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Berwick and London: W. Phorson, B. Law and Son, 1793.
The Bounty mutineers wrecked in the Endeavour StraitOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece portrait of the author; untrimmed; in modern calf, gilt, in a matching half calf box. First edition: the only published account of the voyage of the Pandora.....
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847.
Original version of the scene in KealekakuaTwo volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume and 38 black & white plates in the text; in contemporary quarter morocco. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children, including La Pérouse and the third voyage.....
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume plus 38 plates in the text; in original blue cloth, with elaborate gilt decorations. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children including La Pérouse, Dumont d'Urville and the third voyage of James Cook with.....
The Parsons Collection Part 1Quarto, 128 pages, bound in saifu cloth with colour dustjacket. 138 items fully described and illustrated in colour throughout. The first part of the catalogue includes 138 items, divided into five sections, each item being fully described bibliographically and illustrated. The sections cover Dampier to.....
The Parsons Collection Part 11Quarto, 160 pages, bound in saifu cloth with colour dustjacket. 156 items fully described and illustrated in colour throughout, with bibliography of principal references and an index to both parts. The second part continues the story of Pacific discovery and exploration from La Pérouse to.....
Paris: Barrois, 1787.
Eccentric Tahitian linguisticsQuarto, 112pp, bound with two later Hebrew and Arabic grammars, in early nineteenth-century quarter calf (spine scuffed). A rare and eccentric treatise promoting Celtic as the foundation for all languages ancient and modern. The work includes a chapter on Tahiti based upon vocabularies in.....
Cambridge, MA: Hilliard and Brown, 1829.
Uncommon editionOctavo, neat ex-library stamp; in later burgundy half morocco over marbled boards. Second edition of this life of Ledyard, the famous sailor on Cook's third voyage and author of one of the few published accounts. Forbes notes the considerable historical significance of.....
Paris: Paulin, 1842.
including Australian speciesOctavo, 294pp (including 2pp index); original publisher's wrappers, spine strengthened. Very scarce: five Australian species are included in this zoological study. Most of the mammals discussed would have been encountered by Lesson during his three-year voyage under Duperrey and Dumont d'Urville. As naval surgeon.....
Paris: Dabo and Masson, 1823.
Miniature voyage collection, with a Freycinet section15 volumes, duodecimo, with numerous folding maps & plates; contemporary half calf. A delightful French miniature collection of voyages. There are three volumes each to the sections on Africa, Asia, America, Europe and the South Seas. This last.....
London: Alex Hogg., n.d., but circa 1784.
Re-engraved for AndersonEngraving, 380 x 235 mm. Naïve oval portrait prepared as frontispiece for Anderson's New, Authentic and Complete Collection (1784-86). The scroll below gives birth and death information and names of the ships on each voyage.
Paris: Panckoucke, Agasse, 1789-1825.
Australian insects collected by Banks and LabillardièreNine quarto volumes, comprising seven text volumes and two of plates, 397 numbered plates and one bis; bindings a bit scuffed and a few joints starting, lower spine end of two volumes snagged, a good set overall in contemporary.....
London: W. Peacock and Sons, 1802-, 1804.
Delightful small reference libraryThree volumes altogether, duodecimo, engraved folding maps highlighted in watercolour; uniformly bound in contemporary dark blue straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt; in original matching bookform box, gilt tooled spine. Fine example of a gentleman's reference library in miniature, contained.....
London: Skinner and Co., 1786.
Hawaiian feather cloaks and tapaQuarto; engraved frontispiece not present (as is the case with some copies), contemporary half sheep. An unsophisticated copy of this rare auction catalogue, of particular interest to Australia and the Pacific for its many hundreds of natural history lots, including.....
Edinburgh: Engraved for the Naturalist's Library, circa 1835. Engraving, 160 x 100 mm. An attractive and well-executed portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, engraved by William Home Lizars. As the full caption here suggests, this portrait was engraved for the Naturalist's Library, an important series of books published by Sir William.....
London: H. Colburn & Co., August 1st, 1820. Engraving, 215 x 140 mm. An excellent copy of this engraved portrait of Banks after Thomas Phillips, published soon after the great man's death in 1820. This portrait is another example of the popular reproductions of the most famous image of Banks.....
London: Charles Knight, n.d., but circa 1835. Engraving, 138 x 107 mm. A very good engraved portrait of Banks, based on the painting by Thomas Phillips commissioned by the Royal Society, a famous image of Banks in his later life as President of the Royal Society, with the motto "Nullius.....
Glasgow & Edinburgh: William Mackenzie, n.d., circa 1835. Engraving, 138 x 107 mm. A very good engraved portrait of Banks, based on the famous painting by Thomas Phillips commissioned by the Royal Society. Perhaps the most famous of the images depicting Banks in his later life, this portrait shows him.....
Germany: circa 1870. Set of 6 engraved dissected puzzles, with a colour printed copy of each map loosely inserted, 280 x 310 mm., decorative box with colour lithograph on lid. This lovely German puzzle-game, designed to encourage children's geographical awareness, includes two circular puzzles of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres.....
The first European residentOctavo; in the original printed wrappers, faded, but a very good copy. A very scarce book, printed by the government press in Tahiti, the first complete edition of the private journal of Maximo Rodriguez, who arrived in Tahiti in 1774 and stayed for over.....
Paris: J. Langlume et Peltier, 1835. Octavo, with 20 handcoloured plates (including frontispiece), original patterned green papered boards. A charming French account of the peoples of the world written for younger readers and featuring twenty vibrant hand-coloured plates including a Tahitian scene and a depiction of a war canoe from.....
Stockholm: Adolf Bonnier, [1854-1855].
Royal Swedish circumnavigationTwo volumes in one, octavo, with three folding tinted maps, and 20 lithographs (18 coloured) and numerous woodcuts; original brown cloth, gilt. First edition: the official account of the voyage of the Eugenie, the first Swedish circumnavigation, with particularly good accounts of the.....
Paris: Buisson, 1787.
First French editionThree volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 15 engraved folding plates; contemporary French quarter calf, flat spines with double labels. An attractive copy of the first octavo edition in French, published simultaneously with the quarto edition. Sparrman, professor of zoology at Uppsala University.....
Paris: L.-R. Delay, 1843.
France and Britain compete for control of Tahiti.Octavo, viii, 80 pp.; uncut in original printed wrappers. A very scarce pamphlet: this discussion of the issue of French sovereignty in Tahiti is collected and translated from publications of the London Missionary Society, and publishes material from.....
London: G.J. Palmer for J. Hatchard and Son, 1844.
English and French missionaries feuding in TahitiOctavo, engraved frontispiece, map and seven text vignettes; full contemporary calf; a fine copy. A particularly fine copy of an updated account of the London Missionary Society's activities in Tahiti, aimed at a juvenile.....