Books & Bookplates

  • # 35506

    [The Fanfrolico Press]

    Fanfrolicana : June 1928

    : being a statement of the aims of the Fanfrolico Press both typographical and aesthetic with a complete bibliography and specimen passages and illustrations from the books. London : The Fanfrolico Press, 1928. Octavo, original wrappers, with illustration by Norman Lindsay (faint crease to fore edge), the standard edition, 36 pp, illustrated, including title page …

  • # 35431

    ARONEY, Ellie and FEAIN, Paul

    Ion Idriess. An annotated and illustrated bibliography.

    Sydney : The Cornstalk Bookshop & Sydney Rare Book Auctions, 2016. Octavo, cloth in dustjacket, maps to endpapers, pp. xvi; 124; xx, illustrated. Limited to 200 copies signed and numbered by the authors.

  • # 35399

    MEEHAN, Bernard

    The Book of Kells

    London : Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2012. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, slipcase, pp. 256, illustrated. New copy. The Book of Kells is one of the great treasures of medieval Europe. Produced around 800, it presents a text of the Gospels employing decoration that is not only extraordinarily rich and colourful but also, in places, deeply …

  • # 15811

    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 …

  • # 35167


    Catalogue of exhibits, Loan Exhibition, October 25 to November 11, 1922.

    [Sydney] : Royal Australian Historical Society, 1922. Octavo, lettered wrappers, stain to upper wrapper, extending through to title page, pp. 48. As well as the displays of historical Australian pictures and artefacts from 1788 – 1920, are etchings for sale (with prices) by Lionel Lindsay, Gayfield Shaw, and Sydney Ure Smith. Messers Terrell’s exhibited books …

  • # 35144

    CRAIG, Clifford

    The engravers of Van Diemen’s Land

    Launceston : Tasmanian Historical Research Association, 1961. Edition limited to 1000 numbered and signed copies. Large octavo, pictorial cloth boards (lightly marked), x, 172 pp, illustrated with black and white plates, a very good copy.  

  • # 35142

    CRAIG, Clifford

    Notes on Tasmania

    Launceston : Foot & Playsted, 1986. Edition limited to 1000 numbered and signed copies (no. 106). Large octavo, pictorial cloth boards in dust jacket, xvii, 324 pp, illustrated with 45 plates (some colour); light foxing to edges and preliminaries, light tape marks to endpapers, a very good copy with the scarce prospectus loosely enclosed.

  • # 35242

    WANTRUP, Jonathan

    Australian rare books 1788 – 1900

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

  • # 35240

    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 …

  • # 34772

    STONE, G. B.

    The science fiction fan. No. 1, March, 1953 (all published)

    Sydney : G. B. Stone, 1954. Small quarto, self-wrappers (chipped with loss), pp. 24 printed roneo. ‘This is a tentative issue of a proposed publication. Its future depends on the responses of A.S.F.S. members’. – the cover. Apparently the response was quiet, no other issues were published. Rare.

  • # 34626

    STITZ, Charles (editor)

    Australian Book Collectors (deluxe edition)

    Bendigo : Bread Street Press in association with The Australian Book Auction Records, 2010. Quarto, half-morocco over cloth, gilt decoration and leather title labels, pp. 322, uncut and unopened, illustrated. The deluxe edition, limited to 10 copies specially bound and signed by the editor. The first volume (of five) of this encyclopaedic reference on notable …

  • # 34619

    MUIR, Marcie and HOLDEN, Robert

    The Fairy World of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

    Sydney : Craftsman House, 1985. First edition.  Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket, 171 pp. extensively illustrated. The definitive reference on Outhwaite, one of Australia’s and Britain’s most loved children’s authors and illustrators. A very good copy of the first edition.

  • # 33558

    ROBINSON, Lionel and Philip

    Catalogue of extremely rare and important printed books and ancient manuscripts (signed presentation copy)

    London : William H. Robinson Lts, 1948. Quarto, printed boards (discoloured and worn), pp. 200, illustrated including folding plates. Astonishing collection of printed books and manuscripts, too many treasures to list, but including the first book printed in English (Caxton’s Recuyell of the Historyes of Troy, 1475), the earliest known American verse (a broadside ballad …

  • # 34500

    PARTINGTON, JAMES Edge (1854 - 1930)

    Books, maps and pictures relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. A catalogue of the library of the late James Edge Partington.

    London : Francis Edwards, 1934, Two volumes, octavo, bound in library buckram without the wrappers, pp. [iv]; 94; [ii]; 96 – 178; xvii, catalogue of 2682 rare books, maps and pictures, with index and black and white illustrations. The library of of one of the great collectors of Australia and the Pacific. A very good …

  • # 34496


    Printed on Stone : the lithographs of Charles Troedel.

    Melbourne : Melbourne Books, 2020. Quarto, laminated boards, pp. 256, illustrated with more than 70 colour prints from the Troedel archive, plus full reproduction of all 24 plates of The Melbourne Album (lithographic views of Melbourne from 1863–1864) plus select images from the New South Wales Album (1878). New copy. Note : the title printed on …

  • # 34476

    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.