Trade & Industry

  • # 19909


    A Hobart Town “bar tab” : for pastoralist and politician James McLanachan, drinker and guest at Webb’s Hotel, Murray Street, August – September, 1868.

    Lithographed letterhead for Webb’s Hotel, Murray Street, Hobart Town (John Webb, proprietor), 410 x 170 mm; simply dated ‘September 1868’, the manuscript entries are a running account for James McLanachan, Esq. (landowner at Tunbridge, north of Oatlands, and member of the House of Assembly), for alcoholic beverages consumed at the hotel between 10 August and …

  • # 20197

    COOPER, William

    The sheepman’s diary

    Berkhamsted [U.K.] : William Cooper and Nephews, [1910]. Octavo, gilt-lettered red cloth, ready reckoner and calendar to endpapers, pp. 81 (pp. 45-46 creased), a few manuscript notes, very good. Published for the Australian and New Zealand market, this largely unused diary for graziers is filled with useful information for the ‘sheepman’ (sheepbaths, sheepdip, postage rates, …

  • # 19741


    “QANTAS” Ltd. announce a greatly increased service to the public.

    At the head of drop title: Vignette illustration and “Air Travel – is Safe, Speedy and Comfortable, it exemplifies the spirit of modern progress”. Brisbane : “QANTAS” Ltd., The Wool Exchange, Eagle Street, 1930. Single sheet, 137 x 80 mm, printed on one side only; advertising a 15% reduction in fares on the Brisbane-Camooweal and Cloncurry-Normanton …

  • # 20073

    Share certificate for the South Australia Development Syndicate Limited, 1900.

    [Chester, U.K.] : South Australia Development Syndicate Limited, 1900. Lithographed sheet, 230 x 240 mm, manuscript entries dated 13 June 1900 recording the acquisition of one hundred shares by Roy McGregor Laird, shipbuilder of Birkenhead in the County of Chester; on the reverse is wet stamped ‘Paid a first dividend of 2s per share in …

  • # 19442

    ELLIOT, Charles (1801-1875)

    [OPIUM] Public Notice to Her Majesty’s Subjects.

    The officer deputed by the Commissioner, and the Keun Min Foo, having caused certain notices to be publicly placarded at Macao, inciting British merchants, commanders, and Seamen to disregard the lawful injunctions of the Undersigned, he has this day transmitted to those Authorities the accompanying declaration. A copy of the same will be submitted to …

  • # 19428

    MORRISON, John Robert (1814-1843)

    A Chinese commercial guide consisting of a collection of details respecting foreign trade in China.

    Canton : Printed at the Albion Press, and sold at the Canton Register Office, No. 4 Danish Hong, 1834. First edition. Octavo, recent gilt-ruled half morocco over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; marbled edges, pp xii, 116, the last five leaves with folding tables, large folding ‘Table of Logarithms to Accompany Stansbury’s Tonnage …

  • # 20121


    An unpublished manuscript document recording a cargo of tea from China carried on the VOC ship Vrouw Maria Cornelia, dated 1790.

    Prisatie over de Lading Thee per het Schip De Vrouw Maria Cornelia voor de Kamer Middelburg, alsmeede de Pryze zo als dezelve op den 29 November 1790 zyn verkogt. Large folding leaf, 375 x 245 mm, watermarked paper; manuscript in ink on [2] sides, with the title occupying a small section of the fourth side; the …

  • # 19460

    XU, Guangqi (HSÜ, Kuang-ch'i) (1562-1633); MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry) (1796-1857) (translator)

    Dissertation on the silk-manufacture, and the cultivation of the mulberry;

    translated from the works of Tseu-Kwang-K’he. Called also Paul Siu, a Colao, or minister of state in China. Shanghae : Printed at the Mission Press, 1849. [Series: The Chinese miscellany, III]. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards; title leaf, pp 108, followed by [16] full-page wood block printed illustrations; title and last illustrated …

  • # 19464

    MAYERS, William Frederick; DENNYS, Nicholas Belfield; KING, Charles

    The Treaty Ports of China and Japan.

    A complete guide to the open ports of those countries, together with Peking, Yedo, Hongkong and Macao : forming a guide book & vade mecum for travellers, merchants, and residents in general : with 29 maps and plans. London : Trübner and Co. ; Hongkong : A. Shortrede and Co, 1867. First edition. Octavo, half morocco …

  • # 20156

    MAYBON, Charles B.; FREDET, Jean

    Histoire de la concession française de Changhai. (Presentation copy for The Shanghai Mercury)

    Paris : Plon, 1929. Edition of 132 copies, this being one of 75 unnumbered hors commerce examples on Hollande Van Gelder paper. Quarto, publisher’s brown cloth covered boards (lightly marked), upper board uniquely lettered in blind in black and red to include the name of the presentee ‘The Shanghai Mercury, Ltd.’, spine lettered in black, …

  • # 15369

    IRIBE, Paul (1883 - 1935)


    Paris : Editions Iribe, [1930]. Quarto, lettered boards with glassine cover (small loss to lower corner of front panel), spiral bound, pp. 32; 7 gold and silver foil plates with acetate overlays (the metallic plates corroded, as always), else very good. An icon of art deco design by the legendary Paul Iribe. Limited to 800 …

  • # 20273


    Hints on running a Morgan runabout

    Also list of replacements and spare parts. Malvern [U.K.] : The Morgan Motor Co., circa 1920. Octavo, illustrated cloth (marked), pp. 24, illustrations. A worn copy, marked and stained, a couple of pages detached, creased. A scarce guidebook for operating and repairing the classic handmade car.

  • # 20274


    Blackstone Heavy-fuel-oil engines

    Stamford [U.K.] : Blackstone & Co., circa 1925. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 72, illustrated. Illustrated trade catalogue for engines for heavy machinery, powering the British Empire.

  • # 20272

    PAGE, Victor W.

    Starting, lighting and ignition systems.

    Elementary principles, practical application, wiring diagrams and repair hints. Invaluable to motorists, students, mechanics, and repair men. Every phase of the subject is treated in an easily understood, non-technical manner. London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1916. Octavo, illustrated cloth (darkened), pp. 509, numerous diagrams (some folding), binding a little shaken else very good. Electrical engineering …

  • # 20325


    The mechanical principles of the aeroplane

    New York : Macmillan, 1921. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (slightly dulled), aviation related bookplate of Frank Tilyous to front pastedown, pp. viii; 272, diagrams. A scarce technical manual to the physics of aviation, with much mathematical detail and diagrams. Scarce

  • # 20271

    BOTTONE, S. R.

    Ignition devices for motors

    With a chapter treating specially of structural details, choice, and management of automobiles. London : Guilbert Pitman, 1908. Octavo, illustrated cloth (marked), pp. 141, illustrations and diagrams. Scarce early work on motor cars.