Early Australia (to 1830)
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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...
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...
Melbourne: Masterman, Printer, 1867.
Aboriginal dialects of Victoria across six large tablesOctavo, xiv pp. and six very large folding tables; stitch-sewn in the original printed yellow wrappers, Very rare: notes on the Aboriginal dialects of Australia, compiled in the form of comparative tables. Most of the tribes noticed here...
Rotterdam: Joannes Naeranus, 1668.
Imaginary Dutch discoveries in Western Australia; between Pelsaert and VlaminghSmall quarto, 20 pp; old quarter calf with marbled boards. Early and very rare Dutch edition of this remarkable imaginary voyage, an utopia become dystopian, in which a ship of the VOC (Dutch East India Company)...
Paternoster Row, London: Goff & Co., February 8th. 1787.
Rev. Richard Johnson; Chaplain of the first Christian service in Australia on February 3rd. 1788.Engraving, 17 x 11 cms. title inscribed around oval half length portrait; vignette below depicting a redemption scene by a harbour with sailing ships, captioned with...
London: John Murray, 1827.
The rare 1826 issue of the exploring classicTwo volumes, octavo, with a folding chart, 13 plates and a folding engraving; contemporary half calf, spines gilt with double labels. First edition, second issue, the first to be properly published: a very rare form of this important...
Sydney: Stephens & Stokes, December 1832.
With an extensive series of Sydney engravingsOctavo, folding map, engraved title-page with view of the GPO, two folding tables, two folding plates (one hand-coloured), map of Mount Victoria, two views of the Mount Victoria pass by John Carmichael, and 11 engraved advertisements for...
London: Alexander Bassano, circa 1875.
Wife of the Governor of NSWCabinet card, measuring 165 x 110 mm., early manuscript annotation, the card in very good condition overall. Charming cabinet card photographic portrait of the Honourable Cecilia Margaret Harbord, who married the future governor of New South Wales, Sir Charles...
London: Effingham Wilson, 1848.
Lang on the Irish, with particular notice of "splendid" Port PhillipOctavo, 40 pp.; in polished red half calf by Sangorski, gilt. First edition of one of the Reverend Lang's more convoluted schemes, seeking to take advantage of the Irish troubles with a view to promoting...
Sydney: Stephens and Stokes, 1831.
Jeremy Bentham's bequestOctavo, 27 pages, old (original?) marbled wrappers bound in; recent half morocco with crimson spine label, bookplate. A rare and early pamphlet by the prolific Lang, on the foundation of the Australian College, printed in Sydney by Stephens & Stokes the same...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
Leichhardt complete with maps and in original conditionOctavo, seven plates including frontispiece, further vignettes, with three maps mounted on linen in uniform folding case; fine in original publisher's cloth, lovingly preserved in a handsome gilt blue morocco solander case. An excellent copy of...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
"It was at the end of September, 1844…"Octavo, with seven plates including frontispiece, vignettes, 4 & 8 pp. advertisements at front (the first dated June 1848), and a further 8 pp. at rear; a handsome copy in recent tan crushed morocco by Sangorski...
Paris: 1814. Handcoloured engraving, 140 x 250mm, mounted, with caption letterpress laid down. This hand coloured engraved view is a smaller rendition of the engraving by Milbert, which appeared in Peron's Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes….. Paris 1807. It is the view seen from Nicholas Baudin's camp in 1802...
Off the Lizard, coast of England: 10 July, 1838.
Lhotsky worries about his specimensThree page manuscript letter, 205 x 165 mm., on a single sheet folded in half; postal stamps, remnants of red wax seal. Most uncommon autograph letter by the naturalist Lhotsky, written off the Cornish coast in...
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1901.
Let there be Lights.Thick duodecimo, frontispiece, no title-page as issued; a remarkably fresh copy in the original paper wrappers, paper label to front; in a good modern brown box. A minor book but a good account of the Lights in Singapore and...
Melbourne: Alfred Winter, circa 1860. Photographic carte de visite, 95 x 60 mm., some rubbing; Alfred Winter trade details verso and manuscript attribution, very good. Fine photographic carte-de-visite of Anne Lindsay, by the prominent early photographer Alfred Winter. The photographer was Alfred Winter, and his printed advertising crest is on...