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London: Day and Son, 1852. Coloured lithograph measuring 250 x 350 mm., mounted and framed. Dramatic and finely executed coloured lithograph of the survey vessel HMS Rattlesnake by eminent marine artist Sir Oswald Brierly (1817 - 1894). Under the command of Captain Stanley Owen the Rattlesnake undertook an extensive marine...
Brisbane: Rogers & Harley, 1868.
Colonial Magic and MysterySilk theatre bill with green ribbon border, 355 x 238mm. A rare commemorative silk theatre bill on the Lieutenant Governor's attendance at "Professor'' Hennicke's fabulous amusements at the Brisbane School of Arts. According to notices in the Brisbane Courier these entertainments...
Sydney: 30 June 1823.
200 acres in MethvenLarge printed vellum leaf, completed in manuscript, approx. 290 x 257 mm., verso blank except for ms. docket title; original folds, with well-preserved ribbon and paper seal attached. Fine original land grant signed by the sixth governor, for 200 acres in Methven...
London: J. M. Dent, 1922.
Colour plates by Edmund DulacSix volumes, octavo, with a total of 60 colour plates (including frontispieces), otherwise a most attractive set in uniform half polished navy calf by Bayntun with ornate gilt spine ornament and crimson labels. Collected edition of the Brontë novels, here...
Paris: chez Durand, 1756.
The great French study of the South SeasTwo volumes, quarto, with seven folding maps, complete with errata leaves, and with the additional series of asterisked leaves (volume I, pp. 437*-450*); contemporary French mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments between raised bands, double red & green...
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1860.
Goldfields land dispute examinedTall quarto, xxii, 96pp., fine in a handsome half navy morocco by Sangorski, spine gilt with raised bands. Detailed report tabled in Victorian parliament on disputed land ownership and miner's rights at Brown's Diggings (including Smythe's Creek, North Briton and...
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1860.
Goldfields land dispute examinedTall quarto, xxii, 96pp., fine in a crushed brown morocco, spine gilt with raised bands. Detailed report tabled in Victorian parliament on disputed land ownership and miner's rights at Brown's Diggings (including Smythe's Creek, North Briton and Contest Leads). The...
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1906.
Pioneer prospectors of the tropical NorthTall quarto, with five folding maps and plans (some colour), oirginal green cloth with gilt lettering. Detailed report and travel itinerary of the government geological expedition to the Kimberley and remote north in 1905. Unexpected additions include notes on fossils...
Offprint: Transactions of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, Vol. IV, Part II, 1905.
Presentation copy of a rare offprintOctavo, pp. 63-70, with four photographic plates (numbered 7 to 10); modern quarter calf. Rare: not recorded by Rosove or Renard, this is an offprint of an account of the...
Leeds: William Brown, 1849.
A Yorkshire man amongst the YankeesOctavo, handsome full red morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The author was a Leeds clothing merchant, who 'having been called upon, in many towns and villages in Yorkshire, to recite my personal narrative of America and the Americans, a....
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1845.
Polemic on New Zealand: Waitangi and WakefieldOctavo, viii, 302 pp. (incorrectly paginated 320); in the publisher's blind blocked deep green cloth, gilt. A detailed and informative account of Maori life and custom from the perspective of a successful merchant settler. 'Brown, a shrewd...
Melbourne: Mason, Firth & Co., General Printers, n.d., 1868.
Overlanding cattle to South AustraliaSmall octavo; original limp cloth, titling label on upper board. The high-risk and pioneering culture of "overlanding" was well entrenched in Australia by the time Browne wrote this most informative handbook. The famous explorer Charles Sturt...
London: Darton and Clark, 1842.
The health of convicts on convict transportsSmall octavo, 238 pp., original printer's green cloth. Important book by Browning building on his experience as a Surgeon on board convict transports, most notably the Elphinstone which arrived in Hobart in 1836. Browning could not be accused...
Adelaide: Hutchison, Craker, & Smith, 1893.
South Australian Pastoral History.Octavo, portrait frontispiece; original green cloth with gilt title, inscription on title page to W.C.M. Finniss from W.P.Auld May 1912. Gift from William P Auld, (vigneron & a surveyor on the 1861-2 McDouall Stuart expedition to traverse the continent, and.....
Sydney: Australian Medical Gazette, 1888. Octavo; in original green cloth. An exhaustive guide to over 200 health resorts in Australia and New Zealand, with analyses of mineral waters, services and therapeutic indications. Also includes activities available to patients, such as Killarney, Queensland, "Very pretty scenery, and dry, bracing climate. Shooting...
Paris: chez Brunet, 1814.
The bibliographer's grailFour volumes, octavo; contemporary half calf, flat spines gilt with black leather labels. Second edition, greatly expanded from the first of the most famous rare book bibliographies. 'Brunet's annotations… are often still unsurpassed. There is hardly any other bibliography in which the wide...
Geneva: Carey, 1866.
With a folding map of the Canterbury provinceLarge octavo, 22pp., with a folding map; original yellow printed wrappers. A very scarce pamphlet, in fine condition. De Budé's brief study of the province of Canterbury with short supplements on pastoralism and emigration. Why the title-page is headed.....
London: Smith Elder, 1898. Octavo, original blue cloth, with gold vignette on upper board; well illustrated, pages untrimmed;. An excellent copy of the first edition. A ripping yarn based on the author's experiences on board the Splendid of New Bedford, in whaling grounds off 'the Solanders, Vau Vau, South Pacific...
London: Smith Elder, 1898. Octavo, frontispiece and seven other plates and a folding map; in original blue cloth, with gilt vignette on upper board, quarter morocco case. First edition of this ripping yarn, based on the author's experiences on board the Splendid of New Bedford, in whaling grounds off 'the...
London: 1831. Engraving, 280 x 450 mm.; mounted. Scarce panoramic view of Hobart, complete with key description, based on an original painting by Augustus Earle. Earle arrived in Tasmania in January 1825 and painted "a series of linked watercolour views of Hobart Town which were later developed into this panorama...
Melbourne: Wilson and Mackinnon, 1862.
First edition, first issueOctavo, engraved frontispiece and large folding map of Australia; original linen-backed pink printed card boards; bookplate of Captain Frederick Aarons; quarter morocco box. First edition, first of several issues, of the first public printing of Landsborough's journals from the Burke and...
Melbourne: Wilson and Mackinnon, 1861.
A pristine copy in the original wrappers: with the frontispiece portraits of Burke and WillsOctavo, iv, 36 pp. (last blank), with a striking lithographic portrait frontispiece of both explorers (later portrait of Wills pasted to rear of frontispiece), well preserved copy in original green...
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1862.
Letters and journals of Burke and WillsOctavo, title-page with engraved portrait of Burke, detailed folding map; early (contemporary?) dark green half calf. First edition, first issue. Jackson, who knew Burke personally and was an officer in the same regiment as Burke's father, published...