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London: W. Clowes, 1826. Slim octavo, [iv], 64 pp., with three aquatints and an impressive folding map of the coastline of north and western Australia; in recent polished half calf. Scarce paper concerning the mineral specimens collected during the north Australian voyage of Philip Parker King, with three aquatints from.....
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, 1853.
The first navigation of the Murray by steam-boatOctavo, 46 pp.; a few pencil annotations; in original printed brown wrappers, once folded down the middle but at some time put into a neat cloth binding. Very scarce, particularly with original wrappers: the Ivo Hammet copy, with.....
London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1901.
Ex-libris: Captain Robert Grundy of GoolwaOctavo, frontispiece and diagrams; an attractive copy in original gilt blocked crimson cloth. Fourth edition, with an appealing South Australian provenance: 'When the great importance to engineers of an accurate knowledge of the details of "Breakdowns at Sea".....
Paris: Dépôt Général de la Marine, 1833.
Sounding chart for the River Plate.Engraved chart; two conjoined sheets measuring 655 x 988 mm. in total. Sounding chart of the headwaters of the River Plate, with soundings of the approaches to Montevideo. The map was produced by the French navy and.....
Bruxelles: Pilliet, 1852-1854-, 1857.
Rare complete set with the full complement of mapsFour parts text bound in one volume, with epilogue and atlas volumes, the latter oblong folio; 18 plates (some folding) in the text volumes, 50 plates (see note) in the atlas volume, excellent impressions of all the.....
New York: E. & G.W. Blunt, 1853.
Nautical instruction for midshipmenQuarto, engraved title-page and 114 engraved plates, two folding; later half red roan, The classic and generously illustrated (a plate to every page of text) guide to practical seamanship, and particularly to rigging, here in a specially arranged American.....
London: Mark Baskett, 10 January 1765.
£3000 awarded to the widow of Tobias MayerFolio, title page, pp. 367-374, fine. An important Longitude Act, bringing John Harrison closer to reward but insisting the secret workings of his chronometers be revealed. Having outlined the successful sea trials during voyages to Jamaica.....
London: Mark Baskett, 1762.
"the Trade and Honour of this Kingdom"Folio, title, pp. 675-678; disbound yet fine. This Act empowers the Commissioners of Longitude power to expend sums up to £2,000 on experimental projects. As such, it significantly expands the scope of the Board to rigorously test plausible proposals.....
London: Mark Baskett, 1765.
For payments up to £2000 to worthy contendersFolio, title, pp. 271-274; disbound yet fine. This Act clarifies the process of paying out prize monies, stipulating that the Commissioners of the Board of Longitude are to pass on the particulars of any individual deemed worthy to.....
London: T. Becket and T. Cadell, 1776.
Malt for scurvyOctavo, two folding tables and four folding plates, modern brown morocco. An important work, including Macbride's essay "On the Scurvy". The author's "Malt" was one of the main antiscorbutics used on Cook's voyages, although it has since been proved to.....
London: for the Linnean Society, 1845. Engraving, 243 x 300 mm. (plate size). Fine engraved portrait of Alexander Macleay, after the oil painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence commissioned by the Linnean Society and displayed in their prestigious portrait gallery of eminent naturalists at Burlington House, London. Macleay was Secretary of.....
Lyon: Sebastianus Gryphius, 1556.
An early pocket Macrobius with the world map, in original dated pigskin bindingOctavo, with diagrams and woodcut map, woodcut initials, printer's device on title; marginal notes; contemporary dated binding (1560) of blind-embossed pigskin over wooden boards, two engraved metal clasps. This is a most attractive.....
Florence: Juntae, 1515.
The pocket MacrobiusOctavo, ff. [xii], 280, italic letter, woodcut printer's device on last leaf, with six woodcuts; contemporary vellum, This was the first popular pocket edition of Macrobius's influential text, printed by the Giunta family in Florence; such smaller format publications were a feature of publishing.....
Brescia: Boninus de Boninis, 1483.
First appearance of the Macrobian world mapSmall folio (302 x 198mm), 191 leaves (initial blank leaf discarded), with seven diagrams and a world map within the text; capital spaces blank; a fine, large copy in handsome Regency russia leather, sides richly tooled in gilt.....
Cologne: Eucharius Cervicornus, 1521.
Early Macrobius with a refigured world mapFolio, title within an ornate woodcut border; fine woodcut map of the world and several woodcut diagrams, woodcut initials; nineteenth-century continental binding of half calf, flat spine gilt in compartments. An important early edition of Macrobius, the first to.....
London: T. Dring & C. Harper, 1694.
First appearance of Macrobius in EnglandOctavo, with an additional engraved allegorical title, letterpress title printed in red & black, complete with the often missing imprimatur leaf at start; with a map and other figures in the text;; early eighteenth-century calf with contemporary.....
Florence: the heirs of Filippo Giunta, 1519.
Early geographical compendiumSmall octavo, italic letter, capital letters neatly rubricated; numerous annotations of differing vintage; an excellent copy in contemporary Italian vellum, flat spine lettered and banded in gilt. Scarce edition of this important collection of classical geographical texts, closely based on.....
Venice: Battista Recurti, 1750.
Natural philosophy versus Newtonian physicsTwo volumes, quarto, with a total of 62 plates (including three letterpress tables numbered in series), contemporary full vellum with gilt lettered labels. Well-preserved compendium of articles on science and technology, including a splendid array of engraved plates illustrating many different.....
Edinburgh: Thomas Constable & Co, 1857.
From the library of William BerryOctavo, numerous text illustrations; publisher's blind-stamped cloth. Published posthumously and as the melancholy Note records " Few readers of this volume, it is presumed, need to be informed that its lamented author spent a part of the last.....
Paris &c. Didot jeune et al. 1786.
French companion volume to LindOctavo, uncut in original plain blue-grey wrappers, early ink spine label. Attractive Didot-printed work on scurvy with references to James Lind and Captain Cook: 'Les Médicins Anglois ont donné l'exemple à ceux des autres nations…'. This was translated.....
Paris: Armand-Aubree, 1837.
Beautiful matching setSix volumes, small quarto, with a total of 38 engraved maps of various sizes, dissected and laid down onto 22 folding linen sheets (each about 480 x 680 mm); eight pages of descriptive text in folio format in vol. V; contemporary French quarter morocco.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, 1864.
Celestial phenomena in the Victorian colonyQuarto, coloured frontispiece, plates and charts; a fine copy in contemporary calf. An extensive monograph: whilst primarily an overview of the meteorological conditions of the colony of Victoria, the work contains a chapter on meteors, their incidence 'from 1859 to.....
Bath: Printed by S. Hazard, for G. Riley, London, 1790.
Botany Bay described for childrenSquare 16mo, with an engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates, four full-page woodcuts in the text and altogether 48 circular woodcut vignettes; in a simple contemporary sheep-leather binding, unlettered spine banded in gilt. The extremely rare.....
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, 1906.
Early Australian palaeontologySouth Australian Parliamentary Paper, numerous photographic text illustrations, 5 folding charts and maps; half red morocco by Sangorski. Early survey of Northern Territory palaeontology and mining with contributions by Etheridge (including his significant fossil finds) and Basedow, both pioneers in Australian geology and.....