Morocco-grained purple cloth heavily sunned on the spine, and lightly marked and rubbed; edges lightly foxed, with the leading edge lightly abraded in a few places; a very good copy.
Previously stapled to the front flyleaf (now loosely inserted) is a large printed slip ('With the Compliments of the Attorney-General' of the Commonwealth of Australia), on which (Sir) Alexander Russell Downer put his ownership signature and other details ('A.R. Downer. Constitution Review Committee. 10th May 1957'). + 'Report of the Royal Commission on the Constitution, together with Appendixes and Index'. Canberra, Government Printer, 1929. Octavo, vi, 371, xxiii pages; papered boards a little sunned; an excellent copy, signed and inscribed 'A.R. Downer. 12th June 1956. Opening meeting of Constitutional Committee'. + 'Report from the Joint Committee on Constitutional Review, 1959'. Canberra, Government Printer, 1959. Foolscap folio, viii, 243 pages; flush-cut quarter cloth and papered boards; an excellent copy, signed and dated 'A.R. Downer. 26th November 1959'. At the time, Downer was Minister for Immigration; he was one of the members of the review committee. Other members included Arthur Calwell, Eddie Ward and Gough Whitlam. The report was tabled on 25 November 1959. Appendix A (pages 174-75) is 'Industrial Relations: Mr Downer's Reservation'. [3 items].
Quarto (295 x 245 mm), xvi, 256 pages with over 110 wood-cut illustrations (many full-page) plus 16 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards.
Gilt-pictorial parchment with yellow ribbon ties attached to the leading edges of the boards; top edge gilt, others uncut; parchment a little rubbed at the extremities and lightly marked, with the rear cover a little scuffed and scored; short split (... Read complete entry
Number 335 of 380 copies signed by W. Heath Robinson.
Papered boards; extremties slightly bumped; head and foot of the spine very slightly sunned; flyleaves lightly offset; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little rubbed and marked (and with very slight wear to the extremities).
Inscribed and signed on the title-page by the author. A contemporary murder mystery set in a North Australian coastal town.
London, William Heinemann, 1909 [first edition: the deluxe large-paper issue of 'The Heart of the Antarctic', with the supplementary volume in its first uncorrected state].
Quarto (278 x 227 mm), three volumes, xlviii, 372 pages (title page printed in brown and black) with 11 in-text illustrations, plus a photogravure portrait frontispiece and 6 colour plates tipped in on brown card leaves (with captioned tissue guards), and 105 leaves of black-and-white plates (3 double page, many from photographs); xvi, 419 pages (title page printed in brown and black) with 38 in-text illustrations, plus a photogravure frontispiece and 6 colour plates tipped in on brown card leaves (wit
Original full vellum gilt-blocked with a design of two penguins on the upper boards (Volumes 1 and 2); and original vellum-backed papered boards ('The Antarctic Book'); all three volumes are lettered in gilt on the spine, top edges gilt,... Read complete entry
Number 65 of only 300 sets of this deluxe edition, signed by 16 members of the expedition on the double-page frontispiece of 'The Antarctic Book' (each page with the decorative printed heading 'The British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909'). The signatures comprise all 15 members of the shore party, namely Ernest H. Shackleton, Jameson Boyd Adams, Bertram Armytage, Philip L. Brocklehurst, T.W. Edgeworth David, Bernard C. Day, Ernest Joyce, A. Forbes Mackay, Eric Marshall, George E. Marston, Douglas Mawson, James Murray, Raymond Priestley, William C. Roberts, and Frank Wild, as well as the Second Officer, Aeneas L.A. Mackintosh, who had been sent back to New Zealand after losing an eye in an accident on board the 'Nimrod'. 'Shackleton began working on 'The Heart of the Antarctic' soon after the party's return to New Zealand. The expedition had created a worldwide stir, so Shackleton and his publisher William Heinemann moved as quickly as possible to maximize sales. Shackleton, who could speak much more effectively than he could write, dictated much of the book to Edward Saunders, a young New Zealand newspaper reporter who had become enraptured with Shackleton during an interview for the 'Lyttelton Times'. Saunders accompanied Shackleton back to England as literary assistant. Progress on the narrative was rapid; most of the writing was completed during the months of August and September 1909 ... The book was an instant success ... The three-volume special edition is one of the most handsome productions in the Antarctic canon. Nothing was spared by the publisher and printer to style the volumes as beautifully as possible. The work is sumptuously bound in vellum, in large quarto format with broad margins around the typeset, and printed on thick, high-quality, deckle-edged paper specially watermarked '1907 BAE 1909'. The full-page photographic plates are outstanding ... Marston's watercolors are vibrantly reproduced.... 'The Antarctic Book' possesses the coup [the signed double page]' (Michael Rosove: 'Antarctica, 1772-1922', pages 385-86). In this uncorrected first state the typesetter has broken Shackleton's poem 'Erebus' into two, mistaking the running title of his copy of 'Aurora Australis' (from which he was resetting the text) for the title of a second poem by Shackleton, giving it its own title page and an entry in the contents page. These errors were corrected in the second state (Rosove, page 387). Conrad, page 128; Spence 1096; Renard 1444; Taurus 57; Rosove 305.A1. [3 items].
Quarto, three volumes, x, 296; x, 297; and xii, 352 pages with hundreds of illustrations (some in colour in the last two volumes, with those in the second volume on 8 additional unnumbered pages).
Pictorial synthetic cloth lightly marked; top edges spotted and marked; minimal foxing to some endpapers and adjacent leaves; two front flyleaves creased; an excellent set exhibiting trifling signs of its former life in the tropics.
Number 92 of the special edition limited to 200 sets, with each volume numbered and signed by the author.
Two of the photographs are approximately 100 x 150 mm, the other two are approximately 70 x 75 mm. All four were recently removed from an old album leaf and remounted on acid-free card; each one has a small number pencilled unobtrusively in the sky in the top right-hand corner. One image in each size depicts Higgins at his pastoral property at Currency Creek, with the homestead, 'Higginsbrook', figuring prominently in the smaller one. In the other two images, Higgins is shown standing on rocks at the coast at Middleton (the site was identified on the verso in pencil). The photographer is unidentified; the images are undated, but we suggest the 1860s. Irish-born Thomas Walker Higgins (1810-1899) emigrated to South Australia in September 1839. The following year, he and his wife and their only child 'journeyed to the South Coast where good land was plenty. They took up a run near Currency Creek, and on Section 2147 in the hundred of Goolwa they built their home, naming it 'Higginsbrook' after his family's ancestral home back in Ireland.... [It] was built on a side of a hill, giving a scenic view over the valley towards the sea.... In 1849 Thomas Higgins purchased what is now known as Middleton. In 1854 he had the land surveyed and made plans for the township of Middleton, naming after his connection with Ireland' (genealogical information sourced, with many thanks, from the Higgins family genealogy page on RootsWeb). [4 items].
The informative title for this carte de visite (an albumen paper photograph, 60 x 91 mm) comes from the catalogue record of a full-plate version of the same photograph in the collection of the State Library of South Australia [B 29099]. The fine buildings (still in use today) on one side of the river are offset against the pair of attached humpies (with several figures in and around them) in the foreground on the other, with a rustic bridge in between them, and a massive woodheap in the background. The photograph was recently removed from an old album leaf and remounted on acid-free card; apart from the number '204' in pencil in a small portion of clear sky in the top right-hand corner, it is in excellent condition. The photographer is unidentified; the State Library suggests a date of 'approximately 1872'. [We are indebted to Dr Philip Jones and Dr Peter Sutton for alerting us - independently, virtually simultaneously, and generously - to the correct location of this scene].
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1969 (first edition).
Octavo, [vi], 220 pages plus endpaper maps.
Cloth a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities (with a tiny split to the top edge of the front board); edges lightly marked; a good copy with the dustwrapper faded on the spine (as often) and scuffed, creased, torn and chipped.
With the ownership details of 'Rev Bill Edwards, Ernabella Mission' in ink at the head of the title page. The account of the last journey, in October 1922, of the author's desperately ill father, the Reverend Carl Strehlow, overland from Hermannsburg to the railhead at Oodnadatta; Horseshoe Bend was where he died and was buried. The author, who made the trip with his father, was fourteen at the time. This classic work received the 1970 Weickhardt Award for the best general Australian book. Offered together with ALBRECHT, Paul G.E.: 'The Journey Broken at Horseshoe Bend. An Examination of the Events surrounding Carl Strehlow's Death, from the Documents' (Bowden, Friends of Lutheran Archives, 2006; octavo, 36 pages with 9 illustrations; pictorial card covers; a fine copy). It is inscribed (apparently in Pitjantjatjara) and signed to Bill Edwards by the author, once a Lutheran missionary at Hermannsburg.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1996 (facsimile edition)/ 1863.
Octavo, [vi], [x], 97,  pages plus a folding map.
Quarter leather and cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine; a fine copy.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 210. This is number 96 of 99 copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 500 copies. The three-page introduction by Valmai Hankel is new to this edition; the book was previously reprinted by the State Library in 1963.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2001 [first thus]/ 1858 to 1863.
Octavo, xxxvi, 396 pages with a frontispiece portrait plus a large folding map.
Quarter calf and cloth, lettered in gilt and stamped in black; a fine copy.
Australian Parliamentary Editions Number 3. This is number 96 of 99 copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 500 copies. 'This work republishes the five ... papers published soon after the end of each of Stuart's journeys' (with the exception of the second expedition from April to July 1859, which was not published as a parliamentary paper); the map is reproduced from the 1865 edition of the journals, edited by Hardman. The 29-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'.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2002 [first thus].
Octavo, xxviii, 63 pages with a frontispiece portrait plus a folding map.
Quarter leather and cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine; a fine copy.
Number 96 of 99 numbered copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of just 300 copies. The first edition of the 'most complete account of the expedition to be published'; it is 'the only one for which no manuscript diary or fair copy survives' and the contemporary published versions are incomplete. The base text for the present volume is that published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Volume 31, 1861, to which has been added portions from Hardman's 1864 edition omitted from the RGS version. The map is based on Mary Quick's map in Webster's 1958 biography of Stuart; the 24-page introduction by Valmai Hankel is new to this edition.
North Adelaide, Corkwood Press, 2001 (new edition reset in one volume)/ 1849.
Octavo, xvi, 504 pages plus a colour map and 16 plates (6 in colour).
Full leather, lettered in gilt; a few trifling signs of use; essentially a fine copy.
Number 5 of 50 numbered copies of the deluxe edition. The six-page introduction by Nicolas Rothwell is new to this version (which does not include the large maps originally published separate from the text).
Octavo, viii (last blank), 307,  (colophon) pages.
Cloth; scattered foxing (heavier on the edges and near the covers); an excellent copy with the rare dustwrapper a little chipped, torn and lacking the bottom portion of the front flap.
With the bookplate of Geoffrey Farmer, librarian, book collector, bibliographer, and editor of 'A Letter to Norah on the Death of an Anzac at Lone Pine' (1993). The author's personal narrative of life with the 56th Battalion AIF, an 'admirable pendant to 'The Gallant Company'. Here, training and fighting take second place. Instead, one gets sketches of the author's pals and acquaintances' (dustwrapper blurb). Dornbusch 285; Fielding and O'Neill, page 258.
Pictorial cloth a little marked, and lightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; edges slightly marked; endpapers offset; small surface tear (with slight loss to the rear pastedown); a very good copy.
A history of the 56th Battalion. With the ownership signature on the front pastedown of W.C. Garrard, Barmera (1857 Sergeant William Cedphus Garrard, 9th Light Horse Regiment). Dornbusch 258; Fielding and O'Neill, page 258; Trigellis-Smith 253.
Berkeley, University of California Press, 1974 [first US edition].
Quarto, two parts, xii, 404 pages with 39 charts and illustrations plus 92 [read 102] black and white and 46 colour plates, together with 4 large folding tribal boundaries maps in a separate plain slipcase. An errata slip is mounted on the verso of the title page (noting that all but one of the colour plates is 'printed in reverse as mirror images').
Synthetic cloth; an unused set in the pictorial slipcase, and still in its original packaging (although the front board of the text volume has bowed a little by being stored horizontally for forty years on top of the less-rigid map slipcase).
The 'bibliography and the information on a wide range of ecological, geographic and linguistic facts are particularly valuable and worthwhile ... an essential reference work' (Hill and Barlow). It was first published the same year by the Australian National University Press in Canberra.
Toowong, Takarakka Nowan Kas Publications, in association with The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, 2000.
Oblong folio, [vi], xiv, 464 pages with over 2000 illustrations and over 620 colour plates.
Synthetic leather with a colour plate mounted on the front cover; insignificant tiny blemish to the front flyleaf and one of the stiff yellow sheets dividing the book into sections; notwithstanding, essentially a fine copy.
An unparalleled 'visual record of ancient Kimberley rock art, dealing specifically with periods predating the Ice Age' - and an absolute rarity. Grahame Walsh died in 2007, aged 62; an insight into the nature of the man and this book may be found in this extract from his obituary by Nicolas Rothwell, published in 'The Australian', 24 August 2007. It was in the Kimberley that Walsh 'encountered the two art traditions that would dominate his later years. The Bradshaw rock paintings are ancient and extend across an arc of the north Kimberley. They depict graceful figures engaged in display or hunt. The Wandjina paintings, much more recent, mark the last crescendo of Kimberley Aboriginal art. In their best-known form, they show round, wide-eyed faces surrounded by ghostly halo circles. To Walsh, both these traditions had an intense appeal. Backed by private sponsors, he prepared the first large book on the Bradshaws. It appeared in 1994. By this stage, Walsh was becoming a figure of notoriety in the academic rock art world. It was plain he was a field photographer of brilliance and a persistent finder of lost sites. But he was without formal qualifications and his somewhat controversy-courting ideas about pre-Aboriginal civilisations in the far north triggered a storm of predictable fury. The result was a damaging split between Walsh and the academy: damaging, arguably, for both sides. Walsh had found a fresh forum for his ideas and a wider audience. Perhaps, in all the twisting course of his life, no turn was stranger than the one that brought him into contact, and friendship, with the leaders of Australia's legal and corporate worlds. Unusual backers began funding his research. He was especially close to Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and Maria Myers, to both of whom he dedicated his masterpiece, 'Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley', a vast, unclassifiable book, part photographic essay, part speculative anthropology, bound in purple mock-crocodile skin. A photograph of the author glowers from the frontispiece: he sits, a pair of cameras at the ready, beside a Bradshaw panel, wearing his favourite battered black Akubra, souvenired from the aftermath of a bar-room brawl in Camooweal. It is clear today that 2000, when the 'purple crocodile' was published, marked the moment of Walsh's greatest difficulty as well as the first pinnacle of his public renown. Protests from Kimberley Aboriginal groups angered by his interpretation of the Bradshaw style redoubled; rock art experts resented his refusal to share his data or provide access to sites he knew. But the overwhelming detail collected in 'Bradshaw Art' and the depth of his knowledge of the tradition made their own case. It became impossible to deny that Walsh, through his solitary efforts, had uncovered a vast, half-forgotten realm of indigenous art'.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1998 (facsimile edition)/ 1914.
Octavo, [xii], 154 pages plus 27 illustrations and a folding map.
Half calf and cloth, lettered in gilt and stamped in blind; a fine copy.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 216. This is number 96 of only 99 copies of the deluxe issue, from a total edition of 600 copies. Because of the small format of the original edition, this facsimile has been reproduced 30% larger. The seven-page introduction by Dr Philip Jones is new to this edition.
Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1997 (facsimile edition)/ 1879.
Octavo, [viii], xliv, 316 pages plus 8 tinted plates.
Gilt-pictorial blue cloth; a fine copy with the fine original Mylar dustwrapper.
Australiana Facsimile Editions Number 215. This is number 96 of 99 copies of the deluxe issue, from in a total edition of 600 copies. The six-page introduction by Dr Philip Jones is new to this edition.