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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...
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...
London: J. Debrett, 1787.
The sixth edition: the first to include the attack on Lord Sydney and Botany BayOctavo, title + 86 pp., in later nineteenth-century half black roan. A withering political satire containing one of the earliest printed treatments of Lord Sydney's plan to found a penal colony...
Rio de Janeiro: Miranda & Carneiro, 1833.
Unrecorded reference to Botany BayThree parts in one volume, small octavo; in contemporary green quarter calf, gilt. The first edition in Portuguese of this unrecorded reference to Botany Bay. First published in 1789 in Paris, Barère de Vieuzac's La Liberté des Mers.....
Paris: Bulla, 1828.
Aboriginal portraits and camp-fire sceneHandcoloured lithograph, 385 x 290 mm. Engaging Australian Aboriginal portraits and camp scene from the official voyage account of Hyacinthe de Bougainville, who toured the South Pacific between 1824 and 1826. Edmond de la Touanne, whose work formed the basis of these...
Sydney: March, 1835. Parchment grant measuring 340 x 390 mm., signed by the Governor of New South Wales, with well-preserved wax seal; folded to docket size. Original colonial document for a discrete land purchase. Land grant to William Henry Chapman for lot 74 on Appin road, Cumberland County. This original...
London: Richard Bentley, 1834.
An honest look at the three coloniesOctavo, with two lithograph plates;, edges rough-trimmed only, in half red morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The revised and enlarged second edition. Breton emigrated to Tasmania after leaving the navy in 1827, eventually becoming police...
Sydney: 30 June 1823.
200 acres in MethvenLarge printed vellum leaf, completed in manuscript, approx. 290 x 257 mm., verso blank except for ms. docket title; original folds, with well-preserved ribbon and paper seal attached. Fine original land grant signed by the sixth governor, for 200 acres in Methven...
London: Darton and Clark, 1842.
The health of convicts on convict transportsSmall octavo, 238 pp., original printer's green cloth. Important book by Browning building on his experience as a Surgeon on board convict transports, most notably the Elphinstone which arrived in Hobart in 1836. Browning could not be accused...
Sydney: Australian Medical Gazette, 1888. Octavo; in original green cloth. An exhaustive guide to over 200 health resorts in Australia and New Zealand, with analyses of mineral waters, services and therapeutic indications. Also includes activities available to patients, such as Killarney, Queensland, "Very pretty scenery, and dry, bracing climate. Shooting...
Melbourne & Sydney: Clarson, Shallard and Co., 1863.
With the narrative of John King and a wood engraving of Burke's graveOctavo pamphlet, original titling wrappers featuring a wood-engraving of Burke's grave at Cooper's Creek to rear cover, the Mackaness copy in recent blue cloth. In the original illustrated wrappers...
London: J.Cross and Simpkin, Marshall. 1840. Octavo, with a folding map and folding tables; complete with the errata slip, in the original cloth. First Edition. Burton was a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, whose views on the moral decline of colonial society were a significant influence...
Land & Estate Agency, George Street: Stephen & Stokes, Printers, 2 May, 1833.
Home for a publican and the beginnings of Burwood112 x 174 mm, printed form completed in manuscript in brown ink; printed decorative device above printers' caption; completed" Webb £2.12.0" on verso, together with small sum workings...
Campbell of the Wharf to the founder of the London Missionary SocietyALS, single sheet of laid paper, stamped Portsmouth Ship Letter and London date stamp. Short letter dated 6 Mar 1826, written from Campbell's Wharf, signed by the wharf's owner, Robert Campbell (1769-1846) and addressed to the...
1st September 1842.
A transported shoemaker earns his freedomSingle leaf; 180 mm x 170 mm; printed and completed in manuscript. A certificate of freedom issued to William Smallridge in 1842, on completion of his fourteen year sentence. Smallridge was one of 200 convicts who had been transported on the...
Melbourne: Australasian Authors' Agency, 1911. Octavo, 80 pp. (last blank), frontispiece; a few old library stamps and scattered pithy marginalia; original printed wrappers. Uncommon Melbourne-printed first edition of one of the most eccentric Australian publications: much republished, this first edition includes the notorious folding colour frontispiece depicting criminal, lunatic and...
London: Harvey & Darton, 1830. Duodecimo, with an engraved frontispiece and three plates;, in the original quarter red roan with marbled boards, First edition: considered the first novel of Australia. This is an exemplary copy of the very scarce first edition, bound with the advertisements in the publisher's roan-backed marbled...
London: Edward Orme, circa 1823.
The anonymous work of John Lewin?Quarto, pp. with 110 hand coloured aquatints (including the New South Wales plates), a good copy in ornate contemporary gilt decorated deep green morocco with all edges gilt. An attractive copy of one of the outstanding aquatint books of...
London: Edward Orme, 1814.
Famous colourplate book including a section on the Aborigines of NSWQuarto, 160 pages letterpress without pagination, 100 handcoloured aquatints with the 1813 New South Wales supplement bound at rear (this comprising separate title-page, dedication leaf, 10 handcoloured aquatints and 14 letterpress pages); a fine copy...
London: Edward Orme, 1813.
Dedicated to Bligh: the first book on the Australian AboriginesQuarto, 10 coloured aquatints; modern half calf, spine gilt-titled. A very good copy of the first issue of this important Australian plate book. This was the first work to be published on the Australian Aborigines. Clark...
Sydney: J.R. Clarke, 1857.
The first music album published in New South WalesLarge quarto, with a total of ten lithographic plates, including the illustrated title-page and frontispiece; comprising eight musical scores with introductory letterpress (preface and contents leaves); a very good copy in original red cloth decorated in gilt...
Sydney: J.R.Clarke, circa 1857.
Sydney HarbourIllustrated tinted lithographed sheet music cover. Edmund Thomas (1827-1867, painter and lithographer) arrived in Port Phillip in 1852, where he spent a productive few years before he moved to Sydney in late 1854. Having produced a well received album of Melbourne views before leaving...
Paris: circa 1830. Aquatint, 200 x 233mm. (sheet size). View of Aboriginal shelters, with detail of a dingo and an armed warrior. The plate was prepared from the suite of native studies by John Heaviside Clarke, first published in Foreign Field Sports (London 1814) and here re-printed for a French...
The Maroubra Bay shipwreckWatercolour, 18.2 x 54 cms. mounted and framed. This watercolour is signed lower left, M Clarke and was painted as the clipper ship Hereward lay on its side wrecked at Maroubra Beach NSW. The Hereward had blown onto soft sand at the northern end...