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Cornhill [and] London: Pelham Richardson, 1832 &, 1833.
Scandals in the Australian Agricultural CompanyTwo works bound in one, octavo; the first 73 pp. with folding table; the second 33 pp.; tan half calf. Two very scarce works relating to the scandals that engulfed the Australian Agricultural Company, both written...
London: Charles Knight, 1832.
Babbage's most successful workSmall octavo, engraved title-page, original maroon cloth. Second edition of Charles Babbage's most successful work: there were four editions between 1832 and 1835 and the book was translated into at least six European languages. Babbage wrote this at the time he was...
London: by order of Parliament, 1856.
Transportation to Western AustraliaTwo volumes, tall quarto, both copies in recent blue polished half calf, original printed wrappers bound in. Two of the most important reports on transportation to Western Australia, and perhaps the most detailed public accounting of the aftermath of the...
Wool in England; preface probably by Joseph Banks12mo, uncut, recent marbled wrappers. Rare: an intriguing pamphlet on the vexed question of the importation of wool into England, with a preface thought to have been contributed by Sir Joseph Banks. The West Countryman John Anstie had first mooted...
Sydney: "Monitor" Press, 1826.
Relief of the poor in 1820s SydneyDuodecimo, 24 pp., some foxing particularly to the title and last page; twentieth-century "Mackaness morocco" Early Sydney printing from the press of the Monitor. The Benevolent Society was set up 'to relieve the Poor, Distressed, the Aged, and the...
House of Commons: 1822-1823.
Commissioner Bigge reports on conditions in New South WalesThree volumes, folio; completely uncut and in original printed dark blue wrappers, as issued; spines neatly renewed. A very fine set of the earlier House of Commons publication of the full series of Bigge's three consequential reports...
London: Henry Stocking, 1837.
Governor Bourke, Mr Bingle, and some cattle rustlingOctavo, in the publisher's blind blocked navy cloth with gilt lettering. Fiery letters from the Australian magistrate and landholder John Bingle to Lord Glenelg, concerning his trial on the charge of cattle-stealing. Bingle had earlier clashed with the...
Adelaide: C. E. Bristow, 1892. Octavo, contemporary ownership inscription tot title page, contemporary full roan with gilt lettering. With the ownership inscription of Edwin Gordon Blackmore (1837-1909), formerly of the Taranaki Rifle volunteers who later served as a South Australian parliamentary clerk.
Sydney: D. L. Welch, Atlas Office, George Street, opposite the Barrack Gate, 1849.
The Australian Patriotic AssociationOctavo, inscribed from the author on the title-page, with the addendum slip; handsome burgundy roan binding, lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of one of William Bland's more uncommon titles, inscribed to one...
Sydney: James Tegg, George Street, 1842.
Governor Gipps Under FireOctavo, 20 pp.; in plain brown wrappers. Scarce attack on Gipps: the final ten pages comprise a protest regarding the New South Wales Legislative Council signed by both John Jamison and John Blaxland. Having unsuccessfully sought English aid in cancelling...
Sydney: 1812 & 1813.
Early financial documents, predating the first Australian bankQuarto, two-leaf document printed on one side of the first leaf and completed in manuscript, with manuscript promissory note on the second leaf; with another ms. note on a smaller separate sheet. A pair of rare early financial...
Cape Town: South African Vigilance Committee, 1900. Octavo booklet, 58pp. (last blank), a good copy in original printed wrappers; Mitchell library duplicate copy with a few discreet stamps. The stated object of the South African Vigilance Committee was 'To set forth to the British public the necessity for the prosecution...
Gand: J. N. Houdin, 1821.
Early utopian socialismOctavo, uncut, in wrappers. First French edition: history of the formation of an early socialist society in Europe. This is a French translation from the Dutch of a text by the reformer van den Bosch, who, along with his Societé de Bienfaisance...
London: for the author; and sold by Richardson and Urquhart, and others, 1774.
England in the 1770sTwo volumes, large quarto, in a lovely contemporary tree calf binding, flat spines featuring gilt foliate ornament with green and crimson morocco labels. Redolent of the 1770s in its strictly contemporary binding, Campbell's...
Glasgow: William Collins, 1832.
In the tradition of Adam Smith and MalthusOctavo, contemporary diced russia, with gilt spine label, title page inscribed 'to Captain McKenzie with the author's best regards'. Standard work by the great Scottish minister, theologian and economist.
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 Darlinghurst Gaol.
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: 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: 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...