Rare Books

  • # 44388

    WHITE, Patrick (1912 - 1990)

    A fringe of leaves (1st UK edition)

    London : Jonathan Cape, 1976. First UK edition, first issue. Octavo, boards in dustjacket (jacket flap clipped), 405 pp. Jacket designed by prominent Australian artist Sidney Nolan. Hubber & Smith O1a. Patrick White (1912-1990) was the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1973). A very good copy.

  • # 44386

    OLSEN, Penny

    Cayley & Son. The life and art of Neville Henry Hayley & Neville William Cayley

    Canberra : NLA Publishing, 2013. Quarto, illustrated boards in dustjacket (light handling marks), pp. [viii]; 227, extensively illustrated.

  • # 44385

    ANNAND, Douglas

    The Home Annual 1939

    Sydney : Sydney Morngin Herlamd, October 16th, 1939. Quarto, illustrated wrappers by Douglas Annand (some creases and paper loss along spine), pp. 92, illustrated with fine reproductions of Australian art and photographs from the art deco period, and many stylish advertisements. Includes reproductions after Fred Leist and Sydney Long, articles illustrated by Douglas Annand, photography …

  • # 44383

    ANNAND, Douglas

    The Home Annual 1940

    Sydney : John Fairfax, 1940. Quarto, illustrated wrappers by Douglas Annand (short tears to spine), pp. 92, pale water stain upper right corner, illustrated with fine reproductions of Australian art and photographs from the art deco period. Articles include “Opals” by Frank Hurley, “Western Wild Flowers” by Susannah Prichard, “Dry Spell” by Marjorie Barnard, “Still …

  • # 44377

    CARUNA, Wally et alia

    Old masters : Australia’s great bark artists

    Canberra : National Museum of Australia, 2013. First edition. Folio, gatefold wrappers, pp. 240, illustrated. ‘Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists is a celebration of Aboriginal bark paintings drawn exclusively from the National Museum of Australia’s collection. This rich collection of Aboriginal bark paintings is the largest in the world, with many pieces dating back …

  • # 32617

    GUTENBERG, Johannes (ca. 1398-1468) (printer)

    [INCUNABLE] A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible

    [Mainz : Johannes Gutenberg, circa 1454-55]. Single folio leaf. 371 x 300 mm, printed on recto and verso, black gothic lettering of forty-two lines in double columns, large two-line initial letters rubricated in red; light foxing and very small edge chips, remnants of binding along one edge with tiny fragments of manuscript binder’s waste (presumably from …

  • # 13321

    Maffei, Giovanni Pietro, 1533-1603

    Historiarum Indicarum Libri XVI. : Selectarum item ex India epistolarum, eodem interprete, libri IV. Accessit Ignatii Loiolae vita.

    Coloniæ Agippinæ : in Officina Birckmannica, sumptibus Arnoldi Mylii, MDXCIII. [Cologne : Arnold Mylius, 1593]. Second Cologne edition. Small folio, contemporary calf with embossed armorial device to boards, ruled in blind, rebacked, spine with raised bands; edges stained blue, later endpapers, title with woodcut printer’s device, manuscript inscription lower margin; woodcut initials and tail-pieces; pp 541, …

  • # 42374

    SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620)

    Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.

    Lugduni Batavorum [i.e. Leiden] : Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. Small oblong quarto (190 x 250 mm), contemporary limp vellum with early manuscript title and collection number to spine; title with large engraved vignette (early ownership signature to upper margin); pp. [4] (blank), 175, [5] (blank); with folding engraved world map and a further 24 engraved …

  • # 38432

    LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van (1563-1611)

    Histoire de la Navigation de Jean Hugues de Linschot Hollandois, aux Indes Orientales.

    Contenant diverses descriptions des lieux jusques à présent descouverts par les Portugais: observations des Coustumes & singularitez de delà, & autres declarations … … Troisieme édition, augmentée. Amsterdam: Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638. Three parts in one volume, folio (310 x 200 mm), contemporary mottled calf (rubbed), spine in compartments with ornate gilt decoration and lettering; edges speckled …

  • # 42701

    DAMPIER, William (1651-1715)

    A collection of voyages. In four volumes.

    I.  Captain William Dampier’s voyages round the world : describing particularly, the coasts and Islands in the East and West-Indies. The South-Sea coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico. The countries of Tonquin, Achin and Malacca. The Cape of Good Hope, New-Holland, &c. II. The voyages of Lionel Wafer; giving an account of his being left …

  • # 38367

    CALLANDER, John (1722–1789)

    Terra Australis Cognita : or, voyages to the Terra Australis, or Southern Hemisphere, during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth Centuries.

    Containing an account of the manners of the people, and the productions of the countries, hitherto found in the Southern latitudes; the advantages that may result from further discoveries on this great continent, and the methods of establishing colonies there, to the advantage of Great Britain. With a preface by the Editor, in which some …

  • # 42458

    [HARVEY, William, 1752-1807]

    Midshipman William Harvey, sailor on all three voyages of Captain Cook : his watercolour portrait and snuff box.

    Watercolour on paper, 247 x 227 mm, in an early gilded wood and gesso frame, inscribed verso Midshipman Hardy [sic] of Ct. Cook’s Ship Discovery 1779. Exhibited: Endeavour voyage: the untold stories of Cook and the First Australians. National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 2 June 2020 – 26 April 2021. Reference: Coates, Ian (editor). Endeavour voyage, the …

  • # 41535

    SPARRMAN, Anders (1747-1820)

    Resa till Goda Hopps-Udden, södra pol-kretsen och omkring jordklotet, samt till Hottentott- och Caffer-landen, åren 1772-76.

    Stockholm : Anders J. Nordström, 1783; Carl Deleen, 1802 – 1818. Octavo, three volumes, fine early nineteenth century Swedish half-calf over marbled boards, spines in compartments with contrasting red morocco title labels, the last two volumes bound in uniform, with the volume numbers I; II  reversed by the binder, a fine set in early bindings …

  • # 40889

    BAKER, Thomas (ca. 1764-1788)

    [FIRST FLEET] A convict awaiting transportation to Botany Bay writes to Lord Sydney, Secretary of State, in an attempt to have his sentence commuted. Newgate Prison, 9 May 1787.

    Manuscript letter in ink on laid paper, one page quarto, with a conjugate leaf with address panel and red wax seal; dated at ‘Newgate, 9th May 1787’, signed ‘Thos. Baker’, and addressed to ‘Right Honble. Lord Sydney, Secretary of State’; the letter is written in a fine hand, apparently by a scrivener on the prisoner’s …

  • # 41117

    FOWELL, Newton Digby (1768-1790)

    [FIRST FLEET] Midshipman Newton Fowell, on board HMS Sirius at sea, off Rio de Janeiro, 6 August 1787: autograph letter signed, addressed to his father, John Fowell.

    Entire letter, 1 page, quarto, manuscript in ink on the first side of a bifolium, laid paper watermarked with Britannia and GR surmounted by crown; dated 6 August 1787 and signed N. Fowell, addressed to John Fowell Esq., Black Hall, S. Brent, Devonshire, England, with DOVER/SHIP-LRE hand-stamp on the face and rated in ms. 1/7 (to be …

  • # 44369

    MARSHALL, John (1748-1819) (attributed)

    [FIRST FLEET] Manuscript map showing the track of the ship “Scarborough” on its return voyage from Port Jackson in 1788.

    Manuscript chart showing the track of a ship [the Scarborough] on a voyage from Port Jackson to Canton [in 1788], on verso of printed map A New Chart of the Southern Coast of Africa, From The Cape of Good Hope To Dalagoa Bay; with the Bank of Cape Agulhas … (1781); 627 x 848 mm …