• # 28440

    Laing’s Planetarium Orrery

    Detroit : Laing Planetarium Co., 1896. Scientific instrument (technically a tellurion or tellurium) measuring 32 cm tall and 55 cm in length when fully extended, consisting of a copper painted wooden sphere representing the sun mounted on a turned maple podium, around which oscillates a black and white painted sphere representing the planet Venus, attached …

  • # 29737

    NEWTON, John, and sons

    Newton’s new & improved terrestrial globe, embracing every recent discovery to the present time

    Manufactured by J. Newton & Son, 80 Chancery Lane. London : published Jany. 1st, 1848. Terrestrial globe, 12 inches in diameter, engraved gores with original hand colouring over papier mache base, graduated equator, the oceans with an analemma (‘improved’), the surface showing the tracks of Captain James Cook’s three circumnavigations, hand-engraved calibrated brass meridian ring, engraved calendrical …

  • # 28487


    A nineteenth century English wine table

    Measures 71 cm tall, diameter 51cm. Turned walnut base, nineteenth century, with a later mahogany top, a few minor scratches but overall very good condition.  

  • # 27846

    MANNING, James

    Model of the Earth

    London : J. Manning, circa 1860. Miniature globe, 1¾” (45mm) diameter, twelve gores with hand colouring, two axis pins; in the original cylindrical morocco box; the globe and box in fine condition (box label in facsimile). A beautiful miniature globe from the mid nineteenth century. Alaska is still marked as Russian Territory (pre-1867). On the …

  • # 28247

    JOHNSTON, W. & A. K.

    18 inch terrestrial globe

    Edinburgh and London : W. & A. K. Johnston, 1910. Measuring 18 inches (46cm) in diameter, 27 inches (60 cm) tall; engraved coloured gores over plaster base, graduated equator, ecliptic and Greenwich meridian, the oceans with an analemma and ocean currents, nickel meridian ring, engraved calendrical paper horizon ring with zodiac laid on wood, supported on the original …

  • # 26637


    A rare woodblock map of Canton (Guangdong) published as a fan.

    [Canton : Ch’uan Chi (?), circa 1870]. Woodblock map of the city of Canton (Guangdong, a part of Guangzhou), 300 x 450 mm (opened), hand-painted bamboo covers; fine condition. A remarkable survivor that creates the illusion of having the city of Canton in the palm of the hand.  From the eighteenth century onwards, Cantonese artisans produced …

  • # 27175


    Our colonies : Australia.

    London : W. Butcher & Sons, [circa 1910]. Series: Our Colonies. Chapter III. Australia (from the Primus Junior Lecturers’ Series, no. 742). Complete set of 8 hand-coloured magic lantern glass slides (each 80 x 80 mm), housed in their original box with illustrated lid (fine), and including the rarely seen ‘Lantern Lecture Reading’ information sheet for this …

  • # 26779

    Weber and Costello Co.

    A rare matching pair of 18 inch terrestrial and celestial globes

    Chicago, Illinois : Weber Costello, 1909. Each globe measuring 18 inches (46cm) in diameter, 45 inches (115 cm) tall; in bronzed cast iron meridian and stand, with calendrical paper horizon ring, laid on wood; with an analemma and two polar calottes. Standing in bronzed cast iron tripod stand with glass roller feet, with flower and …

  • # 26367

    Rand McNally & Co.

    Rand McNally & Company Terrestrial Globe

    [Chicago] : Rand McNally & Co., circa 1920. Chromolithographed paper gores over paper mache base, 12 inches in diameter, oval shaped analemma, pressed metal meridian, wooden horizon ring with paper calendar, on the original stand of four turned wooden legs united with cross-stretchers. An American student’s table globe from the early twentieth century with a …

  • # 26282

    LAUDER, Leslie and HOWARD, Mark

    An Introduction to Western Australian colonial furniture (signed copy)

    Photography by Victor France. East Fremantle : Lauder & Howard,1988. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 85, colour photographs, a fine copy. Printed in an edition of 2500 hand-numbered copies. An illustrated guide to mostly jarrah West Australian furniture of the 1830s – 1880s. This copy is hand signed on the title page by Lauder and Howard.

  • # 26007

    JOHNSTON,W. & A. K.

    12 Inch Terrestrial Globe

    Edinburgh : W. & A. K. Johnston [under license to A. J. Nystrom & Co., Chicago], 1929. Chromolithographed paper gores over paper mache base, 12 inches in diameter, isothermal current lines, equatorial, longitudinal and latitudinal lines, international date line, two polar calottes, standing in bronzed cast iron tripod stand with clawed feet. In fine, original …

  • # 25462

    Maker unknown.

    Native Gold / Australia.

    [Title from etched caption on mount]. [U.K.? : s.n., circa 1860]. Microscope slide, 79 x 25 mm, maker’s diamond-etched caption to mount ‘Native Gold / Australia’; the central raised circular section (diameter 16 mm) contains an “as found” tiny gold specimen in quartz; mount with repaired hairline crack at left hand edge. A scarce scientific …

  • # 18847

    Maker unknown.

    A pair of Chinese export camphorwood and leather trunks with brass mountings circa 1850

    The large trunk measuring 104 x 52 x 49 cm, working lock and key, with stencilled writing ‘… Melbourne, berth 57, 58. Not wanted on voyage’ (the name of the ship and port of origin have been erased); the smaller trunk measuring 63.5 x 31.5 x 26 cm, with the brass name plaque of ‘Mr. …

  • # 15593

    Maker unknown.

    Fiji before Civilization … Dawn of Civilization … Advance of Civilization … Glorious Result of Civilization

    [Crystal Palace, London : Machinery Department, c.1879]. Cotton handkerchief, 570 x 580 mm, lithograph printed in brown and red; old fold lines and some insignificant toning and spotting; a very well preserved example. These satirical cotton handkerchiefs lampooning the effects of the introduction of Western civilisation into a “primitive” society in the South Seas were printed in colour in the machinery …

  • # 24882

    PATRICK BROS.; [WHITLAM, Edward Gough, 1916-2014]

    we want gough!

    Melbourne : Patrick Bros., [1975]. Metal badge (or button), diameter 90 mm; front with black-lettered slogan ‘we want gough!’ surmounted by photographic headshot of Gough Whitlam, on yellow background; reverse engraved ‘PATRICK BROS./MELBOURNE’; pin engraved ‘MADE IN GT. BRITAIN’; light tarnishing to reverse, but a very good example. The slogan ‘We Want Gough!’ was chanted …

  • # 24885


    An ornate Victorian Valentine.

    [U.K.] : “Porter”, [circa 1850]. Die-cut embossed paper over lace with the original pink tissue paper backing, 175 x 115 mm; the printed message reads: ‘If I fear’d not to offend, a thousand vows of love I’ll send, How blest my lot with thee to prove, The joys of constancy and love’; the scene incorporates …