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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 original label is...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$25,000.00


[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 pages. Later half calf; mi...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$15,000.00


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 north...

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. First Edition . Full Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 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 ...

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


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 (advertisement...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$3,500.00


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) pages...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$3,000.00


Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago; A Journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839 and A Voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846. By an Old Hand by [HAMILTON, George]

Adelaide: J. Williams, Printer [for the Author], 1880. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Adelaide, J. Williams, Printer [for the Author], 1880 [second edition]/ 1879. Octavo, [viii], 84; 80; and 23 pages plus 3 albumen paper photographs of 5 drawings o...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$2,200.00


Memoir of Mrs. Jane Tucker by White, G.F

An extremely rare copy in very good condition after 143 years. The gilt lettering and black illustration on the green cloth cover board and spine are in very good condition although there is some bumping and wear on the corners and edges. The text block...

From VFOL UsedBooks

CA$2,000.00


Van Dieman's Land. Copies of Despatches from the Lieutenant-Governor by Australia; Transportation; Van Dieman's Land

1839. Parliamentary Documents Relating to the Penal Colony of Van Dieman's Land and New South Wales, 1839-1855 [Australia]. [Transportation]. [Van Dieman's Land]. Van Dieman's Land. Copies of Despatches from the Lieutenant-Governor of Van Dieman's Land, ...

From The Lawbook Exchange Ltd

$1,500.00


Geographic Travels in Central Australia from 1872 to 1874 by GILES, Ernest

Melbourne: Printed for the Author by McCarron, Bird, 1875. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Melbourne, Printed for the Author by McCarron, Bird, 1875. Octavo, [iv], 223 pages plus a large folding map (320 x 570 mm). Original blind-stamped dark green...

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

AU$1,850.00


The History of the Hoppers by PARKER, B. & N

London: W. & R. Chambers, 1912. First Edition. N. Parker. First edition of this justly famous children's book with anthropomorphised kangaroo characters - 'perhaps the best known story entirely devoted to the kangaroo' (Robert Holden '...

From Rare Illustrated Books

AU$1,750.00


Lonely Lands: Through the Heart of Australia. With Portrait, Map, and 84 Photographic Illustrations By the Author by Birtles, Francis E

Sydney: N.S.W. Bookstall Company, 1909. xv, 224 pages plus 16-page publisher's catalogue at rear. Leaf xiii and leaf xv (the list of illustrations) have been transposed. B/w map and 84 photos by Birtles. Rebound in brown cloth with gilt titling on the...

From Tapsell's Books and Music

AU$1,650.00


My Army, O My Army by Henry Lawson

Tyrrells, Sydney, 1915. First Edition. Hardcover (Embossed Cloth). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Norman Lindsay. Cover and loose colour insert by Norman Lindsay. Special Limited Edition of 250. Size: Quarto. Text body is clean, and...

From Mr Pickwick's Fine Old Books

AU$1,450.00


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