Oblong quarto, 241 pages with approximately 160 maps illustrated (many of them in colour).
Papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Signed by the author on the title page. A serious 'first attempt to present in chronological order an account' of the mapping of the 'larger Southeast Asian region to which the true Spice Islands belong, from classical times through to the beginning of the nineteenth century'. Not stated, but limited to 1500 copies.
Subjects covered include the Dambusters Raid (four covers), the 40th anniversary of the Hawker Hurricane, the 60th anniversary of the formation of 35 Squadron, and the last flight from Royal Airforce Masirah. There are 27 covers featuring the Supermarine Spitfire, including 21 copies of a single cover, 'Michell's Spitfire', signed by different pilots and postmarked 'Duxford '97 Air Show' (each of these is number 17 of the limited edition of 18). In all, 29 covers are postmarked in the 1990s, four in the 1980s and three in the 1970s. The latter (signed by Bader, Bennett and Johnson) have no stated edition numbers. For the rest, two are 'limited' to 1250 and 1500 respectively, one each to 40, 50 and 75, and the balance range in quantity from six to 31. Most covers are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and relevant biographical information; all but one cover is in very fine condition (and the odd one out has merely a trifling blemish to the verso). A quantity of related prospectuses and invoices are included.
Cloth very slightly rubbed at the extremities; spine lightly darkened; two very small closed tears (with slight associated creasing) to an early blank; slight foxing to the leading edge; an excellent copy.
Sydney, Samuel E. Lees, Printer, Lees Court, off King Street, [possibly early 1890s?].
Octavo (222 x 158 mm), 8 pages with advertisements on the last page.
Title-wrappers; heavy crease across the centre of the pamphlet, with lighter creases elsewhere, and a few trifling chips and creases to the leading edges; paper uniformly tanned; a very good copy.
'The following Sermon, now printed in Pamphlet form, is an exact reprint of the work published in London in 1691. The document has become very rare.... The date, the 14th, is clearly a misprint, as the King arrived in Belfast on that day (Saturday), and the Sermon was preached on the day following, the 15th of June' (head of the second page). Not in Trove (which does record digital versions of the 1691 edition). One of the advertisements on the last page of this item is for 'The Protestant Standard', which was published in Sydney between 1869 and 1895. The acidic nature of the paper suggests this pamphlet appeared later in that time-span.
The albumen paper photograph (143 x 101 mm) is mounted on the card of the photographers Hammer & Co., Adelaide and Port Adelaide (at the latter address from 1887). The studio portrait features an older couple, the male with a Salvation Army cap and embroidered pullover, the woman with a large Salvation Army brooch pinned near her throat. Both the photograph and mount are in excellent condition.
The high-quality sepia-toned photogravure is printed on stiff card (external dimensions 217 x 255 mm, image size 139 x 190 mm). The wide margin beneath the image is inscribed and signed in ink: 'Yours, affectionately Florence E. Booth. The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Gal[atians] VI 18'. Apart from light creases to two corner tips, the item is in fine condition. Florence Eleanor Soper became a Salvation Army convert in her late teens; in October 1882, 'shortly after her twenty-first birthday, Captain Florence Soper married Chief of the Staff Commissioner Bramwell Booth' (official Salvation Army website). They were married for forty-seven years and had seven children. Shortly before her first child turned one, Florence became involved in the Women's Social Work aspect of The Salvation Army, 'and by the time she relinquished leadership of the WSW in 1912, this spare time ministry of a single rescue home had expanded to more than forty social work centres, of varying types, spread across' England. On the death of his father, Salvation Army founder and General William Booth, in August 1912, Bramwell Booth succeeded him as the Second General, and 'as Mrs General Booth, Florence had to move on to other duties'. This charming portrait appears to date from about this time.
The albumen paper photographs are mounted on cards crediting the photographers. The first one, a studio portrait (148 x 103 mm) depicting two muscular Christians in long-sleeved crew-neck sweaters with 'Salvation Army' embroidered on the front, is by J. Hogg & Co., George St, Brisbane. The second one (150 x 98 mm) shows a group of seven women and two men, most of them in uniform, standing on the front steps of the Salvation Army Barracks at Sandgate Road, Nundah (according to the pencilled caption on the verso). The inkstamp of the Austral Photo Co., Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, is also on the verso. Davies and Stanbury put these studios at these addresses in the years around 1890. The photographs and mounts are a little foxed, and the images are also a little mottled, but overall they are in very good condition.
Ballarat, Berry, Anderson & Co., Printers, .
Octavo (176 x 124 mm), 20 pages.
Wrappers (with the slightly reset full title page details repeated on the front cover) unevenly sunned and slightly marked and creased; top corners of all leaves slightly creased (not affecting the text); a very good copy.
A rare pamphlet by a future Prime Minister of Australia. James Henry Scullin (1876-1953) 'was born in Ballarat, Victoria, had little education. He ran a grocery store and became an organiser for the Australian Workers Union and an active member of the Labor Party. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1910 to 1913 and became president of the Victorian branch of the party in 1917, while working as a journalist. He was re-elected to parliament in 1922. He became leader of the Labor Party in 1928 and Prime Minister after electoral victory in 1929. Immediately faced with the problems of the Depression, the Scullin government was hampered by a hostile Senate, uncooperative state premiers and internal divisions. After numerous desertions, including that of Joseph Lyons, Scullin was forced to an election in which his government was beaten by the newly formed United Australia Part under Lyons. Scullin remained party leader until 1935, was a close adviser to his successor, John Curtin and retired from politics in 1949' (information from the Australian Government's website on Prime Ministers). The Australian Dictionary of Biography is a lot more detailed (and considerably less anodyne) about Scullin's thoughts on Ireland at the time this pamphlet appeared: 'In 1918 Scullin unsuccessfully contested a by-election for Corangamite. He became more radical and inflammatory, especially in his assessments of the war and in his support for the Irish struggle against British rule.... In March 1927 he became deputy leader [of the Labor Party], following Frank Anstey's resignation. Scullin had mellowed on some, but not all, issues since his firebrand, pro-Irish, socialist phase of the early post-war years. Within the framework of his commitment to Labor he held other fundamental beliefs. He remained a devout Roman Catholic, some of the Church's teachings, for example 'Rerum novarum', influencing him on questions of social justice. An Australian nationalist, he preferred unification to the Federal system. He was a strong supporter of the White Australia policy and of high protection for manufacturing industries'.
Small square quarto, 73 pages with 12 full-page illustrations plus a loosely inserted etching signed by the artist.
Green cloth; a fine copy.
Number 78 of only 100 copies signed by both the author and the artist, with an original signed etching (187 x 190 mm). It is hand-bound by Robyn Tait, who has signed and inscribed the verso of the title in pencil 'For Alec'. This book of verse is dedicated in the foreword to Alec Bolton (1926-1996), whose Brindabella Press was to be its original publisher. 'I see this book as the last publication of the Brindabella Press' (Lynn Hard). Apparently, Rosemary Dobson didn't ...
Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1964 [first and only edition].
Quarto, [iv], 123 pages with a few illustrations plus 19 plates and a folding map; loosely inserted is a printed note from the publisher regarding Appendices 2 and 3, referred to but not included in the journal ('They were incomplete at the time of Mr Sheard's death').
Cloth; bottom corners bumped (impacting slightly on the text-block as well); an excellent copy (no dustwrapper was issued).
Lauri Sheard was eighteen years old when he accompanied Charles Mountford as his assistant on this Adelaide University Field Expedition to Ernabella, the Musgraves, Mann Ranges, Ayers Rock and Mt Olga in June-October 1940. He died on active service over New Guinea in 1942. This copy carries a lengthy inscription to Charles Mountford signed by Harold Sheard and his wife: 'To our dear friends Bessie J. and Charles P. Mountford with all our love, & our heartfelt thanks for all you did for Lauri, the beautiful introduction to this book, & the long years of friendship with us ... 'Lauriston', Port Elliot', 14 May 1964. A scarce book in any event, this is a unique copy with its moving personal tribute.
Victoria Park, Hesperian Press, 1984 (enlarged facsimile edition)/ 1948.
Octavo (250 x 160 mm), three volumes, [xii], 632; [viii], 675; and [xii], 714 pages with illustrations.
Gilt-decorated papered boards; a fine set with the fine dustwrappers.
The first volume contains material new to this edition. There are four preliminaries with biographical notes, a new preface and a new foreword, but far more importantly, pages 484-631 contain an exhaustive 'Locality Mineral Index' compiled by Peter Bridges of Hesperian Press.
Octavo, vi, 99 pages plus a large folding map (740 x 635 mm).
Original papered boards slightly rubbed and very slightly worn at the extremities and bumped at the front bottom corner; spine slightly sunned, with minimal loss to silverfish in one spot and trifling chipping and wear to both ends; front endpaper... Read complete entry
This copy is more desirable still by virtue of its provenance - it has the armorial bookplates of the notable South Australians Sir Henry Ayers (on the pastedown) and Edward Angas Johnson (on the flyleaf) - and we purchased it from the estate of Dr Hedley Marston FRS.
Small octavo (166 x 107 mm), 114,  (recto blank, with the device of the printers, Outridge Printing Co., on the verso) pages.
Original olive-green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine ('Noble Opal' and the author's surname) and front cover (the full title); cloth slightly marked, and lightly rubbed at the extremities; top edge, endpapers and adjacent leaves a... Read complete entry
Flavelle's Gem Series Number 1. This copy is inscribed and signed to 'C.C. Brittlebank, with kind regards from Sydney B.J. Skertchly. Corinda, Qld. 6.3.08'. Sydney Skertchly (1850-1926) arrived in Brisbane in 1891 after a successful career as a geologist in places as varied as the Fenland and East Anglia, Egypt, California, Burma and China. In 1895-97 he was assistant government geologist in the Geological Survey of Queensland; he was President of the Royal Society of Queensland in 1898, and a founder and first president of the Field Naturalists' Club in 1906 (the Australian Dictionary of Biography entry on Skertchly is most informative, without mentioning this publication). The author's end-note to the reader states that the publishers 'asked me to write a series of little books on gemstones, and gave me an entirely free hand. As this, the first of them shows, they will not be mere gatherings from other harvests, but original works embodying the results of my own experience'. An early, rare and important work on the subject (and we know of no other volumes in the Flavelle's Gem Series). The inscription and signature date from what appears to be the month of publication (reviews begin to appear in Queensland newspapers from 10 March 1908). Charles Clifton Brittlebank (1862-1945), the recipient of this copy, was a notable mycologist and natural history illustrator. Among many original papers on geology and plant diseases, Brittlebank's work includes the illustrations to French's 'Destructive Insects of Victoria' (1891-1911), Archibald Campbell's 'Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds' (1901), and many of the works of Daniel McAlpine, whom he succeeded as Vegetable Pathologist to the Department of Agriculture in Victoria. This copy also carries the later pencilled ownership signature of Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), horticulturalist, naturalist, author and bibliographer. We currently have for sale two unsigned copies of this item, sourced from a significant collection on the subject. They prove the existence of distinctly variant issues: one contains an unnumbered advertising leaf for 'Queensland, the Queen of the Colonies' (verso blank) tipped in at the rear, the other is printed on textured (and coarser) paper, resulting in a noticeably thicker volume (14 mm as distinct from 11 mm). This signed copy is yet a third variant: while it is printed on the better-quality paper, it does not contain the additional advertising leaf (and it was clearly never present).
The sepia-toned gelatin silver photograph (image size 188 x 137 mm) is mounted on light-brown textured card, set within a slightly larger impressed area, with a single lead pencil line ruled around the edges of the print itself (we suggest to mask trifling amounts of excess glue). The mounted photograph is then tipped in to a plain folder made from a lighter grade of the same light-brown textured stock. The folder is a little worn along its hinge, lightly chipped along the rear leading edge, and a little bumped at the corners; the mount is lightly bumped at the corners; the photograph is in very fine condition, signed clearly in ink 'Stonehaven' in the bottom right-hand corner. Lord Stonehaven was Governor-General from October 1925 to October 1930. He is depicted, standing smartly dressed in Boy Scout uniform, in the garden at (presumably) his official residence, Admiralty House at Kirribilli, with the recently-commenced southern arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge unmistakenly making an impression in the rear. Arch construction began, from the south, in late October 1928; the limited progress shown in the photograph suggests it was taken in the early months of 1929. The photographer is not credited, but we would be surprised if May Moore was not on the short list of possibilities. New Zealand-born May Moore (1881-1931) emigrated to Australia in 1910 and opened her first studio the following year in Sydney. Working initially together with her sister Mina (who ran her own studio in Melbourne from 1916), her excellent portrait photography attracted a large clientele, especially among artistic circles. May in particular photographed many Sydney celebrities. 'They pioneered sepia tonings, bromide paper and limp mounting-boards.... Illness forced her to retire about 1928, but she continued to paint landscapes' before her death from cancer on 10 June 1931 (Australian Dictionary of Biography). However, even if the photographer's identity remains unknown, this superb image survives on its own merits as a fitting tribute to both parties involved.
Large octavo, xxxii, 1198 pages plus numerous maps and plates, many in colour.
Papered boards with the dustwrapper; a mint copy.
Signed by the author. 'Of all the early women pioneers omitted from official histories, Carl Strehlow's wife Frieda Keysser is the most glaring example, having spent over a quarter of a century on the Australian frontier when life was dangerous, difficult and often short.... Frieda was well aware that her tumultuous life was unique and kept copious diaries, in later years authoring an overview of her life ... This account of her life was inspired by those writings ... and constitute one of the richest records of pioneer life of the period. As a practical person who played a crucial role in the survival of Central Australia's aboriginal population, Frieda's diaries are distinguished by meticulous observation and careful recording of names, places and facts' (from the publisher's blurb). Volume 2 is well under way.
Cloth; a fine copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed and creased near the head of the rear hinge.
'Sturt's journal (of his first expedition) and introduction, prepared for Governor Darling at the conclusion of the expedition, are here transcribed from Sturt's manuscript [for the first time] ... By its very nature the journal differs from the narrative of the expedition published in Sturt's 'Two Expeditions into the interior of Southern Australia' in 1833. These two records differ in numerous particulars also. The earlier record perhaps will be thought the more accurate.' One of only 250 numbered copies.
Octavo (255 x 166 mm), 20 pages with 2 tipped-in plates (a portrait and an armorial bookplate).
Cord-bound salmon-pink card covers with matching paper blank leaves front and rear; an excellent copy.
Hand-printed by Ernest H. Shea; this is number 264 of 300 copies signed by the author, the well-known Sydney bookseller. David Scott Mitchell (1836-1907) should need little introduction; his eponymous library in the State Library of New South Wales is a national treasure. The booklet comes with its original envelope (imprinted with the printer's mark), a little worn. Loosely inserted in the booklet is a fine copy of 'In Tyrrell's Bookshop' (a poem by Kenneth Slessor) - octavo,  pages, comprising decorated title; blank; Slessor's poem with an illustration; last page blank - it is not identified as such, but we know it to be by the Sunnybrook Press.
Octavo (225 x 145 mm), viii, 156 pages plus 6 tinted lithographs new to this edition.
Red cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine, decorated in blind on the front and rear boards, with three gilt rules at the head and foot of the spine; cloth lightly rubbed at the extremities, and slightly ink-marked at the front and rear;... Read complete entry
The first edition was published in 1874; it contains only one illustration, the frontispiece. This is an original Townsend Duryea albumen paper photograph, a composite of five numbered oval portraits; the identification key is printed on the verso of the title page. See Ferguson 16706 (not identifying the photographer, and not indicating that the five photographic portraits are in fact one composite photograph). This revised second edition (Ferguson 16707) contains six tinted lithographs, the second one of which is based on the Duryea composite photograph (and there is no obvious key to the identities of the subjects). Taplin makes some interesting observations in his preface to this edition: 'The reader will find that some additions have been made to the book. An account has been given of the Aboriginal Council, called the Tendi, by which the clans of the Narrinyeri are governed. Some friends of the Mission complained that the history of the Mission at Point Macleay was too short, and expressed their desire that more incidents had been related. An attempt has been made to supply this deficiency by inserting some extracts from the author's diary'. Ferguson does not make it clear that it is the revised second edition of this work which appears in the 1879 collection of reprints, 'The Native Tribes of South Australia' (Ferguson 13095). In our experience, this stand-alone 1878 edition is rare.
Octavo (260 x 170 mm), viii, 386 pages plus 90 engravings 'chiefly on steel, after paintings by Cooper, Herring, Hancock, Alken, Hall, and others'.
Three-quarter green morocco and marbled papered boards, spine gilt in compartments (with the binder's stamp of Tout); top edge gilt; extremities slightly rubbed, with trifling wear to the top corners; minimal offsetting from a few plates; an... Read complete entry
Small square octavo (187 x 145 mm), -120 pages with illustrations plus 17 pages of plates (2 in colour). Artists include Norman Lindsay, Frank Mahony, Percy Spence, Tom Roberts and D.H. Souter. The first time we catalogued a copy of the second edition of this work, we presumed the pagination discrepancy meant that the half-title leaf was missing. Now we are not so sure; it may be as issued (and curiously, both copies were association copies of one form or another, and both lacked the front flyleaf).
Light-weight slate-grey papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover; boards a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with minor wear to the head of the spine; covers a little unevenly discoloured, with light tidemarks to the... Read complete entry
The recto of the frontispiece is signed by an early owner, Noel Pearson (18 November 1920); his 1922 bookplate, designed by David Henry Souter, is mounted on the pastedown. Souter's ink signature appears on page 18, beneath his printed sketch of 'Victor Daley as Orpheus'. The seven-word marginal note in ink and five marginal emphases in pencil are presumably in Pearson's hand. The mighty hand of Trove points to an advertisement in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' (14 June 1922), where - presumably our - Noel Pearson is listed as one of the pupils of Mr Walter Thorman performing in a pianoforte recital at Conservatorium Hall the following evening.
Foolscap folio, 16 pages plus a large folding chromolithographic geological map (560 x 840 mm).
Recent cloth with the title in gilt on the front cover; one very short tear to the map expertly closed; narrow light tidemark to the blank bottom margin of the map (on average only a few millimetres deep); an excellent copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 122 of 1886; one of only 800 copies. Not in McLaren (but see 15901, an octavo edition without the map, published in the Northern Territory, undated by McLaren, but dated  in Ferguson 18823). Setting out from Burrundie, Tenison-Woods 'examined all the places where mining has been or was actually being carried out. In the course of these journeys most of the intervening country was prospected, and the geology was noted'. He then undertook 'an exploration in the less known portions of the interior. Our course was from Mount Wells to Mount Douglas, and thence south-eastward across the ranges to the Eveleen mine. From thence we traced the River Mary to its sources, and then, having crossed a small patch of tableland, reached the upper waters of the Katherine, which we followed down to the telegraph station; from thence we proceeded along the line to Pine Creek.... I returned to Palmerston by the overland route from Southport'.
Octavo, [ii], lii, 447 pages plus 2 lithographic plates (a facsimile manuscript frontispiece printed in two colours with an initial letter hand-coloured, and a supplementary title leaf - in Latin - printed in gold and blue) and an errata slip.
Original cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with slight wear to one corner and the head of the spine near the rear hinge; an excellent copy.
Parallel Latin-English text. 'The whole work of Theophilus abounds with curious and valuable information' on the practice of the arts and crafts of the time.
Octavo (208 x 140 mm), 51 pages with numerous two-colour illustrations by John Baily.
Pictorial papered boards very lightly rubbed at the extremities; endpapers slightly offset; an excellent copy with the unclipped dustwrapper slightly rubbed at the extremities and lightly chipped at the head of the spine.
Port Adelaide, Australasian United Paint Co. Ltd., and British Australian Lead Manufacturers Pty. Ltd., [December 1939].
Quarto (292 x 252 mm), 72 leaves (including 36a, all printed rectos only) with numerous tables, 5 full-page plates (of specific buildings painted with the companies' products, from photographs), and 7 full-page sheets of mounted paint colour samples plus 6 card section dividers with leading edge tabs.
Original cloth-covered three-ring binder lettered in gilt on the front cover (most of the gilt has flaked off, and the long panel carrying the similarly-affected spine titling is now detached and loosely inserted); trifling marginal loss to silverfish... Read complete entry
There are 154 colour samples, predominantly in a variety of gloss and matt finishes. The one stand-out sheet contains 13 samples of 'Petrumite' Imitation Stone Paint. We can locate no copies of this impressive item in Trove, perhaps not surprisingly given the date of publication.
The vintage gelatin silver photographs (each approximately 160 x 205 mm) are expertly mounted on cloth, with typed captions on the verso. Eight of the plates depict scenes of Shell's business activities in Australia (five are in South Australia): these include aerial views of the bulk installations at Gore Bay, NSW, and Birkenhead, SA; Sir Alan Cobham landing at Albert Part, Victoria on 29 August 1926; a fleet of 20 cars used to carry 'Reso' tourists into Central Australia; the 'Crossley car used by T.R.H. The Duke and Duchess of York on their Australian visit, 1927'; and several of now-exotic trucks and tankers. The first three photographs (reproduced across two plates) are reduced versions of large panoramas, two showing different orientations of the Shell refinery on the Thames, the third one showing the 'Shell Installation in California'. There is also one view of Long Beach, California, bristling with oil derricks. Loosely inserted are two related pamphlets from the early 1930s: 'Shell Motorists' Handbook' (with a superb art deco cover and two pages of hints on driving by Sir Malcolm Campbell), and 'From Small Beginnings' (a potted history of Shell in Australia). [3 items].
[Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik], 1901.
Quarto (265 x 185 mm), x (last blank), 534, xi (index) pages plus 2 plates (showing the company's German, French and Russian factories) and 20 'Pattern Sheets' with over 620 captioned mounted samples of dyed fabrics and threads.
Original half morocco-grain cloth with green cloth sides embossed with a crocodile-skin pattern; spine lettered and decorated in gilt; joints cracked but sound; covers slightly marked, with light wear to the corners and minor loss to the head and foot... Read complete entry
A comprehensive manual to the aniline dyes produced by the Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik, including detailed instructions for dying yarns and printing fabrics. The mounted samples comprise wool (135 fabric swatches); cotton (180 swatches and tassels of thread); silk (138 tassels); blended fabrics (96 swatches); and printed fabrics (72 swatches and tassels). The verso of the front flyleaf contains a printed generic 'with compliments' message, ending with 'For Own Use Only'; this copy was presented to the John Young & Company cotton mill in Radcliffe, Manchester, in January 1907. Founded in 1865, the Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik was a pioneer manufacturer of synthetic dyes. Still based in Ludwigshafen, and now trading as BASF, it is currently the largest chemical producer in the world.
Quarto (285 x 225 mm), 196,  (indexes) pages with hundreds of illustrations (from photographs).
Silver-pictorial red cloth a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with minor wear to the head of the spine and a few inkstains to the rear cover; endpapers a little marked, nibbled and bubbled; trifling signs of use; a very good copy.
Be warned!!! Some sections are definitely not for the squeamish ...
Large oblong quarto, [iv] (first blank), li pages plus  leaves (all but one printed rectos only) with full-page plates on 143 of them.
Original limp cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; edges lightly foxed, with the bottom edge slightly marked; expert repairs to tiny tears to the bottom margin of four leaves, with tiny nicks to a few others; an excellent copy.
A superb catalogue from this company specialising in 'plant for harbour works, dredging and excavating. Coaling vessels, floating cranes, tugboats'. The main sections are dredgers and hoppers (91 plates), tugboats (16 plates), elevators (11 plates), excavators (17 plates) and floating docks (5 plates). Each plate contains a description of the specific item, the client and/or the location (for example, ''Sedjoumi', Sea-going Screw Tugboat. French Government. Regency of Tunis'). Offered together with a copy of the 1913 edition of the separately issued catalogue devoted to coaling vessels (limp cloth, oblong quarto, 64 pages; cloth a little rubbed and marked, front flyleaf and title leaf a little marked). [2 items].
London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1925 [revised edition]/ 1917.
Octavo, viii, 95 pages plus 8 plates and a map.
Pictorial papered boards slightly rubbed at the extremities; spine sunned; foot of the front panel, the spine and the bottom edges of the covers and leaves are a little marked; scattered foxing; endpapers offset; a very good copy.
The author was Bishop of Willochra from 1915 to 1925, and before that, Bishop of Carpentaria from 1900 to 1915. The book contains approximately 40 pages on Australia, including lengthy sections on the Mitchell River, Roper River and Yarrabah Missions. This copy is inscribed ['Yours sincerely'] and signed by David Unaipon (1872-1967), the indigenous preacher, author and inventor (see the Australian Dictionary of Biography in the first instance).
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; a few tiny marks to the leading margins of one opening (pages 366-67 - a trifling production blemish); small section of the top edge of the rear pastedown very lightly nibbled;... Read complete entry
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'. THIS COPY IS SIGNED AND DATED BY THE AUTHOR 'Grahame L. Walsh. October 2000'. The book is scarce on the open market these days; signed copies are rarely offered.
Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1932 (first Australian edition)/ 1928.
Octavo, xii, 276, 26 (advertisements) pages.
Bright orange cloth; endpapers unevenly offset; ownership initials ('J.Mc.K') in black ink on the bottom edge are the only blemish to an otherwise fine copy with the very scarce dustwrapper slightly chipped at the corners, with a few tiny... Read complete entry
'Lieut.-Col. White ... was one of the first four officers chosen from the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces for instruction in aviation, and as an aviator was sent to Mesopotamia. In November 1915, he and Captain Yeats-Brown were captured during a hazardous raid to destroy telegraph lines behind the enemy lines, a task for which they had volunteered. Callous neglect and deliberate cruelty characterized the treatment of the Allied and Indian troops by the Turks, yet the saving graces of humanity, humour and kindness ever rose in the spirits of the suffering captives.... From Constantinople White and [Alan] Bott made their escape to Odessa, then under Bolshevik control. Their insolent disregard for ordinary precautions seemed only to ensure their safety and they were able to reach Varna and then Salonika, only a few weeks before the Armistice' (dustwrapper blurb). The two-page foreword by General Sir John Monash is glowing: if White 'had been able to write only of the early beginnings of war flying, he would have had a story to tell which was well worth the telling and deserving of permanent record. But the cruel misadventure which overtook him and his gallant companion ... was the beginning of a long series of strange, eventful happenings, compared with which the story of their prowess in the air pales almost into the commonplace'. A short note by the author to this edition states that it enables him 'to bring the doings of some war time friends up to date and to thank all those who have so unexpectedly and generously praised the book'. Not in Dornbusch; Fielding and O'Neill, page 257.
Original dark green cloth decorated in black on the front and rear boards, and decorated and lettered in gilt on the spine; cloth lightly flecked; a fine copy.
An early collected reprint of works already scarce at the time of publication; the lengthy (34-page) introduction by Woods is new to this edition. This is a variant edition, as issued (we purchased several copies recently from the publisher's archive); it does not contain the eight tinted lithographs normally found in this collected reprint. These plates were new to the reprint. Not commonly known is the fact that Taplin's substantial contribution, The Narrinyeri (156 pages plus 6 preliminaries) is the text of the revised edition of 1878 (see his informative preface, dated 12 April 1878, at page [xliii]). The Wyatt contribution was not previously published as such; the text here was 'principally extracted from his official reports' stemming from his relatively short and unhappy time as the third South Australian Protector of the Aborigines, from 1837 to 1839 (Australian Dictionary of Biography). The contributions by Meyer, Schuermann, Gason and Bennett first appeared in 1846, 1846, 1874 and 1869 respectively. Ferguson 13095 (noting variant bindings, but not noting this unillustrated edition).