Our latest online catalogue contains recent acquisitions, all of them interesting, many of them rare, some of them significant.
Exemplifying this as a group of items relating to Katie Langloh Parker, some of them from her own collection. There are variant editions of her two seminal books on Aboriginal mythology, including her own copy, signed and annotated, of Australian Legendary Tales (1896), and her very rare third book, My Best Boy and My Boy-in-Law (1901). There is also her signed copy of Isaac Nathan's excessively rare The Southern Euphrosyne (1849), possibly the first book to attempt a serious study of Aboriginal music. This item is almost upstaged by our copy of T.G.H. Strehlow's Songs of Central Australia (1971), signed by the author.
Photography is one of our areas of specialisation, and our eclectic offering this time includes an important album relating to the early days of Commonwealth Government control of the Northern Territory, focusing on the Demonstration Farms established at Batchelor and Daly River in 1912. British officers who died in the Afghan War in 1878-80, Australian medical photography in the late 1880s, Townsville in the 1890s – these original images retain the power to transmute paper …
Early books on opals are highly desirable, and we are privileged to be able to offer variant copies of one of the great rarities, Skertchly's The Story of the Noble Opal (Brisbane, 1908). Another collection we have had access to recently contained over 1000 book on botany, and this list contains monographs by Cox (on Farrer) and Stern (The Genus Paeonia), and important sets by Davidian (The Rhododendron Species), Escobar (Native Colombian Orchids), Stones and Curtis (Endemic Flora of Tasmania), and Withner (The Cattleyas).
If you prefer art, autographs, aviation, erotica, ephemera, exploration, literature, militaria, wine … this catalogue has something for you too! As ever, happy browsing!
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