A VOC ship’s binding from the Chamber of Amsterdam.
d’Erven Stichters Comptoir Almanach, Voor ‘t Jaar 1800. Voorzien van eene aanwyzing der Jaar-, Paarden-, Beesten- en Leermarkten, welke in de Bataafsche Republiek gehouden worden, als mede de Vacantien, het Varen der Trekschuyten en Beurtschepen, het vertrek der Posten en Postwagens. Nevens de maans op- en ondergang. Te Amsterdam : by de erfgen.…
Arrows of longing. (Presentation copy)
Illustrated by Miss Ethel Spowers. Introduction by Bernard O’Dowd. Melbourne : Alexander McCubbin, 1921. Limited to 200 copies. Quarto, gilt lettered cloth, bookplate to front pastedown, pp 114, tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue guards, in the publisher’s box with colour illustration; this copy with a presentation inscription on the…
Ancient and modern various usages; of Tokio Japan
Tokio : Y. T. R. Morito, 1885. Octavo, Japanese wrappers (a little foxed), stitchbound, in the rare printed paper slipcase, pp. , folded leaves, printed in colour, a very fine copy. Text in Japanese and English. Housed in a custom Japanese box. An utterly charming guide to Japanese customs in…
A new, accurate and compleat terrestrial globe,
accompanying the Geographical Magazine. Originally laid down by Mr. James Ferguson, F. R. S. Improv’d by G. Wright, and made by W. Bardin, Fleet Street, London. Published as the act directs by Harrison & Co., No. 18 Paternoster Row, Augt. 1st, 1783 (cartouche). Published by G. Wright & W. Bardin Jan’y…
Verve : revue artistique et littéraire, 1937-1960
Paris : Éditions de la revue Verve, 1937-1960. Complete set of French first editions, 38 numbers bound in 26 volumes, folio, as issued, original pictorial boards (some rubbing and bumping to the corners) or stiff wrappers (occasional light creasing and wear to spine ends; no. 4 in slipcase, rubbed and…
Book of Hours (Use of Rouen)
Northern France (Rouen), c. 1490-1510. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment; with 4 large miniatures with architectural borders, 10 large arch-topped miniatures, 8 small miniatures, and 24 calendar miniatures by a follower of the Master of the Échevinage of Rouen and the Playfair Hours Master, with borders by Jean Serpin. ii (paper)…
Amateur watercolour drawings of fungi. Hazel Grove, Lancaster, circa 1860.
Watercolour on artist’s paper, 230 x 155 mm, signed and dated lower right ‘Hazel Grove. July 31st, J. Harker’; [together with] Unused bookplate of Dr. John Harker, Lancaster. Lithograph printed, 110 x 70 mm; scattered foxing. Dr. John Harker – though not the most accomplished watercolorist – was a keen amateur…
Cosmographia Petri Apiani,
per Gemmam Frisivm apud Lovanienses medicum & mathematicum insignem, iam demum ab omnibus vindicata mendis, ac nonnullis quoque locis aucta. Additis eiusdem argumenti libellis ipsius Gemmae Frisii. [Antwerp] : Vaeneunt Antuerpiae sub scuto Basiliensi, Gregorio Bontio, 1545. Quarto, (220 x 150 mm), later full vellum with manuscript title to spine, collection…
[GOLD RUSH; ABORIGINES] Fra Australien. Reiseskizzer af Bob.
Kjøbenhavn : Forlagsbureauet i Kjøbenhaven, 1862. First (and only) edition. Quarto, contemporary cloth backed papered boards (corners worn), original pictorial wrappers bound in, pp 55, illustrated with numerous wood engravings, many full-page, including several of the Victorian goldfields after S.T.Gill; text in Danish, in double columns; a very good copy in…
Voyage de la Pérouse autour du monde, publié conformément au Décret du 22 Avril 1791, et rédigé par M. L. A. Milet-Mureau.
Paris : de l’Imprimerie de la République, 1797. Four volumes quarto, (315 mm tall) and atlas volume (605 mm tall, 450 mm wide); the five volumes bound in matching contemporary half-crushed morocco, spines lettered and tooled in gilt, marbled boards, a fine period binding; with full wide margins, vol. I…
The Aborigines of Victoria : with notes relating to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and Tasmania compiled from various sources for the Government of Victoria.
Melbourne : J. Ferres, Govt. Printer ; and London : George Robertson, Trübner and Co., 1878. First edition. Two volumes, large octavo, original blind blocked blue pebbled cloth over boards (a little sunned), upper boards with gilt device, spines with gilt lettering and device; Vol. 1. lxxii, 483 pp,  leaves of…
杉浦 非水 SIGIURA, Higui (1876 - 1965)
A collection of art deco period catalogues from Mitsukoshi department store, OsakaRead more
OKAMOTO, K. S.
Ancient and modern various usages; of Tokio JapanRead more
RIMBAUD, Arthur; MAPPLETHORPE, Robert
A season in hellRead more
DEAMER, Mary Elizabeth Kathleen Dulcie (1890–1972)
Valley of Bleeding HeartsRead more
Aboriginal King’s Brass Plate (1820). “King Taptalla II.” King of the Terrara Tribe, Shoalhaven River, New South Wales.Read more
THEVENARD, Antoine-Jean-Marie, Vice-Amiral (1733-1815)
[D’ENTRECASTEAUX EXPEDITION] Autograph letter signed by Vice-Admiral Thévenard, advising Roussillon that he is to be appointed surgeon and naturalist on d’Entrecasteaux’s expedition in search of La Pérouse.Read more
HAMELIN, Emmanuel, Amiral (1768-1839)
[BAUDIN EXPEDITION] Autograph testimonial signed by Hamelin, commander of Le Naturaliste, written for one of his junior officers.Read more
Grand jeu de la géographie avec costumes coloriéesRead more
Book Launch : Kindertotenlieder by Bill Henson
Thursday 5 July 2018, 5-7pm
As part of Rare Book Week, Douglas Stewart Fine Books is pleased to present the Australian Launch of Bill Henson’s Kindertotenlieder. Limited to 150 copies, with a 12″ vinyl record of Mahler’s music.
In an outpouring of grief after the death of his children from scarlet fever in 1833, German poet Friedrich Ruckert wrote 428 poems on the deaths of children. 70 years later the composer Gustav Mahler was so moved by these poems that he began work on a song cycle, eventually scoring five of the poems. In 1976 Bill Henson began work on a series of works inspired by Ruckert’s poems and by Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. He continued to work on this series for 40 years.
The artist will be in attendance to sign copies at this book launch. Order your copy here.
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