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London: John Stockdale, 1792.
First Fleet artist of some capacityEngraving, 210 x 285 mm. (sheet size). Engraved illustration of a Papuan outrigger by first fleet officer Captain John Hunter, originally printed for inclusion in his Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island (1792). Hunter sailed...
Melbourne: Masterman, Printer, 1867.
Aboriginal dialects of Victoria across six large tablesOctavo, xiv pp. and six very large folding tables; stitch-sewn in the original printed yellow wrappers, Very rare: notes on the Aboriginal dialects of Australia, compiled in the form of comparative tables. Most of the tribes noticed here...
Vienna: 'Bureau de Theaterzeitung', 1847.
So much hot air...an imagined Antipodean landingEngraved sheet measuring 238 x 308 mm. Rare and colourful caricature set in an imagined antipodes. This satirical Austrian engraving parodies the ambition of Charles Green, the great British balloonist, to cross the Atlantic, here showing his alarming...
Leipzig and Prague: G. Freytag [and] Tempsky, 1882-, 1883. Four volumes, octavo, frontispieces in each volume, maps and other illustrations; original blindstamped green cloth. Influential German study of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Karl Emil Jung, who had taught classics at Eton, emigrated to Australia in the 1850s, took...
[England]: circa, 1820.
Nonplussed kangaroos on Sydney harbourSingle leaf from a scrapbook, 215 x 260 mm., the engravings and captions neatly cut-out and pasted down, views to both sides of the sheet; in a nineteenth century frame. Marvellous page from a scrap book with a naïve scene depicting "Natives...
Basel: printed by J.J. Tourneisen, 1789.
Continental editionOctavo; in a finely preserved contemporary binding of speckled polished sheep, red label. Scarce continental edition of one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, first published in London the previous year, and frequently reprinted and translated into a number...
London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1884.
Indigenous aristrocracy of New ZealandOctavo, portrait frontispiece, nine plates and numerous illustrations throughout the text, folding map at rear; decorated cloth. Third edition, enlarged. The author travelled on a 600 mile journey through the King Country accompanied by the Maori guide...
London: Hippolyte Bailliere, 1842. Handcoloured stipple engraving, 220 x 140 mm. (leaf size). Portraits of two natives of King George's Sound, Western Australia, published in Prichard's The Natural History of Man. James Cowles Prichard (1786-1848) spent several decades amassing pictorial information to support his theory that all of the world's...
London: John Cundee, 1810.
Popular account of Cook's life for London readersTwo volumes, octavo, frontispiece and plates, recent orange cloth. Popular magazine of abridged (i.e. pirated) articles and literary extracts, including a 33 page account of Captain Cook's life loosely derived from Andrew Kippis' biography. Popular magazines such as...
London: Seeley, Service and Company, 1929. A record of a head-hunting people gradually emerging from a life of savage cruelty as bloody customs, with a description of their manners & ways of the beautires & potentialities of the islands. Octavo, frontispiece, fifteen ethnographic photo-plates, folding map, publisher's gilt cloth; bold...
London: circa 1800. Engraving. 250 x 200mm, mounted. A fine portrait of a New Caledonian man by Piron. This image was first published in Labillardière's account of the D'Entrecasteaux expedition. Piron was the official artist on the expedition, in which Australia was circumnavigated twice, and the islands surrounding investigated for...
Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1833. Lithographed view, 218 x 297mm., mounted. The voyage of the Favorite under Laplace's command was aimed at re-establishing French influence over Indo-China and the Pacific as well as gathering detailed trading information, hydrographic data and natural history specimans. Although it was a difficult voyage, scientifically it...
London: Grant and Griffith, 1851. Small octavo, with four steel-engraved plates; good in original blue cloth, blind blocked boards and ornate gilt spine. First edition of an imaginary travelogue for children featuring detailed yet entirely concocted descriptions of Aboriginal life in the Australian wilderness. The tale follows the dashing Captain...
Paris: Gide Fils, circa 1830.
With plates based on "Foreign Field Sports"Oblong quarto, with 60 engravings; an attractive copy in original printed boards. A rare and beautiful French children's book, with wonderful Australian plates including six based closely on Clark's Foreign Field Sports. This work is not recorded by...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847. Octavo, seven plates including frontispiece, vignettes, a fine copy in original publisher's cloth. A handsome copy of a pivotal document in the history of Australian exploration, here seen in the original publishers blind-blocked cloth. Ludwig Leichhardt's Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia… documents...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
Leichhardt complete with maps and in original conditionOctavo, seven plates including frontispiece, further vignettes, with three maps mounted on linen in uniform folding case; fine in original publisher's cloth, lovingly preserved in a handsome gilt blue morocco solander case. An excellent copy of...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
"It was at the end of September, 1844…"Octavo, with seven plates including frontispiece, vignettes, 4 & 8 pp. advertisements at front (the first dated June 1848), and a further 8 pp. at rear; a handsome copy in recent tan crushed morocco by Sangorski...
Paris: 1814. Handcoloured engraving, 140 x 250mm, mounted, with caption letterpress laid down. This hand coloured engraved view is a smaller rendition of the engraving by Milbert, which appeared in Peron's Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes….. Paris 1807. It is the view seen from Nicholas Baudin's camp in 1802...
probably Weimar: circa 1808.
Rare German version of the Lesueur Sydney viewSingle sheet, 340 x 222 mm., laid paper, featuring an engraved view of Sydney Cove, slight browning, very good. A good view of Sydney Cove closely based on the original engraving in the official publication of the Baudin...
London: Longman's, Green, and Company, 1887.
Coastal cultures of New GuineaOctavo, autotype photographic plates; original gilt decorated cloth, recased with new endpapers; slipcase. First edition of this famous work, probably the most outstanding example of expedition photography undertaken in the Southern Hemisphere. This is an unusually good copy of...
London: Kent and Richards, 1849.
The squatter and the KangaroosSmall octavo, lithograph frontispiece and engraved title page; rebound in half morocco and blue cloth, from the library of the 'Sydney Mechanics School of Art', with attendant stamps, foxed and thumbed. A reissue of A Visit to the Antipodes (1846)...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1852.
The surveying voyage of HMS RattlesnakeTwo volumes, octavo, with 13 lithograph plates and a folding chart; a good, clean copy in the original green-blue cloth. First edition: the last and most difficult to find of the great exploration journals published by Boone during...
Sydney: 1893. Quarto, photograph as frontispiece (offset onto title, as always) and 42 photographic or lithographic plates; uncut and partly unopened in the original green wrappers. An influential and well illustrated collection of zoological articles, published by the Linnean Society as a memorial to William Macleay, its first and most...