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Paris: 1814. Handcoloured engraving, 140 x 250mm, mounted, with caption letterpress laid down. This hand coloured engraved view is a smaller rendition of the engraving by Milbert, which appeared in Peron's Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes….. Paris 1807. It is the view seen from Nicholas Baudin's camp in 1802...
probably Weimar: circa 1808.
Rare German version of the Lesueur Sydney viewSingle sheet, 340 x 222 mm., laid paper, featuring an engraved view of Sydney Cove, slight browning, very good. A good view of Sydney Cove closely based on the original engraving in the official publication of the Baudin...
London: John Murray, April, 1825.
Scarce colonial aquatintAquatint. Quaint aquatint view of the Campbell River by Lewin, printed for Judge Barron Field's Geographical Memoirs published by John Murray in 1825; the book is significant as the only edition of surveyor-general John Oxley's journal of the exploration of Moreton Bay...
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1901.
Let there be Lights.Thick duodecimo, frontispiece, no title-page as issued; a remarkably fresh copy in the original paper wrappers, paper label to front; in a good modern brown box. A minor book but a good account of the Lights in Singapore and...
London: John Murray, 1857.
Unequalled contribution to African geographyLarge octavo, engraved portrait and 23 plates (including folding frontispiece view), two folding maps by Arrowsmith (one in pocket at rear), numerous wood engraved illustrations through the text; original brown cloth. The most famous account of African exploration, recording three years...
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1846.
With the interesting frontispieceOctavo, lithograph frontispiece, vignettes on title and final page, old owner's inscription; a very good copy in the original blindstamped publisher's red cloth, upper cover with gilt embossed kangaroo, a little faded. First edition. Lloyd gives a short history of...
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: D. Walther, 1837. Octavo, 314 pp.; contemporary green moire cloth,, leather spine label, gilt lettered title on upper board. Exceptionally rare: a special pre-publication issue of Macarthur's New South Wales; its Present State and Future Prospects. This prime association copy bears the bookplate of Sir William Molesworth, chairman of...
Paris: Dabo and Masson, 1823.
Miniature voyage collection, with a Freycinet section15 volumes, duodecimo, with numerous folding maps & plates; contemporary half calf. A delightful French miniature collection of voyages. There are three volumes each to the sections on Africa, Asia, America, Europe and the South Seas. This last...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1852.
The surveying voyage of HMS RattlesnakeTwo volumes, octavo, with 13 lithograph plates and a folding chart; a good, clean copy in the original green-blue cloth. First edition: the last and most difficult to find of the great exploration journals published by Boone during...
Halifax, England: F. King & Sons, Ltd., 1908.
Early days of MackayQuarto, numerous text illustrations, four fold-out maps and charts, edition of 250; half green morocco by Sangorski. This is a fine presentation copy of Roth's history of Mackay. Roth had been commissioned to investigate the Queensland sugar industry...
Sydney: 25 July 1821.
The beginnings of the Strathallan estate in TasmaniaFolio; manuscript in ink on vellum, 303 x 390 mm; in fine original condition, with suspended paper seal. A good, early grant by Macquarie as fifth governor, with the signatures of Charles Whelan as witness and Frederick Goulburn...
Windsor: Government House, Monday 4 October 1819.
"Half year's Salary"Single leaf, manuscript in ink. A rare manuscript from the period of Macquarie's Governorship, written from Government House at Windsor. It is a warrant for for Richard Lawson, "His half year's Salary", for duties as "Overseer in the New discovered...
London: Richard Rees, 1821.
Macquarie's only publicationOctavo; a very good copy in later half brown morocco; quarter morocco book-form box. A handsome copy of Governor Macquarie's only published work, which appeared in the year of his dismissal. In this important text he replies to a work by the MP...
Sydney: 1812, 1814 & 1840.
Colonial wax sealsWax seals, surviving from original documents; in good condition, mounted. An attractive pair of original impressions of Macquarie's smaller seal: the first or "territorial" seal of New South Wales; accompanied by an 1840 example of Gipps's seal. Often bruised and cracked on...
London: A.J. Valpy for Longman and Co., 1812. Octavo, original blue papered boards with printed spine label, uncut. A very fine copy, in entirely original condition. This collection contains a number of entries related to transportation and the early history of Australia, including three important letters by Samuel Marsden, apparently...
Sydney: 31 October, 1815.
To Marsden's fellow-traveller and authorFolio; manuscript in ink on vellum, 262 x 445 mm.; with suspended paper seal. An original grant of land made in the year that the road to Bathurst was officially opened. Bathurst was the first settlement to be opened west of...
London: W.H. Dalton, 1861.
The Taranaki QuestionOctavo, 32 pp., fine in green half calf, spine gilt. This is the London reprint of Remarks on "Notes published for the New Zealand Government"…published in Auckland at the Melanesian Press in 1861. Both this volume and the Auckland edition have been beautifully...
Florence: the heirs of Filippo Giunta, 1519.
Early geographical compendiumSmall octavo, italic letter, capital letters neatly rubricated; numerous annotations of differing vintage; an excellent copy in contemporary Italian vellum, flat spine lettered and banded in gilt. Scarce edition of this important collection of classical geographical texts, closely based on...
Adelaide: E. Spiller, Government Printer, 1880.
South Australians at the Melbourne FairOctavo, 84pp. (last blank), with two maps; in original gilt lettered limp green cloth. A glowing appraisal of South Australia prepared for visitors to the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880. This booklet includes chapters on the history of...
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.
London: Saturday Magazine, 1836-, 1837.
Rare compilation … the full run of twenty parts20 parts, in 24 issues, small folio, with woodcut illustrations throughout; bound together in modern half blue morocco. A series of valuable contemporary accounts of New South Wales in the 1830s by William Romaine Govett, one...
London: M. Walbrook, 1884. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt title. A copy from the personal library of the Earl of Derby with his armorial bookplate and the following extensive inscription by the author: 'About the year 1841, during a leave of absence, I had the honour of an interview...