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London: House of Commons, 3 August, 1840. Folio, 207 pp.; in the original blue printed wrappers. An important report in good original condition: "valuable and historical" (Hocken). Regarding this now rather scarce report, Hocken wrote: "Prompted and promoted by the New Zealand Company, an influential meeting of merchants, bankers, shipowners.....
Adelaide: Burden & Bonython, 1887. Octavo, 39 pp., in the original brown cloth boards, a few flecks. A rare work by the inland explorer Simpson Newland, the pastoralist and explorer. Newland, better known for his Paving the Way: A Romance of the Australian Bush (1913), here 'describes the Northern Territory.....
Adelaide: F.R. Nixon, 1845.
The first South Australian illustrated bookOblong quarto, 12 original full page etchings; attractively bound into later wrappers and housed in a solander case by Aquarius. Nixon's rare suite of twelve etchings: the very first South Australian illustrated book to have been published. These simple and.....
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, 1906.
Early Australian palaeontologySouth Australian Parliamentary Paper, numerous photographic text illustrations, 5 folding charts and maps; half red morocco by Sangorski. Early survey of Northern Territory palaeontology and mining with contributions by Etheridge (including his significant fossil finds) and Basedow, both pioneers in Australian geology and.....
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, 1906.
Early Australian palaeontologySouth Australian Parliamentary Paper, numerous photographic text illustrations, 5 folding charts and maps; original wrappers in folding cloth folder. Early survey of Northern Territory palaeontology and mining with contributions by Etheridge (including his significant fossil finds) and Basedow, both pioneers in Australian geology.....
Adelaide: W. K. Thomas & Co., 1887.
Jubilee year celebrationsOctavo, 80 pp., later burgundy cloth. Contains 'the reminiscences of early settlers, the names of the pioneers who arrived in South Australia in the year 1836, and other interesting information connected with the foundation.'.
Adelaide: Hussey & Gillingham, 1917.
Adelaide shipping historyOctavo, 112pp, original titling wrappers, fine with bookplate of Charles Glover. Scarce booklet for early history of South Australia, with introductory treatment of of Lieutenant James Grant, Matthew Flinders, Charles Sturt and Collett Barker. The remainder of this volume describes Adelaide shipping.....
London: John Stockdale, 31 August, 1789.
After a drawing by LathamOriginal engraving, 260 x 190 mm. Mounted. Marvellous image of the "Vulpine Opossum" after an original drawing by Latham. This print is taken from Governor Phillip's Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay published by Stockdale in late 1789.....
Adelaide: W.K. Thomas, 1914-, 1917. Duodecimo, four books bound together in contemporary quarter roan with gilt lettering; with a total of 83 photo plates (some folding), with original printed wrappers bound in. An outstanding collection of Australian ornithology and central desert travel narratives by pioneering conservationist and Aboriginal advocate Samuel.....
Antwerp: Plantin, 1574.
Asia, from the great Ortelius atlas published in 1574Engraved map, 380 x 500 mm, in good hand-colouring; well mounted and framed (frame size 620 x 725 mm). A particularly attractive example of this beautiful hand-coloured engraved map, published by Plantin in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, editions.....
Antwerp: Plantin, dated 1587, but issued 1592.
A new edition of Ortelius' famous mapEngraved map, 362 x 492 mm (sheet size 465 x 590 mm); Latin text on verso; an excellent example, mounted. The great cartographer Ortelius' major world map, of great significance for the imagining of the Pacific.....
London: Thomas Osborne, 1745.
Travel: "the very excellency of man"Two volumes, folio, with 37 maps and 16 plates (many folding), and a letterpress folding table; a handsome set in the original panelled calf, decorated in gilt, rebacked by Aquarius. A fine set, with excellent early provenance, of one of.....
London: John Murray, 1820.
The first major book of inland exploration, and the first on New EnglandQuarto, with three folding maps or charts, two folding tables, a folding engraved plate (repaired) and five aquatints, two with original hand-colouring; an attractive copy in recent full calf, spine gilt-decorated. First edition.....
London: John Murray, 1820.
The first major book of inland exploration, and the first on New EnglandQuarto, with separate title page for Part II, three folding engraved maps, two folding diagrams and six plates (two finely hand-coloured, one folding); uncut in original boards, well rebacked in cloth with printed.....
London: 53 High Holborn, circa 1780.
Barbarously murdered by a lesser James CookEngraved plate, 327 x 210mm. (plate size), fine. The mythology of discovery and empire. The full caption title reads: "Britannia seated on an eminence, with a lion at her feet. Neptune introduces Captain Cook, whom she instantly.....
Adelaide: W.K.Thomas & Co., 1882.
Lively account of the Northern Territory circa 1880Octavo, fine in original maroon cloth with gilt lettering. Good first-hand account of frontier life in the Northern Territory (of what was then South Australia). The author travelled for two and a half months with the South.....
Edinburgh: printed by Sir D. Hunter Blair & J. Bruce, 1803.
Surgeons on convict vesselsFolio, pp. -14, disbound. One of the most important amendments to the laws of Transportation, formalising the requirement for convict vessels to carry a Surgeon, and thus directly responsible for a huge improvement in mortality.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 21 June 1824.
Foundation Act for the Australian Agricultural CompanyFolio, pp. -756, armorial letterhead, fine. Foundation Act of the Australian Agricultural Company, a fabulously lucrative investment scheme that followed a formal meeting at the chambers of John Macarthur in Lincoln's Inn during April 1824. In.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 30 July 1822.
'seven per cent above hygrometer proof'Folio, pp. -918, armorial letterhead, fine. Regards duties on spirits and tobacco in New South Wales, giving the Governor the power 'to discontinue or reduce any such duties from time to time as occasion may require'. The.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1825.
Foundation of the Van Diemen's Land CompanyFoolscap, pp. -392, fine. The Van Diemen's Land Company was founded along similar lines to the Australian Agricultural Company – vast areas and surplus convict labour could be brought to profitable advantage with a Company to.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1858.
Prelude to the foundation of Queensland.Tall quarto, vi, 66pp. (last blank), with a folding handcoloured map measuring 550 x 405 mm., very good condition. Important collection of parliamentary papers detailing the separation of the Moreton Bay district from New South Wales, the precursor to.....
London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1850. Foolscap folio, 56 pp., in half red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Despite the pedestrian title, this report contains much information on the progress of the Australian colonies, including Queensland and Victoria, at an important time. The growth, and later independence, of.....