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Adelaide: Hussey & Gillinhgam, 1907. Octavo, 78 pp, later cloth, fine; bookplate of Geoffrey Farmer. History of the administration of northern Australia by the government of South Australia, written with a view to pro-active change: 'the effective occupation of the Northern Territory is the greatest problem confronting Australia.'.
London: J. Hatchard and Son, 1826.
Theft and transportation by "Bobbie" PeelOctavo, 51 pp., title-page a little browned, else fine in recent green cloth, ex-Webster collection (with his small red stamp on final page). An important milestone in the history of transportation: ordinary theft henceforth to be punished by.....
Burton Pynsent, Somerset: 5 October, 1786. Manuscript note in ink on paper, 102 x 182 mm; in good condition; evidently once mounted in an album. A short memorandum written by the Prime Minister from his private country house to Lord Sydney as Home Secretary. Pitt is returning the 'dispatches to.....
New Zealand: H. Brett of Lake Takapuna, 1892.
Inscribed by Sir George GreyOctavo, black & white illustrations including portrait frontispiece; original blue cloth; inscribed by George Grey to Sir Davenport on separate slip of paper tipped-in. Inscribed by Sir George Grey 'To Sir R. Davenport, K.C.M.G. with the best.....
London: C. & W. Reynell, 1835. Tall octavo, 16 pp., the last 2 leaves opened roughly with tear (no loss of text); a very good copy in modern tan half calf. A very uncommon pamphlet detailing a surprisingly advanced proposal to allow settlers in South Australia to elect their own.....
Cambridge: Benjamin Flower, 1797.
Mutiny on the Surprise, by a friend of John WhiteOctavo, xii, 13-80pp. (last page advertisements), bookplate of F.G. Coles; originally stitch-sewn with the marks visible in the gutter, very good in polished tan half calf by Sangorski, red spine label. Second edition, revised and expanded.....
London: Henry Butterworth, 1846. Slim octavo, title lightly spotted, else fine in recent marbled boards. Henry Sewell (1807-1879), an English solicitor, became secretary and eventually deputy chairman of the Canterbury Association. Travelling to New Zealand in 1853, he entered local politics and became the nation's first premier in May 1856.....
Liepzig & Vienna: Bibliograpifches Institut, 1895.
Australian colour platesQuarto, eight chromolithographic plates, several maps; original publisher's half roan with gilt spine ornament. Detailed scientific description of Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and the Pacific, reprinting many of the famous illustrations from published voyage accounts. The chromolithographs include Hawaiian lava.....
Melbourne: Robert Barr, 1890.
"The gigantic evil of the opium trade"Slim pamphlet, 16pp, covers worn and thumbed, chipped at corners affecting all leaves. Condemnation of British opium policy with China: 'I therefore ask the house to register a protest against England's greatest national sin'. House of Commons, Session 1889.....
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, 1870.
First South Australian Speaker's guide, owned by the first SpeakerFour works bound together, duodecimo, owner's signatures on front end paper; fine, in a handsome crimson roan presentation binding, lettered in gilt to front and spine. A charming and quite remarkable little volume, with four apparently.....
London: printed for the South Australian Society by J.C. Hailes, 1841.
Early reports from AdelaideSlim octavo, folding frontispiece map, a fine copy recent polished quarter calf, rubbed. Most uncommon: early reports on South Australia with an interesting map of the region. The House of Commons select committee was charged.....
London: Macmillan and Co., 1940. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, 18 plates and seven folding maps, large folding map in endpocket in second volume; original blue cloth with dustjackets. A particularly fine copy, complete with perfect dustjackets, of the very scarce first edition. Following his lengthy and highly distinguished military and.....
London: William Allen an Co., 1839.
Chinese opium edicts translated for an English audience.Octavo, [xii], 178 pp. original cloth (expertly rebacked retaining backstrip); with the publisher's advertisment leaf bound in, a good copy. Pointed essay of the injustice of the opium trade by Algernon Thelwall, son of the English.....
London: G. E. Waters, 1889.
Presented to Governor Ayers in 1889Octavo, 43 pp., presentation card from Tinline tipped in, bookplate of Sir Henry Ayres; a few creases but a fine copy in the original black gloss-paper wrappers with "for private circulation" printed in gilt to the front; in a......
[Adelaide?]: no date or imprint, but likely, 1853.
Adelaide banks saved in the crash of 1851Duodecimo, 24 pp., worn at old folds, last two leaves with small loss; otherwise very good in modern tan half calf. Very rare printed account of a grand dinner organised for George Tinline, then.....
London: published by the Colonization Commissioners of South Australia, 1835. Foolscap folio, 4 pp., good condition, loose in folding case. The Wakefield scheme in action: this folio was published by the Colonization Commissioners for South Australia to attract migration to the colony. The four page publication prints the regulations for.....
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1835.
With an 1825 letter from Torrens about the New Zealand CompanyOctavo, folding handcoloured frontispiece map; original blue paper boards with grey spine, printed label, spine chipped and hinges weak, but an excellent unsophisticated copy, preserved in a quarter brown morocco.....