Early Australia (to 1830)
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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: 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...
Paris: Letellier, 1789.
One of the earliest French books on Botany Bay and La PerouseOctavo, large copy in later French marbled boards. One of two French editions of Tench's Narrative, the first French publication on settled Australia, and one of the very earliest descriptions in French of the appearance...
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...
Lincoln: J. Drury & Sons, 1816.
Forged one pound bank notesBroadside measuring 360 x 240 mm., a little rubbed, very good condition. A good and relatively early Calendar of prisoners tried and sentenced at the Lincoln assizes, including the interesting case of one man sentenced to transportation for being...
Lincoln: J. W. Drury, 1828.
A grim day at the courtsBroadside measuring 370 x 240 mm., some foxing, small professional paper repair to lower blank margin (text unaffected) very good condition. Calendar for the Lincoln assizes listing the names, age, origin and alleged crimes of some 37 men and...
Lincoln: Jane Drury, 1822.
Transported for arsonBroadside measuring 375 x 165 mm., some foxing and rubbing, good condition. Calendar of prisoners tried and sentenced at the Lincoln assizes, detailing the names, age, origin, crimes and sentences of some 22 convicts. Of this number an impressive seven were sentenced to...
Lincoln: Drury and Son, 1820.
Sobering insights into the plight of the poorBroadside measuring 365 x 180 mm., a little foxed, good condition. Ephemeral broadsheet calendar of prisoners, including a considerable listing of men and women sentenced for transportation, from the Lent Assizes. Dated 1820, the sheet dates from...
Newcastle: W. Boag, printer, 1830.
Convicts awaiting trial in 1830Broadside measuring 390 x 255 mm. Scarce ephemeral broadside listing the name, age and alleged crimes of some 46 convicts held at the Gaols of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland. Given the crimes include larceny, housebreaking, and assault, many of the...
Norwich & London: 8 November, 1843.
To Tasmania - 'free from any putrid or infectious distemper'Bifolium sheet, the first two pages comprising letterpress, the remainder blank, manuscript notations in two hands. Original warrant confirming the transfer of five convicts to Millbank Prison from Norfolk jail as a prelude to...
London: J. Nichols and Son, 1824. Octavo, frontispiece, 2 folding maps and 3 plates, newspaper clipping tipped-in to early blank; attractive contemporary dark blue half calf over marbled boards, spine banded and gilt, rubbed, Davidson bookplate. An uncommon title, especially in such fine condition: a famous account of the London...
London: George Eyre & Andrew Strahan, 20 May 1799.
The branding of felons enactedPrinted bifolium, pp. -438, armorial letterhead, last 2pp. blank; fine. This Act makes perpetual the practice of branding the hands of felons convicted of stealing from churches or the clergy. It continues previous law to this...