Books & Bookplates

  • # 17883

    MUNARI, Bruno

    Libro Illegibile N.Y.1

    New York : Museum of Modern Art, 1967. First edition. Quarto, plain black paper wrappers in pink laminated dustjacket (fine), unpaginated and without text. In this ‘illegible book’ Munari tells a story without words, through the different colours card and glassine pages a diecut circle travels across the book, with some leaves connected by a …

  • # 18311


    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.

  • # 17510

    URE SMITH, Sydney

    The etchings of Sydney Ure Smith

    Sydney : Art in Australia, c. 1920. Quarto, printed wrappers over boards (soiled), contemporary owner’s name to front free endpaper, pp. 76, numerous illustrations including many tipped-in, images of bookplates. Limited to 300 copies.

  • # 17704


    The Hill of Content : books, art, music, people. (Signed copy)

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1959. First edition. Octavo, boards with pictorial dust jacket, pp 246, illustrated. Reminiscences of the legendary Melbourne bookstore; inscribed by the shop’s owner A.H. Spencer on front endpaper.

  • # 17527

    BARNETT, P. Neville

    Woodcut book-plates coming out party souvenir

    Sydney : very privately printed, ‘saxteenth Octember, thirty-four’. Quarto, printed wrappers, stringbound, pp. [32], illustrations of bookplates by Phyllis Shillito, Freda Robertshaw, George Hay and many others. limited to 150 copies signed by the author. A humorous and amusing printed souvenir for Barnett’s larger work on Woodcut Book Plates.

  • # 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 …

  • # 17541

    WANTRUP, Jonathan

    Australian rare books 1788 – 1900 (deluxe edition)

    Sydney : Hordern House, 1987. Two volumes, octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, slipcase, vol. 1 pp. x; 168; vol. 2 pp. 32; a fine set. The deluxe edition, each volume limited to 125 copies signed by the author (this is copy number 3). The deluxe edition is specially bound in slipcase, and includes the additional volume ‘First …

  • # 17701

    A book collector’s notes on items relating to the Discovery of Australia, the First Settlement, and the Early Coastal Exploration of the Continent

    Melbourne : Cassell Australia, 1970. Quarto, cloth boards with illustrated dustjacket (spine sunned), pp 138. A useful book collecting handbook on notable voyages and exploration rare publications.

  • # 17702

    BENNETT, Bruce; COWAN, Peter; HAY, John; ASHFORD, Susan

    Western Australian writing : a bibliography

    Fremantle : Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1990. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp 334.

  • # 17182

    TYRRELL, James R.

    Old books, old friends, old Sydney. (Presentation copy)

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1952. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s tan cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt on black, in original dust jacket (worn at corners and edges, a few closed tears), a presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the front pastedown ‘To A.G. Smith, with the regards of the author, James R. Tyrrell’, …

  • # 17451

    [GILMORE, Mary]

    Centenary – Mary Gilmore

    Sydney : [The Mary Gilmore Award, Trades Hall], 1965. Octavo, wrappers, horizontal crease, bifold pamphlet. A prospectus for soliciting donations to the literary award on the centenary of Gilmore’s birth. Not to be confused with the contemporary Mary Gilmore Prize, this pamphlet is a scarce publication regarding the Award beyond newspaper reports. Previous winners of …

  • # 17395

    LINDSAY, Lionel (1874-1961)

    Bookplate for Keith Wingrove

    Woodcut engraving, 80 x 55 mm; created 1958. Signed in the image.

  • # 17272

    HOLDEN, Robert.

    A golden age : a treasury of Australian children’s fantasy classics

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson,1992. Quarto, 2 vols, boards with illustrated dustjacket, housed in illustrated slipcase, pp 192, 455. Vol.1 being Through the Magic Door : A Collection of Australia’s  Classic Fantasy Writing and Vol 2. being Visions of Fantasy. Australia’s Fantasy Illustrators: Their Lives and Works.

  • # 17264

    HOLDEN, Robert.

    Twinkle twinkle Southern Cross : the forgotten folklore of Australian nursery rhymes

    Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1992. Oblong quarto, pictorial wrappers, pp 99.

  • # 17261

    ANDERSON, Hugh

    The singing roads : a guide to Australian children’s author and illustrators

    Sydney: The Wentworth Press, 1965. Quarto, buff wrappers, pp 117, 77. With photographic plates of some authors.

  • # 17265

    PRENTICE, Jeffrey; BIRD, Bettina

    Dromkeen : a journey into children’s literature (deluxe edition)

    Melbourne : J.M. Dent, 1987. Quarto, cloth boards with gilt lettering, in matching cloth slipcase with paste down plate, pp 175. Numbered 14 of 100, with signature of Joyce Oldmeadow, a founder of the Dromkeen Collection.