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London: Office of the Admiralty, 5 October 1757.
"The Risque of getting those Distempers"Folio, 6 pages plus integral blank; folded to docket size with manuscript annotation "Admiralty New Instructions relating to Surgeons" A scarce and desirable relic of eighteenth-century naval life: an official printed order from the Admiralty concerning...
Birmingham: T. Aris, 1743.
Eight Million Pieces of EightBifolium; franked. Original newspaper containing exciting news of Anson's buccaneering windfall: 'that Commodore Anson has taken eight rich Prizes, and after ravaging the Coast, departed about the middle of April for the East Indies; that he has two Ships with him...
Sydney: David Mason, printer, circa 1866.
Atmotic: pioneering steam driven airship in 1860s SydneySingle printed sheet measuring 570 x 445 mm. in good condition, mounted. Rare Sydney broadside and a milestone in aviation history. This ephemeral large single sheet promotes the 'Atmotic Ship' – an early steam driven airship...
"Positively for 2 nights only"Broadside, halved at central rule to form two sheets measuring 330 x 255 mm. & 330 x 260 mm., illustrated with four dramatic woodcut scenes. Rare and significant broadside advertising a panoramic lecture show on the Australian colonies that toured England in 1850...
Melbourne: Government printer, 1864.
Western Australia - the last convict colonySingle foolscap sheet. Parliamentary printing of a despatch from the acting Colonial Secretary, Henry Pelham Clinton (the fifth Lord Newcastle) to Governor Sir Charles Darling concerning the removal of convicts from Victoria to Western Australia: 'recommends that all male...
Birmingham: E.C. Osborne, printer, undated, yet 1866.
An intrepid explorer caught in the aftermath of the Jamaican uprisingTwo sheets measuring 690 x 1080 mm. each; neatly folded. Two spectacular, large broadsides denouncing the conduct of former Australian explorer John Edward Eyre, in his role as governor of Jamaica during...
Saracen's Head, Newark: Weaver, 25 March, 1870.
"our Colonies would be regarded as the natural outlet for our excessive population…'Printed broadside, 505 x 380 mm. A most unusual survival: a political broadside from the later career of Sir George Grey, seeking to capitalise on his Colonial experience. Although fresh...
New York: Ingersoll's Great American Boat and Oar Bazaar, circa 1867.
Across the Atlantic in just 35 daysBroadside, lithographed on fine paper, 28 x 21 cm. Rare and fragile broadside celebrating an amazing short-handed crossing of the Atlantic. Captain Hudson accompanied only by his friend Fitch and his dog...
Sydney: W. Baker. Hibernian Press, King Street, Sydney, 1845.
Setting of the Lord's Prayer by the early Australian composer and collaborator of Lord ByronA bifolium sheet of music, 345 x 270 mm; unbound. A rare and fragile piece of early pianoforte music by the vibrant and mercurial musician Isaac...
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: George Eyre & Andrew Strahan, 20 May 1799.
The branding of felons enactedPrinted bifolium, pp. -438, armorial letterhead, last 2pp. blank; fine. This Act makes perpetual the practice of branding the hands of felons convicted of stealing from churches or the clergy. It continues previous law to this...