L’arte del navigare, con il regimento della Tramontana e del sole; e la vera regola et osservanza del flusso e reflusso delle acque sotto breve compendio ridotta.
[No place], 1587. Manuscript, quarto; 66 leaves followed by 13 leaves with additions in a different hand, 8 full-page illustrations (including one of the Southern Cross constellation), 4 with volvelles (movable paper figures); with a dedication to Don Pietro Borgia, Prince of Squillace (d. c.1624), dated 1587, and an accompanying sonnet; contemporary limp vellum sewn …
FRASER, Malcolm, KCMG (1834-1900)
Sir Malcolm Fraser, second Surveyor General, Colonial Secretary, Government Administrator and Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia; later Agent General for the Colony in the United Kingdom : an important archive of documents and correspondence, 1852-1898.
Born in Gloucestershire in 1834, Malcolm Fraser emigrated to New Zealand after qualifying as a surveyor, where he held a series of government positions in Auckland, Christchurch and Hokitika from 1857 until 1869. In 1870 he emigrated to Western Australia. He was immediately appointed as the successor to John Septimus Roe, the Colony’s first Surveyor General, a position which …
GREENWOOD, John; SPEAK, Henry
A small archive of letters relating to the Baptist community at Constitution Hill, Van Diemen’s Land, 1860-62.
The unpublished letters in this recently discovered archive were written at Constitution Hill, north of Hobart Town, by John Greenwood (1778-1866), a devout Baptist and uncle of the noted early Tasmanian Baptist, Henry Speak. They are addressed to Greenwood’s former Baptist friends in New York State, where Greenwood had lived for a period earlier in his life after emigrating …
Anonymous artist; [WIECHERT, Ernst 1887-1950]
[Germany, circa 1937]. Calligraphic manuscript. Small folio (320 x 230 mm), original quarter cloth over papered boards with onlaid manuscript title to front 'Ernst Wiechert. Eine Mauer um uns Baue'; stitch bound; pp 44, calligraphic manuscript in red and black inks; scattered mild foxing, confined to the margins of the leaves; else fine. Ernst Wiechert …
ESCOTT, Lucy Evans, née Grant (1828, Springfield, Illinois, U.S.A. - 1895, France)
A group of 4 letters written by American opera singer Lucy Escott during the tour of William Saurin Lyster’s opera company to Australia and New Zealand in 1863-64, addressed to her brother Luther Grant in Dansville, New York; each letter is accompanied by its original envelope (postage stamps removed); due to the Civil War in …
BARNARD, Charlotte; [TERRY, Michael, 1899-1981]
Manuscript letter of Charlotte Barnard, widow of outback explorer and writer Michael Terry, addressed to Mrs. Hall, sister of Terry's fellow explorer during the early 1930s, the bushman Ben Nicker, informing her of Michael Terry's recent death; headed Mosman, NSW, December 28 1981; single sheet, small quarto, written on both sides; some silverfising at one …
N.H. SEWARD PTY. LTD.
1. Melbourne : Equity Trustees Company, . Franked receipt on company letterhead, 135 x 215 mm, manuscript date of 4 November 1948, being a receipt for £2, the ‘purchase money for 2 Volumes Capt. Cook’s second voyage’, paid into the trust account of M.J. Graves by legendary Melbourne bibliophile and collector Rollo Hammett; light creasing, else …
$27,500 USD que compuso el Cirujano Botanico Don Martin Delgar, lo saca a la publica luz, el DD. Phelipe Loyaza de la Vega, Decan de la Santa Yglecia Cathed. de la Paz en el Peru … a quien lo dedica. [Peru : between 1780 and 1800]. Manuscript in ink on laid paper; quarto, crimson morocco, …
PEREIRA CRESPO, Lúcio Albino
$12,500 USD Manuscript journal. Octavo (195 x 120 mm), original marbled papered card covers, first page with calligraphic title: Brigue “Mondego” de S. M. F. – Viagens: de Macáo a Siam.– de Siaõ a Singapore e de Singapore a Macáo. – De Janeiro a Maio – 1859. Lúcio Albino P[ereira] Crespo 2º Tenente da Armada; ff ; …
[MANUSCRIPT – CHOIR BOOK]. [Graduale Romanum]. [Spain?, ca. 1700? with additions to at least 1767]. An extremely large manuscript choir book (75.5 x 57.5 x 15.5 cm) in black and red ink on sheepskin parchment, with plainchant music (5-line staves in red measuring 56 mm with square and diamond notes in black, mostly with a c-clef on …
ROBERT, Louis de
[Trabzon, Turkey : 1874]. Manuscript in ink, folio, in original ribbon-tied gatherings, ff [1 title leaf], 131, most leaves written recto and verso, with transcriptions of Urartian cuneiform inscriptions accompanied by comparative examples in Assyrian cuneiform, Hebrew and Arabic throughout; the verso of the final leaf is inscribed and dated by the author Trébizonde [i.e. …
D'ENTRECASTEAUX, Antoine Bruni [Bruny] (1737-1793)
[Toulon : 8 May 1781]. Manuscript in black ink on single sheet of wove paper, 170 x 220 mm; document written by the lieutenant of the ship Castellan, signed lower left in brown ink 'Bruny Entrecasteaux' [French naval officer and explorer Bruni d'Entrecasteaux]; the document is in support of a sailor, Joseph Augustin Recours, who, whilst …
Entire letter addressed to James H. Gladstones, care of Messrs. Jones Loyd & Co. 43 Lothbury, London, bearing 1/- light blue octagonal imperforate Queen's head, cancelled with barred numeral “4” and with circular handstamp SANDHURST VICTORIA DC 14 58 in black; transit mark of MELBOURNE OC 16 58, and endorsed 'Per “Columbian” via Marseilles'; arrival …
[REES, John Vander Horst , 1834-1908]
[MILITARY] Appointment of Ensign John Vander Horst Rees to 90th Foot, 1855, signed by Queen Victoria
Lithographed document with manuscript entries, 240 x 360 mm, dated at Windsor, 12 October 1855; signed by Queen Victoria at upper left; original seals intact; vertical fold lines, some browning; laid down on nineteenth century board. Official appointment of Ensign John Vander Horst Rees as Ensign in the 90th Regiment of Foot. Later commissioned as …
GILROY, Thomas Newman, Cardinal (1896-1977)
Typed letter, single quarto sheet, on letterhead of St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, with embossed seal of the Archbishop of Sydney, dated 26 November 1960, addressed to Rt. Rev. Mgr. Felice Cenci, Rector, Urban College de Propaganda Fide, Rome; a letter of introduction for Sir Edward Ford, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of Public Health …
COOMBS, Herbert Cole "Nugget" (1906-1997)
Typed letter, single octavo sheet, on letterhead of the Australian National University, Canberra, headed 'Chancellor' and dated 16 September 1968, addressed to Sir Edward Ford, Director, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of Sydney; 'Dear Ted, Many thanks for your telegram of congratulations on the occasion of my Installation as Chancellor'; signed in …
CABAY, Joseph (d. 1865)
Buff card, 90 x 53 mm; manuscript in ink verso: Kewakezhig = A Home in the Skies / Joseph Cabay; recto: 5 Tremont St. Boston. Very fine. Joseph Cabay was an Ojibwe chief from Saginaw Bay, Michigan. He moved to Boston in the early 1860s and married Mary Henderson, a missionary and author of Thirty-three …
EARLES, Chester (1821-1905)
4 letters, 7 pp (each 178 x 110 mm), tipped on to one old album page. Fine condition. A series of four letters, written when Earles was still resident in London (2 Gower Street), to Henry Mogford, organiser of exhibitions at the Crystal Palace. Earles refers to his paintings 'At the Foot of the Cross', …
BELLOW, Saul (1915-2005)
A RARE MANUSCRIPT LETTER WRITTEN BY PULITZER AND NOBEL PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR SAUL BELLOW TO FELLOW WRITER, THOMAS BERGER. Octavo sheet, on letterhead of the literary magazine The Noble Savage, manuscript in pen, dated 6/29, to the American writer Thomas Berger (1924-), urging him to contribute to The Noble Savage, signed Saul Bellow. In the Spring …
Robert William Nutt (1813-1891) was one of Van Diemen's Land's pre-eminent early lawyers, practicing in partnership with Gamaliel Butler in Hobart Town in the 1840s. He was also a Member of the Legislative Council of Van Diemen's Land for 1851-52. In the late 1850s he relocated to Melbourne to work with James Hunter Ross, one …
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 220 x 270 mm, sheet 245 x 350 mm; unmounted; an early pencilled inscription in the right hand margin reads: “3 or 400 miles North of Sidney, Clarence River on which is the Station Bolivia”; verso with a near contemporary newspaper cutting laid down, referring to a recent …
BANKS, Joseph, Sir (1743-1820)
Manuscript in brown ink on octavo sheet of wove paper, 155 x 115 mm, headed Soho Square Augt .19 1814, to an unknown recipient regarding the clearance of a consignment for Banks by the Customs House in London; signed at the foot Jos. Banks; tipped onto later backing sheet; fine. “My dear Sir, accept my …
MITCHELL, Thomas Livingstone, Sir (1792-1855)
1855, 26 July. Surveyor-General’s Office, Sydney;  pp, folio. Official letter from the Surveyor-General of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Mitchell, to the newly appointed Assistant Surveyor-General, E.J.Bennett, regarding three circulars that have been sent to Bennett in error, and assuring him that he should not concern himself with their content; written in Mitchell’s own …
DUPETIT-THOUARS, Abel Aubert (1793-1864)
Manuscript in brown ink, single sheet, folding to form  sides, small octavo; written on 2 sides; headed Paris, le 5 Juin 1845, a note from Admiral Dupetit-Thouars to the publisher Baudry requesting copies of a course in philosophy; signed at the foot 'A. Du Petit Thouars'; address and postal markings to the last side; …
BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)
Circa 1801. Ink on watermarked wove paper, sheet 120 x 185 mm, folded and written on the first side only, in Bougainville's hand; clean and legible; the document is housed in an old portfolio of the Charavay auction house, Paris, marked in pencil Bougainville. Note ut. Sur les “Sauvages de l'Amerique septentrionale”. In 1801 the famous …
NIGHTINGALE, Florence (1820-1910)
Florence Nightingale : autograph letter concerning a manuscript on the Aborigines of New South Wales
[London, October 1864]. Manuscript letter in the hand of Florence Nightingale, ink on single quarto sheet of wove paper with black mourning border, folded to form  sides 200 x 135 mm, written on two sides, headed London Oct. 5 / 64. and signed in full at the foot Florence Nightingale; the letter with short split …
[MASEFIELD, John, 1878-1967] ; Artist unknown.
[United Kingdom, c.1930]. Large octavo, original full dark blue morocco binding with triple gilt rule and ornament, spines with raised bands and lettered in gilt; inner boards with gilt rule; calligraphic manuscript in red, black and gold ink on vellum,  pages, each page with decorative borders in red, black and gold; the text comprises …
CROSSLEY, Ada Jemima (1871-1929)
[Sydney : September, 1903]. Manuscript in ink, written on  sides of octavo size notepaper with the embossed letterhead of The Australia Hotel, Sydney; old horizontal fold; fine. “Dear Miss Fox, Many warm thanks for your kind letter. With pleasure I will sign your fan – if you will leave it at the office. With …
MOORE, John, Lieutenant-General (1761-1809)
Manuscript in brown ink on single quarto sheet of wove paper with watermarked date 1804, 215 x 190 mm, sent from the War Office, 25 October 1805, to an unknown recipient warning “that the objection to your publishing the precise Stations of the British Forces still subsists in full force.”; signed at the foot J. …
PORTMAN, Arthur F.B.
Small quarto size notebook, limp flush-cut cloth (spine repaired with tape), approximately  pages of manuscript entries, comprising the abstract log kept by 2nd Mate Arthur Portman for each of six voyages of the cargo and passenger ship Carlisle Castle: London to Melbourne, May-August 1885; Melbourne to London, November 1885-February 1886; London to Melbourne, March-August 1886; Melbourne …
[Between 1942 and 1945?]. Manuscript in ink on a rectangular piece of thickish brown paper, 108 x 155 mm; verso with later annotation in pen in spidery handwriting Changi; numerous old fold lines indicating the paper was originally folded into a tiny rough square, approximately 45 x 40 mm; some foxing and staining and a …
Ink and wash on paper, 180 x 270 mm (sheet), verso blank; unmounted; a few toning spots, else fine condition. An attractive and relatively early manuscript map showing Australia and Van Diemen's Land, as well as Papua and parts of the Malay and Bismarck archipelagos. It was most likely drawn by a young student as …
Pen and ink on paper, 175 x 215 mm (sheet), signed and dated in lower margin “Lizzie Leard, Mar. 8th / 90”; verso blank; unmounted; some mild wear and a tiny amount of foxing to the edges, but a very well preserved example of a late nineteenth century child's map excercise. A neatly executed map …
[WITH A CONTEMPORARY TRANSPORTATION MANUSCRIPT ANNOTATION]. London : Barnard and Farley, 1815. Small octavo, contemporary half calf over marbled boards (very worn), title, one engraving of the Armillary Sphere, a defective copy with only 12 out of 30 hand coloured maps, free endpaper with lengthy pencilled inscription which reads as follows: Capt. Rd. Howlett sailed …
DUPETIT-THOUARS, Abel Aubert (1793-1864)
Single sheet, folding to form  sides, small octavo, manuscript in brown ink, headed Paris, 30 Octobre 1841, a note from Admiral Dupetit-Thouars to General Hecquet [1787-1872], advising him that he will soon receive the latest volumes of Dupetit-Thouars' monumental work Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus, pendant les annees 1836-1839 (published by Casimir Gide …
E. BLACKWELL & SON.
Geelong : E. Blackwell & Son, IXL Stove Manufacturers and Patentee, . Letterhead with lithographed illustration, 250 x 185 mm (sheet), a manuscript business letter apologizing for delivery of a stove lacking a “name plate”; original folds; in fine condition.
VINCENDON-DUMOULIN, Clément Adrien (1811-1858)
Single sheet, octavo, manuscript in brown ink, written on one side only, undated but probably 1842, a note from the hydrographer Vincendon-Dumoulin to Dumont d'Urville's publisher, Casimir Gide, suggesting an amendment to one of the maps in the fourth volume of Dumont d'Urville's Voyage au Pôle Sud (Vincendon-Dumoulin was the editor of the work, published in …
The Spanish ship San Cristoforo was captured in the Mediterranean by HMS Anson, under the command of William Cracraft, on December 8 1804. She was carrying a cargo of hides and other products from Montevideo in the New World and was bound for Barcelona. The Anson was at the time acting independently of the rest …
G. Kenney, Originator of Apostolic Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, and Speaking Plainly for Stammerers.
[Melbourne : G. Kenny, 1917]. Manuscript letter on the illustrated letterhead of G. Kenney, Originator of Apostolic Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, and Speaking Plainly for Stammerers. Furlong's Music Studio, Royal Arcade, Melbourne, single quarto sheet, dated Sept. 1 1917, addressed to a client, Mr. H.G. Monot of Castlemaine, the letter containing Kenney's advice and encouragement, such …
POULAT, Emile; POULAT, Yves
Three manuscripts on the theory and practice of fabric manufacture (weaving and embroidery), compiled by two generations of scholar-workers studying at the renowned L'École municipale de tissage et de broderie de Lyon; the first volume, by Emile Poulat, titled Cours de théorie 1908-1909; the second and third volumes, by his son Yves Poulat, titled Cours de théorie …
VICTORIA. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.
I hereby certify that Martha McFarlane has been educated up to the standard of education required by “The Education Act 1890.” Dated at Kellalac this 10th day of April A.D. 1895. N.A. Cavanagh, Inspector. Melbourne : Govt. Printer, 1895. Printed slip with manuscript entries, 105 x 140 mm, in good condition. The 1890 Act called …
DEUTSCHE TURNVEREIN MELBOURNE.
… After the conclusion of last year's most sucessful series of Concerts held in connection with the Melbourner Deutscher Turn Verein, I take this opportunity of conveying my warmest thanks for your kind and voluntary services, to which the success of the Entertainments was mainly due … Your obedient servant, William Wiesbaden, Hon. Sec. January 1882. …
CAVERHILL, Jane Blackwood (née MACK)
Head of title: Greenburn, Reston, Berwickshire. 2nd October, 1881. [U.K. : circa 1920]. Disbound typed manuscript, recto only of 23 quarto leaves, preceded by a typed title page, the final page with typed explanation “Written by my Mother, Jane Blackwood Mack, who married John Caverhill, eldest son of William Cavehill Crichness Duns and Helen Caverhill née Mack …
PORT PHILLIP. SUPREME COURT.
Foolscap folio, single sheet with manuscript entries, a warrant on Fieri Facias In Assumpsit empowering William Johnson Sugden [Sheriff's Bailiff] to recover £106 10/- 3d from Joseph Gardiner Mack [innkeeper, Woolpack Inn, Corio] owed to the plaintiff, Henry George Ashurst [merchant, Queen's Wharf]; dated 7th May 1842; embossed court seal at lower right; signed by …
PORT PHILLIP. SUPREME COURT.
Foolscap folio, single sheet with manuscript entries, a warrant on Fieri Facias In Assumpsit empowering William Johnson Sugden [Sheriff's Bailiff] to recover £142 7/- 7d from Peter Scott [butcher, Bourke Street] owed to the plaintiffs, Arthur and Cecil Birch [settlers, Seven Hills, Loddon River]; dated 7th January 1842; embossed court seal at lower right; signed …
PORT PHILLIP. SUPREME COURT.
Foolscap folio, single sheet with manuscript entries, a warrant on Fieri Facias In Assumpsit empowering William Johnson Sugden [Sheriff's Bailiff] to recover £108 13/- 3 1/2d from E.D.F. Hamilton [settler, Moorabool, Geelong] owed to the plaintiff, James Purves [landholder, Swanston Street]; dated 13th May 1842; embossed court seal at lower right; signed by Raymond and …
BOYES, A. [Alexander?]
Manuscript in ink, single foolscap sheet of wove paper with Britannia and crown watermark, written on both sides, recto with pen, pencil and wash illustration and calligraphic title at the head Remember Me / Written & com/sd By A. Boyes to S.A.W. July/72; original folds with some short tears, mild corner creasing, but complete, clean and …
Octavo, contemporary vellum boards (upper board detached, boards heavily rubbed and lacking backstrip, old tape marks, one half of brass clasp still attached at fore-edge), upper board inscribed in contemporary hand Railway Hotel Swan Street Richmond Victoria Australia from 21 Novmbr 1870 to 12 April 1872 by H.A. Dickmann Proprietor Book 1225, marbled endpapers and …
Small quarto, 240 x 145 mm, illustrated stiff wrappers (mild creasing), inscribed by the playwright on the title page 'I certify that this program is the one I used on the opening night performance in Melbourne on Sat. May 29th 1993. David Williamson'; accompanied by a holograph letter from Williamson to writer and film-maker Irina …
Christchurch, N.Z. : [The author], 1955. First edition. Small quarto, cloth backed papered boards, roneo printed, 36 pp (printed one side only), illustrated, a fine copy of this scholarly study of Tasmania's early postal history.