Catalogues & Lists

California Antiquarian Bookfair 2017

Our first catalogue for the year, prepared for the California Antiquarian Bookfair, includes foundation French voyage accounts together with a broad offering of material relating to Cook's three voyages, and two great rarities: Samwell's account of the Death of Cook; and Alexander Shaw's Catalogue of Tapa, long regarded as one of the rarest and most desirable of all Pacific voyage...

K is for Kangaroo Special Online List

Our latest online list features the kangaroo and is a light-hearted selection of kangaroo games and alphabets, celebrating one of our favourite marsupials. Please click on the link here.  The pdf link below gives further information about other online lists: please click on each list name, they are web-linked, or the link here.

Voyage Books

Our final catalogue for the year "Voyage Books" includes foundation French voyage accounts, together with a broad offering of material relating to Cook’s three voyages, Flinders' Voyage to Terra Australia with the text volumes inscribed “From the Author”, and three dramatic pictorial works: Webber’s famous depiction of the Death of Cook, a striking mezzotint relating to Louis Antoine Bougainville’s circumnavigation after Francesco...

Occasional List: K for Kangaroo

A light-hearted selection of kangaroo games and alphabets, celebrating one of our favourite marsupials. The first section is devoted to alphabet primers featuring the letter “K for Kangaroo”, and comprises both printed material and a complete set of French nineteenth-century children’s alphabet blocks. The second section is broader in scope, encompassing a range of educational books, games and puzzles. The final part of...

Online special lists

Hordern House regularly posts online special themed lists. This month we have posted two new lists:
Cartography; and
Missionaries in Australia & the South Pacific.
Previous subject lists appear below:
• Scandinavia
• Van Diemen’s Land
• Inland Exploration
• Gold in Australia
• Australian Literature
Naturally, should you wish place an order or ask a question please
feel free to contact us directly at books@hordern.com

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Special Catalogue 2016

Our Special catalogue of 45 items includes Solvyns' great colour plate study of Indian manners and costume, Arago's intimate study of a priest of Guam, together with an 18th Century table globe and a fine watercolour of the iconic Black Swan. Also included are Shaw's catalogue of Tapa: a highly unusual example with extra specimens, Samwell's Narrative of the Death...

The New World, East Indies & Asia: Voyages of Exploration, 1558-1889

From William Beckford's copy of Alvares in French to Linschoten's Discours of Voyages, one of the great early illustrated travel books,from Moraleda Y Montrero's remarkable illustrated manuscript journal of Pacific coastal exploration, to rare Lima printings (the second and third printed at the first press in South America), this catalogue of 47  items spans over three hundred years of exploration. It also...

Nautical Medicine

Our December list is a diverse selection of books and manuscripts relating to nautical medicine. Most material concerns the problem of scurvy in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and some publications arise from the experiences of James Cook at sea. They include Sir John Pringle’s famous Royal Society address of 1776 amongst other lesser known works. The reaction of...

October Longitude

Our October list presents a selection of rare printed and manuscript material relating to the discovery of longitude. Following the disastrous loss of life at the Scilly Isles in 1707, resolving the problem assumed unprecedented importance and the famous reward was instituted by an Act of Parliament in 1714 (see item number 7). Other items of interest include an astronomy...

September 2015

Our September 2015 catalogue details a select range of early printed and visual material from broad Pacific interest to First Fleet and early colonial settlement of Australia.
 
A few highlights are the unpublished journal of Pacific coastal exploration by Moraleda Y Montero; a marvellous copy of Barros' 16th century Chronicle of Portuguese exploration; voyage accounts by Cook - an unusually...