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Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1754.
Dampier for German readersQuarto, with 26 maps and plates (numbered 1-25 with a plate 10 bis); contemporary calf. German compendium of travel accounts published in the mid-eighteenth-century, including Dampier's voyages and excellent maps of Australia and the South Pacific. This single volume from a....
London: published by William Mackenzie, circa 1885.
Portrait of the great scientist as an old manSteel engraving, 107 x 134 mm. within larger sheet, An engraved portrait of the legendary naturalist Charles Darwin. The engraving is taken from an image by the famous studio of Elliott & Fry, specialists...
N.P. N.D., but circa 1832.
Dumont d'Urville presents his new work to a scientific opinion-makerSingle sheet of laid paper, 207 x 260 mm., folded vertically to form a letter, written in a small and neat hand to first page and addressed – but not stamped – to the last...
Paris: Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, 1832-33.
Special version of the Dumont d'Urville voyageTen octavo text volumes bound as five, and folio atlas with a portrait of Dumont d'Urville and 20 maps and plates (six coloured); a good set in a recent French period-style binding of quarter dark blue polished.....
Padova: Tipografia e Fonderia, 1819-, 1820.
The continuing influence of French gardens and Malmaison12 volumes, octavo, a fresh fine set in the original printed blue paper wrappers, some wear at spines and evidence of earlier tape repairs, early Milanese bookseller's advertisement to front, very good. A most appealing set...
Paris: 25 March 1830.
A Baudin voyage veteran studies Dumont D'UrvilleLetter signed on official letterhead of the "Ministère de la Marine", 310 x 200 mm. Intriguing letter which shows the workings of the inner circle of French grands voyages experts and veterans, explicitly thanking Bory de Saint-Vincent for the...
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, circa 1826.
Original plates from the Duperrey voyageThree original parts, folio, containing a total of 29 plates, 6 of which are in original colouring; completely unbound as issued, original printed wrappers. A substantial series of botanical plates from the finely-illustrated Duperrey voyage, published in Paris between...
Brussels: N.-J. Gregoir, V. Wouters et Cie. 1839.
Enriching the formal account of DuperryOctavo, four volumes bound in one, each with separate title page and frontispiece; to the first title page, yet quite a good copy in contemporary quarter black roan. Uncommon account of the voyage of the Coquille...
The death of a Pacific veteranSheet of laid paper 264 x 210 mm.,very good. Rare obituary notice for Dupetit-Thouars, the Pacific voyager, who died at Paris on 16 March 1864. 'Dupetit-Thouars's account of his stay in California, in 1837, is one of the most important and complete...
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1877-, 1878.
Monotremes by the great French scientific publisherFour lithographed plates measuring 552 x 362 mm., one coloured; with accompanying text comprising two unopened quarto gatherings, both plates and text separately preserved in the publishers blue printed titling wrappers. Beautifully preserved monograph on the New Guinea...
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...
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
Fine depiction of the kookaburraOriginal engraving, 260 x 190 mm. very good condition, mounted. Fine impression of the so-called "Great Brown Kings Fisher" or Laughing Kookaburra. This engraving is taken from Governor Phillip's Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay published by Stockdale in late...
Adelaide: House of Assembly, 1893.
Predating the public reportFolio, with two large colour folding maps; uncut in recent cloth. One of only 750 copies published: this rare printing is not recorded by Ferguson. Sir Thomas Elder, who had earlier financed the first great desert journey of Ernest Giles, in...
London: William Darton, n.d. but, 1827.
With the kangaroo of "New Holland".Square duodecimo, printed title-page, 48 hand-coloured plates with letterpress description verso, final 2 pp. advertisements, extant captions dated 26 August 1826, early manuscript presentation dated 1827; in publisher's binding of red calf, lettered in gilt to front board...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1845. Two volumes, octavo, with 22 plates including frontispieces; in original decorated green cloth. A highly important and detailed account of inland Australian exploration by Edward John Eyre, containing significant descriptions of Australian geography and Aboriginal life and customs. 'Eyre's Journals are quite scarce and...
London: undated but all circa 1853.
The settlement of Brisbane and the Darling Downs; rare pictorial records.Eleven black and white lithographs: numbers 1-5 and 7-9 approx 255 x 330 mm (matted size) and 2 approx 280 x 375 mm (conforming to those prepared for "Fifteen views of Australia in...
London: John Murray, 1825.
A great compendium of early science and discoveryOctavo, with a frontispiece, four folding maps and two botanical plates at rear; an attractive copy in later full tan calf gilt, red spine label, Bonython bookplate. First edition: one of the more important and interesting works relating...
London: B. White, 1771.
Forster's how-to on collecting: a primer for Cook's second voyageOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece; a delightful copy in its original binding of unlettered speckled sheep. First edition, and a rare early work by the German-born scientist most famous for sailing on Cook's second voyage. Forster...
Newcastle: T. and J. Hodgson, 1827.
Australian animals and Cook voyage artefacts on display in EnglandOctavo, with 13 engraved plates including a portrait of Tunstall; nineteenth century quarter calf, marbled boards. Rare and pioneering work, which describes the contents of one of the most significant collections of natural history...
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
Paris: Pillet aîné, 1825.
Report on the zoology of the Freycinet voyageOctavo, 16 pp., quarter calf. Rare report by Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on the zoological volume of the Freycinet voyage publication, including some personal observations on the mammals of Australia. The Zoologique section of the voyage publication was prepared by.....
London: G. Garrard, 31 May 1811.
Sir Joseph Banks judges sheepshearingOriginal aquatint, stipple, etching and engraving; 540 x 800 mm., mounted and framed. A large detailed and striking image of the annual sheep shearing festival held by the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, with Sir Joseph Banks a....
London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1636.
With more than 2500 botanical woodcutsThick folio, with more than 2500 woodcut illustrations of plants, as well as numerous other woodcut decorations; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine ornately gilt in wide compartments, red morocco label. A splendid copy of one of...
London: Religious Tract Society, 1885.
Cook Islands and TuvaluOctavo, frontispiece and engraved plates, charming vignettes; in original gilt decorated green cloth. An unusually bright and fine copy. William Wyatt Gill (1828-1896) was an energetic English missionary active in the Pacific and New Guinea, author of numerous works containing valuable...