[First half of the 19th century]. Manuscript in a Japanese kari toji (temporary) binding with plain wrappers, 260 x 185 mm,  leaves, with 70 full page hand painted illustrations depicting both Chinese and westerners suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, including smallpox, carcinomas and tumors, gangrene, renal disease, and haemoptysis, with accompanying …
NEW SOUTH WALES. GOVERNMENT.
Port Phillip District land sale document for purchase of an allotment in Warrnambool by Elizabeth Lane, dated 30 March 1848. Signed by Charles Augustus FitzRoy, Governor of New South Wales.
Deed of conveyance printed on parchment, folio (345 x 430 mm), with manuscript entries written in a fine clerical hand; dated 30 March 1848, the document records the “grant by purchase” from the Government of New South Wales of an allotment of land in Warrnambool by one Elizabeth Lane for the sum of £26; the land …
DOWN, Frederick E. (Ernest)
Manuscript diary of a mining engineer prospecting for gold in the Macquarie Harbour region on Tasmania’s west coast, 1915.
Duplicate carbon notebook, octavo (215 x 140 mm), quarter red leather over marbled papered boards, inner front board with owner’s inscription ‘Fred. E. Down, “Wombalano”, Neave Street, Upper Hawthorn, Victoria’, 100 numbered pages, the first 75 pages comprising the diarist’s duplicated manuscript written in a neat, legible hand, with daily entries covering the 5-week period …
[MEDICINE; OPIUM] A late nineteenth century manuscript listing a range of preparations for pain relief.
[U.S.A. : s.n., circa 1890]. Manuscript in ink written recto of single quarto sheet of unruled linen paper (250 x 200 mm); old fold lines, but a very well preserved document. Most likely an apothecary’s handy reference for preparing and dispensing drugs for sedation and pain relief – for both medicinal and recreational use – …
GARDEN, Donald Stuart
Thesis (M.A.), Monash University, 1970. Two volumes, quarto, bound in 2 matching spring-back binders of black pebbled cloth over boards, typescript, 220 leaves, with several folding maps and plans; fine condition. Another typescript copy of this thesis, which treats such topics such as the urban planning, agricultural development and social and religious history of the …
BESWICKE, Mabella (née Mayall) (attributed)
Writing case belonging to Mabella Beswicke (Mayall), wife of Port Phillip pioneer Charles Beswicke of Moodie Yallo Station.
[Between 1835 and 1840]. Portable case for writing accessories and paper, of thick card covered with hand-sewn floral-patterned purple velvet trimmed with corduroy, the underside covered in black silk, 220 x 285 x 30 mm (slightly irregular), with four flaps opening to 460 x 460 mm; the exposed card of the interior floor and flaps …
STREETON, Arthur (1867-1943)
The Arthur Streeton Catalogue. (With a holograph letter from Streeton to Mr. Politzer, regarding the creation of colour prints for this catalogue raisonné)
Melbourne : Arthur Streeton, 1935. Limited to 500 copies signed by the artist (this copy is no. 373). Quarto, gilt-lettered purple cloth covered boards (a little sunned, upper board with bumped bottom corner), pp 141, illustrated with numerous tipped-in colour and black-and-white plates, and with essays by J. S. Macdonald, Irwin Macdonald and Lionel Lindsay; …
SMITH, Edward Herbert; [BRUGUIÈRE, Antoine André, Baron de Sorsum, 1773-1823]
[LA PÉROUSE; BOTANY BAY] Poems, original and translated, by E. H. Smith, A. B., Incumbent of Killamarsh. / “Sweet heart-soothing poesie!”
Foolscap folio (189 x 285 mm), full maroon calf (boards worn and scuffed), spine with gilt decoration; front pastedown with armorial bookplate with the motto VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES and initials FLS below the coat of arms; manuscript in ink in the author’s own hand,  147  pp; the preliminaries comprise a title leaf and 3-page index …
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, …
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 …
[SLANEY, William Henry]; [OXLEY, Francis]; [SEDDON, Arthur]
Deed of conveyance between William Henry Slaney and Francis Oxley, relating to a land allotment at Footscray. Melbourne, June 1858.
Manuscript on parchment, folio (465 x 310 mm),  pages, written in a fine clerical hand, dated 12 June 1858 and recording the conveyance of the southern part of Allotment 9, Section 11 on the corner of Whitehall and Napier Streets, Footscray, from William Henry Slaney, grocer, of Collingwood, to Francis Oxley, grocer, of Melbourne; …
[SLANEY, William Henry]; [OXLEY, Francis]; [SEDDON, Arthur]
Deed of conveyance between William Henry Slaney and Francis Oxley, relating to a land allotment at Williamstown. Melbourne, June 1858.
Manuscript on parchment, folio (465 x 310 mm),  pages, written in a fine clerical hand, dated 12 June 1858 and recording the conveyance of the western half of Allotment 8, Section 18 on Osborne Street, Williamstown, from William Henry Slaney, grocer, of Collingwood, to Francis Oxley, grocer, of Melbourne; with a sketch plan of …
CROSSLEY, Ada Jemima (1871-1929)
[OPERA] Australian contralto Ada Crossley : a small group of manuscript ephemera, late 1890s to early 1900s.
I. Holograph note in ink on note paper (170 x 90 mm) with letterhead of Durham House, Langford Place, St. John’s Wood, London. ‘With pleasure I send my autograph. Very sincerely yours, Ada Crossley Muecke’. (On 11 April 1905 at the parish church of St Marylebone, Ada married Dr Francis Frederick Muecke, son of H. C. …
[MANUSCRIPT] Campagne de la Corvette à Voiles l’Alcméne. Commandée par Mr. Coudein, Capitaine de Frégate, à destination des Mers du Sud et Océanie.
An important, unpublished first-hand account of the voyage of the French naval corvette Alcméne in the South Seas, 1848-1852, including extended descriptions of the loss of crew members to cannibalism in New Caledonia in 1850, and of the vessel’s infamous shipwreck at Kaipara on the west coast of New Zealand in 1851, whilst en route from Hobart Town to Tahiti. …
[ELLIS, Theophilus Tighe, Captain (1782-1834)]
Letter concerning the inheritance of lands owned by Superintendent Theophilus Ellis in the Swan River Colony.
Manuscript letter addressed to ‘The Hon’ble Colonial Secretary, Perth, Western Australia’ [Peter Nicholas Broun], headed ‘Cockermouth, Cumberland, 4 January 1842′, written by the as yet unidentified husband of one of Theophilus Ellis’ nieces. Single sheet, 265 x 410 mm, bifolium, written in ink on  pages, the fourth used for the address; the letter is …
KIPPIS, Andrew (1725-1795)
Sydenham, Kent, 17 June 1776. Entire letter, manuscript in ink on single folio sheet of wove paper watermarked G.R., 360 x 230 mm, written on 1 1/4 sides, addressed to ‘The Rev. Mr. Parry, at Cirencester, Gloucestershire’, signed at the foot ‘Your most affectionate Brother and obliged Servant, And. Kippis’; remnants of wax seal; original …