A feature of the sale is a single-owner collection of books on voyages and exploration relating to Australia. Items include Cook (first voyage, 1773, and third voyage, 1784), Collins (1798 and 1804), Hunter, Phillip, Tasman (1898), and White; Davis, Giles (1875), Gosse, Gregory (1884, the superior presentation issue with mounted photographs), Grey, Landsborough, Leichhardt, Lindsay, McKinlay, Mitchell (1839), Oxley, Stuart (1865), Sturt (1834 and 1849), Tietkens, Warburton, and Wills. From other vendors, there are rare Parliamentary Paper journals of Davidson, Forrest, Stuart and Wells.
Important Australian Aboriginal material includes the Report of the Horn Scientific Expedition (four volumes, 1896), assorted titles by Spencer and Gillen, Strehlow's Songs of Central Australia (1971), and numerous publications by Charles Mountford, from the personal collection of the author.
Art books include a mint copy of Donald Friend's masterwork Bumbooziana (one of only 150 signed copies, bound as issued), as well as the printer's retained master copy of the unbound sheets (signed, in mint condition, ideally suited to a designer binding), and a bifolium of Friend's richly-illustrated original manuscript – a variant in both text and all illustrations to the version that was published.
Other rare published works include Lewin's Birds of New South Wales (1822), The Hobart Town Almanack (1829, the very rare first issue of the almanacks of James Ross), and an unbroken 42-year run of the main regional newspaper of its day, The Northern Territory Times (from June 1890 to June 1932, the last issue published).
Maps, photographs, artwork and manuscripts round out the first session of this interesting and eclectic sale. An important unique item is the lengthy manuscript diary, unpublished but almost certainly prepared for publication, of Waldemar Bannow, a Danish migrant to goldfields Victoria, with much on Bendigo and Ballarat in the crucial years 1853 and 1854.
Military history is another strength of the sale. There is a good range of desirable Winston Churchill sets and early single volumes. Australian material includes rare Boer War and internment camp ephemera, a surreal letter from Gallipoli, and approximately 40 uncommon unit histories.
The sale concludes with another single-owner collection of several hundred books on Second World War military history, aviation, weaponry and accoutrements.
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