Quarto, 56 pages with numerous illustrations (many from photographs); advertisements are dotted throughout.
Two-colour pictorial card covers slightly marked and sunned; spine a little rubbed; light scattered foxing; an excellent copy.
'History of the Progress of Adelaide ... with Comparative Illustrations of the '40's and Today. The Views of Early South Australia are Authentic Reproductions of Original Sketches and Paintings by Artists of the time ... selected from the extensive collection of Mr Julius Feldheim'.
Oblong octavo,  pages with 14 illustrations (from photographs) and pictorial advertisements.
Ornately-printed pictorial red wrappers with a pallette-shaped cut-out on the front cover and with advertisements for the publishers on the other three surfaces; a fine copy.
With the pencilled ownership signature of M.M. Lang on the front cover (perhaps there is some connection with Lang Lang?). The date 'c.1906' is written in ink on the front cover in what we recognize to be the hand of Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), whose collection this item originally came from. Not in Trove (but the digitized newspaper archive contains several advertisements for this item in December 1906, so Pescott's estimate of the date is correct).
Folio,  pages printed in four columns, unbound as issued. The vertical fold of the first leaf is a little holed, just slightly affecting the printed surface on the verso; essentially a very good copy in crisp condition.
THE FIRST NEWSPAPER PRINTED IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA, very rare indeed, and considerably more so than the London printing of the first number of 18 June the previous year. G.H. Pitt, in 'The Press in South Australia, 1836-1850' (1946), suggests a print run of about 100 copies, of which no more than a handful can have survived. The contents are of great interest, including proclamations issued by the Governor from December 1836 to May 1837; an account of his arrival and installation; a record of the first land sale, with the names of the buyers and prices; and the inaugural address of the Chief Justice, referring at some length to relations with the Aborigines.
Adelaide, R. Kyffin Thomas, Printer [for G.H. Cargeeg], 1881 ('Second Edition' is printed at the head of the front cover).
Octavo, 132 pages with numerous advertisements (some with illustrations) plus advertisements on all surfaces of the covers.
Stiffened wrappers lightly chipped (mainly along the slightly overlapping leading edges); spine a little sunned; short tear to the rear cover and last leaf expertly sealed; wrappers and adjacent leaves a little foxed, with occasional light foxing... Read complete entry
G.H. Cargeeg has a pictorial advertisement on the outside rear wrapper for his 'News- and General Advertising Agency', and on page 130 he appears as the manufacturer of 'Cargeeg's Chromograph, an Apparatus for Multiplying Copies ... without the Aid of a Press'. Not located in Trove.
Adelaide, Printed by Webb, Vardon, & Pritchard ('Published by G.H. Cargeeg, 87, King William Street' is printed on the front cover), 1887.
Octavo, xxxii, 164, , xxxiii-xliv pages with some in-text illustrations plus a two-colour and gilt advertising leaf for two German gunpowder mills (printed on card).
Wrappers with an expanded version of the title page on the front cover and advertisements on all other surfaces (including the spine); small piece missing from the foot of the spine, with trifling loss to the wrappers elsewhere to silverfish; light... Read complete entry
All pages with Roman numerals are advertisements, some of them with illustrations; eight of the leaves in the first section are printed on orange paper. Both inside, and the outside rear, surfaces of the wrappers indicate that the publisher was a 'sharebroker and mining agent', and that the 'Full issue of Official Catalogue' was 10,000 copies. Cargeeg was clearly of the entrepreneurial class, as he was operating a 'News- and General Advertising Agency' and manufacturing 'Cargeeg's Chromograph, an Apparatus for Multiplying Copies ... without the Aid of a Press' when he published the 1881 Adelaide Exhibition catalogue.
Octavo, 282 pages plus a folding double-sided plan (site plan recto, floor plans verso).
Original pictorial card covers, with a three-panel lithograph by 'Leo' on the front panel (featuring the 'Jubilee Exhibition' building, a bird's-eye view of 'Adelaide 1887', and the main bridge over the 'Torrens... Read complete entry
Not hinted at in the title is the main attraction to this item these days - the lengthy catalogue to the exhibition and index to the exhibitors (pages 189-279).
Two-colour decorated cloth lightly marked and flecked; spine lightly sunned; an excellent copy.
'Mary Ansell (1868-1950) published three books in her lifetime: 'The Happy Garden' and 'Happy Houses', both in 1912; and 'Dogs and Men' in 1924. The former two were written three years after she had left her writer-husband, J.M. Barrie, for Gilbert Cannan, an up-and-coming novelist fifteen years her junior. The adventure was not, in the end, a happy one: Gilbert left her in 1916 for nineteen year-old Gwen Wilson, and she was granted a judicial separation in 1918. But 1912 found Ansell in the midst of beginning the world anew, and her publications of this year express this sense of self-regeneration. 'The Happy Garden' and 'Happy Houses' are repetitive and (to the critically minded) self-indulgent, yet there is much in them to interest and engage. The former is a tour of her garden at Black Lake Cottage in Surrey, given to a fictional friend who she advises on how best to appoint a country garden. The latter extends this advice to home decoration, and introduces a fuller background of fictional characters and episodes: so much so that the book approached the condition of a novel. Through both she advances a moral theory of aesthetics that, though by no means new, is tailored to reflect her own ideals. Ansell is no philosopher, but this effort to form an ethical code of living, for all its contradictions, vagaries and illogicalities, forms a convincing and often moving portrait of an individual reconciling herself to the world' (from an article by Sarah Green on the 'Edwardian Culture Network' website).
Octavo, 64 pages with 104 illustrations from photographs.
Two-colour pictorial wrappers very lightly foxed; essentially a fine copy.
The booklet contains 'reprints of pictures used in the annual reports' of the AFA, with two pages of text (the statement of the aims of the Association, and the oft-reprinted piece by David Unaipon, 'An Aboriginal pleads for his Race').
Tall octavo, iv, 16, v-[x] pages including the printed wrappers (with advertisements on all pages with Roman numerals except the first one, which is the title).
Acidic title-wrappers a little discoloured around the margins and very lightly chipped; an excellent copy with contemporary annotations to a page of statistical returns.
The contents are what one would generally expect to find - a potted history of the association, lists of new publications, reviews, a 'useful list' of books, numerous period advertisements - but there are two topical contributions. The first (a little over two pages long) is devoted to publications relating to the war in South Africa. The second, one column in fine print, is a lengthy poem 'To a Black Venus', by Guy Bronte. Pity we don't have time to quote it in full: 'Hail, dusky Venus! Not the classic article, / But Venus camping in the Myall Creek. / Yet, like thy namesake, thou hast not a particle / of dress redundant for the sculptural Greek. // ... // But as thou wilt not be for exhibition / I need not further here this theme discuss. / Thou art content no doubt with thy condition; / At least, for 'Woman's Rights' thou dost not fuss. // After a feed of snake, right as a trivet / thou art to lie and in the sunshine bask. / Yet, stay, a whitefellow may 'Baccer give it', / So, thou, I may be sure, wilt come and ask'. There is a moral to this tale in twelve quatrains, but we'll not spoil it for the lucky purchaser.
Several photographs that suggest an approximate date clearly show other unique aircraft; one of these is VH-UZX. There were in fact two aircraft registered VH-UZX in Australia. The first one, a DH84 Dragon, crashed at Croydon in the UK on 26 February 1938 before delivery to Australia. The second one, a DH86 Express, was registered in Sydney on 17 July 1940 to W.R. Carpenter & Co. Ltd.; it was impressed by the Commonwealth Government on 27 December 1940. It is clearly in civilian use in this album, making the latter part of 1940 a likely date. Adding weight to this, VH-UZU 'was used on the Adelaide-Whyalla run until late 1939 when it was flown to Perth and used by MacRobertson Miller Airlines on services in Western Australia' (airliners.net). There are seven photographs of aeroplanes (mainly VH-UZU), 76 photographs taken on the ground, and 154 from the air. Identifiable or named places range from the Cairns Golf Links, to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Norseman Hotel, but the bulk of the aerial views are interesting landscape features and developed areas in regional Australia. Featured in a few photographs are the passenger and pilot of VH-UZU; on the basis of one of them, we seriously suggest that Captain Horrie Miller himself is the pilot. Another important series includes approximately 85 photographs (generally 65 x 90 mm or the reverse) of mining activities. Some feature large operations, including twelve taken underground, but the best of them depict much more small-scale activity. Captions in pencil on the verso of some images, dated March 1935, identify alluvial diggings and the WMC drill at Yellowdine (approximately 400 kms east of Perth; gold was discovered in the region in 1934). Londonderry, near Coolgardie, is also featured. Conditions depicted are at best basic, at times primitive, and ensure that these images of the early days of the development of a goldfield are nothing less than fascinating. At the beginning of the album there are 88 snapshots (110 x 70 mm or the reverse, printed by 'Q'land Camera Co., Cairns') of tourist attractions in (presumably) the Cairns region.
Overlapping title-covers (stiff card); a fine copy.
Melbourne-born Henry Walter Barnett (1862-1934) was a pioneering and influential photographer; he left Australia for London in 1897 and soon established himself as a leading photographer there. He 'was prominent in the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and a foundation member of the Professional Photographers' Association.... In 1920 Barnett sold his business and retired to the south of France. He had always preferred the company of artists (Streeton considered Barnett had a 'good, strong appreciation for the beautiful') and now devoted his attention to the collection and sale of contemporary French art. In early 1927 he brought an exhibition of Provencal paintings to Melbourne, but an offer to arrange an exhibition of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists was rejected by the trustees of the National Gallery. In 1933 in Paris Barnett published a pamphlet critical of the trustees of the Felton Bequest, urging them to buy works of the contemporary French school rather than pay inflated prices for works by old masters' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Octavo, xvi, 598,  (publisher's advertisements) pages with 209 line illustrations.
Cloth slightly rubbed, marked and bumped at the extremities; edges a little foxed and tanned; occasional light foxing (confined mainly to the top margins); trifling signs of handling; a very good copy, uncut and partially unopened.
William Bateson (1861-1926), the English biologist who founded and named the science of genetics and whose experiments provided evidence basic to the modern understanding of heredity; in 1900 he translated Mendel's seminal paper into English and became his champion in England, corroborating his principles experimentally. Unfortunately, he misinterpreted some of his results, leading him to refuse 'to accept the interpretation of linkage advanced by the geneticist Thomas Hunt Morgan. In fact, he opposed Morgan's entire chromosome theory, advocating his own vibratory theory of inheritance, founded on laws of force and motion, a concept that found little acceptance among other scientists' (Encyclopaedia Britannica online).
New York, American Geographical Society, 1935 (first reprint)/ 1922 and 1925.
Small octavo, two volumes, [ii], x, 371 and [ii], xii, 290 pages with illustrations plus plates and 4 folding maps.
Cloth; edges lightly foxed; essentially a fine set.
American Geographical Society Research Series Number 1. Volume 1: The Log Books and Official Reports of the First and Second Expeditions, 1725-1730 and 1733-1742. Volume 2: Steller's Journal of the Sea Voyage from Kamchatka to America and return on the Second Expedition, 1741-1742.
Melbourne, Political Rights Committee, ['early 1942' has been pencilled in].
Quarto, 32 pages with numerous illustrations (cartoons, facsimile newspaper articles, photographs) and a multitude of type fonts and sizes; most pages are printed with added colour (red or yellow).
Pictorial wrappers a little rubbed and marked; original price scribbled out on the front cover; later ownership signature; trifling signs of use; a very good copy.
A 'brief but striking panorama of the struggle of the peoples for freedom and independence during the past decade, and the part played by the communists in that struggle', together with a '10-point programme for the people of Australia' by the 'Communists of Australia'.
Quarter vellum and cloth (with the family coat of arms in gilt on the front cover); top edge gilt, others uncut; cloth a little unevenly sunned; small light stain to the vellum at the foot of the spine; new endpapers; an excellent copy.
Loosely inserted is a related pamphlet, 'The Honourable Sir Langdon Bonython, KCMG. An Eminent Australian' by Fred Johns (London, Camborne Printing Company; title-wrappers, 4 pages plus a portrait; in fine condition). It is a reprint of an article from the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Annual Report, 1931. Fred Johns is the South Australian Fred Johns of 'Who's Who in Australia' fame.
Decorated title-wrappers lightly foxed and ink-marked, with the front bottom corner tip creased with slight loss; a very good copy (internally fine).
William Henville Burford (1807-1895), a South Australian pioneer, arrived in the colony in October 1838; his interesting life is discussed in detail in 'Obituaries Australia' online. Trove locates only one copy of this new edition (in the National Library, with the 1930s as the suggested publication date). However, its treasure Trove of digitized newspapers indicates that the first edition appeared in 1874 (see the 'Harp and Southern Cross', Adelaide, Friday 28 August 1874), and the new edition appeared in 1908 (see 'The Express and Telegraph', Adelaide, Wednesday 26 August 1908).
Papered boards a little rubbed at the foot of the spine; an excellent copy with the unevenly sunned dustwrapper.
A biography of Richard Gavin Gardiner Casey (1890-1976), engineer, diplomat, politician and Governor-General (1965-1969) (Australian Dictionary of Biography). With the ownership signature of Sir Walter Crocker (1902-2002), Australian diplomat, author and war veteran, and his occasional pencilled emphases and annotations. Of particular interest are Crocker's notes on the rear flyleaf; these include a list of numerous 'Defects' of the book. Loosely inserted is a handwritten letter to Crocker (dated 3 February 1987, on University of Adelaide letterhead) from Dr John Playford ('Casey emerges as a most attractive man, though not a natural party politician!'); a photograph (215 x 165 mm) of Casey as he appears on the dustwrapper; and several lesser pieces of related ephemera.
Quarto, two volumes, 207 and 263 pages with numerous portraits (from photographs).
Half maroon roan and cloth (the latter unmatched, but as issued); gilt lettering on the spines and front covers; leather a little rubbed and marked (that of the first volume a little more so); the first volume has a new front endpaper; several... Read complete entry
An important series of lengthy biographical sketches of SA pioneering pastoralists. 'Publication of the series began in the 'Adelaide Stock and Station Journal' on January 10, 1923, and continued weekly until August 10, 1927.... During that period, a total of 230 articles was published, and the number of pastoralists to receive attention is in the neighbourhood of 300.... No really representative pioneer sheep-farmer or cattle-breeder who operated in South Australia has been overlooked, and in many cases it has been possible to retrieve from almost complete oblivion the interesting records of lesser lights' (foreword to the second volume). A short article in 'The News' (8 July 1941) relating to a substantial gift of books and papers to the SA Archives by (coincidentally) A.T. Saunders states in part that 'Among the books is a copy of the very rare first volume of Cockburn's 'Pastoral Pioneers of South Australia''. We recall reading in one of James Dally's catalogues in our early days in the late 1970s that many copies of the first volume of this work were destroyed in a fire. Although we cannot substantiate this fact, in our experience it is indeed an absolute rarity.
Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, [May] 1981 [first edition].
Large octavo, [xii] (first leaf and last page blank), 326 pages with a frontispiece portrait, 6 maps and 6 full-page illustrations by Robert Juniper.
Synthetic cloth; short split to the head of the front hinge; personalized commercial bookplate on the half-title; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly sunned on (and very lightly bumped at the head of) the spine.
Signed by Albert Facey on the title page. When he was 86, Facey published 'the autobiography that made him and his life famous. His ordinariness and decency, and the enjoyment he took from a life that by the usual standards was far from fortunate, endeared him to his fellow Australians. The style of the book passed beyond plainness into an elemental purity' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This casebound first edition is very scarce (we have previously sold a copy with an original order form indicating a print run of only 500). Signed copies are very rare, as Albert Facey died on 11 February 1982, only nine months after the book was published.
Octavo, xii, 64 pages plus 64 engraved portraits with tissue-guards.
Early gilt-decorated half calf and marbled papered boards a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities; corners and the rear leading edge a little worn; 'Vol III' label missing from the spine; occasional scattered foxing and offsetting; a... Read complete entry
From the collection of James Hurtle Fisher, with his armorial bookplate on the pastedown and his signature in ink at the head of the engraved title page. Sir James Hurtle Fisher (1790-1875) 'was one of the most important pioneers of South Australia' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). He commenced practice as a solicitor in London in 1816 and 'was drawn into the colonizing movement in 1835.... [He] was selected as resident commissioner, one of the most important offices under the South Australian Act ... second only to the governor'. Fisher 'left England in July 1836 with the governor's party in the 'Buffalo', arriving on 28 December 1836 at Holdfast Bay, where the official oaths were administered, a proclamation was read and a ceremony marked the beginning of settlement. In January 1837 Fisher erected his reed hut and Land Office near the survey camp of Colonel William Light at the north-western corner of the new capital site; the destruction of these temporary buildings by fire on 23 January 1839 caused both men serious loss. Fisher had been allowed to draft his own instructions, which were not shown to Governor [Sir] John Hindmarsh. Disputes between the two men over their respective powers had begun on the voyage and were soon revived in the new Council of Government, and more violently outside, and led in February 1837 to the Resident Magistrate's Court binding the participants over to keep the peace towards each other.... The new governor, George Gawler, was appointed both governor and resident commissioner, a radical departure from the principles on which the colony had been founded'. Fisher returned to his profession, and became a leader of the South Australian Bar. In October 1840 he was elected first mayor of Adelaide; in 1860 he became the first resident South Australian to be knighted. The destructive fire referred to above is described in detail in the biography of Light (Dutton and Elder, 1991). Light was living 'in the wood and reed surveyor's hut alongside Fisher's equally combustible house in the parklands on North Terrace. In his own account, '... we discovered Fisher's house to be on fire. At the same time, the breeze freshening up, the destruction to both houses became inevitable. In less than ten minutes both houses were burnt to the ground, mine catching fire at the roof by a lighted piece from Fisher's. We saved nothing of value''. Accordingly, personal mementoes such as this, presumably brought by Fisher to South Australia on the 'Buffalo', must be of the utmost rarity.
London-born Arthur Gask married a fellow-dentist's daughter in August 1898; they were to have four children. 'He divorced his wife on 19 July 1909 and on 13 September that year married the children's nursemaid Marion' at a London registry office. Gask emigrated to Adelaide in 1920, accompanied by Marion, their two sons, and a daughter of his first marriage. 'He set up practice in rooms on North Terrace where he was among the first in the city to carry out extractions with gas.... [Tall], slim and moustached, he was suave and successful, and enjoyed telling his captive patients 'off-colour' jokes. He was amiable, but eccentric, and made kleptomaniac raids on his local pharmacist. Although he was an agnostic, Gask liked to discuss religion. While waiting for his patients, he began writing crime fiction'. This potted biography should give some inkling that the letters may not be entirely routine. All of them are very personal - books, family, health, sex, drugs, suicide - with the early ones particularly bleak. We leave the details to the lucky purchaser ... Edward Angas Johnson (1873-1951) was an Adelaide medical practitioner, prominent in public health circles; his grandmother was a daughter of George Fife Angas. 'His hobby was collecting curios and historical relics, especially those relating to South Australian history. This remarkable collection and his library were distributed to public institutions before his death' (all biographical details from the Australian Dictionary of Biography). The letters are inserted in a copy of the autobiography of John Bland-Sutton, 'The Story of a Surgeon' (London, 1930), along with letters from other prominent medical friends, namely Frederic Wood Jones, Alan Lendon and Andrew Abbie (all of them critical of Bland-Sutton).
Octavo, [ii], 18 pages including the title-wrappers.
Covers very lightly chipped, marked and creased ; light crease down the middle of the entire pamphlet; ownership signature in ink on the front cover; a very good copy.
Sir Herbert William (Bert) Gepp (1877-1954), 'mining metallurgist and manager, public servant, industrialist and publicist ... Gepp began a new career in 1926 as a public servant. Stanley Melbourne (Viscount) Bruce appointed him chairman of the Development and Migration Commission, which, like the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, formed the same year, was to apply scientific methods to economic and political problems in the interests of national development and efficiency. The new role provided ample scope for Gepp's boundless energy, inventive mind, and commitment to industrial growth. Incessant daily work, constant travel, continual conferences, lengthy reports written and redrafted and drafted again preceded his recommendations to the government on a variety of national problems. In 1930 the Scullin government terminated the commission but Gepp was retained as a part-time consultant on development. In 1933 he was knighted' (Australian Dictionary of Biography) .
Cloth lightly bumped and rubbed at the extremities; top third or more of the front flyleaf excised to remove former ownership details; an excellent copy with the two-colour pictorial dustwrapper a little torn and chipped with minor loss, with a few... Read complete entry
'In his former books the author deals largely with the customs, rights, implements and habits of this interesting people, describing at length his own unique contacts with them during experiences extending over forty years. In the present work the author records for all time much of their fascinating folk-lore and explains the origin of many of their strange customs' (blurb).
Melbourne, Robertson & Mullens, 1929 ('Completing the 92nd thousand')/ 1905.
Octavo, viii, 107,  (colophon) pages plus 25 pages of plates and a map.
Pictorial cloth lightly flecked, with minor blemishes (loss of colour and sizing agent) to a few small areas near the top and leading edges of the rear cover; edges foxed, with mild scattered foxing elsewhere; a very good copy with a small... Read complete entry
The front flyleaf also carries a lengthy gift inscription from the author, signed and dated (Jeannie Gunn, 31 March 1932). The message commences: 'In my deep regard for all 'Diggers' and, at the request of my very good friend Mr Charles Peters: Digger & Legatee'. Charles Harold Peters (1889-1951) was no ordinary Digger. The published history of the 38th Battalion AIF records in its Roll of Honors that for his actions on 2 January 1917 at Houplines, as Lieutenant, Peters was awarded the Military Cross, and on 4 November 1918 at Bony, as Captain, he was awarded a Bar to the Cross. After his war service, he became a bookseller, rising to the position of managing director of Robertson & Mullens, hence his close relationship with Jeannie Gunn. Lightly hinged on to the front pastedown is an original gelatin silver photograph (138 x 98 mm) inscribed by Jeannie Gunn in ink on the verso 'Bett-Bett 1907 - Four years after'. It is a delightful full-length portrait of Bett-Bett in her 'wonderful, lonely Palace'. Jeannie Gunn (1870-1961) and the people of Elsey cattle station on the Roper River, about 500 kilometres south of Darwin, became famous through this book and its companion volume, 'We of the Never-Never' (1908). 'Over the years newspapers and magazine articles chronicled the fortunes of the Elsey characters; Jeannie outlived all but Bett-Bett [Dolly Bonson, who died in March 1988, aged 95].... During World War I and after, she was active in welfare work for soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families ... She was patron of many fund-raising activities associated with ex-servicemen' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This impressive association copy incorporates many of these important aspects of Jeannie Gunn's life.
Small octavo, 112 pages with 2 illustrations (from photographs) and 12 illustrations (8 full-page) by Percy Leason.
Two-colour (Percy Leason) pictorial wrappers with expert conservation to the spine and edges of both covers; trifling signs of use and age; a very good copy with a contemporary ownership signature (T. Bolton).
James Charles Hamilton (1836-1927) settled with his family in the Glenelg River area in 1846. A lengthy account of this most interesting book appeared in 'The Australasian', Saturday 3 January 1914. Coupled with the fact that the author gives his age at the end of his narrative as 76 (and 'I find myself still struggling'), we suggest 1913 is the most likely year of publication. Not in Trove.
Octavo, xii, 173 pages plus 21 plates and a tipped-in errata slip.
Cloth lightly marked, and slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; an excellent copy with a most interesting provenance.
From the collection of Dr Edward Angas Johnson, with his signature in ink (instead of the much more common rubber-stamped facsimile). Edward Angas Johnson (1873-1951) was an Adelaide medical practitioner, prominent in public health circles; his grandmother was a daughter of George Fife Angas. 'His hobby was collecting curios and historical relics, especially those relating to South Australian history. This remarkable collection and his library were distributed to public institutions before his death' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This copy has ten relevant newspaper or magazine cuttings, and a colour postcard, mounted or tipped in on nine pages (including the endpapers). There are references to Angas Johnson on four pages of the book (noted in pencil); one of these is an acknowledgement in the preface for his 'assistance in the collection of data'. Of greater interest, however, are the two letters from the author accompanying the book. One, dated 4 September 1933 (octavo, one page), answers a query regarding local nomenclature. The other, dated 10 December 1930 (quarto, one page), relates in detail Hodge's disappointment at the recent rejection of the manuscript by the London publishers Kegan Paul. The reasons given were that it was 'too local to make its publication in England a payable proposition ... [and] That financial conditions at present in connection with the Australian trade render it absolutely impossible [both words underlined]'. The silver lining, for Angas Johnson at any rate, was that he received with the letter a lengthy manuscript article (four pages, quarto) relating to Granite Island, 'copied out for the edification of your son. I would however, like him to regard it as private family information for the present, as the book may possibly be published later on'.
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'.
Zi-Ka-Wei (near Shanghai), Imprimerie de l'Orphinat de T'ou-Se-We, 1930 (second edition)/ 1929.
Large quarto, iv, 68 pages with numerous illustrations (vignettes, line illustrations and maps) plus 35 pages of maps (mainly full-page colour maps) and a folding colour map.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and colour pictorial title-wrappers a little marked, creased and sunned; bottom and leading edge a little marked (with minor impact on some blank margins); head of the spine a little bumped; top corners creased at the rear;... Read complete entry
Loosely inserted are three contemporary maps in French, neatly hand-drawn and hand-coloured in outline, of China, Indo-China and the French colonies in the Pacific, and a printed map in English, removed from another book, showing the coast and river services of the China Navigation Co. Ltd.
Adelaide, printed by W.K. Thomas and Co. [for the Author], 1925.
Small quarto, 64 pages with a frontispiece portrait and 9 in-text illustrations (mainly portraits from photographs).
Flush-cut quarter cloth and decorated papered boards lightly foxed and a little marked; first and last pages offset; an excellent copy with a contemporary ownership signature in pencil on the half-title.
Signed by the author on the title page. These memoirs of 42 years in the South Australian police force first appeared as a series of articles published in 'The Register'. Le Lievre was stationed at Burra, Quorn, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Port Germein, Redhill, Nairne and Henley Beach, among other places.
Adelaide, Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, 1911 [enlarged edition].
Octavo, [viii], 108, [vi], 84 pages plus 18 plates, 2 folding maps and 2 folding facsimile documents.
Gilt-pictorial vellum, top edge gilt, others uncut; a few trifling surface blemishes to the front panel; essentially a fine copy with the 'With Compliments' slip from the Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of SA... Read complete entry
Number 31 of only 200 copies numbered and signed by Thomas Gill. This is a deluxe, enlarged edition of a work first published as the Supplement to Volume 11 of the Proceedings of the RGSSA in the same year. The extra material includes text, maps and facsimile documents.
[Adelaide, The Author] (and printed by Gillingham, Swann & Co.), .
Octavo, 48 pages.
Wrappers; a fine copy with a contemporary ownership signature on the front cover and first page.
Our man reflects on Patriotism, Militarism, Internationalism, Prohibition, Over-Government, and Wowserism, among other cussed things. The first page is date-stamped 30 May 1922, and the original owner has supplied the name we have given as the author. Trove records the author as 'Patroclus'.
240 x 153 mm,  pages with illustrations and 8 tipped-in colour plates.
Overlapping colour-pictorial gate-fold card covers, with panoramas of 'Early Adelaide' and 'Modern Adelaide' front and rear (and with line illustrations of the site of the cafe then-and-now inside the respective covers); covers... Read complete entry
'The Ellis Cafe organisation was formed about 1917 as bakers, pastry cooks, caterers, fruiterers and confectioners. The office and factory was at 120 Gouger Street, Adelaide, with a restaurant Covent Gardens at 50 (later 68) King William Street, the Arcadia Cafe in Bowman's Buildings, King William Street, the Maple Leaf Cafe at 21 Rundle Street and two others in the central business district.... The Ellis Cafes ceased trading in 1952' (State Library of South Australia, B 72464/5). This attractive souvenir was prepared to celebrate the reopening of the cafe in late 1924 after extensive renovations. An article in the Adelaide 'News' of Saturday 20 December 1924 notes that the 'booklet is a triumph for its compilers and its illustrator, Mr. E. Grant Walsh, who also designed the general scheme of furnishings and decorations'.
Folded once across the centre; in excellent condition.
Mountford has been busy in the eastern states: 'Ayers Rock is in the hands of the publishers, the last volume of the Arnhem Land reports is almost complete, and I am going to get my M.A. Apparently the last examiner (undoubtedly Stanner) was much fairer in his criticisms than the previous one (Capell), who is a cobber of Elkin's'. The politics of anthropology ... (for more detail on the matters mentioned in this short letter, you need go no further than the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' entry on Mountford by Dr Philip Jones).
Original patterned grey-blue cloth (with the title and author printed in gilt); covers a little discoloured and rubbed; edges slightly foxed; a very good copy.
Nettie Palmer, in an article on 'Admired but Unknown' writers ('The Brisbane Courier', Saturday 29 October 1927) says that this book 'in a small but satisfactory edition was widely sold, but not to most of the people who read and follow general poetry. It is doubtful, for instance, if it reached Brisbane at all, so that Brisbane poetry-lovers would have a chance to choose or neglect it'. We have found reference to a print run of only 500 copies.