Rare Books

  • # 42482

    [CHAUCER, Geoffrey; MORRIS, William]

    Works of Geoffrey Chaucer newly imprinted [with]: Companion volume to the Kelmscott Chaucer by Duncan Robinson.

    London : The Basilisk Press, 1974 – 1975. Two volumes, folio, (425 x 285 mm), boards in “Larkspur” William Morris pattern designed Cloth, printed by Liberty, pp. iv, 555; 3-146), 87 woodcut illustrations by W.H. Hooper after designs by Edward Burne-Jones, recut for this edition, the companion volume with 85 tipped-in plates after the drawings …

  • # 43029


    Modern Australian Aboriginal Art

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1951, First edition. Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket (a couple of short chips and tears, light edge wear), pp. 55 plus numerous colour and black and white plates. Foreword by T.G.H. Strehlow. Includes chapters on Albert Namatjira, Edwin Pareroultja, Otto Pareroultja, Reuben Pareroultja, Walter Ebatarinja, Enos and Oskar Namatjira, Henoch …

  • # 43024

    BIONDO, Sam and PUGH, Rohan

    Skins ‘n’ Sharps. The forgotten subculture Melbourne 1971 to 1979.

    Melbourne : Skins ‘n’ Sharps, 2006. Quarto (295 x 210 mm), pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 14 pp (including wrappers), b/w and colour illustrations throughout; an as new copy. Superbly illustrated catalogue produced to accompany a low-key Melbourne exhibition staged in 2006, Skins ‘n’ Sharps. The catalogue contains many original photographs, previously unpublished, documenting the unique …

  • # 43021

    CAWTE, John

    The universe of the Warramirri : art, medicine and religion in Arnhem Land

    Kensington, NSW : New South Wales University Press, 1993. First edition. Small quarto (260 x 185 mm), pictorial wrappers; pp. xii, 110, illustrated in colour, maps, glossary; a very good copy.

  • # 43009

    MIZER, Bob (1922 - 1992); TOM OF FINLAND

    Physique pictorial. 16 issues featuring covers by Tom of Finland

    Los Angeles : AMG, 1961 – 1976. 16 issues of Physique Pictorial all featuring covers designed by legendary gay artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (known by the pseudonym ‘Tom of Finland’, each issue octavo, pictorial wrappers, each approximately pp. 32, black and white photographs of male nudes. The breakthrough publication which saw Touko Laaksonen’s ‘dirty little …

  • # 42607

    BRUCE, Mary Grant (1878 - 1958)


    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1941. First edition. Octavo, lettered cloth (edges lightly rubbed), illustrated dustjacket (edges chipped with small areas of loss to edges and spine), contemporary inscription to pastedown, frontispiece (edges foxed), pp. [iv]; 233, browning as usual.

  • # 42624

    TURNER, Ethel

    Judy and Punch

    London : Ward, Lock & Co., 1928. Octavo, pictorial cloth, contemporary owner’s inscription to endpaper, pp. 256, light foxing to edges, a very good copy.

  • # 42852

    NEWMAN, J. (John) Hubert (1830-1916)

    Studio portrait of poet Henry Kendall. Sydney, circa 1880.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount), verso with imprint of J. Hubert Newman, Photographer, Oil and Crayon Painter etc., No. 12 Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Sydney, N.S.W.; the print has some light rubbing and a few tiny ink spots, but is otherwise in very good condition, as is the mount. …

  • # 42908

    DIGGLES, Silvester (1817-1880)

    The ornithology of Australia : being illustrations of 244 Australian birds, with descriptive letter-press.

    [Brisbane : Printed for the author by T. P. Pugh, 1866-1868]. Folio (375 x 270 mm), bound in two volumes, recent half calf over marbled papered boards, spines in compartments with gilt lettering, edges stained red; as usual without the printed title and preface (which were not printed until 1874-75), and the last six plates (which …

  • # 41677

    MALBUNKA [MALBANGKA], Maxina [and] ELATJIA, Milton

    A drawing and two letters written in Western Arrernte by children from the Finke River Mission at Hermannsburg, 1942-44.

    I. Maxina Malbunka (Malbangka). Letter in Western Arrernte. Manuscript in ink on recto of quarto sheet of ruled paper (240 x 195 mm); dated at Hermannsburg via Alice Springs, 11 July 1942; addressed to ‘My friend Gordon’ and signed at the foot ‘Maxina’; written double-spaced, with a typed English translation on the intervening lines; original …

  • # 42855

    TOWNSEND, Larry (1930 - 2008, pseudonym of Bud Bernhardt)

    The Leatherman’s Handbook

    New York : Olympia Press, 1972. Octavo, paperback, original wrappers, light rubbing to corners, crease to spine with crack in text block, pp. [viii]; 319; [7 – advertisements], internally clean, a very good to fine copy. ‘The only definitive exploration of the gay S & M leather scene over written by a qualified writer who …

  • # 42654


    The birds of Celebes and the neighbouring islands

    Berlin : R. Friedlander, 1898. Two volumes, quarto, black library buckram spines lettered in gilt, bump to upper corner of the first volume, original printed wrappers bound in, pp. xxxii; 392; 393 – 962, 7 coloured maps and 45 lithographed plates, of which 42 are hand-coloured; internally clean, a fine set. A rare scholarly work …

  • # 42839


    Letts’s map of the country round Khartum, with a plan of the town.

    One shilling. London : Letts, Son & Co. Ltd., 33 King William Street, London Bridge, [late 1884 or early 1885]. First (and only?) edition. Colour map, 740 x 500 mm (sheet), with an inset ‘Plan of Khartum’ and inset ‘General map of the Sudan’; folding into the original limp pebbled cloth covers, 200 x 100 …

  • # 42655

    British ornithologists' union expedition, 1909-1911 ; OGILVIE-GRANT, W. R.

    Reports on the collections made by the British Ornithologists’ Union Expedition and the Wollaston Expedition in Dutch New Guinea, 1910-13.

    London : Francis Edwards, 1916. Limited edition of 150 copies (no. 27), printed on large paper. Two volumes, large quarto, finely bound in half crushed blue morocco over cloth, edges and corners slightly rubbed, spines in compartments with raised bands, ruled in gilt with gilt lettering, top edges gilt, small book label for Rollo Hammett …

  • # 42553

    FERRIS, A. J.

    When Russia invades Palestine

    Or “Zechariah’s End-of-the-age Message to the Anglo-Saxon-Israel Peoples as in Zech. 12 to 14”. London : the author, 1939. First edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers by J. J. Hall, previous owner’s name in ink on upper wrapper and title page, pp. 100, illustrated with maps and photographs, small edge tears to pp. 91 – 94, a …

  • # 42697

    KELL, Julius

    Reise nach der Verbrecher-Colonie Neu-Südwales

    [=Voyage to the penal colony of New South Wales]. Series: Neueren Entdeckungsreisen Nach grösseren Reisewerken für die Jugend; Band 3. Leipzig : Julius Meissner, 1848. Small octavo, contemporary half blue morocco over marbled papered boards, 240 pp, illustrated with [4] steel-engraved plates, scattered foxing and browning (particularly to the plates), a small faint damp stain …