Bookfairs

firsts: London's Rare Book Fair

firsts: London's Rare Book Fair

Our catalogue for firsts, London's Rare Book Fair, online Friday 27th November to Wednesday 2nd December, includes 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 include 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.

Amsterdam Rare Book Fair 2020

Amsterdam Rare Book Fair 2020

At October's virtual Amsterdam Rare Book Fair we feature 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).

Brooklyn Rare Book Fair 2020

Brooklyn Rare Book Fair 2020

Our catalogue for the virtual Brooklyn Rare Book Fair features 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 Book Fair 2020

Melbourne Book Fair 2020

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original midshipman's log of a particularly interesting voyage to Australia 1852-54, illustrated with most attractive unpublished drawings including a suite of four charts showing a dated track of the voyage, a fine double-page map of "Port Phillip 1853" with detailed soundings, and a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.

New York Book Fair 2020

New York Book Fair 2020

For this year's New York Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory we feature the great French voyage of the Napoleonic period, the ambitious voyage to the "terres Australes" or southern continent under Baudin, chronicled by its participants Louis de Freycinet (later to command his own voyage) and the scientist François Péron, and published in six separate volumes over a period of ten years. The Baudin voyage has  been characterised as the last great Enlightenment voyage, and was perhaps its purest expression, combining as it did scientific curiosity and research, territorial and geo-political ambition, and the spirit of enquiry on the widest scale.