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.
Highlights of our latest catalogue include an issue of Peninsula Press, the broadsheet issued in the field during the Gallipoli campaign; the 1971 deluxe edition of The Wind in the Willows, the first to contain the illustrations in colour, limited to only 250 copies signed by Ernest Shepard; an early twentieth-century designer binding by Margaret Chapman, one of the first professional craft bookbinders in Australia; a substantial collection of Jindyworobak publications; and Nova Architectura Militaris (1683), a very rare well-illustrated work on military architecture and fortifications.
And to celebrate the Captain Cook sestercentennial, we have two genuine rarities, one at $250, the other at $50,000.
First in, best dressed!
We trust our latest catalogue finds you in good health; either way, we hope it improves your day. Our selections of rare 1930s Australian political ephemera and vintage trade catalogues are a reminder of what we have lost (and gained).
Photographs on offer include some 1861 Mayall portraits of British Royalty, a suite of late nineteenth century portraits of SA’s governors and administrators, and an album featuring Stawell and the Grampians of the 1930s.
For the rest, there’s early Australian exploration, numerous Escutcheon Press titles, cricket, literature … over to you now!
Highlights of our latest list include an impressive album of photographs of Tolarno Station on the River Darling (circa 1914), rare Australian ephemera, association copies, trade catalogues, travel, motoring, gardening and more.
Stay well, and happy browsing!
It may be that a catalogue from an antiquarian bookseller is the last thing you are looking for at the present time. But this is what we do, and old habits die hard. Hopefully you will find something in our latest offering to lift the spirits or engage the mind.
Highlights include a signed original print of Max Dupain's iconic photograph 'Sunbaker', and early issues of Verve complete with the sumptuous colour lithographs by the likes of Klee, Miró, Kandinsky, Chagall and Matisse.
Happy browsing, and stay healthy!
Our latest catalogue is another dose of the mixture as before: books, autographs, photographs and realia. The testimonial presented to the original John Furphy by his fellow-Methodists in 1909 when he left Shepparton and retired to Melbourne; the camel-hair blanket-sleeping bag used by Douglas Mawson on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-14; the rare 1866 account of the Ti-Ping Revolution by Lin-le (Augustus Lindley); an album of vintage panoramic photographs of devastation on the Western Front; an Arthur Mailey self-caricature in an Orient Line booklet signed by members of the 1953 Australian Test squad … you get the drift.
Less rarified fare includes a wide range of books on Egyptology, numerous titles from the Brindabella Press, and interesting items relating to art, literature, exploration and natural history.