A Communard in exile : a small archive of unpublished poems and songs in manuscript, together with rare locally-printed ephemera. Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, 1875-1878.
French journalist and former soldier Alphonse Pélissier was condemned to death for his involvement in the Paris Commune of March-May, 1871. His sentence was commuted to deportation to the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, where he arrived in November, 1872. During his political exile this unrepentant Communard collaborated as an editor on several issues …
HOWE, George 1769-1821; BLAXCELL, Garnham 1778-1817; BENT, Ellis 1783-1815; FOSTER, James; JAMES, Joseph
Promissory note, dishonoured, signed by Garnham Blaxcell for 250 pounds to be paid in good Government Bills to Captain Joseph James, Sydney, 20 March 1812, watermarked paper, 73 x 200 mm; accompanied by a notice of protest form dated 16 August 1813 signed by Ellis Bent, Judge Advocate and James Foster, Clerk for Ellis Bent, …
London : Alexandria Press in association with Thames & Hudson, 1988. First edition. Quarto (290 x 230 mm), publisher’s gilt-lettered green cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket; 270,  pp, profusely illustrated with colour and b/w plates; a fine copy.
[HOY, S. G.]; WARD, E.
[CHINESE IN AUSTRALIA] Telegram addressed to Sydney merchant S. G. Hoy advising of the arrival of boxes of opium at the New England mining township of Tingha, New South Wales, September 1879.
[Sydney]. New South Wales Electric Telegraph. Colonial and Intercolonial Lines. Telegram form. 218 x 213 mm, printed in orange on blue paper with manuscript entries in ink recording a message received from Tingha Station on 1 September 1879, addressed to S. G. Hoy, 315 Cumberland Street, Sydney, from E. Ward, Tingha: ‘Received two telegram and …
O'GRADY, Frederick Standish, 6th Viscount Guillamore (1847-1927)
[NEW ZEALAND] Commonplace album of Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1860s – circa 1900.
A fascinating treasure trove that constitutes a time capsule of four decades – one of them spent in New Zealand – in the life of an Irish aristocrat of the late nineteenth century. Nineteenth-century commonplace album. Folio, original marbled papered boards (heavily worn, lacking most of the leather backstrip), containing 160 pages completely filled with original manuscript material, ink and …
[BROMILOW, William Edward, 1857-1929, translator]
[NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Iesu Keriso. ‘Ida ‘Inapwana ta ‘Ida To-‘Etoseana ‘ina Onoaupaupa Auauna. (Missionary Sister Badcock’s own copy, with a manuscript letter in Dobuan from a woman at the leper colony on Ubuia Island)
Verso of title page: The New Testament in Dobuan, Papua, New Guinea. Sydney : Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1908. First edition. Octavo (210 x 140 mm), contemporary yapp-edged limp morocco (a little scuffed, worn at head and tail of spine and rear top edge) with the name ‘Sister Irene Badcock’ stamped in gilt in …
FAIRFAX, James Reading, (Sir) (1834-1919)
James Reading Fairfax, Australian newspaper proprietor: autograph letter, signed, to a Mrs. Hahnemann, re. the Fairfaxes’ gift to her of a watercolour of the Hawkesbury River. “Ginnagulla”, Bellevue Hill, 10 March 1885.
Manuscript in ink, bifolium, 175 x 110 mm,  pages (the last blank), on the embossed letterhead of James Reading Fairfax, with his monogram and address ‘Ginnagulla, Upper Belle Vue Road’ [Bellevue Hill, Sydney]; dated 10 March 1885, the letter is addressed ‘Dear Mrs. Hahnemann’ and signed at the foot of the third side ‘Yours …
WILHELMI, Johann Friedrich Carl (1829 - 1884).
Carl Wilhelmi, German naturalist in Australia: three autograph letters, signed, with significant content on Murray Aboriginal customs and botanical collecting. June 1860; September 1860; October 1871.
Carl Wilhelmi (1829-1884), German seedsman and botanical collector, arrived in Adelaide in March 1849, having been sent out to South Australia by the Dresden Lutheran Missionary Society. During his almost twenty-year sojourn in Australia, he made major contributions in the fields of both botanical science and anthropology. Early on, Wilhelmi collected botanical specimens extensively throughout …
DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918)
[Paris, n.d., but 1899-1904]. Carte de visite, 47 x 95 mm, recto printed CLAUDE DEBUSSY at centre and with his address 58, rue Cardinet at lower right (Debussy lived at this address in the years 1899-1904); inscribed in ink by Debussy below his printed name: ‘avec son meilleur remerciement a Monsieur L – Millevoye.‘; one small, pale …
BOUGAINVILLE, Hyacinthe Yves Philippe Potentien, Baron de (1781-1846)
Hyacinthe de Bougainville : autograph letter, signed, written from the harbour of Macao in 1825 during his circumnavigation in the “Thétis”.
Manuscript in brown ink, folio, 1 page; headed ‘Rade de Macao, ce 1er Janvier 1825’, the letter is to an unnamed recipient and concerns the Lazarist missionary, Lamiot; old vertical and horizontal folds (minor tears at the ends), roughened at top and bottom edges, else clean and complete, with red wax seals preserved. Rare, unpublished …
MOFFATT-PENDER, Iain Macalastair (1894-1961)
Moffat-Pender’s own corrected draft of his English translation of Kenneth Macleod’s essay “Duatharachd na mara”.
“Duatharachd na mara.” (The Romance – or the Mystery of the Sea) / by Kenneth Macleod “The Minister of the Songs” translated by Iain Macalastair Moffatt-Pender. [In red ink above title: NOT FOR PUBLICATION]. [n.d., but 1927, or earlier]. Quarto (270 x 210 mm), typescript, still bound with the original loop of fine wire at top …
MANION, Margaret (1935 - )
Melbourne, National Gallery Victoria / Macmillan, 2005. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 440, extensively illustrated. Fine copy of the hardback edition, as new. “This scholarly publication ‘The Felton illuminated manuscripts in the National Gallery of Victoria’ celebrates the Gallery’s small but distinguished collection of illuminated manuscripts and eloquently comments on the development of the handwritten …
BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)
Manuscript in brown ink on blue wove paper, 1 page, quarto (210 x 165 mm); dated at Paris, 24 brumaire an 11 [i.e. 15 November 1802], the letter is to an addressee identified simply as ‘Citoyen’, and is written entirely in Bouganville’s frail hand and signed at the foot ‘Bougainville, Senateur’; Bougainville attests to the …
COWPER, Charles, Sir (1807-1875)
An early item of official of correspondence from the Sydney Railway Company, rejecting an application for the position of Engineer. 3 January, 1851.
Manuscript in ink on wove paper, on the lithographed letterhead of the Railway Office, Sydney, dated 3 January 1851. Quarto bifolium (225 x 185 mm),  pp, written on the first side only; a holograph note by Charles Cowper, Director of the Sydney Railway Company, to Mr. H. Biddulph, c/- Post Office, Wollongong, advising him …
BOUVERIE, Julia Fanny (née Montolieu) (1792-1836)
Album of manuscript poetry by Julia Fanny Bouverie (née Montolieu), wife of Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Frederick Bouverie. Portugal, 1827-28.
Small quarto album (225 x 190 mm), half straight-grain black morocco over gilt-ruled straight-grain burgundy morocco boards (rubbed and with light staining, both boards with remnants of old paper labels); all edges gilt; front free-endpaper with ownership signature of Julia Fanny Bouverie,  pages of manuscript in ink on unruled paper, ms. pagination at upper corners …
CONSULATE OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FOR HONOLULU, H.I.
[WHALING] Certificate of Shipment of Seamen issued at Honolulu for the whaling vessel “Montpelier” out of New Bedford (Job Macomber, Master). Dated 7 February 1857.
Honolulu, Hawaii : U.S. Consulate, 1857. Lithograph printed document with manuscript entries, 310 x 400 mm, headed ‘Cirtificate [sic] of Shipment of Seamen’ above the American eagle and ‘Consulate of United States of America, for Honolulu, H. I.’; immediately below is the printed declaration with relevant entries supplied in ms.: ‘I, the undersigned, Consul of …