Recent cloth with titling on the front cover; a fine copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 84 of 1865. A comprehensive report (dated 9 September 1865 on HM Surveying Schooner 'Beatrice' at sea) of Howard's activities since his last letter, which internal evidence suggests was around 13 May 1865, when he embarked the Government Resident, Boyle Travers Finniss, at Escape Cliffs, Adam Bay. After ascending the Adelaide River, he sailed to Limmen Bight in the Gulf of Carpentaria. On his return to Escape Cliffs, he spent several weeks assisting the activities of the main camp and carrying out essential maintenance, before leaving for the south-west coast. Around the middle of August, Howard and Finniss discovered and named the Daly River, and continued on to the Western Australian border, before returning to Escape Cliffs. He wrote that 'We have now seen the whole coast south-west from Adam Bay to the boundary and also several detached pieces along the coast to the eastward, and I must confess, without seeing any place superior or more adapted for a first settlement than the Adelaide River, with, perhaps, Port Darwin as a sea port'.
Recent cloth with titling on the front cover; leading edge slightly chipped; an excellent copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 79 of 1866. A summary account of activities from 28 December 1865 to 26 August 1866; with numerous references to the McKinlay expedition (the 'Beatrice' was its support vessel).
London, Blackburn and Burt, and Adelaide, E.S. Wigg, .
Duodecimo, [vi], 174 pages.
Original blind-stamped cloth; slight wear to the head and foot of the spine; rear cover a little marked; an excellent copy.
The author was a South Australian pioneer, and he devotes 22 of the 36 pages on the Australian colonies to his home state. With the John Goodchild-designed bookplate of the Thomas Gill bequest to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (and a cancelled RGSSA stamp on the title-page).
Papered boards; corners very slightly bumped; bottom edge of pp143-146 with a tiny nick to the bottom margin (with very slight associated creasing to a few adjacent leaves; endpapers a little offset; pencilled ownership signature; a very good copy... Read complete entry
'This boys' book is for your dad as well as for you'.
Cloth corners very slightly bumped; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little sunned on the spine and lightly rubbed.
Number 146 of a limited edition of 375 copies numbered and signed by Geoffrey Ingleton. The cumulative cloth-bound edition originally issued as five catalogues between 1971 and 1977, with the cumulative index of 38 pages (which is absolutely essential, as some 14,300 items are listed).
Cloth flecked on the bottom edge; edges a little foxed; endpapers offset; a very good copy with the very good dustwrapper a little sunned, chipped and torn with slight loss (chiefly to the head of the spine).
Dated (1 August 1931), inscribed and signed by the author to Fred Johns, the editor of the first Australian Who's Who. Not least, life in New Guinea after ANMEF (the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force) had removed the Germans in 1914, and some of the problems facing Australian colonisation in NG (Australia received a mandate from the League of Nations to govern PNG in 1921).
Adelaide, R.E.E. Rogers, Government Printer, 1912 [and] 1913.
Foolscap folio, 66 pages plus a folding chart, 3 large folding plans or charts (describing a typical plan of a lock and weir, and charting the effects of certain reservoirs on navigation) and a large folding map of the Murray (555 x 910 mm, the 'section between Swan Reach and Wentworth ... showing locations of lock-sites', with a very large inset map of the entire length of the river), [and] 32 pages plus a folding map ('Proposed improvements in the vicinity of the mouth of the River Murray', 537 x 518
Contemporary full morocco lettered in gilt on the front cover 'Captain Johnston's River Murray Reports'; the original spine is missing and has been replaced with a fairly pedestrian piece of cloth, giving it a quarter cloth look;... Read complete entry
The ownership signature of Arthur Searcy (1913) is written in pencil on each title page. Arthur Searcy (1852-1935) was Controller of Harbors from July 1911 and Chairman of the Harbors Board Committee until his retirement at the age of 65 (information from the Searcy scrapbooks in the State Library of South Australia). He was the older brother of the more well-known Alfred (1854-1925). Loosely inserted are retained duplicate typescripts of two letters (in all, four pages foolscap) from Searcy, as Chairman of the Board, to the Minister of Marine, regarding proposed works at Victor Harbor (one page) and Goolwa (three pages). The letters are signed and dated at the head by Searcy (August and September 1922 respectively); the one on Goolwa raises numerous objections to Johnston's scheme. Three related contemporary newspaper cuttings (one printing a lengthy letter from Simpson Newland) are also present. The September 1928 ownership signature of E.H. Bakewell is written in pencil on the recto of the front flyleaf. Bakewell was managing director of the South Australian Reinforced Concrete Company, which makes sense in this context.
Quarto, x (ten leaves printed rectos only), 351,  pages with maps and numerous illustrations (from photographs).
Laminated pictorial card covers slightly creased, with two short scrapes to the spine; corners (unnecessarily) strengthened with clear tape; an excellent copy (the card covers may have been reinforced on the inside by a former owner).
Loosely inserted are two flyers from Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum.
Drop-title; four small holes in the inner margins where stab-sewn when bound (now disbound); a fine copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 120 of 1858. Douglas, the Harbor Master of South Australia, constantly refers to the observations of Flinders, the French (under Baudin) and Eyre in this survey from the western boundary of the province.
Octavo; papered boards; four small light tape marks to the covers; very small library stamp to the top edge; three tiny light tape marks to the pastedowns; cancelled library stamp on the verso on the publication page; ex-library but an excellent copy... Read complete entry
Quarto; papered boards slightly rubbed; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper with a short closed tear on the rear panel.
Endpapers feature a complete alphabetical list of all the people who travelled on the First Fleet. With the bookplate of Grattan Wheaton [OAM], his ownership signature and his inscribed date of purchase.
Le Havre, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle du Havre, 2014.
Folio, 167,  (colophon) pages with numerous colour illustrations derived mainly from original artwork from Baudin's expedition (including large colour plates of 96 different species of jellyfish).
Quarter cloth and colour pictorial papered boards, in the cloth slipcase; a mint copy.
A bi-lingual publication. 'As naturalists on Nicolas Baudin's voyages, François Péron and illustrator Charles-Alexandre Lesueur collected thousands of species, but both men became fascinated with jellyfish. Their work brought the known number of jellyfish species to 120 - over four times as many as had been documented previously. Lesueur's shimmering illustrations created one of the first, and most important, depictions of jellyfish in the world' (publisher's agent's blurb). This book reproduces Lesueur's original artwork on vellum in the Le Havre Museum of Natural History.
London, Routledge and Kegan, 1964 [sixth impression]/ 1922.
Octavo; cloth; extremities slightly bumped (with a little light associated creasing); an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper slightly rubbed, creased, sunned, chipped and torn with slight loss.
Amsterdam/ New York, N. Israel/ Da Capo, 1967 [facsimile]/ 1775.
Octavo, xiv, 328 pages plus a folding map and 5 plates.
Synthetic cloth; a fine copy with the fine glassine dustwrapper.
With the large Orientalesque bookplate of Professor Andrew Abbie. Preceding Cook's official volumes by some eighteen months, this was the first published book to give a firsthand account of the Antarctic regions.
London, R. and J. Dodsley, 1759 [second edition]/ .
Octavo, [vi], 58 pages (complete with the half-title).
Disbound, with the remains of the old leather binding still on the spine; rear leaf a little discoloured and slightly chipped, with a neat repair to one tiny hole (affecting slightly five letters of two words); a very good copy with an interesting... Read complete entry
'In the present War between England and France, the Subjects of Holland have no Right to cover the Property of the Enemy of England' - an early work on international law. Sir James Marriott, 'lawyer and politician (1730?-1803) ... was created judge of the admiralty court and knighted in 1778' [DNB], the same year the fourth edition of this work appeared.