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Aborigines of Nouvelle HollandeHandcoloured wood engraving, 100 x 75mm; Very good. Charming French hand-coloured woodcut depicting a man and woman of "New Holland". It was most likely printed as part of a series of costume plates, similar to those in the rare ethnographic survey prepared by Rudolf.....
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.....
Paris: Chamerot et Renouard, 1893.
The Paris Observatory statue of the scientist AragoQuarto, 64 pp.; a very good unopened copy in the original grey titling wrappers. Publication commemorating the inauguration of the statue erected to honour the eminent French physicist and astronomer François Jean Dominique Arago (1786-1853). The bronze.....
Brussels: Société Typographique, 1840.
The abridged popular versionLarge octavo, with a portrait frontispiece, lithographs and in-text illustrations; original gilt decorated full calf. One of the reduced single-volume editions of Arago's classic account. There were numerous editions of his narrative: this particular one is not recorded by Ferguson (although a......
The French in AustraliaFolio, 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.....
Paris: A. Nepveu, 1812.
The Indian Ocean by a Baudin veteranTwo volumes octavo of text, with small folio atlas of 45 plates and charts (5 folding); the text volumes in contemporary quarter calf bindings, spines gilt with double labels, the atlas completely unbound and the loose plates contained in.....
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale, 1807-1816.
Official account of the Baudin expeditionTwo volumes, quarto, and large quarto atlas in two parts containing 41 full-page engravings, many in original handcolouring, and 14 fine charts; the text volumes uncut; a fine set in modern quarter morocco. First edition: the Baudin-Freycinet expedition, one of.....
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 2000.
Baudin's personal record of the voyageLarge octavo, includes many colour and black & white plates; original illustrated wrappers. French language edition of the personal journal of Nicolas Baudin, carefully edited and prepared for publication with special appendices and numerous colour plates of original scientific and.....
Paris: Librairie Plon, 1888.
In the original publisher's wrappersSmall octavo, with seven folding maps; in the original printed pale blue wrappers. First edition: a very scarce publication, by a French naval officer who sailed with the D'Entrecasteaux expedition in the 1790s. Admiral Charles Baudin played a role in the.....
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1824.
The rare second edition with expanded suite of platesFour volumes, octavo, with a frontispiece portrait of Péron; and a folio atlas, containing a large folding map of Australia, seven full-page charts, two fine large folding views (one of Sydney), 27 superb handcoloured engraved plates and.....
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [Royale], 1807/16/07/11; 1815/12.
The full account of the Baudin voyage: superbly hand-colouredBound in five volumes; a handsome set of the complete official edition, including the two-volume quarto narrative text with portrait frontispiece and two folding tables, the two-parts of the large quarto atlas bound as a......
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [Royale], 1807-1816.
The Baudin voyage to Australia and the PacificThree volumes, small and large quarto; the two-volume text with portrait frontispiece and two folding tables; the two-part large quarto atlas (bound in one volume) containing 40 plates (23 coloured and two folding) and 14 maps (two.....
Amsterdam: Jan Rieuwertsz and Pieter Arentsz, 1669.
French incursions in the East IndiesQuarto, 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.....
Paris: E. Ducrocq, 1850.
French RobinsonadeOctavo, with eight chromolithographs (including frontispiece); in the original black grained cloth, spine ornately gilt, all edges gilt. A good example of one of the later Robinsonades. First published around the same time as the now more famous Swiss Family Robinson tales by Wyss.....
Londres: Jean Nourse, 1758.
Educational use of an imaginary voyage settingTwo volumes, small octavo; a neat set in contemporary calf, flat spines gilt in compartments. Second edition, following a 1754 version by the same publisher. Both works are of some rarity, NUC listing a single copy of the first.....
Paris: Henri Plon, 1870-, 1872.
With photographic platesThree volumes, octavo, in total 7 folding maps & 38 plates engraved after photographs (5 folding); contemporary quarter green morocco. A very good early mixed set of this extremely popular account of the author's voyage around the world. This popular and well-written.....
Paris: l'Auteur, 1791.
Lunar living is rather like FranceOctavo; original condition, stitched in plain blue-grey wrappers. First edition: lunar life proves very similar to life in provincial France, but the music is better. Beffroy de Reigny (1757-1811) was a highly successful journalist and dramatist. His most important works were.....
Paris: Dépôt Génerale de la Marine, 1765.
Edmund Halley and William Dampier's work carried on by BellinChart, engraved; 620 x 930 mm. Mid eighteenth century world map showing magnetic variation through the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. This map represents decades of work by several enlightenment luminaries. The scientific study.....
Paris: Martinet, 1827.
Prison camps of New HollandOctavo, pp. , 67, , complete with the half-title; a fine copy, uncut, stitched the original plain dark blue wrappers. The only edition of this significant study by the historian and pioneering statistician Louis-François Benoiston de Chateauneuf (1776-1856) of convict transportation and.....
Paris: Adrien le Clere, 1831.
An unusual outcome of the Duperrey expeditionOctavo, frontispiece; uncut copy in original boards. First edition. Ernest de Blosseville's younger brother Jules sailed for the Pacific in 1822 under Duperrey who had been ordered to report on western New Holland as a possible site for.....
Paris: circa 1790.
The King of Botany Bay offers refuge from the French RevolutionOctavo, 19,  pp; disbound from a volume. A very rare early "satire on French politics and English colonization" (Ferguson). Likening those who fled the tumult of the French Revolution to the English convicts transported to.....
London: J. Gillray, nd. circa 1850.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEngraving, 370 x 270 mm., handcoloured as issued, mounted. A famous, satirical look at the decision of the English parliament to create a penal settlement at Botany Bay, in contrast to the atmosphere of reform and concern.....
Neuchâtel: Société Thypographique [sic], 1773.
Bougainville's Tahiti: the South Sea paradiseTwo volumes in one, small octavo; a fine copy in a very attractive contemporary binding of marbled calf, sides bordered in gilt, the flat spine ornately gilt with a repeating drawer-handle design. An attractive copy of the Neuchâtel version.....
Paris: Annales des Sciences Naturelles, December 1826.
Separately printed and important work on the platypus12 pp., caption-title; tipped into a modern binding of quarter linen and boards. The renowned French zoologist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on the platypus: an important study, read to the Académie des Sciences and set up.....