Indigenous Australians

  • # 17332


    [BROADSIDE] Great Living Wonders! / Immense Attraction / The Wild Australian Children

    are Evidently of a Cannibal Race! / Judging From Their Natural Proclivities, Their Long Sharp Teeth, etc. / Perhaps the Only Specimen From That Country Now Living … These Wonders of All Wonders were captured about 7 years ago by a party of gold hunters in the mountainous regions of Australia … Can Be Seen In a …

  • # 17172

    GRIBBLE, E.R.B. (Ernest Richard Bulmer), Reverend, 1868-1957

    The problem of the Australian Aboriginal

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1932. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth boards (spine sunned and with some mild water staining, chipped at head), pp xi, 157, xviii publisher’s advertisements, illustrated with 4 black-and-white photographic plates (including frontispiece portrait of Indigenous clergyman James Noble); light foxing to first and last few leaves and edges; else …

  • # 17171

    DE GARIS, Brian K. (ed.)

    Portraits of the south west : Aborigines, women and the environment

    Nedlands, W.A. : UWA Press, 1993. First edition. Octavo, illustrated stiff wrappers in dust jacket, front free-endpaper with gift inscription, pp xii, 248, black-and-white illustrations, maps; a very good copy.

  • # 17305

    LUBBOCK, Sir John

    The origin of civilisation and the primitive condition of man. Mental and social condition of savages.

    New York : D. Appleton and Company, 1870. Octavo, gilt-decorated green cloth, pp. xvi; 380; [8 – adverts), illustrations. First American edition. Includes many references to Australian aborigines.

  • # 16919

    PARKER, K. Langloh (Katie Parker), 1856-1940

    The Euahlayi tribe : a study of Aboriginal life in Australia.

    / by K. Langloh Parker, with an introduction by Andrew Lang. London : Archibald Constable and Company, Ltd., 1905. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked blue cloth (boards rubbed and lightly marked), spine lettered in gilt (sunned), front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, pp xxvii, 156; illustrated with 5 plates (photographic reproductions of drawings), …

  • # 17071

    GILL, S. T.

    The Australian sketch-book

    Melbourne : Lansdowne Press, 1974. Oblong folio, gilt-lettered cloth in slipcase (scuffed), pp. [viii]; 25 colour plates reproducing Gill’s work first published in 1864.

  • # 16876

    WEST, John (1809-1873)

    The history of Tasmania: by John West, Minister of St. John Square Chapel, Launceston.

    Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia, 1966. Series: Australiana Facsimile Editions no. 35. Two volumes, octavo, publisher’s blue cloth boards, pp viii, 340; vi, 380; a fine set. Facsimile edition of West’s History, originally published by Henry Dowling in Launceston in 1852.

  • # 16917

    TAPLIN, George, Rev. (1831-1879)

    The Narrinyeri : An account of the tribes of South Australian Aborigines inhabiting the Country around the Lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, and the Lower Part of the River Murray: their Manners and Customs, also an Account of the Mission at Port Macleay. 

    Adelaide : J.T. Shawyer, Printer, 1874. Octavo, original flushcut limp cloth (somewhat sunned) with printed title label to front (loss to top left corner of label), front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, frontispiece tipped-in albumen print photograph with montage of head-and-shoulder portraits of identified Narrinyeri (Ngarrindjeri) men and women by Townsend Duryea, pp. iv, [ii], …

  • # 16920

    BASEDOW, Herbert (1881-1933)

    The Australian Aboriginal

    Adelaide : F.W. Preece and Sons, 1929. Second impression. Thick octavo, publisher’s blue cloth, upper board with gilt-stamped device depicting Wandjina spirit, spine lettered in gilt (a trifle sunned), front hinge cracked, front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, colour fronrispiece plate, pp xx, 422, illustrated with 55 photographic plates and line drawings in the …

  • # 16915

    MATHEW, John

    Eaglehawk and crow : a study of the Australian Aborigines, including an inquiry into their origin and a survey of Australian languages. 

    London : David Nutt ; Melbourne : Melville, Mullen and Slade, 1899. First edition. Octavo, original gilt lettered maroon cloth boards (upper board with tiny mark, else very clean and bright), bookplates to front pastedown and front free-endpaper, xvi, 288 pp, illustrated with [6] leaves of plates (1 folding linguistic map); uncut, a fine copy. …

  • # 16726

    BULMER, Howard D. (photographer)

    East Gippsland and its gateway. Containing views along the Prince’s Highway, including the Lakes, Buchan Caves, etc.

    Melbourne : Carter & Taverner, [1927]. First edition. Small oblong quarto, original red wraps (lightly marked), title embossed in gold, staple bound, pp. [34]; all-illustrated with full-page photographic plates (1 in colour); a good copy. The majority of the photographs are topographic; four show Indigenous people in the Lake Tyers area. The Bairnsdale-based photographer, Howard …

  • # 17025

    SPENCER, Baldwin (1860-1929)

    Wanderings in wild Australia

    London : Macmillan and Co., 1928. First edition. Two volumes, octavo, original green cloth boards with gilt lettered spines, in the original dust jackets (original bookseller Angus & Robertson’s labels to spines, some very mild edge wear, volume 2 with a tint amount of silverfishing to fore-edge), top edges gilt, volume I pp xxviii, 456; …

  • # 11353

    GLOVER, Winifred

    Travelling at Port Phillip : the Australian Aborigines at the time of European contact

    [Belfast] : Ulster Museum, 1988. Large oblong octavo, pictorial stiff wrappers, staple bound, 78 pp, black and white photographic illustrations throughout, 2 maps, bibliography, a fine copy. A catalogue of Australian Aboriginal material culture in the collections of the Ulster Museum and the National Museum of Ireland, including objects collected by Gordon Augustus Thomson and …

  • # 11487

    FLEMING, W.M.; EDMUNDS, Kay (illustrator)

    The hunted piccaninnies

    London ; Toronto : J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd., 1934. Second edition. Octavo, original pictorial cloth boards, colour frontispiece plate, 185 pp, illustrated with a further 6 colour plates and line drawings in the text, top edge a little sunned, but a fine copy. This second edition of Muir 2562 (first published in 1927) appears unrecorded …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 16916

    CALDER, J.E. (James Erskine), 1808-1882

    Some account of the wars, extirpation, habits, &c., of the native tribes of Tasmania.

    Hobart Town : Henn & Co., 1875. Octavo, publisher’s gilt-lettered blind blocked green cloth boards (upper board lightly stained), front pastedown with bookplate of John Callaby, front hinge weakened, pp. 115; iii; occasional spotting, a very good copy. Ferguson 7797.

  • # 16918

    CALVERT, Albert F.

    The Aborigines of Western Australia

    London : Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1894. First edition. Small octavo, original gilt lettered purple cloth (boards lightly rubbed, spine a little sunned), front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, pp iv, 55 pp; a near fine copy.

  • # 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, …

  • # 16990


    Stone implements

    Adelaide : W. L. Hawes, 1966. Octavo, printed wrappers (a few tears), signed presentation inscription to front wrapper from Paul Hossfield, pp. 159 – 220, illustrated. Extract from ‘Aboriginal Man in South and Central Australia’ edited by B. C. Cotton.

  • # 16988


    Aboriginal stone artefacts from the Northern Territory

    Reprinted from Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne. No. 21. Issued 6th August, 1957. Quarto, lettered wrappers, pp. 65 – 71, diagrams.

  • # 16986


    Antiquity of man in Australia (presentation copy)

    Adelaide : W. L. Hawes, 1966. Octavo, printed wrappers, signed presentation inscription to front wrapper, pp. 59 – 95, illustrated. Extract from ‘Aboriginal Man in South and Central Australia’ edited by B. C. Cotton.

  • # 16965

    MARSHALL, Alan; THORPE, Lesbia (illustrator)

    People of the dream time. (Signed copy)

    Melbourne : F.W. Cheshire [printed at The Hawthorn Press], 1952. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s grey cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket (chipped at head of spine), front free-endpaper with full signature in pen of author Alan Marshall, along with a further contemporary gift inscription, 88 pp, illustrations by Lesbia Thorpe; a fine inscribed copy.

  • # 16963

    BATTY, Joyce

    Namatjira : Wanderer between two worlds (signed copy)

    Melbourne : Hodder & Stoughton, 1963. Octavo, boards in illustrated dustjacket, pp. 158, illustrated. Inscribed on the front free endpaper  by Joyce D. Batty, to the Australian Ambassador to Italy.

  • # 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.

  • # 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 …