Copper-line engraving by Carlo Gregori after Giovanni Domenico Campiglia. 1741. 255mm by 180mm (platemark) 420mm by 270mm (sheet). Illustration of an Ancient Roman marble bust from 'Musei Capitolini', a series of engravings showing the sculpture of the Capitoline Museum in Rome.View More
Les Quatre Livres de l'Architecture d'Andre' Palladio.
Rare French language edition of Palladio's famous Quattro Libri dell' Architettura, published in Paris by Edme Martin in 1650. This edition was the last to be printed from the woodblocks of the first Venetian edition of 1570. Prosaic practical advice for architects, not builders, hence an expensive book. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Printing and the Mind of Man, no. 92 (listing the second edition, with the same plates as here). A very good copy with splendid provenance from the Berlin Royal Library (with stamp to title-page). Leading architects of the day would have consulted this very copy.View More
Nietzsche, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra. A Book for All and None... Translated by Alexander Tille [The Works of Freidrich Nietzsche VIII].
London: H. Henry and Co., 1896. First Edition. 8vo. original blindstamped cloth gilt, fore-edge uncut; pp. xxx (last blank), 488, 8 (pubs. cat.). A very good copy of the first translation in English. Nietzsche's works have had a profound impact on 20th- and early 21st-century thinkers across philosophy, art, literature, poetry, politics, and popular culture. He considered this work to be his magnum opus, writing ‘With [Thus Spoke Zarathustra] I have given mankind the greatest present that has ever been made to it so far."
Alastair: Wilde (Oscar) THE SPHINX.
Alastair: Wilde (Oscar) THE SPHINX. Illustrated and decorated by Alastair. John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, 1920. First edition thus, limited to 1,000 copies. *With the publisher's blind 'Review Copy' stamp at head of title page. The Sphinx was originally published in 1894, although in the introductory note to this volume, Robert Ross states that it was written 'before Oscar Wilde's first volume was issued in 1881'. Alastair was the pseudonym of Hans Henning Voight (1887-1969). $2,750.00View More
Land Grant document, 3 February 1823 : in favor of THOMAS GEORGE GREGSON, 300 acres in Van Diemen’s Land, in the District of Bath... Registered in Sydney, 30 June 1823. Signed by SIR THOMAS BRISBANE.
Manuscript on vellum, with seal. 320x460mm, folded. In very good clean condition. *** For Gregson, a volatile political figure in VDL, one of the 'Patriotic Six' and (very briefly) Tasmania's second Premier, see ADB 1. The land was near Jericho, on the Jordan River, and the grant included the services of three transported convicts. Gregson was alleged to have bribed the surveyor G.W. Evans, with a piano, to swear that there was insufficient land adjacent to his first grant for an additional location, thus allowing him to take later grants in a more favourable location (this being one of them?)
LANGTREE, Charles W. A descriptive catalogue of rocks, minerals, and fossils, illustrative of the geology, mineralogy and mining resources of Victoria, exhibited for and on behalf of the Government
Octavo, 56 pp. Contemporary crimson morocco ornately gilt, gilt edges, a very handsome copy with an inscription on the front endpaper by James McEwan, founder of the famous Melbourne firm of ironmongers.View More
Tiny illuminated manuscript leaf from a Lady's Book of Hours.
The illuminated initial 'H' is in blues, pink and greens on a ground of burnished gold, with extensions into the margin of foliate scrolls in light & dark pink, greens, blues and finished with burnished gold bezants. The text is from "The Hours of the Cross" which marked the specific times of the day associated with the stages of Christ's Passion. Italy, c.1500, size of leaf c.80x60 mm. Very good/excellent condition.
Manuscript promissory note for £67.10 : ROBERT LATHROP MURRAY to Derwent Bank, 13 January 1845.
Manuscript on a slip of paper 105x205mm. The text reads: Hobart Town January 13 : 1845 – / Three months after date I promise to pay to the order of the Managing Director of the Derwent Bank the sum of Sixty Seven Pounds Ten Shillings for value recd / £67.10 / [signed] R.L. Murray /Payable at the Derwent Bank / [signature indecipherable] / Due 16/4/45. Due 16 April’ written later in another hand across top of the document, faint ink stamp (of the bank?), a number written across the text, ‘R. Murray’ written on verso.
AUSTEN, Jane Pride and Prejudice; With a preface by George Saintsbury and illustrations by Hugh Thomson
London: George Allen, 1894. Signed binding. Octavo : pp. xxvii (xviii, blank) 476 (2) : 101 B&W illustrations by Thomson including Frontis and Vignette Title : lacking original peacock binding but in a gorgeous full leather art deco signed binding by M.G. de R.R. dated 1905 : double gilt ruled leather turn-ins : a.e.g. with subtle gauffering to the edges of the block. Top board expertly re-jointed; minor soiling to e.p.s. Near fine. Item #3924 A lovely clean copy of Austen's supremely popular Pride and Prejudice (Peacock edition in an art deco signed binding).
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
London : printed by W. Closes and Sons for John Murray, 1860. Second edition, second state (fifth thousand). A fine copy of the book which has been described as "the most important biological work ever written” (Freeman); "the most important single work in science.” (Dibner)View More
Peter Trusler Yellow-bellied Sunbirds Nesting under a Queenslander, Watercolour, 26.5 x 18 cm
Peter Trusler's paintings for the book Birds of Australian Gardens (Rigby, 1980), are revolutionary, and rank among the finest Australian natural history paintings ever done. In his Artist's Note (page 11) Peter says; 'Where possible I prefer to work from life. A number of the paintings are portraits of individual birds and all of the backgrounds and plants have been painted from actual specimens ... The paintings for the plates were executed with transparent watercolour and gouache. Item #6569View More
Austen, Jane [R.W.Chapman (coll.)], The Novels of Jane Austen. Five Volumes [with] Jane Austen's Letters to her sister Cassandra and others [2 Vols.]
The Clarendon Press, 1923. Lrg Ed. Limited 1000 copies, 950 of which were for sale. 1923/1932. 7 vols. 8vo. contemporary full green morocco gilt, raised bands, uncut, marbled endpapers; pp. The Novels (1923) Vol. I Sense and Sensibility, xii, [ii], 427pp; Vol. II Pride and Prejudice, xiii, [i], 415pp; Vol. III Mansfield Park, Lover's Vows, xii, [ii], 567pp; Vol. IV Emma, xi, [iii], 521pp ; Vol V Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, xiii, [i], 252pp, 1-310pp. The Letters (1932). Vol I.1796-1809. xlvi, 1-266, ; xxx, 267-510, . Coloured frontispieces, illustrations and maps, throughout.