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Bligh, William - A Voyage to the South Sea, undertaken by Command of His Majesty, for the purpose of conveying the Bread-fruit Tree to the West Indies, in His Majesty's Ship the Bounty, 1792
Including an account of the mutiny on board the said ship, and the subsequent voyage of part of the Crew, in the Ship's Boat, from Tofoa, one of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch settlement in the East Indies. London, George Nicol, 1792. Quarto, with frontispiece portrait, and six plans and charts; fine uncut copy in recent half spotted calf with black and crimson morocco spine labels.
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot - Planque, près Douai, 1871
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875). Painted in May 1871. Signed lower left: COROT Literature: A. Robaut, J. Dieterle and A. Schoeller, COROT: Premier Supplément à "L'Oeuvre de Corot" par A. Robaut et Moreau-Nélaton, (Paris, Arts et Métiers Graphiques, 1948): p. 108, no. 100. Provenance: with Galerie Lefebvre-Foinet, Paris, by 1938. Estate of the above, Paris, 12 Jul 1939. Private Collection, Switzerland, by 1942


Lacquered & Gilded Wooden Buddha, Burma, 19th C.
Mandalay, Burma, 19th century. This image of the Buddha is in a naturalistic style most probably prompted by colonial influences. It has been carved in wood, lacquered and gilded and inset with glass fragments backed with coloured foil (known as hman-zi- shwei-cha) and overlaid thayo work, a process whereby thin, rolled strands of lacquer and ash putty are applied in patterns.
Ming Guanyin, 1600
This statue depicts Guanyin: a bodhisattva known for her compassion. It is unusual to see Guanyin so beautifully cast in iron from the Ming period. The metal is wonderfully defined. Her hair is piled high on her head in a chignon, which has been secured by a tiara, and on her face is a serene expression. The bespoke mount is carved to receive the base of the figure gracefully.


[Cook: Third Voyage] Ellis, William. An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage performed by Captain Cook…
... and Captain Clerke, in His Majesty's Ships Resolution and Discovery, during the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780; in search of a North-West Passage… including a faithful Account of all their Discoveries, and the unfortunate Death of Captain Cook…
Euclase on Cleavelandite, La Marina Mine, Boyacá Dept., Colombia
Euclase is exceedingly rare, the blue color is only found in 3 localities, with Colombia having the finest known examples. This Euclase is gemmy, bright color, fantastic form and it sits on a on a bright white Cleavelandite matrix. Euclase is truly one of the holy grail species and this is one of the finest I've seen in the past 20 years.


Spessartine with Schorl, Little Three Mine, Ramona Dist., San Diego Co., California
The Little Three Mine is quite famous for its amazing glowing orange crystals of Spessartine. The pegmatite was discovered around 1900. Mining was very occasional and not much is known about this early period. It wasn't until the Spaulding family acquired the mines in the mid-1950's that any significant specimens were found.
Erotic Sandstone Sculpture of a Couple, c. 13th C.


Vulgate Bible, in Latin, Paris, c. 1250-1275


Sumerian Stone Mace Head with Stylised Ram Heads, c. 3000 - 2000 BC
Krishna as a Crawling Infant, c. 15th-16th C.


Henry Chamberlaine Russell. Photographs taken at Sydney Observatory...


Pair of Heron-Shaped Silver Rosewater Sprinklers, India, circa 1900
[Cook: First Voyage] Parkinson, Sydney. A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas…


Steel, David The Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship, 1794


Lafitau, Père Joseph, SJ. Moeurs des Sauvages Ameriquains...
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