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London: John Van Voorst, 1860. Octavo, with eight chromolithographic plates (including the frontispiece), in the publisher's blind blocked purple cloth. The best general account of Australian natural history at the time of its publication, and still a useful work. Bennett was particularly interested in the Platypus and his account of...
London: John Van Voorst, 1860.
With coloured lithographs after AngasOctavo, with eight handcoloured lithograph plates by George French Angas; in green half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. First edition: a handsome copy of this popular book by the well-travelled naturalist. "The drawings, with a few exceptions, are from the...
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1843.
Between slander and praise.Octavo, later orange cloth; Tristan Buesst bookplate. Handbook for prospective emigrants from a former resident (Bennett lived in South australia from 1839-1842). The book offers 'a plain unvarnished statement of facts, as to the character and capabilities of a Colony...
Paris: F. Buisson, 1791.
First French editionTwo volumes, octavo, half-title not present in the first volume; old French sprinkled calf, spine gilt with double labels. First edition in French of this scarce narrative of a voyage in the north Pacific, particularly interesting for Alaska, Kamchatka and the Northwest. Often...
London: St. Martin's, 1912.
Early automobile design and construction.Quarto, illustrated, fine copy in original red cloth. An early book on the engineering and construction of automotive parts, with a special emphasis on metallurgy. 'An account of the modern metallurgical science applied to automobile engineering, inclusing detailed descriptions of the...
London: T. Egerton, 1810.
A dictionary of heraldic ornamentOctavo, with 12 engraved plates; splendidly bound by Sangorski in half crimson morocco with gilt lettering. An appealing introduction to the design and history of heraldry, beautifully presented in a fine crimson leather binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The author served...
Drowned in the WollondillyOctavo; in original cloth. Published as a memorial from the parishioners of Goulburn to their curate who was drowned age twenty-four when the Wollondilly river flooded in 1857. This volume was printed at St Augustine's College Press, Canterbury where Reverend Betts had been educated...
House of Commons: 1822-1823.
Commissioner Bigge reports on conditions in New South WalesThree volumes, folio; completely uncut and in original printed dark blue wrappers, as issued; spines neatly renewed. A very fine set of the earlier House of Commons publication of the full series of Bigge's three consequential reports...
Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel, 1849-1851.
The first Danish circumnavigationThree volumes, octavo, tinted lithographs; uncut in the original quarter purple cloth with printed labels, brown boards. Scarce official account of the first Danish circumnavigation. The Galathea made her voyage between 1845 and 1847. Forbes notes that the purpose of the mission...
London: Henry Stocking, 1837.
Governor Bourke, Mr Bingle, and some cattle rustlingOctavo, in the publisher's blind blocked navy cloth with gilt lettering. Fiery letters from the Australian magistrate and landholder John Bingle to Lord Glenelg, concerning his trial on the charge of cattle-stealing. Bingle had earlier clashed with the...
London: Jackson & Walford, 1860.
Reflections upon the Colonial Missionary SocietyOctavo, appendix, advertisement leaves; in original blind-stamped cloth. With the stamp of Arthur W Piper, South Australian Supreme Court Jurist, Federationist and son of the long-serving pastor of the Adelaide district, Thomas Piper. Thomas Binney, a fervant Congregationalist minister...
Melbourne: Hugo Wertheim, 1887.
A Victorian keepsake12mo.; a good copy in original decorated boards, cloth spine. Delightful unused birthday book: "The first of its peculiar kind ever published… specifically for the benefit of Victorian readers". Principally an advertising vehicle for Wertheim sewing machines and Hapsburg pianos, it nevertheless is...
London: John Richardson, 1832.
With a fine Arrowsmith mapOctavo, with two engraved plates and a large hand-coloured folding map; very good in original boards with green cloth spine and printed label. First edition. An important account of Tasmania, intended for distribution among shareholders and prospective shareholders of the Van...
London: John Richardson, 1832.
With a fine Arrowsmith mapOctavo, with two engraved plates and a large hand-coloured folding map; very good in original boards, early inked ownership inscription on front board, with later papered spine and printed label, modern slipcase. First edition. An important account of Tasmania, intended for...
Adelaide: C. E. Bristow, 1892. Octavo, contemporary ownership inscription tot title page, contemporary full roan with gilt lettering. With the ownership inscription of Edwin Gordon Blackmore (1837-1909), formerly of the Taranaki Rifle volunteers who later served as a South Australian parliamentary clerk.
Sydney: William Applegate Gullick, Government printer, 1904.
The later history of Captain Cook's EndeavourFoolscap folio, 3pp; unbound as issued. A government printing, concerning the fate of the Endeavour after her time with Captain Cook, sold to a New Bedford whaler and later working from Newport, Rhode Island. This report...
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...
Sydney: D. L. Welch, Atlas Office, George Street, opposite the Barrack Gate, 1849.
The Australian Patriotic AssociationOctavo, inscribed from the author on the title-page, with the addendum slip; handsome burgundy roan binding, lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of one of William Bland's more uncommon titles, inscribed to one...
Sydney: James Tegg, George Street, 1842.
Governor Gipps Under FireOctavo, 20 pp.; in plain brown wrappers. Scarce attack on Gipps: the final ten pages comprise a protest regarding the New South Wales Legislative Council signed by both John Jamison and John Blaxland. Having unsuccessfully sought English aid in cancelling...
Sydney: 1812 & 1813.
Early financial documents, predating the first Australian bankQuarto, two-leaf document printed on one side of the first leaf and completed in manuscript, with manuscript promissory note on the second leaf; with another ms. note on a smaller separate sheet. A pair of rare early financial...
Dublin: N.P. [maps with the imprint of Henecy & Fitzpatrick], N.D. .
William Bligh maps... Dublin BayFolio, 84 pp., with six folding engraved maps with coloured details; contemporary dark calf. Very rare. This collection of reports on proposed improvements to the Dublin waterways, submitted to the Directors-General of Inland...
Nyköping: Joh. Pet. Hammarin, 1795.
First Swedish editionSmall octavo, woodcut headpiece; in understated contemporary half calf. First Swedish edition of Bligh's Voyage to the South Seas. Rolf du Rietz's excellent note in the catalogue of the Kroepelien catalogue explains that this very rare version was anonymously translated by Carl.....
London: Battye, Fisher & Sudlow, June 1838 - January, 1840.
Bligh's land-holdingsSeven printed legal documents, all individually stitch-sewn and folded into dockets, some legal marginalia in lead and blue pencil chiefly relating to the property "Copenhagen" A good set of printed legal documents relating to the sale of Bligh's...
Paris: Adrien le Clere, 1831.
An unusual outcome of the Duperrey expeditionOctavo, frontispiece; uncut copy in original boards. First edition. Ernest de Blosseville's younger brother Jules sailed for the Pacific in 1822 under Duperrey who had been ordered to report on western New Holland as a possible site for...