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S.P.C.K. circa 1860. Wood engraving, with original hand colouring; with brief description, in very good condition, mounted. Separately issued engraving of an "Emeu" published for use in schools. The text which describes the habitat and habits of the emu is imbued with the Society's message: "It is sometimes coursed for.....
Shipping catastrophe in Sydney harbourAlbumen silver print, 150 x 200mm, pencil description to reverse of the image. Remarkable photo showing the S.S. Austral after it foundered in Sydney Harbour while coaling off Kirribilli in November 1882. The striking scene shows the vessel sunk past the gunwales and.....
The Australian tourStereoscope, card mount measuring 175 x 83mm. Rare stereoscopic photograph of the Royal Navy "Flying Squadron" on their visit to the Derwent River in January 1870. The Flying Squadron, under the command of Rear Admiral Hornby, was a travelling display of British naval supremacy which.....
England: partly dating from the 1790s, assembled as an album circa 1825-1830.
An intimate family album with beautiful original watercolours by Sarah StoneQuarto album, 40 original watercolours tipped onto coloured pages, most signed "Sarah Smith", ornately gilt-printed title-page with added hand-painted monogram in gilt reading "JLS & SS"; the.....
London: circa 1788.
Cook's immortal nameEngraved view with poem, 195 x 105 mm., laid down on card. Rare Cook engraving, with commemorative poem, after a drawing by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834). Stothard was elected to the Royal Academy in 1794 and often collaborated with William Blake, although the present engraving.....
England? circa 1840.
Early watercolourWatercolour drawing heightened with gum arabic, within an ink border, 202 x 145mm; mounted on blue paper probably from an album. A charming early depiction of Sturt's Desert Pea, the floral emblem of South Australia, first collected by William Dampier off the coast of Western.....
Paris: Tastu, 1833. Lithographed view on china paper, 175 x 315 mm (image size); mounted. Good view of Sydney, taken during the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney. The view is taken from what is now the Botanic Gardens, towards Lady Macquarie's.....
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. A charming separately issued lithograph showing Bear Island before it was joined to the mainland at La Perouse, Sydney and prior to the construction of a fort built in the 1880s to ward off the.....
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. An unusual and separately issued view of Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. This view, looking up from the Harbour, shows Darling Point populated by only a few stately villas. In the background can be seen the spire.....
Sydney: circa 1850.
Government House and Fort Macquarie from the HarbourOil on artists' board, 139 x 291 mm. An attractive nineteenth century painting of Sydney and its Harbour. In the foreground sits a three-masted schooner under sail, whilst to the left can be seen Government House and to the.....
London: n.d., circa 1790.
The city of Sydney bears his nameMezzotint engraving, 440 x 310 mm. A fine and fresh impression: Lord Sydney, after the official portrait by Gilbert Stuart, the celebrated American portraitist – the "father of American portraiture" – who worked in England from 1775 until the.....
London: Boydell, circa 1819.
Cook's officers described it to him as a Roman Catholic ChapelHand-coloured aquatint, 280 x 410 mm., Whatman paper with 1819 watermark; very good. Arresting image of the Tahitian chief Waheiadooa (Vehiatua) lying in state. Cook recorded in August 1777 that his curiosity had taken him.....
Venice: circa 1688-1699.
Elephants in Northern Australia?Engraved gore sheet, 485 x 335 mm (sheet size); mounted. A gore sheet, designed to be pasted onto a globe, and an important map of Australia: this single sheet by the great Venetian cartographer Coronelli shows the north western coast in some detail.....
London: Printed & Sold by Carington Bowles, Published as the Act directs, 24 June 1779.
Convict Hulks on the ThamesHandcoloured engraving, 360 x 505 mm. in fine original condition, mounted and framed. Earliest issue of this fascinating depiction with vibrant contemporary handcolouring of convicts from the hulks labouring on.....
London: Cadell and Davies, 1802.
After Thomas WatlingHandcoloured engraving, 267 x 200 mm. mounted. Fine hand-coloured impression of this famous depiction of the "Maenura Superba" or Superb Lyre Bird. The present engraving which was published in 1802 in David Collins' An Account of the English Colony in New South.....
London: Alex Hogg, n.d., but circa 1784.
Cook's editorsPair of engraved portraits on single sheet, 240 x 380 mm. Striking oval portraits of two men involved in the publication of Cook's voyages, from Anderson's Voyages of Captain Cook. Hawkesworth was of course the writer who published Cook's first voyage.....
London: The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, circa 1871.
The pleasure of his company…Photograph measuring 89 x 59 mm. (image), on card with printed caption, verso bears printed details of the London Stereoscopic Company, fine. Scarce contemporary photographic image of Arthur Orton, the Australian butcher who claimed the identity.....
London: circa 1871.
The pleasure of his company…Photograph, 89 x 59 mm. (image), on printed card, with ms. ink inscription on the bottom margin: "Arthur Orton - alias T. Castro - alias Sir Roger C. Tichborne - 1871. Sentenced to 14 years penal servitude - 1874" A rare image.....
Amsterdam: Isaak Tirion, 1753.
Conjoined Australian landmassHandcoloured map measuring 360 x 490 mm. (sheet size); mounted, fine. A colourful and attractive eighteenth-century Dutch map of the Old World, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Interestingly, it depicts the Australian continent connected to the landmass of New Guinea - an archaism given.....
circa 1793-, 1797.
By an artist for Flinders and BlighWatercolour, oval shape, 132 x 195 mm., tipped on to card, in gilt frame. A finely executed watercolour of a fleet amidst icebergs. Although unsigned, this watercolour was originally found in a nineteenth century album with another of very similar.....
Italy: n.d., circa 1830. Two lithographic plates, 105 x 130 mm. each, on a single sheet; disbound. A rare and unusual piece of transportation history, showing a delightful and rather fanciful depiction of two scenes from the voyages to Sydney. In both scenes there is a distinct sense of classical.....
Oysters for allSepia drawing 110 mm x 170 mm (image size) mounted in an early timber frame. Charming rendering of a colonial woman oystering--a rare subject. Far from being the preserve of the gourmet, oysters in 19th century Sydney were fodder for all. Shell deposits in Sydney.....
Chester: McGachey, printer, for the Middle Hill Press of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1856.
Dieppe school: the Vallard mapColour lithograph printed on card measuring 435 x 585 mm. The only early printing of any of the so called Dieppe maps, depicting the elusive landmass of 'Jave la Grande' that is.....