Early Australia (to 1830)
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Geneva: Imprimerie de Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1868.
With actual photographs: an early example of a scarce genreOctavo, illustrated with 20 original albumen prints of drawings (10 full-page, mounted on inserted leaves of heavy paper as plates, and 10 smaller, mounted on the text leaves in spaces left for that purpose);.....
Sydney: circa 1820-1838.
Marsden in BathurstCollection of 8 documents, ms. in ink on vellum, and ink on paper, various sizes. An interesting collection of original documents pertaining to the Rev. Samuel Marsden and his daughter Elizabeth, and their seven-hundred-acre parcel of land known as 'Biggen Grange'. The original grant.....
Parramatta: 29 April, 1831.
Marsden in Parramatta and New ZealandTwo-page autograph letter by Marsden, on watermarked paper, 325 x 200 mm., original red wax seal, old folds; stamp for the Parramatta post office. A letter from the aging and indefatigable Marsden to the pastoralists' agent, George Ranken agreeing to.....
Sydney: Robert Howe, 1824.
Robert Howe and Samuel MarsdenSmall octavo, 12 pp.; stitch-sewn in the original plain paper wrappers. Very rare: Robert Howe-printed address by Samuel Marsden, in his capacity as president of the Agricultural Society of New South Wales. This is the second report of this important society.....
Sydney: 31 October, 1815.
To Marsden's fellow-traveller and authorFolio; manuscript in ink on vellum, 262 x 445 mm.; with suspended paper seal. An original grant of land made in the year that the road to Bathurst was officially opened. Bathurst was the first settlement to be opened west of.....
Adelaide: published by the author, 1953-, 1955.
Scarce self-published biography of FlindersTwo volumes, quarto, plates and maps, original blue cloth. Limited edition of 500 copies (complete with the supplementary volume of 200 copies only). From the preface: 'The purpose of these modest pages is to present, with as much.....
Sydney: W. W. Davies, 1846. Folio, 5 pp. (numbered -1643) ; disbound. An important "Supplement" to the Government Gazette, printing the latest news of the explorations of Sir Thomas Mitchell and Samuel Augustus Perry. These supplements were not always kept with the same rigour as the Gazette proper, and are.....
London: T. & W. Boone, 1839.
Mitchell's early expeditions: a classic work of inland explorationTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 51 lithographic plates including six colour chromolithographic and three folding plates, and a large folding map; in the original publisher's blocked green cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Second.....
London: William Clowes, 1828.
Mitchell on military drillOctavo, letterpress and 26 plates, some offsetting as common; an appealing copy in contemporary red quarter roan. Major Mitchell's famous book on military exercises and musketry drills with its series of marvellous lithographic plates. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, explorer and Surveyor-General in.....
London: Saturday Magazine, 1836-, 1837.
Rare compilation … the full run of twenty parts20 parts, in 24 issues, small folio, with woodcut illustrations throughout; bound together in modern half blue morocco. A series of valuable contemporary accounts of New South Wales in the 1830s by William Romaine Govett, one.....
London: 6 December, 1838. Single sheet, wove paper, 23 x 18.5 cm.; some wear along the old folds, but in excellent condition. A fascinating manuscript document, thanking Mitchell for his gift to Queen Victoria of his 'Work on Australia, and a Set of his Maps'. The letter is dated December.....
Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, circa 1700.
Dutch seventeenth century map of the Australian coastEngraved map, 565 x 860 mm (map size); contemporary hand-colouring, framed. First issue of Mortier's important and highly attractive large format Dutch map depicting the "coasts of Asia" and including a good and substantial early depiction of.....
London: T. Hatchard, 1852. Small octavo, frontispiece, folding map and numerous vignettes; in original gilt decorated green cloth. Rare: first edition, first issue of a work that was one of the most popular goldfields-era accounts of Australia. 'If you were in Sydney, you would hardly think you were in a......
Brisbane: Edmund Gregory, 1896.
Seventeen years with the Aborigines of North QueenslandSmall octavo, 45 pp., two photographic reproductions, original printed blue paper wrappers, preserved in a silk-lined green morocco box by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Rare nineteenth-century edition of an important account of the shipwreck of James Murrells and the.....
London: T. & W. Boone, 1835.
Boone's first Australian publication.Octavo; in the original green morocco-grain half cloth and drab papered boards; printed paper label on the spine. First and only edition of Boone's first Australian publication. Between 1835 and 1853 Thomas and William Boone would publish an outstanding series.....
Whitehall: 7 July 1786.
Principal instigators of the First FleetTwo laid paper sheets measuring 315 x 205 mm., the first comprising the manuscript letter, the second being the original cover sheet with docket title. Early manuscript document pre-dating the departure of the First Fleet concerning two principal figures in.....
[Sydney?]: circa 1840s.
Unsigned caricature of three men in mid-century New South WalesThree ink caricatures on a single sheet of laid foolscap paper, 215 x 340 mm. A charming naïve ink sketch executed in mid-century Sydney. The three figures make an interesting tableau and would seem to illustrate a......
Newcastle, N.S.W. 31 July, 1845. Three-page letter, folded to letter-size 255 x 205 mm., stamped at both Sydney and Newcastle. An interesting intra-colonial letter from the Newcastle businessman William Dudding to the prominent Sydney trader Robert Towns. William Dudding was a civil servant working in the Hunter. In 1850 he.....
London: John Murray, 1820.
The first major book of inland exploration, and the first on New EnglandQuarto, with three folding maps or charts, two folding tables, a folding engraved plate (repaired) and five aquatints, two with original hand-colouring; an attractive copy in recent full calf, spine gilt-decorated. First edition.....
London: John Murray, 1820.
The first major book of inland exploration, and the first on New EnglandQuarto, with separate title page for Part II, three folding engraved maps, two folding diagrams and six plates (two finely hand-coloured, one folding); uncut in original boards, well rebacked in cloth with printed.....
London: John Baskett, 1720. Small folio, 8 pp. including armorial title, text pp. 451-455), some browning and offsetting, but very good; disbound. Rare: with the same short-title as the Transportation Act of 1718, this is the first significant amendment of that Act, giving details of the institution of transportation and.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 2 July 1827. Folio sheet, pp. -734, armorial letterhead, very good. This Act extends the provisions of the previous legislation of July 1823 regarding the courts of New South Wales, the powers of surgeons aboard transports and other issues relating to convict discipline and.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 25 July 1828.
Pivotal document in Australian legal historyFolio, pp. -942pp., armorial letterhead, fine. 'A statute of the highest importance to students of Australian law and constitutional development' (Ferguson). This Act covers a wide range of fundamental issues regarding the structure of the.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 30 July 1822.
'seven per cent above hygrometer proof'Folio, pp. -918, armorial letterhead, fine. Regards duties on spirits and tobacco in New South Wales, giving the Governor the power 'to discontinue or reduce any such duties from time to time as occasion may require'. The.....