25 October, 2006

Australian imprints in the British Library

Some notable early Australian imprints in the British Library

Thomas E. Wells
Michael Howe, the last and worst of the Bush Rangers of Van Diemen's Land. Narrative of the chief atrocities committed by this great murderer and his associates during a period of six years in Van Diemen's Land. From authentic sources of information.
Hobart Town : Andrew Bent, [1818]
(The first unofficial book printed in Tasmania and one of only two known copies)
Shelfmark: C.58.d.12 (3)

Barron Field
First fruits of Australian poetry
Sydney : Printed for private distribution, 1819
(The first book of poetry published in Australia)
Shelfmark: C.59.i.15

Henry Savery
Quintus Servinton: a tale, founded upon incidents of real occurrence
3 vol. Hobart Town : Henry Melville, 1830, 31
(The first Australian novel in book form)
Shelfmark: 838.c.25

Victoria illustrated. From drawings by S.T.Gill.
Melbourne & Sydney: Sands & Kenny, 1857
Shelfmark: 1789.a.31


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