Catalogues & Lists

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A few highlights are the unpublished journal of Pacific coastal exploration by Moraleda Y Montero; a marvellous copy of Barros' 16th century Chronicle of Portuguese exploration; voyage accounts by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...

Recent Acquisitions

Our list for July 2015 and the ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair is a miscellany of treasures.
A few highlights are the classic voyage accounts by Dampier, Flinders  and Vancouver, the earliest account of Antarctic exploration by Marra and Bligh's Voyage in an evocative contemporary binding. We have a fine copy of Lycett's pivotal work of Australian views, and foundation books of...

Curiosity & Discovery

Hordern House is delighted to announce our new 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...

Acquisitions March 2015

Our list for March 2015, with a particular focus on natural history and voyaging.
 
A few highlights are: a letter written by Jacques Arago and a sheet of his watercolours depicting Australian butterflies; an important chart of New Guinea and the Arafura Sea published in 1792 by Alexander Dalrymple; rare S.T. Gill & George Hamilton lithographs of the outback...

Acquisitions 2015 February

Our first list for 2015, with a real miscellany of items relating to Australia and the Pacific.
 
A few highlights are: a fascinating letter sent by a senior army officer in Bathurst in 1840; a fine set of the works of Francis Bacon owned by the abolitionist Thomas Fowell Buxton; two maps from the Newfoundland survey of James Cook;...

California Bookfair 2015 Oakland

A selection of books, manuscripts, and pictures which we will be showing at the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, on display at the Oakland Marriott Center, Friday 6 February to Sunday 8 February, 2015.

A few of the highlights are: the beautiful illustrated books of the Pacific by Louis Choris, Voyage Pittoresque Autour du Monde (1822) and Vues et Paysages (1826); the very...

Edward Ashworth, Artist & Architect

An important collection of fourteen original watercolour studies of Hong Kong & Macau, painted by the travelling English architect Edward Ashworth in the mid-1840s, just after the first Opium War and at the very beginning of Hong Kong's first colonial buildng boom. These drawings represent an exceptional documentary archive, sometimes the only recorded images of certain buildings or streetscapes. Ashworth's important article...