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  • The Naturalist on the River Amazons – Henry W Bates – 1892

    The Naturalist on the River Amazons – Henry W Bates – 1892

    Title continues … A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and aspects of Nature under the Equator, during Eleven Years of Travel. With a Memoir of the Author by Edward Clodd.

    Originally published as a two-volume set, this is the later one volume edition, published the year of the authors death.

    Published by John Murray, London in 1892. Octavo, lxxxix, 386 pages. Illustrated throughout, including a double colour page spread of Amazonian butterflies. Original green decorated cloth covered boards. Previous ownership and gift inscription at front … nice ones. A very good copy of a desirable account.

    Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892) naturalist and explorer accompanied Alfred Russell Wallace on a famous expedition into the rain forests of the Amazon commencing in 1848. Wallace returned to England in 1852, whilst Bates remained there until 1849 a full eleven years. Furthermore, unfortunately Wallace lost all his specimens on the return voyage due to fire on the ship, whilst bates returned with nearly 15,000 specimens of which a massive 8,000 were new to science. This book is the record of his work.

    Bates and Wallace had been friends at school and their interest in science soon focused on elements of natural history and the developing theories on the origin of species. When in the Amazons the two friends largely went their separate ways, to maximise the opportunities for finding new species. Bates travelled to Cameta on the Tocantins Rivers and then up the Amazon to its higher reaches making a base camp at Tefe where he stayed for four and half years. Despite the eleven years he returned to England earlier than he would have liked due to ill health. His book took another two years to write up and is regarded as one of the finest reports on natural history travels.

    The lengthy (72 page) memoir is something special drawing on numerous letters between Bates and his distinguished group … we have provided and image of an exchange with Charles Darwin … there could be no better advertisement fro the book. The writer of the memoir, Edward Clodd, was a wealthy banker and an anthropologist. He mixed with the Darwin crowd, wrote a biography of Huxley, and generally saw and entertained a plethora of scientists and writers, including fictional, at his upmarket country residence.

    Henry Bates in the Amazon colleague of Wallace and friends of Darwin, Hooker, Huxley etc al

    $240.00

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  • Himalayan Journals; or, Notes of a Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains – Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. – First of Type 1891

    Himalayan Journals; or, Notes of a Naturalist in Bengal, the Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, the Khasia Mountains – Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. – First of Type 1891

    First edition in this form published by Ward, Lock etc London in 1891. Previously published by the Calcutta Trigonometrical Survey Office and Murray.

    Octavo, original green cloth covered boards, gilt titles, xxxii, 574 pages. Frontispiece, facsimile of Dhurma Rajah’s seal, 14 full page illustrations, illustrations in the text and two folding maps. A very good copy.

    Joseph Hooker (1817-1911) was the first traveller to make a near complete circuit of Kangchenjunga, as part of his numerous expeditions in the region between 1847 and 1850. So unsurprisingly this represents a classic in early Himalayan travel and exploration. A fair amount of adventure amongst the botany, views, people etc Hooker was imprisoned for several weeks by the Rajah, and later imprisoned again.

    The diaries were written as he went … not on return … we like that.

    Hooker was one of the most distinguished scientific explorers of the 19th century. He had already been to the Antarctic with James Clark Ross on the Erebus. He also spent time in Africa and later gathered samples of flora from the North Western parts of America. The extent of his original work on flora we doubt has ever been surpassed … virtually all of the grand homes in Britain owe their rhododendrons from seeds brought back from the Himalaya by Hooker … if you are ever in Northumberland go to “Cragside”. He was probably Charles Darwin’s best mate but unfortunately fell out with Richard Owen about the independence of Kew and it all got quite nasty. We are on Hooker’s side.

    Joseph Hooker in and around the Himalaya before the others and … not just about flowers.

    $160.00

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  • Joseph Conrad and the Barque Otago – Sir William Crowther – 1975

    Joseph Conrad and the Barque Otago – Sir William Crowther – 1975

    Bound notes by Sir William Crowther for the handing over of the restored companionway superstructure to the officers’ cuddy from the Otago [Joseph Conrad’s ship].

    Very few would have been produced so a scarce as it is brief. Quarto in size, bound nicely in blue cloth covered boards with gilt titles. Original photograph of the glorious companionway affixed to front paste down. Title, Preface and five pages typescript one side only. Dated 21st March 1975, fine condition. Our image of the blue covers looks a little drab … that’s just our scanner …

    The work represents a brief summary of association of the great writer Joseph Conrad, then Captain Conrad with the barque Otago. The State Library had acquired the structure recovered by Crowther, a great bibliophile and collector, a number of years earlier at Risden, Hobart when the boat was finally broken up. It lay in Crowther’s back garden for many years before being restored by Philip Fowler.

    Whilst brief the article gives a nice potted history of Conrad’s early days and how he came to be in charge of the Otago. His novel The Shadow Line, from which Crowther quotes was written about his voyage to Singapore to pick up the Otago.

    Sir William Crowther should not be confused with his Grandfather of the same name who committed some rather nasty acts regarding the bodies of aboriginal people. This Crowther whilst still perhaps confused by the right and wrong at least gave up the family collection of indigenous relics to the Museum and these have since been given some final respect.

    Regarding this item .. well a unique work in the Conrad genre.

    $70.00

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  • A Palm Beach – Original Pochoir by George Barbier – Gazette du Bon Ton -1921

    A Palm Beach – Original Pochoir by George Barbier – Gazette du Bon Ton -1921

    An original hand coloured “Pochoir” by George Barbier (1882-1932) the most desirable artist that contributed to Paris Gazette du Bon Ton. This pochoir published in 1921.

    “A Palm Beach” Tailleur de Worth. The costume from the famous Paris based House of Worth which operated between 1857 and 1956. A three piece outfit in red poplin with a chiffon bodice covered in blue lace; the jacket embroidered in navy.

    Price $290.00 framed $180.00 unframed.

    Much sought after George Barbier

    $180.00

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  • Original Woodcut bookplate by Lionel Lindsay – 1958

    Original Woodcut bookplate by Lionel Lindsay – 1958

    Original woodcut bookplate by Lionel Lindsay for Keith Wingrove created in 1958. Signed in the plate.

    Keith Wingrove (1910-1995) was an art and book collector. He had a strong interest in bookplates and commissioned a number of designs by both Lionel Lindsay (1874-1961) and his brother Norman Lindsay and other artists of note. Wingrove was very close to the brothers .. Norman wrote over 350 letters to him …

    10cm by 7.5 cm with a strong contrasting image directly from the plate.

    Collectable Australian Bookplate.

    $80.00

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  • Original Woodcut Bookplate by Kalman Gaborjani Szabo noted Hungarian Artist – 1934

    Original Woodcut Bookplate by Kalman Gaborjani Szabo noted Hungarian Artist – 1934

    A very stylish bookplate, original woodcut by Klaman Gaborjani Szabo (1897-1965) commissioned by Dr Arady Kalman (1893-1964). Dr Kalman was an avid bibliophile and commissioned numerous high class bookplates for his collection. An example of this exact bookplate is held in the Balatoni Museum and included on the Hungarian and European digital archives.

    15cm by 7.5 cm, smooth with high contrast from the original plate. Veros in manuscript the artists name, Hungary, 1934, woodcut. A little age but really a super example.

    Rare well executed art deco bookplate from named European artist.

    $70.00

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