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Hobart Town: James Ross, 1836. Small octavo, xii, 12 (almanac), 13-270, 4pp., folding map; some scattered foxing, occasional minor marginalia, offsetting affects the map but a very good copy in original green cloth with gilt spine lettering. A lovely copy of this important almanac with its famous "Chart of d'Entrecasteaux.....
Hobart Town: James Ross, 1829.
Swan River settlers from Hobart Town24mo, [viii],, 272 pp., engraved and lettepress titles, with a total of 11 engraved plates (including title page), original cloth. Rare and desirable early Tasmanian almanac here in its second year of issue, featuring eleven plates by the accomplished.....
London: Published at the Leisure Hour Office, circa 1866. Octavo, frontispiece and five other illustrations; bound in half green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, top edge gilt. First separate edition in English of a classic goldfields novel, which appeared "shortly after the discovery of gold in Australia, and was designed.....
Edinburgh: Alexander Scott, 1793.
'Given for the relief of poor prisoners'Octavo, xii, 72 pp. (last blank), appendix of 16 pp; in recent marbled wrappers, beautifully preserved in a quarter navy morocco folding bookform box with gilt lettering by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Rare: with the fine frontispiece portrait by John.....
Edinburgh: printed for W. Skirving, 1793. Octavo, lacking the frontispiece portrait title; later quarter sheep. Trial of the "Scottish martyr" Palmer, published by Palmer's fellow reformer Skirving himself. This is the later of two issues, having the date of the trial corrected to 1793 on the title, as noted by.....
London: n.d., but, 1794.
Laying out the settlementsOctavo, large folding plate of plans with early handcolouring in red; bound in original heavy pink card wrappers, a bit faded, with early manuscript title to front. Very scarce first edition of this model for the planning and building of an ideal.....
London: Joseph Masters, 1857.
Prisons at mid-century, in the wake of transportationOctavo, x, 150 pp., a little foxing but very good in quarter rich brown morocco by Sangorski, original brown printed front cover bound in. Published shortly after the demise of transportation to New South Wales and Van Diemen's.....
The hero of Tommy Townshend, Viscount Sydney.Vellum manuscript, 420 x 640 mm., folded to docket size, a little rubbed yet in good condition. A rare example of Algernon Sidney's signature, hero and namesake of Tommy Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney (1733–1800) for whom Sydney was named. Algernon Sidney (1623-1683).....
Sydney: Government House, 1804.
Sydney land grant signed by Governor King with a site sketch by George EvansVellum sheet measuring 330 x 230 mm., with manuscript notations to both faces (including a site-sketch with measurements). Early Sydney lease signed by Governor Philip Gidley King for an allotment in the.....
London: Edward Shackell, 1827.
Australian noticesFolio newspaper, 8 pp., a bit creased at inner margin (no loss of text). Of Australian interest: a long article from Henry Torrens, outlining the Government incentives for Army officers to become settlers in New South Wales & Van Diemen's' Land, with rules regarding.....
Sydney: David Ell and Hordern House, 1988.
The Skottowe ManuscriptTwo volumes, 80 & 112 pp., large octavo format (310 x 195 mm.), with 27 full-page watercolours and 26 pages of manuscript in colour-facsimile; printed on high quality gloss art paper, bound in fine cloth; slipcase. The first and only.....
London: Privy Council, 1824-, 1841.
Abolition in TobagoFive folio publications; disbound and perforated where previously stab-sewn. Five separately published parliamentary papers regarding the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean colonies. The first three papers (dated 1824, 1830 and 1831 respectively) concern the improvement of slaves through religious instruction.....
Adelaide: A. Murray, 1846. Octavo, folding frontispiece map, x, 140, xvi (advertisements), errata leaf; an excellent copy, with its original printed dark blue front wrapper laid down, in a fine Sangorski/Zaehnsdorf binding of dark blue morocco gilt. Of great significance for the rare folding map, "Plan of the Intended New.....
London: Ridgway and Sons, 1834.
With the recollections of veterans of the Flinders voyageOctavo, 80pp., three folding maps with original outline handcolouring, a fine copy polished tan half calf by Aquarius. Rare: 'the establishment of the South Australian Association proposed' (Ferguson). Remarkably, this edition includes detailed accounts by the.....
London: printed for the South Australian Society by J.C. Hailes, 1841.
Early reports from AdelaideSlim octavo, folding frontispiece map, a fine copy recent polished quarter calf, rubbed. Most uncommon: early reports on South Australia with an interesting map of the region. The House of Commons select committee was charged.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, 1834.
South Australia declaredFoolscap folio, numbered pp. 789-796,(no loss of text); in full red crushed morocco by Sangorski, gilt. The South Australia Act: the formal creation of the new colony. The Act, which is dated 15 August 1834, provided for the settlement of.....
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1839.
With a detailed plan of the city of AdelaideOctavo, four lithographed plates, folding frontispiece map and plan of Adelaide; spine a little sunned, otherwise an attractive copy in the publisher's gilt decorated cloth, bookplate of Eric Bonython. Second edition, with four attractive lithographic.....
Adelaide: John Stephens, 1849.
Personal attacks on local landholdersOctavo, 64 pp., very good in modern brown quarter morocco. Rare printed lecture on "sanitary reform" which includes a detailed discussion of the streets and houses of Adelaide. The writer John Stephens was a South Australian identity, and regularly packed the.....
London: James Nichols, 1855.
London Missionary Society in New ZealandSmall octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece; bound in very handsome black half calf with gilt bands and lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Second edition. Informative account of the career of Reverend Leight in Australia and the South Seas, with more detail.....
Adelaide: James Allen, 1845. Octavo, 210, (ii - short title), xxiv (advertisements, last blank) pp.,simple early binding of quarter cloth over marbled boards. Rare early South Australian almanac. This copy has the early owner's inscription for Skinner of H.M. Customs in Adelaide, and he may have been responsible for the.....
London: 28 February 1831 and 31 March, 1831.
Earliest official reports from Swan River: Stirling, Roe, Dale & IrwinTwo works bound together, foolscap folio, 30 & 19 pp. respectively; in handsome modern red quarter morocco, gilt. Two very rare reports, setting out the earliest official information on the Swan.....
London: M. Walbrook, 1884.
With an important West Australian vocabularyOctavo, in original gilt lettered publisher's blue cloth. A detailed first-hand account of pioneering days at the Swan River settlement. The author, an Irish candidate for the Bar, was attracted by the lure of large land grants in Western Australia.....
Albemarle Street: 23 August 1786.
Signed, SydneyManuscript letter on laid and water-marked paper, folded to letter-size 240 x 186 mm., closely written to 2 pp., manuscript docket note to fourth page; splitting at old folds, some browning yet good. A rare example of Sydney's signature while Home Secretary; the.....