Early Australia (to 1830)
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London: Henry Colburn, 1827.
One of the best introductions to NSW in the 1820sTwo volumes, duodecimo; nineteenth-century polished calf, spine gilt with black morocco labels, bookplates of William Henry Cox in both volumes. First edition: a lively and engaging description of New South Wales in the 1820s by Peter...
Leipzig: Hartmann, 1829.
Classic account of the colony by a convict surgeonOctavo, original half roan. A very good copy of the uncommon German translation of Cunningham's valuable account of the colony, considered an Australian classic: 'an acute observer and possessed a pleasant literary style, so that Two Years in...
Sydney: 27 May 1828.
From convict to coach proprietorBifolium, printed form on vellum, early folds and some soiling, seal detached. A good, large original document, with signatures of the governor Sir Ralph Darling and Alexander McLeay, and remnants of red wax seal, granting a conditional pardon. William Cuthbert had...
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1791.
Botany Bay and the Wedgwood medallionTwo parts in one volume, quarto, with separate title-pages to each part, two frontispieces, one engraved vignette in Part II, and 18 engraved plates, of which nine in Part I (four folding) and nine in Part II;; an...
London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1893. Octavo, 368pp., colour folding map and 14 plates; maroon cloth, gilt title to spine, A compelling and vivid autobiographical narrative of travels in colonial Australia. John Demarr, a Yorkshire farmer, arrived in Sydney in 1839 and travelled extensively through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland working...
London: engraved by J. & C. Walker, published by J. Cross, 20 July, 1837.
Owned by John Macarthur's son-in-lawDissected hand-coloured engraved map, backed on linen, 1265 x 785 mm., remarkablly handsome large-format map, early owner's name "J. Bowman" repeated in pen on the verso; preserved in a silk-lined green...
Singapore: printed for the editor, at Pinang, by Matthew Gregory Sr. 1862.
By a Northern Territory first fleeter, published in SingaporeOctavo, four plates (three folding) an excellent copy, the original blue printed wrappers bound in, early French owner's note to front wrapper, later quarter calf. The north coast of...
London: J. and C. Adlard, 1830.
"The view from this place is bold, varied and beautiful"Octavo pamphlet of 12pp., with folding lithograph measuring 275 x 395 mm., fine in recent grey paper boards. Rare and historically important depiction of Sydney Town. This booklet describes and illustrates the Sydney Town...
Sydney: Hordern House, 2013.
The Sydney Punchbowl135pp, 225 x 155mm, Case bound hardcover with dust jacket, colour illustrations. Hordern House is delighted to publish this new work by Elizabeth Ellis OAM, investigating the milieu and the mysteries of the magnificent "Sydney Punchbowl", one of the most fascinating treasures of...
London: John Souter, 1822.
Emigration to TasmaniaOctavo, with folding engraved view of Hobart Town after a sketch by Evans; a fine uncut copy with large margins; handsome half crushed red-brown morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. First edition of Evans' important and influential emigrants' guide to Tasmania. A separately issued...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1845. Two volumes, octavo, with 22 plates including frontispieces; in original decorated green cloth. A highly important and detailed account of inland Australian exploration by Edward John Eyre, containing significant descriptions of Australian geography and Aboriginal life and customs. 'Eyre's Journals are quite scarce and...
London: James Whittle & Richard Holmes Laurie, 1814.
From Bellevue HillEngraving on paper, 290 x 430 mm; a good, well-inked impression. A lovely, early Sydney view: the city and Harbour is shown from the Bellevue Hill and Vaucluse area, looking westward. This fine engraving was published by Laurie and...
London: 28 May, 1789.
The first published account of life in Sydney by a womanBroadsheet, 8 pp. comprising a complete issue of the London Chronicle, original tax stamp; disbound. The first published account of life in Sydney by a woman, and a letter of some descriptive power: 'every one...
London: Cadell and Davies, 1811.
One of Field's earliest publicationsOctavo; an excellent copy in contemporary half calf (spine renewed) and marbled boards, new endpapers. First edition of a rare piece by of one of Australia's first civilian judges, one of our first poets (and warm friend of Charles Lamb)...
London: John Murray, 1825.
A great compendium of early science and discoveryOctavo, with a frontispiece, four folding maps and two botanical plates at rear; an attractive copy in later full tan calf gilt, red spine label, Bonython bookplate. First edition: one of the more important and interesting works relating...
London: Printed for J. Butterworth, 1810.
From the library of Barron FieldOctavo, with armorial bookplate of Barron Field; contemporary calf binding with elegant blind tooling. From the library of Barron Field with his bookplate. A significant contemporary legal text and pleasing association copy from the library of one of...
London: John Stockdale, 1787.
New South Wales described for First FleetersOctavo, with two folding maps handcoloured in outline; a most attractive copy in contemporary tree calf, the ornately gilt spine skilfully renewed. First edition: a study of the Australian continent and the history of its discovery, only possible with...
London: J. Debrett, 1791.
The rare supplement to Governor Phillip's accountQuarto, [ii],, 26 pp.; an excellent copy in half morocco over marbled boards by Bayntun of Bath, spine banded and lettered in gilt. One of the rarest of First Fleet books: 'there is keen competition among collectors when a....
London: sold by T. Wilkie, 29 April 1788.
News relayed from Cape TownFolio, eight pages measuring 220 x 290 mm. This issue of the London Chronicle dated 26-29 April 1788 contains a brief but informative dispatch from an unidentified First Fleet officer penned at the Cape of Good Hope...
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1914.
The classic Flinders biographyThick octavo, frontispiece, maps and plates; a most handsome copy in black half calf with raised bands and gilt lettering. Detailed and scholarly biography of the great mariner and master cartographer Matthew Flinders by Sir Ernest Scott, a pioneering scholar of...
Amsterdam: Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, Jan Lamsvelt, 1701.
The "Vlamingh edition"Small quarto, in an attractive period-style binding of full calf, spine banded, red morocco label. Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia. This edition was one of a trio of separate "Southern...
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1693.
Lost among the "Australiens"Duodecimo, 177 pp., in crushed brown morocco by Sangorski. Scarce seventeenth-century Paris edition of one of the most significant of all imaginary voyages, with clear links to the wider literature of travel and a connection with Quiros. The "south land" is used...
Freycinet maps New South WalesEngraved chart, with inset captioned 'Ile Van-Diemen 1822', 310 x 240 mm (plate size). Intriguing map of New South Wales and Tasmania prepared by Louis de Freycinet for inclusion in the published account of his expedition titled Voyage autour du monde. This is...
Paris: Pillet Aine, 1825.
Sydney in 1819Engraved map measuring 320 x 237 mm. (plate size), a very good copy, mounted and framed. Detailed and finely engraved map of the budding settlement at Sydney Cove, from the official published account of the Uranie voyage of 1817-1820 to Australia and the...