Online Catalogue #56

Online Catalogue #56

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.

Keep well!

Online Catalogue #55

Online Catalogue #55

Our copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland may be just one of the 12,000 printed in the two years after it first appeared in 1866, but the exquisite double Cosway binding it received some forty years later makes it unique – and uniquely desirable. In the same league, we have an original South Australian land grant for Town Acre 558, issued to Osmond Gilles in December 1837, less than a year after the colony was established. At the time, he was also the Treasurer and one of the largest land speculators in the province!

In our latest offering, you will find complete runs of some rare Australian ‘little magazines’: Manuscripts (13 issues, 1931-35); Phoenix (nine issues, 1935-50); and Ern Malley’s Journal (six issues, 1952-55). A sampling of other titles includes Lindt’s Picturesque New Guinea (1887); Lambert’s A Trip to Cashmere and Ladak (1877); Menpes’ The Grey River (1889, one of only 230 copies with 12 original signed etchings, a gift from co-author Rosa Praed to Katie Langloh Parker); and Whitworth’s An Account of Russia as it was in the Year 1710 (Strawberry Hill Press, 1758).

Indigenous Australian history includes a copy of The London Chronicle for 6 April 1789, containing one of the earliest accounts of the indigenous inhabitants of the Sydney region; Spencer and Gillen’s The Native Tribes of Central Australia (1899, signed by both authors); and two nineteenth-century portrait photographs.

Of course, there’s much more!


Online Catalogue #54

Online Catalogue #54

Our latest catalogue contains a number of items that are genuine rarities as well as landmark publications. These include Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1784, fifth edition, two volumes), Ernst Haeckel’s Die Radiolarien (1862, complete with the atlas of 35 lithographs), Iacovleff’s Dessins et Peintures d'Asie (1934), and Magra’s Journal of a Voyage round the World (1771), the first published account of Cook's first voyage to the Pacific, which appeared some two years before the official account.

One extraordinary offering is a group of 1840 SA land grants for five adjoining 80-acre country sections purchased by Captain George Frederick Dashwood (the area, near Meadows, is still referred to as ‘Dashwood’s Gully’). All five documents are signed by Governor George Gawler and his private secretary, Alfred Miller Mundy, the pioneering overlander to the colony with Joseph Hawdon. There are also items signed by DH Lawrence, Roger Moore (as 007), Pelé, Sidney Nolan, Barbara Hanrahan, and David Gulpilil, among many others. Rare Adelaide cast iron foundry catalogues include one – possibly unique - from 1878, consisting of six original albumen paper photographs.

There are numerous books on French graphic art and the occult; these come from two extensive private collections. As we work our way through them, we will regularly upload newly-processed items to specific galleries on our website dedicated to these subjects. Keep an eye on them!

Online Catalogue #53

Online Catalogue #53

Our latest catalogue contains some important graphics and illustrated books, including a plate from William Blake’s masterpiece of engraving, Illustrations of the Book of Job (1826, one of only 100 copies after proofs); John Austin’s tinted lithograph, ‘Adelaide ... November 1849’, produced in the fledgling city; Zatta’s star charts of the northern and southern skies (1777); and Donovan’s Insects of India (1842), with 58 hand-coloured engravings.

Autograph material comes from across the board: George Fife Angas, Charles Blackman, Don Bradman, Sean Connery, Richard Nixon … and with accompanying artwork, we have Donald Friend, Pro Hart, John Olsen, and Albert Tucker.

Books of note include one of Winston Churchill’s rarest titles, India (1931); J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy (1911, first edition with the dustwrapper); and Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark (1938, first edition with the dustwrapper).

We’ll leave the rest for you to discover!

AUCTION | The Paul Lucas Collection of Australian Military History. Part 2

AUCTION | The Paul Lucas Collection of Australian Military History. Part 2

The strength of the Paul Lucas Collection of Australian Military History is the sheer quantity of unique items and genuine rarities it contains. Many are unique by definition – diaries, letters, documents, personal photographs, and certificates or medallions presented to named individuals. Others are tantamount to unique, such as the numerous ephemeral printings, which were often produced in exceedingly small numbers on inferior paper stock, in conditions or circumstances that mitigated against their preservation and survival – shipboard journals, field newsletters, unit-specific cards, menus and programmes, and POW memorabilia are prime examples.

This second catalogue of over 400 items from the collection contains many objects that detail the wide-ranging impact war has had on the lives of countless individual Australians, their families and their communities. Paul Lucas was inspired by the stories these items had to tell to those who cared to delve into them, and we have derived much satisfaction in preparing this material for sale.

Early bidding now open. Live auction commences Saturday 6 February 2021 at 1:30pm ACDT



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Online Catalogue #52

Online Catalogue #52

Highlights of our latest catalogue include eight lithographs from the very rare ‘Wasmuth’ portfolios of studies and executed buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright (Berlin, 1910); The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley (three volumes, 1859, first edition); nearly 300 nineteenth-century portrait photographs of the Western District pioneering Hawkins and Robertson families; Lesueur’s ‘Plan de la Ville de Sydney … 1802’; a signed copy of Skertchly’s The Story of the Noble Opal (1908); Butler’s Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services in the War of 1914-1918 (three volumes, 1938-1943), and a signed copy of his The Digger. A Study in Democracy (1945).

These are padded out with singular signed items, rare photographs, unusual printed ephemera, and interesting and important books (including some new releases). If nothing else, you’ll probably enjoy reading about them …

Season’s greetings, and best wishes for the new year from all of us here at Treloar’s.

Online Catalogue #51

Online Catalogue #51

Highlights from our last offering for 2020 include an 1890s Yokohama Nursery Company catalogue with 142 superb handcoloured plates; Pastoral Homes of Australia (1931), the last volume – and possibly the scarcest – in the seven-volume series commenced in 1910; a selection of rare editions signed by J.M. Coetzee; and numerous ephemeral Boer War printings.

Photographs and autographs are also well-represented: among them are Indigenous Australian portraits; a significant collection of 44 vintage photographs (circa 1887-94) of indigenous life in the Bismarck Archipelago and German New Guinea by Richard Parkinson; a group photograph signed by Charles Kingsford Smith and the crew of the first trans-Pacific flight in 1928; items signed by Birdwood of Anzac, and a menu signed by 14 VC winners.

Season’s greetings and happy browsing!

Online Catalogue #50

Online Catalogue #50

Highlights of our latest catalogue include rare occult titles, many by or about Aleister Crowley. Militaria is also heavily represented, with many unique items. Not least is the deluxe menu and autograph album from the dinner given by the entrepreneur and politician Hugh McIntosh for VC winners on Armistice Day 1919: our copy is signed by sixteen of them.

Rare photographs include two albums with 110 hand-coloured images of 1880s Japan by Adolfo Farsari; a stereo-daguerreotype by Disderi of the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855; two Australian items depicting racial stereotyping, and a fine early portrait of an Adelaide Indigenous woman and child by Saul Solomon.

Our range of Folio Society publications offers an affordable indulgence with a handsome set of a favourite author: Churchill, Collins, Doyle, Eliot, Gibbon, Greene, Hardy, Nesbit, Orwell, Peake, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Trollope, Waugh or Wilde.

Happy browsing!