccaneers all, or at least voyagers with an eye for a prize.