Adelaide, C. Platts, E.S. Wigg and W.C. Rigby, [December 1863].
Duodecimo, viii, 216, 110 (South Australian Directory),  (South Australian Almanack Advertiser) pages plus endpaper advertisements and a rear cover advertisement.
Original flush-cut quarter green cloth and stiffened green wrappers, with the title page details reprinted in full on the front cover; expert restoration of small corner pieces missing from the wrappers; slight surface silverfish damage to both covers... Read complete entry
The first of the long-running series of almanacks edited by Boothby, the Government statist. His superior product saw off a number of competitors and was incorporated with Sands and McDougall's 'South Australian Directory' in 1884 (which finally ceased publication in 1973). The Farmer's, Gardener's and Vigneron's Calendar, revised by the pioneering horticulturalist George McEwin, occupies 17 pages; the lengthy advertising section is a treasure-trove of information about a colony founded barely 27 years earlier. Ferguson 5679 (the series, collating only this first issue, and recording only 136 pages of advertisements before the printed endpapers).
Adelaide, C. Platts, E.S. Wigg, J. Howell and W.C. Rigby, .
Duodecimo, [iii], viii, 130, [ii], 114 (South Australian Directory), [iv] (index), 161 (South Australian Almanack Advertiser) pages (including endpaper advertisements) plus a rear cover advertisement.
Flush-cut cloth boards a little rubbed at the extremities, with slight wear to the head and foot of the rear hinge; bottom corner of the front cover cracked but now neatly strengthened; smudged inkmarks and a few inkspots (mainly) to the front cover;... Read complete entry
An octavo leaflet relating to alterations to postal rates, dated 14 November 1866, has been folded to fit the book and tipped in on page 115.
Adelaide, E.S. Wigg, J. Howell and W.C. Rigby, .
Duodecimo, [iii], viii, 126, [iv], 124 (South Australian Directory), [iv, index], 139 (South Australian Almanack Advertiser) pages (including endpaper advertisements) plus a rear cover advertisement (but lacking a folding inland mail table originally tipped onto the front flyleaf).
Flush-cut cloth boards a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with a tiny piece of cloth missing from the front bottom corner; spine sunned; edges a little marked; rear advertising leaf heavily creased; an excellent copy.
With the blindstamp of the publisher (and bookseller) Howell on the front flyleaf, and the contemporary ownership inscription 'SWS & Co. Feb 1868' in ink on the front cover.
Duodecimo, viii, 124,  (index), 148 (South Australian Directory),  (index), 177 (South Australian Almanack Advertiser) pages (including the rear endpaper advertisements) plus front endpaper advertisements and rear cover advertising - but lacking the folding map originally tipped in on the title page.
Flush-cut cloth boards rebacked, with the bulk of the original spine retained; extremities a little rubbed; cloth a little marked, with minor silverfish damage; top corner neatly trimmed from the last half of the book, with a shallow piece neatly... Read complete entry
The Farmers', Gardeners', and Vignerons' Calendar, revised by George McEwin, runs to 13 pages.
Duodecimo, viii, 124,  (index), 148 (South Australian Directory),  (index), 177 (South Australian Almanack Advertiser) pages (including the rear endpaper advertisements) plus front endpaper advertisements and rear cover advertising - but this copy lacks pages 169-76 of the advertising section and the folding map originally tipped Ã¬n at the title page (a small portion of the first panel remains as proof).
Flush-cut cloth boards rebacked, with the bulk of the original spine retained; cloth a little marked, with minor silverfish damage; a few trifling marks to some pages; a very good copy, rare in any condition. Our current average rate of handling... Read complete entry
Not least of its many attractions is The Farmers', Gardeners', and Vignerons' Calendar, revised by George McEwin (13 pages).
Blind-decorated brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover; cloth lightly marked, scuffed and bumped, with minor wear to the extremities; contemporary ownership signature on the front flyleaf; light marginal pencil marks to three pages... Read complete entry
This copy is extra-illustrated with an accomplished and engaging original watercolour (98 x 178 mm) showing two stockmen on horseback in pursuit of a dingo. It has been mounted on the verso of the half-title and presented within a black ink border as a frontispiece. It is signed and dated in the image 'Chas H. Angas / 80', with a caption in ink below the border in the artist's hand: '' --- we ran the dingo down that gave us such a chase' ... Page 14, 'The Sick Stockrider''. There is a little discolouration of the glue, but this has minimal impact on the painting itself. Charles Howard Angas (1861-1928) was a grandson of George Fife Angas. His father was John Howard Angas; George French Angas was his uncle. We have handled a number of his watercolours, including coursing scenes in a similar style. Of course, the book on its own is significant too, not least for the part it plays in the short and ultimately tragic life of Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870). 'On 23 June 1870 his 'Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes' was published and Henry Kendall showed him a proof copy of the enthusiastic review he had written. At dawn the next morning Gordon went to the beach at Brighton and shot himself' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
(A scan will be emailed on request.) The Australian Dictionary of Biography (Volume 1) has this to say about Angas: 'although his prominence in the foundation of South Australia has been somewhat exaggerated ... he deserves full credit for the capital and settlers that he introduced into the new colony'.
Tabloid (in two different sizes), 4 pages each issue (the last two each with a one-page supplement loosely inserted).
Unbound as issued; old folds; minor marginal chips and loss to the third number; in very good condition.
George Fife Angas's personal copies of three early issues of South Australia's second newspaper, with his name and London address in ink at the head of the first page of each issue. These details are not in his hand; as the newspapers were posted to him in London from Adelaide, the addressing would have been done there.
Cloth very slightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy with a contemporary newspaper review cutting laid down on the half-title.
With the ownership signature of George Fife Angas (in full) in pencil on the verso of the flyleaf. George Fife Angas (1789-1879), South Australian pioneer: although his 'prominence in the foundation of South Australia has been somewhat exaggerated ... he deserves full credit for the capital and settlers that he introduced into the new colony' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Cloth slightly marked, a little sunned and a little bumped at the extremities with a tiny split to the head of the spine; a very good copy (internally uncut and unopened).
With the ownership signature of George Fife Angas ('G.F. Angas') in pencil at the head of the title page. The book has the (later) inkstamp of 'Herbert Angas Parsons, Solicitor, Adelaide' on the front endpaper. George Fife Angas (1789-1879), South Australian pioneer: although his 'prominence in the foundation of South Australia has been somewhat exaggerated ... he deserves full credit for the capital and settlers that he introduced into the new colony' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Sir Herbert Angas Parsons (1872-1945) was the son of Rosetta (Rose) Angas Johnson, George Fife Angas's granddaughter.
[London], Alfred Boot, Printer, 3, Dockhead, Bermondsey [for George Fife Angas], .
Duodecimo (approximately 186 x 116 mm), 16 pages (last blank).
A saddle-stitched drop-title pamphlet; small portions of the blank leading margin slightly stained; small dob of wax to the top right-hand corner of the last page (presumably the item had been mounted in an album or scrapbook at some stage); a very... Read complete entry
This copy is inscribed and signed at the head of the first page 'London, 1 Jany 1848. G.F. Angas London'. At the foot of the page Angas has written 'G.F. Angas prepared this tract & printed & circulated many thousands of them in England at his own cost. - before he went to So. Aust'a himself'. We can find no record of this item - and even if another copy has survived, and eventually surfaces, it cannot begin to compare with this exquisitely-annotated example. It is surely the type specimen ... The role of George Fife Angas (1789-1879) in the foundation and settlement of South Australia is too well-known to require elaboration here. The South Australian Company, which he formed in October 1835 with other wealthy British businessmen, 'was not the only part of Angas's work for the foundation of South Australia. He lobbied the Colonial Office, subsidized authors and published magazines and pamphlets.... He gave evidence to the select committee on South Australian affairs in 1841. Despite his passionate faith in self help, he became convinced that the colony would founder unless aided by the British government. His interviews with the Colonial Office, his lecture tours and his wide distribution of literature on South Australia helped to ensure a majority for the parliamentary grant that saved the colony's credit.... In 1848 Angas decided to go to South Australia, where his German tenants were at last paying their rents and the South Australian Co. was again paying a dividend. He resigned as its chairman and director, and with renewed vigour planned a score of colonial ventures ranging from the export of tallow to drain pipes made by machine. Again he lectured and wrote and lobbied, this time for the Australian colonies' government bill. When it was passed in August 1850 ... and all his English property was sold he sailed with his wife and youngest son in the 'Ascendant' and arrived in Adelaide in January 1851' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). From internal evidence, this rare pamphlet would appear to have been produced early in the second half of 1848. Reference is made to the 3rd Annual Report of the South Australian Mining Company (dated 14 April 1848); obviously sufficient time had elapsed for this to have reached England by ship. At the Annual General Meeting of the South Australian Company on 28 June 1848, Angas tendered 'his resignation of the office of Chairman, and also his seat at the Board of Directors' (Hodder, page 299). As there is only passing reference to the South Australian Company in the pamphlet (merely as the contact address for the secretary of the committee, David McLaren), and Angas heads the (alphabetical) list of six committee-men, his resignation from the SAC would appear to have taken place. This 'Committee, appointed for the Diffusion of Information on the State and Prospects of South Australia', about which we can found no other trace, may be yet another example of Angas indulging his 'lifelong passion for forming societies and joining charitable committees' (ADB). As far as the text of the pamphlet goes, 'The Committee are aware of the anxious desire for information relative to South Australia,... and shall studiously avoid giving currency to any statements of questionable authority'. These noble sentiments are prefaced by suitable quotes from Dr Thomas Arnold of Rugby, and Dr Robert Vaughan. The closely-printed text goes into great detail about land (regulations for its sale, land sold, land under cultivation); flocks and herds; population; wages and prices of provisions; free passages; imports and exports; soil and climate; and mineral discoveries. One full page is given over to the Reverends Thomas Quinton Stow and August Kavel extolling the virtues of the climate on the flocks under their pastoral care. The final section, almost a page long, is headed 'The Self-Supporting Colony', and if George Fife Angas had not identified himself as the author of this tract, these five paragraphs would have done so with as much certainty. He goes out with a flourish: 'Thus, notwithstanding the ridicule in which many indulged, and the misgivings which others experienced, the noble conception of the founders of the colony has been realised, and SOUTH AUSTRALIA STANDS ALONE IN HER PROUD PRE-EMINENCE, A SELF-SUPPORTING COLONY'. Thanks to the marvel that is Trove, we have discovered in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' (Monday 28 April 1845, page 5), in a section headed 'English Extracts', a lengthy article on 'Australian Colonies' taken from the 'Colonial Gazette', December 14 . It quotes the same two 'very eminent writers', Dr Arnold and Dr Vaughan, as it zooms in from 'the growing importance of our Australian colonies' to an enthusiastic promotion of South Australia. 'The revival of the sales of land in the colony, and the consequent renewal of free emigration, are very encouraging features in this case.... This is a beginning. May it go on!' - surely, more pure Angas ...
Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1969 [facsimile edition]/ 1847 [second edition].
Octavo, two volumes, xii, 339 and [ii], viii, 280 pages with 8 illustrations plus 12 plates (all by the author).
Synthetic cloth; a fine set.
From the collection of Professor T.G.H. Strehlow (University of Adelaide, 29 March 1969). With chapters on the Aborigines of South Australia (39 pages plus an illustration and 2 plates) and New South Wales (24 pages plus a 10-page appendix with 2 tinted plates). Peade A184: 1116 sets.
Sydney, A.H. and A.W. Reed, 1967 (facsimile edition)/ 1847.
Imperial folio, 10 pages plus an additional colour pictorial title page, 60 colour plates each with (at least) one leaf of descriptive text, and facsimile covers of the original ten parts. Loosely inserted (as issued) are the publisher's signed quality-control certificate and 'Notes on the production' (which details minor typographical inconsistencies in the original which have not been corrected in the facsimile). Also present in this copy is the full-size four-page colour prospectus; the book was pub
Half gilt-decorated morocco and marbled papered boards, top edge gilt; a fine copy.
One of 1000 copies of this high-quality facsimile. The illustrations comprise views of the fledgling city of Adelaide and outlying settlements, the topography, flora and fauna, and the Indigenous people and their lives. Some 22 of the 60 plates (and the accompanying leaves of text) are devoted exclusively to the region's Aborigines; there are numerous portraits (usually four or more to a page), plus groups of artefacts and scenes of daily life from different areas. Aborigines are depicted incidentally on the pictorial title page and in a further five plates.
A significant association copy, inscribed on the half-title by the daughter of the author to 'George Fife Angas Esqr from his Loving Grandchild Ada. April 13th 1874'. The title piece (8 pages) is preceded by a page of text about the disaster off Cape Northumberland in August 1859. The other poems include 'Lines addressed to Stuart's Exploring Party', 'The Wreck of the 'Dunbar'' and 'The New Zealand Missionary's Wife and her Dying Child'.
London, Sampson, Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1874.
Duodecimo, viii, 91 pages.
Green cloth (lettered in gilt on the front cover) a little marked and rubbed; blank bottom corner tip missing from the last leaf; minimal foxing and trifling signs of use; a very good copy.
The title piece (8 pages) is preceded by a page of text about the disaster; the other poems include 'Lines addressed to Stuart's Exploring Party', 'The Wreck of the 'Dunbar'', and 'The New Zealand Missionary's Wife and her Dying Child'. George French Angas, better known for his fine 1840s illustrated works, including 'South Australia Illustrated' and 'The New Zealanders Illustrated', was the son of George Fife Angas, a major influence in the foundation of South Australia. With the contemporary ownership details of James Robert Young (13 September 1875), and the paper stamp of the Adelaide bookseller E.S. Wigg.
Gilt-decorated purple cloth a little flecked and mottled (especially at the rear); spine and a small section of the front cover sunned; endpapers very slightly rubbed; recto of the frontispiece slightly marked and foxed; corner crease to one plate,... Read complete entry
Gilt-decorated purple cloth a little flecked and mottled; spine sunned, a little marked, and slightly worn at the head; endpapers slightly rubbed; a very good uncut copy.
The recto of the frontispiece has the original ownership signature (dated 6 May 1911) of Mrs Gilbert Wood, the widow of George Wood, the founder of the wholesale grocers G. Wood and Sons. This is lightly red-pencilled out and beneath it is the signature of George S. Fowler, of another major Adelaide firm of merchants, D. & J. Fowler; his bookplate (designed by Helen Bakewell) is on the pastedown.
Octavo, xii, 474,  (publishers' advertisements), 16 (publishers' catalogue) pages plus a folding hand-coloured frontispiece map of South Australia (370 x 325 mm, with a small inset map of Australia).
Blind-decorated brick-red cloth, all edges uncut; covers bumped at the extremities and heavily flecked, with minor loss to silverfish to the spine (affecting only one letter of the title); short tear to the head of the spine; trifling signs of use; a... Read complete entry
The author was 'late Member of the Legislative Council at Adelaide' (from 1855 to 1864); he was also George Fife Angas's agent and attorney in SA from 1841 to 1844. This copy comes from the collection of George Fife Angas himself; the flyleaf carries his full signature, and is further inscribed in his hand 'Adelaide, Sept. 10, 1866'. Ferguson 9691 (not recording the map).
Octavo, xii, 440 pages plus a frontispiece portrait. Although this plate is listed on the title page as an 'etched portrait by H. Manesse', it is yet another variant (we have identified several). On this occasion, it is doubly-variant: not only is it not produced in the manner that is common to most copies, it is also a different image, with the printed credit below it of 'Direct Photo-Eng. Co. Ld'.
Cloth a little rubbed, marked and flecked; top and bottom edges foxed (and with the name of an Angus relative written in ink on the bottom one); some offsetting and foxing to the inside surfaces of the flyleaves and the first and last few leaves (with... Read complete entry
Inscribed to 'Rev'd J. Hall Angus with J.H. Angas' kind regards. 20 Sep 1893' (from the older son of George Fife Angas to an Angus relative). Ferguson 10473 (noting an erratum slip).
Original cloth (a little mottled), all edges gilt; three small holes in the inner margins where stab-sewn (as originally issued); a fine copy.
A rare item with the most exquisite provenance. This is a presentation copy, in what we take to be a presentation cloth binding, inscribed on the front flyleaf 'To Geo. F. Angas Esqre with Mr Manns respects'. Neatly folded over the cloth boards is a contemporary thick paper cover, signed and inscribed on the front panel 'George Fife Angas [written over his pencilled signature 'G.F. Angas']. On Thursday Sept. 10, 1835. Dinner given to Govr Hindmarsh at the Albion Tavern, Aldersgate Street, London. Report of Speeches &c'. Angas has also written on the spine, between a series of decorative inked double-rules, 'Report of Public Dinner. South Australia'. On the title page, after the words 'at a Dinner given', he has written in ink 'on Thursday Evening Sept. 10, 1835, at the Albion Tavern, Aldersgate Street'. On the evening in question, a 'very influential and highly respectable company, consisting of 110 gentlemen, sat down to an excellent dinner ... The Chair was taken by Colonel Torrens'. The report includes the various speeches, toasts and letters of congratulations, with the main ones being delivered by Torrens, Hindmarsh, and Angas himself. He had been called upon to propose a toast to 'The Welfare of the Aborigines of South Australia, and the Gentlemen who are forming Societies for their Protection and Benefit', and his significant contribution to the subject runs to four pages in fine print. The bulk of the report (24 pages) is given over to a rebuttal by Charles Mann of adverse claims about South Australia made in the July 1835 number of 'The Westminster Review'. His lengthy remarks were 'the substance of two Papers read before the South Australian Literary and Scientific Society' in the week before the dinner (on September 2 and 9). Charles Mann (1799-1860), was South Australia's first advocate-general; although he is not specifically listed as being at the dinner, doubtless he was present. Ferguson 1969.
Quarto, [ii] (title page, verso blank), 94 pages with 4 vignette illustrations plus a frontispiece map, an additional engraved title page with a vignette illustration, and 29 full-page engraved plates with tissue-guards.
Original quarter leather and cloth, all edges gilt; the leather is lettered in gilt, and decorated with two small printer's devices; the cloth is heavily decorated in blind both front and rear, with the title in gilt on the front cover; expert... Read complete entry
Mounted on the front pastedown is a large leather label (80 x 177 mm), printed in gilt within a decorative gilt border, presenting the book 'To the Honorable George Fife Angas. Of Adelaide in South Australia. In testimony of his unwearied exertions in promoting the social, intellectual, and religious interests of the rising generation, in connexion with the Sunday School Union of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This volume is by the Committee and a few of his former associates, presented. July 1st 1858'. George Fife Angas (1789-1879) was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and the family had deep connections with the city. Although he had emigrated to South Australia in 1851, it was soon after he was elected to the first Legislative Council under responsible government in 1857 that 'his brother Joseph's fatal illness took him to England. He returned in September 1859' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Presumably, this book was presented to him on that visit.
Early half tan calf and marbled papered boards with a contrasting leather title-label on the spine; covers a little rubbed and scuffed, with the head of both hinges slightly cracked (but firm); endpapers and adjacent leaves offset (mainly from the... Read complete entry
Western's apparent aim was to demonstrate the superiority of the English constitution over all other forms of government. In that context, the parochial provenance of this copy is hard to beat. The ownership signature of 'J.F. Burton, Adelaide 1850' appears at the head of the title page and on the front flyleaf (without the place-name). The latter is also signed in pencil 'J.H. Fisher' (James Hurtle Fisher), around which George Fife Angas has written 'Sept 21 1853. Presented by [JHF] to G.F. Angas'. The full name of George Fife Angas is also written there in pencil in what we recognize as a later secretarial hand, indicating (in our experience) that the book came originally from Angas's library. Sir James Hurtle Fisher (1790-1875) 'was one of the most important pioneers of South Australia': a lawyer, he was appointed first Resident Commissioner of South Australia, and arrived in the colony on the 'Buffalo' with the Governor's party. He eventually became a leader of the South Australian Bar (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Angas needs no introduction. We know little about Burton, other than that he was an Adelaide solicitor; he is mentioned as such occasionally in the local newspapers of the day.
North Adelaide, Finke River Mission of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Australia, 1964.
Octavo, xxx, 370 pages.
Cloth flecked and sunned, with minor signs of handling (inside and out); flyleaves offset; ownership signature; a very good copy.
Predominantly in Aranda, although the supplement of selected hymns (97 pages) is in English. The seven-page preface gives a detailed history of the various related publications preceding this one; many of the hymns are translated by T.G.H. Strehlow and Pastor Philipp Scherer.
Cels 'was an art connoisseur, recognized in Europe and England as an authority on Flemish and Dutch art of the 16th and 17th centuries.... His health having been undermined by the war was his reason for making South Australia his home. He brought his pictures with him and offered them at a comparatively low price to the National Art Gallery because of his solicitous desire to be able to see them frequently'. This is a descriptive catalogue of the 32 items in the collection, which includes works by Rubens, Jordaens, Snyders, Van Dyck, Brueghel, de Keyser and Brouwer.
The author was one of a small party of men, under Ralph Milner of Killalpaninna, which set out in December 1870 with 7000 sheep and about 300 horses, with the intention of claiming a South Australian Government reward for the first 1000 sheep or 100 head of cattle delivered from SA to Port Darwin overland. They made it, but the Government offer was cancelled when the party was half-way there ... Another relevant article in this issue is BARCLAY, H.V.: Explorations in Central Australia (15 pages).
Early half calf with raised bands and contrasting titling-labels, without the original wrappers; leather a little rubbed at the extremities, with a little surface loss to the spine; title page slightly marked; a very good copy.
The author was one of a small party of men, under Ralph Milner of Killalpaninna, which set out in December 1870 with 7000 sheep and about 300 horses, with the intention of claiming a South Australian Government reward for the first 1000 sheep or 100 head of cattle delivered from SA to Port Darwin overland. They made it, but the Government offer was cancelled when the party was half-way there ... Another relevant article in this issue is BARCLAY, H.V.: Explorations in Central Australia (15 pages). Bound together with Volumes 33 and 34 of the Proceedings, containing other articles of interest. These include HOWARD, Dora: The English Activities on the North Coast of Australia in the first half of the Nineteenth Century (Volume 33, 174 pages with 2 maps); MILLS, May and Helene RAFFELT: Geographical Observations on the South Mount Lofty Range (Volume 34, 38 pages with 3 maps and a diagram plus 2 plates) and MAWSON, Douglas: Wilkes's Antarctic Landfalls (Volume 34, 44 pages with 4 maps).
178x115mm,  pages, deckle-edged stiff card: with the Coat of Arms and green and gold corner stripes on the front cover, the team portrait photograph printed on the second page, traditional Christmas and New Year sentiments on the third page and the tour fixture list on the last page. The covers (particularly the front cover) are foxed; the centre pages have minor spots of foxing, confined mainly to the edges.
The third page is inscribed ('To you both and Lin') and signed in ink by Bert Oldfield, wicket-keeper on the tour. The centre-spread makes a most attractive display item.
Tall octavo, iv, 16, v-[x] pages including the printed wrappers (with advertisements on all pages with Roman numerals except the first one, which is the title).
Acidic title-wrappers a little discoloured around the margins and very lightly chipped; an excellent copy with contemporary annotations to a page of statistical returns.
The contents are what one would generally expect to find - a potted history of the association, lists of new publications, reviews, a 'useful list' of books, numerous period advertisements - but there are two topical contributions. The first (a little over two pages long) is devoted to publications relating to the war in South Africa. The second, one column in fine print, is a lengthy poem 'To a Black Venus', by Guy Bronte. Pity we don't have time to quote it in full: 'Hail, dusky Venus! Not the classic article, / But Venus camping in the Myall Creek. / Yet, like thy namesake, thou hast not a particle / of dress redundant for the sculptural Greek. // ... // But as thou wilt not be for exhibition / I need not further here this theme discuss. / Thou art content no doubt with thy condition; / At least, for 'Woman's Rights' thou dost not fuss. // After a feed of snake, right as a trivet / thou art to lie and in the sunshine bask. / Yet, stay, a whitefellow may 'Baccer give it', / So, thou, I may be sure, wilt come and ask'. There is a moral to this tale in twelve quatrains, but we'll not spoil it for the lucky purchaser.
Quarto, 112 pages with 26 plates (2 in colour) and a number of text illustrations.
Overlapping decorated wrappers slightly chipped and sunned, with some very light stains to the spine; a little foxing to the first and last leaves; an excellent copy.
Literary contributors include Mary Gilmore, Hugh McCrae, E.J. Brady and Bernard O'Dowd; artists include D.H. Souter, John Shirlow and Oswald Pryor. The editor states that the Club 'was formed by a number of students who had studied in the Life Class at the School of Design, Adelaide' and that 'this volume ... is the first of its kind in Australia'. With the signature of Will Sowden on the title-page and front cover (with the date 12 August 1910).
Octavo, 336 pages with a map plus 32 pages of plates and maps and a large folding chart.
Cloth; extremities slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; slight amount of glue adhering to the leading edge of the rear cover (a production flaw); an excellent copy.
With the ownership signature of T.G.H. Strehlow and inscribed 'University of Adelaide, 23 March, 1961'. An abridged version of the German-language edition published earlier the same year; the material not included in the translation tends to be documentary evidence.
Adelaide, South Australian Football League Limited (and printed by Lonnen & Cope), 1924.
Duodecimo (163 x 104 mm), 16 pages (last page the colophon) plus the title-cover.
Saddle-stapled card; a fine copy.
'Umpires and stewards must report bad language and foul play, such as hitting with the fist and with the elbow. The game, according to the laws, is strong enough, there being no occasion for foulness of any sort. The fair player must be protected' (page 11). Not in Trove.
He was the first to dispel the current idea of the impassability of the Lake Torrens 'horseshoe'... [In late 1857 he was] appointed leader of a northern expedition. Babbage left in February 1858 to explore the country between Lakes Torrens and Gairdner, and further to the north and west. His concept of exploration was based on thorough survey, mapping and examination of the country, ideals with which Francis Dutton, commissioner of crown lands, agreed in his instructions and early correspondence. With cumbrous and ingenious equipment Babbage carried out the first part, hampered by bad terrain and lack of water. But he had no sense of urgency and was thus completely out of tune with the current concept of opening up new country for quick exploitation. His slowness led to public and parliamentary clamour, to which Dutton later succumbed and sent Peter Egerton Warburton to supersede him. Meanwhile Babbage had moved north from the Elizabeth River, discovered Hermit Hill and delineated the western shores of Lake Eyre South. There Warburton relieved him on 5 November. Based on his experiences of 1856, Babbage also believed in a gap in the 'horseshoe' and at Hermit Hill confirmed his belief. He had actually crossed the gap, but Warburton was the first to traverse it completely. On grounds of unfair treatment Babbage successfully petitioned for a parliamentary inquiry. In 1858-59 voluminous evidence was taken but no report issued.... [He then withdrew from public life until 1866.] In 1870-72 Charles Todd employed Babbage as an assistant in planning and plotting the Overland Telegraph line, and as a supervisor of contractors.... His achievements as an explorer were notable but the accompanying controversy tended unduly to overshadow them and his attainments in other fields' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Indeed, 'the reports from the expedition were ... a significant prelude to Stuart's successful crossing of the continent from south to north' in 1861-62 (The Davidson Collection, Third Sale, July 2007, lot 565). This lengthy preamble should help explain the connection between the following eleven foolscap folio Parliamentary Papers relating to Benjamin Babbage, published in Adelaide by the Government Printer in 1858 and 1859. (1) Northern Exploration.... Reports, &c, of Explorations into the Interior, by Messrs. Babbage, Warburton, Geharty, and Parry. SAPP25/1858; 51 pages plus 2 large folding maps. (2) Northern Exploration.... Further Correspondence respecting the Exploring Party under Command of Mr. Babbage. SAPP25*/1858; 6 pages. (3) Cost of Northern Exploration. SAPP36/1858; 1 page. (4) Northern Exploration.... Correspondence between the Hon. the Commissioner of Crown Lands and the Commissioner of Police [Major Peter Egerton Warburton], relative to the Progress of the Northern Exploring Parties. SAPP127/1858; 4 pages. (5) Northern Explorations.... Reports from Messrs Babbage and Warburton, and Police-Trooper Burtt, on Exploration into the North and North-Western Interior of South Australia. SAPP151/1858; 19 pages plus 3 maps (2 folding). (6) Petition of B.H. Babbage. SAPP154/1858; 1 page. (7) Northern Exploration.... Letter, with Enclosure, from Major Warburton, relative to Exploration in the Neighborhood of Lake Torrens. SAPP159/1858; 3 pages. (8) Northern Exploration.... Correspondence between the Honourable the Commissioner of Crown Lands and Major Warburton, relative to the Northern Exploration. SAPP166/1858; 6 pages. (9) Cost of Northern Explorations. SAPP20/1859; 1 page. (10) Minutes of Evidence taken by the Select Committee appointed to enquire into and report on the Petition of B.H. Babbage. SAPP21/1859; 63 pages. (11) Northern Exploration.... Correspondence between the Government and Messrs. Babbage and Warburton, relative to Northern Explorations. SAPP37/1859; 2 pages. As often with these Parliamentary Papers relating to expeditions, the maps are a constant source of pleasure. The best one in this group is one of the large folding maps in SAPP25/1858: 'Sketch of the Country North of the Gawler Ranges' (324 x 485 mm). It is a lithographed map printed in two colours, in an unusual manner (blue on the left, red on the right): 'The portion in Blue is taken from a Plan supplied by Major Warburton. The portion in Red is taken from a Drawing supplied by Mr Babbage'. Recently bound in two matching volumes (according to year of publication) in cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; all Parliamentary Papers (printed on blue stock) are in uniformly fine condition. South Australian Parliamentary Papers Numbers 25, 25*, 36, 127, 151, 154, 159 and 166 of 1858 [and] 20, 21 and 37 of 1859 (McLaren 4981-4983, 16481, 4984-4986, 16485, 16486, 4987, and 4988 respectively). Items 16481, 16485 and 16486 are listed under Warburton only, and not Babbage as well. We suggest they should be there; we have called them 4983A, 4986A and 4986B in our annotated copy of the bibliography. Offered together with a related item, Victorian Parliamentary Paper Number 1 of 1859, 'Report on the Plants collected during Mr Babbage's Expedition into the North-Western Interior of South Australia in 1858' by Ferdinand Mueller (foolscap folio, 21 pages, stab-sewn and uncut as issued; a fine copy, albeit with minor infill to the bottom corner of the first two leaves). McLaren 13749. The complete suite of Parliamentary Papers relating to Babbage's 1858 Northern Exploring Expedition and its aftermath is very rare; for example, the exceptional collection of Rodney Davidson contained only six of the above twelve items (which sold in four lots to the one buyer for $5360 in 2007).
'I am glad that you treasure the badge that you won so well, & heartily wish you long life to wear it. Your work in teaching the boys to take their turn in doing their duty as citizens of their country is a fitting round-off to your own rendering of it in South Africa - & I wish you every success. Yours sincerely, Robert Baden-Powell'. Irish-born Walter Balfour-Ogilvy (1875-1944) emigrated to Renmark in South Australia in 1891; he 'served with distinction in the Boer War, rising rapidly from trooper to regimental sergeant-major' (from his obituary, a copy of which is offered with this lot). He later joined Baden-Powell's South African Constabulary. The badge referred to in the letter is the Badge of Gallantry instituted by Baden-Powell, who 'claimed a special award was necessary because his men were not part of the army and so were often considered ineligible for ordinary military decorations' (Tim Jeal: ^Baden-Powell - Founder of the Boy Scouts^). Subsequently Balfour-Ogilvy was a member of the AN&MEF that seized control of German New Guinea in September 1914 in Australia's first action in the First World War, and from February 1915 until June 1917, he was District Officer and Officer Commanding Garrison at Madang.
Adelaide, The Hassell Press, 1946 [first edition].
Octavo, x, 55 pages plus 31 plates.
Quarter cloth and papered boards slightly browned at the edges; an excellent copy.
The book was prepared by the poet's widower, Walter Hervey Bagot, a significant Adelaide architect and the co-founder of Woods and Bagot. Loosely inserted is a small card, 'With Christmas Greetings from Walter H. Bagot'.
Papered boards; extremities slightly bumped; top edge slightly foxed; flyleaves a little offset; a very good copy with the very good dustwrapper a little bumped, creased, chipped and torn with slight loss.
Presentation copy inscribed, dated (12 April 1969) and signed by the author to Sir Alexander Russell Downer KBE (1910-1981). The author was the son of three-times British Prime Minister Alec Baldwin; overage at 35, he enlisted in the RAF as the pseudonymous Aircraftman Webland (and at the time of publication, was Earl Baldwin of Bewdley).
Edward Stephens (1811-1861) was appointed cashier and accountant of the South Australian Company in 1836; he arrived in the 'Coromandel' on 17 January 1837 at Holdfast Bay. 'There he set up his office in a tent but at first business was slight. He was induced to sign a letter to Governor [Sir] John Hindmarsh asking for a public meeting to reconsider the site of Adelaide. Although in February the meeting decided in favour of Colonel William Light's choice Stephens did not hesitate to buy eight city acres [3.2 ha] when they were auctioned, and later became very friendly with Light. Stephens fell foul of Hindmarsh and was rebuked by George Fife Angas for dabbling in politics' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). In 1840 he became the Adelaide manager of the Bank of South Australia. Charles William Stuart (~1811-1891) arrived in the colony in 1836, and became Acting Police Commissioner during Alexander Tolmer's extended absences on overland gold escort duties in 1852-53. Tolmer's dismissal in November 1853 was in part due to his involvement 'in demeaning disputes with his subordinates', not least Stuart. Frederick William Allen (1813-1850) arrived on the 'Buffalo' and became a publican. Clement Crispe (~1804-1857) arrived in 1837 on the 'John Renwick' and was a butcher and farmer. Robert Champlay was married in Adelaide on 30 January 1840. (Most of the biographical details have come from the 'Biographical Index of South Australians, 1836-1885'). We have not yet traced Harry - there are some intriguing possibilities.
Small quarto; papered boards; an excellent copy with the excellent slightly sunned dustwrapper.
Presentation copy. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page. Beneath is an unsigned inscription to Lady Mary Downer in a hand we recognise as that of Cedric Dickens, the great-grandson of Charles Dickens, signing off with his characteristic 'KEEP SMILING'. The numbering is also in Dickens' hand: 116 of 1000 copies.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
'Very active motor racing before the war at Bathurst when they used real cars', active service with the RAAF, 'Spirited motor racing again, post war, all over Australia', with plenty of spice in between.
Octavo, -242 pages with diagrams plus 59 plates and a very large folding map (475 x 985 mm).
Early half calf with raised bands and contrasting titling-labels, without the original wrappers; leather a little worn at the corners and rubbed at the extremities, with a little surface loss to the spine; final (blank) page a little foxed and creased... Read complete entry
An important expedition, scientifically and anthropologically, under the leadership of L.A. Wells; it filled in the gap 'linking together the areas traversed by the Horn and Elder Expeditions'. This volume also contains the annual address of the President, John LEWIS, with lengthy sections on Eyre, Sturt and Strzelecki (56 pages plus folding maps relating to Eyre and Sturt). McLaren 5065 (the separate issue).
Octavo, xx, 422 pages with 57 illustrations plus a colour frontispiece and 88 plates (all but two of them are from photographs by the author).
Gilt-decorated cloth slightly marked and bumped; a little sunned about the spine; top edge a little foxed; endpapers offset and slightly foxed; a few very small fox marks; ownership signature; frontispiece a little creased and slightly torn at the... Read complete entry
Sometime Chief Medical Inspector and Chief Protector of Aborigines in the Northern Territory, and Special Aborigines' Commissioner for the Federal and State Governments, 'anthropologist, geologist, explorer and medical practitioner ... [This publication was] a positive contribution at a time when little detailed material was available to the public. Basedow was not a socio-cultural anthropologist and was not in a position to provide a systematic analysis of aboriginal life. However, the book encapsulated his [first-hand] experience with the race over twenty years' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Overlapping wrappers lightly discoloured; staples a little rusty; essentially a fine copy.
The report by Arthur Wade, an independent expert, appeared under this title earlier the same year as Bulletin Number 4 of the Geological Survey of South Australia. Basedow, formerly Assistant Government Geologist of SA, introduces his highly critical review of Wade's views thus: '[they] are opposed not only to my own ideas, but also to the generally recognized principles of Australian geology'.
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1930 (with 'a few trifling emendations')/ 1913 (with additions)/ 1909.
Octavo, xvi, 413,  (blank) pages with 37 diagrams plus three portraits of Mendel, two pages of hereditary descent and ten pages of colour plates.
Cloth bumped; spine sunned; front cover a little lightly sunned; endpapers slightly marked and foxed; ownership initials; a very good copy.
With the ownership signature of M.J. Mayo. 'In the past three years the progress of Mendelian analysis has been very rapid ... and I have endeavoured in a series of brief Appendixes to acquaint the reader with the nature of the principal advances made ...' Bateson (1861-1926) was the founder of the experimental study of heredity and variation.
Octavo, (x), 175 pages plus 29 plates and endpaper maps.
Pictorial card covers; an excellent copy.
The gathering of accurate survey information covering the whole of the range line north-west across Australia from the Woomera Rocket Range; not least the 'discovery' of a tribe of aborigines in remote central Western Australia. Inscribed, signed and dated (1 August 1989) by the author.
Octavo; cloth unevenly darkened, slightly marked and a little foxed at the extremities; corners slightly turned, one a little bumped; endpapers lightly offset; a good copy.
With the contemporary ownership signature and details of F[rederick] Ranson Mortlock (dated 1933, only 4 years before his death), and the later armorial bookplate of his great-nephew [?] John Andrew Tennant Mortlock.
Original green wrappers slightly creased and sunned at the extremities, and with a few tiny chips at the fore edges; a very good copy.
The subject of the sermon is the 'Privileges of the Christian', and its text is Heb. xi. 22-24. It was first preached by Beecher on November 15, 1868, and appears in several collected editions of his sermons. This ephemeral Adelaide printing appears to be unrecorded. A contemporary inscription on the title page reads 'Mrs. E.S. Wigg's last sermon. Last reading [illegible]'.