Voyages & Exploration
Voyages to Australia
[TOURISM]. Tasmania. For You All the Year Round.
Hobart, John Vail, circa 1930. Small quarto, old fold, 48pp., map, illustrations, advertisements, near fine in original colour pictorial wrappers. Tasmanian Government Tourist Department brochure with striking cover art by Dennis Colbron Pearse, and fishing references &c. including regulations. Ephemeral and very scarce.
Neilson, John Shaw, Collected Poems.
Melbourne, Lothian, 1934. Quarto, frontispiece, and two plates (not included in the standard edition), bright original maroon buckram with chipped dustwrapper, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Special large paper edition limited to 55 copies (signed and numbered by the publisher), and signed by the author with the penultimate stanza of 'Song Be Delicate' in the author's holograph. Rare with dustwrapper.
Devanny, Jean, The Butcher Shop.
London, Duckworth, 1926. Octavo, diffuse foxing, original blue cloth lettered in gilt with chipped pictorial dustwrapper (bit oxidised on spine). Third impression. Early printing in exceptionally scarce 1920s dustwrapper reproducing the fabulous John Nicolson ('Nick') artwork from the first impression but not priced on spine. Banned in New Zealand in 1926 and in Australia from 1929.
MASON, Major George Henry (attributed). THE PUNISHMENTS OF CHINA, Illustrated by Twenty-two Engravings with Explanations in English and French.
London, printed for William Miller by S. Gosnell, 1808 [later issue]. Folio, with 22 fine handcoloured stipple engraved plates by J. Dadley, bound with new endpapers in early straight grain morocco, the boards within elaborate embossed and gilt frames, the backstrip preserving remnants of the original lettering, all edges gilt. As often, this is a later issue with some plates watermarked in 1817. Mason's time as a British army officer in Canton in 1789 gave him the opportunity to illustrate local customs and costumes, and he also provided the text for each plate. See Abbey Travel, 532.
Milton, John, Paradise Lost.
Hammersmith, The Doves Press, 1902. Edition limited to 325 copies, printed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson.
Maundrell, Henry, A JOURNEY FROM ALEPPO TO JERUSALEM.
Oxford, 1732. Octavo, with engraved title vignette, fifteen folding and full-page engraved plates and plans, a crisp copy in contemporary panelled calf, later rebacking, with the engraved bookplates of Lt. Colonel Pechell, and Henry Ridley Dale. Fifth edition, with an account of the author's journey to the banks of the Euphrates at Beer, and to the country of Mesopotamia.
HARRIS, Alexander. The Emigrant Family: or, The Story of an Australian Settler. By the Author of “Settlers and Convicts”.
Three volumes, octavo, uncut in original cloth-backed boards with paper spine labels, neat owner's inscription dated 1849 on the endpapers, a very good set with expected signs of use and age (some insect damage to the cloth on the spines, labels slightly chipped, endpapers foxed and with paste residue from old protective cloth sleeves since removed, some non-disturbing damp marks at the back of two volumes). London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1849. First edition of a rare and important three-decker novel. Ferguson, 5061; Miller, p. 597; not in Sadleir; Wantrup, 492.
WENTWORTH, William Charles. Australasia. A Poem. Written for the Chancellor’s Medal at the Cambridge Commencement, July, 1823.
Octavo, bound in more recent half morocco over marbled boards, the modern binder's blanks and endpapers heavily spotted but the text itself very clean and sound, an attractive copy. London, G. and W.B. Whittacker, 1823. The rare first edition of the first volume of verse published by an Australian-born poet and the second published volume of Australian verse. Ferguson, 924 (four copies only and none added in the 1986 Addenda); Miller, p. 227; Serle, p. 212; Wantrup, 483.