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London: 9 May 1785.
The "legal basis" for transportationFoolscap, 20 pp., very good, neatly disbound; preserved in a cloth folder. Very uncommon: crucial discussions leading to the establishment of transportation to a colony at Botay Bay. This is the first report of the committee appointed to investigate transportation, and...
London: Printed for Stanfield Parkinson, the Editor, 1773.
Uncut in original boards, and larger than ever.Large quarto, with frontispiece portrait, a map and 26 plates; completely uncut and partly unopened; an exceptionally large copy in its original binding of blue-grey paper boards, plain paper spine carefully renewed; in a....
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
Fine depiction of the kookaburraOriginal engraving, 260 x 190 mm. very good condition, mounted. Fine impression of the so-called "Great Brown Kings Fisher" or Laughing Kookaburra. This engraving is taken from Governor Phillip's Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay published by Stockdale in late...
London: sold by T. Wilkie, 29 April 1788.
News relayed from Cape TownFolio, eight pages measuring 220 x 290 mm. This issue of the London Chronicle dated 26-29 April 1788 contains a brief but informative dispatch from an unidentified First Fleet officer penned at the Cape of Good Hope...
London: T. Wilkie, February 21-24, 1789.
News of the fleet relayed via ChinaFolio, eight pages, 288 x 220 mm. Contains a brief but curious account of the landing of the First Fleet relayed via China: "A merchant in Amsterdam has written to London, that the Botnay Bay squadron under...
Edinburgh: J. Robertson, 1792.
'The most absurd, prodigal and impracticable vision…'Octavo, 336 pp.; a very good copy in nineteenth-century half calf over marbled boards. Rare, with an early essay on Botany Bay by a Scottish judge and therefore providing some insight into the reaction of the legal profession to...
London: John Nichols, 1788.
First Fleet report from the CapeOctavo, pp. 377-472, three plates; recent wrappers. Reports progress of the First Fleet: 'By the last accounts received from the fleet from Botany Bay, they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 13th of October last, and expected...
London: J. Stockdale, 1789.
The first printed map of SydneyEngraved map, 530 x 470 mm. (sheet size). The first printed map of the settlement at Sydney Cove with fascinating details of the colony in its earliest days. It was engraved for the 1789 London publication of Phillip's Voyage to...
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
Hunter and Bradley as pioneer map-makersEngraved chart, 720 x 400 mm. Important early colonial map of the coastline of New South Wales, a direct result of searching for alternate settlement sites within easy sailing distance from Sydney Cove. John Hunter and William Bradley undertook surveys...
London: John Stockdale, 1793.
Engraved by William BlakeQuarto, with 17 engraved plates, folding maps and charts, list of subscribers; period-style calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands. First edition of John Hunter's Journal: a foundation book of Australian coastal exploration which, together with Phillip's account, gives the first...
London: J. Stockdale, 1792. Engraving, 280 x 215 mm. (sheet size), good condition overall. Portrait of Captain Hunter seated, in naval uniform and holding papers in his left hand (one of which depicts a ship passing between two headlands). Captain John Hunter (1737 - 1821) was appointed second captain, under...
London: Burney & Gold, 1801. Stipple engraving, 175 x 128mm (sheet size), very closely trimmed but otherwise good. An unusual portrait of Captain John Hunter, captain of the Sirius during the First Fleet era and later Governor of New South Wales from 1795-1800. This portrait was prepared in 1801, and...
Paternoster Row, London: Goff & Co., February 8th. 1787.
Rev. Richard Johnson; Chaplain of the first Christian service in Australia on February 3rd. 1788.Engraving, 17 x 11 cms. title inscribed around oval half length portrait; vignette below depicting a redemption scene by a harbour with sailing ships, captioned with...
Paris: 1814. Handcoloured engraving, 140 x 250mm, mounted, with caption letterpress laid down. This hand coloured engraved view is a smaller rendition of the engraving by Milbert, which appeared in Peron's Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes….. Paris 1807. It is the view seen from Nicholas Baudin's camp in 1802...
Whitehall: 7 July 1786.
Principal instigators of the First FleetTwo laid paper sheets measuring 315 x 205 mm., the first comprising the manuscript letter, the second being the original cover sheet with docket title. Early manuscript document pre-dating the departure of the First Fleet concerning two principal figures in...
Edinburgh: printed by Sir D. Hunter Blair & J. Bruce, 1803.
Surgeons on convict vesselsFolio, pp. -14, disbound. One of the most important amendments to the laws of Transportation, formalising the requirement for convict vessels to carry a Surgeon, and thus directly responsible for a huge improvement in mortality...
London: Ordered to be printed, 10th and 26th March 1792.
Including one of the first major descriptions of life on board a convict transportFoolscap folio, 110 pp., the last a docket title; a large copy with wide margins, edges uncut; a good old binding of half dark calf; quarter...
London: n.d., but, 1794.
Laying out the settlementsOctavo, large folding plate of plans with early handcolouring in red; bound in original heavy pink card wrappers, a bit faded, with early manuscript title to front. Very scarce first edition of this model for the planning and building of an ideal...
London: Stockdale, 8 December, 1789. Stipple engraving, 230 x 180 mm. (plate size), some spotting else fine. Uncommon engraved portrait of John Watts, veteran of Cook's third voyage, who sailed with the First Fleet on board Lady Penrhyn. Although published by Stockdale and intended to be included in Governor Phillip's...
London: J. Stockdale, 1789.
First FleetStipple engraved oval portrait by Sherwin; 150 x 125 mm. The classic contemporary portrait of Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet and first governor of the fledgling convict settlement at Port Jackson. This portrait was engraved as the frontispiece to The Voyage...
Paris: Letellier, 1789.
The Letellier editionOctavo; contemporary French mottled calf. One of two French editions of Tench's Narrative published in 1789. This is thus either the first or the second French publication on settled Australia, and one of the very earliest descriptions in French of the appearance of La...
London: Cadell and Davies, 1802.
After Thomas WatlingHandcoloured engraving, 267 x 200 mm. mounted. Fine hand-coloured impression of this famous depiction of the "Maenura Superba" or Superb Lyre Bird. The present engraving which was published in 1802 in David Collins' An Account of the English Colony in New South...
Orebro: Nils Magnus Lindh, 1807.
Early trade promotion in EuropeTwo volumes, duodecimo, uncut set in original printed grey tinted wrappers with paper labels. Scarce Swedish edition of Turnbull's early trading account of New South Wales, Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands. John Turnbull first travelled to New South Wales as...