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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.....
Dundee: W. Middleton, 1848.
Charming account of Tasmania in the 1830s and 1840sDuodecimo, some toning, bookplate of Charles R.J. Glover; a very good copy in the original green ribbed cloth, fraying at the hinges and a few bumps. One of the better and most detailed accounts of life in.....
London: Printed & Sold by Carington Bowles, Published as the Act directs, 24 June 1779.
Convict Hulks on the ThamesHandcoloured engraving, 360 x 505 mm. in fine original condition, mounted and framed. Earliest issue of this fascinating depiction with vibrant contemporary handcolouring of convicts from the hulks labouring on.....
London: Knight and Lacey, 1824. Octavo, frontispiece portrait and six wood-engraved plates; modern half calf. Scarce. The trial of Thurtell and Hunt for the murder of William Weare, a crime that so excited public imagination that 17 titles describing it are recorded by Ferguson as having been published in the.....
London: G. E. Waters, 1889.
Presented to Governor Ayers in 1889Octavo, 43 pp., presentation card from Tinline tipped in, bookplate of Sir Henry Ayres; a few creases but a fine copy in the original black gloss-paper wrappers with "for private circulation" printed in gilt to the front; in a......
London: published by the Colonization Commissioners of South Australia, 1835. Foolscap folio, 4 pp., good condition, loose in folding case. The Wakefield scheme in action: this folio was published by the Colonization Commissioners for South Australia to attract migration to the colony. The four page publication prints the regulations for.....
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1835.
With an 1825 letter from Torrens about the New Zealand CompanyOctavo, folding handcoloured frontispiece map; original blue paper boards with grey spine, printed label, spine chipped and hinges weak, but an excellent unsophisticated copy, preserved in a quarter brown morocco.....
London: John Baskett by order of Parliament, 1718. Foolscap, 8 pp. including armorial title-page, text pp. 183-188, very good; disbound, original stitch-sewing still present. The First Transportation Act of 1718, which allowed courts to sentence convicts to seven years in America in order 'to deter criminals and to supply the.....
Lincoln: J. Drury & Sons, 1816.
Forged one pound bank notesBroadside measuring 360 x 240 mm., a little rubbed, very good condition. A good and relatively early Calendar of prisoners tried and sentenced at the Lincoln assizes, including the interesting case of one man sentenced to transportation for being.....
Lincoln: Drury and Son, 1820.
Sobering insights into the plight of the poorBroadside measuring 365 x 180 mm., a little foxed, good condition. Ephemeral broadsheet calendar of prisoners, including a considerable listing of men and women sentenced for transportation, from the Lent Assizes. Dated 1820, the sheet dates from.....