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The French explore Sydney plainEngraved chart; 495 x 340 mm. Attractive cartographic rarity arising from the visit of Louis and Rose de Freycinet to Sydney in 1819. This map of the Cumberland plain is an example of a little-known first state (without plate number); it was prepared.....
Blue Mountains AboriginesHandcoloured stipple engraving, 150 x 270mm. A marvellous engraved portrait of an Aboriginal elder of the Blue Mountains named Karadra and his companion Hara-o, after an original study by Alphonse Pellion; Karadra, the older man on the right, holds a clay tobacco pipe in his.....
Paris: 1822. Hand-coloured engraving, 190 x 270 mm., mounted. Early view of Warragamba River in the lower Blue Mountains, the site of Sydney's ever important Warragamba Dam from the official published account of the major French voyage of 1817-1820 to Australia and the Pacific commanded by Louis de Freycinet. The.....
Blue MountainsEngraving, 190 x 270 mm. Early view of Warragamba River in the lower Blue Mountains, the site of Sydney's ever important Warragamba Dam from the official published account of the major French voyage of 1817-1820 to Australia and the Pacific commanded by Louis de Freycinet. The.....
London: John Hatchard, 1848. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, manuscript inscription at front of each volume; in contemporary maroon morocco, gilt. Second revised and enlarged edition of the life of the great Quaker reformer. The work was edited by two of Fry's daughters, and includes many excerpts from her letters and.....
Superb presentation album honouring a campaigner for a wrongly convicted man's releaseLarge quarto (365 x 275 mm); contents comprising 14 vellum leaves heavily illuminated by F. Faulkner White, Gothic-style calligraphic text surrounded by multicoloured borders; title leaf with small oval albumen photograph of the recipient, Ralph Sanders.....
London: HMSO, 1907.
The country sacred to ConfuciusFoolscap folio, 26 pp., with two maps; in recent green paper wrappers. The author states his intention as such: 'The object of the journey was to study in some degree the Province of Shantung, its resources and inhabitants, to visit the country.....
London: G. Garrard, 31 May 1811.
Sir Joseph Banks judges sheepshearingOriginal aquatint, stipple, etching and engraving; 540 x 800 mm., mounted and framed. A large detailed and striking image of the annual sheep shearing festival held by the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, with Sir Joseph Banks a......
The Celebrated George BarringtonHardcover with colour dust jacket, 327pp. This book traces the genesis of the Barrington books in rich and evocative detail, offering a compelling account of publishing history in England and on the continent, and displaying the subtle machinations of the book trade in a world without.....
London: Prined by G. Barclay, 1850.
Gawler on the colonies and his reputation: "not published"Slim octavo, 45 pp., in recent tan half calf, marbled boards. Very rare privately published work by the former Governor of South Australia, and the last serious effort he made to rehabilitate his reputation in.....
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Limited, 1889.
"The last of the Australian explorers…"Two volumes, octavo, with 21 plates, six folding coloured maps and illustrations in the text; in the fully pictorial grey-green cloth boards, lettered in gilt, untrimmed; the F.G. Coles copy with bookplate. First edition: 'arguably.....
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Limited, 1889.
"The last of the Australian explorers…"Two volumes, octavo, with 21 plates, six folding coloured maps and illustrations in the text; bound in modern brown quarter cloth, gilt, the original decorated front boards tipped in at the rear of each volume.....
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1889.
Presentation copy of this handsome exploration narrativeTwo volumes, octavo, with a portrait of Giles and 20 other full-page plates, six folding coloured maps and other illustrations in the text; uncut in the fully pictorial grey-green cloth boards, lettered and decorated in.....
Melbourne: McCarron, Bird & Co., 1875. Octavo, large folding map frontispiece, original green cloth with gilt vignette of Mt Olga; inscribed by Von Mueller on half-title page to Joshua Snowball. Scarce first edition of Giles's account of his first two expeditions. In 1872 he made the first attempt to cross.....
[Adelaide]: [Government Printer], 1874.
Giles' second expedition retreats to the overland telegraph lineFoolscap folio, 69 pp.; with large folding 'Map of the Country west of the Telegraph Line in the Interior of Australia explored by Mr E. Giles'; in an old (?original) binding of moiré brown cloth, front cover.....
Melbourne: Printed in Colours and Published by Hamel & Ferguson, .
Australia's first painter of modern lifeOblong folio, with 25 fine chromolithograph plates including the title; a large copy with generous margins in old half red morocco. A very good copy of this famous book, from the library of.....
Melbourne & Sydney: Sands & Kenny, 1857.
Original printing of Gill's Victoria viewsOblong quarto, with illustrated title and 45 full-page steel engravings; later half red morocco binding. The original printing of Gill's famous views of Victoria, including many scenes of the prosperous and energetic city of Melbourne, Geelong and.....
Adelaide: E. Spiller, Government Printer, 1886. Octavo, 118 pp., lithographic title-page and wrappers, navy quarter calf bookform box with gilt lettering. Scarce bibliography bearing the bookplate of Sir Henry Ayers, the successful colonial entrepreneur and longstanding premier of South Australia after whom Ayer's Rock was named. The bibliography was prepared.....
London: Sherwood, Jones, 1823. Octavo, with a folding handcoloured map and a folding view; original boards, printed paper label; uncut copy in original binding, preserved in a full calf box. First edition: now rare. Godwin's work on Van Diemen's Land is one of the earliest books to promote free emigration.....
London: various publishers, 1840-, 1855.
Pamphlets on GoldThick octavo, a contemporary collection of thirteen rare pamphlets, seven on the subject of gold, with in total five folding maps, each with original title-pages (one with drop-title only), several with owner's signature, and one with authorial inscription; a handsome volume in.....
London: Harvey and Darton, 1838. Octavo, a very good copy with previous owner's name clipped from top margin of the title-page; in attractive recent half crushed tan morocco gilt. First edition, and an interesting early work on South Australia. Robert Gouger (1802-1846) was a keen promoter of the new colony.....
London: C. Raworth, 1803.
Grant on Bass Strait and the HunterQuarto, with a large folding plate, a folding chart, a coloured plate and five other engravings; with the uncommon leaf headed 'List of Encouragers'; contemporary half calf restored on original marbled sides. First edition: one of the most important.....