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The Yarra River in Dawn Light.Watercolour on paper, 355 x 540mm, mounted and framed; signed lower right. Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) had exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London before emigrating to Australia in 1878. He first lived in Melbourne for five years before moving to...
Macau: probably mid-1844.
Original watercolour of a street of Chinese shops in MacauWatercolour, 370 x 274 mm; ink caption at centre below; original cropping marks and marginal annotations relating to subsequent publication; now in acid-free mount to original framing dimensions. An important original and atmospheric watercolour, recently rediscovered, depicting...
Macau: probably mid-1844.
Original watercolour of an important Macau templeWatercolour, 215 x 290 mm; ink caption at lower right; in mount. An important original watercolour by the English artist and architect Edward Ashworth who travelled through Macau and Hong Kong in the 1840s. The T'ou T'ei Temple in Patane...
London: John Harris, 1832.
Scarce educational game featuring AustraliaEngraved map, 345 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of Australia, Asia and the east coast of Africa. The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who...
London: John Harris, 1832. Engraved map, 315 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of the World The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who had settled in France in 1780 and later fled the revolution...
Melbourne: Edward A. Vidler, 1920.
With illustrations by Napier WallerOctavo, two black & white plates by Napier Waller; original pictorial wrappers with yap edges. A two-act play with an unusual idea for staging involving cinematic sets. Illustrated by Napier Waller.
Auckland: 2 April, 1856. Original parchment document measuring 337x372mm., with a plan of the property in coloured ink, blind stamp paper seal, etcetera; fine and folded to docket size. Original parchment land grant to John College, Auckland. The grant specifies that the college is entitled to 'the No. 2 Division...
London: Chappell, 50 New Bond Street, circa 1854.
Illustrated sheet music for a fast Austral clipperSheet music, 8 pp. and colour-lithograph cover. A racy tune by the dance composer Charles d'Albert (1809-1886), this rare early sheet music features a particularly appealing coloured lithograph of the clipper Lightning, a vessel...
Cornhill [and] London: Pelham Richardson, 1832 &, 1833.
Scandals in the Australian Agricultural CompanyTwo works bound in one, octavo; the first 73 pp. with folding table; the second 33 pp.; tan half calf. Two very scarce works relating to the scandals that engulfed the Australian Agricultural Company, both written...
Adelaide: W. K. Thomas & Co., 1915.
Splendidly presented copyOctavo, with folding maps and photographic plates; fine in half crimson morocco with gilt lettering and raised bands by Sangorski. Includes articles on the Central Australian expedition, John Eyre, Strzelecki, Australian Antarctic Expedition and Count Alphonse de Fleurieu.
Sydney: Printed by H. Bull, Colonist Office, Sydney, September 1, 1836.
"Pipes &c to be conveyed by convict ship free of charge"Four foolscap folded leaves, some wear, as usual, at folds. Scarce early prospectus, printed in Sydney, for "the lighting of this large, increasing, and opulent metropolis with Gas."...
Sydney: James Waugh 1857-, 1858. Six issues, octavo, all but one in original printed wrappers. The Sydney Magazine published the proceedings of the Australian Horticultural and Agricultural Society, and the Philosophical Society of New South Wales. These six issues include a variety of articles; including viticulture, horticultural exhibitions and prizes...
Raymond Terrace: published by the Australian Stock Horse Society, 1975-1980. Six volumes, each staple bound in wrappers. Six issues of the the annual publication of the Australian Stock Horse Society, for the years 1975-1980. The goal of the society is to preserve Australian stock-horse bloodlines for future generations.
London: Gresham Publishing Company, 1907.
For equine connoisseursNine volumes, quarto, colour frontispieces and plates, folding tables; bright original decorated cloth with the bookplate of Henry White. A most attractive set in original art nouveau bindings of this complete guide to equine veterinary care, husbandry and pedigrees; profusely illustrated throughout...
Adelaide: W. K. Thomas & Co., 1891.
In original tinted wrappersOctavo, 20 pp. (last blank), original green titling wrappers. Uncommon booklet on the early years of South Australia, broaching topics such as the formation of the South Australian Company, speculation and investment schemes, the foundation of Adelaide and the...
London: 1834-, 1835.
Charles Babbage's son at university before moving to AustraliaEngraved Certificate, 265 x 366mm, fine. Decorative document certifying that Babbage diligently attended the lectures in the Senior Mathematical Class during the session of 1834-35, and was presented with the First Certificate.
London: 1833-, 1834.
Charles Babbage's son at university before moving to AustraliaEngraved Certificate, 265 x 366mm. Decorative document certifying that Benjamin Herschel Babbage (1815-1878; Charles Babbage's son) diligently attended the lectures in the Second Class of Mathematics (1st Division) during the session of 1833-34; as well as a First...
London: Charles Knight, 1832.
Babbage's most successful workSmall octavo, engraved title-page, original maroon cloth. Second edition of Charles Babbage's most successful work: there were four editions between 1832 and 1835 and the book was translated into at least six European languages. Babbage wrote this at the time he was...
London: Harvey and Darton, 1838.
Convict discipline and social conditionsOctavo, half calf, marbled boards, armorial bookplate James Bluth. Third edition, a valuable account of convict discipline in Australia as observed at the penal settlements, also of social conditions at the time. From the collection of Robert Edwards.
London: Cresset Press, 1928.
Cresset Press limited editionLarge quarto; vellum, uncut and limited to 250 copies. Number 7 of an edition of 250: with the bookplate of Vyvyan Edwards. A beautiful copy of Bacon's Essayes, printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper, with titles and initials designed by Joscelyne Gaskin.
London: J. Johnson et al. 1803.
Awarded to abolitionist Thomas Fowell BuxtonTen volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece and folding table, prize-plate & bookplate, later gift inscription from Buxton to his son; early diced calf with the insignia of Trinity College Dublin to the boards. A fine and most attractive...
London: by order of Parliament, 1856.
Transportation to Western AustraliaTwo volumes, tall quarto, both copies in recent blue polished half calf, original printed wrappers bound in. Two of the most important reports on transportation to Western Australia, and perhaps the most detailed public accounting of the aftermath of the...
To Darling's aide-de-campShare certificate, printed and completed in manuscript 111.5 x 195 mm. A share certificate for stock in the Bank of Australia issued to Governor Darling's aide-de-camp, Thomas Condamine who was instrumental in the establishment of what was to become the Public Library of New South...
Sydney: Bank of NSW, 1826.
To William RedfernCashier's receipt, printed and completed in manuscript, 90 x 140 mm. The receipt is made out to William Redfern for the sum of eighty pounds in Spanish dollars and is payment for the second instalment on four stock certificates. After 1825 British...