Books & Bookplates

  • # 19848

    HOLROYD, John (1911 - 2000)

    The Australian book trade : a bookseller’s contribution to its history

    Melbourne : Braidwood Press, 2015. Introduction by Jeff Prentice. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, limited to 150 copies signed and numbered by Prentice. John Holroyd’s reflections on his career in the book trade, spanning several decades in Melbourne and Sydney, are presented for the first time in ‘The Australian Book Trade : A Bookseller’s Contribution to its …

  • # 19024


    A group of 90 H.P. Kraus rare book catalogues, 1940s-2000s

    The legendary Austrian-born New York antiquarian book seller Hans Peter Kraus (1907-1988) has been described by William Reese as ‘without doubt the most successful and dominant rare book dealer in the world in the second half of the 20th century’. His catalogues, filled with a breathtaking array of mediaeval illuminated manuscripts, incunables (books printed before 1501), and rare …

  • # 19107

    SHAKESPEARE, William; GRIFFIN, Richard.

    King Richard II (in a unique binding by Richard Griffin)

    Introduction by Sir John Gielgud. Designs by Loudon Sainthill. London : The Folio Society, 1958. Small quarto, uniquely bound in contrasting coloured morocco with central imitation jewel, in a custom box, pp. 116, pale foxing. The private press publisher Richard Griffin took up the art of bookbinding in around 1985 and is know for his …

  • # 19027

    Canada 150 1867 – 2017

    [Canada] : Oakhill Pond Press, 2017. Letterpress card folder with three bookmarks, printed letterpress on July 1st 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian independence, each with a historical Canadian stamp, together with another small letterpress card commemorating independence. Canadian private press ephemera celebrating nationhood.

  • # 18980


    [NORMAN LINDSAY]. Health Reader with chapters on elementary school hygiene (the author’s copy)

    Illustrated by Norman Lindsay. Christchurch : Whitcombe and Tombs, n.d. [c. 1908]. Octavo, lettered cloth (a little marked), 139 pp. with numerous illustrations by Norman Lindsay. Very scarce and early Lindsayana. The author’s copy, with his Norman Lindsay designed bookplate to front pastedown.

  • # 19006

    ARNOLD, Peter

    The library of Tom Austen Brown on the Australian Aborigines

    to be sold by auction Melbourne 25 – 26 June 2002. Melbourne : Peter Arnold Antiquarian Booksellers, 2002. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 131, illustrated. Important auction catalogue, 736 lots.

  • # 19212

    PARTINGTON, Wilfred

    Thomas J. Wise in the original cloth : the life and record of the forger of the nineteenth-century

    pamphlets. Folkestone & London : Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1974. Octavo, red cloth boards in dust jacket, 372 pp, illustrated, a fine copy. ‘The biography of “the most successful literary forger the world has ever known”‘ (jacket).

  • # 19204

    TWYMAN, Michael

    Early lithographed books : a study of the design and production of improper books in the

    age of the hand press : with a catalogue. London : Farrand Press & Private Libraries Association, 1990. First edition. Small quarto, brown cloth boards with gilt lettering and design to upper board, spine sunned, 374 pp, illustrated with black and white plates, includes a bibliography on books produced entirely by lithography in the first half …

  • # 18671

    McCALLUM, M.W. (Mungo William), 1854-1942

    Browning after a generation : The first presidential address to the Australian English Association, Sydney.

    Cover: Leaflet no. 3, May 1924. Sydney : Privately printed for members of the Association by H.T. Dunn, 1924. Duodecimo, original wrappers printed in red and black, 33 pp; upper corners a little dog-eared, title page with a mild foxing and a few light marks, off-setting on pp2-3, else a good copy. “”.

  • # 18742

    AYSCOUGH, Florence

    Friendly books on far Cathay

    (being a bibliography for the student) and a synopsis of Chinese history. Shanghai : Commercial Press, 1921. Octavo, printed wrappers (soiled), pp. pp. [iv]; 58. Scarce Shanghai imprint.

  • # 19611

    GARTNER, John

    Premier Victorian pamphlet

    Melbourne : Hawthorn House, 1937. ‘Of this book 230 copies (200 for sale) have been printed by Stuart Taylor Pty. Ltd. from hand-set type composed by John Gartner and Stuart Taylor July 1937’ (colophon). Octavo, navy cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, front paste-down with ex libris of Geoffrey Farmer, [14] pp, a fine copy. …

  • # 18966

    WANTRUP, Jonathan

    Australian rare books 1788 – 1900 (deluxe edition)

    Sydney : Hordern House, 1987. Two volumes, octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, slipcase (slightly marked), vol. 1 pp. x; 168; vol. 2 pp. 32; previous owner’s book labels to endpapers, light foxing to edges, a very good set. The deluxe edition, each volume limited to 125 copies signed by the author. The deluxe edition is specially bound …

  • # 18885

    LINDSAY, Norman; SOUTER, D.H., et al.

    The Lone Hand : the Australian monthly. Vol. VIII, No. 44, December 1, 1910. Christmas number.

    Sydney : Printed and published by William Macleod for The Bulletin, 1910. Octavo, illustrated wrappers by Norman Lindsay (upper wrapper with short tears at fore-edge, short paper split at foot of spine, some chipping along spine); pp i-xvi; 89-176; xvii-liii. With articles on Australian bookplates by Bertram Stevens (with reproductions of bookplates), transportation in Australia by …

  • # 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.