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  • Arbitration Act , 1892 – Forms and Notes of Cases – James Moriarty – First 1893

    Arbitration Act , 1892 – Forms and Notes of Cases – James Moriarty – First 1893

    James Moriarty, Barrister of Middle Temple had Chambers at 12 Wentworth Court, Sydney.

    This is a first printing 1893 of his work on the position of arbitration law in New South Wales. It follows the relevant Act of 1892. Over 150 cases are cited.

    Octavo, xi, 76 pages, Australian Law Book catalogue as end paper, original deep olive green cloth covered binding, blind embossed to boards, gilt title to spine, pages very bright except the title which has the ghost of a piece of paper once left in there, otherwise a very good copy.

    Historical Law – the Rules on Solving Arguments 1892

    $60.00

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  • Narrative of Some Passages in the History of Van Diemen’s Land, during the Last Three Years of Sir John Franklin’s Administration of its Government

    Narrative of Some Passages in the History of Van Diemen’s Land, during the Last Three Years of Sir John Franklin’s Administration of its Government

    A special facsimile of a very unusual book. The original only issued privately “Not Published” and each of those few issued were annotated by Franklin himself giving some further control we expect over their authenticity.

    A work essentially about the long and vigorous dispute Franklin had towards the end of his time in Tasmania with his Colonial Secretary, John Montagu.

    A young doctor named Coverdale had been dismissed for negligence (a man had died) … Montagu supported this action. Franklin found out further information that suggested Coverdale had been hard done by and re-instated him. Monatagu was not happy, and the way he expressed his feelings verbally and in writing and his later in-actions made his relationship with Franklin unworkable. Lady Jane Franklin was dragged into it … not something that happened lightly in those days.

    Montagu was dismissed back to England. However, in England Montagu pleaded his case very well and gained the support of Lord Stanley, Secretary of State for the Colonies, who essentially reprimanded Franklin who was soon to see his tenure in Tasmania over.

    This personal compilation of evidence by Franklin was completed just as he was off on his Arctic expedition from which he never returned.

    There is a movie in this episode alone.

    This facsimile produced from the copy given by Sir John Franklin to R.I. Murchison. Presumably Roderick Impey Murchison author of Siluria and then President of the Royal Geographical Society. Franklin would have been very close to Murchison at the time due to the Arctic plans.

    Published by Platypus Publications, Hobart in 1967. Octavo, 157 pages, original cloth covered boards (there was no dust jacket). Limited to 750 copies this one numbered 489. A very good copy.

    Sir John Franklin puts his case re Montagu.

    $30.00

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  • Supreme Court of Queensland 1859-1960: History, Jurisdiction, Procedure. –  Justice Bruce H.M. McPherson

    Supreme Court of Queensland 1859-1960: History, Jurisdiction, Procedure. – Justice Bruce H.M. McPherson

    A first edition of the book on the Queensland Supreme Court up to 1960. Published by Butterworths, Sydney in 1989.

    Royal octavo, 440 pages after a lengthy forward by the Rt Hon Sir Harry Gibbs, former Chief Justice of Australia.

    With colour portraits and black and white text illustrations. A very good copy.

    The author, Bruce Harvey McPherson (1936-2013) was South African born who graduated from Trinity Hall Cambridge in 1959. Shortly after he moved to Brisbane. He was admitted to the Queensland Bar on 1965 and made QC in 1975. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1982 and then the Court of Appeal in 1991 continuing in that role until his retirement in 2006.

    Queensland Supreme Court by McPherson.

    $90.00

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  • Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons in 1620 and 1621 – Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt from a Period Manuscript by Sir Edward Nicholas – Two Volumes First Edition 1766

    Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons in 1620 and 1621 – Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt from a Period Manuscript by Sir Edward Nicholas – Two Volumes First Edition 1766

    Title continues…. Collected by a Member of that House. And now Published from his Original Manuscript, in the Library of Queen’s College, Oxford.

    Published by the Clarendon Press, 1766. Two volumes, octavo, 375 pages and 264 pages after preliminaries and with addendum. Complete, and bound in original mottled calf, spine gilt with raised bands and original red leather title labels. A little age, hinges tender but holding will. A genuine antiquarian look.

    Edited by Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt a classical scholar who had been educated at Eton and Queen’s College, Oxford. In 1756 he was under-secretary of war, and then in 1762 clerk of the House of Commons. The original manuscript is attributed to Sir Edward Nicholas, Member for Winchelsea in 1620/21.

    A scarce and valuable source on the political history of James I. Parliament of the day was a source of funds for James and it did not sit for periods if it incurred his displeasure. The country was in a poor economic state. The period was one when patents were used to create monopolies and hence wealth. Conflict arose were the King who felt that allowing patents was a Royal prerogative and Members sought Parliament to control them for personal gain. There was even an attempt to patent Beggars meaning they would be licenced and have to pay an annual fee to the patent holder!

    Serious history plays out … Edward Coke a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I speaks regularly. He had been England’s leading law maker … tried Raleigh and the Gunpowder Plot Accused. Here later in life he continues his hatred of Sir Francis Bacon (now Viscount St Alban). His investigations discover that Bacon had taken bribes and he was soon off to the Tower.

    James in order to raise money through dowry was planning to marry Prince Charles off to a Spanish Princess. Coke campaigned against this preferring war with Spain. James had had enough and told Parliament that it was to wrap up before its term was due. Coke continued to argue and shortly after these journals he too finds himself in the Tower.

    Floyd made rude remarks about the young Royals and found himself riding backward on a horse holding its tail to three different pillory sites … with a paper in his head defining his crime and then off to a place much worse than the Tower … the Fleet Prison.

    Rare details of Parliamentary goings on when it was more interesting than today.

    $390.00

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  • Bookplate of Sir Samuel James Way Bart – Chief Justice c1910

    Bookplate of Sir Samuel James Way Bart – Chief Justice c1910

    An original woodcut bookplate, over 100 years old, of Sir Samuel James Way (1836-1916). 13cm by 9.5cm in very good condition.

    Sir Samuel was Chief Justice of South Australia and Lieutenant Governor. He was invited to the Privy Council but had to give it up partly due to confusion as to who was to pay him. He was knighted in 1899 so we are pretty sure this bookplate was designed for him late in life.

    Postage will be reduced to cost on final billing.

    Sir Samuel James Way – Leading South Australian

    $30.00

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  • The Murder of Alma Tirtschke – A Challenge to T.C. Brennan – By Madame Ghurka Prenologist 1923

    The Murder of Alma Tirtschke – A Challenge to T.C. Brennan – By Madame Ghurka Prenologist 1923

    Colin Ross was accused of the ‘violation and throttling’ of a young girl, Alma Tirtschke, whose body was found near Gun Alley, Melbourne.

    Ross was found guilty and executed in April 1922.

    His defence counsel, T.C. Brennan, was convinced of his client’s innocence published his opinions in “The Gun Alley Tragedy”.

    Madame Ghurka a phrenologist in the Eastern Arcade, (and a key witness for the prosecution) wrote this extraordinary response to the deliberate and malicious lies that Brennan made regarding Madame Ghurka in The Gun Alley Tragedy.

    Octavo, 138 pages in original wrappers, with tape holding the front cover on and quite grubby. Still a good copy … and try to find another one … only second time we have seen it in a dozen or so years.

    Very scarce publication relating to a sensational Australian murder case in Melbourne in 1923

    $120.00

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