detail from [VOC] CONRADI, Petrus and V. van der PLAATS, Publishers.

Batavia, De Hoofdstad van Neerlands O. Indien….Amsterdam and Harlingen, 1783

The East Indies capital of the VOC

AUD $11,850

September News

From the Age of discovery to the Enlightenment: our September list celebrates the explosion of eighteenth century voyages with many of the key figures represented. The earliest include accounts by Dampier and Torquemada (important in the literature of Pacific exploration because of Torquemada’s account of Quiros’s voyage of 1605); through to Anson’s famous mid-century voyage into the Pacific and the great voyage accounts of Bougainville, Cook and La Pérouse. Early European descriptions of China are represented in Sir George Staunton’s Embassy; descriptions seized upon by the thinkers of the Enlightenment for their revelations of distant cultures, evolved without European influence. It is sometimes easy to overlook the scale of these accounts, and to take for granted their achievement in what has been termed the “double deed that consists of sailing round the world then writing an account of it” (Mary Louise Pratt). A few highlights are listed below. Please click here to view the full list.

Our featured work is the wonderful Flora Australasica, by Robert Sweet. Published in 1827, Sweet was fascinated by the cultivation of exotic plants and his is the first Australian botanical book with illustrations taken from live specimens. Please click here for a full description.

We invite you to follow us on Instagram at hordern_house where we have recently begun posting regular selections.

Please browse our site for catalogues and other special lists which include:

Papua & New Guinea


Imaginary Voyages

The Navy List


Pacific Northwest


K is for Kangaroo

Convict History & Transportation

Missionaries in Australia & the South Pacific

Portuguese Travellers

DAMPIER, William.

Nouveau Voyage autour du monde… Rouen, 1715.

‘Of examination and inquiry rather than of discovery’

AUD $4250

[see 4106060 at]


Monarchia Indiana… Madrid, 1723.

Early Pacific voyages with important American west coast content

AUD $17,500

[see 4401788 at]

COOK, Captain James.

A set of the three voyage accounts. London, 1773-1784.

Cook’s voyages: with the extra atlas, and uniform contemporary provenance

AUD $72,000

[see 4504379 at]

LA PEROUSE, Jean François de Galaup de.

Voyage de La Pérouse autour du Monde… Paris, 1797.

The Classical atlas with ‘modern’ maps

AUD $42,500

[see 4504304 at]

For further information or any enquiries please contact:

Rachel Robarts

Anne McCormick

Derek McDonnell

Hordern House, Level 2, 255 Riley Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia

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