Quarto, the first 12 issues bound as one volume, 40 well-illustrated pages per issue (the first two contain 44 pages) including the colour pictorial wrappers in all instances.
Publisher's original full morocco with the title in gilt in brand lettering on the front cover, all edges gilt; front cover a little marked, front hinge renewed in leather; new endpapers, with the inner hinges expertly strengthened with cloth; an... Read complete entry
The first year of this aptly-named Australian women's periodical; it ceased publication in early 1928 with Volume 7, Number 3.
Small quarto,  pages with the Coat of Arms printed on the first and last pages.
The programme is printed in gold on two separate pieces of thick silk pasted together around the extremities, then folded down the centre; apart from a little discolouration from the glue, it is in fine condition.
Large octavo, vi, 223, viii pages with some vignette illustrations plus 50 pages of plates (almost all of them after photographs) and a chromolithographic plate of apples.
Original pictorial wrappers with minimal expert restoration; corners of the text block a little bumped throughout; a very good copy.
Volume XII, Part 1, a special Federation number, with a lengthy introductory essay, 'From Colony to Commonwealth' by W.S. Campbell (113 pages), and a dozen other articles, not least, 'Viticulture' by M. Blunno (8 pages plus 6 pages of plates), and 'Fruit Culture' by W.J. Allen (5 pages plus 3 plates, including the chromolithograph).
Octavo, pages 12-51 with 2 illustrations plus 19 pages of plates, comprising 3 pages of line illustrations (one of them folding), 6 pages of plates after photographs (two per page) and 10 colour plates of rock drawings.
Early flush-cut plain binder's cloth over acidic card covers (affecting slightly the first and last pages); first page (the last page of text of the preceding article) a little stained, with the journal title written in ink at the foot; minimal... Read complete entry
All of the photographs and illustrations are by the author.
Octavo, [ii], -242 pages with diagrams plus 59 plates and a very large folding map (475 x 985 mm).
Original wrappers very slightly chipped at the head and foot of the spine; rear wrapper slightly creased by the very large folding map tipped onto it; corners of the leaves towards the rear of the book curled inwards a little around the map (which is... Read complete entry
An important expedition, scientifically and anthropologically, under the leadership of L.A. Wells; it filled in the gap 'linking together the areas traversed by the Horn and Elder Expeditions'. McLaren 5065 (this separate issue). Many of the photographs are of strong Aboriginal interest.
260 x 140 mm,  pages with 3 illustrations after photographs.
A drop-title pamphlet, reprinted from 'The Mail' (Adelaide), 18 September 1926; a fine copy.
A detailed account of the first party of white men to penetrate the Petermanns (from May to August 1926); the expedition was lead by Donald Mackay and included Dr Herbert Basedow. This account was almost certainly written by Dr Basedow.
Original wrappers slightly chipped, with a little loss to the extremities; top margin of the first 20 leaves and 8 plates very slightly water-cockled (and the plates slightly tidemarked); corners of the first and last few leaves a little rounded;... Read complete entry
Undertaken initially (in April-June 1916) to explore the mineralogical possibilities of the region; the end result is of considerable anthropological significance. In the words of Dr Basedow: 'Realising the rare opportunity for conducting scientific research in a tract of practically unknown country, I resolved that, after the work entrusted to me by the Syndicate had been completed, I would on my own account continue the explorations further afield'. Inscribed in ink at the head of the front cover: 'A.S. Diamond Esqre. with the Compliments of H. Basedow. Kent Town 15/11/23'. McLaren 5067.
Octavo,  pages plus a very large folding map (430 x 735 mm).
Early half calf with raised bands and contrasting titling-labels, bound without the original wrappers; leather a little rubbed along the hinges, with minor surface loss to the spine; small light stain to the leading margin of 40 leaves of one article... Read complete entry
The expedition spent from May to August 1926 traversing 'a comparatively unknown tract lying immediately south and west of Lake Amadeus'; the full reports on the scientific results of the Expedition, to 'be published in due course', are yet to appear. McLaren 5068 and 12913 (both the separate issue). This issue also contains FENNER, Charles: Two Historic Gumtrees associated with the Burke and Wills Expedition of 1861 (21 pages with an illustration and 2 maps plus 6 plates) and the lengthy reminiscences of Johnson Frederick Hayward, an important South Australian pastoral pioneer (92 pages plus a plate). BOUND TOGETHER WITH Volumes 28, 30 and 31 of the Proceedings, containing numerous articles of interest. These include MADIGAN, C.T.: An Aerial Reconnaissance into the South-Eastern Portion of Central Australia (Volume 30, 26 pages plus 15 plates and 4 maps [3 folding]); STEVENSON, George: Extracts from the Journal of a Voyage in His Majesty's Ship 'Buffalo' from England to South Australia (Volume 30, 53 pages plus 5 plates); TERRY, Michael: Two Journeys Westwards from Horseshoe Bend and Oodnadatta (Volume 31, 3 pages plus a full-page map); a facsimile two-page letter (plus a map) from John McDouall STUART concerning his 1858 Streaky Bay to Mt Arden expedition (Volume 31) and LENDON, A.A.: Dr Richard Penney (1840-1844) (Volume 31, 14 pages, primarily on the Lower Murray and Milmenrura tribes).
Overlapping wrappers lightly discoloured; staples a little rusty; essentially a fine copy.
The report by Arthur Wade, an independent expert, appeared under this title earlier the same year as Bulletin Number 4 of the Geological Survey of South Australia. Basedow, formerly Assistant Government Geologist of SA, introduces his highly critical review of Wade's views thus: '[they] are opposed not only to my own ideas, but also to the generally recognized principles of Australian geology'.
Quarto, 16 pages with 7 tipped-in plates (after photographs by Dr Herbert Basedow  and Donald Mackay ).
Overlapping salmon-coloured wrappers with a decorated blue and white titling-label mounted on the front cover; top right-hand corners of the covers bumped, with the extremities a little discoloured; some foxing; an excellent copy.
The plates are from photographs by Dr Herbert Basedow (4) and Donald Mackay (3).
Original blue wrappers slightly creased; minimal expert conservation to the spine; an excellent copy of a very rare item.
The front cover has the following additional information printed on it: 'Printed for the South Australian Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, from the translation of Mr George Taplin, Missionary Agent of the Aborigines' Friends' Association, at Point MacLeay [sic]'. We have previously handled a copy with these extra details also printed on a small piece of paper mounted on the title page.
Large quarto,  pages extensively illustrated in colour (it is essentially a picture book).
Cloth; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
'Fernando Botero Angulo (born 19 April 1932) is a figurative artist and sculptor from Medellín, Colombia. His signature style, also known as 'Boterismo', depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume' (Wikipedia).
Cloth, top edge gilt; front and rear covers flecked (quite heavily at the rear) and slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; flyleaves and first and last few leaves lightly foxed; trifling blemish to the leading margin of a few consecutive early... 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'. Inscribed in ink 'With the author's compliments' on the front flyleaf. In pencil, in another hand, is the annotation 'Page 89'; on that page, there is marginal pencilling against a paragraph making reference to W.P. Auld and an Arab horse on Stuart's successful expedition across Australia in 1861-62. William Patrick Auld (27 May 1840 - 2 September 1912) died the year this book was published; it's tempting to think this might be his copy and his pencilling ...
Broken Hill, Broken Hill Junior Technical School (and printed by the Modern Printery, Sulphide St), 1921 to 1923.
Octavo, 14 issues, 12 pages (Number 1), 16 pages (Number 2) and 20 pages (Numbers 3-14) with an illustration on the first page in each number.
Pictorial titling-wrappers (the first four printed on orange paper, the others on pink paper, with advertising on the other three surfaces in all instances); slight waterstains to the covers of the first and fourth numbers, with minimal impact... Read complete entry
Trove records only one issue (Number 12) in only one Australian institution. We suspect that Number 14 was the last one, judging by the comment on page 3 in that issue: 'We are still finding it a hard matter to finance our school paper and think this surprising when we consider the number in attendance. The subscription is fixed so low [4d a copy] that, at best, we cannot make it pay only by the help of advertisements. We can just manage if the whole of our issue is sold. We therefore send out an earnest appeal to parents, friends interested and pupils - and especially to the girls - for better support'.
Octavo, xvi, 1010, [1, tipped-in publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets] pages with numerous maps, diagrams and graphs plus 58 pages of plates.
Cloth a little marked and flecked (but confined mainly to the spine); top edge lightly marked; light marginal crease to a few early leaves; leading margin of one section (pages 833-64) tending to curl inwards near the top and bottom; these are... Read complete entry
This official medical history of Australia in the First World War is complete in three volumes; they were first published in 1930 (reprinted in 1938), 1940 and 1943 respectively. For obvious reasons, the two volumes published while Australia was fighting the Second World War are singularly scarce (indeed, the third volume is rare by any definition).
London, Macmillan, 1876 [first edition, later printing - the eighteenth thousand - in the same year as the first edition].
Octavo, xiv, 83, [3, the last one a publisher's advertisement] pages with 9 full-page illustrations by Henry Holiday.
Bright red cloth decorated in gilt (vignettes of the bellman and the beaver, front and rear), all edges gilt; cloth slightly marked; spine sunned and a little mottled, with slight wear to the head; early ownership details on the half-title; tiny pink... Read complete entry
Tipped onto the recto of the frontispiece is a bifolium (125 x 88 mm, last page blank): 'An Easter Greeting to Every Child who Loves 'Alice''. The centrespread is an open letter from Carroll; in this printing, it is dated Easter 1880 (first published 1876). It is in very fine condition.
Quarto, xii, 439 pages plus 15 plates with captioned tissue-guards.
Contemporary half morocco and cloth (by MacDonald for Charles Scribner's), top edge gilt, others uncut; cloth slightly marked, leather lightly rubbed; trifling bumps and a few nibbles to the uncut bottom edges; an excellent copy.
'The Book of the Courtier was written, partly at Urbino and partly at Rome, between the years 1508 and 1516, and was first printed at the Aldine Press, Venice, in the month of April, 1528. There have since been published more than one hundred and forty editions', a list of which appears in this edition.
Oxford, The Clarendon Press, 1923 [first edition].
Octavo, four volumes, xliv, 388; x, 557; [viii], 518 and [viii], 467 pages plus a frontispiece in each volume.
Gilt-decorated red buckram slightly rubbed and marked; spines sunned; tiny nick to the leading edge of the last eight leaves of the second volume; a very good set.
'We have in these four volumes all, or practically all, the discoverable evidence upon the various parts of the subject, collected, weighed, sorted, classified and built up with immense care into a logical and beautiful structure, ornamented by a distinguished literary style.' With the pencilled ownership signature of Brian Medlin (dated 1954) in each volume.
Octavo, 47 pages with 2 illustrations plus a folding frontispiece containing 8 illustrations.
Early cord-bound textured card covers a little worn, cut a little short top and bottom, and probably lacking a front cover label (but an amateur binding to be sure); folding plate and (very slightly) the first two leaves a little stained; signs of use... Read complete entry
William James Chidley (1860?-1916), sex reformer and eccentric; we recommend you read his entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography. But we'll give you The Answer here: 'While reasonably recommending vegetarianism, fresh air, sunlight and unrestrictive clothing, and criticizing money-making and class distinction, he also postulated a 'correct' method of intercourse that would 'take place only in the Spring and between true lovers only'. He believed that his sexual theory was the answer to all the ills of mankind.... Chidley was a victim of morbid elements in his own nature and in his life: coinciding, they led to his destruction. His theory, although ludicrous at first sight, is no more than a doctrine of gentleness and love. To a certain extent, he was a primitive, unschooled forerunner of Freud and Reich, with his message that 'Our false coition makes villains of us all''.
The signatories are Chifley (Prime Minister), Armstrong, Ashley, Barnard, Cameron, Chambers, Courtice, Dedman, Drakeford, Holloway, Johnson, Lemmon, McKenna, Pollard, Riordan, Scully, and Ward. Only two members have not signed: H.V. Evatt (overseas at the time; he was elected president of the third session of the UN General Assembly in September 1948), and Arthur Caldwell. As a bonus, however, there are the signatures of three former prime ministers: W.M. Hughes (dated 30 November 1948), Earle Page (dated 1 December 1948) and Arthur Fadden. Hughes was the second-longest serving prime minister (1915-1923); Fadden served for 40 days in August-October 1941; Page served for just 20 days in April 1939. The autographs are in ink on nineteen consecutive leaves (each 130 x 165 mm) detached en bloc from an album; fourteen are each on one leaf, the other six are each on one side of three leaves. Offered together with Senator Courtice's copy of the Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia, Number 37, 1946-47, bound in half calf with contrasting spine labels (including one at the foot of the spine: 'Sen. the Hon. B. Courtice').
Sydney, Australasian Publishing Company, [1923, both first Australian editions]/ 1923.
Large octavo, two volumes, [ii, blank], [vi], 536 pages plus 2 plates (facsimile documents, one in colour) and 6 maps (4 with colour, 5 folding), and [ii, blank], 557, [3, blank] pages plus a facsimile document and 7 maps (all with colour, 5 folding).
Cloth, bottom edges uncut; edges a little foxed, with minimal foxing elsewhere (but confined mainly to the leaves adjacent to the covers); endpapers offset (particularly the flyleaves of the first volume); trifling loss to the leading edge of two... Read complete entry
The Australian issue is rare, especially complete with the dustwrappers. Only these first two volumes of the six-volume series were published in Australia, from the English plates; they are identical to the latter, apart from Australasian Publishing Co. imprints on the title pages and dustwrapper spines, and no publisher's imprint on the spines of the books. The second volume warrants an Australian issue: its dustwrapper states in bold type that 'In the main it is the story of the Dardanelles' (and Gallipoli) and the 'causes, origins, fortunes, and fate of that tremendous enterprise are laid bare with sombre truth'.
The title page is signed by Booker Prize winners J.M. Coetzee (1983 and later in 1999) and Peter Carey (1988 and later in 2001); loosely inserted is a large card signed by Graham Swift, the winner in 1996. The signature of Martin Goff, Chairman of Henry Sotheran Limited, and one of the 1998 Booker Prize Management Committee.
Laminated pictorial card covers; an excellent copy.
The Summer 1997 issue of Granta, 'the magazine of new writing'; contributors include J.M. Coetzee and Paul Auster, both of whom have signed the title pages of their articles (pages 85 and 15 respectively).
Original cloth very slightly rubbed, with a tiny light indentation to the front cover; a superb copy with even better provenance.
It is inscribed on the front pastedown 'To Clarrie with compliments from Jim Morris'. This copy comes from the private collection of Clarrie Grimmett, who, with Don Bradman, was one of Wisden's 'Five Cricketers of the Year' featured in this volume. This was one of only three Wisdens in Grimmett's collection; the other two were 1926 (covering his Test debut year) and 1934 (covering the Bodyline Tests). Offered together with this volume is a copy of the Christie's auction catalogue of the Clarrie Grimmett Collection, sold in Melbourne on 13 May 1998 (see lot 112 for the Wisdens).
Original wrappers a little marked and slightly chipped, with one crack to the spine; stitching starting to loosen but still basically firm; trifling blemishes to the last leaf; a very good copy with only the handle of the bat-shaped bookmark remaining... Read complete entry
Full dark green calf decorated in blind on the front cover with the Australian coat of arms; a fine copy in the original Solander box with a large oval colour portrait of Don Bradman on the front panel.
Number 859 of the deluxe edition of 974 copies signed by Don Bradman; loosely inserted is the certificate of authenticity signed by Peter Allen.
Cloth slightly rubbed; spine lightly sunned; an excellent copy.
With a contemporary gift inscription from G.A. Hele - George Alfred Hele, best remembered as the Bodyline umpire. Bradman is on record as stating 'I think the Englishmen who played under Hele would agree that he was the best Australian umpire between the two wars' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Offered together with the book is a pencil sketch of George Hele (signed 'Pearce 1930' by the artist); it is also signed in ink 'Geo. A. Hele' (165 x 135 mm, on a leaf excised from an autograph book).
Adelaide, South Australian Cricket Association, 1933.
Octavo,  pages with numerous illustrations and advertisements plus cover advertisements.
Attractive pictorial wrappers (the rear one slightly marked); the centrefold scoring sheet has been completed neatly in ink (and the final results for the last three Tests have been entered on the relevant early page); essentially a fine copy.
'International Cricket. England v. Australia. Souvenir of Visit of MCC Team. October 1932 to March 1933. Third Test Match ...' [cover title].
On the verso are the pencil signatures of the Victorian team for the match against Queensland in Brisbane, 16-20 January 1953 (SSM 444). The signatures are Hassett (Captain), Chambers, Fitchett (12th man), Harvey, Hill, Ian Johnson, Bill Johnston, Loxton, Colin McDonald, Ian McDonald, Ring and Thoms. Six of the team played with the Invincibles; in fact, only Chambers, Fitchett and Ian McDonald were not capped for Australia (although Thoms and Hill played in only one and three Tests respectively). Victoria won by seven wickets, with Johnston collecting ten wickets.