Indigenous Australians

  • # 23580

    MEEKS, Arone (1957- )

    Arone Meeks : Celebration

    Cairns, QLD : KickArts Contemporary Arts [2008]. Quarto folding card (300 x 210 mm), illustrated front, inside double-page colour illustration from the major work Celebration, rear with artist’s biography, selected solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and collections; fine condition. Indigenous artist Arone Meeks is a Kuku Yalani speaker from Far North Queensland. Appears to be held …

  • # 23713

    PLOMLEY, N. J. B.

    The Baudin expedition and the Tasmanian Aborigines in 1802.

    Hobart : Blubber Head Press, 1983. Quarto, cloth in illustrated dustjacket, spine slightly faded, illustrated endpapers, pp. 245, illustrated. Limited to 1000 signed and numbered copies.

  • # 23709

    BARDON, Geoffrey and BARDON, James.

    Papunya : a place made after the story. The beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement

    Melbourne : Miegunyah Press, 2004 (2006 reprint). Quarto, cloth in dustjacket, pp. 527, extensively illustrated. A significant monograph on the foundations of the contemporary indigenous Australian art movement.

  • # 23336

    [WASHBOURNE, Thomas Jetson, 1832-1905]

    Maggie Stone, granddaughter of Queen Mary of the Wolgalu (Monaro district, southern New South Wales). Photographed in the Tangambalanga district near the Murray River, northeast Victoria, circa 1869.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint (verso blank); a strong print with good tonal range and clarity. One of a seres of indigenous portraits taken in northeast Victoria around 1869 by travelling photographer Thomas J. Washbourne. These portraits were probably taken on the Aboriginal reserve at Tangambalanga …

  • # 23258

    [MANNING & KNIGHT, attributed]

    Noongar men, southwest Western Australia, circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph, 59 x 82 mm, laid down on a piece cut from a 19th century album page, contemporary caption in pencil beneath image: ‘Australian Natives armed with boomerangs’; the print is slightly faded but otherwise is in very good condition. The attribution to the Perth-based photographic partnership of Manning & Knight is based …

  • # 22710

    S.H. BENSON (publisher); Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal man and woman holding puppies, seated outside a humpy with canvas covering.

    [Between 1900 and 1910. Possibly New South Wales or Queensland. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, printed series title to mount: ‘By Forest and Desert’, together with printed label of the maker, ‘S.H. Benson, 1, Tudor St., London, E.C.’ and printed sequence number ’24’; the slide is in fine …

  • # 23122

    GRIBBLE, E.R. (Ernest Richard), Rev. ("Judja") (1869-1957)

    A despised race : the vanishing Aboriginals of Australia. (With a lengthy inscription written by the Anglican missionary responsible for Cowal Creek settlement, Cape York, Far North Queensland)

    Sydney : Australian Board of Missions, 1933. Small octavo, publisher’s maroon cloth over boards (rubbed and flecked, gilt lettering to spine faded), pp 147, illustrated with photographic plates; an important association copy, with a lengthy inscription in ink occupying the front pastedown, as well as the recto and verso of the front free-endpaper, written by …

  • # 23321

    WALSH, Grahame L.

    Bradshaw art of the Kimberley (signed copy)

    Toowong : Takarakka Nowan Kas Publications, 2000. Oblong quarto, faux crocodile skin with pictorial inlay, illustrated endpapers, pp. [vi]; x; [4], 464, extensively illustrated; a fine copy, signed on the title page by Grahame Walsh. Original prospectus enclosed. Since their ‘discovery’ by pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the Bradshaw rock paintings of the Kimberley, or …

  • # 23273

    LOCKWOOD, Douglas

    I, the Aboriginal. (Signed copy)

    Adelaide : Rigby, 1966 (sixth impression). Octavo, cloth in dustjacket (edges slightly creased), pp.240, photographic illustrations, signed on the title page by Lockwood. The autobiography of Waipuldanya, a full-blood Aborigine of the Alawa people of the Roper River region in the Northern Territory, as told to Douglas Lockwood. The book was first published in 1962 …

  • # 22979

    MOUNTFORD, Charles Pearcy (1890-1977)

    [ABORIGINES] Nomads of the Australian desert

    Adelaide : Rigby, 1976. First edition. Quarto, burgundy cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 628 pp, 1 folding plate, 12 leaves of colour plates, b/w illustrations and plates throughout, map; includes the loosely inserted cautionary note (100 x 200 mm) to Indigenous readers. A fine copy. The infamous first edition of Mountford’s landmark work on the culture …

  • # 23334

    [WITHINGTON, Paul; PORTEOUS, Stanley David; Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate; Columbia Pictures]

    [ABORIGINES] The Blonde Captive.

    [Los Angeles, California] : Columbia Pictures, [1932]. Promotional photograph for the film ‘The Blonde Captive‘ (1932), showing a group of Aboriginal women (probably Central Australia); gelatin silver print on glossy paper , 200 x 255 mm, lower margin with printed title and Produced by the Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate, an absolutely authentic amazing adventure. A …

  • # 23259


    American movie theatre programme advertising the controversial film The Blonde Captive.

    Austin, Texas : Plaisance Theatre, June 1932. Duodecimo (120 x 80 mm), [4] pp, illustrated on each side; in fine condition. ‘The Weirdest Story ever told! Neanderthal savages long thought extinct … animal monstrosities … flying pterodactyls … fur-bearing, duck-billed animals … dudongs [sic] that graze at the bottom of the sea – amidst these …

  • # 23252

    [WITHINGTON, Paul; THOMAS, Lowell]

    [THE BLONDE CAPTIVE] Die blonde Sklavin

    Illustrierter Film-Kurier Nr. 610. [Vienna, Austria : 1932]. Small quarto, wrappers illustrated front and rear, 6 pp, half-tone photographic illustrations, text in German; short paper spits at head and tail of spine, mild stain to corner of lower wrapper, else very good. A rare edition of the Viennese cinema newspaper Illustrierter Film-Kurier, issued to promote …

  • # 23505

    DOOLEY, Gillian and Danielle CLODE

    The first wave : exploring early coastal contact history in Australia

    Mile End, S.A. : Wakefield Press, 2019. Large octavo (234 x 136 mm) trade paperback, pp x, 448, colour illustrations, maps; brand new publication. ‘The European maritime explorers who first visited the bays and beaches of Australia brought with them diverse assumptions about the inhabitants of the country, most of them based on sketchy or …

  • # 23686

    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 …

  • # 23099

    KUPKA, Karel

    Dawn of art : Painting and sculpture of Australian Aborigines

    With a foreword by A. P. Elkin and a preface by Andre Breton. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1965. First English language edition. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. x; 180, plates in colour and black and white, previous owner’s stamp to a couple of pages, offsetting to endpapers.