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Tours: 1873. Octavo, frontispiece; an excellent copy in a contemporary prize binding of quarter green morocco, "College de Chartres" in gilt on upper cover. Tours, Alfred Mame et fils, 1873. Fifth edition (first 1857) of this comprehensive history of Australia, with a final chapter on gold including information on the...
Paris: Amedée Bedelet, circa 1858. Tinted lithograph, 165 x 233 mm.; marginal tear with early stick-tape repair leaving brown, not affecting image. This oft-reproduced image is based on a famous West Australian view by Louis de Sainson, which was published in the official account of Dumont d'Urville's three-year expedition in...
Paris: Sajou, Rue de Rambuteau, 52, circa 1855.
Mosaic sampler box for the Paris ExpositionPapered sampler box 210 x 152 x 44 mm, the top with Greek and oriental designs; with 2 booklets of instruction, 2 cross-stitch templates, 6 small cylindrical boxes of coloured wooden mosaic pieces, 3 mosaic...
Paris & Brussels: G. van Oest, 1925. Folio, with 70 fine photogravure plates, three of them in colour, and a map; contemporary quarter vellum. A scarce book, evidently produced in quite a limited printing. This is an important study of the Buddhist sculpture of Thailand, handsomely produced and well illustrated.
Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1652. Handcoloured engraved map, 400 x 545 mm. (plate size); mounted. Stately double-hemisphere map by Nicolas Sanson, cartographer extraordinaire and geographer to Louis XIII. Sanson's principal historical importance lies in his role as a disseminator of knowledge: 'His maps, geographical tables and teaching captured the attention of...
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: Boussod Valadon & Co, 1893. Folio, coloured frontispiece & 24 full page engraved plates with captioned tissue guards; full red morocco, tooled, gilt spine; marbled end papers. An illustrated history of the unfortunate Queen in a sumptuous late Victorian binding.
London & Paris: Goupil & Co, Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant & Co, 1898. Folio, colour frontispiece & engraved plates, protected with tissue guards; full brown morocco; gilt spine and tooling, marbled end papers with inner gilt dentelles; bookplate of John Stafford Reid Byers. A comprehensive biography of Charles I, by...
Paris: Maradan, 1810.
Charming natural history for young peopleSix volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and title to each volume, 65 engraved plates; uncut, in original bright pink wrappers with original paper spine labels. The first French edition of Thomas Smith's delightful natural history for young people: an immaculate set, in...
Paris: Charles de Sercy, 1659. Duodecimo, contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt between raised bands. Very scarce: first edition of this description and history of an imagined kingdom, an allegorical satire on French court and society.Sorel (1597-1674) novelist and historian, wrote a vast array of works, many issued anonymously or pseudonymously...
Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1853.
Global devaluation caused by too much gold?Octavo, folding table; a good copy in publisher's blind blocked cloth cloth, skilfully rebacked with original spine laid down. First edition: one of few early books linking Californian discoveries to the Australian goldfields. The author looks at the...
Paris: Clouzier & F. Le Breton, 1730.
Gulliver's sonTwo volumes,, but a really pretty set in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, double red labels. First edition of this sequel to Swift's Gulliver's Travels by the first French translator of the work.The impressive success of Desfontaines' heavily bowdlerised...
Paris: Tastu, 1833. Lithographed view on china paper, 175 x 315 mm (image size); mounted. Good view of Sydney, taken during the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney. The view is taken from what is now the Botanic Gardens, towards Lady Macquarie's...
Paris: L.-R. Delay, 1843.
France and Britain compete for control of Tahiti.Octavo, viii, 80 pp.; uncut in original printed wrappers. A very scarce pamphlet: this discussion of the issue of French sovereignty in Tahiti is collected and translated from publications of the London Missionary Society, and publishes material from...
Avignon and Paris: Froulle, 1779.
The earliest separate serious work on TahitiOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece view of Tahiti; a fine copy in contemporary speckled half calf. First edition: the very scarce and earliest separate serious work on Tahiti (predated only by the Omai-based fictions and the poetical satires...
"A Londra" 1770.
Italian translation of the early Tahiti fictionOctavo, xvi, 104 pp.; a fine uncut copy in original soft boards, owner's inscription 'Girolamo Gherardini' on title. Very rare Italian translation of Bricaire de la Dixmerie's fictional account of Autourou, published in Paris in the same year; one of...
The Surgeon who wrote the instructions for the Baudin voyageEngraved portrait, 255 x 195 mm. Fine portrait of important medical researcher into cholera and scurvy, Pierre François Keraudren. Although Keraudren did not sail with Baudin, he played a formative part in the outfitting of the expedition, because...
Revised French version.Octavo, two works together; quarter polished calf, rubbed, spine gilt in compartments with morocco label. The second, considerably changed, Letellier version of Tench's account. Letellier had also published a version in 1789: it is not clear whether his edition or that published by Knapen the...
Paris: Letellier, 1789.
The Letellier editionOctavo; contemporary French mottled calf. One of two French editions of Tench's Narrative published in 1789. This is thus either the first or the second French publication on settled Australia, and one of the very earliest descriptions in French of the appearance of La...
Paris: Letellier, 1789.
One of the earliest French books on Botany Bay and La PerouseOctavo, large copy in later French marbled boards. One of two French editions of Tench's Narrative, the first French publication on settled Australia, and one of the very earliest descriptions in French of the appearance...
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...
Lille & Grammont: Maison du Bon Livre & Oeuvre de St. Charles, circa 1900.
Early French visitor to LhasaFolio, illustrated throughout including photographic plates and full-page steel-engravings, original deep blue decorated wrappers. A particularly good copy of this important account of China and Tibet by the French missionary Évariste...
London: circa 1870. Large thick octavo, with 61 fine steel-engraved views including a vignette title-page; a very good copy in contemporary red morocco ornately gilt, gilt edges. First edition in this form: another edition appeared in 1857. Turner's illustrations and Ritchie's text first appeared in slightly different form in 1833...
Bordeaux: chez Jacques l'Aveugle, 1710. Duodecimo, with woodcut device on title; contemporary sprinkled calf. First edition (Rosenberg edition 'A'), of this important imaginary voyage to Australia: a 'landmark' in the development of the French voyage novel (Atkinson). Friederich comments that the importance of mining and irrigation to the Australians makes...