Twenty five manuscripts
A selection of manuscripts relating to the Pacific voyages of Cook, de Bougainville and Dumont D'Urville, together with documents of early Australian colonial settlement.
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Van Diemen's Land first independent court of recordBifolium 315 x 198 mm; manuscript with paper; royal wafer seal affixed. A pardon for James Browne, convicted and sentenced to death, for murder in Van Diemen's Land, conditional on his being transported to Norfolk Island for the term of his...
London: c. 1771.
First Lord of the Admiralty to Cook's first editorQuarto, autograph manuscript in ink; single page on a bifolium with address panel; on paper watermarked "LVG" An amusing letter from Lord Sandwich to John Hawkesworth, editor and ghostwriter of the official account of Cook's first voyage (An...
Windsor Castle: 6 October 1782.
Cook's "meddlesome editor" to Joseph Banks about the third voyage engravingsSingle page, quarto, numbered "201" at the top right-hand corner; inscribed in an early nineteenth century hand "To Sir Joseph Banks" A fine letter from the editor of Cook's third voyage to Sir Joseph...
London, Victualling Office, 18 June 1777.
Rare document from Cook's third and last voyageManuscript in ink on official paper (watermark "GR" with a crown), written in ink on one side of a single sheet, 239 x 201 mm, small folio. Rare document relating to the provisioning of Cook's third...
Original descriptions of Tasmania by a member of the Dumont d'Urville expeditionThree manuscripts, variously 4pp., 1½pp and 2pp., folio (approx. 365 x 225 mm); loose leaves in custom-made morocco box lettered "Dumont d'Urville. Tasmanie: Voyage de l'Astrolabe. Manuscrit autographe" Rare and important original manuscript source for the...
Paris: 25 March 1830.
A Baudin voyage veteran studies Dumont D'UrvilleLetter signed on official letterhead of the "Ministère de la Marine", 310 x 200 mm. Intriguing letter which shows the workings of the inner circle of French grands voyages experts and veterans, explicitly thanking Bory de Saint-Vincent for the...
London & Maidstone: dated between 4 September 1879 & 23 December, 1880.
"with Mr Gould's compts. & thanks"Four single sheets; including two printed receipts from Gould, 13.5 x 21 cm, both completed in manuscript, one with internal revenue stamp and signature of Gould, purchase order from Maidstone Museum, 12.5...
Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918.
Hunter Valley coal richesPublished quarto, bound manuscript, and other materials (full description below). An archive of material relating to the smouldering volcanic outcrop at Mount Wingen, prepared by local landholder and pastoralist William Edward Abbott (1844-1924) and his nephew John Henry Abbott (1874-1953). William...
London: 26 January 1824.
A notorious murder and a felon turned Court-KeeperSingle sheet measuring 350 x 200mm [and] octavo, 344pp, frontispiece, 2 folding plans, three illustrations; modern cloth. The trial of Joseph Hunt (1795-1861), John Thurtell (1794-1824) and William Probert for the brutal murder of William Weare, a London...
On board: 21 April 1822.
Please send the latest volumes relating to French voyagesSingle-page letter on single folded sheet, 255 x 195 mm., address panel, slightly torn where originally opened at red wax seal; very good. An intriguing letter sent from on board Hyacinthe de Bougainville's command the Thétis...
Aboard the Artemise in Toulon: 10 April, 1836.
The commander aboard the ArtémiseSingle sheet folded to form 4 pp., small octavo, neat manuscript in ink on both sides of first leaf, second leaf blank except for filing note. Written by the Pacific explorer Laplace in Toulon aboard his second...
The Comte de Lauraguais, old friend of Sir Joseph Banks, still dazzlingly witty at 90Three autograph letters, 260 x 195 mm. Three interesting and witty letters written by an elderly Comte de Lauraguais, providing a revealing glimpse of the exalted scientific circles in which he still moved...
St. Petersburg: 22 October, 1872.
Rare example of a letter by one of the great Russian explorersManuscript in ink on paper, single leaf folded to form four pages, 210 x 130 mm. An interesting and rare private letter from the explorer Count Fyodor Petrovich Lütke. Lütke, who started his...
Sydney: 1812, 1814 & 1840.
Colonial wax sealsWax seals, surviving from original documents; in good condition, mounted. An attractive pair of original impressions of Macquarie's smaller seal: the first or "territorial" seal of New South Wales; accompanied by an 1840 example of Gipps's seal. Often bruised and cracked on...
Sydney: 2 May 1823.
The art and mystery of a TailorFolio, one leaf; printed form completed in manuscript on paper. An indenture assigning the orphan Charles Gregory to the care of Thomas Bowden as apprentice. The nature of the apprenticeship was specified as "the art and mystery of a....
Sydney: circa 1820-1838.
Marsden in BathurstCollection of 8 documents, ms. in ink on vellum, and ink on paper, various sizes. An interesting collection of original documents pertaining to the Rev. Samuel Marsden and his daughter Elizabeth, and their seven-hundred-acre parcel of land known as 'Biggen Grange'. The original grant...
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...
Whitehall: 7 July 1786.
Principal instigators of the First FleetTwo laid paper sheets measuring 315 x 205 mm., the first comprising the manuscript letter, the second being the original cover sheet with docket title. Early manuscript document pre-dating the departure of the First Fleet concerning two principal figures in...
Newcastle, N.S.W. 31 July, 1845. Three-page letter, folded to letter-size 255 x 205 mm., stamped at both Sydney and Newcastle. An interesting intra-colonial letter from the Newcastle businessman William Dudding to the prominent Sydney trader Robert Towns. William Dudding was a civil servant working in the Hunter. In 1850 he...
Burton Pynsent, Somerset: 5 October, 1786. Manuscript note in ink on paper, 102 x 182 mm; in good condition; evidently once mounted in an album. A short memorandum written by the Prime Minister from his private country house to Lord Sydney as Home Secretary. Pitt is returning the 'dispatches to...
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)...
Sydney: Government House, 1804.
Sydney land grant signed by Governor King with a site sketch by George EvansVellum sheet measuring 330 x 230 mm., with manuscript notations to both faces (including a site-sketch with measurements). Early Sydney lease signed by Governor Philip Gidley King for an allotment in the...
Papeete: 24 February 1854.
A handsome provisioning: from Adelaide to TahitiFrench manuscript, single leaf 212 mm x 273 mm. A ship's manifest for the barque Selma of Adelaide, including Cognac, beer, Bordeaux, sherry and salted pork, as well as a sizable cargo, inall, calculated at 62,500 francs signed by...
Sydney: 26 November, 1871.
Trollope in AustraliaSingle leaf, small octavo, conjugate leaf removed but the letter evidently complete, simple red device to head of recto, pin-holes, very good. An engaging letter from Anthony Trollope, politely refusing an invitation to whist during his visit to Sydney in 1871. It is...