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Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918.
Hunter Valley coal richesPublished quarto, bound manuscript, and other materials (full description below). An archive of material relating to the smouldering volcanic outcrop at Mount Wingen, prepared by local landholder and pastoralist William Edward Abbott (1844-1924) and his nephew John Henry Abbott (1874-1953). William...
London: C. and J. Rivington, 1826.
The Thames Hulks condemnedOctavo, a fine copy in handsome aquamarine half-calf with gilt lettering. Scathing report on the hulks, revealing the same problems that beset the system at the time of the First Fleet continued well into the nineteenth-century. In the preface, the...
London: Rivington & J. Hatchard, 1815.
The convict HulksOctavo, 43 pp., original plain blue wrappers bound in; in green morocco gilt by Sangorski. Very rare: 'a criticism of the management of the hulks from the point of view of mortality and of the conditions of employment of the prisoners'...
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...
Sydney: George Howe, 1813.
"Sydney's Caxton"Duodecimo; stab-sewn in the original quarter red roan and stiff marbled wrappers, as issued; quarter morocco case. First edition: a superb copy of a very rare Australian imprint in desirable original condition. This copy has an outstanding provenance, having originally belonged to the newspaper...
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...
Sydney: R. Howe, Government Printer, 1828.
Sydney printing, presented by Governor DarlingDuodecimo; a delightful copy, completely unsophisticated in its original Sydney binding of blind-tooled sheep, preserved in a quarter morocco book-form box. An exceptional survivor from the early days of Sydney publishing: the first Australian Church of England hymn-book...
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: John Stockdale, 1 January 1793.
Governor Hunter's account of foundation and explorationQuarto, with 17 engraved plates, folding maps and charts; a very good copy, a decent size with the often cropped date on the title-page intact, in a modern binding of quarter morocco and marbled boards. First edition...
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
Hunter and Bradley as pioneer map-makersEngraved chart, 720 x 400 mm. Important early colonial map of the coastline of New South Wales, a direct result of searching for alternate settlement sites within easy sailing distance from Sydney Cove. John Hunter and William Bradley undertook surveys...
London: J. Stockdale, 1792. Engraving, 280 x 215 mm. (sheet size), good condition overall. Portrait of Captain Hunter seated, in naval uniform and holding papers in his left hand (one of which depicts a ship passing between two headlands). Captain John Hunter (1737 - 1821) was appointed second captain, under...
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...
Melbourne: Stillwell & Co., 1889.
"accurate knowledge, infinite painstaking, and sacred reverence for human life"Octavo, 23 pp., some foxing, old fold, and manuscript postal address and postmarks (1889), where the pamphlet has been mailed from South Australia to New South Wales; in the original printed wrappers, rather spotted 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...
Hobart Town: 24 December, 1824.
Colonial purchases on Christmas eveALS single sheet, folded to letter size with early "Hobart Town, VDL" oval handstamp. Short letter penned on Christmas Eve from a Hobart Town merchant enclosing an account (not present) to Henry Jellicoe of Campbell Town in Van Diemen's Land...
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...
[England]: circa, 1820.
Nonplussed kangaroos on Sydney harbourSingle leaf from a scrapbook, 215 x 260 mm., the engravings and captions neatly cut-out and pasted down, views to both sides of the sheet; in a nineteenth century frame. Marvellous page from a scrap book with a naïve scene depicting "Natives...
London: Printed by Richard Taylor, 1835.
Kangaroos in LondonOctavo, 26 pp., damage to the top edge, otherwise very good, stitch-sewn as issued. A good early report of the Zoological Society of London which had been founded only nine years earlier in 1826. The report does not merely provide financial...
London: Dickinson & Watson, 1779. Mezzotint, 38 x 28cm. Henry Keppel had first served in the Malacca Straits in the early 1840s during the campaign against the Borneo pirates. During that time he formed a close friendship with Sir James Brooke, who had been appointed rajah of Sarawak in perpetuity...
Sydney: Stephens & Stokes, December 1832.
With an extensive series of Sydney engravingsOctavo, folding map, engraved title-page with view of the GPO, two folding tables, two folding plates (one hand-coloured), map of Mount Victoria, two views of the Mount Victoria pass by John Carmichael, and 11 engraved advertisements for...
Ipswich: Printed for the Author by J. Raw, 1802.
Australian bees collected by Sir Joseph BanksTwo volumes bound in one, octavo, 18 plates (4 with original hand-colouring), half-titles and errata leaf, bookplate; an attractive work in early polished tan half calf, banded spine with morocco label. A lovely copy...
Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797.
"Vanished trackless into blue immensity"Four volumes, quarto, and folio atlas, with a portrait, 69 maps and plates (21 folding) in the atlas; the text in fine condition on bluish-tinted paper, completely uncut in modern French period-style blue mottled boards with double labels; the...
Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797.
"Vanished trackless into blue immensity"Four volumes, quarto, and folio atlas, with 69 maps and plates (21 folding) in the atlas; the text in fine condition on bluish-tinted paper; text volumes in contemporary or near-contemporary English dark green straight-grained morocco, spines banded and lettered...