The cover illustration to our latest catalogue – an image emblematic of the times? – is ‘The Blizzard’, one of seven vintage photographs by Frank Hurley from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 we have for sale. Other important photographic items are the Royal Photographic Society’s 1932 portfolio, Pictures from the Tyng Collection, containing six fine photogravures, including ‘Bewegungs Studie (Study of Movement)’ by Rudolf Koppitz; and Richards’ New South Wales in 1881 (1882), containing 24 high-quality autotypes produced in Australia (and very rare thus).
Private press and art books are well-represented: among them are The Lithographs of Chagall (five volumes, 1960-1984), complete with all 28 original lithographs as called for; Delteil’s 1923 volume of catalogues raisonné of etchings and lithographs of Camille Pissarro and Auguste Renoir, containing an original etching by each artist; Flaubert’s Hérodias, one of only 226 copies printed at the Eragny Press of Lucien and Esther Pissarro, with their illustrations; and a superb exemplar from the Ashendene Press, Ecclesiasticus (1932, one of 328 copies).
There are plenty of other items, selected as ever for being interesting, unusual, quirky, or in some cases, just plain expensive.