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London: Edward Bull, 1829.
Flinders & Baudin both get a poetDuodecimo, with a steel-engraved decorative title-page, in contemporary green morocco, all edges gilt, bound without half-title or final leaf of advertisements. A collection of romantic poems by Thomas Kibble Hervey (1799-1859) including "Australia", a lengthy idyllic poem inspired by.....
Phillip Parker King & H.M.S BathurstManuscript leaf, folded to letter-size, 26 x 20 cms; housed in a quarter morocco solander case. A rare shipboard relic from H.M.S. Bathurst, the vessel in which Phillip Parker King completed his fourth and final Australian coastal survey. King's Australian coastal voyages.....
London: (W.Bulmer and Co), circa 1799.
Explaining the mystery of Bessborough's dogQuarto, folding plate, 24 pp.; new wrappers. Explaining the mystery of Lord Bessborough's dog, Sir Everard Home discusses hermaphroditism in all manner of animals including man, referring to anatomists such as Hunter, Baron Haller, and Cheselden, and making.....
London: W. Bulmer and Co., 1802.
The earliest scientific notice of the echidna, in a special author's pre-issueQuarto, 19 pp. and four large folding plates; contemporary (? original) neat quarter red roan binding. The first scientific notice of the echidna: this important separately-issued pamphlet is very rare in this.....
London: Jeffryes & Co, Ludgate Hill, 1 October, 1798.
A veteran of Cook's second voyageHandcoloured mezzotint measuring 554 x 655 mm. (plate size). Splendid mezzotint depicting the dramatic death of Alexander Hood, a Royal Navy captain who served under Captain Cook in his early career. This appears to be.....
London: M. & N. Hanhart Imp. circa 1851.
A great botanist of his eraLithograph portrait; 295 x 240 mm., wide margins, mounted. A fine portrait of the botanist Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911). Son of the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (whom he later succeeded in the.....
London: Payne and Edwards, 1792-, 1793.
The London HoraceTwo volumes, quarto, with a portrait frontispiece; in contemporary tree calf, flat spines with gilt panelling, red and green morocco labels. Fine and scholarly printing of Horace: 'a very magnificent and valuable edition; the text of which is formed chiefly on.....
London: T.Cadell and W.Davies, 1814.
Valuable work on BibliographyTwo volumes, octavo, half calf, marbled edges and endpapers; illustrated with engravings. First edition, a valuable work that covers history and techniques of printing, paper, bookbinding, the nature of rarity, classification systems, bibliographies, catalogues and reference books, etc. Horne relied largely.....
Copenhagen: Ernst Henrich Berling, 1743.
Royal copy of an important work on naval manoeuvresFolio, with woodcut headpieces, tailpieces, and initials, engraved allegorical frontispiece and 68 full-page plates, mostly showing various formations, manoeuvring, and engagements of naval fleets; title-page with oval library stamp of "Søe Officerernes Bibliothek Stempel"; a fine.....
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.....
London: Valpy, 1824.
Early Australian schoolbookDuodecimo, owner's inscription on title-page and front free endpaper; in original plain roan binding. A charming relic of early Australian education. This classical Greek textbook in its seventh edition, is in its original colonial binding and was originally owned by William Howe, member of.....
London: R. Ware, 1754. Octavo; original boards. Eleventh edition. Copy of David Dundas with bookplate. Historiographer royal to Charles II, and author of many historical works, it is nonetheless this work upon which his 'enduring title to literary fame rests' (CHEL). Written during his imprisonment in the 'Fleet' in the.....
London: J. Darby, 1726. Octavo, engraved frontispiece; contemporary calf, Ninth edition. Howell, historiographer royal to the court of Charles II, wrote this collection of often fictional letters in 1645. Witty, lucid and readable they are the work on which Howell's 'enduring title to literary fame rests' (CHEL); they include one.....
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: Wm. S. Orr & Co and William Smith, 1841-1849.
A paen to the beauty of butterflies and the under-appreciated mothThree volumes, quarto, profusely illustrated with full-page plates exquisitely hand-coloured; uniformly bound in half morocco richly gilt, all edges gilt, with the gilt arms of the Barons Sherborne. A.....
London: J. Murray, 1816. Octavo; in original boards. First edition. Although best remembered as friend and supporter to Keats and Shelley, Hunt was also a well-regarded and popular poet, and in this re-working of the tragedy of Paulo and Francesca from Dante's Inferno, he displays both his love of Italian.....
London: W.Bulmer and Co, 1804.
Snakes preserved at the Hunterian MuseumQuarto offprint, title-page, 7 pp., engraved plate; recent wrappers. Detailed monograph on the venom glands of deadly serpents, with a detailed engraved plate, published as an offprint of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Sir Everard Home (1756-1832).....
London: D. Henry, November, 1775.
Experimental marine chronometerOctavo, 48 pp., disbound. Complete issue of the Gentleman's Magazine for November 1775 containing an interesting biographical article on John Hutchinson (1674-1737), a natural scientist who, in 1712, invented and built a novel chronometer for ascertaining longitude. The article reads 'Some time.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1842-1855.
Uniform binding by Bayntun of bathThree volumes, octavo, with 18 illustrations, in matching half red morocco with marbled boards, raised spines decorated in gilt. A very good mixed set of the first three series of this beautifully produced edition, in uniform Bayntun binding. Ingoldsby's Legends.....
London: Printed for Her Majesty's Commisioners, 1862.
Australian products on the world stage.Three volumes, quarto, folding plan and steel engraved illustrations throughout; in original gilt decorated cloth. Official catalogue of the 1862 International Exhibition, a spectacle of vast proportions promoting the products and manufacturing of Britain and her colonies.....
London: Henry Bohn, 1850-1854.
Includes biographies of Columbus and the prophet MohammedTen volumes, octavo, finely bound by in green half calf with elaborate gilt spines. Sterling example of early twentieth century English bookbinding from the workshop of Sangorski & Sutcliff. Although best known for his short stories, particularly the.....
Boston: The Stinehour Press for the Club of Odd Volumes, 1980. Octavo; fine in original papered boards, with paper spine label. Sidney Ives' lively work on the mysterious affair of the trial of Jane Austen's aunt, Mrs Leigh Perrot, for shoplifting in 1800. The work includes part of a letter.....
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.....