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London: Scott, Webster & Geary, 1837.
Famous colonial view as fore-edge paintingDuodecimo, frontispiece and engraved title-page; contemporary roan with gilt to spine and boards. An attractive fore-edge painting based upon the famous Sydney Cove view engraved by Edward Dayes. This image, transmitted through various forms (from oil on canvas...
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Duodecimo; original blue-grey boards and paper label; uncut, with the three final leaves of advertisements. Third edition: an attractive copy, in original binding, of the book which established De Quincey's literary reputation. Himself a laudanum addict, this harrowing account of the joys and sorrows of...
Geneva: heirs of Pierre de la Rovière, 1626-1630.
Banned by the VaticanFolio, five volumes bound in four, contemporary full vellum; with contemporary annotations to front blank of first volume. Early edition of the influential, and highly controversial, history of Europe by French luminary Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617). A......
Amsterdam: circa 1680.
Tasman map by Blaeu's apprenticeEngraved map, 460 x 560 mm., superb handcolouring; mounted. Fine early map of the East Indies showing the discoveries of Tasman by Frederick de Wit, at a time when he was one of the foremost map-makers in Holland. His firm's 'maps were...
London? circa 1800.
Popular issueEngraving, 16.5 x 22 cm. (image size), a good strong impression, mounted. An unusual version of the famous scene at Kealakekua Bay, in a very good impression. Although the original image on which this is loosely based is clearly that of Webber, the engraving bears...
Paris: Felix Malteste et Cie, 1857. Folio, twenty chromolithograph plates and five engraved plates, sound copy in quarter morocco, cloth, gilt title and decoration. This volume illustrates the chapel as restored by the architect J.B.A. Lassus, the chromolithograph plates show decorative panels, borders, murals etc highlighted in gold.
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...
Paris: Philippe-Denys Pierres, 1782. Duodecimo, engraved title, engraved plate, half-title, single page approbation at rear, a lovely copy in contemporary tan calf, flat spine gilt with red morocco label, bumped. A rare work and a very attractive copy of the most celebrated and influential poem of Delille, in which the...
London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1893. Octavo, 368pp., colour folding map and 14 plates; maroon cloth, gilt title to spine, A compelling and vivid autobiographical narrative of travels in colonial Australia. John Demarr, a Yorkshire farmer, arrived in Sydney in 1839 and travelled extensively through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland working...
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1870.
Autobiography of a Governor-GeneralTwo volumes, octavo, each with folding frontispiece map; in late nineteenth century half crimson roan with gilt lettering. Sir William Denison was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land in 1846 following the dismissal of Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, and later served...
London: William Clowes and Sons for HMSO, February, 1849. Tall quarto, with a large folding plate; overall a good copy in understated modern polished half calf, front wrapper bound in at rear. The continuation of the previous report: this Parliamentary report on the state of convict management was printed shortly...
circa 1840. Original lithograph, 195 x 166mm., mounted. Portrait of Thomas Denman, Lord Chief Justice and politician, in his judicial robes. Denman played an active role in reforming English laws so as to secure individual liberties. In 1837 he carried two bills abolishing the death penalty for forgery and other...
Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, 1877.
Property dispute at InverellFoolscap, 8pp. including survey plan. Regarding a property dispute at Inverell, New South Wales: "Return of an Order made by the Honourable the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, dated 20 July, 1876…Copies of all correspondence, papers, and minutes in...
New York: I. Riley and Co., 1806. Three volumes, octavo, large folding map with closed tear at the fold, with light browning and foxing typical of American books of the era, but here unusually moderate; a very good set in attractive contemporary marbled sheep (scuffed, joints rubbed) original green morocco...
N.p. (Japan): 1854.
A Dutch ship in NagasakiStitch sewn booklet measuring 149 x 79 mm., with two fine coloured woodblock prints, one double-page; original stitched wrappers, original cloth folding case; now preserved in a quarter morocco box. Charming Japanese publication, with two fine coloured woodcuts, one a double-page view...
Nagasaki: Toshimaya, dated An'ei 9, i.e. 1780.
The earliest printed view of Deshima island, reserved for the VOC tradersWoodblock print measuring 550 x 420 mm., with highlights in contemporary handcolouring; in an excellent modern frame. Rare and beautiful bird's-eye view of Deshima island in the bay of Nagasaki, the...
London: G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823. Tall quarto, copperplate engraved music and text;; contemporary half calf, a very handsome copy, the spine gilt and with an unusual triple "harlequin" set of labels in red, white & blue. First edition of this early collection of the patriotic ditties and rollicking shanties...
London: Frank Kerslake, 1879.
Dickens BibliographyOctavo; original wrappers bound in, half morocco. First edition of this early bibliography. A brief bibliography had been published in Forster's Life (1873), but this work is expressly designed to supersede it. It proposes, Cook writes, 'to give the Bibliophilist or Collector a thorough...
Hobart: Hobart Town Advertiser Office, 1851.
Tasmania, not "where the orgies of Hell are unceasingly performed…"Slim octavo, viii, 48 pp., some early ink underlining; an excellent copy, handsomely bound in full brown crushed morocco by Sangorski. Most uncommon on the market, and a very attractive copy of this fiercely...
London: Blackie & Son Ltd., 1946.
Private press edition of an early Australian voyageSmall slim octavo, fine in original red cloth. Printed for private circulation: records a voyage made from Australia to England in 1842. Elizabeth Isabella Georgiana Dixon was eighteen years of age at the time.
London: engraved by J. & C. Walker, published by J. Cross, 20 July, 1837.
Owned by John Macarthur's son-in-lawDissected hand-coloured engraved map, backed on linen, 1265 x 785 mm., remarkablly handsome large-format map, early owner's name "J. Bowman" repeated in pen on the verso; preserved in a silk-lined green...
Melbourne & Sydney: Tatchell, Garritty & Dobson, 1891-, 1892. Oblong octavo, illustrated throughout; in original decorated wrappers. A celebration of the Australian Christmas with illustrations by one of the founding members of the Heidelberg School, Walter Withers. Issued as a souvenir by the Post and Telegraph Departments, this charming work...
Sydney: John Sands, for the company, 1890.
Silver mining in Broken HillQuarto, staple bound in original tinted wrappers, with lithographic four folding plans. Contains the directors report and balance sheet for the mid-term of 1890; of special interest are the four folding plans of the transverse holdings, shaft plans and excavations.
London: T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1770-, 1772. Three volumes, quarto, folding map and eight plates (including frontispieces), a fine set in handsome contemporary gilt decorated calf, spine in raised bands with red and green morocco labels. A beautifully bound set of Dow's history of Bengal, illustrated with...