North America

  • # 13775

    BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)

    Autograph manuscript note by Bougainville on the “savages” of North America

    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 …

  • # 22056

    WATTS, Jennifer A.; SMITH, Andrew

    Adam Clark Vroman : platinum prints 1895 – 1904

    [Los Angeles] : Andrew Smith Gallery; Michael Dawson Gallery, 2005. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp.79, pictures and illustrations throughout. Exhibition catalogue of 81 photographs with essays by Jennifer A. Watts and Andrew Smith.

  • # 18892

    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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 21480

    RUSCHA, Ed (1937 - )

    Make new history

    Los Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 2009. Oblong octavo, grey linen bound boards, facsimile artist’s signature to spine, the edges of the pages printed with the words MAKE NEW HISTORY to the three sides, approximately 600 blank pages, printed colophon stating ‘This art object was designed by Ed Ruscha in celebration of MOCA …

  • # 21054

    WARHOL, Andy and HACKETT, Pat

    POPism : the Warhol ’60s (signed copy)

    New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. First Edition. Octavo, quarter-cloth over papered boards, dustjacket (price-clipped, spine a little sunned), pp. [vi]; 310, black and white photographs. Signed by Warhol on the front free endpaper. Warhol’s own account of the 60s : art, the Factory, celebrities and fame. Uncommon signed.

  • # 21619


    To China & Japan … Australia & New Zealand. Via San Francisco.

    [Drop title]. Liverpool, U.K. : Rudolph Falck, General European Agent, [c.1900]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (light vertical fold, some mild toning), staple bound, pp 24 (including wrappers), photographic illustrations, deck and cabin plans, tables of fares etc.; a good, clean copy. Very scarce pre-Panama Canal brochure compiled by travel agent Rudolph Falck for prospective passengers from …

  • # 21618


    1896 / 1897. Joint Schedule showing sailing of steamers of the Occidental & Oriental Steamship Co. and the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. between San Francisco and Yokohoma and Hongkong.

    (Including calls at Honolulu, Nagasaki, Hiogo (Kobe) and Shanghai). At head of sheet: United States, Japan and China. San Francisco : Occidental & Oriental S.S. Co., 421 Market Street, September 26, 1896. Lithographed broadsheet, 400 x 230 mm, printed recto only; original folds, in fine condition.  

  • # 21482

    TELLER, Thomas (pseud.)

    [WHALING] Stories about whale-catching. Told by a father to his son.

    Cover title: Stories about whale catching and the toils and perils of whalers. New Haven, CT : S. Babcock, Chapel Street, [1845]. Series: Teller’s Tales, New Series, Number five. Square duodecimo, original illustrated blue wrappers (light foxing and staining, loss of paper along spine), front free-endpaper with two very early child ownership inscriptions; pp 64, …

  • # 21437

    BONHEUR, Theo

    [SHEET MUSIC] An Atlantic trip : descriptive fantasia for piano

    London : W. Paxton & Co. Ltd. 95 New Oxford Street, [c.1910]. Folio, original illustrated covers with a superb design featuring of a four-funnel ocean liner, probably depicting the Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, the largest ship afloat at the time (she also held the record for the fastest Transatlantic crossing, in both directions); 7 pages of …

  • # 21362


    Photographic portrait of Madame Carreño Sauret, circa 1874

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 167 x 110 mm (mount); recto of mount with printed caption Madame Carreño Sauret, verso with imprint of the renowned San Francisco studio of Bradley & Rulofson; the albumen print is in fine condition; recto of mount with a tiny amount of foxing, else very good. A superb studio portrait …

  • # 21268

    BONAR, Andrew R. (editor)

    Incidents of missionary enterprise : illustrative of the progress of Christianity in heathen countries, and of the researches, sufferings and adventures of missionaries.

    Edinburgh and London : Thomas Nelson, 1845. Third edition. Small octavo, original blind blocked morocco gilt (corners and edges of boards a little worn),  all edges gilt, front free-endpaper with gift inscription dated 1848, front pastedown and endpaper with bookplates of later owners, first blank with recent ownership inscription, extra illustrated title page with lithographed …

  • # 15422

    BAIN & BURTT; [GIBBS, Alexander]

    [WHALING] Letter written from Auckland, New Zealand to New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1853

    Entire letter, single sheet folding to form [4] 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 / …

  • # 17494

    [SEMMES, Raphael, 1809-1877]

    Photographic portrait of Captain Raphael Semmes, commander of the Confederate raider CSS Alabama.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (mount 100 x 62 mm); no photographer’s imprint, verso with contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Capt. Semmes, “Privateer Alabama”, destroyed by the Kearsage [sic.], June 19th 1864’; a couple of tiny spots of foxing to the print and mount, else a fine example of this rare studio portrait. This photograph …

  • # 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 …

  • # 21297

    ST. AULAIRE, Achille

    Récréations instructives : Voyage pittoresque à travers le monde

    Paris : Chez Aubert & Cie., n.d. [c 1840]. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (marked, crudely stitch bound), 24 leaves of lithographed plates (occasional foxing), a couple of plates loose, generally worn. An imaginary voyage around the world, each exotic location illustrated with a detailed lithograph with accompanying text in French and English. Includes plates on Australian …