Indigenous Australians

  • # 43006

    HIGHFOLD, Melvina (1927-1966)

    Wooden box with painted decoration. Koonibba Mission, South Australia, early 1940s.

    Handmade wooden box, 155 x 155 x 70 mm, the hinged lid with a painted scene of an Australian pastoral property under moonlight, within a simple red and black border; the words Souvenir / Koonibba are painted in gold in the bottom right corner of the image; on the base, an inscription in pencil, though …

  • # 43090

    WEST, Margie (editor)

    Yalangbara : art of the Djang’kawu

    Produced in partnership with Banduk Marika and other members of the Rirratjingu clan, north-east Arnhem Land ; edited by Margie West. Darwin, N.T. : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 208, illustrated. “Yalangbara is the first indigenous art publication to focus upon one significant ancestral site. It has been produced on behalf …

  • # 42505

    LYCETT, Joseph

    Views in Australia ; or New South Wales & Van Diemen’s Land delineated, in fifty views, with descriptive letter press (facsimile edition)

    Melbourne : Thomas Nelson, 1977. Oblong folio, simulated leather (lightly scratched), gilt-lettering to spine, pp. [185], illustrated, in illustrated laminated card slipcase. Facsimile of the 1824 original edition from the collection of Bernard Brett.

  • # 43066

    HAMBY, Louise et al.

    Art on a string : Aboriginal threaded objects from the Central Desert and Arnhem Land

    [Sydney] : Object-Australian Centre for Craft and Design and the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, 2001. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 96, illustrated. Art on a string introduces the aesthetic and symbolic power of necklaces and other threaded objects made by Australian Aboriginal artists from the Central desert and Arnhem land.

  • # 43064


    Dot and circle : a retrospective survey of the Aboriginal acrylic paintings of Central Australia. (Signed copy)

    A loan exhibition from the Flinders University of South Australia, first shown at the RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 16th April-3rd May, 1985. Melbourne : Communication Services Unit, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1986. ‘Publication edited, produced and designed co-operatively by Janet Maughan in Adelaide and Jenny Zimmer in Melbourne.’ Quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers, 208 pp, …

  • # 43029


    Modern Australian Aboriginal Art

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1951, First edition. Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket (a couple of short chips and tears, light edge wear), pp. 55 plus numerous colour and black and white plates. Foreword by T.G.H. Strehlow. Includes chapters on Albert Namatjira, Edwin Pareroultja, Otto Pareroultja, Reuben Pareroultja, Walter Ebatarinja, Enos and Oskar Namatjira, Henoch …

  • # 43021

    CAWTE, John

    The universe of the Warramirri : art, medicine and religion in Arnhem Land

    Kensington, NSW : New South Wales University Press, 1993. First edition. Small quarto (260 x 185 mm), pictorial wrappers; pp. xii, 110, illustrated in colour, maps, glossary; a very good copy.

  • # 41677

    MALBUNKA [MALBANGKA], Maxina [and] ELATJIA, Milton

    A drawing and two letters written in Western Arrernte by children from the Finke River Mission at Hermannsburg, 1942-44.

    I. Maxina Malbunka (Malbangka). Letter in Western Arrernte. Manuscript in ink on recto of quarto sheet of ruled paper (240 x 195 mm); dated at Hermannsburg via Alice Springs, 11 July 1942; addressed to ‘My friend Gordon’ and signed at the foot ‘Maxina’; written double-spaced, with a typed English translation on the intervening lines; original …

  • # 42697

    KELL, Julius

    Reise nach der Verbrecher-Colonie Neu-Südwales

    [=Voyage to the penal colony of New South Wales]. Series: Neueren Entdeckungsreisen Nach grösseren Reisewerken für die Jugend; Band 3. Leipzig : Julius Meissner, 1848. Small octavo, contemporary half blue morocco over marbled papered boards, 240 pp, illustrated with [4] steel-engraved plates, scattered foxing and browning (particularly to the plates), a small faint damp stain …

  • # 42812


    The Berry Collection. Part II. Auction of Australian Aboriginal & Pacific Island artefacts,

    ceramics & glassware, Oriental items, silver, Australian pottery, art & items of interest. East Hawthorn, Vic. : Young’s Auctions, 2009. Quarto, pictorial stiff wrappers, pp 81, with descriptions of 913 lots, most illustrated in colour; a fine copy. Catalogue for one of a series of auctions held in 2007, 2008 and 2009 which featured items …

  • # 42703

    PERON, M[onsieur] F[rancois] (1775 - 1810)

    A Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere, performed by order of the Emperor Napoleon, during the years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804.

    Prepared for the Press by M. F. Peron, one of the naturalists appointed for the expedition, member of the National Institute, &c. &c. and published in consequence of an Imperial Decree. Translated from the French. London : Richard Phillips, 1809. Octavo, later half-calf over marbled papered boards (rubbed), pp. viii, 9 -314, [2], folding frontispiece …

  • # 42903

    BARDON, Geoff

    Aboriginal art of the Western Desert

    Melbourne : Rigby, 1979. First edition. Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket (very slightly sunned on spine, a few marks and edge wear), pp. 71, illustrated. A very good copy The first edition of the first book on the Papunya Tula art movement. Includes 24 illustrated works by Old Walter Tjampatjimpa, Johnny Warrangula Tjaparula, Long Jack …

  • # 42856


    Mission to Western Australia, commonly called the Swan River settlement.

    [London : s.n., 1835]. Quarto (250 x 200 mm), [3] pp; printed on letterpress; fourth side docketed ‘Mission to Western Australia’, and with Webster Collection stamp with number 2621 in ms.; original vertical and horizontal folds, some toning, else very well preserved. The foundation document for the Western Australian Missionary Society, recording the resolution for …

  • # 42861


    Western Australian Mission (Swan River Settlement).

    [London : s.n., 1840]. 1 page, octavo (195 x 125 mm), lithographically printed, with two fully contemporary ms. corrections in ink; verso with Webster Collection stamp with number 2628 in ms.; original vertical and horizontal folds; very well preserved. An apparently unrecorded circular – presumably disseminated among the members of the Western Australian Missionary Society …

  • # 42802

    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. 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.  

  • # 41951

    BONAPARTE, Prince Roland (1858-1924)

    Billy, Jenny and her son Toby: the last three survivors of R. A. Cunningham’s touring company of Aborigines from North Queensland. Paris, November 1885.

    Two albumen print photographs, in identical 160 x 117 mm format (approximately cabinet card size); laid down side-by-side on their original mount of thin card, 310 x 405 mm, lower margin of the mount with a calligraphic caption in ink: Collection anthropologique du Prince Roland Bonaparte; both prints with some loss of contrast, scattered pale …