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London: J. Johnson et al. 1803.
Awarded to abolitionist Thomas Fowell BuxtonTen volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece and folding table, prize-plate & bookplate, later gift inscription from Buxton to his son; early diced calf with the insignia of Trinity College Dublin to the boards. A fine and most attractive...
Campbell of the Wharf to the founder of the London Missionary SocietyALS, single sheet of laid paper, stamped Portsmouth Ship Letter and London date stamp. Short letter dated 6 Mar 1826, written from Campbell's Wharf, signed by the wharf's owner, Robert Campbell (1769-1846) and addressed to the...
11 February 1836.
A precursor to the National Australia BankShare certificate, printed and completed in manuscript 116 x 190 mm. An early share certificate for bank stock in the Commercial Banking Company of-Sydney established on 24 October 1834, opening for business on 1 November 1834 in a temporary office...
Lucrative Spice Island possessionPencil drawing measuring 204 x 260 mm. (sheet size), well preserved, mounted. Original mid-nineteenth century sketch of Banda, the fabulously lucrative and contested Spice island in present day Indonesia. Once the primary source of nutmeg and mace, the Banda islands were a prized Dutch...
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812.
The tide changes in the East…Octavo, original spine, label and diced boards; with errata bound in. Uncommon: reflections on the state of play by an East India Company agent. Published a year prior to the abolition of the Company monopoly on...
London: Printed for Her Majesty's Commisioners, 1862.
Australian products on the world stage.Three volumes, quarto, folding plan and steel engraved illustrations throughout; in original gilt decorated cloth. Official catalogue of the 1862 International Exhibition, a spectacle of vast proportions promoting the products and manufacturing of Britain and her colonies...
Parramatta: 29 April, 1831.
Marsden in Parramatta and New ZealandTwo-page autograph letter by Marsden, on watermarked paper, 325 x 200 mm., original red wax seal, old folds; stamp for the Parramatta post office. A letter from the aging and indefatigable Marsden to the pastoralists' agent, George Ranken agreeing to...
London: House of Commons, 11 May, 1825.
Foundation of the Van Diemen's Land CompanyFoolscap folio, 12 pp., fine in polished half calf with gilt lettering by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Parliamentary printing of correspondence relating to the foundation of the Van Diemen's Land company, published within months of its ratification...
Calcutta: 30, March 1831.
Trading currency: a very early letter from India to AustraliaSingle sheet folded to letter-size 201 mm x 248 mm, address panel loose with red wax seal of Fergusson & Co; with enc. bill of loading on Whatman paper 225mm x 100 mm with red wax...
Hobart Town: James Ross, 1829.
Swan River settlers from Hobart Town24mo, [viii],, 272 pp., engraved and lettepress titles, with a total of 11 engraved plates (including title page), original cloth. Rare and desirable early Tasmanian almanac here in its second year of issue, featuring eleven plates by the accomplished...
The hero of Tommy Townshend, Viscount Sydney.Vellum manuscript, 420 x 640 mm., folded to docket size, a little rubbed yet in good condition. A rare example of Algernon Sidney's signature, hero and namesake of Tommy Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney (1733–1800) for whom Sydney was named. Algernon Sidney (1623-1683)...
Adelaide: W.C. Cox, 1862.
A fragile survivor of the International ExhibitionOctavo, large folding map; title page with small marginal repair, map expertly backed on paper, nonetheless a well preserved copy lovingly bound in half morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski. Nice copy of a publication rarely found complete with...
Stockholm: Carl Fr. Marquard, 1802. Small octavo, wear to title-page and final text leaf, contemporary half calf lending-library binding with original borrowing rules pasted to front paste-down, Very uncommon: the first Swedish edition of this series of letters by the English clergyman and former slave-ship owner, John Newton, best known...
Northern England: circa 1860.
Star of Tasmania 'The destined port in mind to keep'...Sunderland lustreware bowl, diameter 230 mm. Fine lustreware bowl depicting the clipper Star of Tasmania built in Aberdeen in 1856. Such fragile nineteenth-century ceramics relating to Australia and New Zealand are exceedingly uncommon, and this example...
London: George Woodfall, 1837.
Tasmanian agricultural historyFirst and only edition. 8vo. pp. 11; sewn as issued in original titling wrappers. The Van Diemen's Land Company, established by Act of Parliament, and incorporated by Royal Charter, comprised a group of London businessmen who managed a large tract of land in...
Sydney: 12th December, 1794.
First Fleet convict and Parramatta master brickmakerFolio, manuscript single leaf bifolium, 315 x 200 mm. A fine early Sydney document recording the lease of 30 acres of land in the Field of Mars (Ryde) from Samuel Wheeler, First Fleet convict and brickmaker, to Patrick Campbell...