Early Australia (to 1830)
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Paris: Imprimerie de la République, Imprimerie Impériale, An VI  to 1813.
Greek and Roman geographers.Four volumes, quarto, with 53 maps on 28 folding plates and an engraved compass rose; contemporary half calf and marbled boards, original spines with double labels retained. Only edition of this substantial study of.....
London: Eyre and Strahan, 1790.
Governor Phillip's Emancipation ActFolio; 4pp, modern wrappers. The second most important legal document for establishing the colony of New South Wales: the act (30 Geo III c. 47) authorising the pardoning of transported convicts. Governor Phillip had quickly realised that he had plenty of.....
London: T. and W. Boone, 1841.
With the famous first depictions of Aboriginal "wandjina" paintingsTwo volumes, octavo, with 22 plates (six handcoloured), and two large loose folding maps, illustrations in the text; related newspaper clippings circa 1900 pasted to last blank of second volume; a most attractive set in.....
Saracen's Head, Newark: Weaver, 25 March, 1870.
"our Colonies would be regarded as the natural outlet for our excessive population…'Printed broadside, 505 x 380 mm. A most unusual survival: a political broadside from the later career of Sir George Grey, seeking to capitalise on his Colonial experience. Although fresh.....
Hobart: George Terry Howe, 1826.
Runaway convicts 'basking on the sunny beach'Bifolium, 4 pp. An unusually exciting issue: we learn of bushrangers aided by convicts escaped from a gang working on Maria island, and the dissolute life led by runaway convicts. Indeed, the best part of an entire page.....
London: John Murray, 1848.
Somewhere on the MonaroDuodecimo, 162 pp. in modern crushed green morocco, gilt device to front board, banded spine with double red labels. Uncommon: a good pre-goldrush account of life in New South Wales, of note for the author's love of anecdote and his keen eye.....
London: Luzac & Co., 1899.
With the Southland chart by by Hessel GerritszLarge quarto, with numerous photogravure plates and two folding maps printed in colour, a fine copy in early quarter black morocco, gilt decorated spine with crimson label. First edition of this important work, here offered in a......
London: W. Clowes & Sons, 1835.
The first SA Governor laudedOctavo booklet, 44pp., a fine copy,modern dark blue half morocco. Rare: published shortly after the establishment of South Australia as a separate colony in 1834, this pamphlet captures much of the enthusiasm surrounding the appointment of Captain John Hindmarsh.....
Phillip Parker King & H.M.S BathurstManuscript leaf, folded to letter-size, 26 x 20 cms; housed in a quarter morocco solander case. A rare shipboard relic from H.M.S. Bathurst, the vessel in which Phillip Parker King completed his fourth and final Australian coastal survey. King's Australian coastal voyages.....
London: C. and J. Rivington, 1826.
The Thames Hulks condemnedOctavo, a fine copy in handsome aquamarine half-calf with gilt lettering. Scathing report on the hulks, revealing the same problems that beset the system at the time of the First Fleet continued well into the nineteenth-century. In the preface, the.....
London: Rivington & J. Hatchard, 1815.
The convict HulksOctavo, 43 pp., original plain blue wrappers bound in; in green morocco gilt by Sangorski. Very rare: 'a criticism of the management of the hulks from the point of view of mortality and of the conditions of employment of the prisoners'.....
Sydney: Hordern House, 2011.
The Great South Land: Searching for the antipodes, from classical scholars to Quiros & Dampier285 x225mm, 180pp, Case bound hardcover, dust jacket and colour illustrations. This catalogue of books and maps tells the story of a New World. Unlike the American discoveries to which that.....
London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly and T. Cadell, 1791.
Prisons, hulks, quarantine stations and mental hospitalsQuarto, with 22 engraved plans and views (18 of them folding) and a large folding table; bound without the half-title in contemporary sprinkled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red morocco label; an excellent.....
Sydney: George Howe, 1813.
"Sydney's Caxton"Duodecimo; stab-sewn in the original quarter red roan and stiff marbled wrappers, as issued; quarter morocco case. First edition: a superb copy of a very rare Australian imprint in desirable original condition. This copy has an outstanding provenance, having originally belonged to the newspaper.....
London: Valpy, 1824.
Early Australian schoolbookDuodecimo, owner's inscription on title-page and front free endpaper; in original plain roan binding. A charming relic of early Australian education. This classical Greek textbook in its seventh edition, is in its original colonial binding and was originally owned by William Howe, member of.....
Sydney: James Tegg, printed by Henry Bull, 1837.
The overland route to Port Phillip: first published editionOctavo, with folding engraved map; in old (though not contemporary) half roan and pebble-grained cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First published edition, preceded only by the extremely rare, privately distributed, proof printing of.....
London: 26 January 1824.
A notorious murder and a felon turned Court-KeeperSingle sheet measuring 350 x 200mm [and] octavo, 344pp, frontispiece, 2 folding plans, three illustrations; modern cloth. The trial of Joseph Hunt (1795-1861), John Thurtell (1794-1824) and William Probert for the brutal murder of William Weare, a London.....
London: J. Stockdale, 1789.
The first printed map of SydneyEngraved map, 530 x 470 mm. (sheet size). The first printed map of the settlement at Sydney Cove with fascinating details of the colony in its earliest days. It was engraved for the 1789 London publication of Phillip's Voyage to.....
London: John Stockdale, 1 January 1793.
Governor Hunter's account of foundation and explorationQuarto, with 17 engraved plates, folding maps and charts; a very good copy, a decent size with the often cropped date on the title-page intact, in a modern binding of quarter morocco and marbled boards. First edition.....
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
First Fleet artist of some capacityEngraving, 210 x 285 mm. (sheet size). Engraved illustration of a Papuan outrigger by first fleet officer Captain John Hunter, originally printed for inclusion in his Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island (1792). Hunter sailed.....
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
Hunter and Bradley as pioneer map-makersEngraved chart, 720 x 400 mm. Important early colonial map of the coastline of New South Wales, a direct result of searching for alternate settlement sites within easy sailing distance from Sydney Cove. John Hunter and William Bradley undertook surveys.....
London: John Stockdale, 1793.
Engraved by William BlakeQuarto, with 17 engraved plates, folding maps and charts, list of subscribers; period-style calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands. First edition of John Hunter's Journal: a foundation book of Australian coastal exploration which, together with Phillip's account, gives the first.....
London: J. Stockdale, 1792. Engraving, 280 x 215 mm. (sheet size), good condition overall. Portrait of Captain Hunter seated, in naval uniform and holding papers in his left hand (one of which depicts a ship passing between two headlands). Captain John Hunter (1737 - 1821) was appointed second captain, under.....
London: Burney & Gold, 1801. Stipple engraving, 175 x 128mm (sheet size), very closely trimmed but otherwise good. An unusual portrait of Captain John Hunter, captain of the Sirius during the First Fleet era and later Governor of New South Wales from 1795-1800. This portrait was prepared in 1801, and.....