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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".....
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: 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.....
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.....
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, Government printer, June 18, 1856.
A foundation document of the South Australian InstituteQuarto, pp. -98, some browning, good condition. Act to establish 'a public library and museum… to promote the general study and cultivation of all or any of the various branches or departments of art.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, 1865. Foolscap folio; recent quarter calf. The systems of defence of the colony of Victoria are investigated by the select committee; much of the report is taken up with the supply and manufacture of gunpowder and weaponry in the colony of Victoria. Witnesses include government geologist Alfred.....
London: Cadell, Davies, Longman and Rees, 1811. Two volumes, quarto, 45 maps (including one double-page and two folding), double-hemisphere double-page world map as frontispiece, very good; nineteenth-century full calf, gilt. A handsome set, and an important work with much on Australasia and Polynesia. This thorough introduction to geography is designed.....
London: R. N. Rose, 1821.
"A literary conservatory of rare, curious, and interesting productions…"Six volumes, octavo, illustrated by one hundred engravings (some folding); contemporary half calf, marbled boards. Generously illustrated cyclopaedia of curious knowledge gleaned from myriad sources for the general reader. In the preface, the good Reverend Polehampton.....
Portland: Henry F. Perry & Co. for the museum, 1881. Octavo pamphlet, 12pp., original printed wrappers. An eloquent plea to seafarers to collect natural history specimens for the Portland Society of Natural History - which had twice lost their magnificent collections to fire. The pamphlet, printed fifteen years after the.....
Paris: Marchant, Editeur, 1834. Octavo, 22 pp.; in the original printed blue paper wrappers preserved in a modern quarter cloth binding. Rare first edition (NUC notes a single copy) of this very early aeronautical fantasy, an impassioned plea for the aérostation as the basis for a world of harmony and.....
London: J. Nourse, 1764.
From the library at Westport HouseTwo volumes, large octavo, 11 folding plates and five folding maps (two celestial), many diagrams and engraved headpieces; an attractive set in contemporary sprinkled calf; spines numbered but unlettered. A fine set, with apt provenance, of the rare second edition.....
London: John Parker, 1848.
The great history of the Royal SocietyTwo volumes, large octavo, with plates and illustrations; a fine copy in later half calf, spines ornately gilt with double labels. A handsome copy, finely bound, of the standard early history of the influential Royal Society. From its foundation.....
Sydney: S.T Leigh & Co., 1892.
An overview of an important piece of astronomical instrumentationQuarto, with a photograph and seven large lithograph plates; original red cloth. The principal observatories in New South Wales during the nineteenth century were at Sydney and Parramatta, and from the 1890s to the 1930s.....
Sydney: Charles Potter, 1893.
A visit to the Sydney observatoryOctavo, three plates, colour folding map of Sydney, folding plan of the Sydney Observatory; original pebble-grain cloth, gilt vignette on upper board. The fold-out lithographic map of Sydney locates the site of the Sydney Observatory, a detailed site map shows.....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1882.
Herschel defined…Octavo, six diagrams on four leaves (one folding); plum cloth, gilt vignette on upper board. This list is largely a re-assessment of the work done by English astronomer Sir John Herschel, of the mapping of the stars of the Southern Hemisphere which he conducted.....
Melbourne: M. L. Hutchinson, 1891. Octavo, with the frontispiece mounted photographic portrait and 24 plates, owner inscription to flyleaf; original blue-green cloth. First edition, the superior issue in cloth with mounted photographic frontispiece portrait found only in this issue. Singleton, a Dublin-born physician and philanthropist, emigrated to Victoria in 1851.....
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington. 1876.
A close look at AustraliaOctavo, engraved frontispiece, plates and vignettes, folding map; original gilt decorated cloth; a good copy. First edition. A scientific voyage around the world from 1872-76, the Challenger expedition of scientific circumnavigation is an excellent example of the.....
Adelaide: John Stephens, 1849.
Personal attacks on local landholdersOctavo, 64 pp., very good in modern brown quarter morocco. Rare printed lecture on "sanitary reform" which includes a detailed discussion of the streets and houses of Adelaide. The writer John Stephens was a South Australian identity, and regularly packed the.....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1882. Large octavo, frontispiece and 45 plates, illustrated, a little browned; very good copy in half black morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt, very gently rubbed. A very good copy of this seminal work on the fishes of New South Wales. Tenison-Woods (1832-1889), was a Catholic priest.....