Indigenous Australians

  • # 16739

    TERRY, Michael

    Across unknown Australia.

    London : Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1926. Second edition. Octavo, original blind blocked green cloth (rubbed and worn), in the scarce dust jacket (loss at corners, vertical creases to front panel and spine), front pastedown with original owner’s inscription and laters owner’s ex libris, edges uncut, pp. 331, illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographic plates (several with tape …

  • # 16747

    TERRY, Michael

    Through a land of promise : with gun, car and camera in the heart of northern Australia.

    London : Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1927. First edition, first printing. Original blind blocked green cloth boards lettered in black (rubbed), front paste-down with later ex libris, frontispiece with photographic portraits of Terry expedition members; pp. 356, numerous black-and-white photographic plates, 1 folding map; edges with mild foxing; otherwise a near fine copy of the scarce …

  • # 17095

    PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804

    Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.

    Rare set of the regular account of the Baudin expedition to the Terres Australes, the text volumes in publisher’s wrappers, with the plates presented in both coloured and uncoloured states. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte …

  • # 16696

    WHITE, John (1756-1832)

    Journal of a voyage to New South Wales (coloured edition)

    with sixty-five plates of non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions by John White Esqre., Surgeon General to the settlement. London : J. Debrett, 1790. Quarto, full speckled calf, expertly rebacked preserving original spine, contrasting morocco title labels, decorated in gilt, edges rubbed, marbled endpapers, pp [xviii], 299, …

  • # 16690

    BROMBY, Charles Henry (1814-1907)

    Charles Bromby, Bishop of Tasmania : autograph letter, signed, dated August 2 1864, thanking a parishioner for her donation towards future missionary work in the Bass Strait islands.

    Manuscript in ink, 3 pp, octavo, headed ’49 Upper Davey [?] Ct., Aug 2 1864′, addressed to ‘Dear Mrs. Walker’ and signed at the foot ‘C.H. Tasmania’, the signature endorsed below in pencil by the recipient ‘Dr. Bromby, Bishop’; original folds, some age toning and tiny loss at top corner of last side (resulting in …

  • # 16744

    VANCOUVER, George (1757-1798)

    [VANCOUVER] Puteshestvie v severnuiu chast’ Tikhago Okeana i vokrug sveta, sovershennoe v 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 i 1795 godakh, Kapitanom Georgiem Vankuverom.

    Sanktpeterburg : v Morskoĭ tipografii, 1827-1838. Six volumes, octavo, modern half leather over marbled boards, pp [4], iii, 333; [8], 524; [4], 422, [2]; [8], 511; [8], 559; [6], 297; nineteenth century ink inscription on title page of volume 2, red ink stamp of a private library on half-title of volume 5, occasional mild foxing, …

  • # 17099

    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 …

  • # 16655

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928) and JONES, C.D.

    Black climbing tree with piece of vine, N.S.W.

    [Title from manuscript caption on mount]. Circa 1890. Albumen print photograph, 195 x 147 mm; blind stamp of Kerry & Jones, 308 George Street, Sydney at lower left; laid down on original nineteenth century album page, contemporary caption to lower margin of mount ‘Black climbing tree with piece of vine, N.S.W.’; the albumen print with …

  • # 15855

    VANCOUVER, George, 1757-1798; SPARRMAN, Anders, 1748-1820

    En upptäckts-resa till Norra Stilla Hafvet, och kring jordklotet : att på Kongl. Engelsk befallning och omkostnad i synnerhet forska efter något segelbart sammanhang imellan Norra Stilla och Norra Atlantiske Hafven förrättad åhren 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, under commando af Capitain George Vancouver. Ifrån engelskan i sammandrag utgifven af Anders Sparrman.

    Scarce Swedish edition of Vancouver’s voyage account, being Anders Sparrman’s abridgement of Voyage of discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and round the world (1798). Stockholm : Anders Zetterberg, 1800. Two parts in one volume, small octavo, contemporary half calf over speckled papered boards, spine ruled in gilt with title labels (one partially erased); speckled edges; pp [vi], …

  • # 17090

    TOLCHER, Helen; TOLCHER, Vern (Illustrator)

    Myths and legends of the new Ngaiawang.

    Cover: Author Helen Tolcher, Ellenmeri, the story teller. [S.A.] : Tolerable Publishers, December 1971. Small oblong quarto, pictorial card covers; a presentation copy, inscribed on the half title by Loyd and Joy Chilman (authors of the book’s preface), roneo printed, [34] pp, illustrated; a very good copy; loosely inserted is one of Helen Tolcher’s original …

  • # 17019

    BERNDT, Ronald M. (1916-1990)

    Kunapipi : a study of an Australian Aboriginal religious cult

    New York : International Universities Press [but colophon states The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne], 1951. First edition. Octavo, green cloth with black lettering to spine, in dust jacket (torn at front upper corner, chipped at head and tail of spine), endpaper maps (offsetting front and rear), 223 pp, illustrated with photographic plates; a near fine copy. …

  • # 17016

    SMITH, William Ramsay (1859-1937) ; UNAIPON, David (1872-1967)

    Myths and legends of the Australian Aboriginals

    /​ by W. Ramsay Smith ; with sixteen plates in colour by Alice Woodward, and other illustrations. London : George G. Harrap and Co., 1930. First edition. Thick octavo, publisher’s pictorial cloth with gilt lettering (fine) in like dust jacket (a little strengthening to the inner flaps), front free-endpaper with ex libris of Philip & …

  • # 16993

    MACKENZIE, Geraldine; BELCHER, Douglas L. (illustrator)

    The first Australian’s fourth book

    Melbourne : F.W. Cheshire [printed at The Hawthorn Press], 1951. ‘Published under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Australia’. Oblong octavo, illustrated buff-coloured wrappers, string bound, 36, [1] pp, illustrated, a very good copy. One of a series of six reading primers for Indigenous children written by MacKenzie, who had been a missionary at …

  • # 16992

    MACKENZIE, Geraldine; BELCHER, Douglas L. (illustrator)

    The first Australian’s fifth book

    Melbourne : F.W. Cheshire [printed at The Hawthorn Press], 1951. ‘Published under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Australia’. Oblong octavo, illustrated buff-coloured wrappers, string bound, 38 pp, illustrated, a very good copy. One of a series of six reading primers for Indigenous children written by MacKenzie, who had been a missionary at Aurukun, …

  • # 16434

    KRUGER, Johann Friedrich Carl (Fred), (1831-1888); [PERKINS, Horace]

    Album of the kings &​ queens of Victoria

    [Melbourne : compiled and published by H. Perkins & Co., The Gift Depot, c.1880]. Duodecimo, original cloth-backed faux tortoise-shell pattern papered boards with gilt stamped lettering and ornament, containing folding concertina of [12] panels with leporello reproductions of Kruger’s photographic portraits of surviving leaders of Aboriginal tribes of Victoria, originally taken at various times between …

  • # 16609

    SPENCER, Baldwin Sir (1860-1929); GILLEN, F.J. (1855-1912)

    The Arunta : a study of a stone age people

    London : Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1927. First edition. Two volumes, octavo, fine grey cloth covered boards, spines with gilt lettering, both volumes in the very rare dust jacket (spines lightly marked and with minor chipping at heads and tails, but near fine), pp xxviii, 390; xvi, 391-646, illustrated with photographic plates (3 colour and …

  • # 16593

    Mme H***

    Geographie vivante, ou tableaux raisonnés et comparatifs des principaux habitans du globe

    avec leur costume; des animaux divers qui s’ y trouvent, et une exacte description de leurs moeurs, de leurs usages et habitudes. Paris : Alexis Eymery, 1823. Second edition. Oblong octavo, early boards, cloth spine, engraved title page, pp. [ii], 194, [ii], scattered foxing, illustrated with 32 engraved plates, each with two illustrations, one of …

  • # 16510

    WALKER, Kath (1920-1993) [later Oodgeroo Noonuccal]

    We are going

    Brisbane : Jacaranda Press, 1964. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s cloth boards in dust jacket (mild wear to top edgesd), front pastedown with later ex libris, half title with previous owner’s name crossed out, pp 43, internally very clean; a good copy. The first volume of poetry by Indigenous Queensland poet and activist Kath Walker, known …

  • # 16427

    Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginals’ mia-mias, Lake Tyers

    [Title from caption in image]. Richmond, Vic. : printed at the Eagle Press, [circa 1908]. “E.J.B. Series”. Chromolithographic postcard, 88 x 138 mm; verso with handwritten message mentioning May 8 1908 as the date for a forthcoming concert; in very good condition. This image was taken at the Aboriginal reserve at Lake Tyers in east …

  • # 17075

    BATTARBEE, Rex and Bernice

    Modern Aboriginal paintings

    Adelaide : Rigby, 1971. First edition. Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket, unpaginated, illustrated in colour. Includes work by Albert Namatjira; Enos, Oscar, Gabriel, Ewald, Keith, and Maurice Namatjira; Edwin, Otto and Reuben Pareroulta; Henoch and Herbert Raberabe; Benjamin Landara; and the Ebatarinja family. Slight crease lower edge dustjacket else a fine copy.

  • # 16606

    MJOBERG, Eric

    [WESTERN AUSTRALIA; ABORIGINES] Bland vilda djur och folk i Australien

    Stockholm : Albert Bonniers Forlag, 1915. Large octavo, publisher’s gilt pictorial green cloth, front pastedown with original owner’s book plate, 524 pp, [33] leaves of plates (some colour), 197 illustrations, 3 maps. Text in Swedish. A very good copy. Extremely well illustrated account of a Swedish scientific expedition to the Kimberley region of northwest Western …

  • # 16519

    ROBINSON, Roland (1912-1992)

    Altjeringa and other Aboriginal poems

    Sydney : A.H. &​ A.W. Reed, 1970. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial cloth boards in dust jacket, front pastedown with later ex libris, 80 pp; a fine copy. A collection of poems based on Australia Aboriginal legends. Some are translated from Indigenous languages, and were collected by Robinson in Central Australia, Arnhem Land, South Australia, …

  • # 16615

    MOLL, Ernest G. (1900-1997)

    The rainbow serpent

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1962. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s orange cloth boards in dust jacket, later ex libris to front pastedown, pp 63, [8], with 7 full-page illustrations by David McCosh; pages 55-58 loose (binder’s flaw); else a near fine copy. Born in Victoria and educated in Melbourne and at Harvard, Moll was professor …

  • # 16627

    ROBINSON, Roland (1912-1992)


    Brisbane : The Jacaranda Press, 1967. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s cloth boards in dust jacket, front pastedown and free-endpaper with later ex libris plates, pp 50; a very good copy. Collection of poems inspired by Australian Aboriginal legends, by Jindyworobak poet Roland Robinson.

  • # 16075

    MARCET, Edouard

    Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush.

    Dessins de Mm. G. Liquier et D. d’apres les indications de l’auteur. Geneve : Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1868. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (spine glued down), all edges gilt, pp. 268, the text set in ornamental borders with decorated initials, illustrated with 20 original photographs after drawings by the author. Printed in an edition of 200 copies. Rare …

  • # 16357

    FRISTEDT, Conrad

    [QUEENSLAND ABORIGINES; MAORI] På forskningsfärd : minnen från en tvåårig vistelse

    bland Ceylons Tamiler och Singhaleser, Australiens Kannibaler och Nya Zeelands Maorer. Stockholm : Albert Bonniers förlag, [1891]. Octavo, publisher’s gilt pictorial brown cloth, [iv], 256 pp, [19] leaves of plates (some colour), 1 colour map. Text in Swedish. A good copy. Swedish traveller’s account of his time spent in Ceylon, North Queensland and New Zealand, which …

  • # 16349

    FRAZER, J.G.

    The belief in immortality and the worship of the dead

    London : Macmillan & Co., 1913 – 1922 – 1924. Three volumes, all first edition, original green cloth boards (rubbed, vols. 2 and 3 lightly marked, vol. 3 with some discolouration), spines lettered in gilt, xvi, 495 pp; ix, 447 pp; ix, 326 pp; volume I ‘The Belief among the Aborigines of Australia, The Torres …

  • # 16323

    BLEEKER, Sylvester

    Gen. Tom Thumb’s three years’ tour around the world, accompanied by his wife,

    Lavinia Warren Stratton, Commodore Nutt, Miss Minnie Warren, and party. New York : S. Booth, printer [1872]. Octavo, original pictorial yellow wrappers with later paper backing (some chipping and loss), 144 pp, illustrated, small loss to margin of pp 93-94 (not affecting the text), otherwise the contents sound and clean. Scarce. American stage performer General Tom …

  • # 15870

    LATHAM, R. G.

    The varieties of the human species; being a manual of ethnography : introductory to the study of history.

    London : Charles Griffin and Company, c. 1880. Octavo, flushcut gilt-lettered plum cloth, prize bookplate to front pastedown, pp. 305 – 376, engraved illustrations, a fine copy. A classic Victorian study of ethnology with a chapter on the Oceanic Group including Polynesians, New Zealanders and Australian Aborigines with particular reference to Tasmanians.

  • # 16482

    TERRY, Michael (1899-1981)

    Hidden wealth and hiding people.

    London and New York : Putnam, [1930]. First edition. Octavo, brown cloth boards rebacked in quarter calf, front pastedown with later ex libris, new endpapers; pp. xv, 350; illustrated with black-and-white photographic plates; series of folding maps iat rear; occasional light foxing, but otherwise internally clean; spotting to edges; Explorer and writer Michael Terry (1899-1981) …

  • # 16484


    Whispering wind. Adventures in Arnhem Land.

    London : Hutchinson & Co., Ltd, 1957. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s black cloth with embossed design, pictorial dust jacket (front panel with closed tear, chipped at head of spine), endpapers with maps (some offsetting), ex libris to first blank, pp. 240, black-and-white photographs throughout; internally clean, a good copy. ‘… a first class account by …

  • # 16422

    MOUNTFORD, Charles Pearcy (1890-1977)

    [ABORIGINES] Nomads of the Australian desert

    Adelaide : Rigby, 1976. First edition. Quarto, burgundy cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket (spine sunned, as is common, and with a couple of short tears at head), 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 …

  • # 16468

    BANFIELD, Edmund James (1852-1923)

    [QUEENSLAND] The confessions of a beachcomber.

    London : T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1924. Fifth impression. Octavo, publisher’s green cloth boards lettered in gilt, front pastedown with later ex libris, pp. xi, 336, black-and-white photographic frontispiece and photographic plates throughout; pages uncut; foxing to preliminaries and edges; a very good copy in bright, original binding. An account of the author and naturalist’s …

  • # 16464

    HEYWOOD, B. A.

    A vacation tour at the Antipodes, through Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, and New Zealand, in 1861-1862.

    London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. Octavo, original blind blocked red cloth (discoloured and stained), spine lettered in gilt (faded, softened at head and tail, splitting along seam), front pastedown with later ex libris, engraved frontispiece, pp. viii, 251; 2 folding maps, 7 plates; edges uncut; internally clean. “As I was recommended …

  • # 16304

    SUTHERLAND, Margaret (composer); CASEY, Maie (librettist); BLACKMAN, Charles (artist)

    [BLACKMAN] The young Kabbarli : chamber opera in one act

    Sydney : J. Albert &​ Son, 1972. “This limited edition is published in association with the Advisory Board, Commonwealth Assistance to Australian Composers.” Limited to 200 copies, signed by the librettist, Maie Casey, and composer, Margaret Sutherland, copy no. 43. Quarto, black boards with gilt lettering to front, front free endpaper with reproduction of a …

  • # 15838

    PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804

    Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.

    Rare complete set, in contemporary bindings, of the official account of the Baudin voyage. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte générale de la Nouvelle Hollande, along with many significant charts of the southern Australian coastline (“Terre Napoléon”), superb …

  • # 15876

    TOWNSEND, Joseph Phipps

    Rambles and observations in New South Wales with skethes of men and manners, notices of the Aborigines, glimpses of scenery, and some hints to emigrants.

    London : Chapman and Hall, 1849. Octavo, later quarter-calf over cloth, contrasting title label to spine, pp. vii; [1]; 312. Ferguson 5213.

  • # 16047

    KNIGHT, Dempsey

    [SOUND RECORDING] Dempsey Knight : authentic Australian Aboriginal singer

    [Warsaw, Poland] : Polskie Nagrania “Muza”, [1969]. Analog sound recording on vinyl, 45 rpm, 7 inch, mono, illustrated jacket; the vinyl is in good condition, with a few small marks; the jacket is near fine, with original owner’s annotation to back. Track listing: Side 1. Annabelle (folk tune, arr. Bizony). Side 2. I don’t bare [i.e. care] who knows …

  • # 16985

    LESLIE, Donna

    Aboriginal art : creativity and assimilation

    Melbourne : Macmillan, 2008. Quarto, full purple leather, blind-lettered, pp 319, extensively illustrated. A history of Aboriginal art from an Aboriginal perspective. A uniquely bound copy in full leather, a prototype for a deluxe edition which never eventuated.

  • # 16071

    CONIGRAVE, John Fairfax

    South Australia : a sketch of its history & resources.

    A handbook : compiled by John Fairfax Conigrave for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886. Octavo, contemporary black half-calf over cloth (scuffed), binder’s ticket of T. W. Taylor of Winnipeg, lithographed wrappers and title page bound in, pp. vi; [2]; folding map of Port Adelaide; 180; (14 – plates). Bound with : Official catalogue …

  • # 15695

    Photographer unknown.

    Gold digger and Aborigine, Port Darwin, September 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 67 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with a contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Costume of the diggers in P.D. All the gentlemen dress just like they do in Melbourne. Mr. Solomon’, and dated in pencil in the same hand ‘September 19th 1875’; the albumen print has lost some contrast …

  • # 15801

    WYATT, William (1838-1872)

    Natives Encamped

    [South Australia], 1862. Title from artist’s caption. Ink wash on wove paper, 80 x 180 mm; initialled and dated lower right ‘W.W. 62’; in fine condition, mounted in a recent glazed timber frame. William Wyatt, sketcher, watercolourist and lithographer, was born in the Colony of South Australia in 1838, the son of William Wyatt (Senior), surgeon, …

  • # 14141

    STUART, Martinus (1765-1826); KUYPER, Jaques (artist)

    [ABORIGINES] De mensch, zoo als hij voorkomt op den bekenden aardbol,

    beschreven door Martinus Stuart ; afgebeeld door Jaques Kuyper. Volume I : Te Amsterdam : bij Johannes Allart, 1802; volumes II – VI : Te Z. Boemel [Zaltbommel, Netherlands] : bij J. Noman, 1818. Six volumes, octavo, original yellow papered boards, spines with wear and loss, a mixed set, the first volume from the first issue and the …

  • # 15746

    CAIRE, Nicholas James (1837-1918)

    [ABORIGINES] Group of natives, Victoria

    Circa 1895. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original printed label affixed to one of the paper borders, ‘Group of Natives, Victoria’; in good condition. An exterior portrait of an Aboriginal group in European clothing at Lake Tyers Mission, in far eastern Victoria. The image was taken by the photographer …

  • # 15479

    DAILY MAIL NEWSPAPER (Staff photographer)

    Aborigines watching the arrival of Amy Johnson’s aeroplane at Darwin, May 24 1930.

    Press photograph, printing out paper, glossy print, 215 x 165 mm, verso with a Daily Mail (U.K.) journalist’s typed description of the photograph pasted down, accompanied by what are evidently contemporary annotations made by an unidentified American newspaper’s editorial staff, including the word ‘Negroes’, and the newspaper’s date stamp of ‘Jun 21 1930’; the print has a light …

  • # 15296

    "ARIEL" [PAYNE, Buckner H.]

    The negro : what is his ethnological status? Is he the progeny of Ham? Is he a descendant of Adam and Eve? Has he a soul? Or is he a beast in God’s nomenclature? What is his status as fixed by God in creation? What is his relation to the white race?

    Cincinnati : Published for the Proprietor, 1867. Second edition. Octavo, original printed green wrappers, 48 pp; a near fine copy. Colonel Buckner H. Payne (1799-1889) was an American clergyman, publisher and racist pamphleteer. Under the pseudonym of Ariel, Payne authored a racist pamphlet, offering a counter-argument to the Curse of Ham, suggesting instead that blacks did …

  • # 15329


    A pictorial souvenir budget of the North Australian Aboriginals

    Darwin : J. Wingham, [c.1929]. Oblong octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers (front with a small stain and mild corner crease) with original wool ties, Foreword on inside front wrapper, [24] pp of photographic plates with printed captions; a near fine copy. The first eight plates in this self-published photographic essay on the indigenous culture and customs of Arnhem Land …

  • # 15419

    BARRETT, Charles

    The Australian Aborigine

    [Melbourne] : Carlton and United Breweries, [1942]. Small quarto pamphlet, pictorial wrappers staple bound, [24] pp, with illustrations by Ivor Horman; a fine copy.

  • # 14915

    SINNETT, Mrs. Percy

    Hunters and fishers : or, sketches of primitive races in the lands beyond the sea.

    London : Chapman and Hall, 1846. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, marbled edges, boards rubbed, some splitting along creases, pp. 146, four chromolithograph plates (including a 'Kangaroo Hunt in New South Wales'), a fine copy. Includes a twenty-page chapter on Australian Aborigines with discussion fo their customs and habits. Specific mention is made to Aborigines of New …