Melbourne, British-Australasian Publishing Service, 1920 [revised edition]/ 1917 (printed at the foot of the spine).
Quarto, 252, 96, , -158 pages with 'over 1,000 Double-tone Illustrations' plus 30 tipped-in plates (20 are single-page; 7 [including a map] are double-page, and there are 3 large folding panoramas, including the frontispiece).
Gilt-decorated purple cloth, all edges gilt; cloth lightly rubbed and flecked; a few tears and splits to the folding frontispiece and one other folding plate are sealed with clear tape (now a little discoloured); an excellent copy of a book rarely... Read complete entry
Mounted within the decorative border printed on the recto of the stiff card to which the frontispiece is attached, is a four-page ACMF card with a gelatin silver portrait photograph (125 x 80 mm) of Private Edgar G. Acres, 5th Pioneers, laid down inside, facing a printed account of his (and his brother's) war service (possibly supplied by the publisher). Edgar Acres saw action in France and Belgium, and 'made the supreme sacrifice at Villers Bretonneux, May 9, 1918'. This 'edition is necessarily confined to the volunteers from New South Wales and South Australia. Originally framed with special reference to the Gallipoli Campaign, the later deeds of Australia's splendid army in France, Belgium, and in Palestine have been recorded in the present edition' brought down to November 1918 (Editor's Preface, page 10). Part II of the book, 'Australia's Fighting Families' contains service details of many thousands of men. The first portion, 'Some of Australia's Fighting Families', runs to 96 pages and appears to contain biographical details of only NSW servicemen. The rest contains 'Australia's Fighting Families. South Australia' in separately paginated 16-page sections lettered from A to I (144 pages in all). Eight of the single-page tipped-in plates are series of group portraits. Pages 17-201 are devoted to Gallipoli.
Small quarto (Number 4) and quarto, six issues, 8 pages (Numbers 4 and 8) and 10 pages (Numbers 5-7 and 9) with a few illustrations.
Number 4 was limited to 499 copies, Number 5 to 'not more than 500 copies'; a fine run.
Ten issues of this literary journal were published between December 1950 and June 1953 (the last one, published in Darwin, was called 'The Northern Austrovert'). The first two were limited to 400 copies each, and Number 3 to 500 copies. Number 4 contains an article by Arthur Upfield ('The Critic's Value'), and Number 7 contains a two-page review (of 'The Shades Will Not Vanish' by Helen Fowler, and 'The Ridge and the River' by Tom Hungerford) by P.R. Stephensen, his 'first signed article in the last ten years'.
Angaston, 'Barossa News' Limited (printed by Hussey and Gillingham, Adelaide), 1911.
Quarto, 120 pages, extensively illustrated (including many pictorial advertisements).
Two-colour pictorial titling-wrappers (with additional advertising on the other three surfaces), with a recent plain paper spine; occasional light cockling, mild discolouration to a few gutters, and faint mustiness (as a result of being damp at some... Read complete entry
A rare item of local history, and far more substantial in content than its title suggests (with thirteen pages of well-illustrated text devoted to the fruit and vine industries, for example).
Edinburgh, William Blackwood, 1853-1880 (ninth edition, one a later reprint), and 1864-1878 (eighth and ninth thousands).
Octavo, twenty-one volumes in eleven, each volume approximately 350-400 pages (the index volume about 250 pages) plus a total of 25 plates.
Contemporary half calf and marbled papered boards, spines gilt in compartments with raised bands and contrasting leather title-labels; all edges marbled; covers very lightly rubbed; an excellent set attractively bound and maintained.
With the later pictorial bookplate of 'Bernard G. Brett, Mahon, Toorak' in each volume. This set does not contain the companion atlas (oblong large octavo).
Cloth very slightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy with a contemporary newspaper review cutting laid down on the half-title.
With the ownership signature of George Fife Angas (in full) in pencil on the verso of the flyleaf. George Fife Angas (1789-1879), South Australian pioneer: although his 'prominence in the foundation of South Australia has been somewhat exaggerated ... he deserves full credit for the capital and settlers that he introduced into the new colony' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Cloth slightly marked, a little sunned and a little bumped at the extremities with a tiny split to the head of the spine; a very good copy (internally uncut and unopened).
With the ownership signature of George Fife Angas ('G.F. Angas') in pencil at the head of the title page. The book has the (later) inkstamp of 'Herbert Angas Parsons, Solicitor, Adelaide' on the front endpaper. George Fife Angas (1789-1879), South Australian pioneer: although his 'prominence in the foundation of South Australia has been somewhat exaggerated ... he deserves full credit for the capital and settlers that he introduced into the new colony' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Sir Herbert Angas Parsons (1872-1945) was the son of Rosetta (Rose) Angas Johnson, George Fife Angas's granddaughter.
Imperial folio, 10 pages plus an extra colour pictorial title page, 60 colour plates each with (at least) one leaf of descriptive text, facsimile covers of the original ten parts and the certificate of limitation (now mounted on the verso of the front flyleaf).
Half morocco and marbled papered boards; essentially a fine copy.
One of 1000 copies of this attractive facsimile edition. The Aboriginal content is considerable and significant: 22 of the 60 plates (and the accompanying leaves of text) are devoted exclusively to the state's Aborigines. There are numerous portraits (usually four or more to a page), plus groups of artefacts and scenes of daily life from different areas of South Australia. Aborigines are depicted in a further five plates and on the pictorial title page.
Green cloth very lightly marked; small light mark to the leading margin of an early page; a near-fine copy.
The title piece (8 pages) is preceded by a page of text about the disaster off Cape Northumberland in August 1859. The other poems include 'Lines addressed to Stuart's Exploring Party', 'The Wreck of the 'Dunbar'' and 'The New Zealand Missionary's Wife and her Dying Child'. George French Angas, better known for his fine 1840s illustrated works, 'South Australia Illustrated' and 'The New Zealanders Illustrated', was the son of George Fife Angas, the South Australian pioneer. This copy has the ownership signature of the poet's brother, J[ohn] H[oward] Angas, dated 9 May 1874, on the half-title. The same name, in another hand, is faintly visible on the dark front flyleaf. E.J.R. Morgan, in his contribution to the Australian Dictionary of Biography on George French Angas, notes in passing that this book 'has little merit'; accordingly we have knocked a few hundred off the price ...
Gilt-decorated purple cloth a little flecked and mottled; spine sunned, a little marked, and slightly worn at the head; endpapers slightly rubbed; a very good uncut copy.
The recto of the frontispiece has the original ownership signature (dated 6 May 1911) of Mrs Gilbert Wood, the widow of George Wood, the founder of the wholesale grocers G. Wood and Sons. This is lightly red-pencilled out and beneath it is the signature of George S. Fowler, of another major Adelaide firm of merchants, D. & J. Fowler; his bookplate (designed by Helen Bakewell) is on the pastedown.
Octavo, a leaflet printed in brown ink,  pages with 3 illustrations (a biplane on the front cover, and mosques in Jerusalem and Bethelem [sic]); a very good copy, although slightly foxed, creased and marked.
The centre spread contains the detailed program for the concert at 'Olympic Hall, Thursday, Nov. 11, 1920'. The second half of the show was a one-act revue, 'Out Back', set around a camp fire on the Western Plains, 'Specially... Read complete entry
The stage manager and one of the stars of the show was Mr H. Bowden Fletcher. Staff Sergeant-Major Howard Bowden Fletcher 453 was a member of the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment when he embarked from Sydney on 13 June 1915 on HMAT Suevic A29. He was at Gallipoli from late August, leaving with the last Australian troops to be evacuated from the peninsula on 20 December. The 12th remained in the Middle East, and took part in the Sinai and Palestine campaign. (Fletcher's rare personal account, 'Boundary Riders of Egypt', was published in 1919.) By October 1917 he had transferred to No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, as an observer; he was awarded the DFC for 'conspicuous gallantry in air combats and in attacking ground objectives'. (Some of his exploits are well described in Volume 8 of the 'Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18', Cutlack's 'Australian Flying Corps'; see pages 114, 118, 141, 143-45 and 153.) He returned to Australia on 23 December 1918. Not identified as such, but this program comes from Bowden Fletcher's personal collection, by descent. Possibly unrecorded.
One sheet of paper (145 x 205 mm), folded down the middle to form  pages, 145 x 102 mm, printed in black, blue, green and red.
The simple four-word cover title is hard to find among the decorative borders and advertising for Singer Sewing Machines (some in Arabic) on the two outer pages; the programme is printed across the centre spread, jostling for room amongst more... Read complete entry
From the personal collection of Staff Sergeant-Major Howard Bowden Fletcher 453 of the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment. He embarked from Sydney on 13 June 1915 on HMAT Suevic A29, disembarked in Egypt in late July, and landed at Anzac Cove on 29 August, presumably taking in this concert in Cairo in between. Possibly unrecorded, and if there is another copy of this item on earth, it is equally impossibly rare ...
Sydney, 'Produced by W.A. Shearon, Photographic Artist', .
Quarto,  pages (last blank) with a foldout centre spread forming a three-panel panorama, and with all but four pages devoted to well-captioned illustrations reproduced from photographs.
Two-colour pictorial wrappers; minimal foxing; an excellent copy albeit a little musty.
'This Book is a Complete Record of the 12th Light Horse, AIF' (page ); it is essentially a pictorial record. Page  contains an illustration of 'The Camp Studio, Holdsworthy Camp, 12th Australian Light Horse'. It depicts a large tent with the banner of 'W.A. Shearon, Photo Artist' on it; a handful of men, most of them in uniform, are admiring large mounted and framed portraits of soldiers and horses. The front cover of the book is inscribed in ink 'With best love from H. Bowden Fletcher, Sergt. Major', whose individual portrait appears on page . Staff Sergeant-Major Howard Bowden Fletcher 453 embarked with the 12th Light Horse from Sydney on 13 June 1915 on HMAT Suevic A29. He was at Gallipoli from late August, leaving with the last Australian troops to be evacuated from the peninsula on 20 December. The 12th remained in the Middle East, and took part in the Sinai and Palestine campaign. (Fletcher's rare personal account, 'Boundary Riders of Egypt', was published in 1919.) By October 1917 he had transferred to No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, as an observer; he was awarded the DFC for 'conspicuous gallantry in air combats and in attacking ground objectives'. (Some of his exploits are well described in Volume 8 of the 'Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18', Cutlack's 'Australian Flying Corps'; see pages 114, 118, 141, 143-45 and 153.) He returned to Australia on 23 December 1918. This item comes from Bowden Fletcher's family, by descent. A rarity by any definition, with Trove recording copies only in the Australian War Memorial and the State Library of New South Wales. Not in Dornbusch; not in Fielding and O'Neill; Trigellis-Smith 284.
One lengthy series of instructions is dated January-March 1927, which seems appropriate in the light of the following potted history. 'Bjelke-Petersen Bros. began in 1892 as a medical gymnasium in Hobart started by Hans Christian Bjelke-Petersen, born in Denmark. (Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, former Premier of Queensland, was his nephew but he never had any association with the company.) The success of the gymnasium spread to Sydney and Melbourne and in the early 1900s the group instruction method of physical culture was developed and taught in many leading colleges in Sydney to boys and girls.... In 1923 the company moved to Castlereagh Street, Sydney and was based there for the next 59 years. From the early 1920s Bjelke-Petersen was responsible for the physical education of children in some 80 private schools and classes began for young women in many business houses such as David Jones. Competitions began in the late 1920s' (http://physicalculture.com.au/bjp/about/history/).
Dublin, Printed by H. Fitzpatrick for Messrs. P. Wogan, P. Byrne ..., 1792.
Octavo, [xvi], 376 pages plus 2 plates (a frontispiece portrait and 'Sections of the Bread Fruit').
Contemporary full calf recently rebacked (in plain calf with functional lettering); light tidemark to the top margin of both plates; essentially a clean and crisp copy.
The scarce Dublin edition, made even more appealing with detailed notes by an early owner on the front endpaper and blank preliminary, setting out the various fates of the mutineers and adding accounts of the Pitcairn Islanders from reports of the captains of the first ships to make contact with them, between 1808 and 1814.
Octavo, [iv], 372 pages plus 2 folding charts (one with a sealed tear) and a folding plate of the breadfruit.
Contemporary quarter calf lightly worn and lacking the headcap; a few side-notes grazed by the binder; a very good copy.
The first French edition of Bligh's 'A Voyage to the South Sea' (1792). Bound together with two contemporary works in French on the American Revolution, namely [CHASTELLUX, François Jean, Marquis de]: Discours sur les Avantages ou les Désavantages qui résultent, pour l'Europe, de la Découverte de l'Amérique (London [but Paris], 1787; octavo, 68 pages); and PAYNE [PAINE], Thomas: Lettre adressee a l'Abbe Raynal, sur les Affaires de l'Amerique Septentrionale ([Paris?, 1783], 124 pages [last blank], but lacking the preliminary [xii] pages).
Octavo, xx, 224, xvi (advertisements) pages plus 15 lithographs (5 ensigns, 3 maps, 6 views by members of the author's family and a frontispiece by 'the well-known artist, Mr Leonard').
Original gilt-decorated green cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities and a little flecked; pages facing the flyleaves a little offset; top corner crease to one leaf; an excellent copy (virtually unread).
This copy is inscribed in ink at the head of the title page to 'Fred W. Sims, with the author's best wishes', with 'Sept 1908' added in pencil in another hand. Sir William Henry Bundey (1838-1909), for ten years Commodore of the South Australian Yacht Club, was a South Australian MP (Attorney-General, 1878-81) and later a Supreme Court judge. A scarce book, one of very few on the subject of colonial yachting. Ferguson 7674 (noting only brown cloth; we have seen brown, black and blue, as well as the green offered here).
'The National Health Service is still only at its early stage of development. However, when the advisory committees are being chosen, consideration will be given to your offer of service. Please accept my personal thanks for your expression of confidence in the Government's policy'. Greenland was in the minority. 'The Chifley government was destroyed on 10 December 1949. A loss of 3.7 per cent of the total vote reduced the ALP to 47 voting members in the House compared with the Liberal-Country Party coalition's 74. Chifley's social faith had been rejected in favour of other priorities' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Chifley had been Prime Minister since 13 July 1945. Patrick Cecil Greenland MBE was secretary of the University Appointments Board, 1935-42; assistant secretary of the Department of War Organization of Industry, 1942-45; secretary of the Commonwealth Disposals Commission, 1945-47; secretary of the Overseas Telecommunications Commission, 1947-53; secretary of the National Security Resources Board, 1950-51 and secretary of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission from 1953 until his retirement in 1965.
Quarto, three volumes, collating complete with the 18 engraved maps (9 folding), 6 folding engraved plates of views, a folding table and an advertising leaf at the rear of the third volume.
Contemporary full tree calf, spine gilt-decorated with contrasting labels; leather on the hinges and some corners renewed at an early stage, with some wear now to the extremities; inner hinges reinforced; a few old (ink?) splashes to the leading edges... Read complete entry
The large folio atlas is not present with this set of the official account of Cook's third and final voyage. The first two volumes were written by James Cook, the third volume by James King. With the armorial bookplate of John Dixon in each volume.
All signatures are in green ink unless otherwise stated. On one side of one leaf is Ryder's team: Ryder, Alexander, Grimmett, Harris [12th man], Horrocks, Jackson, McCabe, Marks, Oxenham, Ponsford, Walker and Whitfield. On one side of the other leaf is Woodfull's team: Woodfull, Allsop, Blackie [pencil], Bradman [pencil], Burrows [pencil], Darling [12th man; pencil], Ellis [pencil], Fairfax, Hornibrook, Kippax [pencil], Rigg and Wall [pencil]. Paraphrasing Webster, Jackson (182 in 187 minutes) and Ponsford (131) began brilliantly; Kippax countered with 170, but all were overshadowed by a century AND a double century from Bradman (124 and 225, scoring '275 runs in 325 minutes on the third day, including 120 between tea and stumps after opening the second innings'). For all that, he was on the losing side; Ryder's XI won by one wicket! Read on, there's more ... As a bonus, the verso of the leaf containing Woodfull's team is signed by the New South Wales team for the match against SA at the Adelaide Oval on December 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24, 1929. All signatures are in pencil: Kippax, Allsop, Andrews [12th man], Bradman, Campbell, Davidson, Everett, Fairfax, Hooker, Jackson, McCabe and Marks. Apart from a few ink spots and very slight smudging of some of the pencilling, the condition and presentation is excellent. Webster has the final comment: 'Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Jackson was confined to an Adelaide hospital bed for several days after th[is] match'.
Folio, 45 pages plus a large folding colour map of Australia (places marked included those where circumcision and 'The Terrible Rite' [sub-incision] were practised).
Early dark blue binder's cloth slightly rubbed on the spine; short tears at the intersecting folds of the map expertly closed; essentially a fine copy.
The 'atlas' of comparative vocabularies, without the three octavo volumes of text published in 1886-87. They contained accounts (but primarily vocabularies) of over 200 tribes that had 'been drawn up by the writer from replies sent by his correspondents to a series of questions circulated in print'. Contributors included Foelsche, Gason, Gillen, Howitt, Salvado and numerous early explorers. This volume, containing comparative lists of 63 words from 197 tribes, is often lacking from the set. From the collection of Professor Andrew Arthur Abbie (1905-1976), anatomist and anthropologist, with his large pictorial bookplate.
Melbourne, Wilke [for the Author], 1935 (second, revised and enlarged, edition)/ 1935.
Octavo, 56 pages plus 2 pages of plates.
Cloth; a fine copy.
Inscribed and signed in January 1936 by the author to Sir Edward Cunningham (1859-1957), for many years editor of The Argus, and 'one of the best known and most highly respected figures in Australian journalism' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed from the author to Cunningham, dated October 1935, relating to errors in the first edition. A number of self-adhesive slips with further additions and corrections to the second edition are loosely inserted. The prelude states: 'Many years ago, when I was in the British Royal Army Medical Corps, I was asked to write a record of my experiences at Dundee, where I was officially ordered to remain to look after the dangerously wounded officers and men, and thus I fell under the control of the Boer Forces'. Having recently turned 80, he felt it time to finally put pen to paper. One of the enclosures describes it as 'a faint and pleasant echo of times that were deemed stirring in their day'. Not in Dornbusch; Fielding and O'Neill, page 132; not in Hackett.
London, Jonathan Cape, 1936/ 1936 ('new and definitive edition in two volumes')/ 1888.
Quarto, two volumes, 674 pages with a frontispiece portrait and numerous illustrations plus 8 plates (2 folding, one in monochrome) and a large folding colour map, and 696 pages plus another copy of the same large folding colour map.
Cloth; essentially a fine set with the very lightly used dustwrappers.
The twelve-page introduction by Lawrence is dated 1921. With the large pictorial bookplate of Professor Andrew Abbie in each volume. The front flyleaves carry 49 and 59 signatures respectively, with much duplication. Professor Abbie took up the Elder Chair of Anatomy and Histology at the University of Adelaide in December 1944; he has noted in ink on each flyleaf that these are the students in '3rd year Medicine 1948'. There are plenty of familiar local names present.
Small octavo, 66, [2, last colophon] pages plus publisher's advertisements on the inside front and outside rear covers.
Decorated wrappers a little stained (not least from the two rusty staples); slight loss to the spine; a decent copy albeit a little musty.
A rare personal narrative of the Australian Light Horse in Egypt. The author was Staff Sergeant-Major Howard Bowden Fletcher 453 of the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment when he embarked from Sydney on 13 June 1915 on HMAT Suevic A29. A short note dated 7 January 1919 and printed on the verso of the introduction states in part: 'the following interesting account was written by the author several months ago when there seemed to be but little hope of peace. He wrote it in Palestine'. By October 1917 he had transferred to No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, as an observer; he was awarded the DFC for 'conspicuous gallantry in air combats and in attacking ground objectives'. (Some of his exploits are well described in Volume 8 of the 'Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18', Cutlack's 'Australian Flying Corps'; see pages 114, 118, 141, 143-45 and 153.) The title page incorrectly records the award as the DFS. Not identified as such, but this is the author's copy, by descent. Dornbusch 388; not in Fielding and O'Neill; Trigellis-Smith 261.
Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1966 (facsimile edition)/ 1814.
Large quarto, two volumes of text plus the matching case containing the loose folding maps and plates (collating as per the original atlas, but produced in this format to facilitate shelf storage).
Cloth with leather title-labels on the spines; the merest hint of sunning to the spines (this light-coloured cloth is usually found faded and marked); ownership label to each flyleaf; tidy contemporary ownership details; essentially a fine set.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2005.
Quarto, 574 pages with 26 illustrations and a map plus a frontispiece portrait, 12 colour plates and a large folding map (Flinders' 1804 map of Australia) in an endpocket.
Gilt-decorated cloth; mint.
The first published transcription of the private journal kept by Flinders 'from the first day of his detention at Isle of France (Mauritius) in December 1803 and continues after his return to England in 1810. The final entry is dated 10 July 1814, nine days before his death. It has previously appeared as a facsimile of the handwritten original held by the Mitchell Library ... The present volume is edited by Anthony J. Brown and Gillian Dooley [both published Flinders scholars] ... It also contains eight appendices, an introduction and notes by the editors and an index'. This trade edition is limited to 700 copies; 150 numbered copies of the quarter leather deluxe edition sold out on publication. The facsimile edition of the manuscript published in 1986 was limited to 550 copies and was made available only in conjunction with the deluxe edition of Ingleton's biography at a then whopping $890.
Canberra, Australian Biological Resources Study, 2001.
Quarto, xii, 666 pages with 41 maps, 3 figures and 33 colour plates plus endpaper maps.
Laminated colour pictorial papered boards; a fine copy.
'In 1801, at the age of 29, Robert Brown was chosen by Sir Joseph Banks as the botanist to accompany Matthew Flinders in the 'Investigator' on the first circumnavigation of the Australian continent ... This book provides the first complete transcript of his diary ... supplemented with a detailed interpretation of Brown's notes, and supporting extracts from the journals of Flinders, Good, and other contemporaries'.
Double elephant folio,  pages with a small map, a double-page map and 25 mounted colour plates.
Dark green quarter morocco and marbled papered boards; a fine copy in the cloth-covered clamshell box (very lightly marked on the front panel).
Number 253 of 515 copies. 'This volume reproduces 25 coloured drawings of Australian plants made in 1801-5 by Ferdinand Lukas Bauer when he was official Botanical Draughtsman' on the Investigator under Matthew Flinders. The plates, selected from among 236 held in the British Museum, are published here for the first time, and 'they depict gracefully and accurately the diversity of plants from Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory which were then new to science'. Each plate is accompanied by a leaf of descriptive text, with notes by Stearn, a locality map and the 'remarkably detailed Latin descriptions' by Robert Brown, the expedition's botanist; much of this material is also published here for the first time. 'Robert Brown (1773-1858) was the greatest systematic botanist and Ferdinand Lukas Bauer (1760-1826) was the greatest botanical artist ever to set foot in Australia', and Stearn's text outlines their outstanding contribution.