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Rouen: circa 1480-1500. Illuminated leaf, 166 x 112 mm., panel border on each side of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus, coloured flowers, fruits and leaves; 15 1-line initials in dark red and blue alternately. Fine leaf from a French Book of Hours with a typical Rouen decorative.....
Paris: Amedée Bedelet, circa 1858. Tinted lithograph, 165 x 233 mm.; marginal tear with early stick-tape repair leaving brown, not affecting image. This oft-reproduced image is based on a famous West Australian view by Louis de Sainson, which was published in the official account of Dumont d'Urville's three-year expedition in.....
London: John Cooke, 1 February 1799.
Cook's friend and patronCopper engraving, 233 x 295 mm. Lord Sandwich, for whom Cook named the Hawaiian islands; after the portrait by Gainsborough. Cook's friend and patron John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty in February.....
Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1652. Handcoloured engraved map, 400 x 545 mm. (plate size); mounted. Stately double-hemisphere map by Nicolas Sanson, cartographer extraordinaire and geographer to Louis XIII. Sanson's principal historical importance lies in his role as a disseminator of knowledge: 'His maps, geographical tables and teaching captured the attention of.....
Zurich: J. Honegger, 1845. Lithograph, 250 x 335 mm. Rare depiction of a group of Aborigines roasting lizards over a fire. The lithograph comes from Schinz's Naturgesichte und Abbildung des Menschen der Verscheulenen Rassen und Stamme, which was a comparative anthropological study of racial types and physiognomy. The author served.....
London: John Senex, 1721.
With the Tsar's route to China delineatedHand-coloured engraved map measuring 540 x 625 mm. (sheet size), with ornamental title caption to the top left corner; slight aging, very good condition, mounted. Finely engraved map of greater Asia (including Arabia, India and a small portion of.....
Changing the course of Pacific historySigned and inscribed 'no 2 admiral/ Sir G.F. Seymour *.*.*./ John Lucas.' (on reverse); oil on canvas, unlined 1428 x 1118 mm. A magnificent Pacific painting: the superb large portrait of Admiral Sir George Seymour as commander-in-chief at Portsmouth. This imposing full-length.....
London: Stockdale, 8 December, 1789. Stipple engraving, 230 x 180 mm. (plate size), some spotting else fine. Uncommon engraved portrait of John Watts, veteran of Cook's third voyage, who sailed with the First Fleet on board Lady Penrhyn. Although published by Stockdale and intended to be included in Governor Phillip's.....
London: J. Stockdale, 1789.
First FleetStipple engraved oval portrait by Sherwin; 150 x 125 mm. The classic contemporary portrait of Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet and first governor of the fledgling convict settlement at Port Jackson. This portrait was engraved as the frontispiece to The Voyage.....
London: Henry Bohn, no date, but 1851.
Sir Joseph Banks emerges from his chrysalisHandcoloured engraving, 350 x 250 mm; mounted. Rare satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of the Bath for self-promotion. Portraits of Banks by the most famous artists of the day.....
Australia's first botanical illustrations9 hand coloured engravings, each 235 x147mm, some with accompanying original letter press descriptions and all housed in a custom made solander case. A collection of nine superb hand coloured engravings from the first illustrated book on Australian flowers - John Edward Smith's A......
London: lithographed by the artist, c.1860.
Australian Christmas Bells: coloured proofHand coloured lithograph, 285 x 240mm, mounted and framed; artist's proof with notes to the colourist. A lovely image of Christmas Bells, by the natural history artist W.G. Smith, lithographed by the artist and here in an unique proof.....
London: Published by J. Sowerby & Co, 1793.
The first engraved image of the magnificent waratahHand coloured engraved plate, 235 x 170mm, mounted and in a handsome nineteenth century timber frame. This superb image, 'the most magnificent plant which the prolific soil of New Holland affords is, by common.....
S.P.C.K. circa 1860. Wood engraving, with original hand colouring; with brief description, in very good condition, mounted. Separately issued engraving of an "Emeu" published for use in schools. The text which describes the habitat and habits of the emu is imbued with the Society's message: "It is sometimes coursed for.....
Shipping catastrophe in Sydney harbourAlbumen silver print, 150 x 200mm, pencil description to reverse of the image. Remarkable photo showing the S.S. Austral after it foundered in Sydney Harbour while coaling off Kirribilli in November 1882. The striking scene shows the vessel sunk past the gunwales and.....
The Australian tourStereoscope, card mount measuring 175 x 83mm. Rare stereoscopic photograph of the Royal Navy "Flying Squadron" on their visit to the Derwent River in January 1870. The Flying Squadron, under the command of Rear Admiral Hornby, was a travelling display of British naval supremacy which.....
England: partly dating from the 1790s, assembled as an album circa 1825-1830.
An intimate family album with beautiful original watercolours by Sarah StoneQuarto album, 40 original watercolours tipped onto coloured pages, most signed "Sarah Smith", ornately gilt-printed title-page with added hand-painted monogram in gilt reading "JLS & SS"; the.....
London: circa 1788.
Cook's immortal nameEngraved view with poem, 195 x 105 mm., laid down on card. Rare Cook engraving, with commemorative poem, after a drawing by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834). Stothard was elected to the Royal Academy in 1794 and often collaborated with William Blake, although the present engraving.....
England? circa 1840.
Early watercolourWatercolour drawing heightened with gum arabic, within an ink border, 202 x 145mm; mounted on blue paper probably from an album. A charming early depiction of Sturt's Desert Pea, the floral emblem of South Australia, first collected by William Dampier off the coast of Western.....
Paris: Tastu, 1833. Lithographed view on china paper, 175 x 315 mm (image size); mounted. Good view of Sydney, taken during the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney. The view is taken from what is now the Botanic Gardens, towards Lady Macquarie's.....
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. A charming separately issued lithograph showing Bear Island before it was joined to the mainland at La Perouse, Sydney and prior to the construction of a fort built in the 1880s to ward off the.....
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. An unusual and separately issued view of Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. This view, looking up from the Harbour, shows Darling Point populated by only a few stately villas. In the background can be seen the spire.....
Sydney: circa 1850.
Government House and Fort Macquarie from the HarbourOil on artists' board, 139 x 291 mm. An attractive nineteenth century painting of Sydney and its Harbour. In the foreground sits a three-masted schooner under sail, whilst to the left can be seen Government House and to the.....