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Sydney: published by James Maclehose, Hunter Street, printed by James Spilsbury, Lower George Street, 1839.
Port Phillip in 1839Small octavo, some browning, early paper repair where owner's name cut from initial blank; a very good copy in mid-twentieth-century black roan. A very rare survivor: 'the first Port Phillip Directory...
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1874.
Sydney facsimile of the Pamplona editionOctavo; with bookplate and neat perforated stamps of the Sydney Mechanic's School of Arts; in contemporary half red morocco. Sydney-printed facsimile and translation of the earliest "derivative" printing of a Quiros Memorial. Following the presentation Memorials (see previous item), a....
London: Hutchinson & Co., 1892.
Inland explorer, and governor of New ZealandTwo volumes, octavo, each with engraved portrait frontispiece; an appealing set in original cloth. Standard biography of Grey, explorer and pre-eminent colonial administrator of South Australia, Cape Colony, and New Zealand. This set is a presentation copy from...
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.....
Weimar: Geographical Institute, 1804.
Large Weimar map of AustralasiaEngraved map, handcolour outline, 450 x 610 mm., in fine condition, mounted. Johann Matthias Christoph Reinecke (1768-1818) of Halberstadt and Koburg was the official cartographer to the Geographical Institute in Weimar. His General Charte von Australien was republished five times between...
Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836.
Canary IslandsEngraving, 135 x 220 mm.; very good condition. Charming engraved plate depicting sailors filling casks at the Canary Islands from Domeny de Rienzi's Océanie ou Cinquième partie du monde, revue géographique et ethnographique de la Malaisie, de la Micronésie, de la Polynésie et de.....
London: A. Strathan and T. Cadell, 1791.
Ancient seafaring contact between India and the West?Quarto, with two large folding maps; expertly rebacked in polished calf with gilt lettered label, original marbled boards retained, an attractive copy. Carefully researched history of contact between Europe and India, by Scottish parson and...
Hobart Town: .
With fine engravings by Thomas Bock24mo, six engraved plates in total, including two engraved titles (for the alamanac and the calendar) both with vignettes, two engraved signals plates (one coloured) and two other engraved views; contemporary red roan, gilt; bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. The first...
Hobart Town: James Ross, 1829.
Swan River settlers from Hobart Town24mo, [viii],, 272 pp., engraved and lettepress titles, with a total of 11 engraved plates (including title page), original cloth. Rare and desirable early Tasmanian almanac here in its second year of issue, featuring eleven plates by the accomplished...
Tours: 1873. Octavo, frontispiece; an excellent copy in a contemporary prize binding of quarter green morocco, "College de Chartres" in gilt on upper cover. Tours, Alfred Mame et fils, 1873. Fifth edition (first 1857) of this comprehensive history of Australia, with a final chapter on gold including information on the...
London: J. Stockdale, 1789.
First FleetStipple engraved oval portrait by Sherwin; 150 x 125 mm. The classic contemporary portrait of Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet and first governor of the fledgling convict settlement at Port Jackson. This portrait was engraved as the frontispiece to The Voyage...
Adelaide: A. Murray, 1846. Octavo, folding frontispiece map, x, 140, xvi (advertisements), errata leaf; an excellent copy, with its original printed dark blue front wrapper laid down, in a fine Sangorski/Zaehnsdorf binding of dark blue morocco gilt. Of great significance for the rare folding map, "Plan of the Intended New...
London: Simpkin & Marshall, 1838.
South Australia for Scottish emigrants.Octavo, 34 pp. (last blank), folding lithographed map; some foxing, a good copy on later worn quarter roan. Uncommon booklet published by the South Australian Company promoting emigration well after the settlement was established, and aimed squarely at the Scottish...
London: J. C. Hailes, 1843.
Land speculation in Adelaide and NZ in the 1840sOctavo, three folding plans, ALS to Thomas Burrows (1841) loosely inserted, ALS to John Burrows (1872) tipped in, contemporary ink notations on two of the folding plans and rear endpapers noting country and town acres, ownership...
York: G. Peacock, 1793.
Cook plants, preserving seeds on voyages, and building greenhousesQuarto, with three folding plates, contemporary (?original) marbled boards, calf spine renewed. A singular work written and published at the cusp of the fashion for exotics, which provides a most interesting overview of the state of play...
Adelaide: J. Stephens, 1848. Duodecimo, 126 (last blank), xxiv, xvi (advertisements), title cropped at top and bottom edges, otherwise an excellent copy in original patterned green cloth with printed paper label (rubbed) on front board. With George McEwin's "Horticultural and Botanical Sketch of the Colony" (pp. 25-30), the extensive "Mines...
Adelaide: James Allen, 1845. Octavo, 210, (ii - short title), xxiv (advertisements, last blank) pp.,simple early binding of quarter cloth over marbled boards. Rare early South Australian almanac. This copy has the early owner's inscription for Skinner of H.M. Customs in Adelaide, and he may have been responsible for the...
London: 28 February 1831 and 31 March, 1831.
Earliest official reports from Swan River: Stirling, Roe, Dale & IrwinTwo works bound together, foolscap folio, 30 & 19 pp. respectively; in handsome modern red quarter morocco, gilt. Two very rare reports, setting out the earliest official information on the Swan...
London and Dublin: Orr and Smith, W. Curry, 1834.
Aboriginal tribes of the Swan RiverSmall octavo, folding map, a fine copy in contemporary half polished calf withdrawn from the library of Lincoln's Inn (with gilt armorial crest to lower spine). First edition of this rare book in the preferred...
London: n.d., circa 1790.
The city of Sydney bears his nameMezzotint engraving, 440 x 310 mm. A fine and fresh impression: Lord Sydney, after the official portrait by Gilbert Stuart, the celebrated American portraitist – the "father of American portraiture" – who worked in England from 1775 until the...
Tahiti: Printed at the London Missionary Society's press, 1851.
The first Tahitian-English dictionaryOctavo, a very attractive copy in a contemporary binding of marbled sheep, flat spine decorated in gilt, red leather label. First edition: a beautifully produced book, printed by the missionaries in Tahiti. The first complete dictionary of...
Avignon and Paris: Froulle, 1779.
The earliest separate serious work on TahitiOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece view of Tahiti; a fine copy in contemporary speckled half calf. First edition: the very scarce and earliest separate serious work on Tahiti (predated only by the Omai-based fictions and the poetical satires...
Revised French version.Octavo, two works together; quarter polished calf, rubbed, spine gilt in compartments with morocco label. The second, considerably changed, Letellier version of Tench's account. Letellier had also published a version in 1789: it is not clear whether his edition or that published by Knapen the...