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  • Javan Parrakeet – Fawcett and Greene – 1884

    Javan Parrakeet – Fawcett and Greene – 1884

    Original wood cut hand finished engraving of the multicoloured Bluebonnet Parrot from “Parrots in Captivity”, published in London 1884. Very good condition … bright clean colours not a mark on the paper.

    The Javan Parakeet also known as the Red or Pink Breasted or Moustached Parakeet. Sadly, so beautiful that it is heavily traded on the bird black market still .. when will people learn that their rightful place is in their natural habitat not a cage.

    Greene’s delightful work comprising wood-engraved plates printed by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by A.F. Lydon. The prints are hand finished with delicate highlighting in gum arabic to accentuate the bright colouring.

    Benjamin Fawcett was one of the great colour printers of the 19th century. He pioneered a system of wood block engraving from multiple blocks that resulted in vivid finely coloured works. Fawcett had an association of some 50 years with Francis Orpen Morris to produce many beautiful works on birds. The engravings are the finest illustrations of parrots from the period.

    Price matted in cream textured mat with French gilt line $140.00

    A Javan Beauty

    $140.00

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  • Hooded Racket-Tailed Magpie (Crypsirhina Cucullata) From Burma – John Gould – The Birds of Asia – 1860′s

    Hooded Racket-Tailed Magpie (Crypsirhina Cucullata) From Burma – John Gould – The Birds of Asia – 1860′s

    Original hand-coloured lithograph produced on limestone from John Gould’s most impressive series “Birds of Asia” completed and published in London in the1860’s.

    A striking bird found the in the lower jungles of Northern Burma. Threatened by clearing but currently still strong in numbers. Also known as the Hooded Crypsirhina and Hooded Treepie

    First formally described by Thomas Jerden a British ornithologist in 1862. You can see form John Gould’s narrative that he was working from sketches provided by Jerden and unlikely to have an example of the bird.

    The birds appear to be figured in natural size being roughly 30 cm long and two thirds of that being the remarkable tail… 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

    We all know about John Gould but maybe not so much about Jensen.

    Thomas Caverhill Jenson (1811-1872) was a Scottish born surgeon in the East India Company and then the Military and spent most of his working life in India. He was a keen naturalist in a number of fields. Early on he sent birds back to Sir William Jardine in Scotland to be classified. They arrived moth eaten so from then on Jerden decided to complete that work himself. He became the leading authority in the broader region and sponsored by Lords Canning and Elgin produced The Birds of India in three volumes in the 1860’s. He was also an instigator of the broader work The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma.

    Price $590.00 unframed … enquire if you wish

    Unusual well executed Magpie from Burma

    $590.00

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  • Magic Lantern Slide – Cartographic Material – The Ross Dependency – Antarctica c1923 on Its Formation

    Magic Lantern Slide – Cartographic Material – The Ross Dependency – Antarctica c1923 on Its Formation

    An original magic lantern slide showing clearly the New Zealand Ross Dependency, by Newton & Co.

    The Ross Dependency takes its name from Sir James Clark Ross ho discovered the Ross Sea and Victoria Land in 1841 and claimed the region for Britain.

    The region is defined by a sector originating at the South Pole and passing along longitude 160 degrees east and 150 degrees east and stopping at latitude 60 degrees south.

    On 30th July 1923 an order was published in the Government Gazette of the Dominion of New Zealand that the region should be named the “Ross dependency”’ and that the Governor-General and Commander in Chief of New Zealand will be Governor of the Territory.

    Newton & Co were formed in 1858. In the period 1912-1925 they had premises in Covent Garden. S we are pretty sure that the slide comes from 1923 and was prepared for presentations concerning these changes.

    Standard size circa 3.5 inches or 8cm by 8cm.

    Historic Cartographic record – the formalisation of the Ross Dependency in the Antarctic

    $50.00

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  • Scott and his Party Preparing for the Pole – Magic Lantern Slide – c1913

    Scott and his Party Preparing for the Pole – Magic Lantern Slide – c1913

    An in the period coloured magic lantern slide … one of a scarce series depicting Scott preparing to leave with his team for the South Pole. In the background Amundsen is with his men likewise preparing to leave … a fiction of course as it didn’t happen like that .. and also with the dogs!.

    Some ageing but really good vibrant colours and portraying an important historic event … albeit with the aforementioned qualification.

    Standard size circa 3.5 inches or 8cm by 8cm.

    Robert Falcon Scott … a romantic view of his departure to the furthest south

    $90.00

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

    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

    $60.00

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  • Original Photograph – Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – First Women on the Antarctic

    Original Photograph – Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – First Women on the Antarctic

    An original photograph of Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington on their way to the Antarctic (The Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition 1946-48). The first women to winter over on the Antarctic and in Jennie Darlington’s case the first woman to get pregnant on the cold Continent.

    Bright clean photograph with negligible impact from handling a good size 22cm by 18cm

    Jackie real name Edith Ronne was the wife of one of the great mid-century expedition leaders Finn Ronne (his father was with Amundsen). The story goes that the decision for Jackie to go and stay on the Antarctic was made on the preliminary voyage going south and perhaps even more unusual that the glamorous Jennie Darlington, wife of expedition pilot Harry Darlington, was also persuaded on that outbound voyage and that the rational was to avoid any criticism of Finn taking wife Jackie at the last minute mmhhh. Seemingly, the girls did not get on … and spent months on end not talking to each other.

    Regardless of all of that much was accomplished on this the last privately funded Antarctic expedition .. new ground was covered and mapped and pieces of it named after Jackie who proved invaluable in keeping accurate records of the achievements.

    Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – Female Antarctic Pioneers

    $90.00

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