Early Australia (to 1830)
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Edinburgh: J. Robertson, 1792.
'The most absurd, prodigal and impracticable vision…'Octavo, 336 pp.; a very good copy in nineteenth-century half calf over marbled boards. Rare, with an early essay on Botany Bay by a Scottish judge and therefore providing some insight into the reaction of the legal profession to...
Launceston: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.
Poems for the Crimean WarSmall octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt. Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William...
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, 1874.
The Aboriginal Tribes near Cooper's CreekOctavo, 51 pp., early ink owner's name on title and first page (Wm. Tomsett of Queenstown 1874) in a modern binding. First edition, and an important account of the customs of the Dieyerie tribe (now more commonly "Diyari" or "Diery")...
London: John Nichols, 1788.
First Fleet report from the CapeOctavo, pp. 377-472, three plates; recent wrappers. Reports progress of the First Fleet: 'By the last accounts received from the fleet from Botany Bay, they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 13th of October last, and expected...
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1798.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEtching; 320 x 360 mm., mounted. The original eighteenth century version of this rare transportation engraving, where the Parliament of Great Britain has been condemned - the chair of the Speaker being inscribed "This House adjourned to Botany...
London: W.H. Smith and Son, 1859.
In the rare original pictorial bindingSmall octavo, with 12 tinted lithograph plates and two folding maps; a very good copy in the original pictorial boards, later cloth spine, preserved in a folding box. First edition, in the very rare original pictorial boards. The...
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...
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: R. Howe, Government Printer, 1828.
Sydney printing, presented by Governor DarlingDuodecimo; a delightful copy, completely unsophisticated in its original Sydney binding of blind-tooled sheep, preserved in a quarter morocco book-form box. An exceptional survivor from the early days of Sydney publishing: the first Australian Church of England hymn-book...
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...