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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...
Amsterdam: Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, Jan Lamsvelt, 1701.
The "Vlamingh edition"Small quarto, in an attractive period-style binding of full calf, spine banded, red morocco label. Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia. This edition was one of a trio of separate "Southern...
Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien, 1790.
A fantastic galactic utopiaEight volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece in volume 1 and a folding plate in vol. 2; a fine set in contemporary French polished marbled calf; flat spines ornately gilt with double red labels. A very attractive set of Fontenelle's works, including his...
Berlin: A.Sala, circa 1910. Game consisting of 4 pp. instructions, six colour printed boards of the continents, 120 colour printed pictorial playing cards; contained within the original box (330 x 390 x 25 mm.), with colour printed pictorial label on upper lid. A question and answer game of geography for...
Paris: Chromol de Engelmann et Graf, circa 1860. Loto Game, consisting of 18 pictorial game cards, each illustrated with five lithographic scenes, one small cloth bag containing glass counters, one large cloth bag containing 90 numbered circular timber tokens, folio rule sheet printed on yellow paper; all contained in the...
Launceston: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.
Poems for the Crimean WarSmall octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt. Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William...
Whitcombe & Tombes, circa 1919.
Lavish colour platesQuarto, three tipped-in plates (two in full colour); a fine copy, stitch-sewn, with the pictorial wrappers tied on with the original blue ribbon. A fine copy of this book of poetry written and illustrated by Gaze, known for his 'distinct personal style'...
Melbourne: Melbourne Publishing Company, 1919.
With the unusual dustjacketOctavo, colour frontispiece and six colour plates; in the original boards with oval colour portrait onlay; the unusual dustjacket (cut to show the portrait on the front board). First edition, with beautiful colour plates by the author. Gaze was one of...
Germany: 1386. Manuscript leaf, 215 x 170 mm., fine calligraphic initial at top of each page, on recto enclosing sketched head of a man, capitals touched in red, 26 lines in gothic hand. The initial D which begins the text contains a sketched head of a man. This decoration is...
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933.
An ephemeral reprintOctavo, 77 pp., with a frontispiece and illustrations throughout, with two instances of juvenile handcolouring (but minor); original wrappers. The popularity of Gibbs' "gumnut" series ensured that many subsequent editions would enter the market in different formats: this sequel to Little Ragged...
Lyon: Cercle Lyonnais du livre, 1928.
Prepared for a select society of bibliophilesPortfolio, with unbound letterpress sheets printed in folio and 32 handcoloured plates loosely inserted (and final colophon leaf signed by Daragnès); a fine example in original folding case with leather ties, housed within the publisher's slipcase. An...
Quaint original Sydney Town colonial bindingSix volumes duodecimo, bound in uniform contemporary polished sheep with gilt spines. Choice example of colonial Sydney bookbinding, with each volume bearing the ticket of stationer William Moffitt of Pitt Street (most often remembered as printer and distributor of the New South...
London: Darton & Clark, n.d., 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original striped black and red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley", with a charming...
London: Darton & Clark, n.d., but, 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley". Surprisingly detailed account of New...
Oxford University Press, 1913. Octavo, portrait frontispiece, very good; in three quarter green crushed morocco, top edge gilt, An attractive single-volume edition of the poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon in a Bayntun binding. Gordon (1833-1870), a well known horseman, became one of our most loved and acclaimed poets. Born at...
London: J. Dodsley, 1768. Octavo, with the rare half-title; contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf, in contemporary calf, preserved in a folding cloth case. First edition, second issue with the contents at page 121. This is the first London edition and includes the famous 'Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard'...
London: Frederick Warne & Co, circa 1890.
Particularly attractive…Octavo, illustrated in colour, very slight foxing to some pages; in the original printed boards and cloth spine; ownership inscription in pencil on front endpaper. A particularly attractive edition of a rare Kate Greenaway title. The material presented here is of...
London: S.O. Beeton, 1863. Octavo, with a chromolithograph frontispiece and one other plate, woodcuts throughout, 8-pp. advertisements bound in at rear; good in the original highly-gilt pictorial cloth, some flecking. First edition of this extraordinary compendium, illustrated by Harden S. Melville, artist on the Fly expedition in the Great Barrier...
London: John Murray, 1872.
A monument of industrious Victorian scholarshipTen volumes, octavo, folding maps and illustrations; a fine set in contemporary polished half calf, marbled sides and edges, spines decorated in gilt in compartments. 'Although as biased as Macaulay's History of England and less scholarly than Mommsen's Roman History...
London: John Murray, 1848.
Somewhere on the MonaroDuodecimo, 162 pp. in modern crushed green morocco, gilt device to front board, banded spine with double red labels. Uncommon: a good pre-goldrush account of life in New South Wales, of note for the author's love of anecdote and his keen eye...
Paris: chez Breaute, 1861. 12mo., uncut, in the original pink printed wrappers. First edition and very scarce: through natural aptitude and indefatigable perseverance Mlle. Hertha discovers the truths of the universe. This work is an abstract from Hertha's longer text Égalité-Liberté, and is presented to her public in the hope.....