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Germany: circa 1400-1500. Bifolium on vellum, 458 x 318 mm. (each leaf), each leaf written in double columns of 32 lines, ruled with ink, dark brown ink with rubrics and brown ink initials, two with decorative penwork, capitals touched with red, full margins. original sewn repairs in lower margin, a....
Germany: 1386. Manuscript leaf, 215 x 170 mm., fine calligraphic initial at top of each page, on recto enclosing sketched head of a man, capitals touched in red, 26 lines in gothic hand. The initial D which begins the text contains a sketched head of a man. This decoration is...
London: John Faber, 1732. Mezzotint measuring 350 x 250 mm. with detailed engraved caption. Mezzotint portrait of Admiral Charles Wager, an instrumental figure in the effective organisation of the British Navy in the first half of the eighteenth-century.Wager won his fame by capturing the rich Spanish prize Santa Cruz in...
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1798.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEtching; 320 x 360 mm., mounted. The original eighteenth century version of this rare transportation engraving, where the Parliament of Great Britain has been condemned - the chair of the Speaker being inscribed "This House adjourned to Botany...
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1851.
From among the Weeds & Mud on the Banks of the South SeaOriginal etching, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted. (Two caricatures verso). Rare satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of the Bath for self-promotion.Portraits of Banks by...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (540 x 355 mm.), with letter-press text. The banded Honey-eater was bought to Gould's attention by Mr Benjamin Bynoe, Surgeon of the Beagle, who collected the specimen whilst on the northern coast. An interesting bird and further testament to Gould's statement that the...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (365 x 540 mm.), with letter-press text; very good. The Crested penguin is occasionally found on the shores of Tasmania and the south coast of Australia. Gould borrows from Latham's description who calls it the Hopping Penguin and Jumping Jack due to its...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (510 x 350 mm), with letter-press text. The Ewing's Acanthiza, Acanthiza Ewingii, is a native of Tasmania and was named after the Reverend Thomas James Ewing. This is an original hand coloured lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia.John Gould's...
London: published by the Author, 1848.
The "Orange Chat" of inland AustraliaHand-coloured lithograph (510 x 350 mm), with letter-press text. Delicately hand coloured original lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia, one of the great natural history publications of all time.Known more commonly today as the...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (360 x 540 mm.), with letter-press text. The Sombre Gallinule was encountered by Gould in the upper Hunter and also on the banks of the Murry in South Australia. An original hand coloured lithograph plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia.Birds...
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (510 x 350 mm.), with letter-press text. The Striated Pardalote, Pardalotus Striatus is a busy little bird that feeds off insects and frequents the Eucalyptus tree. This is an original hand coloured lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia.Birds of...
London: C.Cooke, 31 October, 1788.
Hand-colouredEngraving, 155 x 215 mm (plate size), early hand-colouring. An attractive and rather uncommon version of Webber's death of Captain Cook, newly engraved by William Grainger, with good early hand-colouring. Although in a reduced format, the engraving is neatly executed, and the use of...
Paris: circa 1795.
From ethnology to fashionEngraved aquatint with original handcolouring, 440 x 530 mm. (sheet size), mounted and framed. Rare and alluring hand-coloured engraving of the islanders of the Pacific, composed of twenty-four groups of inhabitants from new lands revealed through the voyages of Captain James Cook and...
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Sydney: circa 1857.
Looking from Vaucluse to MosmanOil painting on papered boards, 31.3 x 61 cms. in an early gilt frame, signed lower right F. Halsted. The artist George F. Halsted worked in Sydney from the 1850s to the 1880s. It is thought that he may have been the...
London: J. Fairburn, June, 1824.
Kamehameha and Kamamalu an exotic tease for "Poodle" ByngHandcoloured engraving (240 x 340 mm.), mounted. A wonderful and very rare British satirical print from the time of the royal visit to London by King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamamalu in 1824. The print was...
London: S. W. Fores, June 16, 1824.
Contemporary cartoon of the Hawaiian royals in LondonEtching with original handcolour, 235 x 330 mm.; in a recent archival mount. Very rare caricature of the Hawaiian royal family, published during their visit to London in 1824.Kamehameha II, as the name has since...
A Nineteenth Century Nature StudyAlbumen silver photograph 84 x 69 mm. contemporary manuscript inscription on the obverse, very good. Original field-work photograph of the "Danaeia Erippus" (actually Danaus, the "Southern Monarch") taken at the Hawkesbury River in 1896.Compelling image of butterflies, caterpillars and a chrysalis perched on a....
London: 1785. Original watercolour on paper with faint outline of engraving, 250 x 360 mm., signed and dated lower right, mounted. An original watercolour by the highly regarded artist William Hayes (1727-1799) Despite a complete lack of training in any field, Hayes discovered a natural aptitude for painting birds. His...
London: nd. circa 1840. Engraving, 210mm x 142mm. Transported to Botany Bay on the convict ship Minerva in 1799. Holt was part of the United Irishmen group who formed in late 1791 in order to end social, political, economic and religious discrimination against Catholics and Presbyterians, and to prevent the...
London: Henry Colburn, 1838. Engraving, 210mm x 142mm, in fine condition. A wonderful portrait of Joseph Holt (1756-1826), one of the most prominent Irish convicts of the early years of settlement at Sydney Cove.In 1798 Holt joined a band of rebels engaged in six months of guerrilla conflict near Dublin...
Amsterdam: 1607. Handcoloured copper engraving, 290 x 180 mm. (sheet size), with letterpress to verso. Mounted. Beautiful decorated double-hemisphere map of the world from the Atlas Minor published by Jodocus Hondius in 1607. In 1604 Hondius and a business partner purchased the copper plates from Mercator's estate and continued to...
London: M. & N. Hanhart Imp. circa 1851.
A great botanist of his eraLithograph portrait; 295 x 240 mm., wide margins, mounted. A fine portrait of the botanist Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911). Son of the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (whom he later succeeded in the...
Tasmania: circa 1890.
An atmospheric image by an accomplished artist, Tasmania's first woman journalistOil on canvas, 300 x 540 mm. well framed in timber; signed by the artist on verso. Mabel Hookey (1871-1953) was the first woman journalist in Tasmania as well as an accomplished author, photographer and poet...
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
Likeness of a Papuan warrior by Captain HunterEngraving, 220 x 285 mm. (sheet size). Remarkable engraved portrait of a Papuan warrior by First Fleet officer John Hunter, with detail of native musical pipes and weapons. Hunter sailed with Arthur Phillip and undertook, amongst other tasks...