This list is the result of researching material relating to Australia relatively under-represented or not held at all in Australian collections by reference to John Ferguson’s Bibliography of Australia. Ferguson's mammoth work (in the pre-computer age), took him fifty years to complete and is the the standard reference for printed matter relating to Australia published anywhere in the world between 1784 and 1900.
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Brussels: Société Typographique, 1840.
The abridged popular versionLarge octavo, with a portrait frontispiece, lithographs and in-text illustrations; original gilt decorated full calf. One of the reduced single-volume editions of Arago's classic account. There were numerous editions of his narrative: this particular one is not recorded by Ferguson (although a......
London: by order of Parliament, 1856.
Transportation to Western AustraliaTwo volumes, tall quarto, both copies in recent blue polished half calf, original printed wrappers bound in. Two of the most important reports on transportation to Western Australia, and perhaps the most detailed public accounting of the aftermath of the...
London: printed for J. Harding, 1805.
Sir Joseph Banks in printOctavo, 32 pp. including the half-title, with a folding plate; with the half-title in "Mackaness" morocco, with the Mackaness bookplate. One of remarkably few works published by Banks, but an apt demonstration of his wide range of scientific interest...
Lisboa: na Typografia da Mesma Academia, 1848.
A celebration of Sir Joseph BanksQuarto, 11 pages, laid paper watermarked 1843, original plain paper wrappers. Attractive copy of a very unusual work, a paper presented in Portuguese in 1843 on the life of Sir Joseph Banks.Manoel Maria José da Costa was...
Drowned in the WollondillyOctavo; in original cloth. Published as a memorial from the parishioners of Goulburn to their curate who was drowned age twenty-four when the Wollondilly river flooded in 1857. This volume was printed at St Augustine's College Press, Canterbury where Reverend Betts had been educated...
Rio de Janeiro: Miranda & Carneiro, 1833.
Unrecorded reference to Botany BayThree parts in one volume, small octavo; in contemporary green quarter calf, gilt. The first edition in Portuguese of this unrecorded reference to Botany Bay.First published in 1789 in Paris, Barère de Vieuzac's La Liberté des Mers was.....
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...
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1882.
A study of culturesOctavo, diagrams and tables throughout the text, folding table; elegantly bound in modern three-quarter morocco with raised bands. Fine copy of a scarce anthropological study carried out by French maritime medical officer Cauvin, during his visit to Australia and New Guinea in...
Melbourne: W.H. Glen & Co., circa 1888. Octavo; modern marbled cloth-backed boards with original printed stiff wrappers bound in. A rare musical souvenir of the lavish opening of the Centennial International Exhibition, held in the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the landing of the First...
Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1857. Octavo, portrait; green cloth, original wrappers bound in. Second edition. Madeline Smith (1835-1928) was tried for murder by arsenic-poisoning and acquitted by the Edinburgh courts. After the highly-publicised trial she married a Dr. Tudor Hora and was urged by her family to leave for the...
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1791.
Botany Bay and the Wedgwood medallionTwo parts in one volume, quarto, with separate title-pages to each part, two frontispieces, one engraved vignette in Part II, and 18 engraved plates, of which nine in Part I (four folding) and nine in Part II;; an...
Stockholm: Ecksteinska Boktryckeriet, 1836-, 1839.
Swedish edition of a voyage classicEight volumes bound in seven, duodecimo; a very attractive set in contemporary patterned wrappers, with hand-lettered papered spine labels. Rare Swedish edition of Dumont d'Urville's historical account of voyages around the world from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries...
London: Cadell and Davies, 1811.
One of Field's earliest publicationsOctavo; an excellent copy in contemporary half calf (spine renewed) and marbled boards, new endpapers. First edition of a rare piece by of one of Australia's first civilian judges, one of our first poets (and warm friend of Charles Lamb)...
Paris: Pillet aîné, 1825.
Report on the zoology of the Freycinet voyageOctavo, 16 pp., quarter calf. Rare report by Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on the zoological volume of the Freycinet voyage publication, including some personal observations on the mammals of Australia.The Zoologique section of the voyage publication was prepared by Jean.....
Launceston: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.
Poems for the Crimean WarSmall octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt. Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William...
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume plus 38 plates in the text; in original blue cloth, with elaborate gilt decorations. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children including La Pérouse, Dumont d'Urville and the third voyage of James Cook with...
Melbourne: Masterman, Printer, 1867.
Aboriginal dialects of Victoria across six large tablesOctavo, xiv pp. and six very large folding tables; stitch-sewn in the original printed yellow wrappers, Very rare: notes on the Aboriginal dialects of Australia, compiled in the form of comparative tables. Most of the tribes noticed here...
Melbourne: Stillwell & Co., 1889.
"accurate knowledge, infinite painstaking, and sacred reverence for human life"Octavo, 23 pp., some foxing, old fold, and manuscript postal address and postmarks (1889), where the pamphlet has been mailed from South Australia to New South Wales; in the original printed wrappers, rather spotted and...
London: Richard Bentley, 1853.
With plates after Oswald BrierleyTwo volumes, octavo, with eight fine tinted lithograph plates (printed by Day & Son); folding chart in a rear pocket; half calf and marbled boards. A fine set of this splendid book, with eight superb plates lithographed by Hawkins after Oswald...
Hamburg: J.G.Sn. Wichers, 1840.
One of the most bizarre and rarest of La Pérouse fantasiesOctavo, 64pp; original printed dark blue wrappers; protective cloth case. An extremely rare La Pérouse fantasy, written in the best tradition of imaginary voyages, and following on from a number of fanciful narratives sparked by.....
Paris: Firmin Didot, 1823.
La Perouse eulogyOctavo, 46 pp., with some of the foxing endemic to some French books of this period; very good in recent blue paper boards with morocco label. Very rare eulogy to La Pérouse published some thirty-five years after the disappearance of his two vessels...
Melbourne: F. F. Baillière, 1862. Octavo, frontispiece and large folding map, handcoloured in outline; original yellow printed boards with linen spine; a very good copy. The quite rare superior form of the Baillière issue with the map handcoloured in outline and with the 16-page botanical appendix by Von Mueller. This.....
Paris: Gide Fils, circa 1830.
With plates based on "Foreign Field Sports"Oblong quarto, with 60 engravings; an attractive copy in original printed boards. A rare and beautiful French children's book, with wonderful Australian plates including six based closely on Clark's Foreign Field Sports. This work is not recorded by...
Paris, but Nouméa: Challamel Aine, circa 1878.
Printed in New CaledoniaQuarto, with a mounted photographic view of Nouméa, five folding maps printed in colour, a folding table and five lithographic plates; with a suite of 73 lithographic illustrations (including separate title-page) comprising a detailed route map of a walk.....