Ships, shipwrecks, the sea
Melbourne: J. H. Moulines and Co. for the Committee of the 'Admella', November 1859.
Iconic Australian shipping disaster Octavo, frontispiece and folding map; in original blind blocked plum cloth with dramatic gilt vignette to front board bearing the slogan 'Hope to the Last.'. Only edition: the harrowing tale of the... More
Adelaide: W.C.Cox, Government printer, 1859.
The tragic wreck of the Admella Foolscap folio, 36, [iv] pp., last blank, large folding map; wrappers thumbed. Uncommon: official report of the Commission tasked to investigate the appalling loss of the steamship Admella off the coast of South Australia in 1859. The tragedy marks... More
New York: Enoch Morgan's Sons Company, 1893.
William Andrews' solo crossing in his smallest boat Octavo, folding map and folding plate, illustrated throughout; in original illustrated brown cloth, flyleaf inscribed and signed by the author. Signed presentation copy in original illustrated cloth, detailing the audacious solo transatlantic crossing of William... More
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Anson's circumnavigation and defeat of the French Copper medal, 43.3 mm., with Anson crowned by Victory at right, on the reverse Victory on hippocamp, the names of Anson's officers around; corrected CAMPBEL variety, remnants of 'H' faintly visible, about uncirculated, some mint color remaining, slight abrasions... More
London: Office of the Admiralty, 5 October 1757.
"The Risque of getting those Distempers" Folio, 6 pages plus integral blank; folded to docket size with manuscript annotation "Admiralty New Instructions relating to Surgeons" A scarce and desirable relic of eighteenth-century naval life: an official printed order from the Admiralty concerning... More
Birmingham: T. Aris, 1743.
Eight Million Pieces of Eight Bifolium; franked. Original newspaper containing exciting news of Anson's buccaneering windfall: 'that Commodore Anson has taken eight rich Prizes, and after ravaging the Coast, departed about the middle of April for the East Indies; that he has two Ships with him... More
London: S. Baker, 1768.
Foul weather Jack's Loss of the Wager Octavo, with a frontispiece; contemporary sprinkled calf, First edition. "Admiral Byron's narrative of the loss of the Wager is one of the most thrilling accounts in the language, and supplied his illustrious descendant with many particulars for the shipwreck... More
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Circumnavigation and victory Copper medal, 43.3 mm., with Anson crowned by Victory at right, on the reverse Victory on hippocamp, the names of Anson's officers around; CAMPHEL issue with 'B' faintly visible on 'H', about uncirculated, a few minor blemishes to the rims. An excellent medal... More
London: Printed for the Author by John and Paul Knapton, 1748.
One of the Royal Paper copies Thick quarto, with strong impressions of all 42 folding engraved plates and maps, with the single leaf of directions to the bookbinder for placing the engravings; later half calf over original marbled boards
Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1571.
An unexplained proto-Australia: a single southern continent for the first time Copper-engraved double-hemisphere world map, 335 x 545 mm.; mounted. A very rare sixteenth century map depicting an island roughly in the position of Australia. Montanus shows for the first time on a world map a.... More
London: Chappell, 50 New Bond Street, circa 1854.
Illustrated sheet music for a fast Austral clipper Sheet music, 8 pp. and colour-lithograph cover. A racy tune by the dance composer Charles d'Albert (1809-1886), this rare early sheet music features a particularly appealing coloured lithograph of the clipper Lightning, a vessel... More
The French in Australia Folio, viii pp. title and preliminaries with illustrations, followed by seventeen plates, some in colour; a fine set, unbound as issued in the original folder. Handsome album issued to commemorate BNP's first hundred years in Australia, with finely printed reproductions of original plates from... More
South America: 7 January 1832.
Original panorama from the Beagle voyage Original watercolour, 85 x 390mm., inscribed "Point Naga S.65.W. H.M.S Beagle Jan 7 1832" lower left; "Spirito Santo 3.20 distant 5 miles" lower centre; on verso inscribed "Fanny 1836"; backed on tissue and mounted. This superb coastal profile is... More
Amsterdam: Jan Rieuwertsz and Pieter Arentsz, 1669.
French incursions in the East Indies Quarto, with eight engraved plates; bound in later period-style full calf, spine gilt with raised bands, ex libris of Saint Charles de Bourbon seminary on title;. First Dutch edition, and rare. This is the only separate appearance... More
Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel, 1849-1851.
The first Danish circumnavigation Three volumes, octavo, tinted lithographs; uncut in the original quarter purple cloth with printed labels, brown boards. Scarce official account of the first Danish circumnavigation. The Galathea made her voyage between 1845 and 1847. Forbes notes that the purpose of the mission... More
London: George Nicol, 1792.
Bligh's full account of the Bounty voyage Quarto, with frontispiece portrait, and six plans and charts; fine uncut copy in recent half spotted calf with black and crimson morocco spine labels. First edition of one of the greatest voyage accounts of all time. This is a.... More
Paris: Bachelier, 1824.
Presented by the author to his boss Henri de Freycinet Octavo, with a folding plate; a fine copy, uncut and unpressed, in the original pink mottled wrappers with printed paper label. A fine association copy, affectionately inscribed by the author to Henri de Freycinet. Henri de Freycinet... More
Neuchatel: de l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1772-1773.
The two earliest works on Tahiti Three volumes, octavo; contemporary French tortoiseshell calf, flat spines gilt in compartments with floral decoration, double labels. The two earliest works on Tahiti brought together to form a complete work: the first French account of Cook's... More
London: Francis Edwards, 1915.
With extra material by Captain Edwards Octavo, folding map; original maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. The standard modern edition, including the captain's report on the voyage of the Pandora, printed for the first time, with introduction and notes by Basil Thomson.This edition includes the account... More
London: John Murray, 1831.
Barrow describes the "piratical" mutiny Small octavo, with a frontispiece and five etched plates; contemporary half calf. First and apparently the only authorised edition of a popular account of the Bounty story. The plates, after drawings by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Batty, the army officer and prolific artist... More
London: S. Hooper, 1788.
Naval manoeuvres in 1788 Quarto, with 13 engraved plates of naval tactics; a a few early annotations; contemporary marbled calf, flat spine gilt with anchor motif repeated in compartmemts; an early naval diagram in pencil on front free endpaper. An important study of naval tactics and... More
London: Halton & Truscott Smith, 1924-1926.
A particularly handsome set Sixteen parts bound in four volumes quarto, illustrated in colour and black & white; publisher's blue cloth boards, gilt, sailing ship vignette to front boards. An attractive set of Bowen's deluxe history of sailing and voyaging. The four volumes cover... More
London: Ackermann, 1852.
Splendid marine lithographs by Queen Victoria's artist Pair of colour lithographs, 375 x 535 mm. A fine pair of portraits of a splendid ship: these colour lithographs after original watercolours by Oswald Brierly were made by T. G. Dutton and printed by Day and Son for Ackermanns... More
London: Darton and Clark, 1842.
The health of convicts on convict transports Small octavo, 238 pp., original printer's green cloth. Important book by Browning building on his experience as a Surgeon on board convict transports, most notably the Elphinstone which arrived in Hobart in 1836. Browning could not be accused... More
Launceston: J.S.V Turner, 1872.
Aboriginal Mission settlements in Bass Strait. Octavo, folding frontispiece map, eight plates and four leaves of parochial Launceston advertisements bound at the rear; recently rebound in buckram retaining part of the original publisher's cloth. Scarce and informative book containing much information on Aboriginal Mission to the... More