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  • Napoleon Bonaparte by Bertrand Andrieu – 1810

    Napoleon Bonaparte by Bertrand Andrieu – 1810

    A rare bronze plaque of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bertrand Andrieu, a fair size 14cm in diameter. Signed in the lower neck.

    Bertrand Andrieu (1761-1822) was born at Bordeaux and became France’s foremost medalist. He was apprenticed to Andre Lavau and attended the Academie de Peinture et de Sculpture in Bordeaux. In 1786 he moved to Paris and worked with Nicolas-Marie Gatteuax. His first success was a detailed medal of the Fall of the Bastille in 1789. He developed a technique of casting lead and then using a metallic finish to give the appearance of bronze. He followed this with the Arrival of Louis XVI in Paris. He lay low in the latter part of the French Revolution. When he reappeared, he had much success receiving valuable commissions including this one circa 1810 re Napoleon likely celebrating his marriage to Marie Louise Archduchess of Parma.

    Napoleon divorced Josephine who could not give him children. They both had many lovers. In 1810 he married the 19 year old Marie Louise Archduchess of Austria and great nice of Marie Antoinette. The design is of a noble Napoleon wearing a laurel wreath, a symbol of honour and victory.

    The plaque has a lovely depth to the bust of Napoleon and aside from the hole introduced for wall mounting is in very good condition.

    Napoleon a very true likeness by Andrieu – 1810

    $790.00

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  • Tek Sing Shipwreck Treasure – 1822

    Tek Sing Shipwreck Treasure – 1822

    Qing Dynasty decorated bowl recovered by Mike Hatcher from the Tek Sing shipwreck.

    Beautiful condition, with a hint of a rim nick, some ageing from its life under water otherwise a fine example.

    Beautifully decorated with bands of lotus flower around a central spiral and set in alternate designs of lingzhi fungus and fruiting peach. Bright colours. 13 cm in diameter 6 cm high. Retains Nagel auction sticker.

    Bright deep well decorated shipwreck bowl

    The Tek Sing Shipwreck – Background

    The Tek Sing (Chinese, “True Star”) was a large Chinese junk which sank in 1822 in the South China Sea at the Belvidere Shoals. She was 50 meters long, 10 meters wide and weighed a thousand tons. Manned by a crew of 200. The great loss of life has led to the Tek Sing being referred to as the “Titanic of the East”.

    Sailing from the port of Amoy (now Xiamen), the Tek Sing was bound for Jakarta, with a cargo of porcelain goods and 1600 Chinese immigrants. After a month of sailing, Captain, Lo Tauko, took a shortcut through the Gaspar Straits and ran aground on a reef and sank in 100 feet of water.

    The next morning an English East Indiaman captained by James Pearl sailing from Indonesia to Borneo passed through the Gaspar Strait. He found debris from the sunk Chinese vessel and survivors. They managed to rescue 190 survivors.

    In 1999 marine salvor Michael Hatcher discovered the wreck of the. His crew raised what is described as the largest sunken cache of Chinese porcelain ever recovered which was auctioned in Stuttgart, Germany the following year.

    $150.00

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  • Wallace’s Tree Swift  (Dendrochelidon Wallacei ) John Gould – The Birds of Asia – 1860

    Wallace’s Tree Swift (Dendrochelidon Wallacei ) John Gould – The Birds of Asia – 1860

    Original hand-coloured lithograph produced on limestone from John Gould’s most impressive series “Birds of Asia” completed and published in London circa 1860.

    Gould writes in the accompanying narrative “After carefully comparing Indian specimens .. and Javanese specimens … with examples of a bird of the same form sent from Macassar by Mr Wallace, I could come to no other conclusion than that the latter is a very distinct and undescribed species, and I therefore took the opportunity of naming the bird D. Wallacei, in honour of its discoverer; not that there is any necessity for me to attempt to perpetuate the name of this gentleman as a promoter of natural science, since his writings sufficiently attest his devotion to more than one of its departments”. Gould very humble and obviously likes long sentences.

    Gould goes on to say that the birds are figured a natural size. Little was then known about them … the accompanying narrative describes their colouring is some detail. The execution of the lithograph is excellent, it is very clean and the colouring still very bright and full and enhanced by the use of gum arabic which creates a sense of richness and depth

    Tree swift named by John Gould in honour of Alfred Russell Wallace

    $590.00

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  • The Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St Patricks, Dublin, Accurately in Six Volumes, Adorned with Copper Plates; with Some account of the Author’s Life, and Notes Historical and Explanatory, by John Hawkesworth

    The Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St Patricks, Dublin, Accurately in Six Volumes, Adorned with Copper Plates; with Some account of the Author’s Life, and Notes Historical and Explanatory, by John Hawkesworth

    Six large quarto volumes in contemporary full leather bindings published London, 1755, first editions in this form. Printed by C. Bathurst, C. Davis, C. Hitch etc. Complete and in very good condition. Various plates including, in particular the plates and maps relating to Gulliver’s Travels.

    Each volume bound in full leather with gilt moniker centre front. Raised bands to spines with six compartments those free with gilt decoration. Black leather title and volume labels showing some age and Vol 1 with loss. Gilt lines to boards and gilt knurling to board edges and on board inside edges. Marbled end paper, marbled page edges

    The first noted owners of the set are of interest. Isaac Blackburne born in 1759 to Thomas Blackburne High Sheriff of Lancashire. He went to school in Manchester and then Oriel College, Oxford where he qualifies BA in 1782 and MA 1785. During the “French Wars” he was Captain in Lord Stanley’s Lancashire Regiment. His sister Anne Blackburne was a distinguished botanist who corresponded with Linnaeus. She was the first person to cultivate pineapples in England. Isaac died 17th December 1830. The volumes record the passing to his son Thomas Blackburne via his sister Mary the following year.

    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) barely requires introduction. An Anglo-Irish satirist, political pamphleteer for the Whigs and then the Tories, poet and cleric who became the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. Whilst Gulliver’s Travels is foremost in most minds he also wrote and included here – A Modest Proposal; A Journal to Stella; Drapier’s Letters; The Battle of the Books; A Tale of a Tub etc. The foremost satirist in the English language and Master of both the Horatian and Juvenalian styles of that creed.

    The presentation of Gulliver’s Travels is excellent. Pages throughout are clean and the plates and in particular the maps are well executed and full quarto page size. The relevance to Australia may not be understood by all with Lilliput set south of Sumatra and with Van Diemen’s Land featuring in the south east … Houyhnhnms Land and the Yahoos, as everybody knows, was discovered in 1711 and sits off the coast of South Australia.

    The “biographer” John Hawkesworth requires mention, a man of distinction not the least in that he wrote up the official account of James Cook’s First Voyage in the Endeavour and the discovery of the East Coast of Australia.

    Superior Quarto Swift’s Works in Six Volumes including Gulliver’s Travels Full leather binding – 1755

    $1,690.00

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  • First publication of Two Wordsworth Sonnets – A Collection of Poems, Chiefly Manuscript and from Living Authors – Edited by Joana Baillie – First Edition 1823 – Earl of Crawford and balcarres Copy – Bibliotheca Lindesiana

    First publication of Two Wordsworth Sonnets – A Collection of Poems, Chiefly Manuscript and from Living Authors – Edited by Joana Baillie – First Edition 1823 – Earl of Crawford and balcarres Copy – Bibliotheca Lindesiana

    First publication of Two Wordsworth Sonnets.

    A Collection of Poems, Chiefly Manuscript and from living Authors.

    A first edition and a very good copy published by Longman et al, London in 1823. Octavo,330 pages after lengthy list of subscribers. Contemporary half leather with marbled boards, separate title, editor and date labels to spine, raised bands with gilt lines. Some wear but solid and a good period binding.

    Carries the bookplate of one of Britain’s greatest ever private libraries “Bibliotheca Lindesiana” which was established by the Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford and Eighth Earl of Balcarres His wife is listed as a subscriber. His son, James Lindsay, 26th Earl etc continued the building of the library which was housed at Haigh Hall in Cumberland and their Scottish residence “Balcarres” in Fife. The activities of this family are remarkable … previously that had mad money from slavery. When abolished they received massive compensation which they invested into lucrative coal mines. The money supported lavish interests … the 25th Earl becoming a notable art collector and historian and the son an important astronomer … and of course the library.

    The editor Joanna Baillie was herself a distinguished Scottish Poet and the volume contains some of her work. Also, it contains the first appearance of Walter Scott’s One Act Play “McDuff’s Cross” and Southey’s “The Cataract of Lodore”. The highlight surely the first published Sonnets by William Wordsworth – “Not Love nor War”’ and “A Volant Tribe of Bards”

    The subscribers list is most interesting not the least that it starts with The King’s Most Excellent Majesty … who took five copies but also Lady Byron, George Crabbe, Sir Humphrey Davey, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Sir Walter Scott (ten copies), James Watt and many more notables.

    Special collection including Wordsworth first published Sonnets and distinguished library pedigree

    $190.00

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  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger – 1957 Third Impession English First Edition (Great Condition)

    The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger – 1957 Third Impession English First Edition (Great Condition)

    Well what do we say – the greatest book that every young person should read.

    Third impression 1957 of the English first of 1951 and highly sought after … a small mortgage required for the first impression.

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London. Octavo, 253 pages. Very good condition with a complete dust jacket albeit with a closed tear on the front top near the hinge. Super clean internally.

    Acclaimed by critics as the best American writing since the Great Gatsby

    Catcher Collectable – check it out

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $190.00

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