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  • Au Pre Catelan – Gazette du Bon Ton Original Double-  Brissaud – June 1914

    Au Pre Catelan – Gazette du Bon Ton Original Double- Brissaud – June 1914

    A beautiful hand coloured “Pochoir” by Pierre Brissaud (1885-1964) for the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton published in 1914 – “Au Pre Catelan”. A rare double sized vibrant image displaying beautiful outfits for the best children and their rather beautiful mums. The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era.

    Price $290.00 unframed … Price framed in Voyager Gazette du Bon Ton Style $450.00 … let us know which

    A striking Bon Ton pochoir double

    $290.00

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  • Unique Naval Item – Manuscript Letter of 1820 from Captain Henry Duncan (Son of Admiral Lord Duncan) on the Royal George to Viscount Melville (First Lord of the Admiralty) applying for the Royal Yacht

    Unique Naval Item – Manuscript Letter of 1820 from Captain Henry Duncan (Son of Admiral Lord Duncan) on the Royal George to Viscount Melville (First Lord of the Admiralty) applying for the Royal Yacht

    Two pages then folded in three marked for despatch
    Captain H Duncan
    12 Dec 1820
    Royal George
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    Addressed at the foot of page 1 … The Viscount Melville …….
    Dover December 12 1820
    My Lord
    Under an idea that the King nominates the Captain to command his Yacht and having in remembrance the very great condescension of His Majesty to me, when I had the honour of being attached to the Royal Squadron, I feel that if no one above me in the list was preferred, His Majesty might probably be pleased not to pass me over were my name brought before him – but I should not attempt to have this done except thro (ugh) the first Lord of the Admiralty. I have no claims of my own to advance. I trust I have done my duty when occasion has offered, more I do not pretend to, but I hope I may not be deemed presumptuous in supposing that if the King has any of those feelings towards me which he formerly graciously expressed, I shall not stand the less high in His Majesty’s favour because I am the son of Lord Duncan, and I further myself that your Lordship may think this a reason to entitle me to your favourable recommendation –
    I have the honour to be your Lordships Most Obedient
    Henry Duncan
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    Melville’s reply is written clearly overlaid on the second page at right angles to the underlying content
    “I received your letter applying for the vacant yacht and you will learn that the officer I have selected for recommendation to the Yacht is one much senior to yourself”

    $190.00

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  • New South Wales Harrier – c1826 (Circus Assimulis) Sir William Jardine

    New South Wales Harrier – c1826 (Circus Assimulis) Sir William Jardine

    An original hand-coloured engraving of the New Holland White Goshawk published in Edinburgh c1826 by Scotland’s greatest naturalist Sir William Jardine (1800-1874). This image is one of the earliest fine engravings of an Australian bird of prey. It was published as part of Jardine’s first great work “Illustrations in Ornithology” a now scarce and valuable collection of bird engravings.

    Jardine was the 7th Baronet of Applegirth, Dumfriesshire and founder of the Ray Society. He was a superb artist in his own right but utilised the great illustrators of the day to complete his works including, Edward Lear, Selby, Stewart, Thompson and William Holmes-Lizars

    Framed in beaded gilt frame in cream mat with black core … delightful. Unframed $180.00 …. just let us know which

    Click on me to see my full image – I am special

    $290.00

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  • The Doctrine of Gold and Silver Computations – Snelling – 1766

    The Doctrine of Gold and Silver Computations – Snelling – 1766

    The Doctrine of Gold and silver Computations
    Thomas Snelling – 1766

    A First Edition of Snelling’s book title continues … in which is included, that of the par of money; the proportion in value between gold and silver; and the valuation of gold, silver, and parting assays; with useful tables and copper plates.

    Full calf with six compartments to spine each with elaborate giltwork and a separate black leather title label. Complete with 144 pages after preliminaries including assay tables followed by 10 pages of copper engravings of coins all quite beautifully executed showing the printers plate mark for each coin pair.

    Technically a book of high standard with comprehensive workings and tables allowing for a proper understanding of the difficulties of assay in the 18th century.

    Thomas Snelling (1712-1773) was a leading English numismatist of the period. He carried on business as a coin dealer at 183 Fleet Street next door to the Horn Tavern. His collection was sold off after his death and the catalogue is held in the Medal Room at the British Museum. There are three portrait medals of Snelling in the British Museum, one by Pingo who also did the Cook Medal commissioned by the Royal Society.

    First Edition of Snelling’s Book on Gold, Silver and Coins

    $370.00

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  • Scarce Important Astronomical Atlas – Atlas Celeste – Ch Dien and Camille Flammarrion – 1877

    Scarce Important Astronomical Atlas – Atlas Celeste – Ch Dien and Camille Flammarrion – 1877

    This is a third edition of the superb star atlas sometimes referred to as the Flammarion Star Atlas. Published in Paris by Gathier-Villars. A folio production of grand scale (51cms x 35 cms) with 28 steel engraved star charts some double page.

    Several introductory pages are followed by a double page engraving of the Northern Hemisphere with stars to magnitude 6 noting simple, double, triple, variable etc the Milky Way Nebulae, Galaxies and the Constellations drawn in the Classical Manner. To the same standard the Southern Hemisphere as a double plate. Followed by 23 single page plates of highly detailed night sky segments by reference to noted constellations. Then another double of the Southern Hemisphere based on the significant “Brisbane Atlas” of serious Australian interest. A two further double plates of the Northern Hemisphere – a plate concentrating on multiple stars and a coloured plate of Nebulae in all their then known forms.

    All fine plates clean and with a strong plate impression.

    The original blood red cloth boards have been professionally re-backed by Roger Perry. A couple of the preliminary pages have edge repairs but as stated the star charts are near pristine. The gilt “Atlas Celeste” motif to the front is still fine and the whole binding is now strong and useable.

    Likely the most important Star Atlas of the late Victorian period

    $1,290.00

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  • A letter to Captain Philip Parker King from his son Philip Gidley King regarding the first explorations of the land that was to become “Gidleigh” signed and dated 17th August 1836 with an affectionate note to his Mother

    A letter to Captain Philip Parker King from his son Philip Gidley King regarding the first explorations of the land that was to become “Gidleigh” signed and dated 17th August 1836 with an affectionate note to his Mother

    A letter to Captain Philip Parker King addressed his property Dunheved at Penrith from his son Philip Gidley King regarding the first explorations of the land that was to become “Gidleigh” signed and dated 17th August 1836

    On the same sheet – a note to his Mother – the whole written on blank space remaining on two pages extracted from an accounts ledger

    My Dear father

    I have just a word to say as the day will be so long on the road. I have sent down the material for making a kind of a plan for Gidleigh – but as I only had a compass it will not much better than a corrected sketch. And the kind of country is very bad for that sort of thing, however it will be an amusement and I know almost every gully round about – I have protracted it unto here but as I have not a straight ruler or a sheet of paper large enough I shall do it over again. I have also made a sketch or two which I have sent down.

    We were disappointed in the post today but we must not expect every time – will you send the xxx letter when you send yours to Wickham

    Pray give my love to all and believe me ever your affectionate Son Philip Gidley King

    We have had bad weather for the last three days – a succession of Thunderstorms – with very vivid lightening. Wind hard from WNE to WNW –
    Today however has been very warm and fine –

    Wednesday August 17th/36

    My Dear Mother

    I am afraid you will think we have almost forgotten you – but I trust you will give us more credit – I hope all has been going on well at home and that poor little Libby’s finger is quite well. Pray give her my love. I have sent Bob a couple of geological specimens – for his collection – we have no news from this part of the world. I hope that Mr Cookey has been going on all right since we left. Pray remember me over at Albemington and with love to all believe me so

    Yours Affectionately So
    PGK

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    Philip Parker King (1791-1856) was the son of Philip Gidley King (snr) and Anna Josepha Coombe. Philip Parker King joined the navy in 1807. In 1817 he married Harriet Lethbridge. In 1826 he sailed in command of HMS Adventure in company with HMS Beagle (and Charles Darwin) to survey the southern coast of South America. He settled in Sydney in 1832 where he owned land at St Mary’s which with his mother’s farm, became known as Dunheved. His sister Mary married Harriet’s brother Rev Robert Lethbridge and his sister Anna Maria married Hannibal Macarthur.
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    This letter is part of an archive of items connected to the Parker King Lethbridge families and is not currently available for sale as a discrete item. Enquiries regarding the whole collection are welcome. The collection is being researched and documented.

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