London, Newman, Graham & Co., [circa 1905 (first edition thus)].
Imperial quarto (375 x 285 mm), two volumes, [vi], 304 and [iv], 328,  (facsimiles of subscribers' autographs) pages plus a total of 31 original gelatin silver portrait photographs (approximately 220 x 170 mm) mounted on thick card with tipped-in tissue-guards; the publisher's 'In Memoriam' leaf for Viscount Goschen (recording his death on 7 February 1907), is printed on tissue and tipped in before his portrait (after page 214 in the first volume).
Full maroon morocco with the title in gilt in an ornamental font on the front covers, and with gilt decorations on both front and rear covers; gilt inner dentelles, endpapers lined with silk, all edges gilt; leather a little scuffed and slightly... Read complete entry
Lengthy biographical sketches are accompanied by fine portraits, with many of the latter by Elliott & Fry. Other photographers noted include Messrs. Bassano, C.E. Fry & Son, Langfier Limited, Russell & Sons, Lafayette Limited, and A.C. Hoskins. The contents of Volume 1 are Lord Ashbourne; Arthur James Balfour; Gerald William Balfour; Henry Chaplin; Duke of Devonshire; Viscount Goschen; Earl of Halsbury; Lord George Hamilton; Marquis of Lansdowne; Marquis of Londonderry; Walter Hume Long; Alfred Lyttelton; Earl of Onslow; Lord Ritchie of Dundee; Viscount St Aldwyn; and Lord Stanley. The contents of Volume 2 are Aretas Akers-Douglas; Hugh Oakeley Arnold-Forster; Lord Balfour of Burleigh; William St John Brodrick; Earl Cawdor; Joseph Chamberlain; J. Austen Chamberlain; Lord Curzon of Kedleston; Ailwyn Edward Fellowes; Lord James of Hereford; Marquis of Linlithgow; the late Marquis of Salisbury; Marquis of Salisbury; Earl of Selborne; and George Wyndham. An earlier edition, containing 40 plates with less text, was issued in parts in the second half of the 1890s.
Oblong folio, 110 pages with numerous illustrations (from photographs) and illustrated advertisements.
Blue wrappers with a pictorial advertisement on the outside rear cover (with both panels printed in dark blue and gilt); covers slightly marked and rubbed, with minimal wear to the spine; leaves lightly creased at the top corners; a few other minor... Read complete entry
With the ownership stamp of Harold Woodlands (4 May 1943).
Glasgow, John Morrison [and] John M'Leod [MacLeod on the front cover], 1839 ('Third Thousand' on the front cover).
Octavo, 80 pages.
Original flush-cut plain card-backed salmon-pink wrappers (recently rebacked in cloth) with slightly variant title page details repeated within an ornamental border on the front cover; small bottom corner pieces missing from the covers; bookplate or... Read complete entry
An uncommon and interesting work, accurately described in its title. Among short chapters on the various colonies there is an emigrant's diary of his grim voyage from Greenock to Sydney in 1837-38 (on account of 'typhus fever having broken out on the vessel'), followed by a series of letters from him and other emigrants after their arrival (15 pages). The second chapter on New South Wales begins by decrying the brutalisation of the native populations and pleading for their humane treatment and inclusion in society. 'They are as intelligent and well-clothed as our forefathers when they were colonised by the Romans ... What characterises us who are Christians? Look to America - whole districts have been wrenched from the natives by bloodshed and treachery, and the grasping fangs of avarice have narrowed and narrowed the Indian boundary, till tribe after tribe has disappeared, and nought remains but a wretched remnant of not what they were, but of what we have made them ... sunk to the most abject state of degradation, by the vices which we taught them, and the diseases with which we infected them'. Ferguson 2749 (noting a couple of variants, but not ours).
Adelaide, J.L. Bonython & Co., 'The Advertiser' Office, 1906.
Small octavo, [viii], 119 pages.
Salmon-pink wrappers slightly foxed and creased, and a little chipped on the spine; front inner hinge lightly reinforced; trifling signs of use; a very good copy.
The interesting autobiography of one very unhappy lady. Her final paragraph is 'We make environment and get blocked. Do not reproach me with ingratitude, but I am at war sometimes with my long life of toil now I am by myself alone. 'Words, words, words.' Some things are too hard to write about or to speak of'. However, much of her life was spent as a cook (including 14 years as cooking instructress for the SA School of Mines) and housekeeper (at one stage, for Government House). Her memoirs are very much of life downstairs: 'To me life's battles began at the age of 10 years', when she started work as a house-servant (around 1860, from internal evidence). Some of her comments in passing are a genuine pleasure to read, such as this snippet from her time at 'Sunnyside', the home of Sir William Milne. 'One Saturday afternoon I was in attendance, and I was told to bring in the decanter and cake to the library. There were two or three men there looking so weary and dusty. I learned while in the room that one of the men was John Macdouall [sic] Stuart, the explorer. I hardly knew then what exploring meant. At any rate those men looked broken down, but the master was so pleased to see them'.
Adelaide, printed by Modern Printing Company [for the Author], 1905 (fourth edition)/ 1905.
Octavo, 38,  (advertisements) pages plus a frontispiece portrait and advertisements on both sides of the rear cover.
Thistle-decorated wrappers a little stained, with minor expert conservation; light tide-mark or discolouration to the blank top margin of the first half of the booklet; trifling signs of use; overall a very good copy.
Such was the notoriety of the author's pamphlet 'Arcadian Adelaide' (1905) (which provoked a spate of scathing reviews and apologiae for the city, yet proved extremely popular) that this sequel is prefaced (on the first page) by 'Read Arcadian Adelaide, which has reached its Tenth Edition. This Book will shortly be Withdrawn from Sale'. Perhaps in gleeful expectation of further outraged responses, there is a further preface (on the verso of the title page): 'Note. This Book is not meant for School-girls or Children'. The original pamphlet was 'a venomous invective against the self-satisfaction and dullness of Edwardian Adelaide'. Here, Anderson remarks that 'frail humanity is invariably curious. Those referred to in this chapter will probably recognise themselves, and when they do, said chapter will have achieved its primary object. To those who do not recognise themselves will probably recognise their neighbor ...'. She continues in a sort of savage froth: 'I am not suggesting that all plain people should be exterminated. But one can only justify one's right to existence by beauty of some sort, mental, moral or physical - and I hold that it is extremely wrong to assist the birth-rate by producing the human freaks we frequently see'. However, in a more sublime moment she states that 'I hold that there is a higher mission than domestic life for a brainy woman' ... These cheaply produced booklets clearly struck a chord, and untold quantities must have been sold. However, despite (or more likely because of) their popularity, copies are rarely seen on the open market.
In 1928, Hugh Raufe Grosvenor (1904-1930) 'became ADC to Sir Alexander Hore Ruthven in South Australia. In 1929 he was the first person to fly solo round Australia in a light plane, a DH Moth with a Cirrus 2 engine' (Edward Wixted: 'The North-West Aerial Frontier, 1919-1934', ). His next venture was an attempt at the Australia-England flight record of 13 days established in June 1929 by Kingsford Smith and Ulm. On Monday 6 January 1930, aged 25, he met his death when the experimental Wackett Widgeon II Amphibian crashed into Port Phillip Bay.
Broadsheet (486 x 375 mm), iv, 42 pages with numerous illustrations (mainly from photographs) and illustrated advertisements; the preliminaries are printed in black, copper, silver and red.
Bound without the original wrappers in modern buckram lettered in gilt on the spine; light creases to all bottom corners, and to the top corners of the last half of the item, with the top corner area of the last two leaves slightly stained; trifling... Read complete entry
An impressive item with important content: 'The Barrier Old and New' (10 pages, comprising 'Men of the Barrier in the Old Times' and 'Broken Hill Today'); 'The Silver-Lead-Copper Ores of Tasmania. West Coast Mines' (9 pages); and 'The Mines of the North - Chillagoe and Mt Garnett [the Coming Fields]' (20 pages). The final page contains a lengthy poem by Bedford, 'The Hunting of the Loot', reprinted from 'The Bulletin'. George Randolph Bedford (1868-1941), journalist, mining speculator and politician, 'survived the depression as a freelance journalist and in 1896 in Melbourne he launched his mining and literary journal, the 'Clarion'; it was illustrated and part-edited by (Sir) Lionel Lindsay who became Bedford's lifelong friend. A militant Australian nationalist, he advocated republicanism, 'White Australia', vigilance against the Japanese, a parochial form of socialism, and a military alliance with the United States of America. The journal was supported with advertising from Lionel Robinson and later by the colonial governments in special numbers. The 'Clarion''s notable contributors included A.G. Stephens, Louis Esson, Ambrose and Will Dyson, and Norman and Percy Lindsay. With the Lindsays and Dysons, Bedford was a founder of the Bohemian Ishmael Club' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Paris, Librairie Encyclopedique de Roret, 'new edition' .
Oblong octavo (157 x 255 mm), two volumes bound as one, vi, 174 pages, and [iv] pages plus 12 full-page plates (numbered I-XII, featuring specific properties) and 120 plates (numbered 1-120) comprising hundreds of illustrations of country house styles, and garden designs, decorations, furniture and structures (bridges, fountains, pavilions, aviaries, orangeries, temples ...). All plates are printed rectos only.
Contemporary quarter brown morocco and marbled papered boards; gilt-decorated spine with four raised bands a little rubbed at the extremities and slightly marked; papered boards a little chipped and rubbed, with a small light stain on the front cover... Read complete entry
The two-page 'Avertissement' or note from the author at the beginning of the first volume outlines the problems he had with his former publisher, Audot, that lead to this revised and enlarged edition, with newly-engraved plates.
Adelaide, W. Page, General Printer & Publisher, 1902.
Octavo, [x], iv (last blank), 48,  pages with 13 pages of plates.
Wrappers (with the full title-page details repeated within an ornamental border on the front cover) slightly chipped along the front leading edge; a very good copy.
The founder and founding president of the club was the impressive and influential William Catton Grasby (1859-1930), agricultural journalist and educationist. In the introduction he states that prior to this volume 'we had published a pamphlet either annually or biennially', but no subsequent proceedings appear to have been issued.
The photographs are mounted on both sides of a large piece of card (447 x 335 mm); each one is set within a thin black ink border with a neat calligraphic title written underneath it. On one side are Bungaree Woolshed (170 x 220 mm) and Bungaree Shearers (157 x 210 mm); on the other side, Bungaree Garden (165 x 220 mm) and Bungaree Buck Board (168 x 222 mm). Apart from a little foxing visible in the sky, the photographs are in fine condition. The blind-stamp of 'Captn Sweet Landscape Photographer Adelaide' can be found in the bottom right-hand corner of Bungaree Shearers if you look hard enough. The State Library of South Australia has an example of the buck-board image with Sweet's negative number 674 scratched into the emulsion. The State Library of Victoria has a group (flock?) of shearers posed in front of the stone building shown in the centre of our woolshed photograph; our blokes are lambing it up in front of a corrugated iron woolshed. Both of these institutions date their images circa 1880. Bungaree station was founded in 1841 by George Hawker; five generations and 174 years later, it is still in family hands.
Melbourne (Volume 1) and Canberra, Australian War Memorial, 1930, 1940 and 1943.
Octavo, three volumes, xxvi, 873,  (publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets) pages with 4 diagrams, 10 graphs, 8 maps and a full-page illustration (page 586), plus a tipped-in errata slip, 4 diagrams, 8 graphs, 16 maps (including 2 double-page maps) and 128 plates; xvi, 1010,  (tipped-in publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets, verso blank) pages with 37 diagrams, 12 graphs, 11 maps and a full-page illustration of 'Conventional Signs' (page 959), plus 2 maps and 91 p
Dark blue cloth showing signs of use (rubbed, marked and lightly worn, with some loss of colour to portion of the spine of the third volume); edges of the text blocks foxed and a little stained (with minor impact on the leading margins of the last 40... Read complete entry
The front flyleaf of each volume is signed and inscribed in ink 'A. Graham Butler. Written at Staghurst this 21st day of May 1944'. Staghurst, near Kilcoy in Queensland, was a pastoral property in the Butler family; the ownership signature 'E.N. Butler' is written in the first volume. Ethel Nora Butler, nee Murray-Prior, was the wife of William Royston (Roy) Butler, the younger brother of Arthur Graham Butler. She was a younger half-sister of the novelist Rosa Praed. These volumes are the medical companion to the twelve-volume 'Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-1918'. All three volumes are scarce; the third volume must be deemed rare; we have not seen nor heard of any signed volumes before. Arthur Graham Butler (1872-1949) 'was appointed regimental medical officer of the 9th Battalion which sailed for Egypt in September.... Butler was in one of the first boats ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 ... He was the only medical officer to win the Distinguished Service Order at Anzac, where he remained until October ... In 1923, 'against his wish, but from a sense of public duty', he agreed to write the official history of the Australian Army Medical Services in the war; the task was to occupy the next twenty years of his life. He gave up his practice' and lived in relative poverty. He wrote all three volumes 'except part of the first.... His literary work displays the qualities that he showed on the battlefield: courage, compassion and meticulousness. He sought to isolate and analyse important problems as a guide to future policy and management. His arguments are trenchant, his scholarship exact and penetrating. His wide-ranging, critical statistical appendices are especially valuable and shocking in their implications. His three volumes are among the most distinguished war history texts of the English-speaking nations' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Dornbusch 254; Fielding and O'Neill, page 209; Trigellis-Smith 313-315 and 737-739.
Foolscap folio, 62 pages with 4 illustrations plus a very large folding map (625 x 865 mm).
Stapled as issued, without wrappers; trifling rust marks near the staples; a fine copy.
Western Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 46 of 1902; only 1200 copies were printed. The 'expedition was fitted out to explore the remaining unknown regions of Australia on similar lines to the Elder expedition'. Lawrence Allen Wells, third in command on the ill-fated Elder expedition of 1891-92, was leader. The party set out from Mullewa, east of Geraldton, on 13 June 1896; lack of water and the gruelling conditions brought the official expedition to an end on 6 November at Noonkanbah Station on the Fitzroy River, with two men unaccounted for. It was not until late May of the following year that Wells located the bodies of the missing men (his cousin Charles Wells and George Lindsay Jones, nephew of the explorer David Lindsay). The detailed accounts of the three search expeditions undertaken by Wells (accompanied by Nat Buchanan, George Keartland and Sub-Inspector Ord respectively) are included. Not least, strong on contemporary race relations.
Folio (395 x 285 mm), xviii, 130 pages (including the flyleaves) with numerous illustrations and illustrated advertisements plus advertisements on the pastedowns.
Original gilt- and blind-decorated red bubble-grain cloth, with a large advertisement for Pears' Soap in gilt on the rear cover; cloth very lightly sunned, rubbed and bumped; endpapers slightly offset; essentially a fine copy.
A self-promotional prospectus on a grand scale, as befits the scheme itself. At the foot of page xvii there are some interesting notes about the illustrations, not least of which is that 'Our views of the River Murray are chiefly from drawings accurately made from nature by Mr J.M. Needham, of South Australia'. Ferguson 17976 records only the first edition. This revised and augmented edition includes as an appendix 'Progress Reports, 1888'; the latest date we noticed was on a quote from a journal dated 18 January 1889.
They are mounted on one side of a large sheet of thick paper (405 x 285 mm, possibly removed from a loose-leaf album), now folded across the middle, well clear of the images. They are captioned on the mount (somewhat more recently) with a silver felt-... Read complete entry
The first one shows him arriving, standing in the rear of an open vehicle. In the second one, he is seen addressing the huge crowd from the steps of the Town Hall. His informal speech, a warning against complacency, was widely reported at the time. The full text is readily accessible online. It finished thus: 'Our enemies are very powerful. They have many millions of soldiers. They have millions of prisoners, whom they in many cases use like slaves. They have rich lands which they have conquered, they have large, gifted populations in their grip. They have a theme of their own, which is the Nazi theme of tyranny and domination of a race in the shameful idolatry of a single man, a base man, elevated almost to the stature of a god by his demented and degraded worshippers. They have this idea of the suppression of the individual citizen, man and woman, to be a mere chattel of a State machine. All this, in our view, is at stake. But our enemies are powerful. They consider they will have the strength to wear us out even if they cannot beat us down. Their hope is now to prolong the struggle so that perhaps differences will arise between friends and allies, so that perhaps the democracies they despise and whom they underrate will weary of the war. All these are their hopes, so I say to you here in Bradford, what I said when I was last here nearly thirty years ago: 'Let us go forward together and put these grave matters to the proof''.
The bottom margin of the gilt-edged card is heavily embossed with the details of the studio of Foster & Martin, 262-4 Collins Street, Melbourne. Davies and Stanbury (1985) record him at that address between 1891 and 1896, which accords with the... Read complete entry
George Giffen (1859-1927) made five tours to England between 1882 and 1896, in a career of 31 Tests (including four as captain); he declined to tour on another two occasions. His first-class career spanned 27 years (1877-1903); he performed the match double of a century and ten wickets no fewer than nine times; he became the first Australian to reach the Test double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets, and he remains the only Australian with 10,000 runs and 1000 wickets in first-class cricket (information from Martin-Jenkins, 1995 and OCAC, 1996). Any Giffen material is exceedingly uncommon; signed material is of the utmost rarity.
Suva, F.W. Smith, Government Printer, 1941 (first edition).
Octavo (165 x 120 mm), [iv], 89 pages plus an errata slip tipped in on page [iv].
Wrappers (with the full title page details repeated on the front panel) slightly creased; spine lightly sunned; top corner bumped throughout the entire book; a very good copy.
A Fijian edition of the travels of Marco Polo. The ownership signature of T.C. Barclay is written in ink on the front cover; the numerous annotations in pencil (mainly translated words, corrections to the Fijian, and underlinings), as well as the four pages of notes on vocabulary, are presumably in his or her hand.
Adelaide, Government Printer, 1989 [facsimile edition]/ 1814.
Large quarto, two volumes of text plus the elephant folio atlas (containing 18 charts and 10 plates).
Half dark blue leather and cream cloth; a fine set in the dark red felt-covered wooden box (still in the original printed carton, showing trifling signs of use).
The title page of the atlas volume of this set is inscribed 'To John, With many thanks for your wonderful interpretation of the Voyage / best wishes / Lisette Flinders Petrie / 30 March 2002'. Lisette Flinders Petrie, the great-great-granddaughter of Matthew Flinders, was in Australia at the time to celebrate the bicentenary of his circumnavigation of the continent. The recipient was maritime artist John Ford, and the event referred to in the inscription was his exhibition, 'Chart the Art of Discovery', held at that time. The books themselves are a superb production, limited to only 500 sets, and relatively few of them were issued in these boxes as advertised. Apparently the successful tender was paid out in full soon after the job began, and the box-maker was last seen heading for the hills (overseas) with the money and a big smile! The majority of sets were subsequently issued with perspex lids over the custom-made bases, and the lids proved to be totally inadequate.
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.
Large quarto, [xii] (advertisements), [xiii-xiv] (introduction and contents), [xv-xvi] (advertisements), 64,  (advertisements] pages (extensively illustrated by Phil May and 'Hop') plus advertisements on all surfaces of the covers.
Pale blue wrappers with the title printed in red on the front cover; minimal expert conservation to the spine; trifling signs of age and use; an excellent copy of a fragile production.
This item is described in detail in 'The Books of the Bulletin' (Mackaness and Stone, 1955). Gayll is the pseudonym of Francis Joseph Donohoe; the text is a reprint of a series of articles that began appearing in 'The Bulletin' on 19 November 1887. Although the print-run was 20,000 copies (and a second edition was announced in late 1891), it seems to be rare on the open market. Ferguson 9191.
Cloth lightly bumped at the extremities; flyleaves offset; essentially a fine copy with the dustwrapper lightly chipped, bumped, and with two short tears neatly repaired with old stamp selvedge on the verso.
The author was 'sometime South Australian Government Surveyor, Warden of Goldfields and Special Magistrate'. The book has much Aboriginal and north Australian content. Gilbert Ponder, longtime accountant to the booksellers F.W. Preece and Sons, who published this book, is reported to have said that 'only some 300 copies were printed'.
Octavo, two volumes, viii, 289 and x, 322 pages with a full-page plan (page 302).
Contemporary full calf binding by Zaehnsdorf (gilt-ruled borders on the covers, with contrasting leather title-labels on the heavily gilt-tooled spine); all edges marbled; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent set.
Inscribed on an initial binder's blank to 'John Henry Mossop, With the best wishes of Dacres T.C. Belgrave, on his leaving Eton, Election 1865'. Belgrave, watercolourist and soldier, was a schoolmate of Mossop's at Eton. An adventurous tourist's travels in Australia in the late 1850s and early 1860s ('A detailed description of the South Eastern part of Australia, including station properties, social conditions, travel, aborigines, etc.' according to Ferguson), but there is much more ... In the second volume (pages 233-50) Jessop records meeting two men at Wilpena 'on their way back to Adelaide, with the results of a private exploration.... The leader, or scout, was named Giles, who was engaged by Mole, a man of more energy than money, to assist him in opening up some new part ... [They] finally left the known country at Angipena, and entered upon the unknown in the direction of north-west ... They were absent about a month from Angipena, and altogether, going and coming, passed over 1,200 miles'. The meeting is recorded in some detail, not least regarding contact with the Aborigines ('Giles said he was the first person in the Colony that vaccinated a black, and that it happened on this occasion'). Wantrup notes that this expedition 'does not appear to be elsewhere recorded and dates at least ten years before Giles's career became a matter of public record. Jessop supplies no precise date, but from the context it is clear that the expedition took place in the first half of 1859'. Wantrup, pages 264-7; not in McLaren; see Ferguson 10938-41.
Blind-decorated dark green ribbed cloth lightly rubbed; small hole in an early leaf (impacting on a few words); an excellent copy.
'I was offered some time before leaving South Australia, strong inducements to write a history of that virtuous territory which should be palatable to certain classes of a small community; but as I had no high opinion of either the colony or the principles on which it was founded, or its subsequent career, I could not be the partisan, at any price, of a locality which I could not conscientiously recommend as a suitable field of emigration for any class of my fellow-country-men' (author's preface, although he showed the cut of his nib on the title page: 'Castigat ridendo mores'). Indeed, nothing is sacred, so it is perhaps hardly surprising to learn that 'every copy available was purchased and destroyed by the Angas family' (Ferguson 10265, citing the note written in the Petherick copy in the National Library). Provenance: 'Edward Neale, Medindie' in ink on the flyleaf; 'E. Neale Wigg ... June 17/99' in pencil on the verso. Edward Neale Wigg (1847-1927) was the first child from the first marriage (of three) of the early South Australian bookseller and stationer Edgar Smith Wigg. He changed his name to Edward Neale around 1910. He is the 'Son' in E.S. Wigg and Son, which celebrated its 165th anniversary in 2014, still going strong around Australia as manufacturing stationers.
London, Luuzac & Co. and Leiden, E.J. Brill (for the Royal Dutch Geographical Society), 1899.
Folio, a bilingual publication, with the Dutch and English translations on facing pages, resulting in an unnecessarily confusing pagination: suffice to say, each version comprises approximately 120 pages, sharing between them 17 in-text maps or figures plus 2 large folding colour maps tipped in on the rear cover.
Plain light brown paper wrappers (presumably as issued); a fine copy.
Published by the Royal Dutch Geographical Society in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its foundation.
Octavo, two volumes, xii, 391 and viii, 400 pages plus a large folding map (850 x 590 mm) in the end-pocket of Volume 1, and a large folding diagram in the end-pocket of Volume 2.
Maroon cloth (the primary binding); the covers of Volume 2 flecked and a little marked; spine of Volume 2 slightly marked; a few pencilled emphases and trifling marks; a very good set (internally very fine).
London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown/ John Murray, 1813 [second edition, with additions].
Octavo, two volumes, [vi], cvi, 370 and [iv], 392,  (index) pages plus a hand-coloured frontispiece and 4 other plates (2 folding), 3 maps (2 folding) and a table.
Early quarter morocco and plain papered boards (the latter rubbed); extremities worn; tidemarks in the first volume to the top corner of the first few leaves (affecting also the frontispiece and folding map), and in the second volume to the bottom... Read complete entry
The provenance is extraordinary: the half-title of the first volume is inscribed 'To W. Colenso Esq. with Jos D. Hooker's kindest regards. H.M.S. 'Erebus' Septr 15 1841'. Captain James Ross and the two ships under his command, Erebus and Terror, spent August to November 1841 in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, between his first and second voyages to the Antarctic. To put this inscription into context, Ross's expedition was the first to enter what is known today as the Ross Sea, the first to sight the Admiralty Mountains, the first to see Victoria Land, Ross Island, Mounts Erebus and Terror, and the Ross Ice Shelf, amongst other momentous discoveries. The Antarctic bibliographer Michael Rosove describes Ross's published account as 'a cornerstone of the Antarctic literature and a monument to one of mankind's greatest expeditions of geographical and scientific exploration'. In Huxley's 'Life and Letters of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker' (1918), specific reference is made to Hooker (the son of the author) meeting Colenso during this visit: 'Hooker, under the guidance of Mr. Colenso, the printer to the missionary establishment, and himself a keen botanist, made a number of excursions into the country ... collecting many specimens'. William Colenso (1811-99) continued to supply specimens to Hooker over many years, and Sir Joseph named the genus 'Colensoa' after him. The set also contains in each volume the bookplate of the physician, naturalist and collector Robert Henry Pulleine (1869-1935, born in NZ, moved to SA in 1881), and the first volume carries the later ownership signature of Sir Douglas Mawson, from whose collection this set has been sourced.
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').
Flush-cut dark blue cloth, with the short title in gilt on the front cover (and a slightly chipped manuscript paper label along the spine); spine expertly reinforced with cloth on the underside, with minimal visual impact; cloth sunned on the spine... Read complete entry
The author was 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.
Blind-decorated textured brown cloth a little bumped at the corners, with trifling wear to the head and foot of the spine; mild signs of use (a few marks, some creases; a short internal tear to one leaf; and minimal underlining to six early pages, in... Read complete entry
The front flyleaf is inscribed and signed to 'William Neill. A present from H. Hussey. Novr 1861'; later ownership inscriptions by Neill's daughter (1893) and son (1900) are written below it. 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'.
Large quarto, xii, 888 pages with '1550 black and white illustrations'.
Simulated half leather and parchment; a fine copy with the lightly rubbed original glassine dustwrapper.
The 'standard' edition, limited to 1000 copies (according to the loosely inserted prospectus for the signed leather-bound edition of 135 copies published simultaneously by The Fine Arts Press in Sydney). This is the first time we have seen this prospectus.
Adelaide, Sands & McDougall, Printers [for the Rocky River Estate Limited], .
Large quarto,  pages with 9 illustrations (from photographs) and a full-page map.
Blue saddle-stapled title-wrappers with a 124-mm circular cut-out in the centre of the front cover; wrappers unevenly faded and lightly marked; centrefold detached at one staple; the entire booklet has been folded three times horizontally; a very good... Read complete entry
The prospectus and share offer for The Rocky River Estate Limited, 'formed for the purpose of acquiring that 9,000 acres of freehold land, known as the Rocky River Estate, Kangaroo Island, in the State of South Australia'. The prospectus contains information about the company, a report on the island and its suitability for agricultural use reprinted from the 'South Australian Register' of 1 March 1911 by 'Agricola', and a report on the Estate by John Crawford. The venture was not a success. A notice in the 'Kangaroo Island Courier' of 30 December 1911 announced the sale of the Estate's assets on instruction from the Bailiff of the Local Court, Kingscote, and it was placed into liquidation by the Supreme Court on 23 January 1912, on a petition from Harris, Scarfe & Co. showing that the company was 'indebted to several creditors, and that it was unable to meet its liabilities'.
Octavo, 45 pages with an illustration plus 22 pages of plates and a small folding map.
Bound without the original pictorial wrappers in contemporary half morocco and cloth, a little rubbed at the extremities and bumped on the bottom corners; spine lightly sunned, with a few short surface cracks; cloth slightly marked; a very good copy... Read complete entry
With the ownership signatures of local printing and publishing identities R. Kyffin Thomas and W.H. Langham on the front flyleaf.
Flush-cut quarter roan and printed papered boards (with the title page details repeated on the front cover); leather rubbed, with light wear to the head and foot of the spine; boards slightly marked and a little rubbed at the extremities, with the... Read complete entry
At the time of publication, the author was Chief Warden of the Goldfields of the Northern Territory. 'This pamphlet is published by permission of the Government of South Australia; but it is only proper to state that the recommendations herein made, especially with reference to the formation of a railway, have not yet been considered by the Ministry, and must therefore be only regarded as the individual views of the author. A portion of the matter in the following pages was compiled by me' for Harcus's 'South Australia', published in 1876; it 'incorporated some useful papers written by residents there'. That book also contained an important chapter on Central Australia, incorporated here with additional material. To quote Harcus: 'the following interesting and well-written account of Central Australia, along the line of telegraph, has appeared in the 'Register'. The writer, Mr J.A. Giles, is well acquainted with the whole of the country which he describes. It is the best and most trust-worthy account of Central Australia which has yet been published'. Knight remarks that it 'affords an excellent insight into the vast tract of country'. The article takes up most of the 17-page chapter; it refers on occasion (and thus eliminates any misattribution) to Alfred Giles, the explorer with strong telegraph line credentials. It is augmented with a page of quotations from Charles Winnecke's 1879 Herbert River expedition reports. Ferguson 11231 (pretty light on detail, even to the extent of not recording the binding).
The title and photographer's credit are written in a neat calligraphic hand in white ink on the original mount. The left- and right-hand photographs are a little unevenly tanned, otherwise it is a fine panorama attractively presented behind glass in its original polished timber frame (external dimensions 190 x 595 mm). Berri, on the River Murray about 240 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, was proclaimed a town in 1911, just a decade before these photographs were taken. Irrigation subsequently led to the establishment of the vineyards and fruit orchards that are synonymous with the region. However, the 'first impetus for settlement came when paddle steamers came down the River Murray and a refuelling stop was developed' at this 'wide bend in the river' (Wikipedia), and it is this aspect of Berri's history that is captured in this panorama. The fledgling township comes a distant second to the river, the paddle-steamers, and the vast woodheap that takes up half the width of the scene.
Octavo, [ii] (both blank), iv, 12, 17-44,  (both blank) pages plus an erratum slip tipped in on page 17 (the error noted being that only the page numbers 13-16 are missing, not the pages themselves).
Binder's cloth, retaining the original yellow wrappers (with the full title page details repeated within a ruled border on the front cover); slight loss to silverfish to a few marginal areas of the front wrapper, otherwise a fine copy.
Ferguson, 11493 (identifying the author, but collating it simply as 44 pages, and not noting the erratum slip).
Adelaide, W.K. Thomas & Co., Printers, 1906 (augmented edition, with revised date printed only on the cover).
Quarto, 41 pages with a full-page illustration plus a frontispiece and 13 pages of plates (many full-page).
Red card covers slightly marked; essentially a fine copy.
The augmented edition, comprising 'Colonel Light, the Founder of Adelaide. Unveiling of Memorial, 1905' (26 pages with a full-page illustration plus a frontispiece and 8 pages of plates), with the title page dated 1905, plus the additional text and plates as noted above. The only external signs to this effect are the additional words 'and of Statue, 1906' and the revised imprint date (1906) on the front cover.
London, Methuen & Co., 1920 [first edition, first issue].
Octavo, [viii] (first leaf blank), 303,  (colophon), 8 (publisher's catalogue) pages. The catalogue is undated, but the first page contains Einstein's 'Relativity - The Special and the General Theory', the first edition of which appeared in August 1920. It went into at least two more editions before year's end. Details of specific editions appear as a matter of course in this catalogue, so presumably this listing is for the first edition of the Einstein.
Red cloth with gilt lettering and double rules on the spine, and blind lettering and a single-rule frame on the front cover; bottom edges uncut; cloth lightly stained, marked and bubbled, with the spine slightly faded; extremities a little bumped and... Read complete entry
Lindsay's novel, now considered a seminal work of science fiction, was not a commercial success, as the review (from the Adelaide 'Advertiser' of 4 January 1947) points out at some length. Even the 'venturesome, unorthodox Mr. Gollancz' reckoned he was taking a punt in reprinting it. When he read it, he 'welcomed it as a work of genius, if a minor one, and now, when, as he says, the public will apparently buy anything labelled fiction, he is taking a chance on people welcoming a second chance of buying' it. Gary K. Wolfe, in his work on David Lindsay (Starmont House, 1982), states that 'Out of a press run of 1430 copies, only 596 were sold', making a strong case for an upper limit to the number of copies comprising the first issue.
Adelaide, Carey, Page & Co., Printers ('Published under the Author's own immediate Supervision'), 1885.
Octavo, viii, 288,  (advertisements) pages plus 16 lithographed portraits and a mounted albumen paper photograph of the author (100 x 59 mm, credited to George and Walton in the negative).
Gilt-decorated brown stippled cloth lightly marked and sunned; front inner hinge slightly cracked but sound; an excellent copy.
With the ownership stamp of Harold Woodlands (15 October 1927). The lithographs are a delightful frontispiece view of Glenelg in 1837 after John Michael Skipper and 15 full-page portraits. We have identified numerous variants in the plate content, not least the photograph (we have identified at least half a dozen over the years). Ferguson 11748 (recording only the frontispiece, with 14 pages of advertisements); Holden 71 (photographically-illustrated copies).
Adelaide, Goodfellow & Hele [almost certainly the Author - James Dally was convinced], 1880.
Octavo, 182, 30 (advertisements) pages plus 6 lithographed plates (of farm machinery by James Martin & Co.) and 17 albumen paper carte-de-visite photographs individually mounted on tipped-in captioned leaves.
Blind-decorated maroon cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover (with a later gilt-lettered cloth title-label along the spine, originally untitled); cloth a little flecked, slightly sunned on the spine, and a little rubbed and bumped at the... Read complete entry
A rare and desirable item, attested to by the provenance of this copy: it has the armorial bookplate of Charles Glover on the pastedown, and the blind-stamp of Sir Thomas Ramsay on the flyleaf ('T.M.R. / Library of / T.M. Ramsay'). Ferguson 11744; Holden 70. Holden's entry is more accurate and informative, although the photographs may vary slightly between copies. The photograph facing page 16 in this copy is a portrait of Dr Nott, rather than 'Frankel's Hotel' as called for in Holden (facing page 17). Two other photographs are less-common variant images of the same subject: these are 'Fotheringham's Cordial Factory' (facing page 57), and 'Stewart's Music Emporium' (facing page 96). These variations notwithstanding, two separate editions were produced: one in wrappers, with advertisements on the verso of the front cover and on both sides of the rear cover, without photographs (but with the lithographs not noted by Ferguson); the other in gilt-lettered cloth, without the cover advertisements, containing 17 mounted photographs plus the lithographs. Both contain 30 pages of advertisements at the rear. Rare in any state, and in our view, the version on offer is one of the more important and interesting photographically illustrated books produced in Australia. 'The handbook is illustrated with a number of views by Mr J. Taylor, the local photographic artist, representing the most important edifices and establishments in town' (Holden, quoting a contemporary review). The frontispiece is a portrait of John McKinlay (1819-1872); there are 14 pages devoted to him (he married a Gawler woman in the early 1850s and was based in the town until his death). Justice is not done to the other photographs in describing them prosaically as 'the most important edifices and establishments in town'. Without exception, signs of life and day-to-day activities flesh out the images, and most of the businesses - butcher shop, photographic studio, cordial factory, furnishing warehouse, music emporium - feature well-stocked windows or yards and numerous staff members or customers. Holden reproduces two interesting ones (including perhaps the best, the butcher shop, captioned merely 'Hodgson & Clements'), but there are wonderful vignettes in many others. Not least of these are the horse-drawn tram in front of the 'Commercial Bank' and the ornate hearse outside 'F. Fowler's Furnishing Warehouse'. While we are on the subject of death, one chapter stands out. Among those to be expected, say on 'Horticultural and Agricultural Progress. Gardens around Gawler', or 'The Humbug Society. Flam! Bam! Sham!', or 'The Streets - Number of Businesses - Description of Hotels', there is Chapter XI: 'The Neville and Adamson Tragedy'. Its thirteen pages describe in great detail the events surrounding the double suicide 'and its romantic accomplishment' of Neville and his partner Adamson. 'It is universally believed that Neville was the leading spirit in the suicide, and so strong was Adamson's affection, love, friendship, or whatever it may be termed, for his companion, that he consented to take that final leap in the dark in the wine cellar, with him to visit that 'bourne whence none return''.
A small colour-printed map (printed surface 157 x 168 mm, with an inset map of Australia) creased where once folded, with a few trifling marks and sealed tears to the wide plain margins; a very good copy.
The map was issued with an 1849 publication, 'A Guide to South Australia, being a Descriptive Account of the Colony; addressed to Intending Emigrants, and containing the Latest Authentic Information' by W. Snell Chauncy ('nearly four years resident in that Province'). Ferguson 5012 ('This is one of the rarest books on South Australia'). Not in Tooley.
An original steel engraved map (paper size 370 x 265 mm, with vignette illustrations); unmounted, with later hand-colouring; in fine condition. It was originally issued as part of the publisher's Illustrated Atlas (1850-51). Tooley 1231.
Imperial quarto, iv, 87 pages plus 12 signed original drypoint etchings (each one tipped in between an unpaginated caption leaf and a blank leaf). The etchings are approximately 150 x 110 mm or the reverse, printed on tinted paper measuring approximately 380 x 270 mm.
Gilt-lettered cream cloth mottled, stained and a little worn, with minor surface loss to silverfish, and a few moderate scratches to the rear cover; edges uncut, with some inconspicuous nibbling to a small section of most leading edges; flyleaves... Read complete entry
The front flyleaf is inscribed 'To dear Ethel with love from R.M. Praed. Dec. 1913'. This is a very belated gift inscription from the co-author, Mrs [Rosa] Campbell Praed, nee Rosa Murray-Prior (the signature matches the facsimile signature at the foot of the Introductory Note on page iv) to her younger step-sister, Ethel. Ethel Nora Butler, nee Murray-Prior, was the wife of William Royston (Roy) Butler, the younger brother of Arthur Graham Butler, author of the acclaimed three-volume 'Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services in the War, 1914-1918' (1930-1943). The catalogue raisonne, 'The Etched Works of Mortimer Menpes (1855-1938)', by Gary Morgan (Adelaide, 2012), describes this work as the expatriate artist's 'first major publishing venture, the first of what was to become a major part of his life and a preview to the way he later approached the publication of his later travel books'. The extensive text was by the expatriate author Rosa Campbell Praed (1851-1935) and the Irish politician, historian and writer, Justin McCarthy (1830-1912), a friend with whom she also co-wrote several novels. The book was published in a limited edition of only 230 copies, each priced at five guineas. Unlike most of the later books, all of the plates in this work are original etchings, individually signed in pencil ('Menpes imp'). Morgan 135 to 146 (with a full quarto page, including an illustration, devoted to each etching).
Octavo, 16 pages plus 3 full-page plates and 5 large folding colour maps.
Pink wrappers very lightly chipped and creased; text and maps a little creased and bumped at the top corner; an excellent copy.
The important maps are a 'General Map of South Australia, Showing Localities of Discoveries of Metallic Minerals and Key to Detailed Plans, Nos. 1 to 4', covering the Northern, the North-Eastern, the Lower North, and the Lower North-Eastern Districts respectively.
Oblong folio, [vi], 91 pages with 25 tipped-in illustrations (large decorated initial letters by Elaine Wreford) plus illustrations on the inside surfaces of the covers.
Plastic ring-bound card covers with clear plastic protective overlays; trifling surface loss to silverfish to the front cover and the first (blank) page; an excellent copy.
Number 41 of only 50 numbered copies signed by both the author and artist. The author is Sir Edward James Ranembe Morgan (1900-1977), a judge in both the Commonwealth Industrial Court and the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory when he retired in 1960. This copy is inscribed to 'Alick and Mary Downer / From the author / 1976' (Sir Alexander Russell Downer and his wife). Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed by the author to 'Dear Alick' (small octavo, 2 pages, dated 4 March 1976), in which he explains the work ('The stories are by me, and they are fiction, so it is hopeless to try the game of trying to guess who is who'); the limited production ('50 numbered copies of the book signed ... and three unsigned and unnumbered.... It was not published; all copies were made for me to give away'); and the cover illustrations ('The two end-pieces are misleading as they are too Morgan and Netherby' - fortunately he explains this at length!). Also loosely inserted is a carbon copy of a typed key to the 'faceless' people depicted in these illustrations; it is dated 12 December 1975, which may narrow down the date of production.