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London: Prined by G. Barclay, 1850.
Gawler on the colonies and his reputation: "not published"Slim octavo, 45 pp., in recent tan half calf, marbled boards. Very rare privately published work by the former Governor of South Australia, and the last serious effort he made to rehabilitate his reputation in.....
London: John Nichols, 1788.
First Fleet report from the CapeOctavo, pp. 377-472, three plates; recent wrappers. Reports progress of the First Fleet: 'By the last accounts received from the fleet from Botany Bay, they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 13th of October last, and expected.....
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1798.
Parliament is adjourned to Botany BayEtching; 320 x 360 mm., mounted. The original eighteenth century version of this rare transportation engraving, where the Parliament of Great Britain has been condemned - the chair of the Speaker being inscribed "This House adjourned to Botany Bay".....
London: Sherwood, Jones, 1823. Octavo, with a folding handcoloured map and a folding view; original boards, printed paper label; uncut copy in original binding, preserved in a full calf box. First edition: now rare. Godwin's work on Van Diemen's Land is one of the earliest books to promote free emigration.....
London: Harvey and Darton, 1838. Octavo, a very good copy with previous owner's name clipped from top margin of the title-page; in attractive recent half crushed tan morocco gilt. First edition, and an interesting early work on South Australia. Robert Gouger (1802-1846) was a keen promoter of the new colony.....
Saracen's Head, Newark: Weaver, 25 March, 1870.
"our Colonies would be regarded as the natural outlet for our excessive population…'Printed broadside, 505 x 380 mm. A most unusual survival: a political broadside from the later career of Sir George Grey, seeking to capitalise on his Colonial experience. Although fresh.....
London: Chapman and Hall, 1884. Octavo, frontispiece and numerous plates, in publishers deep green cloth with gilt lettering, partially unopened. New collected edition, here issued in one volume, with five chapters treating transportation and convict life in Australia. The author, Arthur Griffiths, was a long-serving inspector of prisons in England.....
London: War Office, 1807. Folio, large paper copy; finely bound in contemporary straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt. A beautifully bound copy of the entire list of the British Army of 1807 - including a list of the officers of the New South Wales Corps (p. 311) serving under Colonel Francis.....
Hobart: George Terry Howe, 1826.
Runaway convicts 'basking on the sunny beach'Bifolium, 4 pp. An unusually exciting issue: we learn of bushrangers aided by convicts escaped from a gang working on Maria island, and the dissolute life led by runaway convicts. Indeed, the best part of an entire page.....
London: Hall, Virtue & Co., 1862.
Copies deliberately destroyed by George Fife Angas.Small slim octavo, original blind blocked green cloth, front board a little stained. Critical account of South Australia as a destination for British emigrants, by a commercial traveller resident in the colony from 1856-61. Ferguson records that.....
Leeds: Petty & Sons, 1900.
Surprising illustrated Ned Kelly contentOctavo, 78,  pp. red quarter roan, with original illustrated wrappers bound in. Souvenir booklet to the convict hulk Success printed in Leeds, curiously it contains some considerable description of bushranging life 'the short sketches given of some of the.....
London: W. Clowes & Sons, 1835.
The first SA Governor laudedOctavo booklet, 44pp., a fine copy,modern dark blue half morocco. Rare: published shortly after the establishment of South Australia as a separate colony in 1834, this pamphlet captures much of the enthusiasm surrounding the appointment of Captain John Hindmarsh.....
London: W. Clowes & Sons, 1835.
Governor Hindmarsh honouredOctavo booklet, 44pp., a fine and partially unopened copy preserved in a magnificent polished calf folding case lined with moiré silk by Sangorski. Rare: published shortly after the establishment of South Australia as a separate colony in 1834, this pamphlet captures.....
London: C. and J. Rivington, 1826.
The Thames Hulks condemnedOctavo, a fine copy in handsome aquamarine half-calf with gilt lettering. Scathing report on the hulks, revealing the same problems that beset the system at the time of the First Fleet continued well into the nineteenth-century. In the preface, the.....
London: Rivington & J. Hatchard, 1815.
The convict HulksOctavo, 43 pp., original plain blue wrappers bound in; in green morocco gilt by Sangorski. Very rare: 'a criticism of the management of the hulks from the point of view of mortality and of the conditions of employment of the prisoners'.....
London: nd. circa 1840. Engraving, 210mm x 142mm. Transported to Botany Bay on the convict ship Minerva in 1799. Holt was part of the United Irishmen group who formed in late 1791 in order to end social, political, economic and religious discrimination against Catholics and Presbyterians, and to prevent the.....
London: Henry Colburn, 1838. Engraving, 210mm x 142mm, in fine condition. A wonderful portrait of Joseph Holt (1756-1826), one of the most prominent Irish convicts of the early years of settlement at Sydney Cove. In 1798 Holt joined a band of rebels engaged in six months of guerrilla conflict near.....
London: Day & Haghe, 1840. Lithograph, 195 mm x 126 mm (leaf size). Portrait of Joseph Holt (1756-1826), one of the most prominent Irish convicts of the early years of settlement at Sydney Cove. In 1798 Holt joined a band of rebels engaged in six months of guerrilla conflict near.....
London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly and T. Cadell, 1791.
Prisons, hulks, quarantine stations and mental hospitalsQuarto, with 22 engraved plans and views (18 of them folding) and a large folding table; bound without the half-title in contemporary sprinkled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red morocco label; an excellent.....
London: William Eyres for Cadell and Conant, 1780.
Prison reform in the 1780sOctavo, with ten folding engraved plates including seven highly detailed architectural plans; contemporary tree calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands. Second and best edition of John Howard's exhaustive and highly influential examination of the prisons.....
presumably Thames river: October 1851.
Original convict transfer documentSingle foolscap sheet, folded to docket-size. Paperwork to accompany a convict named William Jones, 21 years of age and convicted of housebreaking, upon his transfer from a prison hulk to gaol. A summary notation on the docket title reveals Jones was.....
London: J. Stockdale, 1789.
The first printed map of SydneyEngraved map, 530 x 470 mm. (sheet size). The first printed map of the settlement at Sydney Cove with fascinating details of the colony in its earliest days. It was engraved for the 1789 London publication of Phillip's Voyage to.....
London: Burney & Gold, 1801. Stipple engraving, 175 x 128mm (sheet size), very closely trimmed but otherwise good. An unusual portrait of Captain John Hunter, captain of the Sirius during the First Fleet era and later Governor of New South Wales from 1795-1800. This portrait was prepared in 1801, and.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1825. Printed bifolium, pp. -595, last blank, armorial letterhead, fine. An Act to facilitate the transportation of convicts from Ireland. This act enforces the uniform and standardised punishment of all subjects throughout the British empire with regard to the legal status of persons transported.....