Rare Books

  • # 24523

    PETERSON, William S.; PETERSON, Sylvia Holton

    The Kelmscott Chaucer : a census

    New Castle, Delaware : Oak Knoll Press, 2011. Quarto, cloth in dustjacket, pp. xvi; 272, illustrated. An essential reference for William Morris and the Kelmscott Chaucer. ‘When William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press, his celebrated private press, in 1891, one of the books he intended to print was an edition of the writings of Geoffrey …

  • # 24506

    BRADDON, Russell

    Thomas Baines and the North Australian Expedition

    Sydney : Collins in association with the Royal Geographic Society, 1986. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 160, illustrated. The North Australian Expedition of 1855-56 was led by Augustus Gregory and is documented in the sketches, watercolours and oil paintings of Thomas Baines, formerly in the collection of the Royal Geographic Society, and now in the …

  • # 14762

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    A suite of four framed Roberts Jacks screenprints

    Four screenprints on paper, each measuring 655 x 495 mm (image) 1060 x 820 mm (frame), each editioned in pencil out of 40 copies, signed lower right and dated between 2000 – 06, newly framed in matt finish black timber. A suite of striking original graphic prints by the noted abstract artist Robert Jacks, printed …

  • # 24171


    [SYDNEY; THEATRE; CINEMA] Minerva. Whitehall Productions presents “Mr. Smart Guy”.

    [Cover title]. Sydney, NSW : Publicity Pty. Ltd., 1941. Small quarto (247 x 184 mm), original pictorial wrappers (light vertical fold), staple bound, 16 pp, with photographic portraits, including writer/director Alec Coppel and actors, advertisements for local businesses; a good copy. Programme produced for the world premiere on May 10 1941 of the play Mr. …

  • # 23434

    Photographer unknown.

    Reclining female nude wearing a black mask.

    [Probably France, between 1860 and 1865]. Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each individual image 79 x 72 mm (arched format), original plain yellow mount 86 x 172 mm, verso blank; both albumen prints are in very good condition (a few tiny ink spots), with rich tonal range. This very early and striking example of commercial erotic photography …

  • # 24426

    CANNING, George (1770-1827)

    Speeches delivered by the Rt. Hon. George Canning, at the public celebration of his third return to Parliament for the Town of Liverpool, June 29, 1818. (Canning’s copy, accompanied by his autograph note presenting the book to an unidentified woman)

    London : Printed for G. and W. Nicol, booksellers to His Majesty, Pall-Mall, 1818. Second edition. Octavo, in the original binding commissioned by Canning from the printer, George Nicol, full calf blind-tooled in gilt (both boards with a few marks), spine titled in gilt (a little worn), all edges gilt, Canning’s ownership initials GC to …

  • # 23989

    BREARLEY, John (pseud. of John James Brearley GARBUTT)

    Captain Satan!

    London, U.K. : The Boys’ Friend Library, 5 November 1936. Series: The Boys’ Friend Library, no 550. Square octavo (173 x 137 mm), original pictorial wrappers (small loss of paper mid-spine), 96 pp, one line-drawn illustration at the head of the text, publisher’s illustrated advertisements to inside wrappers; a very good, clean copy. ‘Modern pirate …

  • # 24482

    HENSON, Bill (1955 - ); GREGG, Simon

    Bill Henson : dark desire

    Sale : Gippsland Art Gallery, 2014. Quarto, illustrated gatefold wrappers, pp. 76, fully illustrated with Henson’s photographs. Essay by Simon Gregg. Limited to 500 copies. An as new copy. Catalogue of an exhibition held at Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria, 29 November 2014 to 1 February 2015. “‘Dark Desire’ explores Henson’s enduring fascination with darkness …

  • # 24429

    THOMAS, Daniel.

    Criss Canning : the pursuit of beauty. (Deluxe edition with original signed etching)

    Melbourne : Macmillan, 2007. Quarto, gilt-lettered teal cloth in matching slipcase, pp. 192, fully illustrated. First edition, the deluxe edition, limited to 75 numbered copies, with an original signed etching ‘Banksia’, printed at Port Jackson press, loosely accompanying the book. Written and published to coincide with the artist’s retrospective exhibition at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. …

  • # 24357

    [FEINT, Adrian]. Mullins, John Lane

    Bookplates by Adrian Feint. (Presentation copy for Sydney Ure Smith)

    With an introduction by the Honourable John Lane Mullins. Sydney : Palmtree Press, 1928. Octavo, cloth over papered boards with title label (the glue has caused discolouration, as in all copies), unpaginated, introduction by Mullins, 21 original woodcut bookplates tipped in, including those for Margaret and William Preston, Thea Proctor, Dorothea Mackellar, Kenneth Macqueen, John …

  • # 24127

    Celebrity Circuit Pty. Ltd. (promoter)

    Harlem Blackbirds, 32 sepia stars : souvenir programme of Australia’s first coloured revue : Palladium Stage Theatre

    /​ direction: Celebrity Circuit Pty. Ltd. [Sydney] : Celebrity Circuit, [1955]. Quarto (280 x 215 mm), original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, [14] pp, sepia tone photographic illustrations throughout; a fine copy. Rare programme for the Sydney season at the Palladium Theatre of the Harlem Blackbirds’ groundbreaking tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1955-56. The …

  • # 24208


    [MELBOURNE] Championship wrestling souvenir of wrestlers who will wrestle for the world’s light heavy weight championship at the stadium : season 1927 : containing autographed photographs and wrestling holds, records, weights, performances, and Australian wrestling conditions.

    Also titled: World’s champion wrestlers : Melbourne Stadium, 1927. Melbourne : J.J. Miller [by permission of Stadiums Ltd.], [1927]. Second edition. Large quarto (310 x 240 mm), original pictorial brown wrappers printed in blue, upper wrapper with depiction of a wrestling contest, lower wrapper with Victoria Bitter beer advertisement, pp [26], including 10 tipped-in photographic …

  • # 24272

    CARROLL, Lewis

    [PRIVATE PRESS] Jabberwocky

    Berkeley, CA : Philoxenia Press, 2011. “Edition of sixty copies, of which twenty-five are for sale and twenty-five are for Moxon Chappel [printer’s club]” (colophon). Octavo (257 x 170 mm), sewn pamphlet with Japanese Yuzen hand-stencilled paper wrappers with first plate tipped on, unpaginated, set in 20 point Frühling by Hermann Zapf, illustrated with six …

  • # 24117

    American & Australasian Photographic Company. [MERLIN, Beaufoy, c.1830-1873]

    Photograph of the paddle steamer “Premier”, an early Sydney Harbour steam ferry, 1870-72.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 62 x 104 mm (mount), contemporary inscription in ink above image: ‘Henry Perdriau & J. Watson, owners’; verso imprinted ‘American & Australasian Photographic Company, Sydney Office, 324 George Street. Beaufoy Merlin’; the albumen print is in very good condition, with just a couple of light marks in the sky …

  • # 24428

    Rand McNally & Co.

    Rand McNally & Co.‘s New Twelve Inch Terrestrial Globe

    [Chicago] : Rand McNally & Co., 1891. Chromolithographed paper gores over paper mache base, 12 inches in diameter, oval shaped analemma, alternating red and blue isothermal current lines, in original nickel plated mount and stand. An American student’s table globe from the late nineteenth century with a good amount of geographical detail.

  • # 23900

    Maker unknown.

    [MICROSCOPE SLIDE] Precious Opal. Australia.

    [United Kingdom : s.n., circa 1900]. Glass microscope slide, 75 x 25 mm, the mount with original label printed ‘Mineral’ and with contemporary manuscript caption in ink ‘Precious Opal. Australia’; in fine condition. An attractive microscope slide containing thousands of opal fragments, most likely from New South Wales, Queensland or South Australia.