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Warrington: William Eyres; and sold by T. Cadell... and N.Conant... London, 1780.
Prison reform in the 1780sOctavo, with ten folding engraved plates including seven highly detailed architectural plans; a superb copy in original condition, edges completely uncut, in original boards, spine lettered in ink preserved in a quarter morocco...
Adelaide: Vardon & Sons, 1910.
Local history in South AustraliaOctavo, plates, with old local association stamp of "E.G. Heaslip - Gawler" to the title-page. Published by the Gawler Institute as a memento of the jubilee of the Institute and the Municipality of Gawler in 1908.
Reading in an Ottoman inspired InteriorOil on canvas, signed lower right 920 x 490 mm, in original Melbourne frame. This large and attractive oil painting is in the original timber frame with the label of the Melbourne maker, W. & C. Dean, Collins Street on verso. It is...
London: Sir Richard Phillips, 1823.
Passage to India & New South Wales aboard a transportOctavo with an aquatint plate, old cloth. The only edition of this description of a visit to New South Wales in 1818 and one of surprisingly few accounts of a voyage on a convict transport...
Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1857. Octavo, portrait; green cloth, original wrappers bound in. Second edition. Madeline Smith (1835-1928) was tried for murder by arsenic-poisoning and acquitted by the Edinburgh courts. After the highly-publicised trial she married a Dr. Tudor Hora and was urged by her family to leave for the...
London: Chatto and Windus, no date, but circa 1876. Two volumes, octavo, engravings; in original green cloth. Delightfully illustrated throughout with original engravings included the folding transportation engraving "Probable Effects of Over Female Emigration". Cruikshank's illusrations are celebrated, and these works extending as they do over a nineteen year period-...
Paris: Tastu, 1833.
Indigenous dwellings of Australia and New ZealandHand-coloured lithograph depicting four native huts, 340 x 520 mm., very good. Hand-coloured lithograph depicting four native huts, two from New Zealand, one from Jervis Bay (with a distinctive cone shape) and the other from King George's Sound. The Astrolabe...
Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1754.
Dampier for German readersQuarto, with 26 maps and plates (numbered 1-25 with a plate 10 bis); contemporary calf. German compendium of travel accounts published in the mid-eighteenth-century, including Dampier's voyages and excellent maps of Australia and the South Pacific. This single volume from a....
London: House of Commons, 14 July, 1828.
Governor Darling roasted over the coalsTall quarto, 10 pp. and docket title sheet; unfolded. Fascinating collection of published correspondence from Governor Darling to British Parliament concerning the dramatic punishment of troops dodging their service in the New South Wales 57th Regiment. Darling...
Melbourne: Government printer, 1864.
Western Australia - the last convict colonySingle foolscap sheet. Parliamentary printing of a despatch from the acting Colonial Secretary, Henry Pelham Clinton (the fifth Lord Newcastle) to Governor Sir Charles Darling concerning the removal of convicts from Victoria to Western Australia: 'recommends that all male...
London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 1 July 1830.
Freedom of the Press in SydneyFolio, 60 pp.; quarter calf, bookplate. A gritty insight into colonial politics of the 1820s, pitting individual liberty and the freedom of the press against the power of Governor Ralph Darling...
London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 1 September 1835.
Governor Darling attacked and exoneratedFolio, 168 pp., complete with the original blue printed wrappers bound in at end; edges uncut; a very attractive copy in a good modern binding of half blue morocco. A very good...
London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, 20 July 1832.
W.C. Wentworth goes for Governor Darling in the Sudds caseFolio, 55 pp. and docket title; in a modern binding of quarter leather. One of the key pieces in the controversy over Governor Darling's handling of the...
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
First exploration of the Sydney basinEngraved chart measuring 415 x 548 mm. Important early map of the colony showing both coastal surveys and the extent of inland exploration attempted during the first three years of settlement. William Dawes is remembered as one of the most...
London: Scott, Webster & Geary, 1837.
Famous colonial view as fore-edge paintingDuodecimo, frontispiece and engraved title-page; contemporary roan with gilt to spine and boards. An attractive fore-edge painting based upon the famous Sydney Cove view engraved by Edward Dayes. This image, transmitted through various forms (from oil on canvas...
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1859. Foolscap folio, 37 pp.; printed on blue paper; protected in recent brown buckram. A scarce Government paper on the "Defence of the Town and Harbour of Sydney". Motivated chiefly by the memory of the Crimean War, the paper was a telling contribution to the then current...
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1870.
Autobiography of a Governor-GeneralTwo volumes, octavo, each with folding frontispiece map; in late nineteenth century half crimson roan with gilt lettering. Sir William Denison was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land in 1846 following the dismissal of Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, and later served...
London: William Clowes and Sons for HMSO, February, 1849. Tall quarto, with a large folding plate; overall a good copy in understated modern polished half calf, front wrapper bound in at rear. The continuation of the previous report: this Parliamentary report on the state of convict management was printed shortly...
Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, 1877.
Property dispute at InverellFoolscap, 8pp. including survey plan. Regarding a property dispute at Inverell, New South Wales: "Return of an Order made by the Honourable the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, dated 20 July, 1876…Copies of all correspondence, papers, and minutes in...
Hobart: Hobart Town Advertiser Office, 1851.
Tasmania, not "where the orgies of Hell are unceasingly performed…"Slim octavo, viii, 48 pp., some early ink underlining; an excellent copy, handsomely bound in full brown crushed morocco by Sangorski. Most uncommon on the market, and a very attractive copy of this fiercely...
London: Blackie & Son Ltd., 1946.
Private press edition of an early Australian voyageSmall slim octavo, fine in original red cloth. Printed for private circulation: records a voyage made from Australia to England in 1842. Elizabeth Isabella Georgiana Dixon was eighteen years of age at the time.
Melbourne & Sydney: Tatchell, Garritty & Dobson, 1891-, 1892. Oblong octavo, illustrated throughout; in original decorated wrappers. A celebration of the Australian Christmas with illustrations by one of the founding members of the Heidelberg School, Walter Withers. Issued as a souvenir by the Post and Telegraph Departments, this charming work...
Sydney: John Sands, for the company, 1890.
Silver mining in Broken HillQuarto, staple bound in original tinted wrappers, with lithographic four folding plans. Contains the directors report and balance sheet for the mid-term of 1890; of special interest are the four folding plans of the transverse holdings, shaft plans and excavations.
Original descriptions of Tasmania by a member of the Dumont d'Urville expeditionThree manuscripts, variously 4pp., 1½pp and 2pp., folio (approx. 365 x 225 mm); loose leaves in custom-made morocco box lettered "Dumont d'Urville. Tasmanie: Voyage de l'Astrolabe. Manuscrit autographe" Rare and important original manuscript source for the...