Sydney, Published for the Proprietors, Health and Physical Culture Publishing Co. Limited ... by Alfred James Briton, 1930 to 1935.
Quarto, 28 issues, each approximately 64 pages with numerous illustrations.
Colour pictorial wrappers; occasional minor signs of use and age (including light marginal tidemarks to some issues), but essentially they are in excellent condition.
There are some discrepancies in the volume numbers (the issue numbers are all in order). The 1933 issues are correctly numbered Volume 5; the 1934 issues are all over the place. Logically, they should all be Volume 6, but February is Volume 7 and September is Volume 5. The 1935 issues are all Volume 6! However, what we actually have is as follows. 1930: December. 1931: February, April to July, October. 1932: August to October. 1933: May, July to October. 1934: February to September. 1935: February, April to June, November. Some of the issues have a distinctly proto-'Playboy' flavour about them (and not just the articles) ...
Quarto, thirteen volumes, approximately 260-280 pages with numerous illustrations per volume.
Uniform contemporary half morocco and marbled papered boards, with the spines decorated and lettered in gilt; covers a little rubbed, with a few minor blemishes; trifling signs of use and age to the text, but overall an excellent run of the first 25... Read complete entry
Attention all 'Flashman' fans! George Macdonald Fraser (1925-2008) 'rightly prided himself on his command of 19th-century trivia and slang, often drawn from contemporary issues of 'Punch'' (from his obituary in 'The Telegraph', 3 January 2008). The first Flashman book is set between 1839 and 1842, and the series then progresses chronologically through the period of this run of 'Punch'.
Octavo, 32 pages plus a small folding map (205 x 156 mm), an engraving of Adelaide and 2 full-page lithographs: 'Farm of J. Barton Hack ...Echiunga [sic] Springs, Mount Barker' and two portraits on the one plate of Kertamaroo (King John) and Mogata (his wife).
Later (early twentieth century?) half calf and cloth, retaining the original pale yellow front wrapper (lettered 'South Australia in 1842') and with numerous binder's blanks at the rear to make a more substantial object; covers slightly... Read complete entry
This copy contains the armorial bookplate of Henry Percival Moore (and his pencilled ownership initials on an early binder's blank). Moore was the Colonial Manager for the South Australian Company from 1901 to 1929. Interestingly, the lithographs are by George French Angas from the artwork of others - 'a sketch by Col. Gawler' in the first instance and from drawings 'Model'd from life by Mrs Walker [? - cropped to Walk]' in the second. Extracts from official reports and various statistics (up to August 1842), but predominantly first-hand accounts, often in the form of lengthy quotes from letters from settlers. The passage of time puts things into perspective. There is a PS to Alexander Lorimer's letter: 'I have neglected to mention, that vineyards are forming by many of the settlers'. The closely-printed two pages on Aborigines concludes with this paragraph: 'It is hoped, that a conviction of the deep responsibility which we have incurred, toward the aboriginal inhabitants of that beautiful country, of which we have taken possession, will render the minuteness of the preceding information not unacceptable'. Ferguson 3721 (not mentioning Angas).
Sydney, United Country Party Bureau of Publicity, Information & Research, .
Oblong octavo (133 x 202 mm), an election handbill, printed in black and green on both sides.
Three horizontal creases where folded; one small top corner crease; essentially in fine condition.
'The 'Starvation Debenture' is political election propaganda for the United Country Party for the June 1932 New South Wales State Government election. In 1932, the Country Party was led in New South Wales by M.F. Bruxner, in alliance with the United Australia Party led by Bertram Stevens, who became Premier after the June election. The 'Starvation Debenture' features the hammer and sickle emblem in a circle at centre top, and ONE LANG printed in squares in each corner, 'Starvation Debenture' is printed across the top to foot blame for the Depression to the three caricatures, Premier Jack Lang, union leader Jock Garden, and an unidentified politician (possibly Theodore the Federal Treasurer who was at odds with Lang), are printed in circles beneath this, accompanied by a printed caption criticising the Lang government. The text on the reverse side consists of further criticisms, particularly regarding Lang's loan 'repudiation policy', and urges support for the United Country Party: 'Help United Country Party Candidates to Snip the Latch on Lang on June 11'. The United Country Party was the forerunner of the present National Party' (for further information, visit the archived 'Objects through Time' exhibition on the NSW Migration Heritage website). Clearly a rarity: the copy in the above-mentioned exhibition, a well-worn and foxed example from the Powerhouse Museum, is the only one recorded in Trove. However, what it does bring to the surface are several articles in the digitised newspapers, establishing the following facts. The debenture was issued on Friday 3 June 1932, and it was illustrated in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' that day. The following day, the newspaper announced that the ensuing publicity resulted in a rush on the debenture, and that 'Two hundred thousand were ordered originally and the secretary of the party (Mr Munro) has made arrangements for more to be printed'!!! How those odds have blown out ...
Adelaide, A. Molineux (under the patronage of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia, and the Chamber of Manufactures), 1880 and 1881.
Quarto, [iv], 192 pages plus a leaf of illustrations (recto blank) after page 162 (a supplement to the journal, dated April 1881). The illustrations, relating to pear leaf gall, are 'drawn from life' by Frazer S. Crawford, who was also responsible for the photolithography.
Modern cloth with contrasting cloth title-labels on the spine; trifling signs of handling; essentially a fine run.
The journal commenced publication in August 1875 and continued until June 1940; at this stage it was being compiled by the founder, Albert Molineux.
Octavo, 109, i (advertisements) pages plus a large folding map ('Portion of South Australia showing the Principal Mines of the Colony, 1863', 635 x 420 mm).
Textured cloth with the title and author in gilt on the front cover; corners a little bumped; spine lightly sunned, with the head and foot slightly chipped, and with the cloth on the hinges splitting near the ends; tiny chip to the leading margin of... Read complete entry
The author, a mine agent and broker in Adelaide at the time, states in his preface that 'About four months were occupied in visiting the Mines and collecting information, and during this time I travelled about 1,800 miles, chiefly on horseback'. 'First Edition of Three Thousand' is printed at the foot of the title page; the list of 173 subscribers accounts for 1200 copies. We have previously handled a copy in red wrappers, with 19 pages of advertisements and no map. Ferguson 6183 records only that version, noting that the map is 'loose'. Interestingly, traces of red wrapper are clearly visible on the inner margin of the title page, disabusing us of the notion that the version in wrappers was a later remainder issue. In our experience, both versions are rare, this cloth-bound one with the map particularly so.
Quarto, xx, 140 pages with numerous black and white illustrations, and colour plates of 50 paintings (often accompanied by an explanatory diagram prepared by Judith Ryan).
Papered boards lightly bumped; an excellent copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Inscribed, dated (19 August 2000) and signed by the author to a significant collector of Aboriginal art. Loosely inserted are two TLSs from Geoffrey Bardon to the collector, retained copies of his replies, and some related ephemera, including the lovely 'Thank You' card issued by the family after Bardon's death in May 2003. The letters are more than routine, and deal in the main with specific matters of Aboriginal art, occasionally touching on personal affairs.
Melbourne, George Robertson, 1920 (first edition).
Quarto, 310 pages plus 67 plates (including two large folding plates).
Original light green cloth very lightly marked, with the spine a little creased and very lightly sunned; edges a little foxed; an excellent copy.
With a contemporary New Year's gift inscription to the ornithologist and conservationist Captain Samuel Albert White (1870-1954) from an unidentified friend (initials possibly F.G.J.S.) in Port Augusta.
Melbourne (Volume 1) and Canberra, Australian War Memorial, 1938 (second edition)/ 1930, 1940 and 1943.
Octavo, three volumes, xxvi, 873,  (publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets) pages with 4 diagrams, 10 graphs, 8 maps and a full-page illustration (page 586), plus a tipped-in errata slip, 4 diagrams, 8 graphs, 16 maps (including 2 double-page maps) and 128 plates; xvi, 1010,  (tipped-in publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets, verso blank) pages with 37 diagrams, 12 graphs, 11 maps and a full-page illustration of 'Conventional Signs' (page 959), plus 2 maps and 91 p
Dark blue cloth very lightly marked, with a trifling blemish to a few letters of the title on the spine of the first volume; endpapers a little foxed and offset; edges a little foxed, with occasional light foxing to the text; foxing notwithstanding,... Read complete entry
And it doesn't stop there: EACH VOLUME IS INSCRIBED, SIGNED AND DATED BY THE AUTHOR. The first two volumes are inscribed on the half-title thus: 'A. Graham Butler. Canberra Nov 18th 1942'. The third volume is inscribed on the front flyleaf: 'A. Graham Butler. Austn War Memorial. Canberra ACT. Oct 6th 1943'. These volumes are the medical companion to the twelve-volume 'Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-1918'. All three volumes are scarce; the third volume must be deemed rare; and until we sold a very indifferent set with Butler family provenance a year ago, we had not seen nor even heard of any signed volumes before. Arthur Graham Butler (1872-1949) 'was appointed regimental medical officer of the 9th Battalion which sailed for Egypt in September.... Butler was in one of the first boats ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 ... He was the only medical officer to win the Distinguished Service Order at Anzac, where he remained until October ... In 1923, 'against his wish, but from a sense of public duty', he agreed to write the official history of the Australian Army Medical Services in the war; the task was to occupy the next twenty years of his life. He gave up his practice' and lived in relative poverty. He wrote all three volumes 'except part of the first.... His literary work displays the qualities that he showed on the battlefield: courage, compassion and meticulousness. He sought to isolate and analyse important problems as a guide to future policy and management. His arguments are trenchant, his scholarship exact and penetrating. His wide-ranging, critical statistical appendices are especially valuable and shocking in their implications. His three volumes are among the most distinguished war history texts of the English-speaking nations' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Dornbusch 254; Fielding and O'Neill, page 209; Trigellis-Smith 313-315 and 737-739. None of these tackle the pagination, let alone the plate count, and we fully understand why this is so. We thought we had got it right in the Braga Catalogue, but alas no. The above details are a great improvement, but we stand to be corrected (and more power to you!). For the record, the title pages of the three volumes of the history give the following information, for what it's worth: 'With 228 illustrations, maps, and graphs' (Volume 1); 'With 212 illustrations, maps, and graphs' (Volume 2); and 'With 85 illustrations, graphs, and diagrams' (Volume 3). Last, and probably least, we suggest that the only difference between the first and second editions of Volume 1 is that the errata slip on page xi in the former is no longer required, as the eight corrections have been made to the text in the second edition.
There are 45 original gelatin silver photographs mounted on 16 pages (nine leaves) of A4 card; most are loosely inserted in photo-corners, and eleven (on three pages) are mounted with small pieces of Blu-Tack (easily removable adhesive putty). The leaves are inserted in plastic sleeves in a plastic-ring binder. The photographs are in three different sizes (in both portrait and landscape formats): 100 x 155 mm (20); 90 x 110 mm (16, plus a miniature duplicate of one of these); and 65 x 90 mm (8). All photographs are in fine condition. The photographer is unidentified; presumably he was unofficial but part of the support team. Two foolscap folio sheets (four pages) of processed typescript notes 'compiled as a result of a conference called by the South Australian Commissioner of Police' are loosely inserted; they go into great detail about the numerous 'certain conditions as laid down by the Authorities' that visitors to the 'Lake Eyre area during the land speed record attempt must be prepared to accept'. Prominent in three of the photographs is a field ambulance; perhaps this is the link between the photographer and his presence at the camp. 'In 1956, Campbell began planning a car to break the land speed record, which then stood at 394 mph (630 km/h). The Norris brothers designed Bluebird CN7 with 500 mph (800 km/h) in mind. The CN7 was completed by the spring of 1960 ... [and] was taken to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, scene of his father's last LSR triumph in 1935. The attempt was unsuccessful and CN7 was written off following a high-speed crash in September at Bonneville. Campbell was not seriously hurt, suffering a fracture to his lower skull, and was by 1961 on the road to recovery and planning the rebuild of CN7. The rebuilt car was completed, with minor modifications, in 1962 and, by the end of the year, was shipped to Australia for a new attempt at Lake Eyre in 1963. The Lake Eyre location was chosen as it offered 450 square miles (1,170 km²) of dried salt lake, where rain had not fallen in the previous 20 years, and the surface of the 20 miles (32 km) long track was as hard as concrete. As Campbell arrived in late March, with a view to a May attempt, the first light rain fell. Campbell and Bluebird were running by early May but once again more rain fell, and low-speed test runs could not progress into the higher speed ranges. By late May, the rain became torrential, and the lake was flooded. Campbell had to move the CN7 off the lake in the middle of the night to save the car from being submerged by the rising flood waters. The 1963 attempt was over'. Twenty of the photographs in this album feature CN7 (generally prominently), and in a further eight Donald Campbell is clearly visible. There is a later variant of the well-known (dare we say iconic?) image of the two skeletal cows behind the 'wheel' which appears in Pearson's 1965 book (see below), as well as sundry shots around the Bluebird camp. It seems likely the photographs were taken early in piece, as the lake is not yet in flood. 'Campbell and his team returned to Lake Eyre in 1964, but the surface never returned to the promise it had held in 1962 and Campbell had to battle with CN7 to reach record speeds (400+ mph). After more light rain in June, the lake finally began to dry enough for an attempt to be made. On July 17, 1964, Campbell set a record of 403.10 mph for a four-wheeled vehicle'. He went on to set a new water speed record of 276.33 mph on 31 December at Lake Dumbleyung, near Perth, WA. 'He had become the first, and so far only, person to set both land and water speed records in the same year. Campbell's land record was short-lived, because rule changes meant that Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America, a pure jet car, would begin setting records later in 1964 and 1965. Campbell's 429 mph speed on his final Lake Eyre run, however remained the highest speed achieved by a wheel-driven car until 2001' (all major quotes from Wikipedia). He met his death on 4 January 1967 when his boat Bluebird K7 disintegrated at a speed in excess of 300 mph on Coniston Water in Cumbria. The standard work on Campbell and Lake Eyre, 'Bluebird and the Dead Lake' by John Pearson, was published in 1965. It contains just 21 plates; one from 1935, one from 1960 and the balance almost certainly all from 1964. (One clue to distinguishing between the two Lake Eyre excursions is that BP gave way to Ampol as major sponsors in late 1963). This album adds a new visual dimension to this fascinating story. Adding yet more significance to the album is the presence of an autograph letter signed by Donald Campbell (two pages quarto, on Campbell's Roundwood, Horley, Surrey letterhead: 'In Flight 25:XI:63 Sydney - Adelaide'). The letter is addressed to 'Bill', unidentified, possibly from Melbourne, but Campbell offers his 'belated but profound word of thanks for all your kindness to us at Lake Eyre.... Much water has flown under the bridge since last we met - indeed reflecting on Lake Eyre this is literally true - it was a heartbreaking experience for all concerned. After it was all over and we had cleaned up the 'mess' we filled up two Land Rovers and went on safari in search for an alternative. Across the Nullabor [sic] - Kalgoorlie - Perth - Port Headland [sic] - Broome - Derby - Fitzroy - Wyndham - Darwin - a fascinating experience'. The letter is written while Campbell is in the air, en route via Adelaide to Lake Eyre. 'There is still much water hanging around and the surface is still wet and very soft - and in this state the work of preparation has started - it's an expensive experiment but may be worth while in the long run'.
[London?], Griggs Lander Associates Limited [for Donald Campbell?], February 1963.
Small oblong quarto (183 x 245 mm), 16 pages with numerous two-colour line illustrations.
Colour pictorial card covers (featuring Roy Nockolds artwork), with illustrations on the inside panels; covers a little marked, chipped and creased, with minimal expert conservation to a few short tears and splits to the hinge; basically a very good... Read complete entry
Donald Campbell has inscribed in ink his portrait printed on the first page 'To Michel, All good wishes from Donald Campbell'. The 1963 World Land Speed Record attempt at Lake Eyre was abandoned when a 20-year drought broke and the lake was flooded. A successful attempt was made the following year.
Philadephia, The Grey Falcon Press, and London, The Trianon Press, 1948.
Quarto, 93,  (colophon) pages with numerous Chagall illustrations.
Plain card covers with the attached Chagall-illustrated dustwrapper folded over along all sides; all edges uncut; dustwrapper a little unevenly sunned and slightly marked; corners slightly bumped and very lightly worn; an excellent copy with the light... Read complete entry
Number 1308 of 1500 copies (750 for each publisher). The 'first edition of this book with the complete text in French and English.... The colour frontispieces preceding the French and English texts were reproduced by hand ... under the supervision of Marc Chagall'.
Ruby 32mo, bound in cloth with the front cover blind-stamped 'Official Copy' with the British coat of arms; signs of use and wear inside and out, but still a very decent copy.
Both front and rear flyleaves are stamped 'Garrison Adjutant, Changi. No...... 31 Oct 1934'. Although its presence at Changi dates back to the peacetime military base developed in the early 1930s for the British Far East Command, the prayer book comes from the estate of Sir Alexander Russell Downer (1910-1981), a prisoner of war at Changi from 1942 to 1945, and it is clearly an artefact with a significant connection to the infamous prison.
Large octavo, xiv, 158 pages plus 38 plates and a map on the front flyleaf.
Cloth a little rubbed and marked; both boards a little bowed; edges and endpapers foxed; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed and creased where folded when removed and stored (thus in excellent condition).
An account of various trips made between 1929 and 1934; with chapters on opals, Hermannsburg, and the artists Battarbee and Gardner. On the pastedown is the 1942 colour bookplate (by, and signed in pencil by, George Perrottet) of Edward Edgar Pescott (1872-1954), horticulturalist, naturalist, author and book-collector. The half-title is inscribed 'To a valued friend, E.E. Pescott, with the author's warm regards', signed and dated 3 December 1937. Loosely inserted is a lettercard to Pescott from Croll 'In camp at Standley Chasm, Central Australia, 15 June 1938'. Not least, he writes that 'The Strehlows brought the Barretts here. They are just going back and this must go with them'. Also loosely inserted are newspaper clippings of a portrait of the author and a review of the book, and a copy of the original prospectus and order form. Two other clippings are tipped in: another portrait, and Croll's obituary (he died in 1947).
Adelaide, Advertiser General Printing Offices, 1882.
Duodecimo, iv, 151 pages.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and pictorial green papered boards; paper a little rubbed, chipped and marked; trifling signs of use and age; a very good copy.
'In a missionary country like Australia, where, in many instances, the instruction of a priest cannot always be availed of, this Catechism ... will prove of great advantage' (preface). Not in Ferguson; Trove records only two copies.
(A) A fine copy of the book: quarto, xvi, 201 pages with 13 black and white and 4 colour illustrations by Adrian Feint, bound in full gilt-decorated calf. Number 3 of 350 copies signed by Marjorie Barnard and Flora S. Eldershaw. (B) A complete set of the 17 illustrations, tipped in on the rectos of nine card folders, contained in a ribbon-tied card portfolio (a little rubbed and marked in one corner). Each of the illustrations are numbered and signed in pencil by the artist; this set is number 11 of only 14 produced. The portfolio is inscribed in ink: 'For Sydney V. Hagley, 1949. A complete set of the illustrations ... 1940. Adrian Feint'. (C) The duplicate typescript of the text (168 pages with numerous manuscript corrections, cord-bound in card covers), inscribed inside the front cover by Adrian Feint. (D) A mock-up of the cover: quarto, full calf with original drawings and decorations in gold ink on the spine and front cover. A slightly different version of this cover, in pencil and gold ink on card, is also included: neither became the final design. (E) THE COMPLETE SUITE OF THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK FOR THE BOOK. There are thirteen black and white pen drawings and four hand-coloured pen drawings, each tipped in on a quarto card with a tissue overlay; they are superb illustrations in uniformly fine condition. The hand-coloured originals are a little bigger than the published version, while the black and white originals (average 100 x 120 mm) are easily four times the size of those published. The original (coloured) rough sketches of two of the four colour plates are also included. A manuscript index to the plates, with extensive pencilled comments by Feint, ten sheets of tissue-paper colour keys for the colour plates and a hand-made colour chart round off this unique archive. Formerly in the possession of the well-known Adrian Feint collector, Sydney Hagley.
Dunedin, printed, lithographed and decorated by J. Wilkie and Co. for 'The Executive of the Dunedin Peace Celebrations', 1919.
192 x 260 mm, 48 pages with numerous decorations and illustrations (some from photographs).
Overlapping card covers with a large colour pictorial title-label; front cover lightly marked; essentially a fine copy.
The first page is a printed presentation page for the Otago Boys' High School, with the recipient's name in ink and the rubber-stamp signature of the Rector of the school. The foreword, by R. Hawcridge (who wrote most of the text, and who seems to be responsible for the extensive decorations and illustrations), commences thus: 'In this concise history of the Great War no attempt has been made to write down to the level of a young child'. It is likely that the booklet was produced exclusively for the children of the various schools in the district. Although seven pages are specific to 'New Zealand's War Effort' and 'Otago's Effort', and the rest is more general, Australia features in the early section on Gallipoli. The Australian War Memorial would appear to be the only Australian institution holding copies of this item.
Large quarto, 24 pages plus 83 plates (42 in colour).
Cloth; small mark to the leading edge; small tape-stain to the front flyleaf; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper sunned on the spine (as often) and front panel, with a short chipped tear near the foot of the front panel.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1941 [first edition].
Octavo, [viii], 465,  (colophon) pages.
Orange cloth slightly flecked and a little sunned and marked on the spine; very slight silverfish damage to the pastedowns; a very good copy with the very good dustwrapper (a little worn with slight loss).
Inscribed on the front flyleaf 'To C.T. Madigan from Ernestine Hill. Sydney, November 21, 1941'. Loosely inserted is a silver gelatin photographic postcard of the statue of Matthew Flinders in Adelaide (Valentine Series Number 1926). Cecil Thomas Madigan (1889-1947), geologist, polar explorer, and very unimpressed reader of this book, as his numerous marginal annotations in pencil make abundantly (and hilariously) clear.
Large quarto, 186 pages with numerous illustrations (many in colour, much of it advertising).
Hockney-designed overlapping colour pictorial card covers slightly rubbed at the extremities; a fine copy.
One of the operas at the Festival is the revival of 'The Rake's Progress'; the director is John Cox, the designer is David Hockney. Cox has signed the four-page listing for the opera (pages 115-118). He has also contributed an eight-page article, 'The Rake - a Progress', which reproduces numerous Hockney designs. Loosely inserted is a postcard from John Cox to Brian Baggott, a Hockney enthusiast whose collection of Hockney posters sold at Christie's in March 1999 (google the interesting article in The Independent, 26 March). The postcard is dated March 1990, and states in part: 'I spent a great week with D.H. at Malibu a short while ago. Still smiling!'. A ticket stub for the 28 July performance of the opera, initialled 'DH' (but probably not by Hockney) is also present. However, the large drawing inside the rear cover of the programme is definitely in Hockney's hand. Fortunately, someone (Brian Baggott perhaps?) has pencilled in the following, or one would never have guessed: 'A drawing by DH shewing, how to preserve the Ponte Vecchio, traffic is diverted from Teatro Communale via Duomo to Beatrice house'. Any resemblance between famous landmarks of Florence and this drawing are purely coincidental ... The drawing has 'River Arno' inscribed on it by David Hockney (and his surname initial may be written on the first page of the programme). Admittedly not a poster or a print, but definitely unique and guaranteed to make you smile.
Octavo, [xviii], 213 pages with 5 maps plus 96 plates and 2 endpaper maps.
Cloth; a fine copy with the slightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper.
The superior first printing, limited to 1000 numbered copies. This is an unnumbered presentation copy inscribed and signed by the author to his secretary (and typist) on the occasion of the dinner held to celebrate the launching of the book on 12 September 1973. Loosely inserted are a number of interesting ephemeral items: the prospectus, a contemporary newspaper review of the book, the invitation to the dinner, the handsome dinner menu (8 pages plus the cord-bound card covers, listing the 47 guests), the duplicate typescript of Dr Jennings' entertaining five-page speech at the launch and a few later miscellaneous but related items. A unique package.
Folio,  pages with 20 tipped-in half-tone plates.
Plain card covers with the oversized printed wrappers (originally attached at the spine, but recently expertly repaired and now safely removable); new endpapers; an excellent copy (internally fine) of a book that generally does not weather the years... Read complete entry
One of 500 numbered copies signed by John Kauffmann (1864-1942), the pioneering Australian photo-impressionist.
Oblong octavo, 52 pages with 62 colour illustrations (many full-page).
Laminated colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
Together with a suite of over 50 original colour photographs (mainly 150 x 200 mm) of Lever's works offered in the sale. Richard Hayley Lever was born in Adelaide; he sailed for Europe in 1893, and lived in Paris and London before settling in St Ives, Cornwall, in 1902. He emigrated to America in 1912, where he became recognised as a significant artist. The auctioneer's note put this sale in perspective: 'Unbelievably, these paintings lay unstretched, collecting dust for approximatley eighty years, in a Cornish attic, until their recent discovery. It is most unusual to be able to offer some sixty unknown and unseen works by an artist of such international repute'.
Octavo, two volumes, lvi, 444 and [iv], 344, [42, 42, 64] (a grammar and dictionary of the Tongan language) pages plus a frontispiece portrait and a folding map; complete with the half-titles.
Attractive antique-style half polished calf and cloth, top edges gilt, spines gilt-decorated and with contrasting leather labels (bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe); endpapers offset; second title leaf a little browned; occasional scattered foxing; an... Read complete entry
The front pastedown and title page of each volume has the name-stamp of E[dward] Angas Johnson (1873-1951), Adelaide medical practitioner and serious book-collector; his grandmother was a daughter of George Fife Angas.
[Bucharest, Romanian Olympic Committee, the second half of 1956].
An unusual booklet in the shape of the five Olympic Rings (diameter of the rings 70 mm, maximum external dimensions 125 x 234 mm),  pages with five illustrations from photographs on both outside covers and all internal rectos, with text (in English, French and Russian) on three rings on all internal versos.
Title-wrappers; one external hinge expertly conserved; essentially an uncirculated copy.
The most recent date in the text is June 1956, prior to the Melbourne Olympics, where presumably this charming piece of ephemera was distributed and collected.
[A map originally from a copy of 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' (Antwerp, Plantin, 1570), according to an old Folio Fine Art, London, label on the verso].
This was the first modern geographical atlas, 'produced in thirty-one editions between 1570 and 1612' (David Parry: The Cartography of the East Indian Islands, 2005). Archivally mounted ready for framing; visible image size 370 x 490 mm;... Read complete entry
Octavo, 56 pages plus 8 pages of plates (from nineteenth century photographs by Henry King and Charles Kerry).
Colour pictorial papered boards a little rubbed, marked, sunned and bumped, with a few small surface chips to the spine; first and last pages offset; occasional mild foxing; an excellent copy.
Mounted on the front flyleaf is the contemporary Adrian Feint-designed bookplate of 'W & M Preston' (William George and Margaret Rose Preston); her signature is written in pencil above it. An apposite book from the personal collection of Margaret Preston (1875-1963), given her interest in Aboriginal art and its influence on her: 'Paradoxically, when her style was most international, Margaret proposed a 'national' art for Australia based on Aboriginal art. Although she was primarily a still-life artist for most of her career, in the 1940s she concentrated on landscapes in oils: in 'Aboriginal Landscape' (1941) and 'Flying Over Shoalhaven River' (1942) she reduced her palette to earth colours and surrounded simplified forms with black lines, based on her study of Aboriginal art' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Burnie and Devonport, Harr's and Co., Limited, Printers, 1901.
Duodecimo, xx, 136 pages with a few vignettes plus a tipped-in amendment (Number 74, dated 6 April 1925).
Original plain cloth with an envelope-style flap on the leading edge of the front cover; cloth a little rubbed and worn at the extremities and lightly marked; one pastedown creased when laid down; endpapers a little marked and creased, with ink... Read complete entry
London, Chapman and Hall, 1859 (second edition)/ 1858.
Octavo, [ii], xxiv, [vi] ('Opinions of the Press' of another book by the author, 'Glossology'), 624, 7 ('Opinions of the Press' of the first edition of this book) pages. The second leaf, 'Preface to the Second Edition', is a cancel, unnumbered and stub-mounted.
Extensively blind-decorated cloth rubbed, with the spine a little marked and sunned, and with minor wear to the extremities (including a solid nick to the leading edge of the front cover); all edges uncut, with slight damage to some top margins where... Read complete entry
Octavo, 110 pages plus 22 plates and a folding map.
Original red cloth slightly rubbed and flecked; spine a little darkened; endpapers lightly foxed; an excellent copy.
The inaugural address by Sir Samuel Davenport (pages 39-99) is a potted history of the discovery and exploration of Australia; many of the plates are portraits of explorers. With the ownership signature of Fred Johns on the flyleaf.
London, George Allen, 1897 [three volumes, 'New Edition in Small Form') and 1898 [three volumes, 'Second Edition in Small Form').
Octavo, six volumes, over 350 pages per volume with hundreds of illustrations plus numerous plates.
Cloth lightly rubbed and marked; scattered foxing; an excellent set.
The flyleaf of the first volume bears the following inscription: 'These volumes were given by Sir Samuel Way Bart. C.J. to John William Downer & Una Stella Russell as a wedding present. 29 Nov. 1899'. The handwriting is not that of Way or Downer; we suggest Lady Way as a possibility. The Australian Dictionary of Biography will supply all the missing details about these significant nineteenth century Australian legal and political identities.
Quarto, one and a half pages (on one leaf), 7 November 1882. Light horizontal and vertical creases where folded for posting; small piece of clear tape to a short split to one end of the crease across the middle (on the blank bottom half of the second... Read complete entry
The lengthy letter pulls no punches. After some initial expressions of friendship, Saint-Saëns leaves us in no doubt about the strength of his attitude and sentiments. A broad translation of the second part follows: 'Standing back to avoid being hurt is not in my character. I must be forthright, and no finessing of details can save my name, at the head of a journal like a banner, from being associated with it in the eyes of the public. The stance of the journal not being in accordance with my ideas, I cannot allow my name to remain attached to it. My decision, I have told you and I repeat it again, is irrevocable. I do not know what obligations you are under, and I am not anxious to know. I only regret, in every respect, that you have failed to understand the advantage you might have gained in publishing a paper that is truly French, as well as truly modern. Now it is too late; you have equivocated too long, and if, against all probability, you wished to take this path, it could be only with a new journal and a new organisation.... I do not know if you know me well enough to understand what it has cost me to act in this way. I hope you do, however, and will not cease to count on your friendship, and assure you that you may always count on mine in everything that does not do damage to my artistic conscience. Affectionately yours, C. Saint-Saens'.
Foolscap folio, 60 pages but LACKING the 2-page endorsement at the rear (printed on the verso only] and the large folding three-colour Arrowsmith map ('The District of Adelaide ... as divided into Country Sections', 695 x 500 mm).
Contemporary blind-stamped limp full calf lettered in gilt on the front cover; leather a little rubbed at the extremities and lightly marked; endpapers offset, with the front flyleaf a little silverfish-nibbled; first and last two leaves discoloured,... Read complete entry
Ferguson 2735 (not noting the endorsement in his pagination). The SA Auditor General's copy, with his title stamped in gilt on the front cover, and written in ink inside the front cover and at the head of the title page (where 'Instructions to Aud. Genl Page 48' is also written). The annotations tend to be of the cross-referencing kind, the pencilling and underlining is for emphasis. It would be preferable to have an unmarked copy with the map, but at least this is a cheap copy and the appendices make interesting reading. These include Appendix 2, 'Report of the Protector of Aborigines, dated 1 July 1838' by William Wyatt, and Appendix 19, the complete list of the names of the original proprietors of the country sections of Adelaide (289 allotments of 134 acres each and 35 allotments of 80 acres each). Appendices 3 to 8 reprint documents relating to delays with the preliminary surveys. These include 'Letters of Colonel Light and his Assistants, announcing their resignation', and Light's letter is worthy of note: 'I am allowed one week to consider whether I will undertake a running survey of 150 square miles, in addition to what may have been surveyed, on conditions laid down in the letters of Mr. Rowland Hill to Mr. Kingston ... In reply to your letter I beg to state, that I do not require one week to consider this matter, but say at once that I will not do it [emphasis in the original], and that I despise and contemn the language used by Mr. Rowland Hill'.
Octavo, xii (last blank), 174,  (colophon) pages with a map and 2 illustrations plus a tipped-in corrigenda slip.
Cloth lightly marked, and slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; half-title and last (blank) page slightly offset; small stain to the bottom edge (of the rear half of the book near the corner, with minimal impact to the bottom margin); overall... Read complete entry
'The greater part of this book consists of the correspondence between Sir Baldwin Spencer and Sir James Frazer ... [and] these provide a nearly continuous account of the progress in method and discovery made by the Explorer during his three great Australian Expeditions'. These expeditions were conducted in conjunction with Francis James Gillen, Spencer's ''most important discovery' according to Professor Elliot Smith'. The introduction further states that 'The news of Gillen's death reached Spencer while he was camping on the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory. Through the kindness of Gillen's son, we are able to quote a part of Spencer's letter to Mrs. Gillen, dated June 18, 1912'. This copy of the book is signed on the flyleaf 'J.B. Gillen', Francis Gillen's son, and a finer association copy is hard to imagine (Spencer himself having died on a field trip to Tierra del Fuego in July 1929).
Bright red cloth slightly flecked; first and last pages a little tanned; a fine copy.
Inscribed and signed by the author on an early blank to Ethelwynne Giles. Shirley Cameron Wilson, the author's niece, has written her name at the head of the half-title. Loosely inserted is a flyleaf detached from another (smaller) book; it is signed 'Nell. G. Strawbridge' (Allan's sister and Shirley's mother), and inscribed 'From Allan 1908. For your growing library of classics'. Marginal notes pencilled on some early pages identify Ethelwynne Giles (Julie in the book) as another one of the author's sisters. The early portion of the book relates to Strawbridge's youth spent in Adelaide, where his father was Surveyor-General.
Large quarto, 464 pages with thousands of illustrations plus an errata leaf tipped inside the front cover.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and card covers slightly marked and a little rubbed at the corners, with slight surface loss at the rear; a few small inkspots to the edges; corner tips of the first and last few leaves a little creased or rounded; an excellent... Read complete entry
Predominantly the bicycle and its many parts and accoutrements, but there is a 48-page section devoted mainly to lamps (this is in addition to the lengthy section on bicycle lamps).
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; small private library stamp on the front flyleaf ('From the library of / the Australian Decorative & / Fine Arts Society / Sunshine Coast Inc.'); a few tiny creases to the... 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 'To Sue, with best wishes from the Kimberley. Grahame L. Walsh. 18.8.2000'. The book is scarce on the open market these days; signed copies are rarely offered.
Octavo, xii, 396,  (catalogue) pages plus 2 engraved plates and a folding map (with the route added in red, as issued).
Original cloth a little bumped and rubbed; some foxing to the plates, map and adjacent leaves (as usual); stitching a little loose in places; a very good copy (that presents better than this description reads!).
The first issue of the first edition, with the inappropriately festive endpapers and the 32-page publisher's catalogue. With the bookplate of Harold Sheard.
Octavo, three volumes, [iv], 376, iv; [iv], 376, iv and 224 pages.
Contemporary quarter stippled cloth and marbled papered boards; cloth slightly mottled; trifling signs of use; a fine set.
The first two years contain all 12 monthly issues; the third volume ends with #7, the July issue (clearly not the last one published). The text is in French; there are some excellent articles on wine (for example, 'Cuvé à étages pour la fabrication du vin', spread over 22 pages in the third volume).
Octavo, xliv, 316 pages plus 8 tinted lithographs with tissue-guards.
Original publisher's gilt-decorated polished half blue calf and blue textured cloth, edges and endpapers marbled, with a contrasting leather tile-label on the spine; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities and lightly worn at the bottom corner... Read complete entry
An early collected reprint of works already scarce at the time; the lithographs and lengthy (34-page) introduction by Woods were new to this edition. 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).