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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....
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1946.
De luxe issueFolio, with a map and wood-engravings by John Buckland Wright; uncut in the original full green morocco gilt by Sangorski. The scarce de luxe issue, one of only one hundred numbered copies in full morocco. This important first publication of the manuscript...
London: G and W. Nicol, 1814.
Prepared for Flinder's Australian atlasEngraved map measuring 668 x 469 mm., neatly backed upon linen. Original engraved chart of the Gulf of Carpentaria published for the atlas volume of Flinders' masterpiece A Voyage to Terra Australis. Charting this region was particularly difficult for...
Perth: Richard Pether, Government printer, 1878.
Discovery of the King Leopold RangeFolio, 8pp. (last blank), unopened. Scarce government printed description of Alexander Forrest's expedition to the Kimberley of 1879. The expedition to the Kimberley was launched in January 1879, the party of eight men included Forrest's brother Matthew, geologist...
London: John Murray, 1824.
Rumours of cannibalism and murder in the frozen North.Two volumes, octavo, with four splendid folding maps; in contemporary navy half calf, marbled boards, edges and endpapers. Second edition, publishing the results of the 1819-1822 expedition to the polar north under the command of Sir John...
Freycinet maps New South WalesEngraved chart, with inset captioned 'Ile Van-Diemen 1822', 310 x 240 mm (plate size). Intriguing map of New South Wales and Tasmania prepared by Louis de Freycinet for inclusion in the published account of his expedition titled Voyage autour du monde. This is...
The French explore Sydney plainEngraved chart; 495 x 340 mm. Attractive cartographic rarity arising from the visit of Louis and Rose de Freycinet to Sydney in 1819. This map of the Cumberland plain is an example of a little-known first state (without plate number); it was prepared...
Paris: Pillet Aine, 1825.
Sydney in 1819Engraved map measuring 320 x 237 mm. (plate size), a very good copy, mounted and framed. Detailed and finely engraved map of the budding settlement at Sydney Cove, from the official published account of the Uranie voyage of 1817-1820 to Australia and the...
Paris: 1822. Hand-coloured engraving, 190 x 270 mm., mounted. Early view of Warragamba River in the lower Blue Mountains, the site of Sydney's ever important Warragamba Dam from the official published account of the major French voyage of 1817-1820 to Australia and the Pacific commanded by Louis de Freycinet. The...
Blue MountainsEngraving, 190 x 270 mm. Early view of Warragamba River in the lower Blue Mountains, the site of Sydney's ever important Warragamba Dam from the official published account of the major French voyage of 1817-1820 to Australia and the Pacific commanded by Louis de Freycinet. The...
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: J. Gillray, n.d., 1851.
From among the Weeds & Mud on the Banks of the South SeaOriginal etching, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted. (Two caricatures verso). Rare satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of the Bath for self-promotion. Portraits of Banks...
Sydney: 11 December, 1794.
Signed by luminaries of the fledgling ColonyFolio, manuscript in ink on paper, 370 x 320 mm and suspended paper seal, and on the verso two land transfers signed and witnessed. This eighteenth-century document is a rare early and interesting land grant. Dating from the first...
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.
Melbourne: George Robertson, 1876.
The early history of Port PhillipOctavo, title, 52 pages, occasional contemporary annotations, early owner's name "Mabel Mary Curr", in recent polished calf. Good early history, in an attractive modern binding. This book is an historical chronicle of the early history of the Port Phillip district...
Glasgow: Maclehose, 1903-1905.
Classic English collection of voyagesTwelve volumes, octavo, illustrated throughout with maps (many folding), proof impressions of the plates; essentially an excellent set in the original quarter parchment gilt over blue cloth boards, top edges gilt others uncut. A fine set of the famous Maclehose edition of...
Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879.
Two important overland journeys from Port Phillip to AdelaideOctavo, frontispiece and five wood engraved plates, in the publisher's gilt lettered cloth, bumped. A scarce and informative account of grazing life in south-eastern Australia, with vibrant and conversational descriptions of Port Phillip and Adelaide. The...
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: S. W. Fores, June 16, 1824.
Contemporary cartoon of the Hawaiian royals in LondonEtching with original handcolour, 235 x 330 mm.; in a recent archival mount. Very rare caricature of the Hawaiian royal family, published during their visit to London in 1824. Kamehameha II, as the name has...
Honolulu: Editions Limited, 1987. Octavo, plates and endpaper maps, original cloth with dust-jacket. This book presents the accounts of eight officers who served on board the Neva and the Nadezhda in the first Russian expedition to the Hawaiian Islands in 1803-1806. Their accounts are here translated for the English reader...
London: Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, 1842.
A masterly analysis of the New Zealand CompanySlim octavo, 63 pp., fine in green crushed half morocco by Sangorski, gilt. An important early account of the New Zealand Company. The author had arrived in Wellington in 1840 in command of the Aurora, bringing...
London: Luzac & Co., 1899.
With the Southland chart by by Hessel GerritszLarge quarto, with numerous photogravure plates and two folding maps printed in colour, a fine copy in early quarter black morocco, gilt decorated spine with crimson label. First edition of this important work, here offered in a....
London: W. N. Wright, 1846.
Uncommon account Leichhardt's first expedition.Duodecimo, frontispiece and folding plate; in publisher's blind stamped cloth with gilt lettering. Christopher Hodgson accompanied Ludwig Leichhardt on his first expedition of 1844. Shortage of provisions for the long journey prompted Leichhardt to order Hodgson's premature return to Brisbane...