Catalogues

Now published

Now published

Our new catalogue is now published including fine illustrated natural history, rare manuscripts and voyage material.

There are website links to each item on the relevant pages in the catalogue.

Books from a private collection. Part 10: Australia

Books from a private collection. Part 10: Australia

This catalogue describes voyage accounts to Australia, and the history of colonial settlement and exploration. It includes one of the rarest Canadian exile accounts by Ducharme and two examples of an uncommon genre:  Australie. Un voyage à travers le Bush (1868), by Swiss settler & writer, Edouard Marcet, and the Marquis de Beauvoir’s Voyage autour du monde (1872), are both books illustrated by mounted photographs. 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 9: Voyages of other Countries

Books from a private collection. Part 9: Voyages of other Countries

Following our offerings of French and English voyage books from the same collection, this catalogue describes voyages by other Countries, including: Spanish voyages to the Straits of Magellen by Sarmiento de Gamboa in the sixteenth-century, and Cordoba in the eighteenth, both in fine royal armorial bindings; the first formal publication of the Malaspina voyage to America; Russian discoveries in the north and the Pacific, including Golovnin's account of his capture in Hokkaido, and a fine memoir of Krusenstern by his daughter.

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.