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The Yarra River in Dawn Light.Watercolour on paper, 355 x 540mm, mounted and framed; signed lower right. Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) had exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London before emigrating to Australia in 1878. He first lived in Melbourne for five years before moving to...
Paris: circa 1790.
The King of Botany Bay offers refuge from the French RevolutionOctavo, 19,  pp; disbound from a volume. A very rare early "satire on French politics and English colonization" (Ferguson). Likening those who fled the tumult of the French Revolution to the English convicts transported to...
1st September 1842.
A transported shoemaker earns his freedomSingle leaf; 180 mm x 170 mm; printed and completed in manuscript. A certificate of freedom issued to William Smallridge in 1842, on completion of his fourteen year sentence. Smallridge was one of 200 convicts who had been transported on the...
London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 & 1802.
The complete First Fleet account of David Collins, thick paper issue, in an unrecorded state with extra foldout engravingsTwo volumes, quarto, : 2 charts, 18 plates and four textual vignettes, the vignettes most unusually repeated on additional folding plates...
London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, 24 February 1817.
Compilation and analysis of sentencing reportsFoolscap folio, 130 pp.; in neat modern dark blue wrappers with printed label. Extensive reports, from all over England and Wales -- from Assize courts, Quarter or General Sessions, and from...
Van Diemen's Land first independent court of recordBifolium 315 x 198 mm; manuscript with paper; royal wafer seal affixed. A pardon for James Browne, convicted and sentenced to death, for murder in Van Diemen's Land, conditional on his being transported to Norfolk Island for the term of his...
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...
London: J. Debrett, 1791.
The rare supplement to Governor Phillip's accountQuarto, [ii],, 26 pp.; an excellent copy in half morocco over marbled boards by Bayntun of Bath, spine banded and lettered in gilt. One of the rarest of First Fleet books: 'there is keen competition among collectors when a....
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: Eyre and Strahan, 1790.
Governor Phillip's Emancipation ActFolio; 4pp, modern wrappers. The second most important legal document for establishing the colony of New South Wales: the act (30 Geo III c. 47) authorising the pardoning of transported convicts. Governor Phillip had quickly realised that he had plenty of...
Hobart: George Terry Howe, 1826.
Runaway convicts 'basking on the sunny beach'Bifolium, 4 pp. An unusually exciting issue: we learn of bushrangers aided by convicts escaped from a gang working on Maria island, and the dissolute life led by runaway convicts. Indeed, the best part of an entire page...
London: 26 January 1824.
A notorious murder and a felon turned Court-KeeperSingle sheet measuring 350 x 200mm [and] octavo, 344pp, frontispiece, 2 folding plans, three illustrations; modern cloth. The trial of Joseph Hunt (1795-1861), John Thurtell (1794-1824) and William Probert for the brutal murder of William Weare, a London...
London: Henry Hooper, 1839.
The final days of transportationSlim octavo booklet, 60 pp. (last blank); in polished brown half calf with gilt lettering by Bayntun. Pointed address to parliament delivered by Sir William Molesworth, a radical English M.P. who significantly contributed to the demise of transportation to New South...
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...
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1824.
'…for punishment of transports misbehaving…'Foolscap, pp. -720; disbound, fine. 'A revision and consolidation into one Act of the laws for regulating the transportation of offenders from Great Britain' (Ferguson).
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1824.
Sumatra convictsFoolscap, pp. -1103; disbound, fine. 'Authorizing the removal of convicts under sentence of transportation to Sumatra or serving sentences there to other British colonies or possessions' (Ferguson).
Newcastle: Mackenzie and Dent, 1811.
Contemporary account of the Rum Rebellion court-martialOctavo, two maps and three plates, printed on rather cheap paper which is consequently a little browned and with some offsetting; very good in polished brown morocco by Bayntun/Riviere. A very scarce book. This is the first issue...
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: T. Gillett, 1808.
London sheriff denounces the transportation of womenOctavo, fine uncut copy in original publisher's boards (rubbed), with old manuscript label to spine; spine worn and joints neatly repaired. A compassionate and carefully reasoned appeal for clemency, with specific criticism of transportation: 'Phillips points out the cruelty...
Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute and W. Creech, 1794.
Evidence used to incriminate for seditionOctavo, in a neat cloth binding, leather label. Important primary source for the sedition trials of the so-called Scottish martyrs, namely Thomas Muir, Maurice Margarot, Joseph Gerrald, William Skirving and the Reverend Thomas Fyshe Palmer. Printed...
Sydney: David Ell and Hordern House, 1988.
The Skottowe ManuscriptTwo volumes, 80 & 112 pp., large octavo format (310 x 195 mm.), with 27 full-page watercolours and 26 pages of manuscript in colour-facsimile; printed on high quality gloss art paper, bound in fine cloth; slipcase. The first and only...
Lincoln: J. Drury & Sons, 1816.
Forged one pound bank notesBroadside measuring 360 x 240 mm., a little rubbed, very good condition. A good and relatively early Calendar of prisoners tried and sentenced at the Lincoln assizes, including the interesting case of one man sentenced to transportation for being...
Lincoln: Drury and Son, 1820.
Sobering insights into the plight of the poorBroadside measuring 365 x 180 mm., a little foxed, good condition. Ephemeral broadsheet calendar of prisoners, including a considerable listing of men and women sentenced for transportation, from the Lent Assizes. Dated 1820, the sheet dates from...
Newcastle: W. Boag, printer, 1830.
Convicts awaiting trial in 1830Broadside measuring 390 x 255 mm. Scarce ephemeral broadside listing the name, age and alleged crimes of some 46 convicts held at the Gaols of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland. Given the crimes include larceny, housebreaking, and assault, many of the...