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Paris or Rouen: circa 1495. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 152 mm., with a panel border on both sides of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus leaves and coloured flowers and leaves on diagonal grounds of liquid gold, illuminated initials in white tracery on pink grounds, and numerous 1-line.....
France: circa 1480. Illuminated leaf, 182 x 118 mm., with a panel border of liquid gold on one side and red ground on the other, nine 1-line and two 2-line initials in red and blue and gold, eighteen lines of text;. A well-illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours.....
Northern France (probably Paris): circa 1475-1500. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with an illuminated panel border on each side of the leaf, one 2-line initial, eleven 1-line initial and nine line-fillers, 18 lines of neat gothic bookhand. A beautifully illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours with all.....
Paris: after 1820 and before final publication in 1826.
Freycinet insisting on ethnographic and scientific detailEarly proof plate before letters and number; manuscript caption and notes, bold ink note with instructions to engraver. Early stage of an important engraving from the official account of Louis de Freycinet's voyage in.....
Paris: circa 1828.
Ethnology of MicronesiaEngraved plate measuring 320 x 235 mm. (plate size). Early proof version (before number) of a splendid engraving made for the official publication of the Uranie voyage: it would appear in the Atlas Historique of Louis de Freycinet's Voyage autour du monde. Duperrey, who.....
Paris: Gayet et Lebrun, 1840.
The artist's narrative: the rare coloured editionFive volumes, octavo, with a portrait and 59 hand-coloured lithographic plates (a few folding) in the first four volumes and 15 uncoloured plates in the fifth volume; handsome contemporary French quarter olive-green calf, spines with raised bands, ornamented.....
Paris: Leblanc, no date, but after 1822.
The artist's account: the first published narrative of the Freycinet voyageTwo volumes, octavo, and small folio atlas; the atlas with separate title, map and 25 lithographic plates; text in mid-nineteenth century quarter green roan trade binding with gilt ornament, atlas in more.....
Paris: Leblanc, 1822. Folio, with an engraved world map and 25 lithograph views; uncut; original boards, as issued, with the publisher's printed label. The splendid atlas volume to Jacques Arago's published account of his voyage to Australia and the Pacific with the Freycinet expedition of 1817-1820. Published in 1822, Arago's.....
Blue Mountains AboriginesHandcoloured stipple engraving, 150 x 270mm. A marvellous engraved portrait of an Aboriginal elder of the Blue Mountains named Karadra and his companion Hara-o, after an original study by Alphonse Pellion; Karadra, the older man on the right, holds a clay tobacco pipe in his.....
London: John Hatchard, 1848. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, manuscript inscription at front of each volume; in contemporary maroon morocco, gilt. Second revised and enlarged edition of the life of the great Quaker reformer. The work was edited by two of Fry's daughters, and includes many excerpts from her letters and.....
Stockholm: J. A. Probsts, 1825.
Swedish costume booklet for childrenFolding concertina case of 24 individual handcoloured ethnographic portraits, each measuring 88 x 57 mm., mounted upon linen within marbled card covers; with accompanying 24mo booklet of some 42 pp., both housed within original papered slipcase. Ephemeral early-nineteenth century Swedish.....
The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1952. Quarto, unopened, in blue boards; blind embossed printer's device on front board. First edition: an elegant monograph on utopia. This thesis on the development of economics in the English Utopia gives priority to key works such as Bacon's New Atlantis, but also includes chapters on.....
Superb presentation album honouring a campaigner for a wrongly convicted man's releaseLarge quarto (365 x 275 mm); contents comprising 14 vellum leaves heavily illuminated by F. Faulkner White, Gothic-style calligraphic text surrounded by multicoloured borders; title leaf with small oval albumen photograph of the recipient, Ralph Sanders.....
Edinburgh: J. Robertson, 1792.
'The most absurd, prodigal and impracticable vision…'Octavo, 336 pp.; a very good copy in nineteenth-century half calf over marbled boards. Rare, with an early essay on Botany Bay by a Scottish judge and therefore providing some insight into the reaction of the legal profession to.....
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, 1874.
The Aboriginal Tribes near Cooper's CreekOctavo, 51 pp., early ink owner's name on title and first page (Wm. Tomsett of Queenstown 1874) in a modern binding. First edition, and an important account of the customs of the Dieyerie tribe (now more commonly "Diyari" or "Diery").....
London: Prined by G. Barclay, 1850.
Gawler on the colonies and his reputation: "not published"Slim octavo, 45 pp., in recent tan half calf, marbled boards. Very rare privately published work by the former Governor of South Australia, and the last serious effort he made to rehabilitate his reputation in.....
London: John Nichols, 1788.
First Fleet report from the CapeOctavo, pp. 377-472, three plates; recent wrappers. Reports progress of the First Fleet: 'By the last accounts received from the fleet from Botany Bay, they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 13th of October last, and expected.....
Jena: Bauhofer, 1667.
Esoteric idols and child sacrificeSmall quarto, with nine woodcuts throughout the text and a folding plate; in modern gilt ruled mottled calf, leaf of manuscript notes dated 1718 pasted to front blank endpaper. Scarce comparative study of non-Christian religious practices (the so called religionum profanum), containing.....
Germany: circa 1400-1500. Bifolium on vellum, 458 x 318 mm. (each leaf), each leaf written in double columns of 32 lines, ruled with ink, dark brown ink with rubrics and brown ink initials, two with decorative penwork, capitals touched with red, full margins. original sewn repairs in lower margin, a......
Milan: Fratelli Treves, 1874.
Landmark account of the Tasmanian AboriginesOctavo, 160 pp., numerous xylographic illustrations, in an early pebbled cloth binding; neat blind stamp to title. Rare: the great anthropolgist Enrico Hillyer Giglioli's account of the Tasmanian Aborigines. Enrico Giglioli (1845-1909) was an Italian zoologist and anthropologist, director of.....
London: Religious Tract Society, 1885.
Cook Islands and TuvaluOctavo, frontispiece and engraved plates, charming vignettes; in original gilt decorated green cloth. An unusually bright and fine copy. William Wyatt Gill (1828-1896) was an energetic English missionary active in the Pacific and New Guinea, author of numerous works containing valuable.....