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London: published by the Author, 1848.
The "Orange Chat" of inland AustraliaHand-coloured lithograph (510 x 350 mm), with letter-press text. Delicately hand coloured original lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia, one of the great natural history publications of all time. Known more commonly today as.....
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (360 x 540 mm.), with letter-press text. The Sombre Gallinule was encountered by Gould in the upper Hunter and also on the banks of the Murry in South Australia. An original hand coloured lithograph plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia.....
London: The Author 1840-, 1869. Hand-coloured lithograph (510 x 350 mm.), with letter-press text. The Striated Pardalote, Pardalotus Striatus is a busy little bird that feeds off insects and frequents the Eucalyptus tree. This is an original hand coloured lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia. Birds.....
London: C.Cooke, 31 October, 1788.
Hand-colouredEngraving, 155 x 215 mm (plate size), early hand-colouring. An attractive and rather uncommon version of Webber's death of Captain Cook, newly engraved by William Grainger, with good early hand-colouring. Although in a reduced format, the engraving is neatly executed, and the use of.....
Paris: circa 1795.
From ethnology to fashionEngraved aquatint with original handcolouring, 440 x 530 mm. (sheet size), mounted and framed. Rare and alluring hand-coloured engraving of the islanders of the Pacific, composed of twenty-four groups of inhabitants from new lands revealed through the voyages of Captain James Cook and.....
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Sydney: circa 1857.
Looking from Vaucluse to MosmanOil painting on papered boards, 31.3 x 61 cms. in an early gilt frame, signed lower right F. Halsted. The artist George F. Halsted worked in Sydney from the 1850s to the 1880s. It is thought that he may have been the.....
London: J. Fairburn, June, 1824.
Kamehameha and Kamamalu an exotic tease for "Poodle" ByngHandcoloured engraving (240 x 340 mm.), mounted. A wonderful and very rare British satirical print from the time of the royal visit to London by King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamamalu in 1824. The print was.....
London: S. W. Fores, June 16, 1824.
Contemporary cartoon of the Hawaiian royals in LondonEtching with original handcolour, 235 x 330 mm.; in a recent archival mount. Very rare caricature of the Hawaiian royal family, published during their visit to London in 1824. Kamehameha II, as the name has.....
A Nineteenth Century Nature StudyAlbumen silver photograph 84 x 69 mm. contemporary manuscript inscription on the obverse, very good. Original field-work photograph of the "Danaeia Erippus" (actually Danaus, the "Southern Monarch") taken at the Hawkesbury River in 1896. Compelling image of butterflies, caterpillars and a chrysalis perched on.....
London: 1785. Original watercolour on paper with faint outline of engraving, 250 x 360 mm., signed and dated lower right, mounted. An original watercolour by the highly regarded artist William Hayes (1727-1799) Despite a complete lack of training in any field, Hayes discovered a natural aptitude for painting birds. His.....
London: nd. circa 1840. Engraving, 210mm x 142mm. Transported to Botany Bay on the convict ship Minerva in 1799. Holt was part of the United Irishmen group who formed in late 1791 in order to end social, political, economic and religious discrimination against Catholics and Presbyterians, and to prevent the.....
London: Henry Colburn, 1838. Engraving, 210mm x 142mm, in fine condition. A wonderful portrait of Joseph Holt (1756-1826), one of the most prominent Irish convicts of the early years of settlement at Sydney Cove. In 1798 Holt joined a band of rebels engaged in six months of guerrilla conflict near.....
Amsterdam: 1607. Handcoloured copper engraving, 290 x 180 mm. (sheet size), with letterpress to verso. Mounted. Beautiful decorated double-hemisphere map of the world from the Atlas Minor published by Jodocus Hondius in 1607. In 1604 Hondius and a business partner purchased the copper plates from Mercator's estate and continued to.....
London: Jeffryes & Co, Ludgate Hill, 1 October, 1798.
A veteran of Cook's second voyageHandcoloured mezzotint measuring 554 x 655 mm. (plate size). Splendid mezzotint depicting the dramatic death of Alexander Hood, a Royal Navy captain who served under Captain Cook in his early career. This appears to be.....
London: M. & N. Hanhart Imp. circa 1851.
A great botanist of his eraLithograph portrait; 295 x 240 mm., wide margins, mounted. A fine portrait of the botanist Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911). Son of the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (whom he later succeeded in the.....
London: J. Stockdale, 1789.
The first printed map of SydneyEngraved map, 530 x 470 mm. (sheet size). The first printed map of the settlement at Sydney Cove with fascinating details of the colony in its earliest days. It was engraved for the 1789 London publication of Phillip's Voyage to.....
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
First Fleet artist of some capacityEngraving, 210 x 285 mm. (sheet size). Engraved illustration of a Papuan outrigger by first fleet officer Captain John Hunter, originally printed for inclusion in his Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island (1792). Hunter sailed.....
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
Hunter and Bradley as pioneer map-makersEngraved chart, 720 x 400 mm. Important early colonial map of the coastline of New South Wales, a direct result of searching for alternate settlement sites within easy sailing distance from Sydney Cove. John Hunter and William Bradley undertook surveys.....
London: J. Stockdale, 1792. Engraving, 280 x 215 mm. (sheet size), good condition overall. Portrait of Captain Hunter seated, in naval uniform and holding papers in his left hand (one of which depicts a ship passing between two headlands). Captain John Hunter (1737 - 1821) was appointed second captain, under.....
France: circa 1420. Illuminated leaf on vellum, 265 x 175 mm., double-column text written in an attractive bâtard script in dark brown ink, lightly ruled, rubrics in red, handsome 4-line initial in burnished gold leaf on a blue and red background with delicate white filigrans, initial two lines alternatively red.....
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 on hair-line stems; 4-line initial in dark red and heightened in grey and white on a liquid gold panel enclosing a coloured flower, three 1-line.....
Southern France: circa 1475.
Superb illuminated miniature of King DavidArched miniature depicting King David kneeling in prayer, 91 x 65mm., set in elaborate illuminated border on three sides; 4-line illuminated initial D (of "Domine" - O Lord), eight lines of gothic text on the other side;Mounted. A superb late.....
Paternoster Row, London: Goff & Co., February 8th. 1787.
Rev. Richard Johnson; Chaplain of the first Christian service in Australia on February 3rd. 1788.Engraving, 17 x 11 cms. title inscribed around oval half length portrait; vignette below depicting a redemption scene by a harbour with sailing ships, captioned with.....
[England]: circa, 1820.
Nonplussed kangaroos on Sydney harbourSingle leaf from a scrapbook, 215 x 260 mm., the engravings and captions neatly cut-out and pasted down, views to both sides of the sheet; in a nineteenth century frame. Marvellous page from a scrap book with a naïve scene depicting "Natives.....