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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.
Three Centuries of Voyages 1558 - 1861

Three Centuries of Voyages 1558 - 1861

A selection of 45 items from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The early material includes excellent copies of such classics as the collections of Hakluyt (1600), Purchas (1626), Valentijn (1726) and Churchill (1732), as well as the desirable English edition of Linschoten (1598). Two highly important Southern Continent pieces are the extremely rare La Popelinière Les Trois Mondes (1582) and the Quiros Memorial La parte incógnita Austral (1612); some significant books on China include the first book in English on China (Gonzalez de Mendoza, 1588); the major French (1735) and English (1741) editions of Du Halde’s Description of the Empire of China, the first definitive work on the Chinese Empire; a superb presentation copy of Anson’s voyage (1748) that belonged to two English prime ministers; a strong section of 18th-century voyages includes major accounts of Cook’s voyages (including the published narratives by Parkinson, Forster, Zimmermann and Ellis, as well as the official accounts); in the 19th century we offer an exceptional complete set of the Baudin voyage account together with a fine set of the Freycinet voyage. Other highlights include a handsome pair of Cary globes, and a remarkable watercolour depicting a meeting three of the greatest polar explorers.

Natural History

Natural History

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).