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London: John Nichols, 1800. Four volumes, octavo; title pages with armorial ownership stamp; in a fine contemporary binding of tree calf, flat spines gilt, double morocco labels. A most attractive set of this famous book. Chesterfield (1694-1773) is chiefly remembered as the author of these famous Letters, begun in 1737...
Melbourne: C. Troedel, 1865.
Pioneering chromlithograpy depicting the wilderness regions of VictoriaImperial folio; 12 unnumbered chromolithographs mounted on stiff white sheets, with Troedel's blind-stamped mark in the margins and printed captions on the verso of each plate; original cloth portfolio lettered as above on front cover. Melbourne, C. Troedel...
Melbourne: Australasian Authors' Agency, 1911. Octavo, 80 pp. (last blank), frontispiece; a few old library stamps and scattered pithy marginalia; original printed wrappers. Uncommon Melbourne-printed first edition of one of the most eccentric Australian publications: much republished, this first edition includes the notorious folding colour frontispiece depicting criminal, lunatic and...
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1911.
"A picture which grips the imagination"Octavo, black & white photographic illustrations; original green cloth. Day by day account of a missionary's life in Papua. The Archbishop of Brisbane, in his preface, says of the book "the freshness and humour, the varying moods, and...
London: Harvey & Darton, 1830. Duodecimo, with an engraved frontispiece and three plates;, in the original quarter red roan with marbled boards, First edition: considered the first novel of Australia. This is an exemplary copy of the very scarce first edition, bound with the advertisements in the publisher's roan-backed marbled...
London: Harris, 1821. Octavo with a folding frontispice map, 84 hand-coloured engravings on 28 plates (three on each); original printed boards. Second edition of this children's study of Asian lands. Each engraving is numbered and complimented by a corresponding description. The pictures and text cover a number of Asian countries...
London: J. Stockdale, 1797.
The Macartney embassy to ChinaOctavo, folding map; contemporary sprinkled calf. An attractive copy of the reduced octavo version of the official narrative of the important Macartney embassy to China, by which the British sought to establish formal diplomatic and commercial relations. Staunton served as a....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government printer, 1 March, 1860.
Revenue from Chinese gold-miners.Single foolscap sheet. 'Statement of the amount of Chinese and gold fields revenue collected at Belvoir, from the date of Mr. Hanify's appointment as Chinese protector to the present time, and statement relating to the collection of customs...
London: Methuen & Co., 1899.
The journal of a searcher in a "sea of small islands"Octavo, frontispiece and numerous photo-plates throughout, three plans and two folding maps; publisher's decorated green cloth with gilt spine lettering;. The author was Robert Louis Stevenson's neighbour in Samoa between 1890 and 1893 whilst...
London: Darton and Harvey, 1794-1805.
Heavily illustrated: superb Large Paper example in fine contemporary bindingTwo volumes, folio, 402 x 266 mm, with 84 engraved images, engraved and printed title-pages; contemporary green straight-grained morocco, ornately decorated in gilt and blind with complex borders and panels to sides and spines, stylish...
London: John Walthoe, 1732.
Churchill's great voyage collection, completeEight volumes, folio, comprising two works in matching bindings, containing some 213 engraved plates including work by Herman Moll, Johannes Kip, and others (many double-page or folding), engraved and woodcut illustrations throughout; late eighteenth-century Russia, marbled edges. A splendid set of...
London: H. Rhodes, et al. 1696.
Before LaureateshipQuarto; in a vellum by Riviere. First edition of Cibber's first play. Colley Cibber (1671-1757) was himself an actor, especially noted for playing lead roles, most usually fops. Eventually he became a leading player/manager in Drury Lane, as well as the author...
Lyon: Vander Aa, 1692.
Handsome uniform panelled calf bindingEleven volumes, duodecimo, the first with four engraved folding plates, and all eleven volumes embellished with charming ornamental title-pages; a handsome set in mid eighteenth-century panelled calf with original labels. Attractively bound set of Cicero in eleven volumes, noted as 'respectable...
London: Edward Orme, circa 1823.
The anonymous work of John Lewin?Quarto, pp. with 110 hand coloured aquatints (including the New South Wales plates), a good copy in ornate contemporary gilt decorated deep green morocco with all edges gilt. An attractive copy of one of the outstanding aquatint books of...
London: Edward Orme, 1814.
Famous colourplate book including a section on the Aborigines of NSWQuarto, 160 pages letterpress without pagination, 100 handcoloured aquatints with the 1813 New South Wales supplement bound at rear (this comprising separate title-page, dedication leaf, 10 handcoloured aquatints and 14 letterpress pages); a fine copy...
London: Edward Orme, 1813.
Dedicated to Bligh: the first book on the Australian AboriginesQuarto, 10 coloured aquatints; modern half calf, spine gilt-titled. A very good copy of the first issue of this important Australian plate book. This was the first work to be published on the Australian Aborigines. Clark...
Launceston: Hudson & Hopwood, circa 1871. Octavo, frontispiece folding colour map, author's presentation dated 1872; original green cloth. Author's presentation copy of this rare Launceston-printed primer on the history and geography of Tasmania. The author begins by describing the physical characteristics of the Island, flora and fauna. Then goes on...
Sydney: J.R. Clarke, 1857.
The first music album published in New South WalesLarge quarto, with a total of ten lithographic plates, including the illustrated title-page and frontispiece; comprising eight musical scores with introductory letterpress (preface and contents leaves); a very good copy in original red cloth decorated in gilt...
Paris: circa 1940.
A primerColour printed cloth book measuring 230 x 115, stitch sewn and folded to form four pages with illustrated covers. Vibrant French natural history primer for young children, with a kangaroo; old cloth books such as this example are typically worn and ravaged, making this fine example most unusual.
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1866. Foolscap folio, 9pp.; in recent binder's cloth. Cockatoo Island was established as a penal settlement in 1839, by Governor Gipps primarily to alleviate the overcrowding on Norfolk Island. Three years after this report was published the settlement was closed in 1869 and the prisoners transferred to Darlinghurst Gaol.
London: William Ridgway, 1867.
Court martial of George William Gordon in the Jamaica uprisingOctavo, 166 pp.; in publisher's gilt lettered cloth. Second edition. Details legal proceedings brought against Colonel Nelson and Lieutenant Brand for their role in the court martial trial, and subsequent execution, of George William Gordon during...
[Bombay]: 1875. Octavo, 100 pp., New York Public Library stamp on verso of title-page, preserved in solander box of half green morocco, marbled paper boards. Rare: although often quite whimsical in tone, this work is in fact an empassioned plea to protect the Maori from the worst excesses of European...