Art Books

  • # 16525

    GELLERT, Leon (1892-1977); LINDSAY, Norman (1876-1969)

    The Isle of San

    A phantasy by Leon Gellert with five original etchings by Norman Lindsay. Sydney : Art in Australia, 1919. Folio, quarter-vellum over green cloth (a few light marks), pp 139 with initials printed in red, frontispiece portrait after an etching by Lindsay, five original large etchings with lettered tissue-guards by Norman Lindsay, each signed in full …

  • # 16382

    NORTON, Rosaleen (2 October 1917 – 5 December 1979); GREENLEES, Gavin

    The art of Rosaleen Norton : with poems by Gavin Greenlees (Signed by Norton and Greenlees)

    Sydney : Walter Glover, 1952. ‘This edition limited to one thousand copies, three hundred and fifty of which are bound in leather and six hundred and fifty with fabric. The first twenty copies include an original coloured work by Miss Norton. The number of this copy is 461’ (colophon). Quarto, red cloth boards (some fading) …

  • # 16315

    HUGHES, Robert (1938 - 2012)

    The art of Australia : a critical survey (Eric Westbrook’s copy)

    Melbourne: Penguin Books, 1966. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (lightly creased and rubbed along spine), 314pp. illustrated. A very good copy of the withdrawn first edition. With the ownership inscription on the half-title of Eric Westbrook (1915 – 2015), Director of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1956 – 1973. The Art of Australia has been continuously …

  • # 16312

    LESLIE, C. R.

    Memoirs of the life of John Constable, Esq. R. A.

    Composed chiefly of his letters. London : James Carpenter, 1843. First edition. Quarto, gilt-lettered half diced morocco over cloth, etched bookplate for Edgar Blackstock to front pastedown, mezzotint frontispiece portrait of Constable by Lucas, pp. [ii]; 152; a further 22 magnificent mezzotint engravings by David Lucas after Constable’s paintings, light scattered foxing, a good copy. …

  • # 16093

    SHIRLEY, Andrew

    The published mezzotints of David Lucas after John Constable, R. A.

    A catalogue and historical account by the Hon. Andrew Shirley, M. A. sometime assistant keeper in the Department of Fine Art, Ashmolean Museum. Oxford : at the Clarendon Press, 1930. Quarto, gilt-decorated cloth (some minor marks but a bright copy), endpapers foxed, portrait frontispiece, pp. xi, errata slip, 271, numerous black and white plates. A …

  • # 16366

    [BOURGEOIS, Lousie]

    Louise Bourgeois

    Melbourne : National Gallery of Victoria, 1995. Quarto, pictorial wrappers, hinges splitting (fragile glue), pp. 52. Illustrated in colour and black and white, with introduction by Jason Smith and essay by Robert Storr.

  • # 16514

    [Warringah Printmakers Studio]; ANSON, Jennifer

    Natural Collection

    Sydney : Warringah Printmakers Studio, 2017. Elephant folio with printed wrappers, housed in buckram clam shell case with matching printed lining, in printed calico bag. A publication of twenty-nine prints of varying method, showing flora and fauna of Northern Sydney, accompanied by artists’ statements and scientific descriptions. Limited to an edition of 10 copies, with signatures …

  • # 16114

    VALENTINI, Agostini

    I Freschi delle Loggie Vaticane inventati da Raffaele Sanzio

    Illustrati per cura di Agostino Valentini. Rome : Agostino Valentini, n.d.. Folio, publisher’s illustrated papered boards (slightly marked but very good), engraved title page, pp. 42; [2]; 41 steel-engraved plates illustrating Raphael’s frescoes in the Vatican Loggia. Some very light, sparse foxing, else a very good clean copy.

  • # 16470

    DOBSON, Rosemary (1920-2012); CROOKE, Ray (artist)

    [RAY CROOKE] Cock crow : poems by Rosemary Dobson.

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1965. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s black cloth boards with gilt lettered spine, in well-preserved dust jacket designed by Ray Crooke; later ex libris to front pastedown; pp. 48; a fine copy. The fourth published collection of poetry by renowned Sydney poet and editor Rosemary Dobson.

  • # 16670

    STEWART, Douglas (1913-1985)

    The Birdsville Track and other poems

    Sydney : Halstead Press, 1955. First edition. Octavo, original red cloth over papered boards, gilt lettering to spine, in dust jacket with Norman Lindsay illustration across front and back panels (spine sunned), previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, front free-endpaper with gift inscription in biro and bookseller’s notes in pencil, Norman Lindsay cover illustration reproduced across …

  • # 16188

    HABY, Gracia and JENNISON, Louise [Gracia & Louise]

    Find your place

    [Melbourne] : the artists, 2007. Artist’s book, 110 mm tall, consisting of 22 page concertina offset lithograph by Gracia Haby, bound by Louise Jennison, initalled by Haby. Printed in an edition of 10 copies, this is the single Artist’s Proof. Exhibited as part of A trapdoor in every room (2007), and later as part of …

  • # 16369


    The art of John Peter Russell

    Melbourne: Sun Books, 1977. Quarto, illustrated card wrappers, previous owners’ inscription on endpaper, 124pp. illustrated. Illustrated throughout in colour.

  • # 16368

    [BOYD, Arthur]

    Arthur Boyd : The emerging artist

    Melbourne : Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 2001. Oblong quarto, pictorial wrappers, pp. 48. Illustrated extensively in colour, with five essays on Boyd’s works.

  • # 16367

    Fred Williams : Pilbara feelings

    Melbourne : Ian Potter Museum of Art, 2000. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 44. Colour illustrations throughout.

  • # 16362

    Empty Rooms (presentation copy to Albert Tucker)

    Francetown [USA] : Typographeum, 1990. Octavo, cloth boards with paper label to spine, unpaginated, printed letterpress. Limited to 75 copies. Presentation copy from the author to fellow Angry Penguin Albert Tucker, signed by Kershaw and inscribed ‘For Albert Tucker, with affection and admiration, Alister 10.iv.92’. Tucker illustrated Kershaw’s book of verse ‘Excellent Stranger’ in Melbourne …

  • # 16190

    HABY, Gracia and JENNISON, Louise [Gracia & Louise]

    Those two daring pirates

    [Melbourne] : the artists, 2004. Artist’s book, 180 mm tall, 22 page concertina offset lithograph with original hand colouring, bound in coloured fabric, initialled by the artists. Printed in an edition of 30 copies with one artist’s proof. A colourful celebration of the cultural life of New Orleans, Louisiana. “[These two daring pirates] is Gracia Haby …

  • # 16187

    HABY, Gracia and JENNISON, Louise [Gracia & Louise]

    Because I like you

    [Melbourne] : the artists, 2016. Artist’s book, consisting of title sheet, contents sheet, 10 cards each printed with an original woodblock and collage sourced from Edwardian postcards, all housed in a custom linen solander box with collage and woodblock inlays. Created in an edition of 10 copies, each unique with a different assortment of collages. …

  • # 16186

    HABY, Gracia and JENNISON, Louise [Gracia & Louise]

    Your nimble tread

    [Melbourne] : the artists, 2016-17. Artist’s book, consisting of title card, six cards of text, 8 original nineteenth century cartes de visite with individual collages, paint and pencil additions by Gracia Haby, 8 accompanying original pencil drawings on card by Louise Jennison which follow the photographs, colophon sheet with artists’ initials, all housed in a …

  • # 16155

    TURNER, J. M. W. (1775 - 1851)

    Liber fluviorum; or, river scenery of France.

    Depicted in sixty-one line engravings from drawings by J. M. W. Turner, R. A. with descriptive letter-press by Leitch Ritchie : an a biographical sketch by Alaric A. Watts. London : Henry Bohn, 1853. Octavo, gilt-decorated cloth (rebacked, preserving original spine), all edges gilt, new endpapers, engraved title page, pp. lvi; 336; 61 steel-engraved plates …

  • # 16152

    SMITH, Geoffrey

    Russell Drysdale 1912 – 81

    Melbourne : National Gallery of Victoria, 1997. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 200, illustrated. A fine copy.

  • # 16095

    MILLAIS, John Everett (1829 - 1896)

    Millais’s Illustrations. A collection of drawings on wood

    London and New York : Alexander Strahan, 1866. Quarto, later buckram, preserving front panel of original cloth binding, title label to spine, new endpapers, pp. vi; 80 plates of wood engravings after Millais. A collection of illustrations after the pre-Raphaelite illustrator.

  • # 16082

    ADEMA, Pierre-Marcel; DECAUDIN, Michel

    Album Apollinaire : iconographie [Presentation copy for Sonia Delaunay]

    Réunie et commentée par Pierre-Marcel Adéma et Michel Décaudin. [Paris] : Gallimard, [1971]. First edition. Small octavo, limp full leather with gilt decorated and lettered spine, pictorial dust jacket; a presentation copy, the half title inscribed by the authors for the artist Sonia Delaunay ‘A Madame Sonia Delaunay, en souvenir de simultaneisme, avec le sincère hommage …

  • # 15930

    FRYBERGER, Betsy et al.

    Picasso : graphic magician. Prints from the Norton Simon Museum

    London : Philip Wilson Publishers, 1998. Quarto, boards in dust jacket, pp. 175, extensively illustrated. A detailed study of Picasso’s printmaking.

  • # 16117


    The life and work of Russell Drysdale

    Sydney : Bay Books, 1983. Large Quarto, publisher’s gilt lettered black cloth, in pictorial dust-jacket; pp 383, illustrated throughout in black and white and colour; light foxing to half title and rear endpaper, otherwise a fine copy.

  • # 16408

    WALSER, Robert (1878-1956); WALSER, Karl (illustrator)


    Zürich : Max Rascher Verlag, 1919. Limited de luxe edition of 600 numbered copies; this copy is no. 232, one of 500 on fine wood-free paper; signed on the colophon by the artist, Karl Walser. Small quarto, original grey cloth boards lettered in gilt (upper board somewhat faded), spine with gilt lettering and ornament (sunned), …

  • # 16423

    CRAIG, Clifford

    The engravers of Van Diemen’s Land

    Launceston : Tasmanian Historical Research Association, 1961. Edition limited to 1000 numbered and signed copies (no. 343). Large octavo, pictorial cloth boards, x, 172 pp, illustrated with black and white plates, a minimal amount of speckling to top and fore-edges, a very good copy.

  • # 16381

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)


    Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979. Large, thick folio (395mm tall) bound in gilt-decorated calf by the Dove Bindery, Melbourne, in a decorated and felt-lined clamshell box, illustrated endpapers, 292pp. profusely illustrated with Norman Lindsay illustrations, pale foxing to fore-edge, else very good. Limited to 527 copies signed and numbered by Jane Lindsay (the artist’s daughter). …

  • # 16119

    LESCURE, Jean

    Album Malraux : iconographie [inscribed by Madeleine Malraux]

    [Paris] : Gallimard, 1986. A presentation copy from André Malraux’s widow, the concert pianist Madeleine Malraux, inscribed on the half title for the art publisher Jacques Damase. Small octavo, limp full leather, spine with gilt ornaments and title; pp 364; illustrated with black and white photographic plates throughout; a fine association copy. Essentially a photographic …

  • # 16435


    Exhibition of oil paintings by Arthur Streeton. Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 1927

    [Exhibition title: Landscape with variations]. Sydney : The Macquarie Galleries, 1927. Duodecimo,  6 pp (scattered foxing). List of 28 works with dimensions and prices.

  • # 16388

    BLACKMAN, Charles; AMADIO, Nadine

    Paris Dreaming (deluxe edition with original etching)

    A celebration of a city of imagination. The Paris Drawings of Charles Blackman. Sydney: Reed, 1982. Folio, gilt-decorated and lettered full crushed morocco, top edge gilt, 144pp. profusely illustrated. The deluxe edition, limited to 100 numbered copies signed by Blackman and Amadio, specially bound in leather and containing an original signed etching ‘La femme de Paris’ created …

  • # 16370

    PEARCE, Barry.

    A century of Australian landscape : mood and moment.

    Sydney: The Beagle Press, 1983. Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket, 96pp. illustrated throughout.

  • # 16034

    McCRAE, Hugh; LINDSAY, Norman

    Idyllia (presentation copy for Rose McCrae)

    [Sydney]: N.L. Press, [1922]. Large quarto (418 x 355mm) bound in white calf over white papered boards with Norman Lindsay decoration in gold and red (soiled), 35pp. with Lindsay decorations in black highlighted with gilt, further illustrated with five large original Norman Lindsay etchings with titled tissue guards tipped-in, each signed and numbered by the …

  • # 16208

    FRIEND, Donald (1915 - 1989)

    The Farce of Sodom (Donald Friend’s copy)

    By the Right Honourable Earl of Rochester. Written for the Royal Company of Whoremasters, and printed a-new upon the three hundredth anniversary of the untimely demise of our noble author in the thirty-third year of his life. With sets and costumes suitable for theatrical performaces designed by Donald Friend. Melbourne: Gryphon Books, 1980. Large folio, …

  • # 15957

    The Darkening Ecliptic : poems by Ern Malley : paintings by Sidney Nolan [ORIGINAL DRAWING BY NOLAN]

    Preface by Robert Melville. Introduction by Elwyn Lynn. [London] : R. Alistair McAlpine, 1974. Limited edition of 1000 copies, THIS ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES OF THE DE-LUXE EDITION WITH AN ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWING BY SIDNEY NOLAN, this copy out of series, signed on the title page by Sidney Nolan, Robert Melville and Elwyn Lynn. …

  • # 15707

    [LEWERS, Gerald]

    Gerald Lewers Memorial Exhibition

    [s.l.] : [s.n.], 1963. Square octavo, illustrated wrappers, errata slip loosely enclosed, [pp 20]. Illustrated with black and white photographs of Lewers’ sculptures.

  • # 15703

    Gold fever! Life on the diggings 1851~1855

    Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1994. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp 15. Exhibition catalogue for a travelling exhibition presented by the National Library of Australia and Sovereign Hill.

  • # 15709

    [NORRIE, Susan]

    Susan Norrie : Projects 1990-1995

    Melbourne : Museum of Modern Art at Heide, 1995. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp 36. Illustrated throughout with photographs of work displayed.

  • # 16306

    FRIEND, Donald (1915 - 1989)

    Songs of the vagabond scholars. With 14 lithographs by Donald Friend. (Donald Friend’s copy)

    With the original Latin and German text and literal translations by Randolph Stow. Introduction by Professor John Scott. Sydney: The Beagle Press, 1982. Folio, 60pp., teal calf in slipcase (a few small marks), limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. Contains fourteen original lithographs printed by Fred Genis, each measuring 460 …

  • # 15762

    CRAWFORD, Ashley

    Lines of Fire. Works on paper by Tim Storrier.

    Melbourne : Thames & Hudson, 2003. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 128, illustrated.

  • # 16269

    Australian Art Society Second Annual Exhibition

    Sydney : Australian Art Society, 1928. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (pencil numbers on cover), 19pp, 219 works exhibited. Lists works from 54 Australian artists.

  • # 16245

    BOLTON, Ken.

    Blazing Shoes

    Adelaide, Open Dammit, 1984. Oblong duodecimo, illustrated wrappers. pp. [99]. A scarce first edition of 200 copies only printed at the Experimental Art Foundation.

  • # 16293

    URE SMITH, Sydney

    Australian present day art [Signed by Keith Murdoch]

    Sydney : Ure Smith Limited, [1943]. First edition. Octavo, decorated cloth boards (short tear at head of spine), front free endpaper with dedication from newspaper baron Keith Murdoch to the artist and poet Baroness Maie Casey, wife of diplomat Baron R.G. Casey, ‘Maie Casey from Keith Murdoch. One of the many realms in which you …

  • # 16258

    [STREETON, Arthur]. CROLL, R. H.

    Arthur Streeton memorial exhibition

    National Gallery of South Australia, 9th November to 10th December 1944. Adelaide : National Gallery of South Australia, 1944. Quarto, folded sheet, pp. 4, one of two variant editions (this edition printed in black & white), black & white illustration on cover of catalogue number 22, ‘Victoria Tower, Westminster’, essay on Sir Arthur Streeton by R. …

  • # 16298

    [HEYSEN]. DRIDAN, David

    The art of Hans Heysen

    With text and selection of pictures by David Dridan. Adelaide : Rigby Limited, 1966. Oblong quarto, boards in dust jacket, unpaginated, introduction on Heysen, list of plates including 32 in colour and 40 in monochrome, some light foxing to endpapers, otherwise fine.

  • # 16276

    HALL, Rodney

    Focus on Andrew Sibley (signed copy)

    Brisbane : University of Queensland Press, 1968. Quarto, boards in dustjacket (edges rubbed), pp. 70, illustrated, Signed on the title page by the artist. In the ‘Artists in Queensland’ series.

  • # 15767

    McCULLOCH, Alan

    Artists of the Australian gold rush

    Melbourne : Lansdowne Editions, 1977. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. xiii; 214, illustrated. A well researched and scholarly reference.

  • # 16281

    PLANT, Margaret

    John Perceval

    Melbourne : Lansdowne Australian Art Library, 1971. First edition. Quarto, cloth in illustrated dustjacket, 112 pp. with numerous tipped in colour plates; a fine copy.

  • # 16300

    FRIEND, Donald (1915 - 1989)

    Coogan’s Gully : a young person’s guide to bushranging, ecology &​ witchcraft (Signed copy)

    Melbourne : Gryphon, 1979. First edition. Oblong quarto, cloth boards in dustjacket (spine sunned), some damp spots to front endpapers, 58 pp, illustrations include 13 full page in colour, a good copy signed on the half-title by Friend.

  • # 16256

    [ARTHUR STREETON]; National Art Gallery of New South Wales

    Streeton Memorial Exhibition Souvenir Catalogue, National Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1945

    [Sydney] : National Art Gallery of N.S.W., 1945. Large octavo, printed wrappers (lightly marked), 16pp (foxing to inside front and rear covers), illustrated (4 black and white, 4 colour plates). List of 61 works and an essay by Lionel Lindsay.

  • # 15343

    JOHNSON, Vivien

    Michael Jagamara Nelson

    Sydney : Craftsman House, 1997. Quarto, boards in dust jacket, pp. 167, illustrated. A detailed monograph.