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Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interiorThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; some wear to the edges of the boards and a library reference at head of spine, an attractive copy in contemporary quarter calf. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to.....
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro; Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1841.
The pernicious contagion of immoralityThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; in contemporary marbled sheep preserved in folding cloth case. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to Australia, not recorded by most of the commentators on the genre. In.....
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.....
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.....
London: John Stockdale, 1790.
An essential book for First Fleet collectorsQuarto, folding map; black half roan, with the bookplate of Henry White. An essential First Fleet book, widely considered the best guide to the establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales: 'an extremely interesting work and an.....
London: John Stockdale, 1787.
First Fleet sails for New South WalesOctavo, with two folding maps, finely hand coloured in outline, modern half calf, marbled boards. First edition. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales, this sometimes neglected publication was the most.....
Madrid: Alonso Martin, 1609.
The "Spanish Hakluyt" Herrera's annotated copy of Argensola's classic work on the western PacificSmall folio, pp. , 407 [i.e. 411]; eighteenth-century stiff parchment. A remarkable and very important association copy of this great book, by a figure whose circle of literary colleagues included both Cervantes.....
Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1571.
An unexplained proto-Australia: a single southern continent for the first timeCopper-engraved double-hemisphere world map, 335 x 545 mm.; mounted. A very rare sixteenth century map depicting an island roughly in the position of Australia. Montanus shows for the first time on a world map a......
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.....
Auckland: 2 April, 1856. Original parchment document measuring 337x372mm., with a plan of the property in coloured ink, blind stamp paper seal, etcetera; fine and folded to docket size. Original parchment land grant to John College, Auckland. The grant specifies that the college is entitled to 'the No. 2 Division.....
Sydney: Printed by H. Bull, Colonist Office, Sydney, September 1, 1836.
"Pipes &c to be conveyed by convict ship free of charge"Four foolscap folded leaves, some wear, as usual, at folds. Scarce early prospectus, printed in Sydney, for "the lighting of this large, increasing, and opulent metropolis with Gas.".....
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.....
To Darling's aide-de-campShare certificate, printed and completed in manuscript 111.5 x 195 mm. A share certificate for stock in the Bank of Australia issued to Governor Darling's aide-de-camp, Thomas Condamine who was instrumental in the establishment of what was to become the Public Library of New South.....
Sydney: Bank of NSW, 1826.
To William RedfernCashier's receipt, printed and completed in manuscript, 90 x 140 mm. The receipt is made out to William Redfern for the sum of eighty pounds in Spanish dollars and is payment for the second instalment on four stock certificates. After 1825 British.....
Sydney: Bank of New South Wales, 1 January 1824.
Early share certificate from Australia's first bankPrinted share certificate on vellum; 22.5 x 105 mm, completed in manuscript in ink. For the first thirty years of the colony of NSW, there was no organised and regulated banking system, rather a......
Upsala & Leipzig: Magnus Swederus, 1779.
Banks and Solander in icelandOctavo, large map and chart and eleven plates (most folding), 13 plates in total; contemporary quarter roan and marbled boards. First German edition, preceded only by the very rare Swedish edition of 1777, and followed by London and Paris.....
London: H. Humphrey, 4 July 1795.
Making fun of Sir Joseph Banks, who metamorphoses into a splendid butterflyHand coloured engraving, 350 x 250 mm.; fine; mounted and framed. The rare 1795 first issue of this splendid satirical cartoon of Sir Joseph Banks, ridiculed for using the Royal Order of.....
London: Jones, 1810.
Second edition with fine handcoloured platesOctavo, portrait frontispiece and nine handcoloured plates, folding map (laid down); contemporary half calf. The second edition (first published 1803) of this substantial account of the voyage to New South Wales via the Cape of Good Hope, with incidents partly derived.....
London: W. Clements & J. Sadler, 1791.
With Barrington's speeches from the dockOctavo in fours, with wood-engraved frontispiece. Very rare: the second issue of this scarce pamphlet celebrating the misdeeds and famous speeches from the dock of Australia's most famous convict. This is one of the earliest and most.....
London: C. Lowndes, 1801.
Barrington sequel, mostly sourced from CollinsOctavo, laid paper uncut, with the 6 pp. 'Official Register of the Crimes, Trials and Executions'; in later half calf, spine banded and gilt, crimson morocco label. A scarce Barrington title. This so-called Sequel drew most of its content from.....
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson, 1796.
The rare American BarringtonDuodecimo, with 2-pp. publisher's advertisements;, with the half-title, in original American mottled sheep, unlettered spine ruled in gilt; front hinge starting, head of spine restored. Only the second work on Australia to be published in America. This first American edition.....
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson, 1796.
The rare American BarringtonDuodecimo, with 2-pp. publisher's advertisements, contemporary owner's inscription for "Will. Bowman"; in old sheep boards, recently rebacked. Only the second work on Australia to be published in America. This first American edition of Barrington's Voyage, in appealing and characteristic contemporary.....