Lot 1: Australian Keepsake 1854

Sydney Rare Book Auctions

October 21, 2017
Ultimo, Australia

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Description: Landscape Scenery Illustrating Sydney Parramatta Richmond Sydney Maitland Windsor and Port Jackson New South Wales 1855. Published by Sands & Kenny, Sydney and Melbourne. In original blue grained cloth with the title and decorations in gilt on the front cover. Rebacked and with new endpapers but retaining the original backstrip. Ferguson 15440A States that "It seems that a complete copy should contain 40 plates, including a title page and unnumbered plate 24." Ferguson then lists 42 plates including plates 8 a and b and plates 19 a and b. This copy contains 40 unnumbered plates and does not have the plates 8b or 19a which Ferguson lists . This copy is probably complete. Plates 8 and 10 are the only ones with a and b plates and these are most likely alternate plates. Ferguson does say "In the copies seen, all pages have become detached and normally it is not possible to say with certainty which ones were and which ones were not part of the original volume." There is a little soioling to the title page and some very faint foxing to a few plates but this is still a very good copy of a book which is difficult to find in any condition
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