Early Australia (to 1830)
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Windsor: Government House, Monday 4 October 1819.
"Half year's Salary"Single leaf, manuscript in ink. A rare manuscript from the period of Macquarie's Governorship, written from Government House at Windsor. It is a warrant for for Richard Lawson, "His half year's Salary", for duties as "Overseer in the New discovered...
Sydney: 1812, 1814 & 1840.
Colonial wax sealsWax seals, surviving from original documents; in good condition, mounted. An attractive pair of original impressions of Macquarie's smaller seal: the first or "territorial" seal of New South Wales; accompanied by an 1840 example of Gipps's seal. Often bruised and cracked on...
Cologne: Eucharius Cervicornus, 1521.
Early Macrobius with a refigured world mapFolio, title within an ornate woodcut border; fine woodcut map of the world and several woodcut diagrams, woodcut initials; nineteenth-century continental binding of half calf, flat spine gilt in compartments. An important early edition of Macrobius, the first to...
Lisbon: Typographia da Academia, 1863.
Controversial study of the Dieppe mapsQuarto, 24 pp., with a map integral to the text, original printed wrappers; a pleasing partially uncut copy. A controversial treatise claiming the primary discovery of the Australian continent as a Portuguese achievement. This theory derives from the author's...
Lisbon: Melchiades & Co., 1863.
Controversial study of the Dieppe mapsLarge octavo pamphlet, 24 pp. with an additional map sheet, an excellent partially uncut copy. A controversial treatise claiming the primary discovery of the Australian continent as a Portuguese achievement. This theory derives from the author's belief in the...
London: John Booth, 1811.
The development of the colony under Governors Hunter, King and BlighQuarto, with a folding map; contemporary marbled calf, gilt; quarter morocco bookform case. The first substantial historical work published by a convict, this was essentially the last work written in the tradition of the First...
London: John Booth Duke Street Portland Place, 4 June 1810.
The first panoramic views of Sydney to be exhibitedPair of uncoloured aquatints joined as a panorama as intended, 340 x 980 mm; in original bird's-eye maple frame. A rare panoramic view of Sydney Harbour. John Eyre arrived in New...
Sydney: R. Mansfield, 1829 &, 1830.
Two rare Mansfield printingsOctavo, two works bound together, neat repair to the gutter of the title-page of the first, the second work with a few spots; one set of the original plain blue wrappers bound in at rear;, in crushed blue morocco by...
Sydney: 2 May 1823.
The art and mystery of a TailorFolio, one leaf; printed form completed in manuscript on paper. An indenture assigning the orphan Charles Gregory to the care of Thomas Bowden as apprentice. The nature of the apprenticeship was specified as "the art and mystery of a....
Sydney: circa 1820-1838.
Marsden in BathurstCollection of 8 documents, ms. in ink on vellum, and ink on paper, various sizes. An interesting collection of original documents pertaining to the Rev. Samuel Marsden and his daughter Elizabeth, and their seven-hundred-acre parcel of land known as 'Biggen Grange'. The original grant...
Parramatta: 29 April, 1831.
Marsden in Parramatta and New ZealandTwo-page autograph letter by Marsden, on watermarked paper, 325 x 200 mm., original red wax seal, old folds; stamp for the Parramatta post office. A letter from the aging and indefatigable Marsden to the pastoralists' agent, George Ranken agreeing to...
Sydney: 31 October, 1815.
To Marsden's fellow-traveller and authorFolio; manuscript in ink on vellum, 262 x 445 mm.; with suspended paper seal. An original grant of land made in the year that the road to Bathurst was officially opened. Bathurst was the first settlement to be opened west of...
Adelaide: published by the author, 1953-, 1955.
Scarce self-published biography of FlindersTwo volumes, quarto, plates and maps, original blue cloth. Limited edition of 500 copies (complete with the supplementary volume of 200 copies only). From the preface: 'The purpose of these modest pages is to present, with as much...
Sydney: W. W. Davies, 1846. Folio, 5 pp. (numbered -1643) ; disbound. An important "Supplement" to the Government Gazette, printing the latest news of the explorations of Sir Thomas Mitchell and Samuel Augustus Perry. These supplements were not always kept with the same rigour as the Gazette proper, and are...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1839.
Mitchell's early expeditions: a classic work of inland explorationTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 51 lithographic plates including six colour chromolithographic and three folding plates, and a large folding map; in the original publisher's blocked green cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Second...
London: Mitchell & Carmichael, 1834.
Mitchell's first major map of New South Wales: the nineteen coloniesDissected hand-coloured engraved map, backed on linen as issued, 625 x 1340 mm.; a very handsome large-format map; preserved in the original green cloth slipcase, early manuscript label to front. Very rare: the so-called...
London: William Clowes, 1828.
Mitchell on military drillOctavo, letterpress and 26 plates, some offsetting as common; an appealing copy in contemporary red quarter roan. Major Mitchell's famous book on military exercises and musketry drills with its series of marvellous lithographic plates. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, explorer and Surveyor-General in...
London: Saturday Magazine, 1836-, 1837.
Rare compilation … the full run of twenty parts20 parts, in 24 issues, small folio, with woodcut illustrations throughout; bound together in modern half blue morocco. A series of valuable contemporary accounts of New South Wales in the 1830s by William Romaine Govett, one...
London: 6 December, 1838. Single sheet, wove paper, 23 x 18.5 cm.; some wear along the old folds, but in excellent condition. A fascinating manuscript document, thanking Mitchell for his gift to Queen Victoria of his 'Work on Australia, and a Set of his Maps'. The letter is dated December...
Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, circa 1700.
Dutch seventeenth century map of the Australian coastEngraved map, 565 x 860 mm (map size); contemporary hand-colouring, framed. First issue of Mortier's important and highly attractive large format Dutch map depicting the "coasts of Asia" and including a good and substantial early depiction of...
London: T. Hatchard, 1852. Small octavo, frontispiece, folding map and numerous vignettes; in original gilt decorated green cloth. Rare: first edition, first issue of a work that was one of the most popular goldfields-era accounts of Australia. 'If you were in Sydney, you would hardly think you were in a....
Brisbane: Edmund Gregory, 1896.
Seventeen years with the Aborigines of North QueenslandSmall octavo, 45 pp., two photographic reproductions, original printed blue paper wrappers, preserved in a silk-lined green morocco box by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Rare nineteenth-century edition of an important account of the shipwreck of James Murrells and the...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1835.
Boone's first Australian publication.Octavo; in the original green morocco-grain half cloth and drab papered boards; printed paper label on the spine. First and only edition of Boone's first Australian publication. Between 1835 and 1853 Thomas and William Boone would publish an outstanding series...
Whitehall: 7 July 1786.
Principal instigators of the First FleetTwo laid paper sheets measuring 315 x 205 mm., the first comprising the manuscript letter, the second being the original cover sheet with docket title. Early manuscript document pre-dating the departure of the First Fleet concerning two principal figures in...