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London: Henry Stocking, 1837.
Governor Bourke, Mr Bingle, and some cattle rustlingOctavo, in the publisher's blind blocked navy cloth with gilt lettering. Fiery letters from the Australian magistrate and landholder John Bingle to Lord Glenelg, concerning his trial on the charge of cattle-stealing. Bingle had earlier clashed with the...
London: Jackson & Walford, 1860.
Reflections upon the Colonial Missionary SocietyOctavo, appendix, advertisement leaves; in original blind-stamped cloth. With the stamp of Arthur W Piper, South Australian Supreme Court Jurist, Federationist and son of the long-serving pastor of the Adelaide district, Thomas Piper. Thomas Binney, a fervant Congregationalist minister...
Melbourne: Hugo Wertheim, 1887.
A Victorian keepsake12mo.; a good copy in original decorated boards, cloth spine. Delightful unused birthday book: "The first of its peculiar kind ever published… specifically for the benefit of Victorian readers". Principally an advertising vehicle for Wertheim sewing machines and Hapsburg pianos, it nevertheless is...
London: John Richardson, 1832.
With a fine Arrowsmith mapOctavo, with two engraved plates and a large hand-coloured folding map; very good in original boards with green cloth spine and printed label. First edition. An important account of Tasmania, intended for distribution among shareholders and prospective shareholders of the Van...
London: John Richardson, 1832.
With a fine Arrowsmith mapOctavo, with two engraved plates and a large hand-coloured folding map; very good in original boards, early inked ownership inscription on front board, with later papered spine and printed label, modern slipcase. First edition. An important account of Tasmania, intended for...
The German Association of Victoria salutes the Iron ChancellorLarge folio-sized presentation album framing lithographed and hand-painted illuminated manuscript address, 435 x 315 mm, ink and watercolour, two large initials gilt with red and blue foliate decoration, and initials alternating red and blue, with moiré. This handsome illuminated...
Adelaide: C. E. Bristow, 1892. Octavo, contemporary ownership inscription tot title page, contemporary full roan with gilt lettering. With the ownership inscription of Edwin Gordon Blackmore (1837-1909), formerly of the Taranaki Rifle volunteers who later served as a South Australian parliamentary clerk.
Sydney: William Applegate Gullick, Government printer, 1904.
The later history of Captain Cook's EndeavourFoolscap folio, 3pp. Concerns the fate of the Endeavour after her time with Captain Cook, sold to a New Bedford whaler and later working from Newport, Rhode Island. This report collates various sources relating the remnants...
Sydney: David Mason, printer, circa 1866.
Atmotic: pioneering steam driven airship in 1860s SydneySingle printed sheet measuring 570 x 445 mm. in good condition, mounted. Rare Sydney broadside and a milestone in aviation history. This ephemeral large single sheet promotes the 'Atmotic Ship' – an early steam driven airship...
Sydney: D. L. Welch, Atlas Office, George Street, opposite the Barrack Gate, 1849.
The Australian Patriotic AssociationOctavo, inscribed from the author on the title-page, with the addendum slip; handsome burgundy roan binding, lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of one of William Bland's more uncommon titles, inscribed to one...
Sydney: James Tegg, George Street, 1842.
Governor Gipps Under FireOctavo, 20 pp.; in plain brown wrappers. Scarce attack on Gipps: the final ten pages comprise a protest regarding the New South Wales Legislative Council signed by both John Jamison and John Blaxland. Having unsuccessfully sought English aid in cancelling...
Sydney: 1812 & 1813.
Early financial documents, predating the first Australian bankQuarto, two-leaf document printed on one side of the first leaf and completed in manuscript, with manuscript promissory note on the second leaf; with another ms. note on a smaller separate sheet. A pair of rare early financial...
Dublin: N.P. [maps with the imprint of Henecy & Fitzpatrick], N.D. .
William Bligh maps... Dublin BayFolio, 84 pp., with six folding engraved maps with coloured details; contemporary dark calf. Very rare. This collection of reports on proposed improvements to the Dublin waterways, submitted to the Directors-General of Inland...
Nyköping: Joh. Pet. Hammarin, 1795.
First Swedish editionSmall octavo, woodcut headpiece; in understated contemporary half calf. First Swedish edition of Bligh's Voyage to the South Seas. Rolf du Rietz's excellent note in the catalogue of the Kroepelien catalogue explains that this very rare version was anonymously translated by Carl.....
London: Battye, Fisher & Sudlow, June 1838 - January, 1840.
Bligh's land-holdingsSeven printed legal documents, all individually stitch-sewn and folded into dockets, some legal marginalia in lead and blue pencil chiefly relating to the property "Copenhagen" A good set of printed legal documents relating to the sale of Bligh's...
London: B.B. Evans, 1790.
The most infamous moment in naval history: Bligh cast adriftColoured aquatint engraving, 455 x 620 mm., mounted and framed. The mutiny on the Bounty, Bligh and his men cast adrift: one of the best known of all maritime images, which includes the only known portrait...
Paris: Adrien le Clere, 1831.
An unusual outcome of the Duperrey expeditionOctavo, frontispiece; uncut copy in original boards. First edition. Ernest de Blosseville's younger brother Jules sailed for the Pacific in 1822 under Duperrey who had been ordered to report on western New Holland as a possible site for...
London: John Murray, 1815.
Rare Phillip Parker King-era almanacOctavo, in original polished calf. Rare copy of the Nautical Almanac for 1818, a fundamental inclusion in the shipboard library of any Admiralty-sponsored voyage. The Almanac was used for reckoning the longitude at sea by the lunar method, and was closely...
Cape Town: South African Vigilance Committee, 1900. Octavo booklet, 58pp. (last blank), a good copy in original printed wrappers; Mitchell library duplicate copy with a few discreet stamps. The stated object of the South African Vigilance Committee was 'To set forth to the British public the necessity for the prosecution...
Melbourne: W. M. Goodhugh & co., 1859.
Later issue in original wrappersOctavo, [ii], 142 pp., paper wrappers. Later issue of Bonwick's important work in good original condition, with "1859" on the covers but retaining the original date of 1856 on the title-page. This is the issue noted by Ferguson...
London: W.Bulmer and Co., 1796.
From the library of Frances Mary CurrerFolio, stipple engraved frontispiece and engravings in text; a charming copy in half dark green morocco, marbled boards, armorial bookplates for Frances Mary Richardson Currer and Mathew Wilson, contemporary ink ownership signature of 'M R Currer' on half...