Politics & Law

  • # 23278


    [MELBOURNE JEWISH ANTI-NAZI BROADSIDE] This is the true Gieseking.

    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, [1952]. 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 …

  • # 23161

    [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 …

  • # 23305


    India : The pivot of Empire. An illustrated lecture … March 24, 1919.

    [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, …

  • # 22689

    [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 …

  • # 22843

    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), [4] 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 …

  • # 21569

    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) …

  • # 22844

    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 [2] 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 – …

  • # 22973

    BORODIN, M.M. (editor-in-chief)

    Moscow News : weekly edition of Moscow Daily News. September 19, 1935.

    Moscow : “The United Magazines and Newspapers”, 1935. “Fifth year, no. 38”. Folio newspaper, pp 12, illustrated; original folds, some mild toning, a very good copy. Text in English. English-language newspaper published by the Soviet propaganda machine in the year prior to the commencement of The Great Terror, presenting a picture of a socialist utopia.

  • # 23026

    LONDON STEREOSCOPIC COMPANY; [CAIRNS, Hugh McCalmont, 1st Earl Cairns, 1819-1885]

    Photographic portrait of Hugh Cairns, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, circa 1875.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 64 mm (mount), recto with printed caption beneath image ‘The Rt. Hon. Lord Cairns’; verso with imprint of The London Stereoscopic Company and contemporary pencilled inscription ‘Lord Chancellor’; both the print and mount are in fine condition. Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns (1819-1885) was an Irish-born British …

  • # 22488


    [TRANSPORTATION] Lincoln Gaol Magistrates’ Order Book, 1799-1816.

    Late eighteenth century journal. Square octavo, 195 x 155 mm, quarter calf over marbled papered boards (recently rebacked, endpapers replaced); pp [136], manuscript in ink in several hands on unruled laid paper, the majority of entries on rectos only; clean and legible throughout. This unique, unpublished manuscript provides a fascinating “view from the inside” of …

  • # 22487


    [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 …

  • # 11458

    O'HIGGINS, Brian

    Gáir-chatha Gaedhal : Sinn Féin and freedom

    Dublin : Sinn Féin Bureau, 16 Parnell Square, [1932]. Small octavo, original illustrated wrappers (upper wrapper lightly foxed), 15 pp, text in English and Gaelic (pp 3-4), contents clean and sound, a good copy. A rare Sinn Féin publication. Brian O’Higgins was a founding member of Sinn Féin and President of the organisation between 1931 and …

  • # 22613

    MORRIS, William

    [WILLIAM MORRIS] Monopoly ; or, how labour is robbed.

    The Socialist Platform [Journal of the Socialist League] – No. 7. London : Office of “The Commonweal”, 273 Hackney Road N.E., 1891. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (detached, rusted staple, mild spotting), 15 pp one full page of illustrations; contents clean. A socio-political pamphlet produced by the English textile designer, artist and writer William Morris (1834-1896), co-founder …

  • # 22610

    LANG, John Dunmore

    [PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH] The dead fly in the apothecary’s ointment;

    or, The reason why Presbyterian church union in Australia has hitherto proved a failure : a letter to the Rev. James Begg, D.D. &​c., &​c., Edinburgh. Glasgow : George Gallie, 1861. Octavo pamphlet, wrappers lightly foxed, original string binding (partially lacking), 38 pp; a good copy. Ferguson 11355. Written by Lang during his visit to Scotland …

  • # 22402

    Théveneau de Morande, Charles (1741-1805)

    [LIBELLE] Le Gazetier cuirassé, ou Anecdotes scandaleuses de la cour de France.

    Imprimé à cent lieues de la Bastille à l’enseigne de la liberté [i.e. London] : s.n., 1772. Second edition. Duodecimo, original calf (heavily scuffed), spine in compartments with gilt ornament, stamped title labels lost but with early manuscript paper title label to foot; edges stained red, original marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece, title with early ownership signature scratched out and …

  • # 19903


    Baring antebellum & Bishopsgate within. CITY A.M.

    London : Gefn Press, 2010. Octavo (28 x 21cm), publisher’s brown-marbled ledger wrappers, sewn binding, housed in a cream card document folder, 38pp, with red and blue line decorations; ink jet printed onto Zerkall paper, internally pristine, a fine copy. One of 100 copies. “Text derived from research at the Baring Archive, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Marble …