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London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1843.
Between slander and praise.Octavo, later orange cloth; Tristan Buesst bookplate. Handbook for prospective emigrants from a former resident (Bennett lived in South australia from 1839-1842).The book offers 'a plain unvarnished statement of facts, as to the character and capabilities of a Colony which...
Germany? circa 1851.
Travelling menagerie including an Australian dingoTwo broadsheets (400 x 243 mm.; 218 x 380 mm.). Two wonderful German broadsheets, advertising a travelling zoo. Among the fascinating animals listed as being exhibited, the Australian dingo makes a rather surprising inclusion.The 1840s and 1850s had witnessed a distinct...
Drowned in the WollondillyOctavo; in original cloth. Published as a memorial from the parishioners of Goulburn to their curate who was drowned age twenty-four when the Wollondilly river flooded in 1857. This volume was printed at St Augustine's College Press, Canterbury where Reverend Betts had been educated...
House of Commons: 1822-1823.
Commissioner Bigge reports on conditions in New South WalesThree volumes, folio; completely uncut and in original printed dark blue wrappers, as issued; spines neatly renewed. A very fine set of the earlier House of Commons publication of the full series of Bigge's three consequential reports...
Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel, 1849-1851.
The first Danish circumnavigationThree volumes, octavo, tinted lithographs; uncut in the original quarter purple cloth with printed labels, brown boards. Scarce official account of the first Danish circumnavigation. The Galathea made her voyage between 1845 and 1847. Forbes notes that the purpose of the mission...
London: Henry Stocking, 1837.
Governor Bourke, Mr Bingle, and some cattle rustlingOctavo, in the publisher's blind blocked navy cloth with gilt lettering. Fiery letters from the Australian magistrate and landholder John Bingle to Lord Glenelg, concerning his trial on the charge of cattle-stealing. Bingle had earlier clashed with the...
London: Jackson & Walford, 1860.
Reflections upon the Colonial Missionary SocietyOctavo, appendix, advertisement leaves; in original blind-stamped cloth. With the stamp of Arthur W Piper, South Australian Supreme Court Jurist, Federationist and son of the long-serving pastor of the Adelaide district, Thomas Piper.Thomas Binney, a fervant Congregationalist minister visited...
Melbourne: Hugo Wertheim, 1887.
A Victorian keepsake12mo.; a good copy in original decorated boards, cloth spine. Delightful unused birthday book: "The first of its peculiar kind ever published… specifically for the benefit of Victorian readers". Principally an advertising vehicle for Wertheim sewing machines and Hapsburg pianos, it nevertheless is...
London: John Richardson, 1832.
With a fine Arrowsmith mapOctavo, with two engraved plates and a large hand-coloured folding map; very good in original boards with green cloth spine and printed label. First edition. An important account of Tasmania, intended for distribution among shareholders and prospective shareholders of the Van...
London: John Richardson, 1832.
With a fine Arrowsmith mapOctavo, with two engraved plates and a large hand-coloured folding map; very good in original boards, early inked ownership inscription on front board, with later papered spine and printed label, modern slipcase. First edition. An important account of Tasmania, intended for...
The German Association of Victoria salutes the Iron ChancellorLarge folio-sized presentation album framing lithographed and hand-painted illuminated manuscript address, 435 x 315 mm, ink and watercolour, two large initials gilt with red and blue foliate decoration, and initials alternating red and blue, with moiré. This handsome illuminated...
Adelaide: C. E. Bristow, 1892. Octavo, contemporary ownership inscription tot title page, contemporary full roan with gilt lettering. With the ownership inscription of Edwin Gordon Blackmore (1837-1909), formerly of the Taranaki Rifle volunteers who later served as a South Australian parliamentary clerk.
Sydney: David Mason, printer, circa 1866.
Atmotic: pioneering steam driven airship in 1860s SydneySingle printed sheet measuring 570 x 445 mm. in good condition, mounted. Rare Sydney broadside and a milestone in aviation history. This ephemeral large single sheet promotes the 'Atmotic Ship' – an early steam driven airship...
Sydney: D. L. Welch, Atlas Office, George Street, opposite the Barrack Gate, 1849.
The Australian Patriotic AssociationOctavo, inscribed from the author on the title-page, with the addendum slip; handsome burgundy roan binding, lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of one of William Bland's more uncommon titles, inscribed to one...
Sydney: James Tegg, George Street, 1842.
Governor Gipps Under FireOctavo, 20 pp.; in plain brown wrappers. Scarce attack on Gipps: the final ten pages comprise a protest regarding the New South Wales Legislative Council signed by both John Jamison and John Blaxland. Having unsuccessfully sought English aid in cancelling...
Sydney: 1812 & 1813.
Early financial documents, predating the first Australian bankQuarto, two-leaf document printed on one side of the first leaf and completed in manuscript, with manuscript promissory note on the second leaf; with another ms. note on a smaller separate sheet. A pair of rare early financial...
London: Battye, Fisher & Sudlow, June 1838 - January, 1840.
Bligh's land-holdingsSeven printed legal documents, all individually stitch-sewn and folded into dockets, some legal marginalia in lead and blue pencil chiefly relating to the property "Copenhagen" A good set of printed legal documents relating to the sale of Bligh's...
Paris: Adrien le Clere, 1831.
An unusual outcome of the Duperrey expeditionOctavo, frontispiece; uncut copy in original boards. First edition. Ernest de Blosseville's younger brother Jules sailed for the Pacific in 1822 under Duperrey who had been ordered to report on western New Holland as a possible site for...
Melbourne: W. M. Goodhugh & co., 1859.
Later issue in original wrappersOctavo, [ii], 142 pp., paper wrappers. Later issue of Bonwick's important work in good original condition, with "1859" on the covers but retaining the original date of 1856 on the title-page. This is the issue noted by Ferguson...
Paris: circa 1790.
The King of Botany Bay offers refuge from the French RevolutionOctavo, 19,  pp; disbound from a volume. A very rare early "satire on French politics and English colonization" (Ferguson). Likening those who fled the tumult of the French Revolution to the English convicts transported to...
London: J. Gillray, nd. circa 1850.
The House is adjourned to Botany BayEngraving, 370 x 270 mm., handcoloured as issued, mounted. A famous, satirical look at the decision of the English parliament to create a penal settlement at Botany Bay, in contrast to the atmosphere of reform and concern...