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London: Ordered by the House of Commons to be Printed, 1835.
Wentworth attacks Governor Darling for cronyism, ineptitude and corruptionFoolscap folio, iv, 168 pp., in handsome quarter brown calf with gilt label. This report clears former governor Ralph Darling, now promoted to General, of the serious charges brought against...
London: House of Commons, 28 July, 1836.
Letter of instruction to William LightTall quarto, 40pp. with handcoloured lithographed sheet; bound in splendid full crimson crushed morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. A significant publication in the early history of South Australia, being the first report of the...
London: House of Commons/HMSO, 1846.
Lessons from the Norfolk Island experimentFoolscap folio, 70 pp., folding coloured lithographic map by Arrowsmith; now preserved in a folding green cloth case. Includes a report of some 15 pages from Lord Stanley to Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, acting Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land, concerning...
London: House of Commons, 10 April 1840.
Pauper emigration to South AustraliaFoolscap folio, 32pp. (including docket title leaf), some browning but very good condition in custom folding brown cloth case with label. The 'art of colonization' revealed: a comprehensive report printing detailing land sales from 1835-1840 in South Australia...
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode for HMSO, July 1888. Foolscap folio, x, 87 pp., original blue wrappers bound in, full brown morocco, gilt spine. Further wrangling between the Colonial Office and respective Australian governments regarding the viability of en-masse Chinese immigration, touted by the British as the lasting solution to the...
Adelaide: Government printer, 1852. Foolscap folio, single leaf, very good. Notice of complaint prepared by Australians in London for the Parliament of South Australia, lamenting 'there prevails among all classes of this country a remarkable ignorance of the advantages of your distant and important settlements'. Proposes measures to make accurate...
Adelaide: Government printer, 1863.
Deck plans of three emigrant shipsFoolscap folio, tinted paperstock, 7pp., disbound, good. Prints report of Captain James P. Lean concerning conditions aboard ships selected for carrying emigrants to the colony of South Australia. Issues include poor ventilation and lighting below deck. Includes whole page plans...
London: HMSO, 1841.
Adelaide survey mapsFoolscap folio, with four separate lithographic folding maps (backed upon linen), paginated as follows: xl, 272 pp. (report), x, 358 pp. (appendix), 58 pp. (index); first sectional title-page a bit stained, some maps creased, but very good in a most handsome half red morocco...
Hobart Town: James Barnard, Government Printer, 1841.
Sir John Franklin heralds a time of changeFoolscap folio, comprising 26 individually paginated sections; contemporary full roan, Diverse series of despatches and reports reflecting the dynamic and progressive administration of Sir John Franklin. Each of the 26 parts is separately paginated, for...
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...
London: J. Hatchard and Son, 1826.
Theft and transportation by "Bobbie" PeelOctavo, 51 pp., title-page a little browned, else fine in recent green cloth, ex-Webster collection (with his small red stamp on final page). An important milestone in the history of transportation: ordinary theft henceforth to be punished by...
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: Hutchinson & Co., 1892.
Inland explorer, and governor of New ZealandTwo volumes, octavo, each with engraved portrait frontispiece; an appealing set in original cloth. Standard biography of Grey, explorer and pre-eminent colonial administrator of South Australia, Cape Colony, and New Zealand. This set is a presentation copy from...
London: C. & W. Reynell, 1835. Tall octavo, 16 pp., the last 2 leaves opened roughly with tear (no loss of text); a very good copy in modern tan half calf. A very uncommon pamphlet detailing a surprisingly advanced proposal to allow settlers in South Australia to elect their own...
Hobart Town: James Ross, 1836. Small octavo, xii, 12 (almanac), 13-270, 4pp., folding map; some scattered foxing, occasional minor marginalia, offsetting affects the map but a very good copy in original green cloth with gilt spine lettering. A lovely copy of this important almanac with its famous "Chart of d'Entrecasteaux...
Hobart Town: James Ross, 1829.
Swan River settlers from Hobart Town24mo, [viii],, 272 pp., engraved and lettepress titles, with a total of 11 engraved plates (including title page), original cloth. Rare and desirable early Tasmanian almanac here in its second year of issue, featuring eleven plates by the accomplished...
London: Published at the Leisure Hour Office, circa 1866. Octavo, frontispiece and five other illustrations; bound in half green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, top edge gilt. First separate edition in English of a classic goldfields novel, which appeared "shortly after the discovery of gold in Australia, and was designed...
London: J. Murray, 1807.
The first separately published book on New ZealandOctavo, with a frontispiece and two plates; ex-parliamentary library with a blind stamp to the dedication leaf, a very good uncut copy in half calf with black label. The first book on New Zealand: very scarce in any...
Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute and W. Creech, 1794.
Evidence used to incriminate for seditionOctavo, in a neat cloth binding, leather label. Important primary source for the sedition trials of the so-called Scottish martyrs, namely Thomas Muir, Maurice Margarot, Joseph Gerrald, William Skirving and the Reverend Thomas Fyshe Palmer. Printed...
Edinburgh: Alexander Scott, 1793.
'Given for the relief of poor prisoners'Octavo, xii, 72 pp. (last blank), appendix of 16 pp; in recent marbled wrappers, beautifully preserved in a quarter navy morocco folding bookform box with gilt lettering by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Rare: with the fine frontispiece portrait by John...
Edinburgh: printed for W. Skirving, 1793. Octavo, lacking the frontispiece portrait title; later quarter sheep. Trial of the "Scottish martyr" Palmer, published by Palmer's fellow reformer Skirving himself. This is the later of two issues, having the date of the trial corrected to 1793 on the title, as noted by...
Cambridge: Benjamin Flower, 1797.
Mutiny on the Surprise, by a friend of John WhiteOctavo, xii, 13-80pp. (last page advertisements), bookplate of F.G. Coles; originally stitch-sewn with the marks visible in the gutter, very good in polished tan half calf by Sangorski, red spine label. Second edition, revised and expanded.....
London: n.d., but, 1794.
Laying out the settlementsOctavo, large folding plate of plans with early handcolouring in red; bound in original heavy pink card wrappers, a bit faded, with early manuscript title to front. Very scarce first edition of this model for the planning and building of an ideal...