A collection of books, manuscripts and pictures relating to natural history, with a focus on Australia and the Pacific. Highlights include a copy of Laborde's marvellous book of views of important French gardens including Malmaison; a lovely copy of Ventenat's Description des plantes nouvelles et peu connues; a rare large paper copy of Smith's Exotic Botany; original watercolours by Samuel Howitt; and a copy of Atkinson's very rare Sydney-published work on brewing and distilling (1829).
Catalogues & Lists
Searching for the antipodes, from classical scholars to Quiros & Dampier. This catalogue of books and maps tells the story of a New World. Unlike the American discoveries to which that phrase is often taken to refer, this New World is the result of a push to the east and the south. The story of its development from theory to actuality is also the story of the exploration, exploitation, and occupation of the East Indies, South East Asia, and the Pacific as the competing national interests played out their grand battle.
An important collection of printed and original manuscript and pictorial material relating to the two great French expeditions to Australia, the 1800 voyage under Captain Nicolas Baudin and the 1817 voyage of Captain Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet. Louis de Freycinet is the figure who unites these two important voyages: he sailed with Baudin as a junior officer, quickly establishing himself as one of the great hydrographers, but also learning the demands of scientific exploration on the remote coastlines of Australia.
The Robert and Mary Anne Parks Collection. Captain William Bligh and the Mutiny on the Bounty is a companion volume to Captain James Cook, the Greatest Discoverer released by Hordern House in 2008. Sumptuously illustrated in colour and black & white, this catalogue contains 133 rare books, manuscripts, paintings and prints.
The Robert and Mary Anne Parks Collection. The Captain James Cook collection of Bob and Mary Anne Parks is a landmark of its kind, and represents the finest such collection offered. This comprehensive and extensively illustrated catalogue will undoubtedly become one of the standard reference works on the subject.
The first part of the catalogue includes 138 items, divided into five sections, each item being fully described bibliographically and illustrated. The sections cover Dampier to Swift; the Anson expedition; The South Pacific before Cook; The North Pacific before Cook; and finally, James Cook himself.
The second part of the catalogue continues the story of Pacific discovery and exploration from La Pérouse to Wilkes, the immediate post-Cook period to the middle of the nineteenth century.
This catalogue includes many of the major items from the library of Robert Edwards, some so rare they are known in only a handful of copies, as well as several interesting manuscripts and pictures. Overall the condition is excellent and it is a pleasure to see so much beautifully preserved nineteenth-century material. He took great pains to acquire books in original cloth and pamphlets in publisher's wrappers. Furthermore, he spared no expense in binding and restoring his beloved treasures and this work was done at the highest level, often by English binders including Sangorski and Sutcliffe, Bayntun and Aquarius.
This catalogue describes 242 books, almost all 19th-century, with just five earlier titles and a handful of 20th-century books. This second catalogue from the Edwards Collection covers politics, exploration, the Australian Aborigines, emigration, convicts, transportation and colonial policy.