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London: HMSO for the Colonial Office, 17 March 1843.
Bounty immigrants bound for New South WalesFoolscap folio, iv, 158pp. (last blank), red half morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt spine lettering, top edge gilt. Invaluable historical resource, containing much information comparing the respective merits of emigration to...
London: John Souter, 1822.
Emigration to TasmaniaOctavo, with folding engraved view of Hobart Town after a sketch by Evans; a fine uncut copy with large margins; handsome half crushed red-brown morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. First edition of Evans' important and influential emigrants' guide to Tasmania. A separately issued...
London: John Murray, 1825.
A great compendium of early science and discoveryOctavo, with a frontispiece, four folding maps and two botanical plates at rear; an attractive copy in later full tan calf gilt, red spine label, Bonython bookplate. First edition: one of the more important and interesting works relating...
London: Printed for J. Butterworth, 1810.
From the library of Barron FieldOctavo, with armorial bookplate of Barron Field; contemporary calf binding with elegant blind tooling. From the library of Barron Field with his bookplate.A significant contemporary legal text and pleasing association copy from the library of one of Australia's...
London: War Office, 1787. Octavo, [ii], 372 pp., contemporary ownership notation to title-page, in recent boards with linen backstrip. Handbook listing the officers of the British army and marines, published just three months prior to the departure of the First Fleet from Portsmouth on 13 May 1787. The book lists...
London: sold by T. Wilkie, 29 April 1788.
News relayed from Cape TownFolio, eight pages measuring 220 x 290 mm. This issue of the London Chronicle dated 26-29 April 1788 contains a brief but informative dispatch from an unidentified First Fleet officer penned at the Cape of Good Hope...
London: T. Wilkie, February 21-24, 1789.
News of the fleet relayed via ChinaFolio, eight pages, 288 x 220 mm. Contains a brief but curious account of the landing of the First Fleet relayed via China: "A merchant in Amsterdam has written to London, that the Botnay Bay squadron under...
London: by order of Parliament, 1838.
George Arthur's system scrutinised by FranklinTall quarto, fine in an attractive red crushed morocco binding by Sangorski, spine in raised bands with gilt lettering. Detailed report on convict management prepared shortly after the arrival of Governor Sir John Franklin in Van Diemen's Land...
London: John Hatchard, 1848. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, manuscript inscription at front of each volume; in contemporary maroon morocco, gilt. Second revised and enlarged edition of the life of the great Quaker reformer.The work was edited by two of Fry's daughters, and includes many excerpts from her letters and journals...
Superb presentation album honouring a campaigner for a wrongly convicted man's releaseLarge quarto (365 x 275 mm); contents comprising 14 vellum leaves heavily illuminated by F. Faulkner White, Gothic-style calligraphic text surrounded by multicoloured borders; title leaf with small oval albumen photograph of the recipient, Ralph Sanders...
Edinburgh: J. Robertson, 1792.
'The most absurd, prodigal and impracticable vision…'Octavo, 336 pp.; a very good copy in nineteenth-century half calf over marbled boards. Rare, with an early essay on Botany Bay by a Scottish judge and therefore providing some insight into the reaction of the legal profession to...
London: Prined by G. Barclay, 1850.
Gawler on the colonies and his reputation: "not published"Slim octavo, 45 pp., in recent tan half calf, marbled boards. Very rare privately published work by the former Governor of South Australia, and the last serious effort he made to rehabilitate his reputation in...
London: John Nichols, 1788.
First Fleet report from the CapeOctavo, pp. 377-472, three plates; recent wrappers. Reports progress of the First Fleet: 'By the last accounts received from the fleet from Botany Bay, they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 13th of October last, and expected...
London: J. Gillray, n.d., 1798.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEtching; 320 x 360 mm., mounted. The original eighteenth century version of this rare transportation engraving, where the Parliament of Great Britain has been condemned - the chair of the Speaker being inscribed "This House adjourned to Botany...
London: Sherwood, Jones, 1823. Octavo, with a folding handcoloured map and a folding view; original boards, printed paper label; uncut copy in original binding, preserved in a full calf box. First edition: now rare. Godwin's work on Van Diemen's Land is one of the earliest books to promote free emigration...
London: Harvey and Darton, 1838. Octavo, a very good copy with previous owner's name clipped from top margin of the title-page; in attractive recent half crushed tan morocco gilt. First edition, and an interesting early work on South Australia. Robert Gouger (1802-1846) was a keen promoter of the new colony...
Saracen's Head, Newark: Weaver, 25 March, 1870.
"our Colonies would be regarded as the natural outlet for our excessive population…'Printed broadside, 505 x 380 mm. A most unusual survival: a political broadside from the later career of Sir George Grey, seeking to capitalise on his Colonial experience.Although fresh from...
London: Chapman and Hall, 1884. Octavo, frontispiece and numerous plates, in publishers deep green cloth with gilt lettering, partially unopened. New collected edition, here issued in one volume, with five chapters treating transportation and convict life in Australia.The author, Arthur Griffiths, was a long-serving inspector of prisons in England from...
London: War Office, 1807. Folio, large paper copy; finely bound in contemporary straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt. A beautifully bound copy of the entire list of the British Army of 1807 - including a list of the officers of the New South Wales Corps (p. 311) serving under Colonel Francis Grose.
Hobart: George Terry Howe, 1826.
Runaway convicts 'basking on the sunny beach'Bifolium, 4 pp. An unusually exciting issue: we learn of bushrangers aided by convicts escaped from a gang working on Maria island, and the dissolute life led by runaway convicts. Indeed, the best part of an entire page...
London: Hall, Virtue & Co., 1862.
Copies deliberately destroyed by George Fife Angas.Small slim octavo, original blind blocked green cloth, front board a little stained. Critical account of South Australia as a destination for British emigrants, by a commercial traveller resident in the colony from 1856-61.Ferguson records that Edward...
Leeds: Petty & Sons, 1900.
Surprising illustrated Ned Kelly contentOctavo, 78,  pp. red quarter roan, with original illustrated wrappers bound in. Souvenir booklet to the convict hulk Success printed in Leeds, curiously it contains some considerable description of bushranging life 'the short sketches given of some of the...
London: W. Clowes & Sons, 1835.
The first SA Governor laudedOctavo booklet, 44pp., a fine copy,modern dark blue half morocco. Rare: published shortly after the establishment of South Australia as a separate colony in 1834, this pamphlet captures much of the enthusiasm surrounding the appointment of Captain John Hindmarsh...
London: W. Clowes & Sons, 1835.
Governor Hindmarsh honouredOctavo booklet, 44pp., a fine and partially unopened copy preserved in a magnificent polished calf folding case lined with moiré silk by Sangorski. Rare: published shortly after the establishment of South Australia as a separate colony in 1834, this pamphlet captures...