Northern France (Rouen), c. 1490-1510. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment; with 4 large miniatures with architectural borders, 10 large arch-topped miniatures, 8 small miniatures, and 24 calendar miniatures by a follower of the Master of the Échevinage of Rouen and the Playfair Hours Master, with borders by Jean Serpin. ii (paper) + i (parchment) + 96 …
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 …
PELSAERT, Francois (c.1595-1630)
Amsterdam : Jan Jansz, 1647. First edition. Small quarto, papered boards, pp. [ii – title leaf], 118, lacking final blank (as in most copies); six folding copperplates (plate V provided in expert facsimile), some very pale marginal water stains, tiny worm hole to margin of first few leaves, a clean and well preserved copy housed …
VOC [DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY]
Naerder Artyculen ende Poincten, waer op tusschen de Grootmogenden Padvcca Siri Svltan Hassan Ovdyn, Coninck ende vordere Regeringe van Maccasar ter eenre; Ende den Heere Cornelis Speelman, Oud Gouverneur van de Cust Chormandel; Superintendent en Commisaris over de Osterse Provintien, Admirael en Crygs-Overste over de Scheeps en Crygs-macht; In de Name van den Ed: Heere …
With the best way of making all sorts of varnish for Japan, wood, prints, plate or pictures. The method of guilding, burnishing and lackering, with the art of guilding, seperating, and refining metals, and the most curious way of painting on glass, or otherwise. Also rules for counterfeiting tortoise-shell, and marble, and for staining or …
石川俊之(流宣) [Ishikawa Toshiyuki (Ryūsen)]
Edo (Tokyo), Japan : 須原屋茂兵衛 [Suharaya Mohē],  (Hōei 5). Woodblock print with yellow colors added by hand, 1315 x 595mm, original covers and title slip; complete. An early Japanese map of the world. Japan is displayed in the centre of the map, which is oriented so that east [東] is at the top of the …
BARDIN, William (c.1740-1798)
accompanying the Geographical Magazine. Originally laid down by Mr. James Ferguson, F. R. S. Improv’d by G. Wright, and made by W. Bardin, Fleet Street, London. Published as the act directs by Harrison & Co., No. 18 Paternoster Row, Augt. 1st, 1783 (cartouche). Published by G. Wright & W. Bardin Jan’y 1st 1782 (inscription at South …
LA PÉROUSE, Jean-François de Galaup (1741–1788)
Voyage de la Pérouse autour du monde, publié conformément au Décret du 22 Avril 1791, et rédigé par M. L. A. Milet-Mureau.
Paris : de l’Imprimerie de la République, 1797. Four volumes quarto, (315 mm tall) and atlas volume (605 mm tall, 450 mm wide); the five volumes bound in matching contemporary half-crushed morocco, spines lettered and tooled in gilt, marbled boards, a fine period binding; with full wide margins, vol. I with half-title, engraved frontispiece portrait …
DAM, Meyndert van; STICHTER, Cornelis
d’Erven Stichters Comptoir Almanach, Voor ‘t Jaar 1800. Voorzien van eene aanwyzing der Jaar-, Paarden-, Beesten- en Leermarkten, welke in de Bataafsche Republiek gehouden worden, als mede de Vacantien, het Varen der Trekschuyten en Beurtschepen, het vertrek der Posten en Postwagens. Nevens de maans op- en ondergang. Te Amsterdam : by de erfgen. van de Wed. C. Stichter, …
HAMELIN, Emmanuel, Amiral (1768-1839)
[BAUDIN EXPEDITION] Autograph testimonial signed by Hamelin, commander of Le Naturaliste, written for one of his junior officers.
Manuscript in ink on bluish laid paper, 195 x 160 mm; place and revolutionary date of ‘Paris 1er thermidor an 11’ [20 July 1803], signed ‘Capitaine de frégate Commdt. Eel. Hamelin’; wet stamp of the Collection Deséglise; some foxing. Provenance: Collection Deséglise, France (late 19th – early 20th century), housed in the original Deséglise manila folder with manuscript …
[Japan] : s.n., [produced around the Bunka period, 1804-1818]. Manuscript map of the world, ink and colour wash, 735 x 1280 mm, folding to 185 x 160 mm, on unbacked, thick paper; original blue paper wrappers with brushed title, bound in modern cloth boards; the map with numerous expert worming repairs to verso, otherwise very well preserved, …
GUIGNES, Chrétien Louis Joseph de (1759-1845)
Dictionnaire Chinois, Français et Latin. Publié d’après l’ordre de sa majesté L’Empereur et Roi Napoléon le Grand.
Paris : l’Imprimerie Impériale, 1813. First edition. Thick folio (435 mm x 279 mm), contemporary cat’s paw calf, boards with gilt fillet borders, spine with raised bands and red morocco label lettered in gilt; all edges stained red, marbled endpapers, first blank with armorial bookplate of the Duc de Luynes, Chateau de Dampierre; pp , lvi, …
Aboriginal King’s Brass Plate (1820). “King Taptalla II.” King of the Terrara Tribe, Shoalhaven River, New South Wales.
[Title from mid nineteenth-century manuscript note]. Brass breastplate or gorget, crescentic, maximum diameter 140 mm, anterior with engraved lettering KING TAPTALLA II, foliage motif repeated at each of the upper corners, emu and kangaroo dos-à-dos at the centre (design only partially completed); diagonal cut mark running from lower left to upper right edge; the surface has been …
SCHROETER, Frederic Christian Gotthelf (1786-1820); MARSHMAN, John Clark & CAREY, William (eds.)
A Dictionary of the Bhotanta or Boutan language. Printed from a manuscript copy made by the late Rev. Frederic Christian Gotthelf Schroeter. Edited by John Marshman. To which is prefixed a grammar of the Bhotanta language. Edited by W. Carey.
Serampore: s.n., 1826. Quarto, contemporary full calf (boards a trifle scuffed), spine in gilt-ruled compartments with contrasting leather title label lettered in gilt, front pastedown with bookplate of John Lawson, original endpapers, pp , -iii, [1 blank], - 35, [1 blank], -6, -268, 267-475, [1 blank]; endpapers and title with light foxing, first and last …
LEWIN, John William (1770-1819)
A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq.
A fine example, in original condition, of one of the rarest illustrated works of Australian natural history. London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. Folio, original publisher’s binding of quarter crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt ‘Lewin’s Birds of New Holland’, green cloth covered boards, yellow endpapers, pp [iv], 26 etched plates with original gouache hand …
[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 …