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London: 26 January 1824.
A notorious murder and a felon turned Court-KeeperSingle sheet measuring 350 x 200mm [and] octavo, 344pp, frontispiece, 2 folding plans, three illustrations; modern cloth. The trial of Joseph Hunt (1795-1861), John Thurtell (1794-1824) and William Probert for the brutal murder of William Weare, a London.....
On board: 21 April 1822.
Please send the latest volumes relating to French voyagesSingle-page letter on single folded sheet, 255 x 195 mm., address panel, slightly torn where originally opened at red wax seal; very good. An intriguing letter sent from on board Hyacinthe de Bougainville's command the Thétis.....
Hobart Town: 24 December, 1824.
Colonial purchases on Christmas eveALS single sheet, folded to letter size with early "Hobart Town, VDL" oval handstamp. Short letter penned on Christmas Eve from a Hobart Town merchant enclosing an account (not present) to Henry Jellicoe of Campbell Town in Van Diemen's Land.....
Brest: aboard the Portefaix, renaned Boussole, 28 & 31 May 1785.
Outfitting La Pérouse for the PacificTwo notes in ink on laid paper, 155 x 207 and 155 x 168 mm (the first watermarked 1768); numbered in pencil 273 and 284. A pair of simple but extremely rare documents.....
Aboard the Artemise in Toulon: 10 April, 1836.
The commander aboard the ArtémiseSingle sheet folded to form 4 pp., small octavo, neat manuscript in ink on both sides of first leaf, second leaf blank except for filing note. Written by the Pacific explorer Laplace in Toulon aboard his second.....
The Comte de Lauraguais, old friend of Sir Joseph Banks, still dazzlingly witty at 90Three autograph letters, 260 x 195 mm. Three interesting and witty letters written by an elderly Comte de Lauraguais, providing a revealing glimpse of the exalted scientific circles in which he still moved.....
Off the Lizard, coast of England: 10 July, 1838.
Lhotsky worries about his specimensThree page manuscript letter, 205 x 165 mm., on a single sheet folded in half; postal stamps, remnants of red wax seal. Most uncommon autograph letter by the naturalist Lhotsky, written off the Cornish coast in.....
St. Petersburg: 22 October, 1872.
Rare example of a letter by one of the great Russian explorersManuscript in ink on paper, single leaf folded to form four pages, 210 x 130 mm. An interesting and rare private letter from the explorer Count Fyodor Petrovich Lütke. Lütke, who started his.....
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.....
Sydney: 25 July 1821.
with Macquarie's Great SealFolio, manuscript in ink on vellum; verso with docket-title; seal in tact, expertly mounted and framed in a handsome early timber frame. An early example of a Tasmanian land grant, with a good signature by Governor Macquarie and completed with his Great.....
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.....
Sydney: 2 May 1823.
The art and mystery of a TailorFolio, single leaf of tinted paper; printed form completed in manuscript. An indenture assigning the orphan Charles Gregory to the care of Thomas Bowden as apprentice. The nature of the apprenticeship was specified as "the art and mystery of.....
Sydney: circa 1820-1838.
Marsden in BathurstCollection of 8 documents, ms. in ink on vellum, and ink on paper, various sizes. An interesting collection of original documents pertaining to the Rev. Samuel Marsden and his daughter Elizabeth, and their seven-hundred-acre parcel of land known as 'Biggen Grange'. The original grant.....
Parramatta: 29 April, 1831.
Marsden in Parramatta and New ZealandTwo-page autograph letter by Marsden, on watermarked paper, 325 x 200 mm., original red wax seal, old folds; stamp for the Parramatta post office. A letter from the aging and indefatigable Marsden to the pastoralists' agent, George Ranken agreeing to.....
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: 6 December, 1838. Single sheet, wove paper, 23 x 18.5 cm.; some wear along the old folds, but in excellent condition. A fascinating manuscript document, thanking Mitchell for his gift to Queen Victoria of his 'Work on Australia, and a Set of his Maps'. The letter is dated December.....
Whitehall: 7 July 1786.
Principal instigators of the First FleetTwo laid paper sheets measuring 315 x 205 mm., the first comprising the manuscript letter, the second being the original cover sheet with docket title. Early manuscript document pre-dating the departure of the First Fleet concerning two principal figures in.....
Newcastle, N.S.W. 31 July, 1845. Three-page letter, folded to letter-size 255 x 205 mm., stamped at both Sydney and Newcastle. An interesting intra-colonial letter from the Newcastle businessman William Dudding to the prominent Sydney trader Robert Towns. William Dudding was a civil servant working in the Hunter. In 1850 he.....
Burton Pynsent, Somerset: 5 October, 1786. Manuscript note in ink on paper, 102 x 182 mm; in good condition; evidently once mounted in an album. A short memorandum written by the Prime Minister from his private country house to Lord Sydney as Home Secretary. Pitt is returning the 'dispatches to.....
Calcutta: 30, March 1831.
Trading currency: a very early letter from India to AustraliaSingle sheet folded to letter-size 201 mm x 248 mm, address panel loose with red wax seal of Fergusson & Co; with enc. bill of loading on Whatman paper 225mm x 100 mm with red wax.....
[Sydney or Scotland]: 21 August, 1829. Three-page ALS in a neat but unfinished hand, 228 x 185 mm., original red wax seal, stamp for the Sydney post office but not otherwise marked, very good. A charming and rather rare example of a woman writing from Sydney in the 1820s. The.....
A spectacularly illustrated album of the Challenger Expedition, including the Antarctic watersOblong quarto sketchbook, thirty-six leaves, including illustrated title-page and thirty-five ink and watercolour illustrations, all but title- page in full colour; original printed wrappers, backed in later tape. Inscribed on front wrapper verso: "William Gurling. H.M.S. Challenger.....
Sydney: Government House, 1804.
Sydney land grant signed by Governor King with a site sketch by George EvansVellum sheet measuring 330 x 230 mm., with manuscript notations to both faces (including a site-sketch with measurements). Early Sydney lease signed by Governor Philip Gidley King for an allotment in the.....