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Perth: Wm. Alfred Watson, Government Printer, 1902.
Incomprehensible suffering and despairFolio, 62 pp., with a large folding lithographic map measuring 890 x 648 mm., fine in handsome quarter green polished calf with gilt lettering. Official account of the scientific expedition financed by the wealthy English traveller Albert Calvert, dispatched...
Amsterdam: Louis Elzevir, 1653.
Build a wall "lest the English should break in and bring heresy."24mo., engraved title, all edges gilt; in nineteenth-century full red morocco, gilt arms of Henry J.B. Clements on front cover, spine banded and gilt. Attractive small Elzevir edition of this utopian work by the...
London: HMSO, 1904.
Impressive map of MongoliaFoolscap folio, 44pp. (last blank), large folding chromolithographic map; recent plain green wrappers. Notes and observations based upon a summer trip into Chihli during June to October 1902, also drawing on experiences in Chakkar country a few years previously.
London: T. Osborne [etc], 1761.
"he has not been in the inside of a church for many years"Four volumes, octavo, with a number of oval portraits of naval figures, and six folding engraved maps, contemporary calf binding, spines gilt in compartments between raised bands, red edges. Third edition: a....
London: for the author; and sold by Richardson and Urquhart, and others, 1774.
England in the 1770sTwo volumes, large quarto, in a lovely contemporary tree calf binding, flat spines featuring gilt foliate ornament with green and crimson morocco labels. Redolent of the 1770s in its strictly contemporary binding, Campbell's...
Fredonia: New York, 1846.
Scarcest of the Canadian exile accountsOctavo; light spotting throughout, but a very good copy in twentieth-century quarter green morocco, raised bands. First edition and scarce: 'A most vivid and interesting account of the convict system in Tasmania from within by a political prisoner, who publishes...
Buffalo: A.W. Wilgus, 1843.
Firsthand account of Tasmanian convict life.Small octavo, frontispiece and folding map printed white-on-black; original quarter roan. Exile account by a conspicuous figure in the Canadian Patriotic Rebellion of 1837. Wait was condemned to be hanged, but the efforts of his wife procured a stay of...
Buffalo: A.W. Wilgus, 1843.
Firsthand account of Tasmanian convict life.Small octavo, frontispiece and folding map printed white-on-black; some browning (as usual with this paper stock), yet a very good copy in handsome full speckled calf with black and red labels. Exile account by a conspicuous figure in the Canadian...
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...
Brisbane: J.W. Buxton, 1867. Octavo, photographic portrait frontispiece, single lithographic plate and a large folding map at the rear; in original cloth inscribed 'presented by the author January 1870'. Rare narrative of an important inland expedition across far north Queensland and Cape York, with an original mounted sepia frontispiece photograph...
London: Charles Reynell, 1839.
The industry of emigrationDuodecimo, with three folding maps (including the frontispiece) and a folding table; original blind stamped ribbed brown cloth, bookplate of Charles Glover. Third edition. Settler's guide with good maps of Adelaide and surrounds. The separately paginated 16 pp. advertising appendix contain some...
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: Edward Lloyd, 1898.
An Australian "Robinson Crusoe"Folio, illustrated throughout, original wrappers printed in red and green bound in, old newspaper clippings tipped in; in modern red half morocco by Morrell, bookplate of Henry L. White. An interesting satirical account of one of the great late century hoaxes, of...
London & Melbourne: Novello Ewer & Co. [and] Allan & Co., 1880.
Prize-winner for the Melbourne International ExhibitionTall octavo, some foxing, all advertisements present; in original lilac wrappers, Surprisingly scarce: a 161 pp. musical score for Victoria, the prize cantata written by Caron for the opening of the Melbourne...
Angers: Lachese et Dolbeau, 1889. Octavo, 60 pp.; neatly bound in old quarter cloth, leather label. Scarce offprint from the Revue libérale: a discussion of the early history of Vietnam, and in particular China's attempts to gain control of the country. Fosses concludes that Vietnam would fare much better under...
Milan: Ranieri Fanfani, 1825-1829.
Fine Americana in original wrappersEighteen small quarto volumes, with a total of 101 handcoloured plates and seven maps; an excellent set as issued in the publisher's tinted wrappers. Scarce in original condition: a record of Catholic missionary activity across the globe from the seventeenth to...
Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1875. Small octavo; in a handsome vellum binding, boards with black morocco onlays, decorated ornately with gilt Greek key motif, morocco label and tailpiece, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. A beautifully bound copy of the second edition, revised and corrected, of this attractive nineteenth-century version of the poems...
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1882.
A study of culturesOctavo, diagrams and tables throughout the text, folding table; elegantly bound in modern three-quarter morocco with raised bands. Fine copy of a scarce anthropological study carried out by French maritime medical officer Cauvin, during his visit to Australia and New Guinea in...
London: R. Royston, 1676.
The dreaded 'cauldron of boyling oyl'Folio, with a frontispiece and double page 'Tree of Faith' plate, several other cuts in the text; contemporary gilt-ruled polished crimson calf, spine with gilt decorated panels between raised bands. A beautifully printed history of the early church, illustrated with...
Melbourne: W.H. Glen & Co., circa 1888. Octavo; modern marbled cloth-backed boards with original printed stiff wrappers bound in. A rare musical souvenir of the lavish opening of the Centennial International Exhibition, held in the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the landing of the First...