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  • Mount Morgan Gold Mine – Queensland – Newton & Co – Original Magic Lantern Slide – c1910

    Mount Morgan Gold Mine – Queensland – Newton & Co – Original Magic Lantern Slide – c1910

    Very good condition magic lantern slide from Newton & Co Fleet described in cursive writing.

    We date the slide to around 1910. New & Co were at 43 Museum Street London. They were the world’s longest established suppliers of scientific instruments being formed by Sir Isaac Newton’s cousin J. Newton in 1704. At the time of this slide the proprietors were still from the Newton family. The British Museum have Newton & Co out of business at Museum Street in 1913, but other references have it continuing

    A classic view of this famous mine which magnifies to present incredible detail. Standard British size in fine condition. A scarce slide.

    Gold was discovered in 1870 by William Mackinley. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find anyone to confirm that it was gold. After some “carry on” a chap called Gordan had a crack at it … he needed the financial muscle of the Morgan brothers who in the end diddled Gordan out of the find on a technicality. See our ephemera piece on the true story behind it all.

    Rare Queensland Gold Mining Lantern Slide


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  • Platypus by Lesueur from Baudin Voyage – c1820

    Platypus by Lesueur from Baudin Voyage – c1820

    An original hand coloured engraving of Platypus after a drawing by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur from the voyage of Nicolas Baudin. Depicting a female and male platypus and another male head appearing from the rushes to the right and the “tail up” of a diving female showing the monotremate area under the tail with the opening to the reproductive organs.

    printed on wove paper 20cm by 13cm … small, charming historic engraving using a stipple engraving technique. Good condition.

    Platypus delight from the Baudin expedition


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  • Western Rosella (Platycerous Stanlayii) –  Sir William Jardine – Published in 1826

    Western Rosella (Platycerous Stanlayii) – Sir William Jardine – Published in 1826

    An original hand-coloured engraving of the Western Rosella published in Edinburgh 1826 by Scotland’s greatest naturalist Sir William Jardine (1800-1874). This image is one of the earliest fine engravings of the bird.

    Now referred to as Platycercus icterotis the Western Rosella of Moyadong is endemic to southern Western Australia. The yellow patches on the cheeks distinguishes from other members of the genus; icterotis means “yellow ear”. This is a male the females being duller in colouring. The first description of the bird was published by Temminck and Kuhl in 1820 from a collection gained in King George Sound. It was Nicholas Vigor who classified the bird as described in this engraving. The narrative accompanying the engraving states that Mr Vigors description of the bird is to be published in the forthcoming Zoological Journal confirming the very early nature of the engraving

    Published as part of Jardine’s first great work “Illustrations in Ornithology” a now scarce and valuable collection of bird engravings. This is a large scale edition for those familiar with the pocket book sized engraving from the more common Jardine collection. Paper size 30cm by 23cm and as one can see the bird occupies the page impressively. Strong bright colours, fine engraving of feather texture.

    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

    Price $180.00 Unframed

    Very early engraving of the Western Rosella


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  • Tasmanian Tiger – Original Thylacine Engraving – by Varin – 1830’s

    Tasmanian Tiger – Original Thylacine Engraving – by Varin – 1830’s

    Scarce hand coloured engraving of the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine). A delightful depiction by Pierre Amedee Varin (1818-1883).

    Paired with a botanical Thunbergie … as the engravings appeared in la Dictionnaire Pittoresque d’Histoire Naturelle et de Phenomenes de la Nature published in Paris in the 1830’s

    28cm by 18cm in dimensions and in very good condition. Stipple engraved probably in steel … you can see the technique reflected in the hairs of the thylacine especially in the enlarged iamge … super technique.

    Thylacine lovers often frame their favourite part omitting the botanical. We always leave those decisions to the buyer.

    Pierre Varin came from a family of engravers and illustrators who came from Chalons- sur-Marne, now named Chalons-en-Champagne … a really beautiful part of France.

    Scarce Thylacine engraving … well they are



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  • Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev in An Evening with the Royal Ballet

    Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev in An Evening with the Royal Ballet

    An original promotion poster produced in 1963 for the Documentary Film staring the great Fonteyn and Nureyev. This was incidentally one year before their highly charged successful performances in Melbourne and Sydney.

    The film was produced by Anthony Havelock- Allen and Anthony Asquith and was filmed at the Royal Opera House, London. Dances performed by the famous couple included from Les Syphides; Le Corsaire; La Vaise and Aurora’s the last segment from the third act of The Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky.

    Printed by Robert Burton, Sydney for local release 100cm by 70cm and in very good condition with bright colours.

    Fonteyn and Nureyev were at first seen as an unusual if not unlikely pairing … Fonteyn the epitome of English poise and grace whilst Nureyev rather wild and a bit of a rascal. This unusual recipe gave rise to surely the best dance pairing ever … Nureyev said … “when we dance, we are one body … one soul”

    Fonteyn and Nureyev for inspiration ……


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  • Sei Whale (Balaena Borealis) – Lesson – 1838

    Sei Whale (Balaena Borealis) – Lesson – 1838

    Original hand coloured copper engraving of the giant Sei Whale produced for Rene Primevere Lesson (1794-1849) for his extension of the great natural history work originally produced by Count Buffon. They were published in Paris in 1838. Lesson participated as doctor and naturalist in the Duperry voyage round the world on board La Coquille (1822-1825).

    The Sei is the world third largest whale behind the Blue and Fin Whales. It eats a tonne of food per hour and is very quick reaching 50km per hour in shorter bursts. Lives all over the world although tends to avoid very hot and very cold waters.

    Price $160.00 unframed or $260.00 framed in Voyager Natural History style in cream mat with black core in gilt frame … superb ready to hang

    Iconic early whale image of the large and fast Sei


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