Catalogues & Lists

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Best wishes for the Festive Season from all the team at Hordern House.
 
We would like to thank our customers, friends, and colleagues, for the support we have enjoyed over this past year. 
 
Our final festive list offers a selection of illuminated leaves from Germany and France dating from the late 14th to the early 16th century.
 
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December e-list

December e-list

A selection of 30 items 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. 

Pirates and privateers

Pirates and privateers

A short list ranging from the classic English voyage account by Sir Richard Hawkins "one of the most civilised and attractive of the Elizabethan privateers", to those of Anson and Dampier, including that of the buccaneering surgeon Lionel Wafer who after being badly burned in Panama lived amongst the Darien Indians, adopting their distinctive dress.

Sydney Rare Book Fair 2019

Sydney Rare Book Fair 2019

This month Hordern House will be exhibiting at the Sydney Rare Book Fair 1-2 November at MacLaurin Hall, Sydney University. Highlights include:
An outstanding copy of the great 1518 Froben edition of Sir Thomas More's Utopia, illustrated by the two Holbein brothers and the first edition (1781), of La Découverte Australe this remarkable book by Restif de la Bretonne very rare...
The Arias Memorial and Torres

The Arias Memorial and Torres

Our catalogue includes:
The Arias Memorial, the single most important printed work on the enigmatic figure of Torres. Of signal importance for the history of Torres Strait and for the 1605-1607 voyage of Quirós and Torres, as originally described in the early seventeenth century.  Its rediscovery and publication in 1773 have ensured its survival since a first publication in the 1630s. Extremely rare...
La Decouverte Australe

La Decouverte Australe

A remarkable book, very rare indeed on the market, describing an imaginary voyage by flying machine to Australia by Nicolas Edmé Restif de la Bretonne. The work is as famous for its strikingly beautiful suite of engravings as for its remarkable text. An illustrated utopia, and a pioneering work in the genre of air navigation, it was published just two...

Moeurs et coutumes...

Moeurs et coutumes...

Published By Mme Hocquart 1811-1814, this lavishly illustrated study of the peoples of both old and new worlds, concentrates on ceremonial events and native customs. The spirit behind the work is very much that of the Enlightenment – a tremendous curiosity about newly discovered parts of the world and about human behaviour, particularly for ritualised behaviour evolved in isolation such...

Sketches in New Zealand

Sketches in New Zealand

One of the finest Pacific illustrated books of the nineteenth century. This is a beautiful copy of the rare coloured issue, complete in the original illustrated wrappers. The superb handcoloured lithographs are by the naval commander Richard Aldworth Oliver (1811-1889) who commanded the HMS Fly on survey voyages of New Zealand and Pacific waters between 1847 and 1851.

Two unrecorded 18th Century works

Two unrecorded 18th Century works

Our first printed catalogue for the year includes two important 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...
Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2019

Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2019

Two highlights from our new catalogue to be shown at the forthcoming Melbourne Rare Book Fair include: a recently-discovered, fine pastel portrait of Sir Joseph Banks  by Amelia Susannah Petty. This remarkably fresh portrait in its original frame shows Sir Joseph Banks at the height of his powers wearing his Order of the Bath sash; and a fine illuminated presentation address to...