Blog

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. 

Quiros & Rare Book Monthly review

Monday July 3, 2017

An incisive review of our latest catalogue from Michael Stillman of Rare Book Monthly, particularly of the earliest item: Quiros's Memorial of 1611 and his search for "a great southern continent many believed must exist. Its existence had been imagined going back to the days of Aristotle". Please click Website  above for the full review and download our full catalogue by clicking here.

June 2017 news

Tuesday June 13, 2017

Winter 2017

Our new catalogue is  selection of 52 items including one of the great voyage rarities: an original Quiros presentation memorial. Dating from 1611 this is one of only 14 different Memorials known to have been printed by Quiros (at his own considerable expense), which mark the earliest printed record of discovery and plans for settlement of a Southern Continent.

Our cover item is from Lieutenant Robert Dale’s famously important and vivid nine-foot wide View...

Our new premises

Tuesday May 16, 2017

The team at Hordern House is delighted to announce our move to new premises in Surry Hills, Sydney just 5 minutes from the CBD. This exciting new space has allowed us to display our rare books, manuscripts and paintings to full advantage over one purpose-built level. In our move from Potts Point we have uncovered treasures which we look forward to sharing with you. Keep an eye on our Lists and New & Notable website tabs...

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...

from
to
$ min
$ max
Close

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...