• # 20599


    Christian mission collection box illustrated with the portrait of a young Aboriginal woman, possibly from Poonindie Mission, South Australia.

    London : Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, [probably between 1855 and 1860]. Wooden collection box, 120 x 67 x 65 mm, original yellow-papered sides with printed text; the lid with coin-slot and legend ‘Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Incorporated by King William III in the …

  • # 19887

    SHAKESPEARE, William

    The dramatick writings of Will. Shakspere,

    with the notes of all the various commentators; printed complete from the best editions of Sam. Johnson and Geo. Steevens. London : John Bell, 1786. Together with the Annotations, John Bell, 1787. Eighteen volumes (in nineteen), duodecimo (14.5 cm), contemporary full tree calf, gilt border, contrasting morocco title labels to spines, gilt tooling, engraved plates, …

  • # 19900


    A rare woodblock map of Canton published as a fan.

    [Canton : Ch’uan Chi (?), circa 1870]. Woodblock map of the city of Canton, 300 x 450 mm (opened), hand painted bamboo covers; a few paper reinforcements, otherwise fine condition. A remarkable survivor that creates the illusion of having the city of Canton in the palm of the hand.  From the eighteenth century onwards, Cantonese artisans …

  • # 19307

    GREIG, Brian

    The Southern Skies Orrery

    A handmade working orrery by master instrument maker Brian Greig, Melbourne, circa 1991, based on a design by W. S. Jones, London, early 19th century. Melbourne : Souther Skies, circa 1991. Ebonised timber stand on three turned wooden legs, engraved circular zodiac plate, model spheres of the sun and the first six planets (to Saturn), …

  • # 18054

    George Philips and Son

    Philips’ 18 inch merchant shippers’ globe

    London : George Philips and Son, circa 1925. Terrestrial globe, measuring 18 inches (46cm) in diameter, 36 half gores over plaster sphere, printed in colour (some restoration and overpainting), the equator graduated in degrees, the major shipping lines and distances between major cities marked, mounted on a calibrated brass meridian ring, sitting on brass rollers within …

  • # 19082

    HESLOP, Robert

    Copper halfpenny token for Robert Heslop, dealer in natural curiosities, Finsbury Square, London, 1790s.

    London : Robert Heslop, n.d. [c.1795]. Æ halfpenny, diameter 29.7 mm. Obverse: A male contortionist and a monkey. Around the perimeter: CAN YOU DO SO. Reverse: An inscription on six lines THE FIRST SHOP IN LONDON FOR NATURAL CURIOSITYS PAINTINGS COINS COLOURS FOR ARTISTS &c. Around the perimeter: R. HESLOP NO. 86 CHISWELL STREET FINSBURY …

  • # 19088

    BOULTER, Daniel (1740-1802); BOULTER, Joseph (1743-1819); BOULTER, John (1745-1816)

    Copper halfpenny token for Daniel Boulter’s ‘Exhibition of natural and artificial curiosities’, Yarmouth, Norfolk, 1796.

    Yarmouth : Joseph, Daniel and John Boulter, 1796. Æ halfpenny, diameter 29.8 mm. Obverse: A female seated holding a scroll inscribed BOULTER’S EXHIBITION OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL CURIOSITIES. In ex. YARMOUTH in a straight line. Reverse: Three figures symbolising Asia, Africa and America presenting various curiosities to Britannia, who is recording them in a book. …

  • # 17289

    A large Victorian English mahogany serving tray

    English, circa 1850. Turned mahogany, 600 mm in diameter, pair of brass handles, remains of maker’s label, felt-lined. A handsome Victorian serving tray, turned from a single piece of mahogany, perfect for use or display in a library setting.

  • # 18440

    [WARD, Lester Rupert]

    A family’s memorial to a fallen ANZAC from Echuca, Victoria, killed in action in France in October 1917.

    Hand-painted calligraphic inscription on wooden board, 55 x 24 cm; initials in gold leaf; original varnish; verso with brass hook; in fine condition. A moving memorial to their son commissioned by the loving family of 735 Corporal John “Jack” Thomas Stanley, C Company, 21st Battalion, A.I.F., from Echuca, Victoria, who served at Gallipoli and was …

  • # 17306

    BARDIN, William (c.1740-1798)

    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 1st 1782 (inscription at South …

  • # 18847

    Maker unknown.

    A pair of Chinese export camphorwood and leather trunks with brass mountings circa 1850

    The large trunk measuring 104 x 52 x 49 cm, working lock and key, with stencilled writing ‘… Melbourne, berth 57, 58. Not wanted on voyage’ (the name of the ship and port of origin have been erased); the smaller trunk measuring 63.5 x 31.5 x 26 cm, with the brass name plaque of ‘Mr. …

  • # 18666

    Maker unknown.

    Aboriginal King’s Brass Plate (1820). “King Taptalla II.” King of the Terrara Tribe, Shoalhaven River, New South Wales.

    [Title from mid nineteenth-century manuscript note]. Brass breastplate or gorget, crescentic, maximum diameter 140 mm, anterior with engraved lettering KING TAPTALLA II, foliage motif repeated at each of the upper corners, emu and kangaroo dos-à-dos at the centre (design only partially completed); diagonal cut mark running from lower left to upper right edge; the surface has been …

  • # 17965


    Newton’s new & improved terrestrial globe containing the latest discoveries

    London : Newton & Son, circa 1840. Terrestrial globe 6 inches in diameter, handcoloured printed gores over plaster base, graduated equator band, the oceans with an analemma, supported on a contemporary stand of turned cedar with brass axis. A very good example. A fine early mid nineteenth century table globe with Antarctic detail such as the …

  • # 18176


    Japanese merchant’s catalogue of Chinese export furniture, with original mounted photographs.

    [Japan] : M. Takamatsu, [c.1910]. Quarto, 250 x 190 mm, bound in Japanese folding accordion style, in the original wooden boards (textile coverings perished), wet stamp of the merchant ‘M. Takamatsu’ to front and rear pastedowns, comprising [38] leaves of thick card with 152 sepia printing-out paper photographs of Chinese export furniture, probably destined for …

  • # 17435

    Weber Costello

    Weber Costello 12 inch globe

    Chicago : Weber Costello, circa 1930. Terrestrial globe 8 inches in diameter, colour printed gores over pasteboard base, graduated equator, ecliptic and Greenwich meridian, the oceans with an analemma, ocean currents, calibrated brass meridian ring, supported on the original turned wooden stand. A very good example with a couple of small dents expertly conserved. A good sized …

  • # 17700

    HAMMER, Armand

    The quest of the Romanoff treasure. (Presentation copy inscribed by the author)

    New York : William Farquhar Payson, 1932. First edtition. Octavo, buff-coloured linen boards (sunned and lightly foxed) with gilt stamped Imperial Russian crest (the Romanov double-headed eagle) to upper board, gilt lettered spine; pastedowns with offsetting, rear hinge a little weak; a presentation copy, inscribed on the front free-endpaper ‘To Roy E. Tilles, with all …