WHEELER, Dorothy M. (1891 - 1966)
Ink and watercolour, 155 by 580mm., signed lower right, mounted, framed and glazed “In 1916 A. & C. Black published a music book of English Nursery Rhymes, selected and edited by L. Edna Walter. Harmonies were by Lucy E. Broadwood and the illustrations were by Dorothy M. Wheeler. Wheeler (1891-1966) was a fine watercolourist who started her career …
“Cedar Lodge”, Ipswich, Queensland; the residence of Abraham Fitzgibbon, first Commissioner and Chief Engineer of the Queensland Railways.
Circa 1865. Watercolour and pencil on paper, 150 x 210 mm, an unmounted leaf from a sketchbook; unsigned; verso inscribed in ink in a nineteenth century hand ‘The Birthplace of Florence Isabelle Fitz-Gibbon, Cedar Lodge, Ipswich, Queensland’; also inscribed, in the same hand, ‘Returned to our dear Belle’; in fine condition, the tiny crease at top …
SCHARF, Theo (1899-1987)
München : Georg Müller, . Edition limited to 300 hand-numbered examples (this is no. 17). Portfolio, large square folio, original printed papered boards (bowed, foxed and with some staining); the preliminaries comprise two loose double sheets (lightly creased and foxed): pp [1 title], [1 blank], [1 contents], [1 colophon], [2 blank], [2 intoductory text]; followed by …
[NEW ZEALAND] Sketches made by a passenger on board the ship Cape Finisterre, London to Lyttleton, 1878-79
The emigrant ship Cape Finisterre sailed from London in December 1878, and arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand, on 31 March 1879. One of the passengers on board was James J. Ledger, whose hand-illustrated manuscript journal In Search of a Home at the Antipodes documents his voyage experience. Ledger’s important journal is now held in the collection of the …
IMPERIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPANY [METCALFE, Daniel F.]
[Title from contemporary inscription verso]. Brisbane : Imperial Photographic Company, [c.1880]. Photographic panorama comprised of four contiguous albumen prints, each 250 x 280 mm, versos with wet stamp of ‘Imperial Photo. Coy. Brisbane’ and contemporary sequence numbers 1-4 in pencil, number 3 also inscribed with title ‘Brisbane from Observatory in 4 pieces’; the four albumen …
HETZER, William fl. 1850-1867
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 92 x 57 mm (mount 104 x 64 mm); verso with imprint of ‘W. Hetzer’s Photographic Gallery, 287 George Street, Sydney, N.S.W.’; the albumen print is in fine condition; the margins and back of the mount have some light foxing and toning. In 1850 the German-born photographer William Hetzer and his wife Thekla …
BOCK, Alfred (1835-1920)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm, verso of mount with imprint in blue ink of Alfred Bock, City Photographic Establishment, 140 Elizabeth St. Hobart Town; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A superb studio portrait of a wealthy lady wearing a fine taffeta dress. In her left hand she holds what appears …
Albumen print photograph, 130 x 183 mm, laid down on section of a nineteenth century album leaf; the print is in fine condition with rich, dark tones. A splendid image capturing Melburnians at leisure on the foreshore at Brighton. The National Library of Australia holds a copy of the same photograph, which is captioned ‘Brighton …
FRIEND, Donald (1915-1989)
Manuscript in pen, headed Batudjimbar 21 Aug 73, a holograph note in the hand of the artist Donald Friend, addressed to Ernest [Berkelouw], a covering note regarding a group of fifty sketches which Friend has sent to Berkelouw to show a potential publisher, detailing Friend’s financial expectations in the event of a publishing deal being …
DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888); "W.S.E."
Carte de visite with an acrostic laudatory poem to Tasmanian newspaper publisher and editor John Campbell Macdougall
Albumen print photograph of a lithographed poem titled ‘An Acrostic’, dated and initialled in the image ‘Hobart Town, 9th August 1848 / W.S.E.’, carte de visite format, 105 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Artist & Photographer, by Appointment, 66 & 68 King William St., Adelaide / Prize Medal, Universal Exhibition 1867’; both the …
[s.l. : s.n., circa 1880]. Glass microscope slide, 77 x 27 mm, maker’s small paper label with manuscript ‘Hairs of Australian Oppossum (sic)’; in fine condition.
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 64 x 105 mm; no photographer’s imprint; verso with contemporary caption in ink ‘View of Government House, Perth, West. Australia’; the albumen print somewhat faded, the mount free from foxing. Government House, Perth was completed in 1864. This photograph of the Jacobean Revival style building was taken by …
[BREWER & CO.]
[Hong Kong] : [Brewer & Co.], [c.1920]. “Series 1.” Twelve silver gelatin photographs, in format 60 x 85 mm, no photographer’s imprint, most with handwritten captions in the negative, versos blank; contained loose within their original printed card mailing envelope, 70 x 90 mm, with a George V Hong Kong four cent postage stamp placed in the …
WYATT, William (1838-1872)
[South Australia], 1862. Title from artist’s caption. Ink wash on wove paper, 90 x 160 mm; signed and dated lower right ‘Wm. Wyatt J[unior] d[epinxit]. 1862.’; in good condition, with a tiny spot of restoration to the outline of the hill at upper left; mounted in a recent glazed timber frame. William Wyatt, sketcher, watercolourist and lithographer, was …
CAIRE, Nicholas James (1837-1918)
Circa 1895. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original printed label affixed to one of the paper borders, ‘Settler’s hut, Gippsland’; in good condition. A striking image of a settler’s primitive slab and bark hut, taken by the photographer Nicholas Caire, noted for his views of the rugged mountain bush …
HILL, Nathaniel (1708 - 1768)
A rare eighteenth century globe showing the Australian coastline prior to Cook’s discoveries, and with the tracks of the voyage of Anson. [London : Nathaniel Hill, 1754]. Terrestrial pocket globe, 2 ¾ inches in diameter, engraved gores over plaster and wooden sphere, small areas of expert repair to the polar regions and South Atlantic; in the original publisher’s …
PLIMER, Nathaniel, 1757-1822, attributed
A portrait miniature of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brisbane, sixth Governor of New South Wales, 1821-1825
A fine portrait of a distinguished administrator whose political and social legacies were of immense importance in the shaping of the Colony of New South Wales. Portraits of such significant early Australian figures are of the utmost rarity. [Attributed to Nathaniel Plimer, probably 1803-1804]. Portrait on ivory, in its original nine-carat gold mount, 70 x 53 mm; verso of …
HACK, Maria (1777-1844), attributed
A geographical panorama : exhibiting characteristic representations of the scenery and inhabitants of various regions.
A very rare toy for children with exquisite aquatint renderings of scenes from around the globe, including views of Oonalaska (after Webber) and the Society Islands (after Parkinson) from Cook’s voyages. London : Harvey and Darton, 1822. Mahogany box, 300 x 260 x 90 mm, sliding lid with engraved title sheet (worn), the underside of …
LACY, George, 1816-1878, attributed
An unpublished work attributed to an artist active on the New South Wales and Victorian goldfields in the 1850s and 1860s. [New South Wales or Victoria, circa 1860]. Ink wash on paper, 250 x 185 mm, laid down on a nineteenth century gilt-edged album leaf; initialled in the image at lower left ‘G.L.’; the work is …
[Possibly Frederick FRITH, 1819-1871]
Ivorytype portrait of Laura Lilias Scratchley, wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Scratchley, Melbourne, January 1863.
This masterful portrait of the beautiful Laura Lilias Scratchley, sister of Thomas Alexander Browne (the author ‘Rolf Boldrewood’), was created when she was 19 years and 4 months old, soon after her marriage to Lieutenant-Colonel Scratchley of the Victorian Artillery (later Sir Peter Scratchley, colonial administrator). It is an extremely rare Australian example – the earliest known – of a …
RIEMER, Gustav Adolph, 1842-1899
Tagebuchs-Auszug betreffend die Reise S.M.S. “Hertha” nach Ost-Asien und den Sudsee-Inseln, 1874-1877.
A great photographic rarity, Gustav Riemer’s self-published album of original photographs from the voyage of the SMS Hertha to the Far East, the Pacific and Australia includes many important ethnographic images, among them a series of portraits of Aboriginal groups taken at King George Sound, Western Australia in 1877. Teplitz : G. Riemer, 1878. Folio, original embossed …
LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas, 1860-1933
An important archive of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.
William Thomas Lingwood Smith was a Detective Photographer in the South Australian Police Force from 1888 until his retirement in 1922. As early as 1894 he also pioneered fingerprinting in Australia, becoming an expert in the Criminal Investigation Branch of the South Australian Police Department. The quality of his little-known, non-commercial photographic portraits of indigenous people …
[SCOTT, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912]
An album of photographs documenting Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, 1910-1913; [together with] A manuscript plan of the Discovery, and two letters of Scott relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04.
1. A rare photographic chronicle of the most celebrated expedition in the history of polar exploration, Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, officially known as the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. Album of press photographs by various English and New Zealand agencies, 1910-1913. Small folio (310 x 220 mm), original green cloth boards (rubbed and …
LUSHINGTON, Reginald Francis, 1890-1961
Lushington was one of only four Australians captured by the Turks at Gallipoli on April 25 1915. This unique extra-illustrated copy of his memoir bears the ownership inscriptions of his mother, to whom the book is dedicated. Bedford : F.R. Hockliffe ; London : Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd., 1923. Octavo, original cloth backed papered …
MAN RAY; MIRO; ALECHINSKY; ERNST; ARMAN et al.
A stunning tribute to the great Dadaist, Duchamp, by his leading artistic contemporaries and close friends. Paris : Éditions Georges Visat, 1971. Folio, folding blue cloth portfolio with silver embroidered lettering ‘MD’ in matching slipcase, housing a blind-lettered card folio, housing fourteen folded paper sections, the first being the title sheet and colophon, the other …
SHEAD, Garry, b. 1942
The artist’s own copy of his most significant series of original prints. Canberra : printed at Studio One Print Workshop, 1994. Cloth box with gilt-lettered morocco title label, 418 x 444 mm, containing the complete set of 15 etchings and aquatints, and an additional work ‘The Dream’ which was not included in the final portfolio; …
Unknown Indigenous maker.
An important transitional object made by a member of the Indigenous community at La Perouse, bearing a graphic depiction of the arrival of Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour in Botany Bay in April 1770. [La Perouse, New South Wales : unknown maker, probably between 1932 and 1939]. Decorated wooden shield in traditional form, 350 x 145 x 65 …
[TASMANIA] A daguerreotype portrait of a woman wearing a bonnet and Paisley pattern dress, identified as “Mary Ann Fielding of Australia”
[Australia? : s.n., circa 1860]. Ninth plate daguerreotype, exposed image 56 x 43 mm, still sealed in its original pressed copper mat and frame, 71 x 55 mm; verso with the original leather backing inscribed in an early twentieth century hand ‘Mary Ann Fielding of Australia. Mother’s namesake’; original string for suspension; the daguerreotype is intact, with scattered tarnishing beneath the cover …
A significant unofficial photographic record of the Western Front in 1918, taken with a private camera by a young Australian soldier from Perth; a total of 267 photographs contained in four albums. Private Laurence Lee, 7994, 16th Battalion, 27th Reinforcement, A.I.F., a labourer from Western Australia, enlisted at Perth on 29 August 1917, at the age of 19. His …
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 67 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with a contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Costume of the diggers in P.D. All the gentlemen dress just like they do in Melbourne. Mr. Solomon’, and dated in pencil in the same hand ‘September 19th 1875’; the albumen print has lost some contrast …
O'GRADY, Frederick Standish, 6th Viscount Guillamore (1847-1927)
[NEW ZEALAND] Commonplace album of Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1860s – circa 1900.
A fascinating treasure trove that constitutes a time capsule of four decades – one of them spent in New Zealand – in the life of an Irish aristocrat of the late nineteenth century. Nineteenth century commonplace album. Folio, original marbled papered boards (heavily worn, lacking most of the leather backstrip), containing 160 pages completely filled with original manuscript material, ink …
WYATT, William (1838-1872)
[South Australia], 1862. Title from artist’s caption. Ink wash on wove paper, 80 x 180 mm; initialled and dated lower right ‘W.W. 62’; in fine condition, mounted in a recent glazed timber frame. William Wyatt, sketcher, watercolourist and lithographer, was born in the Colony of South Australia in 1838, the son of William Wyatt (Senior), surgeon, …
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (mount 103 x 65 mm); verso with contemporary inscription in ink ‘Annette M. Kellerman, Marrickville 1888’; no photographer’s imprint; the albumen print is lightly rubbed, with scattered mottling in the negative; the gilt-edged mount has been trimmed along the bottom edge. A hitherto unknown family photograph of the young …
GIBSON, Andrew Lucian (Scotland, 1796 - "Tirranna", near Goulburn, 1840)
Sketches made during the Napoleonic Wars and later (c.1815-1821), by military surgeon Dr. Andrew Gibson, founder of Tirranna station near Goulburn, New South Wales
Nine leaves removed from a small early nineteenth century sketchbook, trimmed to various dimensions up to 160 x 100 mm, eight with watercolour and pencil vignettes and manuscript captions in ink, one with manuscript bearing the artist’s name, ‘Andrew Lucian Gibson’, laid down on a later nineteenth century backing sheet, 380 x 320 mm; in very good condition, with some mild …
FORREST, Charles, Lieutenant (1809-1874)
Leaf from an artist’s sketchbook, 230 x 285 mm, unsigned; in fine condition, in an archival mat; verso of leaf with an unfinished pencil sketch by the same artist, depicting early settlers and wooden dwellings in the Australian bush; affixed to the back of the mat is the following typed declaration by a descendant of the artist, …
[Melbourne : Maker unknown, circa 1900]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original paper label with typed caption and sequence number, 23. The Hanging Rock, Woodend, Victoria; in fine condition. A beautiful photographic view of one of the most romanticised natural attractions in Victoria.
Artist unknown [after ANGAS, George French; HAINSSELIN, Henry]
Four early watercolour portraits of Australian Aborigines after lithographs by George French Angas and Henry Hainsselin.
[Australia? : c.1846]. Four individual watercolour head-and-shoulder portraits, each approximately 110 x 90 mm, on sheet 400 x 325 mm, paper watermarked J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1846; the artist’s captions in pencil beneath each portrait read (anti-clockwise from top right): Kertamaroo / King John; Mocata (his wife); Native of Gipps Land, Victoria; Yonki Yonka, Native of Western …
B. STEIN & CO.
Perth : B. Stein & Co., Barrack Street, [c.1880]. Square octavo, original cloth backed blue pebbled cloth boards with gilt lettering and ornament (some wear to the edges and corners), containing a concertina foldout with  panels of leporello views of Western Australia, each 180 x 140 mm, including panoramic views of Perth, Fremantle and Albany; …
DELAUNAY, Sonia (1885-1979)
[SONIA DELAUNAY] Trial design in gouache for the cover of Robes poèmes (Paris : Jacques Damase, 1969)
Gouache on artist’s board, dimensions 320 x 257 mm; verso with a second design (uncompleted); [together with] Sonia Delaunay. Robes poèmes. [Also titled]. Sonia Delaunay 27 tableaux vivants. Paris : Jacques Damase, 1969. Quarto (285 x 195 mm), blue cloth boards with design by Delaunay, in concertina format with 27 full page pochoir illustrations after original designs …
DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63, verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Photographer to His Excellency, 66 King William St., Adelaide’, and an inscription in a contemporary hand ‘Sarah Jacob / Born April 21st 1851 / Anne (sic) Jacob / Born Dec. 17 1853’; both the albumen print and mount are …
[MEAGHER, Thomas Francis, 1823-67]
[U.S.A. : s.n., circa 1865. Albumen print photograph of a painting or drawing, carte de visite format (102 x 61 mm), printed caption below image ‘Maj. Gen. Meagher’; no studio imprint; in fine condition. Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-67) was a prominent figure in the 1848 Irish Rebellion, during which he was captured by the British and arrested …
CAIRE, Nicholas James (1837-1918)
Circa 1895. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original printed label affixed to one of the paper borders, ‘Group of Natives, Victoria’; in good condition. An exterior portrait of an Aboriginal group in European clothing at Lake Tyers Mission, in far eastern Victoria. The image was taken by the photographer …
MAGUIRE, Alva; BENDIGO ART GALLERY
Bendigo : Bendigo Art Gallery, 2013. Oblong octavo, decorative wrappers, 135 pp, mostly full-page colour photographic illustrations of J.H. Jones’ wonderful stereoviews of the Victorian goldfields region, Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula, taken in the 1860s; essay by curator, Alva Maguire; an as new copy of this fine catalogue produced for the Bendigo Art Gallery’s exhibition …
Original collage of carefully cut-out coloured papers, 595 x 397 mm, titled lower centre ‘Carlton & United Breweries Ltd / Melbourne Victoria Australia’, signed in pencil lower right ‘Dennis Ogden 83’. A stunning modernist design, of two young men enjoying a beverage on St Kilda Pier, Melbourne, with the historic kiosk (sadly now burnt down …
Zwickau [Germany] : b.d. Gebr.[üder] Schumann, c. 1815 – 1830. Stipple engraving, 185 x 115 mm, foxing to margins, Engraved by Remon. One of a series of portraits of famous historical identities. Very loosely based on Dance’s portrait, with a cartoon-like result.
DAILY MAIL NEWSPAPER (Staff photographer)
Press photograph, printing out paper, glossy print, 215 x 165 mm, verso with a Daily Mail (U.K.) journalist’s typed description of the photograph pasted down, accompanied by what are evidently contemporary annotations made by an unidentified American newspaper’s editorial staff, including the word ‘Negroes’, and the newspaper’s date stamp of ‘Jun 21 1930’; the print has a light …
McCOOK, Winifred (1923-2015)
[Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea, c.1965]. Black and white photograph on glossy paper, 75 x 105 mm; verso inscribed in Tok Pisin by one of the boys in the portrait, for the photographer, Australian anthropogist and lawyer Winifred McCook: ‘Mi laikim sampela pato bilong papa na mama na susa brata bilom yu tu. Mi gat lupela …
JOHNSTONE, O'SHANNESSY & CO.
Photographic portrait of Margaret Lorigan, teacher at the Victorian Deaf and Dumb Institute, Melbourne, 1871.
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 63 mm, with the imprint of the Melbourne studio of Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co.; verso inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand: ‘M. Lorigan. April 5th 1871’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A lovely vignette portrait of Miss Margaret Lorigan, who was appointed assistant to the …
PHILP, James E. (lithographer) (1830 - 1865)
Tinted lithograph, 555 x 385 (sheet), marks to extreme margins, else fine. Printed in Melbourne by James Fergusson, circa 1857. Tiffin & Davidson were the architects. The foundation stone was laid on 31 July 1856 and the opening service was held on 16 August 1857.
HAWAII. POSTAL ADMINISTRATION.
The Postal Administration of Hawaii sends the Compliments of the Season. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, 1884-5.
San Francisco : Schmidt, Label & Lith. Co., . Lithographed greeting card, 113 x 158 mm, illustrated with vignette views of the Royal Palace, Honolulu, and Hawaiian coastal scenes; recto addressed in manuscript ‘Bishop & Co.’; verso inscribed ‘Compliments of Registry Clerk’; corners a little soft, else fine. A very early and scarce Hawaiian official greeting …