Books & Bookplates

  • # 30562

    HOLDEN, Robert

    Cover up: the art of magazine covers in Australia

    Sydney : Hodder & Stoughton, 1995. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 168, illustrated throughout with plates of magazine covers by famous Australian artists including iconic publications such as The Home, The Lone Hand and The Sydney Mail. A very good copy.

  • # 30544


    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.

  • # 30223

    BARNETT, P. Neville (1881-1953)

    Woodcut book-plates

    Foreword by Lionel Lindsay. Sydney : Privately printed [The Beacon Press], 1934. Small quarto, original marbled paper boards, vellum spine with black lettering, illustrated dustjacket (edges silverfished with small areas of loss), marbled endpapers, 240 pp (pale foxing to edges), illustrated throughout with examples of woodcut bookplates, for the most part tipped-in, the frontispiece being …

  • # 30522

    MARTIN-SCHERRER, Frédérique; HEREL, Petr (1943 - ) (artist); JACKSON, Philip

    Thierry Bouchard & Petr Herel : the shared book

    Translated from French by Margot Jones. [Melbourne and Canberra] : Disquiet Press, 2018. Edition of 100 copies, each with an original signed and numbered frottage (73 x 52 mm) by Petr Herel tipped-in on the half title. Octavo, printed blue wrappers, pp 1-38 (history of the Labyrinth Press by Martin-Scherrer), [39-56] (colour illustrations), 57-59 (notes), …

  • # 30058

    MULLENS, W. H. and SWANN, H. Kirke

    A bibliography of British ornithology from the earliest times to the end of 1912

    including biographical accounts of the principal writers and bibliographies of their published works. London : Macmillan and Co., 1917. Octavo, finely bound in half-crushed morocco over cloth bound boards, spine in compartments, lettered and ruled in gilt, top edge gilt, pp. xx; 691. Fine binding on this important bibliography, covering English ornithology with references to …

  • # 30255

    GRIFFIN, Richard

    Art available : the Australian art book and print market quarterly.

    Issue 1 – issue 2 (all published). Sydney : Richard Griffin, 1984-1985. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 48; 72, illustrated. Two issues (all published) of publisher Richard Griffin’s short-lived journal on books arts in Australia. Includes articles on Lionel Lindsay, Tim Storrier, John Perceval, Irena Sibley, Donald Friend, Lloyd Rees, Brett Whiteley etc.

  • # 30100


    [BOOKMARK] Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line … one class to England.

    [Melbourne?] : Dalgety & Coy. Limited and Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line, [between 1928 and 1933]. Bookmark, 132 x 57 mm, offset printed on thin card, recto with colour illustration of one the company’s “Bay” liners, verso with information about the service to London via Suez, inviting prospective travellers to contact the Dalgety & Co. or Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line …

  • # 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.

  • # 29574

    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 …

  • # 29823


    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. This book is the first to …

  • # 10777

    BARNETT, P. Neville

    Armorial book-plates (deluxe edition)

    Their romantic origin and artistic development. Sydney: privately printed at the Beacon Press, 1932. Deluxe edition, limited to 120 numbered and signed copies (no. 53). Small quarto, patterned cloth with gilt lettered title label (chipped) to upper board, 172 pp, illustrated throughout with bookplates; a very good copy. A worldwide survey of armorial bookplates including …

  • # 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. …

  • # 29351

    Barnett, P. Neville

    Pictorial book-plates : their origin and their use in Australia (Deluxe edition)

    Sydney: The Beacon Press, 1931. Quarto, gilt-lettered decorative cloth, 144pp., with numerous original and reproduced bookplates by notable Australian artists including Sydney Long (signed etching), Sydney Ure Smith, Adrian Feint, John Godson, Gayfield Shaw, Tom Roberts, Lionel Lindsay, Norman Lindsay, Perrotet, etc. The deluxe edition, printed on larger paper than the standard edition, with additional …

  • # 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

  • # 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 …