Rare Books

  • # 33147

    CRAIG, Clifford (1896-1986); ROBERTSON, E. Graeme (Edward Graeme) (1903-1975); FAHY Kevin

    Early colonial furniture in New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1972 (1980 reprint). Quarto cloth in dustjacket, pp. 220, extensively illustrated. A fine copy.

  • # 33146

    KELLY, David St. L.

    Convict and free : the master furniture-makers of New South Wales 1788-1851

    Kew, Victoria : Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2014. Quarto, green cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 377 pp, 24 full-page colour plates and black-and-white illustrations in the text; a new copy of a book now out of print. A superbly produced publication, one which will surely become an essential reference on the subject. The biographies and work …

  • # 33139

    LINDSAY, Lionel (1874 - 1961)

    Lionel Lindsay : the printmaker’s printmaker

    Melbourne : Douglas Stewart Fine Books, 2011. Quarto, A4 size, illustrated wrappers, pp. 48, illustrated. Essay and illustrated catalogue of 103 rare books, bookplates, woodcuts, drawings, etchings and ephemera. Limited to 1000 copies bound in wrappers, a deluxe edition of 150 copies also published (although not all were made up). Price list loosely enclosed.

  • # 33138

    Melbourne : a beautiful city

    Melbourne : Nucolorvue Productions, n.d. [c. 1962]. Oblong quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. [24], illustrated in colour.

  • # 33137

    CHRISTIE, Robyn and MILLER, Justin.

    The D.R. Sheumack Collection : eighty years of Australian painting.

    Compiled by Robyn Christie and Justin Miller. Sydney : Sotheby’s Australia, 1988. Quarto, silver-lettered cloth in illustrated dustjacket (spine slightly sunned), pp. [148], illustrated. Catalogue of one of the finest collection of traditional Australian paintings formed in the past century. Includes works by Norman Lindsay, William Dobell, Tom Roberts, Hans Heysen etc.

  • # 33135

    ELLIS, Rennie (1940 - 2003)

    The all new Australian graffiti

    Melbourne : Sun Books, 1985. Small quarto, pictorial wrappers, [144] pp, all illustrated, light handling wear. Scarce. The third volume in Ellis’ series on Australian graffiti with hundreds of examples of street graffiti in the 1980s.

  • # 33134

    ELLIS, Rennie; TURNER, Ian

    Australian graffiti

    Melbourne : Sun Books, 1975. First edition. Small quarto, pictorial wrappers, [96] pp, all illustrated, previous owner’s name to endpaper, foreword by Ian Turner. Scarce.

  • # 33133


    Australian colonial furniture : a guidebook

    Sydney : Colonial Living Press, 1987. Quarto, illustrated gatefold wrappers, pp. 140, 61 colour plates of colonial furniture. Sotheby’s price list for sale of author’s collection stapled to upper wrapper. A fine copy.

  • # 32889

    Photographer unknown.

    [ABOLITIONISM; BRAZIL] Henry (Harry) Ulusiboo, a slave freed by British diplomat Henry Hayne in Rio de Janeiro, probably around 1820.

    [Southampton, U.K.? : photographer unidentified, circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount); verso with an ink inscription, probably contemporaneous with the portrait, ‘Harry Ulusiboo, for 50 years servant to Henry Hayne Esq., who bought and “freed” him at Rio about 1817’, and with a small mounted albumen print …

  • # 32733

    ŠEVČÍK, Otakar (1852-1934)

    Otakar Ševčík, violinist and influential pedagogue: autograph note, signed, on a postcard featuring a portrait of himself. Sent from Prague, and addressed to a music critic in Berlin, April 1904.

    Prague : Mojmír Urbánek, [1904]. Postcard, 91 x 141 mm; on the left side of the recto is a photomechanical process portrait of Ševčík from a photograph by V. Donát, with a printed caption ‘PROF. OT. ŠEVČÍK’ at top centre; the right side is occupied by an autograph note by Ševčík written in German in pen, …

  • # 33105

    HOOVEN, F. Valentine

    Tom of Finland. The official life and work of a gay hero

    New York : Abrams, 2020. Quarto, illustrated boards, pp. 296, illustrated. New copy. Tuoko Laaksonen, also known as Tom of Finland (1920-1991), was an iconic and provocative artist who rose to cult status in the international gay community and beyond for his work celebrating gay archetypes and masculinity during a time when being gay was …

  • # 33062

    FARKAS, Paul, OFM


    Pittsburgh, PA : Typecraft Press Inc., 1998. Octavo (225 x 150 mm), photographically illustrated stiff wrappers, pp [8], 47, with numerous b/w photographic illustrations, map; a fine copy. A first-hand account by a Franciscan missionary of the history of Catholic missions in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, the first of which were …

  • # 33104

    JUDIN, Juerg and KARSTENS, Pay Matthis

    Tom of Finland : Made in Germany

    Milan : Skira Editore, 2021. Quarto, illustrated boards, pp. 176, illustrated. New copy. A spectacular book showing life and work of the Finnish icon from an unknown perspective with around 150 illustrations and well researched texts. Tom of Finland has became the most famous and influential Finnish artist of the 20th century. Born Touko Laaksonen …

  • # 33103

    JODIDIO, Philip

    Contemporary Houses. 100 Homes Around the World

    Cologne : Taschen, 2020. Folio, 34 x 25 cms, pp. 592, illustrated. New copy. Designing private residences has its own very special challenges and nuances for the architect. The scale may be more modest than public projects, the technical fittings less complex than an industrial site, but the preferences, requirements, and vision of particular personalities …

  • # 33102

    BATE, Jonathan

    Shakespeare: staging the world

    London : The British Museum Press, 2012. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 304, illustrated. New copy. Authoritative, surprising, evocative and original, Shakespeare: staging the world offers a completely new approach to one of the most exceptional creative imaginations in history. While matters of religion, trade and war were being contested, the role of the playwright …

  • # 33101

    LISTRI, Massimo

    The world’s most beautiful libraries

    Die schönsten Bibliotheken der Welt / Les plus belles bibliotheques du monde. Massimo Listri ; text by Georg Ruppelt & Elisabeth Sladek ; English translation: Karen Williams ; French translation: Aude Fondard. Cologne : Taschen, 2018. Folio, 395 x 290 mm, illustrated boards in dustjacket, in publisher’s original mailing box, weighs 7 kgs. New copy. …