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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...
To Darling's aide-de-campShare certificate, printed and completed in manuscript 111.5 x 195 mm. A share certificate for stock in the Bank of Australia issued to Governor Darling's aide-de-camp, Thomas Condamine who was instrumental in the establishment of what was to become the Public Library of New South...
Sydney: Bank of NSW, 1826.
To William RedfernCashier's receipt, printed and completed in manuscript, 90 x 140 mm. The receipt is made out to William Redfern for the sum of eighty pounds in Spanish dollars and is payment for the second instalment on four stock certificates. After 1825 British...
Sydney: Bank of New South Wales, 1 January 1824.
Early share certificate from Australia's first bankPrinted share certificate on vellum; 22.5 x 105 mm, completed in manuscript in ink. For the first thirty years of the colony of NSW, there was no organised and regulated banking system, rather a....
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...
Melbourne: Hugo Wertheim, 1887.
A Victorian keepsake12mo.; a good copy in original decorated boards, cloth spine. Delightful unused birthday book: "The first of its peculiar kind ever published… specifically for the benefit of Victorian readers". Principally an advertising vehicle for Wertheim sewing machines and Hapsburg pianos, it nevertheless is...
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...
London: W.Bulmer and Co., 1796.
From the library of Frances Mary CurrerFolio, stipple engraved frontispiece and engravings in text; a charming copy in half dark green morocco, marbled boards, armorial bookplates for Frances Mary Richardson Currer and Mathew Wilson, contemporary ink ownership signature of 'M R Currer' on half...
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...
Launceston: Circa 1875.
A fine Colonial portrait with Tasmanian interestWatercolour portrait, 18 x 14.8 cm (mount size), very fine; preserved in a handsome folding travelling folder of burgundy roan, lined with green moire silk, gilt, the picture surround with gilt fillets and blind-embossed. A remarkable portrait in fine original...
London: R. Baldwin, 1755 [i.e., 1754-, 1756.
A sharpening wit unleashed upon London society140 original numbers bound into two volumes, small folio, with woodcut decorations; corner of first title-page renewed with two letters supplied in ink, most of the imprints at the end of each number trimmed away or...
Boston: Mills & Hicks, 1774. Duodecimo, 32 pp., original printed wrappers. Rare American-printed Almanac with an important notice of "An Account of the Inhabitants of New Zealand, (embellished with an elegant Representation of a Warrior of that Nation, and two Natives of New-Holland, advancing to Combat)." A full-page of text...
Paris: Madame Veuve Hocquart, 1811-1814.
An Enlightened look at the peoples of the world: costumes, customs and ritualsTwo volumes, quarto, with 144 handcoloured plates; a very large copy, completely uncut, in a handsome contemporary binding of half crimson roan, flat spines banded and lettered in gilt. Lavishly illustrated study...
Reading in an Ottoman inspired InteriorOil on canvas, signed lower right 920 x 490 mm, in original Melbourne frame. This large and attractive oil painting is in the original timber frame with the label of the Melbourne maker, W. & C. Dean, Collins Street on verso. It is...
Sydney: George Howe, 1813.
"Sydney's Caxton"Duodecimo; stab-sewn in the original quarter red roan and stiff marbled wrappers, as issued; quarter morocco case. First edition: a superb copy of a very rare Australian imprint in desirable original condition. This copy has an outstanding provenance, having originally belonged to the newspaper...
London: Printed for J. Bell, 1771. Octavo; half-title restored at an early date, with slightloss of text, uncut in green quarter oasis, green cloth sides. First edition. Kenrick was a journalist and playwright known for his inflammatory writings and his attacks on Goldsmith, Boswell and Johnson. Here he points his...
London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1884.
Indigenous aristrocracy of New ZealandOctavo, portrait frontispiece, nine plates and numerous illustrations throughout the text, folding map at rear; decorated cloth. Third edition, enlarged. The author travelled on a 600 mile journey through the King Country accompanied by the Maori guide...
Sydney: Stephens & Stokes, December 1832.
With an extensive series of Sydney engravingsOctavo, folding map, engraved title-page with view of the GPO, two folding tables, two folding plates (one hand-coloured), map of Mount Victoria, two views of the Mount Victoria pass by John Carmichael, and 11 engraved advertisements for...
London: Seeley, Service and Company, 1929. A record of a head-hunting people gradually emerging from a life of savage cruelty as bloody customs, with a description of their manners & ways of the beautires & potentialities of the islands. Octavo, frontispiece, fifteen ethnographic photo-plates, folding map, publisher's gilt cloth; bold...
London: Printed for the author; and sold by J. Walter, 1791. Octavo, folding map; contemporary half calf and marbled boards. A very good, clean copy. First edition. "Lempriere, a surgeon at Gibraltar, was sent for by the favourite son of the Emperor of Morocco for medical attendance, in the belief...
London: 6 December, 1838. Single sheet, wove paper, 23 x 18.5 cm.; some wear along the old folds, but in excellent condition. A fascinating manuscript document, thanking Mitchell for his gift to Queen Victoria of his 'Work on Australia, and a Set of his Maps'. The letter is dated December...