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London: John Stockdale, 1790.
An essential book for First Fleet collectorsQuarto, folding map; black half roan, with the bookplate of Henry White. An essential First Fleet book, widely considered the best guide to the establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales: 'an extremely interesting work and an...
London: John Stockdale, 1787.
First Fleet sails for New South WalesOctavo, with two folding handcoloured maps; bound in contemporary marbled boards (rebacked retaining original crimson label) from the Westport House library with Browne family armorial bookplate. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New...
London: John Stockdale, 1787.
First Fleet sails for New South WalesOctavo, with two folding maps, finely hand coloured in outline, modern half calf, marbled boards. First edition. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales, this sometimes neglected publication was the most...
Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1571.
An unexplained proto-Australia: a single southern continent for the first timeCopper-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....
Paris: Gravé par Tardieu, 1808.
French designs for South Australia.Engraved chart; 580 x 850 mm. Impressive early chart of the South Australian coastline revealing French colonial ambitions for Australia, a result of the survey undertaken during the Baudin expedition in Australian waters during 1802. As the title "Terre Napoleon"...
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...
London: James Ridgway, 1820.
Bennet's attack on Macquarie precipitating the Bigge enquiryOctavo, half-title, 144 pp.; modern half calf, gilt-title on the spine, the Hobill Cole copy with his bookplate and with the blind stamps of Tom Ramsay and Fred Eager. One of the most important political documents of the...
London: James Ridgway, 1820.
Bennet's attack on Macquarie precipitating the Bigge enquiryOctavo, Aquarius binding of full navy calf, gilt spine. An important early colonial work, Bennet's attack on the administration of Governor Macquarie, was an important document that precipitated the enquiry by Commissioner Bigge and the end of Macquarie's...
London: John Haviland, 1630.
"Lately found out, and by our latest Cosmographers"Small quarto, a good copy but bound without the map mentioned on the title-page; contemporary calf, spine and joints wearing, label chipped. Early English edition of Botero's famous chronicle. Translated into several languages from the original Italian, it...
Dublin: J. Exshaw, et al, 1772.
First Dublin editionOctavo, with a folding map and folding plate of native canoe; bookplate and old ownership inscriptions of the Le Power (later De la Poer, later still Lord Power) families; contemporary calf. The first Dublin edition, very scarce: a smaller format issue...
London: Printed for John Bill, 1614.
"The Inhabitants of that South continent, are Idolaters"Small quarto, bound with another work in contemporary limp vellum; boxed. First edition: containing a little noticed discussion of the Southern Continent and its likely inhabitants. Brerewood, Professor of Astronomy and scholar in many fields, explores...
London: Alexander Hogg, circa 1786. Engraved chart, 220 x 330 mm. Chart showing Cook's route around the Tongan Islands, which he discovered in 1773. The Islands are also known as the Friendly Islands because of the reception that Captain Cook received. Published for Anderson's New, Authentic and Complete Collection of Voyages round the World.
Cambridge: Hakluyt Society, 1968-1974.
Authoritative editionFive volumes and portfolio of charts, thick octavo, coloured frontispieces, numerous black and white plates and maps (some folding), original decorated cloth with dust-jackets. The most reliable and authoritative narrative of Cook's three voyages, edited by J.C. Beaglehole. This set comprises the original Hakluyt.....
London: C. Dilly and J. Phillips, 1784.
A highly unusual coloured Parkinson with the plates in two statesQuarto, second enlarged edition, with a frontispiece portrait, two maps (one double-page), and 26 engraved plates with fine hand-colouring and with the uncoloured plates bound in duplicate; notably wide margins, contemporary binding...
Paris: no publisher, 1808. Two volumes, duodecimo, three folding engraved plates after John Webber, charming early printed prize label to front endpapers; in original tree calf, ornate gilt spines with black morocco labels. A beautiful set of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for children. As the...
Paris: n.p., 1808.
With some fifty pages devoted to HawaiiTwo volumes, duodecimo, the three wide folding engraved plates after John Webber in very clean and crisp condition; completely uncut in the original orange paper wrappers. A handsome copy of this charming and popular French account of various voyages for...
Paris: Barrois l'aîné, 1783.
Tasmania and New Zealand, and the first printed account of Surville's voyageOctavo, with seven plates (including two maps, one folding); contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, leather label. First edition: this rare book is of great importance for both New.....
New York: circa 1886.
After the dance portraitMezzotint engraving with facsimile signature below portrait, 254 x 178 mm. This beautiful engraving, after the portrait of Cook by Nathaniel Dance, was published circa 1886 for The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia. The Picturesque Atlas publishing company was set up to publish...
Amsterdam: circa 1680.
Tasman map by Blaeu's apprenticeEngraved map, 460 x 560 mm., superb handcolouring; mounted. Fine early map of the East Indies showing the discoveries of Tasman by Frederick de Wit, at a time when he was one of the foremost map-makers in Holland. His firm's 'maps were...
Amsterdam: Jan Jansz, 1645.
First voyage of the DuyfkenOblong folio, 28 pp.; bound in full dark-brown oasis. First edition of one of the first Dutch voyages across the Indian Ocean, published as one of the pieces that make up Commelin's voyage collection Begin ende Voortgangh. Harmensz was in joint...
Madrid: Imprenta Nacional, 1858; 1825, 1829 & 1837.
"The earliest and rarest records of American discovery"Five volumes, small quarto, three folding maps and two portraits; an excellent set in contemporary marbled sheep, later labels. A good set of this highly important collection of Spanish sea voyages - the Spanish...
London: John Stockdale, 1791.
Count Fleurieu shares a publisher with governor PhillipQuarto, with 12 folding charts; in contemporary polished half calf, marbled boards. An attractive copy of the first English edition of the great work on the French discovery of the Solomon Islands. Fleurieu, the leading light in the...