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Coastal views of Northwestern AustraliaSingle sheet, 353 x 260 mm., wove paper, hand-coloured engraving. A charming set of coastal views on the western and northern coast of Australia after the original sketches by Lesueur.The first two coastal views depict stretches of the Champagny archipelago (present-day Champagny and...
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1906.
Pioneer prospectors of the tropical NorthTall quarto, with five folding maps and plans (some colour), oirginal green cloth with gilt lettering. Detailed report and travel itinerary of the government geological expedition to the Kimberley and remote north in 1905.Unexpected additions include notes on fossils collected...
Melbourne: printed by Mason and Firth for the Royal Society of Victoria, 1862.
Who is responsible for the Burke and Wills tragedy?Foolscap folio, tinted paper, 8pp. (last blank), with related blank envelope loosely inserted. A curious mix of remorse and self-preservation - an account of the Burke and Wills...
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...
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, 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...
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...
London: N.D., circa 1830.
John Septimus Roe's patronMezzotint engraving, 522 x 404 mm., noted in the plate as "proof" at bottom left, mounted and framed. A fine mezzotint portrait of Sir Christopher Cole, an important naval officer and significant as the patron to John Septimus Roe, Phillip Parker King's...
Melbourne: Government printer, 1910.
The transfer to Federal administrationFoolscap folio, 36pp., staple bound, otherwise excellent condition. Detailed report on prospects in the remote north on the eve of transfer of administration from South Australia to the Federal government (finalised in 1911). With chapters on climate, the Aborigines, history of...
Singapore: printed for the editor, at Pinang, by Matthew Gregory Sr. 1862.
By a Northern Territory first fleeter, published in SingaporeOctavo, four plates (three folding) an excellent copy, the original blue printed wrappers bound in, early French owner's note to front wrapper, later quarter calf. The north coast of...
London: Hippolyte Bailliere, 1853. Octavo, with five plates (four coloured) and two folding maps; half morocco. Important anthropological observations on the natives of New Guinea, but also on the North Australian Aborigines: chapter XII is devoted to Melville Island, Port Essington and North Australia in general, and one of the...
Adelaide: House of Assembly, 1893.
Predating the public reportFolio, with two large colour folding maps; uncut in recent cloth. One of only 750 copies published: this rare printing is not recorded by Ferguson. Sir Thomas Elder, who had earlier financed the first great desert journey of Ernest Giles, in...
Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, 1893. Octavo, complete with maps; original wrappers and boards, preserved in a brown morocco bookform box. One of only 500 copies, complete with folding maps: the first edition of the narrative of one of the last great Australian exploring expeditions, written by its leader.Lindsay led this extensive...
London: G and W. Nicol, 1814.
Prepared for Flinder's Australian atlasEngraved map measuring 668 x 469 mm., neatly backed upon linen. Original engraved chart of the Gulf of Carpentaria published for the atlas volume of Flinders' masterpiece A Voyage to Terra Australis. Charting this region was particularly difficult for...
Perth: Richard Pether, Government Printer, 1880.
The discovery of the Ord RiverFolio, 44 pp., eight sepia tone lithographed plates and a large folding map; in original boards with printed titling label. An important account of exploration in the remote north-west of Australia, including the discovery of the Ord River...