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  • Jottings during the Cruise of H.M.S. Curacoa Among the South Sea Islands in 1865 – Julius Brenchley – First edition 1873

    First edition of this magnificently illustrated voyage account in the Pacific.

    Published by Longmans, Green & Co, London in 1873. Large octavo, 487 pages. Decorated with two fold-out chromolithographs, including, 44 wood engravings and 50 hand coloured engravings mainly of natural history interest. Large folding map at rear with original colouring. An early rebind in half leather over plum cloth covered boards; raised spine divisions with gilt titling. Some evidence of age and staining otherwise a nice and honest copy of a scarce and desirable item. Carries the bookplate of voyage collector and author Geoffrey Ingleton.

    The author Julius Brenchley (1816-1873) was a noted traveller of the period. Born in Maidstone in Kent, England he carried out numerous adventures. His travels encompassed, North, Central and South America and Africa before he embarked on this voyage with the Curacoa in the South Seas. The ship was under the command of Captain William Wiseman and visited Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Niue or Savage Island, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Santa Cruz, New Hebrides, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands.

    Brenchley gathered an enormous collection of artifacts and natural history specimens which ultimately ended up being split between the British Museum and the Maidstone Museum.

    Special Beautifully Illustrated Pacific Voyage Account

    $890.00

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  • Original engraving from the Baudin voyage – A Young Malay Slave Girl from Roti Island seen at Kupang.

    Original engraving from the Baudin voyage – A Young Malay Slave Girl from Roti Island seen at Kupang.

    Ile de Rotti (Rotte), Asterina, jeune esclave malaise

    Original hand coloured stipple engraving. Good strong clean example with excellent bright original colouring. The stipple effect is striking. 32cm by 24 cm, strong laid paper, very good condition with a few innocent marks.

    Engraved by J Milbert Lambert after a drawing by Nicholas-Martin Petit, official artist on the Baudin expedition. Published at Paris by Bertrand as part of the most beautifully illustrated of the great voyages – Voyages of Discoveries in Terra Australia.

    Price $290.00 matted ready to frame.

    Beautiful study from the remarkable work to follow the Baudin voyage down under.

    $290.00

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  • Original Joseph Lycett – Mount Wellington – near Hobart Town – Van Diemens Land -1826

    Original Joseph Lycett – Mount Wellington – near Hobart Town – Van Diemens Land -1826

    An original hand coloured aquatint from the scarce “Views in Australia, or New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land”

    By Joseph Lycett published in London in 1826 by J Souter of 73 St Pauls Church Yard.

    Lycett was a convict artist of great distinction – he had been sent out for forgery. He was pardoned and later returned to England where he again went about his forger’s ways – he took his own life in prison. His artistry is unique and charming and he produced 50 images of New South Wales mainly in and around Sydney and a number of beautiful views in Tasmania.

    A strong colourful Lycett – most sought after view

    Price $690.00 unframed – rare and very collectable

    $690.00

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  • Black Swan – George Shaw – 1808

    Black Swan – George Shaw – 1808

    An original copper engraving of the Australian Black Swan.

    Engraved in copper by Eastgate and published by G Kearlsey of Fleet street, London on October 1st 1808 – dated in the plate. It was published as part of the great George Shaw’s Zoological Lectures which were performed at the Royal Institution the following year.

    A good strong engraving, 210mm by 125 mm. paper showing a little age but really a very good example of this very early Black Swan image.

    Proud Black Swan done well.

    $120.00

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  • Ships Figureheads – Complete Set of John Player’s Cards – 1931

    Ships Figureheads – Complete Set of John Player’s Cards – 1931

    A complete set of 25 vibrantly coloured cigarette cards used to promote John Player’s cigarettes – issued in 1931.

    The first time we have had this set and already our favourite. A maritime delight. Each card has an interesting narrative on the back … a wee bit better and more informative than other sets we believe.

    In protective sleeve as shown .. the odd insignificant mark – a really good set.

    Naval vessels include … Princess Royal, Queen Charlotte, Colossus, Seahorse, Bellerophon (We prefer “Billy Ruffian”), Royal Sovereign, Black Prince, Victory (hurray), Terra Nova, Formidable etc etc.

    We have seen this set mounted for display. One of the few that can still get away with that treatment in the “modern home”!

    Complete set and a nautical delight

    $120.00

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  • Armorial Book-Plates. Their Romantic Origin and Artistic Development – Signed limited edition of 300 this number 218 by the expert of all experts Neville Barnett – published in 1932

    Armorial Book-Plates. Their Romantic Origin and Artistic Development – Signed limited edition of 300 this number 218 by the expert of all experts Neville Barnett – published in 1932

    Unusual faux snake-skin binding. Excellent condition 172 pages.

    With numerous book-plate illustrations with 17 tipped in originals from those of great fame (our favourite being that of Polar Explorer Douglas Mawson).

    Chapters on the Origins of Armory; the Age of Chivalry; the Pageant of Heraldry; the Romance of Arms; German, French and British Book-plates the latter extensive and importantly Australian and New Zealand Armorial Book-plates.

    Collectable work from the doyen of Australian Bookplates – Neville Barnett – Numbered Limited Signed edition with Mawsons bookplate.

    $390.00

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