Aboriginal King’s Brass Plate (1820). “King Taptalla II.” King of the Terrara Tribe, Shoalhaven River, New South Wales.
[Title from mid nineteenth-century manuscript note]. Brass breastplate or gorget, crescentic, maximum diameter 140 mm, anterior with engraved lettering KING TAPTALLA II, foliage motif repeated at each of the upper corners, emu and kangaroo dos-à-dos at the centre (design only partially completed); diagonal cut mark running from lower left to upper right edge; the surface has been …
[ELLIS, Theophilus Tighe, Captain (1782-1834)]
Letter concerning the inheritance of lands owned by Superintendent Theophilus Ellis in the Swan River Colony.
Manuscript letter addressed to ‘The Hon’ble Colonial Secretary, Perth, Western Australia’ [Peter Nicholas Broun], headed ‘Cockermouth, Cumberland, 4 January 1842′, written by the as yet unidentified husband of one of Theophilus Ellis’ nieces. Single sheet, 265 x 410 mm, bifolium, written in ink on  pages, the fourth used for the address; the letter is …
Architecture and society in New South Wales 1788-1842. Sydney : Hordern House in association with the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 1997. Quarto, cloth covered boards, pictorial dust jacket, pp. 400, limited to 2000 copies, contains 24 colour plates and over 100 monochrome plates, contains in-depth academic text on the architecture of houses …
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, half-calf …
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 …
HOWE, George (1769-1821)
Sydney : George Howe, 1820. Folio sheet, folding to  pp, 380 x 255 mm, front with later ownership signature of A.H.M. Welwood and later collector’s blind stamp of T.M. Ramsay; text in 3 columns, original horizontal and vertical folds (tiny tears at the ends), some scattered foxing, but a well preserved example. Includes government …
Hobart : Waratah Publications, . Oblong quarto, illustrated wrappers, unpaginated. A photographic local history of the Tasmanian township of Richmond.
SMITH, Bernard and WHEELER, Alwyne (eds.)
Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1988. Folio, cloth in dustjacket, pp. 256, illustrated. From the library of art historian Leigh Astbury, signed by him on preliminary blank. A significant survey of Australia’s earliest colonial art, including ethnographical studies, natural history drawings, early views of Sydney and New South Wales as well as early maps.
The Old Pioneers’ Memorial history of Melbourne. From the discovery of Port Phillip down to the World War.
Melbourne : The Old Pioneers’ Memorial Fund, [circa 1924]. Second thousand. Quarto, original purple cloth, original gilt-lettered purple cloth covered boards (lightly marked), pp viii, 494, with 280 photo engravings from original illustrations and maps; large folding plan and map at rear together with errata slip; a fine copy. A comprehensive history of Melbourne covering …
Sydney : Hordern House, 1987. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, dust jacket, pp. x; 468; a fine copy. The standard reference on Australian rare books of the period.
Melbourne : McCarron, Bird & Co., 1888. Two volumes, quarto, elaborately gilt-decorated full crushed morocco (a little scuffed), all edges gilt, pp. xii; 594; xii; 822, illustrated, a fine copy of a weighty set often found with serious defects to the binding. Ferguson 16439
ELLIS, M. H.
Sydney : The Shepherd Press, 1949. Quarto, full crushed morocco, slipcase, illustrated endpapers, pp. 292, portrait frontispece, tipped-in plates. The deluxe edition, limited to 350 copies. A fine publication on the important colonial architect.
RAYMOND, James (compiler)
Sydney : Stephens & Stokes, 1832. Octavo, original publisher’s green cloth (rubbed and stained), remnants of original paper label to spine; front pastedown with early binder’s ticket of William Moffitt, King Street, Sydney; folding frontispiece map of Sydney Town dated 1831; pp. vi, [iv]; 7 – 204, colour folding plate of signal flags mostly missing, …
Hobart : Sullivan’s Cove, 1973. Octavo, cloth boards with printed paper title label, pp 68. Limited to 150 numbered copies, initialed on colophon.
CROOK, William Pascoe; CURREY, John (editor)
Melbourne : The Colony Press, 1983. Limited edition of 185 copies, of which this is number 141. Original half morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, front pastedown with later ex libris; pp. 76, tipped in photographic plates; 2 folding plates including a facsimile of an extract from Crook’s manuscript account of Port Phillip; foxing …
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 …