FITZGERALD, John Coghlan, Captain (1803-1859)
[MORETON BAY; PORT JACKSON] Remarks. HMS Vernon: East Indies and China, 1847-1848. HMS Winchester, the same. HMS Calliope Australia and then to England, via Cape of Horn and Rio de Janiero 1854-1855.
Naval log. Small quarto (230 x 186 mm), original half vellum over marbled boards, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, manuscript in ink, pp [1 title page], , on faint ruled paper; written in a neat, legible hand; very clean throughout. Naval journal of Captain John Coghlan Fitzgerald, R.N. (1803-1859). Fitzgerald, who had joined the navy at …
W. BUTCHER & SONS LTD.
London : W. Butcher & Sons, [circa 1910]. Series: Our Colonies. Chapter III. Australia (from the Primus Junior Lecturers’ Series, no. 742). Complete set of 8 hand-coloured magic lantern glass slides (each 80 x 80 mm), housed in their original box with illustrated lid (fine), and including the rarely seen ‘Lantern Lecture Reading’ information sheet for this …
THEATRE ROYAL, EDINBURGH
[CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH] Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh. Second Night of the New Christmas Harlequinade . . . Thursday, December 20, 1849, Will be Performed . . . The Rivals!! . . . To conclude with the New Grand Comic Christmas Pantomime … entitled Little Boy Blue!! Or Harlequin and the Goblin Gnome of the Californian Gold Mines.
Written expressly for this Theatre by the Celebrated Nelson Lee, Esq., Poet Laureate to the Court of Fun and Metropolitan Pantomimic Association … … Edinburgh : Reid, Printer, Nottingham Place, 1849. Playbill, 430 x 235 mm; printed recto only; despite being printed on cheap, thin paper the broadside is remarkably well preserved: a little dusty …
Photographer and maker unknown.
[s.l., s.n., circa 1900]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, with original manuscript caption label ‘Kalgurli (sic) Retreatment Plant’; in very good condition.
BARDWELL, William H. (1836-1929)
Self-portrait of William Bardwell, pioneer photographer of the Victorian goldfields. Melbourne, circa 1880.
Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 165 x 109 mm (mount), recto imprinted in gold across lower margin ‘Bardwell / 21 Collins Street East, Melbourne / Instantaneous Photographs’; verso blank; the print has a short horizontal indentation with a small surface abrasion at centre left edge, but is otherwise in very good condition; the mount is …
[GILL, S. T.; CHEVALIER, Nicholas et al.]
Melbourne : Sands, Kenny & Co., and Sydney : Sands & Kenny, 1862. Oblong quarto, gilt-lettered cloth with elaborate gilt ornamentation and rules (neatly rebacked), all edges gilt, letterpress title page (tissue repairs to worn edges); engraved title page; 44 steel-engraved plates (including the title page), with accompanying descriptive letterpress text and interleaved guard sheets, …
CAMERON, Roderick William, Sir (1823-1900)
Australia Pioneer Line … Carrying the United States Mails … From Pier 11 North River. 70 days Passage!! The new and noble clipper ship “Oriental” … For Melbourne, direct.
[New York] : Nesbitt & Co. printers [for R. W. Cameron], . Clipper card, 150 x 92 mm, lithograph printed recto only in red and blue on glossy white card; some staining and corner wear, verso with old glue stains. Scarce clipper card advertising a sailing of the ship Oriental from New York to Melbourne in September …
FORDE, H. A.
Illustrated by A. S. Cope, Esq. London : Church Extension Association, [1884?]. Octavo, illustrated cloth (canted, lightly rubbed and stained), hinges split, frontispiece (dated 1884) with tissue guard, pp. [iv]; 167, light handling marks, else very good. Rare children’s book set in Melbourne and the gold fields in the 1850s. Two examples recorded in Australian …
Overpainted photographic portrait of a beautiful young woman with ringlets. Ballarat, Victorian goldfields, circa 1865.
Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, 103 x 64 mm (mount), verso with imprint of John Wright, Artist, Sturt Street, Ballarat; the watercolour tinting has some mild surface rubbing and fading and there is a tiny abrasion near the top of the drapes, but the gold of the sitter’s brooch, locket chain …
General description of the Wiluna Gold Mines Ltd, Wiluna, Western Australia. (Prepared for the Members of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy).
[Wiluna, W.A.] : G. Morteson [for Wiluna Gold Mines Ltd.], . Small square quarto (245 x 210 mm), original cloth-backed paper wrappers, the upper wrapper featuring a map of Western Australia hand-drawn in black ink, with Wiluna marked in red and the names Meeka[tharra] and Laverton added later in pencil, the upper margin with typed …
"Garryowen" (FINN, Edmund, 1819-1898)
Centennial edition with portraits and illustrations. Melbourne : Fergusson and Mitchell, 1888. First edition. Two volumes, quarto, gilt-decorated roan (scuffed, recased, as commonly found, part of the original spine laid down), endpapers replaced, all edges gilt, inscription to title pages, pp. xiv; 1000, numerous lithographed illustrations, flaw from printer to pp. 405-406 with ink marks, occasional …
[ANGAS, George French (1822-1886)]
Australia : a popular account of its physical features, inhabitants and productions, with the history of its colonization.
Published under the direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education, appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, circa 1865. Duodecimo, gilt-decorated blue cloth (the upper board showing a gold miner), corners a little rubbed, all edges gilt, prize inscription to front free endpaper, folding frontispiece map printed …
DARRAGH, Thomas A.
The establishment and development of engraving and lithography in Melbourne to the time of the gold rush. (Deluxe edition)
Thumb Creek, N.S.W. : Garravembi Press, 1990. Octavo, gilt-lettered full leather, housed in a custom box with drawer tray, pp. 57, tipped-in plates, prospectus loosely enclosed, as well as order form, correspondence and ephemera. Limited to 425 copies. This is one of 23 copies specially bound for subscribers in full leather (the deluxe edition was …
Annerley (QLD) : Koro Press, 2018. Octavo, gilt-lettered black cloth, pp. [vi]; 90, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page. Tempting Dame Fortune : a brief history of the Dee Gold Rush, Central Queensland chronicles the discovery of gold in the Central Queensland region in the early twentieth century.
Canberra, ACT ; [Melbourne] : National Library of Australia Publishing in Association with the State Library of Victoria, 2015. Quarto, illustrated cloth, pp. 255, illustrated. A fine copy. ‘Samuel Thomas Gill, or STG as he was universally known, was Australia’s most significant and popular artist of the mid-nineteenth century. For his contemporaries he epitomised ‘Marvellous …
MRS. QUONG TART [TART, Margaret]
Sydney : W.M. Maclardy, 1911. Octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards with gilt lettering and design to upper board, gilt lettered spine (very slightly sunned, with a couple of small chips), without the loose errata slip, 99 pp,  leaves of plates, short edge tears to pp. 51-52 and accompanying plate, else a very good …