Catalogue of Magic and Occult Books and DrawingsPublished on 28 May 2020
Please, take a moment to look at our new catalogue of books and artworks of magic and the occult. The catalogue is divided in three parts: Printed books from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, here you will find a variety of rare and fine books on witchcraft and witch-trials, Satanic possession and magic, including works by Ficino, Iamblichus, Sinclair, Mather and Hutchinson; Modern editions, including the Golden Hind signed by the editors Clifford Bax and Austin Osman Spare and a rich and varied selection of books by Aleister Crowley and John Symonds; Drawings by Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare and James Boswell.[...] Read more
Auction catalogue 155 - on Friday, 5. 6. 2020Published on 27 May 2020
Containing 499 lots. We accept phone bid applications and absentee bids by e-mail.[...] Read more
EthnographyPublished on 27 May 2020
Specialities : Pacificana
Koapena, the formidable New Guinea chief of the Hood River region, south-east of Port Moresby, was painted in 1885 by the Russian scientist and artist Miklouho-Maclay. Koapena was known as "a great fighting chief, one of the finest men we have seen" (Lyne, "New Guinea", p. 114).
The portrait superbly illustrates the late-nineteenth-century relationship between Australia and New Guinea; furthermore it specifically illustrates the personal bond that existed between the enigmatic Russian explorer, artist and ethnographer Miklouho-Maclay and the British commander of the Australian Station, Sir James Erskine at the very time that Sir James had proclaimed New Guinea as a British Protectorate - a momentous event in the history of both countries.
This important painting has remained in the family of Commodore Erskine until recent times. For a full catalogue description click here:
To accompany this we have prepared an online catalogue of fifty items of ethnographic interest, which can be seen here:
Please note that Hordern House catalogue prices are in Australian dollars (currently AUD$100.00 equals approximately US$65.00 / EUR 60.00/ GBP 53.00).
Livres anciens du Vieux Continent du 16e et plusPublished on 26 May 2020
Livres anciens du Vieux Continent du 16e et plus : Première édition en France de la Divine comédie de DANTE en 1547 - HÉRALDISME avec Jean HERMANT et Claude-Francois MENESTRIER - L'Ancienne ROME, en 1713, de Francois DESEINE avec 132 planches gravées - Acquisition récente d'une douzaine de titres. Un PDF de 9 pages illustrées. Fin mai 2020.[...] Read more