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Paris: circa 1790.
The King of Botany Bay offers refuge from the French RevolutionOctavo, 19,  pp; disbound from a volume. A very rare early "satire on French politics and English colonization" (Ferguson). Likening those who fled the tumult of the French Revolution to the English convicts transported to.....
London: J. Gillray, nd. circa 1850.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEngraving, 370 x 270 mm., handcoloured as issued, mounted. A famous, satirical look at the decision of the English parliament to create a penal settlement at Botany Bay, in contrast to the atmosphere of reform and concern.....
London: J. Debrett, 1787.
The sixth edition: the first to include the attack on Lord Sydney and Botany BayOctavo, title + 86 pp., in later nineteenth-century half black roan. A withering political satire containing one of the earliest printed treatments of Lord Sydney's plan to found a penal colony.....
Rio de Janeiro: Miranda & Carneiro, 1833.
Unrecorded reference to Botany BayThree parts in one volume, small octavo; in contemporary green quarter calf, gilt. The first edition in Portuguese of this unrecorded reference to Botany Bay. First published in 1789 in Paris, Barère de Vieuzac's La Liberté des Mers.....
Neuchâtel: Société Thypographique [sic], 1773.
Bougainville's Tahiti: the South Sea paradiseTwo volumes in one, small octavo; a fine copy in a very attractive contemporary binding of marbled calf, sides bordered in gilt, the flat spine ornately gilt with a repeating drawer-handle design. An attractive copy of the Neuchâtel version.....
Dublin: J. Exshaw, et al, 1772.
First Dublin editionOctavo, with a folding map and folding plate of native canoe; bookplate and old ownership inscriptions of the Le Power (later De la Poer, later still Lord Power) families; contemporary calf. The first Dublin edition, very scarce: a smaller format issue.....
Paris: Annales des Sciences Naturelles, December 1826.
Separately printed and important work on the platypus12 pp., caption-title; tipped into a modern binding of quarter linen and boards. The renowned French zoologist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on the platypus: an important study, read to the Académie des Sciences and set up.....
Vienna: Jean Jacobe, 1787.
Bougainville, Casanova and the Prince of NassauMezzotint engraving 700 x 990 mm; a fine impression; framed. A rare and very surprising pictorial image of the Bougainville expedition: we have never seen the image before and can find no record of it. Published in Vienna, it.....
Paris: Bulla, 1828.
Aboriginal portraits and camp-fire sceneHandcoloured lithograph, 385 x 290 mm. Engaging Australian Aboriginal portraits and camp scene from the official voyage account of Hyacinthe de Bougainville, who toured the South Pacific between 1824 and 1826. Edmond de la Touanne, whose work formed the basis of these.....
London: John Murray, 1831.
Barrow describes the "piratical" mutinySmall octavo, with a frontispiece and five plates; contemporary polished calf. First and apparently the only authorised edition of a popular account of the Bounty story. The plates, after drawings by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Batty, the army officer and prolific artist, include.....
London: Francis Edwards, 1915.
With extra material by Captain EdwardsOctavo, folding map; original maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. The standard modern edition, including the captain's report on the voyage of the Pandora, printed for the first time, with introduction and notes by Basil Thomson. This edition includes the.....
Sydney: March, 1835. Parchment grant measuring 340 x 390 mm., signed by the Governor of New South Wales, with well-preserved wax seal; folded to docket size. Original colonial document for a discrete land purchase. Land grant to William Henry Chapman for lot 74 on Appin road, Cumberland County. This original.....
Papeete: Government printer, 1909.
With information from several Tahitian dignitariesOctavo, 66 pp, in later quarter cloth with titling wrappers bound in. "Documentation de grande valeur" (O'Reilly-Reitman). Bovis, who spent more than a decade involved in marine surveying of the Tahitian islands, made this close study of all aspects of.....
London: Halton & Truscott Smith, 1924-1926.
A particularly handsome setSixteen parts bound in four volumes quarto, illustrated in colour and black & white; publisher's blue cloth boards, gilt, sailing ship vignette to front boards. An attractive set of Bowen's deluxe history of sailing and voyaging. The four volumes cover.....
London: Cadell & Davies, 21 June, 1814. Soft ground etching, plate size 380 x 325 mm. on a larger sheet; ex-library stamp to verso, together with the relevant letterpress. A fine portrait of the great publisher John Boydell (1720-1804), the most important print publisher of his day, and together with.....
Rome: Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de propaganda fide, 1845. Duodecimo, 50 pp., uncut and unopened; original plain blue paper wrappers. A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for.....
London: Butterworth and Sons, 1817.
Mourned by Shelley; sent to AustraliaTwo volumes, octavo, an excellent set in deep brown crushed morocco by Sangorski, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, top edges gilt. Rare original record of the High Treason trials that resulted from the last of the English.....
London: Printed for John Bill, 1614.
"The Inhabitants of that South continent, are Idolaters"Small quarto, bound with another work in contemporary limp vellum; boxed. First edition: Brerewood, professor of astronomy and scholar in many fields, discusses the tongues in which the liturgy is celebrated, and identifies the parts of.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1834.
An honest look at the three coloniesOctavo, with two lithograph plates;, edges rough-trimmed only, in half red morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The revised and enlarged second edition. Breton emigrated to Tasmania after leaving the navy in 1827, eventually becoming police.....
"Positively for 2 nights only"Broadside, halved at central rule to form two sheets measuring 330 x 255 mm. & 330 x 260 mm., illustrated with four dramatic woodcut scenes. Rare and significant broadside advertising a panoramic lecture show on the Australian colonies that toured England in 1850.....
Melbourne: Robt. S. Brain, 1898.
Mackaness to IngletonOctavo, folding map; presentation inscription; bookplates of George Mackaness and Geoffrey Farmer. A very good copy of this now uncommon work, printing letters from Victorian pioneers to Governor Latrobe. The work is very interesting on early settlers, and particularly as regards interaction.....
London: Ackermann, 1852.
Splendid marine lithographs by Queen Victoria's artistPair of colour lithographs, 375 x 535 mm. A fine pair of portraits of a splendid ship: these colour lithographs after original watercolours by Oswald Brierly were made by T. G. Dutton and printed by Day and Son for Ackermanns.....
London: Day and Son, 1852. Coloured lithograph measuring 250 x 350 mm., mounted and framed. Dramatic and finely executed coloured lithograph of the survey vessel HMS Rattlesnake by eminent marine artist Sir Oswald Brierly (1817 - 1894). Under the command of Captain Stanley Owen the Rattlesnake undertook an extensive marine.....
Brisbane: Rogers & Harley, 1868.
Colonial Magic and MysterySilk theatre bill with green ribbon border, 355 x 238mm. A rare commemorative silk theatre bill on the Lieutenant Governor's attendance at "Professor'' Hennicke's fabulous amusements at the Brisbane School of Arts. According to notices in the Brisbane Courier these entertainments.....