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!