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Melbourne: Robert S. Brain, 1885 -, 1890.
An overlooked classic of Australian natural historyTwo volumes, thick octavo, with all 20 "decades", 199 lithographic plates (including one double folding plate), nearly all coloured and some finished by hand; attractively bound in contemporary navy half calf, spines gilt, double labels in.....
London: T. & W. Boone, 1839.
Mitchell's early expeditions: a classic work of inland explorationTwo volumes, octavo, with a total of 51 lithographic plates including six colour chromolithographic and three folding plates, and a large folding map; in the original publisher's blocked green cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Second.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1858. Folio, single leaf, printed on blue paper; disbound. Petition highlighting the miseries and privations of the miners at the new township of Mount Ararat in Victoria, and asking that every miner be allowed to occupy and cultivate an acre of Crown Land. Ararat was.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, 1864.
Celestial phenomena in the Victorian colonyQuarto, coloured frontispiece, plates and charts; a fine copy in contemporary calf. An extensive monograph: whilst primarily an overview of the meteorological conditions of the colony of Victoria, the work contains a chapter on meteors, their incidence 'from 1859 to.....
London: House of Commons/HMSO, 1846.
Lessons from the Norfolk Island experimentFoolscap folio, 70 pp., folding coloured lithographic map by Arrowsmith; now preserved in a folding green cloth case. Includes a report of some 15 pages from Lord Stanley to Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, acting Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land, concerning.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government printer, October 1852 - January, 1853. Tall quarto, four reports bound together, all fine copies (two reports have neat punctures to inner margin from previous stab-sewn binding); in handsome half deep brown calf with gilt morocco label by Sangorski. Handsome bound volume, comprising the following four.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government printer, 1860. Tall quarto, single leaf. Gladman writes "I beg to inform you that I have discovered a payable gold field in the vicinity of Mount Baw Baw, and I believe there exists a very extensive payable, if not a very rich tract of country in.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, 1865. Foolscap folio; recent quarter calf. The systems of defence of the colony of Victoria are investigated by the select committee; much of the report is taken up with the supply and manufacture of gunpowder and weaponry in the colony of Victoria. Witnesses include government geologist Alfred.....
Melbourne: Government printer, 1859.
Riverine damage during the goldrushFoolscap folio, 80pp., folding chromolithographic map of Bendigo and other diagrams; string tied, final leaf rubbed, otherwise fine. Water mismanagement in the chaos of the goldrush: 'throughout the gold fields the injurious consequences of the choking up of the natural drainage.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government printer, 1854-1857.
The end of the transportation eraQuarto, later black cloth, fine. Collection of six parliamentary reports on penal establishments, prison discipline and the Melbourne Metropolitan Police; providing insight into conditions in Victoria shortly after the close of transportation to the colonies of the East.....
Melbourne: J. Kemp, Government Printer, 1912. Octavo, contemporary roan. As well as a preface by Arthur Wadsworth, the Librarian, this catalogue of a major Australian library contains the rules of the library and an explanation of the classification system. From the library of Henry White, with the Belltrees bookplate.
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: J.S. Prout, circa 1842. Tinted lithograph, page size approx 230 x 365 m, corners tipped to backing sheet. Charming Victorian rural scene by a pioneering Australian lithographic artist. John Skinner Prout was "the first itinerant painter in the colonies whose work ceases to be dominated by the requirements of.....
Paris: Hachette, 1864.
The man who married a mountain.Two volumes, octavo, with a world map and splendid folding engraved view of the Himalayas; contemporary green quarter roan, flat spines with gilt lettering. Endearing account of a world voyage, including a sojourn in Victoria, by eccentric traveller and mountaineer Henry.....