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Paris: Plon, 1893. Octavo, folding map; a good copy, uncut in the original blue-grey wrappers, First edition: this is an especially good account of Hawaii at the end of the nineteenth century, by a French diplomat, written under the pseudonym Georges Sauvin. D'Anglade was French Consul and Commissioner to Hawaii...
Paris: Hortet et Ozanne, 1839.
The new version, with new titleFour volumes, octavo, with 60 lithograph plates (six folding); later binding of quarter dark green morocco. A fine set of the substantially changed version of Arago's classic account of the French circumnavigation in the Uranie under the command of...
Paris: H.-L. Delloye, 1840.
The rare supplementary volumeLarge octavo, 15 plates, untrimmed with an early library stamp on the title-page; a handsome copy in polished half calf, spine banded and gilt. Fine copy of this unusual addition to his voyage account by the prolific and eccentric Arago, which includes...
London: John Harris, 1832.
Scarce educational game featuring AustraliaEngraved map, 345 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of Australia, Asia and the east coast of Africa. The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who...
London: John Harris, 1832. Engraved map, 315 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of the World The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who had settled in France in 1780 and later fled the revolution...
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...
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson, 1796.
The rare American BarringtonDuodecimo, with 2-pp. publisher's advertisements;, with the half-title, in original American mottled sheep, unlettered spine ruled in gilt; front hinge starting, head of spine restored. Only the second work on Australia to be published in America. This first American edition...
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson, 1796.
The rare American BarringtonDuodecimo, with 2-pp. publisher's advertisements, contemporary owner's inscription for "Will. Bowman"; in old sheep boards, recently rebacked. Only the second work on Australia to be published in America. This first American edition of Barrington's Voyage, in appealing and characteristic contemporary...
Lisbon: Regia Officina Typographica, 1788.
Portuguese discoveries in a crisp uniform edition24 volumes, duodecimo, with four portraits and five folding maps; contemporary blonde speckled calf. This extensive set is a fundamental travel book, and the basis for any history of Portuguese exploration. This is the first collected edition of...
London: Daldy Isbister and Co., circa 1844.
The Holy Land IllustratedOctavo; engraved frontis and title-page, 23 engraved plates and 29 line drawings; original blind stamped blue cloth boards, rebacked, corners slightly worn, highly decorated in gilt front and spine, all edges gilt. William Henry Bartlett was a prolific 19th...
Leiden: Van D. Noothoven Van Goor, 1860.
Information on Java for Dutch childrenSingle printed leaf, 440 x 310 mm., simply handcoloured. Scarce news-sheet publication for Dutch children. One of a long series (this is number 78), this is devoted to information about Java, with a map and three views...
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...
London: John Van Voorst, 1860. Octavo, with eight chromolithographic plates (including the frontispiece), in the publisher's blind blocked purple cloth. The best general account of Australian natural history at the time of its publication, and still a useful work. Bennett was particularly interested in the Platypus and his account of...
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...
Rio de Janeiro: Miranda & Carneiro, 1833.
Unrecorded reference to Botany BayThree parts in one volume, small octavo; in contemporary green quarter calf, gilt. The first edition in Portuguese of this unrecorded reference to Botany Bay. First published in 1789 in Paris, Barère de Vieuzac's La Liberté des Mers.....
Tours: Alfred Mame et fils, 1893. Quarto, with many illustrations, some taken from photographs, gilt edges, in the original ornately pictorial cloth, with pretty decoration in silver and gilt. Fine copy of the first French edition, which puts the English edition of 1890 quite in the shade. It is scarce...
Offprint: Transactions of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, Vol. IV, Part II, 1905.
Presentation copy of a rare offprintOctavo, pp. 63-70, with four photographic plates (numbered 7 to 10); modern quarter calf. Rare: not recorded by Rosove or Renard, this is an offprint of an account of the...
Leeds: William Brown, 1849.
A Yorkshire man amongst the YankeesOctavo, handsome full red morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The author was a Leeds clothing merchant, who 'having been called upon, in many towns and villages in Yorkshire, to recite my personal narrative of America and the Americans, a....
Melbourne: Mason, Firth & Co., General Printers, n.d., 1868.
Overlanding cattle to South AustraliaSmall octavo; original limp cloth, titling label on upper board. The high-risk and pioneering culture of "overlanding" was well entrenched in Australia by the time Browne wrote this most informative handbook. The famous explorer Charles Sturt...
Sydney: Australian Medical Gazette, 1888. Octavo; in original green cloth. An exhaustive guide to over 200 health resorts in Australia and New Zealand, with analyses of mineral waters, services and therapeutic indications. Also includes activities available to patients, such as Killarney, Queensland, "Very pretty scenery, and dry, bracing climate. Shooting...
London: 1831. Engraving, 280 x 450 mm.; mounted. Scarce panoramic view of Hobart, complete with key description, based on an original painting by Augustus Earle. Earle arrived in Tasmania in January 1825 and painted "a series of linked watercolour views of Hobart Town which were later developed into this panorama...
Goverment Printer, 1862. Foolscap folio, 7 pp., printed on blue paper; bound in modern half calf. The important Sixth Progress Report issued after the adverse findings of the Royal Commission enquiring into the disastrous Burke and Wills expedition. This separate printing of the report is identifiable by its colophon on...
Melbourne: Mason and Firth, Printers, 1862.
Sixth Progress ReportFoolscap folio, 7 pp., printed on blue paper; stitched but unbound as issued, folded for the original "Exploration Committee" envelope, also present. The important Sixth Progress Report issued after the adverse findings of the Royal Commission enquiring into the disastrous Burke...
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1930.
First aviator to the South PoleLarge octavo, portrait frontispiece, four maps (two folding) and illustrations; in contemporary half tan morocco. First edition of Byrd's account of his pioneering two-year aerial exploration of the Antarctic, during which he became the first man to fly...