KEMP, Charles & John FAIRFAX (printers & publishers)
The Shipping Gazette, and Sydney General Trade List. Volume I, Number 1, March 23 1844 to Volume II, Number 93, December 27 1845. (Complete run of the first two years’ issues)
Sydney, New South Wales : Published at “The Sydney Morning Herald” Office, No. 586, Lower George Street. Printed by Kemp and Fairfax, Lower George Street, 1844-45. Two volumes, folio (315 x 205 mm), uniform contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn), spines with contrasting leather title labels stamped in gilt (1845 volume expertly rebacked); Volume I (1844) with extra title leaf for “Volume I. From March to December 1844” (early pencilled ownership signature of J. C. Campbell) followed by issues No. 1, March 23 1844 to No. 41, December 28 1844, inclusive (i.e. Volume I, complete), plus No. 42, January 4 1845 (the first issue of Volume II); Volume II (1845) with binder’s ticket of W. Moffitt, Pitt Street, Sydney and original ownership signature of Samuel Ashmore, Kent Street, Sydney, 31 Decr. 1845 to the front pastedown, Ashmore’s inscription scored through and above it a slightly later inscription Ref. Lib.;  blanks, followed by issues No. 42, January 4 1845 to No. 93, December 27 1845, inclusive (i.e. Volume II, complete),  blanks; rear pastedown with Ashmore’s signature (not scored through). The contents of Volume I (1844) are clean and fresh throughout; the contents of Volume II (1845) have scattered spotting and occasional browning, one leaf with a water stain at fore-edge, and a few pages with the original owner’s marginalia in ink; overall, a very good complete run of the first two years’ issues in contemporary bindings, the original owner Captain Samuel Ashmore (1787-1858) – the navigator and surveyor after whom the Ashmore Reef is named – providing an interesting maritime association.
The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List, first published in March 1844 by Charles Kemp and John Fairfax, absorbed the existing Sydney General Trade List, which had begun life in 1828 and had undergone a series of name changes since that time (1829: Sydney General Trade List, and Mercantile Advertiser, 1830: Sydney General Trade List, Mercantile Chronicle and Advertiser, 1834: Sydney General Trade List).
This useful and highly regarded publication remained in circulation right up until 1860, when it was in turn absorbed into John Fairfax’s new newspaper venture The Sydney Mail.