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London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1776. Octavo; early repair to front hinge and spine, in contemporary sheep. First collected edition of these political pamphlets, published anonymously. Probably the most famous of the four is the last, 'Taxation no Tyranny; An Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American.....
Sydney: Stephens & Stokes, December 1832.
With an extensive series of Sydney engravingsOctavo, folding map, engraved title-page with view of the GPO, two folding tables, two folding plates (one hand-coloured), map of Mount Victoria, two views of the Mount Victoria pass by John Carmichael, and 11 engraved advertisements for.....
London: Virtue and Company, circa 1875. Three thick quarto volumes, engraved vignettes, full page plates, page-edges gilt; in contemporary red morocco gilt, flat spines elaborately gilt, cloth boards marked. Beautifully illustrated collection of essays on the history of London bound in ornate handsome contemporary gilt decorated red morocco. In addition.....
London and Edinburgh: Mawman, 1804. Four volumes, octavo; fine in contemporary speckled calf, spines with simple double gilt rules, blue morocco lettering pieces and circular red morocco volume number labels; folding facsimile frontispiece showing Queen Mary's handwriting and a view of the College of Edinburgh. Handsome set of the second.....
Paris: Paulin, 1843. Octavo, ms. inscription on title; in the original printed yellow wrappers. Presentation copy of the very rare first edition of this utopian hymn to hashish. In the early 1840s the French psychiatrist Moreau had begun studying the possible therapeutic applications of hashish, in the process installing himself.....
Paris: Comptoir des Imprimeurs-Unis, 1848. Octavo, uncut and mostly unopened; in the original printed yellow wrappers, Author's presentation copy of the second edition of Lallemand's rare tale of the coming society, and the first to attribute authorship. First published as Le Hachych in 1843, its new title here is more.....
Sydney: William Maddock, 1875.
A better class of immigrants.Octavo booklet, 34 pp., otherwise fine in original titling wrappers. The vigourous debate of the 1870's - should Australian immigration be planned for the benefit of Britain, or the betterment of colonial society. Here Lang proposes changes to immigration policy, encouraging.....
London: 1834. Two volumes, octavo, with a folding map; in original green cloth with paper labels on spines. First edition. Lang, a Presbyterian minister, arrived in the colony in 1823. He was possessed of enormous energy, and "pushed his way to power at once", as H.M. Green says, with "a.....
'The History of Doctor Lang, to which is added the History of New South Wales'Two volumes, octavo, with a folding coloured map; in a good modern binding of half calf and marbled boards. First edition of a classic and influential study of the colony of New South.....
Sydney: Gibbs, Shallard, & Co., 1876.
Silencing the convict PressOctavo pamphlet, 16 pages, stitched without wrappers (as issued). The only edition of this letter, addressed by Lang to William Neill, Manager of the City Bank. Neill had petitioned the Parliament to 'obtain from the country a substantial recognition of.....
Sydney: Stephens and Stokes, 1831.
Jeremy Bentham's bequestOctavo, 27 pages, old (original?) marbled wrappers bound in; recent half morocco with crimson spine label, bookplate. A rare and early pamphlet by the prolific Lang, on the foundation of the Australian College, printed in Sydney by Stephens & Stokes the same.....
n.p., circa 1770. Duodecimo, 72 pp., drop-title only, as published with no separate title-page and no colophon; in modern boards, morocco label. A very good copy of this uncommon title by the fiery Comte de Lauraguais, best known for his association with Sir Joseph Banks, and particularly for his abortive.....
Sydney: Thomas Richard, Government Printer, 1881. Single foolscap sheet. Exchange of telegraphs between the Acting Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong and the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales concerning outbreak and quarantine of contagion: "Small-pox having been introduced here by Chinese recently arrived, this Government has by Proclamation notified that.....
London: John Murray, 1870.
The Elgin embassy and it's aftermathOctavo, portrait frontispiece and a folding map; in publisher's cloth. Second edition by the private secretary to the Earl of Elgin describing negotiations for the Taku Forts, and later imprisonment by the Chinese.
Adelaide: George Howell, 1883.
Adelaide parliamentarians illustratedOctavo, numerous wood engraved portraits; in original blind stamped green cloth, gilt spine. A snapshot of Adelaide political life in the 1880's. From the preface: 'Totally unaware at the outset that South Australia had produced so many really eminent men, he thought that.....
London: Canterbury Association, 1850.
Canterbury settlement for London investorsOctavo booklet, 28 pp;. 'Speeches by eminent supporters of the movement (Bishop of Oxford, Sidney Herbert, Adderley, Somers-Cox &c.), but not published in the Canterbury Papers, probably because one of the speakers (a Mr. Sidney) quite upset the meeting with his.....
London: Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1859-1862.
A classical history by a propagator of "the Liberal faith"Eight volumes, octavo, full polished calf, gilt spines with red and green morocco labels, marbled edges. An attractive set of Macaulay's History of England with the final volume completed posthumously by his sister.....
Auckland: The Melanesian Press, 1861.
The Taranaki QuestionSlim octavo, title-page, two tipped leaves, 48pp. text, fine in polished green half calf, spine gilt. Sir William Martin was a former Chief Justice of New Zealand. This is the earlier issue, with the two tipped prefatory leaves and letter in Maori.....
London: W. H. Dalton, 1861.
Controversial land purchase in Waitara.Octavo, fine in recent half blue polished calf by Sangorski with gilt lettering. Second edition. 'A detailed and impartial examination of the Taranaki land question and the Crown's Waitara purchase against the wishes of the Wiremu Kingi' (New Zealand National.....
Brisbane: Frederick Phillips, 1932. Octavo, original wrappers, Mitchell Library duplicate copy with stamp. Very scarce: written by the great Constitutional historian. At the suggestion of the public service commissioner and with financial support from the Queensland government, the Senate of the University of Queensland sent Melbourne to Japan and China.....
London: Hodgson & Graves, 1839.
Melbourne: the manMezzotint measuring 305 x 230 mm. (plate size). A beautifully executed mezzotint portrait of William Lamb, second Viscount Melbourne, after whom the capital city of Victoria was named in 1837. Although printed in 1839, at the height of Melbourne's career and while.....
London: Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1861. Thick octavo, from the office of the Sydney Government statistician, preliminaries blind-stamped compliments of the publisher; in contemporary publisher's ribbed cloth. New edition, re-publishing the lectures delivered at Oxford between 1839-1841.