Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers, established in Adelaide, Australia, in March 1976, deals in fine and rare books, photographs and manuscripts, and offers a very large stock of quality secondhand and out-of-print books online and at two retail outlets in the heart of the city of Adelaide.
Impressive in both their very large format and impeccable provenance are two vintage photographs by Frank Hurley of Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, from the personal collection of Sir Douglas Mawson himself.
Also on offer are Sir John William Downer's copies of the elaborate commemorative rolls from both the 1891 and 1897 Federation Conventions, signed by all the delegates (a Who's Who of Australian political history). Downer was one of only sixteen delegates to attend both conventions.
A fine selection of the acclaimed colour-plate books of George French Angas is available, including South Australia Illustrated (1847), The Kafirs Illustrated (1849), and Description of the Barossa Range (1849).
Other impressive illustrated books include limited editions signed by Edmund Dulac, Thomas Mackenzie, Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, and W. Heath Robinson.
An eclectic range of manuscripts, photographs and maps rounds out the catalogue.
Online Catalogue 21 - Our latest catalogue contains a collection of rare First AIF unit histories (a number of them signed),from the personal collection of Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Paterson (CO of the 39th Battalion AIF and the author of its history); 1920s trade catalogues of home furnishings; ephemeral publications in Pacific languages; and rare Australian imprints.
Singular items include Boitard's L'Art de composer et décorer les Jardins (1834, with 132 plates); a huge oil painting of SY Aurora of Antarctic fame;Rosa Praed's The Grey River, signed by the author, and with 12 signed etchings by Mortimer Menpes; and the very rare first impression of David Lindsay's seminal science fiction novel A Voyage to Arcturus (1920).
Vintage photography is also well represented, ranging from Loyau's superlative photographically-illustrated Gawler Handbook (1880) to pioneering aviation, from Sir Winston Churchill in Bradford (1942) to a large signed portrait photograph of Test cricketer George Giffen (1890s).
This session commences with rare books (60 lots), including genuine rarities such as first editions of George French Angas's superb colour-plate books Description of the Barossa Range (1849), The Kafirs Illustrated (1849), The New Zealanders Illustrated (1847), and South Australia Illustrated (1847), and Sclater and Thomas's four-volume The Book of Antelopes (1894-1900, with 100 full-page hand-coloured lithographs). Other illustrated books include Elves and Fairies (1916) and Fairyland (1926) by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, and Sangorski and Sutcliffe's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam . A very significant item comes from the personal collection of George Fife Angas: his signed copy of Report of the Speeches delivered at the Dinner given to Capt. John Hindmarsh (1835), with a presentation inscription to him from Charles Mann, South Australia's first advocate-general.
The balance of this session (approximately 60 lots) commences with some small but charming colonial watercolours by R.E. Minchin (1831-1893) of the lower reaches of the river Murray, and two pen sketches (one of an Aboriginal encampment) by William Wyatt (1838-1872). There is a good range of prints by Angas,Fernyhough, Gill, Gould, Rodius, Schramm, and von Guerard. Vintage photographs include an album of 22 full-plate views by Captain Samuel Sweet, and a very rare album of 36 full-plate views by Henry Davis (1831/2-1878) – his early death and two studio fires have ensured his fine work is little-known and rarely found these days. His wonderful image, Cricket, St Peter's College (Poonindie Batting), 1872 is the only Indigenous item in the album, but other lots include a Bernard Goode carte-de-visite of an encampment of Ngarrindjeri elders at Point McLeay (1866-67), and uncommon Indigenous portraits by Stump and Company. This session concludes with a small but select group of maps relating to Australia, includingDe Wit'sMagnum Mare del Zur cum Insula California(circa 1675), Bowen's A Complete Map of the Southern Continent (1744, the first dedicated English map of Australia), and Zatta'sNuove Scoperte … nel Mare del Sud(1776). The catalogue for this portion of the session will be online by Friday 1 April.
Session 2, commencing at 2:30 pm From Anzac to the Hindenburg Line. The First World War Collection of Patrick Walters
This is a fine example of a collection that can only be formed over many years of focused dedication. Such a collection can never be complete, but it is only with the passage of decades spent searching, researching and gradually acquiring understanding, that it reaches a point where its intrinsic value can be truly appreciated.
The sum of its parts may be greater than the individual elements, but many of these are nothing short of breath-taking. The shrapnel-pierced water bottle found at Gallipoli at the 60th anniversary of the landing; the maps that were actually there; the albums of unique photographs; the exquisite artworks produced by the French; the significant association copies; the elusive ephemera; the very rare published works, including such treasures as the unit histories of the 5th, 7th and 10th Light Horse; the fine copies of the literary masterpieces that were born on the battlefields ...
Our latest auction catalogue contains a fine selection of rare and unusual books, photographs, maps and ephemera. Particular strengths of the sale are Indigenous Australiana, exploration and travel, and Australian history, with small but choice offerings of maps, militaria, and vintagephotographs, including photographically illustrated books.
Specific highlights include a fine complete set of Carl Strehlow's Die Aranda- und Loritja-Stämme, together with his son Theodor's magnum opus, Songs of Central Australia (two copies, one signed); all of Spencer and Gillen's works; and the major works of Charles Mountford (several signed).
There are early newspapers with significant exploration content; Federation ephemera; a huge oil painting of SY Aurora of Antarctic fame; items signed by Alexander von Humboldt, J.D. Hooker (and Douglas Mawson), George Fife Angas, George Giffen, Frank Worrell, and numerous others; many very scarce early local histories; and a host of genuinely interesting publications across a wide range of subjects.
Online Catalogue 19 - Our latest effort contains numerous nineteenth century publications covering exploration and travel, medicine, and Australiana (including rare almanacks, and several unrecorded items).
Vintage photography is also well represented, ranging from an 1850s half-plate daguerreotype; cartes de visite of Maoris, unusual occupations and medical problems; rare 1898 stereographs of WA; to large-format publicity shots of Marlene Dietrich.
Other areas of interest include private press and children's books, signed books and letters, and trade catalogues.
Online Catalogue #18 - Our latest list features a magnificent vintage hand-coloured photograph of Phar Lap about to cross the line to win the 1930 Melbourne Cup; a signed letter from Roald Dahl with a unique inscribed and signed copy of Matilda; an impressive vintage photograph of the1902 Australian XI signed by Joe Darling; and Grahame Walsh's Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley (2000), Bradshaws – Ancient Rock Paintings of North-West Australia (1994) and Australia's Greatest Rock Art (1988).
Well-represented areas of interest include modern literature, Australian history, military history, children's books, and trade catalogues.