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Amsterdam: Jan Jansz, 1645.
First voyage of the DuyfkenOblong folio, 28 pp.; bound in full dark-brown oasis. First edition of one of the first Dutch voyages across the Indian Ocean, published as one of the pieces that make up Commelin's voyage collection Begin ende Voortgangh. Harmensz was in joint...
London: Hippolyte Bailliere, 1853. Octavo, with five plates (four coloured) and two folding maps; half morocco. Important anthropological observations on the natives of New Guinea, but also on the North Australian Aborigines: chapter XII is devoted to Melville Island, Port Essington and North Australia in general, and one of the...
Manchester: issued for private circulation by James Edge-Partington & Charles Heape, "Lithographed by Palmer, Howe & Co., Manchester" 1890/1895/1898.
The complete set of a core ethnographical classic, in original portfoliosThree volumes, oblong folio, with 854 lithographic plates loose in the three original cloth portfolios, as issued, complete with the...
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, circa 1860.
A compassionate approach to natureOblong album containing 119 handcoloured plates, recent red cloth. Attractive collection of coloured zoological plates prepared for British schoolchildren during the mid-nineteenth century, including two Australian species (an emu and a kangaroo). The plates were issued by...
Stockholm: Lith. Art. Anstalt, 1872.
Fine Hawaiian royal portraitsQuarto, with 12 tinted lithographic plates; a very good copy in original decorated boards. Scarce and finely illustrated voyage account, including handsome lithographed portraits of the Hawaiian monarchs Kamehameha the Fourth and Kamehameha the Fifth. The author, Adolf Ekelöf, was a....
Sydney: 1885. Signed with initials, dated twice and extensively inscribed: 31viii 81.Quapena/Luepada of Maupa/District Aroma/South Coast/New Guinea. / "Carthona"/Sydney/23 Jan. 1885/'Momento" from New-Guinea- Commodore J. Erskine. R.N.-, pen and brown ink and pencil with coloured chalk; 34cm x 25 cm, mounted and framed. A superb portrait by the Russian scientist.....
London J. Reynolds & Sons 174 Strand nd, circa 1875.
Peoples of the Polynesian islands portrayedHand coloured lithograph, 430 x 690mm, designed by E. Ravenstein is inscribed lower left mounted and framed. A large nineteenth century lithograph showing full length portraits of people from Oceania and America. To the...
Madrid: Imprenta Nacional, 1858; 1825, 1829 & 1837.
"The earliest and rarest records of American discovery"Five volumes, small quarto, three folding maps and two portraits; an excellent set in contemporary marbled sheep, later labels. A good set of this highly important collection of Spanish sea voyages - the Spanish...
London: T. Wilkie, February 21-24, 1789.
News of the fleet relayed via ChinaFolio, eight pages, 288 x 220 mm. Contains a brief but curious account of the landing of the First Fleet relayed via China: "A merchant in Amsterdam has written to London, that the Botnay Bay squadron under...
London: John Stockdale, 1791.
Count Fleurieu shares a publisher with governor PhillipQuarto, with 12 folding charts; in contemporary polished half calf, marbled boards. An attractive copy of the first English edition of the great work on the French discovery of the Solomon Islands. Fleurieu, the leading light in the...
Paris: Courcier, 1809.
The first French commercial voyage to the Northwest coastFive volumes, octavo, and a quarto atlas; contemporary French quarter calf and papered boards, flat spines banded in gilt with double orange labels, a beautiful set. Fleurieu's narrative of the voyage of the Solide under the command of...
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1946.
De luxe issueFolio, with a map and wood-engravings by John Buckland Wright; uncut in the original full green morocco gilt by Sangorski. The scarce de luxe issue, one of only one hundred numbered copies in full morocco. This important first publication of the manuscript...
London: G and W. Nicol, 1814.
Prepared for Flinder's Australian atlasEngraved map measuring 668 x 469 mm., neatly backed upon linen. Original engraved chart of the Gulf of Carpentaria published for the atlas volume of Flinders' masterpiece A Voyage to Terra Australis. Charting this region was particularly difficult for...
London: G. and W. Nicol, 1814.
Superb copy of Flinders' great voyage account; with the largest format atlas, and the text volumes inscribed "From the author"Two volumes quarto, and the atlas, elephant folio; the charts in the atlas all in their first issue and in the largest format; nine...
London: Thomas Tegg, circa 1808.
Flinders to the rescueOctavo, [ii], 7-28 pp. (as issued), paper water-marked "1807", with a folding engraved frontispiece, modern quarter calf. Very scarce chapbook account of the wreck of the Porpoise and Cato off the Great Barrier Reef in 1803. This was the beginning of...
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...
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1692. Octavo, in contemporary mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt; fine armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A revised edition, prepared by François Raguenet, possibly from a manuscript by Foigny himself. The dangerously heretical nature of the first edition has been tempered here by concentrating on the fabulous.....
Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1732.
French editionSmall octavo; contemporary French mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands, red morocco label; with the bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. Attractive early edition of Foigny's imaginary voyage to Australia. This is the fourth French edition, based on the Paris edition of...
Sydney: Hordern House in association with the University of Hawai'i Press, 1999.
Limited to fifty special signed copiesQuarto (250 x 205mm), 548 pages with 30 illustrations; printed in black and red and bound in crimson half morocco. Deluxe issue: one of 50 numbered copies, signed by the author. This...
Sydney: Hordern House in association with the University of Hawai'i Press, 2000.
Limited to fifty special signed copiesQuarto (250 x 205mm), 304 pages, illustrated; printed in black and red and bound in crimson half morocco. Deluxe limited edition. The second volume covers the period during which the Hawaiian monarchical...
London: G. Scott, 1779.
Significant English voyage to New GuineaQuarto, with a portrait and a splendid series of 32 plates and maps, most of them folding or double-page; a large copy with good marginsin contemporary sprinkled calf. First edition: a handsome copy of this classic account of experiences in...
Göttingen: Johann Christian Dieterich, 1780.
Forster on Spanish visits to TahitiSmall octavo, a handsome copy in the original decorative wrappers (thus retaining the publisher's prospectus on the front and rear endpapers), untrimmed. A fine copy and now rare: known to O'Reilly & Reitman's exhaustive bibliography as the earliest full.....
New York: Redfield, 1854.
A five month trek through the Rocky MountainsOctavo, with three engraved plates, author's inscription to head of title-page; a good copy in publishers green cloth, preserved in a folding cloth case. First English translation, signed and inscribed by the author, of Gabriel Franchère's account of.....