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!
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.
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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.
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!
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.
We are pleased to be exhibiting at Firsts Online, 14-20 September 2020. Click through to view our highlights list.
Highlights of our latest list include three striking prints by George Baxter relating to missionaries in the Pacific; Sturt's Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia (1849), with the provenance of fellow-explorer George Woodroofe Goyder; significant books and photographs by Charles Pearcy Mountford; an impressive group of Wunderlich trade catalogues; and an interesting selection of military and shipping history, vintage photographs, and ephemeral printings.
Normally, at this time of the year, we would be issuing our Picture Book to patrons at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair. But ‘the time is out of joint’, and this online catalogue, as agreeable as any we have issued, is no substitute for all that we are missing. On reflection, though, members of the antiquarian book trade must count themselves among the most fortunate of all small businesses these days.
Highlights of our current list include a copy of The Magic Pudding, inscribed and signed by Norman Lindsay, with an original pencil drawing of Bunyip Bluegum; an annotated copy of John McDouall Stuart's Explorations in Australia (1864) from the personal collection of Stephen King Jr, unofficial artist of Stuart's epic sixth expedition; numerous items relating to early Australian aviation and aerial photography; an autograph letter signed by T.E. Lawrence; Isaac Newton's Universal Arithmetick (1728, second edition); and sections on Australian inland exploration, natural history, town planning and private press books.