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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.....
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.....
London: John Booth Duke Street Portland Place, 4 June 1810.
The first panoramic views of Sydney to be exhibitedPair of uncoloured aquatints joined as a panorama as intended, 340 x 980 mm; in original bird's-eye maple frame. A rare panoramic view of Sydney Harbour. John Eyre arrived in New.....
Sydney: 2 May 1823.
The art and mystery of a TailorFolio, single leaf of tinted paper; printed form completed in manuscript. An indenture assigning the orphan Charles Gregory to the care of Thomas Bowden as apprentice. The nature of the apprenticeship was specified as "the art and mystery of.....
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.....
London: G. Mann, 1839. Octavo, [ii], 30, [ii] pp., in modern green cloth. Scarce: this copy includes the leaf of South Australian Company officers bound at the rear. 'The author was agent to the South Australian Commissioners for the sale of Lands, and for conducting the departure of Emigrants. Letters.....
London: G. Willis, 1851. Octavo, frontispiece, publisher's green cloth. 'This work contains, inter alia, a valuable account of the operation of Prison Discipline in Australia, with suggestions for obviating the difficulties attending the transportation of convicts, and a description of the penal settlement of Van Diemen's Land. Another edition, entitled.....
Hobart Town: Henry Melville, 1833.
Tasmania, by the printer of Quintus ServintonSmall octavo, early owner's inscription, bookplates, advertisements at rear; a good copy in the original dark cloth (variant b). Rare Hobart-printed guide to Van Diemen's Land, printing an exceptional overview of the colony. It was prepared by the.....
London: Henry Hooper, 1839.
The final days of transportationSlim octavo booklet, 60 pp. (last blank); in polished brown half calf with gilt lettering by Bayntun. Pointed address to parliament delivered by Sir William Molesworth, a radical English M.P. who significantly contributed to the demise of transportation to New South.....
London: H. Hooper, 1840.
Mutiny, corruption and violence in Australian prisonsSlim octavo, 76 pp.; in modern red half morocco, from the Webster collection with his small stamp on the rear endpaper, bound without final blank noted by Ferguson. An important early speech to the House of Commons by the.....
London: James Ridgway, 1850.
From the library of a New Zealand settlerOctavo, 76 pp., original brown printed wrappers bound in, owner's name and stamp for "W.B. Rhodes", in red crushed morocco by Sangorski. A heated address to parliament delivered by Sir William Molesworth, a radical English M.P. who significantly.....
Sydney: E.S. Hall, George Street, September, 1834.
Sydney rarityOctavo, pp. [ii], ii, lii, 3-90 (complete thus), errata slip; finely bound in full tan polished calf, spine elaborately gilt, bookplates for John Chapman and Tristan Buesst. A beautiful copy of this noted rarity: James Mudie's vindication of his role in.....
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.....
London: Harrison, 1855.
Owned by a senior colonial official in Hobart.Thick octavo, portrait frontispiece; in original blind-stamped cloth. Fascinating work on colonial affairs, of particular note for the governorship of Tasmania. Montagu, married to Arthur's neice, was an efficient reformer of the civil service, but was perceived by Sir.....
London: William Clowes and Son for HMSO, February, 1849.
Endemic abuse of power on Norfolk IslandTall quarto, with a large folding handcoloured map of penal works in Van Diemen's Land, recent green boards with front wrapper bound in. A rich and diverse source of primary information on convict management.....