Catalogues

The Antarctic from Cook to Mawson

The Antarctic from Cook to Mawson

A small but select group of material relating to expeditions to the Antarctic from Cook’s second voyage to Mawson’s expedition. Much of the material comes from a private collection and is therefore fresh to the market.
The later Enlightenment

The later Enlightenment

Including works of the later Enlightenment: examples of the curiosity and thirst for scientific knowledge characteristic of that time.

 

November 2020

November 2020

Our November catalogue includes an intimate letter by Admiral Sir George Seymour recounting his meeting with Emma, Dowager Queen of Hawaii on her visit to London in 1865.  (Also see our detailed study here on the superb lifetime portrait of him.)

Other highlights in the catalogue include a rare lithographed view by Conrad Martens, an original watercolour by Major James...

Wonders of the New World

Wonders of the New World

For a few decades either side of 1800, the natural history of the new world was a novel source of excitement throughout Europe. Some examples of the outstanding works produced at the time appear in our catalogue, including: Edward Donovan's justly famous illustrated work on Australian entomology with the celebrated companion volumes on the insects of China and India; Henry...

A unique assemblage of natural history

A unique assemblage of natural history

A highlight from this catalogue is an album assembled in the 1790s containing a deliberate selection of the groundbreaking earliest scientific and artistic work on the natural history of New South Wales from its first European settlement, which connects six figures each of individual importance to that remarkable story: George Shaw, James Edward Smith, F.P. Nodder, James Sowerby, Thomas Wilson...

Captain James Cook 250 years on

Captain James Cook 250 years on

As it is the 250th anniversary of the voyage of His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour into Australian and New Zealand waters we celebrate with this catalogue the achievements of Captain James Cook and his crew.

Much has been discussed about the impact of the English exploring expeditions in the early colonial period. We acknowledge that whatever may have been the eventual...

Pacific Voyages and original works on paper

Pacific Voyages and original works on paper

Our catalogue includes:
A fine original drawing from the Dumont d'Urville expedition of 1837-1840 showing the mouth of the Paiu river (today known as the Lawrence River) at Vanikoro, one of the Santa Cruz Islands in the Solomons, where the French established that the La Pérouse expeditioners ended their days. This is the original drawing for plate 97 in Dumont...
Two unrecorded 18th Century works

Two unrecorded 18th Century works

Including two unrecorded works by 18th Century women artists:

A previously unrecorded album of 45 watercolours by Sarah Stone of Leverian Museum fame. Besides a couple of single images this beautiful album is the only surviving example of Sarah Stone's work after her marriage. It is therefore one of the most significant finds to come to light in modern...
Early Sydney

Early Sydney

A selection  featuring a fine colonial view by George Halsted; two interesting sketches relating to Sydney's early defences; botanical engravings from James Smith's Specimen of the  Botany of New Holland, and a rare and remarkably large photographic panorama of the Sydney Royal Agricultural Show in 1897. 

Australia

Australia

The land Australia: imagined, invented, recounted, mapped, colonised, explored, settled, and celebrated in our final major catalogue for the year. We invite you to discover over 200 years of rare printed, manuscript, cartographic and visual materials relating to the Southern Continent. From Herrera's account of Schouten & Le Maire's voyage in search of Terra Australis to Pelsaert's 1647 Batavia account with its astonishing...
Curiosity & Discovery

Curiosity & Discovery

A catalogue which takes as its theme the spirit of Enlightenment in terms of exploration and voyages. The great explosion of late eighteenth century voyages is represented by important works by many of the key figures, naturally enough focussing on Cook and La Pérouse, but with forays into all manner of works which reveal the scale of the ambition which...

An Australian private collection

An Australian private collection

Offered from a private Australian collection is this choice catalogue which includes a beautifully-bound copy of Lycett's Views in Australia; a handsome set of Cook's three voyage accounts with uniform contemporary provenance; a fine copy of Parkinson, uncut in the original boards; and First Fleet works by Collins, Hunter and Phillip.