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Rome: Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de propaganda fide, 1845. Duodecimo, 50 pp., uncut and unopened; original plain blue paper wrappers. A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for...
London: John Murray, 1848.
Somewhere on the MonaroDuodecimo, 162 pp. in modern crushed green morocco, gilt device to front board, banded spine with double red labels. Uncommon: a good pre-goldrush account of life in New South Wales, of note for the author's love of anecdote and his keen eye...
Paternoster Row, London: Goff & Co., February 8th. 1787.
Rev. Richard Johnson; Chaplain of the first Christian service in Australia on February 3rd. 1788.Engraving, 17 x 11 cms. title inscribed around oval half length portrait; vignette below depicting a redemption scene by a harbour with sailing ships, captioned with...
Basel: printed by J.J. Tourneisen, 1789.
Continental editionOctavo; in a finely preserved contemporary binding of speckled polished sheep, red label. Scarce continental edition of one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, first published in London the previous year, and frequently reprinted and translated into a number...
Paris: Barrois, 1787. Quarto, 112pp, bound with two later Hebrew and Arabic grammars, in early nineteenth-century quarter calf (spine scuffed). A rare and eccentric treatise promoting Celtic as the foundation for all languages ancient and modern. The work includes a chapter on Tahiti based upon vocabularies in the voyage accounts...
London: M. Walbrook, 1884. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt title. A copy from the personal library of the Earl of Derby with his armorial bookplate and the following extensive inscription by the author: 'About the year 1841, during a leave of absence, I had the honour of an interview...
London: M. Walbrook, 1884.
With an important West Australian vocabularyOctavo, in original gilt lettered publisher's blue cloth. A detailed first-hand account of pioneering days at the Swan River settlement.The author, an Irish candidate for the Bar, was attracted by the lure of large land grants in Western Australia and...
Adelaide: E. Spiller, Government Printer, 1880.
Scarce Aboriginal GrammarOctavo, 24 pp. A rare grammar of the Narrinyeri (now Ngarrindjeri), who inhabited the country on the shores of Encounter Bay and the lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, extending along the Murray River in South Australia. The language is now listed...