Online Catalogue #18

Our latest list features a magnificent vintage hand-coloured photograph of Phar Lap about to cross the line to win the 1930 Melbourne Cup; a signed letter from Roald Dahl with a unique inscribed and signed copy of Matilda; an impressive vintage photograph of the 1902 Australian XI signed by Joe Darling; and Grahame Walsh's Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley (2000), Bradshaws – Ancient Rock Paintings of North-West Australia (1994) and Australia's Greatest Rock Art (1988).

Well-represented areas of interest include modern literatureAustralian historymilitary history, children's books, and trade catalogues.

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Picture Book 5

We are pleased to announce our Picture Book 5 - An Illustrated Catalogue of Highlights from Stock.

Among the delights you will find a fine dustwrappered copy of The Magic Pudding (1918); 19th century photographs of Western District pastoral pioneers; an exquisite William Kilburn daguerreotype; coloured Japanese woodblock prints; works on Antarctic and Australian exploration; and rare cricket items including 19th century signed Australian Test cricketers' portraits.

The catalogue's release heralds the Melbourne Rare Book Fair (the 43rd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair), being held at Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, 24-26 July. For more details go to

We hope you enjoy browsing through it as much as we did putting it together. To order or enquire about items, please email us at

Online Catalogue #17

Highlights of our latest catalogue include a stunning copy of Cormac McCarthy's first novel The Orchard Keeper (London, 1966), a superb group of May Moore portrait photographs of 1920s English Test cricketers (signed by both photographer and subjects); rare Aboriginal history titles (Meyer 1846, Taplin 1874 and 1879, Worsnop 1897); much militaria, with numerous unit histories; important early South Australian history and exploration; and excellent selections of antiquarian, big game hunting, and wine-making books.

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Online Catalogue #16

Highlights of our latest catalogue include a unique copy of Arthur Wigan's pioneering work on split personalities, A New View of Insanity. The Duality of Mind (1844), extensively annotated by the author in preparation for a never-published second edition; a group of five revealing personal letters from Christina Stead; important association copies; choice vintage photographs; and excellent selections of books on big game hunting, exploration, and Australiana.

Online Catalogue #15

Highlights of our latest catalogue include an important autograph letter signed by Max Müller, encouraging the documentation of Australian Aboriginal languages (1867); the complete run of South Australian Parliamentary Papers relating to Benjamin Babbage's 1858 Northern Exploration, as well as the report of John McDouall Stuart's first independent expedition of the same year; Benucci's very rare Six Views of Gibraltar (1825); six numbers of the Scottish satirical paper of political caricatures, The Northern Looking Glass (1825-26); and a very large collection of original technical drawings (many from the 1890s-1900s), mainly relating to the Australian mining industry.

Other rarities include signed cricket photographs (among the two dozen signed items in the catalogue); original watercolours by Harry Pelling Gill; a substantial set of works by Horace Walpole in matching Rivière bindings; a 1922 trade catalogue containing 107 original samples of Chinese handmade lace … the list goes on!

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Online Catalogue #14

Our latest catalogue includes a range of interesting maps, a traditionally strong collecting field in which we are becoming increasingly active. The most significant examples relate to the expeditions of Ernest Giles, but others of South Australia (1861), the Anglo-Egyptian War (1882), and British Malaya (1922)  are uncommon, attractive and affordable.

Rare Australian militaria, motor racing, trade catalogues and photographs are well-represented, and choice single items range from George McEwin's utterly rare The South Australian Vigneron, and Gardeners' Manual (1843) to Captain W.E. Johns' Biggles Sorts It Out (1967).

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Online Catalogue #13

In our final catalogue for the year we are pleased to offer a fine miscellany of autographs and photography, as well as books on exploration, art, literature, science and history.

We wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

Online Catalogue #12

Our latest online catalogue contains - as regular readers have come to expect - basically the unexpected. We'll let you be the judge ...