Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers, established in Adelaide, Australia, in March 1976, deals in fine and rare books, photographs and manuscripts, and offers a very large stock of quality secondhand and out-of-print books online and at two retail outlets in the heart of the city of Adelaide.
Online Catalogue #11 - 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 ... (read more)
Welcome to the fourth volume in our occasional series of Picture Book catalogues. By design they are light on text (time is short!), and you won't find too many standard works here either. There are many rare or unique items, particularly manuscripts and photographs.
Online Catalogue #10 - Our tenth online catalogue is rich in rare and unusual items. Australian WW1 militaria includes 12th Light Horse ephemera, a run of an AIF convalescent camp journal, and Robinson's very large Before and After the War map (circa 1920). Cricket tragics can have an 1880 portrait photograph of Affie Jarvis, all the autographs of both Ryder's and Woodfull's XI from 1929, or the Australian squad for the 5th Bodyline Test (including Alexander and Lee).
Other manuscript items include a charming personal letter from Sir Allen Lane, an unpublished poem by A.P. Herbert, a Ben Chifley letter ... (read more)
Online Catalogue #9 - Our latest fully-illustrated catalogue is a little shorter than usual, but it compensates for this with the quality of these recent acquisitions.
Pamper the child in you with Ethel Spowers' Cuthbert and the Dogs, E.W. Hornung's The Cricket on the Green (an author's presentation copy, no less), or a flight of scarce Biggles books.
An Adelaide cabinet maker's extensive manuscript specifications book (circa 1920s) is by definition unique, as is our autograph letter from Hans Heysen recalling in detail the creation of a particular painting. The two Western Australian 1930s goldfields maps are both scarce and attractive; and the series of 66 stereophotographs by Craig & Solin of Fremantle (circa 1898) includes numerous mining scenes. Many of these photographs appear to be unrecorded. ... (read more)
Online Catalogue #8 - Highlights of our current catalogue include rare and unusual works on Australian Aborigines, Australian exploration, and nineteenth century travel. There are numerous autographs, including items signed by Princess (later Queen) Victoria, Sir John Franklin, Archbishop Mannix, Archie Jackson, Don Bradman, Ion Idriess, Charles Mountford, Marcel Marceau, Thomas Keneally, DavidMalouf, Russell Drysdale (Henry Lawson: Short Stories, one of only 100 copies with five original etchings), Donald Friend and Brian Dunlop (with an original etching).
The balance is an interesting miscellany of colour plate books, the Kelly Gang, trade catalogues, vintage photographs (including eleven cartes de visite of 1870s Warrnambool, and a very rare Victor Richardson portrait on glass), aviation, antiquarian books ... and all items are fully illustrated.
Online Catalogue #7 - Highlights of the current catalogue include choice items in our personal favourite areas of interest, photographs and manuscripts. The key piece is one of the most appealing Australian photographs we have handled – an 1862 extensively hand-coloured half-plate ambrotype, in the original ornate frame, of Corporal William Hill, 'well equipped and accoutred' in the uniform of the 1st Adelaide Rifles. Other noteworthy photographic items are a collection of a dozen images of international musicians and singers, inscribed and signed to an Adelaide impresario in the 1920s and 1930s, and a group of five cartes de visite of a very rural Mornington Peninsula, circa 1870s. Among the autograph items are letters from Governor George Grey, Ion Idriess, and Sir Russell Drysdale, signed items by Oskar Kokoschka, and a very rare large-format pictorial certificate signed by Rear-Admiral Richard Byrd, relating to the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, 1928-30 ... (read more)
Online Catalogue #6 - Highlights include numerous autograph items: an 1820 autograph letter signed from Alexander von Humboldt; Ben Chifley's Second Ministry (1946-49), with the addition of three former Prime Ministers; and cricket teams galore – England in Australia in 1936-37 (three different examples), 1946-47 and 1950-51; Australia 1952; and various state teams (NSW, Queensland, SA and Victoria) from 1930 to 1953. Other unusual sporting items are Soutar's The Australian Golfer (1906); the autograph and a rare photograph of 'Oppy' while on his 1937 Fremantle-Sydney record-breaking ride ... (read more)
Online Catalogue #5 - Highlights of the current list are signed copies (many of them first editions) of works by J.M. Coetzee, Seamus Heaney, Colin Thiele, Manning Clark (one inscribed to Bob Brown), and David Malouf, among others.
Interesting Australian Aboriginal material includes Baldwin Spencer's Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia (with the very rare dustwrapper), T.G.H. Strehlow's Songs of Central Australia, Charles Mountford's Nomads of the Australian Desert, the Report of the Horn Scientific Expedition ... (read more)