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  • Large Scale Copper Engraving of the Façade of Amsterdam Town Hall – Jacob van Campden – 1661

    Large Scale Copper Engraving of the Façade of Amsterdam Town Hall – Jacob van Campden – 1661

    Original large folio copper engraving of the Amsterdam Town Hall. The western façade showing ground floor entrance and first, second and third floor windows divided into upper and lower sections. A fronton with a statue either end and in the middle Atlas carrying the world globe. The actual length of the building is 79 metres.

    See National Library of Australia for an example reference 226808

    Central fold – paper xxcm by xxcm. Apologies that it is too big to get a full image on our large scanner .. but almost. Sowing some age as you would expect but still a very worthy example and would make a superb architectural framed item .. if you are Dutch even better.

    Represents plate E from Afbeelding van’t Stadt Huys van Amsterdam in darigh coopere Plaaten / geordineert door Jacob van Campden; en geteeckent door Jacob Vennekool. Tot Amsterdam: Bij Dancker Danckerets … 1661.

    Price $120.00 unframed
    One of a number of 17th century architectural engravings at Voyager.


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  • Sydney Centennial Park – Unusual Period Ephemera – Design for the Main Gates – Self Measuring Pocket Book –    J Moore 1886

    Sydney Centennial Park – Unusual Period Ephemera – Design for the Main Gates – Self Measuring Pocket Book – J Moore 1886

    This little self measuring pocket book could be found at W.E. Smith, bookbinder printer etc of bridge Street Sydney in the 1880’s.

    Original owners name J Moore and dated Feb 16th 1886. Contains a number of architectural sketches and notes and financial doodles.

    Most interestingly are the notes re ”3 Gateways for Centennial Park”. We have Moore’s rough notes re dimensions – 122 ft in total with various access for Carriage and Horse, below that a lightly scribbled concept. To the right some finer work on the suggested pillar work and wrought iron embellishments.

    Overleaf a much fuller concept. All of which would have made for a fine set of gates.

    The actual gates were in fact built between the date of these sketches and the official opening of Centennial Park in January 1888 – three trees were planted in a rather [then barren plot. Sadly for Moore the gates were not to his design – but not completely dissimilar – we prefer our man.

    Some interesting little sketches and the odd house and kitchen design elsewhere but also, as with many similar items, rather a lot of blank pages.

    An interesting architectural conversation piece.

    Sydney Centennial Park Gates the Preferred Design


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  • Early Image of the Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre at Giza

    Early Image of the Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre at Giza

    An original magic lantern slide c1890 of the Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren) at Giza – the second largest pyramid.

    Standard British magic Lantern slide by an unknown maker. Some age as can be seen but excuse it for the rarity of the image.

    A striking image of Kharfe with the Sphinx in the foreground. Compare the image with a modern image taken from pretty much the same position. The Pyramid is in a remarkably similar state of condition retaining the same amount of polished coping stone near to top – Kharfe the only pyramid to retain any - they were raided to build later structures.

    However, the Sphinx is quite different and the modern image by comparison shows just how much reconstruction has been carried out in the intervening 130 years.

    Khafre ruled Egypt in the Fourth Dynasty between 2558 and 2553 years BC … unfortunately the tombs were robbed of anything valuable likely early on.

    Khafre as it is and the Sphinx as it was.


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  • Photograph by B Sheppard – Spiky Bridge [Built by Convicts], Near Swansea, East Coast Road Tasmania

    An original photograph by B (Benjamin) Sheppard (1902-1987). Size 21 x 16cm. Overall in good condition. Sheppard was most active in the 1950’s and the photograph likely cones from that period. The rear of the photograph carries B Sheppard’s stamp, that of the Agent General for Tasmania and a manuscript note identifying the location … a rather obvious one to those that love and live in the Apple Isle.

    You can still see the solid Spiky Bridge built by Convict labour in 1843. The road has been moved onto a more modern and rather boring structure. The spikiness is thought to be an invention to stop cattle falling into the water … maybe. If you go there the remain of the Governor’s cottage can be seen on the hill nearby.

    A Tasmanian landmark … Spiky Bridge a strange structure built by convicts


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  • S Petri Basilica – Giovanni Faldo – c1670

    S Petri Basilica – Giovanni Faldo – c1670

    An original copper engraving by distinguished Italian 17th century architect, draftsman, engraver Giovanni Battista Faldo (1648-1678) published by Giovanni Giacomo De Rosis (1627-1691) a leading publisher in Rome a firm established by his father many years earlier.

    A superb example on folio sized hand laid paper. The strong image taking central position measuring 30cms x 17cms.

    A lovely early example of St Peter’s Basilica


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