Voyages & Exploration

  • # 31530

    DAVIDSON, Rodney

    A book collector’s notes on items relating to the Discovery of Australia, the First Settlement, and the Early Coastal Exploration of the Continent

    Melbourne : Cassell Australia, 1970. Quarto, cloth boards with illustrated dustjacket, pp 138. A useful book collecting handbook on notable voyages and exploration rare publications.

  • # 31523

    PHILLIP, Arthur (1738-1814)

    The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay (coloured edition)

    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, contemporary …

  • # 22102

    Concepción, Juan de la, 1724-1787

    Historia general de Philipinas (partial set)

    Conquistas espirituales y temporales de estos españoles dominios, establecimientos progresos, y decadencias. Comprehende los imperios, reinos y provincias de islas, y continentes con quienes hà havido communicacion, y comercio por inmediatas coincidencias. Con noticias universales geograficas, hidrograficas de historia natural de politica de costumbres y de religiones, en lo que deba interesarse tan universal titulo. Manila …

  • # 30173

    VANCOUVER, George (1757-1798)

    A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and round the world;

    in which the coast of North-West America has been carefully examined and accurately surveyed. Undertaken by his Majesty’s command principally with a view to ascertain the existence of any navigable communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and performed in the year 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, in the Discovery sloop …

  • # 15277

    MENARD, Romuald George (painter); FRÈRES, Thierry; SABATIER, Léon Jean Baptiste (lithographers)

    Vue de Sydney et de l’entree de la Riviere de Paramatta (panorama in two sections)

    Two plates, forming a continuous panorama, from: Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus, pendant les années 1836-1839 … atlas pittoresque. [Paris : Gide, 1841]. Tinted lithographs, 170 x 420 mm; pale foxing to the margins of the first plate, else in fine condition. Custom framed in museum timber, measures 422 x 1138 mm. The voyage …

  • # 31005

    THOMSON, J. P. (James Park) (1854-1941)

    A survey of recent exploration in British New Guinea. (Inscribed by the author)

    / By J. P. Thomson, F.R.S.G.S., etc. … (Read at the meeting of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, Brisbane, Monday, 20th August, 1894.). [Brisbane : s.n., 1894]. “Reprinted from the Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, Brisbane, Vol. X.” Octavo, disbound, printed grey wrappers with the original owner’s name ‘Roland L. …

  • # 30936


    [POSTAL HISTORY] “Hawaiian Missionaries”

    Lugano : Guido Craveri (Harmers Auctions SA), 1994. Small quarto (270 x 190 mm), navy leather over boards lettered in gilt, [24] pp + advertisements, fully describing 35 lots, all illustrated in colour; a fine example. Scarce philatelic auction catalogue produced for the landmark Craveri “Hawaiian Missionaries” sale, held in Lugano, 4 June 1994. This …

  • # 30952

    WATERTON, Charles

    Wanderings in South America

    London : Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1891. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth over bevelled maroon boards, light edge rubbing, binding firm, neat owner’s name to blank, frontispiece, pp. xxxix; [blank];  41 – 367; (16 – catalogue), black and white plates, a fine copy. Travels in South America with description of the fauna, flora and indigenous peoples.

  • # 31442

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketch of coolies carrying twist, Hong Kong, circa 1900.

    Graphite on artist’s paper, 137 x 206 mm (sheet), captioned by the artist in the upper margin ‘Hongkong Coolies carrying Twist’; scattered foxing; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the …

  • # 31177

    RICHARD, Jérôme; [Babié de Bercenay, François, 1761-ca. 1830, editor]

    Voyages chez les peuples sauvages, ou l’homme de la nature : histoire des peuples sauvages des deux continens et des naturels des isles de la mer du Sud.

    Paris : Laurens aîné, 1808. Second edition. Three volumes, octavo, contemporary calf-backed papered boards (rubbed), spines with contrasting leather labels lettered and numbered in gilt, hinges a little weakened, pp xxxi, 464; 566; 480; illustrated with engraved plates; second volume with mild water stain at centre margin of first few leaves (not affecting legibility of …

  • # 30829

    SCHOMBURGK, Robert H. (Hermann) (1804-1865)

    [SOUTH AMERICA] Journal of an Expedition from Pirara to the Upper Corentyne, and from thence to Demerara,

    executed by order of Her Majesty’s Government, and under the Command of Mr. (now Sir) Robert H. Schomburgk, K.R.E., Ph.D., &c. &c. London : John Murray, 1845. [Offprint from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Vol. 15, 1845]. Octavo (210 mm), bound in twentieth-century papered boards with printed label to front, pp 1-104, with …

  • # 31169

    "VAGABOND" [pseud. of JAMES, Stanley, 1843-1896]

    [BLACKBIRDING] South Sea massacres

    / By the Author of “The Vagabond Papers”… … At head of cover title: “The Vagabond” Series. Sydney : “The Australian” Office, 15 Bridge Street, 1881. First (and only) edition. Octavo, original pictorial blue wrappers (chipped at corners and along spine, upper wrapper with early ownership signature ‘Thomas’ in pencil); inner wrappers with advertisements, pp [4 …

  • # 26407

    CAMERON, John

    Our tropical possessions in Malayan India : being a descriptive account of Singapore, Penang, Province Wellesley, and Malacca; their peoples, products, commerce, and government

    London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1865. Octavo, gilt-decorated green cloth (edges rubbed, expertly rebacked), half-title, double page chromolithograph panorama of Singapore, pp. xii; 408; 6 chromolithograph plates of Singapore and Penang, occasional foxing, else a very good copy. An early travel book relating to Singapore and surrounding provinces. ‘This book contains useful information on …

  • # 30750

    STURT, Charles [1795 - 1869]

    Two expeditions into the interior of southern Australia, during the years 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1831 : with observations on the soil, climate, and general resources of the colony of New South Wales.

    London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1833. First edition. Two volumes, finely bound in modern half-calf over marbled papered boards, spines in compartments, ruled in gilt, blind tooling and contrasting morocco gilt-lettered title labels, vol. I with lithographed frontispiece; pp. lxxx; large folding engraved map (a couple of short tears); 219, four lithographed plates, two …

  • # 30941

    WALLACE, Alfred Russell (1823-1913)

    The Malay Archipelago : the land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A narrative of travel with studies of man and nature.

    London : Macmillan and Co., 1874. Fifth edition. Octavo, gilt-decorated green cloth (lightly stained and edges rubbed, corners bumped), pp. xvi, 653, blank, (2 – catalogue); engraved plates and folding maps, text vignettes; occasional light foxing; a very good copy. One of the great travel narratives of the nineteenth century, covering present day Malaysia, Singapore, …

  • # 31175

    ZIMMERMANN, Johann Heinrich, 1741-1805

    Dernier Voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde,

    où se trouvent les circonstances de sa mort, publié en allemand par Henri Zimmermann témoin oculaire, & traduit avec un abrégé de la vie de ce navigateur célèbre, & des notes. Berne : Nouvelle Société Typographique, 1782. Octavo, recent half calf over marbled boards with contrasting morocco title label, lettered in gilt, later endpapers, pp. …