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London: Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co, 1850. Mezzotint after painting by F.Grant, 620 x 425mm, framed. A separately issued and full length mezzotint portrait of George Grey (1812-1898), outstanding explorer, governor and politician. This is a handsome image of a youthful Sir George Grey done two years after being.....
Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836.
Canary IslandsEngraving, 135 x 220 mm.; very good condition. Charming engraved plate depicting sailors filling casks at the Canary Islands from Domeny de Rienzi's Océanie ou Cinquième partie du monde, revue géographique et ethnographique de la Malaisie, de la Micronésie, de la Polynésie et de.....
London: A. Strathan and T. Cadell, 1791.
Ancient seafaring contact between India and the West?Quarto, with two large folding maps; expertly rebacked in polished calf with gilt lettered label, original marbled boards retained, an attractive copy. Carefully researched history of contact between Europe and India, by Scottish parson and.....
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With fine engravings by Thomas Bock24mo, six engraved plates in total, including two engraved titles (for the alamanac and the calendar) both with vignettes, two engraved signals plates (one coloured) and two other engraved views; contemporary red roan, gilt; bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. The first.....
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: J. Stockdale, 1789.
First FleetStipple engraved oval portrait by Sherwin; 150 x 125 mm. The classic contemporary portrait of Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet and first governor of the fledgling convict settlement at Port Jackson. This portrait was engraved as the frontispiece to The Voyage.....
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: Simpkin & Marshall, 1838.
South Australia for Scottish emigrants.Octavo, 34 pp. (last blank), folding lithographed map; some foxing, a good copy on later worn quarter roan. Uncommon booklet published by the South Australian Company promoting emigration well after the settlement was established, and aimed squarely at the Scottish.....
London: J. C. Hailes, 1843.
Land speculation in Adelaide and NZ in the 1840sOctavo, three folding plans, ALS to Thomas Burrows (1841) loosely inserted, ALS to John Burrows (1872) tipped in, contemporary ink notations on two of the folding plans and rear endpapers noting country and town acres, ownership.....
York: G. Peacock, 1793.
Cook plants, preserving seeds on voyages, and building greenhousesQuarto, with three folding plates, contemporary (?original) marbled boards, calf spine renewed. A singular work written and published at the cusp of the fashion for the cultivation of imported exotics, which provides a most interesting overview of.....
Adelaide: J. Stephens, 1848. Duodecimo, 126 (last blank), xxiv, xvi (advertisements), title cropped at top and bottom edges, otherwise an excellent copy in original patterned green cloth with printed paper label (rubbed) on front board. With George McEwin's "Horticultural and Botanical Sketch of the Colony" (pp. 25-30), the extensive "Mines.....
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 and Dublin: Orr and Smith, W. Curry, 1834.
Aboriginal tribes of the Swan RiverSmall octavo, folding map, a fine copy in contemporary half polished calf withdrawn from the library of Lincoln's Inn (with gilt armorial crest to lower spine). First edition of this rare book in the preferred.....
London: n.d., circa 1790.
The city of Sydney bears his nameMezzotint engraving, 440 x 310 mm. A fine and fresh impression: Lord Sydney, after the official portrait by Gilbert Stuart, the celebrated American portraitist – the "father of American portraiture" – who worked in England from 1775 until the.....
Avignon and Paris: Froulle, 1779.
The earliest separate serious work on TahitiOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece view of Tahiti; a fine copy in contemporary speckled half calf. First edition: the very scarce and earliest separate serious work on Tahiti (predated only by the Omai-based fictions and the poetical satires.....
Revised French version.Octavo, two works together; quarter polished calf, rubbed, spine gilt in compartments with morocco label. The second, considerably changed, Letellier version of Tench's account. Letellier had also published a version in 1789: it is not clear whether his edition or that published by Knapen the.....
London: G. Nicol and J. Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second bookQuarto, folding map, early owner's name on title-page in handsome twentieth century full tree calf, gilt. A most attractive copy of the first edition of one of the scarcest First Fleet accounts. The second of Tench's two books, this brings.....
London: Nicol and Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second book detailing the early years: original boardsQuarto, with a folding map; uncut; in the original blue-grey boards; contemporary simple canvas spine with hand-lettered label; unsophisticated and preserved in a bookform box. Tench's second book, completing his account of the settlement at Sydney.....
London: Nicol and Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second book detailing the early years: an eighteenth-century book club's copy in its original boards bindingQuarto, with a folding map; a remarkable copy, completely uncut in the original blue-grey boards with plain leather spine; quarter morocco bookform box. A remarkable 18th-century book club.....
Paris: Letellier, 1789.
The Letellier editionOctavo; contemporary French mottled calf. One of two French editions of Tench's Narrative published in 1789. This is thus either the first or the second French publication on settled Australia, and one of the very earliest descriptions in French of the appearance of La.....
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman, 1835.
From Sir Henry Parkes Parliamentary collection.Octavo, folding handcoloured frontispiece map, NSW Colonial Secretary stamps to title and a few pages, printed note about the Henry Parkes collection to front pastedown; a very attractive copy in full red morocco by Sangorski.....
Italy: n.d., circa 1830. Two lithographic plates, 105 x 130 mm. each, on a single sheet; disbound. A rare and unusual piece of transportation history, showing a delightful and rather fanciful depiction of two scenes from the voyages to Sydney. In both scenes there is a distinct sense of classical.....