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We have assembled for the Australian Antiquarian Book Fair in Sydney on 10 – 12th November a collection of Voyages to the Southern Hemisphere. The title of this catalogue is taken from one of the rarest published works relating to Captain Cook, which is also the first published children’s book relating to Australia, New Zealand, or indeed probably the Pacific. This rare and charming item is complemented by a complete set of Cook’s Voyages, rare printed ephemera including the delightful Langley writing sheet illustrating the third Voyage, and hard to find accounts including editions of Zimmermann, Matra and Marra. The English voyages are further represented by first collected editions in French and English of Dampier and a fine French edition of Anson, as well as the stunning Erskine photographic album of the visit of the Australian Squadron to New Guinea.

The French voyages include a magnificent signed presentation copy of Dumont d’Urville’s Voyage de la corvette L’Astrolabe, a clean copy of Labillardiere’s account of the search for La Perouse, Crozet’s work on the Dufresne voyage, and various charming children’s games, illustrated works and unusual provincial editions. The spectacular and rarely exhibited Joseph Dufour panoramic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique will provide the backdrop to our display and is also offered for sale.
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