Books & Bookplates

  • # 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. …

  • # 33100

    CAMPBELL, James and PRYCE, Will

    The Library

    London : Thames & Hudson, 2020. Quarto, pictorial boards, gilt-lettered cloth spine, pp. 328, extensively and lavishly illustrated. New copy. ‘Ambitious and wide-ranging, this is the first single volume to tell the story of the library as a distinct building type, all around the world and from the beginnings of writing to the present day. …

  • # 33056

    CALAHAN, April et al.

    Fashion and the Art of Pochoir : the Golden Age of illustration in Paris

    London : Thames & Hudson, 2015. Quarto, illustrated boards, pp. 240, illustrated. New copy. The 1910s and 1920s witnessed an outpouring of luxury publications that used a hand-stencilling technique known as pochoir (French for ‘stencil’). The highly refined and painterly technique, which consists of applying layers of gouache paint or watercolour to achieve bold blocks …

  • # 33004

    LAULAURIE, Louise Rogers

    Matisse : The Books

    London : Thames & Hudson, 2020. Quarto, lettered cloth, pp. 320, illustrated. New copy. The livre d’artiste, or ‘artist’s book’, is among the most prized in rare book collections. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the greatest artists to work in this genre, creating his most important books over a period of eighteen years from …

  • # 32925

    RENDGEN, Sandra

    History of Information Graphics

    Cologne : Taschen, 2019. Folio, 383 x 257 mm, boards in dustjacket, pp. 462, illustrated. New copy. In the age of big data and digital distribution, when news travel ever further and faster and media outlets compete for a fleeting slice of online attention, information graphics have swept center stage. At once nuanced and neat, …

  • # 32431

    FERSON, Mark J. (editor)

    P. Neville Barnett : Australian genius with books

    A volume of essays issued on the 50th Anniversary of his death. Ryde, N.S.W. : Book Collectors’ Society of Australia, 2003. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. viii, 92, illustrated. Limited to 150 signed and numbered copies. Includes bibliography. Studies in Australian Bibliophily Number 6.

  • # 32184

    ROBINSON, Lionel and Philip

    Catalogue of extremely rare and important printed books and ancient manuscripts

    London : William H. Robinson Lts, 1948. Quarto, printed boards (lightly marked), pp. 200, illustrated including folding plates. Astonishing collection of printed books and manuscripts, too many treasures to list, but including the first book printed in English (Caxton’s Recuyell of the Historyes of Troy, 1475), the earliest known American verse (a broadside ballad fro …

  • # 32740

    McKENDRICK, Scot and DOYLE, Kathleen

    The Art of the Bible : Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World

    New York and London : THames & Hudson in association with the British Library, 2016. Quarto, quarter cloth over illustrated papered boards, pp. 336, illustrated. New copy. Illuminated manuscripts of the Bible are some of the finest, most beautiful but least-known works of art to survive from the Middle Ages. This exquisitely illustrated book presents 45 …

  • # 32746

    BANKS, Joseph

    The Florilegium of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia, 1768-1771

    Compiled by Hank Ebes. Melbourne : Ebes Douwma Antique Prints and Maps ; Sydney : Sotheby’s Australia, 1988. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 200, illustrated. Sales of selected lithographs and engravings from the Florilegium were held in Sydney, June 26, 1988, and in Melbourne, July 2, 1988. “This book provides for the first time … a complete …

  • # 32542


    Printed on Stone : the lithographs of Charles Troedel.

    Melbourne : Melbourne Books, 2020. Quarto, laminated boards, pp. 256, illustrated with more than 70 colour prints from the Troedel archive, plus full reproduction of all 24 plates of The Melbourne Album (lithographic views of Melbourne from 1863–1864) plus select images from the New South Wales Album (1878). New copy. This book is the first to …

  • # 32535

    HOLDEN, Robert.

    Koalas, kangaroos and kookaburras. 200 Australian children’s books and illustrations 1857 – 1988

    [Sydney] : James Hardie Industries, [1988]. Oblong folio, illustrated wrappers, pp. 87. illustrated. Includes well-known illustrators such as Norman Lindsay, Lionel Lindsay, May Gibbs, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Pixie O’Harris, Peg Maltby, Christian Waller, D. H. Souter etc. Small bump to one corner, else a very good copy.

  • # 31882


    [MARITIME BINDING] Lives of Eminent Anglo-Saxons; illustrating the dawn of Christianity and civilization in Great Britain. Part I [& II].

    London : The Religious Tract Society, [circa 1850]. Two volumes in one, duodecimo (145 x 95 mm), in a special ship’s binding of gilt-ruled calf, the upper board with gilt-stamped pictorial device and below the ship’s name ‘S.S. William Denny’, the spine in compartments with contrasting leather title piece lettered in gilt and with ‘The …

  • # 32088

    BAKER, Kenneth

    George Washington’s war in caricature and print

    London : Grub Street, 2009. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 224, extensively illustrated. A fine copy. A history of the American War of Independence in printed caricatures, broadsides, prints and ephemera.

  • # 32146

    WANTRUP, Jonathan

    Australian rare books 1788 – 1900

    Sydney : Hordern House, 1987. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, dust jacket (light handling marks), pp. x; 468, top and fore edges foxed. The standard reference on Australian rare books of the period.

  • # 32272

    Sydney Ure Smith.

    Art in Australia. A Quarterly Magazine. Third Series, Number Fifty-One

    Edited by Sydney Ure Smith & Leon Gellert. Sydney : Art in Australia, 1933. Octavo, pictorial card wrappers, 58pp, illustrated with tipped-in colour plates, plus b/w plates, a fine copy. Features essays on Arthur Murch, Edmund harvey, Maud Sherwood, Eric Thake and John Ford Paterson  as well as colour and black and white plates of …

  • # 31714

    BLACK, Langdon; [INGLETON, Geoffrey C, 1908-1998] [BLACK, Reginald Lindsay, 1886-1959]

    Letter to Sydney bibliophile Geoffrey C. Ingleton, re. acquisition of books on Aboriginal culture from the family of the author, Reginald Lindsay Black. Leeton, New South Wales, August, 1962.

    1 quarto page, 265 x 195 mm, manuscript in fountain pen on letterhead of Black & Co., Produce Merchants & General Commission Agents, Leeton, N.S.W., dated 27 August 1962; addressed to Mr. G. C. Ingleton, Hydrographic Office, Garden Island, Sydney, and signed at the foot ‘Yours faithfully, Langdon Black’, the letter concerns Ingleton’s request to …