Online Catalogue #46

Online Catalogue #46

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!

Online Catalogue #45

Online Catalogue #45

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!

Online Catalogue #44

Online Catalogue #44

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!

Online Catalogue #43

Online Catalogue #43

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.

Online Catalogue #42

Online Catalogue #42

Our latest list includes rare nineteenth-century colour plate books (natural history and travel), numerous items on Australian bookplates, important Antarctic exploration material, and a miscellany of unusual, rare or unique photographs, signed copies, and ephemera.

Happy browsing!

Rare Book Auction | 12 October 2019

Rare Book Auction | 12 October 2019

Our forthcoming auction contains numerous rare and unusual items in three main areas – Australian voyages and exploration, Egyptology, and the history of medicine – with smaller sections devoted to works by T.E. Lawrence, literature, and antiquarian books. Bids may be left any time from now until the final bidding commences with Lot 1 at 1:30pm ACDT on Saturday 12 October.

You will find information on how to bid below, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries relating to any aspect of the catalogue or the bidding procedure.

Click here to view catalogue and bid

Final bidding starts Saturday 12 October at 1:30pm ACDT

Important information

You can leave bids online now, bid live online on auction day, or leave absentee bids (you can download the absentee bidding form here).

You can click on each lot in the catalogue to see a full description and additional images.

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.

Buyer's premium: 20%
Online bidding fee: 3%
Currency: Australian Dollars
Competitive domestic and international shipping rates
Mawson | Delprat Exhibition

Mawson | Delprat Exhibition

Exhibition 16–27 September 2019
196 North Terrace, Adelaide
10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday

It is our great pleasure to offer here a selection of items, some rare and important, others unusual or curious, but at all times interesting, and with the guaranteed provenance of Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson and
his father-in-law, Guillaume Daniel Delprat, General Manager of BHP.

Highlights include
a seventeenth-century Dutch armoire; rare Antarctic photographs by Frank Hurley, T.W. Edgeworth David and Andrew Watson (among the first images of that part of the continent); artefacts taken on Mawson's Antarctic expeditions; and a singular oil painting by Charles Harrisson, artist and biologist on Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911–1914, presented to Paquita and Douglas on their wedding day in March 1914.


Click here to view the price list.

(You can order a printed copy of the catalogue by clicking on the 'Add to Cart' link below)

Price (AUD): $10.00
Online Catalogue #41

Online Catalogue #41

Yet more temptation! There are 150 items to browse this time, so we’ll make this introduction mercifully brief.

A copy of the first book published in German in South Australia (Fritzsche’s Beleuchtung der in dem gedruckten Synodalausschreiben des Pastors Herrn August Kavel, 1847) may not be to everyone’s taste, but then again, we have only the one copy for sale (well, actually ...).

However, we do have fourteen J.M. Coetzee titles, all signed, including unique Booker Prize-winner presentation copies; some two dozen items of Indigenous Australian interest (including two very rare Captain Sweet photographs, among our wide selection of other rare photographica) … enough said!