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London: John Harris, 1744.
Emanuel Bowen map of Dampier's discoveriesEngraved chart measuring 245 x 410 mm. (sheet size). The fine Bowen map of William Dampier's discoveries along the Papuan coastline and adjacent islands. Dampier sailed in the Roebuck in January of 1699, landing in Shark Bay, Western Australia in.....
London: published by William Mackenzie, circa 1885.
Portrait of the great scientist as an old manSteel engraving, 107 x 134 mm. within larger sheet, An engraved portrait of the legendary naturalist Charles Darwin. The engraving is taken from an image by the famous studio of Elliott & Fry, specialists.....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1859. Foolscap folio, 37 pp.; printed on blue paper; protected in recent brown buckram. A scarce Government paper on the "Defence of the Town and Harbour of Sydney". Motivated chiefly by the memory of the Crimean War, the paper was a telling contribution to the then current.....
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1893.
Enormous geological chart of the central desertFolio, 78 pp., with two large folding maps each measuring 720 x 1530 mm., recent black cloth. First published report of the Elder Scientific Expedition of 1891, complete with the two magnificent lithographic maps of the central desert on.....
London: T. & W. Boone, 1846.
Inscribed to Captain FitzRoy of the BeagleOctavo, frontispiece and five plates (including map of the Rivoli Bay district bound into the text); with a large handcoloured folding map measuring 684 x 535 mm. in front sleeve; a handsome copy with the advertisements in.....
London: J.D. Potter, 1861.
The chronometers of HMS Fly, by an officer on boardOctavo, xvi, 228 pp., including appendices and tables. New edition, revised and considerably expanded. The work includes important statistical tables from the north Australian survey conducted by HMS Fly under the command of Francis Blackwood between.....
London: Bell and Daldy, 1867. Octavo, wood-engraved illustrations including frontispiece;original dark brown gilt-decorated cloth. Scarce and attractive children's book, based on the experiences of Harden S. Melville on the Fly, with frontispiece and 29 other illustrations by Melville (the "Griffin") from his original sketches. Melville sailed with Francis Blackwood on.....
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
London: J. Walthoe, 1726.
First history of medicine written by an EnglishmanTwo volumes, octavo, contemporary panelled calf. Attractive early mixed set of this first history of medicine written by an Englishman, comprising the third edition of the first volume and first edition of the second. Regarding nautical medicine, Friend.....
Paris: Didot l'aîné, 1790.
Ancient Greek geographersQuarto, with ten folding engraved maps; later half red grained morocco. An analysis of the geographical knowledge of the ancient Greeks undertaken by Gossellin for a contest set by the French Academie Royale des Inscriptions. The ten folding maps are particularly interesting for.....
London: John van Voorst, 1875.
Marvels of pond life in London tapwaterLarge thick octavo, two volumes bound in handsome deep red half morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, the second volume with 48 engraved plates, some handcoloured. Splendidly bound copy of the third edition, a marvellous relic of Victorian popular.....
London: Henry S. King, 1876.
Precursors to Darwin illuminatedTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 15 plates (including the folding frontispiece map), contemporary full polished calf, spine banded with green labels. Good summary of Darwinian evolutionary theory, and its historical precursors (namely Kant, Lamarck, Cuvier, Agassiz, Goethe, Oken and.....
London: W. Innys, R. Manby, T. Woodward, 1763.
From men-of-war to the Drury Lane TheatreTwo volumes, octavo, five folding plates, contemporary speckled calf. First edition: Hales' ventilators became known as "ship's lungs", and were so appreciated by eighteenth-century sailors, and contributed so significantly to an improvement in seaboard conditions.....
London: Printed for Thomas Wright, Mathematical Instrument-Maker… And E. Cushee, Globe-Maker, 1738.
Globes, by the Master of the MintOctavo, with six engraved folding plates; early ink ownership inscription ("John Wadham, his booke July 12th 1762"), armorial bookplate of Belsfield, and a later owner's embossed stamp; a good, crisp copy.....
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.....
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, October, 1896.
The report suppressed by HornFoolscap folio, 32 pp., with 13 full page photogravure plates and four larger folding maps and sheets bound in (including the large map measuring 1290 x 1290 mm., and a plan of the Hermannsburg mission measuring 822 x......
Melbourne: Government Printer, 7 March 1855.
'the prime movers were Scotchmen'Foolscap folio, single leaf. Curious exchange between James Tarleton, U.S. Consul to Australia and Lieutenant Governor Sir Charles Hotham, laying the blame for the Eureka Stockade. Tarleton asserts in his first letter that 'the prime movers were Scotchmen' and.....
London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly and T. Cadell, 1791.
Prisons, hulks, quarantine stations and mental hospitalsQuarto, with 22 engraved plans and views (18 of them folding) and a large folding table; bound without the half-title in contemporary sprinkled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red morocco label; an excellent.....
London: William Eyres for Cadell and Conant, 1780.
Prison reform in the 1780sOctavo, with ten folding engraved plates including seven highly detailed architectural plans; contemporary tree calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands. Second and best edition of John Howard's exhaustive and highly influential examination of the prisons.....
London: D. Henry, November, 1775.
Experimental marine chronometerOctavo, 48 pp., disbound. Complete issue of the Gentleman's Magazine for November 1775 containing an interesting biographical article on John Hutchinson (1674-1737), a natural scientist who, in 1712, invented and built a novel chronometer for ascertaining longitude. The article reads 'Some time.....
Babylone (Paris): n.p., 1760. Octavo, with four engraved plates by Cochin after Desfriches illustrating the second work "Mon Odyssée ou le Journal de Mon Retour de Saintonge"; contemporary mottled calf,spine gilt with red label. First edition: a marvellous utopian community in Africa, prefiguring the uses of photography, television and the.....
Melbourne: Stillwell & Co., 1889.
"accurate knowledge, infinite painstaking, and sacred reverence for human life"Octavo, 23 pp., some foxing, old fold, and manuscript postal address and postmarks (1889), where the pamphlet has been mailed from South Australia to New South Wales; in the original printed wrappers, rather spotted and.....
London: Printed for Her Majesty's Commisioners, 1862.
Australian products on the world stage.Three volumes, quarto, folding plan and steel engraved illustrations throughout; in original gilt decorated cloth. Official catalogue of the 1862 International Exhibition, a spectacle of vast proportions promoting the products and manufacturing of Britain and her colonies.....
Lille: chez Vanackere and Paris, chez Nicolle, circa 1806.
Early children's geographical card gameGeographical card game, consisting of 48 cards measuring 105 x 70 mm, each illustrated with a small round engraving by Pierre-François Godard, together with a folded sheet with introduction and rules for the game, and a......