Pre 1800 Articles
Articles & Books Published Before 1800
The books shown on this page may be also listed in other categories, but are listed here to highlight the depth of the reference collection of the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute.There are a total of about 610 books still in the collection that were published before the Institute library was opened in 1859.
These materials are now held in the Heritage Collection located in the Heritage Reading Room at the BMI.
1586 – CAMDEN, William (Britannia – Latin)
A topographical and historical survey of all of medieval Great Britain and Ireland.
1657 – AMBROSE
The doctrine and directions : but more especially the practice and behaviour of a man in the act of the new birth/ Media : the middle things / Ultima: the last things / Redeeming the time: a sermon preached at Preston in Lancashire, January 4 1657, at the funeral of the honourable lady, the Lady Margaret Houghton.
1658 – BROWN, Thomas
Pseudodoxia epidemica: or enquiries into very many received tenents, and commonly presumed truths.
1668 – The Grand hippomene
1680 – TERENTII
Comoediae sex – Literature
1682 – MAIMBOURG
Histoire des croisades: pour la deliverance de la Terre Sainte [History of the crusades: for the deliverance of the Holy Land].
1698 – LUDLOW
Memoirs of Edward Ludlow: lieutenant general of the horse, commander in chief of the forces in Ireland, one of the council of state, and a member of the parliament which began on November 3, 1640.
1704 – FRITZ-HERBERT, Anthony
The new Natura Brevium of the most Reverend Judge, corrected and Revised where unto are added the Authorities in Law, and some other Cases and Notes collected by the translator out of the Year-Books and Abridgments. with a New and Exact Table of the most material things contained therein.
The present state of Europe: or the historical and political monthly mercury vol. 19.
1716 – MORERI
Supplement aux anciennes editions du grand dictionaire historique – History.
1718 – FARQUHAR, George
The comedies of Mr. George Farquhar.
1727 – COOPER, Anthony Ashley, [Earl of Shaftesbury]
Characteristicks of men, manners, opinions, times (3vol.).
1740 – ASTRUCO
The venereal disease. (2 vol.).
1741 – COLLINS, Arthur
The Peerage of England; containing a genealogical and historical account of all the peers of England now existing, either by tenure, summons, or creation; … (3vol.).
1748 – ANSON, George
A voyage round the world in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV.
1749 – BAILEY, N
An universal etymological English dictionary.
1751 – ORRERY, Earl of
The Letters of Pliny the Younger (vol.1).
1753 – BART, Archibald Alison
History of Europe from the French Revolution. (12 vol.).
1757 – HUXHAM, John
An essay on fevers: To which is now added, a dissertation on the malignant, ulcerous sore-throat.
1759 – EDWARD, Earl of Clarendon
The Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon (3 vol.).
1761 – ADDISON, Joseph
The free-holder or political essays.
1761 – BOCCACCI, Giovanni
Del decamerone [The decameron] (2 vol.).
1764 – DE BUFFON, M. and DAUBENTON, M.
Histoire naturelle (carniverous).
1766 – DE BUFFON, M. and DAUBENTON, M.
Histoire naturelle (herbivorous).
1768 – SWIFT, Jonathan
The works of Dr. John Swift, dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin (vol.9).
1769 – GLOVER, Richard
Leonidas. A poem.
1769 – PRIOR, Matthew
Poems on several occasions (2 vol.).
1770 – BAILEY, Nathan
Ovid’s metamorphoses: in fifteen books: with arguments and notes of John Minellius translated into English.
1770 – SHENSTONE, William
The select works in verse and prose of William Shenstone.
1770 – WALLER, Edmund
Poems on several occasions.
1773 – OSSIAN
The poems of Ossian.
1779 – CAESAR, C. Julius
The commentaries of Caesar.
Novelists Magazine (20 vol.).
1782 – SMOLLETT, T
The history and adventures of the renowned Don Quixote. (vol.8).
1784 – VOLTAIRE [Arouet, Francois Marie]
Memoirs of the Life of Voltaire – written by himself [translated from the French].
1786 – Harrison’s Sacred Classics Volume 2
Containing The Pilgrims Progress, Nelsons Festivals and Fasts, and The Economy of Human Life.
1786 – HUMPHREYS, Samuel
Peruvian Tales, related in one thousand and one hours, by one of the select virgins of Cusco, to the YNCA of Peru. (vol.30).
1786 – MASON, W
The English Garden: A Poem in Four Books.
1786 – PALEY, William M.A.
Archdeacon of Carlisle. The principles of moral and political philosohpy.
The history of New Holland.
1787 – BURNS, Robert
The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay; with an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island compiled from Authentic Papers, which have been obtained from the several Departments, to which are added, the Journals of Lieut. Shortland, Watts, Balls, & Capt. Marshall with an account of their new discoveries.
1793 – HUNTER, John Esq.
An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, with the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the publication of Phillip’s Voyage, compiled from the Official Papers; including the Journals of Governors Phillip and King, and of Lieut. Ball; and the Voyages from the first Sailing to England in 1792.
1793 – Locke, John
An essay concerning Human understanding (vol.1).
1793 – TENCH, Watkin
Complete account of the settlement at Port Jackson in New South Wales.
1797 – BURN, Richard and John Burn
The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer (4 vol.).
1797 – CURTIS, William
The botanical magazine: or Flower-garden displayed.
A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean, performed in the years 1796, 1797, 1798, in the Ship Duff, commanded by Captain James Wilson. Compiled from Journals of the officers and the missionaries; and illustrated with Maps, Charts, and Views, drawns by Mr William Wilson, and engraved by the most eminent artists. with a preliminary discourse on the Geography and History of the South Sea Islands; and an Appendix, including details never before published, of the natural and civil state of OtaHeite; by a committee appointed for the purpose by the directors of the Missionary Society.
The koran: commonly called the alkoran of Mohammed.
1800 – BISSET, Robert [LL.D.]
The Life of Edmund Burke. Comprehending an impartial account of his Literary and Political efforts, and a Sketch of the Conduct and Character of his most eminent associates, coadjutors, and opponents. (2vol.).
1800 – DARWIN, Erasmus [M.D., F.R.S.}
PHYTOLOGIA; or the Philosophy of Agriculture and Gardening with the theory of draining Morasses and with an improved construction of the drill plough.
1802 – COLLINS, David
An account of the English colony in New South Wales.