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Various places: 1849-1852.
Insured for passage to Sydney and no further...Extensive archive of bills of lading, purchase receipts, shipping documents, pay ledgers, harbour masters' certificates and other official documents. A remarkable archive of over eighty items summarising in detailed documents the history of a mid-19th century trading circumnavigation, including.....
Macau: probably mid-1844.
Original watercolour of a street of Chinese shops in MacauWatercolour, 370 x 274 mm; ink caption at centre below; original cropping marks and marginal annotations relating to subsequent publication; now in acid-free mount to original framing dimensions. An important original and atmospheric watercolour, recently rediscovered, depicting...
Macau: probably mid-1844.
Original watercolour of an important Macau templeWatercolour, 215 x 290 mm; ink caption at lower right; in mount. An important original watercolour by the English artist and architect Edward Ashworth who travelled through Macau and Hong Kong in the 1840s. The T'ou T'ei Temple in Patane...
London: John Harris, 1832.
Scarce educational game featuring AustraliaEngraved map, 345 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of Australia, Asia and the east coast of Africa. The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who...
London: John Harris, 1832. Engraved map, 315 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of the World The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who had settled in France in 1780 and later fled the revolution...
London: Chappell, 50 New Bond Street, circa 1854.
Illustrated sheet music for a fast Austral clipperSheet music, 8 pp. and colour-lithograph cover. A racy tune by the dance composer Charles d'Albert (1809-1886), this rare early sheet music features a particularly appealing coloured lithograph of the clipper Lightning, a vessel...
Upsala & Leipzig: Magnus Swederus, 1779.
Banks and Solander in icelandOctavo, large map and chart and eleven plates (most folding), 13 plates in total; contemporary quarter roan and marbled boards. First German edition, preceded only by the very rare Swedish edition of 1777, and followed by London and Paris...
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds and Curtis, 1805.
Banks on disease in cornOctavo, six engraved plates in the first work, and one folding engraved plate by Bauer in the second work; contemporary half calf (restored). One of remarkably few works by Joseph Banks to have appeared in print. Despite...
London: printed for J. Harding, 1805.
Sir Joseph Banks in printOctavo, 32 pp. including the half-title, with a folding plate; with the half-title in "Mackaness" morocco, with the Mackaness bookplate. One of remarkably few works published by Banks, but an apt demonstration of his wide range of scientific interest...
Lisboa: na Typografia da Mesma Academia, 1848.
A celebration of Sir Joseph BanksQuarto, 11 pages, laid paper watermarked 1843, original plain paper wrappers. Attractive copy of a very unusual work, a paper presented in Portuguese in 1843 on the life of Sir Joseph Banks. Manoel Maria José da Costa...
London: H. Humphrey, 4 July 1795.
Making fun of Sir Joseph Banks, who metamorphoses into a splendid butterflyHand coloured engraving, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted and framed. The rare 1795 first issue of this splendid satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of...
Paris? circa 1824.
French portrait of Sir Joseph BanksStipple-engraved portrait, 204 x 120 mm. Fine head-and-shoulders portrait of Sir Joseph Banks by Ambrose Tardieu. Banks is shown wearing the star and garter' the comments that the image was based on the painting by Sir Thomas Phillips, and the borrowing...
The French in AustraliaFolio, viii pp. title and preliminaries with illustrations, followed by seventeen plates, some in colour; a fine set, unbound as issued in the original folder. Handsome album issued to commemorate BNP's first hundred years in Australia, with finely printed reproductions of original plates from...
Lisbon: Regia Officina Typographica, 1788.
Portuguese discoveries in a crisp uniform edition24 volumes, duodecimo, with four portraits and five folding maps; contemporary blonde speckled calf. This extensive set is a fundamental travel book, and the basis for any history of Portuguese exploration. This is the first collected edition of...
London: Daldy Isbister and Co., circa 1844.
The Holy Land IllustratedOctavo; engraved frontis and title-page, 23 engraved plates and 29 line drawings; original blind stamped blue cloth boards, rebacked, corners slightly worn, highly decorated in gilt front and spine, all edges gilt. William Henry Bartlett was a prolific 19th...
London: Thos. Macklin, 20 October, 1792.
Earliest major portrait of Cook's biographerStipple engraving, 290 x 210 mm., An uncommon portrait of Cook's great first biographer, stipple-engraved by the great artist Bartolozzi, famous for his role in producing many of the engravings relating to Cook's third voyage, including a portrait...
London: William Strahan & Cadell, 1777.
The Hodges portraitEngraved portrait, 265 x 200 mm. Fine portrait of Cook after William Hodges. This oval head-and-shoulders portrait of the navigator as a young man was commissioned from the engraver Basire to be used as the frontispiece of the official account of...
Paris: 8 June, 1854.
The death of Charles BaudinSheet of wove paper 262 x 210 mm., printed with black mourning border. Rare obituary notice for Charles Baudin, who had sailed as a young man on the Baudin expedition to the Terres Australes; Charles was not related to the commander...
Port Louis (Mauritius): circa 1801.
The great Mauritian port in the age of Baudin and Flinders, with the Géographe at anchorPencil sketch, 263 x 428 mm., fugitive note in pencil lower right; mounted. A fine pencil sketch of Port Louis, with the Géographe at the precise anchorage Baudin noted.....
Rare original view in Mauritius by one of Baudin's artistsPencil sketch, 135 x 195 mm.; laid down on the original blue-paper mount, signed on the lower left of the mount and captioned. A striking pencil sketch by the Baudin voyage artist Milbert, done in the south-west of...
Paris: A. Nepveu, 1812.
The Indian Ocean by a Baudin veteranTwo volumes octavo of text, with small folio atlas of 45 plates and charts (5 folding); the text volumes in contemporary quarter calf bindings, spines gilt with double labels, the atlas completely unbound and the loose plates contained in...
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale, 1807-1816.
Official account of the Baudin expeditionTwo volumes, quarto, and large quarto atlas in two parts containing 41 full-page engravings, many in original handcolouring, and 14 fine charts; the text volumes uncut; a fine set in modern quarter morocco. First edition: the Baudin-Freycinet expedition, one of...