Rare Books

  • # 17332


    [BROADSIDE] Great Living Wonders! / Immense Attraction / The Wild Australian Children

    are Evidently of a Cannibal Race! / Judging From Their Natural Proclivities, Their Long Sharp Teeth, etc. / Perhaps the Only Specimen From That Country Now Living … These Wonders of All Wonders were captured about 7 years ago by a party of gold hunters in the mountainous regions of Australia … Can Be Seen In a …

  • # 17231


    [QUEENSLAND] Little people in other lands alphabet.

    London : A. Brown & Sons, Ltd., 5, Farringdon Avenue, E.C. and at Hull and York, [between 1890 and 1900]. Complete set of 26 large format alphabet cards, each 225 x 190 mm, chromolithograph printed on thin board, each with an upper and lower case version of a letter and an illustration of a young …

  • # 17306

    BARDIN, William (circa 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 …

  • # 17249

    BARBAULD, Mrs [Anna Letitia] (1743-1825); MAYO, Mrs G. [Henrietta] (translator); TURNER, Charles (illustrator)

    Lobgesänge in Prosa / aus dem Englischen von Mrs. G. Mayo.

    Also titled: Mrs. Barbauld’s hymns in prose for children. Adelaide : Wm. Eggers & Eimer, 1873. Small quarto, original full blue roan with gilt vignette on each board, both boards with triple gilt rule (lacking backstrip, upper board detached), all edges gilt, green china clay endpapers, early inscription to verso of front endpaper ‘Mrs. Humphry with …

  • # 17288

    [DA COSTA, Louisa, 1806-1898]

    [SOUTH AUSTRALIA] Manuscript letter addressed to philanthropist Louisa da Costa concerning her investments in Adelaide, dated 1881.

    A letter from Louisa Da Costa’s Adelaide solicitor, Alfred Spence of 12 Currie Street, dated 8 December 1881, addressed to Miss Da Costa in London ‘Per RMS Rohilla via Brindisi’; bifolium, manuscript in ink written on two pages, the third page blank, the address panel on the outer side franked with two South Australia postage …

  • # 17352

    WHITE, Patrick (1912 - 1990)

    Happy Valley : a novel

    London : George C. Harrap, 1939. First edition. Octavo, original blue-lettered tan cloth in full dust jacket (slightly soiled, a few creases and small areas of loss to the corners), bookseller’s label to front free endpaper, some slight offsetting to endpapers and adjoining leaves, light scattered foxing. Happy Valley, the first novel by arguably Australia’s …

  • # 17301

    VISSCHER, Nicolaas (1618 - 1679)

    Orbis Terrarum tabula recens emendata et in lucem edita per N. Visscher

    [Amsterdam : Elzevir, 1663, but after 1677]. Copperplate engraving, 310 x 470 mm, early hand colouring, central crease as issued, text verso including chapter heading ‘Korte beschrijvinge van Lantschappen des Werelts’. Nicolaas Visscher’s second world map, originally issued in a bible published by Elzevir in 1663. This is the second state, with the additional text …

  • # 17271

    LEECH, John (1817-1864)

    [GOLD RUSH] Topsy turvey – or, our Antipodes.

    [London : Bradbury, Evans &​ Co, 1866]. Etching, printed in black ink, from one plate; hand-coloured, 118 x 222 mm (printed image), 212 x 302 mm (sheet), signed in the plate lower left ‘J.L.’, title inscribed in the bottom margin of the plate; a fine clean example, archivally matted; accompanied by loose letter press sheet with …

  • # 17194


    Photograph of the Willaura Hotel, Western District, Victoria, circa 1915

    Gelatin silver print, 146 x 200 mm, laid down on its original board mount, lower margin of mount with printed label of ‘Austral Studios, Hamilton and Casterton’; the photograph is in very good condition; the mount has some mild scattered foxing, and there is a strip of paper loss along the bottom edge. Willaura is a …

  • # 17212

    WHITE, Charles; ADAMSON, Bartlett (editor)

    Ben Hall : also Mudgee Mail Robbery, Daniel Morgan, “Thunderbolt” (Frederick Ward)

    Sydney : Marchant & Co. (distributed by N.S.W. Bookstall Limited), [1921]. Series: History of Australian Bushranging by Charles White. Octavo, illustrated pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper with pale foxing), staple bound, 64 pp; mild foxing to the outer leaves, but a very good copy.

  • # 17185

    THWAITES, H.J. (Professor)

    Photographic portrait of a gentleman on the verandah of his stone residence, Kapunda, South Australia, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm, recto of mount imprinted ‘H.J. Thwaites Photo.’; in good condition. An unusual carte de visite of an unidentified South Australian colonial homestead, probably located in the Kapunda district, where Thwaites was based at this time. The photograph was doubtless commissioned by the homestead owner.

  • # 17172

    GRIBBLE, E.R.B. (Ernest Richard Bulmer), Reverend, 1868-1957

    The problem of the Australian Aboriginal

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1932. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth boards (spine sunned and with some mild water staining, chipped at head), pp xi, 157, xviii publisher’s advertisements, illustrated with 4 black-and-white photographic plates (including frontispiece portrait of Indigenous clergyman James Noble); light foxing to first and last few leaves and edges; else …

  • # 17353

    DENNIS, C. J.

    The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke

    With cover design and decorations by Hal Gye and foreword by Henry Lawson. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1915. First edition. Octavo. pictorial green cloth (a little flecked and faded), neat presentation inscription dated 1915 to front free endpaper, pp. x, [2]; 13 – 126, illustrations by Hal Gye, decorative initials. A very good copy …

  • # 17182

    TYRRELL, James R.

    Old books, old friends, old Sydney. (Presentation copy)

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1952. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s tan cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt on black, in original dust jacket (worn at corners and edges, a few closed tears), a presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the front pastedown ‘To A.G. Smith, with the regards of the author, James R. Tyrrell’, …

  • # 17169

    HIBBINS, Gillian

    Sport and racing in colonial Melbourne : the cousins and me: Colden Harrison, Tom Wills and William Hammersley

    Melbourne : Lynedoch, 2007. Edition limited to 500 copies; this copy is unnumbered and signed by the author on the half title. Octavo, gilt lettered brown cloth boards in illustrated dust jacket, 485 pp, illustrated with numerous black-and-white plates; a fine copy.

  • # 17181

    HERMAN, Morton

    The architecture of Victorian Sydney

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1956. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s brown cloth boards in original pictorial dust jacket (chipped at corners and edges), endpaper maps (a little foxed), pp 192, illustrated with 242 black-and-white photographic plates 40 line drawings in the text; a very good copy.

  • # 17180

    HERMAN, Morton

    The Blackets : an era of Australian architecture

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1963. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s grey cloth with gilt stamped device to upper board, spine lettered in gilt, in original pictorial dust jacket (rear panel lightly marked), patterned endpapers, pp ix, 222, copiously illustrated with black-and-white photographic plates and line drawings in the text; a fine copy. An important …

  • # 16712

    REGILD, Carsten (1941-1992)

    Nekropolis : Carsten Regild / Moderna Museet

    Stockholm : Moderna Museet, 1972. Catalog of an exhibition held May 6-June 11, 1972 at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Oblong quarto, original pictorial wrappers (a few tiny marks, top corner bent), rivet bound, 18 leaves, with a series of tipped-in colour and monochrome illustrations on the left hand pages and roneo printed facing pages; a good …

  • # 17351

    RAJZNER, Refaʾel

    [JUDAICA] Der umḳum fun Bialisṭoḳer Yidnṭum (1939-1945)

    Melborn : Aroysgegebn durkhn “Bialisṭoḳer Tsenṭr” in Oysṭralye, 1948. Also titled: The Annihilation of Bialystok Jewry. St. Kilda, Vic. : The “Bialystoker Centre”, 1948. First edition. Octavo, original black lettered blue cloth (rubbed, spine sunned), separate title pages in Yiddish and English, 335 pp, contents clean and sound, edges with mild flecking, a good copy. …

  • # 17197


    [PLAYING CARDS] Patience games

    / with examples played through. Illustrated with numerous diagrams. London : Thos. De La Rue & Co., 1890. First edition. Oblong quarto, original blind blocked tan cloth (bright and unrubbed), upper board and spine lettered in gilt, lower board with publisher’s device in gilt, all edges gilt, pp 216, [8] publisher’s advertisements, illustrated; contents fresh, …

  • # 17165

    LINDSAY, Jack (1900-1990)

    The roaring twenties

    London : The Bodley Head, 1960. First edition. Octavo, green cloth boards in illustrated dust jacket; pp 240, illustrated with black-and-white plates and line drawings; some light stains to dust jacket and fore-edge, else a very good copy. The second part of the autobiography of Jack Lindsay, founder of The Fanfrolico Press and son of …

  • # 17284


    [COOKERY] Chocolate cookery

    New York : General Foods Corporation, 1929. Third printing. Tall octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 36 pp, photographic and small black-and-white illustrations; a fine copy.

  • # 17285

    BENTLEY, Mildred; BRADLEY, Alice; SPLINT, Sarah Field

    [COOKERY] Hawaiian pineapple as one hundred good cooks serve it.

    San Francisco : Association of Hawaiian Pineapple Canners, 1928. Duodecimo, pictorial chromolithographed wrappers, staple bound, original owner’s inscription in ink on inside front wrapper, 32 pp; a near fine copy. ‘Including 100 of the 60,000 recipes contributed by magazine-reading women, in response to an appeal for original, practical ways to serve Canned Hawaiian Pineapple’ (title …

  • # 17297


    New facts about marijuana

    Pasadena, California : Ambassador College Press, 1970. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (rubbed), staple bound, previous owner’s inscription to inside front wrapper, 48 pp, illustrated in colour and black-and-white; a good copy.

  • # 17416


    Interior of a Māori marae

    London : The Working Men’s Educational Union, n.d. [circa 1854]. Coloured lithographic wall hanging printed on calico, 1190 x 900 mm, wet stamped lower right ‘PUBLISHED BY WORKING MENS EDUCATIONAL UNION / 43, SKINNER ST. SNOW HILL LONDON / 1852’, and ‘M 10’; original brass eyelets at each corner; old folds, scattered foxing (mostly confined …

  • # 17191

    McCORMICK, Tim

    First views of Australia 1788-1825 : an early history of Sydney

    Sydney : Longueville Publications, 1987. Edition limited to 2000 copies. Large quarto, publisher’s navy cloth boards lettered in gilt, in illustrated dust jacket, 340 pp, illustrated throughout (mostly colour plates), introduction by Robert Irving, with biographical notes on the artists, index; a fine copy of this important reference work.

  • # 17179

    JOPPIEN, Rüdiger and SMITH, Bernard

    The art of Captain Cook’s voyages (four volume set)

    Volume one : The voyage of the Endeavour 1768 – 1771. With a descriptive catalogue of all the known drawings of peoples, places, artefacts and events and the original engravings associated with them. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1985. First edition (limited to 500 copies). Folio, cloth in dust jacket, pp. xv; 247, illustrated. Volume …

  • # 17176

    FLETT, James

    Maryborough, Victoria : goldfields history

    Glen Waverley, Vic. : The Poppet Head Press, 1975. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s silver lettered navy cloth boards in illustrated dust jacket (a little rubbed), endpaper maps, pp vii, 120, numerous black-and-white illustrations; a fine copy.

  • # 17218

    VINCENT, Frank, Jr.

    Through and through the tropics : thirty thousand miles of travel in Oceania, Australasia, and India

    New York : Harper Brothers, 1876. Octavo, decorated cloth boards (rubbed), bookplate to front pastedown, pp 304. With chapters on Hawaii, Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, and India.

  • # 17171

    DE GARIS, Brian K. (ed.)

    Portraits of the south west : Aborigines, women and the environment

    Nedlands, W.A. : UWA Press, 1993. First edition. Octavo, illustrated stiff wrappers in dust jacket, front free-endpaper with gift inscription, pp xii, 248, black-and-white illustrations, maps; a very good copy.

  • # 17290

    ANDREWS, E. Benjamin

    The call of the land: popular chapters on topics of interest to farmers

    New York : Orange Judd Company, 1913. Octavo, boards with gilt lettering (rubbed), bookplate to front pastedown, illustrated with photographic plates throughout, pp 385, 10. A wide ranging farming text with sections on livestock and cattle, politics and taxation, and the practicalities of farming life.

  • # 17287


    [COOKERY] What kind of a party shall I give?

    [United States] : Quality Bakers of America, 1939. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, [34] pp, line illustrations; a near fine copy. Promotional booklet customized for Kohn’s Pan Dandy Bread. Includes recipes for bridge parties (Three-decker Sandwich, Boston Bean Sandwiches, Cheese Marmalade), “Appetizing appetizers – A variety of sophisticated tidbits”(Shrimp and Vegetable Salad, Cheese Muffs, Cheese …

  • # 17298

    BRANDON, Joan

    Art of hypnotism (Successful hypnotism)

    New York : Fawcett, 1956. Small quarto, pictorial wrappers (lightly rubbed and creased), 96 pp, illustrated; a good copy. Includes sections on the use of hypnosis in medicine and psychiatry.

  • # 17283


    [COOKERY] Chinese magic with leftovers : easy Everbest ways to turn icebox oddments into delicious Chinese dishes.

    Chicago : Glaser, Crandell Co., 1947. Square octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 16 pp, illustrated; light vertical fold down the centre of the bookley, but a near fine copy. Chinese recipe book produced by the manufacturers of Everbest Chinese Foods.

  • # 17305

    LUBBOCK, Sir John

    The origin of civilisation and the primitive condition of man. Mental and social condition of savages.

    New York : D. Appleton and Company, 1870. Octavo, gilt-decorated green cloth, pp. xvi; 380; [8 – adverts), illustrations. First American edition. Includes many references to Australian aborigines.

  • # 17068

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Snugglepot and Cuddlepie : their adventures wonderful

    / Pictures and words by May Gibbs. Cover title: Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, [1918]. First edition, first printing (“seventeenth thousand”). Quarto, publisher’s cloth backed illustrated papered boards with colour onlay to front (fine), in the rare original illustrated dust jacket (rubbed, and with some mild edge wear, but very …

  • # 17058

    WALL, Dorothy (1894-1942)

    Blinky Bill grows up

    / story and decorations by Dorothy Wall. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1934. First edition. Small quarto, publisher’s printed papered boards (lightly marked, spine sunned), 16 full-page plates and line illustrations in the text; mild scattered foxing, more pronounced on the first and last few leaves; otherwise clean and sound, a very good copy. Muir …

  • # 17245

    QUIN, Tarella; OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (ill.)

    Before the lamps are lit

    Melbourne : George Robertson & Co., [1911]. Oblong quarto, illustrated cloth boards (minor rubbing), inscription on front endpaper, pp 189. A compilation of six children’s stories with engravings by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Muir 1907.

  • # 17267

    O'HARRIS, Pixie (1930-1991)

    Marmaduke the possum

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1942. First edition. Quarto, pictorial papered boards (lightly foxed) in illustrated dust jacket (chipped at head of spine, worn at bottom edge of rear panel), colour frontispiece, pp. 165, illustrated by O’Harris (including several full-page black-and-white plates); a very good copy. Muir 5502.

  • # 17021

    GAZE, Harold

    The merry piper, or the magical trip of the sugar bowl ship

    `London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1925. Quarto, illustrated cloth in illustrated dustjacket and glassine, illustrated endpapers, colour frontispiece, pp. [vi]; 7 additional colour plates, black and white illustrations. First edition. Rare in the dustjacket. Harold Gaze was born in New Zealand and studied at art school in London during the First World War, after …

  • # 16930

    STREDDER, Eleanor

    Archie’s find : a story of Australian life

    London : Thomas Nelson, 1890. First edition. Small octavo, publisher’s gilt pictorial cloth (very lightly rubbed), front free-endpaper with original owner’s inscription dated 1894, frontispiece plate with tissue guard intact, illustrated title, pp 160; a fine copy. Muir 7193. A children’s adventure story set in Australia, written by the British author Eleanor Stredder (1823-1913).  

  • # 17120

    BARRETT, Charles (1879-1959)

    Rambles around the zoo

    Melbourne : Whitcombe & Tombs, 1923. Octavo, pictorial cloth-covered boards (some rubbing), original dust jacket, bookplate on front pastedown, pp. 123. Illustrated with photographs of zoo animals, reproduced from The Herald. Scarce in dust jacket.

  • # 17091

    MACDONALD, Alexander

    The hidden nugget : a story of the Australian goldfields

    London : Blackie and Son Limited, 1910. First edition. Thick octavo, original pictorial blue cloth with gilt lettering on upper board and spine, olivine edges, grey endpapers, first blank with pencilled gift inscription dated Xmas 1909 (predating publication date!), pp 284, [16] publisher’s advertisements, illustrated with 7 monochrome plates; occasional light foxing, but a fine …

  • # 17102

    HOWITT, William (1792-1879)

    A boy’s adventures in the wilds of Australia: or, Herbert’s note-book

    London, Glasgow and New York : George Routledge & Sons, n.d. [between 1870 and 1880?]. Octavo, pictorial cloth blocked in two colours and lettered in gilt (boards rubbed, slight edge wear, spine a little softened at head and tail), front pastedown with later ex libris, free-endpaper with school prize inscription dated 1888 and inscription to …

  • # 17272

    HOLDEN, Robert.

    A golden age : a treasury of Australian children’s fantasy classics

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson,1992. Quarto, 2 vols, boards with illustrated dustjacket, housed in illustrated slipcase, pp 192, 455. Vol.1 being Through the Magic Door : A Collection of Australia’s  Classic Fantasy Writing and Vol 2. being Visions of Fantasy. Australia’s Fantasy Illustrators: Their Lives and Works.

  • # 17029

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The Castafiore emerald

    London : Methuen & Co., 1963. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed and with a few scratches, corners bumped), 62 pp, all colour illustrations; a couple of pages with a tiny amount of foxing, otherwise clean throughout, binding firm; a very good first edition copy.

  • # 17030

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] Red Rackham’s treasure

    London : Methuen & Co., 1959. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed and with a few scratches, corners bumped), hinges cracked, 62 pp, all colour illustrations; original child owner’s name to first blank and title, occasional handling marks to margins and a tiny amount of foxing, otherwise clean …

  • # 17031

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The Red Sea sharks

    London : Methuen & Co., 1960. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed and with a few scratches, corners bumped), hinges cracked, 62 pp, all colour illustrations; original child owner’s name to first blank, occasional handling marks to margins and a tiny amount of foxing, otherwise clean throughout; a …

  • # 17033

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] Destination moon

    London : Methuen & Co., 1968. Third UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped), 62 pp, all colour illustrations; light foxing to preliminaries and edges of leaves, otherwise clean throughout.

  • # 17034

    HERGÉ (Georges Prosper REMI, 1917-1983)

    [TINTIN] The secret of the Unicorn

    London : Methuen & Co., 1959. First UK edition. Series: The adventures of Tintin. Quarto, original cloth backed illustrated boards (rubbed, corners bumped), 62 pp, all colour illustrations; occasional light foxing to the edges of the leaves, otherwise clean throughout, binding firm; a very good first edition copy.