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.
We are pleased to offer the catalogue for the first part of the Paul Lucas Collection of Australian Military History for sale by auction, with nearly 300 lots covering primarily the Boer War and the First World War.
Although unit histories and memorial volumes are well-represented, the strength of the collection, more than forty years in the making, is its rich veins of rare ephemeral printings (including troopship journals printed at sea or in the field, recruitment posters, programmes, signed menus), unusual badges and artefacts, and unique diaries, letters, photographs and commemorative testimonials.
The second main sale, to be conducted later in the year, will focus predominantly on the Second World War. Between these main sales, a series of timed auctions of further material from the collection will take place.
You can leave bids online now, bid live online on auction day, or leave absentee bids (you can download the absentee bidding form here).
Click on each lot in the catalogue to see a full description and additional images.
Buyer's premium: 20%
Online bidding fee: 3% (waived for absentee and telephone bids)
Currency: Australian Dollars
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.
If you already have an account on our retail website (treloars.com), you may need to create a separate account on our auction site (auctions.treloars.com).
Please ensure you have read the Conditions of Sale before bidding
Some of the highlights are:
- Novelists and poets, including Marcel Proust, Lev Tolstoy, Robert Graves, H.G. Wells, Maksim Gorki, Saul Bellow, and Christina Rossetti;
- Political thinkers, including Benjamin Franklin, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and William Wilberforce;
- Composers and musicians, including Igor Stravinsky, Noël Coward, Olivier Messiaen, Gustav Mahler, and Jules Massenet;
- World leaders, including American presidents, British prime ministers, and French and British kings and queens.
Final bidding starts Saturday 14 December at 1:30pm (Australian Central Daylight Time)
How to bid:
- leave bids online now, in advance of the sale;
- bid live online on auction day;
- leave absentee bids (download the absentee bidding form here);
- bid live by telephone (by prior arrangement, on lots with a lower estimate of $900 or more).
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. Additional images can be provided on request.
- Buyer's premium: 20%
- Online bidding fee: 3% (waived for absentee and telephone bids)
- Currency: Australian Dollars
- Competitive domestic and international shipping rates
- All items covered by our limited guarantee, as stipulated in the Conditions of Sale
For any enquiries, please contact us on 08 8223 1111 or at email@example.com