Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers, established in Adelaide, Australia, in March 1976, deals in fine and rare books, photographs and manuscripts, and offers a very large stock of quality secondhand and out-of-print books online and at two retail outlets in the heart of the city of Adelaide.
Our latest auction catalogue contains a fine selection of rare and unusual books, photographs, maps and ephemera. Particular strengths of the sale are Indigenous Australiana, Exploration and Travel, and Australian History, with small but choice offerings of Maps, Militaria, and Photographs (including signed portraits of Cricketers).
Specific highlights include a fine complete set of Carl Strehlow's Die Aranda- und Loritja-Stämme, together with his son Theodor's magnum opus, Songs of Central Australia (two copies, one signed); all of Spencer and Gillen's works; and the major works of Charles Mountford (several signed).
There are early newspapers with significant expeditionary content; Federation ephemera; a huge oil painting of SY 'Aurora' of Antarctic fame; items signed by Alexander von Humboldt, J.D. Hooker (and Douglas Mawson), George Fife Angas, George Giffen, Frank Worrell, and numerous others; many very scarce early local histories; and a host of genuinely interesting publications across a wide range of subjects.
Online Catalogue 19 - Our latest effort contains numerous nineteenth century publications covering exploration and travel, medicine, and Australiana (including rare almanacks, and several unrecorded items).
Vintage photography is also well represented, ranging from an 1850s half-plate daguerreotype; cartes de visite of Maoris, unusual occupations and medical problems; rare 1898 stereographs of WA; to large-format publicity shots of Marlene Dietrich.
Other areas of interest include private press and children's books, signed books and letters, and trade catalogues.
Online Catalogue #18 - Our latest list features a magnificent vintage hand-coloured photograph of Phar Lap about to cross the line to win the 1930 Melbourne Cup; a signed letter from Roald Dahl with a unique inscribed and signed copy of Matilda; an impressive vintage photograph of the1902 Australian XI signed by Joe Darling; and Grahame Walsh's Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley (2000), Bradshaws – Ancient Rock Paintings of North-West Australia (1994) and Australia's Greatest Rock Art (1988).
Well-represented areas of interest include modern literature, Australian history, military history, children's books, and trade catalogues.
Key items include the original program for the London premiere of Fritz Lang's masterpiece Metropolis (1927); Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932); George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949); Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (1963, published pseudonymously); Cormac McCarthy's first four novels; Loujon Press special editions of works by Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller; Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (1970); and Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic (1983, the first Discworld novel), along with other rarities too numerous to mention!
Well-represented genres are science fiction and crime, and there are numerous signed copies scattered throughout the sale. The majority of the 255 single-item lots are true first editions with dustwrappers!
Picture Book 5 - We are pleased to announce our Picture Book 5 - An Illustrated Catalogue of Highlights from Stock. Among the delights you will find a fine dustwrappered copy of The Magic Pudding (1918); 19th century photographs of Western District pastoral pioneers; an exquisite William Kilburn daguerreotype; coloured Japanese woodblock prints; works on Antarctic and Australian exploration; and rare cricket items including 19th century signed Australian Testcricketers' portraits.
Online Catalogue #17 - Highlights of our latest catalogue include a stunning copy of Cormac McCarthy's first novel The Orchard Keeper (London, 1966), a superb group of May Moore portrait photographs of 1920s English Test cricketers (signed by both photographer and subjects); rare Aboriginal history titles (Meyer 1846, Taplin 1874 and 1879, Worsnop 1897); much militaria, with numerous unit histories; important early South Australian history and exploration; and excellent selections of antiquarian, big game hunting, and wine-making books.
Online Catalogue #16 - Highlights of our latest catalogue include a unique copy of Arthur Wigan's pioneering work on split personalities, A New View of Insanity. The Duality of Mind (1844), extensively annotated by the author in preparation for a never-published second edition; a group of five revealing personal letters from Christina Stead; important association copies; choice vintage photographs; and excellent selections of books on big game hunting, exploration, and Australiana.
A fine selection of rare and important photographs, letters, ephemera and books relating predominantly to the First World War, but including sections on 19th-century military history, the Boer War and the Second World War.
Online Catalogue #15 - Highlights of our latest catalogue include an important autograph letter signed by Max Müller, encouraging the documentation of Australian Aboriginal languages (1867); the complete run of South Australian Parliamentary Papers relating to Benjamin Babbage's 1858 Northern Exploration, as well as the report of John McDouall Stuart's first independent expedition of the same year; Benucci's very rare Six Views of Gibraltar (1825); six numbers of the Scottish satirical paper of political caricatures, The Northern Looking Glass (1825-26); and a very large collection of original technical drawings (many from the 1890s-1900s), mainly relating to the Australian mining industry.
Other rarities include signed cricket photographs (among the two dozen signed items in the catalogue); original watercolours by Harry Pelling Gill; a substantial set of works by Horace Walpole in matching Rivière bindings; a 1922 trade catalogue containing 107 original samples of Chinese handmade lace … the list goes on!