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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.....
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.....
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.....
London: William Ball, 1838.
Scarce work by former Attorney General of NSWSmall octavo, neat blind-stamp to title-page, bound without the 4 pp. advertisements noted by Ferguson; half green morocco by Sangorski, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of a surprisingly scarce work, written by a former Attorney General.....
Paris: Gravé par Tardieu, 1808.
French designs for South Australia.Engraved chart; 580 x 850 mm. Impressive early chart of the South Australian coastline revealing French colonial ambitions for Australia, a result of the survey undertaken during the Baudin expedition in Australian waters during 1802. As the title "Terre Napoleon".....
London: Colnaghi, 1831.
The reigning queen for whom Adelaide was namedEngraved oval portrait, 29 x 24 mm. Sir William Beechey, well known English portrait painter, was elected A.R.A. in 1793. In the same year he painted a portrait of Queen Charlotte which procured him the appointment of portrait painter.....
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1843.
Between slander and praise.Octavo, later orange cloth; Tristan Buesst bookplate. Handbook for prospective emigrants from a former resident (Bennett lived in South australia from 1839-1842). The book offers 'a plain unvarnished statement of facts, as to the character and capabilities of a Colony.....
London: Jackson & Walford, 1860.
Reflections upon the Colonial Missionary SocietyOctavo, appendix, advertisement leaves; in original blind-stamped cloth. With the stamp of Arthur W Piper, South Australian Supreme Court Jurist, Federationist and son of the long-serving pastor of the Adelaide district, Thomas Piper. Thomas Binney, a fervant Congregationalist minister.....
Adelaide: C. E. Bristow, 1892. Octavo, contemporary ownership inscription tot title page, contemporary full roan with gilt lettering. With the ownership inscription of Edwin Gordon Blackmore (1837-1909), formerly of the Taranaki Rifle volunteers who later served as a South Australian parliamentary clerk.
"Positively for 2 nights only"Broadside, halved at central rule to form two sheets measuring 330 x 255 mm. & 330 x 260 mm., illustrated with four dramatic woodcut scenes. Rare and significant broadside advertising a panoramic lecture show on the Australian colonies that toured England in 1850.....
Adelaide: Hutchison, Craker, & Smith, 1893.
South Australian Pastoral History.Octavo, portrait frontispiece; original green cloth with gilt title, inscription on title page to W.C.M. Finniss from W.P.Auld May 1912. Gift from William P Auld, (vigneron & a surveyor on the 1861-2 McDouall Stuart expedition to traverse the continent, and.....
Sydney: Australian Medical Gazette, 1888. Octavo; in original green cloth. An exhaustive guide to over 200 health resorts in Australia and New Zealand, with analyses of mineral waters, services and therapeutic indications. Also includes activities available to patients, such as Killarney, Queensland, "Very pretty scenery, and dry, bracing climate. Shooting.....
Melbourne: Wilson and Mackinnon, 1861.
A pristine copy in the original wrappers: with the frontispiece portraits of Burke and WillsOctavo, iv, 36 pp. (last blank), with a striking lithographic portrait frontispiece of both explorers (later portrait of Wills pasted to rear of frontispiece), well preserved copy in original green.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1862.
'A far greater amount of zeal than prudence…'Foolscap folio, 104 pp., printed on light blue paper, edges uncut; half calf. Official report of the Royal Commission appointed to investigate the Burke and Wills disaster: 'now very scarce and of high interest' (Australian Rare.....
Melbourne: John Ferres, 1862.
The ill fated expeditionFoolscap folio, 104 pp., together with two other relevant Victorian Parliamentary Papers 1864-66; modern quarter calf, the Ingleton copy with his bookplate and his shelfmark. The rare and important Royal Commission report on the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition: 'very scarce and.....
Melbourne: Wilson and Mackinnon, 1861.
Scarce pamphlet accountOctavo, pp. iv, 32 (double column); bound without wrappers in modern morocco gilt. Very scarce: one of the early impressions of this important pamphlet account of the expedition drawn from the original Melbourne Argus reports. It was reprinted many times between November.....
Melbourne & Sydney: Clarson, Shallard and Co., 1863.
With the narrative of John King and a wood engraving of Burke's graveOctavo pamphlet, original titling wrappers featuring a wood-engraving of Burke's grave at Cooper's Creek to rear cover, the Mackaness copy in recent blue cloth. In the original illustrated wrappers.....