Wellington, Government Printer, 1982/ 1961; 1970; 1980; and 1985.
Octavo, four volumes, liv, 1085 pages with 40 illustrations; xl, 354 pages with 43 illustrations; xlii, 220 pages with 27 illustrations plus 4 pages of colour plates; and lxxiv, 662 pages with an illustration plus 8 colour plates; all volumes have colour endpaper maps (the same four maps in each case).
Cloth (Volumes 1 and 2) and papered boards (Volumes 3 and 4); a few corners slightly bumped; commercial bookplate on each front flyleaf; essentially a fine set with the dustwrappers in near-fine condition (the sub-titles have been added to the spines... Read complete entry
Slight erasure to the mount near the address numbers; the image is lightly tanned (possibly from acid in the mount); in excellent condition.
This is a photograph of a calligraphic testimonial that contained 31 portrait photographs - 30 uniform-sized ones of members of the band, and a larger one of the recipient of the testimonial. It was presented to George Christian Clauscen 'as a mark of esteem'. Apparently he was 'mayor of Fitzroy 1886-87 and originator of the Northcote cable tram' (OnlyMelbourne website), but his connection with the Northcote Brass Band is not immediately obvious.
Glasgow, John Watson, 1825 and 1826 (Volume 1) and Richard Griffin and Co., 1826 ('New Series').
Demy folio (approximately 440 x 280 mm), six issues, each  pages (a bifolium), comprising 3 pages of illustrations followed by a page of text. The pages of Volume 1, Number VI are unpaginated; the others are all paginated, with the page number on the first page of each one respectively 34, 42, 58, and 62. Only the first page of 'New Series' Volume 1, Number 1 is numbered (1).
Drop-title, as issued; outside edges and margins dusty, with a few short closed tears; occasional light offsetting and foxing; overall, in excellent condition, apart from 'New Series' Volume 1, Number 1, which is damp-stained top and bottom... Read complete entry
The first number of this group is printed lithographically (including the page of text); with the others, the illustrated pages are etched, with letterpress text pages. All six are the uncoloured 'Common Impressions'; hand-coloured 'Best Impressions' were also available at (considerable) extra cost. The group is contained in the publisher's 'Northern Looking-Glass' pictorial portfolio, produced on thick card printed on the outside surfaces (now discoloured, stained and a little worn, but presentable nonetheless, and probably scarce in any condition). This satirical paper of political caricatures was originally published fortnightly as the 'Glasgow Looking Glass'. 'After five issues, its name changed to the 'Northern Looking Glass', to reflect a more national coverage of events in Scotland. The final issue of this series [Number XVII] appeared on 3 April 1826. A further two issues of a 'new series' [published monthly] were produced by Richard Griffin and Co., but publication ceased altogether in June 1826' (Glasgow University Library Special Collections Department website, 2005). Facsimile editions of Numbers 2, 3 and 4 of the 'Glasgow Looking Glass' are also present. They were published in Glasgow in successive weeks in January 1906 by David Bryce and Son, and they contain interesting bibliographical information about the originals (curiously - and presumably quite incorrectly - repeating in each issue that there were eighteen, not nineteen, numbers originally produced).
Adelaide, 1906 (facsimile of Number 1), 1878 (facsimile of Number 2), and 1837 to 1840.
Tabloid, approximately 128 issues, each generally 4 to 6 pages (but Number 10 lacks the last leaf).
Unbound as published (more than half of them) or disbound (with some inner marginal blemishes); marginal stains to a few early issues; occasional signs of use and age; the first issue (on acidic paper) discoloured and brittle; overall in decent... Read complete entry
The original first number was published in London, the second one in Adelaide almost a year later. Although the originals of these two significant issues are not present in this run, it must be said that ALL of these early issues of South Australia's first newspaper are utterly rare on the open market, and the opportunity to purchase virtually all of the first three years' worth (and more) will probably not arise again.
Quarto, four volumes bound as two, 192, 208, 190 and 192 pages with dozens of illustrations (mainly cartoons, but several from photographs).
Contemporary binder's cloth (unmatched, with one volume a little sunned and rubbed, with a small amount of glue residue on the rear board); a tear to one leaf expertly repaired; many numbers have light vertical or horizontal creases through them... Read complete entry
Volume 2 includes Number 5A, a 'Special Election Number' dated 15 September 1894. The journal ceased publication in June 1900 with Volume 8, Number 2; it has a heavy Single Tax focus.
[Blackwood, Literary Society of the Blackwood, Coromandel and Belair Club], 1914.
Octavo, 12 issues bound as one volume, 288 pages (24 pages each issue) with a handful of illustrations. The first number has 'Second Edition' printed at the head of the first page. A note on Trove states that 'the only difference identified is on page 5 where a different verse is printed in each edition'; in this one, it is a topical limerick about 'An elderly farmer of Mitcham'.
Original gilt-decorated cloth, containing the twelve separate issues of the drop-title magazine; binding a little worn at the extremities, with the front cover bowed and a little ink-marked; old tape-stains to the endpapers; vertical crease down the... Read complete entry
This elusive journal was 'devoted to the interests of [the Adelaide Hills suburbs] Blackwood, Coromandel Valley, Belair, and Eden Hills'. The editorial to what became the final issue commences thus: 'Many a good man has been hung for no fault of his own, and 'The Blackwood Magazine', because the Kaiser has chosen to embroil the world, is to be suspended'.
Melbourne, Mason, Firth and McCutcheon, General Printers, 1877.
Octavo, 46,  (colophon) pages.
Blue wrappers very lightly foxed, with a few scattered spots elsewhere; small piece chipped from the foot of the spine; an excellent copy (clearly uncirculated). The front cover contains much more information than the title page.
Issued by the Public Library, Museums, & National Gallery of Victoria. Not in Ferguson (but see 14484 for a later edition from 1894).
Melbourne, Mason, Firth and McCutcheon, General Printers, 1885.
Octavo, 51 pages with 6 tables plus 4 folding tables.
Blue wrappers with the full title page details repeated within a border on the front cover; wrappers lightly marked, extremities slightly rubbed, with two corners a little creased; minimal light foxing; an excellent copy.
Issued by the Public Library, Museums, & National Gallery of Victoria. Not in Ferguson (but see 14484 for a later edition from 1894).
Octavo; gilt-decorated synthetic cloth; a fine copy with the fine original opaque paper dustwrapper (slightly sunned on the spine).
A special edition of the publisher's Australian Classics series; mounted on the half-title is a bookplate numbered, signed and dated by the author. This is copy number 9 of an unspecified upper limit, but we believe it to be modest. Curiously, the plate also asks the author to state where the signing took place; in this instance it was Norfolk Island on 28 September 1980! Offered with three uniformly-bound companion volumes, in fine condition with the dustwrappers as above. These volumes are Poor Man's Orange, also by Ruth Park (1980/ 1949; number 8; Norfolk Island, 28 September 1980); The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark (1980/ 1941; number 9; Katoomba, 15 August 1980); and A History of Australia by Marjorie Barnard (1980/ 1963; number 5; Point Clare, 16 August 1980).
Durban, Bennett and Davis, Printers (for the Town Council), 1901.
Octavo,  pages.
Pictorial wrappers lightly marked and rubbed; extensive pencilling on one page (crossing out a list of Sunday Schools participating in the reception - presumably done by one of the relevant organisers); an excellent copy.
The Duke and Duchess visited Durban on the return leg of their Empire Tour. They visited Australia and New Zealand during May-July 1901, with the focus of the trip the celebrations surrounding the Opening of the First Parliament of Australia in Melbourne in early May. Three observations in passing: the Sunday School children are divided into three racial categories (European, Indian, and Native); thirteen pages of the programme are devoted to 24 bicycle races; and the display of fireworks lists 63 separate events in some detail ('Flight of 100 Khaki rockets', 'Portrait of Lt-Gen. Baden-Powell' ...).
He was the first to dispel the current idea of the impassability of the Lake Torrens 'horseshoe'... [In late 1857 he was] appointed leader of a northern expedition. Babbage left in February 1858 to explore the country between Lakes Torrens and Gairdner, and further to the north and west. His concept of exploration was based on thorough survey, mapping and examination of the country, ideals with which Francis Dutton, commissioner of crown lands, agreed in his instructions and early correspondence. With cumbrous and ingenious equipment Babbage carried out the first part, hampered by bad terrain and lack of water. But he had no sense of urgency and was thus completely out of tune with the current concept of opening up new country for quick exploitation. His slowness led to public and parliamentary clamour, to which Dutton later succumbed and sent Peter Egerton Warburton to supersede him. Meanwhile Babbage had moved north from the Elizabeth River, discovered Hermit Hill and delineated the western shores of Lake Eyre South. There Warburton relieved him on 5 November. Based on his experiences of 1856, Babbage also believed in a gap in the 'horseshoe' and at Hermit Hill confirmed his belief. He had actually crossed the gap, but Warburton was the first to traverse it completely. On grounds of unfair treatment Babbage successfully petitioned for a parliamentary inquiry. In 1858-59 voluminous evidence was taken but no report issued.... [He then withdrew from public life until 1866.] In 1870-72 Charles Todd employed Babbage as an assistant in planning and plotting the Overland Telegraph line, and as a supervisor of contractors.... His achievements as an explorer were notable but the accompanying controversy tended unduly to overshadow them and his attainments in other fields' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Indeed, 'the reports from the expedition were ... a significant prelude to Stuart's successful crossing of the continent from south to north' in 1861-62 (The Davidson Collection, Third Sale, July 2007, lot 565). This lengthy preamble should help explain the connection between the following eleven foolscap folio Parliamentary Papers relating to Benjamin Babbage, published in Adelaide by the Government Printer in 1858 and 1859. (1) Northern Exploration.... Reports, &c, of Explorations into the Interior, by Messrs. Babbage, Warburton, Geharty, and Parry. SAPP25/1858; 51 pages plus 2 large folding maps. (2) Northern Exploration.... Further Correspondence respecting the Exploring Party under Command of Mr. Babbage. SAPP25*/1858; 6 pages. (3) Cost of Northern Exploration. SAPP36/1858; 1 page. (4) Northern Exploration.... Correspondence between the Hon. the Commissioner of Crown Lands and the Commissioner of Police [Major Peter Egerton Warburton], relative to the Progress of the Northern Exploring Parties. SAPP127/1858; 4 pages. (5) Northern Explorations.... Reports from Messrs Babbage and Warburton, and Police-Trooper Burtt, on Exploration into the North and North-Western Interior of South Australia. SAPP151/1858; 19 pages plus 3 maps (2 folding). (6) Petition of B.H. Babbage. SAPP154/1858; 1 page. (7) Northern Exploration.... Letter, with Enclosure, from Major Warburton, relative to Exploration in the Neighborhood of Lake Torrens. SAPP159/1858; 3 pages. (8) Northern Exploration.... Correspondence between the Honourable the Commissioner of Crown Lands and Major Warburton, relative to the Northern Exploration. SAPP166/1858; 6 pages. (9) Cost of Northern Explorations. SAPP20/1859; 1 page. (10) Minutes of Evidence taken by the Select Committee appointed to enquire into and report on the Petition of B.H. Babbage. SAPP21/1859; 63 pages. (11) Northern Exploration.... Correspondence between the Government and Messrs. Babbage and Warburton, relative to Northern Explorations. SAPP37/1859; 2 pages. As often with these Parliamentary Papers relating to expeditions, the maps are a constant source of pleasure. The best one in this group is one of the large folding maps in SAPP25/1858: 'Sketch of the Country North of the Gawler Ranges' (324 x 485 mm). It is a lithographed map printed in two colours, in an unusual manner (blue on the left, red on the right): 'The portion in Blue is taken from a Plan supplied by Major Warburton. The portion in Red is taken from a Drawing supplied by Mr Babbage'. Recently bound in two matching volumes (according to year of publication) in cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; all Parliamentary Papers (printed on blue stock) are in uniformly fine condition. South Australian Parliamentary Papers Numbers 25, 25*, 36, 127, 151, 154, 159 and 166 of 1858 [and] 20, 21 and 37 of 1859 (McLaren 4981-4983, 16481, 4984-4986, 16485, 16486, 4987, and 4988 respectively). Items 16481, 16485 and 16486 are listed under Warburton only, and not Babbage as well. We suggest they should be there; we have called them 4983A, 4986A and 4986B in our annotated copy of the bibliography. Offered together with a related item, Victorian Parliamentary Paper Number 1 of 1859, 'Report on the Plants collected during Mr Babbage's Expedition into the North-Western Interior of South Australia in 1858' by Ferdinand Mueller (foolscap folio, 21 pages, stab-sewn and uncut as issued; a fine copy, albeit with minor infill to the bottom corner of the first two leaves). McLaren 13749. The complete suite of Parliamentary Papers relating to Babbage's 1858 Northern Exploring Expedition and its aftermath is very rare; for example, the exceptional collection of Rodney Davidson contained only six of the above twelve items (which sold in four lots to the one buyer for $5360 in 2007).
Quarto, xiv, 466 pages with numerous sketch maps and illustrations (from photographs).
Gilt-pictorial papered boards slightly rubbed near the bottom edges; contemporary gift inscription on the pastedown; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper unevenly sunned around the spine (as often).
A desirable copy, with the signature of the author on the half-title, and with 35 signatures on the pictorial front flyleaf - approximately 30 of these are by former members of the squadron. Not least of these is 'Bill Garing, Air Cdre, 10 Sqn RAAF Vic, July 1939 - Mar 1941', one of the original members (as a flight lieutenant).
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1940 (one volume), 1941 (eight volumes), and 1942 (three volumes). The sixth volume is the first and only edition of 1942, the others are mixed editions ranging from the eighth (Volume 11) to the fifteenth (Volume 12).
Octavo, twelve volumes, each approximately 700 pages with numerous maps plus plates.
Original maroon cloth, with all volumes crisp and bright, and superbly matched in colour; a very fine set complete with plain paper dustwrappers (two are recent) in the original cardboard mailing boxes (and even these are in cracking condition, with... Read complete entry
The Australian Government accepted Charles Bean's 1919 recommendations for 'the official history and for a national war memorial which 'for all time' would 'hold the sacred memories of the AIF'.... Bean himself wrote six volumes about the infantry divisions: the two on Gallipoli, and four on France. He edited eight [sic] more, and he and a colleague annotated the volume of photographs.... The series contained nearly four million words. In Australian historical writing nothing had ever been done on such a scale; and there had been no military history anywhere quite like Bean's.... [He] brought a democratic and colonial scepticism to bear on the assumption that the dispatches of high commanders were the best source of information about what actually happened when men went into battle. His own diaries (226 note-books) were full of the evidence about 'what actual experiences, at the point where men lay out behind hedges or on the fringe of woods, caused those on one side to creep, walk, or run forward, and the others to go back'. Bean's approach differed from that of the British war historians, whose work was official not only in sponsorship but in texture: history written by generals, not by an honorary captain. The British volumes had no biographical footnotes of the sort that were essential to Bean's method because he wanted to show that the participants were 'a fair cross-section of our people ... that the company commander was a young lawyer and his second in command and most trusted mate a young engine driver and so on'' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Dornbusch 209 (the complete set), 353 (Volumes 1 and 2), 294-297 (Volumes 3-6), 374 (Volume 10), 219 (Volume 11) and 223 (Volume 12); Fielding and O'Neill, page 208 (the complete set); Trigellis-Smith 725-36 (the complete set). Dornbusch provides useful information about dates of reprints and revised editions. For the record, the edition and publication date of the volumes in this set are (in order of volume number) 12/41; 12/41; 13/42; 12/41; 9/41; 1/42; 11/41; 12/42; 10/41; 9/40; 8/41; and 15/41.
Munich, [No Publisher] (but Plate 3 has 'Printed by Tresely, Munich', and Plate 4 has 'Printed by Dresely, Munich'), 1825.
Large oblong quarto (258 x 392 mm), lithographed pictorial title page ('South View of the Rock of Gibraltar') and 6 full-page captioned lithographic plates (all printed rectos only, and all printed on a light brown monochrome background). Three plates have 'drawn from Nature by Ph. Benucci' in the bottom right-hand corner of the image; the other three have 'F.' instead of 'Ph.' (and the last plate has the additional words 'near the Hospital. Gibraltar 1823').
Original wrappers somewhat dusty and a little marked; a thin strip along the leading edge of the front wrapper has been renewed; the leading margin of the title leaf has had 20 mm trimmed from it; there is a visible but light waterstain to the blank... Read complete entry
Abbey Travel 123 (one of only five books on Gibraltar listed - and the earliest). Mirabile dictu, Abbey's description is at fault: he clearly collated a defective copy. He calls for, and describes, the pictorial title and five plates, numbering them 1-6. Our copy has these same six plate leaves, plus an additional plate (surely the correct Plate 1) after the title leaf, 'View of the Rock of Gibraltar taken from the new road between St Roque and los Barrios'.
Octavo, xvi, 368 (printer's device on the last page),  ('My Literary Work', with a printer's device on the last page) pages plus 6 plates.
Decorated cloth a little flecked; edges and first and last leaves a little foxed, with minimal light scattered foxing elsewhere; an excellent copy.
With the bookplate of Dr Frederick Lucas Benham (and the cancelled stamp of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia). James Bonwick (1817-1906), 'teacher, author, historian and archivist ... More than sixty publications can be attributed to him and they reveal the major characteristic of his mind: breadth but no depth. Besides history, geology and anthropology were his most persistent interests, and he was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1865 and of the Anthropological Institute in 1869; yet in those fields he was more a competent and industrious amateur than an original thinker.... His importance is twofold: as a teacher he was a pioneer of new methods which placed stress on the pupil's observation and experiment rather than rote learning; as a historian his great work was as a discoverer and transcriber of factual records, a labour which laid the foundations for later serious study and never received due recognition' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Octavo, [iii]-viii, [ii] ('List of Illustrations', verso blank), 304,  ('Opinions of the Press'), 32 (publisher's catalogue, dated October 1879) pages with 2 tables, 10 in-text illustrations, and 2 pages containing printed music, plus a chromolithographed frontispiece, 8 plates (5 of them containing two or more images) and a folding map.
Gilt-pictorial cloth slightly flecked and rubbed at the extremities; spine sunned, with trifling wear to the head; leading edge of the 'List of Illustrations' leaf lightly chipped, sunned and tidemarked; light tidemark to the bottom quarter... Read complete entry
The standard complement of plates is the colour frontispiece and '9 other plates in black-and-white' (Ferguson 7233 and 7234). Although this copy has only eight other plates, this accords with its printed list of illustrations, and that of two other copies we have recently inspected. We have now read too many catalogue records of this book for us to be anything other than deeply suspicious of any that call for more plates than are contained on our copy. The 'Opinions of the Press' leaf is very much contemporary: it contains reviews of 'The Last of the Tasmanians', published earlier in 1870, and it also mentions a title 'To be shortly published ... 'Religion and Freedom in Old Colonial Days''. This appeared later the same year under the title 'Curious Facts of Old Colonial Days'. The inclusion of the October 1879 catalogue in this copy in the publisher's original cloth indicates it was not bound for at least a decade after it was printed.
Octavo, viii, 152 pages plus a folding colour map.
Gilt-decorated cloth a little marked, rubbed and sunned on the spine; first and last pages a little offset; an excellent copy.
The verso of the flyleaf carries a warm presentation inscription from the author to E. Paris Nesbit QC. The recipient was Edward Paris[s] Nesbit (1852-1927), 'lawyer, libertine, lunatic' - read the Australian Dictionary of Biography and be suitably amazed.
Gilt-decorated cloth a little marked on the spine and rubbed at the extremities; a very good copy (internally fine).
Inscribed on the half-title to 'E.P. Nesbit Esq QC, with the Author's kind regards'. The recipient was Edward Paris[s] Nesbit (1852-1927), 'lawyer, libertine, lunatic' - read the Australian Dictionary of Biography and be suitably amazed. The imprint details on the title page have been crossed out and replaced in ink with the name and address of the publishers Sampson Low, Marston. Copies with these replacement details printed on the title page also exist.
Duodecimo, iv, 106 (last blank),  (review notices of earlier publications) pages.
Blind-decorated green stippled cloth; rear board very lightly marked, small indentation to the spine; bottom margin of the title leaf and preface leaf uncut, and several millimetres shorter than the rest (a production flaw); an excellent copy.
Octavo, four volumes bound as one (without the original wrappers), viii, 136; [iii]-viii, 9-132; vi, 7-128; and vi, 7-128 pages (but in spite of the irregularity in the pagination of the second item, it would appear to be complete: at any rate, it has the same text as the digitised Bodleian Library copy).
Early half morocco lightly rubbed; later ownership signature on a binder's blank; an excellent copy, with the contents in uniformly fine condition.
Octavo, vi, -144, 44 (publisher's catalogue, dated August 1886) pages.
Cloth a little marked, flecked and rubbed at the extremities; front flyleaf removed, with consequent offsetting of the black pastedown to the title page; light erasure to the top corner of the title page, affecting slightly one letter of the title;... Read complete entry
The round trip from Adelaide is recorded in great detail in well-captioned images, from 'Farewells and the Bight', to 'Crossing the Line', Colombo, 'en voyage' to Cairo, in and around Cairo, London (including Windsor Castle and Eton), Dover, Canterbury, in camp at Gillwell Park and at the Jamboree itself (approximately 40 photographs), trips to France and Switzerland (with much hiking in evidence), further travels in England, then the journey home, with visits to Kandy and Perth for good measure. The cloth-bound album is slightly worn at the extremities; on the front flyleaf there is a large well-executed watercolour decoration featuring flags of (some) participating nations, presumably painted by Ron Paris; the contents are in fine condition. Loosely inserted in the album are a few large-format photographs of groups of Scouts including Ron Paris (at the Pyramids [two copies]; at Maidstone; the 'Provincial Tourists' at Battersea; the '5th & 6th Adelaide Scout Troops' at home), as well as some attractive appointment warrants (with local noteworthy signatures), merit certificates, and minor printed and photographic ephemera.
Quarto, xliv, 196 pages with numerous illustrations plus 30 full-page chromolithographs by David Blair FLS.
Gilt-pictorial cloth, all edges gilt; extremities a little bumped and rubbed; rear cover a little scuffed; minimal light foxing, confined mainly to the leaves adjacent to the boards; an excellent copy.
Octavo, 208 pages plus 3 full-page woodcut illustrations.
Original gilt-decorated stippled cloth a little flecked and marked, with light wear to some edges and the head of the front hinge; endpapers offset; a very good copy.
'As what is pleasant and nutritious pabulum to one, is poison to another, I have ranged from 'the sublime to the ridiculous', so as to have a plum for all who investigate my pudding' (preface). In no particular order, these include 'To a Blow-Fly', 'A Dream of the Drought, 1865', 'A Dingoe Hunt', 'Meditations in a Dust-Storm', and 'Planting the Vine'. Robert Bruce (circa 1836-1908), pastoralist and writer, arrived in South Australia in 1853. With his brother he took up Wallelberdina, adjoining the eastern shore of Lake Torrens. 'After his brother was killed in a horse riding accident in 1873, Robert sold Wallelberdina and entered into partnership with James Moseley who was developing Coondambo station, some 200 miles (322 km) west of Port Augusta. Eventually Bruce became the sole proprietor ... [and he] lived on the station for most of his remaining years' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Paul Depasquale (A Critical History of South Australian Literature, 1836-1930) comments that 'Bruce can be absurdly pretentious but he also frequently writes of the crude realities of outback life in unsubtle verse whose primary function is to inform as it entertains'.
Papered boards a little bumped; an excellent copy with the fine dustwrapper.
The title page is signed by both authors, as well as Roma Mitchell and John Bray (whose portraits appear on the front panel of the dustwrapper). On the verso of the front flyleaf is a signed inscription from Ralph Jacobi to 'a good friend [identified only as David] from an old friend'; the inscription is dated November 1987. Mounted beneath the inscription is Ralph Jacobi's invitation to the launch of the book (17 November 1987). If you are still reading, you probably know more about these people than we do, but for the record, Dame Roma Mitchell (1913-2000) was the first Australian woman to be a judge, a Queen's Counsel, a chancellor of an Australian university, and the Governor of an Australian state (succinctly put by Wikipedia); John Bray (1912-1995) was, not least, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia from 1967 to 1978; and Ralph Jacobi (1928-2002) was a long-serving Federal Labor MP.
Octavo, [iv], cxvi, xii, 254,  pages plus a folding table.
Original quarter paper and plain boards; corners a little worn; spine sunned and marked, with short splits to the head and foot of both hinges; 'Chalmers Estimates' in ink at the head of the spine; a very good copy.
The dedication referred to in the title runs to 116 pages.
Octavo, [xx], 136,  (advertisements) pages with 36 illustrations, 14 in-text maps, 10 colour maps (5 of them double-page) and a colour plate plus a double-page map of Australia (before the half-title).
Cloth very lightly flecked and rubbed at the extremities; flyleaves offset; an excellent copy.
It is a very large high-quality black and white photograph (475 x 470 mm), printed from the negative by the photographer in the mid-1990s, at our request. The photograph has been prominently signed in black ink by Don Bradman; it has also been signed by the photographer in the bottom right-hand corner (and dated '1977'). It is a superb image - surely the cricketing portrait for people who aren't particularly interested in cricket - and a more fitting tribute to the man than a lot of the material universally on offer.
The image is a full-length portrait with ball grasped firmly in the right hand, standing alongside a wicket in the practice nets (at Lord's in 1899?); there is slight surface silverfish damage not affecting the figure. The photograph, laid down on the original (slightly foxed) printed mount of Reinhold Thiele and Co., 66 Chancery Lane, is archivally matted ready for framing (total visible area 335 x 280 mm). A window in the rear of the modern mount displays the bold ink (surname) signature of William Howell. A rare and impressive item.
The photograph (218 x 294 mm) is laid down as issued on the original printed mount; the photographer is E. Ziegler, 40 Elizabeth St, Norwood (Ernest Charles Victor Ziegler, active 1879-1925). The photograph and mount are in superb condition, behind glass in the original frame. 'The Advertiser' (11 December 1931) sets the scene for these Inter-Collegiate matches: 'Today the annual cricket match between St Peter's and Prince Alfred Colleges will begin at the Adelaide Oval. Last year the game was played at Prince Alfred College, the first time in the history of the matches [first played in 1878] that the Adelaide Oval was not available. The match is one of the most important cricket events outside first-class matches in South Australia, although in recent years it has failed to [sic] the importance and drawing power of inter-collegiate matches played before the war. Many famous cricketers have graduated from the college teams'. The 1910 SPSC team was no exception; sitting next to each other are C.E. Pellew and Vice-Captain A.G. Moyes. 'Nip' Pellew played for South Australia (1913-14 to 1928-29), the AIF Touring XI (1919 to 1919-20) and Australia (ten Tests in 1920-21). Johnny Moyes, a 'promising young cricketer ... had represented (1912-15) South Australia (making a century on debut), been chosen (1914) for Australia in a tour (cancelled due to World War I) against South Africa, and played for Victoria in 1920. In Sydney, he achieved one of the highest individual scores in grade cricket when he made 218 runs in 83 minutes for the Gordon District Cricket Club in 1922.... he served as a New South Wales selector (1926-27) and wanted (Sir) Donald Bradman to play for the State' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). For many years, he worked as a journalist (including fifteen years as sporting editor of 'The Sun'), and he published thirteen books on cricket. In 1949 he began 'broadcasting sporting sessions for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. In 1950-51 he covered his first Test series, against England. In 1955 he received a full-time contract. As a cricket broadcaster, he became a household name in Australia and New Zealand in the 1950s and early 1960s' (ADB).
Quarto, xviii, 326 pages with 26 illustrations (from photographs) and 104 maps.
Laminated pictorial card covers lightly rubbed at the extremities, with a light crease down the centre of the spine; an excellent copy.
'Over 400 Western Australian gold-bearing localities are described with 104 detailed location maps. [This book] is a major contribution to prospecting in WA.' This would account for its perennial desirability; as for its rarity, that's another story altogether ...
(1) MacKENZIE, Reverend David: Ten Years in Australia (1851; -158 pages. Ferguson 12043 but without the wrappers or advertisements). (2) MOSSMAN, Samuel: The Gold Regions of Australia (; 104 pages plus a folding map hand-coloured in outline. Ferguson 12888 but without the wrappers or advertisements). (3) FOSTER, John Fitzgerald Leslie: The New Colony of Victoria, formerly Port Phillip, with Some Account of the other Australian Colonies (1851; viii, 86 pages plus the rare 8-page supplement, 'The Latest Information, December 1851' [second thousand]. Ferguson 9701, noting only green cloth boards). (4) WILKINSON, George Blakiston: The Working Man's Handbook to South Australia. With Advice to the Farmer, and Detailed Information for the Several Classes of Labourers and Artizans (1849; xii, 110,  pages plus a folding map of SA. Ferguson 5248 but without some of the advertisements). (5) [CHAMBERS, William and Robert, publishers]: The Emigrant's Manual. Australia (; [iv], 134 pages with a map on the verso of the first leaf. Not traced in Ferguson, but see 9441-3 for similar items). Contemporary half calf and marbled papered boards slightly rubbed; the Mossman map - bound in at the beginning of the volume - has a few short tears expertly repaired; overall in excellent condition. From the collection of Dr John Chapman, with his bookplate.
Guildford, Genesis Publications (in association with Rigby, Adelaide), 1979.
Royal octavo, 44,  (facsimile manuscript journal, printed rectos only),  (facsimile letter, last blank),  pages with 6 in-text illustrations and 14 full-page plates (2 in colour) plus a large folding map.
Gilt-decorated half calf and marbled papered boards; a fine copy.
Number 442 of 500 copies (all signed by Stephen Walters). The first publication of this important journal relating to Bligh and the mutiny on the 'Bounty'.
The watercolour is on paper (140 x 225 mm), laid down on an old mount, once framed but now removed, with traces of an overmount visible on the margins of the artwork. The painting is in excellent condition, and it would be an ideal candidate for reframing. Harry Pelling Gill (1855-1916), art curator and teacher, was born in England; he trained and taught at the Royal College of Art from 1877-82. He was then appointed master of the school of design in Adelaide. 'He arrived in Adelaide in September and organized elementary and advanced classes, instruction in crafts, teaching of drawing and correspondence lessons. He also gave instruction to trainee teachers.... In 1889 Gill became director for technical art ... He published books on geometrical drawing and design ... In 1892 he was appointed honorary curator of the art gallery and, following the resignation in December of Louis Tannert as master of the school of painting, Gill assumed control of all the board's art teaching activities.... Gill had shown promise as an artist and hoped to win repute in Australia. However, teaching and administration had left little time for his painting. His rare decorative and aesthetic compositions, and also his landscapes, are painted with meticulous detail without sacrificing the overall unified effect. This is a quality passed on to some of his students, including the Hambidge sisters and Gustave Barnes in his early work. Gill's landscapes and some of his interiors show that he was interested in the accurate rendering of light - a rare quality in Adelaide before 1900' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Gill travelled to England and Europe in 1899, and he went to New Zealand in early 1907. However, he appears not to have visited England the year he produced this watercolour of Windsor Castle.
The watercolour is on paper (135 x 227 mm), unmounted as produced; apart from a tiny light crease to one top corner, it is in fine condition. It is undated, but probably circa 1900. Harry Pelling Gill (1855-1916), art curator and teacher, was born in England; he trained and taught at the Royal College of Art from 1877-82. He was then appointed master of the school of design in Adelaide. 'He arrived in Adelaide in September and organized elementary and advanced classes, instruction in crafts, teaching of drawing and correspondence lessons. He also gave instruction to trainee teachers.... In 1889 Gill became director for technical art ... He published books on geometrical drawing and design ... In 1892 he was appointed honorary curator of the art gallery and, following the resignation in December of Louis Tannert as master of the school of painting, Gill assumed control of all the board's art teaching activities.... Gill had shown promise as an artist and hoped to win repute in Australia. However, teaching and administration had left little time for his painting. His rare decorative and aesthetic compositions, and also his landscapes, are painted with meticulous detail without sacrificing the overall unified effect. This is a quality passed on to some of his students, including the Hambidge sisters and Gustave Barnes in his early work. Gill's landscapes and some of his interiors show that he was interested in the accurate rendering of light - a rare quality in Adelaide before 1900' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This charming painting - of coastal tea tree (or similar) flourishing prominently against a backdrop of a few substantial dwellings scattered along a line in the relatively featureless landscape - certainly satisfies these criteria.
Quarto, 24 pages (last three blank, apart from the imprint details on the last page) plus 8 full-page photolithographs featuring well over 100 designs.
Thin cord-bound overlapping card covers slightly marked and sunned, and lightly chipped on the top edges, with a few short tears expertly closed; an excellent copy (internally very fine).
Harry Pelling Gill (1855-1916), art curator and teacher, was born in England; he trained and taught at the Royal College of Art from 1877-82. He was then appointed master of the school of design in Adelaide. 'He arrived in Adelaide in September and organized elementary and advanced classes, instruction in crafts, teaching of drawing and correspondence lessons. He also gave instruction to trainee teachers.... In 1889 Gill became director for technical art ... He published books on geometrical drawing and design ... In 1892 he was appointed honorary curator of the art gallery and, following the resignation in December of Louis Tannert as master of the school of painting, Gill assumed control of all the board's art teaching activities' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Adelaide, printed by E.J. McAlister and Co. [for the Author], 1940.
Octavo, 40 pages.
Original wrappers; light creases to the bottom corner to one leaf (where the author has corrected a typo); a fine copy.
'Bacon was the first to propose to the [British] Government the formation of a settlement in the region now known as South Australia', but read his entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography before drawing too many conclusions. This booklet, like Hague's other anonymously written and privately published works of the period, is utterly rare in circulation and presumably the print run was very small.
Canberra, Australian Academy of Science, 1974 to 2001, and CSIRO, 2002 to 2008.
Large octavo, 55 issues, each one approximately 120 pages with numerous illustrations.
Original card covers in fine condition (with two exceptions: some leaves in Volume 3, Number 2 have become loose, and Volume 6, Number 2 has been bound without the card covers in flush-cut quarter contrasting cloth). The last ten issues have the... Read complete entry
The journal was published quarterly for the first fourteen volumes, then twice yearly, with two exceptions: Volume 3, Numbers 3/4 is a double issue, and Volume 4, Number 4 does not exist. Uncommonly interesting.
London, 'Printed for Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, Poultry; and J. Miller, Albemarle-Street; By J. Keymer, Yarmouth', 1811.
Octavo, [ii] (title leaf), lxii, 496,  (index),  (errata and instructions to the binder, last blank) pages with a few in-text illustrations plus a fine hand-coloured frontispiece ('An Icelandic Lady in Her Bridal Dress') and 3 plates (2 of them double-page).
Early full morocco boards later rebacked in heavily gilt-decorated calf with a contrasting title-label, all edges marbled; leather on the boards cracked, scuffed and marked, with some surface loss (particularly to the rear board); frontispiece offset... Read complete entry
With the armorial bookplate of the Stanley family, Earls of Derby, on the pastedown, and a Stanley surname signature on an early blank. Loosely inserted is a typed aerogramme signed from Frank Maggs, dated 23 November 1954, replying to a query regarding variant imprints of this work. He writes that 'comparing the London issue with the Yarmouth the two are identically the same printing, with the exception that the London edition has a three page dedication to Sir Joseph Banks and a slightly different title page. So it looks as if the two issues are substantially the same except that the copies for the author himself bore his local Yarmouth imprint'.
Ringwood, Penguin, 1966 [the first edition, suppressed before publication].
Octavo, [viii], 313 pages with 137 illustrations plus 8 colour plates.
Colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
This title, and the author, went on to better and greater things. When Robert Hughes died in August 2012, aged 74, 'The Guardian' in its obituary described him as 'simply the greatest art critic of our time'.
Undated, but probably 1890s. All photographs are captioned within the image: they are mainly views of villages and towns, with the occasional rural scene. A number of them are of Miyanoshita and environs (including Naraya's Hotel); other place names mentioned are Hakone, Sanmaebashi, Yumoto, Tonosawa, Dogashima, Kozu, Odawara, Sokokura, Kiga, Kojigoku, Otomitoge and Hakonegongen. Basically, on a clear day one can see Mt Fuji from all of them. Apart from a light tidemark to one margin near the hinge of one of the covers and minor foxing to two images (and some of the slightly chipped interleaved tissue-guards), the overall condition is fine.