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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.....
Melbourne: W. M. Goodhugh & co., 1859.
Later issue in original wrappersOctavo, [ii], 142 pp., paper wrappers. Later issue of Bonwick's important work in good original condition, with "1859" on the covers but retaining the original date of 1856 on the title-page. This is the issue noted by Ferguson.....
London: J. Gillray, nd. circa 1850.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEngraving, 370 x 270 mm., handcoloured as issued, mounted. A famous, satirical look at the decision of the English parliament to create a penal settlement at Botany Bay, in contrast to the atmosphere of reform and concern.....
London: J. Debrett, 1787.
The sixth edition: the first to include the attack on Lord Sydney and Botany BayOctavo, title + 86 pp., in later nineteenth-century half black roan. A withering political satire containing one of the earliest printed treatments of Lord Sydney's plan to found a penal colony.....
Rio de Janeiro: Miranda & Carneiro, 1833.
Unrecorded reference to Botany BayThree parts in one volume, small octavo; in contemporary green quarter calf, gilt. The first edition in Portuguese of this unrecorded reference to Botany Bay. First published in 1789 in Paris, Barère de Vieuzac's La Liberté des Mers.....
Paris: Bulla, 1828.
Aboriginal portraits and camp-fire sceneHandcoloured lithograph, 385 x 290 mm. Engaging Australian Aboriginal portraits and camp scene from the official voyage account of Hyacinthe de Bougainville, who toured the South Pacific between 1824 and 1826. Edmond de la Touanne, whose work formed the basis of these.....
Sydney: March, 1835. Parchment grant measuring 340 x 390 mm., signed by the Governor of New South Wales, with well-preserved wax seal; folded to docket size. Original colonial document for a discrete land purchase. Land grant to William Henry Chapman for lot 74 on Appin road, Cumberland County. This original.....
Rome: Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de propaganda fide, 1845. Duodecimo, 50 pp., uncut and unopened; original plain blue paper wrappers. A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1834.
An honest look at the three coloniesOctavo, with two lithograph plates;, edges rough-trimmed only, in half red morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The revised and enlarged second edition. Breton emigrated to Tasmania after leaving the navy in 1827, eventually becoming police.....
"Positively for 2 nights only"Broadside, halved at central rule to form two sheets measuring 330 x 255 mm. & 330 x 260 mm., illustrated with four dramatic woodcut scenes. Rare and significant broadside advertising a panoramic lecture show on the Australian colonies that toured England in 1850.....
Melbourne: Robt. S. Brain, 1898.
Mackaness to IngletonOctavo, folding map; presentation inscription; bookplates of George Mackaness and Geoffrey Farmer. A very good copy of this now uncommon work, printing letters from Victorian pioneers to Governor Latrobe. The work is very interesting on early settlers, and particularly as regards interaction.....
London: Day and Son, 1852. Coloured lithograph measuring 250 x 350 mm., mounted and framed. Dramatic and finely executed coloured lithograph of the survey vessel HMS Rattlesnake by eminent marine artist Sir Oswald Brierly (1817 - 1894). Under the command of Captain Stanley Owen the Rattlesnake undertook an extensive marine.....
Brisbane: Rogers & Harley, 1868.
Colonial Magic and MysterySilk theatre bill with green ribbon border, 355 x 238mm. A rare commemorative silk theatre bill on the Lieutenant Governor's attendance at "Professor'' Hennicke's fabulous amusements at the Brisbane School of Arts. According to notices in the Brisbane Courier these entertainments.....
Sydney: 30 June 1823.
200 acres in MethvenLarge printed vellum leaf, completed in manuscript, approx. 290 x 257 mm., verso blank except for ms. docket title; original folds, with well-preserved ribbon and paper seal attached. Fine original land grant signed by the sixth governor, for 200 acres in Methven.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1860.
Goldfields land dispute examinedTall quarto, xxii, 96pp., fine in a handsome half navy morocco by Sangorski, spine gilt with raised bands. Detailed report tabled in Victorian parliament on disputed land ownership and miner's rights at Brown's Diggings (including Smythe's Creek, North Briton and.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1860.
Goldfields land dispute examinedTall quarto, xxii, 96pp., fine in a crushed brown morocco, spine gilt with raised bands. Detailed report tabled in Victorian parliament on disputed land ownership and miner's rights at Brown's Diggings (including Smythe's Creek, North Briton and Contest Leads). The.....
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1906.
Pioneer prospectors of the tropical NorthTall quarto, with five folding maps and plans (some colour), oirginal green cloth with gilt lettering. Detailed report and travel itinerary of the government geological expedition to the Kimberley and remote north in 1905. Unexpected additions include notes on fossils.....
London: Darton and Clark, 1842.
The health of convicts on convict transportsSmall octavo, 238 pp., original printer's green cloth. Important book by Browning building on his experience as a Surgeon on board convict transports, most notably the Elphinstone which arrived in Hobart in 1836. Browning could not be accused.....
Adelaide: Hutchison, Craker, & Smith, 1893.
South Australian Pastoral History.Octavo, portrait frontispiece; original green cloth with gilt title, inscription on title page to W.C.M. Finniss from W.P.Auld May 1912. Gift from William P Auld, (vigneron & a surveyor on the 1861-2 McDouall Stuart expedition to traverse the continent, and.....
Sydney: Australian Medical Gazette, 1888. Octavo; in original green cloth. An exhaustive guide to over 200 health resorts in Australia and New Zealand, with analyses of mineral waters, services and therapeutic indications. Also includes activities available to patients, such as Killarney, Queensland, "Very pretty scenery, and dry, bracing climate. Shooting.....
London: 1831. Engraving, 280 x 450 mm.; mounted. Scarce panoramic view of Hobart, complete with key description, based on an original painting by Augustus Earle. Earle arrived in Tasmania in January 1825 and painted "a series of linked watercolour views of Hobart Town which were later developed into this panorama.....