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London: William Eyres for Cadell and Conant, 1780.
Prison reform in the 1780sOctavo, with ten folding engraved plates including seven highly detailed architectural plans; contemporary tree calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands. Second and best edition of John Howard's exhaustive and highly influential examination of the prisons.....
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855.
The state of affairs before the Eureka StockadeOctavo, two volumes, 24 pp. advertisements in the second volume not noted by Ferguson; in the original green cloth. First edition of a classic; probably the best of the digger narratives, it is a lively.....
presumably Thames river: October 1851.
Original convict transfer documentSingle foolscap sheet, folded to docket-size. Paperwork to accompany a convict named William Jones, 21 years of age and convicted of housebreaking, upon his transfer from a prison hulk to gaol. A summary notation on the docket title reveals Jones was.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1867.
Explorer and Governor of Jamaica.Octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece, original red cloth (now stained), bookplate of Dr H. Boyd Graham. Life of the intrepid explorer, and controversial colonial governor, John Edward Eyre. This copy is inscribed by the author Hamilton Hume (not to be confused with.....
London: published by the Offices of the Company, 1847.
Australian postal historyOctavo, 14, [ii] pp., modern boards. 'Royal Charter of Incorporation, sanctioned by Her Majesty on the 20th May, and passed the Great Seal on the 6th August, 1847, for the India and Australia Mail Steam Packet Company, from.....
Melbourne: Stillwell & Co., 1889.
"accurate knowledge, infinite painstaking, and sacred reverence for human life"Octavo, 23 pp., some foxing, old fold, and manuscript postal address and postmarks (1889), where the pamphlet has been mailed from South Australia to New South Wales; in the original printed wrappers, rather spotted and.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1825. Printed bifolium, pp. -595, last blank, armorial letterhead, fine. An Act to facilitate the transportation of convicts from Ireland. This act enforces the uniform and standardised punishment of all subjects throughout the British empire with regard to the legal status of persons transported.....
London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., 1835.
Important early work on Swan RiverOctavo, 143 pp., contemporary notice of the work tipped in, early owner's name on title-page; an excellent copy in full crushed green morocco by Sangorski. First edition, uncommon. Irwin's book was the first significant published account of the.....
Vienna: 'Bureau de Theaterzeitung', 1847.
So much hot air...an imagined Antipodean landingEngraved sheet measuring 238 x 308 mm. Rare and colourful caricature set in an imagined antipodes. This satirical Austrian engraving parodies the ambition of Charles Green, the great British balloonist, to cross the Atlantic, here showing his alarming.....
London: C. Dolman, 1839.
"a record of every blunder that has been committed"Octavo, extract comprising pp. 449-466, with armourial title page of The Dublin Review bound in; full green crushed morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Review of two books of 1838-1839: T. Horton James' Six Months.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1856.
Model Prisons after transportationLarge octavo, with a folding statistical table and eight folding plans bound at the rear; a very good copy in recent navy cloth with blue wrappers bound in, bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. The Jebb Report on prisons: a detailed and.....
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.....
Adelaide: Advertiser Print, 1881.
Moses and meOctavo, [iv], 32, [iv] pp., eight lithographed plates after Herbert Woodhouse or Arthur Esam; original pink pictorial wrappers. This delightful and rare illustrated work is an account of the author's trip from Adelaide to Mount Browne. The Introduction remarks that 'interest has been.....
London: the Author, 1794.
The first book for Australia: the rarest First Fleet bookDuodecimo in sixes; original stab holes visible in inner margins, a tall copy with excellent margins in later quarter morocco, lilac endpapers; a fine copy, preserved in quarter morocco bookform box. Extremely rare: one of the.....
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1880.
Exploring the NullarborFolio, 9 pp., with a large folding map (555 x 705 mm; '"Plan shewing Country north east of Eucla examined by Mr James W. Jones with the view to decide upon boring operations for water"); unbound as issued. South Australian Parliamentary Paper (number.....
London: printed for J.Sewell; Vernor and Hood, and others, 1799-1812.
'Much more than the Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian world'Eleven volumes, quarto, with a total of 132 plates (of which 24 are folding), some handcoloured; contemporary polished half calf with gilt spines. A splendid set in a handsome and well-preserved contemporary.....
Leipzig and Prague: G. Freytag [and] Tempsky, 1882-, 1883. Four volumes, octavo, frontispieces in each volume, maps and other illustrations; original blindstamped green cloth. Influential German study of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Karl Emil Jung, who had taught classics at Eton, emigrated to Australia in the 1850s, took.....
83 x 83 mm., numbered in the plate at top left, partially obscured by more recent label neatly applied along top edge. A rare magic lantern slide of a kangaroo hunt. Nineteenth-century magic lantern slides are uncommon anyway, partly on account of their fragility, and much sought-after; to find one.....
London: Joseph Cundall, 1844.
Handsome chapter initialsSmall square octavo, frontispiece and 24 sepia plates, all edges gilt; in the original blind-stamped green cloth, lettered in gilt, First edition, uncommon. An attractive illustrated alphabet, with a charming image of a Kangaroo. Among the other plates are etchings after Rembrandt and.....
London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1884.
Indigenous aristrocracy of New ZealandOctavo, portrait frontispiece, nine plates and numerous illustrations throughout the text, folding map at rear; decorated cloth. Third edition, enlarged. The author travelled on a 600 mile journey through the King Country accompanied by the Maori guide.....
London: Hippolyte Bailliere, 1842. Handcoloured stipple engraving, 220 x 140 mm. (leaf size). Portraits of two natives of King George's Sound, Western Australia, published in Prichard's The Natural History of Man. James Cowles Prichard (1786-1848) spent several decades amassing pictorial information to support his theory that all of the world's.....
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, 1853.
The first navigation of the Murray by steam-boatOctavo, 46 pp.; a few pencil annotations; in original printed brown wrappers, once folded down the middle but at some time put into a neat cloth binding. Very scarce, particularly with original wrappers: the Ivo Hammet copy, with.....
Paris: A. Courcier, 1855.
Around the world in search of goldTall octavo, 12 tinted lithographs, and numerous woodcut vignettes; in quarter red crushed morocco with gilt lettering. A very scarce goldfields book, with a fine series of lithograph plates, in an attractive binding. This is a fictional voyage to.....