SYLE, Jane Margaret Winter (née DAVIS, 1821-1859)
[CHINA; MISSIONS] Two manuscript letters of Jane Syle, wife of American Episcopal missionary in China Rev. Dr. Edward W. Syle, written from Shanghai to her young son Henry Winter Syle in Baltimore, 1852.
Letter I. Jane Margaret Winter Syle to her son Henry Winter Syle [in Baltimore]. Shanghai, 10 March 1852. Manuscript in brown ink on blue writing paper, bifolium (135 x 108 mm),  pages; complete (but lacking envelope); original folds, light foxing. Letter II. Jane Margaret Winter Syle to her son Henry Winter Syle [in Baltimore]. …
[DA COSTA, Benjamin Mendes, 1803-1868]
Manuscript letter addressed to early Adelaide merchant Benjamin Da Costa, from John Relfe in London, regarding Da Costa’s long-overdue payment for prints sent to him by Relfe which were to be sold in Adelaide. March, 1844.
Entire letter, bifolium (195 x 160 mm), manuscript in ink written on one side, headed ‘London, March 12 / 44’ and signed at the foot ‘Jno. Relfe’, the address panel on the outer side with London Ship Letter marking in red dated 13 March 1844, addressed to ‘B M Da Costa Esq, Adelaide, N S …
[London?] : s.n. Folio bifolium (325 x 200 mm), manuscript in ink written on 2 1/2 sides, headed ‘Bread fruit Potatoes sent out fm. Middr. 1813 to Middsumr. 1814. Journal’ (prior to the Industrial Revolution, keeping accounts from Midsummer to Midsummer was the way that agriculture-related production and finances were recorded); the ‘journal’ is a …
COURTENAY, Richard William, Captain (1820-1904)
Letter copybook of Captain R. W. Courtenay, R.N., officer commanding HMS Scylla during her service on the China Station, 1863-67.
Folio (320 x 210 mm), recent quarter calf over green cloth boards with gilt-lettered upper board and spine;  pp, manuscript in ink on faint-ruled blue paper, comprising Captain Courtenay’s meticulous copies of approximately 150 of his own letters and memos written on board HMS Scylla between October 1863 and July 1867; a very well …
STEWART, Henry Noel
A Royal Navy midshipman’s personal logbook and journal, kept during service on HMS Repulse, HMS Powerful and other ships deployed on the China Station and in the Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Mediterranean Sea, 1897-1900.
A pair of Midshipman’s personal logbooks containing the writings and drawings of Royal Navy Junior Officer Henry Noel Stewart, dated January 1897 to August 1900. The main section relates to the deployment of the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Powerful on the China Station from January 1898 to July 1899. Two volumes, folio (325 x 210 mm), Waterlow …
SCRATCHLEY, Laura Lilias (née Brown, 1843-1917)
Lady Lilias Scratchley, widow of Major General Sir Peter Henry Scratchley, special commissioner for the Protectorate of New Guinea, 1884–1885: autograph letter, signed, thanking the wife of William Chalmers for a photograph of her late husband. July, 1886.
Manuscript in black ink on mourning paper, octavo bifolium (175 x 112 mm); written on 3 sides and signed in full at the foot ‘Lilias Scratchley’, the letter is headed ‘Gordon Lodge, Lympstone, S. Devon, 23rd July ’, and is addressed to the wife of William Chalmers, a close friend of Lilias Scratchley’s late husband, …
[MISSIONS; NEW GUINEA] A manuscript pamphlet in Latin recording the Roman Catholic presence at Onginofeka, Papua.
[Circa 1912]. Quarto, original paper wrappers with manuscript title in pencil to front ‘Onginofeka’ (old ink stains and some silverfishing), staples perished,  pages of manuscript notes in Latin in ink; with some notes in French on the final page; last date to appear in the booklet is 16 December 1912; contents clean and legible. This …
PEEK, Samuel (1807-1857)
[Sydney, NSW : Samuel Peek], 1850. Bifolium, 225 x 185 mm, folding to 83 x 125 mm, letterpress on the first side only, headed ‘Sydney, 2nd November, 1850’, printed signature of ‘Samuel Peek, George and Pitt Streets’ at foot; outer side addressed to ‘Mr. Henry Foster, Parramatta St.’ (n.b., no house number was required!), postmarked …
ALLAN, J. Alex. (James Alexander) (1879-1967)
A wine-shop Madonna and other verses. (Author’s copy, with two of his unpublished poems in manuscript)
Melbourne : The Argonaut Press, 1911. Octavo (230 x 150 mm), original brown card covers with printed title onlay to front (top edges of covers and first and last few leaves water damaged), blue ribbon ties, front free-endpaper inscribed by the author in pen ‘J. Alex. Allan, 1912’ and with three cuttings (two from The …
[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 …