Oblong small quarto, 60 pages with a vignette and 33 full-page illustrations, all by the author.
Quarter cloth and pictorial papered boards (printed in red) a little worn and bumped at the corners; endpapers offset; trifling signs of use; an excellent copy. The 'With the Publishers' Compliments' inkstamp and a small pencil... Read complete entry
Jocelyn Henry Clive Graham (1874-1936) was a successful English 'journalist and later, after distinguished military service, a leading lyricist for operettas and musical comedies, but he is now best remembered as a writer of humorous verse in a style of grotesquerie and black humour' (Wikipedia). He became an officer in the Coldstream Guards and rose to the rank of Captain (although he used the pen-name of Col. D. Streamer, taken from the name of his old regiment).
The inscription reads in full: 'To dear Harry, in warm admiration of his true genius, thanking him for his glorious first performance of 'The Lost Lady', & in happy memory of one of the few electric concerts of my life (June 2). His friend, Percy, June 1938'. The musical sentiment that follows comprises the first three bars of 'The Lost Lady Found', the sixth movement of Grainger's 'Lincolnshire Posy', a collection of folk songs arranged for concert band. Percy Grainger (1882-1961) is well-known for his work in collecting folk music and experimentation with early electronic instruments; the inscription is singularly apposite. The gelatin silver photograph (an impressive 330 x 250 mm) is signed and dated by the photographer Frederick Morse ('Morse 1937', written in ink on the bottom right-hand corner of the image). 'After World War 1, Frederick Morse, a young professional photographer, built a house next door to Percy and Rose Grainger in White Plains, New York. He produced many of Grainger's promotional photographs during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s as well as informally documenting the Grainger household and Percy's eclectic pursuits. Their association became close, with Morse periodically working as Percy's secretary and as an occasional wrestling partner' (Brian Allison, 'Grainger Photographs', University of Melbourne Library Journal, 2000). The photograph has a little silvering-out to the lower right-hand portion, and its edges are a little darkened with a few trifling chips; overall it is in excellent condition.
[Wedderburn, C.R. Goode, circa 1890 and circa 1905 (the appendix)].
Octavo, 40 pages (the original history) and 41-68 pages (the separately-printed appendix).
Later plain paper wrappers; leaves adjacent to the wrappers somewhat foxed; paper of the appendix a little browned; plain paper wrappers a little torn, nibbled, foxed and marked; a very good copy.
The first part comprises a history of the gold-field to 1890, reprinted from a series of articles published in the 'Wedderburn Express'. The separately printed but continuously paginated appendix, covering the period from 1890 to 1905, begins: 'We have been repeatedly requested to bring the 'History of the Wedderburn Goldfields', which was written by 'Pioneer' in 1890 and published in the columns of the 'Express', up to date, for the benefit of the mining community of the district.' The State Library of New South Wales identifies 'Pioneer' as Joshua Rogers Gray, but sheds no light on the authorship of the appendix. From the collection of naturalist and author Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), with the title in his hand on the front wrapper.
190 x 155 mm, 44 pages (last page with only a printer's ornament) with a decorated title page, a head- and tail-piece, and a frontispiece (of 'Elsie, 'my little missus' as I loved to call her').
Flush-cut pictorial textured card covers printed in green, saddle-bound with ribbon (recently replaced); slight restoration to the spine; central vertical crease to the entire booklet; covers and text a little foxed; offsetting to one early opening (... Read complete entry
'With the Author's Compliments' is stamped on the first (blank) page. Muir 3262 (recording a second edition of the same year, but clearly both are rare - for instance, this first edition is not in the National Library of Australia).
London, Griffith & Farran, 1883 [first edition, with the advertisements dated '9.83'].
Octavo, [viii], 384, 32 (advertisements) pages with decorative head- and tailpieces plus 8 plates (the frontispiece with a tissue guard).
Pictorial blue cloth blocked in gilt and black; cloth a little flecked and marked, sunned on the spine, and lightly rubbed or worn at the extremities; light stains to the top and bottom edges; front flyleaf neatly excised; half-title browned and... Read complete entry
With a gift inscription on the front pastedown, 'R.M.W. Thirkell & G.L.A. Thirkell, Christmas 1904, from L.F. Piesse'. The Tasmanian Thirkell brothers, who would have been in their early teens when they were given this book, both served as officers in the Middle East, England and France during the First World War. The elder brother, Robert Mowbray Winston Thirkell, was awarded the MBE after the war, and was later a career officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. The second, George Lancelot Allnut Thirkell, served with various field engineer units in Gallipoli and France. While stationed in England in late 1917 he married the well-connected divorcee Angela McInnes at the Kensington registry office. In 1920 the couple sailed to Australia, but Angela found life in suburban Melbourne dull and the marriage did not last. She returned to Britain around 1930 and soon began a successful career as a novelist under her married name, Angela Thirkell. In 1934 she published 'Trooper to the Southern Cross' under the nom de plume of Leslie Parker, a fictionalised retelling of the couple's eventful voyage from England to Australia on the troopship 'Friedrichsruh', told through the eyes of a character based on her husband George. Dartt, pages 61-62.
Quarto,  pages with numerous illustrations (including 6 in colour).
Wrappers a little rubbed, marked and lightly stained, with a tiny hole in the rear cover; ownership signature on the front cover (with further details on the title page); still a very presentable copy.
The tour ran from mid-May to mid-November 1955; during the Adelaide season (October 3 to 22) the original owner managed to secure the ink signatures of Hepburn and Helpmann on their full-page portraits in this program. Both signatures are now quite faint, but for all that, it is very scarce.
470 x 370 mm, 144 pages with 40 full-page colour plates.
Full vellum (by Zaehnsdorf), all edges gilt; a fine copy in the fine slipcase.
Number 471 of 600 copies signed by the author and artist (respectively, the former curator of the Herbarium at Kew Gardens, and the official botanical artist at Kew Gardens). The name of the original subscriber, David W.G. Kennett, has been calligraphically inscribed on the same page (as issued).
The original printed label from the Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London, is on the verso of the mount: 'This photograph is enlarged from a negative taken during Dr Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition ...'. The title and catalogue number (101, ruled out and replaced by 95) are manuscript insertions in ink. A recent article by Robyn Mundy, 'Writing with Light - a Photographer's Vision - Frank Hurley and the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition' (Polar Journal, June 2014) highlights the significance of this superb image, not least because close study of contemporary documents has resulted in a reassessment of its production. 'The most contentious amongst Hurley's AAE embellishements is a small collection of images under the banner of 'combination printing' - composites of two or more images blended into a new image. These reflect an artistic choice that at its time was admired as a special effect, but now stands out from 'undoctored' photography as manipulation of truth.... [This photograph] was once interpreted as an example of combination printing, based on the assumption that it was too dangerous and difficult for Hurley and his companion, expedition doctor Leslie Whetter, to enter an ice cavern carved out of a sea wall. The image has now been reassessed as an 'undoctored' photograph through corroborating written evidence.' Both Douglas Mawson and John Hunter refer to this particular photographic excursion in their diary entries on 31 August 1912. Provenance: from the personal collection of Sir Douglas Mawson, and by descent.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1999 [facsimile edition]/ 1838.
Octavo, [xii], viii, 296,  (advertisements) pages plus 2 maps (one a folding map of the Port Lincoln district).
Quarter calf and cloth; a fine copy.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 219. This is number 96 of 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. The informative ten-page introduction by Valmai Hankel, highlighting several brief accounts of expeditions in the book, is new to this edition.
Octavo, 181, [4, publisher's list] pages plus 6 full-page colour illustrations by Leslie Stead.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the unclipped dustwrapper slightly rubbed at the extremities (a little more heavily so at the head of the spine). A contemporary price label from an Australian department store has been laid down over the English... Read complete entry
The number 48 is printed on the spine of the dustwrapper.
Quarto, 248 pages with illustrations plus 10 full-page plates (6 in colour) by Stanley Orton Bradshaw.
Colour pictorial papered boards lightly rubbed at the extremities; text paper uniformly lightly tanned; reversed dogear creases to two top corners; essentially a fine copy with the rare dustwrapper chipped and torn (but now stabilised), and lacking a... Read complete entry
W.E. Johns contributes four non-fiction stories: 'Major Edward Mannock, VC'; 'VCs Won in the Air'; 'With Cobham to the Cape', and 'My Most Thrilling Flight'. Other contributors are G.E.Rochester (four stories), A.S. Long, Vigilant (Claude W. Sykes) and Arch Whitehouse (one story each).
Foolscap folio, 9 pages plus a large folding map ('Plan shewing Country north east of Eucla examined by Mr James W. Jones with the view to decide upon boring operations for water', 555 x 705 mm).
Drop-title, sewn as issued; bottom corner of the front page slightly dusty; small blank corner piece of the map slightly creased; an excellent copy.
The map embraces the entire extent of the Nullarbor Plain within South Australia covering 'an area of 16,500 square miles ... [with] a complete description of the country from the coast to the route taken by Mr Ernest Giles on his exploration trip to Perth'. It also includes 'Professor Tate's track shewn in red' (presumably relating to Ralph Tate's travels there resulting in his lengthy paper, 'The Natural History of the Country around the Head of the Great Australian Bight' in the Transactions ... of the Philosophical Society of Adelaide, South Australia for 1878-9: see McLaren 15803). The journal 'gives a minutely detailed description of the country passed over ... It will be seen that this hitherto comparatively unexplored country has been thoroughly examined. I found that in many important particulars the surmises in previous reports respecting this country were not borne out'. No less interesting is the account of the discovery of the waggon and last campsite of Fairie and Woolley, who died of thirst north of Eucla two years earlier. South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 191 of 1880; the quantity printed is not stated, but around 700 copies was usual (and this item is rarely encountered on the open market). McLaren 10540.
London, printed for G. and W. Nichol [and numerous others], 1816.
Demy octavo, nine volumes, each volume approximately 450 pages.
Early half calf and marbled papered boards with contrasting spine titling-labels; covers a little rubbed, with minor wear to the extremities and minor cracking to some hinges; minimal signs of use; early ownership signatures in each volume; a very... Read complete entry
Loosly inserted is an early receipt 'Bought of S.& J. Ridge ... Newark', dated 1829.
Norwood, Peacock Press (for the Author), 2016 (revised and augmented edition)/ January 2013.
Large octavo, xiv, 402 pages with approximately 40 illustrations and maps.
Pictorial card covers; a mint copy.
One of 100 copies signed and dated by the author. 'South Australia's pre-1836 white history has been appallingly misrepresented over the past two centuries. This book sets out to correct much of the misinformation which has been continuously recycled and presented as fact by numerous historians, government officials and authors throughout this period'. Be that as it may, the maps and illustrations, albeit of less importance in the scheme of things, leave much to be desired.
They are all sepia-toned gelatin silver prints (uniformly 200 x 250 mm, including margins ranging from 12 to 28 mm), individually captioned and signed in pencil by the photographer in the bottom margin, and in fine condition. They are undated, but we... Read complete entry
The key piece is 'Mt Sonder, Cent. Australia'. Mount Sonder, photographed from the east, is a distinctive silhouette on the horizon; in the foreground are two men - artists - sketching the scene before them. It is difficult to tell if one, or other, or both of them are indigenous, but it is well worth remembering how many times Albert Namatjira painted Mount Sonder from just such a vantage point ... The other photographs are 'Road to Mt Gillen'; 'In the McDonnell's [sic]'; 'Hartz Ranges'; 'Haasts Bluff, Cent. Australia'; 'Hugh River, Cent. Australia'; and 'Ghost Gum, Heavitree Gap' (250 x 200 mm). The Northern Territory Archive Service has an album containing twenty-five similar images (but not including Mount Sonder), captioned but apparently unsigned. The catalogue record for that album (NTRS 3050) states that 'Hugo Keil was a photographer who worked at the Appropriation Ledger Section of the Allied Works Council in Alice Springs during the Second World War.... Hugo gave this wonderful album of Central Australian images to Phyllis Prideaux (later Johnson), which has come into NTAS as part of the Phyllis Johnson collection. Hugo took many photographs of Central Australian scenes, including images of Mount Gillen, the Hugh River, Palm Valley and the Spotted Tiger Mine at Harts Range'. The digitized newspaper archives that are the jewel in the crown of Trove contain numerous, mainly passing, references to Keil from 1924 to 1954. These include an article on his wedding in Langmeil in the Barossa Valley in August 1935 (he was the son of J. Keil of Tanunda, and already had 'a photographic business in Adelaide'), and mention of his successes at various photographic exhibitions over the years.
Papered boards lightly marked; an excellent copy (internally fine) with the dustrapper slightly creased, rubbed and torn at the extremities, and lacking a small piece (approximately one by two centimetres) from the bottom corner of the front panel.... Read complete entry
The author's second novel, signed by him on the title page.
London, Macmillan, 1930 [first edition, first impression].
Octavo, two volumes, [ii] (advertisements, recto blank), xviii, 363 and [ii] (advertisements, recto blank), viii, 424 pages.
Original cloth, spines lettered and ruled in gilt, sides ruled in blind; cloth lightly flecked about the leading edges and very slightly bubbled near the joints of Volume 2; slight insect damage to the leading edges of Volume 2; nonetheless, an... Read complete entry
With the armorial bookplate of Sir Alexander 'Alick' Russell Downer KBE (1910-1981) in Volume 2.
London, Macmillan, 1936 [first edition, first impression].
Octavo, [ii] (advertisements, recto blank), xii, 403 pages with an erratum printed at the foot of the last page.
Original cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, sides ruled in blind; covers lightly sunned on the spine, and a little flecked about the leading edges; edges and few early leaves lightly foxed; an excellent copy.
Perhaps Keynes' most celebrated work, and a foundational text of modern macroeconomics. Not identified as such, but from the collection of Sir Alexander 'Alick' Russell Downer KBE (1910-1981).
Large quarto, [viii], 195,  (with all but the colophon blank) pages with numerous decorations, vignette illustrations and 14 full-page tipped-in colour plates, plus the statement of limitation leaf, the tipped-in original etching and endpaper illustrations.
Quarter vellum and pictorial foil-blocked boards with vellum tips; top edge gilt; a mint copy in the publisher's solander box.
'This edition of Just So Stories is limited to one thousand copies, each with an original etching signed and numbered by the artist'. This is copy number 613; the prospectus is loosely inserted. A sumptuous production at a very attractive price (it is still in print at $1070 including freight).
North Adelaide, Corkwood Press, 1996 (facsimile edition)/ 1847.
Octavo, [viii], xx, 544 pages with 8 illustrations plus 12 plates and a large folding map (560x715mm).
Half leather and marbled boards; a fine copy.
Number 27 of 50 numbered copies of the deluxe issue. 'This volume includes a map that is based on that drawn by John Arrowsmith and published in the first edition in 1847. The original map was printed on three large sheets in a separate folder to the text. Here, that set of charts has been abridged and published as one map for convenience'.
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 blue cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities, a little marked, and lightly sunned on the spine; some mounts lightly creased (a production flaw); a few trifling signs of use; a very... Read complete entry
With the pictorial bookplate of J. Cluny Harkness (Federal President of the Chamber of Manufactures in the 1950s, according to Trove). Ferguson 11744; Holden 70. Holden's entry is more accurate and informative, although the photographs may vary slightly between copies. The photograph facing page 17 in this copy is of the 'Gawler Institute' (showing the Institute building and Town Hall), rather than 'Frankel's Hotel' as called for in Holden. 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''.
Octavo (225 x 145 mm), vi, 79,  (colophon) pages with a one-page map of Eastern Australia (with minimal hand-colouring).
Title-wrappers, sewn as issued; outer surfaces slightly dusty and lightly marked; minimal signs of handling; essentially a fine uncut and unopened copy, now housed in a custom-made full morocco clamshell box by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Edward Macarthur (1789-1872) arrived in New South Wales as an infant with the Second Fleet. A veteran of the Rum Rebellion (his father John Macarthur was one of Governor Bligh's chief antagonists) and the Napoleonic Wars, he was the author of two small books advocating emigration to the colonies, of which this is the first (Australian Dictionary of Biography). The map is entitled 'Eastern Australia, or Territory of New South Wales' and the portion coloured yellow indicates the territory to which the Colony might have been reduced by a bill brought before the House of Commons in July 1840, quickly frustrated by Sir Robert Peel. Ferguson 3241 .
Quarto (335 x 275 mm), unpaginated (but approximately 130 pages) with numerous illustrations and designs, plus 12 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards, and pictorial endpapers.
Later gilt-pictorial full black morocco with raised bands and gilt inner dentelles (stamped 'Bound by Zaehnsdorf for E. Joseph'); top edge gilt, others uncut; endpapers lightly marked; some of the more protruding uncut leading edges are a... Read complete entry
The certificate of limitation on the verso of the title page calls for 250 numbered and signed copies; this copy is signed ('T. Mackenzie') but unnumbered. Loosely inserted is the publisher's original prospectus for the Edition De Luxe (small octavo, with the order form on the verso); it mentions that this edition is 'limited to 200 signed and numbered copies in the United Kingdom'. Not surprisingly, this is deemed to be the best illustrated work by Thomas Mackenzie (1887-1944).
Small quarto, xviii (first and last leaves blank), 53 pages.
Original full red morocco, lettered in gilt; covers lightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy.
A volume of poetry by eight members of the Spenser Society of Cambridge University, namely David Arkwright, Winton Dean, Derek Plint Clifford, Christopher Gandy, Cecil Holmes, Frederick Lill, John Manifold and Joseph C. Skinner. Number 17 of 31 numbered copies signed by each of the eight poets on the section title that introduces his contribution to the volume. John Manifold (Australian poet and critic, 1915-1985) contributes five poems: 'Kookaburra', 'The Avatar', 'To Roy Campbell', 'The Solitary', and 'The Blade'.
[Adelaide, The Artist (but with the monogram 'H.W.' in a diamond on the title page), circa 1930s].
198 x 174 mm, title leaf (verso blank) with a folding flap forming a portfolio, plus 6 loose original etchings (sheet size approximately 175 x 150 mm; plate marks approximately 90 x 75 mm). The etchings are titled 'The Town Hall, Adelaide', 'St Peters [Cathedral] Adelaide', 'The Gorge, Adelaide', 'Australian Drover', 'Australian Herd', and 'The Forest'.
Saddle-stapled overlapping textured card covers, lettered in white; covers lightly rubbed; staples rusty; one small crease to the folding leaf; save for a light smudge to 'The Forest' (apparently made while the ink was still wet) the... Read complete entry
The titles are printed in letterpress below the image, together with the words 'An original etching by G. Marler'; this was one of a number of pseudonyms used by Warner in the 1920s and 1930s.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1999 [first thus]/ 1865 to 1867.
Octavo, xxxvi, 196 pages with a frontispiece illustration plus 2 folding maps.
Quarter calf and cloth, lettered and stamped in gilt; gilt decoration on the front cover scuffed and dulled; an excellent copy.
Australian Parliamentary Editions Number 1. This is number 96 of 99 copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. This work reproduces seven SA parliamentary papers 'relating to John McKinlay's arrival at Escape Cliffs and his explorations in the Northern Territory in 1866'. The illustration, one of the maps and the 29-page introduction by Valmai Hankel are 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, W.H. Allen and Co., 1869 [first edition, first issue].
Octavo, xii, 488, 24 (publisher's advertisements) pages plus a large folding map, a mounted albumen paper photographic portrait frontispiece (oval, 85 x 65 mm), 13 chromolithographs and several graphotypes 'from sketches taken on the spot by O.W. Brierly'.
Original gilt-pictorial blue cloth rubbed and bumped at the extremities and a little flecked, with trifling wear to the head and foot of the spine; spine tanned and the edges of the covers a little darkened; frontispiece mount slightly foxed, with a... Read complete entry
'Presented by the Publishers' stamped on the title page, with the pictorial bookplate ['Gang forward'] of Edward Charles Stirling on the front flyleaf and the earlier Ingram armorial bookplate on the pastedown. Ferguson 12617.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1999 (facsimile edition)/ 1848.
Octavo, [xvi], xvi (last blank), 438 pages with 11 illustrations (including the title page vignette) plus 12 plates and 7 maps (4 folding).
Quarter calf and cloth, lettered in gilt and stamped in blind; a fine copy.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 220. This is number 96 of 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. The 14-page introduction by Valmai Hankel and Valerie Sitters is new to this edition.
Title-wrappers a little marked, with a crease across the entire pamphlet; trifling chips to the first leaf; an excellent copy.
One of only 25 copies. The note printed on the verso of the second page sets the scene: although, in 1837, Mudie printed 'The Felonry of New South Wales', 'he did not venture to publish it, because of the libels with which it abounded. The work was privately distributed, and if for no other reason it would be remembered for the sensational horsewhipping it procured for its author'. See the lengthy note to Ferguson 2312 for the significance of this very rare item, which relates to the defence of the Hon. John Blaxland MLC.
Geelong, 'Published by the inmates of Her Majesty's Training Prison, Geelong, with the permission of Victorian Prisons, 1961.
Octavo, 2-25 pages, printed in various colours, with three illustrations from photographs.
Original saddle-stapled wrappers, printed in green and brown; wrappers foxed and a trifle creased, with one tiny closed tear to the front cover and minimal surface loss on the rear cover; wrappers and text block neatly pierced in the blank margins... Read complete entry
Clune's six-page contribution gives an account of Namatjira's death and interment, and a brief assessment of his life and works. The address label of Australian author Ruth Park is stamped or typed in the space provided on the rear wrapper, which is also stamped and postmarked.
Large oblong quarto (340 x 505 mm), comprising a leaf of text, 2 colour maps, a mounted colour photograph of a painting by Lawrence Daws, and 32 original photographs (each 335 x 495 mm), being 25 of present-day Canberra (one in colour), and 7 of artists' or architects' impressions of future developments (all leaves printed rectos only). Interleaved between most of the photographs is a narrower sheet of explanatory text.
Post-bound full morocco lettered in gilt on the front cover; leather slightly rubbed and a little dusty; in excellent condition.
Not identified as such, but from the estate of Sir Alexander Russell Downer, politician and diplomat (1910-1981). The album has the look and feel of a deluxe presentation production, not for general distribution. It would appear to be a pictorial precursor to the NCDC's commercial publication, 'Tomorrow's Canberra - Planning for Growth and Change' (ANU Press, 1970), a copy of which comes with this album.
Quarto, 94, [95-112] pages with '67 illustrations' (including portraits and 2 full-page tinted illustrations) plus a colour plate by Ben Jordan. A small slip printed in red advertising 'The Ideal Gift. A leather bound COPY DE LUXE ...' is bound in at the rear. (Other artists include D.H. Souter, Harry Julius, George Taylor and Oliver Brock).
Original blue limp ooze leather with yapp edges, blocked in gilt and blind, bound over the original card covers (printed in green and black, and with a cropped version of the colour plate mounted on the front cover); covers sunned and rubbed, and with... Read complete entry
The rare, and very attractive, deluxe edition. Dornbusch 355; Fielding and O'Neill, page 242; Trigellis-Smith 190.
Octavo (218 x 141 mm), [ii], -364 pages plus a map of Australia (with 'the Route & Principal Stations proposed' printed in red).
Plain light brown wrappers, sewn as issued; wrappers lightly marked; an excellent copy.
'From the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, No. 102, 1868' is printed at the head of the title page. Neumayer here seeks support for an expedition to search for Leichhardt and to complete his ambitious plans; he was unsuccessful in his attempt. Ferguson 13146; McLaren 14012.
Large quarto, two volumes bound as one, [iii]-xiv, 156 and [iv], 100 pages plus a total of 48 full-page chromolithographs (but perhaps lacking a half-title in each volume?).
Early half morocco and marbled papered boards; covers a little scuffed and rubbed, with the spine sunned and a little bumped in one spot; title page slightly foxed, with an early ownership stamp; an excellent copy with the later bookplate of Hugo Van... Read complete entry
The 26 chromolithographic plates of the first volume (depicting nearly 160 birds) are numbered 1-20 and 22-27, as issued (and as noted in the errata printed on the verso of the foreword). The second volume contains 22 plates, depicting 109 varieties of poultry, pigeons, pheasants and the like; these are superb. Plates XV and XVI misbound. Nissen IVB 686 (mistakenly calling for 49 plates, not appreciating there is no number 21).
Madras, reprinted by Pharoah and Co., Athenaeum Press, 1861-2 (a reprint of the revised editions of 1803).
Large octavo, three volumes (but broadly a faithful line-by-line resetting of the original quarto edition, including the signatures), [iv], 436, xcvi (index); [ii], 740, [xv] (list of geographical and proper names) pages and [ii], ii pages plus 35 maps and plans (most of them folding).
Contemporary half calf and marbled boards with contrasting leather labels on the spines; covers scuffed and lightly marked, and worn at the extremities; a few tiny silverfish holes to the leading fold of one map; short tears to a few maps near the... Read complete entry
An early Indian reprint of this primary resource, covering the period 1745 to 1761.
Octavo, xxiv (last blank), 104, 16 (publisher's illustrated catalogue) pages with 6 'illustrations by a native artist' (now known to be Tommy McRae).
Original light green cloth, edges uncut; cloth lightly sunned and rubbed; an excellent copy.
Andrew Lang has written a seven-page introduction to this, the companion volume to 'Australian Legendary Tales' (1896), which is advertised (with one of its illustrations) on page 12 of the bound-in publisher's catalogue as 'An Australian Jungle-Book'. Inscribed on the half-title to 'Ellen Milne Bundey from K. Langloh Parker (Catherine Stow) 1906'. The recipient was the only child of Sir William Henry Bundey QC (1838-1909), who for ten years was Commodore of the South Australian Yacht Club, a South Australian MP (Attorney-General, 1878-81) and later a Supreme Court judge. In 1888 he published a history of yachting in the colony. Muir 5712 (incorrectly calling for xv preliminaries).
Image size approximately 325 x 263 mm, on the original ruled mount (visible surface 430 x 365 mm), framed and glazed.
The photograph is beginning to lift slightly at two corners; mount slightly soiled at one corner; frame a little scuffed and marked; overall in excellent condition. On the reverse is the paper label of 'S. Solomon, Photographer, 51 Rundle Street... Read complete entry
An article in the 'South Australian Chronicle' for 8 June 1889 describes the circumstances of the presentation of the address, and describe the original in detail. 'The address is the work of Mr. Joyner, and is one of his most artistic productions ... The words and the signatures, which number 105, being those of most of the leading employés, are situated in the centre, while all around are well executed paintings of a number of the mills belonging to the firm, taken from photographs. In the left-hand corner there is a painting of the site of the original mill at Hay Valley ... On the top are Mr. Dunn's residence at Mount Barker ['The Laurels'] and the Dunn Memorial Church, which that gentleman presented to the residents of Mount Barker, while the right hand corner is occupied by a view of the firm's stores and offices in Freeman-street [Adelaide, now Gawler Place]. On the left side of the address there are views of the mills at Wilmington, the old mill at Port Adelaide, and at Mount Barker, and two representations of the new Roller Eclipse mill at Port Adelaide. On the other side the Nairne mill takes precedence, while underneath it is the gem of the collection the works at Port Pirie, including some of the shipping of the port with the railway in front. The Port Augusta and Bridgewater mills are represented, and an excellent portrait of Mr. Dunn is also included in the set.' A number of the source photographs are to be found in a Dunn family photograph album, now held by the State Library of South Australia [PRG 1485/3]. Dunn's entry in the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' records that '[he] retired in 1889 and died at Mount Barker on 13 October 1894. The firm's eleven mills, five with the most modern machinery, then represented an investment of £150,000. They annually had an export trade of some 20,000 tons of flour to Britain, Western Australia, New South Wales and South Africa, some 400 employees, and a payment to farmers of £500,000'.
Large quarto, 132 pages with numerous illustrations including 63 full-page colour plates after the author's superb photographs.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Inscribed, dated and signed by the author. Offered together with the author's three earlier works: 'Shades of Ochre. The Colours of South Australia' (2001); 'An Australian Landscape. The Flinders Ranges' (1996); and 'Flinders Ranges, South Australia. The Art of a Photographer' (1993). These three volumes, similar in format and published in Adelaide by Endeavour Publishing, are in fine condition with fine dustwrappers, and all three are inscribed, dated and signed by the author.