London, John Murray, 1909 (Colonial edition)/ 1906.
Octavo, xvi, 383 pages with 6 illustrations plus the front cover vignette, 22 plates, 4 small folding maps, a map of Lake Torrens opposite page 252 (omitted from the list of plates and maps),and 2 large folding colour maps: 'Sketch Map of Lake Eyre Basin' (426 x 529 mm), and 'Sketch Map of Eastern Australia Showing the Central Artesian Basin' (396 x 344 mm).
Blue cloth printed in red and gilt a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, flecked (mainly on the rear board), with a few small red ink marks on the spine; contemporary ownership stamp (in red ink) on the flyleaves; uncut leading edges slightly... Read complete entry
Quarto,  pages with 8 illustrations (all from photographs; these include a large collage of images down the centrefold).
Decorated green wrappers; wrappers and text block creased at the corners and folded down the centre; title page a little tanned; an excellent copy.
A substantial prospectus comprising six extracts from 'The Advertiser' announcing the discovery of guano deposits and the establishment of Nitrogen Limited to exploit them. Alas, the venture was not a success. A notice in the Adelaide 'Observer' of 24 February 1923 announced that the SA Farmers' Co-operative Union Limited had received instructions from the liquidators of Nitrogen Limited 'to sell by auction the Plant, Tools, &c., recently in use at Buckalowie and Arcoota Caves'. The notice includes an exhaustive list of the company's assets, from rolling stock to screws. Not in Trove.
Foolscap folio, two Parliamentary Papers, 11 pages plus 2 folding maps (267 x 190 mm and approximately 220 x 385 mm [printed surface]), and 2 pages plus a large folding map (510 x 715 mm).
Both items are bound together in modern cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; in fine condition.
Hack's instructions were to travel by sea to Port Lincoln, overland to Streaky Bay, then travel 'as nearly due north as the features of the country will allow ... as far as the northern boundary of this province.... Every endeavour is to be made to conciliate and win the goodwill of such natives as may be encountered during the journey; and you are to urge upon each individual of the party the great desirability of impressing the aborigines favourably towards Europeans, by keeping good faith with them, and by not offending against their natural habits and prejudices'. The northerly route in fact commenced about 40 miles east of Streaky Bay; the return route from their furthest north was basically south-east around the bottom of Lake Gairdner to Port Augusta. The bulk of the paper comprises various progress reports from Hack during the course of the expedition (from June to September, accompanied by the two maps), plus two lengthy summary reports after the event. The second paper comprises a report from Harris, the surveyor on the expedition, and a detailed route map of the entire area covered. It includes the tracks of Warburton, who also conducted 'his first notable journey in 1857 to the dry country south and west of Lake Gairdner.... [Hack] did not follow Warburton's tracks, but rather supplemented and extended his examinations' (Feeken, Feeken and Spate). South Australian Parliamentary Papers Number 156 and Number 189 of 1857-58. McLaren 9482 and 9483.
Octavo, [ii], 64 (last blank), -59 pages plus 6 full-page wood engravings and an errata slip tipped in at the rear.
Original bright green blind-stamped cloth slightly marked and flecked, and a little rubbed at the extremities; early ownership details on the front flyleaf; leading edges of two four-page sections are very slightly chipped (perhaps nibbled?); an... Read complete entry
The illustrations are based on drawings by Hamilton; he contributed similar sketches to the published journals of Grey and Eyre. An enlarged second edition appeared the following year, with extra text ('A Voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846') and with three albumen paper photographs (of five of the six original drawings) replacing the wood engravings. Ferguson 10183 (hopelessly wrong regarding the pagination and the illustrations).
Adelaide, J. Williams, Printer [for the Author], 1880 [second edition]/ 1879.
Octavo, [viii], 84; 80; and 23 pages plus 3 albumen paper photographs of 5 drawings on 3 unnumbered leaves.
Gilt- and blind-stamped blue cloth a little bumped and rubbed at the extremities, with minor wear to the corners; spine sunned, with a slightly lighter spot near the centre where a paper label (an old auction lot number) has been removed; front cover... Read complete entry
The particulars of the photographs match those given in Holden (where the discrepancy in the number of plates present as against listed is explained). The plates are of drawings by Hamilton; he contributed similar sketches to the published journals of Grey and Eyre. The first edition was not photographically illustrated. This copy is inscribed in ink on the front flyleaf 'From G. Hamilton to Capt Dashwood with the Author's best wishes, 22 Dec 1880'. George Frederick Dashwood (1806-1881) arrived in South Australia in the early 1840s; in 1843, he 'was appointed one of the four non-official nominees in South Australia's first Legislative Council.... From 1847 to 1852 he was commissioner of police' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). George Hamilton (1812-1883) succeeded him in that role in 1867, retiring the year before his death. He arrived in Adelaide in 1839 when he overlanded cattle along Charles Bonney's southern route. A most satisfying association copy, presented from one significant pioneer to another in the twilight of their lives. Ferguson 10184 (inadequately describing the plates); Holden 49.
Adelaide, J. Williams, Printer, 1880 [second edition]/ 1879.
Octavo, [viii], 84, 80, 23 pages plus 3 albumen paper photographs (77 x 146 mm, 165 x 112 mm and 165 x 110 mm) of 5 drawings on 3 unnumbered card leaves.
Gilt- and blind-stamped brick-red cloth slightly rubbed at the extremities and a little flecked and marked; title page a little foxed and offset; a very good copy.
The last part of the book, 'A Voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846' (23 pages) is new to this edition. The particulars of the photographs match those given in Holden (where the discrepancy in the number of plates present as against listed is explained). The plates are of drawings by Hamilton; he contributed similar sketches to the published journals of Grey and Eyre. The first edition of this work contains six plates, five of which are wood engravings based on the original drawings here photographed.
Adelaide, J. Williams, Printer [for the Author], 1880 [second edition]/ 1879.
Octavo, [viii], 84; 80; 23 pages plus 3 albumen paper photographs of 5 drawings on 3 unnumbered leaves.
Gilt- and blind-stamped brown cloth sunned on the spine and a little discoloured around the edges; first and last pages offset; apart from the sunning, a fine copy.
The particulars of the photographs match those given in Holden (where the discrepancy in the number of plates present as against listed is explained). The plates are of drawings by Hamilton; he contributed similar sketches to the published journals of Grey and Eyre. The first edition was not photographically illustrated. Ferguson 10184 (inadequately describing the plates); Holden 49.
Octavo, xvi, 432 pages plus 66 engraved plates, a folding table and 2 folding maps bound in towards the rear (South Australia, 795 x 545 mm and Australia, 320 x 400 mm).
Original quarter brown cloth and papered boards slightly bumped at the corners; the small amount of cloth on the two covers is a little flecked; first and last pages discoloured by the acidic endpapers; leaves near the folding maps a little creased by... Read complete entry
An undervalued work - the plates, wood engravings from photographs, are a major pictorial record, and there are two supplementary chapters on the Northern Territory and Central Australia. 'In the chapter on the Northen Territory, I have incorporated some useful papers written by residents there, and prepared for publication by Mr J.G. Knight'. The chapter on Central Australia is even more important: 'Since the foregoing was in type, the following interesting and well-written account of Central Australia, along the line of telegraph, has appeared in the 'Register'. The writer, Mr J.A. Giles, is well acquainted with the whole of the country which he describes. It is the best and most trust-worthy account of Central Australia which has yet been published'. The entire chapter is devoted to the article, which refers on occasion (and thus eliminates any misattribution) to Alfred Giles, the explorer with strong telegraph line credentials. Ferguson 10233 (not recording the maps or this quarter cloth binding. Copies in full cloth are also in stock - please enquire).
London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1876.
Octavo (225 x 154 mm), xvi, 432 pages plus 66 engraved plates, a folding table and 2 folding maps in an endpocket (South Australia, 795 x 545 mm and Australia, 320 x 400 mm).
Original dark green cloth lettered in black on the front cover and in gilt on the spine; first (blank) and last pages discoloured by the acidic endpapers; a fine copy WITH THE DUSTWRAPPER sunned on the spine, a little torn and chipped, and lacking the... Read complete entry
The book itself is common, but it is an undervalued work: the plates, wood engravings from photographs, are a major pictorial record of the history of the colony, and there are two supplementary chapters on the Northern Territory and Central Australia. 'In the chapter on the Northern Territory, I have incorporated some useful papers written by residents there, and prepared for publication by Mr J.G. Knight'. The chapter on Central Australia is even more important: 'Since the foregoing was in type, the following interesting and well-written account of Central Australia, along the line of telegraph, has appeared in the 'Register'. The writer, Mr J.A. Giles, is well acquainted with the whole of the country which he describes. It is the best and most trust-worthy account of Central Australia which has yet been published'. The entire chapter is devoted to the article, which refers on occasion (and thus eliminates any misattribution) to Alfred Giles, the explorer with strong telegraph line credentials. The dustwrapper is something else again. In over forty years of book dealing in South Australia, we have seen untold quantities of this book, in a variety of bindings, from decorated full cloth to quarter cloth and plain papered boards. We have not seen, nor heard of, a dustwrapper - and a sophisticated example it is too. The front panel repeats all of the important details from the title page - short title, editor, the full publishing details, and mentions illustrations - all within a decorative border. The spine has much the same information (although the piece missing from the foot of the spine appears to have contained merely 'Sampson Low & Co.'. The rear panel contains an extensive list of new works by the publishers, including new editions of two books on Australia ('The Queen of the Colonies' and 'Sketches of Australian Life and Scenery'). Ferguson 10233 (not recording the maps or the dustwrapper, and noting only green or brown bindings similar to this one).
London, Horace Marshall and Son, 1909 [first edition].
Quarto; cloth a little sunned and marked; top edge slightly marked; half-title, title page and last page of text offset; rear flyleaf slightly creased; a very good copy.
Preface by the Earl of Rosebery. Not least, chapters V and VI representing a who's who of the colonial publishing empires. Not inscribed as such, but this copy is from the Kyffin Thomas collection; Robert Kyffin Thomas (1851-1910) was the South Australian representative (see page 124); his photographic portrait appears on the plate opposite page 18.
Octavo, [viii], 104 pages with illustrations (by the author) plus a frontispiece portrait.
Cloth; small glue residue on the rear cover (presumably a publication flaw); pencilled ownership details; essentially a fine copy with the very good dustwrapper lightly rubbed and sunned (as often) and the top edges a little nibbled and worn with... Read complete entry
Blind-decorated dark green ribbed cloth lightly marked and slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; two trifling surface blemishes to the front pastedown; an excellent copy with the contemporary (and thus very early) blind-stamp of the Adelaide... Read complete entry
'I was offered some time before leaving South Australia, strong inducements to write a history of that virtuous territory which should be palatable to certain classes of a small community; but as I had no high opinion of either the colony or the principles on which it was founded, or its subsequent career, I could not be the partisan, at any price, of a locality which I could not conscientiously recommend as a suitable field of emigration for any class of my fellow-country-men' (author's preface, although he showed the cut of his nib on the title page: 'Castigat ridendo mores'). Indeed, nothing is sacred, so it is perhaps hardly surprising to learn that 'every copy available was purchased and destroyed by the Angas family' (Ferguson 10265, citing the note written in the Petherick copy in the National Library).
Original blind-stamped brown cloth lightly marked and a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with slight wear to the corners; expert restoration to minor wear to the head and foot of the spine; trifling surface damage to the gutter of the rear... Read complete entry
'I was offered some time before leaving South Australia, strong inducements to write a history of that virtuous territory which should be palatable to certain classes of a small community; but as I had no high opinion of either the colony or the principles on which it was founded, or its subsequent career, I could not be the partisan, at any price, of a locality which I could not conscientiously recommend as a suitable field of emigration for any class of my fellow-country-men.' Nothing is sacred; it is perhaps hardly surprising to learn that 'every copy available was purchased and destroyed by the Angas family' (Ferguson 10265, citing the Petherick copy in the National Library copy).
Cloth slightly marked, bumped and rubbed (chiefly to the extremities); endpapers offset; ownership signature; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little rubbed, marked, chipped and torn with slight loss.
Dark brown cloth; endpapers offset; a very fine copy.
Mounted on the front pastedown is the armorial bookplate of John Andrew Tennant Mortlock (1894-1950), benefactor and pastoralist. These memoirs of James Collins Hawker (1821-1901) date back to 1838, when he arrived with Governor George Gawler. They first appeared as a series of articles in 'The South Australian Register' and 'The Adelaide Observer'. An utterly rare second series was published in 1901. Ferguson 10297 (noting only black cloth; we have seen various colours).
Half contrasting blue and cream cloth, top edge gilt, others uncut; cloth a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, and a little bubbled and slightly marked on the front and rear covers; spine a little sunned; new endpapers; a very good copy.
Alexander Hay (1820-1898), merchant, pastoralist and politician, arrived in the colony in 1839. 'The book contains interesting reminiscences of South Australia in early pioneering days, also of Hay's political career' (Ferguson 10306, not noting the plates, but mentioning an errata slip no longer present in this copy).
Blind-stamped pictorial green cloth; top edge gilt; spine a little darkened; corners slightly bumped; covers slightly marked; verso of the flyleaf a little marked (probably from an excess of ink from the presentation inscription); an excellent copy.... Read complete entry
Presentation copy inscribed and dated (18 October 1901) by the author to Mr and Mrs Kyffin Thomas. Evan Kyffin Thomas (1866-1935), a South Australian journalist and newspaper proprietor (being part-owner of 'The Register'), also the great-nephew of Robert Thomas, South Australia's first printer (ADB).
Octavo, 480 pages plus 24 pages of plates and maps and a large folding chart.
Cloth; a fine copy (no dustwrapper was issued).
The history of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia. German text; an abridged edition in English appeared later the same year. From the collection of Professor T.G.H. Strehlow (University of Adelaide, 23 March 1961), with these details on the flyleaf; his original purchase receipt is loosely inserted.
Berkeley, University of California Press, 1993 (first edition).
Octavo; laminated colour card covers slightly rubbed and creased; an excellent copy.
With the ownership stamp of one of the contributors, anthropologist Aram Alan Yengoyan, and his warm presentation inscription (dated 11 July 1993) signed to Reverend Bill Edwards and his wife; and with Edwards' occasional emphases and queries and a loosely inserted photocopied review of the book.
Cloth; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper lightly sunned on the spine.
On the front flyleaf is a gift inscription 'To Sir Alick ... many happy returns for your birthday' from Walter Wotzke and his family. The book was a present to Sir Alexander Russell Downer (1910-1981) on his seventieth birthday; he died less than a year later. Walter Wotzke (1917-1996) was a prominent local artist, responsible for the restoration of the Hahndorf Academy after saving it from demolition in the late 1960s.
Large quarto, 24 pages plus 83 plates (42 in colour).
Cloth; small mark to the leading edge; small tape-stain to the front flyleaf; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper sunned on the spine (as often) and front panel, with a short chipped tear near the foot of the front panel.
Benjamin Francis Helpman 'actively participated in the surveying and exploring of the North-west Coast, between Roebuck Bay and the Prince Regent River, and later, in the discovery and exploration of the Adelaide and Victoria Rivers ..., accompanying Captain Wickham on the boat trip to the navigable head of the Adelaide River, and his Journal contains a very full account of the expedition'. His name has been perpetuated in Helpman Islets, Point Helpman and Mount Helpman.
Overlapping cord-bound card covers slightly creased; an excellent copy.
Phyllis-Mander-Jones' copy, with a 4-page ALS from Gerald Fischer loosely inserted. Pump Press Pamphlet Number 17. One of only 85 copies 'printed to mark the 4th Biennial conference of The Australian Society of Archivists Inc, held in Adelaide in May, 1983'.
Quarto,  pages with numerous illustrations (including 6 in colour).
Wrappers a little rubbed, marked and lightly stained, with a tiny hole in the rear cover; ownership signature on the front cover (with further details on the title page); still a very presentable copy.
The tour ran from mid-May to mid-November 1955; during the Adelaide season (October 3 to 22) the original owner managed to secure the ink signatures of Hepburn and Helpmann on their full-page portraits in this program. Both signatures are now quite faint, but for all that, it is very scarce.
Duodecimo, xiv, 186, [4, index], 16 (advertisements) pages with a double-page plate ('Plan of Gentleman's Garden') plus a large folding sheet (310x375mm) - containing 23 illustrations - tipped onto the rear pastedown.
It is the reply to a letter from Mr Williams seeking information about a 1933 painting recently purchased (a duplicate typescript of the query letter is supplied): 'I am now glad you were able to purchase a watercolour, which I can memorise very well, and can recommend. I painted several Willow Tree studies in the early 30s, but mainly of the basket Willow variety - they fascinated me in the early spring. I can well recall painting your study, at Charleston, near Woodside, and the beautiful afternoon, with the sunlight benetrating [sic] the spring Green of the Willows - with the Hillside with its Appletrees in full bloom, forming the background - it all brings back a lovely memory'. Offered together with a fine informal outdoor portrait photograph (205 x 140 mm) of Heysen, possibly in his sixties, looking relaxed in a treed garden setting, his jodphurs tucked into long woollen socks. The photograph is by Freeman of Sydney.
175x120mm,  pages (with the bill of fare and toast list on the centre pages) bound into deckle-edged card covers with three ribbons in the SACA colours.
With the very large pencil signature of Clem Hill at the head of the front cover. The covers are very slightly marked, and the original owner has signed a bottom corner of the front cover; in excellent condition. Clem Hill (1877-1945), Australia's first great left-handed batsman, a veteran of 49 Tests and four tours of England, captain of Australia in 1910-11 and 1911-12, one of the Big Six in the great Board of Control v Players controversy, with a career-highest score of 365 not out ... consult any reference book if you want any more superlatives. His first-class career ran from 1892-93 to 1924-25; here he is being farewelled from South Australia, having moved to Melbourne in 1937 to become a handicapper for the Victorian Amateur Turf Club. His death seven years later came as a result of injuries sustained while alighting from a tram (OCAC). This is a significant memento of the end of a most glorious innings in Australian cricketing history.
235 x 330 mm,  (including text on the inside front cover) pages plus a monochrome illustration and 6 colour plates (serigraphs, printed rectos only) with tissue-guards (one plate contains artwork by two artists).
Decorated two-colour card covers slightly rubbed; a fine copy.
'Limited edition. Seven beautiful plates ready for framing' is printed on the front cover; catalogue records in Trove suggest the print run might be as low as 200 copies. The colour plate artists are identified.
Octavo, xvi, 384 pages with 150 illustrations and a map plus 16 plates.
Cloth a little flecked and mottled at the edges and on the spine, with the top edges a little stained; a very good copy with the damaged dustwrapper (creased, sunned, torn and a little stained, with some loss to the front panel and the head of the... Read complete entry
Octavo, 61 pages plus a frontispiece portrait and 9 plates.
Decorated flush-cut red papered boards; spine lightly sunned, with trifling loss to the head and foot; an excellent copy.
The author's aim in writing this book for prospective immigrants was to 'give them the benefit of my own experience of a country in which the greater part of my life has been spent'. He arrived in Adelaide in 1851, aged 30, and spent his entire life at Glenelg. Loosely inserted is a small piece of paper signed with the author's compliments. Ferguson 10449 (but less detailed than our record).
Octavo, two volumes, xxviii, 675 and xii, 803 pages with numerous illustrations and maps plus 16 plates and a folding colour map.
Cloth a little sunned, marked, bumped and slightly worn; small inkspot to the bottom edge of one volume; mild signs of use; overall a very good set, uncut and partially unopened (indeed, the second volume has not been cut open at all).
The first volume contains the early ownership signature (Windsor, 17 May 1904) of Charles Howard Angas (1861-1928), a grandson of George Fife Angas; his occasional emphases and marginalia are to be found mainly in the sections dealing with South America and Africa. This volume includes about 200 pages on Australia. The account of one day of the Princes's visit to Melbourne (1 July 1881) relates their inspection of Ned Kelly's armour, and the thirteen lines of text about the gang (ending with 'They were put down by the police last year') are accompanied by wood engravings of the armour, with and without Ned Kelly. Prince Albert Victor (1864-1892) was second in the line of succession to the British throne, but never became king: he died before his father (later King Edward VII) and his grandmother, Queen Victoria. He was engaged to be married to Princess Mary of Teck in late 1891; a few weeks later, he died during an influenza pandemic. Mary later married his younger brother Prince George, who became King George V in 1910 (Wikipedia). [2 items].
Octavo, xii, 173 pages plus 21 plates and a tipped-in errata slip.
Cloth lightly marked, and slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; an excellent copy with a most interesting provenance.
From the collection of Dr Edward Angas Johnson, with his signature in ink (instead of the much more common rubber-stamped facsimile). Edward Angas Johnson (1873-1951) was an Adelaide medical practitioner, prominent in public health circles; his grandmother was a daughter of George Fife Angas. 'His hobby was collecting curios and historical relics, especially those relating to South Australian history. This remarkable collection and his library were distributed to public institutions before his death' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This copy has ten relevant newspaper or magazine cuttings, and a colour postcard, mounted or tipped in on nine pages (including the endpapers). There are references to Angas Johnson on four pages of the book (noted in pencil); one of these is an acknowledgement in the preface for his 'assistance in the collection of data'. Of greater interest, however, are the two letters from the author accompanying the book. One, dated 4 September 1933 (octavo, one page), answers a query regarding local nomenclature. The other, dated 10 December 1930 (quarto, one page), relates in detail Hodge's disappointment at the recent rejection of the manuscript by the London publishers Kegan Paul. The reasons given were that it was 'too local to make its publication in England a payable proposition ... [and] That financial conditions at present in connection with the Australian trade render it absolutely impossible [both words underlined]'. The silver lining, for Angas Johnson at any rate, was that he received with the letter a lengthy manuscript article (four pages, quarto) relating to Granite Island, 'copied out for the edification of your son. I would however, like him to regard it as private family information for the present, as the book may possibly be published later on'.