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Eighteenth-century book-artMottled-calf binding sculpted to form a painters' box 210 x 140 x 55 mm, fully-lined in floral linen with two-removable inner trays, containing 28 ceramic paint-shells and three paint-brushes. An eighteenth-century painters' box intricately sculpted from a book-binding of full mottled-calf with marbled fore-edges. Intriguingly the...
Aborigines of New HollandHandcoloured wood engraving, 100 x 75mm; Very good. Charming French hand-coloured woodcut depicting a man and woman of "New Holland". It was most likely printed as part of a series of costume plates, and may be the same as a similarly-sized woodcut of the...
London: 23 September, 1831.
Macquarie, Brisbane & Darling on schools for AboriginesFoolscap folio, 19 pp.; Later half roan, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of a rare report, printing a decade of major dispatches from New South Wales Governors on the subjects of the Aborigines of New South...
Paris: Office Technique Pour l'Utilisation de l'Acier, 1935. Folio, numerous photogravure plates, plans, elevations and details, black leather spine, coloured decorative boards edged with white leather scuffed. Binding signed 'Barast' apparently one of a number of special copies for presentation, this copy numbered '8' and inscribed to M.Bruneton. This impressive.....
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.
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...
Dublin: Chamberlaine and Rice, P. Wogan and others, 1790.
Rare poetic epitaph for Captain CookTwo volumes, with both half-titles; contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt and with double red and green morocco labels. A fine and attractively bound set of voyages collected and edited for the enlightenment of younger...
Melbourne: J. H. Moulines and Co. for the Committee of the 'Admella', November 1859.
Iconic Australian shipping disasterOctavo, frontispiece and folding map; in original blind blocked plum cloth with dramatic gilt vignette to front board bearing the slogan 'Hope to the Last.'. Only edition: the harrowing tale of the...
Adelaide: W.C.Cox, Government printer, 1859.
The tragic wreck of the AdmellaFoolscap folio, 36, [iv] pp., last blank, large folding map; wrappers thumbed. Uncommon: official report of the Commission tasked to investigate the appalling loss of the steamship Admella off the coast of South Australia in 1859. The tragedy marks...
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interiorThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; some wear to the edges of the boards and a library reference at head of spine, an attractive copy in contemporary quarter calf. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to...
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro; Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1841.
The pernicious contagion of immoralityThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; in contemporary marbled sheep preserved in folding cloth case. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to Australia, not recorded by most of the commentators on the genre. In...
Moscow: Sinodalnaya Typografija, 1899.
Saint Innocent of AlaskaOctavo, [iv], 114 (paginated in Old Slavonic); old quarter sheep with marbled boards. Rare: evangelical text translated into the Aleut language (and printed in Cyrillic), prepared by Ivan Veniaminov-Popov (1797-1879), the great Orthodox missionary to the northern Pacific. Veniaminov was educated in...
Adelaide: Andrew Murray, 1849.
With map of the "Settled portions" and details of minesOctavo, folding frontispiece map with outline colouring, xl, 220 pp., (including directory and advertisements), with a folding table of goods and prices bound in; in plain brown cloth (if not original certainly of the period). A...
Adelaide: Robert Thomas and Co., December, 1839.
The second South Australian almanacOctavo, 150, xii pp., original printed limp linen wrappers; folding Sangorski quarter brown morocco case. Ferguson notes this is the second South Australian almanac. The work includes the important and very early botanical series of lectures by George...
England: circa 1800-1850.
Spelling setAlphabet set of 179 pieces of bone, each approx. 15 x 18 mm., letters incised and filled in with black ink by hand; original cedar box with 18 internal compartments and a sliding lid, 256 x 153 mm. A fine, early alphabet set, consisting of...
France: circa 1870.
Three-dimensional alphabet gameGame comprising 24 timber blocks, each papered with illustrations on each face, with six chromolithographic paper guiding sheets each measuring 177 x 262 mm., original box with papered lid. French alphabet blocks, comprising a game for children wherein the blocks are rearranged on their...
Stockholm: Hugo Gebers förlag, 1915.
Eucalypts and minerals, gold and sheepOctavo, with 48 plates and two colour maps, original green cloth with attractive gilt blocked kangaroo motif. An excellent copy of this generously illustrated survey of Australia's agriculture and natural resources by the long-serving secretary of the Swedish Society...
New York: Enoch Morgan's Sons Company, 1893.
William Andrews' solo crossing in his smallest boatOctavo, folding map and folding plate, illustrated throughout; in original illustrated brown cloth, flyleaf inscribed and signed by the author. Signed presentation copy in original illustrated cloth, detailing the audacious solo transatlantic crossing of William...
Paris: Plon, 1893. Octavo, folding map; a good copy, uncut in the original blue-grey wrappers, First edition: this is an especially good account of Hawaii at the end of the nineteenth century, by a French diplomat, written under the pseudonym Georges Sauvin. D'Anglade was French Consul and Commissioner to Hawaii...
Philadelphia: (Dobelbower, Key and Simpson), 1796. Engraved portrait, 155 x 100 mm. Oval engraved portrait of Cook in profile. Originally issued in The World Displayed, or A Curious Collection of Voyages and Travels Selected and Compiled from the Writers of all Nations by Smart, Goldsmith & Johnson.
Philadelphia: circa 1798. Engraving on laid paper by Scot & Allardice, 65 x 130 mm. Robert Scot and Samuel Allardice worked together in Philadelphia as printers and engravers, Francis Shallus who is credited with doing all 41 plates of the 1818 Philadelphia edition of The Voyages of Captain Cook, worked...
Adelaide: no publisher, circa 1858.
'England in miniature - England without it's poverty'Duodecimo pamphlet, as issued without wrappers, 12 pp. (last blank), blue tinted paper stock. Scarce pamphlet printed to promote the colony. Anonymously compiled 'by an old Colonist', the booklet comprises various parts gleaned from several sources. First...