Rare Books

  • # 16584

    STITZ, Charles (editor)

    Australian Book Collectors. Volumes IV & V.

    Volume IV. Third Series Part I. [Melbourne] : Books of Kells, 2016. Quarto, boards in dust-jacket, pp. xxi, 291, illustrated. Volume V. Third Series Part II. [Melbourne] : Books of Kells, 2016. Quarto, boards in dust-jacket, pp. xi, 292 – 562, illustrated. The final two volumes of this encyclopaedic reference on notable book collectors and collections …

  • # 16550

    LINDSAY, Norman


    Etching, aquating, engraving and roulette, 198 x 226 mm, signed lower right, editioned lower left, titled lower centre. Created in 1920. Published in an edition of 50 copies. Bloomfield 209.

  • # 16141

    SOANE, Sir John (1753 - 1837); PARKYNS, G. J. (circa 1750 - 1820)

    Sketches in architecture. Containing plans and elevations of cottages, villas and other useful buildings. With characteristic scenery.

    To which are added, six designs for improving and embellishing of grounds, with sections and explanations. By an amateur. The whole engraved on fifty-four plates. London : J. Taylor, 1798. Folio, contemporary flame calf (a few marks, rebacked, with original spine laid down), pp. [vi]; iv; [iv]; 20; 54 plates in engraving and aquatint, the …

  • # 16105

    The history of the College of Bonhommes at Ashridge, in the county of Buckingham, founded in the year 1276, by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall (George Canning’s copy)

    Compiled from original records and other authentic sources. To which is added, a description of the present mansion, erected on the site of the ancient college. London : printed by R. Gilbert, 1823. Elephant folio (570 mm tall), papered boards with later calf spine lettered in gilt, binder’s ticket of Wilson, bookplates to front pastedown …

  • # 16157

    NEALE, John Preston

    The history and antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster : including notices and biographical memoirs of the Abbots and Deans of that Foundation.

    Illustrated by John Preston Neale. The whole of the literary department by Edward Wedlake Brayley. London : J. P. Neale, 1818 – 23. Two volumes, quarto, later nineteenth century half-crushed morocco over pebbled cloth (edges rubbed), ruled in gilt, spines in compartments, lettered in gilt, joint to upper board of volume one cracked, top edges …

  • # 16331


    Illustrations of the public buildings of London : with historical and descriptive accounts of each edifice.

    London : J. Taylor; J. Britton and A. Pugin, 1825. Two volumes, octavo, half-calf over marbled boards (rebacked, rubbed), spines ruled and lettered in gilt, bookplates for notable English architect Decimus Burton to front pastedowns, previous owners names to front free endpapers, half-titles, engraved title pages, pp. xvi; (2); 336; xxxii; (4); 330; (2); numerous …

  • # 16529

    ELMES, James (1782 - 1862); SHEPHERD, Thomas H. (1792–1864)

    London and its environs in the nineteenth century; Illustrated with a series of views from original drawings by Thomas H. Shepherd with historical topographical and critical notices

    London : Jones & Co., 1829. Quarto, half-calf marbled boards, raised bands with gilt tooling and lettering, engraved half title (marked 1829), title page (marked 1828), pp. vi, 96, [44], pages with some foxxing. Showing over 100 images of Regency and Adam’s style architecture.

  • # 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.

  • # 16107

    ADAM, Robert & James

    The architecture, decoration, and furniture, of Robert & James Adam.

    Selected from “Works in Architecture” published 1778 – 1822 and photolithographed from the originals. London : B T, Batsford, 1880. Large quarto, decorated papered boards (worn, corners renewed), new endpapers, pp. [vi]; 26 plates of architectural detail (a number detached as usual), a clean copy.

  • # 16528

    PYNE, W. H. (1769 - 1843)

    The history of the Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. James’s Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House, and Frogmore.

    Illustrated by one hundred highly finished and coloured engravings, fac-similes of original drawings by the most eminent artists. London : A. Dry, 1819. Three volumes, quarto, full straight-grained plum morocco, expertly rebuked, elaborately tooled in gilt with ornamental border and architectural central panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, vol. I pp. [ii]; ii; [ii]; 188; …

  • # 16531

    SHEPHERD, Thomas H. (1792–1864)

    Modern Athens, displayed in a series of views, or Edinburgh in the nineteenth century; exhibiting the whole of the new buildings, modern improvements, antiquities & picturesque scenery of the Scottish metropolis & its environs

    London : Jones & Co., 1829. Quarto, half-calf marbled boards, raised bands with gilt tooling and lettering, engraved title page, pp. vi, ii, 88, [x], [46], pages with some foxxing. Showing 92 images of Edinburgh and its architecture, with essays on Dalkeith Palace, Penicuik, The Haining, Duff House, and Gordon Castle.

  • # 16530

    ELMES, James (1782 - 1862); SHEPHERD, Thomas H. (1792–1864)

    Metropolitan improvements; or London in the nineteenth century being a series of views of the new and most interesting objects in the British metropolis & its vicinity

    London : Jones & Co., 1827. Quarto, half-calf marbled boards, raised bands with gilt tooling and lettering, engraved title page, pp. ii, 172, [72], pages with some foxxing. Showing 140 images of London including plan for John Nash’s design for Regent’s Park, opened in 1835.

  • # 16487


    Her Majesty’s territories : stereographic views of Australian sceneries

    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 …

  • # 16486


    [TICHBORNE CASE] The great fight for £40,000 a year, between “Little Touchbone” the “Hampshire Infant” and Stoney-Hurst, the great Australian slogger.

    [Title from artist’s caption]. London : Albert Mendelssohn, [1871]. Albumen print photograph of a satirical cartoon (artist’s monogram W.L. in the image), carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), artist’s manuscript caption across the bottom margin of the image, mount with blind stamp of ‘Albert Mendelssohn, London’; recto printed ‘Copyright Registered’; in fine condition. The …

  • # 16333

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The grand interesting Pantomime of La Perouse; Or the Desolate Island

    [Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, [1811]. A good copy, with a small amount of loss to three corners and some mild spotting. Playbill, single sheet (300 x 185 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Friday, June 7th, 1811. The play opening the bill is ‘George Barnwell’. The full cast …

  • # 16150


    Louis Vuitton : malletier à Paris

    Paris : Louis Vuitton, [circa 1980]. Oblong octavo, stiff brown wrappers with the Louis Vuitton monogram to front, pp 41, with monochrome illustrations throughout; a few prices annotated in biro, else a fine copy. Trade catalogue for a wide range of Louis Vuitton luggage.

  • # 16384

    MARSDEN, William

    The history of Sumatra,

    containing an account of the government, laws, customs, and manners of the native inhabitants,with a description of the natural productions, and a relation of the ancient political state of that island. The third edition, with corrections, additions, and plates. London : printed for the author, [1810] – 1811. Quarto, full crushed morocco, elaborately decorated in …

  • # 16128

    SEEBOHM, Henry (1832 - 1895); BOWDLER SHARPE, R. (1847 - 1909)

    A monograph of the Turdidae, or family of thrushes.

    By the late Henry Seebohm, … edited and completed (after the author’s death) by R. Bowdler Sharpe, Lld., F.L.S., etc. London : Henry Sotheran & Co., 1902. Two volumes, thick quarto, publisher’s binding of half red morocco over red cloth bound boards, gilt ruled, spine in compartments, ruled and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, …

  • # 16153


    [SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR] Group of concert programmes printed on board Hospital Ship “Nubia”, 1902-03.

    [At sea] : HMHS “Nubia”, April 1902 – July 1903. Eleven shipboard programmes, nine of which are in uniform format, being roneo-printed on both sides of a single foolscap sheet that is folded once to form [4] sides, 205 x 165 mm; one printed on both sides of a half foolscap sheet (i.e. with only 2 …

  • # 16075

    MARCET, Edouard

    Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush.

    Dessins de Mm. G. Liquier et D. d’apres les indications de l’auteur. Geneve : Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1868. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (spine glued down), all edges gilt, pp. 268, the text set in ornamental borders with decorated initials, illustrated with 20 original photographs after drawings by the author. Printed in an edition of 200 copies. Rare …

  • From New York to New Zealand; or

    # 16372

    McMURRAN, C.W.

    From New York to New Zealand; or, The new century trip

    Wellington, N.Z. : Government printing office, 1904. Octavo, illustrated paper wrappers (tear to spine, corners chipped), 150pp, colour folding map, b/w photographic plates. Designed as an introduction to New Zealand history, politics, culture and contemporary society for the benefit of North American readers, in particular prospective settlers or traders. Includes notes on government services, the …

  • # 16371

    APPLEYARD, David

    Ethiopian manuscripts

    London : Jed Press, 1993. Quarto, cloth in dustjacket, pp. 142, extensively illustrated. A landmark reference on early illustrated Christian manuscripts in Ethiopia. Scarce, a fine copy.

  • # 16364

    [Rydge's Business Journal]

    Retail merchandising : a course by Rydges

    Sydney : Rydge’s Business Journal, [c. 1937]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers with text in blind, clean with only minor rubbing, pp. 28. Being a course in ten sections which explains the essentials underlying successful retail merchandising and the profitable development of retail business. Held at the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New …

  • # 16360

    WOOD, Mrs Susan Nugent

    [POETRY; BURKE & WILLS] Bush flowers from Australia. By a daughter of the Soil.

    London : James Nisbet, 1867. First edition. Small quarto, original green cloth with gilt title and decoration (front and rear boards marked, rebacked, endpapers replaced), nineteenth century owner’s inscription, hand-coloured frontispiece, pp viii, 152 (occasional foxing and few ink marks). A collection of poems and short essays by Susan Nugent Wood (1836-1880), who lived much …

  • # 16359

    Introduction to Anthropology. By Theodor Waitz …

    Edited, with numerous additions by the author, from the first volume of Anthropologie der Naturvölker by J. Frederick Collingwood. Series title: Anthropology of primitive peoples. Volume the first. London : Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts for the Anthropological Society of London, 1863. First edition in English. Large octavo, original brown blind ruled ribbed cloth, the …

  • # 16358

    SMUTS, Johanne

    Dissertatio zoologica, enumerationem mammalium Capensium continens tribus tabulis adjunctis

    Leidae [Leiden] : Apud J.C. Cyfveer, 1832. Quarto, quarter calf over marbled boards (worn), spine with raised bands and gilt decoration, marbled endpapers, pp [4], vi, 108, 3 plates (2 colour), loose double sheet with Theses and poem by H. Schlegel [109-110], [1] corrigenda. Text in Latin. An early nineteenth century dissertation on the mammals of …

  • # 16357

    FRISTEDT, Conrad

    [QUEENSLAND ABORIGINES; MAORI] På forskningsfärd : minnen från en tvåårig vistelse

    bland Ceylons Tamiler och Singhaleser, Australiens Kannibaler och Nya Zeelands Maorer. Stockholm : Albert Bonniers förlag, [1891]. Octavo, publisher’s gilt pictorial brown cloth, [iv], 256 pp, [19] leaves of plates (some colour), 1 colour map. Text in Swedish. A good copy. Swedish traveller’s account of his time spent in Ceylon, North Queensland and New Zealand, which …

  • # 16356


    Album des voyages anciens et modernes.

    Limoges: Martial Ardant frères, 1854. Octavo, polychromatic cloth, all edges gilt, 208 pp., 23 plates of races of the world, including the Americas,Asia, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. A French geographical book for children, recounting the stories of voyages made by great explorers to the four corners of the globe. Includes the expeditions of Columbus, Cook, …

  • # 16354

    The Tower Menagerie comprising the Natural History of the Animals contained in that Establishment; with Anecdotes of their Characters and History

    London : Robert Jennings, 1829. First edition. Octavo, original quarter bound green morocco over plain boards (lightly marked), spine with gilt lettering, xviii, 241 pp, illustrated. A good copy. A fascinating early nineteenth publication which serves as a guide book to the collection of exotic animals kept at the menagerie of the Tower of London, …

  • # 16352

    [LANG, John, 1816-64]

    [FISHER’S GHOST] Une cause célèbre en Australie. L’esprit.

    IN: L’ami de la maison, Paris : Paulin et Le Chevalier, vol. 1 no 11, March 20 1856, pp161-67 and vol. 1 no. 12, March 27 1856, pp177-82, each part with 3 engraved illustrations; contained within a bound volume of nos. 1-25 (the complete first volume), January-June 1856, quarto, contemporary quarter calf over marbled papered …

  • # 16351

    LEGRAND, Augustin

    Album de la jeunesse : mélange d’histoire naturelle, minéraux, plantes, animaux,

    leur emploi dans la vie : quelques élémens des sciences exactes : tableaux astronomiques, cosmographiques et géographiques, costumes, naturels de diverses contrées du globe, anecdotes curieuses, chasses on pêches, d’après nos célèbres voyageurs, accompagné de courtes explications. Paris : Librairie de Gide fils, [1830?]. Oblong quarto, later papered boards with the front panel of the …

  • # 16350

    FRORIEP, Robert

    De lingua anatomica quaedam et semiotica

    Dissertatio inauguralis quam consensu inclyti medicorum ordinis Pro Gradu Doctoris in medicina et chirurgica publice defendet auctor Robert Froriep. Bonn : Abbeville Press, 1828. First edition, quarto, contemporary blue boards (corners worn, lightly marked) with linen spine, printed paper label on cover, 89pp, 8 engraved plates (4 hand-coloured). Doctoral dissertation on the anatomy, pathological conditions …

  • # 16349

    FRAZER, J.G.

    The belief in immortality and the worship of the dead

    London : Macmillan & Co., 1913 – 1922 – 1924. Three volumes, all first edition, original green cloth boards (rubbed, vols. 2 and 3 lightly marked, vol. 3 with some discolouration), spines lettered in gilt, xvi, 495 pp; ix, 447 pp; ix, 326 pp; volume I ‘The Belief among the Aborigines of Australia, The Torres …

  • # 16348


    The box of delights, or, when the wolves were running

    London : William Heinemann, 1935. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered blue cloth, a small nick at head of spine and lightly flecked on rear board, illustrated endpapers, pp. 418, lightly foxed on fore-edge. A very good copy.

  • # 16347

    LOUC, Marcel; LOUC, Roger

    Cocktails et Grands Crus

    Paris : Albert Moret, 1953. Small quarto, publisher’s limp red morocco with gilt lettering to front (rubbed, spine a little faded, covers slightly loosened from the contents at head), 269 pp, illustrated in colour and black and white, internally fine, a good copy of a classic cocktail book.

  • # 16346


    [COOK] Le capitaine Cook et l’exploration de l’Océanie

    Series title: La Découverte du monde. [Paris] : Gallimard, [c.1943]. Seventh edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (spine chipped at head and tail), dedication in pen on front free-endpaper dated 1943, 250 pp, illustrated with 19 black and white photographic plates, 4 maps. Text in French. The book is divided into four sections, devoted to Cook’s predecessors …

  • # 16344

    WALCKENAER, Carlos Atanacio Baron de, 1771-1852

    Cosmologie, ou, description générale de la terre : considérée sous ses rapports astronomiques, physiques, historiques, politiques et civils.

    Paris : Chez Deterville, Libr., 1816. Second edition. Octavo, full contemporary tree calf (corners worn), spine with gil ornament and black leather title label with gilt lettering, joints starting, marbled edges, vi, 744 pp, a good copy. A comprehensive geography which includes sections on the celestial bodies, the physical nature of the earth, accounts of …

  • # 16343

    BURNLEY, James

    Biskra and the desert : a record of a tour in Algeria in the year 1885 (Presentation copy)

    Bradford [U.K.] : privately printed for the author by G. F. Sewell, 1906. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, all edges gilt, lightly rubbed, pp. 107, photographic plates. Presentation inscription from the author on the half-title.

  • # 16342


    Towards Azad Kashmir

    [Lahore] : Bazam-I-Frogh-I-Adab, 1948. Octavo, plain boards in pasted down illustrated dustjacket (light foxing, spine sunned, tears at upper rear), presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper ‘With kind regards and good wishes, S.M. Haf. 1/10/48′, xii, 170 pp, [2] leaves of plates, edges flecked, a sound copy. Provenence: From the …

  • # 16341

    THOMAS, Julian

    Cannibals and convicts : notes of personal experiences in the Western Pacific [Presentation copy]

    London : Cassell & Company 1886. First edition. Octavo, red cloth boards with stamped gilt lettering to front (a couple of light marks), spine with gilt device and lettering (a little faded), verso of free endpaper inscribed ‘With the author’s compliments’, xvi, 407 pp, many pages unopened, illustrated, map; sparse foxing, corner loss to pp …

  • # 16340

    WATTS, H.E. (attributed)

    Democratic government in Victoria : Reprinted from the “Westminster Review” for April, 1868

    Melbourne : Published for and on account of Trübner &​ Co., by … George Robertson, 1868. Octavo, modern cloth boards with printed label to upper board, title page with contemporary underlining in red pencil, 40 pp, scattered foxing, a good copy. Ferguson, 9089. Attributed by H.G. Turner to H.E. Watts.

  • # 16339

    WATTS, H.E. (attributed)

    Democratic government in Victoria : Reprinted from the “Westminster Review” for April, 1868.

    Melbourne : Published for and on account of Trübner &​ Co., by … George Robertson, 1868. Octavo, modern leather binding with gilt lettering to upper board, 40 pp, mild foxing to outer leaves, a very good copy. Ferguson, 9089. Attributed by H.G. Turner to H.E. Watts.

  • # 16338

    HAWKESWORTH, John; COOK, James and KING, James.

    The three voyages of Captain Cook.

    HAWKESWORTH, John. An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty, for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Carteret, Captain Wallis, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour : drawn up from the journals which were kept by the several …

  • # 16337

    [ROOT, George Frederick; Brisbane Tonic Sol-Fa Union]

    [THEATRE] The Haymakers, Protestant Hall, Ann Street, Brisbane, June 13th, 1888

    Silk theatre handbill (total dimensions 240 x 275 mm), vertical fold creating 4 pp, printed in black ink on 3 pp. Brisbane : Davison & Metcalf, Charlotte St., 1888. Root’s Popular Cantata: The Haymakers. For the First Time in Queensland. Brisbane Tonic Sol-Fa Union. Opening Concert, Under the distinguished patronage and in the presence of …

  • # 16336

    [READE, Charles 1814-1884]

    [GOLD RUSH] Never too late to mend!

    Part Ist. The Grove Farm, at Farnborough … The Emigrant. Part 2 Mr Merton’s Cottage. Part 3. The Log Hut in Australia … Tom Robinson, a Ticket-of-Leave man … Black Jem and Red Ned, Bushrangers … The Inundation in the Wilds of Australia and the Discovery of Gold … Part 4. Bar Parlour, at the …

  • # 16335

    [PALTOCK, Robert]

    [THEATRE PLAYBILL] Peter Wilkins, or, The flying Indians.

    London : W. Reynolds, 1827. Theatre playbill, single sheet (330 x 200 mm), advertising a production at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden on Tuesday May 8 1827 of the ‘Melo-Dramatic Romantic Spectacle, in 2 acts, founded on the fanciful Adventures of Peter Wilkins, or, The Flying Indians‘, giving a full list of the cast and …

  • # 16332

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The grand interesting Pantomime of La Perouse; Or the Desolate Island

    [Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, [1811]. A good copy, with a small amount of chipping to the edges and some mild spotting. Playbill, single sheet (310 x 187 mm), advertising a performance of the tragedy ‘Jane Shore‘ on Thursday June 6th 1811, at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, and giving notice of a performance of …

  • # 16327

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The Grand Serious Pantomime of La Perouse; Or, The Desolate Island

    [Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, [1810]. A fair copy with some foxing. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 180 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Wednesday, November 21st, 1810. The play opening the bill is ‘George Barnwell’, and the evening is ‘For the Benefit of Mr Rohmer’. The full cast …

  • # 16326

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The Grand Serious Pantomime De la Perouse.

    With New Scenery, Machinery, Dresses and Decorations. [Liverpool] : E. and W. Smith, Printers, Pool-Lane, [1809]. A good copy, with a very small amount of edge loss at lower left. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 190 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Friday, September 15th, 1809. The play opening the bill is …

  • # 16325

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The Pantomime De la Perouse.

    [Liverpool] : [E. and W. Smith, Printers, Pool-Lane], [1809]. A very good copy. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 190 mm), advertising a performance of ‘The Exile‘ at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Thursday September 14th, 1809, and giving notice of a forthcoming performance of ‘The Pantomime De la Perouse‘ the following evening, Friday September 15th, 1809, …