Folio,  leaves (printed rectos only) plus 108 plates (80 collotypes from photographs and 28 tipped-in coloured wood-engravings) interleaved with letterpress descriptions in Japanese and English.
Cord-bound brocade cloth; all edges gilt; covers a little worn at the extremities; scattered light foxing (confined mainly to the interleaves); bottom corner of the entire book block bumped; a very good copy (with the colour plates in fine condition... Read complete entry
The plates are reproductions of masterpieces of Japanese and Chinese art (78 and 30 plates respectively). Other copies on the market at present invariably call for only 100 plates (65 Japanese and 35 Chinese), and some of them have a variant title page (printed without the date, which also appears in our copy as June 1908 at the end of the preface). The preface makes interesting reading; not only does it spell out the precise numbers and types of plates, it draws attention to the 'unusually large number of coloured wood-engravings, twenty-eight in all, a number rather exceptional in a work of this size. We desire to add that all these coloured prints are of that unequalled workmanship which is to be expected from the hands of artizans in the exclusive employment of the Kokka Company'.
Foolscap folio, xxx, 250 pages with numerous charts plus 3 folding maps and 2 large mounted albumen paper photographs ('Equatorial, 8-inch' [Telescope], 235 x 185 mm; and 'Thermometer House', 160 x 235 mm).
Title-wrappers, recently bound in cloth with the title in gilt on the front cover; bottom corners of the first few leaves a little creased; edges a little marked; an excellent copy, with the photographs in fine condition.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 31 of 1881; one of very few photographically-illustrated Australian parliamentary papers ever issued. Not in Holden; there was a copy in the 1979 auction of the collection of Eric Glenie Bonython, but it is not described in detail in the catalogue. This is definitely the meteorological book for anyone not particularly interested in meteorology.
Drop-title; small holes in the inner margins where stab-sewn when bound (now disbound), with secondary page numbers (1091-1096) stamped in the top corners; a fine copy.
The despatches, from the Duke of Newcastle, the incumbent Secretary of State for the Colonies, concern whether 'the northern part of Australia should be formed into a new Colony, or that a portion of the territory in question should be annexed to Queensland'. Newcastle's recommendation was 'to annex to South Australia so much of this territory as lies south of the tropic, and to attach the rest of it provisionally to Queensland'. As it turned out, the Northern Territory of South Australia came into being in 1863, annexing all the relevant land both north and south of the Tropic of Capricorn. This annexed land was eventually surrendered to the Commonwealth in 1911. New South Wales Parliamentary Paper 708-A of 1862.
Stab-sewn title-wrappers lightly marked; light crease down the centre of the entire pamphlet; an excellent copy.
Inscribed to 'S. Deering Esq from [indecipherable initials] 14.2.77' on the front cover, probably by the anonymous author. Pages 5-7, 'Reprinted from the 'European Mail' of November 24, 1876', deal with Gregory Seale Walters, who died 'in his eightieth year, on October 29th, 1876'. Pages -22, 'Printed for publication in Australian Newspapers', deal with Francis Stacker Dutton, who died in London on 25 January 1877. Ferguson 15953 (incorrectly calling for only 12 pages).
Contemporary half calf and cloth; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities, with minor wear to the corner tips and the foot of the spine; endpapers offset; a few 1950s Commonwealth Department of Health stamps and related call numbers on a few pages;... Read complete entry
Twelve monthly issues bound together with a title leaf and a cumulative index at the rear. There are numerous articles of interest in the volume, ranging from adulteration of food, to hydatids and snake-bites. The Hon. William Bland MLC contributed 'Bites of the Venomous Snakes of Australia' (6 pages), in which he recounts a personal encounter involving the explorer Captain William Hovell in 1819. (Bland later edited Hume and Hovell's 'Journey of Discovery to Port Phillip').
Contemporary half calf and cloth; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities, with minor wear to the corner tips; endpapers offset; a few 1950s Commonwealth Department of Health stamps and related call numbers on a few pages; an excellent copy.
Twelve monthly issues bound together with a title leaf and a cumulative index at the rear. There are numerous articles of interest in the volume, including several short ones on snake-bite (approximately 6 pages), and a series of three important lectures on the heart by Professor George Britton Halford (32 pages with 4 illustrations). Halford was appointed Foundation Chair of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology at Melbourne University in 1862.
Octavo, [ii], 386 pages with a few illustrations plus a hand-coloured lithograph.
Contemporary half calf and cloth; leather a little rubbed at the extremities and slightly worn; endpapers offset; a few 1950s Commonwealth Department of Health stamps and related call numbers on a few pages; text paper uniformly tanned, with a few... Read complete entry
Twelve monthly issues bound together with a title leaf and a cumulative index at the rear. There are numerous articles of interest in the volume, including lengthy accounts (totalling 36 pages) of the recently concluded Beaney murder trials (the surgeon James George Beaney was acquitted, after the second trial, of the murder of a barmaid, Mary Lewis, who had died following an abortion). The hand-coloured plate accompanies an article by Thomas Shearman Ralph on observations with the microscope on the effects of various chemicals on blood (11 pages).
Quarto, each number comprising 8 pages with illustrations (mainly from photographs).
Plain binder's cloth a little marked, flecked and rubbed at the extremities, with the rear cover heavily mottled; endpapers foxed; light tidemark to the bottom corner of three numbers (the first two and the last one); trifling signs of use; a... Read complete entry
Published during the editorship of Frederick Usher (1931-1943), The Mercury House News was 'published monthly by and in the interests of the employees of Davies Brothers'. In the first number, the Managing Director, C.B. Davies writes that 'There is no reason why this little sheet should not be a means of improving the mutual understanding between employer and employee, thereby creating a feeling of confidence and attaining the good fellowship and co-operation between the departments of the whole organisation of Davies Brothers Limited'. The end result is the desired 'blend of humour in general items' with departmental reports that are 'a serious record of the events of the month - improved plant, promotions, social items, sporting news and the like'. However, Number 14 is the 'Last Issue. Owing to the regrettable decision of the piece-workers of the Linotype Chapel 'that they will not set the matter for HOUSE NEWS unless payment is made for same,' and as the publication is entirely a voluntary effort on the part of all employees, in which considerable interest has been taken and pleasure derived, it is regretted that the publication will cease with this issue'. We thought complete runs of this in-house journal would be scarce, but we were very surprised to find no record of any issues at all in Trove.
Octavo, 8 issues bound as one volume, comprising [iv] (manuscript index to both volumes], 64 pages plus a tipped-in plate [Volume 1], and 88 pages plus 2 pages of plates [Volume 2]; each issue retains its original unpaginated wrappers printed on all sides.
Contemporary binder's cloth with a printed paper title-label on the front cover; cloth a little rubbed and marked, with some wear to the spine (confined mainly to the front hinge); front flyleaf stained by an acidic newspaper cutting (no longer... Read complete entry
From the collection of Dr Charles Fenner, the Chairman of the Section and editor of the journal, with his bookplate on the front pastedown and his signature at the head and foot of the index (which is in his hand, and presumably his handiwork). The Field Naturalists' Club had been established for 36 years when the first number of the journal appeared. The contents include numerous short articles by well-known figures such as S.A. White, J.M. Black, R.M. Pulleine, T.P. Bellchambers, and Charles Fenner himself.
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.
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.
Small quarto,  pages with the Coat of Arms printed on the first and last pages.
The programme is printed in gold on two separate pieces of thick silk pasted together around the extremities, then folded down the centre; apart from a little discolouration from the glue, it is in fine condition.
Octavo, xvi, 598,  (publisher's advertisements) pages with 209 line illustrations.
Cloth slightly rubbed, marked and bumped at the extremities; edges a little foxed and tanned; occasional light foxing (confined mainly to the top margins); trifling signs of handling; a very good copy, uncut and partially unopened.
William Bateson (1861-1926), the English biologist who founded and named the science of genetics and whose experiments provided evidence basic to the modern understanding of heredity; in 1900 he translated Mendel's seminal paper into English and became his champion in England, corroborating his principles experimentally. Unfortunately, he misinterpreted some of his results, leading him to refuse 'to accept the interpretation of linkage advanced by the geneticist Thomas Hunt Morgan. In fact, he opposed Morgan's entire chromosome theory, advocating his own vibratory theory of inheritance, founded on laws of force and motion, a concept that found little acceptance among other scientists' (Encyclopaedia Britannica online).
Octavo (190 x 145 mm, being the external dimensions of the covers), a 13-panel leporello (panel size approximately 182 x 136 mm, with overall dimensions 182 x 1770 mm) containing 21 high-gloss sepia-toned views of Sandhurst, comprising a four-panel panorama, 3 full-panel illustrations, 7 half-panel illustrations and 10 quarter-panel illustrations; the rear pastedown contains an advertisement for the publishers.
Quarter cloth and gilt-pictorial high-gloss light blue papered boards lightly marked, slightly chipped on the edges, and a little worn at the corners; the contents are in fine condition.
'The Bendigo Advertiser' (28 November 1889) contains the following short notice: 'Photographic Views of Sandhurst. We have received an album of photographic views of Sandhurst from Messrs Schultze [sic], Steffens and Co., of Melbourne. They are the finest photographs of the city we have yet seen. These views may be obtained at any of the stationers in Sandhurst'. The images are not photographs, but highly glazed reproductions of lithographs based on photographs, and this form of souvenir, often printed in Germany, is very much a product of its time. In this album, 'Messers Schutze, Steffens & Co., 272 Little Collins Street, Melbourne' announce that they 'Publish Albums of Views of Melbourne, Sydney, Ballarat, Sandhurst, Geelong, to be had retail at every Bookseller, Stationer & Shopkeeper throughout the Colony'. That's the sort of thing publishers would say, but 126 years later, we can find no record of any examples of this particular item in Trove. Ferguson records similar sorts of things (see 5798 to 5808), some of which may well be by Schutze, Steffens & Co., but he makes no mention of this in any of his records, and he was unaware of this Sandhurst album. The misspelling of Schutze in the advertorial in 'The Bendigo Advertiser' doesn't make matters any easier for current researchers.
Large quarto, 32 pages with numerous illustrations plus 4 full-page colour plates and the detachable folding board game ('The Search for the Golden Boomerang Game', printed in full colour on heavy card, complete with the small 'Instructions' card containing the 'Spinner and Discs'; these are numbered 16a, 16b and 16c respectively).
Colour-pictorial card covers (with the bottom half of the outside rear one also advertising 'Two Grand Golden Boomerang Competitions'); covers slightly worn at the corners, with minor loss to the head and foot of the spine and its surface;... Read complete entry
Muir 696 (identifying the artist as Hottie Lahm, but not noting page 16c).
Klerksdorp, Transvaal, Printed by H.M. Guest, Printer, Bookseller and Stationer, 'Mining Record' Office, [3 March] 1901.
Approximately 440 x 285 mm, a broadside printed on acidic newsprint (recto only).
Lightly creased where once folded, with trifling chips to some edges, but overall in excellent condition, recently mounted on archival tissue for lasting stability, and housed in a Mylar sleeve with a loose acid-free backing board for support.
The 'Hobart Mercury' (18 April 1901) reprints the text of this broadside in its entirety, with the following informative introductory paragraph: 'The 'Mining Record', published at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, issued the following 'Extra' on the 3rd of March last:- The First Tasmanian Bushmen took part in the fight at Hartebeestfontein Poort, and got through without any casualties'. The headline action took place on 18 February, 'after a march of a fortnight, and fighting almost every day'. The second paragraph gives details of a sharp skirmish in thick bush at Uitval's Kop on 3 February. 'The Boers laid in wait in the bush, and the troops had to clear the position, which they did in a most gallant manner. The Boers were in front and on the flanks in force. After some sharp fighting the Boers retired, our loss being one South Australian killed and five Bushmen and two South Australians wounded, among the latter being Lieut. Dempsey'. These casualties were members of the 3rd South Australian Bushmen's Contingent; the soldier killed was 34 Corporal C.W.B. Currie.
Octavo, 42,  (last blank) pages plus a full-page frontispiece, 24 illustrations (on 11 leaves at the rear) and 5 original albumen paper photographs (each approximately 110 x 80 mm or the reverse) mounted on individual leaves. A correction has been made in ink (page 6, line 27, Riviera for rivers); we have noted this in other copies (including the standard issue) and presume it is in the author's hand.
Quarter leather and ornate gilt-lettered watered cloth (almost certainly the original binding); slight loss to the head of the spine, with a little loss of its treated surface down its length (slightly affecting a few letters); cloth slightly rubbed... Read complete entry
Ferguson 7285 (not noting this extra-illustrated edition); Holden 7 ('Photography in Colonial Australia. The Mechanical Eye and the Illustrated Book', 1988). The author was Sheriff of South Australia, 'and with a view to provide means of useful employment to the short-sentenced prisoners, it has been my duty to superintend the olive plantations which have been formed near the Adelaide Gaol. [On] holiday, in the years 1876 and 1877, [I visited] the olive countries of Europe, and ... acquainted [myself] with the processes of olive cultivation and manufacture of oil'. The plates are of mature olive trees; on one occasion in the text, he strongly recommends a particular variety and states 'I have brought photographs of this tree'. Offered together with six vintage albumen paper photographs (each 220 x 160 mm) from the same series used to illustrate the book, with only one of them published therein. Several of them are from the Cannes region. These photographs were originally owned by Sir Samuel Davenport, and all carry captions in his hand on the mounts. Sir Samuel Davenport (1818-1906) was an ardent promoter of agriculture and new industries in South Australia and served as president of both the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society and the South Australian branch of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Australian Dictionary of Biography). For good measure, a contemporary bottle label for pure olive oil 'from the Corporation olive yards' of the City of Adelaide is included.
Small octavo, six volumes, approximately 300 pages per volume with two-colour pictorial title pages plus a total of 36 full-page plates by Frank Brangwyn.
Three-colour decorated cloth lettered in gilt on the spines; top edges gilt, others uncut; spines a little tanned (and one slightly marked); some corners slightly bumped or rubbed; endpapers offset, with a contemporary gift inscription on each front... Read complete entry
Jenkinson was active in the region from 1885, according to his advertisement in The History of Broken Hill by Curtis (1908); Davies and Stanbury (1985) have him there from 1889. One of the photographs is captioned in the image '[Sir Hen]ry Parkes at Stephen Creek'. Parkes, Premier of NSW, turned the first sod of the Stephens Creek reservoir in April 1890 and this photograph was clearly taken on the day; he is easily discernible at the front of the crowd, resplendent in his top hat, dress coat and flowing white beard, holding an ornamental shovel (heavily decorated with what is presumably silver). A large marquee in the background, with numerous flags fluttering from it, further sets the scene. The other three photographs are variant views of a construction site at a mine; gentlemen in suits, rather than tradesmen and labourers, are the order of the day, so it may have been a commissioned shoot. However, one view in particular delivers more than it promises, clearly showing a range of basic dwellings (more tents than huts or houses) on the undulations in the background.
New York, Lyle Stuart (and printed by the Loujon Press, New Orleans), 1965 (first edition).
Folio; stiffened card covers with the thick paper wrap-around dustwrapper attached at the spine; spine very lightly sunned; essentially a fine copy. The front cover, with its leading edge set back 45 millimetres, has the title poem reproduced on it in... Read complete entry
Illustrated with four plates (with tissue guards) from etchings by Noel Rockmore. The stated edition is 3100 [signed] copies. Bound in opposite the colophon at the rear is a sheet of blue paper inscribed, signed and illustrated by the author. The inscription reads 'Charles Bukowski / 3-13-65 / New Orleans / French Quarter', and it is set within a large original drawing of two birds (in silver, red and black ink).
Octavo, [ii] (contents leaf, verso blank), 40 pages with a line illustration and 36 colour illustrations (from photographs) plus an errata slip mounted on page 26.
Plastic comb-bound card covers lightly sunned and marked; an excellent copy.
Loosely inserted is a two-page ALS (folded once, with a few tiny light marks) from Dr Norman H. Young, 'Senior Lecturer in New Testament, School of Religion, Avondale College, Cooranbong' (where Michael Chamberlain studied in the late 1960s). The first paragraph of the letter, addressed to an Adelaide doctor, puts the items in context: 'As a signatory to the statement supporting Professor Barry Boettcher's work on the forensic biologist's results in the tragic Chamberlain case, I thought you may appreciate notification of some of the recent forensic developments in the case'. Dr Young is a little less prosaic in the second-last paragraph: 'I do not know Mrs Chamberlain personally, though after reading the transcripts of the first inquest and the trial - over 4000 pages - I feel rather familiar with the Chamberlains. Of course I am a well-qualified expert in their religion and can say that most of the things said in the popular media in this connection are either totally false or misleading. We have our sectarian frailties, but child sacrifice is certainly not one of them'.
They are publicity shots from the 1950 Alfred Hitchcock film, 'Stage Fright' (numbered in the negative SF-G-28, SF-G-34, SF-G-37, and SF-G-38 respectively). Apart from a tiny spot near the bottom margin of one image, they are in very fine condition, recently archivally mounted and matted ready for framing. These are much more impressive than the standard 10 x 8 inch (250 x 200 mm) prints routinely on offer. Even more impressive is the fact that when these photographs were taken, Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) was pushing 50 ....
Large octavo, [ii], 89 (index and advertising, all with the suffix 'a'), 1625,  pages (the first and last two pages are the printed pastedowns, and the front flyleaf is in fact the title leaf); there is also an unnumbered advertising leaf before page 66a.
Red cloth (with advertisements printed in gilt on all cloth surfaces, and in black and red on the edges of the text block); essentially a fine copy.
The eighty-fifth year of publication, and not easy to find in any condition, let alone as crisp as this copy.
Large octavo, ii (front pastedown)-xxviii, 1116, 39 (advertisements, with the last one on the rear pastedown) pages plus a two-colour advertisement for Vosz (facing page 624; verso blank).
Quarter red cloth and red papered boards (with advertisements on all external surfaces printed in gilt, now a little dulled); short split to the foot of the front hinge; papered boards rubbed, marked, and a little worn around the extremities; edges a... Read complete entry
Digitization has sapped the enthusiasm for these original editions, but they are fiendishly rare and invariably more preferable in our experience.
Octavo, xx, 224 pages plus 16 pages of plates, 4 leaves of sheet music to two songs and a folding map.
Colour-pictorial cloth slightly scuffed, a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with the spine lightly sunned; edges a little foxed and lightly marked; blank commercial bookplate mounted on the pastedown (perhaps masking an earlier ownership... Read complete entry
An account of two trips to the Antarctic in the 'Morning', relief ship to Scott's 'Discovery'. With the ownership signature in pencil of D[orothy] Irving-Bell, mentioned in the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic, Volume 1, in the section on 'Women in Antarctica: from Companions to Professionals' as an example of 'expedition fund-raisers and publicists'.
Quarto,  leaves printed one side only with attractive colour illustrations of clothes and costumes designed to be cut out.
Colour pictorial card covers; internal tear (probably a production flaw) to the last leaf expertly sealed; an excellent copy.
'Series A-91' is printed at the foot of the outside rear cover. Not in Trove, but three libraries contain a companion volume (A-92) by the same author: 'Cut out Popsy and her Lovely Frocks'. Not in Muir (but see 2132-2172 for some of her prolific output). The following short article in the Adelaide 'Advertiser' on Friday 11 August 1950 explains in part the inspiration for these charming illustrations of contemporary children's fashions, which include a HMAS 'Sydney' sailor cap, and a Digger's uniform, complete with slouch hat. 'Kay Druce, slim and attractive Sydney artist, is known to children throughout Australia and New Zealand as the originator of the delightful 'Popsy' and 'Duffy' series of children's books. She has achieved the unusual feat of having sold nearly 3 [million] copies of her books in Australasia. Kay, formerly a fashion artist, started on the first of her books at the beginning of the last war. The story of her work, together with illustrations of several of her characters, is told in this week's issue of 'Woman's Day', now on sale'.
The photograph (paper size 60 x 95 mm, image size an oval 55 x 85 mm) is mounted as issued on a plain card. The photographer is not identified; the item was found in an album in Adelaide, so it is probably of South Australian origin. Five gentlemen are depicted with shotguns and birds in the hand, with plenty more on the ground in front of a tent, inside of which is a table groaning under the weight of what appear to be bottles of sparkling wine. Strictly speaking, it looks like the 1870s; put more broadly though, one could say it's timeless.
Octavo, [vi] (advertisements), xiv, [iv] (first and last pages blank - 'Specimens of Papuan and North Australian dialects'), 239,  (advertisement) pages with 2 small wood engravings plus 4 full-page chromolithographs, 2 folding maps and a plain three-panel folding lithograph of 'Heads of Papuans and North Australians'. (The specimens of dialects appear in some copies as a folding chart).
Original brick-red blind-stamped watered cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities and lightly marked, with minimal wear to one corner and one small spot near the head of the front hinge; spine a little sunned; an excellent copy with the... Read complete entry
Ferguson 9339 (not quite accurate regarding the illustrations, plates and maps): 'Chapter XII [52 pages and the folding plate] deals with Melville Island and North Australia. There are also many references to the Australian aborigines in other parts of the work, with ethnological comparisons'. The list of plates includes a lengthy explanation (one and a half pages) of the folding plate. See also Ferguson 9340.
Octavo, [iv], 316 pages plus endpaper catalogues (dated June 1891).
Pictorial flush-cut limp light blue cloth printed in dark blue, with all corners of the entire book rounded as issued; contemporary ownership details on the title page (J. Lowe, Melbourne 1895); mild signs of use; a very good copy.
Number 73 in 'Petherick's Collection of Favourite and Approved Authors. For Circulation in the Colonies Only'.
Small quarto, 96 pages with numerous illustrations plus (loosely inserted) a pictorial calendar for 1913, printed on both sides of a piece of card.
Colour pictorial wrappers a little cockled, foxed and marked, with the spine a little cracked; a very good copy.
A German almanack issued as a free supplement to ''Australischen Volkskalender', verlag von Basedow, Eimer & Co., Adelaide, Office der 'Australischen Zeitung''; these details are printed at the foot of the front cover.
Adelaide, Sudaustralischen Distrikts der Ev.luth Synode in Australien, 1905.
Octavo, 76 pages.
Wrappers (with the full title page details repeated within an ornamental border, and with the addition of the price of 9 pence, on the front cover); wrappers a little marked, creased and lightly chipped, with a light tidemark to the rear one; trifling... Read complete entry
Printed by Oscar Muller and Company at Hochkirch in the Western District of Victoria. The town was renamed Tarrington in March 1918 as a response to anti-German sentiments.
Small quarto, [viii], 88 (last colophon) pages with numerous illustrations plus a colour frontispiece and 22 full-page sepia plates.
Brown-pictorial cream papered boards lightly marked and bumped, with trifling surface blemishes; occasional mild foxing and slight signs of handling; a very good copy with the colour pictorial dustwrapper expertly conserved (with infill making light... Read complete entry
Not in Muir (but see 2747 for similar editions from 1934 and 1939, omitting in error the preliminaries and not calling for a dustwrapper).
Adelaide, Southern Heritage, May 2014 (second impression)/ November 2013.
Quarto, viii, 679 pages with several maps and numerous illustrations.
Colour pictorial papered boards; a mint copy.
'South Australia has a reputation for being different. Conceived as a 'province' fully formed, it was the only colony to be founded by an Act of the British parliament. The ideals present at its founding in 1836 included enlightened aspirations towards the Aboriginal inhabitants. In colonial times it succeeded in becoming the granary of the Australian continent, though limited resources often handicapped it. Adelaide, the colony's capital, exercised an influence over the colony unmatched by the capitals in other Australian colonies. This book seeks to explore the South Australian experience to the time of Australia's federation in 1901' (publisher's blurb).
Duodecimo, [vi] (advertisements on orange or purple paper), 28 pages plus 8 full-page lithographed portrait illustrations by Charles Turner depicting specific actors in key roles from the opera (thus, R.L. Skinner as Ralph; Mrs Lingard as Josephine; W.H. Lingard as the Admiral; Miss Wiseman as Hebe; John Forde as the Captain; Mrs J.L. Hall as Buttercup; J.L. Hall as Deadeye; and young Harry Hall as Midshipmite).
Pink wrappers with the title page details repeated (within an ornamental border, and with not-insignificant variation) on the front cover; minimal conservation to the (lightly discoloured and marked) wrappers and the first advertising leaf; a very... Read complete entry
This is the libretto of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Entirely Original Comic Opera'. Libretti in this format, with Australian imprints, are not at all uncommon. However, we have not seen one as grand as this before, with its large complement of fine lithographs - and according to Trove, no institution even has one. The elaborate nature of this edition may be explained by the fact that it appears to have been produced for the opening night (Saturday 7 June 1879) of the Australian premiere season of this perennial favourite.
Folio, two volumes, 423 and 80 pages with a frontispiece portrait and title page vignette plus endpaper maps in each volume.
Gilt-decorated buckram, top edge gilt, others uncut; slight crease to the cloth near the head of the spine of the first volume, with the cloth on the second volume slightly flecked; an excellent set with the bookplate of Allan Giles on each front... Read complete entry
Number 441 of only 500 copies; the first [and only] edition, prepared from the original manuscript.
The letter, on the Pro Hart Gallery letterhead, states in full: 'Dear Collector, I hope you get as much enjoyment from these prints as I did when I painted them for the Lawson book of poems'. The letter is undated, but Hart's illustrated 'Poems of Henry Lawson' was published in two volumes in 1973 and 1975 respectively.
Octavo, xvi, 432 pages with '230 wood-cuts, of which 42 are by Thomas Bewick'; the first 8 illustrations in the 4-page section before the title page (for all intents and purposes a prospectus for the work) are expertly hand-coloured, presumably as issued.
Contemporary half calf and cloth, with contrasting leather labels and extensively blind-tooled decorations on the spine; leather a little rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy.
With the bookplate of Frederic Hardwicke Knight (featuring an alert squirrel).
Adelaide, 'published by Superintendent of Club', 1872.
Octavo, viii, -408 pages (the last 8 being advertisements) plus 2 frontispiece lithographs ('Present Bushmen's Home' and 'Proposed Bushmen's Home').
Original flush-cut dark green cloth with the short title in gilt on the front cover; cloth lightly marked and rubbed at the extremities, with slight wear in a couple of places; spine a little sunned; inner hinges cracked but firm; endpapers a little... Read complete entry
With the armorial bookplate of P. Curzon Clement on the pastedown; the bookplate is listed in Peake (Australian Personal Bookplates, 2000), with John Shirlow recorded as the artist. A note (dated January 1879) in pencil on the flyleaf gives some details of the anonymous author, a cousin of the somewhat more famous Victor. Ferguson 10643 (recording only 'blue morocco cloth boards'). 'By 1866 a ravaging northern drought accelerated the need to succour bush workers, who were often victims of their own excesses and were preyed upon between jobs. Hugo pressed for a 'bushmen's home', like a seamen's home, as a quiet, sober refuge. Opposition came from those who saw it as a squatters' movement, but his canvassing, bushmen's subscriptions and philanthropic support enabled the home to open in Whitmore Square, Adelaide, in May 1870' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
London, Blackburn and Burt, and Adelaide, E.S. Wigg, .
Duodecimo, vi, 174 pages.
Original blind-stamped closely-woven brown cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with minimal wear to the head of the front hinge and one bottom corner; front flyleaf very lightly creased and marked; an excellent copy, uncut and... Read complete entry
The contemporary ownership details of E. Barlow, Adelaide are written in ink on the front pastedown. Henry Hussey (1825-1903) arrived in South Australia in 1839, so he was barely 30 when this book was published. The 22 (of 36) pages on the Australian colonies devoted to his home state are based on personal experience. Ferguson 10702: 'The title adequately describes the other stages of his journey. American conditions in several states are noticed'.