This session commences with rare books (60 lots), including genuine rarities such as first editions of George French Angas's superb colour-plate books Description of the Barossa Range (1849), The Kafirs Illustrated (1849), The New Zealanders Illustrated (1847), and South Australia Illustrated (1847), and Sclater and Thomas's four-volume The Book of Antelopes (1894-1900, with 100 full-page hand-coloured lithographs). Other illustrated books include Elves and Fairies (1916) and Fairyland (1926) by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, and Sangorski and Sutcliffe's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam . A very significant item comes from the personal collection of George Fife Angas: his signed copy of Report of the Speeches delivered at the Dinner given to Capt. John Hindmarsh (1835), with a presentation inscription to him from Charles Mann, South Australia's first advocate-general.
The balance of this session (approximately 60 lots) commences with some small but charming colonial watercolours by R.E. Minchin (1831-1893) of the lower reaches of the river Murray, and two pen sketches (one of an Aboriginal encampment) by William Wyatt (1838-1872). There is a good range of prints by Angas,Fernyhough, Gill, Gould, Rodius, Schramm, and von Guerard. Vintage photographs include an album of 22 full-plate views by Captain Samuel Sweet, and a very rare album of 36 full-plate views by Henry Davis (1831/2-1878) – his early death and two studio fires have ensured his fine work is little-known and rarely found these days. His wonderful image, Cricket, St Peter's College (Poonindie Batting), 1872 is the only Indigenous item in the album, but other lots include a Bernard Goode carte-de-visite of an encampment of Ngarrindjeri elders at Point McLeay (1866-67), and uncommon Indigenous portraits by Stump and Company. This session concludes with a small but select group of maps relating to Australia, includingDe Wit'sMagnum Mare del Zur cum Insula California(circa 1675), Bowen's A Complete Map of the Southern Continent (1744, the first dedicated English map of Australia), and Zatta'sNuove Scoperte … nel Mare del Sud(1776). The catalogue for this portion of the session will be online by Friday 1 April.
Session 2, commencing at 2:30 pm From Anzac to the Hindenburg Line. The First World War Collection of Patrick Walters
This is a fine example of a collection that can only be formed over many years of focused dedication. Such a collection can never be complete, but it is only with the passage of decades spent searching, researching and gradually acquiring understanding, that it reaches a point where its intrinsic value can be truly appreciated.
The sum of its parts may be greater than the individual elements, but many of these are nothing short of breath-taking. The shrapnel-pierced water bottle found at Gallipoli at the 60th anniversary of the landing; the maps that were actually there; the albums of unique photographs; the exquisite artworks produced by the French; the significant association copies; the elusive ephemera; the very rare published works, including such treasures as the unit histories of the 5th, 7th and 10th Light Horse; the fine copies of the literary masterpieces that were born on the battlefields ...
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