Indigenous Australians

  • # 18666

    Maker unknown.

    Aboriginal King’s Brass Plate (1820). “King Taptalla II.” King of the Terrara Tribe, Shoalhaven River, New South Wales.

    [Title from mid nineteenth-century manuscript note]. Brass breastplate or gorget, crescentic, maximum diameter 140 mm, anterior with engraved lettering KING TAPTALLA II, foliage motif repeated at each of the upper corners, emu and kangaroo dos-à-dos at the centre (design only partially completed); diagonal cut mark running from lower left to upper right edge; the surface has been …

  • # 18139

    BARDON, Geoffrey

    Papunya Tula : art of the Western Desert

    Marlston, S.A. : J.B. Books, 1999. First soft cover edition. Quarto, pictorial card covers, half-title with gift inscription, pp 140, illustrated in colour and black-and-white, with diagrams by Judith Ryan; a very good copy.

  • # 18490

    ANDREW, Brook (b. 1970)

    Theme park

    Utrecht, The Netherlands : AAMU, 2008. Small quarto, pictorial cloth boards, pp 123, colour and black-and-white illustrations; text in English and Dutch; an as new copy. Catalogue of the exhibition by Australian Indigenous artist Brook Andrew staged at the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht, October 17 2008 – April 13 2009. With essays by Marcia …

  • # 18458

    McIVOR, Roy

    Cockatoo : my life in Cape York / stories and art by Roy McIvor

    Broome, W.A. : Magabala Books, 2010. Small quarto, pictorial limp boards, 176 pp, illustrated in colour; an as new copy. Roy McIvor was 10 when his community were rounded up by the military and shipped 1500 km Woorabinda because of allegations the community was collaborating with the Japanese under the guidance of German Lutheran Missionary …

  • # 18436

    SMITH, Terry

    Transformations in Australian art. Volumes One and Two.

    St. Leonards, NSW : Craftsman House, 2002. First edition. Two volumes, large octavo, publisher’s cloth boards in pictorial dust jackets, Volume One. The nineteenth century : landscape, colony and nation, pp 130; Volume Two. The twentieth century : modernism and Aboriginality, pp 175; both volumes profusely illustrated in black-and-white; a fine set.

  • # 18554

    [ELLIS, Theophilus Tighe, Captain (1782-1834)]

    Letter concerning the inheritance of lands owned by Superintendent Theophilus Ellis in the Swan River Colony.

    Manuscript letter addressed to ‘The Hon’ble Colonial Secretary, Perth, Western Australia’ [Peter Nicholas Broun], headed ‘Cockermouth, Cumberland, 4 January 1842′, written by the as yet unidentified husband of one of Theophilus Ellis’ nieces. Single sheet, 265 x 410 mm, bifolium, written in ink on [3] pages, the fourth used for the address; the letter is …

  • # 17950

    "BOB" [pseud. of Robert WATT, 1837-1894]

    [GOLD RUSH; ABORIGINES] Fra Australien. Reiseskizzer af Bob.

    Kjøbenhavn : Forlagsbureauet i Kjøbenhaven, 1862. First (and only) edition. Quarto, contemporary cloth backed papered boards (corners worn), original pictorial wrappers bound in, pp 55, illustrated with numerous wood engravings, many full-page, including several of the Victorian goldfields after S.T.Gill; text in Danish, in double columns; a very good copy in contemporary binding. Ferguson 7167. Scarce …

  • # 17634

    LOWE, Pat; PIKE, Jimmy (illustrator)

    Jimmy and Pat meet the Queen

    Broome, W.A. : Backroom Press, 1997. Large oblong octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp 30, with colour Illustrations by Australian indigenous artist Jimmy Pike; a fine copy.A notable commentary on native title and land rights, in the form of a children’s story.

  • # 17635

    DURACK, Mary; DURACK, Elizabeth (llustrator)

    The courteous savage : Yagan of Swan River

    Edinburgh : Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1964. First edition. Quarto, boards with illustrated dust jacket (chipped at corners and head and foot of spine; waterstain along spine); pp 83, with Elizabeth Durack’s monochrome and bichrome illustrations throughout; internally clean and sound, a good copy.

  • # 18421

    BEVERIDGE, Peter (1829-1885)

    The Aborigines of Victoria and Riverina, as seen by Peter Beveridge.

    Melbourne : M.L. Hutchinson, 1889. First edition. Small octavo, original blind blocked purple cloth boards, upper board with gilt stamped lettering and ornament (boards rubbed and lightly marked, spine sunned), verso of front endpaper inscribed ‘John Gratton Wilson from his affectionate father Charles Wilson, 13.9.92’, title page with off-setting, pp 191; includes English-Aboriginal vocabulary at …

  • # 17846

    PARKER, K. Langloh (Katie Parker), [Catherine Eliza Somerville Stow], 1856-1940

    Australian legendary tales : folk-lore of the Noongahburrahs as told to the piccaninnies. [Together with] More Australian legendary tales, collected from various tribes by Mrs. K. Langloh Parker.

    London : David Nutt, and Melbourne : Melville, Mullen & Slade, 1897-98. Second edition of the first volume; first edition of the second. Two volumes bound in one, octavo, original pictorial blue cloth, upper board and spine with gilt device and lettering (mild flecking), all edges gilt, pp xvi, 132; xxiii, 104, [16 advertisements]; vignette line …

  • # 17500

    FLANAGAN, Roderick J. (1826-1862)

    The Aborigines of Australia. (Presentation copy inscribed by the author’s brother)

    Sydney : Edward F. Flanagan and George Robinson, 1888. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked blue cloth boards (rubbed) with gilt device to front, spine lettered in gilt (softened at head, cloth chipped at foot), frontispiece portrait of the author, verso of title inscribed ‘Presented to W.P. Byrne by the author’s brother Edward F. Flanagan, …

  • # 17845

    SMYTH, R. (Robert) Brough, 1830-1889

    The Aborigines of Victoria : with notes relating to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and Tasmania compiled from various sources for the Government of Victoria.

    Melbourne : J. Ferres, Govt. Printer ; and London : George Robertson, Trübner and Co., 1878. First edition. Two volumes, large octavo, original blind blocked blue pebbled cloth over boards (a little sunned), upper boards with gilt device, spines with gilt lettering and device; Vol. 1. lxxii, 483 pp, [2] leaves of plates, [1] map on folded …

  • # 17761

    THOMAS, W.J.

    Some myths and legends of the Australian Aborigines

    Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombes, 1943. Octavo, pictorial  stiff wrappers (some foxing), pp 75 with five black and white illustrations and frontispiece by Raymond Stewart Wenban; internally very clean and sound. Muir 7333.

  • # 17724

    TURNER, Robert

    Real Australian jungle stories : legends of the Aborigines

    Sydney : Northwood Press, 1936. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, pp 64. Cover depicts Oolamunga, the rainmaker of Lake Nash.

  • # 18191

    SMITH, Bernard and WHEELER, Alwyne (eds.)

    The art of the First Fleet & other early Australian drawings

    Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1988. Folio, cloth in dustjacket, pp. 256, illustrated. From the library of art historian Leigh Astbury, signed by him on preliminary blank. A significant survey of Australia’s earliest colonial art, including ethnographical studies, natural history drawings, early views of Sydney and New South Wales as well as early maps.