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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 topographical...
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...
Melbourne: M. L. Hutchinson, 1891. Octavo, with the frontispiece mounted photographic portrait and 24 plates, owner inscription to flyleaf; original blue-green cloth. First edition, the superior issue in cloth with mounted photographic frontispiece portrait found only in this issue.Singleton, a Dublin-born physician and philanthropist, emigrated to Victoria in 1851. He...
Melbourne: Government printer, 1866.
Glory and gains to those who reveal the richesFoolscap folio, 24pp. and single unpaginated appendix leaf; aside from single neat closed tear an excellent unopened copy. Primarily concerns the Alma goldfields: competing claims for discovery and precedence here contested, with much primary testimony from the...
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1866.
Kangaroo hunting with the Yarra Yarra tribeOctavo, frontispiece and illustrated title- page; contemporary half calf and marbled boards. First edition of a scarce collection of sporting memoirs, mainly set in England, Wales and the Scottish Highlands. However Stretton had been to the Victorian diggings...
London: Samson, Low, Son and Co., 1863.
Rival claimants for the discovery of goldOctavo, original blind blocked plum cloth, gilt spine lettering. First edition of the memoirs of Sir Roger Therry (1800 - 1874) magistrate of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Therry's Reminiscences are an important source...
London: Black, Parry and Co., 1815.
An old hand on Flinders, Australia and the Pacific: with an early USA provenanceFour volumes, octavo; scattered moderate foxing, old shelf notation from an early Philadelphia private library to the title-page of each volume, a very good set in understated uniform contemporary full...
New York: American Subscription Publishing House, 1860.
A Yankee on the goldfields.Octavo, frontispiece, vignette and seven other steel engravings, new front endpapers; a good copy in original gilt decorated cloth, spine dulled, joints rubbed. With two chapters on Australia and gold-mining in 'Ballerat'. Lively insights into goldfields' commerce and...
London: Sampson Low, Son & Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1889.
Nostalgic evocation of the pioneering pastOctavo, with three folding maps; hinges becoming tender, front chalked endpaper a bit chipped, cloth rubbed; good copy. Inscribed by the author.Nostalgic view of Australian social development by a pioneer and prolific memorialist, written...
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 2006.
Bibulous BleasdaleLarge octavo, frontispiece and 12 pages of plates; a fine copy in the original morocco cloth, paper spine label. Limited edition of this attractive book on the Catholic clergyman Bleasdale, chronicling his involvement in the fledgling Victorian vineyards. He did...