Advertising Card with Illustration of Aborigine riding a penny farthing bicycle, hunting a kangaroo. Advertising George L. Clapp Manufacturer of Carriages & Sleighs.
Ithaca, NY: ca. 1870s.
A charming chromolithographic advertising card for an Ithaca, New York carriage manufacturer, with an illustration of an aborigine on a penny-farthing bicycle, spear in hand, in hot pursuit of a leaping kangaroo. George L. Clapp of Ithaca, NY served in the Union Army in the American Civil War and apparently returned home to manufacture carriages & sleighs. The image is something of a mysterious choice! 5 x 2 3/4".
Real photograph postcard with black and white photograph of female aborigine in a wooded setting, with white knitted scarf around her head and shoulders, and smoking a white pipe. With Australian logo at verso, "Advance Australia"; divided back, not used.
A lovely mezzotint engraved portrait of the Queen (1792 - 1849), dressed in widow's garb, following the death of her husband King William IV of England. The capital city of the Australian state of South Australia was named in honor of the Queen when it was founded in 1836. South Australia was formed under the Act for the Colonization of South Australia of 1834, and was intended to be a haven of civil and religious liberties. The portrait of the Queen is a charming one; she gazes steadily out, her hair in braids, with a black lace veil over her head and around her shoulders. Engraved by Henry Thomas Ryall (1811 - 1867) engraver to Queen Victoria, and based on the painting by William Charles Ross (1794 - 1860). Image printed and laid on to thicker paper; with very slt toning to thicker paper at outer edges, o/w very good. 13 1/2 x 17 1/2".
Illustrated fishing catalog for the well known purveyor of fishing equipment, with a charming chromolithographic illustration at the front cover, with leaping silver fish, and title in bright red, outlined in silver. Ad for Hartleys Sports Stores at rear cover, with two locations: 148 Swanston St (near Town Hall) and 270-72 Flinders St (opp. Station), Melbourne. Catalogue No. 3, September 1st, 1923. 16mo, 48pp, b&w ills. Covers very gently rubbed; internally, couple pages wrinkled, o/w very good.
An immigration folder for 1954, containing 8 pamphlets and 5 mimeographed & printed sheets detailing the attractions of immigrating to Australia. One pamphlet states that it costs only L 10 sterling to emigrate. Other pamphlets titled "Facts about... in Australia" include Housing, Sport, Finance for the Emigrant & Health and National Fitness, all published in 1953. Other pamphlets include "Australia in Brief 1954" 15th edition & "Education in Australia" 3rd edition. There is even a postage paid envelope for returning your application. All is housed in a medium green pocket folder, gilt title on front cover. Slt. ruffled edges o/w vgc.
Australian Mutual Shipping Company Limited, advertising card for shipping to Australia via the iron hulled Clipper 'Cimba', London to Sydney.
An advertising card pertaining to the "Splendid Iron Clipper, Cimba", which was built in 1878 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Cimba sailed for 20 years between Sydney and London carrying wool, and also to Port Jackson. She was an impressive heavily rigged ship, 223 feet long, with green hull with gold scrolls, white bulwarks and yellow stripe, with lion figurehead. Her first captain, J. Fimster, served until 1895; he was succeeded by Captain J. W. Holmes who served until 1906, when the ship was sold to a Norwegian outfit. The card is dated 1904 and lists her berth at South West India Dock; the managers listed are Wincott, Cooper & Co. Very mild foxing at lower right edge. 4 3/4 x 3 1/2".
An extremely scarce pamphlet of lost world fiction which references Tasmania & the South Pole. The work is purportedly "Narrated by J.W. Simms, a farmer of Kennebec County, Maine", who goes to Hobart, Tasmania to collect a small inheritance. He is hit by a street car and in hospital meets the teller of a wild tale, named Ned, who thrusts a manuscript and several fat pearls into his hands before dying. Ned, who had left England for NY as a cabin boy, stows away on the "Lamorna" out of Tacoma Washington, bound for "Queenstown, Australia". The ship wrecks on Cape Flattery, and on emerging, he discovers the entire crew has died of food poisoning. The Arctic & Antarctic are conflated by the author - "Here I was in the Arctic ocean surrounded by ice-bergs..." and then he is sucked into a Hell's Gate and amongst the people of a hidden world, "Polar Valley", which he is told "lays somewhere near the South Pole". Despite being well treated by the inhabitants of the "City of Rest", he steals the rubber boat that is to be their salvation to save himself. In a paroxysm of guilt, he vows to publish the story in many languages hoping that the lost people will be found. Eventually he is rescued by a fisherman from a small fishing town in Tasmania, close by Hobart, where he checks himself into a private hospital, meets the narrator and then expires. OCLC:80344174 cites only one copy at the Huntington. Not in Wright; not in Bleiler 1948 or 1978. Sml. 8vo, 42pp, frontis portrait of August Beck, 19 cm. Cover title, no publication place or date, but 1895 is referenced in the text, and there is a stamp on the inside flap ov Nov 30 1909. Paper wraps ruffled with 2" closed tear in the center, old crease, good+ overall.
The Australian Aboriginal Heritage.
Sydney: Australian Society for Education through the Arts in association with Ure Smith, 1978.
Broad ranging Aboriginal cultural content, including the arts, story, myth and song; rock art; sculpture and bark painting; music and dance; and the future of aboriginal arts. With a chapter by Trevor Jones, the distinguished musicologist and expert didjeridu player, 'The Yiraki in NE Arnhem Land: Techniques and Styles'; and a chapter, 'Songs by Young Aborigines' by Alice Moyle, one of the early experts in Australian ethnomusicology and one of the founding members of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. Large 4to, 320pp, profusely illustrated in b&w and color; with line sketches, music notations, maps, select bibliography, index. Cream gilt pictorial boards with gilt aboriginal art at front cover, gilt title at spine. Pictorial mylar protected dj, with title in black on blue at front cover and at dj spine; sml chip base of dj spine. Discrete library stamp at verso of title page, with discard stamp as well. Internally bright and fresh, very good overall.
Gen. Tom Thumb's Three Years' Tour Around the World, Accompanied by his Wife- Lavinia Warren Stratton, Commodore Nutt, Miss Minnie Warren, and Party.
New York: S. Booth, Printer, 1872.
"Never! Never will I go to Australia! Why, it is upon the other side of the globe; they send convicts there!" exclaimed General Tom Thumb". The story of the world tour of the highly successful little person who was P. T. Barnum's star attraction, and whose real name was Charles Sherwood Stratton (1838 – 1883). With chapters on visits to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Australia, India, and the Middle East. Chapters VII and VIII including "desc of Australia, Appearance at the Theatre Royal, desc of Van Dieman's Land, Journey Overland to Adelaide, South Australia, Alone on the Desert, Kangaroo, ..., H. R. H. the Duke of Edinburgh". With in text illustration of aborigines and "Native Corrobbery or Assemblage, South Australia". Unusual, not listed in Ferguson, but located in 3 Australian libraries Trove #11062473, at the National Library, Monash & Randwick. 12mo, frontispiece, 144pp, b&w ills throughout. Tan paper wraps, illustrated front cover. Text uniformly tanned. New paper wraps with original front cover laid down. Internally, new string binding, pages 143-144 lower corner repaired with modern facsimile of missing section. Scarce.
A photographic record of a trip to Fiji, New Zealand, Sydney, the Blue Mountains & Victoria, ca. 1880, by an American, we believe. The nicely designed album of albumen photographs has the photographs mounted in an accordian-style, the album opening in two directions, with the photographs mounted on both sides of the linen coated boards. None of the photographs have photographer's names on the images, and most are hand-captioned, but some have printed captions most likely garnered from a photographer's letterpress. The album begins in Fiji, with 15 views (8x5 1/4") including a composite photograph British Colonists & Natives in Fiji; Hall in Government House, Lavuka (sic) (wonderful tribal art); Levuka, looking towards the North; a Fiji settlement (native community); cotton plantation; Halfrontes Residence Loma Loma Vanua Balavuk Fiji; "Dakin" Savu Savu Bay, Vauna Levu (2 small Caucasian boys sitting in front of their grass home); The King's Canoe (many Fijians on board); Native Trading Canoes on the Beach Levuka; Looking towards the South Dr. Brower's House; the Common outrigger dug out with sail (2 Caucasian men); taro patch & 4 cartes de visite of a bathing scene, natives, a lawyer Fiji & Wallace Island New Caledonia. There are 8 large New Zealand views (7 1/4 x 5 1/4") and they include New Zealand Scenery No. 1 Harrison's Cove, Milford Sound, With the Government the Steamer Luna, and the yacht Jessie Nichol at anchor; Dart River on Martin's Bay Track; Tooth Peak Mts.;Jollie River Pass; Mt. Blowhard (with 3 children seated in foreground); Kawarau River;Mt. Cook; Naseby, N.Z. (this image is located in the Museum of NZ photographic collection as C.014137, although the title "Naseby in '79" and Burton Bros Dunedin is trimmed off). We were only able to identify one photograph amongst the many displayed on the most excellent digital collection of the Museum of New Zealand photographic collection. The New South Wales & Victoria portion of the trip has 6 large views (8x6") including The Craggs at the Entrance Harbor (sic) of Sydney, Australia. "33" in lower left corner;Mountain scenery in the Interior above Sydney, "43" in lower left corner (2" closed tear)Victorian Views, The Yarra, from the Botanical Gardens Bridge Looking toward Richmond;The Old Cement Works, Schnapper Point; Scene from the North Shore, Sydney Harbour; St. Leonard's Township from the Hill, an oval photograph, possibly by Nicholas Caire? Then follows a collection of 21 photographs of Sydney, most likely by Alexander Brodie. They are stereoscopic view size images measuring 3" square, mounted panoramically. There are 7 of Sydney harbor, Governor's residence; 4 botanical garden scenes, 2 of the Heads, 4 unidentified harbor views; 3 of the Blue Mountains including the Zig Zag. The view of Pyrmont Bridge appears to be the same as one held in the Mitchell Library (Digital Order No. a602005). Nicely bound in a brown cloth album decoratively stamped in black with the gilt title "Card Album" on both the front and back covers, 11 x 8 1/4". Both the photographs and the album are in very good condition.
Early Days in Western Australia. Being the Letters and Journals of Lieut. H.W. Bunbury.
London: Oxford University Press, 1930.
Bunbury of the 21st Foot spent three years in Australia and Tasmania between 1834 and 1837 when the settlements were in process of transformation from convict stations to free colonies. [h]e was ADC to the Governor of New South Wales; then in charge of a detachment guarding a remote Tasmanian penal settlement, then on military service in the infant and struggling colony of Western Australia, where he traveled widely ... (dust jacket). Sml 8vo, (xxii) 200pp, F + 3 ills & 1 fold map. Green cloth, dj, vg+ cond. Absolon copy, with his name at the upper corner of title page; Absolon was a noted Australian collector of the late 1920s.
Original chromolithographic illustration of infantry from the Australian state of Victoria. Showing an infantryman in red coat, gray trousers and spiked helmet marching with rifle over shoulder. In the background is a soldier on horseback, with a bugler standing next to him. Matted. 8 x 10". In 1883, after Sir Frederick Sargood had been appointed Victoria's first Minister of Defense, the volunteer system of recruiting used to that point was replaced by a part time paid militia system. The 1st Battalion, which had formed in 1854, carried on, changing its name over time; today it is part of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Division which has earned battle honors in the Boer War, World War I and World War II.
The Romance of Antarctic Adventure. With Byrd in the Antarctic in Picture and Story.
New York: J.W. Clement, .
50 pp pamphlet with a series of articles, this copy autographed on the inside title "Edw. L. Moody BAE II 1933-35", Byrd's friend and traveling companion, and a veteran dog driver from Byrd's second expedition. Articles by Dr. Thomas Poulter, Chief Scientist & V.H. Czekka, Chief Supply Officer; and otherwise overpopulated with period ads from sponsors that run the gamut from General Electric, cod liver oil, Unguentine, Horlicks, Ex-Lax, Grape Nuts, Lux soap and many others. 9 x 7.5", approx. 50 unnumed pages, text double column. Illustrated cobalt blue front cover, rear cover white, slt. spine wear at top edge otherwise very good condition.
Principal Characters in the New Piece entitled The Man wot Drives the Sovereign.
London: ca 1829.
Large visually pleasing broadside lampooning 12 prominent British politicians, each in his own decorative border, with letterpress text in four columns below. Among the figures caricatured are the Duke of Wellington ("Achilles") and Robert Peel ("Orange P--l"). This series came out at the same time as the establishment of the Swan River Colony, Australia, where Robert Peel's cousin Thomas, was satirized for acquiring the best land in a case of obvious nepotism. Depicted here are all the principal players in the British Parliament at the time. Two old folds, which do not detract. 15 x 19 3/4". In a period style frame, 19 1/2 x 24". BM Satires: 15782.
The History of Birds.
New York: Printed and sold by S. Wood & Sons, No. 261 Pearl Street, ca. 1817.
A children's chapbook with charming woodblock engravings throughout, including a penguin. "The Penguin is a very singular bird, found only in southern latitudes..". Other birds include Ostrich, Jackdaw, Falcon, Roller, Kite, Nightingale, Thrush, Gull and Yellow Bird. Not dated, but Samuel Wood & Sons published at 261 Pearl St., New York, from 1817 to 1835. 12mo, 24pp. In a period hand stitched decorative binding, with pale pink and white patterned paper. Covers slt rubbed, short closed tear at foredge front cover; internally somewhat toned, neat contemporary signature verso of title page, o/w very good.
Tables for Estimating the Cost of Remittances to Shanghae & Hong-Kong, in Bar-Silver, Mexican Dollars, Drafts on India, and Carolus Dollars.
London: Edward Colyer, 1863.
With a preface providing insight into Chinese requirements for the condition of currencies and precious metals: "Considerable difficulty was experienced with the silver recovered from the wreck of the "Malabar", a few years since, merely owing to the bars having become discolored by the action of the water. ... Mexican Dollars, for the north of China, should be new and clean, the edge or rim perfect. ... In Shanghae the demand is generally for Rupees on Bombay, (wanted as returns for Malwa Opium). In Hong Kong it is the reverse, the demand for Bills on Calcutta usually exceeding the demand on Bombay (Remittances being chiefly to Calcutta for Patna Opium), hence, under ordinary circumstances, Remittances to Shanghae will lay down best by Bills on Bombay, and to Hong Kong by Bills on Calcutta". Inscribed R. C. Antrobus, March 18, 1863 at the title page. This is the signature of Robert Crawfurd Antrobus (1830 - 1911), a City of London businessman and cricketer, who held directorships in insurance and petroleum companies. Slim 8vo, 39pp. Brown stamped gilt cloth, with gilt title at front cover: "Tables for Estimating the Cost of Remittances to Shanghae & Hong-Kong". A little rubbed at edges, few ink marks front cover. Internally, damp stains at upper corners. OCLC: 316446174; only at the British Library, Cambridge University and the National Library of Scotland. This edition not in Cordier; see Cordier 2205 for possible 1860 edition.
At the Preface the author states "The Shanghae Tael weight of Sycee Silver being now considered the Standard for all business transactions at this Port, a new Tea Table is requisite, and the following pages compiled as per Example at page 1, are published in the hope they may be found generally useful". It is dated in the first edition, "Shanghae, June 1857". [OCLC, 2 copies]. Slim 8vo, 26pp. Gray green soft cloth, with gilt title on front cover: "Tables Showing the Cost of Tea as Bought by the Pecul for Taels of Sycee or Dollars". Covers with scattered ink spots. Internally, signature of John Crawford at title page, with marginalia inside front cover on Shanghai charges, expenses, freight, etc.; scattered notes in margins, and calculations at rear free end papers. OCLC 560745068, 2 copies only at the British Library. Not in Cordier; see Cordier 2205 for similar tea title by Loureiro published in NY 1858.
A remarkable little guide book for nineteenth century British women living in Shanghai, compiled by the North China Herald. Shanghai International Settlement was one of five treaty ports created under the terms of the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, at the end of the first opium war. The settlement was initially only British with the French and Americans arriving later; but it always remained Chinese sovereign territory. The directory includes translations of colloquial phrases; translations of roads in the English settlements and in "Hong-Que"; listings of the women's' names, beginning with Mrs. T. Allen and ending with Miss Yates (at the French Concession); advertising for storekeepers; a table listing market prices for foodstuffs; and "Visiting Notes" with each month listed with blanks for visits made and visits received. The months of April, May, June, October, November and December have been filled in with ladies' names.16mo, 45pp unpaginated, printed in red and blue ink. Gilt title to front cover, no title at spine. Gilt title slt rubbed, very good overall. OCLC 723482984 cites Harvard's copy (1878); OCLC 558716759 cites two copies at the British Library (1876); OCLC 14340042 cites a small run at Cornell from 1895 to 1921. This edition appears unrecorded on OCLC and is not found in Cordier.
Tables for Ascertaining the Cost per Lb. of China Raw and Waste Silk, Laid Down in London ...
Shanghai: North-China Herald, 1867.
By the 1860s the center of silk trade export in China had shifted from Canton to Shanghai; this treaty port enjoyed enormous growth due to its proximity to the silk growing district of Chekiang. After 1870 exports of raw silk more than tripled; a table at the first page titled "Exports of Silk from Shanghai to all Ports" shows the amounts exported from 1858 through 1866, with the following types: "China Raw", "Throwns", "Coarse", and "Japan". Slim 8vo, 15pp. Quarter maroon, with dark green cloth; title in black at front cover label, no title at spine. Rear cover slt marked. Internally, signature of John Crawford at title page, o/w very good. No copies found on OCLC. Cordier 2206.
My Last Expedition to the Antarctic 1936-1937. With a Review of the Research Work done on the Voyages in 1927-1937.
Washington DC: Judd & Detweiler, Inc, 1940.
Signed by Christensen beneath the portrait. Lars Christensen, a Norwegian ship owner who inherited a fortune derived from whaling, was fascinated by Antarctic exploration and wild life, and had the 'Endurance' built as a ship for polar bear hunting expeditions. The ship was later sold to Ernest Shackleton and became famous as the vessel used on the failed Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914. On Christensen's own expeditions substantial land was discovered and surveyed; he was one of the first to use aerial surveying of the coast of east Antarctica. 4to, 16pp, b&w photo. plates, maps on eps. Dark brown cloth covers w/ title on label on cover. Spence 294.
Albumen photograph carte de visite of "Chang the Chinese giant" (Zhan Shichai) and his wife, Kin Foo, who accompanied Zhan from China; both dressed in ornate Chinese clothing, and Chang with a traditional upturned hat. Zhan Shichai (1840s - 1893) was born in China. He traveled to London in 1864-5, performing for the Prince and Princess of Wales; he later visited Europe, the United States and Australia. In Australia he toured Victoria in 1870 -1871, staying in Bendigo and Sydney, appearing at St. George's Hall, Weston's Opera House, the Lyceum Theatre, and the Benevolent Asylum, among other locations. His wife, pictured here, died in 1871 and Zhan married an English woman he had met while in Sydney, Australia. In 1881 he signed a contract with P.T. Barnum, who advertised him as being 'as strong as Heracles' and 'as beautiful as Apollo'. He retired to Bournemouth in 1878, where he opened a Chinese import & tea shop. 2 1/4 x 3 3/4" albumen photograph on 2 1/2 x 4" card. Verso not captioned, with no photographer name. Small finger smudge above Kin Foo, o/w very good condition.
Albumen photograph carte de visite of a circus side show of two young twin boys, approximately 6 years old, wearing matching gymnastics costumes, with award rosettes on their chests. 2 1/4 x 3 3/4" albumen photograph on 2 1/2 x 4 1/8" card. Photographer on verso listed as "Willis and Stevens, Portrait Photographers, N. W. Cor. State & Madison Sts Access via Elevator, No. 77 Madison St., Chicago, Ill". Unsunned, very good.
Albumen photograph carte de visite of a circus side show of the large lady Amelia Hill, dressed in plaid gown with matching plaid cap and ornately laced boots. Amelia Hill is listed under the heading "Side Show" in the 1881 Wood's Route Book of P. T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, Consolidated with The Great London Circus, Sanger's Royal British Menagerie and Great International Allied Shows. Photographer on verso listed as "Swymmer & Leeson, No. 129 Canal Street, Touro Buildings, New Orleans". Leeson was a photographer (also lithographer & engraver) noted for his fine stereographic views of New Orleans, active in the area from the end of the Civil War & who won a medal at the Louisiana Grand State Fair of 1870 for his hand colored photographs. 2 1/4 x 3 3/4" albumen photograph on 2 1/2 x 4" card. Very good.
Carte de visite with Lyman Warner standing, with the "Wild Men of Borneo" known as Waino (real name Hiram Davis) and Plutano (Barney Davis), seated together on a chair. They traveled the world with the P. T. Barnum Circus, and were 'discovered' by Lyman Warner between 1848 and 1852. They worked with P. T. Barnum around 1880, and then toured the US and Europe for another 20 years. The men were little people, renowned for their great strength; their mother, Catherine Porter, signed away her rights to her sons, who were afterward cared for by Lyman Warner and his descendants. With carte de visite portrait of showman Lyman Warner seated. With "Howard, Parisian Photographer, 19 1/2 Purchase St., New Bedford, Mass." printed on the verso.
The Adventures of an Australian Traveler (Captain J. Reid) In Search of the Marvelous, Giving a Graphic Account of the Discovery, Capture and Semi-Civilization of the Wild Australian Children Tom and Hettie. Together with a Sketch of the Savage Tribes Inhabiting the Interior of Australia, with a Brief Account of the Customs, Manners, Heathen Beliefs, Superstitions, Traditions, and Origin of those Barbarous and Curious Islanders.
Buffalo, NY: Warren, Johnson & Co, 1872.
Very rare American sideshow publicity pamphlet which was for sale at the exhibitions of the two "Wild Australian Children", with pseudo scientific claims: "Phrenologists and other scientific men who have examined the Australian Children, are of the opinion that ... they are the long-sought connecting link between the mere animal and the human species". The children were in fact microcephalic twins from Ohio, who first appeared in the early 1860's, exhibited by P.T. Barnum. In later years, they seem to have been exhibited by Jake Reed who displayed them as a sideshow at the VanAmburgh & Co. circus in 1867, and also at Adam Forepaugh’s Circus, 1869. To enhance the narrative of Reed's 'discovery' of the pair, pamphlets like this tell the tale of "Captain Reid", the supposed discoverer of the children, "Captain Reid's Australian Guide", Scene of the Capture", "The Guide Returning Home with his Presents", and "The Australian Children as they appear on Exhibition". See Ferguson 5754-5756 for earlier editions, this edition not in Ferguson; generally believed to be fictitious. Slim 8vo, 16pp, woodcut of Tom and Hettie on back wrapper. Blue paper wraps, title in black at front cover; no title at spine. Wrappers rubbed and chipped; rear wrapper with contemporary addition in pencil. Upper corner of front wrapper missing, so that the last three letters in 'Adventures' are lacking. Internally, slt ruffled, o/w very good.
Albumen photograph carte de visite of a circus side show. The two children's heads are microcephalic, and their mis-shapen skulls are somehow deemed as "primitive" and therefore "Australian". They were most likely first exhibited at P.T. Barnum's Circus/Museum. According to Barnum's official museum booklet, the children were exhibited as members of "a distinct race hitherto unknown to civilization," captured by gold hunters who mistook them for kangaroos (Springhall, John, 'The Genesis of Mass Culture: Show Business Live in America, 1840 to 1940', New York: Macmillan, 2008. p38). They were later exhibited by Jake Reed who displayed them as a sideshow at the VanAmburgh & Co. circus in 1867, and also at Adam Forepaugh’s Circus, 1869. "Capt. J. Reid (sic)" seems to have created a narrative that he discovered the children in the wilds, to enhance the narrative at their exhibition. 2 1/4 x 3 9/16" albumen photograph on 2 3/8 x 4 1/8" card. Photographer on verso listed as Charles D. Fredericks & Co, "Specialite," 587 Broadway, New York. Photograph unsunned, but with some brown staining to left edge.
A rare carte de visite of the two children exhibited at circuses as the "Wild Australian Children". The two children's heads are microcephalic, and their mis-shapen skulls are somehow deemed as "primitive" and therefore "Australian". They were most likely first exhibited at P.T. Barnum's Circus/Museum. According to Barnum's official museum booklet, the children were exhibited as members of "a distinct race hitherto unknown to civilization," captured by gold hunters who mistook them for kangaroos (Springhall, John, 'The Genesis of Mass Culture: Show Business Live in America, 1840 to 1940', New York: Macmillan, 2008. p38). They were later exhibited by Jake Reed who displayed them as a sideshow at the VanAmburgh & Co. circus in 1867, and also at Adam Forepaugh’s Circus, 1869. "Capt. J. Reid (sic)" seems to have created a narrative that he discovered the children in the wilds, to enhance the narrative at their exhibition. This portrait extremely rare. 2 1/4 x 3 9/16" albumen photograph on 2 3/8 x 4" card. Photographer on verso listed as C. Sweet, Photographic Artist". Photograph unsunned.
Chromolithographed pictorial trade card showing the so-called "Wild Australian Children", first called Hoomio and Iola, and later called Tom & Hettie, but in fact a pair of microcephalic twins from Ohio. We have seen carte-de-visite photographs of the children before, but never a chromolithographic illustration. They were described in 'The Adventures of an Australian Traveler', by Captain J. Reid (1872), with "strangely shaped" heads adapted "for creeping through the tall rank of grasses of their native plains, and springing upon the sleeping game or unsuspecting foe". 2 3/8 x 3 3/4". Blank verso, with very minor wear; mounting traces to verso corners.
A very important novelisation of the harsh conditions of the life of a convict, Rufus Dawes, transported to Australia for a crime he did not commit. Based on research undertaken by the author at Port Arthur, Tasmania, and first published in 'The Australian Journal'. New edition. 8vo, viii + 472pp, green gilt stamped & decorated cloth, very good with slight rubbing on extremes. Newspaper account from "Millbank Penitentiary or Prison" pasted into endpapers and flyleaves of front endpapers.
Craigie's Town, Road and Rail Map of South Australia.
Sydney: Kenneth Craigie & Company, ca. 1935.
Folding map in covers, the map in color with a 12pp index inside folding tan paper wrapper, with title in black at front cover. Insets include Broken Hill to South Australian border; inset map showing entire state of South Australia; Adelaide & District. Trove, National Library of Australia indicates that this map is circa 1935. Attached to the right inside cover is the "Revised Index to Craigie's map of South Australia / compiled and published by Kenneth Craigie & Co", laid inside front cover. Top of spine of paper wrapper with short split; internally very good, map bright and fresh. 30 x 40".
Full length chromolithographic portrait of the famous batsman, published August 7th, 1912. John (Jack) Hobbs was an English professional cricketer who played for Surrey (1905 - 1934). He also represented England in 61 Test matches (1908 - 1930) and is thought to be the greatest opening batsman in cricket history. Vanity Fair was an English magazine that published satirical caricatures from 1868–1914. These handsome chromolithographs are prized for their portraits of important scientists, sportsmen, judges & politicians. With page of descriptive text. Approximately 8 x 14", matted.
[Our Cricketers past and present] with Australian teams 1888-1896.
[London]: A.D. Jones & Co., .
A compilation of original parts that were eventually published as "Our Cricketers past and present". This compilation contains photographic portraits of English county cricketers and teams, 133 portraits of players, with the their birthdates and stats for the 1895 season, including W.G. Grace & Lord Hawke. There are also 7 team photos, including 6 Australian team portraits from 1884, 1886, 1888, 1890, 1893 & 1896 with 18 portraits of the Australian cricketers including Trott, Griffen, Gregory, Trumble, Graham, Donnan, Darling, Hill, Eady, Blackham, Turner, Bannerman, Lyons, McDonnell, Bruce, Bonnor, Spofforth, and Boyle. This was originally due to be published in 6 parts, with 24 photos in each part - this appears to be a previous owner's personal binding of the first five parts of the English county teams, lacking the sixth part, but with the additional part on the Australian teams that was issued as a 7th part. No title page. Photographs are credited to E. Hawkins and R. W. Thomas. A.D. Jones & Co is written in the margin of all the photos. Sml. 8vo (4.75 x 6"), 144pp unnumed. Maroon cloth, no title at front cover or spine.
Fowl & fish observed by Capt. Will. Dampier in New Guinea and the Islands adjacent.
A copper engraved plate of birds and fish, including a bat with wonderful wings titled "A Bat on Pulo Sabuda on ye Coast of New Guinea", and at the lower half of the plate, 5 fish, including "A Pike Fish Conger". From Harris's "Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca or a Complete Collection of Voyages & Travels consisting of above 600 of the Most Authentic Writers". 7 3/4 x 13", with ample margins.
Sir Francis Drake revived; The world encompassed by Sir Francis Drake; A summarie and true discourse of Sir Francis Drakes West-Indian voyage; A Full relation of another voyage into the West Indies, made by Sir Francis Drake.
London: Nicholas Bourne, 1653.
The first collected edition of these four pamphlets on Francis Drake, with an interesting possible early American ownership. Drake (c1540-1595) commanded the first English circumnavigation of the world whose "secret" mission was to seek a Northwest Passage, and a location for a colony on the coast of North America. Drake followed the South American coastline to Peru, around through Cape Horn (Drake's Passage is named for him) and northward to Mexico, plundering Spanish ships and outposts and recording his meeting with natives in detail. Upon reaching California, Drake named it New Albion, claiming it for Queen Elizabeth I. Because he went around Cape Horn, it is considered an Antarctic book, and is included in Spence. Although the pamphlets are recorded as four different OCLC nums, they were issued together as this first collected edition in 1652 and 1653. Sabin 20855; Spence 381.The collected edition comprises these four works:Sir Francis Drake revived. Who is or may be a pattern to stirre up all heroicke and active spirits of these times, to benefit their countrey and eternize their names by like noble attempts. Being a summary and true relation of foure severall voyages made by the said Sir Francis Drake to the West-Indies. Viz. His dangerons [!] adventuring for gold and silver with the gaining thereof.... Printed at London for Nicholas Bourne, 1653. Pp  l., 87 p.,  l., 108, 60 p. portrait. OCLC: 7291239. withThe world encompassed by Sir Francis Drake. Offered now at last to publique view, both for the honour of the actor, but especially for the stirring up of heroicke spirits, to benefit their countrey, and eternized their names by like noble attempts. Printed at London for Nicholas Bourne, 1652. Pp1 p. l., 108 p. OCLC: 6786623.withA Full relation of another voyage into the West Indies, made by Sir Francis Drake;accompanied with Sir John Hawkins, Sir Thomas Baskerfield, Sir Nicholas Clifford, and others. Who set forth from Plimouth on the 28. of August 1595. London, Printed for N. Bourne, 1652. Pp-60 p. OCLC: 8031470.withA summarie and true discourse of Sir Francis Drakes West-Indian voyage. Accompanied with Christopher Carleill, Martin Frobusher, Francis Knollis, with many other captains and gentlemen. Walter Bigges; Croftes, Lieutenant. Printed at London, for Nicholas Bourne, 1652. p41 p. OCLC: 7944700.Possibly from an early American family. A period inscription on the verso of the frontispiece reads "A Present from Dr. Gaskin of Plymouth to Sam. White Esq. and from him to Simon White. N.B. A very scarce and valuable book". It is possible that this was the branch of the White family that were early emigrants to Philadelphia. The Joseph White family of Northampton, England emigrated to Philadelphia in the late 1600's. His grandson was Samuel, who married in Maryland in 1726. His grandson Simon was born in 1780 and married in Philadelphia in 1802. We were unable to find anything on Dr. Gaskin of Plymouth. Later brown blind tooled calf, in an old style.
Tasmania. Copy of Leading Article and Special Correspondence from the "Times," with an Appendix.
London: Lake & Sison, 1881.
An unrecorded emigration pamphlet. 8vo, 16pp, printed wrappers. "The following Letters and Leading Article, relating to the Colony of Tasmania, appeared in the London Times on the dates given:- 15th October 1881 "Tasmania. [From Our Correspondent.] Melbourne, 29th August, 1881; "Times," 19th October, 1881. To the Editor of the 'Times'" signed Robert S. Duff, M.A., Late of Evandale, Tasmania.; "Times," 20th October, 1881, signed the Tasmanian Government Emigration Agents. Appendix includes information on land, climate, land grants, etc. Duff was a Presbyterian minister in Tasmania, and later in Glasgow, Scotland. It is not clear whether he is the "Special Correspondent" of all of the articles. See Ferguson 9255, 9256 & 9256a for other works of his. This pamphlet not recorded in Ferguson, on Trove or Copac (UK libraries). Interesting advertisements on the front & back inside covers - Orient Line of Steamships between England and Australia, with the names of the ships, and vignette views of "Australian" life. The rear advertisement for S.W. Silver & Co, who can "supply every necessary for use on board ship and in the Colonies..." and "Emigrants to Tasmania - Paying the full cost of their Passage are entitled to a Land Order Warrant..." signed C. Dugald Buckler, Secretary of The Emigrant and Colonist's Aid Corporation, Limited. Wrappers very lightly chipped, spine tastefully strengthened with brown paper, mild vertical fold, overall very good condition. Previous owner name at top of page A.R. Wright, 1882, and the notation 'p.363'.
[Bird of Paradise print]. Der grosse Paradiesvogel, Tab V from "Sammlung Verschiedener Auslandischer un Seltener Vogel"
A contemporary hand colored copper engraving of the Bird of Paradise, perched on a branch, with text and illustration at upper right of plant pictured. From Johann Seligmann's 'Sammlung Verschiedener Auslandischer un Seltener Vogel', which was the German edition of George Edwards: 'A Natural History of Uncommon Birds'. Subtitled Manucodiata major – Le grand Oiseau de Paradis. Signed at the lower left: G. Edwards, ad.viv.del. and at the lower right: L.M. Seligmann, sculps et excud. The Bird of Paradise is highly prized by New Guinea natives for its magnificent plumage. This genus, Manucodia, is also found outside New Guinea in far northern Queensland. European descs of the species were first written in the early 16th century from specimens brought back from trading expeditions; many misconceptions arose, including that the birds had no feet & were kept permanently aloft by their feathers, hence Paradisea Apoda (without feet). 8 1/2 x 11 3/4". Paper size: 10 x 15 1/4".
Map of the World on Mercators Projection. New York 1845. Geographical Part engraved by John M. Atwood, NY.
New York: Ensign, 1845.
Interesting rolling map of the world on its original rollers. The map is very decorative, with 4 corner vignettes of the peoples and animals of four continents, a border of shells of the world & a border of flags of the world. The corner vignettes depict America, Asia, Europe & Africa. The shell border is composed of 46 different vignettes of shells of the world, which are not merely designs, but portrayals of different shells, making it quite interesting to a conchologist. The map is also surrounded by a border of flags, both country and ship flags, 91 in total. Some of the notable flags include Texas, New Zealand, American ensign, East India Company, China, Cochin China, Batavia, Japan, Birman Empire, Tunis, Morocco, Salee, Tetuan. The western United States has relatively early Western cartography. "Oregon" meets "Mexico" at the "1819 border", north of San Francisco. The western-most named states are Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas & Louisiana, although the United States territory runs to the Rocky Mountains. Texas is recorded as separate from the United States & Mexico both by borders & color. Tracks of explorers include Columbus (1st-4th voyage), Cabot, Vasco de Gama, Drake, Anson, Cook (1st-3rd voyage), LaPerouse, Vancouver & Wilkes' American Exploring Expedition. Arctic expeditions include Capt. John Ross, Capt. Parry (2 voyages), Franklin & Capt. Ross again.The Antarctic area is replete with voyages of discovery - three paragraphs describe voyages with dates & descs of Cook, Weddell, Crozier & Ross. The coastline is depicted with Wilkes' discoveries. The animals depicted in the "Asia" quadrant are largely Australian, including a kangaroo, joey, swan, spotted dasyure, wombat, platypus, flying squirrel & thylacine. Australia has many notations. Western Australia occupies the western half of the continent, and marked sites include Perth, Swan River, Canning River, Fremantle, Albany, Swan River Settlement. Southern Australia is denoted in a separate color with Adelaide marked. Tasmania & Hobart appear. Port Phillip, Port Jackson and Sydney are marked in New South Wales, which occupies the entire east coast. New Zealand has no settlements noted, but the Auckland & Campbell Islands are noted with discovery dates. Wilkes' 1840 route & landfalls are marked in red. Lithograph in black & tones of blue, red, yellow, pink & green. Modern linen backing restoring old cracks, with old varnish removed, a very professional job. Some brown spotting visible over the Pacific Ocean area. 45.5 x 31".
An imposing image of Fremantle as an Admiral. Fremantle was the captain of the HMS Challenger, landing at the mouth of the Swan River in 1829 and taking possession for King George IV of 'all that part of New Holland (Australia) which is not included within the territory of New South Wales'. The port of Fremantle, Western Australia, is named for him. The Admiral is seated, white haired, with his top hat and cane beside him. 2 1/2 x 3 3/4" albumen photograph on card stock. London photographer's imprint on verso: Photographed by Clarkington, Sponsalia, 246 Regent St. Photograph unsunned.
A black and white photograph of the most famous gold mine of Western Australia. With numerous large slag heaps, shafts, mining structures, railway line, and town in the distance. Gold was first discovered here in 1893 by Paddy Hannan; this area of gold mines surrounding Hannan's find is referred to as the Golden Mile, and is considered to be one of the most productive gold areas on the planet. Today, the area in the photograph has been absorbed by the Super Pit, an enormous man made crater which can be seen from outer space, and which will be over three and a half kilometers long, 1.6 kilometers wide and 650 meters deep once its current expansion is finished. 8 x 6". No photographer or publisher is referenced, and the date is a guesstimate.
Grindlay's Handbook. Hints for Travellers to & From India, China, & Australasia, with Various Useful Information. Compiled by Grindlay & Co., Parliament Street, London. 1915.
Grindlay was established in 1828 as an agent for passengers traveling between England and India; the firm later added banking services, becoming a major British bank operating in the British colonies. This is a World War I era travel guide, with descs of routes on the Peninsular and Oriental Steamers, including routes to Port Said, Suez, Aden, Bombay, Colombo, Calcutta, Singapore, Yokohama, Sydney, Batavia, and Brisbane. Route VI is Colombo-Fremantle-Sydney, and includes information on trips from Fremantle to Perth, Hotels, and Steamers; Adelaide; Melbourne; and Sydney. Route VII, Colombo-Batavia-Brisbane, includes information on the seasons, hotels, anchorage, bankers, telegrams, currency, steamers, railway time tables and fares, British import duties, quantity of military baggage allowed to officers, postal rates, lists of Grindlay & Co.'s Foreign Correspondents, newspaper & magazine subscription rates, fleet lists for the steamship and mail lines, and short sea and royal mail routes to the continent marked "Suspended during the war". Many ads, including Thresher & Glenny for "Indian Outfits"; Silver & Edgington for "Necessaries for the Tropics"; and Humphrey's & Crook, military and sporting tailors. 16mo, 150pp. Tan paper wraps, with title in black at front cover; no title at spine. Spine rubbed and chipped. Internally, small agent stamp to title page, o/w very good.
Nova & Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula Nautica Variationum Magneticarum Index Juxta Observations Anne 1706 habitas Constructa per Emd. Halley.
Amsterdam: R. & I. Ottens, 1706 (c. 1730).
Edmund Halley's great wall map is one of the finest and most important world maps of the early 18th century and the first world map to show isogonals, or lines showing equal magnetic variation in the oceans; a feature considered of prime importance for determining longitude. This is the Dutch edition of Halley's chart of magnetic variation, published in Amsterdam by R. & J. Ottens, 21 x 56.5 inches. Copper engraved map, printed on three sheets, joined, beautiful period color. Some minor marginal closed tears, overall a lovely copy of this rare map. Edmund Halley (1656-1742), second Astronomer Royal, "the greatest of European astronomers, and next to Newton among the finest scientific Englishmen of his time" (DNB), is best remembered for the comet that bears his name. His precocious knowledge of celestial phenomena caused him to be sent to the island of St. Helena to make the first scientific determinations of the positions of the stars in the Southern Hemisphere. Upon his return to England in 1678, Halley was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. In 1703, Halley was appointed Professor of Geometry at Oxford and, in 1721, he was made Astronomer Royal at Greenwich. Halley's most celebrated work, his synopsis of the movement of comets, was published in 1706, and it was here that he correctly predicted the reappearance at seventy-six year intervals of the comet by which he is best remembered. In 1698, in the hope that Halley might be able to solve the longitude problem, he was made a Captain of the Royal Navy and was sent to sea aboard the Paramour at the command of William III. His primary mission was to chart the variation of the Earth's magnetic field in the Western and Eastern hemispheres. He returned in 1700 and this map is the product of his measurements. The lines on the chart, called isogonals, depict the declinations of the compass. This is the first map on which they appear. As Rodney Shirley notes, thus the isoline, or line of equal [magnetic] value was invented. For more than a century Halley's magnetic lines were a familiar feature of the world chart. As it turns out, however, the variations fluctuate with time and cannot be used to find longitude at sea. Shirley, World Maps p.xiv; World Encompassed no. 200; Cumming, Exploration p. 22-23.
Clipper Ship Sailing Card. Evie Reed. Boston to Adelaide, dated August 8, 1881.
Boston: Randy, Avery & Co, 1881.
The "Evie Reed" was built in Bath in 1878. She was wrecked in 1898. She is advertised as an "A1 Clipper Barque" of 714 tons, departing Lewis Whart in Boston for Adelaide. Her master, Bradstreet Rairden (misspelled on this card) had just taken command of the Reed and was only 23 at the time. Printed for Henry W. Peabody & Co's Australian Line. Color lithograph, printed in black, red & gold, measuring 3 7/8 x 6 5/8". There are some old glue marks on the verso, otherwise fine condition.
Clipper Ship Sailing Card. Zoila. Boston to Melbourne, dated August 1, 1881.
Boston: Randy, Avery & Co, 1881.
The "Zoila" was a 982 ton bark built in 1873 in Cape St. Ignace, Canada. Her master was a man named Peregrine. Oddly, she is advertised as "Succeeding the Barque 'Wylo'." Printed for Henry W. Peabody & Co's Australian Line. The agents in Melbourne are Messrs. Newell & Co. Color lithograph, printed in black, red gold & purple, measuring 3 7/8 x 6 5/8". There are some old glue marks on the verso, otherwise fine condition.
A children's book which uses politically incorrect language in the koala's reaction to an aboriginal Australian. 4to, unpaginated, b&w decorative endpapers, and b&w illustrations throughout. Illustrated by the author. Color illustration on board cover with title in black above, in the original color dj. Not in Muir.
The New Protestant Sovereign Safely Coach Wot's about to Start from the New Castle Windsor, on Improved Principles; the Late on being found Crazy.
London: S. W. Fores, 41 Piccadilly, 1829.
A political caricature with Western Australian associations. The cartoon illustrates a whispering campaign against Wellington in the summer and autumn which led him to take legal action, when there was talk of the government breaking up. Eldon drives the coach in which George IV is the passenger. Eldon's opposition to the Catholic Relief Bill gathers momentum as Wellington's 'Emancipation Carrier', portrayed as a two-wheeled cart, crashes. The two men dumped from the cart are Wellington & Robert Peel. Amongst the papers scattered about the two men are "Swan River grants to Relatives". Peel attracted a certain amount of political heat for granting his cousin Thomas Peel extensive tracts of land in the new Swan River Colony, later Western Australia. BM:15809. Copper engraving with period hand color. 14 3/4 x 9 1/2" (platemark) with margins. Margins a little dusty otherwise very good condition.
Journal of the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-2. Under Command of D. Lindsay.
Adelaide: C. E. Bristow, Government Printer, 1893.
The expedition, funded by Sir Thomas Elder and led by David Lindsay, was intended to explore western South Australia and Western Australia, in order '... to fill up the Map of Australia, that purpose will not be fulfilled if any appreciable area anywhere, be omitted.' By the end of the expedition, which included 14 men and 44 camels, 80,000 square miles of land had been charted, but only traces of water and good grazing land were found. The expedition collected 150 new species of insects and 19 new species of plants which were part of the 700 specimens collected; in addition, mollusks, lichens, fungi, birds, mammals, reptiles, rocks & minerals were collected. The Journal includes Lindsay’s final report and journal (160pp), the journal of Wells, and vocabularies collected from the "Pidong" tribe. 8vo, 207pp, staplebound, in pale blue paper wraps, front paper cover lacking. With 2 large folding maps in separate pale blue folder. Map folder slt marked and rubbed, with sml lib stamp at front cover; two sml Library of Congress stamps internally. Library stamp to verso of one of folding maps and inside cover of accompanying map folder. Ferguson 9409a; Wantrup 208.
Circus handbill advertising 'Round the World in 40 Minutes', in English at the head and in French at the foot. The equestrian spectacle featured, "elephants, dromedaries, camels, lamas, kangaroos, ostriches, rajahs, princes and princesses, maids of honors, etc." The Cottrells were a prominent circus family from the mid 1840's for a period of 50 years, originally from Britain. The printer, "Typ. F. Delahodde." at the bottom right of the piece. Printed in black on yellow stock; slight creasing at right edge, very good overall. 6 x 8 1/4".
The July - August 1916 issue of the Log of the Circumnavigators Club, a club dedicated to bringing together those who have circled the globe, founded in 1902 in New York by James H. Birch, Jr., John D. Morrison and E. H. Patterson (known by Club members as “The Three Immortals”). Earlier illustrious club members include William Jennings Bryan, President William Howard Taft, John Phillip Sousa and Harry Houdini. Australian members include F.F. B Wittenoom of Perth; Byron Beans of Sydney; Colenso Blogg of Melbourne; Frank Coffee of Sydney; HC Cornforth of Melbourne; Capt. John Gibb, Sydney; William Cairns Harper of Melbourne; Edward Hollingdale of Sydney; Wm. Honey of Sydney; Arthur Kidman of Sydney; Robert Lewis of East Camberwell; Wilton Nevins of Melbourne; Thos. Orr of Melbourne; A.S. Patterson of Melbourne; Frederick Peters of Sydney; D.H. Ross of Melbourne, John Ross of Melbourne; Justus Scharff Jr. of Sydney; Frank Smith of Sydney; T.E. Tillock of Sydney; Carl Zoeller of Brisbane; George Wright Sydney. With an illustrated front cover (Glackens) with platypus, kangaroo and two aborigines throwing boomerangs. 8vo, 61pp, ads; staple bound, illustrated paper wraps. Cover slt dusty, internally bright and clean.
A copiously illustrated advance courier for the Great Cole Brothers' Circus, with many attractions, including a miniature kangaroo, which is described as "Mite, the Infant Kangaroo, Which is Smaller than a Mouse..." Also listed are the bicycle daredevil M.lle D'Zizi, a blood sweating behemoth (a hippopotamus), black tigers, triple zoological gardens, Fosse's educated pigs and turkeys, and Kane's Arabian stallions. Folio, 16pp, profusely illustrated, with double page chromolithographed central illustration of the big ring, with elephants and horses in the foreground, bicycles and acrobats in the middle ground, and camels and trick dogs in the background. Chromolithographed decorations and illustrations to front and rear covers. Staple bound. Two gentle horizontal creases, location stamp at foot of front cover, o/w very good.
Oil Painting of "Robertson Royal Menagerie, --9 Strand", featuring exotic Australian animals.
A charming oil painting observing the tableau of visitors and exotic animals, including kangaroos and an emu at a 19th century menagerie. In the foreground, an assortment of spectators are carefully executed, including a Scottish Highlander regiment soldier in kilt, with his arm around a young woman wearing a bonnet, descending a short flight of wooden stairs; a respectable gentleman with his wife & son; the keeper of the animals, who is either subduing or provoking a large roaring tiger; a respectably dressed couple, with a black footman holding the hand of a young charge; a gentleman holding a barking dog; and a barefoot smiling boy wearing Scottish cap. The animals are displayed in two rows of tiny cages, the larger at the bottom, surmounted by smaller cages. They display a lion, tiger, baboon, brown bear, a growling animal with stripes that intrigingly resembles a thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) but may be a striped hyena, an ape, a pair of kangaroos (the image after Stubbs), an emu, pelican, and an elephant, with a zebra tethered to a stake in the foreground. In the smaller cages on the top row are a dog-like animal (possibly a dingo, the image a reverse of the "Dog of New South Wales" in Phillip's "Voyage"), a small striped hyena or lynx, monkeys, opossum, lynx, large ferret, Chinese longtail fowl, another bird and a vulture. There is a sign visible on the right which identifies the menagerie as "Robertson Royal Menagerie, --9 Strand". There was a long-standing tradition of "zoological gardens" which developed in Europe as courtly entertainment as early as the 12th century. The Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London had operated since the 13th century. Menageries were exhibited in the Strand at Exeter Change from 1773 to 1829 by a variety impresarios, who used the site as the winter quarters for their traveling circuses, and ran in competition with the menagerie at the Tower. It was owned originally by the Pidcock family and was sold to Stephani Polito in 1810, who renamed it the "Royal Menagerie". The pictured menagerie is on the road, as the animals are displayed in rolling cages under a large tent; the tops of the wheels can be seen partially hidden behind a cloth curtain. A canvas roof stretches above the cages, with a small tear showing blue sky and clouds above. The public flocked to these attractions; men of science, authors and painters were inspired by the animals in these menageries, including the artists Samuel Howitt, Thomas Rowlandson and Edwin Landseer, the sculptor of the lions at Trafalgar Square. The soldier appears to be a member of a Scottish highlander regiment, possibly the 79th Cameron Highlanders. The Cameron Highlanders have a re-enactment group website illustrated with uniforms dated 1815 which are very similar to the soldier portrayed in the painting- redcoat with green collar & cuffs; a highland bonnet with tartan trim and the same style of feather, although ours is red over white, their being white over red; the hose is the same, red & white dicing; white cross straps. The kilt is difficult to tell as it is painted as a suggestion of the kilt- a brownish background with pairs of black horizontal lines. The women's dresses include both empire & slightly lower, natural-waisted dresses; their bonnets are made of straw, with a large flat crow sitting back on their heads and a wide brim framing the face, tied & decorated with ribbon. The men's hairstyles, cut short & with long sideburns, suggest the Empire period. The two young boys are wearing loose shirts buttoned to high-waisted, ankle length trousers, referred to as the skeleton suit. These suggest a date of around 1815-1820. A highly desirable "conversation piece" painting, which gives both an intimate look at entertainment in England in the early 19th century and provides the viewers with a variety of topics to conjecture upon, from the origins of the exotic animals to the activities of the human spectators. The painting also makes an implicit endorsement of the power of the British empire at this particular point in time; this is a nation with such power over far flung nations that it can bring home exotic animals for public display.Unfortunately, no artist's signature is discernible. Professionally cleaned. 34 1/2 x 21". Oil painting on canvas; laid down on original board.
An unusual illustrated handbill for the exhibition of the "Kanguroo-Boxeur Sullivan", at the Folies Bergere, the celebrated Parisian music hall. With a charming vignette illustration of the kangaroo and Sullivan, both wearing boxing gloves, in the midst of a match. The text reads "ce prodigieux animal qui boxe comme un professionel a ete capture sur les rives du Flueve Murray, en Australie" (this extraordinary animal who boxes like a professional was captured on the banks of the Murray River in Australia). 6 x 9 1/2". Printed in red. With line of sticky tape along left edge, otherwise very good. Not found on Trove.
German advertising cards. Set of 6 cards entitled with chromolithograph illustrations of animals from around the world, that must be found hidden within each illustration. Each illustration features a large tin of the product (with tin label in English 'Liebig's Extract of Meat) being transported in some kind of cart or sled, as the central element of the design. For example, the Dingo card shows a young aborigine seated on the tin itself, which is harnessed as if it were a cart, to two kangaroos. Cards have the following lines at the lower left, in German: "Wo ist der Eskimo?"; "Wo ist der Dingo?"; "Wo ist der Eisbaer?"; "Wo ist der Fuhrmann?"; "Wo ist der Tiger?"; "Wo ist der Lowe?". Chromolithographic color. Image on one side, German text at verso. A scarce set in very good condition.
Capture of the Kelly Gang of Bushrangers in Australia; Ned Kelly in His Suit of Armor; Night Attack on the Glenrowan Hotel. From McGee's Illustrated Weekly, Saturday, October 9, 1880.
New York: 1880.
Front page of an unusual and scarce New York weekly newspaper, with two half page illustrations showing the last stand of the infamous Ned Kelly gang at Glenrowan, Victoria, in which Kelly the bushranger, dressed in his homemade armor, defended himself against an insurmountable army of police men. The top illustration of Ned Kelly in a grove of trees, surrounded by a trio of men aiming their guns at him, as he stands dressed in his armor, with a sort of protective visor over his face. The lower illustration of the Glenrowan Hotel, at night, with figures firing into the dark from the front porch. With 9 1/2 column inches article on the verso, under the title 'The Kelly Gang of Bushrangers', and with the following desc: "One of the most peculiar features of the case is, that the robbers had provided themselves with armor made out of plows, which weighed about 97 pounds per man, and which proved for a time very effective. When one of the constables saw Edward Kelly approaching in this singular guise, he thought he was a madman come out to take part in the siege, while others declared he was the devil, or the bunyip, a fabulous creature supposed to haunt the interior of the country".
The Sentences of the Prisoners, Who were tried at Thetford Assizes, March 21st, 1825.
Norwich, UK: R. Lane, Printer, St. George's Bridge Street, Norwich, 1825.
A rare & ephemeral broadside listing criminal cases tried at Thetford Assizes, including three other locations, Swaffham Bridmwell, Aylsham Bridewell & Walsingham Bridewell. 49 prisoners are listed, both men & women, with the crime and the sentence listed. The least of crimes seem to be punished by horrific sentences - J. Goldspink was convicted of stealing 9 sheep from a common pasture and was punished by death; Sarah Hunter stole 4 sovereigns and a bunch of keys, and received 12 months; Sarah Jamis received 6 months for the 'wilful murder of the new-born Female child'; J. Fish, 3 months for stealing a pick; R. Gower acquited of Rape on Mary Ann Vincent; and R. Brunton & R. Edwards, stealing a quantity of port 'Vine' (sic) in Bottles, acquitted. There is no reference to transportation, but further research would most likely yield some future residents of Australia. There are several other "Sentences of Prisoners" held in microfilm in Australia, but no originals. Harvard Law holds a collection of them, but apparently not this particular one. Printed on tissue paper, 9 3/4 x 14 3/4", a very little foxed, with some stray light marks, one small rough margin & old folds now flattened. Overall, very good condition.
The catalogue lists 341 charts, books & manuals necessary for international shipping. The charts are mostly by A.G. Findlay, but also by John Purdy & others. They are divided into General Charts (1-34 charts), including the World, north Atlantic Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, Indian & Pacific oceans, Pacific ocean, and track charts including from England to Australia; II Coasts of the British Islands (35-65); III The North Sea and Its Eastern Coasts (68-80); IV The Baltic Sea (81087); V France, Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean (88-107); VI West Coast of Africa and Atlantic Islands (105-115); VII The Eastern Coasts of North America (116-132); VIII West Indies, Gulf of Mexico, Coast of Colombia, (133-164); IX Brasil, etc (165-168); X Indian Ocean (169-179) which includes much of Western Australia & Tasmania, China, South Africa, the Antarctic; XI Indian Archipelago and China Sea (180-184) which includes China, Macao, the Philippines, the Moluccas, New Guinea; XII Australia and Pacific Ocean (185-200), all of Australia, New Zealand, and the coasts of California & the Oregon Territory; XIII Nautical Directories (201-207); Sailing Directions (208-253) Works on Navigation, Astronomy, etc (254-281); Guide Books (282-295); Shipping Law, Stowage, etc (296-322); Miscellaneous (323-330); Almanacs and Tide Tables (331-341) and Log Books. 8vo, (4), 48pp (last blank), disbound & a little loose with very little foxing early & late. Interesting.
Limited to 250 copies this being #47. Sgned by Lindsay. 8vo, 76pp (ii) colophon and four wood engravings by John Farleigh. Original quarter blue morocco, with decorative cloth boards, top edge gilt, uncut, a better than usual copy. Tenth in the series of GCP first editions of contemporary authors. Chanticleer 103.
An unusual celluloid photograph on carte de visite card of a handsome young Australian man with mustache and full beard, with bow tie cravat. Albert Lomer was a professional photographer and colorist, who worked in Brisbane between ca. 1873-1880, but his career spanned 1862 to 1899 in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Mackay, and Toowoomba. Brisbane photographer's imprint on verso: By Appointment, Artist Photographer, Albert Lomer & Co. Queen St., Brisbane, Opposite Queensland National Bank. The card stock itself bears the imprint of "Marion, imp Paris" at the bottom. A review of Trove does not turn up this particular image, but the State Library of Victoria has a carte de visite with the same printing on the card stock front & verso, but it is the more usual albumen photograph, not celluloid. (See SLV website at jetkins/gid/slv-pic-aab06451/1/je002602). 2 1/2 x 4" black and white photograph on yellow card stock. Photograph and card bright and unsunned. Faint discoloration in the cream border of the photograph otherwise in excellent condition.
Bandicoot Ballads, nums 1 - 8 (hand colored illustrations) and nums 9 - 16.
Lower Fern Tree Gully, Vic: Rams Skull Press, 1953.
Two limited edition loose leaf folders of ballad broadsheets of Australian folk songs, with lino-cut illustrations by Ronald George Edwards. The first 8 titles have hand colored illustrations, in a folder marked Special Edition, no. 43 of 100, and signed and dated by the artist. The 8 titles are: 1. The Wild Colonial Boy. 2. The Banks of the Condamine. 3. The Death of Ned Kelly. 4. Van Dieman's Land. 5. The Drover's Dream. 6. Andy's Gone with Cattle. 7. Bold Jack Donahue. 8. Moreton Bay. The second folder of ballads, issued in 1955, includes titles 9 through 16: 9. Bound for South Australia. 10. Farewell to the Ladies of Brisbane. 11. Widegoara Joe. 12. The Overlander. 13. The Old Bark Hut. 14. The Sheepwasher. 15. The Stockman's Last Bed. 16. Bill the Bullocky. The second folder with couple of closed tears at edges, one chip, sunned at perimeter. 'Bound for South Australia' is slightly marked, otherwise all broadsheets bright and clean.
The Necessity for Exploration in Terra Australis Described [prior to James Cook's discovery of the east coast of Australia]; in The London Chronicle, From Tuesday, September 18, to Thursday, September 20, 1759.
London: J. Wilkie, 1759.
Early British newspaper with important material on the necessity of exploration in the southern hemisphere, including an article, (26 column inches), "A Letter to the King of Prussia, from M. de Maupertuis, on the Progress of the Sciences". Maupertuis, a French philosopher and mathematician, was elected in 1742 Director of the French Académie des Sciences, and later became the president of the Prussian Royal Academy of Sciences, under the auspices of Frederick II of Prussia. The article, which describes the necessity of the king's support for exploration and discovery, states, "It is well known that in the southern hemisphere there is an unknown space, larger than any of the four parts of the known world; and no prince, in an age wherein navigation has been so greatly improved, has had the curiosity to send to discover whether this space consists of land or sea." De Maupertuis discusses the explorations undertaken by the French East India Company; he speculates, correctly, about the differences in plant and animal forms that might arise on an isolated land mass: "it is certain that they are absolutely unconnected with any other land, and that they form as it were, a new world a-part, in which it is difficult to foresee what we should find. The discovery of these countries might therefore furnish vast advantages for trade, and open an amazing field for natural philosophy. ... In some of these islands, navigators assure us, they have seen savages, men covered with hair, having tails; a middle species between a monkey and a man. I would rather have an hour's conversation with one of these, than with the greatest wit in Europe". Vol. VI, num 426. 8x11", 8pp.
In his capacity as a cartoonist for the Bulletin in Sydney from 1886 to 1888, May satirized all aspects of Australian & Commonwealth issues, commenting on current conditions in the Commonwealth, Australian Federation, Pacific Islands politics, Chinese labor, the New Hebrides question, caricatures of famous political figures (Theodore Roosevelt on roller skates), Paul Kruger (South Africa), and Aborigines. The illustration of aborigines depicts a mother and child being stared at by a group of whites, with the title "A Curiosity in Her Own Country". Folio, 105pp, b&w ills throughout. Half cream cloth and green illustrated papered boards. Decorative end papers cracked at gutters; covers a bit marked and edge rubbed, lower right corner bumped, label on spine with loss of the "M" of "May". Internally very good. Limited to 975 copies of this large format rather impressive presentation.
A signed note on his personal letterhead, with 16 Belgrave Square printed in dark blue, admitting (a person) to the Royal Geographical Society, of which Murchison was a founder & later president in 1843. Murchison was a Scottish geologist and explorer for whom the Murchison River and Goldfields of Australia are named. He also assigned the name 'Silurian' to older rock masses underlying Old Red Sandstone of England and Wales; he traveled widely in Europe and collaborated with Von Keyserling and De Verneuil in "The Geology of Russia and the Ural Mountains". He was Director-general of the Geological Survey in 1855. Not dated. 4 x 6", written on the horizontal.
Real photo postcard of a New Guinea Head Hunter. "Missionaires du Sacre Coeur Borgerhout-Anvers, Chez les coupeurs de tetes de la Nouvelle-Guinee Neerlandaise"
Belgium: ca. 1910.
A collage of 6 b&w photographs, 5 of New Guinea natives surrounding an image of an island. The subjects are portrayed from the waist up, wearing a variety of elaborate head dresses and adornment, including rings in their noses & ears, and elaborate arrangements of the hair. With French title at verso: "Missionaires du Sacre Coeur Borgerhout-Anvers, Chez les coupeurs de tetes de la Nouvelle-Guinee Neerlandaise. (Missionaries of the Sacred Heart - Borgerhout-Anvers- home of the headhunders). Not posted, verso blank. Lightly foxed at verso, slt bumped lower left corner.
Australia travel poster, 'Australian Parrots', Australian National Travel Association.
Melbourne: Northfield Studios Pty. Ltd, ca. 1930.
A vivid and boldly illustrated chromolithograph poster featuring parrots, by a celebrated Australian artist, James Northfield (1887 - 1973). This particular Northfield parrot illustration is the cover art for the 2006 volume by the National Library of Australia (Michelle Hetherington) titled 'James Northfield and the Art of Selling Australia'. Northfield's work is prized for its draftsmanship & design, and a distinctly Australian sense of color and light. Illustrated with five large parrots in the foreground, and a man and woman watching the flight of parrots in the background. With a beautiful, bright wash of color in the parrots in the foreground. With the poster title in white and green on black ground below the illustration; logo of the National Travel Association at the lower left. Some slt perforations at top and bottom corners, possibly from staples, not affecting the illustration; very good condition. 12 1/2 X 20".
The Official Report of the Organizing Committee for the Games of the XVI Olympiad, Melbourne 1956.
The 1956 games were the first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere & the first to be held outside Europe and North America. The Australian athletes performed particularly well in swimming, with Murray Rose the first male swimmer to win two freestyle events since Johnny Weissmuller & Dawn Fraser won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle. Thick large 4to, 760pp, ills throughout. Dark green gilt leatherette, with gilt title at spine. Internally, with inscription at ffep, o/w very bright and fresh.
A booklet of 44 geography lessons, with woodcut illustrations throughout the text, including a kangaroo at p 105. The kangaroo is depicted in an unusual stance, in a rather naive style. With references to Australia as New Holland, including a globe of the eastern hemisphere with New Holland and Van Diemens Land. The desc reads, in part: "About 40 years ago, the English made a settlement near Botany Bay. To this place the English government send thieves, and other bad people from England. It is a vast distance from England, and being sent to Botany Bay is esteemed a very severe punishment. ... There is a range of lofty mountains in New-Holland; but, on the whole, this island is little known. It has many interesting animals, among which is the kangaroo, a creature as large as a sheep, that jumps fifty feet at a bound". Original quarter brown cloth and tan papered boards, with title in black at front cover. Ad at rear board for the Malte Brun School Geography and Atlas. Boards slt rubbed. Previous owner's signature at ffep. 32mo, 120pp. Paper in good condition, with light scattered fox spotting at early and late pages. A few pencil notations in a child's hand at the question section following the last lesson.
Robert Peel was the Conservative Prime Minister of the UK from December 1834 to April 1835, and again for almost five years from 1841 to 1846. He created the modern concept of the police force while Home Secretary, and it is from his name that English police are called "bobbies" or "peelers" in Ireland. As Home Secretary, he deeded vast tracts of land in the new Swan River Colony to his cousin Thomas, now Perth in Western Australia. ALS addressed from Whitehall, Nov. 2 (no year), thanking G. Hayden for the note he wrote at the request of Dr. Williams re: the recent death of the old governess Madame Girardin. Written by a secretary, and signed boldly, Robert Peel. 5x8", with 2 old folds, very good condition. The Baxter print was issued in 1853, shortly after Peel's death. It has a stamped mount, with the address 11 & 12 Northampton Square, and mounted on card. Slightly sunned with a couple of marks in the outer margins.
A seven verse broadside ballad about a giant sea snake "once seen off the Isle of Pitcairn & caught by Admiral Blake" down the left side, with a wood block illustration of a crocodile at the top, mouth opened wide. The other ballad, in the right column, is 'The Green Mossy Banks of the Lea', concerning the beautiful Matilda spied on the banks of the river Lea by an Irish man. Broadside ballads were primarily text, sometimes with illustration, printed on one side, and set to popular tunes. They were sold on the street for a nominal amount and their subject matter focussed on British and Irish identity, love, marriage, religion, politics, fantasy, crime and social reform. In London, the publishers used printers of the Seven Dials area, such as James Catnatch, John Marshall and John Pitts. 6 x 8 1/2", evenly toned, o/w very good.
Observations of the aboriginal way of life, written for children. Illustrated by W. H., possibly William Hyde, an English illustrator. Slim 8vo, 90pp, 8 color plates, 4pp adverts for "Notable Books on Missions". Decorative blindstamped brown boards with color illustration laid down at front board. Internally bright and fresh.
Limited edition, num 13 of 500. Richardson, born Ethel Florence Lindesay, was the author of the classic trilogy "The Fortunes of Richard Mahony", sometimes considered the Australian equivilent of "Gone with the Wind". She also wrote "The Getting of Wisdom"; "The Young Cosima"; "Maurice Guest"; and "The End of a Childhood", from which the 2 stories in this work are drawn, and other works. 1st UK edition. 8vo, 75pp. Quarter green cloth and blue hardboard cover, foredge uncut, inscription at front free end paper, very good condition. Richardson had a considerable following overseas where she lived for much of her adult life, with works translated into German & Scandinavian languages. M & Mc p.400.
Important volume of the RGS journal with much Australian & British Columbian content & many folding maps, in original blue paper wrappers. It contains John M'Douall Stuart's account of his last unsuccessful attempts to cross the continent; Stuart attempted 11 times to break through either to the Gulf of Carpentaria, or to the Victoria River headwaters' (Feeken, Feeken and Spate. "The Discovery and Exploration of Australia".) Other content includes Franklin in the Arctic, Kashmir, Peru, the Andes. Articles include: M'Clintock, Narrative of the Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin; 4 articles on British Columbia by Mayne, Palmer, Begbie & Downie on British Columbia; Purdon, On the Trigonometrical Survey of the Valley of Kashmir; Austen, Notes on the Valley of Kashmir; Clerk, Notes in Persia, Khorassan and Afghanistan; John M'Douall Stuart, Journal of Australian Exploration: 2nd, 3rd & Last Expedition; Randell, Voyage up the Darling and Barwon; Wheelwright, Proposed Railway Route across the Andes; Spruce, On the Mountains of Llanganati; Jameson; Journey from Quito to Cayambe; Markham, The Province of Caravaya, in Southern Peru. Orig. pale blue printed wrappers, spine very lightly tanned with a couple of sml. ruffles, front inner hinge strengthened o/w fine, unopened condition. 8vo, clxxxvi, 386pp, 16pp ads, many maps.
A beautiful image of a lyre bird, the bird in a striking pose, almost naive in lovely muted colors, with surrounding habitat in black & white. Printed for a German natural history magazine published in a somewhat larger & squarer format than usual. "Lith. Anst. v. C. Schach in Stuttgart" at the bottom. With an early nonsense fable handwritten (in English) on the verso in pencil, "The Fable of the Nashorn [rhino] and the chese" (sic), with the moral "Be contented with your chese ...". 7 x 9" image size. 8 x 10" page size.
The South Polar Times was an exact reproduction of the original which appeared month by month during the winters of 1902 and 1903, edited by Sir Ernest Shackleton and Louis Bernacchi, with articles, stories, poems and drawings supplied by various members of the British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04 (Robert Falcon Scott's "Discovery" expedition), and edited by Cherry-Garrard, with contributions from members of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13. 3 vols, 4to. Volumes I and II limited to 250 copies; Volume III limited to 350 copies. Titles in red and black (vols. I-II), text and title in ochre and blue (vol.III), plates and illustrations, some chromolithographic, after Herbert Ponting, Edward Wilson and others. Original navy cloth, spines lettered in gilt, the upper covers with gilt lettering and rope-work surround centrally-place inset pictorial cloth panels. All volumes in pristine condition, barring a small mark at the front cover of Volume III. Spence 1094; Conrad p.111, 121 & 173; Rosove 287.A1 & 291.A2a; Taurus 42 & 49.
Under the pseudonym Michael Innes, Stewart wrote a series of forty crime novels over a fifty year period, and was Jury Professor of English at the University of Adelaide. The letter, possibly to his editor, summarizes the plot of a story he is writing, having to do with stolen works of art from war torn Europe ending up in the hands of wealthy American collectors, tentatively titled 'From London Far'. 8x10", one page signed typed letter on University of Adelaide letterhead.
Children's book, with a section on tea from China, entitled "Tea from the Far East", and with a full page chromolithograph 'Loading Tea', showing Chinese tea chests being loaded into a ship. "Tea now travels to England by the Suez Canal, opened in 1869, and the old exciting races (of the China clippers) are over". 4to, unpaginated, color frontis, chromolithographs throughout. Illustrated by Charles de Lacy. Pictorial boards with title in red at front cover. Boards slt dusty, corners rubbed. Internally, sml lib label inside front cover, page edges slt toned, o/w very good.
Autograph Letter Signed re: Train's US presidential aspirations 1876 (with) My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands.
Train was an American businessman, writer, one-time US presidential candidate, and involved with the Australian gold miner 'rebels' of the Eureka Rebellion, who offered him the presidency of the 'Australian Republic'. The autographed note reveals Train's interest in American presidential politics and the prospects for success of Rutherford B. Hayes. He writes, "Would it not be a strange coincidence if the "Great Unknown" presidential candidate should turn out to be the best known man in the world?". Hayes was derisively referred to as "The Great Unknown", "Rutherfraud", or "His Fraudulency" because he benefited from election fraud to win the US presidency, after Republicans contested the electoral vote count in the election of 1876. (Has anything changed?) Card stock, 4 1/2 x 7", signed "Geo. Francis Train". Written from "New York, May 1, P.E. 47" (1876), addressed to Jno. A. Burgess, Rochester.In the memoir which accompanies the autographed note, three chapters are devoted to Train's experiences in Australia: "Business Success in Australia, 1853- 1855"; "Gold Fever in New South Wales"; and "Other Australian Incidents". In Chapter XII "Other Australian Incidents - a Revolution", Train describes his involvement with the discontented gold miners of Ballarat in 1854, and writes: "The Five Star Republic", as it was called, was not to be anything but a dream, and the "revolution" of Ballarat was only a nightmare". He goes on to explain how he assisted the head of the insurrection, James McGill, who was American, escape with his life. NY: D. Appleton & Company, 1902. 8vo, xxi + 348pp, frontis. & b&w photos in text. Orig. maroon gilt stamped cloth very slt. faded, little rubbed spine tips, 2 sml. holes in gutter, back inside hinge paper cracked but sturdy o/w a very bright pleasant copy. A very nice combination.
A highly unusual folding trade & advertising card artfully illustrating the quality and variety of printing offered by the well known Australasian printing firm. "Addressed" from 100 & 102 Liverpool St. Sydney, it alerts customers to their recent purchase of a printing firm, Jarrett & Co, and of Mr. Troedel's recent return from purchasing machinery in America, England & the Continent. Designed to be mailed through the post, with address space on one side, a picture of the new Sydney office on the flap of the verso, which opens out to show a list of "General Printing" and "Stationery" their firm can supply, with a view of the Zig Zag, opening again to Sydney views and a letter dated January 1887 and opening finally with a calendar & even more detailed lists of their printing capabilities. Highly decorated with vignette views & flowers. Most attractive and rare. The State Library of Victoria holds the Troedel & Cooper Archives, but this item does not appear separately listed on Trove, and does not elsewhere appear. Some slight rubbing on the bottom fold, overall in excellent condition.
Lithographed map with printed color, by the renowned Scottish geographers, brothers William and Alexander Johnston. Alexander became interested in physical geography, and in 1848 published his magnificent 'Physical Atlas'; the second edition of the atlas illustrates the geology, botany, zoology, hydrography, meteorology, and ethnology of the globe. This map shows the tracks of explorers, including Forrest 1870, Giles 1875, Forrest 1874, Giles 1876, Warburton 1873, Lefroy 1863. Hampton Plains is shown, although not Coolgardie, indicating the map was made before the discovery of gold. With a key for Railways and Submarine Telegraph. Sml chip at upper left corner, o/w very good. 7 3/4 x 10". Paper size: 8 5/8 x 11 3/8".
Collection of Original Artwork for Whales, Mighty Giants of the Sea, A National Geographic Action book.
Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 1990.
Collection of original artwork for the National Geographic Society's Action Pop-Up Book, "Whales"; the artwork in the final vivid colors, accurately and finely drawn in a photo-realistic style; including a 41 x 15" blue whale which is the final, largest plate found in the book; with the finished artwork including the sections used as 'pop-ups', a total of 35 individual pieces of original art, all on artist's white board and most with clear protective overlays, with some wear to edges and soiling, images very good to fine condition; with a cover letter on NGS letterhead to Ned Seidler returning the original art from the book and which praises the work; Ned Seidler (1922-2007) was for many years a respected staff artist for National Geographic magazine, contributing to memorable and artistic graphic representations of scientific & natural phenomena, cultures & ethnicities, exploration & travel that are the magazine's forte - he had a second career as designer of over 30 artistic and commemorative US postal stamps - his images have been exhibited at such prominent venues as the National Gallery of Art & the Brandywine River Museum Pennsylvania, and elsewhere; Rosalie Seidler his partner in this project and wife (1922 - 2010) born in New York and educated at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute and author-illustrator of several children's books along with commercial and fine art accomplishments; (with) the artists' own copy of the finished book including a recording of whale vocalisations on a record; in very good condition as is all the artwork; an interesting and beautiful rendition of mammal art as well as a good insight into the makings of a pop-up book.
Collection of World War I real photograph postcards, Australian Troops March through London, 1919.
London: J. Beagles & Co., 1919.
A collection of five real photo postcards of Australian troops in London at the end of World War I. The b&w cards are published by J. Beagles & Co: 1. "Australian Troops March Through London" 165.E.; "Australian Troops March Through London. H. R. H. Prince of Wales Taking the Salute". 165.F.; 3. "Victory March Through London, 3rd May, 1919. Australian Troops in Constitution Hill." 165. H. ; 4. "Victory March Through London, 3rd May, 1919. Oversea Troops Passing Australia House." 165.J.; 5. "Victory March Through London, 3rd May, 1919. Colonial Artillery Passing Victoria Memorial." 165.O. All cards without messages, not posted. Signs of removal from album, sml amt of tan paper adhered at verso, o/w very good.
A group of six cards, about the Australian Expeditionary Force. They include 1. "The Glory of the Lion is in his Mane", with a line drawing of a lion, with Commonwealth nation names drawn into the mane (starting at the top of the mane: Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, African colonies), and with a Union flag at the upper left; 2. Australia Expeditionary Force postcard, "Some Boy!", with a smiling young soldier (a "Digger') in slouch hat & gilt embossed insignia "Australian Commonwealth Military Forces"(Series No. SB 3); 3. Australia Expeditionary Force postcard, "Some Stunt" , with a soldier smoking cigarette (a "Digger") in slouch hat & gilt embossed insignia "Australian Commonwealth Military Forces" (Series No. SB 1); 4. "If der Australians haf gone by, den I kan kom out", with a large German soldier hiding in a wooden barrel; 5. A b&w photograph of an Australian digger reading a letter, with a vignette of his sweetheart at the upper right, and a verse titled 'Constancy'; 6. A cartoon of 4 unfit Australian soldiers, with the words "Cooee.... We're in the Army now...", in color. Three of the cards have messages (No.s 2, 3 & 6) written in pencil; none have been posted.
World War I French Embroidered Silk postcards: "Flowers of France", "To The Day", & "Souvenir de Belgique"
Three lovely hand embroidered silk postcards, made for the Allied forces in World War I, typically for a wife, mother or sweetheart back home. This type of postcard first appeared at the Paris Exposition of 1900; its popularity peaked during World War I. Around 1915, French women began producing the cards as part of a thriving cottage industry. The first card, "Flowers of France" features a large red flower in a ribbon tied bouquet; the second, "To the Day" has an anchor and wheel, with the British flag above, and the flags of France, Prussia, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, flying to the right. The third card, with the British flag flying, with the colors of France below and Belgium above. Cards are mounted on stamped floral frames, with the third card with the word "Remembrance" in the border; the backs of the cards have been removed. Colors of the silk thread beautifully bright and fresh.
South Australia. Map of South Australia, New South Wales, Van Diemens Land and Settled Parts of Australia, with plans of the City of Sydney, and of the town of Adelaide.
Charing Cross East, London: James Wyld, ca. 1854.
The map extends from Wide Bay in the north to Wilsons Promontory in the south. Insets of Adelaide, Western Australia, Van Dieman's Land, and Sydney. The title on the map is: Map of South Australia, New South Wales, Van Diemens Land and Settled Parts of Australia. Dedicated to Major Sir T. L. Mitchell ... surveyor of New South Wales. The map shows both Australia Felix and Victoria and includes Gold Deposits and Railroads; the northern border of New South Wales shown. Folded, dissected and mounted on linen, fresh and clean. With the original dark green slipcase with white and gray label with black decorative floral border; very good. Slipcase rubbed at corners, marked on verso; later spine label partially torn away. Tooley 1420. Map in original outline color, 38 1/2 x 26 1/4". Very good.