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The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments.. by [STUART] COMMON PRAYER

London: George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1860. Slightly rubbed.. Small octavo, original dark leather gilt. A gift from the explorer John McDouall Stuart, given aboard ship on his way to London from Adelaide in 1864, the year that his Exploration…

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The Royal Society Medal, in commemoration of Captain Cook. Obverse: Uniformed bust of James Cook. Reverse: Fortune leaning upon a column, holding a rudder on a globe by [COOK: COMMEMORATIVE] PINGO, Lewis

London: Royal Society, 1784. Excellent condition.. Bronze medal, 43 mm. diameter, relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder which is affixed to a globe on verso.…

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The British Colonies; Their History, Extent, Condition and Resources by MARTIN, Robert Montgomery

London and New York: J. and F. Tallis, n.d., but, 1848. Fine set.. Eight volumes, large octavo, with numerous plates and maps, some hand-coloured; a very fine, bright set in the original red cloth, spines and front boards richly decorated in gilt. A set…

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A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken by Command of his Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere.. by [COOK: THIRD VOYAGE] COOK, James and James KING

London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol... and T. Cadell, 1784. Some scuffing to sides of text volumes, which have been skilfully rebacked with original spines laid down, lower panel of one spine repaired and a small defect in leather on anoth…

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Asiae Nova Descriptio by ORTELIUS, Abraham

Antwerp: Plantin, 1574. In good original condition. Engraved map, 380 x 500 mm, in good hand-colouring; well mounted and framed (frame size 620 x 725 mm). A particularly attractive example of this beautiful hand-coloured engraved map, published by Plant…

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Natural History of Victoria. Prodromus of the zoology of Victoria; or, figures and descriptions of the living classes of the Victorian indigenous animals by McCOY, Frederick

Melbourne: Robert S. Brain, 1885 -, 1890. Two volumes, thick octavo, with all 20 "decades", 199 lithographic plates (including one double folding plate), nearly all coloured and some finished by hand; attractively bound in contemporary navy half calf, sp…

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by GIBBON, Edward

London: John Murray, 1887. Eight volumes, octavo, single portrait frontispiece, 14 maps (12 folding and 5 coloured); understated half brown morocco, gilt spine with raised bands. A most attractive set of Gibbon's opus, first published in 1776 and here re…

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The First Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales held at the Garden Palace... Catalogue by [ART SOCIETY OF NEW SOUTH WALES]

Sydney: Turner & Henderson, 1880. In remarkable original condition.. Duodecimo, pp. 22, [ii]; original wrappers, preserved in a folding cloth box. The rare catalogue of the Society's inaugural exhibition held at the Garden Palace which had been purpose-…

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A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean; Undertaken by Command of His Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere.. by [COOK: THIRD VOYAGE] COOK, James and James KING

London: Stockdale, Scatcherd and Whitaker, Fielding, & Hardy, 1784. A few spots and stains but a good set.. Four volumes, octavo, with two folding maps and 49 plates, in a smart modern binding of polished half-calf with gilt labels, with the often disca…

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The Naturalist's Library by JARDINE, Sir William

Edinburgh: Lizars; and London, Bohn, 1866. Some spotting to text and plates and some offsetting from plates, as often; generally good.. Complete set of 40 volumes, small octavo, each volume with portrait frontispiece & engraved and printed title-page to…

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Original letter signed to Bory de Saint-Vincent, granting him access to the reports of the Astrolabe voyage by [DUMONT D'URVILLE] D'HAUSSEZ, Baron

Paris, 1830. A few marks but very good.. Letter signed on official letterhead of the "Ministère de la Marine", 310 x 200 mm. Intriguing letter which shows the workings of the inner circle of French grands voyages experts and veterans, explicitly thanki…

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Posthumous Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley by SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe

London: John and Henry L. Hunt, 1824. An attractive and fresh copy with a few bumps and scuffs.. Octavo, 415 pp., bound without the errata; contemporary polished green calf, An attractive copy of this important collection, with a short but poignant biog…

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Original playbill for the P.T. Barnum's circus spectacle, featuring Jumbo by [JUMBO] P.T. BARNUM

Philadelphia: Merrihew Print, J. Spencer Smith, Chestnut Street, 1885. Original circus playbill measuring 395 x 142 mm, printed on both sides, split at central fold, very good condition. Scarce and highly ephemeral playbill from the golden age of the Bar…

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A painters' box made from an eighteenth-century book

Germany, 1780. Mottled-calf binding sculpted to form a painters' box 210 x 140 x 55 mm, fully-lined in floral linen with two-removable inner trays, containing 28 ceramic paint-shells and three paint-brushes. An eighteenth-century painters' box intricatel…

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North West Side of the Gulf of Carpentaria by M. Flinders Commr. of H.M. Investigator 1803 by FLINDERS, Matthew

London: G and W. Nicol, 1814. A few spots and a little flecking at the periphery, otherwise very good condition.. Engraved map measuring 668 x 469 mm., neatly backed upon linen. Original engraved chart of the Gulf of Carpentaria published for the atlas …

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