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 …
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, …
HOWE, George (1769-1821)
Sydney : George Howe, 1806. Folio sheet, 293 x 243 mm,  pp, printed on laid paper, trimmed closely at top edge; text in 3 columns; original horizontal and vertical folds, mild water stain around masthead, scattered foxing to both sides of the sheet, some roughening at edges, print a little faded on the first …
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 …
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 …
[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 …
HEERES, J. E.
[Dutch title : Het aandeel der Nederlanders in de ontdekking van Australië 1606-1765]. London : Luzac & co., 1899. Quarto, library buckram, pp. 106, duplicated (the text in English and Dutch), maps and charts, original wrapper laid in. Published by the Royal Dutch Geographical Society to commemorate its twenty-fifth anniversary.
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 …
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, …