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London: 23 September, 1831.
Macquarie, Brisbane & Darling on schools for AboriginesFoolscap folio, 19 pp.; Later half roan, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of a rare report, printing a decade of major dispatches from New South Wales Governors on the subjects of the Aborigines of New South.....
Sydney: Law Book Company, 1906.
Significant association copyOctavo, original purple cloth (a bit flecked), interleaved with lined blanks. This copy is inscribed by the author to Australian pastoralist Henry White, whose racehorses were acclaimed on the Australian turf, with winners in the 1896 Australian Jockey Club Derby and 1900.....
Sydney: James Reading, n.d. but, 1841. Duodecimo, 24 pp.; original plain blue paper wrappers. Very scarce Sydney printing of the Reverend Adams' lecture on the Sabbath. Adams, a seaman's chaplain, delivered this sermon in the Scot's Church, Sydney on 25 July 1841. It was the second in a series of.....
Dublin: Chamberlaine and Rice, P. Wogan and others, 1790.
Rare poetic epitaph for Captain CookTwo volumes, with both half-titles; contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt and with double red and green morocco labels. A fine and attractively bound set of voyages collected and edited for the enlightenment of younger.....
Melbourne: J. H. Moulines and Co. for the Committee of the 'Admella', November 1859.
Iconic Australian shipping disasterOctavo, frontispiece and folding map; in original blind blocked plum cloth with dramatic gilt vignette to front board bearing the slogan 'Hope to the Last.'. Only edition: the harrowing tale of the.....
Adelaide: W.C.Cox, Government printer, 1859.
The tragic wreck of the AdmellaFoolscap folio, 36, [iv] pp., last blank, large folding map; wrappers thumbed. Uncommon: official report of the Commission tasked to investigate the appalling loss of the steamship Admella off the coast of South Australia in 1859. The tragedy marks.....
Adelaide: Andrew Murray, 1849.
With map of the "Settled portions" and details of minesOctavo, folding frontispiece map with outline colouring, xl, 220 pp., (including directory and advertisements), with a folding table of goods and prices bound in; in plain brown cloth (if not original certainly of the period). A.....
Adelaide: Robert Thomas and Co., December, 1839.
The second South Australian almanacOctavo, 150, xii pp., original printed limp linen wrappers; folding Sangorski quarter brown morocco case. Ferguson notes this is the second South Australian almanac. The work includes the important and very early botanical series of lectures by George.....
London: T. Bensley, for the author, 1797-1815.
With magnificent hand-coloured plates depicting Australian plantsA fine set of 10 volumes quarto, with in total 10 engraved titles and 664 exquisite hand-coloured plates (many folding), bound in original half green morocco with marbled boards, lettered in gilt. A fine set of.....
Adelaide: no publisher, circa 1858.
'England in miniature - England without it's poverty'Duodecimo pamphlet, as issued without wrappers, 12 pp. (last blank), blue tinted paper stock. Scarce pamphlet printed to promote the colony. Anonymously compiled 'by an old Colonist', the booklet comprises various parts gleaned from several sources. First.....
Brussels: Société Typographique, 1840.
The abridged popular versionLarge octavo, with a portrait frontispiece, lithographs and in-text illustrations; original gilt decorated full calf. One of the reduced single-volume editions of Arago's classic account. There were numerous editions of his narrative: this particular one is not recorded by Ferguson (although a......
Paris: Hortet et Ozanne, 1839.
The new version, with new titleFour volumes, octavo, with 60 lithograph plates (six folding); later binding of quarter dark green morocco. A fine set of the substantially changed version of Arago's classic account of the French circumnavigation in the Uranie under the command of.....
Paris: H.-L. Delloye, 1840.
The rare supplementary volumeLarge octavo, 15 plates, untrimmed with an early library stamp on the title-page; a handsome copy in polished half calf, spine banded and gilt. Fine copy of this unusual addition to his voyage account by the prolific and eccentric Arago, which includes.....
Sydney: Turner & Henderson, 1880.
Inaugural exhibition catalogueDuodecimo, pp. 22, [ii]; original wrappers, preserved in a folding cloth box. The rare catalogue of the Society's inaugural exhibition held at the Garden Palace which had been purpose-built for the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879. An impressive two hundred and twenty.....
Appeasing the sonFolded parchment; 320 x 400 mm, folded lower edge secured with green ribbon in two places. Signed by George Arthur as Lieutenant-Governor and John Burnett as Colonial Secretary; annotated on the reverse "Inscribed and recorded in the Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land this twenty-ninth.....
Melbourne: circa 1880.
The Yarra River in dawn lightWatercolour on paper, 355 x 540mm, mounted and framed; signed lower right. A lovely example of Ashton's atmospheric watercolours, illustrating his sensitive use of colour and light; the steam ships and the warehouses beyond are painted delicately at sunrise when the.....
London: J. Cross, 1826.
The first book on Australian agricultureOctavo, half-title, with four hand-coloured aquatint plates, and advertisement leaf for the printer Joseph Cross; a very attractive copy in modern half calf. Scarce: The first book on Australian agriculture, with the earliest published architectural drawing of an Australian house.....
London: Chappell, 50 New Bond Street, circa 1854.
Illustrated sheet music for a fast Austral clipperSheet music, 8 pp. and colour-lithograph cover. A racy tune by the dance composer Charles d'Albert (1809-1886), this rare early sheet music features a particularly appealing coloured lithograph of the clipper Lightning, a vessel.....
Cornhill [and] London: Pelham Richardson, 1832 &, 1833.
Scandals in the Australian Agricultural CompanyTwo works bound in one, octavo; the first 73 pp. with folding table; the second 33 pp.; tan half calf. Two very scarce works relating to the scandals that engulfed the Australian Agricultural Company, both written.....
Adelaide: W. K. Thomas & Co., 1915.
Splendidly presented copyOctavo, with folding maps and photographic plates; fine in half crimson morocco with gilt lettering and raised bands by Sangorski. Includes articles on the Central Australian expedition, John Eyre, Strzelecki, Australian Antarctic Expedition and Count Alphonse de Fleurieu.
Adelaide: W. K. Thomas & Co., 1891.
In original tinted wrappersOctavo, 20 pp. (last blank), original green titling wrappers. Uncommon booklet on the early years of South Australia, broaching topics such as the formation of the South Australian Company, speculation and investment schemes, the foundation of Adelaide and the.....
London: 1834-, 1835.
Charles Babbage's son at university before moving to AustraliaEngraved Certificate, 265 x 366mm, fine. Decorative document certifying that Babbage diligently attended the lectures in the Senior Mathematical Class during the session of 1834-35, and was presented with the First Certificate.
London: 1833-, 1834.
Charles Babbage's son at university before moving to AustraliaEngraved Certificate, 265 x 366mm. Decorative document certifying that Benjamin Herschel Babbage (1815-1878; Charles Babbage's son) diligently attended the lectures in the Second Class of Mathematics (1st Division) during the session of 1833-34; as well as a First.....
London: Charles Knight, 1832.
Babbage's most successful workSmall octavo, engraved title-page, original maroon cloth. Second edition of Charles Babbage's most successful work: there were four editions between 1832 and 1835 and the book was translated into at least six European languages. Babbage wrote this at the time he was.....