Greenwich, Conway Maritime Press, 1979, 1985 and 1980.
Small folio, three volumes, [viii], 440; [viii], 439, and [viii], 456 pages with nearly 3000 illustrations (from photographs and specially commissioned line drawings).
Synthetic cloth (first volume), papered boards (second volume) and cloth (third volume); extremities slightly bumped; flyleaves lightly offset or marked; an excellent set with like dustwrappers a little rubbed at the extremities.
Quarto, [xii, chiefly advertisements], 308, [ii, blank], [x, advertisements, one in colour] pages (including the original card covers) with hundreds of illustrations.
Original cloth with a large monochrome plate mounted on the front cover; covers a little marked and flecked; top corners bumped, impacting a little on the text block; flyleaves offset; a very good copy.
Darwin, Adams and Foster (and printed by The North Queensland Newspaper Co., Charters Towers), 1924.
Oblong tall octavo,  pages with 27 full-page illustrations (after photographs); the first 10 and last 8 pages are advertisements.
Decorated wrappers with minimal expert restoration near the head of the spine; an excellent copy.
Five of the illustrations have interesting pencil annotations below them, put there by someone who knew his way around. For example, he has written 'This fellow worked for Miles at Fanny Bay' alongside the illustration featuring ''Neighbour', an aboriginal prisoner, who received the King's Medal for saving the constable [who arrested him] from drowning'.
Large octavo, xxviii, 454 pages with a map plus 32 plates and 6 maps (including one folding map attached to the rear pastedown).
Original light blue cloth; A MINT COPY, and surely unique in this condition (the light blue cloth is notoriously prone to fading and marking).
Not identified as such, but from the estate of Charles Stening SX1412. Charles purchased two copies new on publication; one was put to frequent use, the other was wrapped up, put away and never touched.
Octavo, two volumes, [iii]-xii, 339 and [iii]-viii, 280 pages with numerous illustrations plus 12 full-page tinted lithographs by the author.
Early half morocco gilt and marbled papered boards, all edges and endpapers marbled; paper and leather a little rubbed, with minor wear to a few corner tips; cancelled RGSSA stamp on each title page; the last two plates in the second volume are... Read complete entry
The bookplate of the Thomas Gill bequest to the RGSSA on each front pastedown has been overlaid with the smaller armorial bookplate of John Andrew Tennant Mortlock (1894-1950), the South Australian pastoralist and philanthropist. The Waite Institute and the Libraries Board of South Australia were major beneficiaries of his estate. (A fine set of the LBSA facsimile edition of 1969 is available for $100).
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1937 (one volume), 1938 (ten volumes) and 1942 (one volume); the sixth volume is the first and only edition of 1942, the others are mixed editions ranging from the third to the tenth (Volume 12).
Octavo, twelve volumes, each approximately 700 pages with numerous maps plus plates.
Original maroon cloth very well matched in colour, but Volume 6 is flecked as often, and nine other volumes have a few light splash marks on the spines (and three of these volumes have some marks to the front covers); essentially it is an unused set... Read complete entry
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Octavo, xii, 260 pages plus 2 engraved plates (foxed) and a large folding handcoloured map by John Arrowsmith (offset, with a few tears expertly closed).
Relatively recent quarter morocco and cloth; mild signs of use and age internally (with early pencilled annotations on a few pages); a very good uncut copy.
An important account of Tasmania, prepared at the behest of the proprietors of the Van Diemen's Land Company. One lengthy appendix contains detailed reports of explorations in 1826-27 by the Company's surveyors, Alexander Goldie, Henry Hellyer and Joseph Fossey (27 pages in small print, extracted from the Company's third annual report, 1828). Another appendix ('Treatment of the Aborigines' in the index) contains Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur's despatches on the Aborigines and their growing resistance to European settlement (76 pages). With the early pencil signature of W. Walker [possibly 'W. Walker, importer, 115 Liverpool Street, Hobart, contractor to the Tasmanian Government', active in the 1890s].
Adelaide, Hussey and Gillingham, 1911 ['second edition - revised, enlarged, and continued to a later period']/ 1907.
Octavo, xxiv, 480 pages with 39 plates and a map.
Gilt-decorated black cloth a little flecked; spine slightly creased, with a trifling snag to the head; endpapers a little offset, rear flyleaf very slightly silverfish-nibbled, both inner hinges slightly pulled but unbroken and firm; an excellent copy... Read complete entry
A review copy, marked as such on the flyleaf by the author, with an autograph letter signed by him loosely inserted. The letter (2 pages small quarto on a pair of conjugate leaves, from the Parsonage, Brompton, 30 December 1911) is to 'Dear Mr Editor'. Blacket explains that this is a 'larger & much better book' than the first edition, and he itemises the new sections, in particular the chapter on 'Legislatic Difficulties'. He also explains that he is selling the book too cheaply; 'when I sent out my prospectus, twelve months ago, I was not aware that the Book would consist of so many pages, and [having] advertised it at 5/- I cannot increase the price now, as faith must be kept with the public'. The letter has been folded for posting, and has a few other minor creases. The editor is none other than Sir William Sowden, whose signature, dated 1911, appears in ink at the head of the title page; his notes are pencilled on the rear flyleaf.
Large octavo, eight volumes; variously cloth and papered boards as issued; Volume 4 a little flecked; edges of Volume 5 a little foxed; two top edges lightly sunned; an excellent set with the dustwrappers slightly rubbed, creased and torn (and with... Read complete entry
The complete Official Biography. + The matching Companion Volumes as follows: Volume 1, Parts 1 and 2; Volume 2, Parts 1, 2 and 3; Volume 3, Parts 1 and 2; Volume 4, Parts 1, 2 and 3; and Volume 5, Part 1 (London, Heinemann, 1967 to 1979; large octavo, eleven volumes [of the thirteen published - lacking only the very scarce Parts 2 and 3 of Volume 5]; cloth; the rear cover of Part 1 of Volume 2 is waterstained and a little bowed, with a light waterstain to the top and bottom edges, not affecting the text; trifling bumps to a few corners; an excellent set with all dustwrappers, slightly sunned and chipped. These companion volumes are an extensive source of previously unpublished primary and secondary Churchillian material). + GILBERT, Martin: The Churchill War Papers (New York, Norton, 1993 to 2000; large octavo, three volumes; cloth; a fine set with the fine dustwrappers. These volumes are regarded as companion volumes to Volume 6 of the Official Biography).
New York, Scribners, 1923 to 1931 (all six volumes first thus).
Octavo; original maroon cloth a little worn at the extremities, with some colour variation (as ever, because of the poor-quality cloth); Volume 1 expertly rebacked, retaining the original backstrip; contemporary ownership signatures (and bookplate in... Read complete entry
The American edition of the first volume preceded the British edition, thus making it the true first.
New York, Chelsea House and R.R. Bowker, 1974 [all volumes first, and only, editions].
Quarto; original gilt-decorated cloth slightly sunned and bumped; edges lightly marked; cockling and light tidemarks to all blank bottom margins of the text blocks of Volumes 3 and 4 (minor water damage, not affecting readability, just hosing down the... Read complete entry
[London], John Pinches Medallists for the Churchill Centenary Trust, 1974.
Quarto; a leatherette album containing 24 limited edition 'Sterling Silver Proof' medals especially minted for this volume, housed six at a time in thick double-sided display boards, with interleaved text describing the singular events in... Read complete entry
The album comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Sir John Colville, Chairman of the Churchill Centenary Trust. The limitation number is not stated.
Original green cloth a little marked, with the spine concaved, creased and a little worn; inner hinges weakening; some foxing; neat ownership signature on an initial blank; a decent copy.
Churchill's only novel. The first impression was limited to only 1500 copies; a second impression (this one?), identical in binding and format, and also limited to only 1500 copies, was called for within days.
Quarto, two volumes, a total of 800 pages with numerous plates (a number in colour) and facsimile newspaper clippings.
Full green calf; a very fine (read, uncirculated) set in the fine cloth-covered slipcase with reproduction embroidered 1928-29 and 1948 Australian blazer pockets mounted on the front and rear sides.
This is an example of the deluxe edition limited to only 500 sets; a small printed numbered sheet of paper signed by Don Bradman was mounted in the first volume of each set when it was originally published. This set comes from the archive of the printer and is out-of-series; accordingly, it does not contain the numbered and signed certificate. However, a card signed in ink by Don Bradman is loosely inserted. Padwick II: 3559.
Brisbane, printed by H.J. Diddams (for the Offices of the Chambers), 1906.
Quarto, xviii, 60, A1-A31, A28(bis)-A31(bis), A32-A56, B1-B200 pages with numerous illustrations (after photographs) and pictorial advertisements plus a correction slip at page A3; the pagination of A28-A31 is repeated, but not the content.
Pictorial wrappers slightly marked; minimal expert conservation to trifling chips and tears to the edges and spine (the latter with slight loss); 'Chamber of Manufactures, South Australia' inkstamp and 'Public Library / Dup' in ink... Read complete entry
A 'world-wide advertisement for our principal manufactures ... describing the various industries and factories engaged in different branches of manufacture'.
Octavo, [vi] (advertisements), xiv, [iv] (first and last pages blank - 'Specimens of Papuan and North Australian dialects'), 239,  (advertisement) pages with 2 small wood engravings plus 4 full-page chromolithographs, 2 folding maps and a plain three-panel folding lithograph of 'Heads of Papuans and North Australians'. (The specimens of dialects appear in some copies as a folding chart).
Original brick-red blind-stamped watered cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities and lightly marked, with minimal wear to one corner and one small spot near the head of the front hinge; spine a little sunned; an excellent copy with the... Read complete entry
Ferguson 9339 (not quite accurate regarding the illustrations, plates and maps): 'Chapter XII [52 pages and the folding plate] deals with Melville Island and North Australia. There are also many references to the Australian aborigines in other parts of the work, with ethnological comparisons'. The list of plates includes a lengthy explanation (one and a half pages) of the folding plate. See also Ferguson 9340.
Octavo, 94 pages with 9 pages of line illustrations plus 10 colour plates (with all illustrations by the author); tipped onto the 'List of Contents' page is a leaf (verso blank) listing the book's distributors ('First published in 1968 by Lamb Publications Pty. Ltd. 1975 Distribution by the University of Western Australia Press ...').
Cloth; minimal foxing; essentially a fine copy with the slightly torn and rubbed dustwrapper.
Octavo, 85 pages ('practically unabridged from the 5/- editions, with four full-page plates and numerous other illustrations').
Pictorial wrappers; staples a little rusty, with the centrefold neatly detached; contemporary inscription (curiously, dated June 1928); trifling signs of use; a very good copy.
Offered together with a companion volume, in similar condition, by May GIBBS: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Their Adventures Wonderful (Muir 2753 and 2745; these are scarce editions in the Gumnut Readers series).
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1995 [facsimile edition]/ .
Octavo, [vi], xii, 172 pages plus 4 pages of plates and a folding map; the publisher's prospectus is loosely inserted.
Cloth lightly marked; an excellent copy.
'In 1870 Giles was engaged as second-in-command of John Ross's expedition to fix the course of the overland telegraph line' (NT Dictionary of Biography); this account describes the author's experiences over the following two years and five months, and was compiled from his contemporary notebooks. Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 207; one of only 500 copies, and now out of print.
Octavo, [ii, pictorial lithographic title page, signed 'Leo'], 118 pages.
Original orange cloth with black lettering and a decorative border; flyleaves offset; a fine copy.
Prepared for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London in 1886; with a presentation inscription from the author to J.G.O. Tepper (see below). 'It is to be regretted that some legislation was not passed in the early days of the colony, enforcing the lodgment in the South Australian Institute of a copy of every colonial publication' (from the author's preface). An eight-page bibliography of the Northern Territory (plus extra material in the appendix) is included. With the later pencilled ownership initials of Tom Austen Brown. [J.G.O. Tepper (1841-1923), born in Prussia, arrived in South Australia in 1847: school teacher, natural history collector and entomologist].
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'.
Octavo, [viii], 504 pages with 13 illustrations and numerous head- and tail-pieces plus a frontispiece portrait.
Original gilt-decorated tan cloth lightly marked and sunned on the spine, and lightly flecked front and rear; endpapers lightly offset; an excellent copy.
Inscribed, dated (17 May 1918) and signed by the author's nephew, Geo. F. Hussey to F.E. Meleng, the long-serving librarian and historian of the Port Adelaide Institute. Henry Hussey (1825-1903), 'evangelist, millenarian, printer and historian,' arrived in South Australia in 1839, and by 1850 was established as a printer. He later became a successful publisher and bookseller, so his autobiography is, not least, an account of printing in colonial Adelaide. He was George Fife Angas's secretary from 1865, and compiled his biography, which was edited by Edwin Hodder and published in 1891 under Hodder's name (as was the 1893 two-volume 'History of South Australia'). 'Hussey's achievements in history and biography, though somewhat filtered, were more enduring than his adventism, though his evangelical career was long and enthusiastic' and the work highlights 'the remarkable religious climate in South Australia in the nineteenth century'. If put off by the title, read Gerald Fischer's engaging account of Hussey in the Australian Dictionary of Biography first - it may change your mind. (Bibliographers may be interested to learn that we have identified slight variations in copies. This copy, with the posthumous inscription, is overall 194 mm high, with the publisher's name in sans serif type, with all letters of uniform size. We have also handled a copy with a contemporary inscription by the author; it was 190 mm tall, with the publisher's name in much smaller serif type, using both large and small capitals on the first line. Both copies contained the paper binder's label of Hussey & Gillingham, so presumably this is the sort of thing that can be done when the family firm prints, binds and publishes one's autobiography).
Duodecimo, [x], 180 pages plus a frontispiece and a small folding map.
Early blind-stamped full calf a little worn, but skilfully rebacked in calf (retaining portions of the original spine and the old endpapers); leading edge of the last two leaves of the preface slightly trimmed; paper discoloured and heavily foxed;... Read complete entry
The Malabar region lies along the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula and forms the northern part of present-day Kerala state. The calling card of 'Mr H.A.D.J. Gyles / Royal Navy / HMS Lion' is mounted on the pastedown over an earlier bookplate (now partially defaced). Apparently 18 ships of the Royal Navy have been named Lion, from 1511 to 1975; we have found reference to Gyles serving on HMS Actaeon (so named in 1886, sold in 1923), so that gives a better idea of his period of ownership of this book.
Gilt-decorated cloth slightly rubbed and flecked; short tear to the head of the spine expertly closed; an excellent copy.
Number 175 of an unspecified limited edition of the second Australian Who's Who (the slim first volume appeared in 1906). This copy is inscribed and signed by Johns to The Honorable Sir John Langdon Bonython, South Australian newspaper proprietor and editor (his lengthy entry appears on page 74).
Octavo, [viii], 45, [12, advertisements] pages with one illustration plus 22 pages of plates, a folding map and advertisements on the covers.
Pictorial wrappers slightly foxed; cancelled RGSSA stamp on the front cover; essentially an uncirculated copy.
Mounted on the first page of advertisements is the armorial bookplate of John Andrew Tennant Mortlock (1894-1950), the South Australian pastoralist and philanthropist. The Waite Institute and the Libraries Board of South Australia were major beneficiaries of his estate.
Quarto, plates 46-90 and 91-137 respectively (a total of 92 hand-coloured lithographs, some double-page). Volume 2 has plates 87 and 88 misnumbered as 97 and 98 (but the images correspond with the text); Volume 3 has plates 127, 128 and 129 misnumbered but tidily amended. Two small handcoloured botanical plates from another source are loosely inserted.
Contemporary half morocco and cloth, top edges gilt; covers slightly rubbed; insignificant light marks and bottom corner bumps to a handful of plates; occasional light spots of foxing; basically in fine condition.
With the ownership details of 'Chapman / Sunnyside'. Thomas Daniel Chapman (1815-1884), Tasmanian merchant and politician (Premier in 1861-63), 'One of the ablest politicians in the colony's history' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). 'Sunnyside', described as 'aristocratic and grand', was built for him in 1842; it still stands today in suburban New Town, 'meticulously restored as one of Tasmania's finest colonial homes'.
Octavo, xx, 544 pages with 7 steel engravings plus 7 lithographs (one folding).
Well-executed early half calf (albeit with the author's name misspelt LIECHARDT on the spine) a little sunned, rubbed and marked, with light wear to two corner tips; scattered foxing (confined mainly to the plates) and mild signs of use (... Read complete entry
Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurter Verlags-Anstalt, 1922 (fifth and sixth revised edition)/ 1904.
Large octavo, two volumes, 422 pages with numerous illustrations plus 98 pages of plates (of violins), and 670 pages with 84 pages of illustrations of violin-makers' labels.
Original half calf and gilt-pictorial papered boards a little bumped and rubbed, with minor wear to the extremities; a few corners bumped; trifling signs of use; a very good set.
With the early ownership stamp of Carl Engel, 'Violin Expert and Importer', Unley, SA, and the later ownership signature of Lucien Parent, active for decades in Adelaide as a specialist in all things relating to the piano.
Berri, Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum, and The Cobdogla Steam Friends Society, 2003.
Quarto, [vi], iv, 389 pages with numerous maps and plans and hundreds of illustrations (8 in colour) - mainly from vintage photographs - plus 3 large folding charts.
Laminated colour pictorial card covers with illustrations on all surfaces; a fine copy.
An invaluable record, over 40 years in the making, dealing 'solely with historic aspects of the development of irrigation and settlement along the Murray Valley of South Australia'. The author spent most of his working life 'in the Government irrigation settlements as an Inspector, then District Officer then Superintendent, administering and managing those areas for the Department of Lands.... Reference material cannot be widely quoted because very little is in published form. Also, much of this history ... has been compiled over the years starting in the 1950s, from my personal notes, writings and knowledge and other private sources'. The illustrations, sourced in the main from the author's personal collection (now dispersed), are a significant contribution to the history of the Murray, not least the riverboat trade.
Oblong quarto, [v], 166 pages with numerous illustrations.
Laminated colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
One of only 250 numbered copies. Members of the family lived for lengthy periods at Oodnadatta and Coober Pedy, and there are sizable well-illustrated sections on these two isolated settlements (10 pages and 5 pages respectively). Brief details are supplied of the descendants of Hans Hamilton Mack, the only known brother of John Hamilton Mack. The prolific authors Louise and Amy Mack were two of his daughters; Nancy Phelan was a grand-daughter.