Books & Bookplates

  • # 29373


    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 …

  • # 29355


    Eyes to the blind

    Melbourne : Victorian Association of Braille Writers, [c. 1940]. Oblong duodecimo pamphlet (100 x 155 mm) with cut-out to front revealing an image of Louis Braille, pp [8]; Braille alphabet loosely inserted; water staining around gutters, staples rusted. Informational booklet about the Victorian Association of Braille Writers’ Library, with biographical sketch of Louis Braille. Rare. …

  • # 29329


    Australian Bookplate Club : constitution and list of founding members

    Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, 1942. Octavo, printed wrappers, [8] pp. Limited to 150 copies, a fine copy. The first publication of The Australian Bookplate Club. THP 10

  • # 29327

    TURNBULL, Clive

    [NED KELLY] Kellyana

    Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, 1943. First edition. Octavo, printed card covers (chipped at head of spine), 12 pp, an excellent copy. Bibliography of works on Ned Kelly. THP 424.

  • # 29234

    DAVIDSON, Rodney; WANTRUP, Jonathan

    The Davidson collection: Australian and Pacific voyages from the library of Mr Rodney D. Davidson (deluxe limited edition)

    Melbourne : Australian Book Auctions, 2005 – 2007. Three volumes, quarto, gilt-lettered blue cloth with pictorial inlays, unpaginated, 621 lots illustrated and expertly catalogued, each volume in plastic jackets as issued, a fine set. The deluxe edition, limited to 150 copies, each volume signed by Rodney Davidson and Jonathan Wantrup (the third volume with facsimile …

  • # 29199

    TAYLOR, Tom

    Written in a tropical glow : books, prints, and manuscripts describing the biological exploration of the New World tropics

    Dallas : DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 2018. Quarto, bound in two contrasting green Japanese fabrics, folding frontispiece, pp. 166 plus 32 pages of colour plates, printed letterpress. Limited to 390 copies (40 copies in a deluxe binding were also issued). A magnificent illustrated monograph being the catalogue for an exhibition of rare travel books …

  • # 29172

    WANTRUP, Jonathan

    Thomas and William Boone’s library of Australian travels

    Melbourne : Australian Book Auctions, 2019. Quarto, gilt-lettered green buckram, pp. 194, illustrated. Limited to 135 copies signed by the author. New copy. “Thomas and William Boone, prominent booksellers of new, secondhand, and antiquarian books and manuscripts in mid- nineteenth-century London, were responsible for publishing the first-hand accounts of all the major figures from the …

  • # 29171

    PEAKE, Andrew

    Bookplate artists and their bookplates (ordinary edition)

    Adelaide : Tudor Press, 2012. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 104, illustrated in colour. An excellent contemporary survey of the most significant Australian bookplate artists of the last 150 years, with illustrated examples of some of their best works. Includes the artists John Shirlow, Irena Sibley, Lloyd Rees, Eris Thake, Lionel Lindsay, Norman Lindsay, and many …

  • # 22151

    MORRIS, William (1834-1896)

    The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted.

    A fine, complete copy in full white pigskin of the Kelmscott Chaucer, recognised by many as the finest book printed since the Gutenberg Bible.  Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896. Folio, bound in full white pigskin by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, circa 1930, their gilt stamp on inner dentelle, bound over heavy bevelled boards ruled in gilt, spine …

  • # 7087

    Australian Bookplate Club

    [HAWTHORN PRESS] Checklist of the bookplates of Eirene Mort

    Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, 1943. Octavo, lettered blue wrappers (spine sunned, as usual, small mark from sticker at foot, short tear to paper at head and foot), [xvi], seven tipped-in bookplates, contents fine. A checklist of 75 bookplates. The third publication of the Australian Bookplate Club, printed in an edition of 150 copies. Very …

  • # 27510

    CRAMER, Patrick

    Joan Miro. The illustrated books : catalogue raisonné.

    Preface by Rosa Maria Malet. Geneva : Patrick Cramer, 1989. Quarto, cloth in dustjacket, slipcase (a little scuffed), pp. 676, inscription to half-title, extensively illustrated with over a thousand images. The invaluable catalogue raisonné of all of Miro’s illustrated books. An indispensable reference.

  • # 28432

    BRACKEN, Thomas (1843-1898); READ'S RARE BOOK STORE, BRISBANE (publisher)

    [NEW ZEALAND; QUEENSLAND] Not understood.

    Brisbane : Read’s Rare Book Store, 131 Ann Street, [circa 1930]. Postcard, 92 x 142 mm; printed in black on white, recto with full text of the poem Not Understood by New Zealand poet, journalist and politician Thomas Bracken, author of the New Zealand anthem God Defend New Zealand and originator of the phrase ‘God’s Own Country’ …

  • # 28559


    Catalogue of the late Mr. W. Champion Hackett’s library of valuable books including Rare Australiana …. …

    Adelaide : Theodore Bruce & Co., Fine Art Auctioneers, [1938]. Octavo (213 mm), printed brown wrappers (light central vertical fold), staple bound, 72 pp, with brief decsriptions of over 3250 lots; a good copy.

  • # 28491

    PEAKE, Andrew

    Australian Personal Bookplates

    Adelaide : Tudor Press, 2000. Quarto, blue cloth, pp. 216, illustrated with numerous bookplates. An excellent modern survey of Australian bookplate artists, with a checklist of over 5000 bookplates created for Australian identities, with commentary. The standard edition.

  • # 26536

    BROWN, John Carter

    Bibliotheca Americana. Catalogue of the John Carter Brown Library in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

    Providence : the Library, 1919 – 1931. Three volumes bound in five, folio, gilt-lettered cloth, flecking to heads of spines and corners bumped, uncut and unopened, offsetting where an invoice has resided within, frontispieces, bookplates to pastedowns from the firm of Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont. Volume I (1919), Part I (to 1569), pp. vi; 250; Part …

  • # 28353

    JOHN SANDS (firm)

    [SYDNEY] Memorandum from the firm of John Sands, printer, stationer and bookseller, to William Walker of Windsor. Dated 22 December 1879.

    Memorandum. From John Sands, 392, George Street, Sydney, N.S.W. Laid paper with watermark, 127 x 203 mm, lithograph printing with manuscript entries; dated 22 December 1879 and addressed to Wm Walker Esq., Savings Bank, Windsor, the memo. is written and initialed by an employee and reads: ‘Per Rail this day I have forwarded you one …