POPE INNOCENT IV (Sinibaldo Fieschi), 1195-1254
Innocent IV, born Sinibaldo Fieschi in 1195, was Pope of the Catholic Church from 1243 until his death in 1254. This bull is addressed to the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean de Réôme (in the village of Moutiers-Saint-Jean, Bourgogne). The document deals with the debts of the monastery and is dated 26 September 1252. Originally the bull would have been sealed …
SFORZA, Gian Galeazzo Maria, 1469-1494; [Isabella of Aragon, 1470-1524]
A signed love letter of the young Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Maria Sforza (1469-1494) to his future bride, Isabella of Aragon (1470-1524). Sforza was later a confidant of Leonardo da Vinci; Isabella is considered by art historian Maike Vogt-Luerssen to have been the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Bifolium, 300 x 210 mm, the manuscript in a …
SAINT BONAVENTURE (Giovanni di Fidanza), 1221-1274; PETRUS LOMBARDUS, 1100-1160
A rare example of a finely preserved Renaissance chained binding. Nuremberg : Anton Koberger, (after 2 March) 1491. Two parts in one volume, chancery folio (315 x 213 mm); contemporary chained binding from the Carmelite convent of Bamberg, blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, centre and corner brass bosses, two clasps; entire chain (98 cm), including the eyelet, attached to head …
GALILEI, Galileo, 1564-1642
Opere di Galileo Galilei linceo nobile fiorentino, Già Lettore delle Matematiche nelle Università di Pisa, e di Padova, di poi Sopraordinario nello Studio di Pisa. Primario Filosofo e Matematico del serenissimo Gran Duca di Toscana. In questa nuoua editione insieme raccolte, e di varij Trattati dell’istesso Autore non più stampati accresciute. Al Serenissimo Ferdinando II Gran Duca di Toscana.
The first collected edition of the works of Galileo, widely regarded as ‘the father of modern physics’. Bologna : Heredi del Dozza, 1655-56. Two volumes, quarto, contemporary full vellum (small repair to head of the second volume), manuscript titles to spines, various pagination as published; engraved frontispiece by Stefano della Bella; engraved portrait of Galileo after …
PELSAERT, François, 1595-1630
Ongeluckige voyagie van het schip Batavia uytgevaren onder’t beleydt van den E. Francois Pelsaert, na Oost-Indien, en gebleven is op de Abrollos van Frederick Houtman, … Verhalende ‘t verongelucken des schips / en de grouwelijcke moordery onder ‘t scheeps-volck / op ‘t eylandt Bataviers Kerckhof, nevens de justitie gedaen sen de moetwillige in de jaren 1628 en 1629.
A rare early illustrated edition of Pelsaert’s account of the wreck of the Batavia. Amsterdam : Gillis Joosten Saeghman, n.d. [circa 1663]. Small quarto, later half vellum over marbled boards (rubbed), manuscript title to spine; ex libris bookplates to endpapers; pp 44, title page with woodcut vignette (paper repair to the gutter), allegorical woodcut verso; 6 copperplate vignette illustrations in the text, which is …
An early eighteenth century Spanish Graduale Romanum, or Roman Gradual (the second of two volumes), with thick wooden boards and iron fittings, containing music and text for the proprium missal (proper of the mass), including a Peruvian credo and with an index to both volumes at the end arranged mostly alphabetically under five headings for the introits, graduals, …
LOCKE, John, 1632-1704
The third collected edition of the works of one of the most significant philosophers of the Enlightenment. London : Printed for Arthur Bettesworth, Edmund Parker, John Pemberton, and Edward Symon, 1727. Three volumes, folio, uniform contemporary full calf with double gilt fillets; elaborately gilt spines in compartments between gilt-hatched raised bands, each spine panel featuring a …
LEONARDO, da Vinci, 1452-1519; Trichet du Frésne, Raphaël, 1611-1661
Trattato della pittura di Lionardo da Vinci : nuovamente dato in luce, colla vita dell’ istesso autore, scritta da Rafaelle du Fresne. Si sono giunti tre libri della Pittura, ed il trattato della Statua di Leon Battista Alberti, colla Vita del medesimo. E di nuovo ristampato, corretto ed a maggior perfezione condotto.
A superb and rare example of the large paper issue of Ricciardo’s 1733 edition of Leonardo’s treatise on painting, the third and most complete edition in Italian. Leonardo’s intention was to describe painting as a science, and he conceived his treatise in two sections: the first is theoretical, outlining the philosophical principles and ideals of painting with particular …
HILL, Nathaniel (1708 - 1768)
A rare eighteenth century globe showing the Australian coastline prior to Cook’s discoveries, and with the tracks of the voyage of Anson. [London : Nathaniel Hill, 1754]. Terrestrial pocket globe, 2 ¾ inches in diameter, engraved gores over plaster and wooden sphere, small areas of expert repair to the polar regions and South Atlantic; in the original publisher’s …
[CROZET, Julien Marie, 1728-1780; SURVILLE, Jean-François-Marie de, 1717-1770] ROCHON, Alexis Marie, editor.
Nouveau voyage a la Mer du Sud : commencé sous les ordres de M. Marion … On a joint à cet voyage un Extrait de celui de M. de Surville dans les mêmes Parages.
The first French voyages to Australia and New Zealand. Paris : Barrois l’aîné, 1783. Octavo, quarter calf with gilt ornament and contrasting morocco title label over papered boards, expertly rebacked; pp viii, 291, with 7 engraved plates, including folding map; the plates with occasional pale foxing; a very good copy, finely bound. Marc-Joseph Marion du …
A highly significant bibliographic treasure, with an association to one of the most important figures in the history of Australian exploration, Captain Matthew Flinders, RN (1774-1814), the navigator and cartographer who led the first circumnavigation of Australia and identified it as a continent. The Holy Bible, adapted to the Use of Schools and private families: Containing all …
WALLIS, John (Junior); WALLIS, John (Senior)
Wallis’s New Dissected Map of [the] World. Engraved from the latest authorities for the use of young students in Geography. Published by John Wallis Jun., 188 Strand. S. J. Wallis Sr., Warwick Sq.
The only known example of the earliest dissected puzzle map to show the three voyages of Captain Cook. [Title from lid]. London : John Wallis Senior, 1787; reissued by John Wallis Junior, 1806-1808. Engraved map of the world with the imprint ‘Published as the Act directs, Jany. 1st 1787 by Proprietor J. Wallis at his Map Warehouse, Ludgate …
ZIMMERMANN, Heinrich, 1741-1805
[COOK] Puteshestvie okolo sveta Kapitana Kuka i zhizni ego. Novoe izdanie s pribavleniem podrobnago opisaniia ostrova Otaiti, obozreniia vsekh voobshche Amerikanskikh oblastei, i samykh novykh izvestii ob ostrovakh mezhdu Kamchatkoiu i Materikom Ameriki, i o nravakh, obriadakh, zhilishchakh i promyslakh obitaiushchikh tam narodov.
The first and only illustrated edition of Zimmermann’s account of Cook’s third voyage, containing the first Russian printed portrait of Cook. St. Petersburg : P.[etr] B.[ogdanovic], 1793. Fourth Russian edition. Octavo, contemporary full calf (rebacked, somewhat worn; binding recased, new endpapers), frontispiece copper engraved portrait of Cook (repaired tear), pp 189, 191- 412, ; internally clean and …
GRASSET DE SAINT-SAUVEUR, Jacques, 1757-1810
Encyclopédie des voyages, contenant l’abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, religions, habitudes domestiques, religions, fêtes, supplices, funérailles, sciences, arts, et commerce de tous les peuples : er la collection complette de leurs habillemens civils, militaires, religieux et dignitaires, dessinés d’après nature, gravés avec soin et coloriés à l’aquarelle.
Rare set of Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s ethnographic encyclopaedia, containing additional plates and in a fine binding. [Paris] : Deroy, 1796. First edition. Quarto, five volumes bound in four, early nineteenth century full vellum with central arabesque lozenges tooled in blind, manuscript titles to spines, green silk ribbons, four engraved frontispieces and 434 plates, all with fine original …
NELSON, Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, 1758-1805
This important letter, penned on board Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Vanguard in the Bay of Naples, was written by Nelson with his left hand, a little over a year after losing his right arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in August 1797. The letter is from the famous manuscript collection of Alfred Morrison (1821-1897). It was acquired …
VANCOUVER, George, 1757-1798; SPARRMAN, Anders, 1748-1820
En upptäckts-resa till Norra Stilla Hafvet, och kring jordklotet : att på Kongl. Engelsk befallning och omkostnad i synnerhet forska efter något segelbart sammanhang imellan Norra Stilla och Norra Atlantiske Hafven förrättad åhren 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, under commando af Capitain George Vancouver. Ifrån engelskan i sammandrag utgifven af Anders Sparrman.
Scarce Swedish edition of Vancouver’s voyage account, being Anders Sparrman’s abridgement of Voyage of discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and round the world (1798). Stockholm : Anders Zetterberg, 1800. Two parts in one volume, small octavo, contemporary half calf over speckled papered boards, spine ruled in gilt with title labels (one partially erased); speckled edges; pp [vi], …
PLIMER, Nathaniel, 1757-1822, attributed
A portrait miniature of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brisbane, sixth Governor of New South Wales, 1821-1825
A fine portrait of a distinguished administrator whose political and social legacies were of immense importance in the shaping of the Colony of New South Wales. Portraits of such significant early Australian figures are of the utmost rarity. [Attributed to Nathaniel Plimer, probably 1803-1804]. Portrait on ivory, in its original nine-carat gold mount, 70 x 53 mm; verso of …
PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804
Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.
Rare complete set, in contemporary bindings, of the official account of the Baudin voyage. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte générale de la Nouvelle Hollande, along with many significant charts of the southern Australian coastline (“Terre Napoléon”), superb …
WALLIS, James, Captain, 1785?-1858
An historical account of the Colony of New South Wales and its dependent settlements; in illustration of twelve views, engraved by W. Preston, a convict; from drawings taken on the spot by Captain Wallis, of the Forty-Sixth Regiment. To which is subjoined an accurate map of Port Macquarie, and the newly discovered River Hastings, by J. Oxley, Esq. Surveyor General to the Territory.
One of Australia’s finest early plate books, coloured by a skilled hand to striking effect. London : R. Ackermann, 1821. Folio, half crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, lacking the half-title, pp [iv] (with the “Extract from the Sidney Gazette“); 42, followed by 12 engraved plates of views (six are double page) and a …
HACK, Maria (1777-1844), attributed
A geographical panorama : exhibiting characteristic representations of the scenery and inhabitants of various regions.
A very rare toy for children with exquisite aquatint renderings of scenes from around the globe, including views of Oonalaska (after Webber) and the Society Islands (after Parkinson) from Cook’s voyages. London : Harvey and Darton, 1822. Mahogany box, 300 x 260 x 90 mm, sliding lid with engraved title sheet (worn), the underside of …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross, Government Printer, 1828. A complete run of 52 issues for the year 1828: vol. XIII, no. 608, January 5, 1828 – vol. XIII, no. 659, December 27, 1828. Large quarto, bound in contemporary blue-papered boards with manuscript dates to front and spine; most issues  pp; some issues with supplement (Government …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross, Government Printer, 1829. A complete run of 50 issues for the year 1829: vol. XIV, no. 660, January 3, 1829 – vol. XIV, no. 709, December 26, 1829. Large quarto, bound in contemporary blue-papered boards with manuscript dates to front and spine; most issues  pp; some issues with supplement (Government …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross and George Howe, Government Printers, 1834. A run of 49 issues for 1834: vol. XIX, no. 919, January 10, 1834 – vol. XIX, no. 968, December 18, 1834 (missing nos. 918; 928; 969). Quarto, all issues stitch bound, various paginations; a number of issues with supplements (Government acts); some issues with …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross and George Howe, Government Printers, 1835. A complete run of 52 issues for 1835: vol. XX, no. 970, January 1, 1835 – vol. XIX, no. 1021, December 25, 1835. Quarto, all issues stitch bound, various paginations; a number of issues with supplements (Government acts); some issues with subscriber's name [H.B. Fortesse] …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross and George Howe, Government Printers, 1837. A virtually complete run of 51 issues for 1837: vol. XXII, no. 1075, January 6, 1837 – vol. XXII, no. 1126, December 29, 1837 (missing no. 1078; but including the “Extraordinary issue” of July 11 1837). Quarto, all issues stitch bound, various paginations; a number …
LEWIN, John William, 1770-1819
A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq.
A fine example, in original condition, of one of the rarest illustrated works of Australian natural history. London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. Folio, original publisher’s binding of quarter crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt ‘Lewin’s Birds of New Holland’, green cloth covered boards, yellow endpapers, pp [iv], 26 etched plates with original gouache hand-colouring, …
FITZROY, Robert, 1805-1865; DARWIN, Charles, 1809-1882; KING, Philip Parker, 1793-1856
[FITZROY’S COPY] Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle’s circumnavigation of the globe.
Commander of the Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy’s own copy of the first edition of Darwin’s first published book, one of the cornerstones of modern biological science, as well as one of the great travel narratives of the modern age. A complete set bound, as was the fashion, into library calf bindings, with an outstanding provenance directly …
[MANUSCRIPT] Campagne de la Corvette à Voiles l’Alcméne. Commandée par Mr. Coudein, Capitaine de Frégate, à destination des Mers du Sud et Océanie.
An important, unpublished first-hand account of the voyage of the French naval corvette Alcméne in the South Seas, 1848-1852, including extended descriptions of the loss of crew members to cannibalism in New Caledonia in 1850, and of the vessel’s infamous shipwreck at Kaipara on the west coast of New Zealand in 1851, whilst en route from Hobart Town to Tahiti. …
LACY, George, 1816-1878, attributed
An unpublished work attributed to an artist active on the New South Wales and Victorian goldfields in the 1850s and 1860s. [New South Wales or Victoria, circa 1860]. Ink wash on paper, 250 x 185 mm, laid down on a nineteenth century gilt-edged album leaf; initialled in the image at lower left ‘G.L.’; the work is …
[Possibly Frederick FRITH, 1819-1871]
Ivorytype portrait of Laura Lilias Scratchley, wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Scratchley, Melbourne, January 1863.
This masterful portrait of the beautiful Laura Lilias Scratchley, sister of Thomas Alexander Browne (the author ‘Rolf Boldrewood’), was created when she was 19 years and 4 months old, soon after her marriage to Lieutenant-Colonel Scratchley of the Victorian Artillery (later Sir Peter Scratchley, colonial administrator). It is an extremely rare Australian example – the earliest known – of a …
DIGGLES, Silvester, 1817-1880
The ornithology of Australia : being illustrations of 244 Australian birds, with descriptive letter-press.
A rarely offered complete set of one of the most important Australian ornithological publications of the nineteenth century. [Brisbane : Printed for the author by T.P. Pugh, 1866-1870]. Folio, nineteenth century gilt-lettered cloth (joints a little worn), bookplate to the front pastedown of English ornithologist George Dawson Rowley, manuscript list of plates tipped-in, manuscript title leaf supplied …
RIEMER, Gustav Adolph, 1842-1899
Tagebuchs-Auszug betreffend die Reise S.M.S. “Hertha” nach Ost-Asien und den Sudsee-Inseln, 1874-1877.
A great photographic rarity, Gustav Riemer’s self-published album of original photographs from the voyage of the SMS Hertha to the Far East, the Pacific and Australia includes many important ethnographic images, among them a series of portraits of Aboriginal groups taken at King George Sound, Western Australia in 1877. Teplitz : G. Riemer, 1878. Folio, original embossed …
MORRIS, William, 1834-1896
A fine copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer, recognised as the finest book printed since the Gutenberg Bible. Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896. Folio, bound in full rich tan morocco, with raised beveled panels to front and rear boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern, borders and dentelles also stamped in blind, leather inlay gilt-lettered with “Chaucer’s Works”, spine with five …
LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas, 1860-1933
An important archive of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.
William Thomas Lingwood Smith was a Detective Photographer in the South Australian Police Force from 1888 until his retirement in 1922. As early as 1894 he also pioneered fingerprinting in Australia, becoming an expert in the Criminal Investigation Branch of the South Australian Police Department. The quality of his little-known, non-commercial photographic portraits of indigenous people …
BULLER, Walter Lawry, 1838-1906; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912
Scarce first edition of an acclaimed ornithological work, illustrated by J.G. Keulemans. London : John Van Voorst, 1873. First edition, printed in an edition of 500 copies. Quarto, contemporary full crushed blue morocco by Leighton of London (edges a little rubbed) with armorial crest of the house of Dutton, spine in compartments, lettered in gilt; …
SHELLEY, George Ernest, Captain, 1840-1910; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912
Rare privately printed ornithological work, with some of the finest illustrations of bird artist J. G. Keulemans. London : published by the author, 1876-1880. Printed in an edition of 250 copies. Three volumes, quarto, gilt-lettered blue crushed morocco over marbled boards (lightly rubbed), marbled endpapers, the bookplate of J. Hamilton Leigh to pastedowns; top edges gilt; …
DRESSER, H.E., 1838-1915; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912
Scarce privately printed ornithological work, illustrated by J.G. Keulemans. Farnborough, Kent : published by the author at Topclyffe Grange, 1893. Printed in an edition of 250 copies. Folio, full crushed morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, spine in compartments, lettered in gilt; bookplate for Nowell Peach to front pastedown, marbled endpapers, title page remargined; pp xx, 111; 27 fine hand-coloured …
BRENCHLEY, Julius Lucius, 1816-1873
Naturalist Julius Brenchley’s account of one of the most significant scientific expeditions to the Western Pacific of the nineteenth century. London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873. Octavo, gilt-illustrated green cloth (rebacked, a little edge worn), endpapers replaced, folding chromolithograph frontispiece; pp xxviii, 487; colour map; 8 full page wood engravings; 36 text vignettes; chromolithographs; 50 …
[SCOTT, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912]
An album of photographs documenting Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, 1910-1913; [together with] A manuscript plan of the Discovery, and two letters of Scott relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04.
1. A rare photographic chronicle of the most celebrated expedition in the history of polar exploration, Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, officially known as the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. Album of press photographs by various English and New Zealand agencies, 1910-1913. Small folio (310 x 220 mm), original green cloth boards (rubbed and …
SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, 1874-1922
The heart of the Antarctic : being the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 [de luxe edition]; [and] The Antarctic Book. Winter Quarters 1907-1909.
The lavishly produced de luxe edition of The heart of the Antarctic is one of the finest publications of the golden age of polar exploration. London : William Heinemann, 1909. De luxe large paper edition, limited to 300 numbered copies; the third volume, The Antarctic Book, was only published as part of this limited edition, and is signed on one …
LUSHINGTON, Reginald Francis, 1890-1961
Lushington was one of only four Australians captured by the Turks at Gallipoli on April 25 1915. This unique extra-illustrated copy of his memoir bears the ownership inscriptions of his mother, to whom the book is dedicated. Bedford : F.R. Hockliffe ; London : Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd., 1923. Octavo, original cloth backed papered …
MAN RAY; MIRO; ALECHINSKY; ERNST; ARMAN et al.
A stunning tribute to the great Dadaist, Duchamp, by his leading artistic contemporaries and close friends. Paris : Éditions Georges Visat, 1971. Folio, folding blue cloth portfolio with silver embroidered lettering ‘MD’ in matching slipcase, housing a blind-lettered card folio, housing fourteen folded paper sections, the first being the title sheet and colophon, the other …
WOOL, Christopher, b. 1955
The only book created by American Post-conceptual artist Christopher Wool from his most important series of letter paintings. New York : Thea Westreich and Cologne : Gisella Capitain, 1989. Elephant folio (585 mm tall), black papered boards, title page, 17 screenprints, colophon. Limited to 350 copies signed and numbered by the artist (a further 8 artist’s …
SHEAD, Garry, b. 1942
The artist’s own copy of his most significant series of original prints. Canberra : printed at Studio One Print Workshop, 1994. Cloth box with gilt-lettered morocco title label, 418 x 444 mm, containing the complete set of 15 etchings and aquatints, and an additional work ‘The Dream’ which was not included in the final portfolio; …