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London: HMSO for the Colonial Office, 17 March 1843.
Bounty immigrants bound for New South WalesFoolscap folio, iv, 158pp. (last blank), red half morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt spine lettering, top edge gilt. Invaluable historical resource, containing much information comparing the respective merits of emigration to.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 25th January, 1856.
"Innocent casualties of the ambush".Folio, 24 pp., disbound from stab-sewn volume. A printed collection of 19 claims for compensation for property destroyed in the ambush upon the Eureka Stockade and violence of the ensuing days. The language of the claimants is.....
Melbourne: John Ferris, Government printer, 1 June, 1858.
Eureka: the events at Bentley's HotelTall quarto, x, 16 pp., a very good copy in an attractive green cloth folding case with gilt label. Later report into the disturbances at Bentley's Hotel - the series of events that precipitated the 'Eureka.....
London: T. & W. Boone, 1845. Two volumes, octavo, with 22 plates including frontispieces; in original decorated green cloth. A highly important and detailed account of inland Australian exploration by Edward John Eyre, containing significant descriptions of Australian geography and Aboriginal life and customs. 'Eyre's Journals are quite scarce and.....
Birmingham: E.C. Osborne, printer, undated, yet 1866.
An intrepid explorer caught in the aftermath of the Jamaican uprisingTwo sheets measuring 690 x 1080 mm. each; neatly folded. Two spectacular, large broadsides denouncing the conduct of former Australian explorer John Edward Eyre, in his role as governor of Jamaica during.....
London: The Jamaica Committee, 1866.
Eyre faces the aftermath.Slim octavo, 98 pp; very good in recent halfcalf with gilt lettering, original titling wrappers bound in. Collection of documents and testimonies relating to the Jamaica insurrection of 1865. These documents werepublished to reveal the conduct of the Governor of Jamaica.....
London: Cadell and Davies, 1811.
One of Field's earliest publicationsOctavo; an excellent copy in contemporary half calf (spine renewed) and marbled boards, new endpapers. First edition of a rare piece by of one of Australia's first civilian judges, one of our first poets (and warm friend of Charles Lamb).....
London: John Murray, 1825.
A great compendium of early science and discoveryOctavo, with a frontispiece, four folding maps and two botanical plates at rear; an attractive copy in later full tan calf gilt, red spine label, Bonython bookplate. First edition: one of the more important and interesting works relating.....
London: Printed for J. Butterworth, 1810.
From the library of Barron Field with his bookplateOctavo, with armorial bookplate of Barron Field; contemporary simple calf binding with red leather label. This significant contemporary legal text has a pleasing association, having once been part of the legal library of one of.....
London: Chapman and Hall, circa 1868.
The defence fund mobilisedOctavo, good in original red cloth, bookplate of the Royal United Service Institution. Inscribed by Capt. J. Godwin to the Royal United Service Institution. This book publishes documents and transcripts in Eyre's defence, with a preface by Finlason, whose Treatise.....
London: Chapman and Hall, 1848.
Eyre brought to trial for the Jamaica uprisingSlim octavo, original red cloth, front chalked endpaper. Prosecution of Edward John Eyre for his role as Governor of Jamaica during the rebellion of 1865. It includes the evidence taken from the court depositions, the indictment and.....
London: Stevens and Sons, 1867.
Martial law and legitimate government.Octavo, a couple of leaves carelessly opened; original gilt-lettered cloth. The commentary centres on the evidence against two officers, Nelson and Brand accused of offenses committed during the Jamaica insurrection of 1865 after the imposition of martial law by Edward.....
Adelaide: W.C. Rigby, 1886.
South Australia comes of ageOctavo. 'During twenty one years, from the foundation of the settlement in 1836 to the inauguration of responsible government in 1857.' Finniss was leader of the ill-fated Adam Bay settlement in the remote north during the early 1860s.
London: War Office, 1787. Octavo, [ii], 372 pp., contemporary ownership notation to title-page, in recent boards with linen backstrip. Handbook listing the officers of the British army and marines, published just three months prior to the departure of the First Fleet from Portsmouth on 13 May 1787. The book lists.....
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......
London: sold by T. Wilkie, 29 April 1788.
News relayed from Cape TownFolio, eight pages measuring 220 x 290 mm. This issue of the London Chronicle dated 26-29 April 1788 contains a brief but informative dispatch from an unidentified First Fleet officer penned at the Cape of Good Hope.....
London: T. Wilkie, February 21-24, 1789.
News of the fleet relayed via ChinaFolio, eight pages, 288 x 220 mm. Contains a brief but curious account of the landing of the First Fleet relayed via China: "A merchant in Amsterdam has written to London, that the Botnay Bay squadron under.....
London: T. & W. Boone, 1846.
Inscribed to Captain FitzRoy of the BeagleOctavo, frontispiece and five plates (including map of the Rivoli Bay district bound into the text); with a large handcoloured folding map measuring 684 x 535 mm. in front sleeve; a handsome copy with the advertisements in.....
London: Bell and Daldy, 1867. Octavo, wood-engraved illustrations including frontispiece; original tan gilt-decorated cloth. A scarce and attractive work based on the experiences of the artist Harden Sidney Melville on a surveying voyage of coastal Australia. The HMS Fly surveyed Torres Strait, the Great Barrier Reef as well as various.....
Göttingen: Johann Christian Dieterich, 1780.
Forster on Spanish visits to TahitiSmall octavo, a handsome copy in the original decorative wrappers (thus retaining the publisher's prospectus on the front and rear endpapers), untrimmed. A good copy and now rare: known to O'Reilly & Reitman's exhaustive bibliography as the earliest full.....
France: Paris or Rouen, circa 1475-1500.
Late medieval manuscript leaf.Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with an illuminated panel border on each side of the leaf, one 2-line initial, ten 1-line initial and eight line-fillers, 18 lines of gothic bookhand; mounted. A beautifully illuminated leaf from a luxurious fifteenth-century.....
Paris or Rouen: circa 1475-1500. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with a panel border on both sides of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus and coloured flowers and leaves on shaped grounds of liquid gold, three 2-line initials in pink with white tracery, naturalistic branch line fillers.....
London: by order of Parliament, 1838.
George Arthur's system scrutinised by FranklinTall quarto, fine in an attractive red crushed morocco binding by Sangorski, spine in raised bands with gilt lettering. Detailed report on convict management prepared shortly after the arrival of Governor Sir John Franklin in Van Diemen's Land.....