Original blue wrappers slightly creased; minimal expert conservation to the spine; an excellent copy of a very rare item.
The front cover has the following additional information printed on it: 'Printed for the South Australian Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, from the translation of Mr George Taplin, Missionary Agent of the Aborigines' Friends' Association, at Point MacLeay [sic]'. We have previously handled a copy with these extra details also printed on a small piece of paper mounted on the title page.
Small quarto; cloth; a fine copy with the lightly marked dustwrapper.
Signed and inscribed on the title page by the publisher, Dr Una B. Porter, Frederick Cato's surviving daughter. 'The story of Fred Cato...the co-founder of the Moran and Cato grocery chain [and] influential Methodist layman'....
Octavo, [iii]-viii, [ii] ('List of Illustrations', verso blank), 304,  ('Opinions of the Press'), 32 (publisher's catalogue, dated October 1879) pages with 2 tables, 10 in-text illustrations, and 2 pages containing printed music, plus a chromolithographed frontispiece, 8 plates (5 of them containing two or more images) and a folding map.
Gilt-pictorial cloth slightly flecked and rubbed at the extremities; spine sunned, with trifling wear to the head; leading edge of the 'List of Illustrations' leaf lightly chipped, sunned and tidemarked; light tidemark to the bottom quarter... Read complete entry
The standard complement of plates is the colour frontispiece and '9 other plates in black-and-white' (Ferguson 7233 and 7234). Although this copy has only eight other plates, this accords with its printed list of illustrations, and that of two other copies we have recently inspected. We have now read too many catalogue records of this book for us to be anything other than deeply suspicious of any that call for more plates than are contained on our copy. The 'Opinions of the Press' leaf is very much contemporary: it contains reviews of 'The Last of the Tasmanians', published earlier in 1870, and it also mentions a title 'To be shortly published ... 'Religion and Freedom in Old Colonial Days''. This appeared later the same year under the title 'Curious Facts of Old Colonial Days'. The inclusion of the October 1879 catalogue in this copy in the publisher's original cloth indicates it was not bound for at least a decade after it was printed.
Quarto; papered boards a little rubbed; bottom edge lightly worn; top edge slightly marked; small tape mark and ownership signature to flyleaf; mild signs of handling; a very good copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Aboriginal plant usage (for food, craft and medicinal purposes) is noted throughout, and a revised edition of 'Top End Native Plants' (1988).
Folio, 12 pages plus a large folding colour map (790x605mm).
Titling-wrappers; small holes in the left-hand margin where sewn when bound (now disbound); an excellent copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 25 of 1908; only 560 copies printed. In spite of its unprepossessing title, the daily diary entries for the expedition (from 30 July to 20 September 1907) contain a large amount of material on aborigines (oddly including a detailed history of atrocities committed by them at the places visited).
Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1991 (first edition).
Octavo, xvi, 307 pages.
Papered boards; extremities very slightly bumped; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper lightly creased and sunned.
Presentation copy inscribed to Reverend Bill Edwards, 'in homage and admiration', dated (June 1991) and signed by the author, and with a few of Edwards' emphases. Loosely inserted is a related gift card, plus another gift card and note, all handwritten and signed by the author to Edwards. Also loosely inserted are a couple of sheets of Edwards' handwritten notes about the book. 'Discussing the difficulties of manifesting Christian love, the author ... shows how missionaries, caught in the process of Christianity, find themselves moving between God and the world, being torn between conviction and scepticism, and between their faith and their social work'. Not least, several pages relating to Australian Aborigines.
Apart from the title, the full particulars are 'Fine Art Photograph. N.J. Caire, Photo., Prize Medallist.... Central Depot: No. 11 Royal Arcade, Melbourne. Laboratory and Office: No. 2 Darling Street, South Yarra'. Davies and Stanbury ('The Mechanical Eye in Australia. Photography, 1841-1900') list Caire at the former address from 1880-84, and at the latter from 1885-88, suggesting this image dates from the 1880s. Both the photograph and mount are in fine condition. Nicholas John Caire (1837-1918) was born in Guernsey; his family emigrated to South Australia in 1858 and he began working for Townsend Duryea soon after his arrival in Adelaide. He travelled with his camera through Gippsland in 1865, set up a studio in Adelaide in 1866 and 'moved to the more lucrative Victorian gold-mining towns of Bendigo and Talbot in about 1869 where he specialised in wet-plate scenic views. In 1876 he purchased Thomas Chuck's ... business in the Royal Arcade in Bourke Street, Melbourne, and his view trade flourished'. Not long after this he became 'one of the first photographers to create literary and narrative photographs about the lives of the pioneers' (Dictionary of Australian Artists. Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870). Artist and photo-historian Ken Orchard, in an address at the first One River Symposium held at Goolwa in October 2012 ('The Murray River. A Personal View'), stated that 'In the nineteenth century legions of explorers, artists, and photographers captured the river in images, and provide us with vital evidence of the importance of the river in the ongoing formation of our national identity. Gifted views photographer Nicholas Caire has left us with some of the most incomparably poised and memorable photographs of the river'.
Adelaide, Rigby, 1974 [first Australian edition]/ 1974.
Octavo, xxiv, 261 pages plus 4 plates and endpaper maps.
Color pictorial cloth very slightly marked; an excellent copy.
'The data reported in this book were gathered in the course of a series of expeditions, extending over some ten years, to remote communities' (including Yuendumu, Kalumburu, Lake Nash and Mornington Island).
Commonwealth Parliamentary Paper Number 12 of 1929 (Second Session); only 825 copies printed. The Government Resident at the time was J.C. Cawood. The Northern Australia Act of 1926, which resulted in the proclamation of the Territories of Central and North Australia on 1 March 1927, was repealed on 11 June 1930. This is the third of only four Central Australian reports; with considerable aboriginal content.
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998 (first edition).
Octavo; laminated colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
Not stated as such, but from the collection of Reverend Bill Edwards, of Ernabella, with his emphases and a loosely inserted folded sheet of his handwritten notes, and a compliments slip (on St Marks National Theological Centre letterhead) inscribed and signed by The Reverend Elaine Farmer (then associate editor of St Mark's Review) along with another minor piece of ephemera. Contributors are W.E.H. Stanner, Ronald Berndt, Diane Bell, Tony Swain, Rosemary Crumlin, Deborah Bird Rose, Peter Willis, Frank Brennan and Nonie Sharp.
This issue also contains SCHULZE, Reverend Louis: The Aborigines of the Upper and Middle Finke River. Their Habits and Customs, with introductory Notes on the Physical and Natural-History Features of the Country (37 pages). Schulze was a missionary of fourteen years standing in the region at the time the article was written (in German; this translation, from the manuscript, is by J.G.O. Tepper).
Darwin, [Department of the Northern Territory], December 1973.
Folio, [not numbered, but approximately 150 pages with several maps and diagrams, and numerous plates, some in colour].
Coloured pictorial card covers slightly rubbed; a little sunned about the spine; edges and initial leaves slightly foxed; a very good copy.
Stated limited edition, with the label laid-down on the title-page; 'This publication is an interim report and contains some errors ... Any broader publication will be suitable amended'. The draft version of the report which was finally published in 1977.
Octavo; laminated colour pictorial papered boards; gift inscription; an excellent copy.
Presentation inscription dated (1986) signed by the author's wife. The 'Thomas King' was wrecked on Cato's reef, off the Queensland coast. Not least The Massacre and Captain Walker's heroic journey to safety.
Quarto,  pages including 10 colour plates (reproductions of the original hand-coloured aquatints) and 2 illustrations of the extremely rare original wrapper.
Half emu and kangaroo leathers with printed cloth sides; coloured and glazed edges; a fine copy.
One of only 212 numbered copies, of which 200 are for sale (including 75 large paper and special copies, now all sold). The text has been entirely reset in the recreated original types, faithfully matching the original edition. Included is an essay on the bibliography and publishing history of the work and interesting speculations on the text by Julien Renard.
Detailed notes on Aboriginal plant usage. This issue also contains TINDALE, Norman B.: Geological Notes on the Cockatoo Creek and Mount Liebig Country, Central Australia (12 pages with 2 maps plus 3 plates) and a bibliography of the works of Walter Howchin (8 pages).
The address concentrates on the Australian Aborigines, with particular reference to the recent publications of Roth, Spencer and Gillen. He concludes that the 'Australian is not degenerate but primordial ... A consequence of this is, that no longer protected by isolation, he must shortly entirely disappear from the face of the earth, for he is an anachronism and archaic'. This issue also contains HOWCHIN, Walter: Notes on the Geology of Kangaroo Island, with special reference to evidences of extinct glacial action (10 pages plus 2 plates).
Canberra, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, ANU, 1984/ 1983.
Quarto, (iv), xxxvi, 462, 57 (appendix) pages.
Pictorial card covers, slightly creased, rubbed and marked; a very good copy.
'The study was carried out primarily in two Aboriginal communities in North and Central Australia (Belyuen and Pipalyatjara), but draws upon the experience of the authors in other communities'. CRES Monograph 9.
North Adelaide, Museum Art International Pty Ltd, 1997.
Quarto, 32 pages with 17 colour illustrations.
Laminated colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
Artists featured include Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, Maxie Tjampitjinpa (dec), George Tjungurrayi, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Kngwarrey (dec), Kathleen Peyarre, Terry Petyarre, Mavis Panugka, Myrtle Petyarre, Joy Petyarre, Violet Petyarre, Rita Pwerle and Abbie Loy. Text in Indonesian and English.
Canberra, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1970.
Quarto, xiv, 137 pages.
Original card covers; a fine copy.
The fifth in a series of aboriginal bibliographies on areas 'of the continent which offer the best possibilities for research on the traditional life of the Aborigines'. Primarily the Gulf Country (Northern Territory border to the Gilbert River) plus south-west Queensland (west of the Great Dividing Range).
Melbourne, Oxford University Press in association with the Western Australian Museum, 1968.
Quarto, 144 pages with 128 illustrations and plates (50 in colour).
Cloth; front cover slightly bowed; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly marked, rubbed, creased and torn with slight loss and a discolouration to the rear panel and rear flap.
The author was Curator of Anthropology and Archaeology at the Western Australian Museum; the book is based on information gathered by the author (accompanied by Aboriginal guides and a professional photographer) on five expeditions through the Kimberley.
Johannesburg, Medical School, University of the Witwatersrand, 1958.
Small quarto, [iv], 83-155 pages with a frontispiece portrait and some illustrations and figures.
Limp full leather slightly rubbed; essentially a fine copy.
Queensland-born Raymond Arthur Dart (1893-1988), anatomist and anthropologist, achieved lasting fame soon after his appointment in January 1923 as professor of anatomy, University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. 'In November 1924 Dart was handed a fossil skull that had recently been discovered at Taungs (later Taung), 100 miles ... north of Kimberley. He extracted the fossil from the hard matrix and found that the skull was that of a child possessing a mixture of apish and human features. The child had held its head on a nearly vertical spinal column; its teeth, especially its little canines, were human-like. Although the brain was small, like that of an ape, its form seemed to be hominoid. Thinking that its blend of traits might characterise the supposed missing link between humans and non-human animals on the old notion of a chain of being, Dart named the species 'Australopithecus africanus' and published his findings in 'Nature' in February 1925. For over twenty years most scholars rejected Dart's claims. Critics asserted that the Taung child was on the wrong continent, was too young at death to make predictions about its likely adult form, and belonged to a geological epoch too recent.... [But in] time more fossilised hominid remains were found in Africa, and Dart's theory was generally accepted. The palaeontologist Robert Broom considered that Dart had made 'one of the greatest discoveries in the world's history'' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). The Festschrift originally appeared in the Medical School's journal The Leech (Volume XXVIII, Numbers 3, 4 and 5, November 1958, the Raymond A. Dart Commemorative Number). This is one of a specially bound edition limited to 100 copies; this is Number 9, and it is signed and dated (9 January 1959) by Professor Dart. Loosely inserted is the 'With the Compliments' slip of the Editorial Board of The Leech. This copy comes from the collection of Professor Andrew Abbie, one of the contributors ('The Original Australians' [pages 120-30, with 12 illustrations from photographs]); his large bookplate is on the front pastedown.
Octavo, [ii], 30 pages plus 12 full-page chromolithographs (by Alfred Vaughan after drawings by C. Wall).
Bound without the wrappers in early quarter calf and stippled cloth; leather slightly rubbed; cloth slightly flecked and marked and very lightly worn at the corners; an excellent copy.
A Special Bulletin issued by the South Australian Department of Intelligence. 'The purpose of this book is not to catalogue or to scientifically describe our native birds; but to bring prominently before the public, the police, and others in authority, and more especially the children in our State, those of our protected native birds that most often fall victims to thoughtless boys and sportsmen'. Bound together with ten other contemporary pamphlets or offprints. (1) ZIETZ, A.H.C.: List of the Edible Fish of the Lower Murray [Adelaide, an offprint from the RSSA, 1902, pages 265-67, a little torn]. (2) Murray Cod Fisheries. Extracts from Evidence collected by the South Australian Authorities during October, 1900, with notes [Sydney, Government Printer, 47 pages, comprising lengthy contributions by H.C. Dannevig and David Stead (on the gear used in their capture, among other things)]. (3) SMITH, W. Ramsay: On the Food of Fishes [an extract from the Tenth Annual Report of the Fishery Board for Scotland, pages 211-231]. (4) DANNEVIG, Harald: The Influence of Temperature on the Development of the Eggs of Fishes [an extract from the Thirteenth Annual Report of the Fishery Board for Scotland, pages 147-152 plus a double-page graph]. (5) DANNEVIG, Harald: On the Rate of Growth of Plaice [an extract from the Seventeenth Annual Report of the Fishery Board for Scotland, pages 232-246 plus a folding graph]. (6) SMITH, W. Ramsay: The Aborigines of South Australia [Melbourne, reprinted from the Official Year Book of the Commonwealth, Number 3, 1909, 19 pages plus the front titling wrapper inscribed 'With the author's compliments']. (7) JOHNSON, E. Angas: Trypanosomiasis [Adelaide, Government Printer, 1906, 14 pages plus a large folding plate (with slight discolouration and a neat repair)]. (8) O'LOUGHLIN, The Hon. L.: The Northern Territory of South Australia. Proposed Transfer of the Northern Territory to the Commonwealth of Australia ... reprinted from 'Hansard', October 15th, 1907 [Adelaide, J.L. Bonython, 1907, 15 pages plus the original front titling wrapper]. (9) GLYNN, P. McM.: Speech ... on Water Conservation, Thursday 30 June 1904 [Melbourne, Government Printer, 18 pages]. (10) PRICE, The Honorable Thomas: The Murray River Waters. Speech ... in the House of Assembly, Adelaide ... Thursday, 25th July 1907. Reprinted from Hansard [Adelaide, J.L. Bonython, 1907, 31 pages]. The name S. McIntosh is written or stamped on four items; overall, the collection is in fine condition. Eclectic if nothing else.
Brisbane, Smith and Paterson, 1968 [first edition].
Octavo, xxxiv, [xxii], 325 pages with illustrations and maps plus numerous plates (many in colour).
Colour pictorial cloth; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper slightly rubbed and indented on the rear panel.
The Channel Country (the far south-west of Queensland and the north of South Australia), the Aboriginal inhabitants, its natural history and 'Mooraberrie' (owned by the author's parents from the early 1890s).