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London: Henry Colburn, 1831.
The 'Admiralty' issue in larger formatTwo volumes, quarto, with two large folding engraved maps, a double-page map, 23 plates (including four double-page); bound without the half-titles and advertisement leaf found in some copies, but with the rare errata slip called for by Forbes and Hill.....
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1843.
Between slander and praise.Octavo, later orange cloth; Tristan Buesst bookplate. Handbook for prospective emigrants from a former resident (Bennett lived in South australia from 1839-1842). The book offers 'a plain unvarnished statement of facts, as to the character and capabilities of a Colony.....
Melbourne: printed by Mason and Firth for the Royal Society of Victoria, 1862.
Who is responsible for the Burke and Wills tragedy?Foolscap folio, tinted paper, 8pp. (last blank), with related blank envelope loosely inserted. A curious mix of remorse and self-preservation - an account of the Burke and Wills.....
Perth: Wm. Alfred Watson, Government Printer, 1902.
Incomprehensible suffering and despairFolio, 62 pp., with a large folding lithographic map measuring 890 x 648 mm., fine in handsome quarter green polished calf with gilt lettering. Official account of the scientific expedition financed by the wealthy English traveller Albert Calvert, dispatched.....
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.....
Paris: Libraires du Palais-Royal, 1860. Duodecimo, green quarter morocco. First edition: a proposal for a 'new utopia' founded on pacifist principles. In 1859, a Franco-Italian alliance had sought to repel Austrian aggression in northern Italy, but the French people had been sickened by the losses, and Napoleon III had hastily.....
Paris: Libraires du Palais-Royal, 1860. Duodecimo, uncut; original blue paper wrappers, manuscript inscription on front cover. First edition: a proposal for a 'new utopia' founded on pacifist principles. In 1859, a Franco-Italian alliance had sought to repel Austrian aggression in northern Italy, but the French people had been sickened by.....
London: Macmillan, 1890. Two volumes, octavo, in original blue cloth. First edition. Set in Germany, this fairy-tale concerns a young cigarette-maker, who claims to be the dispossessed Count Skariatine, and Vjera, a Polish girl, one of the few who believe his story. Given this preamble, it comes as little surprise.....
London: Macmillan, 1895. Two volumes, octavo; uncut, in smooth blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. New York. First American edition. Both "The Ralstons" and "Casa Braccio" were published in the U.S. before the U.K. Set in New York, this is a typically humane offering from Crawford, well-regarded for his.....
Delft: Henry van Rhin, 1711. Duodecimo, speckled calf, First edition: a theocratic republic on a South American Island. The author of this utopia remains unknown, but the preface is signed E.R.V.F.L. A fertile island with the capital Macarie had been sliding into corruption and godlessness until society was 'gradually reformed.....
London: Chapman and Hall, circa 1868.
The defence fund mobilisedOctavo, good in original red cloth, bookplate of the Royal United Service Institution. Inscribed by Capt. J. Godwin to the Royal United Service Institution. This book publishes documents and transcripts in Eyre's defence, with a preface by Finlason, whose Treatise.....
London: Chapman and Hall, 1848.
Eyre brought to trial for the Jamaica uprisingSlim octavo, original red cloth, front chalked endpaper. Prosecution of Edward John Eyre for his role as Governor of Jamaica during the rebellion of 1865. It includes the evidence taken from the court depositions, the indictment and.....
London: Stevens and Sons, 1867.
Martial law and legitimate government.Octavo, a couple of leaves carelessly opened; original gilt-lettered cloth. The commentary centres on the evidence against two officers, Nelson and Brand accused of offenses committed during the Jamaica insurrection of 1865 after the imposition of martial law by Edward.....
London: J.D. Potter, 1861.
The chronometers of HMS Fly, by an officer on boardOctavo, xvi, 228 pp., including appendices and tables. New edition, revised and considerably expanded. The work includes important statistical tables from the north Australian survey conducted by HMS Fly under the command of Francis Blackwood between.....
Stockholm: J. A. Probsts, 1825.
Swedish costume booklet for childrenFolding concertina case of 24 individual handcoloured ethnographic portraits, each measuring 88 x 57 mm., mounted upon linen within marbled card covers; with accompanying 24mo booklet of some 42 pp., both housed within original papered slipcase. Ephemeral early-nineteenth century Swedish.....
Superb presentation album honouring a campaigner for a wrongly convicted man's releaseLarge quarto (365 x 275 mm); contents comprising 14 vellum leaves heavily illuminated by F. Faulkner White, Gothic-style calligraphic text surrounded by multicoloured borders; title leaf with small oval albumen photograph of the recipient, Ralph Sanders.....
Sydney: circa 1857.
Looking from Vaucluse to MosmanOil painting on papered boards, 31.3 x 61 cms. in an early gilt frame, signed lower right F. Halsted. The artist George F. Halsted worked in Sydney from the 1850s to the 1880s. It is thought that he may have been the.....
Copenhagen: Ernst Henrich Berling, 1743.
Royal copy of an important work on naval manoeuvresFolio, with woodcut headpieces, tailpieces, and initials, engraved allegorical frontispiece and 68 full-page plates, mostly showing various formations, manoeuvring, and engagements of naval fleets; title-page with oval library stamp of "Søe Officerernes Bibliothek Stempel"; a fine.....
Adelaide: Advertiser Print, 1881.
Moses and meOctavo, [iv], 32, [iv] pp., eight lithographed plates after Herbert Woodhouse or Arthur Esam; original pink pictorial wrappers. This delightful and rare illustrated work is an account of the author's trip from Adelaide to Mount Browne. The Introduction remarks that 'interest has been.....
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.....
Hamburg: J.G.Sn. Wichers, 1840.
One of the most bizarre and rarest of La Pérouse fantasiesOctavo, 64pp; original printed dark blue wrappers; protective cloth case. An extremely rare La Pérouse fantasy, written in the best tradition of imaginary voyages, and following on from a number of fanciful narratives sparked by.....
Tours: Mame, 1839.
La Pérouse condensed for childrenSmall octavo, engraved title, frontispiece and two other plates; an attractive copy in an early dark roan prize binding embossed in blind and gilt. Attractive copy of the rare first edition of this early children's book relating the voyages and adventures of.....
Prato: Fratelli Giachetti, 1840-, 1845.
From Christopher Columbus to Sir Thomas MitchellOctavo, 18 volumes (bound in 17), with 159 plates and maps (five handcoloured), in later nineteenth-century red half morocco with ornate gilt spines. A handsome set of voyage accounts uniformly bound in rich gilt morocco, including an Italian.....
Boston: B.B. Mussey, 1841.
Oxley, Parramatta and life with the AboriginesDuodecimo; contemporary full sheep, rebacked. Second edition of this important account. A homeless London waif, O'Connell, aged about eleven, sailed for Port Jackson as a cabin-boy (or perhaps as a prisoner) on board a convict ship. During some years'.....