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.
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!
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).
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.
Our latest online catalogue contains - as regular readers have come to expect - basically the unexpected. We'll let you be the judge ...
Our latest online catalogue contains recent acquisitions, all of them interesting, many of them rare, some of them significant.
Exemplifying this as a group of items relating to Katie Langloh Parker, some of them from her own collection. There are variant editions of her two seminal books on Aboriginal mythology, including her own copy, signed and annotated, of Australian Legendary Tales (1896), and her very rare third book, My Best Boy and My Boy-in-Law (1901). There is also her signed copy of Isaac Nathan's excessively rare The Southern Euphrosyne (1849), possibly the first book to attempt a serious study of Aboriginal music. This item is almost upstaged by our copy of T.G.H. Strehlow's Songs of Central Australia (1971), signed by the author.
Photography is one of our areas of specialisation, and our eclectic offering this time includes an important album relating to the early days of Commonwealth Government control of the Northern Territory, focusing on the Demonstration Farms established at Batchelor and Daly River in 1912. British officers who died in the Afghan War in 1878-80, Australian medical photography in the late 1880s, Townsville in the 1890s – these original images retain the power to transmute paper …
Early books on opals are highly desirable, and we are privileged to be able to offer variant copies of one of the great rarities, Skertchly's The Story of the Noble Opal (Brisbane, 1908). Another collection we have had access to recently contained over 1000 book on botany, and this list contains monographs by Cox (on Farrer) and Stern (The Genus Paeonia), and important sets by Davidian (The Rhododendron Species), Escobar (Native Colombian Orchids), Stones and Curtis (Endemic Flora of Tasmania), and Withner (The Cattleyas).
If you prefer art, autographs, aviation, erotica, ephemera, exploration, literature, militaria, wine … this catalogue has something for you too! As ever, happy browsing!
Welcome to the fourth volume in our occasional series of Picture Book catalogues. By design they are light on text (time is short!), and you won't find too many standard works here either. There are many rare or unique items, particularly manuscripts and photographs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We plan to bring material from the catalogue to the ANZAAB Rare Book Fair in Melbourne next weekend (Friday 25 – Sunday 27 July). For more details go to www.rarebookfair.com
Our tenth online catalogue is rich in rare and unusual items. Australian WW1 militaria includes 12th Light Horse ephemera, a run of an AIF convalescent camp journal, and Robinson's very large Before and After the War map (circa 1920). Cricket tragics can have an 1880 portrait photograph of Affie Jarvis, all the autographs of both Ryder's and Woodfull's XI from 1929, or the Australian squad for the 5th Bodyline Test (including Alexander and Lee).
Other manuscript items include a charming personal letter from Sir Allen Lane, an unpublished poem by A.P. Herbert, a Ben Chifley letter, books signed by George Fife Angas, Les Murray, and Jeffrey Smart, some graphic watercolours by Charles Angas (nephew of George French Angas), and a 1916 illuminated address from Murray Bridge with a large vignette of a paddle steamer. We also have a copy of Kinloch's The River Murray (1853).
And we do still deal in standard works, too! Cook (third voyage), Bligh, Oxley, Sturt, McKinlay, Wills, Stuart, Gosse, the Horn Expedition, Spencer and Gillen …
There's plenty more! As ever, happy browsing!