Voyages & Exploration
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Painted canvas backdrop used in the 1976 Australian film Eliza Fraser, depicting Aborigines attacking a shipwreck survivor
[Melbourne : Hexagon Productions Pty. Ltd., 1976]. Painted canvas, 180 x 200 cm; old folds and surface wear. The large budget 1976 Australian film Eliza Fraser was directed by Tim Burstall and starred Susannah York, Trevor Howard and Noel Ferrier. The screenplay was written by David Williamson, and it was filmed in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. …
[MANUSCRIPT] A Journal or Narrative of the Proceedings betweene the Commissioners appointed by His Majestie, and the Commissioners Deputed by the States Generall, pursuant to the Treaty of Peace made at Westminster 9/19 Ffebruary 1673/4 Concerning a Treaty Marine to be observed throughout all the World. And also an Article particularly relateing to the English and Dutch East India Companyes Concluded in the yeare 1674.
[London, 1674-75]. Folio, old mottled calf gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament, red leather title labels lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; manuscript written in English, Latin, Dutch and French in several contemporary secretarial hands; ff 269; clean and fresh throughout. An important contemporary manuscript record of the Mixed Commission established to draw up a Treaty Marine and …
TOURNON, Charles-Thomas (Carlo Tommaso) Maillard de (1668-1710); THOMAS, Antoine (1644-1709)
[MANUSCRIPTS] Copy of a report by Cardinal Maillard de Tournon sent from Macau to the Propaganda Fide, 1705; [together with] Supplicatio facta Imperatori, being a copy of a document relating to Tournon’s imprisonment at Macau, by Antoine Thomas and others 
Small quarto, recent marbled papered boards with gilt lettered and decorated morocco label to upper board; front pastedown with ex libris of H.P. Kraus; manuscript in ink on wove paper with anchor watermark; pp [2 blank], [5 Report of Tournon], [4 Supplicatio facta Imperatori], [1 blank]; both documents are written in the same neat secretarial …
Nicetto, Juan Bautista; Fortet, Pierre Paulle (translator)
[MANUSCRIPT] Briefue Relacion de ce qu’il y a de plus remarquable dans la grande Chine, envoyée par le R.R.P.P. Jean Baptiste Nicetto Missionaire Apostolique dans ce grand Empire, & traduitte fort fidelement de l’Espagnol en langue française.
[Mexico, 1708]. Small quarto, old marbled papered boards; ex libris of Florencio Gavito to front pastedown; manuscript in ink in a neat contemporary hand, pp 13; colophon at the foot of the last page: ‘In Mexico, this 20th November 1708. Most faithfully translated by Pierre Paulle Fortet, currently in this city, capital of the Kingdom of New …
CASTORANO, Carolus Horatii a (Carolo Orazi di), 1673-1755
[MANUSCRIPT] Jesus. Maria. Joseph. Grammatica, seu Manuductio ad Linguam Sinicam addiscendam. Absoluto Dictionario Latino-Italo-Sinico quia Deus dignatur mihi concedere adhuc Vitam, et Salutem, necessaria duxi eidem ulterius adjungere seu Grammaticam seu Manuductionem ad Linguam Sinicam facilius addiscondam, ut novi Patus Missionarii in hoc Imperis Sinensi de omnibus sufficienter sint …
An extremely rare and important contemporary copy of an unpublished grammar of the Chinese language by the Franciscan missionary Father Carolus Horatii a Castorano, originally made at Peking in 1732; manuscript in Castorano’s own hand, made at Rome in 1736. [Rome, 1736]. Quarto (260 x 205 mm), original vellum covered boards (stained), spine with original manuscript in black …
MILNE, William (1785-1822)
A retrospect of the first ten years of the Protestant Mission to China, (now, in connection with the Malay, Denominated, the Ultra-Ganges Missions.) Accompanied with Miscellaneous Remarks on the Literature, History, and Mythology of China, &c.
Malacca : Printed at the Anglo-Chinese Press, 1820. Octavo, recent quarter calf over marbled papered boards, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; printed on Chinese paper; pp viii, 376; a fine copy. After Robert Morrison, William Milne was only the second Protestant missionary sent to China by the London Missionary Society. Milne worked in …
MORRISON, John Robert
Memorial of Robert Morrison, D. D. who died on the 1st day of August, 1834 : to which is annexed his last written sermon, entitled “Heaven the believer’s home” (presentation copy from John Robert Morrison to William Charles Milne)
Canton : printed at the Albion Press, for private circulation, 1834. Octavo, modern marbled paper wrappers, stitchbound, in quarter-morocco over cloth clam shell box, spine in compartments with gilt ornamentation and contrasting morocco title labels, pp 31, presentation inscription to title page ‘Wm. C. Milne with J. R. M.’s fraternal regards’. The Anglo-Scottish missionary and …
MOOR, J[ohn] H[enry] (1802 - 1843)
being a collection of papers relating to Borneo, Celebes, Bali, Java, Sumatra, Nias, the Philippine Islands, Sulu, Siam, Cochin China, Malayan peninsula, &c. Accompanied by an index and six maps. Part first [all published]. Singapore : the author, 1837. Quarto, publisher’s quarter-cloth over papered boards (expertly rebacked), remnants of original paper title label, large handcoloured folding map …
PELSAERT, François (c. 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. 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, …
Fiji before Civilization … Dawn of Civilization … Advance of Civilization … Glorious Result of Civilization
[Crystal Palace, London : Machinery Department, c.1879]. Cotton handkerchief, 570 x 580 mm, lithograph printed in brown and red; old fold lines and some insignificant toning and spotting; a very well preserved example. These satirical cotton handkerchiefs lampooning the effects of the introduction of Western civilisation into a “primitive” society in the South Seas were printed in colour in the machinery …
BAIN & BURTT; [GIBBS, Alexander]
Entire letter, single sheet folding to form  sides, quarto, closely written manuscript in ink on 3 sides, headed ‘Auckland, New Zealand, 8th February 1853’, addressed to ‘Alexander Gibbs Esqr., New Bedford’; signed at the foot ‘Your faithful obedt. servants, Bain & Burtt’; outer side with address panel, endorsed ‘via New York’, with ‘LONDON / …
WINSTEDT, R. O.
With illustrations by Dorothea A. H. Aldworth. Singapore : Kelly and Walsh, 1916. Quarto, papered boards with pictorial onlay (a little worn at edges, paper collection label to spine), pp. 81, illustrated with colour plates. A fine copy, rarely found thus.
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Chinese dialogues; questions, and familiar sentences, literally rendered into English, with a view to promote commercial intercourse, and to assist beginners in the language.
Shanghae (Shangai) : Printed at the Mission Press, 1844. First edition. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn, backstrip lifting, front hinge cracked), front free-endpaper inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand ‘Curious China Expositor’ and with early owners’ names in ink and faint pencil (tear at fore-edge), pp viii, 782 …
SMITH, Bishop George
being a narrative of a mission of inquiry, to the Jewish synagogue at K’ae-Fung-Foo, on behalf of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews : with an introduction, by the Right Revd. George Smith, D.D. Lord Bishop of Victoria. Shanghae : printed at the London Missionary Society’s Press, 1851. Octavo, modern half-calf over …
NYE, Gideon (1812 - 1888)
Being an inquiry into the causes of the rupture of the English and French treaties of Tien-Tsin: and comprising a general review of our relations with China : with notices of Japan, Siam and Cochin-China. Supplemental of the “Rationale of the China Question” and the “Memorable Year”. Printed, not published, at Macao, 1860. Quarto, original …
DENNYS, N[icholas] B[elfield] (? - 1900)
Hong Kong : printed by A. Shortrede & Co., 1866. Octavo, marbled papered boards (rubbed), gilt lettered morocco label to spine, pp [vi]; 61; [blank]; v, folding lithographed plans of Peking and the ‘Prohibited City’ (Forbidden City) with original colour, large folding map on rice paper of the road from Tungchow to Peking; lithographed map …
Corrected at the different banks, offices, and institutions. Hong Kong : printed and published at the “Daily Press” Office, 1868. Octavo, full pressed calf with gilt decorated border (corners rubbed), spine lettered in gilt, advertisements to endpapers, pp [vi]; 272; ; 415; text in English and Chinese, occasional foxing; a very good copy. An extensive …
AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN MISSION
Shanghai : American Presbyterian Mission Press, 1896. Octavo, gilt-lettered half morocco over cloth (rubbed), marbled edges, pp [vi], 335; folding map in colour (split along one fold); 12 further maps printed in red and black; folding tables; a very good copy. A scarce book on the various missions in China in the nineteenth century, including those …
BRAGA, J[ose] M[aria] (Jack)
Macao : printed by N. T. Fernandes & Filhos, 1940. Octavo, modern marbled boards with gilt-lettered title label, original printed front wrapper bound in, pp [iv]; 56; age toning to the paper, but a very good copy. One of the rarest publications by Jack Braga, the noted historian of Portuguese colonial history in Asia. In …
Official programme of entertainment. Visit of United States Fleet to Auckland, N.Z., August 9th to 15th, 1908.
Auckland : Wilson & Gorton Printers, 1908. Narrow octavo, lithographed wrappers (rubbed) with kiwi and hei tiki emblems, pp. 8, colour maps, a very good copy.
L’arte del navigare, con il regimento della Tramontana e del sole; e la vera regola et osservanza del flusso e reflusso delle acque sotto breve compendio ridotta.
[No place], 1587. Manuscript, quarto; 66 leaves followed by 13 leaves with additions in a different hand, 8 full-page illustrations (including one of the Southern Cross constellation), 4 with volvelles (movable paper figures); with a dedication to Don Pietro Borgia, Prince of Squillace (d. c.1624), dated 1587, and an accompanying sonnet; contemporary limp vellum sewn …
Dettagli sopra la giovine Esquimaude giunta in Francia il 27 Luglio 1827 in compagnia degli Indiani-Osagi venuti dall’America e presentati a S. M. Carlo X. nel suo Palazzo Reale di S. Cloud il 15 Agosto 1827 e che Il. Sig. Paganini espone alla pubblica vista. Compendio della nascita e costumi di questa giovine Esquimaude ed altre particolarita’ degne dell’ osservazione del pubblico.
[Cover title: L’Esquimade vivente.] Torino : Tipografia Eredi Bianco e Comp., 1838. Octavo, original green printed wrappers (stitching a little loose, a trifle dog-eared), woodcut frontispiece illustration of the young female Inuit, pp 16; internally clean and sound, a good copy. This scarce pamphlet – a wonderful example of the nineteenth century European public’s fascination with travelling exhibitions …
WELLSTED, James Raymond (1805-1842)
London : John Murray, 1838. First edition. Two volumes, octavo, original blindstamped olive green cloth, boards rubbed and marked; spine and upper board of volume 2 sunned), spines lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers; volume 1. xvi, 446 pp., [ii pp. colophon], frontispiece plate of a Valley in Oman (spotting), early ownership inscription to title, map of Oman …
BARNARD, Charlotte; [TERRY, Michael, 1899-1981]
Manuscript letter of Charlotte Barnard, widow of outback explorer and writer Michael Terry, addressed to Mrs. Hall, sister of Terry's fellow explorer during the early 1930s, the bushman Ben Nicker, informing her of Michael Terry's recent death; headed Mosman, NSW, December 28 1981; single sheet, small quarto, written on both sides; some silverfising at one …
STEWART, C.S. (Charles Samuel), 1795-1870
including scenes in Brazil, Peru, Manilla (sic), the Cape of Good Hope, and St. Helena. London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1832. Two volumes in one, thick octavo, contemporary half green morocco over marbled papered boards (rubbed), spine with raised bands and gilt lettering and ornament, hinges cracked, front free-endpaper with early presentation inscription ‘To …
[Sydney : D. Carter, 1946]. Folio, original printed wrappers (marked and creased); presentation copy inscribed by the author on the Preface page; pp , 73, roneo printed on rectos only; map, bibliography; a few annotations in French, else internally very clean. Text in French. Copies are recorded in five Australian collections (National Library of Australia; Newcastle …
[Cover title: Northern Territory]. Darwin, N.T. : Historical Society of the Northern Territory, [1974?]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 19 pp, photographic illustrations, map; a good copy.
Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, 1478-1557; Francisco de Xerez, 1495-1565
$21,000 USD emendada. 1547 : y con la conquista del Peru. Impreso en Salamanca : Por Iuan de Iunta : , acabose a cinco dias del mes de julio año del nascimiento de nuestro señor Iesu Christo, de mil [y] quinientos [y] quarenta [y] siete años. [5 July 1547]. Folio, , contemporary limp vellum; cxcij, xxij, …
Agustin de Zárate, 1514-1577
$4,000 USD Dello scoprimento et conquista del Perù, nelle quali si ha piena & particolar relatione delle cose successe in quelle bande, dal principio fino alla pacificatione delle provincie, si in quel che tocca allo scoprimento, come al successo delle guerre civili occorse fra gli Spagnuoli & capitani, che lo conquistarono. Nuovamente di lingus Castigliana tradotte …
Garcilaso de la Vega, "El Inca", 1539-1616
$9,500 USD reyes que fueron del Peru, de su idolatria, leyes, y gouierno en paz y en guerra … Con licencia de la Sancta Inquisicion, Ordinario, y Paco. En Lisboa: En la officina de Pedro Crasbeeck, 1609 [but 1608]. Small folio,  preliminary leaves, 264 ff (colophon to verso of leaf 264, with date of 1608), …
Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas; Petrus Bertius; Pedro Ordóñez de Cevallos
$13,500 USD Metaphraste C. Barlaeo. Acc. et aliorum Indiae e Occidentalis descriptiones et navigationis nuperae Australis Jac. le Maire historia, uti et navigationum omnium per Fretum Magellanicum succincta narratio. Also titled: Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis per Antonium de Herrera Regium Indiarum et Castellae Historiographum. Amstelodami [Amsterdam] : Colinius [Colijn, Michiel], M. D. C. XXII . Folio, contemporary full limp …
Antonio de Ulloa y de la Torre Giral, 1716-1795; Antonio de and Jorge Juan y Santacilla, 1713-1773
$6,000 USD Por D. Jorge Juan … y D. Antonio de Ulloa … de las quales se deduce la figura, y magnitud de la tierra, y se aplica a la navegacion. En Madrid : Impresso de orden del rey nuestro señor, por Juan de Zuñiga, Año M.D.CC.XL.VIII. . First edition. Folio, contemporary full speckled calf …
Spain. Sovereign (1759-1788 : Charles III); Peru. Manuel de Amat y Junient, Viceroy
$1,500 USD De orden de S.M. Reimpreso en Lima en la Oficina de los Niños Huérfanos, . Folio, modern marbled boards with morocco title label lettered in gilt; , 12 pp; title leaf with engraved vignette of royal coat of arms, sign of the cross at the head; initial. Originally published: [Madrid]: En la Oficina …
Coxe, William (1748-1828)
$6,000 USD To which are added, the conquest of Siberia, and the history of the transactions and commerce between Russia and China. London : J. Nichols, 1780. First edition. Quarto, full polished calf (a couple of scuffs to the boards), spine extensively decorated in gilt, contrasting morocco title label, expertly rebacked, folding frontispiece map of …
POLO, Marco (1254-1324); SANTAELLA, Rodrigo Fernández de (1444-1509)
Libro del famoso Marco Polo Veneciano de las cosas maravillosas que vido en las partes orientales: conviene saber en las Indias, Armenia, Arabia, Persia, y Tartaria. E del poderio del gran Can y otros reyes. Con otro tratado de micer Pogio Florentino y trata delas mesmas tierras y islas.
Logroño, Miguel de Eguia, 3rd June 1529. Folio, ff. ; 32, woodcut initials, the title leaf expertly remargined along the lower and fore-edges (prior to 1927), with a very small area of penwork to the edge of the decoration, brown staining to about half the folios, a couple of other very small marginal repairs, contemporary …
Osorio da Fonseca, Hieronymo (Jerónimo Osório, Bishop of Silves), 1506-1580
$18,000 USD Olysippone. Apud Antonium Gondisaluu[m] typographum. MDLXXI. [Lisbon : Antonius Gondisalvus, 1571]. First edition. Folio, later speckled calf (scuffed), spine with contrasting morocco title label and gilt ornament (small split at head); book label to front pastedown; pp 480, ; title page with woodcut cardinal arms, early ownership inscriptions; woodcut initials; a few stains (mainly …
Gonsalves, Gaspar, 1540-1590; Boccapaduli, Antonio, 1530-1593
$22,000 USD die XXIII. Martii, M.D. LXXXV. Romæ : Apud Franciscum Zannettum, 1585. [Rome : Francesco Zanetti, 1585]. Quarto, nineteenth century blue goatskin binding ruled in triple gilt and signed by Emile Rouselle of Paris (corners rubbed), spine in compartments with gilt tooling, gilt dentelles; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; pp 15; early manuscript foliation; …
Hay, John, 1546-1607
$10,000 USD A Joanne Hayo Dalgatttiensi Scoto Societatis Jesu in librum unum coacervatae. Antuerpiæ : Ex officina Martini Nutij, ad insigne duarum Ciconiarum, Anno M. DC. V. [Antwerp : Martin Nutius, 1605]. Octavo, fine Jesuit binding of full calf ruled in gilt with ornamental cornerpieces; upper board with central Jesuit device, lower board with heraldic …
Orlandini, Nicolo, 1553-1606; Sacchini, Francesco, 1570-1625
$4,500 USD authore Nicolao Orlandino, Societatis eiusdem sacerdote. Nunc primum in Germania in lucem edita. Accessit index rerum memorabilium locupletissimus. Coloniæ Agrippinæ : Sumptibus Antonij Hierat, Anno M. DC. XV. [Cologne : Antonius Hierat, 1615] Quarto, contemporary vellum over boards with manuscript title in ink to spine; pp [viii], 578, [42 index]; pages 89, 268, …
Ricci, Matteo, 1552-1610; Trigault, Nicolas (translator), 1577-1628
De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu. Ex P. Matthaei Ricii eiusdem societatis comentariis, libri V … in quibus Sinensis regni mores leges atque instituta et novæ illius Ecclesiæ difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur. Auctore P. Nicolao Trigautio Belga ex eadem societate.
Augustae Vind. [Augsburg] : Apud Christoph. Mangium, 1615. First edition. Small quarto, contemporary limp vellum; manuscript title along lower edge; engraved title page by Jacques de Fornazeris, incorporating a map of China flanked by the figures of St Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci; folding plan of the villa in Peking, converted into a chapel, showing …
Piñeyro, Luis, 1560-1620
Relacion del sucesso que tuuo Nuestra Santa Fe en los reynos del Iapon desde el año de seyscientos y
$32,000 USD doze hasta el de seyscientos y quinze, imperando Cubosama … compuesta por el padre Luys Piñeyro, de la Compañia de Iesus. En Madrid por la viuda de Alonso Martin de Balboa, 1617. Folio, contemporary limp vellum; manuscript title in ink to spine; bookplate to front pastedown; title page with woodcut royal coat of arms (faint contemporary …
ANDRADE, Antonio de (1580-1634)
$12,500 USD de la Compañía de IESVS, Portugues, en el ano 1624. Madrid : Luis Sanchez, 1627. First Spanish edition. Small quarto, modern gilt-ruled half-calf over cloth, gilt-lettered spine, ff. 12; a very good copy. Antonio de Andrade, Portuguese member of the Society of Jesus, was dispatched to India in 1600 where he would spend over …
Borri, Cristoforo, 1583-1632
$5,000 USD In Roma : per Francesco Corbelletti, 1631. Octavo, later vellum over boards ruled in red, with ornate calligraphic title to spine; pp 231; title with vignette woodcut of the Jesuit device; dedication with woodcut papal coat of arms of Urban VIII; woodcut historiated initials; side notes. “In 1616 Borri was sent to Indochina from …
Mariz Carneiro, António de, d. 1642
$15,000 USD Maranhaõ, Ilhas, et Indias Occidentaes. Em Lisboa : Na officina de Lourenço de Anueres, 1642. Small quarto, full straight-grained morocco, gilt; spine with gilt lettering and ornament; pp [viii], 108; page 31 misnumbered 13; pp 81-108 misnumbered 51-78; decorative woodcut initials; trimmed by the binder along the top margin, shaving the top from a …
RHODES, Alexandre de, S.J. (1593-1660)
$12,500 USD di Tvnchino, all santita di N.S. PP. Innocenzio Decimo. Di Alessandro de Rhodes Avignonese della medesima Compagnia, e Missionário Apostolico della Sacra Congregatione de Propaganda Fide. In Roma : Per Giuseppe Luna. L’anno del Giubileo, 1650. Small quarto, contemporary full calf, spine with raised bands, gilt tooling and contrasting red leather label lettered in gilt, …
Bartoli, Danielo, 1608-1685
$15,000 USD In Roma, M.DC.LIII. Nella Stamperia d’Ignatio de’ Lazzeri. [Rome : Ignazio de’ Lazzeri, 1653-1663] Folio, contemporary vellum over boards, spine with raised bands, manuscript title in ink and manuscript label with collection number “1692”; front pastedown with nineteenth century label of the Fürstlich Auerspergische Fideikommissbibliothek, Laibach; pp [iv], 904, ; engraved frontispiece by Bloemaert after a …
Mendes Pinto, Fernão, d. 1583; Cogan, Henry (translator)
$9,000 USD one and twenty years in the Kingdoms of Ethiopia, China, Tartaria, Cauchinchina, Calaminham, Siam, Pegu, Japan, and a great part of the East-Indiaes : with a relation and description of most of the places thereof, their religion, laws, riches, customs, and government in time of peace and war : where he five times suffered …
Gouvea, Antonio de (attributed), 1592-1677
Innocentia Victrix sive Sententia Comitiorum Imperij Sinici pro innocentia Christianæ religionis lata juridicè per annum 1669. & Ivssv R.P. Antonij de Gouvea Soc. Iesu, ibidem V. Provincialis Sinico-Latinè exposita in Quam Cheu metropoli provinciæ Quam tum in Regno Sinarum. Anno Salvtis Hvmanæ MDCLXXI.
Quam tum [Canton] : Jesuit Press, 1671. First Edition. Small folio, contemporary Chinese wrappers (detached); woodblock title page featuring the Holy Initials and the instruments of the Passion within a sunburst; ff [ii], 43; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; …
Castro, Felix Leal de (pseud.?)
$135,000 USD Portugal en la Ciudad de Macao. Hiang Xan [Heungshan] : [s.n.], [1712?]. Small quarto, plain wrappers with manuscript title (detached and with early repair); title page; pp 49; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; housed in a folding clamshell …
Stumpf, Kilian, 1655-1720
$125,000 USD cum Calumnia in PP. Soc. Jesu, & Detrimento Missionis. Com̃unicata Missionariis In Imperio Sinensi. Anno 1717. [Peking] : [Society of Jesus], 1717 [i.e. 1718]. Small folio, early plain wrappers (stained and detached); title leaf, ff 94; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge …