Voyage and travel books, manuscripts and works on paper relating to early and colonial Australia, including fine illustrated natural history.
We are pleased to offer voyage and travel books principally relating to the Pacific Northwest from the library of Frank Sawyer Bayley III.
A shortlist including a fine original watercolour attributed to George Tobin (1768-1838), marine artist for Flinders and Bligh on the Providence; a rare first edition in Swedish of Bligh's Voyage to the South Sea 1795; the first major comparative study to illustrate Australian insects, 1789-1825 by Guillaume Antoine Olivier and Pierre André Latreille, and Characteres Generum Plantarum… 1776, a pioneer work on the botany of Australia and the South Pacific by father and son naturalists Johann Reinhold and Georg Forster.
Including natural history with the rare first printing of one of Alfred Russel Wallace’s most significant papers: his important text on butterfly variation on the Malay Peninsula; fine illustrated books, literature, and a rare manuscript letter by James Cook, signed by him, written just prior to the arduous second voyage.
Including works on early Australia, natural history and works on paper.
Including the rare large paper issue of Raffles' History of Java (1817) and the first illustrated work on Vietnam by John Barrow (1806).
Fine illustrated natural history, rare manuscripts and voyage material.
There are website links to each item on the relevant pages in the catalogue.
We offer here an attractive small group of Pickwicks.
Described in the 1930s as “one of the three or four most remarkable books in the whole course of English literature”, perception of that status may have changed a little in the century since, but Dickens’ great and sympathetic classic remains a highpoint of both literature and collecting.
Beautiful illustrated natural history including Gould's Mammals and Macropodidae; works on flora and ornithology as well as 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.
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.
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.
A small but select group of material relating to expeditions to the Antarctic from Cook’s second voyage to Mawson’s expedition. Much of the material comes from a private collection and is therefore fresh to the market.