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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...
Paris: circa 1822.
A timeless neoclassical depiction of the Caroline islandsHand-coloured engraving, 240 x 320 mm (plate size). small paper repair at bottom margin else very good condition. A famous portrait of a man and woman of the Caroline islands, depicted in high neoclassical style. This engraving is derived...
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...
Melbourne: W. M. Goodhugh & co., 1859.
Later issue in original wrappersOctavo, [ii], 142 pp., paper wrappers. Later issue of Bonwick's important work in good original condition, with "1859" on the covers but retaining the original date of 1856 on the title-page. This is the issue noted by Ferguson...
London: Richard Bentley, 1834.
An honest look at the three coloniesOctavo, with two lithograph plates;, edges rough-trimmed only, in half red morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The revised and enlarged second edition. Breton emigrated to Tasmania after leaving the navy in 1827, eventually becoming police...
Melbourne: Wilson and Mackinnon, 1862.
First edition, first issueOctavo, engraved frontispiece and large folding map of Australia; original linen-backed pink printed card boards; bookplate of Captain Frederick Aarons; quarter morocco box. First edition, first of several issues, of the first public printing of Landsborough's journals from the Burke and...
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...
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1862.
Letters and journals of Burke and WillsOctavo, title-page with engraved portrait of Burke, detailed folding map; early (contemporary?) dark green half calf. First edition, first issue. Jackson, who knew Burke personally and was an officer in the same regiment as Burke's father, published...
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1862.
'A far greater amount of zeal than prudence…'Foolscap folio, 104 pp., a fine and clean copy, edges rough-trimmed only, in quarter blue morocco by Sangorski. Official report of the Royal Commission appointed to investigate the Burke and Wills disaster: 'now very scarce and...
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 8 May 1866.
Burke and Wills monumentFoolscap folio, 8pp. Correspondence and notes collected by David Wilkie in his role as treasurer of the Exploration Committee; primarily concerning the expenditure on the monument erected to the memory of Burke and Wills who perished 'under circumstances...
Melbourne: John Ferres, Governmewnt Printer, 1862.
Landsborough and Walker search: with the mapsTwo reports bound together, foolscap folio, the first report with 52 pp. and three folding maps; the second 32 pp.; fine in recent quarter dark blue morocco by Sangorski. Two important Burke and Wills related reports, with...
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...
London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1862. Octavo, with title-page vignette, a folding map and 16 pp. advertisements at rear; in the original green cloth. An important record of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. This is the only edition of the one substantial contemporary publication of Burke's own journals.Australian history...
Melbourne: Wilson and Mackinnon, 1862. Octavo, with a lithographic portrait frontispiece and large folding map measuring 656 x 794 mm.; in handsome half crushed morocco by Sangorski with gilt lettering and raised bands. The first public printing of Landsborough's journals from the Burke and Wills relief expedition, featuring a splendid...
Goverment Printer, 1862. Foolscap folio, 7 pp., printed on blue paper; bound in modern half calf. The important Sixth Progress Report issued after the adverse findings of the Royal Commission enquiring into the disastrous Burke and Wills expedition. This separate printing of the report is identifiable by its colophon on...
Melbourne: Mason and Firth, Printers, 1862.
Sixth Progress ReportFoolscap folio, 7 pp., printed on blue paper; stitched but unbound as issued, folded for the original "Exploration Committee" envelope, also present. The important Sixth Progress Report issued after the adverse findings of the Royal Commission enquiring into the disastrous Burke...
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 16 March 1865.
The financial aftermath of Burke and WillsFoolscap folio, single sheet. Published for Victorian parliament, this report was prepared by David Wilkie in his role as treasurer of the Exploration Committee. It lists the very considerable costs arising from Landell's importation of...
Perth: Wm. Alfred Watson, Government Printer, 1902.
Incomprehensible suffering and despairFolio, 62 pp., with a large folding lithographic map measuring 890 x 648 mm., fine in handsome quarter green polished calf with gilt lettering. Official account of the scientific expedition financed by the wealthy English traveller Albert Calvert, dispatched...
Brisbane: J.W. Buxton, 1867. Octavo, photographic portrait frontispiece, single lithographic plate and a large folding map at the rear; in original cloth inscribed 'presented by the author January 1870'. Rare narrative of an important inland expedition across far north Queensland and Cape York, with an original mounted sepia frontispiece photograph...
Edinburgh: Davis Ramsay and Son, 1846.
'the entire country is of comparatively recent formation'Large bifolium, 560 x 405 mm. Sturt's third expedition to inland Australia, reported to readers in Scotland. Departing from Adelaide in 1844 accompanied by John MacDougall Stuart and Harris Browne, the expedition ventured into some of...