HUNT, Susa and CARTER, Paul
Sydney : Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales in association with Hordern House, 1999. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 150, extensively illustrated. Art from the Baudin voyage to Australia.
ORTON, Joseph Rennard (1795-1842); HENRY, Samuel
Autograph letter signed by Joseph Orton to the secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society concerning a plan proposed by the merchant Samuel Henry to improve contact between missionary stations in the South Seas, 1832.
Bifolium, manuscript ink on paper,  pages, signed by Samuel Henry, addressed to Joseph Orton, dated 15 August 1832; following an autograph letter, [1 1/2] pages, signed by Joseph Orton, addressed to the secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, dated 7 September 1832; verso of second leaf of bifolium with penned address panel, postal stamps …
SMITH, Edward Herbert; [BRUGUIÈRE, Antoine André, Baron de Sorsum, 1773-1823]
[LA PÉROUSE; BOTANY BAY] Poems, original and translated, by E. H. Smith, A. B., Incumbent of Killamarsh. / “Sweet heart-soothing poesie!”
Foolscap folio (189 x 285 mm), full maroon calf (boards worn and scuffed), spine with gilt decoration; front pastedown with armorial bookplate with the motto VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES and initials FLS below the coat of arms; manuscript in ink in the author’s own hand,  147  pp; the preliminaries comprise a title leaf and 3-page index …
CAVERHILL, Jane Blackwood (née MACK)
Head of title: Greenburn, Reston, Berwickshire. 2nd October, 1881. [U.K. : circa 1920]. Disbound typed manuscript, recto only of 23 quarto leaves, preceded by a typed title page, the final page with typed explanation “Written by my Mother, Jane Blackwood Mack, who married John Caverhill, eldest son of William Cavehill Crichness Duns and Helen Caverhill née Mack …
[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An important, unpublished first-hand account of the voyage of the French naval corvette Alcméne in the South Seas, 1848-1852, including extended descriptions of the loss of crew members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. …
[SPANISH COLONIZATION OF THE PACIFIC] Relacion de la Vida de el Devotissimo hijo de Maria Santissima, y dichoso Martir Padre Luis de Medina, de la Compañia de Iesus, que murio por Christo en las Islas Marianas (llamadas antes de los Ladrones) con otro Compañero seglar, llamado Hipolito de la Cruz.
En Madrid : con licencia de el Ordinario, 1673. Quarto (197 x 142 mm), contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink (faded), ties partially remnant; ff [1 blank], title leaf with early inscription and stamp of the Collegium Bareinonense Societatis Iesu, pp 146; text block starting to loosen, two pages with light soiling (one with short …
[ELLIS, Theophilus Tighe, Captain (1782-1834)]
Letter concerning the inheritance of lands owned by Superintendent Theophilus Ellis in the Swan River Colony.
Manuscript letter addressed to ‘The Hon’ble Colonial Secretary, Perth, Western Australia’ [Peter Nicholas Broun], headed ‘Cockermouth, Cumberland, 4 January 1842′, written by the as yet unidentified husband of one of Theophilus Ellis’ nieces. Single sheet, 265 x 410 mm, bifolium, written in ink on  pages, the fourth used for the address; the letter is …
KIPPIS, Andrew (1725-1795)
Sydenham, Kent, 17 June 1776. Entire letter, manuscript in ink on single folio sheet of wove paper watermarked G.R., 360 x 230 mm, written on 1 1/4 sides, addressed to ‘The Rev. Mr. Parry, at Cirencester, Gloucestershire’, signed at the foot ‘Your most affectionate Brother and obliged Servant, And. Kippis’; remnants of wax seal; original …
DUPETIT-THOUARS, Abel Aubert (1793-1864)
Manuscript in brown ink, single sheet, folding to form  sides, small octavo; written on 2 sides; headed Paris, le 5 Juin 1845, a note from Admiral Dupetit-Thouars to the publisher Baudry requesting copies of a course in philosophy; signed at the foot ‘A. Du Petit Thouars’; address and postal markings to the last side; …
BAUDIN, Charles (1784-1854)
[DUMONT D’URVILLE] Admiral Charles Baudin : autograph letter signed, to Casimir Gide, dated February 1841
A letter relating to the publication of Dumont d’Urville’s account of his second voyage in the Astrolabe, one of the most important Pacific and Antarctic voyages of the nineteenth century. Manuscript in ink, single sheet, quarto, headed Paris, 4 février 1841, a note from Admiral Charles Baudin, commander of the French fleet in Central and …
VINCENDON-DUMOULIN, Clément Adrien (1811-1858)
Single sheet, octavo, manuscript in brown ink, written on one side only, undated but probably 1842, a note from the hydrographer Vincendon-Dumoulin to Dumont d’Urville’s publisher, Casimir Gide, suggesting an amendment to one of the maps in the fourth volume of Dumont d’Urville’s Voyage au Pôle Sud (Vincendon-Dumoulin was the editor of the work, published in …
DUPETIT-THOUARS, Abel Aubert (1793-1864)
Single sheet, folding to form  sides, small octavo, manuscript in brown ink, headed Paris, 30 Octobre 1841, a note from Admiral Dupetit-Thouars to General Hecquet [1787-1872], advising him that he will soon receive the latest volumes of Dupetit-Thouars’ monumental work Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus, pendant les annees 1836-1839 (published by Casimir Gide …
ARAGO, Jacques Étienne Victor (1790 - 1855)
Single sheet (250 x 270 mm), folded vertically, the blindstamped initials ‘J.A.’ impressed into the paper, with a short message written in ink in the hand of Arago’s secretary (Arago had lost his sight in 1837), signed in pencil in the frail hand of the aged Arago himself and dated 9 October 1853. The letter …
BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)
Circa 1801. Ink on watermarked wove paper, sheet 120 x 185 mm, folded and written on the first side only, in Bougainville’s hand; clean and legible; the document is housed in an old portfolio of the Charavay auction house, Paris, marked in pencil Bougainville. Note ut. Sur les “Sauvages de l’Amerique septentrionale”. In 1801 the famous …
Autograph letter signed by the political economist Robert Torrens (1780-1864). Single sheet, 180 x 105 mm. 7 Sloane Street, 1 April 1847; to Benjamin Hawes M.P. (under-secretary of state for the Colonies), explaining that enclosed is a copy of ‘the scheme for Emigration devised by Mr. Edward Gibbon Wakefield and Mr. Godley. I beg to …
MARTYR, Peter (Pietro Martire d'ANGHIERA, 1457-1526), et al.; EDEN, Richard (translator) (c.1520-1576)
The Decades of the newe worlde or West India, Conteyning the nauigations and conquestes of the Spanyardes, with the particular description of the moste ryche and large landes and Ilandes lately founde in the west Ocean perteynyng to the inheritaunce of the kinges of Spayne.
… Wrytten in the Latine tounge by Peter Martyr of Angleria, and translated into Englysshe by Rycharde Eden. Londini : In aedibus Guilhelmi Powell, Anno. 1555. Colophon (one of four known variants): Imprynted at London in Paules Churchyarde at the signe of the Bell by Robert Toy … M. D. LV. Quarto (178 x 130 …