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London: George Cawthorn, 1797.
The "most esteemed" English plays34 volumes, 16mo., engravings; contemporary sprinkled calf, blue morocco spines richly gilt. A most handsome set of collected plays by the famous publisher Bell, 'the mischievous spirit, the very Puck of booksellers' (DNB). This fine collection includes many of the most...
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...
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...
London: Chatto and Windus, no date, but circa 1876. Two volumes, octavo, engravings; in original green cloth. Delightfully illustrated throughout with original engravings included the folding transportation engraving "Probable Effects of Over Female Emigration". Cruikshank's illusrations are celebrated, and these works extending as they do over a nineteen year period-...
circa 1840. Original lithograph, 195 x 166mm., mounted. Portrait of Thomas Denman, Lord Chief Justice and politician, in his judicial robes. Denman played an active role in reforming English laws so as to secure individual liberties. In 1837 he carried two bills abolishing the death penalty for forgery and other...
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1851.
From among the Weeds & Mud on the Banks of the South SeaOriginal etching, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted. (Two caricatures verso). Rare satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of the Bath for self-promotion. Portraits of Banks...
London: T. Osborne, 1744-1746.
Ambitious early project by Samuel JohnsonEight volumes, quarto, contemporary speckled calf with red and black spine labels, gilt decorated. A very handsome set of literary works in full eighteenth century calf edited by Samuel Johnson. Comprising manuscripts and pamphlets from the library of Robert Harley...
London: Vernor and Hood, 1799.
La Pérouse torn between two wives.Octavo, 40 pp., recent wrappers, solander case. A light-hearted drama based on the disappearance and conjectured fate of La Pérouse in the Pacific. This is the London-published translation of the German play which had appeared in Leipzig in 1797.....
London: Judd and Co., 1882.
'the object of unmeasured hatred and denunciation'Large thick quarto, ii, 980 pp., fine in handsome half brown morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Early London printed facsimile of the first three volumes of Pasquin (January 1867 to November 1869). Eustace Mitford 'came...
[Sydney?]: circa 1840s.
Unsigned caricature of three men in mid-century New South WalesThree ink caricatures on a single sheet of laid foolscap paper, 215 x 340 mm. A charming naïve ink sketch executed in mid-century Sydney. The three figures make an interesting tableau and would seem to illustrate a....
London: Henry Bohn, no date, but 1851.
Sir Joseph Banks emerges from his chrysalisHandcoloured engraving, 350 x 250 mm; mounted. Rare satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of the Bath for self-promotion. Portraits of Banks by the most famous artists of the day...
London: W.S.Johnson & Co., 1864. Folio broadside, 505 x 510 mm.; with a central fold, in fine condition. London theatre bill for The Ticket of Leave Man, "a drama of every-day life, in four acts, by Tom Taylor, Esq.". The melodrama was first performed at the Olympic Theatre on 27...
London: circa 1871.
The pleasure of his company…Photograph, 89 x 59 mm. (image), on printed card, with ms. ink inscription on the bottom margin: "Arthur Orton - alias T. Castro - alias Sir Roger C. Tichborne - 1871. Sentenced to 14 years penal servitude - 1874" A rare image...
New York & London: G.P. Putnam's, 1921. Octavo, frontispiece, photo plates and decorated endpapers, original publisher's gilt lettered cloth, spine ends a little worn, good. First edition: the first in a series of satirical novels lampooning South Sea travel literature and ethnography. 'To be unread in Polynesiana is to be...