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England: circa 1800-1850.
Spelling setAlphabet set of 179 pieces of bone, each approx. 15 x 18 mm., letters incised and filled in with black ink by hand; original cedar box with 18 internal compartments and a sliding lid, 256 x 153 mm. A fine, early alphabet set, consisting of...
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Anson's circumnavigation and defeat of the FrenchCopper 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...
London: Thomas Pingo, 1747.
Circumnavigation and victoryCopper 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...
Birmingham: T. Aris, 1743.
Eight Million Pieces of EightBifolium; 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...
London: Chappell, 50 New Bond Street, circa 1854.
Illustrated sheet music for a fast Austral clipperSheet 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...
London: Cresset Press, 1928.
Cresset Press limited editionLarge quarto; vellum, uncut and limited to 250 copies. Number 7 of an edition of 250: with the bookplate of Vyvyan Edwards. A beautiful copy of Bacon's Essayes, printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper, with titles and initials designed by Joscelyne Gaskin.
London: J. Johnson et al. 1803.
Awarded to abolitionist Thomas Fowell BuxtonTen volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece and folding table, prize-plate & bookplate, later gift inscription from Buxton to his son; early diced calf with the insignia of Trinity College Dublin to the boards. A fine and most attractive...
Upsala & Leipzig: Magnus Swederus, 1779.
Banks and Solander in icelandOctavo, large map and chart and eleven plates (most folding), 13 plates in total; contemporary quarter roan and marbled boards. First German edition, preceded only by the very rare Swedish edition of 1777, and followed by London and Paris...
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds and Curtis, 1805.
Banks on disease in cornOctavo, six engraved plates in the first work, and one folding engraved plate by Bauer in the second work; contemporary half calf (restored). One of remarkably few works by Joseph Banks to have appeared in print. Despite...
London: printed for J. Harding, 1805.
Sir Joseph Banks in printOctavo, 32 pp. including the half-title, with a folding plate; with the half-title in "Mackaness" morocco, with the Mackaness bookplate. One of remarkably few works published by Banks, but an apt demonstration of his wide range of scientific interest...
London: H. Humphrey, 4 July 1795.
Making fun of Sir Joseph Banks, who metamorphoses into a splendid butterflyHand coloured engraving, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted and framed. The rare 1795 first issue of this splendid satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of...
Wool in England; preface probably by Joseph Banks12mo, uncut, recent marbled wrappers. Rare: an intriguing pamphlet on the vexed question of the importation of wool into England, with a preface thought to have been contributed by Sir Joseph Banks. The West Countryman John Anstie had first mooted...
England: circa 1795-1800.
An unrecorded version of Banks's favourite portrait, by the daughter of a friendPastel on paper backed onto linen 62 x 50cm; in the original gilt frame and glass. A compelling lifetime portrait of Sir Joseph Banks at the height of his powers, recently rediscovered in England...
London: W. Dickinson, 30 January 1774.
The classic portrait of Banks as a young manMezzotint portrait, 510 x 370 mm.; a very good impression, mounted and framed. In this fine mezzotint Joseph Banks " the father of Australia" is shown sitting confidently at his desk, surrounded by the accoutrements...
Paris? circa 1824.
French portrait of Sir Joseph BanksStipple-engraved portrait, 204 x 120 mm. Fine head-and-shoulders portrait of Sir Joseph Banks by Ambrose Tardieu. Banks is shown wearing the star and garter' the comments that the image was based on the painting by Sir Thomas Phillips, and the borrowing...
London: W. Clements & J. Sadler, 1791.
With Barrington's speeches from the dockOctavo in fours, with wood-engraved frontispiece. Very rare: the second issue of this scarce pamphlet celebrating the misdeeds and famous speeches from the dock of Australia's most famous convict. This is one of the earliest and most...
Madrid: M. Pita, c. 1831-1833.
Del famoso Barrington a Botani-Bay16mo (115 x 75mm), engraved frontispiece, 192 pp.; a fine fresh copy in contemporary Spanish marbled calf, gilt spine, red morocco label. Very rare Spanish imprint detailing the life and adventures of gentleman pickpocket George Barrington. Ferguson records many versions...
London: Henry Colburn, 1831.
The 'Admiralty' issue in larger formatTwo volumes, quarto, with two large folding engraved maps, a double-page map, 23 plates (including four double-page); bound without the half-titles and advertisement leaf found in some copies, but with the rare errata slip called for by Forbes and Hill...
London: Colnaghi, 1831.
The reigning queen for whom Adelaide was namedEngraved oval portrait, 29 x 24 mm. Sir William Beechey, well known English portrait painter, was elected A.R.A. in 1793. In the same year he painted a portrait of Queen Charlotte which procured him the appointment of portrait painter...
London: George Cawthorn, 1797.
The "most esteemed" English plays34 volumes, 16mo., engravings; contemporary sprinkled calf, blue morocco spines richly gilt. A most handsome set of collected plays by the famous publisher Bell, 'the mischievous spirit, the very Puck of booksellers' (DNB). This fine collection includes many of the most...
London: James Ridgway, 1797-1814.
Hoping that Barangaroo will be saved from "lightning, sharks, and red men"Seventeen volumes, duodecimo, in attractive modern wrappers with double spine labels to each volume. A fine long run of an intriguing late-Georgian journal, with a good deal of interest to contemporary Australia, perhaps most...
House of Commons: 1822-1823.
Commissioner Bigge reports on conditions in New South WalesThree volumes, folio; completely uncut and in original printed dark blue wrappers, as issued; spines neatly renewed. A very fine set of the earlier House of Commons publication of the full series of Bigge's three consequential reports...
Dublin: N.P. [maps with the imprint of Henecy & Fitzpatrick], N.D. .
William Bligh maps... Dublin BayFolio, 84 pp., with six folding engraved maps with coloured details; contemporary dark calf. Very rare. This collection of reports on proposed improvements to the Dublin waterways, submitted to the Directors-General of Inland...
London: Battye, Fisher & Sudlow, June 1838 - January, 1840.
Bligh's land-holdingsSeven printed legal documents, all individually stitch-sewn and folded into dockets, some legal marginalia in lead and blue pencil chiefly relating to the property "Copenhagen" A good set of printed legal documents relating to the sale of Bligh's...