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[England]: circa, 1820.
Nonplussed kangaroos on Sydney harbourSingle leaf from a scrapbook, 215 x 260 mm., the engravings and captions neatly cut-out and pasted down, views to both sides of the sheet; in a nineteenth century frame. Marvellous page from a scrap book with a naïve scene depicting "Natives...
Aborigines of New HollandHandcoloured wood engraving, 100 x 75mm; Very good. Charming French hand-coloured woodcut depicting a man and woman of "New Holland". It was most likely printed as part of a series of costume plates, and may be the same as a similarly-sized woodcut of the...
London: 23 September, 1831.
Macquarie, Brisbane & Darling on schools for AboriginesFoolscap folio, 19 pp.; Later half roan, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of a rare report, printing a decade of major dispatches from New South Wales Governors on the subjects of the Aborigines of New South...
Sydney: James Reading, n.d. but, 1841. Duodecimo, 24 pp.; original plain blue paper wrappers. Very scarce Sydney printing of the Reverend Adams' lecture on the Sabbath. Adams, a seaman's chaplain, delivered this sermon in the Scot's Church, Sydney on 25 July 1841. It was the second in a series of...
Dublin: Chamberlaine and Rice, P. Wogan and others, 1790.
Rare poetic epitaph for Captain CookTwo volumes, with both half-titles; contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt and with double red and green morocco labels. A fine and attractively bound set of voyages collected and edited for the enlightenment of younger...
Moscow: Sinodalnaya Typografija, 1899.
Saint Innocent of AlaskaOctavo, [iv], 114 (paginated in Old Slavonic); old quarter sheep with marbled boards. Rare: evangelical text translated into the Aleut language (and printed in Cyrillic), prepared by Ivan Veniaminov-Popov (1797-1879), the great Orthodox missionary to the northern Pacific. Veniaminov was educated in...
Adelaide: Andrew Murray, 1849.
With map of the "Settled portions" and details of minesOctavo, folding frontispiece map with outline colouring, xl, 220 pp., (including directory and advertisements), with a folding table of goods and prices bound in; in plain brown cloth (if not original certainly of the period). A...
Adelaide: Robert Thomas and Co., December, 1839.
The second South Australian almanacOctavo, 150, xii pp., original printed limp linen wrappers; folding Sangorski quarter brown morocco case. Ferguson notes this is the second South Australian almanac. The work includes the important and very early botanical series of lectures by George...
England: circa 1800-1850.
Spelling setAlphabet set of 179 pieces of bone, each approx. 15 x 18 mm., letters incised and filled in with black ink by hand; original cedar box with 18 internal compartments and a sliding lid, 256 x 153 mm. A fine, early alphabet set, consisting of...
France: circa 1870.
Three-dimensional alphabet gameGame comprising 24 timber blocks, each papered with illustrations on each face, with six chromolithographic paper guiding sheets each measuring 177 x 262 mm., original box with papered lid. French alphabet blocks, comprising a game for children wherein the blocks are rearranged on their...
Stockholm: Hugo Gebers förlag, 1915.
Eucalypts and minerals, gold and sheepOctavo, with 48 plates and two colour maps, original green cloth with attractive gilt blocked kangaroo motif. An excellent copy of this generously illustrated survey of Australia's agriculture and natural resources by the long-serving secretary of the Swedish Society...
Philadelphia: circa 1798. Engraving on laid paper by Scot & Allardice, 65 x 130 mm. Robert Scot and Samuel Allardice worked together in Philadelphia as printers and engravers, Francis Shallus who is credited with doing all 41 plates of the 1818 Philadelphia edition of The Voyages of Captain Cook, worked...
Adelaide: no publisher, circa 1858.
'England in miniature - England without it's poverty'Duodecimo pamphlet, as issued without wrappers, 12 pp. (last blank), blue tinted paper stock. Scarce pamphlet printed to promote the colony. Anonymously compiled 'by an old Colonist', the booklet comprises various parts gleaned from several sources. First...
London: John Stockdale, 1790.
An essential book for First Fleet collectorsQuarto, folding map; black half roan, with the bookplate of Henry White. An essential First Fleet book, widely considered the best guide to the establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales: 'an extremely interesting work and an...
London: John Stockdale, 1787.
First Fleet sails for New South WalesOctavo, with two folding handcoloured maps; bound in contemporary marbled boards (rebacked retaining original crimson label) from the Westport House library with Browne family armorial bookplate. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New...
London: John Stockdale, 1787.
First Fleet sails for New South WalesOctavo, with two folding maps, finely hand coloured in outline, modern half calf, marbled boards. First edition. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales, this sometimes neglected publication was the most...
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their characters shown on their facesDuodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all hand coloured); mottled pink wrappers. First edition of this fascinating French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races...
Paris: Langlume, 1840. Single sheet measuring 305 x 222 mm., wove paper, lithograph. Confronting image of a Port Jackson Aborigine, lithographed after a sketch by Jacques Arago, official artist of the expedition commanded by Louis de Freycinet. This portrait is stylistically similar to the work of Arago's predecessor Nicolas Petit...
Brussels: Société Typographique, 1840.
The abridged popular versionLarge octavo, with a portrait frontispiece, lithographs and in-text illustrations; original gilt decorated full calf. One of the reduced single-volume editions of Arago's classic account. There were numerous editions of his narrative: this particular one is not recorded by Ferguson (although a......
Paris: circa 1822.
A timeless neoclassical depiction of the Caroline islandsHand-coloured engraving, 240 x 320 mm (plate size). small paper repair at bottom margin else very good condition. A famous portrait of a man and woman of the Caroline islands, depicted in high neoclassical style. This engraving is derived...
Paris: Hortet et Ozanne, 1839.
The new version, with new titleFour volumes, octavo, with 60 lithograph plates (six folding); later binding of quarter dark green morocco. A fine set of the substantially changed version of Arago's classic account of the French circumnavigation in the Uranie under the command of...
Paris: H.-L. Delloye, 1840.
The rare supplementary volumeLarge octavo, 15 plates, untrimmed with an early library stamp on the title-page; a handsome copy in polished half calf, spine banded and gilt. Fine copy of this unusual addition to his voyage account by the prolific and eccentric Arago, which includes...
Appeasing the sonFolded parchment; 320 x 400 mm, folded lower edge secured with green ribbon in two places. Signed by George Arthur as Lieutenant-Governor and John Burnett as Colonial Secretary; annotated on the reverse "Inscribed and recorded in the Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land this twenty-ninth...
The Yarra River in Dawn Light.Watercolour on paper, 355 x 540mm, mounted and framed; signed lower right. Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) had exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London before emigrating to Australia in 1878. He first lived in Melbourne for five years before moving to...