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London: Cadell & Davies, 1798.
The most detailed First Fleet accountQuarto, two charts (one folding), 22 engraved plates; a handsome and large copy in full speckled calf, gilt, double spine labels. First edition of this substantial account of the first Australian settlement, with its important suite of images of.....
Sydney: 19 March 1795.
Rare and early Bill of Exchange signed by David CollinsQuarto, single leaf, 2pp., manuscript in ink on paper. An ephemeral example of the emerging New South Wales economy with a rare association. David Collins' own account of the new settlement (An Account of the English.....
London: Royal Society, 1784.
Bronze issue of the Royal Society medalBronze medal, 43 mm. diameter, relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder which is affixed to a globe on verso. The bronze issue.....
Paris: Saillant et Nyon, 1774.
Cape Tribulation to Cape YorkEngraved map, 295 x 335 mm.; original folds. French edition of Cook's chart, based on the original engraved chart in Hawkesworth's official account of the first voyage. This was the earliest charting of the coast of Queensland; it details the.....
Paris: Saillant et Nyon, 1774.
Point Hicks to Cape YorkEngraved map, 370 x 785 mm.; original folds; mounted. Perhaps Cook's most famous chart, here in its first French version, prepared for the French language edition of the official account of the Endeavour voyage. The magnificent sweep of the east.....
London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell; and J. Debrett, 1782.
Important alternative account, with a chapter on Tasmania and early Pacific viewsTwo volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates; a fine copy in contemporary calf gilt. First edition: an attractive set of this rare account – the.....
London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell; and J. Debrett, 1784.
A private account of Cook's third voyageTwo volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 21 engraved plates, bound with half-titles and directions for placing the cuts; in twentieth-century red morocco, gilt. A most attractive set: this is the uncommon third.....
Adelaide: Vardon & Sons, 1910.
Local history in South AustraliaOctavo, plates, with old local association stamp of "E.G. Heaslip - Gawler" to the title-page. Published by the Gawler Institute as a memento of the jubilee of the Institute and the Municipality of Gawler in 1908.
Sydney and Brisbane: William Brooks & Co., 1901. Octavo, portrait frontispiece, coloured plate depicting arms and 2 photographic plates, top edge gilt; in the original red moire cloth, gilt. First edition, rare: an exceptional copy in the original red moiré cloth boards. This work includes printed extracts from Cox's journal.....
Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1781.
Includes previous unpublished Russian journalsQuarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges. The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration, with good material on Alaska, the Aleutian Islands.....
London: Henry Colburn, 1827.
One of the best introductions to NSW in the 1820sTwo volumes, duodecimo; nineteenth-century polished calf, spine gilt with black morocco labels, bookplates of William Henry Cox in both volumes. First edition: a lively and engaging description of New South Wales in the 1820s by Peter.....
Leipzig: Hartmann, 1829.
Classic account of the colony by a convict surgeonOctavo, original half roan. A very good copy of the uncommon German translation of Cunningham's valuable account of the colony, considered an Australian classic: 'an acute observer and possessed a pleasant literary style, so that Two Years in.....
Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1754.
Dampier for German readersQuarto, with 26 maps and plates (numbered 1-25 with a plate 10 bis); contemporary calf. German compendium of travel accounts published in the mid-eighteenth-century, including Dampier's voyages and excellent maps of Australia and the South Pacific. This single volume from a......
New York: circa 1886.
After the dance portraitMezzotint engraving with facsimile signature below portrait, 254 x 178 mm. This beautiful engraving, after the portrait of Cook by Nathaniel Dance, was published circa 1886 for The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia. The Picturesque Atlas publishing company was set up to publish.....
London: J. McGowan, 18 March, 1833.
William Dumaresq and James Busby on land grantsOctavo, 16 pp., early manuscript notes on head of title-page; in late twentieth-century red cloth, Davidson bookplate. Very rare: an important polemic with details of the administration of land grants under Governor Darling, including comments on.....
London: J. McGowan, 1832.
Darling defends his governmentOctavo, 48 pp.; a good tall copy, bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett, in neat modern quarter calf. Rare: 'in defence of his administration in New South Wales. In an appendix the addresses presented to Governor Darling on his leaving New South Wales.....
London: Scott, Webster & Geary, 1837.
Famous colonial view as fore-edge paintingDuodecimo, frontispiece and engraved title-page; contemporary roan with gilt to spine and boards. An attractive fore-edge painting based upon the famous Sydney Cove view engraved by Edward Dayes. This image, transmitted through various forms (from oil on canvas.....
Stockholm: Ecksteinska Boktryckeriet, 1836-, 1839.
Swedish edition of a voyage classicEight volumes bound in seven, duodecimo; a very attractive set in contemporary patterned wrappers, with hand-lettered papered spine labels. Rare Swedish edition of Dumont d'Urville's historical account of voyages around the world from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.....
Singapore: printed for the editor, at Pinang, by Matthew Gregory Sr. 1862.
By a Northern Territory first fleeter, published in SingaporeOctavo, four plates (three folding) an excellent copy, the original blue printed wrappers bound in, early French owner's note to front wrapper, later quarter calf. The north coast of.....
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
Fine depiction of the kookaburraOriginal engraving, 260 x 190 mm. very good condition, mounted. Fine impression of the so-called "Great Brown Kings Fisher" or Laughing Kookaburra. This engraving is taken from Governor Phillip's Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay published by Stockdale in late.....
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: J. Debrett, 1791.
The rare supplement to Governor Phillip's accountQuarto, [ii],, 26 pp.; an excellent copy in half morocco over marbled boards by Bayntun of Bath, spine banded and lettered in gilt. One of the rarest of First Fleet books: 'there is keen competition among collectors when a......