[Adelaide, ALP ('Printed by Largs Bay Printers. Congratulations to the ALP')], 1991.
Quarto, a menu card,  pages, comprising the monochrome pictorial front cover (with portraits of Bob Hawke, Don Dunstan and John Bannon), blank verso, the (pretty modest) bill of fare, with the final page left blank for autographs.
Front cover a little marked (offsetting from something it was stored with over the years); small light tidemark near the head of the fold; in very good condition.
The rear cover is signed by thirteen guests at the dinner; topping the list are Bob Hawke, John Bannon, Hazel Hawke, Angela Bannon and Don Dunstan. Other local heroes include Molly Byrne (the first ALP woman elected to the SA House of Assembly), Greg Crafter, Rosemary Crowley, Bob Gregory, and George Weatherill (father of the current Premier).
Small quarto (Number 4) and quarto, six issues, 8 pages (Numbers 4 and 8) and 10 pages (Numbers 5-7 and 9) with a few illustrations.
Number 4 was limited to 499 copies, Number 5 to 'not more than 500 copies'; a fine run.
Ten issues of this literary journal were published between December 1950 and June 1953 (the last one, published in Darwin, was called 'The Northern Austrovert'). The first two were limited to 400 copies each, and Number 3 to 500 copies. Number 4 contains an article by Arthur Upfield ('The Critic's Value'), and Number 7 contains a two-page review (of 'The Shades Will Not Vanish' by Helen Fowler, and 'The Ridge and the River' by Tom Hungerford) by P.R. Stephensen, his 'first signed article in the last ten years'.
Broadsheet (a very large 650 x 500 mm), approximately 308 issues bound as two volumes, with each issue comprising 4 pages; a one-page supplement is included with the issue of 10 December (a wonderful fully-illustrated catalogue of farm machinery).
Contemporary quarter calf and marbled papered boards, with minimal wear to the extremities; a few trifling blemishes to the contents (a tear to each of two leaves, 10 and 15 cm respectively; small classified advertisements snipped from four leaves,... Read complete entry
A major source of original information on Australian exploration, with many reports by and on Babbage, and substantial accounts by and on Gregory, Stuart and Warburton. There are important series of articles on Australian geology by the Reverend Julian Edmund [Tenison]-Woods, and Australian wine by 'Maro', among numerous lengthy contributions of intrinsic historical interest.
London, Sampson, Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1874.
Duodecimo, viii, 91 pages.
Green cloth (lettered in gilt on the front cover) a little marked and rubbed; blank bottom corner tip missing from the last leaf; minimal foxing and trifling signs of use; a very good copy.
The title piece (8 pages) is preceded by a page of text about the disaster; the other poems include 'Lines addressed to Stuart's Exploring Party', 'The Wreck of the 'Dunbar'', and 'The New Zealand Missionary's Wife and her Dying Child'. George French Angas, better known for his fine 1840s illustrated works, including 'South Australia Illustrated' and 'The New Zealanders Illustrated', was the son of George Fife Angas, a major influence in the foundation of South Australia. With the contemporary ownership details of James Robert Young (13 September 1875), and the paper stamp of the Adelaide bookseller E.S. Wigg.
Octavo, xii, 474,  (publishers' advertisements), 16 (publishers' catalogue) pages plus a folding hand-coloured frontispiece map of South Australia (370 x 325 mm, with a small inset map of Australia).
Blind-decorated brick-red cloth, all edges uncut; covers bumped at the extremities and heavily flecked, with minor loss to silverfish to the spine (affecting only one letter of the title); short tear to the head of the spine; trifling signs of use; a... Read complete entry
The author was 'late Member of the Legislative Council at Adelaide' (from 1855 to 1864); he was also George Fife Angas's agent and attorney in SA from 1841 to 1844. This copy comes from the collection of George Fife Angas himself; the flyleaf carries his full signature, and is further inscribed in his hand 'Adelaide, Sept. 10, 1866'. Ferguson 9691 (not recording the map).
Octavo, xii, 440 pages plus a frontispiece portrait. Although this plate is listed on the title page as an 'etched portrait by H. Manesse', it is yet another variant (we have identified several). On this occasion, it is doubly-variant: not only is it not produced in the manner that is common to most copies, it is also a different image, with the printed credit below it of 'Direct Photo-Eng. Co. Ld'.
Cloth a little rubbed, marked and flecked; top and bottom edges foxed (and with the name of an Angus relative written in ink on the bottom one); some offsetting and foxing to the inside surfaces of the flyleaves and the first and last few leaves (with... Read complete entry
Inscribed to 'Rev'd J. Hall Angus with J.H. Angas' kind regards. 20 Sep 1893' (from the older son of George Fife Angas to an Angus relative). Ferguson 10473 (noting an erratum slip).
Early half tan calf and marbled papered boards with a contrasting leather title-label on the spine; covers a little rubbed and scuffed, with the head of both hinges slightly cracked (but firm); endpapers and adjacent leaves offset (mainly from the... Read complete entry
Western's apparent aim was to demonstrate the superiority of the English constitution over all other forms of government. In that context, the parochial provenance of this copy is hard to beat. The ownership signature of 'J.F. Burton, Adelaide 1850' appears at the head of the title page and on the front flyleaf (without the place-name). The latter is also signed in pencil 'J.H. Fisher' (James Hurtle Fisher), around which George Fife Angas has written 'Sept 21 1853. Presented by [JHF] to G.F. Angas'. The full name of George Fife Angas is also written there in pencil in what we recognize as a later secretarial hand, indicating (in our experience) that the book came originally from Angas's library. Sir James Hurtle Fisher (1790-1875) 'was one of the most important pioneers of South Australia': a lawyer, he was appointed first Resident Commissioner of South Australia, and arrived in the colony on the 'Buffalo' with the Governor's party. He eventually became a leader of the South Australian Bar (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Angas needs no introduction. We know little about Burton, other than that he was an Adelaide solicitor; he is mentioned as such occasionally in the local newspapers of the day.
Octavo, xvi, 51 pages plus 15 colour lithographs (one double-page).
Pictorial papered boards (printed in red and black) lightly bumped on the top edge of both covers, with the rear cover slightly marked; flyleaves offset; top edge of the text block and the top half-inch of the leading edge stained, bleeding lightly... Read complete entry
Octavo, xiv, 570 pages with 82 illustrations plus a tinted frontispiece and a folding map.
Early gilt-decorated half calf and cloth, with a contrasting title-label on the spine, all edges and endpapers marbled; leather slightly scuffed, with a light tidemark near the foot of the spine (and on the endpapers); foxing to a few early leaves;... Read complete entry
The ownership details of the Chief Examiner of the NSW Department of Instruction, 1881, are written neatly in ink at the head of the title page.
'I am glad that you treasure the badge that you won so well, & heartily wish you long life to wear it. Your work in teaching the boys to take their turn in doing their duty as citizens of their country is a fitting round-off to your own rendering of it in South Africa - & I wish you every success. Yours sincerely, Robert Baden-Powell'. Irish-born Walter Balfour-Ogilvy (1875-1944) emigrated to Renmark in South Australia in 1891; he 'served with distinction in the Boer War, rising rapidly from trooper to regimental sergeant-major' (from his obituary, a copy of which is offered with this lot). He later joined Baden-Powell's South African Constabulary. The badge referred to in the letter is the Badge of Gallantry instituted by Baden-Powell, who 'claimed a special award was necessary because his men were not part of the army and so were often considered ineligible for ordinary military decorations' (Tim Jeal: ^Baden-Powell - Founder of the Boy Scouts^). Subsequently Balfour-Ogilvy was a member of the AN&MEF that seized control of German New Guinea in September 1914 in Australia's first action in the First World War, and from February 1915 until June 1917, he was District Officer and Officer Commanding Garrison at Madang.
Foolscap folio, 10 pages plus a very large folding map ('Plan shewing Explorations between Alice Springs and the Eastern Boundary of the Province', 570 x 1105 mm).
Modern binder's cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; a fine copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 209 of 1878. Barclay and his small party left Alice Springs on 31 January 1878; before turning back on 4 June, they had almost reached the Queensland border. Lack of food and water was the main problem, exacerbated on their return by a delay of five days spent shoeing the surviving horses (one having been eaten). 'The shoeing is a very tedious job, as we have no small shoes left, and it is a hard matter to fit them without a forge. The horses could not get through the range without it, or I should push on, as we are all but out of food of every kind, and are living on rats'. McLaren 5041 (not noting the dimensions of the map).
Octavo,  pages with 7 illustrations plus 6 plates and a folding map.
Original wrappers sunned on the spine and (a little unevenly) on the rear cover; a fine copy.
This issue also contains BARCLAY, Henry Vere: Report on Exploration of a Portion of Central Australia by the Barclay-Macpherson Expedition, 1904-1905 (25 pages); WILKIE, David E. and Fred MUELLER: Report on White Men's Graves in the Interior (12 pages) and HELY, Hovenden: Expedition in Search of Dr Leichhardt (18 pages).
Overlapping wrappers lightly discoloured; staples a little rusty; essentially a fine copy.
The report by Arthur Wade, an independent expert, appeared under this title earlier the same year as Bulletin Number 4 of the Geological Survey of South Australia. Basedow, formerly Assistant Government Geologist of SA, introduces his highly critical review of Wade's views thus: '[they] are opposed not only to my own ideas, but also to the generally recognized principles of Australian geology'.
Octavo, [iv], 372 pages plus 2 folding charts (one with a sealed tear) and a folding plate of the breadfruit.
Contemporary quarter calf lightly worn and lacking the headcap; a few side-notes grazed by the binder; a very good copy.
The first French edition of Bligh's 'A Voyage to the South Sea' (1792). Bound together with two contemporary works in French on the American Revolution, namely [CHASTELLUX, François Jean, Marquis de]: Discours sur les Avantages ou les Désavantages qui résultent, pour l'Europe, de la Découverte de l'Amérique (London [but Paris], 1787; octavo, 68 pages); and PAYNE [PAINE], Thomas: Lettre adressee a l'Abbe Raynal, sur les Affaires de l'Amerique Septentrionale ([Paris?, 1783], 124 pages [last blank], but lacking the preliminary [xii] pages).
Quarto, [xvi], 534,  (blank, colophon) pages with 80 pages of illustrations (many of them portraits, from photographs) plus a tipped-in plate at page 479 ('Memorial to Trooper A.E. Fitzallen, erected at Ross', facing the illustration of 'Trooper Fitzallen's Grave in South Africa'), and a tipped-in erratum slip at page 485.
Original half gilt-decorated morocco and textured dark green cloth, all edges speckled; leather a little worn at the corners and lightly rubbed, with the head of the front hinge cracked but firm; spine sunned; cloth lightly marked and scuffed; top... Read complete entry
Inscribed on an early blank page with the contemporary ownership details of 'E.A.M. Curtain No. 147 2nd T.I.B.' (Private Edward Allan Michael Curtain, 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen). His name appears in the nominal roll for No. 2 Company on page 333, and his portrait (uncaptioned) is in the bottom left-hand corner of page .
A very large certificate (printed surface 420 x 265 mm, mounted on stiff strawboard) with numerous decorations and 13 vignette illustrations (one with a little applied colour) on polar themes; the design is credited to Harold Butterfield. It is signed in ink by Byrd and the Chairman of the Company, James Bush.
Offered together with a companion booklet by Byrd, 'Into the Home of the Blizzard' (1928; octavo,  pages), with the recipient's name and the copy number (X-204) written in ink - but not by Byrd - on the presentation page. The cover of the booklet is a little fingermarked; it is still housed in the original mailing box with Byrd's printed label on it. On the front panel of the box a juvenile hand has executed a neat pencil drawing of the 'Bear', one of the ships used on the Byrd Antarctic Expedition II, 1933-35. Spence 225; Renard 242 (both describing the booklet only, Spence doing so imperfectly as noted by Renard; neither of them mention the box or the over-the-top certificate).
Original green papered boards slightly rubbed at the extremities with light wear to the corners; spine a little sunned, with minimal expert restoration to the head; endpapers offset, with the flyleaves heavily discoloured; text paper discoloured and... Read complete entry
Offered together with a quantity of relevant newspaper clippings, and two mimeographed sheets (folded, unevenly discoloured and a little chipped) comprising 'A Full List of the New Names given to places bearing Names of Enemy Origin'. The list contains nearly 70 changed Germanic names, some of which have been altered in pencil in the book. A small clipping concerning Aboriginal place names is mounted on the verso of the title page, and a few small relevant clippings are tipped in throughout the book. With the ownership signature of [Miss] Sedley Towler, 11 April 1923.
Quarto, two volumes, 207 and 263 pages with numerous portraits (from photographs).
Half maroon roan and cloth (the latter unmatched, but as issued); gilt lettering on the spines and front covers; leather a little rubbed and marked (that of the first volume a little more so); the first volume has a new front endpaper, and several... Read complete entry
An important series of lengthy biographical sketches of SA pioneering pastoralists. 'Publication of the series began in the 'Adelaide Stock and Station Journal' on January 10, 1923, and continued weekly until August 10, 1927.... During that period, a total of 230 articles was published, and the number of pastoralists to receive attention is in the neighbourhood of 300.... No really representative pioneer sheep-farmer or cattle-breeder who operated in South Australia has been overlooked, and in many cases it has been possible to retrieve from almost complete oblivion the interesting records of lesser lights' (foreword to the second volume). A short article in The News (8 July 1941) relating to a substantial gift of books and papers to the SA Archives by (coincidentally) A.T. Saunders states in part that 'Among the books is a copy of the very rare first volume of Cockburn's 'Pastoral Pioneers of South Australia''. We recall reading in one of James Dally's catalogues in our early days in the late 1970s that many copies of the first volume of this work were destroyed in a fire. Although we cannot substantiate this fact, in our experience it is indeed an absolute rarity.
Quarto, three volumes, collating complete with the 18 engraved maps (9 folding), 6 folding engraved plates of views, a folding table and an advertising leaf at the rear of the third volume.
Contemporary full tree calf, spine gilt-decorated with contrasting labels; leather on the hinges and some corners renewed at an early stage, with some wear now to the extremities; inner hinges reinforced; a few old (ink?) splashes to the leading edges... Read complete entry
The large folio atlas is not present with this set of the official account of Cook's third and final voyage. The first two volumes were written by James Cook, the third volume by James King. With the armorial bookplate of John Dixon in each volume.
London, Printed for the Society of Antiquaries by John Nichols, 1790.
Quarto, xxii, 476 pages.
Later binder's cloth, with all edges trimmed a little; scattered pale foxing; an excellent copy with the large bookplate of the Library of the Royal Artillery Institution on the pastedown.
Pages 423-476 are 'Ancient Cookery. From a ms. in the Library of the Royal Society', and the prefatory note is worth quoting at length: 'The ms. from which the following pages are transcribed, is without title or date, or the name of the author. It is bound up with some other treatises upon Regimen and Medicine ... And it is evident from the hand, that these treatises were written ... early in the 15th century: but they were probably then transcribed from originals, which had been long before composed by persons of fame and celebrity in the practice of Regimen and Cookery'.
Quarto, xii, 113 pages with a frontispiece portrait and 4 illustrations plus 12 colour plates ('from Paintings by Reginald Farrer in the field').
White buckram, top edge gilt; light scattered foxing (confined mainly to the leaves adjacent to the covers); an excellent copy with the embossed ownership stamp of Sir Thomas Ramsay.
One of only 500 copies. Reginald John Farrer (1880-1920), traveller and plant-hunter, died in the remote Minshan mountains in Upper Burma at the early age of 40. 'This volume originated from the desire of a number of Reginald Farrer's gardening friends and admirers to learn the number of his plants of the Kansu and Upper Burma expeditions that are in cultivation'.
They are captioned in ink on the verso of each mount 'Palmerston, Port Darwin, NT, destroyed by Tornado, December, 1896', along with the initials FEB. Not unnatually, we thought this was the photographer, until we discovered his initials are FAKB! Further specific details are pencilled onto the verso of each mount, namely 'P.R. Allen's Store', 'Rundle's Store', and 'Bennett Street'. Interestingly, the well-exposed interior of Allen's store shows another photographer at work! The mounts are a little marked and chipped, one print is a little weak on contrast, but overall the condition is very good. Florenz August Karl Bleeser (1871-1942) was born in Woodside, South Australia. He became an assistant postmaster in Darwin, where he lived from 1889 until his death. A large collection of his glass negatives in the National Library of Australia includes variant examples of two of these prints (NLA PIC/9981/63 and 65).
Quarto, xxxii, 470,  pages with numerous wood engravings by Paul Landacre.
Quarter black morocco and papered boards; a fine copy.
One of 1500 numbered copies printed for the prestigious Limited Editions Club at The Griffin Press in Adelaide under the direction of Douglas Dunstan; this copy is out-of-series and unnumbered. Offered together with a fine copy (in quarter tan morocco) of the 1971 companion volume, 'The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex' (limited to 1500 numbered copies; this copy is also out-of-series and unnumbered).
Octavo, xii (last one blank), 82,  (colophon) pages plus 2 lithographs by William Wyatt (a double-page plate of 'Method of training the White Mulberry to a standard' and 'The Reeling Machine').
Original yellow card covers with the plain spine expertly renewed; absolutely trifling surface loss to silverfish; essentially a fine copy with the contemporary blind-stamp of Rigby (as bookseller) on the front flyleaf.
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). Other new industries discussed in the book are Verdigris and Flower-Farming. Ferguson 8971 (pagination incorrect, and the plates are not recorded).
Sydney, Commonwealth Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, March 1931 (the map) and 1932 (the text volume).
Large octavo (the volume of explanatory notes), [vi] (three leaves of addenda et corrigenda, all versos blank], 177 pages with numerous tables, 5 maps, 3 cutaway diagrams and a graph, plus 9 folding tables and a folding map; together with the 4 very large dissected linen-backed folding colour maps (each with a printed surface of approximately 780 x 960 mm, fitting together to form a gigantic map of Australia measuring some 3100 x 3830 mm); all five items are housed in the original cloth-covered slipcas
The wrappers and a few leaves of the text volume are slightly creased, with the top edge lightly marked and occasional light scattered foxing; an excellent copy, with the maps in superb condition.
The text volume contains the ownership stamps (and inscription 'Walton on Thames, 1 October 1932') of Lieutenant-Colonel A. Delme-Radcliffe DSO, Indian Army (Retired), a career military officer who wrote a book on falconry and an eyewitness report on the 1906 eruption of Vesuvius.
Quarto, xviii, 326 pages with 26 illustrations (from photographs) and 104 maps.
Laminated pictorial card covers lightly rubbed at the extremities, with a light crease down the centre of the spine; an excellent copy.
'Over 400 Western Australian gold-bearing localities are described with 104 detailed location maps. [This book] is a major contribution to prospecting in WA.' This would account for its perennial desirability; as for its rarity, that's another story altogether ...
Richmond, Richmond Hill Press and Collector Reproductions, 1979.
Folio (470 x 310 mm),  pages plus the signed certificate of limitation leaf and 45 full-page plates (approximately 9 in colour, the balance in monochrome); loosely inserted is a folder containing reproductions of 6 of the prints suitable for framing, as originally issued.
Quarter morocco and cloth; a fine copy with the fine slipcase.
Number 92 of 500 copies signed by the artist. 'Sir Russell Drysdale has created 45 original pen and wash drawings, line drawings and watercolours recollecting the people and places which have inspired his art through a lifetime'.
Oblong folio, 143 pages with 76 plates (35 in colour).
Cloth; a very fine copy with the slipcase.
The deluxe edition; this is number 121 of only 200 copies signed by the artist. Loosely inserted, and as issued, is an original signed etching, numbered to match (paper size 330 x 255 mm; image size 200 x 165 mm).
Octavo, 207 pages plus the separately-issued very large folding map (680 x 1500 mm).
Wrappers (with the full title page details repeated on the front cover) expertly stabilized around the edges, with minor infill; an excellent copy now loosely inserted in the rear pocket of a custom-made book-form cover, with the map (with short tears... Read complete entry
The journal was originally published with two maps; they are basically identical, but one has added chromolithographic geological features, and a key. This second map is not offered here. McLaren 12614 (the dimensions for the maps are larger than those we have recorded here, because McLaren invariably - and frustratingly - measures the size of the sheet of paper, not the printed surface. See also McLaren 12616 for the foolscap folio edition, South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 45 of 1893. The folio edition has a stated print run of 750 copies; apparently, only 500 copies of the octavo edition were printed. This copy has a small paper label mounted on the inside front wrapper: 'Publication No. 30. Permanent Record. 1938. Govt. Printer', with the signature in ink of Frank Trigg, the incumbent.) Lindsay's introduction hints at some of the personality problems that ultimately led to the abandonment of the expedition. This final report includes his own journal, 'also a copy of Mr. Wells' journal, kept during my absence from the party.... Mr. Streich's journal having been in my possession, I was enabled to place his geological descriptions on the map. Not having seen the journals or reports of Messrs. Leech, Elliot, and Helms, I cannot in any way refer to them. I regret that Mr. Leech should have seen fit not to hand in the pencil sketches made by him'.
Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1966 (facsimile edition)/ 1814.
Large quarto, two volumes of text plus the matching case containing the loose folding maps and plates (collating as per the original atlas, but produced in this format to facilitate shelf storage).
Publisher's half morocco and cloth over heavy bevel-edged boards; spines lettered and decorated in gilt, with two (imitation) raised bands; a very fine set.
Peade A37 (2150 sets, noting bindings of cream cloth, brown buckram, and 'In August, 1971, a full leather binding ... on 26 complete sets distributed as complimentary copies'). This set conforms with none of these with regards to the binding, but more significantly, it is clearly a 'thick paper' copy, and apparently unrecorded thus. The width of the two volumes and portfolio together comes to 220 mm, compared with the standard set at 145 mm.
Cloth slightly bumped; bottom edge of the text very slightly marked; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, sunned and creased with two tiny edge tears.
An iconographical approach to Spenser's 'Faerie Queene'. 'A concluding chapter deals with wider aspects of numerical composition, and discusses the principles of numerological analysis, which is becoming an indispensable instrument for the student of Renaissance poetry'.
Octavo, xvi, 510,  (publisher's advertisements) pages with 16 illustrations plus a colour frontispiece, 4 plates and 3 folding maps.
Original gilt-pictorial cloth a little scuffed and slightly rubbed at the extremities, with minor wear to the corners and the ends of the (sunned) spine; blemish to the cloth at the head of the front cover (where an old paper library label was removed... Read complete entry
With the early name-plate of Edward Charles Stirling.
Folio (390 x 290 mm), [viii], vi, 67 pages with numerous illustrations and 19 tipped-in plates (all but one in colour) and endpaper illustrations (all by Donald Friend).
Half black morocco and purple velvet; a fine copy in the slipcase (a little marked).
'Rochester's Lyrical, lewd & licentious poems were circulated only in manuscript during his lifetime. The earliest printed Editions appeared a year after his Death. But 'The Farce of Sodom' was never printed in England. For centuries its fame (or notoriety) depended on crude Continental imprints. Consequently, in England 'Sodom' was a sort of obscene literary rumour, like Sullivan's ( - or was it Gilbert's?) suppressed 'Sod's Opera', except to those who had privileged access to a few manuscript copies, only two of which are known to have survived until the present day. Thus this Edition is issued with a handwritten Text in keeping with the Manuscript tradition' (Editor's Note). The calligraphy is also by Donald Friend. The edition is limited to only 250 copies signed by the artist; this is number 26.
Octavo, [ii], 118 pages with an attractive lithographed pictorial title page (signed 'Leo').
Original mustard-yellow cloth with black lettering and decorative borders; cloth very lightly marked and flecked; endpapers offset; an excellent copy (essentially unused).
Inscribed to 'His Honor [sic] Mr Justice Boucaut, from the compiler, Adelaide 18th May 1886'. Sir James Penn Boucaut (1831-1916) was twice Premier of South Australia and for 27 years a Supreme Court judge. The work was prepared for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London in 1886; it includes an eight-page bibliography of the Northern Territory (plus extra material in the appendix). Ferguson 9925.
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.
Octavo, 84 pages with a map, 6 plates, 2 illustrations and 2 pages of illustrations of weapons and implements.
Two-colour pictorial card covers rubbed and marked, with a four-digit number in ink on the rear cover; minor restoration (bottom corner filled in, small pieces of tape removed from the head and foot of the spine and the front inner hinge); overall a... Read complete entry
The author wrote from personal experience dating back to the 1860s. The frontispiece has inscribed beneath it 'Presented to Mrs D. Richardson by the Author. J.E. Hammond, 25-5-35'. This copy has the details of three later owners, including the Western Australian authors Lyndall Hadow and Donald Stuart.
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).