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London: George Newnes, 1901.
The Southern Cross expedition: first edition, first issueOctavo, with photogravure portrait frontispiece, three coloured maps (folding), 18 plates and numerous photographic illustrations; an excellent copy in the original gilt and silver decorated pictorial cloth, top edge gilt and others uncut. The very scarce first issue...
Gand: J. N. Houdin, 1821.
Early utopian socialismOctavo, uncut, in wrappers. First French edition: history of the formation of an early socialist society in Europe. This is a French translation from the Dutch of a text by the reformer van den Bosch, who, along with his Societé de Bienfaisance...
Paris: circa 1790.
The King of Botany Bay offers refuge from the French RevolutionOctavo, 19,  pp; disbound from a volume. A very rare early "satire on French politics and English colonization" (Ferguson). Likening those who fled the tumult of the French Revolution to the English convicts transported to...
London: J. Gillray, nd. circa 1850.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEngraving, 370 x 270 mm., handcoloured as issued, mounted. A famous, satirical look at the decision of the English parliament to create a penal settlement at Botany Bay, in contrast to the atmosphere of reform and concern...
London: J. Debrett, 1787.
The sixth edition: the first to include the attack on Lord Sydney and Botany BayOctavo, title + 86 pp., in later nineteenth-century half black roan. A withering political satire containing one of the earliest printed treatments of Lord Sydney's plan to found a penal colony...
Rio de Janeiro: Miranda & Carneiro, 1833.
Unrecorded reference to Botany BayThree parts in one volume, small octavo; in contemporary green quarter calf, gilt. The first edition in Portuguese of this unrecorded reference to Botany Bay. First published in 1789 in Paris, Barère de Vieuzac's La Liberté des Mers.....
London: John Haviland, 1630.
"Lately found out, and by our latest Cosmographers"Small quarto, a good copy but bound without the map mentioned on the title-page; contemporary calf, spine and joints wearing, label chipped. Early English edition of Botero's famous chronicle. Translated into several languages from the original Italian, it...
Neuchatel: de l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1772-1773.
The two earliest works on TahitiThree volumes, octavo; contemporary French tortoiseshell calf, flat spines gilt in compartments with floral decoration, double labels. The two earliest works on Tahiti brought together to form a complete work: the first French account of Cook's.....
Neuchâtel: Société Thypographique [sic], 1773.
Bougainville's Tahiti: the South Sea paradiseTwo volumes in one, small octavo; a fine copy in a very attractive contemporary binding of marbled calf, sides bordered in gilt, the flat spine ornately gilt with a repeating drawer-handle design. An attractive copy of the Neuchâtel version.....
Dublin: J. Exshaw, et al, 1772.
First Dublin editionOctavo, with a folding map and folding plate of native canoe; bookplate and old ownership inscriptions of the Le Power (later De la Poer, later still Lord Power) families; contemporary calf. The first Dublin edition, very scarce: a smaller format issue...
London: J. Nourse and T. Davies, 1772.
First English edition of BougainvilleQuarto, with five folding maps and a folding plate of canoes, the maps neatly refolded; a very good copy in recent polished tan calf, Greek key border to both boards, spine richly gilt, red morocco label. First English...
Paris: Annales des Sciences Naturelles, December 1826.
Separately printed and important work on the platypus12 pp., caption-title; tipped into a modern binding of quarter linen and boards. The renowned French zoologist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on the platypus: an important study, read to the Académie des Sciences and set up.....
Vienna: Jean Jacobe, 1787.
Bougainville, Casanova and the Prince of NassauMezzotint engraving 700 x 990 mm; a fine impression; framed. A rare and very surprising pictorial image of the Bougainville expedition: we have never seen the image before and can find no record of it. Published in Vienna, it...
Paris: Bulla, 1828.
Aboriginal portraits and camp-fire sceneHandcoloured lithograph, 385 x 290 mm. Engaging Australian Aboriginal portraits and camp scene from the official voyage account of Hyacinthe de Bougainville, who toured the South Pacific between 1824 and 1826. Edmond de la Touanne, whose work formed the basis of these...
London: John Murray, 1831.
Barrow describes the "piratical" mutinySmall octavo, with a frontispiece and five plates; contemporary polished calf. First and apparently the only authorised edition of a popular account of the Bounty story. The plates, after drawings by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Batty, the army officer and prolific artist, include...
London: Francis Edwards, 1915.
With extra material by Captain EdwardsOctavo, folding map; original maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. The standard modern edition, including the captain's report on the voyage of the Pandora, printed for the first time, with introduction and notes by Basil Thomson. This edition includes the...
Sydney: March, 1835. Parchment grant measuring 340 x 390 mm., signed by the Governor of New South Wales, with well-preserved wax seal; folded to docket size. Original colonial document for a discrete land purchase. Land grant to William Henry Chapman for lot 74 on Appin road, Cumberland County. This original...
Papeete: Government printer, 1909. Octavo, 66pp, in later quarter cloth with titling wrappers bound in. Bound with another Papeete printed pamphlet Souvenirs de P. Marcantoni... 1879-1931 (Imprimerie de l'Oceanie 1932, 32pp, good in original wrappers although front cover and preliminaries a bit stained).
London: Halton & Truscott Smith, 1924-1926.
A particularly handsome setSixteen parts bound in four volumes quarto, illustrated in colour and black & white; publisher's blue cloth boards, gilt, sailing ship vignette to front boards. An attractive set of Bowen's deluxe history of sailing and voyaging. The four volumes cover...
London: Cadell & Davies, 21 June, 1814. Soft ground etching, plate size 380 x 325 mm. on a larger sheet; ex-library stamp to verso, together with the relevant letterpress. A fine portrait of the great publisher John Boydell (1720-1804), the most important print publisher of his day, and together with...
Rome: Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de propaganda fide, 1845. Duodecimo, 50 pp., uncut and unopened; original plain blue paper wrappers. A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for...
London: Butterworth and Sons, 1817.
Mourned by Shelley; sent to AustraliaTwo volumes, octavo, an excellent set in deep brown crushed morocco by Sangorski, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, top edges gilt. Rare original record of the High Treason trials that resulted from the last of the English...
Tours: Alfred Mame et fils, 1893. Quarto, with many illustrations, some taken from photographs, gilt edges, in the original ornately pictorial cloth, with pretty decoration in silver and gilt. Fine copy of the first French edition, which puts the English edition of 1890 quite in the shade. It is scarce...