Rare Books

  • # 18849

    WENDT, Frank

    Australian Aborigines from North Queensland in R.A. Cunningham’s second touring company, New York, early 1894.

    New York : Frank Wendt, [1894]. Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format (105 x 163 mm, mount), recto imprinted in gold lettering at left hand margin ‘Australian Boomerang Throwers. Frank Wendt, Photo. Artist, New York’; the albumen print with some very light surface rubbing, else fine; verso blank. There are very few known photographic images …

  • # 19106

    Photographer unknown.

    The Murray River paddle steamer “Ruby” at the landing place, Mildura, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, 150 x 200 mm, laid down on its original nineteenth-century album page of thin card, captioned in ink beneath image ‘The landing place, Mildura, Melbourne [sic]’; a strong print in fine condition (some mottling in the original negative); on the same mount are 3 other albumen prints in identical format (1 recto, …

  • # 18228

    Photographers unknown.

    West Australian Aborigines 1883

    [Title from caption on mount]. Four albumen print photographs, each in carte de visite format (three are 90 x 60 mm; one 85 x 55 mm), mounted recto of a leaf of thick card removed from a nineteenth century album; inscribed in ink at centre of mount ‘West Australian Aborigines 1883’; the album owner decorated …

  • # 19143


    Studio portraits of South Australian surveyor George Woodroffe Goyder and members of his first and second wives’ family, the Smiths. Adelaide, mid to late 1860s.

    Ten albumen print photographs, carte de visite format (average dimensions 102 x 65 mm), five with the imprinted back mark of The Adelaide Photographic Company (two with H. Davis named as manager, three with F.S. Crawford), one with the back mark of Townsend Duryea, 66 King William Street, Adelaide, and four from English studios in …

  • # 19110

    Photographer unknown.

    “Hobart Town and Franklin” coach (and passengers) on the Huon Road, Tasmania, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, 175 x 210 mm, laid down on its original nineteenth-century album page of thin card, captioned in ink beneath image ‘View on Huon Road, Tasmania’; a very strong print in fine condition; on the same mount are 3 other albumen prints in identical format (1 recto, 2 verso) showing views of New …

  • # 18626


    A family posing outside their house, Sunny Corner, central west New South Wales, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 113 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘The Eclipse Photo Compy., G.B.D. Kitch & Co., Sunny Corner’; the albumen print is in fine condition and has great detail; the mount with a small mark to the margin recto, otherwise also fine. Sunny Corner, originally a coal …

  • # 18916

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    The Victoria Volunteer Engineers in camp near Melbourne, 1871

    Albumen print photograph, 200 x 270 mm, no photographer’s imprint; laid down on its original album page, contemporary manuscript caption in ink beneath image ‘Victoria Engineer Volunteers [sic] in Camp near Melbourne 1871’; verso blank; the albumen print is in fine condition, and the page is free from foxing. This large format composition shows the …

  • # 18444


    Photographic portrait of the Victorian Government botanist Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. Melbourne, circa 1875.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 63 mm, verso with imprint of ‘J. Botterill, Beehive Chambers, Elizabeth St., Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Baron Von Mueller’; the albumen print has a few marks and some rust at top edge caused by contact with a metal clip, otherwise a good, strong print; …

  • # 18587


    Photographic portrait of a barman pouring beer, Sydney, 1892.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 163 x 108 mm (mount); recto imprinted ‘Adelaide Photo. Company. Corner of Pitt St. and Park St., Sydney. Over Drew’s Stationery Depot’; in fine condition, with the original illustrated tissue guard still attached. A superb Australian occupational cabinet card. According to Davies & Stanbury (Mechanical Eye) the Adelaide Photo. Company …

  • # 19086

    Photographer unknown.

    Views of Karrakatta Bay, north-western Western Australia, taken by a Royal Navy officer from HMS Fantome between 1906 and 1910.

    Two gelatin silver printing-out paper prints, each 120 x 165 mm, one inscribed in ink in contemporary hand verso ‘Karakata [sic] Bay’; both are unmounted and in good condition (the view of the bay a little over-exposed); a tiny amount of pale foxing to the versos. HMS Fantome was a Cadmus-class sloop launched in 1901. She was used as a survey …

  • # 18893

    [JAMAR, Jacques]; [COMET, Rita]

    Photograph album containing portraits of a Belgian Lazarist missionary to China, and including a group of late Qing traditional paper and silk Chinese dolls. Circa 1903-1964

    Photograph album, circa 1900. Small oblong quarto (165 x 235 mm), half morocco with ornamental gilt rule over faux crocodile papered boards, original floral-patterned lining papers, front pastedown with binder’s ticket of bookseller and stationer Gilon, Verviers (Belgium); [20] leaves of thick card, containing 4 cabinet card format portrait photographs of Lazarist missionary Father Jacques …

  • # 18806

    PAINE, John (1833-1908)

    Aboriginal men painted for corroboree, New South Wales, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 151 x 108 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint; verso blank; both the albumen print and gilt-edged mount are fine condition. Taken in an unknown location in New South Wales, but attributed to Sydney-based photographer John Paine (another copy sighted with Paine’s imprint verso).

  • # 18836

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    New South Wales Aborigine posing with lil-lil club and shield, Sydney, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, 197 x 150 mm, laid down on original album page of thick card; contemporary caption in ink to mount beneath image ‘Australian Aboriginal, N.S.W.’ (reflecting the original handwritten generic caption in the negative, which was trimmed before mounting); the albumen print and mount are in very good condition; verso with a view …

  • # 18975

    LINDT, J.W. (John William) (1845-1926)

    “Snowy and his gin”. Grafton, northern New South Wales, 1870-73.

    [Pirated printing, probably 1880-90]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 93 x 57 mm; no photographer’s or publisher’s imprint; mounted on section cut from the original split album page, with a generic caption in period hand in ink beneath image ‘Aboriginals of Australia’; both the print and mount are in very good condition. This …

  • # 18632


    Photographic portrait of a top-hatted gentleman and his horse, Melbourne, circa 1862

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), verso with imprint of Photographic Artists, Paterson Brothers, Portrait Rooms, 8 Bourke St. East, Melbourne’; both the albumen print, with wonderfully rich tonal range and detail, and mount are in fine condition. A very early outdoor Melbourne carte de visite.  

  • # 18583

    Photographer unknown.

    Woodchopping competition, Ballarat, circa 1910.

    Gelatin silver print photograph, 155 x 205 mm, laid down on an old album page; no photographer’s imprint; verso inscribed in pencil in a modern hand ‘Wood cutting competition, Ballarat’; this inscription by the previous owner was based on original inscriptions on other photographs removed from the album, which were all taken in the Ballarat area; …