Books & Bookplates
MORRIS, William, 1834-1896
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 …
SHIELL, Annette; STONE, Mick
Redhill South, Vic. : Elgua Media, . 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 …
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.
Melbourne : Privately printed by John Gartner at the Hawthorn Press, for the author, . Edition limited to 100 copies. Quarto, pale blue cloth boards (slightly bowed, rubbed) with dark blue lettering to spine,  pp, folding genealogical table, mild foxing to extremities, a good, sound copy. Genealogy of the Salmon family (with many variant …
KEAIN, Maurice B.
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, …
STITZ, Charles (editor)
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 …
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.
URSINUS, Zacharias (1534 - 1583)
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 …
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 …
[CAXTON, William] HIGDEN, Ranulph
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 …
[WILMOT, Frank Leslie, 1881–1942 ("FURNLEY MAURICE")]
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.
[MURDOCH, Madoline (Nina), 1890–1976]
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.
STITZ, Charles (editor)
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
BARNETT, P. Neville
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 …
BINSKI, Paul and PANATOYOVA, Stella.
London : Harvey Miller Publishers, 2005 (reprint). Quarto, illustrated wrappers (slightly creased), pp. 415, extensively illustrated. Catalogue for a stunning exhibition of medieval manuscripts.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
HOLROYD, John (1911 - 2000)
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 …
BARNETT, P. Neville
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 …
THE TIMES BOOK CLUB
Biographical and Historical Works, Essays, Fiction, etc. London : The Times Book Club, . Octavo pamphlet, staple bound, 16 pp; a very good copy.
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,  pp, includes a plate of the colophon of the Psalter printed by Fust and Schoeffer in 1457, a near fine copy. THP 711.
A facsimile of an original manuscript with pen drawings. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University, 1956. Oblong octavo, printed wrappers, pp. ; line illustrations, essay by Philip Hofer. Limited to 500 copies. Unrecorded in Australian collections.
REED, Marcia; DEMATTE, Paolo (editors)
Los Angeles, Ca. : Getty Research Institute, 2011. Quarto, pictorial wrappers, 235 pp, illustrated, a new copy.
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 …
FORBES, David W.
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 …
/ 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.
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 …
ARMSTRONG, Edmund La Touche; BOYS, Robert Douglass
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.
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 …
DOUGLAS STEWART FINE BOOKS
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 …
BARNETT, P. Neville
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.
LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)
Process block after a pen and ink drawing, 94 x 78 mm. Created 1937
[PETHERICK, Edward Augustus].
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 …
Ex libris bookplate reproducing a drawing by Margaret Coen for her cousin Joseph Coen.
LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)
Process block after a pen and ink drawing, 118 x 78 mm. Created 1940.
[CAMPBELL, Jean, 1901-1984]
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.
[HINCE, Kenneth]; BROOKES, Mabel Balcombe, 1890-1975.
… 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.
“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.
“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.
AUSTRALIAN EX LIBRIS SOCIETY
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 …
[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 …
[LINDSAY]. LANE, F.C.V.
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.
HIDES, J.G. / NIAU, J.H.
[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 …
HOLMES, Sir Maurice
New York : Burt Franklin, 1952 (1968 reprint). Octavo, cloth, pp. 103, illustrated.