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Eighteenth-century book-artMottled-calf binding sculpted to form a painters' box 210 x 140 x 55 mm, fully-lined in floral linen with two-removable inner trays, containing 28 ceramic paint-shells and three paint-brushes. An eighteenth-century painters' box intricately sculpted from a book-binding of full mottled-calf with marbled fore-edges. Intriguingly the.....
Sydney: Turner & Henderson, 1880.
Inaugural exhibition catalogueDuodecimo, pp. 22, [ii]; original wrappers, preserved in a folding cloth box. The rare catalogue of the Society's inaugural exhibition held at the Garden Palace which had been purpose-built for the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879. An impressive two hundred and twenty.....
Melbourne: Edward A. Vidler, 1920.
With illustrations by Napier WallerOctavo, two black & white plates by Napier Waller; original pictorial wrappers with yap edges. A two-act play with an unusual idea for staging involving cinematic sets. Illustrated by Napier Waller.
London: J. Cross, 1826.
The first book on Australian agricultureOctavo, half-title, with four hand-coloured aquatint plates, and advertisement leaf for the printer Joseph Cross; a very attractive copy in modern half calf. Scarce: The first book on Australian agriculture, with the earliest published architectural drawing of an Australian house.....
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.....
London: Cadell & Davies, 21 June, 1814. Soft ground etching, plate size 380 x 325 mm. on a larger sheet; ex-library stamp to verso, together with the relevant letterpress. A fine portrait of the great publisher John Boydell (1720-1804), the most important print publisher of his day, and together with.....
London: John Carpenter, 1843. Quarto, eight handcoloured engraved plates; in original cloth-backed boards, paper titling label on front board. Fifth edition of this beautifully-produced but practical guide to colour in painting, which uses works by old masters such as Titian, Van Dyck and Rubens as a guide.
London & Melbourne: Novello Ewer & Co. [and] Allan & Co., 1880.
Prize-winner for the Melbourne International ExhibitionTall octavo, some foxing, all advertisements present; in original lilac wrappers, Surprisingly scarce: a 161 pp. musical score for Victoria, the prize cantata written by Caron for the opening of the Melbourne.....
Melbourne: W.H. Glen & Co., circa 1888. Octavo; modern marbled cloth-backed boards with original printed stiff wrappers bound in. A rare musical souvenir of the lavish opening of the Centennial International Exhibition, held in the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the landing of the First.....
Amsterdam: Société d'Edition, 1925. Thick quarto, with 180 plates and 150 illustrations in the text, large folding colour map; untrimmed, in original colour decorated wrappers. Limited edition of 1000 copies, printed on 'papier vergé'. This is a beautifully produced and exceptionally detailed study of the Sumatran people and culture. In.....
London: circa 1780.
Exceptionally rare medal, an early commemoration of Cook's deathBronze medal, 37 mm. Extremely rare: the "Courage and Perseverance" medal, struck soon after news of Cook's death reached England. News of Cook's death was first published in Büsching's Wöchentlichte Nachrichten (Berlin, 1780) in early January 1780, via.....
London: Royal Society, 1784.
One of 322 silver specimensSilver medal, 43 mm. diameter; relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder and globe on verso. The handsome silver issue of the Royal Society's formal.....
London: Alexander Shaw, 1787.
Exceptional artefact from Cook's Pacific voyages: with 56 specimens of native tapa cloth including a suite of 17 extra specimens, most of them HawaiianQuarto (220 x 164 mm.), pp [8, comprising title and three leaves of descriptions], with 56 tapa cloth specimens interleaved between or.....
Zurich: n.p., 1821.
Elusive biography of the great Cook voyage artist, with portrait and viewSquare octavo, aquatint frontispiece, 13pp. with engraved oval portrait at head of first page; a fine copy in the original printed brown wrappers, preserved in a folding bookform case. Only edition: with the famous engraved.....
Barcelona: por los herederos de D. Agustin Roca, 1834.
Delightful Spanish album of costume platesOblong octavo, engraved frontispiece, title and 32 plates; a fine copy in original printed boards. A very good copy of this rare illustrated Spanish edition of the costumes of the world, after the original French.....
Paris: Chez Saintin, 1811.
Children's atlasOctavo, two hand-coloured plates and seven hand-coloured maps (four double-page, three folding), a handsome copy. A charming children's atlas, with delightful depictions of Tahiti, New Zealand and Hawaii. Although much reprinted and very popular, this work is now rare in any edition. Two exquisite.....
London: T. Clay, 1828.
Learning to paint in watercolourOblong quarto; illustrated throughout with full-page hand-coloured lithographs; in later quarter maroon calf over original marbled boards. Artistic tuition by a notable English painter whose reputation has grown in recent years. The recent major exhibition of Cox's work at the Yale.....
London: G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823. Tall quarto, copperplate engraved music and text;; contemporary half calf, a very handsome copy, the spine gilt and with an unusual triple "harlequin" set of labels in red, white & blue. First edition of this early collection of the patriotic ditties and rollicking shanties.....
Manchester: issued for private circulation by James Edge-Partington & Charles Heape, "Lithographed by Palmer, Howe & Co., Manchester" 1890/1895/1898.
The complete set of a core ethnographical classic, in original portfoliosThree volumes, oblong folio, with 854 lithographic plates loose in the three original cloth portfolios, as issued, complete with the.....
Sydney: D. Wall, 76 York Street, n.d. but, 1848.
First study of Australian architecture: "Georgian" SydneyQuarto, with full page copper plate engravings throughout, owner's name "Alfred C. Johnson"; a good copy in the original pink papered boards, preserved in a blue folding quarter morocco book-form box, lettered to the.....
Sydney: Gibbs, Shallard and Company, 1878.
Important Australian architectural record.Quarto, with full page copper plate engravings throughout, half black roan with gilt lettering, bookplate of Henry White. Joseph Fowles arrived in Sydney in 1838 and this is without doubt his most important work, providing remarkably detailed information on the.....
Oahu: Na na Misionari, 1834.
The first Hawaiian printed musicDuodecimo, 360 pp., 194 hymns many with full musical notation; in excellent condition in old sprinkled and polished calf, later spine ornately gilt with red leather label; in a full calf protective bookform case. Rare and important: a delightful copy.....
London: 1785. Original watercolour on paper with faint outline of engraving, 250 x 360 mm., signed and dated lower right, mounted. An original watercolour by the highly regarded artist William Hayes (1727-1799) Despite a complete lack of training in any field, Hayes discovered a natural aptitude for painting birds. His.....