Voyages & Exploration

  • # 18467

    BRY, Johann Theodor de; Johann ISRAEL (illustrator)

    Indiae orientalis (Small Voyages), Parts IV-XI.

    The first Latin editions of Parts IV-XI (eight parts in two volumes) of one of the most important collections of voyages published in the Age of Discovery, primarily devoted to the exploration of the East Indies and containing 140 engraved plates and maps illustrating voyages to the Spice Islands, India, Africa and North America. The …

  • # 20637

    MOORE, R.P. (Robert Percy) (1881-1948)

    Panoramic photograph of a large Māori group at Whakarewarewa model village, Rotorua, New Zealand.

    [New Zealand : R.P. Moore, c.1925]. Hand coloured gelatin silver print photograph, 200 x 980 mm (approximate), in original glazed wooden frame, 210 x 1000 mm; the photographer’s title in negative (which in Moore’s panoramas generally appears at bottom centre) is either hidden by the frame or else was trimmed when the photograph was mounted; …

  • # 20351

    HUGHAN, Allan (1834-1883)

    Two photographs of Kanak people, New Caledonia, circa 1875

    I. Albumen print photograph, 155 x 210 mm, inscribed in the negative at bottom right ‘Hughan’, laid down on its original album page of thick card, the lower margin with contemporary caption in ink: ‘Indigènes de l’ile des Pins, Nlle. Calédonie’; the albumen print has slight loss of contrast, but is otherwise in very good condition. …

  • # 19290

    BUTCHER, Benjamin Thomas (1877-1973)

    Papuan Gulf carved wooden figure, circa 1920.

    [London? : London Missionary Society?, n.d]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, original manuscript caption to paper border ‘Curios Papua Butcher’; in very good condition. This important photograph of a Papuan Gulf painted wooden figure with grass fibre tassels was taken by Benjamin Thomas Butcher (1877-1973), who worked as a medical missionary …

  • # 20884

    Le petit Lapeyrouse

    Paris : Chez Marcilly libraire, [c.1835]. Oblong duodecimo (112 x 132 mm), original printed papered boards, pp [2], viii, 136, [6] leaves of hand coloured engraved plates; occasional mild foxing, a very good copy. A beautifully illustrated work for children containing brief descriptions of various aspects of the history and culture of many places around the …

  • # 21158


    [LA PEROUSE] Loi relative à M. De la Peyrouse, et à l’impression des Cartes par lui envoyées.

    Donnée à Paris, le 4 Mai 1791. Melun [Département de Seine et Marne] : Tarbé, 1791. Quarto, 4pp, letterpress, stitch-bound with a number of other pieces of legislation from the period, without further binding; in crisp, fine condition. This decree by the Assemblée Nationale is the official order to bring forth all documents and manuscripts …

  • # 20880

    EZRA, Edward Isaac; SOPHER, Arthur

    The Chinese Jews

    Shanghai : printed by The China Press [for The Society for the Rescue of the Chinese Jews?], 1926. Large octavo, original printed speckled blue wrappers (lightly foxed, chipped at crown and foot of spine), inside front wrapper with the Australian ex libris of the Rabbi Leib A. Falk (his collection numbers in manuscript to wrapper …

  • # 20931

    THORPE, Ashley; McCOLLIN, W.H.

    Log book of the barque “Hippalos” (Sydney), for voyages between New South Wales and New Zealand, including her final voyage on which she was shipwrecked on November 20 1909.

    Unique manuscript record of Australian-New Zealand maritime commerce prior to World War One – with an unexpected and dramatic conclusion! [Sydney : Turner & Henderson, … Nautical Stationers …, 1909]. Large quarto log book, original cloth backed papered boards with Turner & Henderson label to upper board (heavily rubbed and stained), containing the trans-Tasman voyage …

  • # 21090

    BEIT, Henry (1826-1881); SANDILANDS, Edward Vincent (1847-1871); GUTSCHMID, Felix von (1843-1905)

    Group of correspondence from Henry Beit, land agent, Sydney, to E.V. Sandilands, cotton grower and Vice-Consul, Fiji. 1870-71.

    Sydney businessman Henry Beit (1826-1881) was a land agent specialising in the sale of properties in outback New South Wales and Queensland, and also in the Fiji Islands. His correspondent, Edward Vincent Sandilands (1847-1871), was a young English cotton grower in the Yasawa Islands, Fiji, whose acquaintance Beit had presumably made when Sandilands had been …

  • # 20882

    SMITH, W. Robertson

    Kinship and marriage in early Arabia. (Presentation copy)

    Cambridge : at the University Press, 1885. Octavo, gilt-lettered brown cloth (slightly canted), shelf mark to foot of spine, bookplate from David James Banjamin to pastedown, presentation inscription ‘with the author’s kind regards’ to preliminary blank, wet stamp to verso of title page, pp. xiv; 322, (2), (16 – publisher’s catalogue dated November 1885), internally …

  • # 21182

    GILLRAY, James (1756-1815)

    [BANKS] The Great South Sea Caterpillar, transform’d into a Bath Butterfly

    London : H. Humphrey, July 4th 1795 (the Bohn restrike of 1851, under authority from Gillray’s widow). Etching, printed in black ink, from one copper plate; hand-coloured (350 x 250 mm); numbered 410 upper right. Fine. One of Sir Joseph Banks’ greatest admirers, George III, had wielded his influence to secure for Banks the position …

  • # 9854


    [TAHITI] People of the Old World

    [Cover title]. Concord, N.H. : Rufus Merrill, [1854]. Duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers (lightly marked, corners bent, small loss at bottom edge of lower wrapper), stitched, 16 pp, wood engraved illustrations, faint waterstain to lower margins of all leaves, otherwise internally clean and sound. The fourth in a series of six chapbooks published by Rufus Merrill …

  • # 21294

    MAGRA, James Maria (attributed)

    A Journal of a Voyage round the World in His Majesty’s Ship Endeavour, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771;

    Undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: containing All the various Occurrences of the Voyage, with Descriptions of several new discovered Countries in the Southern Hemisphere; and Accounts of their Soil and Productions; and of many Singularities in the Structure, Apparel, Customs, Manners, Policy, Manufactures, &c. of their Inhabitants. …

  • # 15201

    Ramusio, Giovanni Battista

    Primo volume et quarta edizione. Delle Navigationi et viaggi raccolto da m. Gio. Batt. Ramusio et con molti vaghi

    discorsi da lui in molti luoghi dichiarato et illustrato … … Venetia : nella Stamperia de’ Giunti, 1588. [TOGETHER WITH] Secondo volume Delle Navigationi et viaggi raccolto da m. Gio. Batt. Ramusio … Venetia : Appresso i Giunti, 1583. [TOGETHER WITH] Terzo volume Delle Navigationi et viaggi raccolto da m. Gio. Batt. Ramusio … Venetia : nella Stamperia de’ Giunti, …

  • # 15169

    Sánchez, Alonso, SJ, 1547-1593

    [MANUSCRIPT] Razonamiento que el P[adr]e Alonso Sanchez … hizo en vna Real Junta sobre el derecho con q[ue] su M[agestad] esta y proçede en las Philipinas.

    [TOGETHER WITH] Summario de las respuestas de el Pre’ Alonso Sanchez … … [AND] La inteligençia y estima que se debe tener de la obra de las yndias … … [18th century copy of a work originally written c. 1588]. Fols 32-43 and fols 44-54 from a larger work, manuscript in ink in a fine secretarial hand; bound in …

  • # 13525

    Alonso Sánchez, SJ

    [MANUSCRIPT] Relatione delle Filippine ; e di quello che trattorono, e riportorono in Corte di Spagna,

    e di Roma per mezzo del P. Alonso Sanchez Gesuita mandato dalla Republica di quell’ Isole. [Rome?, 1606]. Folio, marbled paper boards, gilt decorated morocco title label to front; front pastedown with ex libris of H.P. Kraus; ff 32, manuscript; clean and legible throughout. An account in Italian of the activities of the Spanish Jesuit missionary …