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  AUSTRALASIA 
 Australia 

BELLIN, Jacques-Nicolas. [A pre-Cook map of Australia]
Carte Réduite des Terres Australes... 1753. Amsterdam, c.1753. 210 x 290mm.
An unusual map of Australia, engraved by Schley for a Dutch edition of Prèvost's 'Histoire Générale des Voyages', showing the pre-Cook outline of Australia, with an elongated, unbroken coastline from New Guinea to Tasmania. Part of the coastline of New Zealand appears bottom right.
This item is currently on reserve


STUBBS, George. [The illustration that introduced the Kangaroo to the British public]
No. 20. [An animal found on the coast of New Holland called Kanguroo.] London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773. 230 x 270mm. Trimmed to plate at bottom
The first British illustration of a kangaroo, published in Hawkesworth's 'An Account of the Voyages... For making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere', which contained the official account of Captain Cook's visit to Australia and New Zealand on his first circumnavigation. The plate only has a plate number, so the title, as above, comes from the index. However the original illustration was not drawn in Australia but in London, by Britain's foremost animal painter, George Stubbs (1724-1806). It is believed that it was Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), the naturalist on Cook's expedition whose diary entry of 12 July 1770 first noted the 'kanguru', who commissioned Stubbs to paint a kangaroo and a dingo. As no live specimen of the kangaroo had been brought to England, Stubbs worked from a preserved skin, which he inflated to get an idea of its body shape. The paintings were exhibited at the Royal Society in early 1773, but only the kangaroo was engraved for Hawkesworth. In 2013 the Stubbs oils of both the kangaroo and dingo were subject to a temporary export ban, as important works of 'Cultural Interest' in Britain. After a fund-raising campaign the National Maritime Museum purchased the paintings for the nation. See https://www.rmg.co.uk/work-services/news-press/press-release/stubbss-kangaroo-and-dingo-paintings-saved-nation
[Ref: 17107]    £750.00 ($953 • €842 rates)


COOK, Captain James. [Cook's maps of Botany Bay and the Endeavour River]
Entrée de la Rivière Endeavour dans la Nle. Galles Méridle. . . / Baye de Botanique dans la Nle. Galles Méridionale... Paris: Saillant et Nyon & Panckouke, 1774. 150 x 350mm. Wide margins.
Two charts on one sheet, engraved by Robert Benard for the French edition of the Official Account of Cook's First Voyage, as as compiled by Hawkesworth.
[Ref: 16118]    £180.00 ($229 • €202 rates)


HODGES, William. [Portrait of a Maori, from Cook's Second Voyage]
Man of New Zealand. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1777. 260 x 215mm. Narrow margins left and bottom.
A portrait of a Maori with tattoos, sketched during Cook's second visit to New Zealand, 1773. Rangituanui (Tuanui), the principal chief of Ngati Hikatoa, is shown with feathers in his hair, albatross feather earrings, moko and a bone toggle fastening his cloak. He was given two sows and two boars by Cook's crew, from which the wild pigs known as 'Captain Cookers' are descended. This plate was engraved by Jean Baptiste Michel after a red chalk drawing by Hodges (now in the National Library of Australia) and published in 'A Voyage towards the South Pole', the offiical account of Cook's Second Voyage. On this expedition (1772-5) he circumnavigated the world as far south as he could, attempting to locate any 'Terra Australis Incognita'.
[Ref: 17112]    £275.00 ($350 • €309 rates)


COOK, Captain James. [Tasmania]
Plan of Adventure Bay on Van Diemens Land. Dublin: The United Company of Booksellers, c.1784, 270 x 220mm
A chart of Adventure Bay, Tasmania, divided into two with a detailed coastal profile in the upper register. Cook circumnavigated Tasmania and much of the Australian Coast in April 1770, at this time he was also the first European to observe the native Aboriginals. The maps from a rare Irish pirate edition of the account of his first voyage. The United Company of Booksellers was a loose conglomeration of publishers. The National Library of Canada states the 1784 Dublin edition was published by H.Chamberlaine and 26 others!
[Ref: 7855]    £100.00 ($127 • €112 rates)


CASSINI, Giovanni Maria. [One of the most decorative maps of Australia]
La Nuova Olanda e la Nuova Guinea. Rome, 1798. Original colour. 365 x 490mm.
A rare map of Australia and New Guinea, from the 'Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale'. The emphasis of the map is the charting of Captain Cook down the east coast: most of the marked features are those named by Cook and his crew between the Torres Strait and Tasmania, which is shown as part of the mainland. The title is within a decorative title cartouche with two aborigines, one of whom strangely carries a bow.
[Ref: 15664]    £3,750.00 ($4,766 • €4,211 rates)


FADEN, William. [Scarce miniature map of Australia]
New Holland with the Adjacent Polynesia. London: Faden, 1798. Original colour. Sheet size 155 x 180 mm.
Map of Australiasia engraved by William Palmer for Faden's 'Atlas Minimus Universalis'. William Faden was geographer to George III. This map is one of the last to show Tasmania connected to the mainland, as Flinders and Bass had circumnavigated it in in the same year and found it to be separate. Australia has two names on the map: 'Terra Australis' and 'New Holland'
[Ref: 16378]    £425.00 ($540 • €477 rates)


FREYCINET, Louis Claude de Saulces de. [An important French map of Australia]
Carte Générale de la Nouvelle Hollande. Dressée par M. L. Freycinet Commandant La Goelette, Le Casuarina. An 1808 . Paris: 1811. 810 x 550mm.
A very fine example of the map regarded as the first to show a full outline of the coastline of Australia, despite there still being several small gaps, including Cook's Labyrinth in New South Wales. Freycinet (1779-1841) sailed around the world on the Baudin Expedition, sent by Napoleonic France to explore the coasts of Australia in 1800. Although they were following in the footsteps of Matthew Flinders (whom they met at Encounter Bay in 1802 and compared their discoveries), Freycinet managed to published his map three years before Flinders, using his own names including 'Terrew Napoleon' and 'Golphe Bonaparte'.
[Ref: 18831]    £3,850.00 ($4,893 • €4,324 rates)


LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre. [An early prospect of Sydney]
Nouvelle-Hollande: Nouvelle Galles du Sud. Vue de la partie meridionale de la Ville Sydney. Capitale des Colonies Anglaises aux Terres Australes, et de l'embouchure de la riviere de Paramatta (1803.) Paris: Langlois, c.1811. 240 x 315mm.
An early view of the British settlement at Sydney, drawn by the artist and replacement zoologist on the Baudin expedition of 1800-3 to Australia. It was published in 'Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes' by François Peron and Louis Freycinet, published 1807-1816.
[Ref: 19691]    £1,400.00 ($1,779 • €1,572 rates)


LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre. [An early map of Sydney]
Plan de la Ville de Sydney Capitale des Colonies Anglaises aux Terres Australes. Levé par Mr Lesueur, et assujetti aux relevmens de Mr Boullanger. 9.re 1802. Paris: Langlois, c.1811. 240 x 315mm.
An early plan of the British settlement at Sydney, drawn less that fifteen years after it was founded by Arthur Phillip, 1788. The 36-point key lists the hospital, prisons, store houses, barracks, firing range, saltworks, the property of John Palmer, the school and the gallows. Lesueur was the artist and replacement zoologist on the Baudin expedition of 1800-3 to Australia. It was published in 'Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes' by François Peron and Louis Freycinet, published 1807-1816.
[Ref: 19699]    £900.00 ($1,144 • €1,011 rates)


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