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There are some very rare and special books in the Biblio Rare Book Room, and if you love all things Australia, you should definitely look through the rare Australiana books section below. From signed, first-edition books to one of a kind documents to the Australian government, there are plenty of fascinating rare and antique books about Australia in the Biblio Rare Book Room.



An almost-lifesize vintage portrait photograph of Sir James Hurtle Fisher (1790-1875), 'one of the most important pioneers of South Australia' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography') by FISHER, Sir James Hurtle

The very fine portrait (visible image size 545 × 395 mm, in its original ornate gilt frame, external dimensions 740 × 595 mm) is exquisitely hand-painted and signed by the famous colonial photographer, Townsend Duryea (1823-1888). His origina...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$25,000.00


AN HISTORICAL NARRATIVE OF THE DISCOVERY OF NEW HOLLAND AND NEW SOUTH WALES. Containing an account of the inhabitants, soil, animals, and other productions of those countries, and including a particular Description of Botany Bay. by FIELDING, John.:

London, John Fielding, in Pater-noster Row, 1786.. Illustrated with a chart of New Holland, New South Wales, Botany Bay, and the New Discovered Islands in the North and South Pacific Ocean, 1786. LACKING ORIGINAL CHART, BUT AN ORIGINAL CHART DATED 1787 ...

From Roger Middleton

£9,500.00


A manuscript petition signed by 54 'householders and members of the German Lutheran Congregations of Klemzig and Hahndorf' on 26 May 1842, seeking to have Pastor Kavel licensed as an Officiating Minister under a new 'Act for Regulating Marriages in the Province of South Australia' by [KAVEL, Pastor August]

Foolscap folio, a bifolium, comprising the half-page petition with three neat columns each of fourteen signatures below it; a further twelve signatures on the verso; third page blank; fourth page docketed. Four horizontal folds, with very slight wear to ...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$15,000.00


[The Case of the Honorable George Milner Stephen] by [STEPHEN, George Milner]

[Adelaide]: with the colophon 'Robert Thomas & Co., Printers, Hindley Street', 1840. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. [Adelaide], with the colophon 'Robert Thomas & Co., Printers, Hindley Street', [circa 1840]. Octavo, 140 pa...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$15,000.00


AN ACCOUNT OF THE ENGLISH COLONY IN NEW SOUTH WALES: with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c. ... To which are added, some particulars of New Zealand; compiled, by permission, from the MSS. of Lieutenant-Governor King. by COLLINS, David.:

London, printed for T. Cadell Jun, and W. Davies, 1798.. 2 volumes, complete set, FIRST EDITIONS 1798 and 1802, 4to, approximately 270 x 220 mm, 10½ x 8½ inches, lacking half-titles, VOLUME I, AN ACCOUNT OF THE ENGLISH COLONY IN NEW SOUTH WALES, 22 e...

From Roger Middleton

£4,800.00


A comprehensive collection of Parliamentary Papers pertaining to the explorations in South Australia of Benjamin Herschel Babbage (1815-1878) by BABBAGE, Benjamin Herschel

Babbage was 'engineer, scientist and explorer ... son of Charles Babbage, Cambridge professor of mathematics [and the first computer pioneer], and his wife Georgina, sister of W.W. Whitmore, a founder of South Australia.... In 1856 Babbage was sent n...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$7,500.00


A Voyage to New Holland, &c. In the Year, 1699. by Dampier, William

London: James Knapton, 1703 162 pages, followed by index and five pages of publishers' ads. Folding map at frontispiece, plus four tables/maps and ten natural history plates. Vol. III in Captain William Dampier's adventure series stands alone, t...

From Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps

$5,000.00


Blast the Bush; Too Long in the Bush; Bush Bashers; Beating About the Bush; Still in the Bush; End of an Era (6 vols # 41 of 50 Signed Sets) by Beadell, Len

Adelaide: Corkwood Press 1999-2003 Special Editions 6 vols 8vo, 1999 Very Fine leather-bound matching set of all six of Len Beadell's often humorous autobiographical writings detailing his pioneering road-building projects throughout the Central Austr...

From N & A Smiles

$3,000.00


THE TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES OF JAMES MASSEY. TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH by [Tyssot de Patot, Simon]

London: Printed for John Watts, 1733. [12],318,[6]pp. 12mo. Contemporary calf, sympathetically rebacked in matching calf, with raised bands and gilt labels. Engraved frontis (signed "G. Van der Guchte"). Early stamped insignia on front pastedown, modest ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$3,000.00


AN ACCOUNT OF A VOYAGE TO NEW SOUTH WALES and THE HISTORY OF NEW SOUTH WALES. by BARRINGTON, George.:

London, printed for M. Jones, 1802-1803.. FIRST EDITIONS 2 volumes 1803 and 1802, by George Barrington Superintendent of the Convicts. To which is prefixed a Detail of His Life, Trials, Speeches, &c. &c. Enriched with beautiful Coloured Prints. AN ACCOU...

From Roger Middleton

£1,950.00


TWO EXPEDITIONS INTO THE INTERIOR OF SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA, DURING THE YEARS 1828, 1829, 1830, AND 1831: with observations on the Soil, Climate, and General Resources of the Colony of New South Wales . by STURT, Charles.:

London, Smith, Elder and Co. 1833.. FIRST EDITION 1833, 2 volumes, complete set. 8vo, approximately 220 x 135 mm, 8½ x 5½ inches, 2 maps: 1 large folding and 1 full page, 13 lithograph plates including 4 hand coloured bird plates, list of illustrations...

From Roger Middleton

£1,950.00


The Gawler Handbook. A Record of the Rise and Progress of that important Town; to which are added Memoirs of McKinlay the Explorer and Dr Nott by LOYAU, George Ettienne

Adelaide: Goodfellow & Hele [almost certainly the Author - James Dally was convinced], 1880. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Adelaide, Goodfellow & Hele [almost certainly the Author - James Dally was convinced], 1880. Octavo, 182, 30 (adver...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$3,500.00


A VOYAGE TO BOTANY BAY. Bound with: A SEQUEL TO BARRINGTON'S VOYAGE TO NEW SOUTH WALES. by BARRINGTON, George.:

London, printed by C. Lowndes for H. D. Sold by Symonds, No. 20 Paternoster Row, no date, circa 1795.. With a description of the Country, Manners, Customs, Religion &c. of the Natives by the Celebrated George Barrington. To which is added his Life and T...

From Roger Middleton

£1,750.00


The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke [The Sentimental Bloke] ~ SIGNED by the author by DENNIS, C J

Angus and Robertson Limited , 1915. 1st Edition. Hardcover. VG++/VG+. 1st Edition, 1st printing. 8vo., 15.5 x 19cm, xii, 13-126pp. Publisher's original green cloth with title to spine and titles & vignette to front board. Inscribed and signed to his ...

From Rainford and Parris Books - PBFA

£1,650.00


Discoveries in Australia; with an Account of the Coasts and Rivers explored and surveyed during the Voyages of H.M.S. 'Beagle', in the Years 1837-38-39-40-41-42-43... Also a Narrative of Captain Owen Stanley's Visits to the Islands in the Arafura Sea by STOKES, John Lort

London: Boone, 1846. First Edition. Hardcover. London, Boone, 1846. Octavo, two volumes, [2] (inserted advertising leaf for this work), xii, [ii] (list of charts, verso blank), [ii] (errata, verso blank), 522 (last blank), 8 (publisher's catalogue) p...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$3,000.00


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