Ornithorhynque paradoxal (Platypus), engraving with original hand-colouring, after Edouard Travies, 1849
From 'Dictionaire Universel d'Histoire Naturelle', a French natural history series reknown for the superb quality of the plates. Edouard Travies is regarded as one of the great French natural history artists of the 19th century.View More
Illustrated Letter of Honour and Farewell to Doctor Alex Lewers, Creswick 1898 by Percy Lindsay
Including four vignettes of local buildings Watercolour and ink 57.2 x 45.7 cm Signed also initialled and dated below each vignette and inscribed. Alexander Lewers 1877-1922 born Creswick, worked and trained London and St Vincent’s Hospital, MelbourneView More
A 14th century Ming Dynasty 1 kuan note : an example of the oldest extant paper currency
[China : c.1375]. Printed during the reign (1368-1398) of the first Ming emperor, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (Ming Taizu), a paper note with the original cash value of a string of 1,000 copper coins, or 1 kuan.View More
Manuscript "pocket bible" leaf, mid 13th century with text from 2 Maccabees.
Mid-12th century manuscript Bible leaf, Northern France, c.1250. Latin text written in black & brown ink on fine vellum in an extremely precise gothic minuscule script in two columns of 47 lines. Blue and red decorative initials beginning the chapters. Two manicules (pointing hands) in the left margin of Recto added at a later date. The text is from 2 Maccabees, chapters 6, 7 and 8. The parent book of this leaf was a high quality bible of the Crusades period, used in the study of theology or preaching of the Gospel around the medieval countryside.
How I Found Livingstone: Travels, Adventures and Discoveries in Central Africa Including Four Months Residence With Dr Livingstone by Henry Morton Stanley.
Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle. London 1872. 8vo, XVII, 629pp + appendix. Spine rebacked with the majority of the original spine included; brown cloth, spine stamped, gilt and black decorations to front, gilt spine titles with gilt on author's name a littleworn; new endpapers, interior in very good condition for age. Portrait frontis, a tipped in albumen photograph with tissue guard; three folding maps (one has a closed tear), other maps in text; black and white engraved plates and other illustrations.
Illuminated Book of Hours leaf, France, c.1440.
Extensive, vibrant illuminations on a manuscript French Book of Hours leaf, c.1440. Surrounding the text on three sides are illuminations in a style called rinceaux. A bar border in burnished gold, black and white has coloured buds at its top, centre and bottom from which sprout delicately coloured & gilded acanthus leaves. Other flowers, real and imagined, ivy leaves and foliage in colours and gold are borne on swirling black tendrils. Within the tendrils in the bottom margin is a strawberry, a symbol of a drop of Christ’s blood. Verso has almost identical illuminations.
Volcano with Blue Lake and Plains 1979 by Shay Docking
Volcanic landscape by this important artist, often featured in exhibitions in Public Galleries in Australia and New Zealand but still little known in her home state. Shay Docking (1928 - 1998) was born in Warrnambool and grew up at Tower Hill. Her views of Tower Hill are in the Warrnambool Gallery collection. This was from her Volcanic Plains Series 1979. It is Pastel and acrylic on paper on board, 76.2 x 97.8 cm, Signed. See recent article by Rhonda Dredge, Inner City News A dramatic modernist with a fluid line https://www.innercitynews.com.au/a-dramatic-modernist-with-a-fluid-lineView More
REDZEPI, René & MEYER, Claus Noma Nordic Cuisine/Nordisk Mad
[Copenhagen] Denmark, Politikens Forlag, December 2006 and 2007, Hardcover illustrated pictorial boards FIRST EDITION, first printing in English together with Danish third impression, SIGNED and with laid in ephemera Both editions were privately published by Noma in very small print runs. Laid in are the receipt for the purchase of the books at Noma dated 6 September 2007; a menu and two table cards.
ELIOT, George. Romola
Leipzig: BernhardTauchnitz, 1863. Copyright edition. vellum. Small octavo : two volumes bound in one : pp.vi + 328+ vi + 310 (2, blank) : bound in full vellum decorated in elaborate gilt : all edges gilt, concealing aFINE FORE EDGE PAINTING : foliate printed endpapers with label of G. Brogi on the verso of f.f.e.p. Title on top board slightly faded, some slight darkening to the vellum at edges and corner. Both volumes lack a half title page but conform to Todd and Bowden 682Aa and 683A in all other respects. In other words, a first Tauchnitz impression of this title. Near fine. Item #1558View More
BLAKE, William; THORNTON, Robert John. The Pastorals of Virgil...
London: 1821. 2 vols., small octavo, xii (lacking vii/viii), 12, xxiv ( lacking i - iv), 214 pp; [I], -592 pp. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume, and 230 illustrations including three maps (two folding), 17 woodcuts and 6 engraved plates by Blake, and four other designs by Blake engraved by others. Original sheep rebacked to style, in a quarter calf box (just starting to show wear at the corners). The first volume is very good internally though showing more age-toning and with just the occasional fox mark and offsetting from prints, the second volume is very good. Item #22View More
Marcel Duchamp (Deluxe Edition of the Catalogue for the Exhibition at Ronny Van de Velde, Antwerpen, September 15 – December 15, 1991)
De luxe catalogue for an exhibition of over 400 works comprising a portfolio of works, photographs, an audio cassette of Duchamp speaking, and more, all housed in a wooden box, the top and bottom of which being reproductions of Duchamp’s ‘mental’ Chess Board.View More