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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, one of the world's largest songbirds renowned for its elaborate tail and courtship displays and its excellent mimicry. The present.....
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.....
c, 1825. Lithograph on brown washed paper with white heightening, 290 x 370 mm., mounted. Carle Vernet (1758-1836) was trained by his father, Claude-Joseph. He won the Prix de Rome in 1782 and the Legion of Honor in 1808 with one of his battle scenes. Vernet was a horseman, riding.....
Somerset: circa 1840.
A rare original watercolour by one of Australia's celebrated artistsOriginal sepia watercolour with manuscript title in Wallis's hand, 167 x 368 mm, mounted. Inscribed lower right by James Wallis, "View of Culborne Church and Bristol Channel, Somersetshire". Wallis arrived in Sydney in February, 1814 in charge.....
London: Rudolph Ackermann, dated September 1, 1820.
Engraved by convict hands upon sheathing copperEngraved view measuring 230 x 335mm. (plate size), early handcolouring. An early engraved view of Sydney Cove, itself the extraordinary outcome of the fruitful relationship between two convict engravers, Walter Preston and Joseph Lycett, and the.....
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1820. Handcoloured engraving, 230 x 335 (plate size), mounted. Very rare and attractive view of Vaucluse, from Wallis's Historical Account of the Colony,the first view book engraved in Australia. This work was an extraordinary collaboration between Major James Wallis, then commander of the convict settlement at Newcastle.....
Paris: chez Isabey, circa 1785.
Early proof of the French versionEngraving, 300 x 220 mm (image size), early proof plate without caption, mounted. A fine early proof copy of the French version of Webber's famous image, before the caption has been added. The general tone is very light; in.....
[Paris]: [chez Isabey], n.d, but circa 1785.
Desirable proof before caption stateEngraving, 300 x 220 mm (image size), "Fessard" and "Webber" present as faint scratch signatures. A further near-final proof of the French version before the complete caption has been added and with names in scratch proof form only.....
London: circa 1784. Engraving, 230 x 175 mm., mounted. Portrait of a woman from present day Tonga, originally sketched by Webber on Cook's Third Voyage. Webber completed "a pencil and wash drawing of a young woman with long hair, bare breast and a double necklace composed of pearls or berries".....
London: J. Webber, No. 312 Oxford Street, 1787.
First aquatint issue of Webber's Tahitian viewAquatint in sepia tones on laid paper, 290 x 430 mm, full margins, mounted. A very rare and separately issued early form of the View in Matavai, Otaheite prepared by the artists John Webber and.....
Sydney: Absalom West, 30 November 1812.
The first views published in AustraliaThree engravings, each 275 x 405 mm.; good impressions, each complete with all caption details, each mounted. Three fine and exceedingly rare views from the series published by Absalom West, one of the most fascinating and enigmatic projects.....
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Exeter: W.Spreat, circa 1840.
Pambula RiverHandcoloured lithograph, 165 x 260 mm. A fine Australian view from a series of tinted lithographic plates (published as Sketches in Australia) of Sydney and Harbour areas, mountains and southern coastal regions of New South Wales, "drawn from nature" by Captain Westmacott. Jigama River.....
Exeter: W. Spreats Lithographic Establishment, 1848. Hand coloured lithograph; fine, 131x200mm, mounted. An attractive view from Sketches in Australia, taken from drawings by Captain R. M. Westmacott. Shows the first stone bridge built in New South Wales. Prior to European settlement, what is now Emu Plains was on the border.....
Exeter: W.Spreat, 1848. Handcoloured lithograph, 225 x 170 mm. A fine Australian view by Robert Marsh Westmacott (1801-1870) from his Sketches in Australia, a series of tinted lithographic plates of Sydney and Harbour areas, mountains and southern coastal regions of New South Wales, "drawn from nature". The Blow Hole is.....
France: circa 1820.
Whaling and its gruesome accoutrementsOriginal drawing in ink on paper, 220 x 290 mm., ms. notations in ink and pencil; in fine condition, mounted. A finely-executed nineteenth-century technical drawing showing the tryworks and various implements involved in on-board whale processing. This drawing, with its various manuscript.....
London: R. Wilkinson, 1 January, 1794.
From Port Jackson to CantonEngraved map, 265 x 338mm., handcoloured, mounted. A marvellous map, the companion to Wilkinson's map of the east coast of Australia. This map of South-East Asia is rather usefully designed to show the islands between Canton at top left.....