Romance & Prejudice - Visions of Other. Asia Through Western Eyes and the West through the Eyes of AsiaPublished on 23 July 2012
This catalogue offers a snapshot of the clash and misunderstandings between cultures of the East and the West in the 19th century with just over 40 items book, prints and maps offered from the early 18th century to the first part of the 20th century.[...] Read more
Catalogue 14: Latin AmericanaPublished on 22 Nov. 2011
108 items including a number of broadsides and documents in Spanish, Portuguese, and Quechua, concerning the early 19th century political revolutions convulsing Latin America, as well as works on Law, Military Memoirs, Medicine, Travel, Jesuits, Slavery, Literature, and South American Indians.[...] Read more
Oriental ArtPublished on 29 Aug. 2011
Over 150 books and auction catalogs devoted to oriental art including painting, sculpture, fashion, prints, tapestries, etc. All items are illustrated in the catalog, and prices range from $20 to four figures.[...] Read more
The Great South LandPublished on 16 Aug. 2011
This catalogue of books and maps tells the story of a New World. Unlike the American discoveries to which that phrase is often taken to refer, this New World is the result of a push to the east and the south. The story of its development from theory to actuality is also the story of the exploration, exploitation, and occupation of the East Indies, South East Asia, and the Pacific as the competing national interests played out their grand battle.
As this catalogue amply attests, the early modern voyages have a fascinating pre-history which stretches back to the classical geographers, whose works became some of the most important early printed books in the late 1400s and 1500s. Gradually the early imaginings became replaced by the belief that a vast Southern Continent could contain riches and exotica: the Ophir of King Solomon, the lands reported by Marco Polo and golden islands, reputed to have been known to the Incas, lying somewhere in the South Pacific. When Quirós though he had found it he grandly named it Austrialia del Spiritu Santo.
This catalogue is arranged in sections that will approximately tell the story of these speculations and discoveries. There are separate sections for the major exploring nations - the Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and English. It makes a splendid roll-call: Marco Polo, Mandeville, Varthema, the first Dutch trading fleets chronicled by Lodewijcksz and Spilbergen, Jansz and the Duyfken, Quiros, Mendaña and Torres; Schouten and Le Maire showing another way across the Pacific; Tasman; Pelsaert's Batavia and the first noteworthy - and hair-raising - events in west Australia; King Manuel and Pope Leo X, Drake's great voyage, and finally William Dampier, the first English landing on the Australian continent at the cusp of the eighteenth century.