Hordern House will be exhibiting at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair from 9-12 September 2021. This exclusive online Fair is an initiative of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) .
Hordern House is contributing to a joint online catalogue organised by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB). We invite you to view our highlights.
This exclusive online Fair is a joint initiative of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocation UK (ABA) from 22-27 July. Please preview our catalogue below.
The 2021 California Antiquarian Book Fair will be our 33rd California fair, though this year it will be a digital fair running from Thursday 4 March through Saturday 6 March. Every year until now we have taken a booth next door to our good friends at William Reese Company of New Haven, removing the wall between the stands and between us showing the best of America and Australia. Times change.
So this year we can’t be there physically while the world takes a breath, but we have made a selection of rare material to exhibit online in the spirit of the wonderful annual show, the west coast meeting of the biblio-tribes.
Hordern House is participating in firsts: London's Rare Book Fair, exclusively online 18th-23rd February.
Highlights include: Johann and Georg Forster's pioneer work on the botany of Australia and the South Pacific (pictured); a rare and beautiful lithograph work published by a naval office in provincial France on tattooing in the South Pacific; and the first two years of the Port-Breton journal La Nouvelle France spruiking the horrible fraud of the Marquis de Rays and his supposed paradise colony in New Guinea.
Our catalogue for the Stuttgart Rare Book Fair, online Friday 29th January to Sunday 1st February, includes the first appearance in print of the famous Macrobian world map (see illustration), the most influential of all pre-Renaissance views of the world, including an antipodean, southern continent.
Printed in Brescia, in the first decade of printing there, this strikingly handsome production is the first edition of Macrobius’s Commentary on the Dream of Scipio to print the scientific diagrams and the world map.
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.