Early Australia (to 1830)
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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...
[Sydney?]: circa 1840s.
Unsigned caricature of three men in mid-century New South WalesThree ink caricatures on a single sheet of laid foolscap paper, 215 x 340 mm. A charming naïve ink sketch executed in mid-century Sydney. The three figures make an interesting tableau and would seem to illustrate a....
Newcastle, N.S.W. 31 July, 1845. Three-page letter, folded to letter-size 255 x 205 mm., stamped at both Sydney and Newcastle. An interesting intra-colonial letter from the Newcastle businessman William Dudding to the prominent Sydney trader Robert Towns. William Dudding was a civil servant working in the Hunter. In 1850 he...
London: John Murray, 1820.
The first major book of inland exploration, and the first on New EnglandQuarto, with separate title page for Part II, three folding engraved maps, two folding diagrams and six plates (two finely hand-coloured, one folding); uncut in original boards, well rebacked in cloth with printed...
London: John Murray, 1820.
"The chief book-making achievement of the Macquarie period"Quarto, with three folding charts, two folding tables, a folding engraved plate and five aquatints, two with original hand-colouring, in later half red-brown morocco, gilt, all edges gilt, by Morrell. First edition of John Oxley's narrative of his...
London: John Baskett, 1720. Small folio, 8 pp. including armorial title, text pp. 451-455), some browning and offsetting, but very good; disbound. Rare: with the same short-title as the Transportation Act of 1718, this is the first significant amendment of that Act, giving details of the institution of transportation and...
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 2 July 1827. Folio sheet, pp. -734, armorial letterhead, very good. This Act extends the provisions of the previous legislation of July 1823 regarding the courts of New South Wales, the powers of surgeons aboard transports and other issues relating to convict discipline and...
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 25 July 1828.
Pivotal document in Australian legal historyFolio, pp. -942pp., armorial letterhead, fine. 'A statute of the highest importance to students of Australian law and constitutional development' (Ferguson). This Act covers a wide range of fundamental issues regarding the structure of the...
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 30 July 1822.
'seven per cent above hygrometer proof'Folio, pp. -918, armorial letterhead, fine. Regards duties on spirits and tobacco in New South Wales, giving the Governor the power 'to discontinue or reduce any such duties from time to time as occasion may require'. The...
London: House of Commons, 11 May, 1825.
Foundation of the Van Diemen's Land CompanyFoolscap folio, 12 pp., fine in polished half calf with gilt lettering by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Parliamentary printing of correspondence relating to the foundation of the Van Diemen's Land company, published within months of its ratification...
Newcastle: Mackenzie and Dent, 1811.
Contemporary account of the Rum Rebellion court-martialOctavo, two maps and three plates, printed on rather cheap paper which is consequently a little browned and with some offsetting; very good in polished brown morocco by Bayntun/Riviere. A very scarce book. This is the first issue...
Sydney: Hordern House, 1994.
The original unlucky voyageOctavo, 10 illustrations, some folding; handbound in quarter green calf and marbled boards. Limited edition of 750 copies, this book was issued as number two in the Australian Maritime Series, published by Hordern House for the Australian National Maritime Museum. The "unlucky...
London: Ordered to be printed, 10th and 26th March 1792.
Including one of the first major descriptions of life on board a convict transportFoolscap folio, 110 pp., the last a docket title; a large copy with wide margins, edges uncut; a good old binding of half dark calf; quarter...
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
The foundation First Fleet accountQuarto, portrait and engraved title, seven folding engraved charts and 46 engraved plates; bound with the final leaf of advertisements; contemporary tree calf, well rebacked retaining original label; quarter morocco book-form box. A handsome copy of the official account of the...
London: Stockdale, 1790.
A beautiful example of the rare second and "best" editionQuarto, portrait and engraved title, seven folding engraved charts and 46 engraved plates; a splendid copy, with wide margins, in contemporary polished marbled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red leather label. The very scarce well revised...
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
First edition of the foundation bookQuarto, portrait and engraved title, seven folding engraved charts and 46 engraved plates; bound with the final leaf of advertisements; second state of the title-page, with a single name on the medallion; page 122 with the uncorrected mis-numbering 221, with...
London: T. Gillett, 1808.
London sheriff denounces the transportation of womenOctavo, fine uncut copy in original publisher's boards (rubbed), with old manuscript label to spine; spine worn and joints neatly repaired. A compassionate and carefully reasoned appeal for clemency, with specific criticism of transportation: 'Phillips points out the cruelty...
London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1810. Stipple engraving, 380 x 300mm. (plate size), a little toning at the margins, very good. Fine engraved portrait of Henry Bathurst, the Tory politician who instigated the Bigge reports into the convict system of New South Wales under the administration of Governor Macquarie...
London: Joyce Gold, 31 January, 1812. Engraved oval portrait, 95 x 75 mm.; tipped onto an early album leaf, with ink border. Uncommon: one of the last published portraits of Arthur Phillip, issued two years before his death, and updated to reflect his promotion in July 1810 to the new...
Two Eighteenth century Tokens of Exotic animalsTwo bronze tokens, diameter 21cms. Pidcock's menagerie was at Exeter Exchange on the Strand in London. He exhibited exotic animals since 1793, including a kangaroo, elephant, rhinoceros and cockatoos. The tokens here on offer are one showing an elephant and on...
Sydney: published by James Maclehose, Hunter Street, printed by James Spilsbury, Lower George Street, 1839.
Port Phillip in 1839Small octavo, some browning, early paper repair where owner's name cut from initial blank; a very good copy in mid-twentieth-century black roan. A very rare survivor: 'the first Port Phillip Directory...