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Sydney: 11 December, 1794.
Signed by luminaries of the fledgling ColonyFolio, manuscript in ink on paper, 370 x 320 mm and suspended paper seal, and on the verso two land transfers signed and witnessed. This eighteenth-century document is a rare early and interesting land grant. Dating from the first...
London: War Office, 1807. Folio, large paper copy; finely bound in contemporary straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt. A beautifully bound copy of the entire list of the British Army of 1807 - including a list of the officers of the New South Wales Corps (p. 311) serving under Colonel Francis Grose.
Melbourne: George Robertson, 1876.
The early history of Port PhillipOctavo, title, 52 pages, occasional contemporary annotations, early owner's name "Mabel Mary Curr", in recent polished calf. Good early history, in an attractive modern binding. This book is an historical chronicle of the early history of the Port Phillip district...
Sydney: circa 1857.
Looking from Vaucluse to MosmanOil painting on papered boards, 31.3 x 61 cms. in an early gilt frame, signed lower right F. Halsted. The artist George F. Halsted worked in Sydney from the 1850s to the 1880s. It is thought that he may have been the...
Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879. Octavo, with six woodcuts of sketches by the author; in modern half cloth. The distinctly rare first edition of this account of Hamilton's experiences droving a herd of sheep from Port Philip to Adelaide. He settled in South Australia on his arrival in 1839, and...
Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879.
Two important overland journeys from Port Phillip to AdelaideOctavo, frontispiece and five wood engraved plates, in the publisher's gilt lettered cloth, bumped. A scarce and informative account of grazing life in south-eastern Australia, with vibrant and conversational descriptions of Port Phillip and Adelaide. The...
Adelaide: J. Williams, 1880.
The corrected second edition with photographic platesOctavo, photographic frontispiece and two other sheets (five illustrations in total); in original red cloth, decorated in blind and gilt. Rare. The second edition of Hamilton's account of two overland journeys from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1839 and...
London: H. Ingram & Co., 1855.
Contentious claim of first discovery…Octavo, with portrait frontispiece and folding map; rebacked with original backstrip laid down, head of spine chipped but internally good. First edition of the 'official' narrative by the discoverer of gold. Hargraves made known the existence of Australia's first...
London: Hall, Virtue & Co., 1862.
Copies deliberately destroyed by George Fife Angas.Small slim octavo, original blind blocked green cloth, front board a little stained. Critical account of South Australia as a destination for British emigrants, by a commercial traveller resident in the colony from 1856-61. Ferguson records that...
Leeds: Petty & Sons, 1900.
Surprising illustrated Ned Kelly contentOctavo, 78,  pp. red quarter roan, with original illustrated wrappers bound in. Souvenir booklet to the convict hulk Success printed in Leeds, curiously it contains some considerable description of bushranging life 'the short sketches given of some of the...
Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918.
Hunter Valley coal richesPublished quarto, bound manuscript, and other materials (full description below). An archive of material relating to the smouldering volcanic outcrop at Mount Wingen, prepared by local landholder and pastoralist William Edward Abbott (1844-1924) and his nephew John Henry Abbott (1874-1953). William...
London: W. Clowes & Sons, 1835.
Governor Hindmarsh honouredOctavo booklet, 44pp., a fine and partially unopened copy preserved in a magnificent polished calf folding case lined with moiré silk by Sangorski. Rare: published shortly after the establishment of South Australia as a separate colony in 1834, this pamphlet captures...
London: W. N. Wright, 1846.
Uncommon account Leichhardt's first expedition.Duodecimo, frontispiece and folding plate; in publisher's blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering. Christopher Hodgson accompanied Ludwig Leichhardt on his first expedition of 1844. Shortage of provisions for the long journey prompted Leichhardt to order Hodgson's premature return to Brisbane...
London: nd. circa 1840. Engraving, 210mm x 142mm. Transported to Botany Bay on the convict ship Minerva in 1799. Holt was part of the United Irishmen group who formed in late 1791 in order to end social, political, economic and religious discrimination against Catholics and Presbyterians, and to prevent the...
London: Henry Colburn, 1838. Engraving, 210mm x 142mm, in fine condition. A wonderful portrait of Joseph Holt (1756-1826), one of the most prominent Irish convicts of the early years of settlement at Sydney Cove. In 1798 Holt joined a band of rebels engaged in six months of guerrilla conflict near...
London: Day & Haghe, 1840. Lithograph, 195 mm x 126 mm (leaf size). Portrait of Joseph Holt (1756-1826), one of the most prominent Irish convicts of the early years of settlement at Sydney Cove. In 1798 Holt joined a band of rebels engaged in six months of guerrilla conflict near...
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, October, 1896.
The report suppressed by HornFoolscap folio, 32 pp., with 13 full page photogravure plates and four larger folding maps and sheets bound in (including the large map measuring 1290 x 1290 mm., and a plan of the Hermannsburg mission measuring 822 x....
Melbourne: Government Printer, 7 March 1855.
'the prime movers were Scotchmen'Foolscap folio, single leaf. Curious exchange between James Tarleton, U.S. Consul to Australia and Lieutenant Governor Sir Charles Hotham, laying the blame for the Eureka Stockade. Tarleton asserts in his first letter that 'the prime movers were Scotchmen' and...
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...