Early Australia (to 1830)
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Sydney: David Mason, printer, circa 1866.
Atmotic: pioneering steam driven airship in 1860s SydneySingle printed sheet measuring 570 x 445 mm. in good condition, mounted. Rare Sydney broadside and a milestone in aviation history. This ephemeral large single sheet promotes the 'Atmotic Ship' – an early steam driven airship...
Sydney: D. L. Welch, Atlas Office, George Street, opposite the Barrack Gate, 1849.
The Australian Patriotic AssociationOctavo, inscribed from the author on the title-page, with the addendum slip; handsome burgundy roan binding, lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of one of William Bland's more uncommon titles, inscribed to one...
Sydney: 1812 & 1813.
Early financial documents, predating the first Australian bankQuarto, two-leaf document printed on one side of the first leaf and completed in manuscript, with manuscript promissory note on the second leaf; with another ms. note on a smaller separate sheet. A pair of rare early financial...
Paris: circa 1790.
The King of Botany Bay offers refuge from the French RevolutionOctavo, 19,  pp; disbound from a volume. A very rare early "satire on French politics and English colonization" (Ferguson). Likening those who fled the tumult of the French Revolution to the English convicts transported to...
London: J. Gillray, nd. circa 1850.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEngraving, 370 x 270 mm., handcoloured as issued, mounted. A famous, satirical look at the decision of the English parliament to create a penal settlement at Botany Bay, in contrast to the atmosphere of reform and concern...
Rome: Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de propaganda fide, 1845. Duodecimo, 50 pp., uncut and unopened; original plain blue paper wrappers. A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for...
"Positively for 2 nights only"Broadside, halved at central rule to form two sheets measuring 330 x 255 mm. & 330 x 260 mm., illustrated with four dramatic woodcut scenes. Rare and significant broadside advertising a panoramic lecture show on the Australian colonies that toured England in 1850...
Sydney: 30 June 1823.
200 acres in MethvenLarge printed vellum leaf, completed in manuscript, approx. 290 x 257 mm., verso blank except for ms. docket title; original folds, with well-preserved ribbon and paper seal attached. Fine original land grant signed by the sixth governor, for 200 acres in Methven...
Campbell of the Wharf to the founder of the London Missionary SocietyALS, single sheet of laid paper, stamped Portsmouth Ship Letter and London date stamp. Short letter dated 6 Mar 1826, written from Campbell's Wharf, signed by the wharf's owner, Robert Campbell (1769-1846) and addressed to the...
1st September 1842.
A transported shoemaker earns his freedomSingle leaf; 180 mm x 170 mm; printed and completed in manuscript. A certificate of freedom issued to William Smallridge in 1842, on completion of his fourteen year sentence. Smallridge was one of 200 convicts who had been transported on the...
London: Edward Orme, circa 1823.
The anonymous work of John Lewin?Quarto, pp. with 110 hand coloured aquatints (including the New South Wales plates), a good copy in ornate contemporary gilt decorated deep green morocco with all edges gilt. An attractive copy of one of the outstanding aquatint books of...
London: Edward Orme, 1814.
Famous colourplate book including a section on the Aborigines of NSWQuarto, 160 pages letterpress without pagination, 100 handcoloured aquatints with the 1813 New South Wales supplement bound at rear (this comprising separate title-page, dedication leaf, 10 handcoloured aquatints and 14 letterpress pages); a fine copy...
London: N.D., circa 1830.
John Septimus Roe's patronMezzotint engraving, 522 x 404 mm., noted in the plate as "proof" at bottom left, mounted and framed. A fine mezzotint portrait of Sir Christopher Cole, an important naval officer and significant as the patron to John Septimus Roe, Phillip Parker King's...
Sydney: Hayes Brothers, 1895.
The hermit of BerowraQuarto, with numerous maps (some folding), plates and text illustrations, original cloth. One of the best known and eccentric accounts of early European discovery, using the Dieppe maps as proof of early Portuguese mapping of all but the south coast of Australia...
London: A. Strahan, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1804.
The posthumous second edition, revised by Collins' widow, with additions to 1803Quarto, with a portrait frontispiece, two maps (one folding), 23 engraved plates (the three natural history plates coloured) and eight text vignettes (that of the emu coloured); old...
London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 & 1802.
The complete First Fleet account of David Collins, thick paper issue, in an unrecorded state with extra foldout engravingsTwo volumes, quarto, : 2 charts, 18 plates and four textual vignettes, the vignettes most unusually repeated on additional folding plates...
Sydney: 19 March 1795.
Rare and early Bill of Exchange signed by David CollinsQuarto, single leaf, 2pp., manuscript in ink on paper. An ephemeral example of the emerging New South Wales economy with a rare association. David Collins' own account of the new settlement (An Account of the English...
Launceston: Circa 1875.
A fine Colonial portrait with Tasmanian interestWatercolour portrait, 18 x 14.8 cm (mount size), very fine; preserved in a handsome folding travelling folder of burgundy roan, lined with green moire silk, gilt, the picture surround with gilt fillets and blind-embossed. A remarkable portrait in fine original...
London: 9 May 1785.
The "legal basis" for transportationFoolscap, 20 pp., very good, neatly disbound; preserved in a cloth folder. Very uncommon: crucial discussions leading to the establishment of transportation to a colony at Botay Bay. This is the first report of the committee appointed to investigate transportation, and...
London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, 24 February 1817.
Compilation and analysis of sentencing reportsFoolscap folio, 130 pp.; in neat modern dark blue wrappers with printed label. Extensive reports, from all over England and Wales -- from Assize courts, Quarter or General Sessions, and from...
Van Diemen's Land first independent court of recordBifolium 315 x 198 mm; manuscript with paper; royal wafer seal affixed. A pardon for James Browne, convicted and sentenced to death, for murder in Van Diemen's Land, conditional on his being transported to Norfolk Island for the term of his...
The Queensland coast charted by Cook on the EndeavourEngraved map, 325 x 360 mm. Mounted. The earliest charting of the coast of Queensland, commemorating one of the most memorable passages of Cook's first voyage. This map, prepared by Cook himself, details the tracks and anchorages of the...
Sydney and Brisbane: William Brooks & Co., 1901. Octavo, portrait frontispiece, coloured plate depicting arms and 2 photographic plates, top edge gilt; in the original red moire cloth, gilt. First edition, rare: an exceptional copy in the original red moiré cloth boards. This work includes printed extracts from Cox's journal...