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Two private collections

Friday April 7, 2017

Hordern House is delighted to offer a shortlist of classic Voyage accounts selected from two significant private collections. Over the next year we will be offering themed lists from these wonderful collections. The shortlist may be downloaded here. This is a linked pdf, so please click on any page for more information and images or search at hordern.com. As well, we have uploaded our new online list: Thirteen broadsides 1780 to 1886--please click herePrevious on-line lists may...

March 2017 news

Friday March 3, 2017
Our March short list celebrates the work of James Busby who did so much to bring the cultivation of vines and wine to Australia. He was a foundation figure for the wine industry and of international repute, as the London and New York printings of his first work indicate. Included too are manuscript letters: on the equipping of Freycinet's Uranie voyage; and an account of the goods carried on the ship Rose at the height of Governor Bligh's rule...

November/December News

Friday November 25, 2016
We have uploaded our final catalogue for the year: Voyage Books which 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 Casanova (the painter not the lover!), and a dramatic depiction...

October News

Thursday October 27, 2016

This month we have uploaded our Special catalogue of 45 items including 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 of Cook as well as maps by Brion de la...

July News

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Hordern House will be exhibiting at the ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair 22-24th July, the culmination of Rare Book Week. Our July list has been prepared with this in mind and has items of rare Australian interest including the Rev. Johnson’s Address, Carboni’s Eureka Stockade, Fairholme's suite of Australian views highlighting early white settlement on the Darling Downs, and a fine 1861 painting of the First School House at Dandenong; together with early printed books...

June News

Tuesday June 14, 2016
We have posted online our June list: a selection including a fine original drawing by Jacques Arago completed on the Freycinet Expedition; a charming 1838 drawing of the General Post Office, Sydney; together with fine printings byHoste, Frezier and Roggeveen; a small group of Utopian works, a maritime oil of the SS Governor Blackall and a land grant signed by Phillip Parker King with a site sketch by George Evans.

As usual, this list is intended as a....

May News

Tuesday May 17, 2016

We have posted online our May list: a selection of 25 items ranging in interest from paintings and prints including Clara Allport’s watercolour of Manly and Joseph Smith’s magnificent image of the Waratah; the German edition of Flinders notable for the important map; a fine set of Cook and an early Italian edition of La Perouse with unrecorded plates; together with manuscript letters and an early edition of Thomas More’s Utopia and the scarce anonymous Politician’s Dictionary,of significance to...

UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY & SHAKESPEARE 400

Friday April 22, 2016 - Saturday April 23, 2016

Hordern House is  pleased to be exhibiting at ANZAAB's pop-up fair in support of UNESCO's World Book & Copyright Day held each year on 23rd April. Join us from 11:00 am-4:00 pm in the Gallery Room at the State Library of New South Wales. The Library will also be alive with Shakespeare 400 celebrations as the 23rd April marks the 400th annivesary of his life.

April News and our cartography list

Wednesday April 13, 2016

We have posted online our April occasional list: a selection of cartographic material from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. In addition to freestanding maps the list includes printed books that contain their charts as intended, as well as a separate section of historically significant atlases. The list concludes with some scarce books relating to the history of mapmaking, and a handful of recently published reference books.

As usual, this list is intended as a preview and more information on each...

March News and our Convict list

Wednesday March 9, 2016

We have posted online our March list: a selection focussed on transportation and the convict era. In addition to the early settlement accounts of Arthur Phillip and Watkin Tench, this catalogue includes a range of more unusual material such as the cover item: a wonderfully detailed satirical Gillray print; a needlework sampler referring to Botany Bay; and a late eighteenth-century chapbook. Of special interest are original documents that give an insight into the fate of convicts including a lengthy...