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A triumph of Venetian rococo book design

ZATTA, Antonio [VISENTINI, Antonio], 1761. 
£50,500
£40,400

Catalogue of Louis-Charles Desnos

DESNOS, [Louis-Charles], 1765. 
£1,000
£800

Manuscript inventory for an important Spanish cartographical library

DE AGUIRRE, Domingo; and others, 1773. 
£6,000
£4,800

D’Anville’s maps of China

D’ANVILLE, [Jean Baptiste Bourguignon], 1776. 
£4,500
£3,600

One of the earliest European chronicles of the American War of Independence

KORN, Christoph Heinrich [attr.], 1777. 
£8,000
£4,800

Index to Rouge’s Mitchell Map

LE ROUGE, George Louis, 1777. 
£10,000
£8,000

Zatta do nicely

ZATTA, Antonio, 1780. 
£1,500
£1,200

Cook in Parts!

ANDERSON, George William pseud., 1785. 
£750
£600

Unrecorded chart of the Billiton Strait

INSKIP, John, 1788. 
£750
£600

Joseph Huddart’s Certificate of Admittance to Trinity House, the Lighthouse Authority

HUDDART, Joseph; Charles WILDBORE; and Hector ROSE, 1790. 
£3,500
£2,800

An innovative globe

COVENS, Cornelius, 1802. 
£3,000
£2,400

The first scientific analysis of the American Southwest

HUMBOLDT, Alexander von [and] Aime J.A. BONPLAND, 1811. 
£45,000
£27,000

Catalogue of maps and atlases published by the Spanish Admiralty

REAL DIRECCION DE TRABAJOS HIDROGRAFICOS, 1815. 
£12,000
£9,600

Bigge’s damning report of Macquarie’s tenure as emancipist Governor of the Colony of New South Wales

BIGGE, John Thomas; and Governor Lachlan MACQUARIE, 1822. 
£8,000
£6,400

Inquiry in the Poyasian Fraud

CODD, Edward, 1824. 
£4,000
£2,400

A hydrographer’s library

BUACHE, Jean Nicolas, 1826. 
£850
£680