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 …
Sydney : Printed by Horatio Wills for the executors of R. Howe, 1832. Small octavo, original blue paper wrappers, 8 pp, a fine, original copy. Ferguson, 1508. The Australian College for boys was established in Sydney by the Reverend John Dunmore Lang in November 1831. The Presbyterian teaching staff were recruited from Scottish universities, and …
New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council
K.J., M.L.C., President, on the occasion of his attaining his 75th birthday : official souvenir. Sydney : Government Printer, 1914. Octavo, full leather presentation binding with gilt stamped lettering to front and gilt ornament around inner edges, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, frontispiece portrait, 47 pp, a fine copy. Copies are recorded in five Australian …
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, …
EMPIRE PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION.
Melbourne : Osboldstone & Co., . Oblong quarto, original card covers with gilt lettering and State crest to front (nick to fore-edge),  sepia toned photographic plates with views of Melbourne and regional Victoria, a near fine copy. Copies are recorded in four Australian collections (Deakin University Library; Monash University Library; National Library of Australia; State Library of …
BALL, W. Macmahon
Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1952. First edition. Octavo, cloth in dustjacket (a couple of small nicks), pp. 210, maps. Presentation inscription to May Lugton (later the curator of rare books at the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne) from the author ‘For Miss Mary Lugton, with thanks for all her generous and discerning help. W. …
RUSSELL, William Lord, 1639-1683.
The last speech & behaviour of William, late Lord Russel, upon the scaffold in Lincolns-Inne-Fields,
a little before his execution, on Saturday, July 21, 1683 : being condemned for high-treason in conspiring the death of the King, and the subversion of the government &c. : together with the paper delivered by him to the sheriffs, and signed with his own hand : also the last speeches, behaviour, and prayers of …
Melbourne University Press, 1980. Second edition. Octavo, wrappers, dustjacket, pp. 45, illustrated.
South Melbourne, Vic. : Macmillan, 1979. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s blue cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, pp vii, 135, illustrated with colour and black-and white plates; a fine copy. Portrait of controversial Australian Prime Minister William Morris “Billy” Hughes (1862-1952), ‘an illusionist who summoned up magical shapes and was an epic enough liar …
[GIESEKING, Walter, 1895-1956]; YOUTH SECTION OF THE JEWISH COUNCIL (MELBOURNE)
St. Kilda, Vic. : Issued by the Youth Section of the Jewish Council to combat Fascism and anti-Semitism, printed by L. Shaffel, 37 High Street, . Broadside, 230 x 150 mm, printed recto only on yellow paper; in very good condition. A rare broadside protesting against the presence in Australia of visiting French-born German concert pianist, Walter …
[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 …
BAINBRIDGE, Oliver (1877-1922); EMPIRE LITERATURE SOCIETY (SYDNEY)
[Sydney : Empire Literature Society], 1919. Invitation card, 120 x 150 mm, printed recto only, addressed to Mr and Mrs Menzies [G. K. Menzies, Secretary of the Royal Society of Arts, London], for Oliver Bainbridge’s lecture to be held at the Empire Literature Society on Monday, March 24, 1919, with the Governor of New South Wales, …
[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 …
JARVES, James Jackson (editor)
The Polynesian, 1844-45 : 21 issues of the weekly Honolulu newspaper, official organ of the Hawaiian Government.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands : J. J. Jarves, 1844-45. Twenty-one individual issues, folio newspaper (460 x 300 mm), bifolium format; disbound; text in English and Hawaiian; most issues with some water staining (not affecting legibility of the print), otherwise well preserved; accompanied by the near-contemporary marbled papered board covers (now detached, chipped and heavily worn) …
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 – …