Cloth very slightly flecked; scattered foxing; an excellent copy.
This issue also contains MATHEWS, R.H. and Miss M.M. EVERITT: The Organisation, Language and Initiation Ceremonies of the Aborigines of the South-East Coast of N.S. Wales (19 pages) and ENRIGHT, W.J.: The Language, Weapons and Manufactures of the Aborigines of Port Stephens ... (16 pages plus 2 plates).
Original quarter cloth and card covers; a fine copy.
This issue also contains FRY, Dr H.K.: Kinship and Descent among the Australian Aborigines (8 pages) and CAMPBELL, Dr T.D.: Notes on the Aborigines of the South-East of South Australia (11 pages with a map).
Octavo (235 x 158 mm), 192 pages with 27 illustrations plus 4 pages of colour plates (depicting interesting face-painting designs).
Cloth a little rubbed, flecked and marked, with the spine a little sunned; top edge a little foxed; boards a little bowed; a very good copy.
Volume 2 in the Publications of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission series. On the front flyleaf is the ownership signature of the Queensland-born anthropologist Ursula Hope McConnel (1888-1957); she was awarded 'a Rockefeller fellowship (1931-33) to study under Edward Sapir at Yale University' (Australian Dictionary of Biography), so presumably the signature is contemporary.
Octavo; cloth; head and foot of the spine slightly rubbed; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed and chipped (with slight surface loss to the extremities).
Inscribed, dated (2 May 1974) and signed by the author to Professor T.G.H. Strehlow and his wife 'in appreciation of their friendship and support - both so freely offered'. 'The true story of how a man triumphed over a life of crime and imprisonment and won a respected place in the community'.
Octavo; papered boards slightly rubbed; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed and slightly creased.
Warmly inscribed, dated (14 November 1973) by the author to Professor T.G.H. Strehlow and his wife. The book 'is about bitterness - about hate, and anger, appalling poverty, squalor, and what it is like to be black in Australia in the 1970s'.
Octavo, xx, 348 pages plus 16 plates and 3 charts.
Papered boards slightly bumped at the head and foot of the spine; two leaves (pages 19-22) loose (a production flaw); overall an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little creased, rubbed and marked.
An important work, 'the first study of a Central Australian tribe since early in this century'.
St Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 2009 (second impression)/ 2007.
Quarto, xx, 412 pages with numerous illustrations plus 16 colour plates.
Blind-decorated three-quarter cloth and synthetic cloth; a fine copy.
A 'most valuable and welcome addition to the literature on Aboriginal environments ... it provides an overview and synthesis, in one place, of the difficult-to-access and highly scattered material of the traditional environments of Aboriginal Australia' (preface). The pictorial content (especially the vintage photography) is invaluable.
Adelaide, 'printed and published for Government, by George Dehane', 1846.
Octavo, [ii], 15 pages.
Original stiffened blue wrappers (with the title page details repeated on the front cover); trifling surface blemish to the front cover; essentially a very fine copy.
Heinrich Edward August Meyer was a Lutheran missionary who arrived in Australia in 1840, and spent just over two years living with the Raminyeri tribe of the Encounter Bay area before publishing in 1843 'the first grammar and vocabulary on Ngarrindjeri, 'Vocabulary of the Language spoken by the Aborigines of the Encounter Bay Tribe, South Australia'. He lived at Encounter Bay until 1848 ... Meyer was part of an Adelaide-based community of missionaries from the Dresden Missionary School, which placed great emphasis on learning the language because it believed in the importance of communicating with the Aboriginal people in their own language ... He also had continuing contact with other missionaries who were also involved in writing grammars, such as Clamor Schurmann who had published a grammar of Kaurna, the language to the North of Ngarrindjeri, just before Meyer's arrival. This background, as well as the assertion in his introduction to the 1843 grammar that the whole publication had been twice reviewed with different natives, so that the meaning assigned to the words may be relied upon as correct ... has resulted in a text that is considered to be a reliable reflection of the language at the time, and a good grammar for its time' (Corinne Bannister: 'A Longitudinal Study of Ngarrindjeri', online). In this short but closely printed pamphlet Meyer, in 'giving an account of these people ... endeavour[s] to trace the life of one from his birth upwards'. His extended period of living with the Encounter Bay people in these early years of white settlement adds authenticity to his detailed account of subjects such as hunting, sorcery and burial customs. Ferguson 4348; see also Ferguson 13095 (WOODS, J.D. [editor]: The Native Tribes of South Australia [Adelaide, Wigg, 1879], which reprints this item); Greenway 6696.
Adelaide, 'printed and published for Government, by George Dehane', 1846.
Octavo, [ii], 15 pages.
Original blue wrappers (with the title page details repeated on the front cover) slightly cracked at the foot of the spine; a very fine copy of an ephemeral item printed in the colony when it had been established scarcely a decade.
Heinrich Edward August Meyer was a Lutheran missionary who arrived in Australia in 1840, and spent just over two years living with the Raminyeri tribe of the Encounter Bay area before publishing in 1843 'the first grammar and vocabulary on Ngarrindjeri, 'Vocabulary of the Language spoken by the Aborigines of the Encounter Bay Tribe, South Australia'. He lived at Encounter Bay until 1848 ... Meyer was part of an Adelaide-based community of missionaries from the Dresden Missionary School, which placed great emphasis on learning the language because it believed in the importance of communicating with the Aboriginal people in their own language ... He also had continuing contact with other missionaries who were also involved in writing grammars, such as Clamor Schurmann who had published a grammar of Kaurna, the language to the North of Ngarrindjeri, just before Meyer's arrival. This background, as well as the assertion in his introduction to the 1843 grammar that the whole publication had been twice reviewed with different natives, so that the meaning assigned to the words may be relied upon as correct ... has resulted in a text that is considered to be a reliable reflection of the language at the time, and a good grammar for its time' (Corinne Bannister: 'A Longitudinal Study of Ngarrindjeri', online). In this short but closely printed pamphlet Meyer, in 'giving an account of these people ... endeavour[s] to trace the life of one from his birth upwards'. His extended period of living with the Encounter Bay people in these early years of white settlement adds authenticity to his detailed account of subjects such as hunting, sorcery and burial customs. Ferguson 4348; see also Ferguson 13095 (Woods, J.D. [editor]: The Native Tribes of South Australia [Adelaide, Wigg, 1879], which reprints this item); Greenway 6696.
Octavo, xii (first leaf blank), 306 pages plus a two-fold appendix and a tipped-in errata slip.
Dark blue stippled cloth slightly rubbed at the extremities, a little mottled and slightly marked; acidic paper a little discoloured (as ever); errata slip slightly torn; an excellent copy.
The author, a Church of England minister, was 'Twelve Years Incumbent of St George's, Woodforde, and St Martin's, Campbelltown; also, Twenty-Nine Years Incumbent of St Stephen's, Willunga, St Philip and St James', Noarlunga, and St Ann's, Aldinga'. For every chapter on 'Church Organisation - Cathedral Acre' and 'Alterations in the Manner of Conducting Public Worship', there is one on 'Sundry Incidents' or 'The Aborigines'. The latter is most interesting, containing within its fourteen pages a closely-printed seven-page contemporary account of Miller's 1858 visit to Poonindie. The flyleaf of this copy is signed by George Swan Fowler (1839-1896), a prominent member of the family wholesale grocery empire, and a very active member of the Baptist Church in South Australia (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Ferguson 12592.
Octavo, [iii]-xii, 306 pages plus a folding appendix and a tipped-in errata slip (but lacking an initial blank).
Cloth lightly rubbed and heavily flecked; new endpapers; acidic paper uniformly tanned (as ever); a very good copy with the armorial bookplate of John Andrew Tennant Mortlock on the front pastedown.
The author was 'Twelve Years Incumbent of St George's, Woodforde, and St Martin's, Campbelltown; also, Twenty-Nine Years Incumbent of St Stephen's, Willunga, St Philip and St James', Noarlunga, and St Ann's, Aldinga'. However, for every chapter on 'Church Organisation - Cathedral Acre' and 'Alterations in the Manner of Conducting Public Worship' there's one on 'Sundry Incidents' or 'The Aborigines'. The latter is most interesting, containing within its fourteen pages a closely-printed seven-page contemporary account of Miller's 1858 visit to Poonindie. Ferguson 12592. John Andrew Tennant Mortlock (1894-1950), 'benefactor and pastoralist ... essentially a bookish, withdrawn and solitary individual who did not make friends easily'; his substantial bequests to the State Library of South Australia and the Waite Agricultural Research Institute reflected his personal interests (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Alice Springs, IAD Printing (a section of the Institute for Aboriginal Development), (1970s?).
Octavo, (16) pages with 15 plates.
Wrappers (spine slightly sunned); an excellent copy.
IAD Printing was established 'to produce cross-cultural programme material for teaching and informing Aboriginal Communities and Europeans, and for training Aboriginal people in printing and related skills'. The text on the first page is 'This is Mimili cattle station. We own it'.
Laminated colour pictorial card covers; a mint copy.
'Fred Rose's life takes us through rip-roaring tales from Australia's northern frontier to enthralling intellectual tussles over kinship systems and political dramas as he runs rings around his Petrov inquisitors. More than any other injustice, the abuse of Aborigines leads him into the Communist Party in 1942. His move to academic life in what he insisted on calling the German Democratic Republic made him a dissident against anthropological orthodoxies in the Soviet Bloc as he had been in Australia. Those final three decades also see his informing on his children to his Stasi handlers. Out of relentless research, Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt present an engrossing portrait of the short twentieth century from Rose's birth during the Great War to his death in Berlin shortly after the Wall comes down. The result is unputdownable for its sweep of events while causing us to reflect on how someone can be heroic and horrendous, appalling and admirable.' (Humphrey McQueen, in the blurb).
[Perth, Western Australian Department of Lands & Surveys], 1955.
Foolscap folio, 68 pages with 48 illustrations and a sketch plus a large folding colour map.
Blue card covers (unevenly faded to grey in places) with the full title page details repeated on the front cover; signature in light colour pencil on the front cover and later ownership details on the title page; light creases to the front bottom and... Read complete entry
The author was the leader of the North Kimberley Survey and Mapping Expedition, 1954; his report has some interesting Aboriginal content. Not in McLaren; not in Greenway.
Octavo; laminated colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
'With the breakdown of the culture, dispossesson of lands, repressive legislation and the consequent loss of dignity in a whole tribe of people, [Rod Schenk] was compelled to adopt different methods to proclaim the ... gospel'.
Drop-title; small holes in the left-hand margin where sewn when bound (now disbound); an excellent copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 137 of 1886; only 700 copies printed. All 'correspondence, telegrams and minutes relating to the dispensing with the services of Dr Morice as Protector of Aborigines and Health Officer'. Morice was sacked for 'insubordination, resistence of retrenchment, and litigious disposition'; his downfall stemmed from his refusal to follow ministerial instructions 'not to take any action to provide counsel for the aborigines now under committal for the Daly massacre' (of Houschildt and others).
Original quarter cloth and stiffened wrappers; a fine copy.
This issue also contains MOUNTFORD, C.P.: Aboriginal Crayon Drawings relating to Totemic Places in South-Western Central Australia (15 pages) and Examples of Aboriginal Art from Napier Broome Bay and Parry Harbour, North-Western Australia (11 pages); TINDALE, N.B.: Two Legends of the Ngadjuri Tribe from the Middle North of South Australia (5 pages) and Native Songs of the South-East of South Australia (14 pages); TINDALE, N.B. with H.K. BARTLETT: Notes on some Clay Pots from Panaeati Island, South-East of New Guinea (4 pages) and JOHNSTON, T.H. and J.B. CLELAND: A Survey of the Literature relating to the Occurrence in Australia of Helminth Parasites of Man (28 pages).
Other relevant articles in these issues are MOUNTFORD, C.P.: Examples of Aboriginal Art from Napier Broome Bay and Parry Harbour, North-Western Australia (11 pages with a map and 48 illustrations); TINDALE, N.B.: Native Songs of the South-East of South Australia (14 pages) and Two Legends of the Ngadjuri Tribe from the Middle North of South Australia (5 pages); MADIGAN, Dr C.T.: The Boxhole Crater and the Huckitta Meteorite, Central Australia (4 pages with 2 illustrations); LOVERIDGE, A.: On Some Reptiles and Amphibians from the Central Region of Australia (9 pages); CAMPBELL, T.D. and C.P. MOUNTFORD: Aboriginal Arrangements of Stones in Central Australia (5 pages with 3 illustrations plus 2 plates) and CLELAND, J.B. and T. Harvey JOHNSTON: Aboriginal Names and Uses of Plants at the Granites, Central Australia (5 pages).
Quarto, 628 pages with 33 figures and 737 illustrations (after photographs) plus 12 colour plates, a very large folding colour plate (with a black and white key) and a map.
Papered boards; a VERY FINE COPY with like dustwrapper (in fact, uncirculated).
Mountford's magnum opus; a seminal study of the Aborigines of the Mann and Musgrave Ranges on the borders of South, Central and Western Australia. Loosely inserted is the publisher's restriction notice (102 x 205 mm, printed on ochre-coloured paper); in part it reads 'in areas where traditional Aboriginal religion is still significant, this book should be used only after consultation with local male religious leaders'.
Quarto, 143 pages with numerous plates (including 19 in colour).
Papered boards slightly sunned at the foot of the spine; an excellent copy with the slightly sunned, rubbed and torn dustwrapper.
An important pictorial record, drawn from Mountford's own material built up over 'fifty years of sporadic wandering among the remote parts of our continent'. This copy is signed and dated (1975) on the title-page by the author.
Quarto, 79 pages with numerous illustrations and 32 colour plates.
Decorated papered boards slightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper rubbed and chipped with short tears to the top corners of the front panel, and with the (publisher's) laminate heavily crazed.
Signed by the author and the artist on the title page.
Quarto, 79 pages with numerous illustrations and 32 colour plates.
Decorated papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Signed by the artist, with a further inscription signed and dated (15 November 1985) by the artist (as 'Bill'); loosely inserted is an Ainslie Roberts pictorial card inscribed and signed by the artist.
Carlton, Melbourne University Press, 1956, 1960, 1958 and 1964 (all first - and only - editions).
Quarto, four volumes, xxx, 513 pages with 68 figures and 157 plates plus 2 colour plates; xiv, 515 pages with 7 graphs, 281 maps and illustrations and 47 plates plus a colour plate; xvi, 522 pages with 81 maps and illustrations and 17 plates; and xviii, 533 pages with a map and 100 plates plus 5 colour plates.
Cloth lightly flecked, with a few corners lightly bumped; the fourth volume has the bottom edges of the boards a little more heavily bumped, with associated minor creasing to most bottom margins; the second volume has a few tiny dark marks to the... Read complete entry
Charles Mountford was the leader of the expedition; he was also the author of the first volume, the editor of the second, and co-editor of the third with R.L. Specht (who edited the fourth volume). The first two volumes of this set were inscribed and signed by Charles Mountford in 1963 to Fred Klix. The recipient, a well-known South Australian artist, was also Art Director of Rigby Limited (circa 1965-75), when the Company published numerous books by Mountford.
[Washington], United States Indian Service, April 1944.
185 x 260 mm, 122 pages with numerous illustrations by George Aden Ahgupuk plus a pictorial front pastedown and publisher's information printed on the recto of both flyleaves.
Cloth very lightly marked; an excellent copy without a dustwrapper (presumably one was issued).
Limited to 3000 copies; this copy has the 1945 ownership signature of Charles P. Mountford, the noted Australian anthropologist. Loosely inserted is a newspaper clipping recording the 100th birthday of Mountford's wife Betsy in November 1990 (she accompanied Mountford on his 1948 Arnhem Land expedition and others).
Quarto, [ii], 89,  leaves of original typescript (rectos only) with a few typographical corrections in ink and typed onto small pasted-on strips of paper.
Binder's cloth; a fine copy.
Signed by the author on the declaration of originality page, with a further inscription on an initial blank 'To Ken and Peggy Mountford from Dad' (to his son and daughter-in-law). He has also written 'First Copy, Superseded' at the foot of the title page. Offered together with the revised version dated 30 October 1963 (quarto, [iv], iii, 93, ii leaves of duplicate typescript in binder's cloth); this is the author's retained personal copy, with his signature on an initial blank as well as the declaration of originality page. Tipped in at the rear of this volume is a typed letter on University of Adelaide letterhead signed by the Registrar, awarding Mountford his MA 'when you have made some minor corrections'. These may be the corrigenda typed onto small pasted-on strips of paper scattered throughout the work (many of them relate to citations in the footnotes). In 1965, Mountford published 'Ayers Rock. Its People, Their Beliefs and Their Art'; in the acknowledgements he refers to this MA thesis 'which forms the core of this book'.
Folded once across the centre; in excellent condition.
Mountford has been busy in the eastern states: 'Ayers Rock is in the hands of the publishers, the last volume of the Arnhem Land reports is almost complete, and I am going to get my M.A. Apparently the last examiner (undoubtedly Stanner) was much fairer in his criticisms than the previous one (Capell), who is a cobber of Elkin's'. The politics of anthropology ... (for more detail on the matters mentioned in this short letter, you need go no further than the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' entry on Mountford by Dr Philip Jones).
Quarto,  pages with 2 maps and 2 illustrations plus 8 plates.
Original wrappers slightly dusty, with the spine lightly sunned; an excellent copy.
This issue also contains BERNDT, R.M.: Notes on the Sign-Language of the Jaralde Tribe, of the Lower River Murray, South Australia (6 pages with 2 pages of illustrations). With the ownership signature of N.B. Tindale in pencil on the front cover.
Quarto,  pages with a map and an illustration plus 5 plates.
Original quarter cloth and wrappers; a fine copy of Mountford's first publication.
This issue also contains MAWSON, Sir D. and P. HOSSFELD: Relics of Aboriginal Occupation in the Olary District (8 pages with 2 full-page illustrations plus 4 plates); HOSSFELD, Paul S.: The Aborigines of South Australia. Native Occupation of the Eden Valley and Angaston Districts (11 pages with a map and 3 pages of illustrations); CAMPBELL, Dr T.D. and Dr A.J. LEWIS: The Aborigines of South Australia - Anthropometric, Descriptive and other Observations recorded at Ooldea (9 pages plus 3 pages of plates containing 12 portraits) and two short articles by Dr R. Pulleine.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1965 (first edition).
Octavo; papered boards slightly rubbed and bumped; top and bottom edges very slightly foxed; an excellent copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper a little rubbed and marked with several short tears and minor loss.
With a (now controversial) foreword by Mary Durack and illustrations by Elizabeth Durack. The author's first book, and 'the first novel by any writer of Aboriginal blood to be published in Australia' (publisher's blurb), a claim subsequently questioned.
Geelong, 'Published by the inmates of Her Majesty's Training Prison, Geelong, with the permission of Victorian Prisons, 1961.
Octavo, 2-25 pages, printed in various colours, with three illustrations from photographs.
Original saddle-stapled wrappers, printed in green and brown; wrappers foxed and a trifle creased, with one tiny closed tear to the front cover and minimal surface loss on the rear cover; wrappers and text block neatly pierced in the blank margins... Read complete entry
Clune's six-page contribution gives an account of Namatjira's death and interment, and a brief assessment of his life and works. The address label of Australian author Ruth Park is stamped or typed in the space provided on the rear wrapper, which is also stamped and postmarked.
Melbourne, Heinemann, 1992 [first and only edition].
Quarto, xxii, 350 pages with many illustrations plus 50 colour plates.
Colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy (without the faded spine which seems to be endemic to the species).
'Twelve contributors - anthropologists, historians, art critics and collectors - review the history and stylistic developments of the Hermannsburg watercolourists'. This book has long been a rarity on the open market.
A separately-paginated offprint from the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch), Session 1894-5. With the pencilled ownership initials of Tom Austen Brown.