Highlights of the current catalogue include numerous autograph items: an 1820 autograph letter signed from Alexander von Humboldt; Ben Chifley's Second Ministry (1946-49), with the addition of three former Prime Ministers; and cricket teams galore – England in Australia in 1936-37 (three different examples), 1946-47 and 1950-51; Australia 1952; and various state teams (NSW, Queensland, SA and Victoria) from 1930 to 1953. Other unusual sporting items are Soutar's The Australian Golfer (1906); the autograph and a rare photograph of 'Oppy' while on his 1937 Fremantle-Sydney record-breaking ride; and the lavish official invitation package issued by the Melbourne Olympic Committee in 1948.
Unusual children's books include the very rare true first edition of Mary Fitzgerald's King Bungaree's Pyalla (1891); Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1876, first edition, later impression) with his An Easter Greeting to Every Child who loves 'Alice' tipped in; Ethel Turner's Gum Leaves (1900) with a lengthy signed inscription; the complete run of The Technicon (fourteen issues, 1921-23) issued by the Broken Hill Junior Technical School; and Sinbad the Sailor, illustrated by Edmund Dulac (1914).
Photographs are one of our areas of specialization, and this time we offer albums by Captain Samuel Sweet (22 images of 1880s South Australia) and Hugo Keil (25 signed images of Central Australia from the early 1940), plus another of an excursion to Mt Wudinna in 1911; two cartes de visite of Burra (circa 1880); and a wonderful suite of publicity shots of the Newman Family Variety Performers, those amazing trick cyclists (Adelaide, circa 1900).
The balance of the list includes an interesting miscellany of art, literature, association copies, travel, militaria, trade cataloguesand ephemera.
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