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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....
Upsala & Leipzig: Magnus Swederus, 1779.
Banks and Solander in icelandOctavo, large map and chart and eleven plates (most folding), 13 plates in total; contemporary quarter roan and marbled boards. First German edition, preceded only by the very rare Swedish edition of 1777, and followed by London and Paris...
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds and Curtis, 1805.
Banks on disease in cornOctavo, six engraved plates in the first work, and one folding engraved plate by Bauer in the second work; contemporary half calf (restored). One of remarkably few works by Joseph Banks to have appeared in print. Despite...
London: printed for J. Harding, 1805.
Sir Joseph Banks in printOctavo, 32 pp. including the half-title, with a folding plate; with the half-title in "Mackaness" morocco, with the Mackaness bookplate. One of remarkably few works published by Banks, but an apt demonstration of his wide range of scientific interest...
Lisboa: na Typografia da Mesma Academia, 1848.
A celebration of Sir Joseph BanksQuarto, 11 pages, laid paper watermarked 1843, original plain paper wrappers. Attractive copy of a very unusual work, a paper presented in Portuguese in 1843 on the life of Sir Joseph Banks. Manoel Maria José da Costa...
Wool in England; preface probably by Joseph Banks12mo, uncut, recent marbled wrappers. Rare: an intriguing pamphlet on the vexed question of the importation of wool into England, with a preface thought to have been contributed by Sir Joseph Banks. The West Countryman John Anstie had first mooted...
London: William Ball, 1838.
Scarce work by former Attorney General of NSWSmall octavo, neat blind-stamp to title-page, bound without the 4 pp. advertisements noted by Ferguson; half green morocco by Sangorski, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of a surprisingly scarce work, written by a former Attorney General...
The French in AustraliaFolio, viii pp. title and preliminaries with illustrations, followed by seventeen plates, some in colour; a fine set, unbound as issued in the original folder. Handsome album issued to commemorate BNP's first hundred years in Australia, with finely printed reproductions of original plates from...
Paris: Chez Camille Bloch & Jules Meynial, 1927.
Diaghilev and the Ballets RussesQuarto, portrait frontispiece, introduction followed by twenty-five pochoir colour plates, each signed by the artist and mounted on tinted grey Arches paper; fine in polished half-calf with black lettering. A remarkable collection of elegant theatrical costume designs...
London: C. Lowndes, 1801.
"Barrington" account, chiefly from CollinsDuodecimo, on blue-ish paper, pp. viii, 5-88, [vi]; old half calf. Second edition of the so-called sequel to Barrington, issued by the same publishers as the Voyage to Botany Bay. As with most Barrington material this is fraudulently attributed to him...
London: Jones, 1810.
Second edition with fine handcoloured platesOctavo, portrait frontispiece and nine handcoloured plates, folding map (laid down); contemporary half calf. The second edition (first published 1803) of this substantial account of the voyage to New South Wales via the Cape of Good Hope, with incidents partly derived...
London: W. Clements & J. Sadler, 1791.
With Barrington's speeches from the dockOctavo in fours, with wood-engraved frontispiece. Very rare: the second issue of this scarce pamphlet celebrating the misdeeds and famous speeches from the dock of Australia's most famous convict. This is one of the earliest and most...
London: M. Jones, 1802.
Gentleman pickpocket turned colonial historian?Octavo, with an engraved title page and 14 hand-coloured plates (including frontispiece), contemporary full polished calf (a bit scuffed and rubbed), morocco label. The first book to contain coloured illustrations of Sydney. This is the first book edition of Barrington's famous...
London: C. Lowndes, 1801.
Barrington sequel, mostly sourced from CollinsOctavo, laid paper uncut, with the 6 pp. 'Official Register of the Crimes, Trials and Executions'; in later half calf, spine banded and gilt, crimson morocco label. A scarce Barrington title. This so-called Sequel drew most of its content from...
Paris: Desenne, Anno VI, 1798. Octavo, xvi, 192 pp.; joints rubbed, contemporary quarter roan with crimson morocco label. French edition of Barrington, with a five page preface explaining the extraordinary circumstances of the author, noting his aptitude for observation and return to grace in a new land. Garvey notes of...
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson, 1796.
The rare American BarringtonDuodecimo, with 2-pp. publisher's advertisements;, with the half-title, in original American mottled sheep, unlettered spine ruled in gilt; front hinge starting, head of spine restored. Only the second work on Australia to be published in America. This first American edition...
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson, 1796.
The rare American BarringtonDuodecimo, with 2-pp. publisher's advertisements, contemporary owner's inscription for "Will. Bowman"; in old sheep boards, recently rebacked. Only the second work on Australia to be published in America. This first American edition of Barrington's Voyage, in appealing and characteristic contemporary...
London: Thomas Tegg, n.d. but, 1804. Duodecimo, pp. 181-216, simple modern tan wrappers. One of the rarest Barrington works, and one of the more egregious impositions on his so-called "authorship", with his name the only one featured on the title-page despite his complete lack of involvement. Copies are known with...
Madrid: M. Pita, c. 1831-1833.
Del famoso Barrington a Botani-Bay16mo (115 x 75mm), engraved frontispiece, 192 pp.; a fine fresh copy in contemporary Spanish marbled calf, gilt spine, red morocco label. Very rare Spanish imprint detailing the life and adventures of gentleman pickpocket George Barrington. Ferguson records many versions...
Lisbon: Regia Officina Typographica, 1788.
Portuguese discoveries in a crisp uniform edition24 volumes, duodecimo, with four portraits and five folding maps; contemporary blonde speckled calf. This extensive set is a fundamental travel book, and the basis for any history of Portuguese exploration. This is the first collected edition of...
London: Daldy Isbister and Co., circa 1844.
The Holy Land IllustratedOctavo; engraved frontis and title-page, 23 engraved plates and 29 line drawings; original blind stamped blue cloth boards, rebacked, corners slightly worn, highly decorated in gilt front and spine, all edges gilt. William Henry Bartlett was a prolific 19th...
Leiden: Van D. Noothoven Van Goor, 1860.
Information on Java for Dutch childrenSingle printed leaf, 440 x 310 mm., simply handcoloured. Scarce news-sheet publication for Dutch children. One of a long series (this is number 78), this is devoted to information about Java, with a map and three views...