Indigenous Australians

  • # 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.

  • # 17897

    Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal family, probably western New South Wales or southern Queensland, circa 1910

    Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, mount with contemporary printed label with sequence number ’14’; the slide is in fine condition. A beautiful outdoor group portrait of a family dressed in European clothing, although all barefoot.

  • # 17896

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    Aboriginal man with throwing club, parrying shield and boomerangs, 1890s

    Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, contemporary handwritten captions to the mount: ‘Australian Aborigine’ and ‘H. King, Sydney’; the slide is in perfect condition. A photograph taken in the studio of the major Sydney photographer Henry King, probably in the early 1890s. The painted backdrop and studio props are reminiscent of the …

  • # 17641

    Photographer unknown.

    [ABORIGINES; SOUTH AUSTRALIA] Natives, Fowler’s Bay District

    Circa 1900. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, original manuscript paper label ‘Natives, Fowler’s Bay District’, which duplicates the printed title in the image; a smaller label bears the sequence number ‘6204’ in manuscript; a printed label along the top edge also reads ‘6204 Natives Fowler (sic) Bay District’; in very good …

  • # 17898

    GRAHAM-STEWART, Michael; McWHANNELL, Francis; DICKSON, Jonathan

    Bitter fruit : Australian photographs to 1963

    Melbourne : Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 280 pp, illustrated in colour throughout with hundreds of photographs documenting the collision of Indigenous Australian and European cultures; the photographs, ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1960s and taken in every region of Australia, represent some …

  • # 17769

    PRICHARD, Katharine Susannah (1883-1969); COUNIHAN, Noel (illustrator)

    N’Goola and other stories. (Special edition, signed by Katharine Susannah Prichard)

    Melbourne : Australasian Book Society, 1959. ‘This volume is on of a special edition, limited to 100 copies, to mark the fiftieth year of Katharine Susannah Prichard’s career as writer’. This is copy number 44. Octavo, boards with gilt lettering, endpapers with original jacket design by Noel Counihan; signed on the half-title by Katharine Susannah …

  • # 17849

    Photographer unknown.

    [TORRES STRAIT; QUEENSLAND] Native dancer and musician, Murray Island.

    Circa 1910. Photomechanical process postcard, 90 x 140 mm, recto with printed caption in lower margin ‘Native dancer and musician, Murray Island’; postally unused, verso imprinted ‘Post Card’ with no publisher indicated. In very good condition. A rare photographic image of a masked dancer and musician playing a shark-mouthed drum, taken on Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres …

  • # 17423

    EMM, Dudley

    Kurrakapinya : an interpretation of Centralian legend

    Brisbane : H. Pole & Co. Pty. Ltd., [between 1925 and 1929]. Octavo, original stiff wrappers with pictorial onlay to front, pp 58, black-and-white illustrations; a fine copy. Scarce.

  • # 17571

    BASEDOW, Herbert

    Narrative of an expedition of exploration in North-Western Australia

    Adelaide : W. K. THomas, 1918. Octavo, original printed wrappers, pp. 105 – 295, photographic illustrations, a fine copy. Reprinted from the Transactions of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, Vol. XVIII., Session 1916 – 1917.

  • # 16960

    SADLEIR, Richard

    The aborigines of Australia

    Sydney : Thomas Richards, 1883. Quarto, gilt-illustrated boards, engraved frontispiece, foxing to preliminaries, 8 engraved plates (two printed in colour). Printed in an edition of 500 copies. A fine copy. Ferguson 15343

  • # 16714

    SAAKES, Anthony Bernard (publisher)

    Beknopte natuurlijke historie, of Beschrijving en afbeeldingen der voortbrengselen van de drie rijken der natuur; behelzende: de dieren, planten en delfstoffen.

    Amsterdam : A. B. Saakes, 1794. ‘1ste tot 18de aflevering’ [1st to 18th instalments] – title page. Quarto, contemporary quarter vellum over marbled boards (rubbed), all edges blue, pp. 8 (introductory text), followed by a collation of 18 instalments, with 124 engraved plates and accompanying text; mild scattered foxing, but a very good copy. Pedagogical …

  • # 17770


    Winjan’s people : the story of the South-West Australian Aborigines

    Perth : Imperial Printing Company, [1933]. First edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp 84; a very good copy.

  • # 17727

    McCARTHY, Frederick D.

    Australian Aboriginal rock art

    Sydney : Trustees of the Australian Museum, 1958. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, pp 68. Illustrated throughout with colour and photographic plates.

  • # 17369

    CARROLL, Lewis (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 1832-1898; KER WILSON, Barbara (ed.); SEWELL, Byron S. (illustrator)

    Alitji in dreamland = Alitjinya ngura tjukurmankuntjala / adapted and translated from Lewis Carroll’s story, Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    by Nancy Sheppard ; illustrations by Byron S. Sewell ; edited by Barbara Ker Wilson. Adelaide : University of Adelaide, 1975. First edition. Small oblong quarto, publisher’s pictorial papered boards (small scuff mark to upper board), pp xiii, 103, sepia illustrations throughout, parallel text in English and Pitjantjatjara; a near fine copy. An Aboriginal version of Lewis …

  • # 17336

    BELL, Enid

    Legends of the Coochin Valley

    Brisbane : Bunyip Press, circa 1947. Octavo, lettered cloth in illustrated dustjacket (a couple of small marks), inscription to endpapers, unpaginated, illustrated by Marjorie de Winter. Children’s stories styled on Aboriginal legends. Muir 643

  • # 17427

    LOWE, Pat; PIKE, Jimmy (illustrator)

    Desert cowboy

    Broome, W.A. : Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation, 2000. First edition. Small quarto, illustrated stiff wrappers, pp [vi], 119, colour illustrations (many full-page) by Indigenous artist Jimmy Pike; the stories are based on true incidents from Pike’s life; a fine copy.