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Launceston: Circa 1875.
A fine Colonial portrait with Tasmanian interestWatercolour portrait, 18 x 14.8 cm (mount size), very fine; preserved in a handsome folding travelling folder of burgundy roan, lined with green moire silk, gilt, the picture surround with gilt fillets and blind-embossed. A remarkable portrait in fine original...
London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, 3 August 1838.
Molesworth sinks transportation: the 1838 reportFolio, [ii], i-[l], 330, 44 pp.; with an additional series title-page (Reports from Committees 1837-8... Sixteenth Volume); complete with errata slip, in a neat modern binding of green cloth with printed...
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their physiognomiesDuodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all but one handcoloured); contemporary marbled boards. First edition of a French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races with those of Asians...
Paris: Delaunay, c. 1810.
Peoples of the world, and their characters shown on their facesDuodecimo, 25 engraved plates (all hand coloured); mottled pink wrappers. First edition of this fascinating French physiognomical study of the peoples of the world, which compares the facial structures and features of various European races...
London: Richard Phillips and Co., 1823.
On a convict ship to Tasmania and NSWOctavo, aquatint plate 'Ruins of the Theatre of Taormina', uncut, bound in plain paper boards. First and only edition of this description of a visit to New South Wales in 1818 and one of surprisingly few...
Paris: Barrois l'aîné, 1783.
Tasmania and New Zealand, and the first printed account of Surville's voyageOctavo, with seven plates (including two maps, one folding); contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, leather label. First edition: this rare book is of great importance for both New.....
Paris: 25 August 1814.
Senior officer of the d'Entrecasteaux voyage presents the official accountManuscript letter, 227 x 183 mm., on a bifolium sheet, letter comprising first page with two blank pages, the fourth page an address panel, dated and signed by Rossel; folded to letter size, addressed with remnants...
Melbourne: Government printer, 1864.
Western Australia - the last convict colonySingle foolscap sheet. Parliamentary printing of a despatch from the acting Colonial Secretary, Henry Pelham Clinton (the fifth Lord Newcastle) to Governor Sir Charles Darling concerning the removal of convicts from Victoria to Western Australia: 'recommends that all male...
Amsterdam: circa 1680.
Tasman map by Blaeu's apprenticeEngraved map, 460 x 560 mm., superb handcolouring; mounted. Fine early map of the East Indies showing the discoveries of Tasman by Frederick de Wit, at a time when he was one of the foremost map-makers in Holland. His firm's 'maps were...
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1870.
Autobiography of a Governor-GeneralTwo volumes, octavo, each with folding frontispiece map; in late nineteenth century half crimson roan with gilt lettering. Sir William Denison was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land in 1846 following the dismissal of Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, and later served...
London: William Clowes and Sons for HMSO, February, 1849. Tall quarto, with a large folding plate; overall a good copy in understated modern polished half calf, front wrapper bound in at rear. The continuation of the previous report: this Parliamentary report on the state of convict management was printed shortly...
Hobart: Hobart Town Advertiser Office, 1851.
Tasmania, not "where the orgies of Hell are unceasingly performed…"Slim octavo, viii, 48 pp., some early ink underlining; an excellent copy, handsomely bound in full brown crushed morocco by Sangorski. Most uncommon on the market, and a very attractive copy of this fiercely...
Original descriptions of Tasmania by a member of the Dumont d'Urville expeditionThree manuscripts, variously 4pp., 1½pp and 2pp., folio (approx. 365 x 225 mm); loose leaves in custom-made morocco box lettered "Dumont d'Urville. Tasmanie: Voyage de l'Astrolabe. Manuscrit autographe" Rare and important original manuscript source for the...
London: John Souter, 1822.
Emigration to TasmaniaOctavo, with folding engraved view of Hobart Town after a sketch by Evans; a fine uncut copy with large margins; handsome half crushed red-brown morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. First edition of Evans' important and influential emigrants' guide to Tasmania. A separately issued...
London: by order of Parliament, 1838.
George Arthur's system scrutinised by FranklinTall quarto, fine in an attractive red crushed morocco binding by Sangorski, spine in raised bands with gilt lettering. Detailed report on convict management prepared shortly after the arrival of Governor Sir John Franklin in Van Diemen's Land...
Launceston: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.
Poems for the Crimean WarSmall octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt. Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William...
Milan: Fratelli Treves, 1874.
Landmark account of the Tasmanian AboriginesOctavo, 160 pp., numerous xylographic illustrations, in an early pebbled cloth binding; neat blind stamp to title. Very rare: the great anthropolgist Enrico Hillyer Giglioli's account of the Tasmanian Aborigines. Enrico Giglioli (1845-1909) was an Italian zoologist and anthropologist, director...
London: Sherwood, Jones, 1823. Octavo, with a folding handcoloured map and a folding view; original boards, printed paper label; uncut copy in original binding, preserved in a full calf box. First edition: now rare. Godwin's work on Van Diemen's Land is one of the earliest books to promote free emigration...
London: Darton & Clark, n.d., 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original striped black and red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley", with a charming...
London: Darton & Clark, n.d., but, 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley". Surprisingly detailed account of New...
London: Chapman and Hall, 1884. Octavo, frontispiece and numerous plates, in publishers deep green cloth with gilt lettering, partially unopened. New collected edition, here issued in one volume, with five chapters treating transportation and convict life in Australia. The author, Arthur Griffiths, was a long-serving inspector of prisons in England...
Hobart: George Terry Howe, 1826.
Runaway convicts 'basking on the sunny beach'Bifolium, 4 pp. An unusually exciting issue: we learn of bushrangers aided by convicts escaped from a gang working on Maria island, and the dissolute life led by runaway convicts. Indeed, the best part of an entire page...
Leeds: Petty & Sons, 1900.
Surprising illustrated Ned Kelly contentOctavo, 78,  pp. red quarter roan, with original illustrated wrappers bound in. Souvenir booklet to the convict hulk Success printed in Leeds, curiously it contains some considerable description of bushranging life 'the short sketches given of some of the...
London: M. & N. Hanhart Imp. circa 1851.
A great botanist of his eraLithograph portrait; 295 x 240 mm., wide margins, mounted. A fine portrait of the botanist Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911). Son of the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (whom he later succeeded in the...