Australia Pre 1850
PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804
Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.
Rare set of the regular account of the Baudin expedition to the Terres Australes, the text volumes in publisher’s wrappers, with the plates presented in both coloured and uncoloured states. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte …
WHITE, John (1756-1832)
with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions by John White Esqre., Surgeon General to the settlement. London : J. Debrett, 1790. Quarto, full speckled calf, expertly rebacked preserving original spine, contrasting morocco title labels, decorated in gilt, edges rubbed, marbled endpapers, pp [xviii], 299, …
LEWIN, John William, 1770-1819
A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq.
A fine example, in original condition, of one of the rarest illustrated works of Australian natural history. London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. Folio, original publisher’s binding of quarter crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt ‘Lewin’s Birds of New Holland’, green cloth covered boards, yellow endpapers, pp [iv], 26 etched plates with original gouache hand-colouring, …
INGLETON, Geoffrey Chapman.
True Patriots All, or, News from Early Australia, as told in a collection of broadsides (deluxe ed.)
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1952. Quarto, gilt-titled half-calf over buckram, 280pp. reproducing illustrated broad-sides. The deluxe edition, limited to 150 signed copies, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, and containing three original etchings signed by Ingleton. An exploration on ephemeral early printings concerning Australia, and a fine deluxe edition with the author’s accomplished maritime artworks.
PELSAERT, Francois (c. 1595-1630)
Amsterdam : Jan Jansz, 1647. First edition. Small quarto, papered boards, pp. [ii – title leaf], 118, lacking final blank (as in most copies); six folding copperplates (plate V provided in expert facsimile), some very pale marginal water stains, tiny worm hole to margin of first few leaves, a clean and well preserved copy housed …
GLENNY, Henry; [CHUCK, Thomas Foster]
[Circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm (mount), recto and verso with imprint of ‘H. Glenny, Dublin and Melbourne Portrait Rooms, Main Road, Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia’, the posthumously published albumen print taken from the original image by Melbourne photographer Thomas Foster Chuck; in fine condition. John Pascoe Fawkner …
MUNDY, Godfrey Charles (1804-1860)
pp 607-620 in: Bentley’s miscellany. Vol. XXXIV. London : Richard Bentley, 1853. Octavo, contemporary blue cloth boards (rubbed) with gilt lettering to upper board and spine, pp iv, 575-679, a very good copy. An otherwise unrecorded short story about bushranging. ‘Mundy was an officer in the British Army who came to Australia in 1846 as …
Quirós, Pedro Fernández de [Queirós, Pedro Fernandes de], 1563-1615
Relation Herrn Petri Fernandes de Quir, Spanischen Hauptmans [et]c. So er König. May. in Spanien [et]c. : Von dem new erfundnem vierten theil der Welt (so bissher in Mappis oder Landtafflen Terra Australis incognita genannt) vnd desselben Länder, Reichtumb vnd Fruchtbarkeit u. vbergeben : In Spanischer Sprach zu Pampelona mit dess Koniglichen Raths erlaubnuss getruckt jetzo aber meniglich zu gutem ins Teutsch gebracht.
Augspurg [i.e. Augsburg] : bey Chrysostomo Dabertzhofer, 1611. Small quarto, recent marbled papered wrappers, all edges blue, pp , 9, , title leaf with woodcut printer’s device, engraved headpiece with Jesuit trigram, historiated initial; a fine copy, housed in a custom blind tooled morocco clam shell box. Rare first German edition of the Memorial octavo …
[STAFFORD, Millicent Marchioness]. The Marchioness of Stafford
Edinburgh and London : William Blackwood, 1889. Second edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (moderately worn, small loss to spine), pp viii; 289; 24 (advertisements), numerous illustrations by the author. Scarce. Memoir of the author’s world trip. In Australia, the Marchioness visited Adelaide and Melbourne, where she travelled by wagon through Lilydale and Healesville, and visited St …
Travels in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, The New Hebrides, New Caledonia, and South America 1888 – 1889. Translated by Mary Daniels. London : Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1891. First edition in English. Octavo, pictorial cloth, bookplate to endpapers, folding world map, illustrations. Ferguson 17709
NAN KIVELL, Rex
Rex Nan Kivell’s first draft copy dated 1962, for his celebrated work ‘Portraits of the famous and infamous : Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, 1492-1970’, which was eventually published in 1970. Nan Kivell comments in his preliminary notes: ‘This stencilled copy is the first draft of the text for the book I am now …
[LANG, John, 1816-64]
IN: L’ami de la maison, Paris : Paulin et Le Chevalier, vol. 1 no 11, March 20 1856, pp161-67 and vol. 1 no. 12, March 27 1856, pp177-82, each part with 3 engraved illustrations; contained within a bound volume of nos. 1-25 (the complete first volume), January-June 1856, quarto, contemporary quarter calf over marbled papered …
London : Joseph, Myers & Co., 1862 (printed in Hamburg by C. Adler’s Printing Establishment). Chromolithographed and engraved folding card in the shape of a rose, in the original gilt-printed envelope honouring Burke and Wills; fine. A significant and very rare Melbourne publication of the gold rush era, with engravings after those of S.T. Gill …
BONWICK, James (1817 - 1906)
Second edition. With an introduction. Melbourne : Book Collectors’ Society of Australia, 1968. Octavo, cloth (spine sunned), pp. [viii]; 40, map. Printed in a limited edition of 250 copies signed by the writer of the introduction Ian McLaren and the printer John Gartner. Reprint of the original work first published in 1858 and now rare.
The Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter: a facsimile reproduction of Volumes I & II: May 11, 1816, June 1, 1816 to December 27, 1817.
Hobart : Platypus Publications Pty. Ltd., 1965. Large quarto, brown cloth covered boards (lightly marked), spine lettered in gilt; unpaginated; contents fine.
A sketch of his life, work and explorations (1787) in the first expedition to New South Wales : also as Governor of Sierra Leone, and in Antigua, West Indies. By his great-grand-daughter, A. Currer-Jones (VIVA). Torquay : W. H. Smith & Son, 1930. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth in gilt-lettered dustjacket (chipped and sunned), armorial bookplate to …
TOWNSEND, Joseph Phipps
Rambles and observations in New South Wales with skethes of men and manners, notices of the Aborigines, glimpses of scenery, and some hints to emigrants.
London : Chapman and Hall, 1849. Octavo, later quarter-calf over cloth, contrasting title label to spine, pp. vii; ; 312. Ferguson 5213.
Experiences of a colonist forty years ago; a journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839 and a voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846.
By an old hand. With illustrations. Adelaide : J. Williams, 1880. Octavo, gilt-lettered red cloth, blue endpapers with previous owner’s name neatly inscribed, photographic frontispiece, pp. [viii]; 84; 79; ; 23; two photographic plates reproducing four painted scenes, Second edition, the first with photographic illustrations. Ferguson 10184; Holden 49
A brief statement of facts in connection with an overland expedition from Lake George to Port Phillip in 1824.
Third edition : with addenda. Yass : J. J. Brown, 1874. Octavo, original flush-cut pebbled cloth (upper board nearly detached), printed paper title label, bookplate inside upper board from Henry White, portrait frontispiece lithographed by Charles Turner of Melbourne, pp. 112, foxing to preliminaries. A good copy. The 1824 expedition overland to Port Phillip is …
DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888); "W.S.E."
Carte de visite with an acrostic laudatory poem to Tasmanian newspaper publisher and editor John Campbell Macdougall
Albumen print photograph of a lithographed poem titled ‘An Acrostic’, dated and initialled in the image ‘Hobart Town, 9th August 1848 / W.S.E.’, carte de visite format, 105 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Artist & Photographer, by Appointment, 66 & 68 King William St., Adelaide / Prize Medal, Universal Exhibition 1867’; both the …
PLIMER, Nathaniel, 1757-1822, attributed
A portrait miniature of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brisbane, sixth Governor of New South Wales, 1821-1825
A fine portrait of a distinguished administrator whose political and social legacies were of immense importance in the shaping of the Colony of New South Wales. Portraits of such significant early Australian figures are of the utmost rarity. [Attributed to Nathaniel Plimer, probably 1803-1804]. Portrait on ivory, in its original nine-carat gold mount, 70 x 53 mm; verso of …
WALLIS, James, Captain, 1785?-1858
An historical account of the Colony of New South Wales and its dependent settlements; in illustration of twelve views, engraved by W. Preston, a convict; from drawings taken on the spot by Captain Wallis, of the Forty-Sixth Regiment. To which is subjoined an accurate map of Port Macquarie, and the newly discovered River Hastings, by J. Oxley, Esq. Surveyor General to the Territory.
One of Australia’s finest early plate books, coloured by a skilled hand to striking effect. London : R. Ackermann, 1821. Folio, half crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, lacking the half-title, pp [iv] (with the “Extract from the Sidney Gazette“); 42, followed by 12 engraved plates of views (six are double page) and a …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross, Government Printer, 1828. A complete run of 52 issues for the year 1828: vol. XIII, no. 608, January 5, 1828 – vol. XIII, no. 659, December 27, 1828. Large quarto, bound in contemporary blue-papered boards with manuscript dates to front and spine; most issues  pp; some issues with supplement (Government …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross, Government Printer, 1829. A complete run of 50 issues for the year 1829: vol. XIV, no. 660, January 3, 1829 – vol. XIV, no. 709, December 26, 1829. Large quarto, bound in contemporary blue-papered boards with manuscript dates to front and spine; most issues  pp; some issues with supplement (Government …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross and George Howe, Government Printers, 1834. A run of 49 issues for 1834: vol. XIX, no. 919, January 10, 1834 – vol. XIX, no. 968, December 18, 1834 (missing nos. 918; 928; 969). Quarto, all issues stitch bound, various paginations; a number of issues with supplements (Government acts); some issues with …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross and George Howe, Government Printers, 1835. A complete run of 52 issues for 1835: vol. XX, no. 970, January 1, 1835 – vol. XIX, no. 1021, December 25, 1835. Quarto, all issues stitch bound, various paginations; a number of issues with supplements (Government acts); some issues with subscriber's name [H.B. Fortesse] …
ROSS, James (1786-1838)
Hobart : James Ross and George Howe, Government Printers, 1837. A virtually complete run of 51 issues for 1837: vol. XXII, no. 1075, January 6, 1837 – vol. XXII, no. 1126, December 29, 1837 (missing no. 1078; but including the “Extraordinary issue” of July 11 1837). Quarto, all issues stitch bound, various paginations; a number …
MARSH, S[tephen] H[ale] (1805 1888)
[SHEET MUSIC] Dr. Leichhardt’s March, for the piano, composed on the successful termination of his Expedition, after having traversed a distance of nearly 3000 miles through a portion of Australia, hitherto untrodden by civilized man, by his friend, S. H. March.
London : T. Boosey & Co., [circa 1846]. Folio, lithographed title page [verso blank] with a scene of the expedition drawn by W. Boosey, slip cancel “for the piano” replacing “for the harp” (as in other copies); pp [1 blank], 2-5, [1 blank]; four leaves in total; occasional foxing, paper spine; a very good copy of this …
GIBSON, Andrew Lucian (Scotland, 1796 - "Tirranna", near Goulburn, 1840)
Sketches made during the Napoleonic Wars and later (c.1815-1821), by military surgeon Dr. Andrew Gibson, founder of Tirranna station near Goulburn, New South Wales
Nine leaves removed from a small early nineteenth century sketchbook, trimmed to various dimensions up to 160 x 100 mm, eight with watercolour and pencil vignettes and manuscript captions in ink, one with manuscript bearing the artist’s name, ‘Andrew Lucian Gibson’, laid down on a later nineteenth century backing sheet, 380 x 320 mm; in very good condition, with some mild …
BLOCKLEY, John (composer); NORTON, Caroline Sheridan
[SHEET MUSIC] Love not : a ballad / the music composed by J. Blockley ; the poetry selected from The soorows of Rosalie, written by The Honble. Mrs Norton.
Sydney : G. Hudson & Co., 377 Pitt Street North, [1849, or earlier]. Folio, disbound, with later paper spine, engraved cover with calligraphic lettering in a variety of fonts, 5 pp of music notation; a very good copy. A scarce Sydney sheet music imprint from the pre-gold rush period. Only two copies of this edition are recorded in Australian …
Sydney: William Dymock, Book Arcade, 1884. Quarto, self-wrappers, pp. 6, lithographed map ‘A new plan of the settlements in New South Wales, taken by order of Government. July 20th 1810’ (unfolded and thus discoloured the right portion). Letterpress description of the Dymock facsimile of the rare 1810 John Eyre views of Sydney, originally issued with the …
[article in] La Science pour tous : journal illustré paraissant tous les jeudis. 8e Année – No 2. 18 décembre 1862. Quarto, disbound, [pp 17-24, double columns], illustrated. A single issue of this weekly journal which contains a review (single column) by the French writer Richard Cortambert of the recently published book of narratives of …
Parliament of Great Britain
By the Commissioners for managing and causing to be levied and collected HIs Majesty’s Customs and other Duties 23d November 1832. [Great Britain : Parliament, 1833]. Quarto, disbound from a volume of H.M. Customs General Orders for 1833, [pp 12], with ink annotations. Contains a list of foreign goods that can be shipped duty free and …
Tench, Captain Watkin (1758-1833)
with an account of New south Wales, its production, inhabitants, &c. To which is subjoined, a list of the civil and military establishments at Port Jackson. London : J. Debrett, 1789. Second edition. Octavo, half-calf over marbled boards, spine in compartments with gilt fleurons, gilt lettered morocco title label, pp [xii, including the half-title], 146, …
Tuckey, James Kingston (1776-1816)
on the South Coast of New South Wales : in His Majesty’s Ship Calcutta, in the years 1802-3-4 / by J. H. Tuckey, Esq. First Lieutenant of the Calcutta. London : Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; and J.C. Mottley, 1805. First edition. Octavo, original polished calf, gilt-decoration, expertly recased with new spine to style by Aquarius, …
McINTYRE, William (1805-1870); HOWE, Robert Charles (1820-1875), publisher
Sydney : R. Howe, “Gazette” office, Lower George-street, . At head of title: Lecture III. Duodecimo, original plain blue wrappers, hand-sewn, 24 pp; a fine copy. Ferguson, 3244. The third in the series Lectures on the Sabbath, which was also published, along with lectures by John Dunmore Lang, M.T. Adam, James Fullerton, and John Tait, in …
[MULGRAVE, Peter Archer, 1778-1847]
Hobart Town : Printed and published by John Campbell MacDougall, at the Tasmanian Office, Elizabeth Street, March 21 1828. Folio newspaper,  pp, upper margin of first page with subscriber's name 'P.A. Mulgrave, J.P.' inscribed in ink and 2d newspaper duty stamp in orange; old folds (some tearing along the fold lines); a fragile but …
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1847. Duodecimo, publisher's gilt-lettered red cloth (worn, chipped at head of spine), pp. vii; 267, waterstain to read endpapers. As well as much detail on the penal history of the colony, it includes chapters on Aborigines, Women in the colony and the new settlement at Port Phillip. Ferguson 4593
LANG, John Dunmore (1799-1878)
institution, or college, in New South Wales : and to demonstrate the practicability of effecting an extensive emigration of the industrious classes from the mother country to that colony. Sydney : Printed by Stephens and Stokes, 1831. Octavo, old marbled wrappers, pp 27, first 2 leaves with minor creasing flaws, light foxing, pale water stain …
Printed for the booksellers in Australia. 1832. Octavo, modern half-morocco, lithographed title page [with vignette images of Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnny, “His ancient trusty drouthy crony”] and frontispiece [“from Taylor's authenticate picture”], pp ix; [blank]; xiv; 284; 23 [glossary]. According to Gibson (Bibliography of Robert Burns …, Kilmarnock, 1881) the text is the 1813 …
With decorations by James Emery. Sydney : Sunnybrook Press, 1937. Quarto, gilt-lettered boards in dustjacket (fine), pp. 121, line illustrations, original card slipcase Limited to 150 numbered copies signed by the author and publisher. A near perfect copy.
[HENTY, Henry, 1833-1912]
(Reprinted from the “Mission Field,” of Jan. 1, 1883). A significant association copy inscribed by Henry Henty, nephew of pioneer Port Phillip settler Edward Henty: “The Henty Family – Presented to the Club by Henry Henty”. Octavo, disbound, pp 7; foxed throughout. Transcript of an address describing the establishment of the Portland Bay settlement. Originally …
WELLS, William Henry
their physical and political geography, together with a brief notice of all the capitals, principal towns, and villages; also of rivers, bays, gulfs, mountains, population and general statistics. Illustrated with numerous maps and drawings. Sydney : W. & F. Ford, 1848. Octavo, patterned cloth (worn), printed label to spine and map to front board, pen …
Reproduced by authority of the Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales, 1899. Angus & Robertson, 1899. Folio, half-crushed morocco over cloth (a few marks), lettered in gilt to the spine, bookplate from the W. R. Griffiths collection to front pastedown, unpaginated, foxing to edges, photo-lithographed by Vincent Brooks, Day & Sons of …
RAYMOND, James (compiler)
[Sydney] : [Stephens & Stokes], [1832 or 1833]. Octavo, original half morocco over marbled boards, rebacked, preserving the original gilt decorated backstrip; front pastedown with early binder's label of William Moffitt, King Street, Sydney, and twentieth century bookplate; front free-endpaper with a presentation inscription from the Sydney shipping agents Messrs. Aspinall, Brown & Co., Sydney …
Being a brief statistical and descriptive account of the colony up to the end of the year, extracted chiefly from official records. Sydney : Thomas Richards, 1882. Second issue. Octavo, printed blue wrappers (chipped), pp. v; 144; 19 (advertisements), folding tables and map.
BARKLY, Henry Sir (1815-1898)
[Cover title]. Also titled: President's inaugural address for 1860 / delivered by His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly … to the members of the Royal Society of Victoria at the anniversary dinner held on the 10th April, 1860. [Melbourne : The Society, 1860]. Octavo, string bound pamphlet, 17 pp, a fine copy. Includes reference to Burke …
BERTUCH, Friedrich Justin (1747-1822)
Original hand-coloured copperplate engraving on wove paper (sheet 190 x 240 mm), being a plate leaf accompanied by the adjacent leaf of text containing the relevant printed description for ‘No. 4. Das Kenguruh’, removed from Friedrich Justin Bertuch’s Bilderbuch für Kinder (Wien : Pichler, 1806); the engraving is the reverse image of the celebrated engraving of the Australian quadruped …
London : Harvey and Darton, n.d. [c. 1836]. Second edition. Duodecimo, gilt-illustrated cloth (spine sunned), all edges gilt, early owner's inscription to front free endpaper, engraved frontispiece (foxed); pp. 196. The second edition of what is referred to the first novel set in Australia, drawing largely from Dawson's 'The Present State of Australia'. Ferguson 1313; …
Melbourne : Fergusson and Moore, 1868. Second edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free-endpaper for “His Honour Sir Redmond Barry”. Small octavo, original blind embossed green cloth with gilt lettering to upper board, front pastedown with armorial bookplate of John McMahon and bookplate of John Chapman tipped in, pp 105,  …