Large quarto (330 x 220 mm), 8 pages plus a very large and elaborate pop-up jungle scene, complete with a dangling, movable monkey, mounted on the inside of the cloth-hinged double-page rear cover (which has colour illustrations of 24 animals printed on the inside surface of the second panel of the rear cover, visible when the pop-up is closed); the large (240 mm tall) separate pieces featuring the boys Moko and Koko, each standing at the foot of a palm tree, are also present.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and colour pictorial card covers, with the front cover artwork repeated on the outside rear cover, and with a two-colour illustration on the inside front cover (the main artwork is signed in the image by the artist, but there... Read complete entry
Voitech Kubasta (1914-1992), a Czech architect and artist, is deservedly famous for his artworks in this genre.
Framed and glazed in the late 1970s, behind a double mat (visible image size 188 x 347 mm); in fine condition. Mather was a 'late colonial period Adelaide painter, illustrator, etcher, curator, critic and journalist ... best known as a landscape and marine painter and the first etcher in SA ... In 1913, when he was director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, he revised H.P. Gill's AGSA catalogue' (Design and Art Australia Online).
London, Phillimore (for the Society of Genealogists), 1970.
Octavo, xiv, 320 pages.
Cloth slightly flecked and rubbed; extremities a little bumped; rear cover; a very good copy with the ownership signature of Elizabeth Sandow.
National Index of Parish Registers, Volume XII; a publisher's order form is loosely inserted. Tipped in on the front flyleaf is an original typed poem 'from Audrey and her husband Tom' (Thomas Thornton Reed, 1902-1995, sometime Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide, and scholar of the poet Henry Kendall). 'Since you like genealogy / and also delight in heraldry, / We send this book, which, you will see / Gives guidance, Betty, pleasantly / in searching out one's ancestry / In Scotland, land of fine whiskey' and so it goes for an engaging 23 lines.
Early blind-stamped full calf, much later rebacked with a contrasting morocco title-label; corners worn and a little bumped; front hinge starting to crack but still firm; window cut in the pastedown of the replacement front endpaper to display an... Read complete entry
An ink inscription on the half-title states 'By Dr Robinson, B[isho]p of Bristoll' (in 1710). John Robinson (1650-1723) was also Bishop of London from 1714 to 1723; prior to that, he was 'chaplain (c.1680) to English embassy at Swedish court, where he remained more than twenty-five years' (Concise DNB). With the mid-twentieth century ownership signature (in pencil) of Dr Heinz Kent.
The 72 gelatin silver photographs (255 x 205 mm or the reverse) are loosely inserted on both sides of album leaves (in diagonal slits in the corners designed for the purpose). Studio stamps and manuscript captions on the versos suggest that there is a connection with the contents of the album and a contemporary Sydney advertising agency. One example should suffice: an image inscribed in ink on the verso 'Olga Petrova in her second Paramount masterplay 'Exile' showing tomorrow and all next week at Hoyts' is reproduced with a similar caption on page 24 of the Sydney 'Sunday Times', 10 March 1918. Apart from a few corner creases or chips, the contents are in fine condition, housed in a contemporary scrap album (a little worn, with the spine later renewed with tape).
Octavo, pages 4-46 with an illustration plus 7 plates and a map.
Original title-wrappers lightly discoloured around the edges; ('With Compliments') stamp of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia on the front cover; a fine copy.
This lengthy article is a real sleeper: apart from being a potted history of small-pox in Australia, it contains much local information from Mrs Louisa Karpeny (Kontinyeri), a Narrinyeri woman born around 1830. As Dr Stirling put it, 'Mrs Karpeny related her reminiscences with much dramatic vividness, and as they are interesting in themselves, I will make no apology for giving them at some length, even when they refer to other matters than the immediate object of my inquiry'. The plates include three portraits of Kontinyeri.
Quarto, liv, 775 pages plus a colour frontispiece, a large folding map (885 x 685 mm) in an endpocket, and a tipped-in corrigenda slip.
Original blind-decorated cloth; insignificant tiny marks to the top edge; front endpaper lightly foxed; loose map now inserted in a slightly larger endpocket mounted on the verso of the rear flyleaf (the original endpocket is retained), with some... Read complete entry
The detailed four-colour map of Aboriginal Central Australia is based on information from Strehlow's field note books, 1932-1969; an extensive index is printed on the verso. 'The first complete account of the poetic heritage of the aboriginal people of Central Australia; an analysis of aboriginal songs as fully-developed oral literature, and their evaluation as authoritative documents of aboriginal religion' (from the original prospectus). One of only 500 copies printed, THIS COPY IS SIGNED BY T.G.H. STREHLOW on the half-title, turning a regulation rarity into an absolute belter.
Duodecimo, 19 pages with 2 full-page portrait illustrations (from photographs).
Title-wrappers; a fine copy.
The author is identified on the first page. 'The Hon. Sir Josiah Symon, KCMG, has courteously handed us, for publication, the following extremely interesting biographical sketch. In his note accompanying the MS, Sir Josiah says: 'Mr Sutherland was my uncle. The sketch was written by his younger son, the late James de la Zouche Sutherland, who was a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme court, very shortly before his death'. David Sutherland (1801-1879) arrived in South Australia in 1840; 'Obituaries Australia' has a very informative account of his life. Not in Trove.
A cursory glance at Pipedia (yes!) leads us to suggest this could be an example of the standard Opera model produced in France in the 1880s and 1890s. Hallam Tennyson (1852-1928), eldest son of the poet laureate Alfred (later 1st baron), 'had initially sought the governorship of South Australia, but hesitated when it was offered to him in January 1899: Tennyson was influenced by speculation that after Federation the post might be subordinated to that of the governor-general, or even abolished. He arrived in Adelaide in April and proved popular: the press and the people saw him as hardworking, competent, dignified and frugal.... Appointed acting governor-general on 4 July 1902 after Lord Hopetoun's unexpected resignation, Tennyson was confirmed in this position in January 1903, at his own request for one year only'. All we can tell you about the recipient is that he or she was not a smoker ...
Quarto; a fine copy with the slightly sunned and chipped dustwrapper.
The complete history of the Battalion, reprinting the material contained in the two earlier volumes, 'Vietnam. A Pictorial History of the Sixth Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, 1966-1967' (1967) and 'The History of 6 RAR-NZ (Anzac) Battalion, 1967-1970' (1972), and adding to it the history of the Battalion from 1970 to 1985.
'Distressed by the enormous amount of wood wasted in sawmills, W.H. Mason decided to do something about it. Then ... an accident gave the world a brand-new building material' in the mid-1920s. The bulk of the material in the collection dates from the 1930s and early 1940s; some reproduced typescript dates back to the later 1920s. We noticed in passing that one catalogue (for Marsh Wall Products) has a small bottom portion excised from two leaves, and that one large folding plan is torn and a little creased, but overall the contents are in fine condition, with the leather binder a little scuffed and marked.
Overlapping card covers lightly creased around the edges; agency stamps on some pages; essentially a fine copy.
A lavish and detailed catalogue of machinery manufactured by this Australian firm - 'stamping presses and dies, arch & straight side presses, double action drawing presses, double crank presses, drop forge trimming presses, screw presses, circle shears, guillotine shears, rollers, benders' - with generally an entire page devoted to each product.
Quarto, a leaflet with one large illustration, printed recto only.
A promotional leaflet issued by the inventor of the 'only Stone-Gatherer successful in securing First Prize in the Royal Show, Adelaide; Certificate of Merit, Kadina; and First Prize at Maitland'. The date is gleaned from a testimonial referred to in the text.
Quarto, [viii], 158 pages with 3 small sketch-maps and a full-page map.
Original wrappers; spine cracked, with tiny chips to the head and foot (now stabilised by a neatly applied piece of clear tape wrapping 20 mm around each cover); an excellent copy (internally fine - in fact, it is uncut and completely unopened).
'Mitteilungen aus dem Museum fur Volkerkunde in Hamburg [Number] X'. An Australia-wide survey of totemism; 128 tribes were studied.
Small quarto (207 x 166 mm),  pages with a small map and 71 illustrations (from photographs) plus a large folding map mounted inside the rear cover and a 'Note from the Publisher' tipped in on the inside front cover.
Decorated title-wrappers slightly creased; creases to the corner tips of the first six leaves; an excellent copy.
The publisher's note (which ends with some errata) states in part that 'This is the Third Series of Views issued ... As the first and second books have been sold out, the Publisher has reprinted a number of the blocks in this issue'.