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Tours: Alfred Mame et fils, 1893. Quarto, with many illustrations, some taken from photographs, gilt edges, in the original ornately pictorial cloth, with pretty decoration in silver and gilt. Fine copy of the first French edition, which puts the English edition of 1890 quite in the shade. It is scarce...
"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...
Launceston: Circa 1875.
A fine Colonial portrait with Tasmanian interestWatercolour portrait, 18 x 14.8 cm (mount size), very fine; preserved in a handsome folding travelling folder of burgundy roan, lined with green moire silk, gilt, the picture surround with gilt fillets and blind-embossed. A remarkable portrait in fine original...
Reading in an Ottoman inspired InteriorOil on canvas, signed lower right 920 x 490 mm, in original Melbourne frame. This large and attractive oil painting is in the original timber frame with the label of the Melbourne maker, W. & C. Dean, Collins Street on verso. It is...
London: Richard Bentley, 1837.
Imaginary travels in the Australian inlandSmall octavo; half-title discarded, no publisher's advertisements which appear in some copies; in full green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Rare Australian utopia and imaginary voyage: first edition of this fantastical tale chronicling an 1835 expedition from Bathurst to the...
London: Oxford University Press, 1962. Octavo, portrait frontispiece and black & white plates, grey cloth; dust-jacket. Rose de Freycinet was smuggled aboard her husband's command, the Uranie, in 1817 in Toulon and circumnavigated the globe until 1820. Her account is both detailed and acute, with lengthy descriptions of the Australian continent.
London: John Hatchard, 1848. Two volumes, octavo, frontispieces, manuscript inscription at front of each volume; in contemporary maroon morocco, gilt. Second revised and enlarged edition of the life of the great Quaker reformer. The work was edited by two of Fry's daughters, and includes many excerpts from her letters and...
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933.
An ephemeral reprintOctavo, 77 pp., with a frontispiece and illustrations throughout, with two instances of juvenile handcolouring (but minor); original wrappers. The popularity of Gibbs' "gumnut" series ensured that many subsequent editions would enter the market in different formats: this sequel to Little Ragged...
London: 1853. Handcoloured engraving, 210 x 305 mm. on wove paper, mounted. A wonderful satirical mid-nineteenth century cartoon portraying young, single and desirable ladies abandoning generous marriage proposals in favour of fortune seeking on the goldfields. The Prints and Printmaking in Australia and the Pacific online database confirms that the...
London: Printed for the author; and sold by J. Walter, 1791. Octavo, folding map; contemporary half calf and marbled boards. A very good, clean copy. First edition. "Lempriere, a surgeon at Gibraltar, was sent for by the favourite son of the Emperor of Morocco for medical attendance, in the belief...
London: John Murray, 1844.
Bathurst and Homebush by a great woman naturalistSmall octavo, 164 pp., half title, one page of illustrations; in modern tan calf, gilt. A fine and engaging work by Louisa Anne Meredith, better known for her long and industrious career in Tasmania, but here publishing an...
[Sydney or Scotland]: 21 August, 1829. Three-page ALS in a neat but unfinished hand, 228 x 185 mm., original red wax seal, stamp for the Sydney post office but not otherwise marked, very good. A charming and rather rare example of a woman writing from Sydney in the 1820s. The...
Paris: Sajou, Rue de Rambuteau, 52, circa 1855.
Mosaic sampler box for the Paris ExpositionPapered sampler box 210 x 152 x 44 mm, the top with Greek and oriental designs; with 2 booklets of instruction, 2 cross-stitch templates, 6 small cylindrical boxes of coloured wooden mosaic pieces, 3 mosaic...
London: J. Dodsley, 1780.
'With piercing shrieks bewail thy Hero's doom!'Small quarto, 23 pp., recent marbled wrappers. Rare: second edition of Seward's famous tribute, published the same year as the first edition, and 'one of the most influential odes on Captain Cook' (Forbes). Numerous footnotes refer to events on...
London: Privy Council, 1824-, 1841.
Abolition in TobagoFive folio publications; disbound and perforated where previously stab-sewn. Five separately published parliamentary papers regarding the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean colonies. The first three papers (dated 1824, 1830 and 1831 respectively) concern the improvement of slaves through religious instruction...
Prosperous Port MacquarieALS, single-sheet 224 x 370 mm, folded to letter-size 4pp (one in cross hatch), wove paper, stamped with rare oval postal handstamp in black only in use for six months. From Ann McDonald, sister of prominent printer and Colonial publisher of the Sydney Herald William...
Oysters for allSepia drawing 110 mm x 170 mm (image size) mounted in an early timber frame. Charming rendering of a colonial woman oystering--a rare subject. Far from being the preserve of the gourmet, oysters in 19th century Sydney were fodder for all. Shell deposits in Sydney...
Racine (Wisconsin): Whitman Publishing, 1935.
A rare, pirated copy of an old friendSmall quarto, three double-page colour pop-up plates; original stiff pictorial wrappers. A rare pop-up book featuring the ever-popular character Blinky Bill. This text is taken from the first Blinky Bill story, with all the associated images, and...
Sydney: Charles Potter, 1894. Thick octavo, folding site map frontispiece, black & white plates, many folding floor plans and diagrams; inscription in ink on top p., contemporary half red morocco. Detailed illustrated report on "the representation of our country…as well as on various matters which seemed …of importance…" at the.....