THEVENARD, Antoine-Jean-Marie, Vice-Amiral (1733-1815)
[D’ENTRECASTEAUX EXPEDITION] Autograph letter signed by Vice-Admiral Thévenard, advising Roussillon that he is to be appointed surgeon and naturalist on d’Entrecasteaux’s expedition in search of La Pérouse.
Manuscript in ink on bluish watermarked laid paper, folio (310 x 200 mm); place and date ‘Paris, le 9 Juillet 1791’; signed ‘le Ministre de la Marine, Thévenard’; addressed (at foot) to ‘M. Roussillon’; scattered foxing. Vice-Admiral Antoine-Jean-Marie Thévenard (1733-1815) was Minister of the Marine between May and September, 1791. In this letter, he advises …
HAMELIN, Emmanuel, Amiral (1768-1839)
[BAUDIN EXPEDITION] Autograph testimonial signed by Hamelin, commander of Le Naturaliste, written for one of his junior officers.
Manuscript in ink on bluish laid paper, 195 x 160 mm; place and revolutionary date of ‘Paris 1er thermidor an 11’ [20 July 1803], signed ‘Capitaine de frégate Commdt. Eel. Hamelin’; wet stamp of the Collection Deséglise; some foxing. Provenance: Collection Deséglise, France (late 19th – early 20th century), housed in the original Deséglise manila folder with manuscript …
FORSTER, Johann Georg Adam (1754-1794)
[Kassel] : [privately printed], 1784. First edition. Small quarto, contemporary half sheep over papered boards (rubbed), spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and contrasting title label lettered in gilt Artocarpus (a little worn), all edges stained red, front free-endpaper with ownership inscription of the German botanist Ernst Nolte dated 1817, pp [ii], 47, with 2 …
SANDERS, David Locke (1817-1906)
[GOLD RUSH] Diary and notebook of an American gold miner, kept on the Victorian gold diggings at Forest Creek, Bendigo and Ballarat, 1853-57.
Manuscript contained in Diary, Memorandum Book and Almanack for 1853 (Concord, N.H. : Rufus Merrill, 1852). Duodecimo (130 x 90 mm), original wallet-style limp calf covers (worn) lettered in gilt ‘Diary 1853′; ownership inscriptions on pastedowns of David Locke Sanders of Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.A.; approximately  pages with Sanders’ entries in pencil and ink, comprising his …
CUSHING, C.; EVARTS, W.M; WAITE, M.R., et al.
[CSS SHENANDOAH] Two parliamentary papers concerning the British involvement in the American Civil War
Two contemporary official documents relating to Britain’s support of the Confederacy during the American Civil War (1861-1865), and accounts of the actions of British built warships, including the Confederate raider Shenandoah and its controversial stopover in Melbourne. (1) North America. No. 12 (1872). Argument of the United States delivered to the tribunal of arbitration at Geneva, …
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE.
[At sea, on board RMMS Aorangi, Pacific Ocean, 9 June 1941]. Mimeograph printed programme on thick paper, 210 x 165 mm, stapled, illustrated front and rear wrappers, inner folding sheet with printed programme listing 22 concert acts and performers’ names; signed on the front wrapper by Sir John Tremayne Babington, Air Marshal, RAF Far East Command, and …
DAM, Meyndert van; STICHTER, Cornelis
d’Erven Stichters Comptoir Almanach, Voor ‘t Jaar 1800. Voorzien van eene aanwyzing der Jaar-, Paarden-, Beesten- en Leermarkten, welke in de Bataafsche Republiek gehouden worden, als mede de Vacantien, het Varen der Trekschuyten en Beurtschepen, het vertrek der Posten en Postwagens. Nevens de maans op- en ondergang. Te Amsterdam : by de erfgen. van de Wed. C. Stichter, …
PHILLIP, Arthur (1738-1814)
with an account of the establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; compiled from authentic papers, which have been obtained from the several departments, to which are added, the journals of Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall; with an account of their new discoveries. London : John Stockdale, 1789. Quarto, half-calf …
[BROADSIDE] Superior travelling between Ulverston, Lancaster, and Liverpool. The Public are respectfully informed that the Steam Packet Bridgewater will continue to sail regularly between the above places twice every week … …
Ulverston, U.K. : W.R. Knipe, Printer, Market Street, July 24 1826. Broadside, 340 x 205 mm, letterpress-printed recto only on laid paper with Britannia watermark; light horizontal fold, else fine. An apparently unrecorded late Georgian era maritime broadside – and an interesting piece of Lancashire and Cumbria social history.
STOKES, John Lort (1811-1885)
Discoveries in Australia : with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle in the years 1837-38-39-40-41-42-43, by command of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, also, a narrative of Captain Owen Stanley’s visits to the islands in the Arafura Sea.
London : T. and W. Boone, 1846. Two volumes, thick octavo, original blind blocked green cloth boards, spines (a little faded) with gilt lettering and gilt kangaroo and emu vignettes; hinges expertly strengthened; pp xv, 521 ; x, 543; with 8 folding engraved maps (6 in endpockets) and 26 plates (15 engraved, 11 lithographed) depicting …
BODMAN, Anders Gustaf (Gösta), 1875-1960
The Swedish South Polar Expedition, 1901-1904 : expedition meteorologist and hydrographer Gösta Bodman’s unpublished manuscript account in the form of an archive of his private letters and Antarctic journal; with original photographs taken on Snow Hill Island, Antarctica.
Sammelband of manuscript material housed in a modern album, quarto (295 x 245 mm), cloth-backed marbled papered boards, containing  pages of Bodman’s manuscript letters and commentary, much of it written on Svenska Sydpolsexpeditionen stationery, the individual items archivally mounted on stubs; compiler’s title leaf in typescript Den Svenska Sydpolarexpeditionen 1901 – 1904, skildrad i privatbrev …
[SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR] Group of concert programmes printed on board Hospital Ship “Nubia”, 1902-03.
[At sea] : HMHS “Nubia”, April 1902 – July 1903. Eleven shipboard programmes, nine of which are in uniform format, being roneo-printed on both sides of a single foolscap sheet that is folded once to form  sides, 205 x 165 mm; one printed on both sides of a half foolscap sheet (i.e. with only 2 …
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 62 x 102 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘Paterson Brothers, Portrait Rooms, 12 Bourke St. East, Melbourne’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A superb unrecorded photograph of the Pier Hotel, Williamstown, Felix W. Rolland, proprietor. The detail is extremely sharp and all the …
The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company .
P. & O. R.M.S. “Moldavia”, Colombo to Australia. Saturday, January 26th, 1935. Menu and invitation to Fancy Dress Ball.
Folding card, colour printed front with striking design of a masquerade ball (faint corner crease top right), centre pages with menu for dinner and invitation to the Fancy Dress Ball at 10 p.m., centre and rear pages with olive-tone vignette illustrations (mild foxing).
[FRANZEN, Claus, 1857-1947]
An important archive of photographs taken on the first voyage of the German Imperial Navy warship SMS Bismarck, 1879-1880, documenting the ship’s visits to Patagonia, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Sydney, Peru and the Falkland Islands. Provenance: From the Estate of Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), the “Iron Chancellor”. Folio portfolio, 450 x 360 mm, contemporary full crushed …
LA PÉROUSE, Jean-François de Galaup (1741–1788)
Voyage de la Pérouse autour du monde, publié conformément au Décret du 22 Avril 1791, et rédigé par M. L. A. Milet-Mureau.
Paris : de l’Imprimerie de la République, 1797. Four volumes quarto, (315 mm tall) and atlas volume (605 mm tall, 450 mm wide); the five volumes bound in matching contemporary half-crushed morocco, spines lettered and tooled in gilt, marbled boards, a fine period binding; with full wide margins, vol. I with half-title, engraved frontispiece portrait …