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Madrid: 7 December, 1611.
Quirós' Memorial of 1611 asking for a speedy decisionFolio, 303 x 203 mm., four leaves, foliated -3 (six pages of printed text, the final leaf blank); woodcut initial "E" on the first leaf. Quirós' Memorial of 1611 One of the greatest voyage rarities: an original...
Madrid: December 1608 or January, 1609.
Foundation document for southern discovery: the key Eighth Memorial of QuirosFolio (303 x 214 mm.), 4 pp.; unbound as issued; with some contemporary calculations in ink on the last page; quarter morocco case. Quirós's celebrated Eighth Memorial to the King of Spain describing...
London: J. Nourse, 1764.
From the library at Westport HouseTwo volumes, large octavo, 11 folding plates and five folding maps (two celestial), many diagrams and engraved headpieces; an attractive set in contemporary sprinkled calf; spines numbered but unlettered. A fine set, with apt provenance, of the rare second edition...
London: Journal of the Royal Gepgrahical Society, vol. 22, 1852.
Roe's final expeditionOctavo, pp. 1-57; with a folding engraved map, 220 x 435 mm; old half textured cloth and marbled sides; book-form box, The account of John Septimus Roe's final, arduous five-month expedition from Perth east of Esperance to...
Madrid: Imprenta Real de la Gazeta, 1768.
A Mendaña veteran maps the Straits of MagellanSmall quarto, with three folding plates; a fine large copy, with ample margins, probably one of the large copies, printed on thicker paper, as noted by Sabin; contemporary vellum, with original ties and the title.....
London: Edward Orme, 1805.
Superlative naval aquatint book of the Napoleonic eraLarge folio, with printed title page, 16 pp. letterpress description, engraved dedication leaf and a total of 17 plates (12 engraved and 5 aquatints, one of which is handcoloured); recent half calf preserving original blue tinted wrappers. The...
Paris: Victor Delarue, circa 1835.
Ship views of the 1830sOblong album, with title-page and eight large lithographic plate measuring 433 x 582 mm. (sheet size); old presentation note inscribed to top margin of title page, a very good copy in contemporary cloth boards with gilt blocked title. Attractive lithographic...
London: Henry Colburn, 1834.
'A true picture of his mind and genius'.Octavo, very good in early marbled boards, sympathetically rebacked in period style. Second English edition of John Ledyard's biography, the American who sailed as sergeant of marines in the Resolution on Cook's third voyage: 'one of the great...
Shipping catastrophe in Sydney harbourAlbumen silver print, 150 x 200mm, pencil description to reverse of the image. Remarkable photo showing the S.S. Austral after it foundered in Sydney Harbour while coaling off Kirribilli in November 1882. The striking scene shows the vessel sunk past the gunwales and...
The Australian tourStereoscope, card mount measuring 175 x 83mm. Rare stereoscopic photograph of the Royal Navy "Flying Squadron" on their visit to the Derwent River in January 1870. The Flying Squadron, under the command of Rear Admiral Hornby, was a travelling display of British naval supremacy which...
Prosperous Port MacquarieALS, single-sheet 224 x 370 mm, folded to letter-size 4pp (one in cross hatch), wove paper, stamped with rare oval postal handstamp in black only in use for six months. From Ann McDonald, sister of prominent printer and Colonial publisher of the Sydney Herald William...
Northern England: circa 1860.
Star of Tasmania 'The destined port in mind to keep'...Sunderland lustreware bowl, diameter 230 mm. Fine lustreware bowl depicting the clipper Star of Tasmania built in Aberdeen in 1856. Such fragile nineteenth-century ceramics relating to Australia and New Zealand are exceedingly uncommon, and this example...
Venice: circa 1688-1699.
Elephants in Northern Australia?Engraved gore sheet, 485 x 335 mm (sheet size); mounted. A gore sheet, designed to be pasted onto a globe, and an important map of Australia: this single sheet by the great Venetian cartographer Coronelli shows the north western coast in some detail...
Paris: Jacques Langlois, 1663/1664/1666/1672.
With the famous map of both Pelsaert's and Tasman's voyages and discoveriesFour volumes in two, folio, with a total of 14 maps and charts (ten engraved and four woodcut), some large and folding, and numerous engraved plates (many folding or double-page) of costumes, plants, animals...
circa 1793-, 1797.
By an artist for Flinders and BlighWatercolour, oval shape, 132 x 195 mm., tipped on to card, in gilt frame. A finely executed watercolour of a fleet amidst icebergs. Although unsigned, this watercolour was originally found in a nineteenth century album with another of very similar...
London: George Eyre & Andrew Strahan, 1802. Printed bifolium, pp. -110, armorial letterhead, last 2pp. blank. Uncommon: an 1802 Act which significantly altered the practice of transportation due to the legal loophole pointed out by the great legal theorist Jeremy Bentham the same year, who noticed that a Royal Navy...
Chester: McGachey, printer, for the Middle Hill Press of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1856.
Dieppe school: the Vallard mapColour lithograph printed on card measuring 435 x 585 mm. The only early printing of any of the so called Dieppe maps, depicting the elusive landmass of 'Jave la Grande' that is...
G.G. and J. Robinson, 1798.
Cook's great apprentice in the PacificComplete set, three volumes, quarto, with 18 engraved plates of views, the folio atlas with 16 large plates of charts and views; handsomely bound in quarter calf with speckled papered boards and vellum tips, spines gilt in compartments, old...
Moulins: Imprimerie Bourbonnaise, 1898.
French celebration of Portuguese historyLarge octavo, frontispiece portrait, some light offsetting to title, original printed wrappers bound in; a very good copy in a lavish presentation binding of mauve calf with red morocco inlay, moiré silk endpapers, both boards with gilt figures, the front board...
London: Harvery and Darton, 1826. Duodecimo, with ten handcoloured plates;, original marbled boards, morocco. First edition of this charming conchological guide for children which takes the form of an instructive dialogue between a father and his two children. The plates are exquisitely engraved and coloured by hand. There are several...
London: printed and sold by John Faber, 1741. Mezzotint, 354 x 254 mm. (sheet size), recent paper backing, very good. An accomplished three-quarter length mezzotint portrait of Admiral Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743), widely regarded as the most skilled and capable naval commander of the his generation. Wager, by all accounts...
[Paris]: [chez Isabey], circa 1785.
Early proof of the French versionEngraving, 300 x 220 mm (image size), early proof plate without caption, mounted. A fine early proof copy of the French version of Webber's famous image, before the caption has been added. The general tone is light; in later...
Adelaide: published by the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, 1893. Small staple bound booklet, 12 pp. (last blank), original printed wrappers. Solving the age old riddle; the author stresses 'the importance to navigators of possessing some simple and inexpensive mans of readily ascertaining the true bearing of a....
France: circa 1820.
Whaling and its gruesome accoutrementsOriginal drawing in ink on paper, 220 x 290 mm., ms. notations in ink and pencil; in fine condition, mounted. A finely-executed nineteenth-century technical drawing showing the tryworks and various implements involved in on-board whale processing. This drawing, with its various manuscript...