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 (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 …
[WINE] William Tyrrell, first Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, New South Wales, and other members of the Tyrrell family, 1860-62
An important group of six early photographic portraits of members of the Tyrrell family, one of the most significant families in the history of the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. William Tyrrell, Bishop, 1807-1879. [Sydney, 1860. Photographer unknown]. Albumen print with hand colouring, 93 x 73 mm (oval), laid down on its original card …
BRADLEY, Edward W.
An archive of correspondence and documents from an American gold miner on the Victorian goldfields, 1853-1868
Edward W. Bradley, a native of Flushing, New York, arrived in Port Phillip via Cape Town in 1853, one of a great number of Americans who joined the Victorian gold rush from 1851 onwards. This recently discovered and unpublished archive of ten of his letters home to his parents charts his progress in the Colony between 1853 and 1868: …
HEXAGON PRODUCTIONS PTY. LTD.
Painted canvas backdrop used in the 1976 Australian film Eliza Fraser, depicting Aborigines attacking a shipwreck survivor
[Melbourne : Hexagon Productions Pty. Ltd., 1976]. Painted canvas, 180 x 200 cm; old folds and surface wear. The large budget 1976 Australian film Eliza Fraser was directed by Tim Burstall and starred Susannah York, Trevor Howard and Noel Ferrier. The screenplay was written by David Williamson, and it was filmed in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. …
LINNE, Carl von (1707 - 1778)
nach der zwölften lateinischen Ausgabe, und nach Anleitung des holländischen Houttuynischen Werks, mit einer ausführlichen Erklärung, ausgefertiget von Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller. Nürnberg : Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1773 – 1776. Octavo, six volumes bound in eight, plus supplement, contemporary half-calf over papered boards, spines in compartments, contrasting gilt-lettered morocco title labels (a little worn but …
[MANUSCRIPT] A Journal or Narrative of the Proceedings betweene the Commissioners appointed by His Majestie, and the Commissioners Deputed by the States Generall, pursuant to the Treaty of Peace made at Westminster 9/19 Ffebruary 1673/4 Concerning a Treaty Marine to be observed throughout all the World. And also an Article particularly relateing to the English and Dutch East India Companyes Concluded in the yeare 1674.
[London, 1674-75]. Folio, old mottled calf gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament, red leather title labels lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; manuscript written in English, Latin, Dutch and French in several contemporary secretarial hands; ff 269; clean and fresh throughout. An important contemporary manuscript record of the Mixed Commission established to draw up a Treaty Marine and …
TOURNON, Charles-Thomas (Carlo Tommaso) Maillard de (1668-1710); THOMAS, Antoine (1644-1709)
[MANUSCRIPTS] Copy of a report by Cardinal Maillard de Tournon sent from Macau to the Propaganda Fide, 1705; [together with] Supplicatio facta Imperatori, being a copy of a document relating to Tournon’s imprisonment at Macau, by Antoine Thomas and others 
Small quarto, recent marbled papered boards with gilt lettered and decorated morocco label to upper board; front pastedown with ex libris of H.P. Kraus; manuscript in ink on wove paper with anchor watermark; pp [2 blank], [5 Report of Tournon], [4 Supplicatio facta Imperatori], [1 blank]; both documents are written in the same neat secretarial …
Nicetto, Juan Bautista; Fortet, Pierre Paulle (translator)
[MANUSCRIPT] Briefue Relacion de ce qu’il y a de plus remarquable dans la grande Chine, envoyée par le R.R.P.P. Jean Baptiste Nicetto Missionaire Apostolique dans ce grand Empire, & traduitte fort fidelement de l’Espagnol en langue française.
[Mexico, 1708]. Small quarto, old marbled papered boards; ex libris of Florencio Gavito to front pastedown; manuscript in ink in a neat contemporary hand, pp 13; colophon at the foot of the last page: ‘In Mexico, this 20th November 1708. Most faithfully translated by Pierre Paulle Fortet, currently in this city, capital of the Kingdom of New …
CASTORANO, Carolus Horatii a (Carolo Orazi di), 1673-1755
[MANUSCRIPT] Jesus. Maria. Joseph. Grammatica, seu Manuductio ad Linguam Sinicam addiscendam. Absoluto Dictionario Latino-Italo-Sinico quia Deus dignatur mihi concedere adhuc Vitam, et Salutem, necessaria duxi eidem ulterius adjungere seu Grammaticam seu Manuductionem ad Linguam Sinicam facilius addiscondam, ut novi Patus Missionarii in hoc Imperis Sinensi de omnibus sufficienter sint …
An extremely rare and important contemporary copy of an unpublished grammar of the Chinese language by the Franciscan missionary Father Carolus Horatii a Castorano, originally made at Peking in 1732; manuscript in Castorano’s own hand, made at Rome in 1736. [Rome, 1736]. Quarto (260 x 205 mm), original vellum covered boards (stained), spine with original manuscript in black …
Abel-Rémusat, Jean-Pierre (1788-1832)
[MANUSCRIPT] Vocabularium Sinico-Latinum, characteres circiter 1700 explicatos praebens. Kalendis VIIis, CIƆ’IƆCCCX
An important Chinese-Latin dictionary in manuscript, prepared by the renowned French sinologist Abel-Rémusat (1788-1832) at the outset of his academic career. It pre-dates his first published work, Essai sur la Langue
et la Litterature Chinoise (Paris, 1811), and was possibly preparatory to his Plan d’un dictionnaire chinois (1814).
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
London : Printed for Black and Parry … by C. Stower, 1812. First edition. Octavo, later half vellum over marbled papered boards, spine with earlier gilt lettered backstrip laid down; pp vi, [1 contents], 71; first page with contemporary annotation in Chinese characters in red ink; a fine copy. The Anglo-Scottish missionary and East India …
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
Canton [but Macau], China : Printed by order of the Select Committee; at the Honourable East India Company’s Press, by P. P. Thoms, 1815. Octavo, recent half calf over cloth boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering; pp , 50 [numbered without pages 9-10, as issued]; a fine copy. Only the second work published at …
MILNE, William (1785-1822)
A retrospect of the first ten years of the Protestant Mission to China, (now, in connection with the Malay, Denominated, the Ultra-Ganges Missions.) Accompanied with Miscellaneous Remarks on the Literature, History, and Mythology of China, &c.
Malacca : Printed at the Anglo-Chinese Press, 1820. Octavo, recent quarter calf over marbled papered boards, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; printed on Chinese paper; pp viii, 376; a fine copy. After Robert Morrison, William Milne was only the second Protestant missionary sent to China by the London Missionary Society. Milne worked in …
THOMS, Peter Perring
[Hua Jian] Chinese Courtship. In Verse. To which is added, an Appendix, Treating of the Revenue of China, &c. &c.
London : Published by Parbury, Allen, and Kingsbury ; Macao, China : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, 1824. Octavo, contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt rule and contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; early bookseller’s label of W. White, Piccadilly, to front pastedown; printed on Chinese paper; …
[LINDSAY]. McCRAE, Hugh.
Sydney : John Sands Ltd, 1909. Folio, quarter vellum and decorated papered boards (light wear, edges rubbed), pp. [xvi]; 149; , twenty-one full page plates and numerous vignette illustrations; scattered foxing, Lindsay illustration from a magazine tipped on to p. [iv]. Limited to 130 copies, signed and numbered by McCrae. The plates include eight tipped-in …
MORRISON, John Robert
Memorial of Robert Morrison, D. D. who died on the 1st day of August, 1834 : to which is annexed his last written sermon, entitled “Heaven the believer’s home” (presentation copy from John Robert Morrison to William Charles Milne)
Canton : printed at the Albion Press, for private circulation, 1834. Octavo, modern marbled paper wrappers, stitchbound, in quarter-morocco over cloth clam shell box, spine in compartments with gilt ornamentation and contrasting morocco title labels, pp 31, presentation inscription to title page ‘Wm. C. Milne with J. R. M.’s fraternal regards’. The Anglo-Scottish missionary and …
DAVIS, John Francis (1795 - 1890)
Poeseos sinensis commentarii. On the poetry of the Chinese, (from the Royal Asiatic Translations) to which are added, translations & detached pieces
Macao : printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1834. Octavo, half-crushed morocco over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, bookplate for W. W. Rockhill to front pastedown, pp [viii]; 199; a fine copy. Text in English, Chinese and Latin. First published in London in …
MOOR, J[ohn] H[enry] (1802 - 1843)
being a collection of papers relating to Borneo, Celebes, Bali, Java, Sumatra, Nias, the Philippine Islands, Sulu, Siam, Cochin China, Malayan peninsula, &c. Accompanied by an index and six maps. Part first [all published]. Singapore : the author, 1837. Quarto, publisher’s quarter-cloth over papered boards (expertly rebacked), remnants of original paper title label, large handcoloured folding map …
CALLERY, J[ospeh] M[arie]
Macao : s.n., 1841. Two volumes, octavo, quarter crushed morocco over marbled papered boards (edges rubbed), spine with contrasting morocco title labels, marbled endpapers, the original printed wrappers bound in on stubs, inscribed ‘Jules Stier, Canton 1843 – 1844); Vol. I : title page (in Latin); title page (in Chinese); list of subscribers (a couple …
WILLIAMS, Samuel Wells (1812-1884)
Macao : Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1844. Octavo, recent half-crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt ruled in compartments with contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; pp [viii], lxxxviii, 434, 435-440 (errata); additional title page in Chinese characters set within decorative border (chipped at bottom corner), facing main title page in …
COBDEN-SANDERSON, Thomas James and WALKER, Emery
Containing the Old Testament & the New Testament translated out of the original tongues by special command of His Majesty King James the First and now reprinted with the text revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edited by the late Rev. F.H. Scrivener M.A. LL.D. For the Syndics of …
BECKER, W. (lithographer)
Philadephia : Weik & Wieck, c. 1850. Oblong folio, pictorial silk (a few stains), rebacked, 25 hand coloured lithograph plates of birds from around the world, a very good copy. The German-American firm of Weik and Wieck, described on the upper board as ‘Publishers and Importers’, are recorded as being in partnership from at least 1853. …
MORRIS, William (1834 - 1896)
Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896. Folio, bound in full rich tan morocco, with raised beveled panels to front and rear boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern, borders and dentelles also stamped in blind, leather inlay gilt-lettered with “Chaucer’s Works”, spine with five raised bands and contrasting morocco title label stamped in gilt, compartments containing vertical lines stamped …
LEWIN, John William (1770 -1819)
collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq. London : Henry …
PELSAERT, François (c. 1595 - 1630)
Ongeluckige voyagie van het schip Batavia uytgevaren onder’t beleydt van den E. Francois Pelsaert, na Oost-Indien, en gebleven is op de Abrollos van Frederick Houtman, …
Verhalende ‘t verongelucken des schips / en de grouwelijcke moordery onder ‘t scheeps-volck / op ‘t eylandt Bataviers Kerckhof, nevens de justitie gedaen sen de moetwillige in de jaren 1628 en 1629. Amsterdam: Gillis Joosten Saeghman, n.d. [circa 1663]. Small quarto, later half-vellum over marbled boards (rubbed), manuscript title to spine, ex libris bookplates to endpapers, pp. 44, …
Fiji before Civilization … Dawn of Civilization … Advance of Civilization … Glorious Result of Civilization
[Crystal Palace, London : Machinery Department, c.1879]. Cotton handkerchief, 570 x 580 mm, lithograph printed in brown and red; old fold lines and some insignificant toning and spotting; a very well preserved example. These satirical cotton handkerchiefs lampooning the effects of the introduction of Western civilisation into a “primitive” society in the South Seas were printed in colour in the machinery …
GAUTHIER, Lucien (1875-1921)
[Papeete?] : L. Gauthier, [c.1910]. Oblong quarto, original pictorial wrappers with photographic onlay to front, original silk ties, pp [2 text],  leaves of plates with 31 photographs by Lucien Gauthier, and Art Nouveau-style colour illustrations by Ed. Rocher; a very good copy of a stunningly designed publication.
Auckland : T. Cranwell, [between 1875 and 1890]. Quarto, 280 x 220 mm, original rimu wood boards with incised decoration, upper board with ‘New Zealand Ferns’ carved in raised relief, original morocco backstrip with blind tooling ruled in gilt, front pastedown with nineteenth century binder’s ticket reading ‘Prepared and mounted by T. Cranwell, Parnell, Auckland, N.Z.’; front endpaper …
CHERRY, J. W. (John William), 1824-1869; LAKE, J.W.; DEGOTARDI, Johann Nepomuk, 1823-1882.
Sydney : Woolcott and Clarke, [1853 or 1854]. Folio, disbound, original illustrated wrappers lithographed by John Degotardi (old paper reinforcement to original stitching and small closed tear at fore-edge), 6 pp of engraved music notation for voice and piano; page 2 has a publisher’s advertisement at the head of the music; internally very clean, a good example. …
MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius (fl. circa A.D. 395-425)
Saturnaliorum, lib. VII. Ex uarijs, ac uetustissimis codicibus recogniti, & aucti. Uniform title: Commentarii in Somnium Scipioni. Lvgdvni [Lyon] : apvd Seb. Gryphivm, 1556. Octavo, contemporary binding dated 1560 of blind-embossed pigskin over wooden boards, two engraved metal clasps, a little rubbed but overall very good, title page with printer’s device with motto “Virtute duce, comite …
SILCOCK, Harriet Eleanor; [RELPH, H.B.]
Entire letter, single sheet folding to form  sides, quarto, neatly written manuscript in ink on 3 sides (cross written on the last page), headed ‘Enford, near Chippenham, July 10th 1842’, addressed to ‘My dear Brother’; signed at the foot ‘Your only affectionate and sincerely attached Sister, Harriet Eleanor Silcock’; outer side with address panel, to …
BAIN & BURTT; [GIBBS, Alexander]
Entire letter, single sheet folding to form  sides, quarto, closely written manuscript in ink on 3 sides, headed ‘Auckland, New Zealand, 8th February 1853’, addressed to ‘Alexander Gibbs Esqr., New Bedford’; signed at the foot ‘Your faithful obedt. servants, Bain & Burtt’; outer side with address panel, endorsed ‘via New York’, with ‘LONDON / …
Wrexham : John Painter, 1799. First edition. Quarto, full calf by J. Gill of Penhryn, elaborately tooled in blind and gilt, contrasting morocco title label, marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate for John Hughes (1810-1871) to front pastedown, pp 192, the twelve engraved plates replaced by twelve magnificent original paintings heightened with gold of the royal arms …
[Title from artist’s caption]. Unpublished pen and ink sketch on laid paper watermarked Joynson, 180 x 115 mm, artist’s caption beneath image, verso inscribed ‘Bertha as she appeared, by Alexander Rowan. London, August 1861’; fine. Alexander Rowan was a minor British artist who is known to have exhibited between 1852 and 1859, during which time …
WINSTEDT, R. O.
With illustrations by Dorothea A. H. Aldworth. Singapore : Kelly and Walsh, 1916. Quarto, papered boards with pictorial onlay (a little worn at edges, paper collection label to spine), pp. 81, illustrated with colour plates. A fine copy, rarely found thus.
Edinburgh : William Blackwood, 1865. Fourth edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (lifting off the boards), new endpapers, pp. viii; 77; publisher’s catalogue, line illustrations.
Seaview Hotel Singapore. The Seaside Resort of Malaya. Tennis Golf Swimming Dancing Open Air Cinema. Fully up-to-date with every modern convenience.
[Singapore : Sarkies Bros., c.1925]. Single sheet, 300 x 300 mm, folding to 300 x 100 mm, pictorial cover in colour, with 6 photographic views of the Hotel; short tears at the edges of the folds, otherwise very good. An exquisitely designed brochure for the luxurious Seaview Hotel. The owners, Sarkies Bros., were also the proprietors …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Chinese dialogues; questions, and familiar sentences, literally rendered into English, with a view to promote commercial intercourse, and to assist beginners in the language.
Shanghae (Shangai) : Printed at the Mission Press, 1844. First edition. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn, backstrip lifting, front hinge cracked), front free-endpaper inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand ‘Curious China Expositor’ and with early owners’ names in ink and faint pencil (tear at fore-edge), pp viii, 782 …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1848. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp vi, 69; title page and last leaf lightly foxed; numerous contemporary annotations and underlinings in brown ink, presumably made by an early missionary as they show a familiarity with the Chinese language; …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Reply to the essay of Dr. Boone on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton : Press of S. Wells Williams, 1848. Octavo, recent half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 107, 23 [Correspondence on the version of the Chinese New Testament, now carrying forward at Shanghai]; a very good copy. A response by the English Congregationalist missionary and sinologist Walter Henry Medhurst to William Jones Boone’s important …
MEADOWS, Thomas Taylor (1815-1868)
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1849. Octavo, recent half calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp viii, 54, [48 texts in Manchu (Mongolian) script, block printed in the Chinese style]; facing title page, a title page in Chinese and Manchu printed on yellow paper (chipped at corners); leaves with browning and scattered foxing; …
Small quarto, 240 x 200 mm, original half green calf over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, upper board with ornate green calf title label lettered in gilt ‘SEA WEEDS’, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, front pastedown with binder’s ticket of ‘Oldland & May, Corn St., Bristol’; verso of front endpaper with pencilled initials ‘C-JBW’, apparently …
Painted mother of pearl shell depicting a view of Shamian Island, Canton, showing the trading factories on the Pearl River prior to destruction by fire in 1856
[Canton : s.n., c.1850]. Pigments on nacre, 170 x 180 mm (irregular); scattered loss of pigment, but essentially a well preserved example; accompanied by a carved rosewood base. This finely detailed original work, made for the Chinese export market by a Cantonese artisan, is of significant historical interest as it depicts, at upper left, a section of …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1850. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 168, [1 errata]; the last few leaves with expert paper repairs (no loss of text); else a good copy. William Jones Boone was Missionary Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the …
SMITH, Bishop George
being a narrative of a mission of inquiry, to the Jewish synagogue at K’ae-Fung-Foo, on behalf of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews : with an introduction, by the Right Revd. George Smith, D.D. Lord Bishop of Victoria. Shanghae : printed at the London Missionary Society’s Press, 1851. Octavo, modern half-calf over …
LEGGE, James (1815-1897)
The notions of the Chinese concerning God and Spirits: with an examination of the defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos, into the Chinese language, by W.J. Boone …
Hongkong : Printed at the “Hongkong Register” Office, 1852. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners worn), spine with its original printed paper title label; hinges cracked; front pastedown with early ownership inscription; pp iv, iii, 166; endpapers and preliminaries lightly foxed, occasional spotting, else a clean copy. A response to William Jones Boone’s Defense …
DOTY, Elihu (1809-1864); [POHLMAN, William J.]
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1853. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; pp [1 blank], xii, iii, , 214, [1 blank]; first blank with original owner’s stamp in Chinese characters and ownership signature in ink in romanized script ‘Mo-ah’ (small marginal repair); …
BONNEY, Samuel William
Phrases in the Canton colloquial dialect : arranged according to the number of Chinese characters in a phrase ; with an English translation
Canton : [s.n.], 1853. Octavo, recent papered boards, spine with gilt lettered morocco title label, head of the title page with publisher’s slip cancel printed ‘Phrases’ laid down over what was possibly a printing error or earlier version of the first word in the title; pp 98; a few early marginalia; a fine copy. The …
WILLIAMS, Samuel Wells (1812-1884)
A Chinese commercial guide, consisting of a collection of details and regulations respecting foreign trade with China, sailing directions, tables &c.
Canton : printed at the office of the Chinese Repository, 1856. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged. Octavo, half crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt ruled in compartments with contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; speckled edges; pp viii; 376; text in English and Chinese, large folding map with hand colouring, Map of the Chinese …