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  • More than Half a Century of Colonial Life (South Australia) – Henry Hussey

    More than Half a Century of Colonial Life (South Australia) – Henry Hussey

    Title continues … “and Christian Experience, with Notes of Travel, Lectures, Publications etc”

    Henry Hussey (1825-1902) was an Evangelist, Printer, Historian who recorded his life an travels and published the work in 1897. It is full of colonial detail on many subjects.

    The Adelaide’s Library Board selected the work for their magnificent facsimile series, published by them as no 203 in 1978.

    Octavo, 504 pages, bound in tan in their normal style. A fine copy.

    Interesting that the original was published by Hussey & Gillingham, Adelaide … the authors jointly owned business.

    Hussey emigrates to South Australia and recounts his early days; visits Launceston and Sydney. Has various occupations and commercial failures and “disasters”. Commenced business as a printer, distracted by gold discovery in Victoria; recommences business …saves the “Observer”. Travel to America via Tahiti and Panama with “incidents” … a tour Baptised at Bethany … to England and back home to Adelaide. A History of Sa … Secretary to Angus … etc

    A fine copy of a book about a fine man in fine times in Australia.

    $30.00

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  • The Hand its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design – Sir Charles Bell – 1833

    The Hand its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design – Sir Charles Bell – 1833

    Published by William Pickering, London in 1833. A second printing same year as the first, revised and expanded.

    Octavo, 314 pages with numerous engravings throughout the text. Bound in contemporary half calf, spine gilt ruled with raised bands and separate leather title label. A very nice copy of an important fundamental work.

    Constituted the fourth volume of the remarkable Bridgewater Treatises (See our other listing).

    A landmark book by Scottish Surgeon Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842). He was the first Professor of Anatomy and Surgery at the London College of Surgeons and established the Medical School at the University of London where he headed up the Surgery Department.

    Medical Classic by Sir Charles Bell

    $190.00

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  • The Journals of Thomas Williams Missionary in Fiji 1840-1853 – 2 Vols – G.C. Henderson – First Editions1931

    The Journals of Thomas Williams Missionary in Fiji 1840-1853 – 2 Vols – G.C. Henderson – First Editions1931

    A fine first edition set published by Angus $ Robertson, Sydney in 1931. Large octavo, 278 and 279- 606 pages. Very good if not fine condition. With an annotation of the free endpaper by the author “With the Author’s compliments to his fellow Sabbath-breaker on the xxx links 20/11/31”

    Carries the heraldic bookplate of Sir Howard Watson Lloyd, Bank of Adelaide etc and old boy of St Peters surely Australia’s best school.

    Thomas Williams recorded in the finest and most intimate detail his observations of and interactions with native Fijians in the first half of the 19th Century. His manuscript accounts are held in the Mitchell Library. The author Henderson a noted expert on Fiji trawled over these difficult to read documents and other related items held in London to produce as complete a work as possible.

    Starting from his humble home in Horncastle, England Thomas Williams set out across the world … after a lengthy introduction which deals with this background and a few brief notes on the voyage out we find him on the Fijian Island of Lakemba and then Somosomo and Mbua Bay. Thomas Williams was by no means a brilliant artist, but he left many sketches now in the Michel which have been used as illustrations and bring the narrative alive. The whole embellished with maps, charts and later photographs of localities.

    Included a couple of ephemeral scraps in the authors had writing … one has written “Quite recently the British Admiralty has paid me two very gratifying compliments in the publication of their Fijian charts: following certain information given in my last book” … nice work.

    Henderson on Williams essential Fiji – Nice copies with author inscription.

    $125.00

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  • Fiji and The Fijians (1835-1856) – G.C. Henderson

    Fiji and The Fijians (1835-1856) – G.C. Henderson

    A first edition on Henderson’s book on Fiji and the Fijians a volume published to elucidate the Journal of Rev Thomas Williams who has spent the period !840-1853 as a Missionary in Fiji. Williams being regraded as the principal authority on the state if society among Fijians when European first came upon them.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1931.

    Large octavo, 33 pages nicely illustrated throughout with images from early engravings, early photographs and charts. Very good condition and with the author’s “Compliments”’ stamp on the end paper ad his manuscript note “To dear old Jeff – from the Author”

    A very useful Preface sets the scene and purpose for the book. The first chapter proper refers to the “Mitchellian Manuscripts” the Williams Journal and paper held at the Mitchell … and other primary materials held elsewhere including in the UK. Very good chapters on the Discovery of Fiji … the Duff, James cook and often overlooked Bellingshausen among them. The Bellingshausen journals had yet to be translated to English at the date of this book. The work then moves on to a description of the archipelago, centres of interest and the people. Mission work, medical practices and a chapter on Ono-I-Lau first visited by Calvert. Language and literature etc etc.

    Well written account regarding an important historical period. A very good copy.

    $120.00

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  • The Bridgewater Treatises: Including Rev William Buckland on Geology and Mineralogy, Charles Bell on the Hand, Whewell on Astronomy etc – Finely Bound – (1833-1845)

    The Bridgewater Treatises: Including Rev William Buckland on Geology and Mineralogy, Charles Bell on the Hand, Whewell on Astronomy etc – Finely Bound – (1833-1845)

    Eight works in 11 volumes, published in London by William Pickering, mixed editions various dates 1833 – 1845.

    Bound in full contemporary polished calf, boards gilt ruled, the spines with gilt lined raised bands, altered direct and dated at the foot of spine. Very good copies with an occasional mark externally and a faint damp stain to the uncoloured geology plates, outer corner. The famous massive folding coloured plate is in fine condition. Each volume carries the bookplate of Maximillian Dudley Digges Dalison.

    Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgwater, a gentleman naturalist and scientist, commissioned the Bridgewater Treatises to be written on his death bed. He died in February 1829. Eight thousand pounds was given to the President of the Royal Society for this purpose. In turn the President appointed leading authorities in key fields to write works with reference to Natural Theology.

    The Voyager Treatise comprise Thomas Chalmers – The Adaption of External Nature to the Moral and Intellectual Condition of Man; John Kidd – The Adaption of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man; William Whewell – Astronomy and General Physics; Sir Charles Bell – The Hand, Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design; Peter Mark Roget – Animals and Vegetable Physiology; William Buckland’s – Geology and Mineralogy; William Kirby – On the History, Habits and Instincts of Animals and William Prout – Chemistry, Meteorology and the Function of Digestion.

    The ninth and final Bridgewater Treatise – Charles Babbage – A Fragment is not included in the run.

    Many of the volumes stand alone as important works … Sir Charles Bell on the Hand, Astronomy by Whewell etc. It is the Rev Buckland that produced a truly remarkable work in the field of Geology. The second of two volumes contains all the 87 plates required all finely engraved and the large folding hand coloured plate is something very special.

    Rev William Buckland (1784-1856) was an exceptional individual – a Fellow of the Royal Society, President of the Royal Geological Society. His interest in geology and palaeontology led him to write the first full account of a fossil dinosaur which he named Megalosarurus. He discovered the Kirkdale cave and concluded that it had been a prehistoric hyena den – for which he was awarded the Copley Medal by the Royal Society. This work was written just prior to his awakening that certain geological structures and fossil remains were a result of glaciation and not the effect of floodwaters from the great deluge. Buckland was a friend of a young Charles Darwin – there must have been some very interesting conversations.

    Important Georgian/ Early Victorian intellectual works by leading academics of the day

    $890.00

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  • In Old Australia – Records and Reminiscences from 1794 – By the Rev James S. Hassall – First Edition 1902 – Fine Re-binding by Perry

    In Old Australia – Records and Reminiscences from 1794 – By the Rev James S. Hassall – First Edition 1902 – Fine Re-binding by Perry

    Extremely scarce first edition published self- published, printed by Hews, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane in 1902.

    Octavo, 204 pages including two-page subscribers list at the rear. There were only 56 subscribers which likely explains why it is so rare. Among the subscribers are two Hassall’s and Copeland Lethbridge then of Forest Vale, Mitchell and quite a few well known Queensland identities.

    We have had the book finely re-bound by Roger Perry in polished black calf over slate grey cloth covered boards. Spine in raised bands, gilt lines and devices to compartments and gilt title and author. Very nicely done by the master.

    Ownership evidence to half title first being G. H. Cox from his Mother in 1905 then George Nichols in 1914. Nichols has made certain manuscript additions, corrections and additions … so he must have known the author and his family background well. Many are in pencil that could be removed though we have left them as they add to the book.

    There is nothing dry about Hassall’s reminiscences … they are remarkable. His grandfather was on the Voyage of the Duff and made to Australia after that expedition had to be abandoned because of unrest on Tahiti. Our man. James recounts life as a young man in early New South Wales and the various schools he attended, some having just been formed. He schooled with young members of the King, Oxley, Macarthur etc families. Much about bushrangers and conflict with aboriginal groups. Through association with Philip Parker King he met Darwin and Huxley when they visited on the Beagle. The Stockades of the Iron-gangs and riding to meet Captain King when he was ensconced at the Australian Agricultural Company. Trips to the Wombeyan Caves. Then working in the Ministry, the discovery of gold and consequent scarcity of labour on the farms. Becoming Gaol Chaplain and Sir Thomas Mitchell’s road gangs. The welfare of prisoners, the “Red Cap” Gang in Berrima Gaol. The introduction of sheep and the “First pair of stockings made in the Colony from my Spanish Wool” … and mush more all very readable and of interest

    James Hassall an interesting and relevant reminiscence .

    $370.00

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