[Gilbert Islands], Aobiti n Rongorongo i Biti, 1945.
Quarto, 8 pages with two illustrations, plus a loosely-inserted single-sided plate.
Drop-title; newsprint browned and slightly brittle; short split to one sheet at the head and foot of the fold; final leaf embossed 'Adelaide University'; a very good copy.
The first number of this newssheet in Gilbertese (as far as we can make out the title translates as 'Sail Ho! News of the World'). Content includes updates on the progress of the Second World War, as well as local news.
Adelaide, Harrison Weir, Government Printer, 1928.
Oblong quarto, 14 leaves with 13 plates (from photographs).
Saddle-stapled overlapping title-wrappers slightly creased and rubbed; two tiny closed tears; head and foot of the spine slightly worn; an excellent copy.
'This booklet is published at the request of a number of the General Public, who have from time to time sought copies of views and particulars in relation to the new Adelaide Railway Station.' The General Public got what they asked for. In addition to the fine views of the station (including dining areas, kitchen, public areas, and before and after shots of the street frontage) they learnt that that the storage space under the Northern end of the Eastern Roadway had a floor space of 11,680 square feet, and similar useful information.
Octavo (240 x 150 mm), four volumes, containing in all [iv], 505-693 pages plus 187 hand-coloured engraved plates (plus a title leaf and index leaf in each volume).
Contemporary speckled calf later rebacked, with contrasting leather title-labels; old leather shows minor signs of age and wear, but attractive withal; the contents, especially the plates, are in fine condition.
Edinburgh, William Blackwood, 1853-1880 (ninth edition, one a later reprint), and 1864-1878 (eighth and ninth thousands).
Octavo, twenty-one volumes in eleven, each volume approximately 350-400 pages (the index volume about 250 pages) plus a total of 25 plates.
Contemporary half calf and marbled papered boards, spines gilt in compartments with raised bands and contrasting leather title-labels; all edges marbled; covers very lightly rubbed; an excellent set attractively bound and maintained.
With the later pictorial bookplate of 'Bernard G. Brett, Mahon, Toorak' in each volume. This set does not contain the companion atlas (oblong large octavo).
Oblong quarto (approximately 265 x 330 mm), 39 blank album leaves, with the photographs (mainly 110 x 70 mm) mounted primarily on the rectos in corner mounts.
Post-bound cloth-covered album, lettered in gilt (according the stationer's label mounted on the front pastedown it is an 'Invicta Photo Album [Small]'); slight wear to the cloth at the extremities; final leaf browned and slightly... Read complete entry
The photographs (the majority dated in black ink between May 1935 and June 1936) follow the construction work from the early stages of the steel frame to the installation of the elaborate architectural mouldings, and feature a number of striking images of construction workers against the Adelaide skyline. A cutting from 'The News' October 10, 1934, describing the proposed building and with an artist's rendering of its street frontage, is mounted on the verso of the final leaf. The building's entry in the South Australian Heritage Registers confirms its significance: 'Completed in 1936, it was built as the new State headquarters of the AMP, replacing smaller premises built for the Society on the same site in 1880. The building is also significant for being designed by the notable Adelaide architect Louis Laybourne-Smith, considered one of the key practitioners of architecture in South Australia in the first half of the Twentieth Century. It is architecturally significant as a representative example of a 1930s multi-storey commercial building, now becoming rare in Adelaide, and is of high integrity. Its classically derived form and abstracted details illustrate one of the common architectural styles of the period. It is concrete framed in construction and fully integrates services such as lifts, external shutters and distributed heating systems within a centrally located services core. The building also includes an evaporative mechanical ventilation system, an innovative feature at the date of its construction. (Adapted from Danvers Architects Pty Ltd Conservation Plan 1996)'. This fine record was likely complied for Laybourne Smith's firm, Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin.
Quarto, [i], 112 pages with 18 illustrations (4 portraits of contributors, including Ern Malley as a nipper; the balance are reproductions of artworks, including seven from the forthcoming CAS Exhibition). Loosely inserted is a typed 'request for review' note from the publishers, and a small slip of yellow paper with a printed note about the 'Cover Illustration. Colour reproduction of painting by unknown Australian Primitive H.D. executed by Len Etheridge'.
Colour pictorial wrappers, with 'Stop Press' text printed in red on the outside rear cover; minimal light foxing; essentially a fine copy.
The first 20 or so pages are devoted to comments and letters in defence of the poetry of Ern Malley, despite its having been exposed as a hoax since its appearance in the previous number. Almost as intriguingly, this section is followed by an article by Albert Tucker on 'The Unknown Australian Artist H.D.', illustrated with six of HD's artworks (with one more on the front cover). Nancy Underhill ('Sidney Nolan. A Life', 2015) discusses HD at length, and comes to the conclusion that 'I see the HD/Dearing pictures as Nolan's first foray into experimenting with Primitive painting, which is not to say he painted them all. Remember the sophisticated faux unskilling in The Kellys. Please recall that naive affectation was god-sent for Nolan as it offered a positive, up-to-date style that obscured his woeful skills at academic tonal modelling'.
Quarto, 64 pages with 13 illustrations (mainly portraits from photographs, but including reproductions of 4 paintings by Eric Lee-Johnston).
Monochrome pictorial wrappers lightly creased and marked; tiny tear to the leading margin of the first ten leaves expertly sealed; an excellent copy.
The editorial notes that, with the end of the war and the easing of certain wartime publishing restrictions from March 1946, hopefully the journal 'will appear at fairly regular quarterly intervals'. However, a certain amount of inevitable disillusionment had settled over the Australian cultural scene, interest in modern painting and literature had waned, and 'some literary journals are feeling the strain of these adverse conditions'. Some journals were finding sales dropping alarmingly, others were being forced off the market. 'At the moment we can luckily claim a rising circulation both here and in America'. Be that as it may, this was the last issue of 'Angry Penguins', and looking at the list of contents, both artistic and literary, it is perhaps hardly surprising.
Lismore, W. Hornadge (but printed in Adelaide by Thornquest Press), .
Octavo, 20 pages with an illustration.
Two-colour pictorial title-wrappers (with a spoof diploma for Ern on the rear cover); a fine copy.
'An invitation extended to Messrs. Harris, McAuley and Stewart some time before publication to make further comment on the hoax has not been accepted.' The ink-stamped date of 11 August 1945 (from experience, we know this to be the mark of the collector Harold Woodlands) inside the front cover confirms the year of publication.
Rongorongo, London Mission Press, 1948 (revised edition)/ 1931.
Octavo, 44 pages.
Printed wrappers slightly creased; head of the spine and top edge slightly torn; a very good copy.
The text comprises short biographies in Gilbertese of Saint Augustine, Francis of Assisi, Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, Bunyan, William Penn, John Howard, Elizabeth Fry, John Patterson, Tolstoy, and Booker Washington. One of 600 copies.
Octavo, xii, 611 pages with 32 illustrations plus 20 lithographic plates (all tinted or printed in colour) and a folding map.
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; small tidemark to the inner corner of the endpapers,... 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.
Quarto, 71 pages with 24 colour plates, each with an accompanying explanatory diagram (and generally with a portrait plate of the artist).
Papered boards; edges, endpapers and adjacent pages foxed; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper in similar condition albeit sunned on the spine.
The first book published on the Papunya painting movement by the man responsible for its development. It presents 'twenty-four of the best paintings by twenty artists who are recognised leaders'. This copy is inscribed and signed by the author ('Geoffrey Bardon AM. In appreciation. Respects to Milton. 19/8/2000'). The Milton and Alma Roxanas Collection of Aboriginal Art was sold at auction in Sydney in May 2014; the 200 or so lots were mainly bark paintings, but they included some early Papunya boards formerly owned by Bardon himself. Loosely inserted are a number of related ephemeral items, including obituaries to Geoffrey Bardon (August 1940 - May 2003).
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1935, 1936 (two volumes), 1937, 1938 (four volumes), 1939 (three volumes) and 1942 (one volume); the sixth volume is the first edition of 1942, the others are mixed editions ranging from the third to the eleventh.
Octavo, twelve volumes, each approximately 700 pages with numerous maps plus plates.
Original maroon cloth; two volumes (4 and 5) are very lightly flecked; five volumes have lightly offset or foxed endpapers; basically this is a very fine matched set in all respects (with the last volume even retaining its original plain paper... Read complete entry
The background story to this epic work, and the groundbreaking role Charles Bean played in it, are too well-known to be retold here. Suffice to say, this history will continue to stand the test of time. Complete sets, in mixed editions, are not rare (indeed, some volumes were reprinted upwards of fifteen times), but sets in pristine condition such as this one most definitely are. Dornbusch 209 (the complete set), 353 (Volumes 1-2), 294-297 (Volumes 3-6), 391 (Volume 7), 374 (Volume 10), 219 (Volume 11) and 223 (Volume 12); Fielding and O'Neill, page 208 (the complete set); Trigellis-Smith 725-36 (the complete set). Dornbusch often provides useful information about dates of reprints and revised editions. [12 items].
Original green wrappers slightly creased and sunned at the extremities, and with a few tiny chips at the fore edges; a very good copy.
The subject of the sermon is the 'Privileges of the Christian', and its text is Heb. xi. 22-24. It was first preached by Beecher on November 15, 1868, and appears in several collected editions of his sermons. This ephemeral Adelaide printing appears to be unrecorded. A contemporary inscription on the title page reads 'Mrs. E.S. Wigg's last sermon. Last reading [illegible]'.
Octavo, xxxii, 224 pages with 10 illustrations plus 17 plates and endpaper maps.
Cloth slightly rubbed and marked; top edge a trifle marked; endpapers a little unevenly browned; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper marked, creased, chipped and torn with minor loss (chiefly to the spine).
Original green cloth, spine lettered and stamped in gilt, sides stamped in blind; cloth a little flecked and bumped; gift inscription; first and last pages a little browned; early ink ownership details of 'Alice Reeves, Jan 1898. Balwyn' on... Read complete entry
Australia's first gardening book by a woman. Crittenden 77 (and pages 86-90); not in Ferguson. Not identified as such, but from the collection of naturalist and author Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954).
Quarto, 43 pages plus plates and a frontispiece portrait.
Quarter cloth and papered boards; cloth lightly flecked; scattered foxing; an excellent copy.
Number 1 of 250 copies numbered and signed by the author. This is Pescott's personal copy, with his bookplate (by George Perrottet) on the front pastedown, his signature twice (on the title page and on the limitation page), and the additional signatures of H.A. Evans and Bruce L. Evans (the publishers), and V.S. Hewett (book collector and publisher) on the limitation page. It is also extensively annotated in the Pescott's hand, apparently in preparation for a revised edition, including details of items not included in this edition. Loosely inserted are two autograph letters signed from Sir William Edward Lodewyk Hamilton Crowther (1887-1981, medical practitioner, collector and bibliophile) to Pescott, dated 1949 and 1953, relating to this title (including suggested additions), and further loose related notes in Pescott's hand.
Octavo, xx, 224, xvi (advertisements) pages plus 15 lithographs (5 ensigns, 3 maps, 6 views by members of the author's family and a frontispiece by 'the well-known artist, Mr Leonard').
Original gilt-decorated green cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities and a little flecked; pages facing the flyleaves a little offset; top corner crease to one leaf; an excellent copy (virtually unread).
This copy is inscribed in ink at the head of the title page to 'Fred W. Sims, with the author's best wishes', with 'Sept 1908' added in pencil in another hand. Sir William Henry Bundey (1838-1909), for ten years Commodore of the South Australian Yacht Club, was a South Australian MP (Attorney-General, 1878-81) and later a Supreme Court judge. A scarce book, one of very few on the subject of colonial yachting. Ferguson 7674 (noting only brown cloth; we have seen brown, black and blue, as well as the green offered here).
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1996 [facsimile edition]/ 1863.
Octavo, [vi], xvi, 408 pages plus 15 plates and a large folding map.
Quarter leather and cloth, lettered in gilt and stamped in blind; a fine copy.
'John Davis was a member of the South Australian relief expedition, led by John McKinlay, to search for Burke and Wills. The expedition travelled to Cooper Creek and north almost to the Gulf of Carpentaria ... [They then] made for Port Denison (Bowen), some 960km away in Queensland.' Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 211. This is number 96 of only 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. The four-page introduction by Valmai Hankel is new to this edition.
Small quarto, viii, 152 pages plus a hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece with tissue guard.
Original burgundy sand-grain cloth, stamped in blind and gilt; edges bevelled; cloth flecked and a little scuffed and marked; one very small area of insect damage to the front endpapers; tissue guard beginning to separate; a few further trifling signs... Read complete entry
Verse and several essays; not least, 'The Last Page of a Tale that is Told' (11 pages), describing the last meeting she had with her friend Robert O'Hara Burke... 'I think I was the last lady-friend he ever spoke to in Victoria'. With the pencilled ownership signature of naturalist and author Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954) on the front pastedown.
Octavo, xvi, 259 pages with 6 maps plus 65 plates (one being a double-page colour map) plus a folding map mounted on the rear pastedown and a loosely inserted supplementary nominal roll slip.
Cloth decorated with the Battalion's colour patch; covers and edges slightly foxed; rear flyleaf lightly marked; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper chipped and torn with trifling loss (and with clear tape repairs).
Square quarto,  pages plus 27 plates (7 in colour).
Cloth; very slightly marked; an excellent copy with the slightly used dustwrapper.
This copy is signed and dated (10 April 1970) by the artist under his frontispiece portrait; the handwriting clearly shows the effects of advanced multiple sclerosis, the disease that had confined Cant to a wheelchair from the mid-1960s. He died in 1983 at the age of 71. Also signed on the title page by Elizabeth Young, the second daughter of John Young of Macquarie Galleries fame, published her later books under her married name, Jean [Elizabeth] Campbell. Her husband was the artist and arts administrator Robert Campbell.
The vintage sepia-toned albumen paper photograph (97 x 138 mm) has been recently removed from an old album leaf and mounted on acid-free card; there is a small light watermark or similar in the sky in the centre of the image, and the letter 'M... Read complete entry
The 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' waxes with undue eloquence about Ward. 'He undoubtedly had great nerve, endurance and unusual self-reliance and his success as a bushranger can be largely attributed to his horsemanship and splendid mounts, to popular sympathy inspired by his agreeable appearance and conversation, and to his gentlemanly behaviour and avoidance of violence; he also showed prudence in not robbing armed coaches, or towns where a policeman was stationed. The last of the professional bushrangers in New South Wales, Ward was the most successful'. More prosaically, it notes that on 25 May 1870 he 'was surprised while testing an inferior horse and was chased and shot by Constable Alexander Binney Walker at Kentucky Creek near Uralla' (the horse also died). Barry Sinclair, 'Captain Thunderbolt Family Historian & Researcher' has made easy work of what is at first (and subsequent) glances a curious photograph. In his online rebuttal to the Uralla Historical Society's criticisms of his 'Fact sheet on the Death of Thunderbolt', he quotes the 'Armidale Express', Friday 3 June 1921 (which is turn is quoting itself from 4 June 1870): 'Mr Andrew Cunningham has taken several excellent photographics to illustrate the end of Thunderbolt, and other matters connected with it. Of Ward's dead horse there are two views. There are three different views of the spot on which the final struggle took place, Mr Walker being shown in the same dress and on the same horse as he had when he came upon the Western side of the creek; the reality of the scene being added to by Mr Smoker, of Uralla, representing, on the E. side, Ward - each with weapon levelled at his opponent. To secure a good view, Mr Cunningham took the trouble to cut down several trees' (and these are clearly to be seen in the foreground to the left). Sinclair's account is illustrated with another one of the three 'final struggle' images.
Octavo, [viii] (comprising a list of illustrations, with a full-page illustration on the verso; a blank leaf; the list of contents, with a full-page illustration on the verso; title page, with the verso blank), 60 pages with 4 full-page illustrations.
Bright red full morocco, extensively lettered in gilt on the front and rear panels, all edges gilt; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities, with slight restoration near the head of the spine; a few pinholes to the blank top left-hand corner of the... Read complete entry
With the armorial bookplate of A.R. Downer (Sir Alexander Russell Downer, 1910-1981, politician and diplomat). His father was Sir John William Downer (1843-1915), lawyer and politician (not least, one of the Fathers of Federation). He assumed office as premier and attorney-general of South Australia 'on 16 June 1885. Faced with economic depression [in the colony], he attempted to reduce the deficit by cutting government expenditure while increasing revenue by a protective tariff. Measures were taken however to find jobs for the unemployed on public works. Next year he opened negotiations with the Chaffey brothers for their carrying out an extensive irrigation scheme at Renmark' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Ferguson 17975 records a variant copy of this item, in grey wrappers with advertisements in the preliminaries (and occasionally at the end of the text). Doubtless this deluxe copy was produced for presentation purposes, and we presume it was in fact given to Sir John Downer himself.
London, Morgan and Scott, for the China Inland Mission, 1911.
Octavo, xx, 316,  (publisher's advertisements) pages with 2 maps plus 17 plates.
Gilt-decorated cloth a trifle marked; spine lightly sunned; tiny split near the foot of the rear hinge; edges foxed; flyleaves and one opening browned (the latter from a loosely inserted separately issued Sunday school lesson, printed on acidic paper... Read complete entry
A study of the culture and customs of the non-Chinese tribes of South-West China (with not a little space given to the various efforts to convert them to Christianity) by a missionary 33 years resident in China.
Large octavo, xviii, 283 pages with 11 maps and diagrams plus 84 plates and endpaper charts.
Synthetic cloth; edges very lightly foxed; essentially a fine copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities.
The tiny ownership label of the military book dealer Ken White is on the half-title. Loosely inserted is the original prospectus, minus the detachable order form; it states that the book will be published 'in a restricted edition'. We believe this to be not more than 600 copies; the infrequency with which it turns up certainly seconds this proposal. Trigellis-Smith 414.
Original cloth very slightly rubbed, with a tiny light indentation to the front cover; a superb copy with even better provenance.
It is inscribed on the front pastedown 'To Clarrie with compliments from Jim Morris'. This copy comes from the private collection of Clarrie Grimmett, who, with Don Bradman, was one of Wisden's 'Five Cricketers of the Year' featured in this volume. This was one of only three Wisdens in Grimmett's collection; the other two were 1926 (covering his Test debut year) and 1934 (covering the Bodyline Tests). Offered together with this volume is a copy of the Christie's auction catalogue of the Clarrie Grimmett Collection, sold in Melbourne on 13 May 1998 (see lot 112 for the Wisdens).
The Australian Dictionary of Biography has all this and more to say about him. He later became a journalist and highly regarded radio commentator; not least, he is the grandfather of the Chappell brothers. This large photograph (visible image size 310 x 250 mm) is a full-length portrait of a young Richardson dressed for play, standing against a painted rustic background. It is in fine condition behind glass in the original mount and frame (the original paper backing on the frame is torn and lacks sections). The photographer is not credited. Probably unique - definitely impressive.
Adelaide, South Australian Cricket Association, 1933.
Octavo,  pages with numerous illustrations and advertisements plus cover advertisements.
Attractive pictorial wrappers (the rear one slightly marked); the centrefold scoring sheet has been completed neatly in ink (and the final results for the last three Tests have been entered on the relevant early page); essentially a fine copy.
'International Cricket. England v. Australia. Souvenir of Visit of MCC Team. October 1932 to March 1933. Third Test Match ...' [cover title].
The album (210 x 275 mm) contains 16 original high-gloss gelatin silver photographs (each 155 x 205 mm),
Cloth lightly rubbed; gilt lettering to the front cover dulled; the photographs are uniformly in fine condition.
Two of them show the facade from different directions; the other 14 all feature cars in the various areas of the large sales and service complex. The first photograph is signed in ink on the image 'K. Phillips', and we think it safe to conclude the album is the work of the Adelaide photographer Keith Phillips, working on behalf of 'Woods, Bagot, Laybourne-Smith & Irwin, Architects, Adelaide' (identified on the first blank page in white ink). The State Library of South Australia has an image (B7369) very similar to the signed one in the album. We cannot improve on the State Library's detailed caption: 'The premises of Dalgety and Company's Ford dealership, in the Art Deco style of the day ... [On back of photograph] 'Acres 349 and 350 / Wakefield Street, south side / 7th February 1938 / Dalgety's premises were erected in 1937 / ... The right side of Dalgety's is 51 yards east of Elder Street / Frontage: 70 yards'. The building no longer exists'.
Adelaide, Printed by K.M. Stevenson, Government Printer, for the South Australian Department of Mines, 1949.
Octavo, 8 pages.
Saddle-stapled; in excellent condition.
An attractive ephemeral publication compiled by the Director of Mines and Government Geologist, S.B. Dickinson, and 'presented with the compliments of the Hon. A. Lyell McEwin, Minister of Mines'. Published to accompany a display by the Department of Mines at the Chemex exhibition held in Adelaide in 1949, it is broadly a guide for prospectors, offering descriptions of the various uranium ores, the equipment needed for prospecting (Geiger counters are available for hire from the Department), and the legal obligations of prospectors. Apparently unrecorded.
North Adelaide, Corkwood Press, 1999 (facsimile edition)/ 1893, 2002 (first thus) and 2003 (first edition).
Octavo, 207 pages plus 2 huge maps (each 770 x 1450 mm) in a separate case (the 'Journal'); oblong quarto, [xii] pages plus 107 plates, printed rectos only (the 'Photographs') and octavo, [vi], 133 pages (the 'Confidential Report').
Full leather (the 'Journal', its map case, and the 'Photographs') and cloth (the 'Confidential Report'); a fine set.
The deluxe issue of this fine facsimile edition; each volume is one of 50 copies (from a total edition of 400) bound in full leather (with the exception of the Confidential Report, which was issued only in cloth). Each of the three parts were published at different times; these volumes therefore do not carry the same edition number; the journal is number 36, the confidential report is number 39 and the photograph album is number 20.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1997 (facsimile edition)/ 1845.
Octavo, two volumes, [x] (new introduction), [ii], xx, 448,  and [ii], [iv], vi, 512,  pages with illustrations plus 22 plates and 2 folding maps (in a front pocket).
Quarter leather and cloth, lettered and stamped in gilt; leading edge of Volume 2 marked; an excellent set.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 213. This is number 96 of 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. The eight-page introduction by Valmai Hankel is new to this edition.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and papered boards; spine and rear cover a little unevenly sunned; an excellent copy.
Printed at the head of the first page is the following: '21/6/91. Draft of a Bill as adopted by the National Australasian Convention, 9th April, 1891. Henry Parkes, President. F.W. Webb, Secretary'. This copy has the printed paper name-label 'Sir J.W. Downer' on the front cover: Sir John William Downer (1843-1915) was one of the South Australian delegates at the Convention. He has annotated 13 pages of the printed text (mainly marginal ticks against numerous numbered paragraphs).
Foolscap folio, 29 pages with numerous ruled interleaves.
Half red roan and red stippled cloth with a printed paper title label on the front cover; leather a little rubbed at the extremities, with slight surface loss to the corner pieces; cloth a little flecked and marked; light crease to the blank bottom... Read complete entry
Printed at the head of the first page is the following: 'Copy of Federal Constitution under the Crown, framed and approved by the Australasian Federal Convention, at Adelaide, South Australia, 22nd March to 23rd April, 1897. E.G. Blackmore, Clerk. C.C. Kingston, President'. The signature of Sir John William Downer (1843-1915), one of the South Australian delegates at the Convention, is writ large on the front pastedown ('The Honble. Sir J.W. Downer K.C.M.G.'). He has hand-printed much the same in ink on the printed paper title label on the front cover.
Bright red full limp morocco lettered in gilt on the front cover, with a single gilt rule border on both covers, all edges gilt; leather rubbed at the extremities, with slight loss to the head of the spine; the thin board and pastedown on the front... Read complete entry
In a presentation binding, embossed in gilt on the front cover 'Presented to The Hon. Sir John Wm. Downer, K.C.M.G., Q.C., M.P.'. Sir John William Downer was one of the Fathers of Federation; this item was presumably given to him as a South Australian delegate at the National Australasian Convention in 1891. The armorial bookplate of A.R. Downer (Sir Alexander Russell Downer, 1910-1981, politician and diplomat, and Sir John's son) is mounted on the front pastedown.
London, Sampson, Low, Marston and Company, 1901 (second edition).
Quarto, xii, 237 pages with over 400 illustrations plus 48 full-page plates with tissue guards (the illustrations are from photographs by the authors).
Original russet cloth stamped in black, gilt and blind; top edge gilt, others uncut; front cover a little marked (apparently from the removal of an adhesive); extremities slightly bumped and rubbed; front inner hinge slightly cracked (but binding... Read complete entry
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1998 [facsimile edition]/ 1875.
Octavo, [xii], viii, 354, 40 (advertisements) pages plus 8 plates and 4 folding maps.
Quarter calf and cloth, lettered in gilt and stamped in blind; a fine copy.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 217. This is number 96 of 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. The ten-page introduction by Valmai Hankel is new to this edition.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Printed by Stevenson and Dryden, 1881.
Octavo, [ii], 66 pages with printed borders and numerous illustrations, head- and tailpieces; title page printed in red and black.
Later quarter cloth and papered boards; original card covers bound in (a little scuffed, marked and creased, with the left-hand printed border obscured by the later front free endpaper); cloth flecked; boards worn and stained at the extremities;... Read complete entry
One of only 12 copies printed. With the bookplate (by S.R. Simmons) of naturalist and author Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), and his pencilled signature and purchase details ('Newcastle on Tyne, 1939'), and two earlier bookplates, both belonging to Tyneside collectors.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1995 (facsimile edition)/ .
Octavo, [vi], xii, 172 pages plus 4 pages of plates and a folding map.
Cloth; a fine copy.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 207; one of 500 copies. 'In 1870 Giles was engaged as second-in-command of John Ross's expedition to fix the course of the overland telegraph line' (Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography); this account describes the author's experiences over the following two years and five months, and was compiled from his contemporary notebooks. .
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2000 [first thus]/ 1872 to 1876.
Octavo, xxiv, 379 pages with a group portrait frontispiece plus 5 folding maps.
Quarter calf and cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt; a fine copy.
Australian Parliamentary Editions Number 2. This is number 96 of 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. The parliamentary papers reprinted here are Number 21 of 1875, Number 215 of 1874, Number 22 of 1876 and Number 18* of 1876, dealing with Giles' first, second, fourth and fifth expeditions respectively. The maps have been reproduced from 'Australia Twice Traversed' (1889). The 18-page introduction by Valmai Hankel is new to this edition. In this series, to 'make them easier to read the [original foolscap folio] format has been changed and the type reset in a more legible size'.
London, George G. Harrap and Company, 1925 [first edition].
Quarto, 255 pages with numerous illustrations plus 22 plates (8 in colour, and one double page).
Quarter vellum and papered boards; top edge gilt, others uncut; boards a little stained, and slightly bumped and worn at the bottom corners; pages adjacent to the plates lightly offset; a few slight marks; a very good copy.
Number 480 of 1000 copies of the English issue, signed by the artist; a further 1000 copies were produced for the American market.