Voyages & Exploration

  • # 28417

    New Zealand Company. West of England Board.

    Latest information from the settlement of New Plymouth, on the coast of Taranake, New Zealand.

    Comprising letters from settlers there; with an account of its general products, agricultural and commercial capabilities, &c. London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1842. First edition. Octavo, fine original printed wrappers, engraved frontispiece with view of New Plymouth, pp 57, [1] application form for allotments of land, [2] publisher’s advertisements; a superb copy.

  • # 28415

    BERGASSE, Nicolas and A.-M.-J. CHASTENET DE PUYSEGUR (attributed); [La Pérouse, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de, 1741-1788]

    [LA PEROUSE] La journée des dupes : pièce tragi-politi-comique : représentée sur le Théatre National par les grands Comédiens de la Patrie.

    [Paris] : s.n., 1790. Octavo, modern marbled wrappers; 86 pp, engraved head-piece; a fine copy. Attributed to N. Bergasse and to A.M.J. Chasténet, marquis de Puysegur, this satirical play counts amongst its main characters the French explorer La Pérouse and his “Indian” (i.e. Polynesian) servant, O Paria. The other characters, all important figures in the …

  • # 28413

    [WRAXALL, Sir Nathaniel William, 1751-1831]

    [BOTANY BAY] A Short Review of the Political State of Great Britain at the Commencement

    of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven … The Sixth Edition, with additions. London : Printed for J. Debrett, opposite Burlington House, Piccadilly, 1787. Octavo, in modern marbled wrappers, pp iv, 86; internally clean and fresh, a very good copy. Ferguson 27; Sabin 80688 (4th edition). On pages 77-83, the anonymous author, now known to be …

  • # 28368

    FINDLAY, Elizabeth

    Arcadian quest : William Westall’s Australian sketches

    Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1998. Quarto, illustrated laminated boards, pp. 68, illustrated. Westall was a landscape and figure painter on the voyage of The Investigator, captained by Matthew Flinders, 1801; survey and chronology of the voyage; paintings include four portraits from Port Jackson; Port Lincoln; King George’s Sound; Blue Mud Bay: Body of …

  • # 28198

    CARRUTHERS, Jane and STIEBEL, Lindy

    Thomas Baines : exploring tropical Australia 1856 to 1857

    Canberra, ACT : National Museum of Australia, 2012. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 178, illustrated, large fold out map in rear pocket. Thomas Baines: Exploring Tropical Australia 1855 to 1857 focuses on a little known but fascinating contribution by Baines to Augustus Gregory’s North Australian Expedition: the artist–explorer’s audacious attempt, in an open longboat with two …

  • # 28175

    CRÉPIN, Louis-Philippe (1772-1851) (after)

    Naufrage de MM. de Laborde sur les canots de La Peyrouse au port des François dans la Californie.

    Dédié à Monsieur Alexandre de Laborde leur frère. Paris : Ostervald, ca. 1807. Engraved by Prot and Dissard after a painting by Louis-Philippe Crépin. Copperplate engraving, 475 x 695 mm (image); 563 x 750 mm (sheet), small stain to lower margin, short repaired tear upper margin extending into the image, overall a very good example. …

  • # 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 …

  • # 28162

    SPITZ, Charles Georges (1857-1894)

    Studio portrait of a tattooed Marquesan dancer.

    [Circa 1887]. Albumen print photograph, 200 x 140 mm, unmounted; verso with fully contemporary caption in pencil: Marquesan dancer; a strong print with rich tonal range and excellent clarity and contrast; the print is in very good condition, with the tiniest of nicks at two of the corners and some insignificant light creasing to the …

  • # 28145

    de VRIES-EVANS, Susanna

    Conrad Martens on the Beagle and in Australia

    Brisbane : Pandanus Press, 1993. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 208, illustrated. This book includes Conrad Marten’s formative years in England, his artistic journey on the Beagle, visiting Tahiti and New Zealand and excursions to the Blue Mountains, the Illawarra, Brisbane, the Darling Downs, New Zealand, and the Hunter Valley, as well as his life and …

  • # 28110

    LEWIS-JONES, Huw, et al.

    Explorers’ Sketchbooks : The Art of Discovery & Adventure

    London : Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2016. Oblong quarto, laminated boards, cloth spine, pp. 320, extensively illustrated. New copy. Includes works by Roald Amundsen, Thomas Baines, Ludwig Becker, Charles Darwin, James Cook, Bruce Chatwin, Eugene von Guerard, William Hodges, Marianne North, Sydney Parkinson, Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Abel Tasman, James Wallis, John White and …

  • # 28109

    CRAIG, Clifford

    Old Tasmanian prints : prepared in Great Britain, Europe and on the mainland of Australia

    Launceston : Foot & Playsted, 1964. Edition limited to 1000 numbered and signed copies. Large octavo, pictorial cloth boards, colour frontispiece, xii, 349 pp, illustrated with 81 plates (7 colour), edges slightly browned, corners slightly bumped, a very good copy.

  • # 27412

    FITZGERALD, John Coghlan, Captain (1803-1859)

    [MORETON BAY; PORT JACKSON] Remarks. HMS Vernon: East Indies and China, 1847-1848. HMS Winchester, the same. HMS Calliope Australia and then to England, via Cape of Horn and Rio de Janiero 1854-1855.

    Naval log. Small quarto (230 x 186 mm), original half vellum over marbled boards, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, manuscript in ink, pp [1 title page], [46], on faint ruled paper; written in a neat, legible hand; very clean throughout. Naval journal of Captain John Coghlan Fitzgerald, R.N. (1803-1859). Fitzgerald, who had joined the navy at …

  • # 27592

    VORPHAL, Frank

    Georg Forster : the South Seas at Wörlitz

    Munich : Hirmer Verlag, 2019. Quarto, pictorial boards, pp. 208, illustrated. New copy, sealed in shrinkwrap. At the age of seventeen Georg Forster embarked on a voyage around the world with the famous Captain James Cook. Shortly after his return in 1775 the explorer met the open-minded Prince Franz of Dessau and his consort Louise …

  • # 25540

    VERNE, Jules

    [CHILDREN’S] Les enfants du Capitaine Grant : voyage autour du monde

    Illustres de 172 vignettes par Riou, gravees par Pannemaker. Series title: Voyages extraordinaires. Paris : Bibliothèque d’éducation et de récréation, J. Hetzel et Cie., n.d. [circa 1890]. Large octavo, three volumes in one, original publisher’s red cloth gilt, spine in morocco with gilt lettering and decoration, light edge wear, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece, 624 …

  • # 27850

    Alliance francaise de Melbourne

    The French presence in Victoria 1800-1901

    Melbourne : Alliance francaise de Melbourne, c1984. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 64, illustrated. An exhibition presented by the Alliance francaise de Melbourne at the Victorian Artists Society to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Victoria.

  • # 28004

    McCORMICK, Tim

    First views of Australia 1788-1825 : an early history of Sydney

    Sydney : Longueville Publications, 1987. Edition limited to 2000 copies. Large quarto, publisher’s navy cloth boards lettered in gilt, in illustrated dust jacket, 340 pp, illustrated throughout (mostly colour plates), introduction by Robert Irving, with biographical notes on the artists, index; a fine copy of this important reference work.