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Arago drawing reunited after 199 years

Wednesday November 7, 2018

A rare find by Hordern House, the scholarship of eminent bibliographer David Forbes and the remarkable Manoa Heritage Centre in Hawaii have combined to re-unite two halves of an original Arago panorama for the first time in almost 200 years. The panorama is an exceptional, early and important view of Maui made by the official artist on the Uranie expedition under Louis de Freycinet. An account of this serendipitous repatriation by the Manoa Research Centre...

Banned booksellers week

Tuesday November 6, 2018

Hordern House has joined more than 275 booksellers from 24 different countries are removing their book inventory from the Amazon subsidiary Abebooks.com in support of their colleagues in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, and South Korea, who are banned from the site effective November 30. Abebooks is the world’s largest online marketplace devoted exclusively to books. Amazon acquired the company ten years ago this month.

In an official statement to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), Udo Göllmann...

Matthew Flinders at Euston station?

Friday October 26, 2018
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
A team of archaeologists in London have begun a one-year mission: to sift through tens of thousands of human remains in the cemetery beside Euston station where Flinders was laid to rest 204 years ago, and somehow pick him out. If they cannot then he will probably be among those reburied in an anonymous grave on the outskirts of the city. Clink link to the article above.
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Imaginary Voyages

Thursday March 29, 2018
Our latest themed list spans four centuries of imaginary voyages: whimsical, pedagogical, philosophical, fantastical, satirical: all explorations of Utopia or the world as it will or ought to be. Many offer prescient insight and many are absurd or comedic. Works by Vairasse, the rare "Histoire der Sevarambes" (an imaginary voyage to western Australia), and Foigny's "Les Avantures de Jacques Sadeur dans la découverte ...de la Terre Australe" are present, the earliest by the Dominican Tommasso Campanella...

The Navy List

Wednesday February 28, 2018

Our March themed list encompasses over 200 years of seagoing: from Hoste's classic of naval strategy sumptuously bound for Christian VII of Denmark; through to works on naval architecture, the principles of rigging (including Admiral Carnegie's copy of David Steel's Elements and practice of seamanship), nautical astronomy, the chronometer and nautical medicine; including an early French notice of Captain Cook's findings on diet and scurvy, a finely bound set of Freind's History of Physick (Freind maintained scurvy was unknown...

February news

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Hordern House will be exhibiting at California in February. Please view our catalogue online here. For more information on the Fairs or for complimentary tickets please email us.

December News

Saturday December 2, 2017

Our latest online catalogue, Antarctic Exploration highlights a selection of manuscript and printed rarities from the 18th & 19th Century, including Cook, Kerguelen and Dumont D'Urville through to those from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration represented by Amundsen and Mawson. The highlights may be viewed here and the full online list here.
We also featured on our home page the rare hand-coloured edition of Jacques Arago's Souvenirs d'un aveugle.  Seldom seen on the market, this should be ranked as...

Australia

Thursday October 26, 2017

Hordern House at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair

Wednesday July 5, 2017

Our July catalogue will be on display at the ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair, Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, 7th-9th July. Highlights include a unique Illuminated presentation album from the German citizenry of Sandhurst (now Bendigo) to Count Otto von Bismarck with fine illustrations of the goldfields by Ludwig Lang and a rare caricature by Ducote prepared in the wake of the British Government trying to attract single ladies to the far-flung Australian Colony. 

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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 first views (an unusually complete and correct copy of the very rare first edition); the collected...