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London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 21 June 1824.
Foundation Act for the Australian Agricultural CompanyFolio, pp. -756, armorial letterhead, fine. Foundation Act of the Australian Agricultural Company, a fabulously lucrative investment scheme that followed a formal meeting at the chambers of John Macarthur in Lincoln's Inn during April 1824. In.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 30 July 1822.
'seven per cent above hygrometer proof'Folio, pp. -918, armorial letterhead, fine. Regards duties on spirits and tobacco in New South Wales, giving the Governor the power 'to discontinue or reduce any such duties from time to time as occasion may require'. The.....
London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1825.
Foundation of the Van Diemen's Land CompanyFoolscap, pp. -392, fine. The Van Diemen's Land Company was founded along similar lines to the Australian Agricultural Company – vast areas and surplus convict labour could be brought to profitable advantage with a Company to.....
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1858.
Prelude to the foundation of Queensland.Tall quarto, vi, 66pp. (last blank), with a folding handcoloured map measuring 550 x 405 mm., very good condition. Important collection of parliamentary papers detailing the separation of the Moreton Bay district from New South Wales, the precursor to.....
London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1850. Foolscap folio, 56 pp., in half red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Despite the pedestrian title, this report contains much information on the progress of the Australian colonies, including Queensland and Victoria, at an important time. The growth, and later independence, of.....
London: House of Commons, 10 April 1840.
Pauper emigration to South AustraliaFoolscap, 32pp. (docket title to verso of final leaf); a little dusted, very good. The 'art of colonization' revealed: a comprehensive report printing detailing land sales from 1835-1840 in South Australia, and the revenue subsequently raised through the.....
London: HMSO, 1843.
The cost of ColonizationFoolscap folio, [ii], 60 pp., bound in attractive half polished blue calf with marbled boards and gilt lettering, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Detailed reports disclosing the total expenditure of the Crown during the colonisation of New Zealand, of some historical interest to the.....
Auckland: Government printer 1861, 1865.
Sir George Grey and the New Zealand WarsFoolscap folio, some tables and a coloured folding map, occasional foxing and browning, occasional contemporary notes and marginalia in ink; bound in later quarter polished calf with labels. An engaging collection of 17 official reports and papers.....
Adelaide: Government printer, 19 January 1869.
Aftermath of the Adam Bay settlementFoolscap folio, single leaf, fine. Official publication of the petition presented to parliament by Boyle Travers Finniss following his dismissal as administrator of the fledgling Adam Bay settlement in Northern Australia during 1863. Following the decision to place.....
Adelaide: Government printer, 28 September 1866.
Supplying McKinlay and his men in northern AustraliaFoolscap folio, tinted, in recent tan cloth with gilt lettered label. Two consecutive South Australian government despatches bound together, both concerning the present-day Northern Territory. Proceedings of Surveying Schooner "Beatrice"…28 September 1866 [No. 79]. Single foolscap.....
London: Published by the executors of the late James Asperne, 1821. Stipple engraving, 145 x 220 mm., gently creased at one corner, very good. Contemporary engraved portrait of the great Arctic explorer and Australian settler. Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855) was an English rear-admiral and Arctic explorer who also served.....
London: W. Peacock and Sons, 1802-, 1804.
Delightful small reference libraryThree volumes altogether, duodecimo, engraved folding maps highlighted in watercolour; uniformly bound in contemporary dark blue straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt; in original matching bookform box, gilt tooled spine. Fine example of a gentleman's reference library in miniature, contained.....
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
The foundation First Fleet accountQuarto, portrait and engraved title, seven folding engraved charts and 46 engraved plates; bound with the final leaf of advertisements; contemporary tree calf, well rebacked retaining original label; quarter morocco book-form box. A handsome copy of the official account of the.....
London: Stockdale, 1790.
A beautiful example of the rare second and "best" editionQuarto, portrait and engraved title, seven folding engraved charts and 46 engraved plates; a splendid copy, with wide margins, in contemporary polished marbled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red leather label. The very scarce well revised.....
London: John Stockdale, 1789.
First edition of the foundation bookQuarto, portrait and engraved title, seven folding engraved charts and 46 engraved plates; bound with the final leaf of advertisements; second state of the title-page, with a single name on the medallion; page 122 with the uncorrected mis-numbering 221, with.....
London: Fisher, Son & Co, 1847. Stipple engraving by W.Holl, 225 x 145 mm. (plate size); fine portrait of Banks seated, with facsimile autograph below the title. Joseph Banks (1743-1820) is depicted here later in life as the President of the Royal Society, wearing the insignia of the Order of.....
London: Joyce Gold, 31 January, 1812. Engraved oval portrait, 95 x 75 mm.; tipped onto an early album leaf, with ink border. Uncommon: one of the last published portraits of Arthur Phillip, issued two years before his death, and updated to reflect his promotion in July 1810 to the new.....
Sydney: published by James Maclehose, Hunter Street, printed by James Spilsbury, Lower George Street, 1839.
Port Phillip in 1839Small octavo, some browning, early paper repair where owner's name cut from initial blank; a very good copy in mid-twentieth-century black roan. A very rare survivor: 'the first Port Phillip Directory.....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1874.
Sydney facsimile of the Pamplona editionOctavo; with bookplate and neat perforated stamps of the Sydney Mechanic's School of Arts; in contemporary half red morocco. Sydney-printed facsimile and translation of the earliest "derivative" printing of a Quiros Memorial. Following the presentation Memorials (see previous item), a......
London: Hutchinson & Co., 1892.
Inland explorer, and governor of New ZealandTwo volumes, octavo, each with engraved portrait frontispiece; an appealing set in original cloth. Standard biography of Grey, explorer and pre-eminent colonial administrator of South Australia, Cape Colony, and New Zealand. This set is a presentation copy from.....
New Zealand: H. Brett of Lake Takapuna, 1892.
Inscribed by Sir George GreyOctavo, black & white illustrations including portrait frontispiece; original blue cloth; inscribed by George Grey to Sir Davenport on separate slip of paper tipped-in. Inscribed by Sir George Grey 'To Sir R. Davenport, K.C.M.G. with the best.....