Early Australia (to 1830)
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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.....
Dentrecasteaux Strait Tasmania: probably late January or early February 1802.
A magnificent Australian portrait by the great artist of the Baudin voyageInk, watercolour and gouache on lightly tinted blue paper, 205 x 200 mm (image, within a ruled border) on a sheet measuring 235 x 212 mm; signed lower.....
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: 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.....
London: Smith & Elder, 1833.
With the suite of views in original wrappers, and including the marvellous panorama of HobartComplete set in fine original condition, comprising: Text, duodecimo, folding map, very good in the original cloth with paper label to front, the label rather worn; and Views, two parts.....
London: Bowles and Carver, circa 1801. Dissected map, 54 pieces with three blank replacement pieces (the lost pieces in the regions of Java, Sumatra and Hokkaido); hand-coloured lithograph paper laid down on wood, the completed map measuring 485 x 582 mm., in the original timber box with sliding lid, original.....
Quiros in English, taken from PurchasFolio, 12 pp. extract from Purchas, printing the Quiros letter (pp. 1422-1432); very good, in appealing modern half calf, marbled boards. An ideal "introductory" copy of Quiros: this extract from the magisterial voyage anthology of Purchas (Purchas His Pilgrimes, London, 1625) is.....
Frankfurt: M. Becker, 1613.
The eighth memorial printed within Quiros' own lifetimeFoolscap folio, pp.13-20, some toning, but very good in magnificent red half morocco with gilt lettering by Aquarius. A rare and notably early printing of the famous Quiros memorial about the discovery of Terra Australis, the fifth part.....
MPedro Fernández de.adrid: 1612.
Quirós' Memorial "La parte incógnita Austral" of 1612Folio, 314 x 217 mm, 4 numbered leaves; inscribed in ink on the last leaf "curioso" (!) and "el Capitan quiros" The unknown southern land represents a quarter of the globe. This highly significant Presentation Memorial, seeking to.....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1874.
Sydney facsimile of the Pamplona editionOctavo; with bookplate and neat perforated stamps of the Sydney Mechanic's School of Arts; in contemporary half red morocco. Sydney-printed facsimile and translation of the earliest "derivative" printing of a Quiros Memorial. Following the presentation Memorials (see previous item), a......
Amsterdam. Frederik Muller: 1878. Small quarto; printed on thick paper; partly in facsimile, with sections in differing sizes, with three folding maps; uncut copy in the original plain boards and printed wrappers. Very scarce in this condition: printed in only a small number, under the auspices of the influential Amsterdam.....
[Sydney or Scotland]: 21 August, 1829. Three-page ALS in a neat but unfinished hand, 228 x 185 mm., original red wax seal, stamp for the Sydney post office but not otherwise marked, very good. A charming and rather rare example of a woman writing from Sydney in the 1820s. The.....
Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836.
Two dendroglyph carved treesEngraving, 135 x 220 mm.; very good condition. Charming engraved plate depicting an Australian indigenous tomb, complete with carved trees and unusually formed earthen walls. Although the image is somewhat incongruous as a depiction of an Australian Aboriginal tomb, it does include.....
London: Journal of the Royal Gepgrahical Society, vol. 22, 1852.
Roe's final expeditionOctavo, pp. 1-57; with a folding engraved map, 220 x 435 mm; old half textured cloth and marbled sides; book-form box, The account of John Septimus Roe's final, arduous five-month expedition from Perth east of Esperance to.....
Hobart Town: .
With fine engravings by Thomas Bock24mo, six engraved plates in total, including two engraved titles (for the alamanac and the calendar) both with vignettes, two engraved signals plates (one coloured) and two other engraved views; contemporary red roan, gilt; bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. The first.....