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Aborigines of Nouvelle HollandeHandcoloured wood engraving, 100 x 75mm; Very good. Charming French hand-coloured woodcut depicting a man and woman of "New Holland". It was most likely printed as part of a series of costume plates, similar to those in the rare ethnographic survey prepared by Rudolf.....
Sydney: James Reading, n.d. but, 1841. Duodecimo, 24 pp.; original plain blue paper wrappers. Very scarce Sydney printing of the Reverend Adams' lecture on the Sabbath. Adams, a seaman's chaplain, delivered this sermon in the Scot's Church, Sydney on 25 July 1841. It was the second in a series of.....
Melbourne: J. H. Moulines and Co. for the Committee of the 'Admella', November 1859.
Iconic Australian shipping disasterOctavo, frontispiece and folding map; in original blind blocked plum cloth with dramatic gilt vignette to front board bearing the slogan 'Hope to the Last.'. Only edition: the harrowing tale of the.....
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interiorThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; some wear to the edges of the boards and a library reference at head of spine, an attractive copy in contemporary quarter calf. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to.....
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro; Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1841.
The pernicious contagion of immoralityThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; in contemporary marbled sheep preserved in folding cloth case. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to Australia, not recorded by most of the commentators on the genre. In.....
Philadelphia: (Dobelbower, Key and Simpson), 1796. Engraved portrait, 155 x 100 mm. Oval engraved portrait of Cook in profile. Originally issued in The World Displayed, or A Curious Collection of Voyages and Travels Selected and Compiled from the Writers of all Nations by Smart, Goldsmith & Johnson.
London: John Stockdale, 1790.
An essential book for First Fleet collectorsQuarto, folding map; black half roan, with the bookplate of Henry White. An essential First Fleet book, widely considered the best guide to the establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales: 'an extremely interesting work and an.....
London: John Stockdale, 1787.
First Fleet sails for New South WalesOctavo, with two folding handcoloured maps; bound in contemporary marbled boards (rebacked retaining original crimson label) from the Westport House library with Browne family armorial bookplate. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New.....
London: John Stockdale, 1787.
First Fleet sails for New South WalesOctavo, with two folding maps, finely hand coloured in outline, modern half calf, marbled boards. First edition. Published on the eve of the departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales, this sometimes neglected publication was the most.....
London: John and Paul Knapton, 1744.
The anonymous "Squadron" account of the Anson voyageOctavo, with an engraved portrait frontispiece and four folding engraved plates; contemporary speckled calf, old rebacking. The rarest of two pirated accounts of the Anson voyage to appear in print in 1744, marking the hugely celebrated.....
Paris: Chamerot et Renouard, 1893.
The Paris Observatory statue of the scientist AragoQuarto, 64 pp.; a very good unopened copy in the original grey titling wrappers. Publication commemorating the inauguration of the statue erected to honour the eminent French physicist and astronomer François Jean Dominique Arago (1786-1853). The bronze.....
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......
Paris: Hortet et Ozanne, 1839.
The new version, with new titleFour volumes, octavo, with 60 lithograph plates (six folding); later binding of quarter dark green morocco. A fine set of the substantially changed version of Arago's classic account of the French circumnavigation in the Uranie under the command of.....
Various places: 1849-1852.
Insured for passage to Sydney and no further...Extensive archive of bills of lading, purchase receipts, shipping documents, pay ledgers, harbour masters' certificates and other official documents. A remarkable archive of over eighty items summarising in detailed documents the history of a mid-19th century trading circumnavigation, including.....
Sydney: Turner & Henderson, 1880.
Inaugural exhibition catalogueDuodecimo, pp. 22, [ii]; original wrappers, preserved in a folding cloth box. The rare catalogue of the Society's inaugural exhibition held at the Garden Palace which had been purpose-built for the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879. An impressive two hundred and twenty.....
London: John Harris, 1832.
Scarce educational game featuring AustraliaEngraved map, 345 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of Australia, Asia and the east coast of Africa. The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who.....
London: John Harris, 1832. Engraved map, 315 x 432 mm. (image size), original hand-colouring. An attractive children's educational map of the World The map is based on the work of the Abbé Gaultier, an educationalist originally from Piedmont, who had settled in France in 1780 and later fled the revolution.....
Melbourne: Edward A. Vidler, 1920.
With illustrations by Napier WallerOctavo, two black & white plates by Napier Waller; original pictorial wrappers with yap edges. A two-act play with an unusual idea for staging involving cinematic sets. Illustrated by Napier Waller.
London: Chappell, 50 New Bond Street, circa 1854.
Illustrated sheet music for a fast Austral clipperSheet music, 8 pp. and colour-lithograph cover. A racy tune by the dance composer Charles d'Albert (1809-1886), this rare early sheet music features a particularly appealing coloured lithograph of the clipper Lightning, a vessel.....
Sydney: Printed by H. Bull, Colonist Office, Sydney, September 1, 1836.
"Pipes &c to be conveyed by convict ship free of charge"Four foolscap folded leaves, some wear, as usual, at folds. Scarce early prospectus, printed in Sydney, for "the lighting of this large, increasing, and opulent metropolis with Gas.".....
Sydney: James Waugh 1857-, 1858. Six issues, octavo, all but one in original printed wrappers. The Sydney Magazine published the proceedings of the Australian Horticultural and Agricultural Society, and the Philosophical Society of New South Wales. These six issues include a variety of articles; including viticulture, horticultural exhibitions and prizes.....
To Darling's aide-de-campShare certificate, printed and completed in manuscript 111.5 x 195 mm. A share certificate for stock in the Bank of Australia issued to Governor Darling's aide-de-camp, Thomas Condamine who was instrumental in the establishment of what was to become the Public Library of New South.....
Sydney: Bank of NSW, 1826.
To William RedfernCashier's receipt, printed and completed in manuscript, 90 x 140 mm. The receipt is made out to William Redfern for the sum of eighty pounds in Spanish dollars and is payment for the second instalment on four stock certificates. After 1825 British.....
Sydney: Bank of New South Wales, 1 January 1824.
Early share certificate from Australia's first bankPrinted share certificate on vellum; 22.5 x 105 mm, completed in manuscript in ink. For the first thirty years of the colony of NSW, there was no organised and regulated banking system, rather a......