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 prophesying (as a few in this list do) a coming Theocracy. Works by two of the great scholars of humanist thought: Thomas More's "Utopia" and Erasmus' "Praise of Folly" appear together in a very attractive French edition.
A selection of manuscript and printed rarities from the 18th & 19th Century, including Cook, Kerguelen, Dumont D'Urville and Wilkes through to those from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration represented by Amundsen, Mawson and (Frederick!) Cook.
Thirteen broadsides and news printings 1780-1886: three relating to George Anson, two celebrating his naval conquests and one, rather less gloriously concerning the control of venereal disease amongst seamen signed by him as Admiral; a rare Sydney-printed poem lauding the generosity of the merchant Quong Tart; a vivid pictorial printing advertising “dioramic lectures” celebrating Australia & America which toured England in 1850, together with a stirringly large broadside protesting Edward Eyre in Jamaica; and one relating to the abortive attempt by George Grey to force his way into the British Parliament.
Including Choris's most beautiful colour-plate books of the Pacific and Grasset de Saint-Sauveur's unusual Tableau of islanders of the Pacific this themed on-line list includes accounts of Cook's Third Voyage by Ellis and Rickman, a charming French work for the young with plates drawn mainly from Cook; Fleurieu's account of the first French commercial voyage to the Northwest Coast, the second great Russian expedition by Kotzebue and a Swedish edition of Meares' voyage account.
A selection of voyage material from two significant private collections. It includes Bligh's classic Voyage account, and Barrow's popular Mutiny account, a fine copy of Parkinson's Voyage to the South Seas uncut in original boards,a handsome set of Cook's three voyage accounts with uniform contemporay provenance, Crozet's Voyage to the South Sea--of significance to Australia and New Zealand and the Voyage of La Perouse-- one of the finest narratives of maritime exploration ever published.
A selection of rare books and prints on the Hawaiian islands, from first discovery to the late nineteenth century. It includes: Captain Cook and Hawaii; surreptitious accounts written by sailors aboard the third voyage; and the French and Russian expeditions of scientific enquiry; as well as Mission Press books,social history and ethnography.
A diverse selection of cartographic material from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. In addition to freestanding maps the list includes bound volumes with their charts as issued, as well as a separate section of historically significant atlases. The list concludes with some scarce books relating to the history of map-making, and a handful of recently published reference books.
The penal history of Australia, presented in an eclectic range of books, reports and manuscripts. Some unusual items are included, including a nineteenth-century needlework sampler featuring a ditty about Botany Bay, and a lengthy autograph manuscript regarding convicts and prisons by Alexandre Dumas, the author of 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.
A survey of Missionary activity in Australia, the South Pacific and beyond, from the late eighteenth-century to relatively recent times. Of special interest are Australian Aboriginal grammars, historical accounts of the London Missionary Society and Hawaiian mission press bibles. Some New Zealand pamphlets have been included, and a small number of items relate to East Asia.
A themed list spanning 300 years of Portuguese conquest and exploration.
A selection of books with a Scandinavian imprint, or a biographical connection, which shed light on the common early history of Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Also included are Pacific voyage books, and related maritime works.
Books and prints relating to early Tasmanian history, including much fascinating material on convict discipline and reform, the administration of George Arthur, and the end of the transportation era. Emigration guides and the Hobart Town Almanacs provide insights into the day-to-day affairs of free settlers, while scenic views and prints depict the growth of townships from the wilderness.