Books & Bookplates

  • # 23187

    HOLDEN, Robert

    Cover up. The art of magazine covers in Australia

    Canberra : National Library of Australia, self-wrappers, pp. 12, illustrated. Stunning art deco designs by Thea Proctor, Adrian Feint, Hera Roberts et al.

  • # 23181

    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. Ex-library copy with neat cancel stamps.

  • # 23153

    MACKANESS, George

    The art of book-collecting in Australia

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson [printed at The Hawthorn Press], 1956. First edition, limited to 500 signed and numbered copies (no.167). Quarto, fine blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to front and spine, in good dustjacket, light offsetting to endpapers, pp [xii], 185 + colophon, b/w plates, a very good copy. Chapters include Bligh, broadsides, …

  • # 22869


    The Willcox collection of important Australian travel & exploration books

    Melbourne : Sotheby’s, 2004. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, unpaginated, 63 lots illustrated in colour of significant printed and manuscript works of Australian significance.

  • # 22990

    HOLDEN, Robert

    May Gibbs and her fantasy world

    An exhibition by the James Hardie Library iin the Royal Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre, Sydney. [Sydney] : Royal Botanic Gardens, 1986. Octavo, staple bound, pictorial laminated card covers, [23] pp, illustrated in colour and black and white, a near fine copy.

  • # 22980

    O'CONOR, Juliet

    Bottersnikes and other lost things. A celebration of Australian illustrated children’s books

    Melbourne : The Miegunyah Press, 2009. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 262, thoroughly illustrated. An extensive insight into the history of children’s books in Australia, with detailed sections on great artists and authors such as Norman Lindsay, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, May Gibbs, Harold Gaze, Pixie O’Harris, Graeme Base etc. An essential reference book.

  • # 22624

    [MORT, Eirene]; Australian Bookplate Club

    Checklist of the bookplates of Eirene Mort.

    Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, 1943. Octavo, lettered blue wrappers (spine and edges sunned, as usual) over stiff card, first blank with bookplate of Ella Dwyer, [xvi], 7 tipped-in bookplates, a fine copy. A checklist of 75 bookplates. The third publication of the Australian Bookplate Club, printed in an edition of 150 copies. THP 12.

  • # 22601

    KEAIN, Maurice B.

    Bibliography of the Hawthorn Press.

    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. 82). Quarto, red cloth boards with gilt lettering to upper board and spine, frontispiece, pp xiv, 146; a pristine copy. A listing of the items, …

  • # 22631

    PARR, Phil

    History of hobby printing in Australasia.

    Titahi Bay, N.Z. : Aspect Press for Association of Handcraft Printers, N.Z., 1980. Limited edition of 200 copies (no. 13), presentation copy for Phil Cade, signed by the author. Octavo, printed card wrappers, bibliography pp [6] – [10], illustrated; with leaflet laid in, an offset copy of Amateur journalism /​ by Leon Stone. Sydney : …

  • # 22702


    Varia Orientalia. An interesting choice of books on the Far East.

    Shanghai : Western Arts Gallery (H. E. Heinemann), 1948. Catalogue No. 4. Octavo, printed wrappers, pp. 32, catalogue of 441 works. Prices in U.S. dollars. ‘For foreign circulation only’. Scarce German bookseller’s catalogue based in Shanghai of works on Asia.

  • # 22584

    FARMER, Geoffrey

    Private presses and Australia

    Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, 1972. Limited edition of 450 copies. Octavo, decorative cloth in matching dustjacket, 68 pp, ex-library copy with label to front pastedown and part of the dustjacket flap cut away. A working reference copy. THP 133.

  • # 22305

    JUVENAL (Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis)

    [BYRON] The Satires, Translated and illustrated by Francis Hodgson. 

    London : T. Bensley, 1807. Quarto, in a handsome contemporary russia binding with heavy sides for subscriber Thomas Wildman, boards with ornate blind tooling ruled in gilt, the upper board with the coat-of-arms of Newstead Abbey (Byron’s ancestral home) stamped in gilt, spine gilt with double raised bands, marbled edges and endpapers, armorial bookplate of …

  • # 20060

    CLAY, Steven (editor); SCHLESINGER, Kyle (editor)

    Threads talk series

    New York : Granary Books, 2016. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s printed wrappers by Buzz Spector, in original plastic wrap, 187 pp, illustrated with colour photographs; pristine, a new copy. Edition of 900. “Threads, a series of talks devoted to the art of the book, includes poets, scholars, artists, and publishers. It explores and enriches relationships …

  • # 20085

    MORGAN, Edwin

    Evening will come they will sew the blue sail : Ian Hamilton Finlay and The Wild Hawthorn Press 1958-1991

    Edinburgh : Graeme Murray Gallery, 1991. Narrow quarto, printed blue boards, 60 pp; catalogue of 15 works; two essays by Edwin Morgan (texts in English and Spanish); with colour reproductions of Finlay’s concrete poems; a fine copy. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name staged at the Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh.

  • # 22511

    BERNIERE, Vincent and PRIMOIS, Mariel

    Sex Press : the Sexual Revolution in the Underground Press, 1963-1979

    New York : Abrams, 2012. Folio, illustrated wrappers, pp. 240, illustrated. New copy. From 1965 to 1975, an array of journals, magazines, fanzines, and underground presses were the voice of a dramatic sexual revolution. In Europe and the United States, this “sex press” consisted of publications such as Other Scenes, Yellow Dog, Actuel, Suck, The …

  • # 21850

    BRYCE, Mary

    [WINE; BINDING] Commonplace book bound in wooden boards featuring a parquetry inlaid grapevine motif.

    [California, USA : binder unknown, circa 1940]. Octavo, 190 x 135 mm, original leather backed wooden boards with parquetry inlaid design of grape clusters to upper board, marbled endpapers; unpaginated (approximately 100 leaves of unlined high quality paper), partially filled with manuscript entries including poems, aphorisms, and quotes; penultimate leaf with owner’s inscription ‘Mary Bryce, …