Highlights

Each year our Exhibitors have wonderful items for sale. This year is no exception.

Our Exhibitors will be adding their highlights here over the next six weeks leading up to the Fair.

Check back soon to see what will be coming to the Fair.


James Magra (attrib). A Journal of a Voyage round the World in His Majesty’s Ship Endeavour...1771
$48500
First edition of the earliest published account of Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific: the rare first issue, with the leaf of dedication to ‘The Right Honourable Lords of the Admiralty, and to Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander’ inserted by the publishers to add authenticity. This was the first of a series of so-called “surreptitious accounts” of Cook’s various voyages to appear in print: the Admiralty found it practically impossible to enforce their ruling that no unofficial publications should pre-empt the official and lengthier accounts of the voyages, naturally much slower in the press.
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Peters, Dr. Carl. New Light on Dark Africa: being the narrative of the German Emin Pasha expedition, its journeyings and adventures among the native tribes of Eastern Equatorial Africa, the Gallas, Massais, Wasukuma, etc., etc.
$2500
London: Ward, Lock, and Co., 1891. First English. 4to. original pictorial red cloth gilt (sl. sunning to spine and upper board, a trifle rubbed, occ. spots, prev. owner's name and discreet blindstamp to prelims., occ. creasing to corner of final leaves, else clean & bright throughout); pp. xviii, 598 (last blank), with numerous illustrations and folding colour map. A very good copy of a scarce book. An account of the 1888-1890 German expedition mounted for the relief of Emin Pasha, German born governor of the Egyptian province of Equatoria, trapped by the Mahdist uprising in Sudan since 1881.
Westminster School: Past and Present
$1200
A history of the Westminster School in London, though also a recording of its past customs and a lengthy biographical recording of headmasters and numerous distinguished students, and personal reminiscences. Frederic H. Forshall was a Queen's Scholar at Westminster and won a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, but left after a year, moving to Sydney. He was part of the first cohort at The University of Sydney in 1852, and while still a student was appointed the University Librarian.
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"APTERIX AUSTRAL" Shaw and his "SKELETON" [KIWI]
$2800
"APTERIX AUSTRAL" Shaw and his "SKELETON" 1842 JEAN-CHARLES WERNER (painted by) (Paris 1798-1856) After LOUIS LE BRETON (Douarnenez 1818-1866) STIPPLE ENGRAVINGS Superb and very detailed pair of stipple engravings from Dumont d’Urville's "Voyage au pole Sud et dans l’Oceanie": An exquisite image of a brown Kiwi with two detail sketches of a feather, and his Skeleton depiction with two detail sketches of the crane and beak. Two superb images of New Zealand's national bird. Attractive contemporary hand colours. Sold as a pair.
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