Early Australia (to 1830)
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London: J. Stockdale, 1789.
First FleetStipple engraved oval portrait by Sherwin; 150 x 125 mm. The classic contemporary portrait of Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet and first governor of the fledgling convict settlement at Port Jackson. This portrait was engraved as the frontispiece to The Voyage.....
London: Ackermann, 1824. Two volumes in one, duodecimo, with 26 hand-coloured engraved plates; a very good copy, untrimmed, well bound in modern half calf. A very good copy of this charming illustrated book; although separately published it also formed part of the series "The World in Miniature", published by Ackermann.....
Sydney: Government House, 1804.
Sydney land grant signed by Governor King with a site sketch by George EvansVellum sheet measuring 330 x 230 mm., with manuscript notations to both faces (including a site-sketch with measurements). Early Sydney lease signed by Governor Philip Gidley King for an allotment in the.....
London: Edward Shackell, 1827.
Australian noticesFolio newspaper, 8 pp., a bit creased at inner margin (no loss of text). Of Australian interest: a long article from Henry Torrens, outlining the Government incentives for Army officers to become settlers in New South Wales & Van Diemen's' Land, with rules regarding.....
Stirling: E. Johnstone, 1838.
Printed for the Scottish market.Octavo, 31 pp., folding engraved map; paper with some staining and some tears, the map very good, early owner's name; in contemporary rough card wrappers, stitch-sewn, "Australia" in manuscript to front, in red quarter morocco box by Sangorski. Rare: Scottish-printed appeal.....
London: J. C. Hailes, 1843.
Land speculation in Adelaide and NZ in the 1840sOctavo, three folding plans, ALS to Thomas Burrows (1841) loosely inserted, ALS to John Burrows (1872) tipped in, contemporary ink notations on two of the folding plans and rear endpapers noting country and town acres, ownership.....
Adelaide: John Stephens, 1849.
Personal attacks on local landholdersOctavo, 64 pp., very good in modern brown quarter morocco. Rare printed lecture on "sanitary reform" which includes a detailed discussion of the streets and houses of Adelaide. The writer John Stephens was a South Australian identity, and regularly packed the.....
Adelaide: Ordered by the House of Assembly to be printed, 1861. Folio, printed on blue paper, 24 pp.; with a large two-sheet folding map; neatly bound in later cloth, a fine copy from the collection of Rodney Davidson, with his bookplate. Rare official printing of John Macdouall Stuart's journal of.....
London: T. and W. Boone, 1849.
Bound to match, with an inscription from Lady SturtTwo volumes, octavo, with folding map and fifteen plates including six chromolithographs (some after S.T. Gill and John Gould); manuscript presentation dated 1874; a very handsome set in contemporary plum calf by Ramage, bookplates of.....
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1834.
Presentation copy from Lady SturtTwo volumes, octavo, with a chart and a large folding map (crudely repaired with tape), 13 engraved plates (four of newly-discovered birds with original handcolouring); manuscript presentation dated 1874; a fine and handsome set in contemporary plum calf by.....
Jingdezhen: handmade for Hordern House, 2014.
Superb replica of the original Chinese bowl: only 25 examples are for saleHand cast and hand painted porcelain punchbowl, 170 mm height, 450 mm diameter; contained in a specially made wooden case, accompanied by a limited edition book. Superb replica of one of.....
Albemarle Street: 23 August 1786.
Signed, SydneyManuscript letter on laid and water-marked paper, folded to letter-size 240 x 186 mm., closely written to 2 pp., manuscript docket note to fourth page; splitting at old folds, some browning yet good. A rare example of Sydney's signature while Home Secretary; the.....
London: n.d., circa 1790.
The city of Sydney bears his nameMezzotint engraving, 440 x 310 mm. A fine and fresh impression: Lord Sydney, after the official portrait by Gilbert Stuart, the celebrated American portraitist – the "father of American portraiture" – who worked in England from 1775 until the.....
Amsterdam: Dancker Danckerts, 1661.
The floor map of Tasman's discoveriesFolio, with an engraved title-page, a full-page portrait of Campen and 30 engraved plates, mostly double-page, one folding; contemporary vellum with the arms of Stirling Maxwell stamped in blind on the upper boards (there is also a later family member's.....
Revised French version.Octavo, two works together; quarter polished calf, rubbed, spine gilt in compartments with morocco label. The second, considerably changed, Letellier version of Tench's account. Letellier had also published a version in 1789: it is not clear whether his edition or that published by Knapen the.....
London: G. Nicol and J. Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second bookQuarto, folding map, early owner's name on title-page in handsome twentieth century full tree calf, gilt. A most attractive copy of the first edition of one of the scarcest First Fleet accounts. The second of Tench's two books, this brings.....
London: Nicol and Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second book detailing the early years: original boardsQuarto, with a folding map; uncut; in the original blue-grey boards; contemporary simple canvas spine with hand-lettered label; unsophisticated and preserved in a bookform box. Tench's second book, completing his account of the settlement at Sydney.....
London: Nicol and Sewell, 1793.
Tench's second book detailing the early years: an eighteenth-century book club's copy in its original boards bindingQuarto, with a folding map; a remarkable copy, completely uncut in the original blue-grey boards with plain leather spine; quarter morocco bookform box. A remarkable 18th-century book club.....
Paris: Letellier, 1789.
The Letellier editionOctavo; contemporary French mottled calf. One of two French editions of Tench's Narrative published in 1789. This is thus either the first or the second French publication on settled Australia, and one of the very earliest descriptions in French of the appearance of La.....
London: Printed & Sold by Carington Bowles, Published as the Act directs, 24 June 1779.
Convict Hulks on the ThamesHandcoloured engraving, 360 x 505 mm. in fine original condition, mounted and framed. Earliest issue of this fascinating depiction with vibrant contemporary handcolouring of convicts from the hulks labouring on.....
London: Alexander Hogg, c. 1804.
"Broken Bay Jack", after Nicolas Petit, Baudin's artistOriginal engraving approx. 120 x 180 mm. mounted and framed. Rare portrait of Mackabarang or "Broken Bay Jack", derived from the work of Nicolas-Martin Petit on the Baudin voyage. The engraved text beneath the portrait of Mackabarang.....
London: G. E. Waters, 1889.
Presented to Governor Ayers in 1889Octavo, 43 pp., presentation card from Tinline tipped in, bookplate of Sir Henry Ayres; a few creases but a fine copy in the original black gloss-paper wrappers with "for private circulation" printed in gilt to the front; in a......
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman, 1835.
From Sir Henry Parkes Parliamentary collection.Octavo, folding handcoloured frontispiece map, NSW Colonial Secretary stamps to title and a few pages, printed note about the Henry Parkes collection to front pastedown; a very attractive copy in full red morocco by Sangorski.....
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1835.
With an 1825 letter from Torrens about the New Zealand CompanyOctavo, folding handcoloured frontispiece map; original blue paper boards with grey spine, printed label, spine chipped and hinges weak, but an excellent unsophisticated copy, preserved in a quarter brown morocco.....