GIBRALTAR. A Description of Gibraltar, with An Account of the Blockade, Siege, the Attempt by Nine Sail of Fire-Ships, the Sally made from the Garrison, and every Thing remarkable of worthy Notice that has occurred in that Place since theCommencement of the Spanish War: Likewise The vast Importance of this valuable Fortress to Great Britain clearly stated and explained.
London, Printed for B. Cornwell, 1782. 8vo. Stitched as issued, entirely uncut, mid 20th-century grey cloth.
Extremely rare first edition. Combining a through description of the British possession with a blow-by-blow account of the Great Siege of Gibraltar & the thwarted attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar from the British during the American War of Independence.
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JÄGER, Dr. Gustav. Bericht über ein fast vollständiges Skelet von Palapteryx ingens über dessen Restauration und die davon angefertigten Gypsabgüsse; mit einigen Bemerkungen über die Aufstellung der Vogelskelete überhaupt.
Wien, Wilhelm Braumüller, 1863. 4to. Original printed wrappers; pp. 12; two large format photographs; slightly soiled, else very good.
First edition. The skeleton, was found by Prof. Dr. V. Hochstetter during his time in New Zealand as part of the Austrian Novara Expedition. According to the New Zealand Dictionary of National Biography, Hochstetter and a small group made a scientific exploration of the North Island: "Hochstetter and Haast then travelled by ship to Nelson […] Colonists contributed fossils for examination […] The trophies were brought to Nelson in triumph."
Howgego H25. £1250
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KEATE, George. An Account Of The Pelew Islands, Situated In The Western Part Of The Pacific Ocean. Composed From The Journals And Communications Of Captain Henry Wilson, And Some Of his Officers, Who, In August 1783, Were There Shipwrecked, In The Antelope, a packet belonging to the Honourable East India Company.
London 1788. 4to; a very good and wide-margined copy; provenance: slightly later armorial bookplate of George W. Galloway with his motto Higher inside front cover.
Second edition, corrected, published shortly after the first, which needed an errata leaf at the end. In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Capt. Henry Wilson, was wrecked near the previously unexplored Palau Islands. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck, in which they reached Macao. Keate, a literary man, composed the account from journals and communications of Capt. Wilson and some of the officers. Wilson returned with the first collection of Palau artifacts to reach the West, and his illustrated travelogue fitted well in with the concept of the 'noble savage'.
Binding and provenance: This maritime-themed binding was produced by one of the foremost fine binders of the period, Auguste Marie Compte de Caumont of Frith Street (printed label inside front fly-leaf)
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NOLAN, Edward Henry. The Illustrated History of The British Empire in India and the East, from the Earliest Times to the Suppression of the Sepony Mutiny in 1859.
London, Virtue, [c. 1860]. 8 parts to form two volumes, large 8vo; a fine set of all original parts, rarely seen in this form.
First edition, in the original parts. The telling title hints at the main aspect of this book by an otherwise pretty unknown author, the anti-colonial armed uprising against British rule in India, euphemistically still called a mutiny. This highly illustrated work is sort of a stock take of India, her nature, history, inhabitants, borders, climate, societies and Britsh rule, published when the East India Company was replaced by direct, later termed 'Imperial' British government rule
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RICHARD, François. Relation de ce qui s'est passé de plus remarquable a Sant-Erini isle de l'archipel, Depuis l'établissement des Peres de la Compagnie de Iesus en icelle. Avec la declaration de plusieurs choses memorables touchant rit & la creance des Grecs de ce temps, & touchant les feux sous-terrains qui sortirent du fond de la mer l'an 1650, avec plusieurs prodiges.
Paris, Sebastien and Gabriel Cramoisy, 1652. 8vo; a good, crisp and unpressed copy of a great rarity.
First edition of the first monograph on Santorini. The Jesuit Father François Richard spent some thirteen years between 1642 and 1656 on Thera. This Relation provides an account of the establishment and activities of the Jesuit mission in the Levant, together with detailed descriptions of neighbouring islands.
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VEVER, Henri. La bijouterie française au XIXe siècle.
Paris, Floury, 1906-08. Royal 8vo, three volumes; a very good set.
Very rare first edition, édition de luxe, limited to 50 copies. The standard work on French jewellery between 1800 and 1900, researched and written by a highly accomplished jeweller himself. Vever 'compiled a study that charts the histories of both the humblest and the most famous of his colleagues. It contains fascinating anecdotes concerning Imperial and Royal commissions together with entertaining tales of workshop practices. In crediting the designers, chasers, engravers, and enamelers who collaborated with the famous jewelry houses, Vever acknowledged the talents of technicians who often worked anonymously making his book a unique document.
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WACE, A. J. B. Mediterranean and Near Eastern Embroideries from the Collection of F. H. Cook.
London, Halton & Company Ltd., 1935. Large 4to; a good set.
First edition, number 28 of a limited edition of 250. 'The collection herein described so carefully by Mr Wace was started by my husband Franck Henry Cook in the early ‘eighties when he purchased the subject of the first two plates. It was in the Near East and during his many years in Egypt that he developed the most pleasant recreation of browsing amongst the embroideries of discursive dealers in these wares, and with growing discernment acquired the pieces illustrated showing his love for colour and quality. Not all of the subjects shown are perfect. Some of them are shadows of their original beauty, but they were loveable and worthy of imagination and this is a book devoted to the use of students and dedicated to the memory of him who inspired the conception of its publication' (Foreword by Beatrice Cook). - The main body of this textile collection carefully described and illustrated consists of items from from the Greek Islands and Epirus (plates 10 to 90). Further 20 plates depits textiles from Turkey, the rest shows samples from the Maghreb, Persia, India and the Caucasus. £1295
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