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Sydney: Law Book Company, 1906.
Significant association copyOctavo, original purple cloth (a bit flecked), interleaved with lined blanks. This copy is inscribed by the author to Australian pastoralist Henry White, whose racehorses were acclaimed on the Australian turf, with winners in the 1896 Australian Jockey Club Derby and 1900 Doncaster.
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...
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...
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: Robt. S. Brain, 1898.
Mackaness to IngletonOctavo, folding map; presentation inscription; bookplates of George Mackaness and Geoffrey Farmer. A very good copy of this now uncommon work, printing letters from Victorian pioneers to Governor Latrobe. The work is very interesting on early settlers, and particularly as regards interaction...
Sydney: 30 June 1823.
200 acres in MethvenLarge printed vellum leaf, completed in manuscript, approx. 290 x 257 mm., verso blank except for ms. docket title; original folds, with well-preserved ribbon and paper seal attached. Fine original land grant signed by the sixth governor, for 200 acres in Methven...
Melbourne: Mason, Firth & Co., General Printers, n.d., 1868.
Overlanding cattle to South AustraliaSmall octavo; original limp cloth, titling label on upper board. The high-risk and pioneering culture of "overlanding" was well entrenched in Australia by the time Browne wrote this most informative handbook. The famous explorer Charles Sturt...
Adelaide: Hutchison, Craker, & Smith, 1893.
South Australian Pastoral History.Octavo, portrait frontispiece; original green cloth with gilt title, inscription on title page to W.C.M. Finniss from W.P.Auld May 1912. Gift from William P Auld, (vigneron & a surveyor on the 1861-2 McDouall Stuart expedition to traverse the continent, and.....
Brisbane: J.W. Buxton, 1867. Octavo, photographic portrait frontispiece, single lithographic plate and a large folding map at the rear; in original cloth inscribed 'presented by the author January 1870'. Rare narrative of an important inland expedition across far north Queensland and Cape York, with an original mounted sepia frontispiece photograph...
London: Harvey & Darton, 1830. Duodecimo, with an engraved frontispiece and three plates;, in the original quarter red roan with marbled boards, First edition: considered the first novel of Australia. This is an exemplary copy of the very scarce first edition, bound with the advertisements in the publisher's roan-backed marbled...
Adelaide: House of Assembly, 1893.
Predating the public reportFolio, with two large colour folding maps; uncut in recent cloth. One of only 750 copies published: this rare printing is not recorded by Ferguson. Sir Thomas Elder, who had earlier financed the first great desert journey of Ernest Giles, in...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1845. Two volumes, octavo, with 22 plates including frontispieces; in original decorated green cloth. A highly important and detailed account of inland Australian exploration by Edward John Eyre, containing significant descriptions of Australian geography and Aboriginal life and customs. 'Eyre's Journals are quite scarce and...
London: undated but all circa 1853.
The settlement of Brisbane and the Darling Downs; rare pictorial records.Eleven black and white lithographs: numbers 1-5 and 7-9 approx 255 x 330 mm (matted size) and 2 approx 280 x 375 mm (conforming to those prepared for "Fifteen views of Australia in...
London: John Murray, 1825.
A great compendium of early science and discoveryOctavo, with a frontispiece, four folding maps and two botanical plates at rear; an attractive copy in later full tan calf gilt, red spine label, Bonython bookplate. First edition: one of the more important and interesting works relating...
Melbourne: Printed in Colours and Published by Hamel & Ferguson, .
Australia's first painter of modern lifeOblong folio, with 25 fine chromolithograph plates including the title; a large copy with generous margins in old half red morocco. A very good copy of this famous book, from the library of...
Osborne & Shipton: London, 1756. Folio, coloured frontispiece and engravings throughout; an excellent uncut copy in recent half calf. The first edition of a classic treatise on husbandry. The title-page states that the work encompasses 'Rules for performing, in the most profitable manner, the whole business of the Farmer and...
Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879. Octavo, with six woodcuts of sketches by the author; in modern half cloth. The distinctly rare first edition of this account of Hamilton's experiences droving a herd of sheep from Port Philip to Adelaide. He settled in South Australia on his arrival in 1839, and...
Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879.
Two important overland journeys from Port Phillip to AdelaideOctavo, frontispiece and five wood engraved plates, in the publisher's gilt lettered cloth, bumped. A scarce and informative account of grazing life in south-eastern Australia, with vibrant and conversational descriptions of Port Phillip and Adelaide. The...
London: John Murray, 1848.
Somewhere on the MonaroDuodecimo, 162 pp. in modern crushed green morocco, gilt device to front board, banded spine with double red labels. Uncommon: a good pre-goldrush account of life in New South Wales, of note for the author's love of anecdote and his keen eye...
Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918.
Hunter Valley coal richesPublished quarto, bound manuscript, and other materials (full description below). An archive of material relating to the smouldering volcanic outcrop at Mount Wingen, prepared by local landholder and pastoralist William Edward Abbott (1844-1924) and his nephew John Henry Abbott (1874-1953). William...
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855.
The state of affairs before the Eureka StockadeOctavo, two volumes, 24 pp. advertisements in the second volume not noted by Ferguson; in the original green cloth. First edition of a classic; probably the best of the digger narratives, it is a lively...
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...