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Adelaide: House of Assembly, 1893.
Predating the public reportFolio, with two large colour folding maps; uncut in recent cloth. One of only 750 copies published: this rare printing is not recorded by Ferguson. Sir Thomas Elder, who had earlier financed the first great desert journey of Ernest Giles, in.....
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, 1893. Octavo, complete with maps; original wrappers and boards, preserved in a brown morocco bookform box. One of only 500 copies, complete with folding maps: the first edition of the narrative of one of the last great Australian exploring expeditions, written by its leader. Lindsay led this.....
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1893.
Enormous geological chart of the central desertFolio, 78 pp., with two large folding maps each measuring 720 x 1530 mm., recent black cloth. First published report of the Elder Scientific Expedition of 1891, complete with the two magnificent lithographic maps of the central desert on.....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1885.
Magnificent photographic record of early contactLarge square folio, with a folding map, three coloured lithograph plates, 33 original silver albumen photographs (283 x 212 mm) mounted on card with printed captions and borders, and two superb panoramas, one of them double-page (240 x......
London: T. & W. Boone, 1845. Two volumes, octavo, with 22 plates including frontispieces; in original decorated green cloth. A highly important and detailed account of inland Australian exploration by Edward John Eyre, containing significant descriptions of Australian geography and Aboriginal life and customs. 'Eyre's Journals are quite scarce and.....
Birmingham: E.C. Osborne, printer, undated, yet 1866.
An intrepid explorer caught in the aftermath of the Jamaican uprisingTwo sheets measuring 690 x 1080 mm. each; neatly folded. Two spectacular, large broadsides denouncing the conduct of former Australian explorer John Edward Eyre, in his role as governor of Jamaica during.....
London: John Murray, 1825.
A great compendium of early science and discoveryOctavo, with a frontispiece, four folding maps and two botanical plates at rear; an attractive copy in later full tan calf gilt, red spine label, Bonython bookplate. First edition: one of the more important and interesting works relating.....
Perth: Richard Pether, Government printer, 1878.
Discovery of the King Leopold RangeFolio, 8pp. (last blank), unopened. Scarce government printed description of Alexander Forrest's expedition to the Kimberley of 1879. The expedition to the Kimberley was launched in January 1879, the party of eight men included Forrest's brother Matthew, geologist.....
London: Sampson Low, 1875. Octavo, eight plates, four folding maps; apart from a cancelled library stamp a good copy in original green cloth, gilt vignette on upper board. An important account of Forrest's successful exploring career, during which he most famously became the first person to cross the continent west.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1837.
Imaginary travels in the Australian inlandSmall octavo; half-title discarded, no publisher's advertisements which appear in some copies; in full green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Rare Australian utopia and imaginary voyage: first edition of this fantastical tale chronicling an 1835 expedition from Bathurst to the.....
London: John Murray, 1824.
Rumours of cannibalism and murder in the frozen North.Two volumes, octavo, with four splendid folding maps; in contemporary navy half calf, marbled boards, edges and endpapers. Second edition, publishing the results of the 1819-1822 expedition to the polar north under the command of Sir John.....
Freycinet maps New South WalesEngraved chart, with inset captioned 'Ile Van-Diemen 1822', 310 x 240 mm (plate size). Intriguing map of New South Wales and Tasmania prepared by Louis de Freycinet for inclusion in the published account of his expedition titled Voyage autour du monde. This is.....
The French explore Sydney plainEngraved chart; 495 x 340 mm. Attractive cartographic rarity arising from the visit of Louis and Rose de Freycinet to Sydney in 1819. This map of the Cumberland plain is an example of a little-known first state (without plate number); it was prepared.....
Blue Mountains AboriginesHandcoloured stipple engraving, 150 x 270mm. A marvellous engraved portrait of an Aboriginal elder of the Blue Mountains named Karadra and his companion Hara-o, after an original study by Alphonse Pellion; Karadra, the older man on the right, holds a clay tobacco pipe in his.....
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1889.
Presentation copy of this handsome exploration narrativeTwo volumes, octavo, with a portrait of Giles and 20 other full-page plates, six folding coloured maps and other illustrations in the text; uncut in the fully pictorial grey-green cloth boards, lettered and decorated in.....
Melbourne: McCarron, Bird & Co., 1875. Octavo, large folding map frontispiece, original green cloth with gilt vignette of Mt Olga; inscribed by Von Mueller on half-title page to Joshua Snowball. Scarce first edition of Giles's account of his first two expeditions. In 1872 he made the first attempt to cross.....
Brisbane: James C. Beal, Government Printer, 1884.
The Gregory brothers, inland exploration and the search for LeichhardtOctavo, in the original blind-embossed and gilt lettered green cloth, bookplate. Remarkably fine copy in original condition of the complete edition of the journals of eight expeditions undertaken by the Gregory brothers in.....
London: Boone, 1841. Two volumes, octavo, with two large folding maps loose in an end pocket in one volume, with all 22 plates (six coloured), and with advertisement leaves; a handsome uncut set, tan half calf, gilt with morocco labels. One of the most striking of all works of inland.....
London: T. & W. Boone, 1841.
Grey in the North west and his discovery of rock paintings in the KimberleyTwo volumes, octavo, with 22 plates (six handcoloured), the two large folding maps housed in pocket of binding, text illustrations; well bound without the advertisements in later half green morocco.....
London: T. and W. Boone, 1841.
With an appendix by John GouldTwo volumes, octavo, with all 22 plates (six coloured); with two large folding maps loose in an end pocket and with the required advertisement leaves and an extra 4 pp. advertisements at the start of volume 1; original.....
Adelaide: J. Williams, 1880.
The corrected second edition with photographic platesOctavo, photographic frontispiece and two other sheets (five illustrations in total); in original red cloth, decorated in blind and gilt. Rare. The second edition of Hamilton's account of two overland journeys from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1839 and.....
London: W. N. Wright, 1846.
Uncommon account Leichhardt's first expedition.Duodecimo, frontispiece and folding plate; in publisher's blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering. Christopher Hodgson accompanied Ludwig Leichhardt on his first expedition of 1844. Shortage of provisions for the long journey prompted Leichhardt to order Hodgson's premature return to Brisbane.....
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, October, 1896.
The report suppressed by HornFoolscap folio, 32 pp., with 13 full page photogravure plates and four larger folding maps and sheets bound in (including the large map measuring 1290 x 1290 mm., and a plan of the Hermannsburg mission measuring 822 x......
Sydney: James Tegg, printed by Henry Bull, 1837.
The overland route to Port Phillip: first published editionOctavo, with folding engraved map; in old (though not contemporary) half roan and pebble-grained cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First published edition, preceded only by the extremely rare, privately distributed, proof printing of.....