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London: Luzac & Co., 1899.
With the Southland chart by by Hessel GerritszLarge quarto, with numerous photogravure plates and two folding maps printed in colour, a fine copy in early quarter black morocco, gilt decorated spine with crimson label. First edition of this important work, here offered in a....
London: W. N. Wright, 1846.
Uncommon account Leichhardt's first expedition.Duodecimo, frontispiece and folding plate; in publisher's blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering. Christopher Hodgson accompanied Ludwig Leichhardt on his first expedition of 1844. Shortage of provisions for the long journey prompted Leichhardt to order Hodgson's premature return to Brisbane...
London: Alexander Heylin, 1855.
Natal ten years after colonisationOctavo, three folding maps and numerous illustrations, including four tinted-lithographed plates; half red morocco by Sangorski. A few light pencilled notes of a previous owner. Nice complete copy of an early sought-after history of Natal. The appendix includes discussion of the...
The Parks Collection: Captain James Cook, The Greatest DiscovererThe Captain James Cook collection of Bob and Mary Anne Parks is a landmark of its kind, and represents the finest such collection offered. This comprehensive and extensively illustrated catalogue will undoubtedly become one of the standard reference works on the...
Captain Louis De Freycinet and his Voyages to Terres AustralesQuarto, 172 pages, bound in cloth with colour dustjacket. 92 items fully described and illustrated in colour throughout, with bibliography of principal references and an index. An important collection of printed and original manuscript and pictorial material relating to the...
The Parks Collection: Captain William Bligh and the Mutiny on the BountyCaptain William Bligh and the Mutiny on the Bounty is a companion volume to Captain James Cook, the Greatest Discoverer released by Hordern House in 2008. Sumptuously illustrated in colour and black & white, this catalogue contains 133...
Sydney: Hordern House, 2011.
The Great South Land: Searching for the antipodes, from classical scholars to Quiros & Dampier285 x225mm, 180pp, Case bound hardcover, dust jacket and colour illustrations. This catalogue of books and maps tells the story of a New World. Unlike the American discoveries to which that...
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...
London: John Stockdale, 1 January 1793.
Governor Hunter's account of foundation and explorationQuarto, with 17 engraved plates, folding maps and charts; a very good copy, a decent size with the often cropped date on the title-page intact, in a modern binding of quarter morocco and marbled boards. First edition...
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: John Stockdale, 1793.
Engraved by William BlakeQuarto, with 17 engraved plates, folding maps and charts, list of subscribers; period-style calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands. First edition of John Hunter's Journal: a foundation book of Australian coastal exploration which, together with Phillip's account, gives the first...
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...
London: C. Dolman, 1839.
"a record of every blunder that has been committed"Octavo, extract comprising pp. 449-466, with armourial title page of The Dublin Review bound in; full green crushed morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Review of two books of 1838-1839: T. Horton James' Six Months...
London: the Author, 1794.
The first book for Australia: the rarest First Fleet bookDuodecimo in sixes; original stab holes visible in inner margins, a tall copy with excellent margins in later quarter morocco, lilac endpapers; a fine copy, preserved in quarter morocco bookform box. Extremely rare: one of the...
Leipzig and Prague: G. Freytag [and] Tempsky, 1882-, 1883. Four volumes, octavo, frontispieces in each volume, maps and other illustrations; original blindstamped green cloth. Influential German study of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Karl Emil Jung, who had taught classics at Eton, emigrated to Australia in the 1850s, took...
London: Dickinson & Watson, 1779. Mezzotint, 38 x 28cm. Henry Keppel had first served in the Malacca Straits in the early 1840s during the campaign against the Borneo pirates. During that time he formed a close friendship with Sir James Brooke, who had been appointed rajah of Sarawak in perpetuity...
London: W. Faden, 1822.
"Fine pasture country, uninhabited and considered as neutral ground"Engraved chart, hand coloured; 605 x 890 mm. Detailed topographic map of the Albany district (present day South Africa) presenting a wilderness mapped but largely untamed. This map was published by William Faden (1749-1836), one of the...
London: 1834. Two volumes, octavo, with a folding map; in original green cloth with paper labels on spines. First edition. Lang, a Presbyterian minister, arrived in the colony in 1823. He was possessed of enormous energy, and "pushed his way to power at once", as H.M. Green says, with "a...
Paris: c. 1830.
Charming French collapsible globe, with accompanying bookletA collapsible engraved and handcoloured globe in six gores (170 mm. tall); protected by the original lithographed portfolio, 8 folding pages of text; with loose double-sided engraved and hand-coloured card 'Mécanisme du Glode Artificiel'; a very good and attractive example...
Paris, but Nouméa: Challamel Aine, circa 1878.
Printed in New CaledoniaQuarto, with a mounted photographic view of Nouméa, five folding maps printed in colour, a folding table and five lithographic plates; with a suite of 73 lithographic illustrations (including separate title-page) comprising a detailed route map of a walk.....
Paris: Ernest Léroux, 1876.
Samoan indigenous ritualOctavo, pp. 589-604; a fine copy in original printed wrappers. Exceptionally scarce work on traditional beliefs in Samoa. This is an offprint with a specially printed wrapper - typically this might have been produced only for presentation by the author - from the.....