VANCOUVER, George (1757-1798)
in which the coast of North-West America has been carefully examined and accurately surveyed. Undertaken by his Majesty’s command principally with a view to ascertain the existence of any navigable communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and performed in the year 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, in the Discovery sloop …
[HOWE, Anne, publisher]
Sydney : printed at the Gazette Office [by Anne Howe] for the Proprietor, 1836. Octavo, original publisher’s plum cloth (rubbed and stained), recased with later spine and remnants of label; folding frontispiece map of Sydney Town dated 1836; engraved title page; pp. vii; [blank]; xviii; [xviii]; 408; ; 146; four engraved plates of signal flags …
PHILLIP, Arthur (1738-1814)
with an account of the establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; compiled from authentic papers, which have been obtained from the several departments, to which are added, the journals of Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall; with an account of their new discoveries. London : John Stockdale, 1789. Quarto, full …
Ink on paper, 122 x 270 mm; unsigned, but with artist’s manuscript caption lower left ‘No. 1 Nelson’s Place, Williams Town. June 1840’; scattered light foxing and toning, old central verical fold line, mild creasing at upper left corner and right edge; verso with a later manuscript note in pencil ‘Please [xxxxx] without fail for W. …
RUSDEN, G. W. (George William)
London and Edinburgh : Williams and Northgate, 1872. Second edition. Octavo, later gilt stamped cloth over boards, original printed wrappers bound in, pp vii, , 56; with 2 folding maps (some light foxing); very good. The copy of historian and bibliophile H. J. (Harold Jack) Finnis, 1889-1980 (Christie’s, London, May 1978). Ferguson 15215. Rusden’s work, …
RIBELLE, Charles de.
Paris: Amable Rigaud, c. 1863. Folio, plum cloth with fine morocco spine gilt-decorated in compartments, all edges gilt, 292pp., scattered foxing, silk endpapers (marked), 16 coloured lithographed plates. The last section concerns Oceania and Australia. The chapters in the section on the Americas include sugar cane, cotton, Mexico, California, Panama, Araucania, the Guyanas, Brasil, Peru, …
Paris : Martial Ardant, 1845. Third edition. Duodecimo, contemporary blue boards with embossed gilt ornament (rubbed), spine with gilt title and ornament (bumped at head and tail), engraved frontispiece, 260 pp, illustrated; text in French; scattered light foxing, a good copy. A very early children’s book set in Australia. Muir 2598.
[GOLD RUSH; BUSHRANGERS] Die Goldgräber ; oder in den Goldminen und unter den Buschkleppern und Wilden Australiens : Natur- und Culturbilder aus dem fünften Weltheil.
Leipzig : F.M. Gebhardt’s Verlag, [1878?]. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial boards (corners bumped) with red cloth spine, pp 276,  colour plates, scattered foxing, a sound copy. Text in German Fraktur. Based on the writer’s experiences on the Central Victorian goldfields, with accounts of gold mining around Ballarat and Creswick, Aboriginal customs and stories …
The work of Phillip Parker King in the Mermaid and Bathurst 1817 – 1822. Melbourne : The Miegunyah Press, 1997. Octavo, boards in dustjacket (spine sunned), pp. 441, ribbon marker, nine folding charts in rear pocket, extensively illustrated. A thoroughly well researched and detailed account of King’s travels around the Australian coastline, this copy signed …
[LYCETT]. HOORN, Jennifer
Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1990. Quarto, boards in dustjacket (spine sunned), pp. 30; 20 colour plates.
Boston : Warden and Russell, March 2, 1785. Folio, pp. 4, letterpress, old folds, occasional staining, two small woodcut vignettes at masthead, very good. A rare contemporary account of the plans of the English to colonise New Holland, printed nearly three years prior to the arrival of the First Fleet. The Massachusetts Centinel was an …
LEICHHARDT, Ludwig 1813-1848
a distance of upwards of 3000 miles, during the years 1844-1845. London : T. & W. Boone, 1847. First edition. Octavo, binding as per Wantrup Aib, original embossed olive cloth boards (corners bumped), spine with gilt lettering, rebacked, pp 8 (publisher’s advertisements), xx, 544, frontispiece and 6 aquatint plates (1 folding), (8 – a second set …
MEREDITH, Mrs. Charles (1812 - 1895)
London : John Murray, 1861. New edition (first published in 1844). Octavo, blind stamped purple cloth (sun faded), pp. xii; 164. Description of colonial life in Australia by Louisa Anne Meredith. Ferguson 12509
MAIDEN, J. H.
Sydney: William Applegate Gullick, 1909. Octavo, gilt-decorated cloth (clean and bright), pp. xxiv; 244; illustrated with numerous folding plates and charts, a fine copy.
PLOMLEY, N. J. B.
Hobart : Blubber Head Press, 1983. Quarto, cloth in illustrated dustjacket, spine slightly faded, a couple of small and minor marks, illustrated endpapers, pp. 245, illustrated, newspaper cutting enclosed. Limited to 1000 signed and numbered copies.
WHITE, John (1756-1832)
New York : Arno Press & The New York Times, 1971. Facsimile of White’s Journal originally published in 1790. Quarto, decorated cloth, pp. 299; , illustrated. As Surgeon General on the voyage, White’s scientifically trained eye was well suited to the recording of new species discovered on the island continent. His account includes much scientific …