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London: William Harrison Ainsworth, 1828.
A Voyage to New Holland for childrenOctavo, illustrated throughout with wood-engravings; half calf gilt, marbled boards. The first Christmas annual for children and scarce, this contains a twelve-page account of a Voyage to New Holland. The author notes that '... in time New Holland.....
London: Chatto and Windus, no date, but circa 1876. Two volumes, octavo, engravings; in original green cloth. Delightfully illustrated throughout with original engravings included the folding transportation engraving "Probable Effects of Over Female Emigration". Cruikshank's illusrations are celebrated, and these works extending as they do over a nineteen year period-.....
London: Henry Colburn, 1827.
One of the best introductions to NSW in the 1820sTwo volumes, duodecimo; nineteenth-century polished calf, spine gilt with black morocco labels, bookplates of William Henry Cox in both volumes. First edition: a lively and engaging description of New South Wales in the 1820s by Peter.....
Leipzig: Hartmann, 1829.
Classic account of the colony by a convict surgeonOctavo, original half roan. A very good copy of the uncommon German translation of Cunningham's valuable account of the colony, considered an Australian classic: 'an acute observer and possessed a pleasant literary style, so that Two Years in.....
London: House of Commons, 14 July, 1828.
Governor Darling roasted over the coalsTall quarto, 10 pp. and docket title sheet; unfolded. Fascinating collection of published correspondence from Governor Darling to British Parliament concerning the dramatic punishment of troops dodging their service in the New South Wales 57th Regiment. Darling.....
Melbourne: Government printer, 1864.
Western Australia - the last convict colonySingle foolscap sheet. Parliamentary printing of a despatch from the acting Colonial Secretary, Henry Pelham Clinton (the fifth Lord Newcastle) to Governor Sir Charles Darling concerning the removal of convicts from Victoria to Western Australia: 'recommends that all male.....
Sydney: 27 May 1828.
From convict to coach proprietorBifolium, printed form on vellum, early folds and some soiling, seal detached. A good, large original document, with signatures of the governor Sir Ralph Darling and Alexander McLeay, and remnants of red wax seal, granting a conditional pardon. William Cuthbert had.....
London: Scott, Webster & Geary, 1837.
Famous colonial view as fore-edge paintingDuodecimo, frontispiece and engraved title-page; contemporary roan with gilt to spine and boards. An attractive fore-edge painting based upon the famous Sydney Cove view engraved by Edward Dayes. This image, transmitted through various forms (from oil on canvas.....
London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1893. Octavo, 368pp., colour folding map and 14 plates; maroon cloth, gilt title to spine, A compelling and vivid autobiographical narrative of travels in colonial Australia. John Demarr, a Yorkshire farmer, arrived in Sydney in 1839 and travelled extensively through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland working.....
London: William Clowes and Sons for HMSO, February, 1849. Tall quarto, with a large folding plate; overall a good copy in understated modern polished half calf, front wrapper bound in at rear. The continuation of the previous report: this Parliamentary report on the state of convict management was printed shortly.....
Hobart: Hobart Town Advertiser Office, 1851.
Tasmania, not "where the orgies of Hell are unceasingly performed…"Slim octavo, viii, 48 pp., some early ink underlining; an excellent copy, handsomely bound in full brown crushed morocco by Sangorski. Most uncommon on the market, and a very attractive copy of this fiercely.....
London: Blackie & Son Ltd., 1946.
Private press edition of an early Australian voyageSmall slim octavo, fine in original red cloth. Printed for private circulation: records a voyage made from Australia to England in 1842. Elizabeth Isabella Georgiana Dixon was eighteen years of age at the time.
Dumas on convicts, New Caledonia and Botany BaySix sheets of neatly written autograph manuscript on light blue paper, headed "Les Bagnes", each sheet measuring 276 x 215 mm., preserved in a neat modern slipcase. An important and revealing manuscript essay on prisons and convict transportation by the.....
London: HMSO for the Colonial Office, 17 March 1843.
Bounty immigrants bound for New South WalesFoolscap folio, iv, 158pp. (last blank), red half morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt spine lettering, top edge gilt. Invaluable historical resource, containing much information comparing the respective merits of emigration to.....
London: John Souter, 1822.
Emigration to TasmaniaOctavo, with folding engraved view of Hobart Town after a sketch by Evans; a fine uncut copy with large margins; handsome half crushed red-brown morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. First edition of Evans' important and influential emigrants' guide to Tasmania. A separately issued.....
London: John Murray, 1825.
A great compendium of early science and discoveryOctavo, with a frontispiece, four folding maps and two botanical plates at rear; an attractive copy in later full tan calf gilt, red spine label, Bonython bookplate. First edition: one of the more important and interesting works relating.....
London: Printed for J. Butterworth, 1810.
From the library of Barron FieldOctavo, with armorial bookplate of Barron Field; contemporary simple calf binding with red leather label. From the library of Barron Field with his bookplate. This significant contemporary legal text has a pleasing association, having once been part of.....
London: War Office, 1787. Octavo, [ii], 372 pp., contemporary ownership notation to title-page, in recent boards with linen backstrip. Handbook listing the officers of the British army and marines, published just three months prior to the departure of the First Fleet from Portsmouth on 13 May 1787. The book lists.....
London: sold by T. Wilkie, 29 April 1788.
News relayed from Cape TownFolio, eight pages measuring 220 x 290 mm. This issue of the London Chronicle dated 26-29 April 1788 contains a brief but informative dispatch from an unidentified First Fleet officer penned at the Cape of Good Hope.....
London: T. Wilkie, February 21-24, 1789.
News of the fleet relayed via ChinaFolio, eight pages, 288 x 220 mm. Contains a brief but curious account of the landing of the First Fleet relayed via China: "A merchant in Amsterdam has written to London, that the Botnay Bay squadron under.....
London: by order of Parliament, 1838.
George Arthur's system scrutinised by FranklinTall quarto, fine in an attractive red crushed morocco binding by Sangorski, spine in raised bands with gilt lettering. Detailed report on convict management prepared shortly after the arrival of Governor Sir John Franklin in Van Diemen's Land.....
London: John Hatchard, 1848. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, manuscript inscription at front of each volume; in contemporary maroon morocco, gilt. Second revised and enlarged edition of the life of the great Quaker reformer. The work was edited by two of Fry's daughters, and includes many excerpts from her letters and.....
Superb presentation album honouring a campaigner for a wrongly convicted man's releaseLarge quarto (365 x 275 mm); contents comprising 14 vellum leaves heavily illuminated by F. Faulkner White, Gothic-style calligraphic text surrounded by multicoloured borders; title leaf with small oval albumen photograph of the recipient, Ralph Sanders.....
Edinburgh: J. Robertson, 1792.
'The most absurd, prodigal and impracticable vision…'Octavo, 336 pp.; a very good copy in nineteenth-century half calf over marbled boards. Rare, with an early essay on Botany Bay by a Scottish judge and therefore providing some insight into the reaction of the legal profession to.....