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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...
London: H.H. Collins & Co., 1853.
The preferred London edition: better versions of the platesQuarto, with 24 cream-tinted lithographic plates; this copy preserving the original printed paper wrappers, decorated with vignettes of goldfields life, with book advertisements on yellow verso of front wrapper and on the back wrapper, in...
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: S.O. Beeton, 1863. Octavo, with a chromolithograph frontispiece and one other plate, woodcuts throughout, 8-pp. advertisements bound in at rear; good in the original highly-gilt pictorial cloth, some flecking. First edition of this extraordinary compendium, illustrated by Harden S. Melville, artist on the Fly expedition in the Great Barrier...
Brisbane: James C. Beal, Government Printer, 1884.
The Gregory brothers, inland exploration and the search for LeichhardtOctavo, in the original blind-embossed and gilt lettered green cloth, bookplate. Remarkably fine copy in original condition of the complete edition of the journals of eight expeditions undertaken by the Gregory brothers in...
London: Boone, 1841. Two volumes, octavo, with two large folding maps loose in an end pocket in one volume, with all 22 plates (six coloured), and with advertisement leaves; a handsome uncut set, tan half calf, gilt with morocco labels. One of the most striking of all works of inland...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1841.
Grey in the North west and his discovery of rock paintings in the KimberleyTwo volumes, octavo, with 22 plates (six handcoloured), the two large folding maps housed in pocket of binding, text illustrations; well bound without the advertisements in later half green morocco...
London: T. and W. Boone, 1841.
With an appendix by John GouldTwo volumes, octavo, with all 22 plates (six coloured); with two large folding maps loose in an end pocket and with the required advertisement leaves and an extra 4 pp. advertisements at the start of volume 1; original...
London: John Murray, 1855.
Governor Grey translates the 'Nga Mahinga'.Octavo, frontispiece, illustrated title page and engraved plates; in original gilt decorated publisher's cloth; with the bookplates of Edward FitzGerald and Harold Sheard. Book of traditional myths by the former Governor of New Zealand. This is the first edition, followed...
London: Chapman and Hall, 1884. Octavo, frontispiece and numerous plates, in publishers deep green cloth with gilt lettering, partially unopened. New collected edition, here issued in one volume, with five chapters treating transportation and convict life in Australia. The author, Arthur Griffiths, was a long-serving inspector of prisons in England...