Catalogues & Lists

Ferdinand Bauer

This spring we feature a work of great rarity and singular importance to Australian natural history by the great botanist Ferdinand Bauer. The astonishing drawings of "immense accuracy" were made from specimens collected (by the thousands) on Flinders' voyage. 

Russian Books: a shortlist

A selection of books spanning 90 years of Russian voyages of exploration, from the 1780s ending in 1872 with an rare private letter from the great explorer Lütke to the Russian privy counsellor von Adelung. The official account of the Lütke voyage, one of the rarest and most beautiful of all illustrated Pacific voyage publications is also featured. As well, Choris's magnificent colour plate book of the Pacific, together with accounts of the Krusenstern's circumnavigation, and early visits by Timkovski to China and Golovnin to Japan.  

Winter 2017

Our July catalogue will be on display at the ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair. Highlights include a unique Illuminated presentation album from the German citizenry of Sandhurst (now Bendigo) to Count Otto von Bismarck, with fine illustrations of the goldfields by Ludwig Lang; a rare caricature by Ducote prepared in the wake of the British Government trying to attract single ladies to the far-flung Australian Colony; the first Sydney printed hymn-book with a gift inscription by Governor Darling; McCoy's overlooked classic of Australian natural history; and a rare pamphlet on the wreck of the Dunbar. We have also included the first European printing of the works of Confucius; the first English book on China from the library of Charles Boxer and a rare Japanese publication on foreign visits to Japanese ports including a charming woodblock print of a Dutch ship in Nagasaki.

Winter 2017

A selection of 52 items including one of the great voyage rarities: an original Quiros presentation memorial. Dating from 1611 this is one of only 14 different Memorials known to have been printed by Quiros (at his own considerable expense), which mark the earliest printed record of discovery and plans for settlement of a Southern Continent.

Our cover item is from Lieutenant Robert Dale’s famously important and vivid nine-foot wide View of King George’s Sound. Published in 1834, this remarkable panorama was probably intended to excite interest in the fledgling Colony. Included too are First Fleet accounts, rarities of the Gold rush, manuscript items signed by David Collins, Viscount Sidmouth, and Macarthur, a fine example of a naval manuscript signal book and a New South Wales Pocket Almanack published by “Sydney’s Caxton” George Howe, with the ownership inscription of Ralph Mansfield.

As well: voyage accounts by D’Entrecasteaux, D’Apres de Mannevillette, Lutke and Conway Shipley’s beautiful suite of South Pacific views; Bellin’s expanded chart of the Pacific, a rare proof state of a beautiful engraved view after Pellion prepared for the official account of the Freycinet voyage and Arago’s original sketch of a scene in Timor.


Our latest online List: thirteen broadsides and news printings 1780-1886. Highlights include: three relating to George Anson, two celebrating his naval conquests and one, rather less gloriously concerning the control of venereal disease amongst seamen signed by him as Admiral; a rare Sydney-printed poem lauding the generosity of the merchant Quong Tart; a vivid pictorial printing advertising “dioramic lectures” celebrating Australia & America which toured England in 1850, together with a stirringly large broadside protesting Edward Eyre in Jamaica; and one relating to the abortive attempt by George Grey to force his way into the British Parliament.

Voyage Books from two private collections

A selection of voyage material from two significant private collections. It includes Bligh's classic Voyage account, and Barrow's popular Mutiny account, a fine copy of Parkinson's Voyage to the South Seas uncut in original boards,a handsome set of Cook's three voyage accounts with uniform contemporay provenance, Crozet's Voyage to the South Sea--of significance to Australia and New Zealand and the Voyage of La Perouse-- one of the finest narratives of maritime exploration ever published.  

March 2017 Shortlist

Our March short list celebrates the work of James Busby who did so much to bring the cultivation of vines and wine to Australia. He was a foundation figure for the wine industry and of international repute, as the London and New York printings of his first work indicate. Included too are manuscript letters: on the equipping of Freycinet’s Uranie voyage; and an account of the goods carried on the ship Rose at the height of Governor Bligh’s rule. As well, we have a finely bound copy of Speechly’s Treatise on the Culture of the Vine, rare pamphlets by Hall on The State of New South Wales and Mansfield printings of Archdeacon Broughton’s addresses exhorting pious living. No doubt he would have disapproved of the Catholic Bleasdale, the bibulous cleric and subject of the final work in this list. The visual highlights of the list are Quadri’s sumptuous work on Venice with its remarkable hand-coloured views and Raskin’s high art deco Fantaisies Oceanographiques.

Pacific Northwest

Highlights of our new online list Include Choris's beautiful colour-plate books of the Pacific and Grasset de Saint-Sauveur's unusual Tableau of Pacific islanders. Also included are accounts of Cook's Third Voyage by Ellis and Rickman, a charming French work for the young with plates drawn mainly from Cook; Fleurieu's account of the first French commercial voyage to the Northwest Coast, the second great Russian expedition by Kotzebue and a Swedish edition of Meares' voyage account.

California Antiquarian Bookfair 2017

Our first catalogue for the year, prepared for the California Antiquarian Bookfair, includes foundation French voyage accounts together with a broad offering of material relating to Cook's three voyages, and two great rarities: Samwell's account of the Death of Cook; and Alexander Shaw's Catalogue of Tapa, long regarded as one of the rarest and most desirable of all Pacific voyage books. Also making the list are James Busby's two influential accounts for the development of the Australian wine industry. Of special note is Fernandes de Lucena's announcement of exploration to the east: a highly important precursor to the "Columbus letter", the English edition of Du Halde's magnum opus on China, and an early Macrobius with the refigured world map. 

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K is for Kangaroo Special Online List

Our latest online list features the kangaroo and is a light-hearted selection of kangaroo games and alphabets, celebrating one of our favourite marsupials. Please click on the link here.  For further online lists please click the link here or click on the "Recent" tab above and select Special Online Lists.