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Sydney: 1812 & 1813.
Early financial documents, predating the first Australian bankQuarto, two-leaf document printed on one side of the first leaf and completed in manuscript, with manuscript promissory note on the second leaf; with another ms. note on a smaller separate sheet. A pair of rare early financial...
London: Battye, Fisher & Sudlow, June 1838 - January, 1840.
Bligh's land-holdingsSeven printed legal documents, all individually stitch-sewn and folded into dockets, some legal marginalia in lead and blue pencil chiefly relating to the property "Copenhagen" A good set of printed legal documents relating to the sale of Bligh's...
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...
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...
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...
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: Mason, Firth & Co., General Printers, n.d., 1868.
Overlanding cattle to South AustraliaSmall octavo; original limp cloth, titling label on upper board. The high-risk and pioneering culture of "overlanding" was well entrenched in Australia by the time Browne wrote this most informative handbook. The famous explorer Charles Sturt...
Geneva: Carey, 1866.
With a folding map of the Canterbury provinceLarge octavo, 22pp., with a folding map; original yellow printed wrappers. A very scarce pamphlet, in fine condition. De Budé's brief study of the province of Canterbury with short supplements on pastoralism and emigration. Why the title-page is headed.....
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...
London: J.Cross and Simpkin, Marshall. 1840. Octavo, with a folding map and folding tables; complete with the errata slip, in the original cloth. First Edition. Burton was a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, whose views on the moral decline of colonial society were a significant influence...
London: John W. Parker, February, 1850. Octavo, 8 pp. advertisements, 56 pp. text, large folding map; preliminary leaves and advertisements in attractive half green morocco by Sangorski, spine gilt. Scarce early history of the settlement, collecting and publishing important primary documents related to the Canterbury Association with a modest desire...
London: Robert Tyas, 1838.
Revised second editionSlim duodecimo, folding map; at some point disbound from a larger volume (with over-printed numbers in the top margins), in recent green cloth. Informative emigrants handbook for South Australia, including a folding frontispiece map of the Gulf of St. Vincent with an inset...
London: Waterlow and Sons, 1847.
Self government for OtagoOctavo pamphlet, 14 pp., titling wrappers. 'Written chiefley by the Reverend Thomas Burns, on the resumption of, and as a stimulus to, the enterprise of which Capt. Cargill was leader and Dr. Aldcorn first secretary. Very heavy composition; likens the proposed...
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1911.
"A picture which grips the imagination"Octavo, black & white photographic illustrations; original green cloth. Day by day account of a missionary's life in Papua. The Archbishop of Brisbane, in his preface, says of the book "the freshness and humour, the varying moods, and...
Sydney: J.R.Clarke, circa 1857.
Sydney HarbourIllustrated tinted lithographed sheet music cover. Edmund Thomas (1827-1867, painter and lithographer) arrived in Port Phillip in 1852, where he spent a productive few years before he moved to Sydney in late 1854. Having produced a well received album of Melbourne views before leaving...
Engraved from the medallion profileStipple engraving, 155 x 100mm (plate sized. Elegant portrait of the great Pacific navigator Bougainville, 'dessiné par Cless d'après un portrait en medaillon'. The portrait was engraved and printed for inclusion in Allgemeine geographische Ephemeriden (Weimar 1802).
[Bombay]: 1875. Octavo, 100 pp., New York Public Library stamp on verso of title-page, preserved in solander box of half green morocco, marbled paper boards. Rare: although often quite whimsical in tone, this work is in fact an empassioned plea to protect the Maori from the worst excesses of European...
London: N.D., circa 1830.
John Septimus Roe's patronMezzotint engraving, 522 x 404 mm., noted in the plate as "proof" at bottom left, mounted and framed. A fine mezzotint portrait of Sir Christopher Cole, an important naval officer and significant as the patron to John Septimus Roe, Phillip Parker King's...
Sydney: Hayes Brothers, 1895.
The hermit of BerowraQuarto, with numerous maps (some folding), plates and text illustrations, original cloth. One of the best known and eccentric accounts of early European discovery, using the Dieppe maps as proof of early Portuguese mapping of all but the south coast of Australia...