Books & Bookplates

  • # 15573

    MORRIS, William, 1834-1896

    The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted.

    A fine copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer, recognised as the finest book printed since the Gutenberg Bible.  Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896. Folio, bound in full rich tan morocco, with raised beveled panels to front and rear boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern, borders and dentelles also stamped in blind, leather inlay gilt-lettered with “Chaucer’s Works”, spine with five …

  • # 17010

    SHIELL, Annette; STONE, Mick

    Bonzer : Australian comics 1900-1990s (limited edition)

    Redhill South, Vic. : Elgua Media, [1998]. Edition limited to 200 numbered copies (no. 65) signed on the limitation page by four illustrators: Hart Amos; Gerald Carr; Eric Joliffe; Arthur Mather. Quarto, fine red cloth boards with silver lettering in like dust jacket, xi, 188 pp, illustrations throughout (nearly all colour), a fine copy of …

  • # 16925

    INGLETON, Geoffrey Chapman.

    True Patriots All, or, News from Early Australia, as told in a collection of broadsides (deluxe ed.)

    Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1952. Quarto, gilt-titled half-calf over buckram, 280pp. reproducing illustrated broad-sides. The deluxe edition, limited to 150 signed copies, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, and containing three original etchings signed by Ingleton. An exploration on ephemeral early printings concerning Australia, and a fine deluxe edition with the author’s accomplished maritime artworks.

  • # 16667

    SALMON, H.J.D.

    [GENEALOGY] Salmon chronicles

    Melbourne : Privately printed by John Gartner at the Hawthorn Press, for the author, [1947]. Edition limited to 100 copies. Quarto, pale blue cloth boards (slightly bowed, rubbed) with dark blue lettering to spine, [150] pp, folding genealogical table, mild foxing to extremities, a good, sound copy. Genealogy of the Salmon family (with many variant …

  • # 16626

    KEAIN, Maurice B.

    Bibliography of the Hawthorn Press.

    Norton Summit, South Australia : Marble Hill Press, 1996. First edition, limited to 82 copies, 75 being for sale and numbered and signed by the compiler (this is copy no. 59). Quarto, red cloth boards with gilt lettering to upper board and spine, frontispiece, pp xiv, 146; a pristine copy. A listing of the items, …

  • # 16584

    STITZ, Charles (editor)

    Australian Book Collectors. Volumes IV & V.

    Volume IV. Third Series Part I. [Melbourne] : Books of Kells, 2016. Quarto, boards in dust-jacket, pp. xxi, 291, illustrated. Volume V. Third Series Part II. [Melbourne] : Books of Kells, 2016. Quarto, boards in dust-jacket, pp. xi, 292 – 562, illustrated. The final two volumes of this encyclopaedic reference on notable book collectors and collections …

  • # 16371

    APPLEYARD, David

    Ethiopian manuscripts

    London : Jed Press, 1993. Quarto, cloth in dustjacket, pp. 142, extensively illustrated. A landmark reference on early illustrated Christian manuscripts in Ethiopia. Scarce, a fine copy.

  • # 15974

    URSINUS, Zacharias (1534 - 1583)

    A scarce VOC ship’s binding from the Chamber of Middelburg

    Schat-Boeck der Verklaringen over den Nederlandtschen Catechismus, Uyt de Latijnsche Lessen van Dr. Zacharias Ursinus, Op-gemaeckt van Dr. David Pareus, Vertaelt, ende met Tafelen, &c. verlicht, door Dr. Festus Hommius. Nu van nieuws oversien, ende nevens het stellen der Schriftuer-plaetsen na de Publijcke Oversettinge, verrijckt met Toe-eygeninge, Item met Schriftmatige Harmonie der Nederlandtsche Geloofs-Formulieren, als …

  • # 15877

    A nineteenth century French textbook bound in a fragment of fifteenth century manuscript

    Abrege de geometrie pratique … Paris, 1837. Octavo, pp. 180, engraved plates. A common French mathematical textbook bound in vellum, being a fragment of liturgical manuscript, probably fifteenth century, with rubrication in red and blue. The practice of reusing older manuscripts for binder’s vellum was common in the Renaissance, however this is a relatively late …

  • # 16089

    [CAXTON, William] HIGDEN, Ranulph

    A leaf from William Caxton’s Polychronicon printed in 1482

    Westminster : William Caxton, 1482. Single leaf, 274 x 206 mm, rubricated in red with marginalia, further marginalia in black ink, light soiling, else fine. Framed. A specimen leaf from England’s first printer, William Caxton. Born in Kent some time between 1415 and 1424, Caxton moved to London in the mid-1430s and was apprenticed to …

  • # 15842

    [WILMOT, Frank Leslie, 1881–1942 ("FURNLEY MAURICE")]

    [“FURNLEY MAURICE”] All about books for Australian and New Zealand readers

    Vol. VII no. 2, February 11, 1935. Melbourne : D.W. Thorpe, 1937. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with portrait of Australian poet, bookseller and publisher “Furnley Maurice” (pseudonym of Frank Wilmot) to front, pp 18-32; a very good copy of this issue.

  • # 15841

    [MURDOCH, Madoline (Nina), 1890–1976]

    [NINA MURDOCH] All about books for Australian and New Zealand readers

    Vol. IX no. 9, September 13, 1937. Melbourne : D.W. Thorpe, 1937. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with portrait of Australian writer Madoline (Nina) Murdoch to front, pp 134-148; a very good copy of this issue.  

  • # 12351

    STITZ, Charles (editor)

    Australian Book Collectors. Volumes I, II, III

    Volume I. Bendigo : Bread Street Press in association with The Australian Book Auction Records, 2010. Quarto, boards in dust-jacket, pp. 322, illustrated. Volume II. Second Series Part I. [Melbourne] : Books of Kells (Green Olive Press), 2013. Quarto, boards in dust-jacket, pp. 409, illustrated. Volume III. Second Series Part II. [Melbourne] : Books of Kells …

  • # 15540

    [DENNYS, John]

    The secrets of angling: teaching the choicest tools, baits, and seasons, for the taking of any fish in pond or river

    Edinburgh : Privately printed, 1885. Three books in two volumes. Octavo, printed parchment wrappers (occasional rubbing, minor chipping to spine), uncut and mostly unopened, pp 44, 64. A private press edition limited to 350 copies, this being a copy of the 275 small paper examples. Initially this poem was attributed to John Davours; its author …

  • # 15600


    Walton and the earlier fishing writers

    London : Elliot Stock, 1903. “The Book-Lover’s Library series, popular edition”. Octavo, cloth backed papered boards (minor corner wear), front hinge split, pp xxviii-264; clean throughout. From the collection of Australian bibliophile Claude Prance, his collection label to front pastedown and pencil signature on endpaper.

  • # 15731


    Archive of correspondence to the editor of the Pastoralist’s Review, 1901 – 1913

    Ledger book (wrappers defective) containing 75 hand written and typed letters to Richard Twopenny, Editor of the Pastoralist’s Review (formerly the Australian Pastorialist’s Review, and later the Pastoral Review), dated between 1901 and 1913. The letters are from subscribers across Australia and New Zealand (and even from as far afield as Scotland and Nevada), largely renewals …

  • # 15811

    DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888); "W.S.E."

    Carte de visite with an acrostic laudatory poem to Tasmanian newspaper publisher and editor John Campbell Macdougall

    Albumen print photograph of a lithographed poem titled ‘An Acrostic’, dated and initialled in the image ‘Hobart Town, 9th August 1848 / W.S.E.’, carte de visite format, 105 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Artist & Photographer, by Appointment, 66 & 68 King William St., Adelaide / Prize Medal, Universal Exhibition 1867’; both the …

  • # 15395

    BARNETT, P. Neville

    Australian book-plates and book-plates of interest to Australia

    Sydney : privately printed [Beacon Press], 1950. The standard edition, liimited to 200 copies signed by the author. Quarto, papered boards in dust jacket (a little chipped at corners and head and tail of spine), pastedown and front endpaper with bookplates of two previous owners, 280 pp, extensively illustrated with bookplates, some of which are …

  • # 15774

    BINSKI, Paul and PANATOYOVA, Stella.

    The Cambridge illuminations. Ten centuries of book production in the medieval West

    London : Harvey Miller Publishers, 2005 (reprint). Quarto, illustrated wrappers (slightly creased), pp. 415, extensively illustrated. Catalogue for a stunning exhibition of medieval manuscripts.

  • # 15623

    CHARLES, Harold

    [PROSPECTUS]. Something new … Australian Nursery Rhymes

    By Harold Charles . Illustrated by Esther and Betty Paterson. Melbourne : Australian Nursery Rhymes, 1945. Printed sheet, folded, pp. 4, illustrated. Advertising prospectus with order form.

  • # 15776

    ENGBERG, Siri

    Edward Ruscha Editions 1959-1999. Catalogue raisonné.

    Minneapolis : Walker Art Center, 1999. First edition. Two volumes, quarto, lettered paperd boards, pp. 127; 156, extensively illustrated, housed in a lettered cloth slipcase. The substantial reference for Ruscha’s books and prints.

  • # 15397

    YORKE, Philip

    [EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED BOOK] The royal tribes of Wales

    Wrexham : John Painter, 1799. First edition. Quarto, full calf by J. Gill of Penhryn, elaborately tooled in blind and gilt, contrasting morocco title label, marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate for John Hughes (1810-1871) to front pastedown, pp 192, the twelve engraved plates replaced by twelve magnificent original paintings heightened with gold of the royal arms …

  • # 15374

    The William F. Charters South Sea Collection at Butler University

    A selected, annotated catalogue. With an introduction by George W. Geib. Indianapolis : Butler University, 1994. Quarto, printed wrappers, pp. 66, illustrated. A detailed catalogue of this lesser-known Pacific collection in Indiana. Unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 15483

    HOLROYD, John (1911 - 2000)

    The Australian Book Trade : a bookseller’s contribution to its history

    Melbourne : Braidwood Press, 2015. Introduction by Jeff Prentice. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, limited to 150 copies signed and numbered by Prentice. John Holroyd’s reflections on his career in the book trade, spanning several decades in Melbourne and Sydney, are presented for the first time in ‘The Australian Book Trade : A Bookseller’s Contribution to its …

  • # 15392

    BARNETT, P. Neville

    The bookplate in Australia : its inspiration and development

    Sydney : Tyrrrell’s Galleries : 1930. ‘Reprinted from the 1929 Year Book of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers, Washington D.C.’ (colophon). Octavo, quarter-cloth over papered boards (a little flecked), title label, bookplate to front pastedown, frontispiece tipped-in reproduction of a bookplate by Adrian Feint for John Lane Mullins, 30 pp, head- and …

  • # 14906


    Special sale. A list of prominent books on Travel, Topography, Sport, Natural History and Art,

    Biographical and Historical Works, Essays, Fiction, etc. London : The Times Book Club, [1923]. Octavo pamphlet, staple bound, 16 pp; a very good copy. 

  • # 15943

    GARTNER, John

    The craftsmen’s emblem : being the story of the 1457 device

    Melbourne : Printing Industry Craftsmen of Australia [printed by The Hawthorn Press], 1941. Edition limited to 250 copies. Octavo, printed card covers (front lightly marked), string bound, [14] pp, includes a plate of the colophon of the Psalter printed by Fust and Schoeffer in 1457, a near fine copy. THP 711.  

  • # 15399

    LEAR, Edward

    The duck and the kangaroo

    A facsimile of an original manuscript with pen drawings. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University, 1956. Oblong octavo, printed wrappers, pp. [8]; line illustrations, essay by Philip Hofer. Limited to 500 copies. Unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 14460

    REED, Marcia; DEMATTE, Paolo (editors)

    China on paper : European and Chinese works from the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth century

    Los Angeles, Ca. : Getty Research Institute, 2011. Quarto, pictorial wrappers, 235 pp, illustrated, a new copy.

  • # 14159

    GARVEY, Nathan

    The Celebrated George Barrington: A Spurious Author; the Book Trade, and Botany Bay…

    Octavo, cloth bound boards in dustjacket, pp. 327, illustrated.  “This book traces the genesis of the Barrington books in rich and evocative detail, offering a compelling account of publishing history in England and on the continent, and displaying the subtle machinations of the book trade in a world without copyright laws. Throughout, The Celebrated George …

  • # 14107

    FORBES, David W.

    Hawaiian National Bibliography 1780-1900 (complete four volume set)

    Volume I: 1780-1830. Volume II: 1831-1850. Volume III: 1851-1880. Volume IV: 1881- 1900. Sydney : Hordern House and Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 1999-2003. Quarto (250 x 205 mm.), four volumes, printed in black and red, bound in fine-weave green cloth. The complete set, as new condition. “The long-awaited bibliography of Hawaiiana, many years in …

  • # 14069

    BEDDIE, M.K.

    Bibliography of Captain James Cook R.N., F.R.S., circumnavigator

    /​ The Library of New South Wales ; editor: M. K. Beddie. Sydney : [Council of the Library of New South Wales], 1970. Large octavo, blue cloth boards in dustjacket (a little worn), xvi, 894 pp, a good copy of the standard bibliography of Cook.

  • # 13970

    The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (facsimile edition limited to 100 copies, 1899)

    Reproduced by authority of the Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales, 1899. Angus & Robertson, 1899. Folio, half-crushed morocco over cloth (a few marks), lettered in gilt to the spine, bookplate from the W. R. Griffiths collection to front pastedown, unpaginated, foxing to edges, photo-lithographed by Vincent Brooks, Day & Sons of …

  • # 13691

    ARMSTRONG, Edmund La Touche; BOYS, Robert Douglass

    The book of the Public Library, Museums and National Gallery of Victoria, 1906 – 1931

    Melbourne : Trustees of the Public Library, Museums and National Gallery of Victoria, 1932. Octavo, printed wrappers (light crease), bookplate from the Chapman collection inside front wrapper, pp.137, illustrations. John Shirlow's copy, signed by him on front wrapper.

  • # 13658

    MORGAN, Charles

    The house of Macmillan (1843 – 1943) [Brian Stonier’s copy]

    London : Macmillan & Co., 1944. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, top edge gilt, bookplate from the Ingleton collection to front pastedown, Ingleton catalogue number 8628 inscribed on rear endpaper, clippings from dustjacket laid in at rear endpapers, pp. 248. From the library of Brian Stonier, inscribed in pencil to front free endpaper 'K. B. Stonier (private …

  • # 13503


    Bibliotheca Peruana (catalogue)

    Melbourne : Douglas Stewart Fine Books, 2016. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 252, extensively illustrated. Catalogue by Jonathan Dickson, photography by Tira Lewis. The illustrated printed catalogue documenting the remarkable private collection of early Peruvian books 'Bibliotheca Peruana'. The catalogue includes a number of great rarities and imprints previously unrecorded. Printed in a small edition of …

  • # 13455

    BARNETT, P. Neville

    Armorial Book-plates

    Their romantic origin and artistic development. Sydney: privately printed at the Beacon Press, 1932. Octavo, patterned cloth, 172 pp., illustrated throughout with bookplates. A worldwide survey of armorial bookplates including a chapter on Australian armorials. Limited to 300 copies signed by the author. Standard edition.

  • # 13188

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    Bookplate for Freda Johnson

    Process block after a pen and ink drawing, 94 x 78 mm. Created 1937

  • # 13105

    [PETHERICK, Edward Augustus].

    Catalogue of books relating to Australasia, Malaysia, Polynesia, the Pacific Coast of America

    and the South Seas. Edwards's Australasian Catalogue. London : Francis Edwards, 1899. Octavo, gilt-lettered quarter crushed morocco over cloth (rubbed), top edge gilt, other edges uncut, pp. 220; xxviii, a clean copy. From the library of Jeffrey Prentice, his bookplate to front pastedown. Petherick's three thousand item catalogue of Australiana prepared for Francis Edwards in …

  • # 13070

    COEN, Margaret

    Bookplate for Joseph Coen

    Ex libris bookplate reproducing a drawing by Margaret Coen for her cousin Joseph Coen. 

  • # 12883

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    Bookplate for Margaret Coen

    Process block after a pen and ink drawing, 118 x 78 mm. Created 1940.

  • # 12549

    [CAMPBELL, Jean, 1901-1984]

    [JEAN CAMPBELL] All about books for Australian and New Zealand readers.

    Vol. VII no. 4, April 12, 1935. Melbourne : D.W. Thorpe, 1935. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with portrait of Melbourne writer “Miss Jean Campbell, A Successful Australian Author” to front, pp 57-72; a fine copy of this issue.

  • # 7063

    [HINCE, Kenneth]; BROOKES, Mabel Balcombe, 1890-1975.

    Australiana from the library of Dame Mabel Brookes

    … arranged for sale by Kenneth Hince. Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, 1968. Special issue on hand-made paper in deluxe binding. Large octavo, fine blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to front and spine, frontispiece portrait, pp [vi], 69, b/w plates, uncut, mostly unopened, a pristine copy.

  • # 12382

    The Bookfellow. The second number. 18th February, 1899.

    “A Monthly Magazinelet for Book-Buyers and Book-Readers”. Sydney : The Bulletin, 1899. Duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers designed by A.J. Fischer (detached and foxed), 24 pp, illustrated; pale foxing to outer leaves, otherwise contents clean and sound; a fair copy. Scarce.

  • # 12381

    The Bookfellow. The fourth number. 29th April, 1899.

    “A Monthly Magazinelet for Book-Buyers and Book-Readers”. Sydney : The Bulletin, 1899. Duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers designed by A.J. Fischer (detached, chipped and lightly foxed), 48 pp, illustrated; some mild scatted foxing; a fair copy. Scarce.

  • # 12269


    Report of the Australian Ex Libris Society (1924)

    Sydney : Australian Ex Libris Society, 1924. Edition limited to 200 copies (this is copy no. 39). Square duodecimo, original printed buff wrappers (upper wrapper lightly foxed and marked), staple bound, ownership signature to first blank, 29 pp, illustrated with 10 black and white photographic plates, including bookplates by Adrian Feint (2), D.H. Souter, Gordon …

  • # 12100

    KERR, J.M.

    [MELBOURNE] Catalogue of the loan exhibition of old, rare, and curious books, manuscripts, autographs, examples

    of binding, etc., held in the McArthur Gallery / under the direction of the Trustees of the Public Library, Museums, and National Gallery of Victoria. At head of title: Intercolonial Library Conference, Melbourne. 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th April, 1896. Melbourne : R.S. Brain, Government Printer, 1896. Octavo, stapled wrappers (a little sunned, upper fore-edge with a …

  • # 11879


    The Bookplates of Norman Lindsay

    Adelaide: The Wakefield Press, 1944. Octavo, printed wrappers, 32pp. (label inside front wrapper) illustrated with tipped-in bookplates and a checklist of works completed. Limited to 400 copies.

  • # 11459

    HIDES, J.G. / NIAU, J.H.

    Papuan wonderland / The phantom paradise (order form)

    [Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1936]. Single sheet, 255 x 150 mm, printed on both sides in sepia, with photographic illustrations; recto with synopsis and review of J.G. Hides' Papuan wonderland; verso with synopsis and review of J.H. Niau's The phantom paradise : the story of the expeditions of the Marquis de Rays, 1879-81; both …

  • # 10931

    HOLMES, Sir Maurice

    Captain James Cook : a bibliographical excursion

    New York : Burt Franklin, 1952 (1968 reprint). Octavo, cloth, pp. 103, illustrated.