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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....
Superb presentation album honouring a campaigner for a wrongly convicted man's releaseLarge quarto (365 x 275 mm); contents comprising 14 vellum leaves heavily illuminated by F. Faulkner White, Gothic-style calligraphic text surrounded by multicoloured borders; title leaf with small oval albumen photograph of the recipient, Ralph Sanders...
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...