Rare Books

  • # 28879

    GRAHAM-STEWART, Michael; McWHANNELL, Francis; DICKSON, Jonathan

    Bitter fruit : Australian photographs to 1963

    Melbourne : Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 280 pp, illustrated in colour throughout with hundreds of photographs documenting the collision of Indigenous Australian and European cultures; the photographs, ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1960s and taken in every region of Australia, represent some …

  • # 28878

    BONYNGE, Richard

    Chalet Monet : Inside the home of Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge

    Foreword by Marilyn Horne. Photography by Dominique Bersier. Melbourne : Melbourne Books, 2020. Quarto, lettered cloth in illustrated dustjacket, illustrated endpapers, pp. 343, extensively illustrated. Printed in an edition of 1500 copies. New copy. This sumptuously produced coffee table book captures the essence of the fairy tale that is Chalet Monet. Inside its pages over …

  • # 28874

    WILDE, Oscar; BARTON, Del Kathryn

    Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose. Artworks by Del Kathryn Barton

    Sydney : Art & Australia, 2012. (Fifth edition, 2016). Large quarto, illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers, pp. 56, lavishly illustrated with Del Kathryn Barton’s artworks. As new copy.

  • # 28867

    MANION, Margaret (1935 - )

    The Felton Illuminated Manuscripts in the National Gallery of Victoria

    Melbourne, National Gallery Victoria / Macmillan, 2005. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 440, extensively illustrated. Fine copy of the hardback edition, as new. “This scholarly publication ‘The Felton illuminated manuscripts in the National Gallery of Victoria’ celebrates the Gallery’s small but distinguished collection of illuminated manuscripts and eloquently comments on the development of the handwritten …

  • # 28862

    EDQUIST, Harriet

    Michael O’Connell : the lost modernist

    Melbourne : Melbourne Books, 2011. Quarto, lettered wrappers, pp. iv; 213, illustrated. New copy. ‘Michael O’Connell:The Lost Modernist is a beautifully produced book that documents the life and work of this major figure in Anglo- Australian design history. Born in Cumbria in 1898 Michael O’Connell saw action on the Western Front inWWI before moving to …

  • # 28856

    PEAKE, Andrew

    Bookplate artists and their bookplates (ordinary edition)

    Adelaide : Tudor Press, 2012. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 104, illustrated in colour. An excellent contemporary survey of the most significant Australian bookplate artists of the last 150 years, with illustrated examples of some of their best works. Includes the artists John Shirlow, Irena Sibley, Lloyd Rees, Eris Thake, Lionel Lindsay, Norman Lindsay, and many …

  • # 28845

    [ROWE, George]; BLAKE, Steven

    George Rowe, artist and lithographer 1796-1864

    The catalogue of an exhibition held at – Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham, 21 August-2 October 1982, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, 30 October-11 December 1982. Exhibition organised and catalogue written by Steven Blake. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 72, illustrated, spine a little sunned. Scholarly monograph on the topographical painter and printmaker, including his time …

  • # 28842

    PEAKE, Andrew

    James Grassie : poet and Aboriginal story teller of Victoria

    Dulwich, S.A. : the author, 2013. Edition limited to 80 copies. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, 258 pp, illustrated, a new copy. A biographical sketch and anthology of the written works of James Grassie, a Scottish immigrant who arrived in Victoria in 1852 and settled near Portland in far western Victoria. Grassie’s fascination with the culture and …

  • # 28190

    [CLUNE, Frank]

    Ned Kelly

    Brisbane : Australian Publishing Co., [197- ]. Octavo (220 x 145 mm), publisher’s blue wrappers lettered in silver, 98 pp, illustrated with b/w plates; previous owner’s name to front free-endpaper, else a fine copy. The story of Australia’s most infamous bushranger, narrated compellingly by popular historian Frank Clune (whose authorship is mysteriously unacknowledged by the …

  • # 28483

    WALKER, Thomas (1804-1886)

    [PORT PHILLIP]. A month in the bush of Australia.

    Journal of one of a party of gentlemen who recently travelled from Sydney to Port Philip [sic] : with some remarks on the present state of the farming establishments and society in the settled parts of the Argyle country. London : J. Cross, 1838. Octavo, modern three-quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt-lettered leather label to spine, pp. iv; 54, internally …

  • # 28835

    WILEY, Rebecca; WATTS, Barry; LUKIN, Judy

    Rebecca Wiley’s visit to Norman Lindsay at Springwood May 1918.

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1986. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 130, illlustrated.

  • # 28809

    DUTTON, Geoffrey

    S. T. Gill’s Australia

    Sydney : Mead &​ Beckett, 1981. Quarto, boards in dust jacket, pp. 160, illustrated; a very good copy.

  • # 28807

    MAYNARD, John

    True light and shade : an aboriginal perspective of Joseph Lycett’s art

    Canberra : National Library of Australia, 2014. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 168, illustrated. ‘True light and shade’ is filled with beautiful images by convict artist Joseph Lycett that powerfully capture in intimate detail Aboriginal life, a rare record of Aboriginal people within the vicinity of Newcastle and how they adapted to European settlement before cultural …

  • # 28367

    NORTH, Marianne

    A vision of Eden : the life and work of Marianne North

    Preface by J.P.M. Brenan ; foreword by Anthony Huxley ; biographical note by Brenda E. Moon. Exeter : Webb & Bower, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1980. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, maps to endppers (bookplate verso), pp. 240, illustrated. ‘Marianne North, an unmarried middle-aged Victorian lady of comfortable means, set off in 1871 …

  • # 28707

    RAMSAY, Christine Wu

    Days Gone By, volume 2: A meeting of East and West

    Melbourne : Macmillan Art Publishing, 2013. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 119, illustrated. New copy. In Days Gone By, Volume 2: A Meeting of East and West, Christine Wu Ramsay continues the personal story of her life in an ever-widening world – as East meets West. The story is told with warmth, insight and her …

  • # 28679

    BROWN, Lyndell et al.

    Framing conflict : contemporary war + aftermath. Lyndell Brown, Charles Green & Jon Cattapan

    Melbourne, Macmillan Art Publishing, 2014. Small quarto, illustrated stiff cards, pp. 224, illustrated. This book – focusing on contemporary wars and their aftermath as perceived by war artists Lyndell Brown, Charles Green and Jon Cattapan – will be of equally vital interest to those concerned with contemporary war and terror, art history and theory and …