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La Haye and Paris: Pierre Aillaud, 1786.
Science in the wake of Pacific explorationOctavo, [ii], 236 pp., uncut copy in original buntpapier wrappers. Curious and eclectic collection of essays on geography, astronomy, and recent voyage discoveries. The geographical sections are informed by the discoveries of Cook, la Pérouse and...
London: George Cawthorn, 1797.
The "most esteemed" English plays34 volumes, 16mo., engravings; contemporary sprinkled calf, blue morocco spines richly gilt. A most handsome set of collected plays by the famous publisher Bell, 'the mischievous spirit, the very Puck of booksellers' (DNB). This fine collection includes many of the most...
Paris: Deposit des cartes, plans et journaux de la Marine, 1756.
Imagining Australia's eastern coastline conjoined with New GuineaEngraved map, 572 x 852 mm, on quite thick paper; attractively coloured with background beige wash for sea areas; folding into an original boards binding, lined with some old manuscript; manuscript...
Paris: Dépôt Génerale de la Marine, 1765.
Halley's great dream pursued by BellinChart, engraved; 620 x 930 mm. Mid eighteenth century world map showing magnetic variation through the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. This map represents decades of work by several enlightenment luminaries. The scientific study of magnetic variation was.....
Sydney: "Monitor" Press, 1826.
Relief of the poor in 1820s SydneyDuodecimo, 24 pp., some foxing particularly to the title and last page; twentieth-century "Mackaness morocco" Early Sydney printing from the press of the Monitor. The Benevolent Society was set up 'to relieve the Poor, Distressed, the Aged, and the...
London: James Ridgway, 1797-1814.
Hoping that Barangaroo will be saved from "lightning, sharks, and red men"Seventeen volumes, duodecimo, in attractive modern wrappers with double spine labels to each volume. A fine long run of an intriguing late-Georgian journal, with a good deal of interest to contemporary Australia, perhaps most...
London: James Ridgway, 1820.
Bennet's attack on Macquarie precipitating the Bigge enquiryOctavo, half-title, 144 pp.; modern half calf, gilt-title on the spine, the Hobill Cole copy with his bookplate and with the blind stamps of Tom Ramsay and Fred Eager. One of the most important political documents of the...
London: James Ridgway, 1820.
Bennet's attack on Macquarie precipitating the Bigge enquiryOctavo, Aquarius binding of full navy calf, gilt spine. An important early colonial work, Bennet's attack on the administration of Governor Macquarie, was an important document that precipitated the enquiry by Commissioner Bigge and the end of Macquarie's...
London: Robert Jennings, 1829.
Kangaroos in the Tower of LondonOctavo, with 107 wood-engravings; finely bound in contemporary red morocco gilt decorated, edges fully gilt, early inked manuscript note on endpaper. First edition. The menagerie in the Tower of London had been established in the mid-thirteenth century at which time...
London: John Van Voorst, 1860. Octavo, with eight chromolithographic plates (including the frontispiece), in the publisher's blind blocked purple cloth. The best general account of Australian natural history at the time of its publication, and still a useful work. Bennett was particularly interested in the Platypus and his account of...
London: John Van Voorst, 1860.
With coloured lithographs after AngasOctavo, with eight handcoloured lithograph plates by George French Angas; in green half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. First edition: a handsome copy of this popular book by the well-travelled naturalist. "The drawings, with a few exceptions, are from the...
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1843.
Between slander and praise.Octavo, later orange cloth; Tristan Buesst bookplate. Handbook for prospective emigrants from a former resident (Bennett lived in South australia from 1839-1842). The book offers 'a plain unvarnished statement of facts, as to the character and capabilities of a Colony...
Paris: Martinet, 1827.
Prison camps of New HollandOctavo, pp. , 67, , complete with the half-title; a fine copy, uncut, stitched the original plain dark blue wrappers. The only edition of this significant study by the historian and pioneering statistician Louis-François Benoiston de Chateauneuf (1776-1856) of convict transportation and...
Paris: F. Buisson, 1791.
First French editionTwo volumes, octavo, half-title not present in the first volume; old French sprinkled calf, spine gilt with double labels. First edition in French of this scarce narrative of a voyage in the north Pacific, particularly interesting for Alaska, Kamchatka and the Northwest. Often...
Germany? circa 1851.
Travelling menagerie including an Australian dingoTwo broadsheets (400 x 243 mm.; 218 x 380 mm.). Two wonderful German broadsheets, advertising a travelling zoo. Among the fascinating animals listed as being exhibited, the Australian dingo makes a rather surprising inclusion. The 1840s and 1850s had witnessed a....
Drowned in the WollondillyOctavo; in original cloth. Published as a memorial from the parishioners of Goulburn to their curate who was drowned age twenty-four when the Wollondilly river flooded in 1857. This volume was printed at St Augustine's College Press, Canterbury where Reverend Betts had been educated...
House of Commons: 1822-1823.
Commissioner Bigge reports on conditions in New South WalesThree volumes, folio; completely uncut and in original printed dark blue wrappers, as issued; spines neatly renewed. A very fine set of the earlier House of Commons publication of the full series of Bigge's three consequential reports...
Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel, 1849-1851.
The first Danish circumnavigationThree volumes, octavo, tinted lithographs; uncut in the original quarter purple cloth with printed labels, brown boards. Scarce official account of the first Danish circumnavigation. The Galathea made her voyage between 1845 and 1847. Forbes notes that the purpose of the mission...
London: Henry Stocking, 1837.
Governor Bourke, Mr Bingle, and some cattle rustlingOctavo, in the publisher's blind blocked navy cloth with gilt lettering. Fiery letters from the Australian magistrate and landholder John Bingle to Lord Glenelg, concerning his trial on the charge of cattle-stealing. Bingle had earlier clashed with the...
London: Jackson & Walford, 1860.
Reflections upon the Colonial Missionary SocietyOctavo, appendix, advertisement leaves; in original blind-stamped cloth. With the stamp of Arthur W Piper, South Australian Supreme Court Jurist, Federationist and son of the long-serving pastor of the Adelaide district, Thomas Piper. Thomas Binney, a fervant Congregationalist minister...
Melbourne: Hugo Wertheim, 1887.
A Victorian keepsake12mo.; a good copy in original decorated boards, cloth spine. Delightful unused birthday book: "The first of its peculiar kind ever published… specifically for the benefit of Victorian readers". Principally an advertising vehicle for Wertheim sewing machines and Hapsburg pianos, it nevertheless is...
London: John Richardson, 1832.
With a fine Arrowsmith mapOctavo, with two engraved plates and a large hand-coloured folding map; very good in original boards with green cloth spine and printed label. First edition. An important account of Tasmania, intended for distribution among shareholders and prospective shareholders of the Van...
London: John Richardson, 1832.
With a fine Arrowsmith mapOctavo, with two engraved plates and a large hand-coloured folding map; very good in original boards, early inked ownership inscription on front board, with later papered spine and printed label, modern slipcase. First edition. An important account of Tasmania, intended for...