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 …
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.
ANDREW, Brook (b. 1970)
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 …
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 …
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.
[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  pages, the fourth used for the address; the letter is …
"BOB" [pseud. of Robert WATT, 1837-1894]
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 …
LOWE, Pat; PIKE, Jimmy (illustrator)
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.
DURACK, Mary; DURACK, Elizabeth (llustrator)
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.
BEVERIDGE, Peter (1829-1885)
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 …
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 …
FLANAGAN, Roderick J. (1826-1862)
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, …
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,  leaves of plates,  map on folded …
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.
Sydney : Northwood Press, 1936. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, pp 64. Cover depicts Oolamunga, the rainmaker of Lake Nash.
SMITH, Bernard and WHEELER, Alwyne (eds.)
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.