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Engraved from the medallion profileStipple engraving, 155 x 100mm (plate sized. Elegant portrait of the great Pacific navigator Bougainville, 'dessiné par Cless d'après un portrait en medaillon'. The portrait was engraved and printed for inclusion in Allgemeine geographische Ephemeriden (Weimar 1802).
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: 19 March 1795.
Rare and early Bill of Exchange signed by David CollinsQuarto, single leaf, 2pp., manuscript in ink on paper. An ephemeral example of the emerging New South Wales economy with a rare association. David Collins' own account of the new settlement (An Account of the English...
Berlin: W. Hagelberg, 1886.
An ephemeral curioColour printed card, 115 x 166 mm., with pull-out tab which opens a booklet of eight black & white scenes with captions;. Very scarce Christmas souvenir of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1866, depicting scenes from the Empire including two scenes featuring...
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...
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...
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...
11 February 1836.
A precursor to the National Australia BankShare certificate, printed and completed in manuscript 116 x 190 mm. An early share certificate for bank stock in the Commercial Banking Company of-Sydney established on 24 October 1834, opening for business on 1 November 1834 in a temporary office...
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...