Quarto, 104 pages with numerous illustrations (including 18 half-page ones of Strathalbyn) plus a tipped-in colour plate of the Glenelg foreshore.
Pictorial wrappers a little chipped, marked and creased; early leaves a little dogeared; mild signs of use; a decent copy.
'This is the first publication of a Tourist Bureau Guide issued by this Association. The principal purpose of it is to make available ... as much information as possible regarding the facilities for comfortable motor travel to the leading centres of the State'. Not surprisingly, not found on Trove.
Elephant folio, [iv] (title leaf and a leaf of biographical details of the artists and printer), and the five coloured lithographs (all printed rectos only).
A limited edition portfolio (number 52 of only 60 published), with each lithograph - 'Printed on Magnani paper, 310 gsm' - signed and numbered by the respective artist. Titles are (in order of artist) 'Parklands, North Adelaide', 'Adelaide', 'Springtime in the Botanic Gardens', 'Street Stall', and Untitled. These portfolios were not made available for sale, and in the intervening 25 years, only a few examples of just two of the prints have made it into the sales records. Trove indicates that the portfolio is held only by the National Library of Australia and the State Library of SA (and the short print run is not noted in their catalogue entries).
Large octavo, xxviii, 454 pages with a map plus 32 plates and 6 maps (including one folding map mounted on the rear pastedown).
Original light blue cloth marked, lightly stained and a little worn at the extremities; mild signs of use, mainly to the nominal roll (where the leading edge of one leaf is expertly stabilised); a few related newspaper cuttings taped onto two blank... Read complete entry
With the ownership signature of Charles G. Stening SX1412 (incorrectly named P.G. Stenning in the plate opposite page 133). Charles was for many years the secretary of the Battalion Association.
London, Printed for Christopher Brown ..., 1721 (third edition)/ 1712.
Octavo, [ii, title page printed in red and black, verso blank], iv (preface), [ii, advertisement for Senex's 'New General Atlas', with table of contents for this volume on the verso], [ii, stub-mounted double-page engraved title - 'Bowles's Geographia Classica ...'] pages plus the 29 stub-mounted double-page engraved maps (plates 16 and 25 with folding extensions).
Half calf recently restored on early marbled papered boards (the latter a little rubbed); later ownership details (Dublin, 1854); small repair to the blank bottom margin of one leaf of the engraved title; short splits to the bottom margin along the... Read complete entry
[Brisbane], Australasian United Steam Navigation Co., 1912.
Oblong octavo, 122 pages with numerous illustrations plus 7 single-page maps and 6 folding colour maps.
Colour pictorial wrappers; minimal expert infill to minor loss on the rear cover; an excellent copy.
Although this attractive substantial quarterly was published over an extended period, and print runs must have been sizable, institutional holdings tell a different story. Only single copies of the issues for July 1908, July 1910 and one from 1912 (not this one) are held, each one by a different library.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the very slightly rubbed dustwrapper.
The autobiography of Britain's foremost post-war test pilot, a 'logical continuation of a brilliant record as a fighter pilot in the RAF'. A veteran of the Battle of Britain, Wing Commander Beamont's awards included two DSOs, two DFCs and an American DFC.
Octavo, xiv, 362 pages plus 10 pages of plates and a folding map.
Original red cloth a little mottled and sunned, and slightly bumped at the extremities; edges foxed, with occasional light scattered foxing to the text; contemporary inscription on the flyleaf; an excellent copy.
Folio, 94 pages printed in red and black plus 9 full-page erotic illustrations printed in red.
Full gilt-decorated morocco, top edge gilt (contemporary, but not as issued?); spine heavily sunned (the covers less so, and unevenly); minor loss to the spine ends; small light marks to the bottom margin of five consecutive pages; a very good copy.... Read complete entry
Number 26 of only 200 copies; the translation is by Joseph Minckwitz.
Quarto, 92 pages with numerous illustrations plus endpaper maps.
Cloth, decorated with the Company's brands; small light mark to the top margin of two leaves; an excellent copy with the original glassine dustwrapper.
Number 233 of only 320 copies; this copy is signed by Chairman of Directors, Tom Elder Barr Smith (not all copies were - only two of the four copies we have handled have been). The first of the Beltana stations was acquired in 1862; the early history of the Company encompasses much on inland exploration.
Adelaide, 'Privately printed for The ... Company', 1965.
Quarto, 92 pages with numerous illustrations (mainly from photographs) plus colour endpaper maps showing the locations and details of the Company's pastoral properties.
Cloth (decorated with the Company's brands) slightly marked near the front bottom edge; leading edge slightly marked; trifling signs of handling; an excellent copy with the original glassine dustwrapper slightly marked and chipped.
Number 306 of only 320 copies; this copy is signed by Chairman of Directors, Tom Elder Barr Smith (in our experience, not all copies are signed by him). The principal author is identified in the Chairman's foreword as A.A.R. Cooper. This copy contains a presentation inscription from Cooper to his son (September 1965), and the ownership details of both his wife (on the title page) and his son (on the half-title). The pioneering founders were Sir Thomas Elder, N.E. Phillipson, and Peter Waite; the first of the Beltana stations was acquired in 1862; the early history of the Company encompasses much on inland exploration.
Original maroon cloth, top edge gilt; covers flecked and sunned (more so on the spine) and a little rubbed at the extremities; endpapers offset (and the rear one a little marked); minimal expert restoration to the inner hinges and a short marginal... Read complete entry
This book is not to be confused with the author's earlier work on the same topic, 'The Arab. The Horse of the Future' (1905). This later volume is a very rare book; the author's preface suggests why this might be so. 'I must crave the indulgence of the public for a considerable lack of finish in this volume ... My excuse is that I had to choose between publishing the manuscript as it is and abandoning it altogether. At the age of eighty, and subject to repeated attacks of illness, I am quite unable to undertake the task of careful revision which I had intended. The work of verifying and comparing references is beyond my strength. I have decided, therefore, to publish the book at once ... Information even badly arranged is better than no information. I should add that the facts mentioned are for the most part entirely new, and not a mere repetition of my former book'.
Large octavo, xxiv, 343 pages with over 50 colour illustrations plus endpaper maps.
Colour pictorial papered boards; a fine copy.
'This book challenges the popular assumption that little or nothing of scientific value was achieved during the Burke and Wills expedition ... The tragic ending of the expedition meant that the results of the scientific investigations were not reported or published. [This book] rectifies this historic omission'.
Octavo, xvi, 259 pages with 6 maps plus 65 plates (one being a double-page colour map) plus a folding map mounted on the rear pastedown ////CAN'T SEE THIS : and a loosely inserted supplementary nominal roll slip.
Cloth decorated with the Battalion's colour patch; covers lightly discoloured and rubbed; a few very slight marks to the rear cover; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, chipped and torn with slight loss (chiefly to the spine... Read complete entry
Octavo, xvi, 259 pages with 6 maps plus 65 plates (one being a double-page colour map) plus a folding map mounted on the rear pastedown and a loosely inserted supplementary nominal roll slip.
Cloth decorated with the Battalion's colour patch; covers and edges slightly foxed; rear flyleaf lightly marked; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper chipped and torn with trifling loss (and with clear tape repairs).
Quarto, lvi, 400 pages plus 5 plates and 7 folding maps (3 in an endpocket).
Original cloth marked, slightly rubbed at the extremities and a little worn at the ends of the spine; inner hinges expertly stabilised; endpapers and adjacent leaves a little foxed; uncut edges a little chipped and discoloured, with the paper tending... Read complete entry
Number 79 of only 100 copies signed by the author and the cricketer Jim Parks (Sussex and England; in his 46 Tests for England, between 1954 and 1968, he made 1962 runs with a personal best of 108 not out, took 103 catches and made 11 stumpings).
North Adelaide, Corkwood Press, 1999 [facsimile edition]/ 1893, 2002 [first thus] and 2003 [first thus].
Octavo, 207 pages plus 2 huge maps (each 770 x 1450 mm) in a separate cloth-covered case (the journal); oblong quarto, [xii] pages plus 107 plates, printed rectos only (the photograph album); and octavo, [vi], 133 pages (the confidential report).
Cloth; a mint set.
Each of the three parts is limited to 400 numbered copies; the three were published at different times and the volumes offered here do not carry the same edition number. The two maps accompanying the journal are essentially the same, but the second one has geological details overprinted in colour.
Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1966 (facsimile edition)/ 1814.
Large quarto, two volumes of text plus the matching case containing the loose folding maps and plates (collating as per the original atlas, but produced in this format to facilitate shelf storage).
Cloth with leather titling-labels; top edges very slightly marked; a few small light marks to the chart case; an excellent set (and increasingly difficult to find in this condition because of the light colour of the cloth and the size of the volumes... Read complete entry
Melbourne, Government Printer, 1891, 1893, 1900, 1909 and 1911.
Octavo, five volumes, 180, iv (index); 222; 229; 195; and 169 pages with numerous full-page illustrations plus 138 colour plates (all 64 of them in the first three volumes are very attractive chromolithographs).
Cloth occasionally a little sunned, marked and rubbed; the stitching in the second volume is strained; one captioned guard (facing plate 54) is torn with minor loss of two small blank pieces; the extremities of the binding of the fourth volume are... Read complete entry
The first volume is inscribed and signed by the author (19 May 1894).
London, Medici Society, 1929/ 1901, 1929/ 1903, 1972/ 1939 and Frederick Warne, 1980/ 1961.
Large octavo, four volumes, xx, 438 pages plus 19 plates and 11 maps (several folding and in colour); xxiv, 346 pages plus 12 plates and 9 maps (several folding and in colour); xx, 522 pages plus 38 plates; and xvi, 422 pages plus 15 plates (and all four volumes contain numerous illustrations).
Cloth slightly rubbed at the extremities; minimal foxing to the first two volumes; a few trifling endpaper blemishes; an excellent set, lacking only the First World War volume from the run.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1897 (second thousand).
Octavo, 192, 16 (publisher's catalogue, dated January 1897) pages.
Cloth a little rubbed at the extremities and lightly flecked; endpapers and adjacent leaves offset or foxed; relevant newspaper clippings (1899 and 1911) mounted on the front endpaper; a very good copy.
Octavo, x, 310 pages plus 17 pages of plates and endpaper maps.
Gilt-decorated papered boards slightly marked and bumped; edges a little tanned; two small pieces of clear tape on the front pastedown; endpapers and adjacent leaves a little foxed; a decent copy with the dustwrapper a little chipped, worn and marked... Read complete entry
Inscribed 'Cheerio, And good luck to you. Ion Idriess 1959' on the title page.
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, 1951 (revised edition, first thus)/ 1941.
Octavo, xii, 310 pages with illustrations plus 2 pages of plates.
Cloth slightly bumped and flecked; edges lightly foxed; endpapers offset and lightly foxed; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper sunned with a little loss to silverfish.
Inscribed, dated (September 1951) and signed by the author 'To Mr S.B. Dickinson with a Cheerio'. Idriess has also inscribed elsewhere on the same page 'Mr S.B. Dickinson, M.Sc., Director of Mines, South Australia'.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1940 [first edition].
Octavo, [x], 251 pages plus 9 pages of plates.
Cloth slightly sunned at the ends of the spine; front flyleaf a little offset; pencilled ownership details; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper worn with a little loss (but overall, very presentable).
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1939 [first and only edition].
Octavo, [viii], 223 pages plus endpaper maps.
Cloth; spine sunned; front and rear covers a little unevenly tanned; top edge lightly foxed; a very good copy.
Inscribed, dated (1939) and signed by the author 'To my old friend Doc Angas Johnson wishing him the very best'. Edward Angas Johnson (1873-1951) was an Adelaide medical practitioner, prominent in public health circles; his grandmother was a daughter of George Fife Angas, and his first wife was the sister-in-law of Charles Rasp. 'He was commissioned in the Australian Army Medical Corps in 1902 and served until 1920, reaching the rank of major' (Australian Dictionary of Biography); perhaps his friendship with Idriess dates from the war years. A contemporary newspaper review cutting is mounted on the verso of the front flyleaf.