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Adelaide: Vardon & Sons, 1910.
Local history in South AustraliaOctavo, plates, with old local association stamp of "E.G. Heaslip - Gawler" to the title-page. Published by the Gawler Institute as a memento of the jubilee of the Institute and the Municipality of Gawler in 1908.
Lucrative Spice Island possessionPencil drawing measuring 204 x 260 mm. (sheet size), well preserved, mounted. Original mid-nineteenth century sketch of Banda, the fabulously lucrative and contested Spice island in present day Indonesia. Once the primary source of nutmeg and mace, the Banda islands were a prized Dutch...
Madrid: Ibarra, 1788-1793.
Patagonia and the straits of MagellanQuarto, two volumes bound together, with an engraved portrait of Magellan as frontispiece, five fine large folding maps and five folding tables; contemporary calf-backed marbled boards. The full first edition, complete with the separately published Apendice a la Relación (Madrid, 1793).....
Venice: circa 1430. Illuminated leaf on vellum, 469 x 353 mm., with illuminated initial "I", 122 x 90 mm. (body of initial); initial on a burnished gold ground and painted in rich colours of blue, red, green and ochre, the initial extended with lush leafy decoration in similar colours with...
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their physiognomiesDuodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all but one handcoloured); contemporary marbled boards. First edition of a French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races with those of Asians...
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their characters shown on their facesDuodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all hand coloured); mottled pink wrappers. First edition of this fascinating French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races...
Barcelona: por los herederos de D. Agustin Roca, 1834. Oblong octavo, engraved frontispiece, title and 32 plates; a fine copy in original printed boards. A very good copy of this very rare illustrated Spanish edition of the costumes of the world, after the original French publication La Géographie en estampes...
Stockholm: J. A. Probsts, 1825.
Swedish costume booklet for childrenFolding concertina case of 24 individual handcoloured ethnographic portraits, each measuring 88 x 57 mm., mounted upon linen within marbled card covers; with accompanying 24mo booklet of some 42 pp., both housed within original papered slipcase. Ephemeral early-nineteenth century Swedish...
Paris: Madame Veuve Hocquart, 1811-1814.
An Enlightened look at the peoples of the world: costumes, customs and ritualsTwo volumes, quarto, with 144 handcoloured plates; a very large copy, completely uncut, in a handsome contemporary binding of half crimson roan, flat spines banded and lettered in gilt. Lavishly illustrated study...
Paris: Chez Saintin, Libraire de S.M. l'Imperatrice, 1813.
Baudin, Peron and Marion du FresneTwo volumes bound in one, square duodecimo, 32 plates (one with early amateur hand-colour); a handsome copy, later quarter calf over early paper boards, Scarce ethnological handbook with beautifully engraved plates depicting the native peoples of...
Paris: Chex Saintin, 1813.
Peoples of the world, including Botany BayTwo volumes, square duodecimo, with a total of 32 plates including the frontispieces; recent marbled boards. A good copy of this scarce book which illustrates the native peoples of exotic and relatively recently discovered lands. It includes one section...
Paris: Chez Saintin, 1811. Octavo, two hand-coloured plates and seven hand-coloured maps (four double-page, three folding), some loss to a few pages (seemingly original defects in the paper, and not affecting text); half calf, a little rubbed, bumped at corners, a handsome copy. A wonderful children's Atlas, with delightful depictions...
London: Ackermann, 1824.
Miniature islands picture book, with Baudin and Freycinet images.Two volumes in one, duodecimo, with 26 handcoloured engraved plates; original cloth. A very good copy of this charming illustrated book; although separately published it also formed part of the series "The World in Miniature", published by Ackermann...
Paris: Libraires du Palais-Royal, 1860. Duodecimo, green quarter morocco. First edition: a proposal for a 'new utopia' founded on pacifist principles. In 1859, a Franco-Italian alliance had sought to repel Austrian aggression in northern Italy, but the French people had been sickened by the losses, and Napoleon III had hastily...
Paris: Libraires du Palais-Royal, 1860. Duodecimo, uncut; original blue paper wrappers, manuscript inscription on front cover. First edition: a proposal for a 'new utopia' founded on pacifist principles. In 1859, a Franco-Italian alliance had sought to repel Austrian aggression in northern Italy, but the French people had been sickened by...
Reading in an Ottoman inspired InteriorOil on canvas, signed lower right 920 x 490 mm, in original Melbourne frame. This large and attractive oil painting is in the original timber frame with the label of the Melbourne maker, W. & C. Dean, Collins Street on verso. It is...
London: J. Johnson, 1782-, 1785. Two volumes, octavo; early ownership inscription on title of volume two, a handsome set in attractive nineteenth-century calf. First edition, issue without preface. The first edition of volume one was published separately in 1782 as Poems, the first edition of volume two appeared separately in...
London: J. Johnson, 1808. Two volumes, octavo; contemporary blue morocco, gilt. New edition, with engraved head- and tail-pieces by Thurston. Based on the first editions of 1782 and 1785, and including his most famous work The Task. Thurston's engravings are an attractive complement to Cowper's poetry.
London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1835-, 1837. 15 volumes, small octavo, each volume with engraved title and frontispiece, 11 portrait engravings,, in matching contemporary full polished calf, spines with raised bands, decorated in gilt, black and red morocco labels. A first edition set of William Cowper's (1731-1800) complete works edited by...
London: T. Clay, 1828.
Learning to paint in watercolourOblong quarto; illustrated throughout with full-page hand-coloured lithographs; in later quarter maroon calf over original marbled boards. Artistic tuition by a notable English painter whose reputation has grown in recent years. The recent major exhibition of Cox's work at the Yale...
Sydney and Brisbane: William Brooks & Co., 1901. Octavo, portrait frontispiece, coloured plate depicting arms and 2 photographic plates, top edge gilt; in the original red moire cloth, gilt. First edition, rare: an exceptional copy in the original red moiré cloth boards. This work includes printed extracts from Cox's journal...
Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1781.
Includes previous unpublished Russian journalsQuarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges. The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration, with good material on Alaska, the Aleutian Islands...
London: J. Dodsley, 1781. Quarto, 36 pp. (with terminal blank); in modern half polished tan calf. First edition, scarce. The work was published for subscribers, apparently in an edition of around 250: books 'give new views to life, and teach us how to live'. Although he had published Inebrity in...