Our catalogue for the Salon d'Hiver du SLAM, the Paris Rare Book Fair, online Friday 11th December to Sunday 13th December, includes a beautifully-drawn large manuscript map of Île Bonaparte (modern Réunion) commissioned in anticipation of the naval actions that would determine possession of the French Indian Ocean Territories during the Napoleonic Wars, original works of voyage art from the Baudin and Freycinet expeditions and the first book with engravings after Redouté. Other highlights include Commander Richard Oliver's only published work, one of the finest Pacific illustrated books of the nineteenth-century.
Our catalogue for firsts, London's Rare Book Fair, online Friday 27th November to Wednesday 2nd December, included the first collected edition of the works of Georg Forster, in completely original condition; the second and best edition of John Harris’ great collection of voyages and travels which includes the important Tasman map; and a splendid printing of the surviving works of Dionysius Halicarnassensis in Greek and roman types.
Other highlights in the catalogue included rare works of natural history by Henry Charles Andrews and Sir William Jackson Hooker each with striking hand-coloured plates, and a fine 16th Century pocket Macrobius in the original pigskin binding.
For the virtual Amsterdam Rare Book Fair we featured the rare complete first edition of one of the finest works on quadrupeds by Johann Elias Ridinger (1768), a classic of zoological illustration with 127 large and beautifully coloured plates; one of the most richly decorated world maps by Henri Chatelain (1719); and an important work on the Spanish in Tahiti by González de Agüeros (1791).
Our Brooklyn Rare Book Fair catalogue featured the beautiful series of Pacific lithographs by Richard Oliver (the rare coloured issue); maps of Dublin Harbour by an early career William Bligh; and the true first edition of Gulliver's travels, one of the great works of literature, and one with particular interest for Australia.
Melbourne's 2020 Rare Book Fair had to be exclusively online. We showed a beautifully atmospheric watercolour of the Yarra River in dawn light by Julian Rossi Ashton; the original midshipman's log of a particularly interesting voyage to Australia 1852-54, illustrated with most attractive unpublished drawings including a suite of four charts showing a dated track of the voyage, a fine double-page map of "Port Phillip 1853" with detailed soundings, and a series of sixteen coastal drawings; and the first South Australian illustrated book published, the rare suite of original views by Frederick Nixon.
Our catalogue for Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair, exclusively online, 5-12 June.