Quarto; coloured pictorial cloth; a fine copy with the dustwrapper with two tiny tears at the head of the spine and the laminate lifting in the gutters in the card slipcase (with the colour pictorial titling label laid down) rubbed, slightly marked... Read complete entry
Moscow, Ministry of Culture of the USSR and Academy of Sciences of the USSR, 1989 (second edition, 'revised and supplemented')/ 1979.
Quarto, 104 pages plus 131 plates (many in colour).
Laminated colour pictorial papered boards slightly bowed; a fine copy.
'The Foundation's collection [of 700 items] incorporates artifacts from a number of islands and archipelagoes of Melanesia and Polynesia'; it was assembled by two Russian artists and collectors living in Vanuatu. Loosely inserted is a flyer for a 1991 exhibition of the pair. The entire front flyleaf of the book is taken up with a large inscription in red ink to Kym Bonython ('the monarchist but really Arstralia [sic!] should become a republic! sooner the better ...'); it is signed 'Nicolai son of Monarchists' - presumably Nicolai Michoutouchkine.
Small quarto, 159 pages with over 150 (mostly colour) illustrations.
Papered boards; small ink mark on the bottom edge near the spine; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
'The sculpture of Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne are in their different ways unique. Metamorphosing the most familiar subjects into a quasi-surrealistic world, their creations, amassed over the last 35 years, bear witness to two of the most original artistic imaginations at work today in France' (dustwrapper blurb).
Le Havre, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle du Havre, 2014.
Folio, 167,  (colophon) pages with numerous colour illustrations derived mainly from original artwork from Baudin's expedition (including large colour plates of 96 different species of jellyfish).
Quarter cloth and colour pictorial papered boards, in the cloth slipcase; a mint copy.
A bi-lingual publication. 'As naturalists on Nicolas Baudin's voyages, François Péron and illustrator Charles-Alexandre Lesueur collected thousands of species, but both men became fascinated with jellyfish. Their work brought the known number of jellyfish species to 120 - over four times as many as had been documented previously. Lesueur's shimmering illustrations created one of the first, and most important, depictions of jellyfish in the world' (publisher's agent's blurb). This book reproduces Lesueur's original artwork on vellum in the Le Havre Museum of Natural History.
Oblong octavo, 52 pages with 62 colour illustrations (many full-page).
Laminated colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
Together with a suite of over 50 original colour photographs (mainly 150 x 200 mm) of Lever's works offered in the sale. Richard Hayley Lever was born in Adelaide; he sailed for Europe in 1893, and lived in Paris and London before settling in St Ives, Cornwall, in 1902. He emigrated to America in 1912, where he became recognised as a significant artist. The auctioneer's note put this sale in perspective: 'Unbelievably, these paintings lay unstretched, collecting dust for approximatley eighty years, in a Cornish attic, until their recent discovery. It is most unusual to be able to offer some sixty unknown and unseen works by an artist of such international repute'.
Quarto, 27 pages with 13 tipped-in plates (12 in colour).
Plain boards with the attached overlapping wrappers; top and bottom edges slightly creased; head and foot of the spine slightly worn; front cover pulled away from the staples (but firm); first and last pages offset; essentially an excellent copy.
Oblong quarto, 56 pages with 6 black and white illustrations and 19 colour plates.
Laminated colour pictorial papered boards; an excellent copy.
The book was sponsored by Eli Lilly Australia; this copy is inscribed and signed by the sponsor's representative. The first (and long overdue) monograph on this Tasmanian-born artist (1884-1931), whose promising international career was cut short by schizophrenia - he was committed to an asylum in 1918.
London, Smith, Elder, 1838 [but a 1920s restrike from the original plate, with later colouring].
An original handcoloured aquatint (365 x 545 mm) after a painting by William Light, engraved by Robert Havell; now framed and glazed, and in superb condition.
We are reliably informed that item 6 in the 1928 Francis Edwards catalogue, 'Australasia Old and New', states that the original plate for this view had recently been found and that prints have been produced from it. There is little doubt that this is one of them; we have certainly priced it accordingly ...
Quarto (trimmed to 265 x 180 mm), unpaginated but comprising a frontispiece vignette ('Sicilian Cottage'), an engraved title page with a vignette ('Crater of Mount Etna'; verso blank), 60 full-page plates (versos blank), each with a leaf of descriptive text (English on one side, the French translation on the verso) and a tissue-guard, and 3 index pages.
Contemporary full black morocco extensively gilt- and blind-decorated, all edges gilt; leather a little rubbed at the extremities, with minor wear to the corners; minimal foxing and some offsetting (confined mainly to the tissue-guards); an excellent... Read complete entry
William Light (1786-1839), soldier and surveyor, was born in Malaya and spent his childhood in Penang. He served with distinction (and was unharmed) in the Peninsular war. He missed Waterloo, but was severely wounded in a minor Spanish revolution in 1823. In the years before (and after) this, he travelled widely in Europe, and mixed with artistic and literary circles; the material in this book stems from this period. He was appointed the first Surveyor-General of South Australia in February 1836; in December of that year he determined the site of Adelaide, and his plan gave the city its belt of parklands. He died from tuberculosis in October 1839. 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' (all biographical details are from the Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Super royal octavo, 328 pages plus a frontispiece and numerous illustrations (several full-page).
Blue gilt-decorated cloth; extremities very slightly bumped an excellent copy.
With the pictorial bookplate, designed by Katharine Stafford, of G.A.Stafford. The illustrations include reduced facsimiles of the title pages of the 46 books published by the Press, which was notable for the literary output of its proprietor, Jack Lindsay. Several of the books published contain illustrations by Jack's father Norman. Other illustrators include Edward Bawden, Hal Collins and Lionel Ellis. This edition is limited to 850 copies.
Octavo, (iv), 236 pages with numerous illustrations by the author.
Papered boards; head and foot of the spine slightly bumped; bottom edge slightly marked; endpapers offset; contemporary gift inscription; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, chipped and torn with slight loss.
[Sydney], Angus and Robertson, 1977 [first edition].
Quarto, [xxii], 100 plates (on the rectos only, with titles on the opposite versos).
Pictorial papered boards very slightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper very slightly rubbed at the extremities with an insignificant closed tear to the foot of the front hinge.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1968 [first edition].
Quarto, [x], 60 plates.
Cloth; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper very lightly scuffed on the rear cover near the spine.
Fifty of the sixty reproductions 'have never been published before. The unpublished work comprises fourteen drawings made in 1967-68, with other major works done between 1930 and the 1960s'. The American edition published by Bonanza Books in the same year is no substitute.
Folio, two volumes, 164 pages with numerous illustrations (Part A) and 164 pages with illustrations of all the etchings - in excess of 600 (Part B).
Cloth; a fine set with the cloth-covered slipcase.
Published in a limited edition of only 300 numbered sets signed by the publisher, John McCullagh. Part B, a very detailed and fully illustrated chronological catalogue of all of Lionel Lindsay's etchings, is an indispensible reference work for the collector. (Volume 1, devoted to Lionel Lindsay's woodcuts, was published in 1982).
Quarto, 88 pages with numerous plates (many in colour).
Quarto; laminated colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
Signed by the artist on the half-title. Loosely inserted is a 12-page illustrated (and hand-corrected) RSASA Exhibition Catalogue, 'The Art of John Dowie' from 2006, and a newspaper article on the artist (folded and slightly torn); Dowie, a Rat of Tobruk responsible for many of Adelaide's most definitive public sculptures, died on 18 March 2008.
Folio, 286 pages with a map, 31 illustrations, 162 pages of plates (many in colour, including a four-panel panorama) and a tipped-in colour frontispiece plus maps on the rear endpaper and the recto of the rear flyleaf.
Gilt-decorated cloth; endpapers and adjacent leaves foxed, with offsetting to the flyleaves; an excellent copy with the fine glassine dustwrapper in the pictorial slipcase (a little bumped and rubbed, with slight surface loss on the verso where two... Read complete entry
Attractive colour-pictorial and blind-stamped cloth, all edges gilt; extremities and front cover very slightly rubbed; rear inner hinge cracked but firm; minimal foxing to a few leaves; an excellent copy.
Folio; laminated papered boardslightly rubbed at the corners; endpapers and copyright page lightly marked; an excellent copy with the duswrapper lightly rubbed with a 4cm tear and associated crease to the front panel.
Texts by Yves St. Laurent, Bob Colacello, Sonia Rykiel, Fran Lebowitz, Karl Lagerfeld, et al.
Octavo, 60 pages with numerous caricatures by Kerwin Maegraith.
Pictorial wrappers; a fine copy.
Loosely inserted is an original pencil caricature by Maegraith (dated 1950); on the verso are twelve autographs of WA cricketers (plus the manager, Bryant) dated November 1949. A fund-raiser for charity.
London, Oxford University Press, 1971/ 1969 [first thus].
Octavo; cloth lightly rubbed; ownership signature; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, sunned and very slightly torn with the residue of the original attached glassine cover on the verso.