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Paris: circa 1940.
A primerColour printed cloth book measuring 230 x 115, stitch sewn and folded to form four pages with illustrated covers. Vibrant French natural history primer for young children, with a kangaroo; old cloth books such as this example are typically worn and ravaged, making this fine example most unusual.
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1866. Foolscap folio, 9pp.; in recent binder's cloth. Cockatoo Island was established as a penal settlement in 1839, by Governor Gipps primarily to alleviate the overcrowding on Norfolk Island. Three years after this report was published the settlement was closed in 1869 and the prisoners transferred to Darlinghurst Gaol.
London: William Ridgway, 1867.
Court martial of George William Gordon in the Jamaica uprisingOctavo, 166 pp.; in publisher's gilt lettered cloth. Second edition. Details legal proceedings brought against Colonel Nelson and Lieutenant Brand for their role in the court martial trial, and subsequent execution, of George William Gordon during...
[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...
Melbourne: E.W. Cole, Book Arcade, 1918. Octavo, frontispiece and illustrations, with six leaves illustrating Cole's medals bound in, publisher's advertisements; in original gilt lettered blue cloth. A benevolent plea to Australian readers for racial tolerance by eccentric Australian philanthropist and businessman Edward William Cole, owner of Cole's Book Arcade, a....
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...
Amsterdam: Société d'Edition, 1925. Thick quarto, with 180 plates and 150 illustrations in the text, large folding colour map; untrimmed, in original colour decorated wrappers. Limited edition of 1000 copies, printed on 'papier vergé'. This is a beautifully produced and exceptionally detailed study of the Sumatran people and culture. In.....
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...
London: A. Strahan, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1804.
The posthumous second edition, revised by Collins' widow, with additions to 1803Quarto, with a portrait frontispiece, two maps (one folding), 23 engraved plates (the three natural history plates coloured) and eight text vignettes (that of the emu coloured); old...
London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 & 1802.
The complete First Fleet account of David Collins, thick paper issue, in an unrecorded state with extra foldout engravingsTwo volumes, quarto, : 2 charts, 18 plates and four textual vignettes, the vignettes most unusually repeated on additional folding plates...
London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 & 1802.
First edition of the complete work: a fine setTwo volumes, quarto, with three engraved charts and 32 engraved plates including eight in the text (five handcoloured); contemporary polished calf, spines elegantly gilt, with double morocco labels; quarter morocco bookform...
Sydney: E.H. Statham, York Street, 1835. Three foolscap reports, with docket-titles, A collection of three reports by the Auditor General on the finances of New South Wales, full of interesting notes on expenses in the colony, printed by the prolific Sydney based printer and newspaper publisher Edwyn Henry Statham. It...
Edinburgh: E. Balfour, Manners & Miller, 1803.
An attractive set in red morocco by SangorskiTwo volumes octavo, bound without half-titles; half red morocco by Sangorski. Remarkably detailed survey of colonial policy on the eve of the Napoleonic Wars. 'The larger portion of this scarce work relates to America, and...
London: Harper & Brothers, 1898. Octavo, frontispiece, four folding maps and other illustrations;, in contemporary half vellum, banded spine with double brown morocco labels, gilt. Second edition of this treatise on China at the turn of the century. Colquhoun, who spent several years in China as a special correspondent of...
London: Joseph Mawman, 1814. Quarto, contemporary tree calf with gilt tooled flat spine and green calf label. First edition: a detailed description of the state of the British Empire at the final stage of the war with Napoleon, with a chapter on the penal colony at New South Wales. Patrick...
Paris: Desaint & Saillant, Durand, 1756. Octavo, engraved frontispiece portrait by Tardieu le fils, and 10 engraved plates by Chedel, engraved titlepage vignette, headpiece to dedication leaf and tailpieces at end of each canto; a very attractive copy in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson morocco label. First edition...
Melbourne: Government printer, 1910.
The transfer to Federal administrationFoolscap folio, 36pp., staple bound, otherwise excellent condition. Detailed report on prospects in the remote north on the eve of transfer of administration from South Australia to the Federal government (finalised in 1911). With chapters on climate, the Aborigines, history of...
London: R. Baldwin, 1755 [i.e., 1754-, 1756.
A sharpening wit unleashed upon London society140 original numbers bound into two volumes, small folio, with woodcut decorations; corner of first title-page renewed with two letters supplied in ink, most of the imprints at the end of each number trimmed away or...
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1857.
Sir George Grey overland in South Australia.Two volumes, octavo, seventeen coloured plates,in half-red morocco by Sangorski, spines with raised bands with gilt lettering. Second edition, with considerable additions and a pleasing suite of lithographic plates showing uniform changes through the history...
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...
London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, 27 September 1831 & 22 June 1832.
With expert witnesses James Busby and Elizabeth FryFolio, the two reports bound together, 177pp. and 162pp. respectively; in a newat modern binding of half brown calf, spine lettered in gilt. Two important...
London: William Clowes and Sons for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, April 1847.
The people of NSW against transportationFolio, 16 pp.; a good copy, uncut in modern green leather binding. Four petitions from the people of New South Wales opposing further transportation of convicted felons. This report opens with a....
Warrington: William Eyres; and sold by T. Cadell... and N.Conant... London, 1780.
Prison reform in the 1780sOctavo, with ten folding engraved plates including seven highly detailed architectural plans; a superb copy in original condition, edges completely uncut, in original boards, spine lettered in ink preserved in a quarter morocco...