Catalogues & Lists

Recent Acquisitions

Recent Acquisitions

Our list for July 2015 and the ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair is a miscellany of treasures.
A few highlights are the classic voyage accounts by Dampier, Flinders  and Vancouver, the earliest account of Antarctic exploration by Marra and Bligh's Voyage in an evocative contemporary binding. We have a fine copy of Lycett's pivotal work of Australian views, and foundation books of Australian exploration by Evans, King, Sturt and Gregory. To coincide with the State Library of Victoria's Gill exhibition we have a wonderful copy of his "Australian sketchbook". As well, we have a rare album by the naturalist William Harvey, the father of Australian phycology: a marvellous collection of seaweed specimens. 
The cover image shows a detail from a remarkable unrecorded plate based on Baudin voyage art.
Curiosity & Discovery

Curiosity & Discovery

Hordern House is delighted to announce our new catalogue, which takes as its theme the spirit of Enlightenment in terms of exploration and voyages. The great explosion of late eighteenth century voyages is represented by important works by many of the key figures, naturally enough focussing on Cook and La Pérouse, but with forays into all manner of works which reveal the scale of the ambition which underwrote them, whether it be the travels of Banks or Bougainville, Bligh or Baudin.

Acquisitions March 2015

Acquisitions March 2015

Our list for March 2015, with a particular focus on natural history and voyaging.
 
A few highlights are: a letter written by Jacques Arago and a sheet of his watercolours depicting Australian butterflies; an important chart of New Guinea and the Arafura Sea published in 1792 by Alexander Dalrymple; rare S.T. Gill & George Hamilton lithographs of the outback and the goldfields; a series of early colonial almanacs; an attractive set of the rare account of a voyage to Van Diemen's Land by Prinsep; and a copy of Tench's Complete Account in the original boards. 
 
The cover image shows two Australian "treecreepers" drawn by the great French natural history artist Prêtre.
Acquisitions 2015 February

Acquisitions 2015 February

Our first list for 2015, with a real miscellany of items relating to Australia and the Pacific.
 
A few highlights are: a fascinating letter sent by a senior army officer in Bathurst in 1840; a fine set of the works of Francis Bacon owned by the abolitionist Thomas Fowell Buxton; two maps from the Newfoundland survey of James Cook; a 1599-published work on "discovery", L'Histoire des histoires of La Popelinere; a truly significant broadside with manuscript annotations by Johann Lhotsky, printed in Sydney and calling for mining in the Australian Alps; and an apparently unrecorded large-format print of a plant grown by the Duchess of Portland at "Bulstrode".
California Bookfair 2015 Oakland

California Bookfair 2015 Oakland

A selection of books, manuscripts, and pictures which we will be showing at the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, on display at the Oakland Marriott Center, Friday 6 February to Sunday 8 February, 2015.

A few of the highlights are: the beautiful illustrated books of the Pacific by Louis Choris, Voyage Pittoresque Autour du Monde (1822) and Vues et Paysages (1826); the very rare Relacion del viaje of Nodal (1621); the first book on China printed in England, the Historie of the great and mightie Kingdome by Gonzalez de Mendoza (1588); and a superb fully-hand-coloured edition of Sydney Parkinson's Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas with the exceptionally rare "Gomeldon" leaves. 

Edward Ashworth, Artist & Architect

Edward Ashworth, Artist & Architect

An important collection of fourteen original watercolour studies of Hong Kong & Macau, painted by the travelling English architect Edward Ashworth in the mid-1840s, just after the first Opium War and at the very beginning of Hong Kong's first colonial buildng boom. These drawings represent an exceptional documentary archive, sometimes the only recorded images of certain buildings or streetscapes. Ashworth's important article "Chinese Architecture" of 1851 reproduced a few of these images as lithograph plates.

European Discovery 1538-1843

European Discovery 1538-1843

Our latest catalogue of fine books, paintings and manuscripts relating to "European Discovery". Highlights include: an exceptional copy of Parkinson's Journal of a Voyage to the South Seaswith the very rare "Gomeldon" pages and original hand-colouring; copies of Governor Phillip's Extracts of Letters (1791) and Copies and Extracts (1792); the extremely rare "Officer" account, the first book to tell the story of the First Fleet; a beautiful view in Macau by Cook's voyage artist John Webber; and a striking portrait of the infamous Major Nunn, attributed to Joseph Fowles. 

Read review on Americana Exchange here

The West Coast, 1616-1829

The West Coast, 1616-1829

Hordern House is pleased to announce the release of "The West Coast, European Discovery 1616-1829", a collection of 31 significant books, pictures and manuscripts relating to the west coast of Australia before settlement, chiefly drawn from two private Australian collections. It is most unusual to be able to present such a substantial group of treasures from this important period of Australian discovery, especially as regards the early Dutch voyages. 
 
Including exceptional rarities such as the rare first edition of Pelsaert's account of the wreck of the Batavia (1647); the first printed map to show any part of the mainland published in the account of the VOC voyage of Jacques l'Hermite; as well as beautiful sets of the important voyages of Dampier, Vancouver, Flinders, Baudin, Freycinet & King, among others.
Acquisitions April 2014

Acquisitions April 2014

27 items illustrated. Our latest acquisitions list has an eclectic group of 27 books, pictures and manuscripts, with highlights including: an important letter by the missionary Threlkeld regarding his work on Aboriginal languages at Lake Macquarie; a small collection of items relating to the investigation into the wreck of the convict ship Amphitrite in 1833; a magnificent Cary map of London in 1819; a charming watercolour of Hyde Park in 1844; several books and manuscripts on longitude; and a wonderful naïve painting of fin de siècle Manly Pier.