Catalogues

Online Catalogue #6

Online Catalogue #6

Highlights of the current catalogue include numerous autograph items: an 1820 autograph letter signed from Alexander von Humboldt; Ben Chifley's Second Ministry (1946-49), with the addition of three former Prime Ministers; and cricket teams galore – England in Australia in 1936-37 (three different examples), 1946-47 and 1950-51; Australia 1952; and various state teams (NSW, Queensland, SA and Victoria) from 1930 to 1953. Other unusual sporting items are Soutar's The Australian Golfer (1906); the autograph and a rare photograph of 'Oppy' while on his 1937 Fremantle-Sydney record-breaking ride; and the lavish official invitation package issued by the Melbourne Olympic Committee in 1948.

 

Unusual children's books include the very rare true first edition of Mary Fitzgerald's King Bungaree's Pyalla (1891); Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1876, first edition, later impression) with his An Easter Greeting to Every Child who loves 'Alice' tipped in; Ethel Turner's Gum Leaves (1900) with a lengthy signed inscription; the complete run of The Technicon (fourteen issues, 1921-23) issued by the Broken Hill Junior Technical School; and Sinbad the Sailor, illustrated by Edmund Dulac (1914).

Photographs are one of our areas of specialization, and this time we offer albums by Captain Samuel Sweet (22 images of 1880s South Australia) and Hugo Keil (25 signed images of Central Australia from the early 1940), plus another of an excursion to Mt Wudinna in 1911; two cartes de visite of Burra (circa 1880); and a wonderful suite of publicity shots of the Newman Family Variety Performers, those amazing trick cyclists (Adelaide, circa 1900).

 

The balance of the list includes an interesting miscellany of art, literature, association copies, travel, militaria, trade cataloguesand ephemera.

Online Catalogue #7

Online Catalogue #7

Highlights of the current catalogue include choice items in our personal favourite areas of interest, photographs and manuscripts. The key piece is one of the most appealing Australian photographs we have handled – an 1862 extensively hand-coloured half-plate ambrotype, in the original ornate frame, of Corporal William Hill, 'well equipped and accoutred' in the uniform of the 1st Adelaide Rifles. Other noteworthy photographic items are a collection of a dozen images of international musicians and singers, inscribed and signed to an Adelaide impresario in the 1920s and 1930s, and a group of five cartes de visite of a very rural Mornington Peninsula, circa 1870s. Among the autograph items are letters from Governor George Grey, Ion Idriess, and Sir Russell Drysdale, signed items by Oskar Kokoschka, and a very rare large-format pictorial certificate signed by Rear-Admiral Richard Byrd, relating to the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, 1928-30.

Trade catalogues are another of our enthusiasms, and this time we have excelled ourselves with a large folio scrapbook containing 66 samples of fabric (circa 1870), complete in many instances with extensive manuscript technical data. Other examples include 1910 catalogues on guns and tools from the Australian merchants Harris, Scarfe.

Among the rare antiquarian books are three volumes on military tactics and fortifications (1598, 1600 and 1683), a fine set in the original cloth of Jukes' Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of HMS Fly (1847), and an equally fine copy in the original wrappers of Meyer's Manners and Customs of the Aborigines of the Encounter Bay Tribe, South Australia (1846). From a much later period, but probably much rarer, we have mint copies of the two issues of People Magazine from early August 1978 with the controversial photographs by T.G.H. Strehlow. For good measure, we also have Grahame Walsh's three sought-after volumes on Australian Aboriginal rock art.

The balance of the list contains an interesting miscellany including Australian Federation ephemera, a large collection of Jindyworabak literature, vintage children's books, travel and militaria.

Online Catalogue #5

Online Catalogue #5

Highlights of the current list are signed copies (many of them first editions) of works by J.M. Coetzee, Seamus Heaney, Colin Thiele, Manning Clark (one inscribed to Bob Brown), and David Malouf, among others.

Interesting Australian Aboriginal material includes Baldwin Spencer's Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia (with the very rare dustwrapper), T.G.H. Strehlow's Songs of Central Australia, Charles Mountford's Nomads of the Australian Desert, the Report of the Horn Scientific Expedition (four volumes, 1896), George Taplin's The Folklore, Manners, Customs, and Languages of the South Australian Aborigines (1879) and two of Grahame Walsh's spectacular studies of Kimberley rock art, Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley and Australia's Greatest Rock Art.

The balance of the list includes an interesting miscellany of vintage photographs, art and photography books, association copies, cricket items, private press books, militaria and ephemera.

Picture Book 3

Picture Book 3

We hope you enjoy the latest volume in our occasional series of Picture Book catalogues. They are short on text (purposefully!), and you won't find too many standard works here!

We plan to bring material from the catalogue to the ANZAAB Rare Book Fair in Melbourne this weekend (26-28 July). For more details go to www.rarebookfair.com

Happy browsing!

Online Catalogue #4

Online Catalogue #4

Highlights of the current list are a number of rare and collectable single items and sets by Winston Churchill. These include London to Ladysmith (1900), The River War (1902, revised edition), My African Journey (1908), the Official Biography (all 8 volumes, plus 11 of the 13 Companion Volumes, plus the 3-volume Churchill War Papers), and Complete Speeches 1897-1963 (8 volumes).

Other rarities include Brisbanila Odyssey, 1943-1945, the lavish war service souvenir book produced by the US 2773rd Engineers (a printing unit); a mint copy of the first edition of Robert HughesThe Art of Australia (1966), suppressed before publication; Ethel Turner's Gum Leaves, extensively illustrated by D.H. Souter (1900); and a set of Baldwin Spencer's Wanderings in Wild Australia (1928), inscribed and signed by him to his art dealer.
 
A fine miscellany of antiquarian books (including travel), art, ephemera, militaria, photographs and trade catalogues are included in the balance of the catalogue.
Auction #11

Auction #11

Rare Books, Manuscripts & Vintage Photographs, including Exploration, Ethnography & Australiana

Sunday 10 December 2017 at 2pm ACDT

Important material from the collection of Thomas Worsnop (1821-1898), Town Clerk of Adelaide from 1869-1898, includes his 1852 emigrant shipboard diaries, and an extraordinary album of 1860s photographs. This is extensively annotated in an engaging anecdotal style, essentially forming an unpublished illustrated vernacular history of the lives (cultural and otherwise) of the battlers, the new chums, and especially the Indigenous people of South Australia in the period before 1870.

Other highlights include Sir John Morphett's set of Matthew Flinders's Voyage to Terra Australis (1814); Ernest Giles's Geographic Travels in Central Australia (1875), signed and extensively annotated by Giles himself; William Willshire’s Aborigines of Central Australia (Port Augusta, 1888); T.G.H. Strehlow’s magnum opus, Songs of Central Australia (1971); Wilkie Collins’s The Legacy of Cain (1888, the dedicatee's copy signed by the author); and the programme and script to Kerwin Maegraith's testimonial musical for the benefit of former fast bowler Ernie Jones, It Ain't Cricket (1933), in which Don Bradman, making his stage debut, hit into the audience a few tennis balls he and Jones had signed; one of these fabulous rarities is included in the lot!

Online Catalogue #3

Online Catalogue #3

Highlights of the current list are numerous signed items, including Walsh's Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley (2000); Spencer and Gillen's first book, The Native Tribes of Central Australia (1899) with the provenance of Bishop Gilbert White, H.J. Hillier, and T.G.H. Strehlow; an original Len Beadell watercolour drawing; inscribed and signed copies of the first editions of Ion Idriess's Drums of Mer (1933) and Must Australia Fight? (1939) (among ten Idriess first editions); and the rare portfolio Visions of Adelaide (1988, one of only 60 copies, none for sale) with signed lithographs by Yvonne Boag, Keith Cowlam, Barbara Hanrahan, Dee Jones, and Hossein Valamanesh.

Important photographs include Townsend Duryea's very rare Adelaide Album (1867); an extensive album by Captain Samuel Sweet, South Australia - Country Scenes and Stock and Station Views (1880s); and an album of A Few Views taken during a Walking Tour over the Australian Alps. May 1921.

Militaria, art, literature, antiquarian books, trade catalogues and ephemera are included in the balance of the catalogue.

Online Catalogue #2

Online Catalogue #2

Highlights of the current list include a collection of over 200 'movable' books – pop-ups, transformations, tunnel books, volvelles, pop-outs, pull-downs – call them what you will, 200+ is impressive!

Signed material ranges from a collection of Peter Sculthorpe's scores presented to his friends Russell and Maisie Drysdale, a fine signed portrait of Chiang Kai-Shek, books signed by Edward Bawden and Robert Graves, and autographs of Australian musicians, 1930s cricketers, and 1950s tennis champions.

Seven Boer War lots include Lewis's On the Veldt (Hobart, 1902) and a small quantity of unusual 'souvenir' photographs sold in Adelaide at the time. True collectors' pieces are some uncirculated copies of WW2 battalion histories (being the printer's archived files copies): the 22nd AIB, 2/27th, 2/28th, 2/43rd and 2/48th.

Choice ephemera include, as often, numerous trade catalogues – perennially interesting, invariably rare – with the pick of the crop an unrecorded yet substantial type specimen catalogue produced in Adelaide in 1858. Also unrecorded is an 1868 silk theatre programme from the Adelaide's Royal Victoria Theatre (surviving to this day as Queen's Theatre). Victoria-Colonie et sa Capitale Melbourne (Melbourne, circa 1885), with a seven-panel frontispiece, seems to be held in only one institutional collection ...