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Whitehall: 7 July 1786.
Principal instigators of the First FleetTwo laid paper sheets measuring 315 x 205 mm., the first comprising the manuscript letter, the second being the original cover sheet with docket title. Early manuscript document pre-dating the departure of the First Fleet concerning two principal figures in.....
London: House of Commons, 3 August, 1840. Folio, 207 pp.; in the original blue printed wrappers. An important report in good original condition: "valuable and historical" (Hocken). Regarding this now rather scarce report, Hocken wrote: "Prompted and promoted by the New Zealand Company, an influential meeting of merchants, bankers, shipowners.....
London: Stewart and Murray, 1848.
Land law in colonial New ZealandOctavo, 76pp. (last blank), an excellent copy in handsome half crimson morocco by Sangorski. 'Largely publication of letters between the Company and its officers and Earl Grey, with extracts from newspaper reports dealing with problems in Nelson' (NZNB).
Sydney: Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1881. Single foolscap sheet, fine. Reproduces a dispatch from the Duke of Newcastle, Secretary of State for the Colonies, dated 26 February 1862, regarding restriction of Chinese immigration and problems arising thereof.
London: Harrison, 1855.
Owned by a senior colonial official in Hobart.Thick octavo, portrait frontispiece; in original blind-stamped cloth. Fascinating work on colonial affairs, of particular note for the governorship of Tasmania. Montagu, married to Arthur's neice, was an efficient reformer of the civil service, but was perceived by Sir.....
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1875. Large octavo, frontispiece and 16 plates, illustrated; publisher's cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. First edition of this influential and extensive study of the communitarian ideal in the United States. Charles Nordhoff (1830-1901) emigrated to the United States as a child, and.....
New York: Harper & Bros, 1874.
Native Hawaiian surfing actionOctavo, frontispiece map, illustrations; original cloth. First American edition, in book form, of this popular travel account, including a a dramatic engraved illustration of native Hawaiian surfing action. The book was originally serialized for Harper's New Monthly Magazine and gives.....
London: HMSO, 14 August, 1850.
Alleged corruption in Van Diemen's LandFoolscap folio, 16pp. (docket title to verso of final leaf); a little dusted, very good overall. Regards a petition of complaint brought to attention of parliament. Henry Melville, publisher of the Colonial Times had published articles critical of the.....
London: HMSO, 1 April 1833. Foolscap folio, 56pp., very good in half red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. 'Copies or extracts of the correspondence between the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department and the Governors or Lieutenant-Governors of the British Colonies in North America and Australia, since the last.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, 7 August 1840. Printed bifolium, pp. -467 (misnumbered 468), armorial letterhead, fine. An important Act for the future subdivision of New South Wales into separate colonies, namely Victoria in 1851 and Queensland in 1859. The Act describes the possible need for separation, given the.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 21 June 1824.
Foundation Act for the Australian Agricultural CompanyFolio, pp. -756, armorial letterhead, fine. Foundation Act of the Australian Agricultural Company, a fabulously lucrative investment scheme that followed a formal meeting at the chambers of John Macarthur in Lincoln's Inn during April 1824. In.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 30 July 1822.
'seven per cent above hygrometer proof'Folio, pp. -918, armorial letterhead, fine. Regards duties on spirits and tobacco in New South Wales, giving the Governor the power 'to discontinue or reduce any such duties from time to time as occasion may require'. The.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1825.
Foundation of the Van Diemen's Land CompanyFoolscap, pp. -392, fine. The Van Diemen's Land Company was founded along similar lines to the Australian Agricultural Company – vast areas and surplus convict labour could be brought to profitable advantage with a Company to.....
London: HMSO, 1888.
A rift with the Colonial officeFoolscap, x, 88 pp., in original printed blue wrappers, pencilled marginalia and one page of manuscript notes at rear; preserved in box. Immigration remained a sore point of contention between the Colonial office and respective governments of the Australian colonies, and.....
London: HMSO, 1840-1841. Foolscap folio, finely bound in half red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Comprising four separately published parts: Copies of the Commission appointing T.F. Elliot and Robert Torrens Esq and the Hon. Edward Villiers, Land and Emigration Commissioners…for South Australia. 24 February 1840; 10pp and docket title leaf.....