Folio (432 x 292 mm), [ii] (title page and index), [vi] (advertisements), 1-20 (text), 19A (Addenda, with a fulll-page advertisement for Fauldings on the unnumbered verso), 21-22 (text), [ii] ('Central South Australia' by A.J. Giles, verso numbered 20) pages plus 25 double-page colour maps and a folding four-page colour map of South Australia (all presented in portrait format - the centrefold is across the middle of each map), and a leaf of advertising at the rear (verso blank).
Half morocco and dark green cloth (possibly a later binding resembling the original?) with the original large leather title-label mounted on the front cover; leather a little scuffed; cloth lightly marked; title page a little tanned at the four... Read complete entry
The leather title label contains some interesting details: 'The New District Atlas of South Australia and Northern Territory. Published by E.S. Wigg and Son, Adelaide, for the Proprietors, F.E. Hiscocks and Co.'. All but one of the very attractive maps carry the imprint of 'F.W. Niven, Lithographer, Engraver & Printer, Ballarat' (and 'for the South Australian counties Atlas 1876' is included in 16 of them). The 22 pages of letterpress contain a complete list of Pastoral Leases and a Gazetteer of South Australia. We have identified variant advertising material and its placement. The Northern Territory is represented by four maps, each approximately 520 x 400 mm. Ferguson 7981 and 7982 (indifferent entries clearly for the same item. Ferguson notes only the 22 pages of letterpress).
Adelaide, South Australian Football League Limited (and printed by Lonnen & Cope), 1924.
Duodecimo (163 x 104 mm), 16 pages (last page the colophon) plus the title-cover.
Saddle-stapled card; a fine copy.
'Umpires and stewards must report bad language and foul play, such as hitting with the fist and with the elbow. The game, according to the laws, is strong enough, there being no occasion for foulness of any sort. The fair player must be protected' (page 11). Not in Trove.
London, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green, 1864.
Octavo, xiv, 457, 390-535 pages with 26 illustrations plus a chromolithographic frontispiece, 8 full-page engravings and 3 folding maps (with applied colour to the routes and main bodies of water). Numbers 390-457 inclusive are used twice in the pagination (appearing the second time within square brackets); however, no text is duplicated or missing, and the total number of pages of text is in fact 703.
Contemporary full polished tree calf (a prize binding, with the gilt stamp of the Adelaide Educational Institution on the front cover); light wear to the extremities and spine, with trifling loss to the headcap; minimal restoration to a hinge of one... Read complete entry
The author was 'formerly attached to the North Australian Expedition, and subsequently to that of Dr Livingston on the Zambesi'.
Quarto, [iv], x, 85 pages with 60 plates plus 11 pages of colour plates.
Blind-stamped gilt-decorated tan cloth a little rubbed and marked, with very light wear to the spine; top edge a little foxed; endpapers offset, with the front one slightly blemished; mild signs of use; a very good copy.
With the (1914 wattle motif) bookplate of horticulturalist, naturalist and author Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954).
Small quarto, [vii]-xxiv, 380 pages with 20 illustrations.
Original black-pictorial dark green cloth rubbed at the extremities, with slight wear to a few spots; rear cover scratched and scuffed, with a light (clear dried glue?) stain; bottom edge lightly stained; a very decent copy lacking the front flyleaf... Read complete entry
Quarto (255 x 197 mm), [ii] (blank), xiv, 153 (last blank),  (index, colophon) pages with 'over 150 Illustrations of Guns and Rifles' and 16 line illustrations of military rifle cartridges.
Brown stippled cloth; edges and endpapers a little foxed; first and last pages offset; slight marginal discolouration to one opening (from a small tipped-in newspaper cutting, still present); an excellent copy.
On the front flyleaf are an early ownership signature, and two related newspaper clippings (one referring to a triple-fatality in December 1839 at the Melbourne gunshop of John Blanch, a forebear and namesake of the publisher).
London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954 [first English edition].
Octavo, 158 pages with a frontispiece illustration.
Papered boards; front bottom corner bumped; ownership signature (dated December 1954) on the front flyleaf; leading edge slightly marked, with a tiny light mark to one page; a very good copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper very slightly worn at all... Read complete entry
'Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book-paper catches fire.... This terrifying fable, Ray Bradbury's first long story, is fired by the same poetical imagination as his short stories; and his implied indictment of certain aspects of today's man-made world, projected into the future, will cause many a gentle reader to catch his breath'.
Folio, 16 pages plus a page of lithographic illustrations (accompanying the Etheridge paper) and 4 folding geological maps and a large folding geological section (all in colour).
Recent cloth with the title in gilt on the front cover; a fine copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 127 of 1896; only 500 copies printed. Brown was in the Northern Territory from early April to early August 1896; he gives detailed reports (and maps) for each of his five journeys. Etheridge's contribution is 'No. 9 - The Occurrence of Olenellus in the Northern Territory'.
Sydney, Printed by J.A. Engel, 'Guttenberg' Printing Office, 103 York-street, 1872.
Octavo (180 x 115 mm), xii (commencing with the title leaf, verso blank, and with every second leaf blank), 305 pages.
Original blue cloth, extensively decorated in blind on the front and rear, with the title and author in gilt on the spine (very indistinct, but visible - and legible - in a raking light); cloth a little marked, rubbed and bumped at the extremities,... Read complete entry
The novel commences thus: 'Our scene lays in Paris! Paris! Our pen can scarcely write that word. It jars upon our ears; - we waver; with trembling hands it is written, and for a time; feelings aroused by its memory overpower us. How much significance is now retained in that dissyllable. Does it not bring to our remembrance - perhaps mouldering into shadowy oblivion, saddened thoughts of a city, all but ruined and destroyed by the avenging hands of its beseigers?'. Well, the author did warn, in his preface to this, his first effort with his pen, that he 'must not be judged by the same standard as the professed Novelist of the day; his whole aim being originally to amuse - by attempting to write what is termed - 'a Sensational Novel''. Alas, he does not deliver a novel from the barricades of the Paris Commune. Halfway down the second of 305 pages we discovered 'it is not of Paris 'in bello', that we write; it is of Paris 'in pace''. Add to this the unpalatable fact that we have also learnt in the preface [warning: spoiler alert!] that our hero, although not without sin, 'returned to the path of virtue at the earliest moment; ... he was never guilty of any act contrary to the grand and universal doctrine of humanity, - and was always a fervent friend of the poor'. We have read no more ... Trove records just two copies in Australian institutions - we hope this will be the third.
London, [Her Majesty's Stationery Office], September 1854.
A very large lithographed map (printed surface approximately 625 x 1250 mm) printed in black, blue and brown, dissected into 24 panels and mounted on linen (folding down to 220 x 150 mm), mounted on the inside rear surface of green cloth-covered boards stamped in blind and lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover (as issued). A printed advertisement for other 'Maps of the Seat of War prepared under the direction' of Major Jervis is mounted on the front pastedown; a small 'Map of the Seat of War fo
Cloth unevenly faded, and a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities; inoffensive stains to the map along one horizontal fold and in the blank upper margin; advertisement slightly nibbled at one edge; overall in very good condition.
This is a half-scale reduction, printed on two sheets, of a larger map in ten sheets adapted and translated by Major Jervis from a Russian military map of the Crimean Peninsula; it includes an inset map of Sevastopol harbour (printed surface approximately 145 x 260 mm). The printed advertisement for the maps ('for the use of the Staff and Officers of the Allied Armies and the Government') includes both these versions, as well as two other maps of the Crimean theatre. This version is advertised at 10s, or 15s mounted in case (as is this copy). A blind-stamped motto in a blank portion of the map proclaims that 'Geography, while it explores the darkest recesses of nature, should light up the darkest retreats of humanity' (perhaps as issued - we have traced another copy of this map with the same legend - or should that be myth?).
Duodecimo (168 x 118 mm),  pages (last leaf blank) plus the overlapping title-wrappers; a fine copy, still in the original envelope in which it was posted.
Inscribed on the inside front cover to 'Mr E.E. Pescott, with kind regards, John S. Derrick'. Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), horticulturalist, naturalist, author, bibliographer and book-collector, has tipped in a hand-written note: 'Hand set and printed on a private press by John S. Derrick at the Geelong Grammar School, Corio 1940'. Derrick was Head of Art at the school at the time. (Sir) James Ralph Darling (1899-1995) was the English-born headmaster of Geelong Grammar School from 1930 to 1961, and the Chairman of the ABC from 1961 to 1967. This speech was inspired by Britain's actions in the early stages of the Second World War.
Originally sextodecimo (but later unevenly trimmed to approximately 128 x 105 mm), 52 pages with 2 full-page illustrations.
Saddle-stapled wrappers with the (reset) title page details repeated, within a plain border, on the front cover; staples rusty; corner creases to some leaves (including a heavy one to the bottom corner of three leaves at the end); trifling signs of... Read complete entry
Our new chum left Tilbury Docks in July 1888; he spent the better part of his first two years in Australia in the Grafton area. 'I left Clarence River in September, 1890, for Western Australia, where I remained continuously in the bush for thirteen years - till 1903'. This curious little work doesn't mince words; it contains much on Aborigines, but was unknown to Greenway. The narrative ends with this sentence: 'I was thankful I was never asked the name of the manager of the Star of the East mine'. This is followed by 'The End of Book 1. My further experiences are to be related in Book Two', and the colophon. Trove records this title under four different entries, with different paginations (59, 78, 79 and 80 pages), and in the two instances where the printer is mentioned, the address is either Melbourne or St Kilda. Two of them suggest that their publication dates are 1933 and 1935. The present item, clearly not in Trove, would appear to be the first appearance of the first (and larger) part of the memoir.
London, published for The Author by H. Fisher, Son, and P. Jackson, 1826.
Octavo, [x] (title leaf, 2 leaves of preface, two leaves of contents), -442 pages plus 7 plates and a folding map.
Early half calf and marbled papered boards a little rubbed and scuffed, with minor wear to the corners and the rear leading edge; top edge a little dusty; plates and adjacent leaves foxed, with occasional light scattered foxing elsewhere; mild signs... Read complete entry
With the binder's ticket of J. Kelly, 15 Gower Place, an 1845 ownership inscription, and the much later bookplate of Hardwicke Knight.
Octavo (263 x 173 mm),  pages (the first five and the last three are blank, and the blank leaf between the limitation page and the title page is tipped in) with decorations and 21 orginal woodcut bookplates by Adrian Feint tipped in on blank leaves (rectos only).
Quarter cloth and green papered boards, with paper title-labels on the spine and front cover; all edges uncut; green paper on the boards heavily mottled (presumably as ever); light wear to the paper along the bottom edges and corners of the covers;... Read complete entry
Number 100 of 125 copies numbered and signed by Adrian Feint and published under his private imprint; the typography is by Percy Green. 'The Plates in the Book were printed direct from the Original Woodcut Blocks on Jap Hand-wove or Van Gelder Papers. The Title Page and the decorations are printed direct from Woodcut Originals' (colophon). Eight of the plates are in colour: two are monochrome, four are in two colours, and two are extensively hand-coloured. The checklist records 68 bookplates from 1922 to 1927. Among the original plates in the book are examples for Dorothea MacKellar, William and Margaret Preston, John Lane Mullins, Sydney Ure Smith, Thea Proctor, Walter Taylor, and Kenneth Macqueen. This copy comes from the collection of Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), horticulturist, naturalist, author, bibliographer and bookplate enthusiast, with his pencilled ownership signature and two-colour bookplate (by G.D. Perrottet, 1942). The Australian Dictionary of Biography entry on Adrian George Feint (1894-1971) makes it clear that the inclusion of bookplates for the above-mentioned individuals is no accident. After he was discharged from the army in 1919, 'Feint returned to the Sydney Art School which was noted for its teaching in 'black and white'. He worked extensively for Sydney Ure Smith's advertising agency, Smith & Julius, and provided decorations and cover designs for his magazines, 'Art in Australia' (1928-40) and the 'Home'. Regarded as having impeccable taste, Feint (with Walter Taylor) directed Grosvenor Galleries between 1924 and 1928.... He showed his first wood-engravings in 1927 while studying design with Thea Proctor'. Later, 'he virtually gave up commercial art in 1938 to concentrate on oil-painting - receiving technical advice from Margaret Preston'.
Sydney, The Australian Ex Libris Society (and printed at the Beacon Press), 1934.
Octavo (242 x 158 mm),  pages with 20 tipped-in bookplates (including 5 in monochrome and 7 with two or more colours, with those for Frank E. Lane and Thea Proctor extensively hand-coloured).
Overlapping green-pictorial card covers with French flaps; pictorial title-label (almost certainly a woodcut design by Feint) mounted on the front cover; top edge lightly foxed; a minute amount of silverfish damage to the front flap; essentially a... Read complete entry
Number 113 of 150 copies signed by Adrian Feint; it was presumably hand-set and hand-printed by Harrie Mortlock at his Beacon Press. Mounted on the exposed surface of the front flap is the large two-colour bookplate (by George Perrottet, 1942) of Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), horticulturalist, naturalist, author, bibliographer, and very keen collector of books and bookplates. The contents include two essays ('Bookplates of Adrian Feint' by Carlyle S. Baer, and 'Adrian Feint and His Work' by John Lane Mullins), a checklist of 145 bookplates from 1922 to 1933, and an annotated bibliography.
Octavo (242 x 165 mm), xiv, 449,  (colophon) pages with 180 illustrations plus a colour frontispiece (with a tissue-guard) and 37 plates (comprising some 270 illustrations).
Gilt-pictorial green cloth a little marked, scuffed and rubbed, with minor wear to the corner tips; endpapers a little marked, with slight surface blemishes to the corners of the front flyleaf (where something tipped in has been removed); front... Read complete entry
The ownership details of Joseph A. Hill, 'Correa', Wakeham St, Stawell are on an early blank. On the pastedown is the wattle-blossom bookplate of horticulturalist, naturalist and author Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954); his ownership details are written at the head of the preface leaf ('Ed. E. Pescott Bendigo 8/2/08'). He has also written on the title page 'author's autograph p.iv'); Froggatt's signature, dated 14 September 1913, appears at the end of the preface.
Original blue wrappers, repeating on the front cover the title and imprint details of the title page (with the addition of a decorative border and the Australian coat of arms); wrappers very lightly foxed and creased; top corner lightly creased... Read complete entry
Ferguson 10024aa. For a similar item by Goethe, under the title 'Victoria's Deutscher Kalender ...', see Ferguson 17955 and 17956 (1855 and 1857); no other years seem to have been produced, and this 1854 publication would appear to be the earliest issue of this calendar. Although all and sundry on Trove describe this as a 'church calendar', the title translates (according to our elementary German anyway!) as 'the generally useful calendar' or 'the calendar of public benefit', and within its space limitations, it is just that. At the head of each monthly calendar are the phases of the moon and times of sunrise and sunset, and at the foot there is a 'Feld- und Garten-Kalender' (4-7 lines each month). There are numerous historical references (both national and international) on many of the days of the year, and five closely printed pages at the rear of the pamphlet contain a potted history of the colony (including a section on its separation from NSW), the nature of the land and agricultural pursuits. Well, at least the FINAL page is devoted to matters religious ...
Small folio, two volumes bound as one, [iv], 28 pages plus an engraved pictorial title page and 7 large folding plates, and [iv], 28 plates plus an engraved pictorial title page and 8 large folding plates (with all the folding plates mounted near the right-hand edge of blank leaves so that they can be opened out and referred to at the same time as the relevant text).
Recent antique-style quarter leather (a little marked) and early marbled papered boards (rubbed and worn at the extremities); occasional small light tidemarks to some bottom margins; trifling signs of use and age, with some early pencilling on the... Read complete entry
An early and well-illustrated work on military architecture and fortifications, presumably rare if the standard online resources are any indication.
London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1876.
Octavo (225 x 154 mm), xvi, 432 pages plus 66 engraved plates, a folding table and 2 folding maps in an endpocket (South Australia, 795 x 545 mm and Australia, 320 x 400 mm).
Original dark green cloth lettered in black on the front cover and in gilt on the spine; first (blank) and last pages discoloured by the acidic endpapers; a fine copy WITH THE DUSTWRAPPER sunned on the spine, a little torn and chipped, and lacking the... Read complete entry
The book itself is common, but it is an undervalued work: the plates, wood engravings from photographs, are a major pictorial record of the history of the colony, and there are two supplementary chapters on the Northern Territory and Central Australia. 'In the chapter on the Northern Territory, I have incorporated some useful papers written by residents there, and prepared for publication by Mr J.G. Knight'. The chapter on Central Australia is even more important: 'Since the foregoing was in type, the following interesting and well-written account of Central Australia, along the line of telegraph, has appeared in the 'Register'. The writer, Mr J.A. Giles, is well acquainted with the whole of the country which he describes. It is the best and most trust-worthy account of Central Australia which has yet been published'. The entire chapter is devoted to the article, which refers on occasion (and thus eliminates any misattribution) to Alfred Giles, the explorer with strong telegraph line credentials. The dustwrapper is something else again. In over forty years of book dealing in South Australia, we have seen untold quantities of this book, in a variety of bindings, from decorated full cloth to quarter cloth and plain papered boards. We have not seen, nor heard of, a dustwrapper - and a sophisticated example it is too. The front panel repeats all of the important details from the title page - short title, editor, the full publishing details, and mentions illustrations - all within a decorative border. The spine has much the same information (although the piece missing from the foot of the spine appears to have contained merely 'Sampson Low & Co.'. The rear panel contains an extensive list of new works by the publishers, including new editions of two books on Australia ('The Queen of the Colonies' and 'Sketches of Australian Life and Scenery'). Ferguson 10233 (not recording the maps or the dustwrapper, and noting only green or brown bindings similar to this one).
Dated 18 August 2000, it is written on the verso of a British Library postcard which reproduces the manuscript (circa 1400) of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It is a less-than-routine response to a very mundane request, and it is short (and worthy) enough to quote in full: 'Forgive this long delay in returning the signed slips. I tipped your letter into a 'personal' pile, which meant you were treated like a friend, which means I carry the letters with me and don't answer them, but mean to ...'. The postcard, sent inside an envelope (not present), is in very fine condition.
Cloth with a paper title-label on the upper board; a fine copy.
'An Historical Survey' (38 pages); 'Photographic Genres' (34 pages) and a detailed (but not comprehensive) bibliography of 130 photographically illustrated books (86 pages). A fascinating and little-known branch of book illustration; limited to 1000 copies.
Adelaide, printed by David Gall [for the Author], 1866.
Duodecimo, [iv], 51 pages plus 6 tinted lithographs (by Colonel Biggs, from sketches by the author).
Original blind-stamped heavily textured purple cloth a little sunned, mottled and marked; trifling blemishes to the leading edges of the front pastedown (caused by an excess of glue during production); fingermarks (mainly marginal) to four pages and... Read complete entry
Ferguson 10181 (omitting the preliminaries and noting only green cloth).
Very large quarto, two volumes (one of text, the other of plates). Volume 1: xvi, 264,  (list of other works by the author) pages plus 8 plates (5 folding), 9 diagrams (2 folding) and a large albumen paper photograph frontispiece (203 x 257 mm, with the top slightly arched) of the Royal Albert Bridge over the River Tamar, Saltash, with one girder raised - the bridge is by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, THE PHOTOGRAPH IS BY ROGER FENTON. Volume 2: [vi] pages plus 98 engraved plates (95 of them double-page,
Original half morocco and stippled cloth; leather a little rubbed, with trifling surface loss; spines a little marked and unevenly sunned, with a neatly closed short tear to the head of the front hinge of the first volume; one long clean tear to one... Read complete entry
All of the plates in the second volume relate to specific bridges: one double-page plate gives details of the 'Bridge over Salt Water River, Melbourne and Williams Town Railway, Victoria' (and one of the diagrams in the first volume shows its curve of strains).
Quarto (270 x 198 mm), xiv, 414 pages with 81 plates and a map plus the frontispiece and pictorial endpapers (with all illustrations from photographs by Hurley).
Olive-green cloth lettered in gilt in a decorative font on the front cover and spine; top edge gilt; cloth lightly rubbed at the extremities and a little scuffed at the rear; minimal expert consolidation to the front inner hinge; light creases to the... Read complete entry
Inscribed on the recto of the frontispiece 'To Mr L.H. Howie, With a student's appreciation and gratitude ... M. Bradley 11.12.1924'. The recipient was Laurence Hotham Howie (1876-1963), artist and teacher; he was principal of the Adelaide School of Arts and Crafts from 1920 to 1941. He enlisted in the AIF in August 1915, embarked in January 1916, and was on active service 'in North Africa and the Western Front until December 1918. He continued painting and sketching and was appointed an official war artist after hostilities ended. He worked with the AIF War Records Section in London under the sculptor C. Web Gilbert and in 1919 returned to France to make studies which were later used to construct dioramas at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). James Francis (Frank) Hurley (1885-1962), adventurer, photographer and film maker, is perhaps best remembered for his Antarctic photographs from his expeditions under Mawson and Shackleton between 1911 and 1917. In an interesting parallel with Howie's life, in August 1917 Hurley 'joined the Australian Imperial Force as official photographer with the rank of honorary captain. Shocked by the carnage in France and Belgium ... He ran great risks to film exploding shells and clashed with Charles Bean, the official historian, over his desire to merge several negatives into one impressive picture: to Bean such composite pictures were 'little short of fake'. Disgusted with army administration and irked by censorship, Hurley resigned, but was sent to the Middle East, smuggling out some coloured photographs'. His adventures, and controversies, continued apace after the war. 'Between December 1920 and January 1923 Hurley made two long and well-publicized filming expeditions to the Torres Strait Islands and to Papua, and attracted further attention by shipping two small planes to Port Moresby and flying them along the coast. Again, the Papuan films (especially 'Pearls and Savages' released in December 1921) were major commercial successes. He followed them up with a book of traveller's tales and photographs, also called 'Pearls and Savages', as he was to do with several other of his films. However, he clashed bitterly with (Sir) Hubert Murray and the Papuan administration over allegedly bad publicity that he was giving to the Territory through his sensational stories of head-hunters and unexplored jungle wilds, and more seriously over allegedly improper methods used to gather a large collection of artefacts for the Australian Museum, Sydney. In 1925 Hurley was refused entrance to Papua to make a fiction film' (ADB).
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1969 [first edition].
Octavo (223 x 143 mm), xvi, 153 pages with 4 maps plus 34 plates.
Cloth slightly rubbed, marked and flecked; endpapers replaced; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed at the extremities, with one short edge tear and a few chips to the head of the spine.
The last book published during the author's lifetime.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1933 [first edition].
Octavo, xviii, 378 pages plus 32 plates and front endpaper maps.
Decorated cloth a little worn at the extremities, with the rear hinge worn through near the centre (but now protected with a Mylar wrapper); some foxing, particularly to the leaves adjacent to the plates; overall a decent copy.
Tales of the Torres Strait islands. Inscribed, dated (September 1933) and signed by the author 'To Colin Simpson with sincere regards'. He is one of the people thanked in the author's prefatory note for 'the photographs in this book' - presumably the author Colin Simpson (1908-1983). The pencilling on one photograph, the endpaper map and one blank page are probably by him. The recently-published Idriess bibliography (October 2016) by Feain and Aroney records a print run of only 2000 copies.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1941 (first edition).
Octavo (220 x 140 mm), x, 222 (last unnumbered),  (index, comprising unnumbered title leaf, verso blank, and pages -128),  (publisher's advertisements) pages.
Cloth a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with the boards a little bowed and the spine more-or-less flat; leading edge a little marked, bleeding slightly into a few leading margins; slight loss to silverfish near the bottom edge of the... Read complete entry
The recently-published Idriess bibliography (October 2016) by Feain and Aroney records a print run of only 1500 copies.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1938 (Volumes 3 and 7) and 1939.
Octavo, twelve volumes, with each one containing approximately 250 pages plus plates (and endpaper maps in all except Volume 7, 'The Yellow Joss'); loosely inserted are clipped newpaper obituaries of 'Flynn of the Inland' and the author.
Gilt-decorated green cloth with printed black title-labels; spines lightly sunned and mottled (two more heavily so); insignificant marks to a few covers; edges, endpapers and adjacent leaves foxed; endpapers offset; a very good set.
A uniformly bound collected reprint edition of the author's standard works to that time. Each volume is inscribed to the original (named) recipient, dated (1939, with December in one volume) and signed in ink by the author. The inscriptions (repeated only once) are the usual Cheerios, Sincerelys, Good Fortunes, Sunshiny Days and Jolly Good Lucks To You. At that level, there's really not a lot not to like about Ion Idriess ...
Adelaide, Royal Society of South Australia, 1920 to 1924.
Octavo (the first three volumes) and quarto (the last two volumes); original quarter flush-cut cloth and wrappers; small mark to the head of one spine, otherwise in uniformly fine condition.
Although not identified as such, the illustrations in every instance are by the author. These five volumes are offered together with a matching copy of Volume 49, completing the important 18-part series 'Flora and Fauna of Nuyts Archipelago and the Investigator Group' which runs through Volumes 46 to 49. Professor Wood Jones was the author of three of the papers in this series: [#2] The Monodelphian Mammals (13 pages with 11 illustrations); [#6] The Didelphian Mammals (13 pages with 9 illustrations); and [#15] The Pearson Island Rat and the Flinders Island Wallaby (5 pages) - the illustrations, again by the author, are identified as such in all cases. It will not surprise fellow-enthusiasts of the Professor to learn that these volumes also contain no less than four other contributions by him, ranging from the status of the dingo to anthropometric observations of South Australian Aborigines; details seem superfluous. [6 items].
Contemporary vellum with early manuscript title in ink on the spine; front flyleaf a little creased and chipped; paper lightly toned around the edges; an excellent copy.
The first editions of much-reprinted works on the rights and duties of women. The first volume addresses virginity, the second adultery, and the contents are drawn in the main from classical and theological writings (with each volume containing an index of sources). With the armorial bookplate of J[ohn] Walter Tyas (1833-1903), linguist, bibliophile and university registrar; the following details of his interesting life are gleaned from the Australian Dictionary of Biography. After studying law and working on the staff of 'The Times', he emigrated to South Australia in 1868. After a period in business in Adelaide, he was active in the pearl-shell industry on the north coast of Australia (and beyond) for three years. In 1873 he returned to England, and for some years 'roved the Continent collecting bric-Ã -brac, pieces of art and books on antiquity. In 1878 he was appointed Reuter's agent in Adelaide arriving there on 18 September, and in 1882 became registrar of the University of Adelaide. Tyas also acted as examiner in modern languages, especially in French. A natural conversationalist and an entertaining host, he was envied for his library and his knowledge of literature'.
Folio, two volumes, 164 pages with numerous illustrations (Part A) and 164 pages with illustrations of all the etchings - in excess of 600 (Part B).
Cloth; a fine set with the cloth-covered slipcase.
Published in a limited edition of only 300 numbered sets signed by the publisher, John McCullagh. Part B, a very detailed and fully illustrated chronological catalogue of all of Lionel Lindsay's etchings, is an indispensible reference work for the collector. (Volume 1, devoted to Lionel Lindsay's woodcuts, was published in 1982).
Quarto (285 x 220 mm), a leaflet (with two deckle edges), printed recto only, with head- and tail-piece line illustrations by Norman Lindsay.
One crease across the centre; half of the blank verso tanned (the sheet was folded with the printed surface innermost, then stored inside a book next to its acidic cover); thin strip of discolouration along the top edge; in excellent condition.
This first edition was illustrated by Norman Lindsay ('There are twenty-nine full-page collotype plates of drawings by NORMAN LINDSAY and six hand-gravure plates of etchings by this masterly draughtsman'). The first Australian edition, published in 1911 by Lothian, was not illustrated; presumably this was to keep faith with purchasers of the original edition: 'It is a book which the wise collector will be sure to inspect, for if ever there was outstanding book-value it is 'Satyrs and Sunlight' at the subscription price of four guineas'.
Quarto (254 x 192 mm), x, 234,  (left blank for 'Notes', the last with the colophon),  (publisher's advertisements) pages with 38 illustrations.
Brown buckram mottled and a little sunned on the spine; corners slightly bumped; front flyleaf slightly creased near the top corner; endpapers offset, with surface loss to a small spot on each pastedown (where some tape has been removed); slight... Read complete entry
London, Blackie and Son, [presumably 1890s]/ 1891.
Octavo (192 x 143 mm), 384, 32 (publisher's advertisements) pages plus 12 plates by W. Parkinson.
Two-colour pictorial brown cloth lettered in gilt, all edges dyed green; cloth lightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; 1909 gift inscription on the recto of the frontispiece; trifling signs of handling; an excellent copy of an early edition of a... Read complete entry
Octavo (235 x 158 mm), 192 pages with 27 illustrations plus 4 pages of colour plates (depicting interesting face-painting designs).
Cloth a little rubbed, flecked and marked, with the spine a little sunned; top edge a little foxed; boards a little bowed; a very good copy.
Volume 2 in the Publications of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission series. On the front flyleaf is the ownership signature of the Queensland-born anthropologist Ursula Hope McConnel (1888-1957); she was awarded 'a Rockefeller fellowship (1931-33) to study under Edward Sapir at Yale University' (Australian Dictionary of Biography), so presumably the signature is contemporary.
Adelaide, [The Author] (and 'Sold by All Booksellers'), 1871 (second edition, revised and enlarged)/ 1843.
Duodecimo (180 x 106 mm), viii (last blank), 134,  (advertising section, including the rear pastedown) pages.
Flush-cut plum-coloured stippled cloth with the title in gilt in a gilt frame (surrounded by a blind-stamped double border) on the front cover; lettering a little indistinct; cloth discoloured and stained, with minor restoration to the head and foot... Read complete entry
See Crittenden 12 for mention of this revised edition of only 'the fourth in the line of Australian gardening books'. McEwin notes in his preface to this edition the addition of a chapter on the 'Formation of the Flower Garden and Shrubbery, with Monthly Calendar of operations' (calendars are now also included 'for the Vineyard, Fruit Garden, and Kitchen Garden. There has also been added to the catalogues of fruits and vegetables a list of the most esteemed varieties of each ... An Appendix has also been added, on Fruit-drying'.
Cloth lightly marked and scuffed, with slight wear to the extremities, and with a few short splits at the head of the spine; endpapers offset; top margin of sixteen consecutive leaves lightly bumped; trifling chip to the uncut leading edge of one leaf... Read complete entry
With the pencilled ownership initials of Sir William Mitchell (1861-1962), appointed in 1894 to 'the Hughes professorship of English language and literature and mental and moral philosophy in the University of Adelaide' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
The card, with the printed header 'From Henry Moore, Hoglands ...', is a friendly reply to a request to visit his studio. 'I am afraid now that by the time you get this letter it will be too late for you to come to see my studio. For although you may get this by Saturday night I have some very important work to do on Sunday morning, the time you suggest coming ...'. The message extends over both sides of the card, with the signature large and clear. The card is in fine condition; the envelope is in very good condition, albeit repaired with clear tape where torn open near the top.
Cloth a little lightly flecked and scuffed; spine lightly sunned; edges a little foxed; a very good copy (without a dustwrapper, as issued).
Number 80 of only 100 copies numbered and signed by the author. This copy is also inscribed and signed to Frank Downer, brother of Sir John Downer (1843-1915). Sir John Morphett (1809-1892), landowner and politician: by 1835 he was one of the most enthusiastic and energetic supporters of the new province of South Australia, and he arrived on the 'Cygnet' in September 1836. He was one of the discoverers of the Torrens and at 'the crucial meeting on 10 February 1837 Morphett's votes were decisive in confirming the site of Adelaide ... He threw his weight behind every good cause ... [and his] political career was long and distinguished' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Octavo, 79,  (colophon) pages plus endpaper advertisements.
Flush-cut stippled cloth decorated in blind on the front and rear, with 'Notes on Nursing. By Florence Nightingale.' in gilt on the front, all edges lightly speckled red; cloth lightly marked, sunned on the spine, and rubbed at the... Read complete entry
The advertisements, for 'New Books, and New Editions' from the publisher, include the 1883 re-issue of Burke's General Armory of England. Nightingale's classic work, born out of her experiences in the Crimean War, first appeared in January 1860; by March of that year, it had sold some 15,000 copies. Copies have been recorded with advertisements dated as late as 1901.
Octavo, two volumes, xxiv, 267 pages with 43 illustrations and plates plus a frontispiece portrait, 6 maps (3 folding, one of them coloured) and an errata slip [and] xiv, 289 pages with 16 illustrations plus a frontispiece portrait, a portrait of Livingstone and an errata slip.
Original cloth slightly marked and unevenly sunned; new endpapers; an excellent set, uncut and almost completely unopened.
Oswell first went to the Cape in 1844, aged 26, and became 'the most dashing hunter and successful explorer of his time in South Africa'; he shared the discovery of the Zambesi with Livingstone.