Imperial Russian Government [Lithuania-Vilnius Governorate]
[POLISH NOBILITY IN THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE] Sammelband containing Imperial Russian documents certifying that the family Rynkiewicz is entitled to the privileges of szlachta (nobility). Vilnius, 1819.
Folio (350 x 280 mm), original straight grain red morocco with borders in green morocco elaborately tooled in gilt, upper board with contrasting green morocco label lettered in gilt in Polish (a little rubbed and scuffed); attached by its original cord is a circular brass case (unopened, but likely to contain the seal of herb …
[MANUSCRIPT] Campagne de la Corvette à Voiles l’Alcméne. Commandée par Mr. Coudein, Capitaine de Frégate, à destination des Mers du Sud et Océanie.
[Libourne, France, between 1882 and 1887]. Folio, 270 x 215 mm, manuscript,  pp, in 4 stitched sections of 23, 38, 48 and 50 pages respectively, the third section with 2 pencil and wash drawings in the text, the fourth section with 3 pencil and wash drawings in the text and one laid down on thick paper (a …
CANNING, George (1770-1827)
Speeches delivered by the Rt. Hon. George Canning, at the public celebration of his third return to Parliament for the Town of Liverpool, June 29, 1818. (Canning’s copy, accompanied by his autograph note presenting the book to an unidentified woman)
London : Printed for G. and W. Nicol, booksellers to His Majesty, Pall-Mall, 1818. Second edition. Octavo, in the original binding commissioned by Canning from the printer, George Nicol, full calf blind-tooled in gilt (both boards with a few marks), spine titled in gilt (a little worn), all edges gilt, Canning’s ownership initials GC to …
J. B. M. (John Benson MARTIN, 1818-1908)
[CAMDEN] Reminiscences / by J.B.M. (The author’s proof copy, with corrections and additions in manuscript)
Camden : A.J. Doust, ‘Times’ Office, 1884. “Being a reprint from the Camden Times, 1883.” Octavo, disbound (stapled by the printer, and later stitched by the author), a misprinted proof copy with several missing pages (33 ; 36-37 ; 40-41) supplied by the author in manuscript (in ink on ruled blue paper), with the author’s …
COLONY OF VICTORIA. LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.
Melbourne : Robt. S. Brain, Govt. printer, . Lithographed document, 165 x 215 mm, printed on both sides with manuscript entries, vignette logo of the Victorian Legislative Assembly to left margin recto; Elector’s Right no. A 214254, Electoral District of Williamstown, Williamstown Centre Division: ‘The holder hereof James Hobson Jr. of 11 Nelson Place, polisher, …
TAYLOR, J.T.E.; MOREHEAD, R.A.A.
Letter from a mining surveyor reporting on the Bon Accord copper mine at Burra, South Australia. June, 1848.
Manuscript in ink on laid paper, bifolium, [1 1/2] pp, foolscap folio (320 x 200 mm), headed “Bon Accord” Mine, 1st June 1848; signed at foot J.T.E. Taylor; outer side with address panel addressed to R.A.A. Morehead Esq., Scottish Australian Investment Co., O’Connell Street, Sydney; endorsed by the sender loose letter and per Juno, with …
MENPES, Mortimer Luddington (1855-1938)
Mortimer Menpes, Adelaide-born British artist : autograph note, signed, revealing his romantic feelings towards a young woman, possibly Australian socialite Pearl Faithfull. London, circa 1899.
Manuscript in ink on  pp of an octavo bifolium (180 x 110 mm), on embossed letterhead with Menpes’ Chelsea address ’25 Cadogan Gardens, S.W.’ (this residence, which Menpes had designed by the architect Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo and which was spectacularly decorated in the Japanese style, was completed in 1888, and Menpes and his family …
[BROWE, Justin McCarty, 1830-1889]
[TASMANIA] A small archive of legal documents relating to Justin McCarty Browne : bibliophile, collector and shipping agent.
Justin McCarty Browne’s significance as a collector of books and Tasmaniana, and his generous public legacy, place him in the illustrious company of William Walker, the Allports, Sir William Crowther and Clifford Craig. The Rev. William Henry Browne, Justin McCarty Browne’s father, arrived in Tasmania from Ireland in 1828. This small group of documents is …
[GUÉRARD, Eugene von and GUÉRARD, Louise von]
Eugene and Louise von Guérard : a deed of release document bearing the signatures of the artist and his wife, dated October 1871.
On the evening of 12 September 1871 the colonial artist Eugene von Guérard and his wife Louise were passengers on a train which was involved in a collision as it was returning to Flinders Street from Prahran. Ironically, the accident took place only a short distance from their residence in East Melbourne. The injuries both …
PEDDER, Jane (née BRUCKER)
Jane Pedder, mother of John Lewes Pedder, Chief Justice of Van Diemen’s Land : autograph note to a ship’s captain regarding the carriage of books.
Sheet of wove paper with watermark date of 1828, 110 x 90 mm (folded),  pp, manuscript in ink, the front addressed ‘Capt. Smith, Ship William Manning’, the note itself occupying 2 pages, signed ‘Your obd. servt. Jane F. Pedder, March 18th’ [1828?], the fourth (otherwise blank) side endorsed by the receiver ‘Mrs. Pedder’; remnants …
MACARTHUR, Jean Marie (Faircloth) (1898-2000)
[PHILIPPINES] Jean MacArthur, wife of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur: typed letter, signed, sent from Manila in July 1945.
Octavo (230 x 155 mm),  page typed letter on high quality writing paper, headed ‘A.P.O. 500, c/o Postmaster, San Francisco, July 14th, 1945’, signed at the foot in fountain pen ‘Jean’ [MacArthur]; addressed to a friend in California, Mary Ann [Saleeby], who had, along with her family, managed to survive the Japanese occupation of …
DOUGLAS, John (1828-1904)
[QUEENSLAND] John Douglas, Government Resident and magistrate at Thursday Island : autograph letter, signed, to a London publisher regarding a book of his memoirs. October, 1902.
Bifolium, 203 x 125 mm, Queensland Government watermarked paper, lithographed letterhead with State of Queensland crest and ‘Residency, Thursday Island’; manuscript in ink on  pp, dated 20 October 1902, to Edward Arnold, British publisher: ‘I should have been very pleased to discuss with you the chances of success for a book of Reminiscences – …
Deed of conveyance between Selig Alexander and Henry Bateman, relating to a land allotment in Sandridge (Port Melbourne), November 1857.
Manuscript on parchment, folio (470 x 320 mm),  pages, written in a fine clerical hand, dated 9 November 1857 and recording the conveyance of part of Allotment 3, Section 9 in the Parish of South Melbourne at Sandridge (on Stoke Street in what is now Port Melbourne), from Selig Alexander, merchant, of the City …
[Grace CARTER, née FLECK, 1770-1855]; Jonathan L. BENNETT; John Thomas BENNETT
[COOK] Correspondence regarding payment of an annuity to Grace Carter (Fleck), niece of Captain James Cook, from the estate of Cook’s widow, Elizabeth.
30 December 1842 – 5 April 1853. Group of 19 manuscript letters from London solicitors J.L. Bennett of Merton (17) and J.T. Bennett of Finsbury (2) to Mrs. Grace Carter, of Redcar, Yorkshire (4), and Rev. Joseph Wilkinson, incumbent of Redcar (15), on the payment of an annuity to Grace Carter from the estate of …
[SOUTH AUSTRALIA; IMMIGRATION] Newitt family archive, including ticket to Adelaide from London, 1854.
The following group of original documents and photographs relates to the family of Thomas Newitt, who arrived in Adelaide with his family in 1854. 1. Marriage certificate for Thomas and Mary Ann Newitt, September 7th 1836, in the Parish of St Mary, Lambeth, in the County of Surrey. Thomas Newitt, bachelor; Mary Ann Perry, spinster. …
MITCHELL, Thomas Livingstone, Sir (1792-1855)
1855, 26 July. Surveyor-General’s Office, Sydney;  pp, folio; in very good condition. 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 …