Impressive in both their very large format and impeccable provenance are two vintage photographs by Frank Hurley of Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, from the personal collection of Sir Douglas Mawson himself.
Also on offer are Sir John William Downer's copies of the elaborate commemorative rolls from both the 1891 and 1897 Federation Conventions, signed by all the delegates (a Who's Who of Australian political history). Downer was one of only sixteen delegates to attend both conventions.
A fine selection of the acclaimed colour-plate books of George French Angas is available, including South Australia Illustrated (1847), The Kafirs Illustrated (1849), and Description of the Barossa Range (1849).
Other impressive illustrated books include limited editions signed by Edmund Dulac, Thomas Mackenzie, Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, and W. Heath Robinson. An eclectic range of manuscripts, photographs and maps rounds out the catalogue.
To view these items (and much else!) visit us at Stand 19 at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair, at Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, 22-24 July 2016. For more details go to www.rarebookfair.com
Our latest catalogue contains a collection of rare First AIF unit histories (a number of them signed),from the personal collection of Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Paterson (CO of the 39th Battalion AIF and the author of its history); 1920s trade catalogues of home furnishings; ephemeral publications in Pacific languages; and rare Australian imprints.
Singular items include Boitard's L'Art de composer et décorer les Jardins (1834, with 132 plates); a huge oil painting of SY Aurora of Antarctic fame; Rosa Praed's The Grey River, signed by the author, and with 12 signed etchings by Mortimer Menpes; and the very rare first impression of David Lindsay's seminal science fiction novel A Voyage to Arcturus (1920).
Vintage photography is also well represented, ranging from Loyau's superlative photographically-illustrated Gawler Handbook (1880) to pioneering aviation, from Sir Winston Churchill in Bradford (1942) to a large signed portrait photograph of Test cricketer George Giffen (1890s).
The preparations for our forthcoming two-part auction on April 10 have monopolized our time and energy for most of this new year, at the expense of some of our routine activities. So the current catalogue is as much to let you know we haven't forgotten you as anything else!
The Local (about the pubs of London) contains 15 delightful colour lithographs by Edward Ardizzone. Explorations of a different kind are Cook's final voyage (1784, three volumes, alas no atlas!); Bligh (first French edition of A Voyage to the South Sea, 1792); James Ross in the Antarctic (1847); Lindsay's Elder Expedition journal (1893); a signed certificate from the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, 1928-30; and a complete run of The South Australian Register for 1858, with much original content by Babbage, Gregory, Stuart and Warburton.
Autograph items include letters from Lord Baden-Powell and Alexander Humboldt; cards and an original lithograph signed by Oscar Kokoschka; and books signed by George Fife Angas, Mary Grant Bruce, Russell Drysdale, and Donald Friend.
There's Australia's first fly-fishing book, Joseland's Angling in Australia (1921); the very rare original volumes of Pastoral Pioneers of South Australia (1925 and 1927); and signed vintage photographs of the Flinders Ranges by Frederick Joyner (1920s) ... you get the idea!
Our latest effort contains numerous nineteenth century publications covering exploration and travel, medicine, and Australiana (including rare almanacks, and several unrecorded items).
Vintage photography is also well represented, ranging from an 1850s half-plate daguerreotype; cartes de visite of Maoris, unusual occupations and medical problems; rare 1898 stereographs of WA; to large-format publicity shots of Marlene Dietrich.
Other areas of interest include private press and children's books, signed books and letters, and trade catalogues.
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 literature, Australian history, military history, children's books, and trade catalogues.
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 www.rarebookfair.com
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 email@example.com
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.
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.