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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.....
London: 1834. Two volumes, octavo, with a folding map; in original green cloth with paper labels on spines. First edition. Lang, a Presbyterian minister, arrived in the colony in 1823. He was possessed of enormous energy, and "pushed his way to power at once", as H.M. Green says, with "a.....
London: Effingham Wilson, 1848.
Lang on the Irish, with particular notice of "splendid" Port PhillipOctavo, 40 pp.; in polished red half calf by Sangorski, gilt. First edition of one of the Reverend Lang's more convoluted schemes, seeking to take advantage of the Irish troubles with a view to promoting.....
London: A. J. Valpy, 1837.
Convict reform by Reverend LangOctavo, very good in recent quarter roan with gilt lettering. Lang on convict reform: 'the absolute necessity of some immediate and extensive change in the regulation and management of the transportation system in the Australian colonies, and also the means.....
Sydney: Stephens and Stokes, 1831.
Jeremy Bentham's bequestOctavo, 27 pages, old (original?) marbled wrappers bound in; recent half morocco with crimson spine label, bookplate. A rare and early pamphlet by the prolific Lang, on the foundation of the Australian College, printed in Sydney by Stephens & Stokes the same.....
Adelaide: Carey, Page & Co., 1885.
Extra-illustrated with an original photograph of Samuel SweetOctavo, three original photograph portraits of Sir.W.C.F. Robinson, Capt. S.W.Sweet and George Loyau; lithograph portraits & frontispiece and woodcut illustrated advertisements at the end; purple cloth. Extra-illustrated with two photographic portraits, and inscribed by the author.....
London: D. Walther, 1838.
The Macarthur boys promote emigration to CamdenSlim octavo, 20 pp., toned; stitch-sewn pamphlet, as issued. Very rare account and promotion of the voyage of the Brothers in 1836, recording one of the first attempts at systematic emigration to New South Wales, overseen by the Macarthur.....
London: D. Walther, 1838. Octavo; stab-sewn as issued. First edition of this scarce emigrant tract. Copies of this pamphlet, which offered sound advice to emigrants for the outward voyage, were issued by their prospective colonial employers whose name often appears in the space provided on the title. Whilst this copy.....
London: John Murray, 1841.
With a curious map of Eastern AustraliaOctavo, single lithographed map; uncut copy in elegant polished half calf with gilt lettering. The earlier of Sir Edward Macarthur's two books advocating immigration. The eldest son of John and Elizabeth, Edward Macarthur was born at Bath in 1789.....
Hobart: J.C. MacDougall, 1838.
The rare Hobart editionOctavo, half-title and errata slip both present, recent polished calf, bookplate. Scarce Hobart-printed work on convicts and gaols published in 1838. The author, considered a forefather of modern theories of imprisonment, argues against the brutality of incarceration. Maconochie's direct style gives a......
London: Henry Colburn, 1827.
A dark pact between two Bushrangers: Michael Howe and Jack WhiteheadTwo volumes, octavo, in polished burgundy half calf with gilt lettering by Bayntun. The Military Sketch-Book is an anonymous collection of anecdotes and rambling tales, mostly related to army life and the Peninsular War. It.....