Online Auction #4

Welcome to our first auction of the year. The 270 lots are drawn exclusively from two private collections, comprising in the main signed modern first editions, literature, children's books, Australiana (especially anthropology, aviation and militaria), and ephemera.

All items are available for viewing at our North Terrace premises. However, for the majority of you who are not Adelaideans and for whom personal inspection is not an option, all items are accurately described and photographed, and are covered by our conditional guarantee.

This is a timed online-only auction, and bidding is now open. Lots will progressively close from 2pm ACDT on Sunday 3 February 2019.

  • If a lot receives a bid within the last 10 minutes, it will remain open for an additional 10 minutes.
  • If any further bidding occurs, the extension timer will reset to 10 minutes.
  • If no further bidding activity occurs, the lot closes when the timer runs out.

As many of you may be new to this style of auction, please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries.


Buyer's premium 20%
Online Auction fee 3%
Click here to view the Conditions of Sale

Online Catalogue #36

New Year’s greetings, and welcome to our first retail catalogue for 2019. It is an interesting miscellany representative of just some of our many interests – in this case these include art, autographs, literature, photographs, travel and exploration. Recent acquisitions include rare Lawrence of Arabia ephemera, Somerset de Chair’s The First Crusade (Golden Cockerel Press, one of 100 copies), and Idriess’s The Cattle King (1936, a fine first edition with the dustwrapper).

Photographs include the first one taken of Robert O’Hara Burke’s burial tree, a framed pair of images of the Smith brothers’ Vickers Vimy in Adelaide in March 1920, a very unusual group portrait of Oswald Mosley and his first wife’s family, and fine portraits of Don Bradman and George Fife Angas.

Christmas Short List 2018

A short list of fine and gift-worthy Australian art books (many with original graphics), attractive Federation ephemera, and more!

Best wishes for the Christmas season from all of us at Treloars!

Online Catalogue #35

Just in time for the Christmas season, we are pleased to announce our latest online catalogue.

Highlights include a superb Japanese plant nursery catalogue containing 143 hand-coloured plates (1892), and a rare 1543 edition of the Luther Bible, with over 100 woodcut illustrations.

Strong sections include militaria, cartography, Australian exploration, photographically-illustrated books, trade catalogues, South Australiana, and more!

Happy browsing!

Online Auction #3

Welcome to the first sale on our new auction site. We envisage it will be the first of many. Indeed, work is well under way on three separate specialist auctions Military History, Gastronomy, and History of Medicine scheduled for the first few months of the new year. All three are based around single-vendor collections.

The present auction is a mixed-vendor sale, and with many of the 455 lots we have instructions to put very few impediments between you and temptation!

These few highlights should aid the process ...

  • A small archive of seventeen vintage photographs and accompanying correspondence by the contemporary Austrian photographer Renate Graf.
  • Dr Saleh Soubhy’s Pèlerinage à la Mecque et à Médine (Cairo, 1894) is an excellent copy in the original wrappers. This is a very rare account of pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina in 1888 and 1891.
  • Fred Lynde’s Descriptive Illustrated Catalogue of the Sixty-Eight Competitive Designs for the Great Tower for London (London, 1890). All that remains of these competitors to the Eiffel Tower is this rare and delightful picture book.
  • Interesting antiquarian items include Cavendish's New Method to dress Horses (1667), and Charts and Plates to La Pérouse's Voyage (London, 1798).
  • P.G. Wodehouse's Mike. A Public School Story; although the fourth impression of 1919, is complete with the utterly rare dustwrapper.
  • Aleister Crowley’s The Diary of a Drug Fiend (1922) is the first edition of his first published novel.
  • Lynd Ward’s early graphic novel Vertigo. A Novel in Woodcuts (New York, 1937).
  • A Japanese shunga handscroll with 16 hand-painted erotic scenes.

Broad subjects include Australiana, exploration and travel, literature, antiquarian books, natural history, and erotica.

Bidding now open!


The online auction commences at 1pm (ACDT) 4 November 2018

On view at our premises
196 North Terrace, Adelaide
Monday 29 October to Saturday 3 November
 10 am to 5:30 pm daily

Bidding options:

If you need any assistance, please contact us at or on +61 8 8223 1111

Online Catalogue #34

Welcome to our latest catalogue and our revamped website. The ease with which you will be able to navigate your way around it belies (but more than justifies) the time and effort spent on the project.

However, if you remain cartographically challenged, read on. We can offer you a copy of the very rare atlas, Goyder’s Plan of the Southern Portion of the Province of South Australia (1877), and a presumably much rarer linen handkerchief map highlighting the Dardanelles in 1914. We have J.M. Black’s complete set of Brown’s Forest Flora of South Australia (1882-90), with 45 superb chromolithographs. There are eight photobooks by Bird, Everard, Green and Haskins; a vintage photograph of three-times Australian prime minister, Alfred Deakin and his wife; and a very large-format photograph taken at the farewell banquet in London in October 1900 to The Earl of Hopetoun, the first Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

There are rare and desirable cricket cartoon books by Branson, Glover and Mailey; fine first editions of Idriess’s The Desert Column (1932, with the dustwrapper) and Gold-Dust and Ashes (1933, one of only 200 of the signed deluxe version); Kaleski’s Australian Barkers and Biters (1914, in the original pictorial wrappers) … in short, the tempting eclectic mixture as before!

Online Catalogue #33

Our current catalogue features a collection of approximately 200 books on campanology, offered as one lot. If that doesn’t ring your bell, move on to the literature and illustrated works. We have half a dozen titles from the Cuala Press by W.B. Yeats; a large-paper copy of T.S. Eliot’s Marina (1930), one of 400 signed copies; Ngaio Marsh’s Death and the Dancing Footman (1942), a fine copy with the dustwrapper; and Verve, Numbers 27 and 28 (1952), a double issue containing 29 original lithographs.

Singular or unique items include a photograph of ‘Breaker’ Morant, in a small group of troopers in Adelaide in January 1900; a copy of The Native Tribes of Central Australia (1899), the seminal work on anthropology, signed by both Spencer and Gillen; and a husband-and-wife pair of 1850s South Australian daguerreotypes.

Happy browsing!

Picture Book 8

To coincide with the Melbourne Rare Book Fair we are pleased to announce the latest in our series of Picture Book catalogues. It contains a fine miscellany, from Antarctic photography to scarce modern literature, classic texts of voyages and exploration to unique manuscript material.

Since the catalogue went to the printers we have been busy! New in stock are:

A singular copy of A Child's Garden of Verses, signed and inscribed by Robert Louis Stevenson, together with a signed letter; The Native Tribes of Central Australia signed by both Spencer and Gillen; private press material, including titles from the Cuala Press of W.B. Yeats and his sister Elizabeth; delightful publications from Lucien Pisarro's Eragny Press; D.H. Lawrence's privately printed Pansies (signed); and T.S. Eliot's Marina (also signed); superb examples of Indigenous portraiture.

To view these items (and much besides) visit us at Stand 31 at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair this coming weekend, 6–8 July 2018.