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 This is extensively annotated in an engaging anecdotal style, essentially forming an unpublished illustrated vernacular history of the lives (cultural and otherwise) of the battlers, the new chums, and especially the Indigenous people of South Australia in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!