Books & Bookplates

  • # 18494

    HARKER, John

    Amateur watercolour drawings of fungi. Hazel Grove, Lancaster, circa 1860.

    Watercolour on artist’s paper, 230 x 155 mm, signed and dated lower right ‘Hazel Grove. July 31st, J. Harker’; [together with] Unused bookplate of Dr. John Harker, Lancaster. Lithograph printed, 110 x 70 mm; scattered foxing. Dr. John Harker – though not the most accomplished watercolorist – was a keen amateur archaeologist. His paper describing his …

  • # 18495

    JOHNSON, James

    Two late eighteenth century bookplates of James Johnson

    Copperplate engraved on laid paper; 38 x 75 mm and 38 x 72 mm, respectively; the first printed ‘James Johnson, Student at Edinburgh. 1775’ and in Ms. ‘No. 76’; the second, probably from around 1780, ‘James Johnson, Surgeon, Lancaster’, and in ms. ‘No. 248’; toning evident on the earlier example. Two used bookplates belonging to …

  • # 18492

    STOUT, John (1763-1846)

    Late eighteenth century armorial bookplate of John Stout

    Copperplate engraving on wove paper, 100 x 60 mm; fine. An unused bookplate belonging to John Stout (1763-1846) of Dalton Square, Lancaster. Another example of John Stout’s bookplate is to be found in a copy of The whole works of Lavater on physiognomy (1790), held in the Thomas Fisher Library, University of Toronto.

  • # 18510

    LINDSAY, Lionel

    Bookplate for K. Brian Stonier

    Etching, 10 x 7.4 cm, created 1951. Signed in the image. A later impression

  • # 18025

    The House of Jade … offer exclusively rare books on China and the Chinese

    [cover title]. New York : The House of Jade, 1947. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 16, illustrated. Rare Book List No. 183. Catalogue of rare books and photographs on China.

  • # 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.

  • # 17868

    TOMLINSON, H. M. (1873 - 1958)

    An illustrated catalogue of rare books on the East Indies and a letter to a friend by H. M. Tomlinson (presentation copy)

    London : The Java Head Bookshop, 1932. Octavo, papered boards, cloth spine, pp. 42, illustrated. Limited to 165 copies, this is copy number 2. The deluxe edition of the first catalogue of the Java Head Bookshop (a softcover on cheaper paper was also issued). Signed on the front free endpaper by H. M. Tomlinson and …

  • # 18051

    Catalogue of books dealing with North and South America.

    Including a collection of books on Latin American law and economico. For sale by Otto Lange, 132 via Serragli, Florence, Italy. Catalogue No. 43, 1922. Octavo, printed wrappers (brittle), pp. 156.

  • # 18079


    A list of books.

    Fowlers and Wells, Publishers, No. 308 Broadway, New York. 1854. Foolscap sheet (36 cm tall), folds as issued, wholesale order form for medical publications available for order, in the fields of phrenology, hydrotherapy, physiology, mesmerism and psychology, phonography and miscellaneous. Scarce American publishing ephemera.

  • # 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.

  • # 18482

    WANTRUP, Jonathan

    Australian rare books 1788 – 1900

    Sydney : Hordern House, 1987. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, dust jacket, pp. x; 468; a fine copy. The standard reference on Australian rare books of the period.

  • # 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 …

  • # 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.