Edition Renard

Edition Renard is a new imprint established by antiquarian bookseller Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd. for publishing books in small editions with high production values. The material selected for publication ranges across a variety of topics generally associated with Australia and the neighbouring regions in such diverse fields as exploration, settlement, natural history, and art, but with an emphasis on historical aspects. Our aim is to re-publish important works from the past and to put into book form a variety of previously unpublished material - manuscripts, diaries, drawings, and the like.
Our republished works are in some instances high quality facsimiles, i.e. direct reproductions of rare works unpublished since their original or very early editions, and in other cases are true new editions, with the text matter reset in attractive and readable type, and with illustrations added to, or enhanced from the originals.
Our entirely new publications will supplement the already-published material in their respective fields, and will generally include both text and illustrations, presented in a variety of type faces and formats selected and designed to complement the topic and period of the subject matter.
Modern technology, such as scanners, computers and laser printers together with the latest software, occasionally complemented by traditional printing skills such as letterpress, are utilised to design and print the works in a manner analogous to the private presses of the past. By the use of modern technologies we produce interesting and attractive books with elegant typography and innovative use of colour which would hitherto have been prohibitively costly for small editions. We use only materials of high quality such as acid-free archival papers and boards, and the books are bound by hand, again using high quality and unusual leathers, buckram or book cloths, marbled papers, cane centred silk headbands and genuine gold. We employ highly skilled hand and small edition binders to design and engineer to our general plan, bindings which are not only handsome, but strong and functional, and will last under normal use for hundreds
of years.
The editions are small, typically two hundred copies at most, and all copies are numbered. Prices range from about a hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars per copy depending on the scope and complexity of the work and the sumptuousness of the binding.

Now available from Edition Renard:

Our eighth publication:

Robert Jarman’s JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO THE SOUTH SEAS, IN THE “JAPAN,” employed in the Sperm Whale Fishery, under the command of Capt. John May was first published in 1838 (two issues, Beccles and London) and has never been reprinted until now. It is an important and exciting account of whaling and seafaring life in the early nineteenth century, one of only three full-length accounts of a whaling voyage published at the time (the other two being by surgeons Thomas Beale and Frederick Debell Bennett appearing in 1839 and 1840 respectively and both reprinted in facsimile in the 1970s). As well as being the first published, Jarman’s is the only account by a common sailor “before the mast”. Our new edition is much more than a facsimile however. Carefully reset to reproduce the original text and layout line-for-line, it contains, in addition, copious informative and interesting end-notes by Robert M. Warneke, together with his introduction, chronology, references and index.

Further supplemented by a portrait of the Author in later life, the introduction includes details of Jarman’s career and family life, making this new addition a valuable supplement to and substitute for the extremely rare original edition. Its rarity perhaps helps to explain the obscurity of this little-known but important account. Besides the wealth of interesting detail on seafaring and whaling life there are many interesting anecdotes and digressions including an account of the Bounty mutiny, the subsequent boat voyage by William Bligh and the loyal members of crew, and the activities of the mutineers with their Tahitian companions at Pitcairn. He gives a detailed account of Honolulu where the Japan arrived in October 1832 and of Port Jackson to which the ship headed after a devastating storm. Arriving in February 1833 the ship here received an extensive refit and the long stay gave Jarman the opportunity to observe and describe the Aborigines as well as the convicts and their management. Notwithstanding its factual nature and the wealth of detail, the narrative reads like a thriller and is difficult to put down.

Our new edition comprises 200 copies for sale (plus 15 for legal deposit, presentation and other purposes) all hand-numbered and stamped with an original whale design drawn from whaler’s tally stamps of the period. Specifications: 230 x 155 mm approx., 336 pages plus portrait frontispiece, comprising 242 pages of original text plus preliminaries and Introduction, Notes, Chronology, References and Index, and bibliographical note. All copies are printed on 140 gsm Saxton Chardonnay Vellum, section-sewn on tapes and bound by hand, with head- and tail-bands and marker ribbon.

Our eighth publication is available in three versions:

Limited EditionDeluxe Edition

Limited Edition: 100 copies numbered 101 to 200, bound in full grey linen, with title-labels on spine & front board & top edge dyed. These copies are priced at A$195.00.

Deluxe Edition: 70 copies numbered 31 to 100, finely bound in quarter grey goatskin, with black moire cloth sides and top edge dyed. These copies are priced at A$365.00.

Special Edition

 

 

Special Edition: 30 copies numbered 1 to 30, finely bound in full grey goatskin, with all edges dyed, and housed in buckram slipcase with paper labels. These copies are priced at A$695.00.

 

 

 

 

 


A prospectus and order form are available for download here: Jarman Prospectus (pdf)

 

Previously published by Edition Renard:

Our first publication was a fine new edition of John White’s Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, one of the most important of the First Fleet journals and the first natural history book published after Australian settlement. The leather was prepared specially for this edition in a sumac vegetable tanning using the traditional methods which enhance the natural grain and perfume of the leather. The text is set in black, red and green in a modern version of Garamond, an attractive and highly readable classic face. The 65 coloured plates have been reproduced at enlarged scale from one of the scarce coloured copies of the original edition of 1790, and the fine illustration by John White from the original title-page has also been enlarged to form an attractive frontispiece to our new edition.

This book has received two Gold Medals in Australia’s 20th National Print Awards, and as a result Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd. has been inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.


Some copies of White’s Journal are still available (see description HERE) and further information may be obtained from:—

Edition Renard
(a division of Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd.)
P.O. Box 1030, Ivanhoe, 3079, Victoria, Australia.

Telephone: +61 3 9459 5040
Fax: +61 3 9459 6787
Email: Editions@GastonRenard.com.au

 

 

 

Our second publication was issued in 2003 and some copies are still available:

ABORIGINAL LIFE IN OLD AUSTRALIA is an Enhanced Facsimile of John Heaviside Clark’s Field Sports &c. &c. of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales, the first book devoted entirely to the Aborigines of Australia, and the first Australian colour-plate book. First published in 1813-14, and famously dedicated to Rear Admiral Bligh, ex-Governor of New South Wales, it contains 10 most attractive coloured plates faithfully reproduced from the original hand-coloured aquatints, accompanied by the original text. In addition the printed paper wrappers from the extremely rare original issue in wrappers are reproduced at full size, together with an essay on their significance.

Why, you may ask, an “enhanced facsimile”? Traditionally, facsimile editions have been produced photographically, with the original printed page photographed and printed by offset lithography, reproducing all the imperfections of the original type-set page, whether original imperfections, such as poor inking, worn and broken type or creased paper, or the later ravages of time, such as foxing, soiling, even, sometimes, library stamps! In a totally new approach, Edition Renard has for this book, recreated all the original typefaces, and then reset the text, line for line to exactly match the original. The result is sharp, crisp letterpress, giving all the flavour and antique appearance of the original edition, but clearly readable and pleasing to the eye. The coloured plates have been carefully scanned, the blemishes of time removed and beautifully printed at original scale. Portions of some of the images are shown here at reduced size. The book is handsomely and strikingly hand-bound in Australian leathers of rich burgundy Emu and olive-green Kangaroo and printed cloth with motifs from the original book and wrapper. All copies are sewn, with the edges dyed and glazed to match the Emu leather spine and have head- and tail-bands and marker ribbons. The edition is of 212 copies of which 200 are for sale. Of the total, 75 copies for sale are on Large Paper and contain in addition to the ten coloured plates a complete suite of ten uncoloured plates reproduced from one of the rare uncoloured copies. These show in exquisite detail the fine original aquatint images before the application of colour.

Specifications:
Paper & Binding: Printed on archival quality 148 gsm. Soft White Mohawk Superfine. Fully sewn and hand bound in Australian Emu and Kangaroo leathers, and colour-printed cloth; coloured and glazed edges, head- and tail bands, and marker ribbon.
Text: Typeset in types recreated from the original fonts to match the original edition.
Plates: Scanned, colour-corrected and printed at 600 dpi using laser and LED toner based technology.
Limited Edition: 125 copies numbered 76-200, 4to (320 by 230 mm.), 60 pages, including ten coloured plates and two coloured reproductions of original wrapper. For full description click here.

This publication won a Bronze Medal at the 21st National Print Awards.

Further information may be obtained from:—

 

Edition Renard
(a division of Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd.)
P.O. Box 1030, Ivanhoe, 3079, Victoria, Australia.
Telephone: +61 3 9459 5040 Fax: +61 3 9459 6787
Email: Editions@GastonRenard.com.au

 

Our third publication was issued in 2004:

Captain Watkin Tench’s Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay, was first published in 1789 and is now republished in an attractive type-facsimile of the first edition.

This book won a Bronze Medal at the 22nd National Print Awards:

The Limited Edition, of 120 numbered copies, is handsomely bound in dark blue cloth, full description here.

Our brochure with additional details and order form may be viewed or downloaded in PDF format here:

Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay

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Further information may be obtained from:—

 

Edition Renard
(a division of Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd.)
P.O. Box 1030, Ivanhoe, 3079, Victoria, Australia.
Telephone: +61 3 9459 5040 Fax: +61 3 9459 6787
Email:
Editions@GastonRenard.com.au

 

Our fourth publication won two Silver Medals at the 22nd National Print Awards and is now available:

A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland.

Written by James Edward Smith, the figures by James Sowerby. First published in 1793-95, and now reprinted for the first time by Edition Renard.

This beautiful book, the first Flora of Australia, contains 16 superb coloured botanical plates. With preliminary matter and bibliographical notes there are 80 pages of text, and included are several illustrations of original wrappers and title-pages to complement the notes.

Never before reprinted, and strictly limited to 212 numbered copies (200 for sale), our new edition will be available in three forms, all printed on archival quality Soft White Superfine Eggshell, and finely hand-bound in full antique-style golden brown Australian-tanned leather, with raised bands, contrasting morocco title-label and dyed edges:

Limited Edition (120 copies) - 250 x 320 mm., an exact facsimile of the original edition, printed in full colour (plates) and black (text) at original size. A$650.00. For full description click here.

Deluxe Edition (60 copies) - 305 x 400 mm., printed in colours on Large Paper, with the superb plates enlarged by 25%, the text entirely reset in Caslon types and enhanced with judicious use of colour. A$1150.00. For full description click here.

Our prospectus with additional details and order form may be viewed or downloaded in PDF format here:

A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland

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Further information may be obtained from:—

Edition Renard
(a division of Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd.)
P.O. Box 1030, Ivanhoe, 3079, Victoria, Australia.
Telephone: +61 3 9459 5040 Fax: +61 3 9459 6787
Email:
Editions@GastonRenard.com.au

 

Our fifth book:

Ensign George Bond’s A Brief Account of the Colony of Port Jackson in New South Wales, was first published in 1803 and is now available for the first time since 1810 in an attractive and definitive new edition.
A very rare book in any edition, this important private account of the fledgling colony under Governor Hunter, has hitherto been virtually unprocurable. Although evidently quite popular in its time (with seven editions printed in as many years), and although it is a very readable narrative largely derived from first-hand experience, this interesting book has not been republished since about 1810.
Our new edition has been reprinted exactly, from the original first edition of 1803, together with the additions and corrections of the subsequent editions. We have used Berthold Baskerville types — a sympathetic rendering for the original typefaces. The first edition was very closely set in small type, of 18 pages, and subsequent editions, some containing additional matter, were also in small type making only 24 pages in total. We have thought it advisable to use a slightly larger type, so that our new edition, in a format similar to the original, comprises 30 pages of original text, which together with preliminary matter and bibliographical, historical and publishing notes forms a handsome small volume of 48 pages.
Our edition includes the texts of all subsequent surviving editions, together with notes on the variations. Our notes comprise a summary of the known facts of the Author, a bibliographical account and checklist of the various editions published by or for the Author, and technical notes on the production of the new edition.
The edition is limited to 200 numbered copies for sale, plus 12 copies hors commerce. All copies are printed on archival quality Soft White Superfine Eggshell and fully section sewn.
The standard Limited edition (100 copies, numbered 101-200) is cased in french folded stiff wrappers, with printed paper label, modestly priced (A$75.00 plus postage). For full description click
here.

75 Deluxe copies (numbered 26-100) are case-bound in papered boards, with printed title-label and translucent dustwrapper. These deluxe copies are priced at A$110.00 plus postage. For full description click here.

 

Further information may be obtained from:—

Edition Renard
(a division of Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd.)
P.O. Box 1030, Ivanhoe, 3079, Victoria, Australia.
Telephone: +61 3 9459 5040 Fax: +61 3 9459 6787
Email:
Editions@GastonRenard.com.au

 

Our sixth book:

First published in 1805, with a second edition in 1822, and now reprinted for the first time.

This publication won a Silver Medal at the 24th National Print Awards and a Diamond Award (first prize) at the Victorian Printing Industries' Craftsmanship Awards and is now available:

Our sixth publication is a fine facsimile of the first natural history book to be published with plates engraved in the colony: John William Lewin’s Prodromus Entomology, Natural History of Lepidopterous Insects of New South Wales, first published in 1805 and reissued in 1822 but never reprinted since. The original 1805 edition, containing 18 plates, was available in small 4to and large 4to versions with different standards of colouring, while the 1822 edition contained an additional frontispiece. All the original versions are extremely rare. Our new edition contains the 19 coloured plates, with a Deluxe version in hand-marbled boards, while a few Special copies, finely bound in full leather and printed on large paper, contain additional versions of the coloured plates taken from the deluxe issue of the first edition. Included is a definitive bibliographical account of the work

First published in 1805, with a second edition in 1822, John William Lewin’s Prodromus Entomology, Natural History of the Lepidopterous Insects of New South Wales, was the first Australian natural history book illustrated with plates produced in Australia from original observation. Of enduring scientific value, with fourteen species first depicted and described by Lewin, this beautiful and rare book has not been republished before now.
Our new edition contains 19 attractive coloured plates faithfully reproduced from the hand-coloured originals, and an enhanced facsimile of the delightful and interesting text giving a wonderful taste of Lewin’s meticulous observations. Accompanying the text is a 30-page illustrated essay on the history and bibliography of this fascinating work including a census of known copies of the original editions. For the text we have recreated electronic versions of the original typefaces and reset to exactly match the original editions in elegant and crisp typography.


Limited to 200 numbered copies, finely bound, our new edition reproduces the original bindings. The Limited edition (100 copies) reproduces the first known publisher’s binding of the second edition (c. 1825). The Deluxe edition (70 copies) reproduces the superior second publisher’s binding of the second edition (c. 1827), with specially commissioned hand-marbled sides to match the original, while the Special edition (30 copies, sold out) echoes a contemporary (1805) binding of the Large Paper sumptuous issue of the first edition with specially hand-marbled endpapers to match and fully gilt edges, and includes copies of both the first and second edition plates (37 plates in all) and the hand-tinted pink interleaves of the first edition.

Specifications:

 

Limited Edition: 100 copies, numbered 101-200. Small quarto (220 x 280 mm approx.), 72 pages, plus 19 coloured plates, 4 black and white illustrations in text, printed on 148 gsm Mohawk Superfine Soft White Eggshell, nicely bound in half leather with papered sides and printed title label, gilt title on spine, head- and tail-bands and marker ribbon.

 

Deluxe Edition: 70 copies, numbered 31-100. Quarto (230 x 295 mm approx.), 90 pages including plain interleaves, plus 19 coloured plates, 4 tinted illustrations in text, printed on 148 gsm Mohawk Superfine Soft White Eggshell, nicely bound in half leather with specially commissioned hand-marbled sides and printed title label, spine gilt, with raised bands, yellow-dyed edges, head- and tail-bands and marker ribbon.

 

Published by:

Edition Renard
(a division of Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd.)
P.O. Box 1030, Ivanhoe, 3079, Victoria, Australia.
Telephone: +61 3 9459 5040 Fax: +61 3 9459 6787
Email:
Editions@GastonRenard.com.au

Two versions of this edition are still available:

The Limited Edition of 100 copies numbered 101-200 is priced at Australian $660.00 (postage extra).

The Deluxe Edition comprises 70 copies numbered 31-100 priced at Australian $925.00 (postage extra).

You can use the Order Form here: Lewin Order Form (pdf)

 

Our seventh book:

This book won a Gold Medal for Limited Editions in Australia’s 25th National Print Awards.

Phillip Binding

Portait of Governor Phillip

Our seventh publication, is a fine new edition of the first official account of the First Fleet, The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay, originally published in 1789. Our new edition includes the 31 fine coloured plates from the very rare special deluxe version of the original publication as well as the remaining uncoloured charts and plates. It is produced in similar style and as a companion volume to our first publication, White’s Journal, attractively bound in full burgundy-red leather, with gilt edges. With 31 fine coloured natural history plates, 3 uncoloured natural history plates, a plate of Aboriginal artefacts, 7 fine views and 2 coastal profiles, 4 portraits and 7 charts this well-illustrated work is the first substantial account of the sailing of the First Fleet and the early settlement of New South Wales. The text is compiled from all three of the original editions produced by John Stockdale from official papers, and is accompanied by a bibliographical account of these publications and a brief survey of all eighteenth and nineteenth-century editions.

Wedgwood MedallionIn addition the vignette of the medallion produced by Josiah Wedgwood from Sydney clay is described and reproduced in its various engravings of the eighteenth century. The letterpress is finely typeset in Garamond and printed in red and black with occasional use of additional colour. Of folio dimensions (450 mm by 320 mm) the book is bound in full burgundy Australian goatskin, stamped in genuine gold, with genuine gold gilt edges, cane-centred headbands and marker ribbon.

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The Deluxe version includes also the uncoloured versions of the plates in the standard original edition and the Special copies are accompanied by an additional suite of the coloured natural history and uncoloured topographical plates in unbound form, suitable for framing, the whole housed in a fine full cloth Solander box. These copies are already nearly sold out.

The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay is limited to 200 copies for sale, plus 12 copies hors commerce.Hut in New South Wales

The Limited Edition (100 numbered copies) is as described above, the text comprising 264 pages approx., and 55 charts and plates.

The Deluxe Edition (75 numbered copies) includes 31 uncoloured natural history plates from the standard uncoloured version of the first edition in addition to the coloured versions (86 plates and charts in all).

The Special Edition (25 numbered copies) is as for the Deluxe Edition above, but includes an additional suite of the plates, unbound and suitable for framing, the whole housed in a cloth Solander box, lined with moire silk, with gilt title and illustration of the vignette on the front.

The edition is available in three versions as described above.

The Limited Edition of 100 copies numbered 101-200 is priced at Australian $2950.00 (postage extra).

The Deluxe Edition comprises 75 copies numbered 26-100 priced at Australian $3850.00 (postage extra).

The Special Edition comprises copies numbered 1 to 25 priced at Australian $5250.00 (postage extra).

 

You can use the Order Form here: Phillip order (pdf)

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Six of our first eight publications have won Medals for excellence and/or innovation at the Australian National Print Awards.

 

Further information may be obtained from:—

Edition Renard
(a division of Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd.)
P.O. Box 1030, Ivanhoe, 3079, Victoria, Australia.
Telephone: +61 3 9459 5040 Fax: +61 3 9459 6787
Email:
Editions@GastonRenard.com.au