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London: Richard Bentley, 1853.
Australian colonies at a turning pointTwo volumes, octavo, a fine set in contemporary full polished calf, gilt spines. Henry Grey was appointed to lead the Colonial Office during the administration of Lord John Russell. He made some successes in in North America, but remained less.....
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: 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.....
London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., 1835.
Important early work on Swan RiverOctavo, 143 pp., contemporary notice of the work tipped in, early owner's name on title-page; an excellent copy in full crushed green morocco by Sangorski. First edition, uncommon. Irwin's book was the first significant published account of the.....
London: J. Cross, 1838.
In a Sangorski bindingOctavo, with folding map of Port Lincoln as frontispiece and another map of Encounter Bay (not noted by Ferguson), with the 4-page Postscript; in fine condition, in a fine full niger morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, top edges gilt, others rough-trimmed.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1856.
Model Prisons after transportationLarge octavo, with a folding statistical table and eight folding plans bound at the rear; a very good copy in recent navy cloth with blue wrappers bound in, bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. The Jebb Report on prisons: a detailed and.....
Paternoster Row, London: Goff & Co., February 8th. 1787.
Rev. Richard Johnson; Chaplain of the first Christian service in Australia on February 3rd. 1788.Engraving, 17 x 11 cms. title inscribed around oval half length portrait; vignette below depicting a redemption scene by a harbour with sailing ships, captioned with.....
London: the Author, 1794.
The first book for Australia: the rarest First Fleet bookDuodecimo in sixes; original stab holes visible in inner margins, a tall copy with excellent margins in later quarter morocco, lilac endpapers; a fine copy, preserved in quarter morocco bookform box. Extremely rare: one of the.....
Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862. Three volumes, octavo; uncut in the original morocco-grain blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Rare: first edition of Kingsley's second novel, written on his return to England. 'The romantic story of an old English family, affected by mixed marriages and consequent social and ecclesiastical problems… Some Australian.....