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London: Methuen & Co., 1899.
The journal of a searcher in a "sea of small islands"Octavo, frontispiece and numerous photo-plates throughout, three plans and two folding maps; publisher's decorated green cloth with gilt spine lettering;. The author was Robert Louis Stevenson's neighbour in Samoa between 1890 and 1893 whilst.....
London: John Walthoe, 1732.
Churchill's great voyage collection, completeEight volumes, folio, comprising two works in matching bindings, containing some 213 engraved plates including work by Herman Moll, Johannes Kip, and others (many double-page or folding), engraved and woodcut illustrations throughout; late eighteenth-century Russia, marbled edges. A splendid set of.....
Lyon: Vander Aa, 1692.
Handsome uniform panelled calf bindingEleven volumes, duodecimo, the first with four engraved folding plates, and all eleven volumes embellished with charming ornamental title-pages; a handsome set in mid eighteenth-century panelled calf with original labels. Attractively bound set of Cicero in eleven volumes, noted as 'respectable.....
London: Edward Orme, circa 1823.
Famous colourplate book including a section on the Aborigines of NSWQuarto, pp. with 110 hand coloured aquatints (including the New South Wales plates), a good copy in ornate contemporary gilt decorated deep green morocco with all edges gilt. This is a later issue of.....
London: Edward Orme, 1814.
Famous colourplate book including a section on the Aborigines of NSWQuarto, 160 pages letterpress without pagination, 100 handcoloured aquatints with the 1813 New South Wales supplement bound at rear (this comprising separate title-page, dedication leaf, 10 handcoloured aquatints and 14 letterpress pages); a fine copy.....
London: Edward Orme, 1813.
Dedicated to Bligh: the first book on the Australian AboriginesQuarto, 10 coloured aquatints; modern half calf, spine gilt-titled. A very good copy of the first issue of this important Australian plate book. This was the first work to be published on the Australian Aborigines. Clark.....
Launceston: Hudson & Hopwood, circa 1871. Octavo, frontispiece folding colour map, author's presentation dated 1872; original green cloth. Author's presentation copy of this rare Launceston-printed primer on the history and geography of Tasmania. The author begins by describing the physical characteristics of the Island, flora and fauna. Then goes on.....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1866. Foolscap folio, 9pp.; in recent binder's cloth. Cockatoo Island was established as a penal settlement in 1839, by Governor Gipps primarily to alleviate the overcrowding on Norfolk Island. Three years after this report was published the settlement was closed in 1869 and the prisoners transferred to.....
London: William Ridgway, 1867.
Court martial of George William Gordon in the Jamaica uprisingOctavo, 166 pp.; in publisher's gilt lettered cloth. Second edition. Details legal proceedings brought against Colonel Nelson and Lieutenant Brand for their role in the court martial trial, and subsequent execution, of George William Gordon during.....
[Bombay]: 1875. Octavo, 100 pp., New York Public Library stamp on verso of title-page, preserved in solander box of half green morocco, marbled paper boards. Rare: although often quite whimsical in tone, this work is in fact an empassioned plea to protect the Maori from the worst excesses of European.....
Melbourne: E.W. Cole, Book Arcade, 1918. Octavo, frontispiece and illustrations, with six leaves illustrating Cole's medals bound in, publisher's advertisements; in original gilt lettered blue cloth. A benevolent plea to Australian readers for racial tolerance by eccentric Australian philanthropist and businessman Edward William Cole, owner of Cole's Book Arcade, a......
London: N.D., circa 1830.
John Septimus Roe's patronMezzotint engraving, 522 x 404 mm., noted in the plate as "proof" at bottom left, mounted and framed. A fine mezzotint portrait of Sir Christopher Cole, an important naval officer and significant as the patron to John Septimus Roe, Phillip Parker King's.....
Amsterdam: Société d'Edition, 1925. Thick quarto, with 180 plates and 150 illustrations in the text, large folding colour map; untrimmed, in original colour decorated wrappers. Limited edition of 1000 copies, printed on 'papier vergé'. This is a beautifully produced and exceptionally detailed study of the Sumatran people and culture. In.....
Sydney: Hayes Brothers, 1895.
The hermit of BerowraQuarto, with numerous maps (some folding), plates and text illustrations, original cloth. One of the best known and eccentric accounts of early European discovery, using the Dieppe maps as proof of early Portuguese mapping of all but the south coast of Australia.....
London: A. Strahan, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1804.
The posthumous second edition, revised by Collins' widow, with additions to 1803Quarto, with a portrait frontispiece, two maps (one folding), 23 engraved plates (the three natural history plates coloured) and eight text vignettes (that of the emu coloured); old.....
London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 & 1802.
The complete First Fleet account of David Collins, thick paper issue, in an unrecorded state with extra foldout engravingsTwo volumes, quarto, : 2 charts, 18 plates and four textual vignettes, the vignettes most unusually repeated on additional folding plates.....
London: Cadell & Davies, 1798.
The most detailed First Fleet accountQuarto, two charts (one folding), 22 engraved plates; a handsome and large copy in full speckled calf, gilt, double spine labels. First edition of this substantial account of the first Australian settlement, with its important suite of images of.....
Sydney: E.H. Statham, York Street, 1835. Three foolscap reports, with docket-titles, A collection of three reports by the Auditor General on the finances of New South Wales, full of interesting notes on expenses in the colony, printed by the prolific Sydney based printer and newspaper publisher Edwyn Henry Statham. It.....
Edinburgh: E. Balfour, Manners & Miller, 1803.
An attractive set in red morocco by SangorskiTwo volumes octavo, bound without half-titles; half red morocco by Sangorski. Remarkably detailed survey of colonial policy on the eve of the Napoleonic Wars. 'The larger portion of this scarce work relates to America, and.....
London: Harper & Brothers, 1898. Octavo, frontispiece, four folding maps and other illustrations;, in contemporary half vellum, banded spine with double brown morocco labels, gilt. Second edition of this treatise on China at the turn of the century. Colquhoun, who spent several years in China as a special correspondent of.....
London: Joseph Mawman, 1814. Quarto, contemporary tree calf with gilt tooled flat spine and green calf label. First edition: a detailed description of the state of the British Empire at the final stage of the war with Napoleon, with a chapter on the penal colony at New South Wales. Patrick.....
Paris: Desaint & Saillant, Durand, 1756. Octavo, engraved frontispiece portrait by Tardieu le fils, and 10 engraved plates by Chedel, engraved titlepage vignette, headpiece to dedication leaf and tailpieces at end of each canto; a very attractive copy in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson morocco label. First edition.....
Melbourne: Government printer, 1910.
The transfer to Federal administrationFoolscap folio, 36pp., staple bound, otherwise excellent condition. Detailed report on prospects in the remote north on the eve of transfer of administration from South Australia to the Federal government (finalised in 1911). With chapters on climate, the Aborigines, history of.....