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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.....
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.....
London: Joseph Masters, 1857.
Prisons at mid-century, in the wake of transportationOctavo, x, 150 pp., a little foxing but very good in quarter rich brown morocco by Sangorski, original brown printed front cover bound in. Published shortly after the demise of transportation to New South Wales and Van Diemen's.....
The hero of Tommy Townshend, Viscount Sydney.Vellum manuscript, 420 x 640 mm., folded to docket size, a little rubbed yet in good condition. A rare example of Algernon Sidney's signature, hero and namesake of Tommy Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney (1733–1800) for whom Sydney was named. Algernon Sidney (1623-1683).....
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.....
Sydney: David Ell and Hordern House, 1988.
The Skottowe ManuscriptTwo volumes, 80 & 112 pp., large octavo format (310 x 195 mm.), with 27 full-page watercolours and 26 pages of manuscript in colour-facsimile; printed on high quality gloss art paper, bound in fine cloth; slipcase. The first and only.....
London: Privy Council, 1824-, 1841.
Abolition in TobagoFive folio publications; disbound and perforated where previously stab-sewn. Five separately published parliamentary papers regarding the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean colonies. The first three papers (dated 1824, 1830 and 1831 respectively) concern the improvement of slaves through religious instruction.....