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London: Hippolyte Bailliere, 1842. Handcoloured stipple engraving, 220 x 140 mm. (leaf size). Portraits of two natives of King George's Sound, Western Australia, published in Prichard's The Natural History of Man. James Cowles Prichard (1786-1848) spent several decades amassing pictorial information to support his theory that all of the world's...
London: John Murray, 1827.
The rare 1826 issue of the exploring classicTwo volumes, octavo, with a folding chart, 13 plates and a folding engraving; contemporary half calf, spines gilt with double labels. First edition, second issue, the first to be properly published: a very rare form of this important...
Kiliae: Impensis Bibliopolii Academici Novi, 1801.
Australian insects collected on the d'Entrecasteaux voyageTwo volumes, thick octavo, neat library stamps to both titles, occasional early manuscript annotations; an excellent set in contemporary glazed paper boards, gilt. The first work by the great Danish naturalist Fabricius to incorporate newly discovered species...
London: M. Walbrook, 1884. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt title. A copy from the personal library of the Earl of Derby with his armorial bookplate and the following extensive inscription by the author: 'About the year 1841, during a leave of absence, I had the honour of an interview...
Glasgow: privately printed, circa 1876.
The Cadell northern Australian expeditionOctavo, photographic portrait frontispiece; with eight lithographic plates, four folding maps and a single engraved map integral to the pagination; original blue cloth with spare gilt ornament. Uncommon - the only public account of an important expedition to Arnhem Land...
London: James Fraser, 1839.
A Domesday Book for the Swan RiverOctavo, with frontispiece and four plates (two folding) by C.D. Wittenoom; four folding tables; large folding map of Western Australia (coloured in outline) in endpocket of the binding; half calf with marbled boards by Aquarius. First edition: a highly...
London: HMSO, 1840-1841. Foolscap folio, finely bound in half red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Comprising four separately published parts: Copies of the Commission appointing T.F. Elliot and Robert Torrens Esq and the Hon. Edward Villiers, Land and Emigration Commissioners…for South Australia. 24 February 1840; 10pp and docket title leaf.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode for HMSO, 1863, 1864. Tall quarto volume containing two above-titled publications relating to convict transportation; bound with other material related to Scottish prisons, Poor Relief and other legal matters; all in fine condition, green cloth with red leather spine label. A fascinating selection of documents relating...
London: by Order of Parliament, July, 1863. Quarto, with six short contemporary notices related to convict management bound before the primary report of xxx, 512 pp.; a fine copy in modern green cloth. An influential report prepared by members of the House of Lords highly critical of the lenient treatment...
London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1854. Large thick quarto, contemporary quarter cloth with original gilt morocco label lettered 'Convicts and Prisons 1854'. Large and impressive collection of four reports commissioned for Parliament concerning the state of English gaols, the future of transportation and bail granted in Irish the...
Perth: Government Printer. 1902.
Incomprehensible suffering and despairFolio, 62 pp., with a large folding lithographic map measuring 890 x 648 mm., an excellent copy half crimson morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski. Official account of the scientific expedition financed by the wealthy English traveller Albert Calvert, dispatched 'for the...
Sydney: Hordern House, 1994.
The original unlucky voyageOctavo, 10 illustrations, some folding; handbound in quarter green calf and marbled boards. Limited edition of 750 copies, this book was issued as number two in the Australian Maritime Series, published by Hordern House for the Australian National Maritime Museum. The "unlucky...
London: F.C. Westley, 1831.
The first complete book describing Western Australian settlementOctavo, with a frontispiece map, neat library stamps on title-page, map verso and periodically throughout the text; otherwise a very good copy in modern tan quarter calf. First edition: rare. The first full book to describe newly-settled Western...
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1874.
Sydney facsimile of the Pamplona editionOctavo; with bookplate and neat perforated stamps of the Sydney Mechanic's School of Arts; in contemporary half red morocco. Sydney-printed facsimile and translation of the earliest "derivative" printing of a Quiros Memorial. Following the presentation Memorials (see previous item), a....
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...
Paris: Amedée Bedelet, circa 1858. Tinted lithograph, 165 x 233 mm.; marginal tear with early stick-tape repair leaving brown, not affecting image. This oft-reproduced image is based on a famous West Australian view by Louis de Sainson, which was published in the official account of Dumont d'Urville's three-year expedition in...
Stuttgart: Friedrich G. Schutz, circa 1820.
German handcoloured globe for childrenHandcoloured paper globe comprising six gores measuring 170 x 65 mm., well preserved with the original cord ties within the publisher's folding card case with printed onlays; accompanied by a folding suite of 15 handcoloured lithographic plates measuring 97...
Adelaide: Surveyor General's Office, 1891-, 1892.
Splendid central desert chartsTwo large folding lithographic maps housed within the original printed card covers, splendidly preserved in a custom-made quarter blue morocco bookform box. Two splendid large maps of the central desert, rich in geographical and geological detail. The maps were issued...
England? circa 1840.
Early watercolourWatercolour drawing heightened with gum arabic, within an ink border, 202 x 145mm; mounted on blue paper probably from an album. A charming early depiction of Sturt's Desert Pea, the floral emblem of South Australia, first collected by William Dampier off the coast of Western...
London: Parker, 23 January, 1836.
Indigenous trackers find a boy lost in the scrubQuarto, pp. -32, disbound. The article is reprinted from the Western Australian of January 1835. It describes the skill of two indigenous trackers - "Migo" and "Molly-Dobbin" who found a lost child after a long and...
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: M. Walbrook, 1884.
With an important West Australian vocabularyOctavo, in original gilt lettered publisher's blue cloth. A detailed first-hand account of pioneering days at the Swan River settlement. The author, an Irish candidate for the Bar, was attracted by the lure of large land grants in Western Australia...