ŠEVČÍK, Otakar (1852-1934)
Otakar Ševčík, violinist and influential pedagogue: autograph note, signed, on a postcard featuring a portrait of himself. Sent from Prague, and addressed to a music critic in Berlin, April 1904.
Prague : Mojmír Urbánek, . Postcard, 91 x 141 mm; on the left side of the recto is a photomechanical process portrait of Ševčík from a photograph by V. Donát, with a printed caption ‘PROF. OT. ŠEVČÍK’ at top centre; the right side is occupied by an autograph note by Ševčík written in German in pen, …
PORT PHILLIP. SUPREME COURT.
Warrant on Fi. Fa. in Assumpsit. Alastair Mackenzie Esq., Deputy Sheriff of the District of Port Phillip New South Wales, to William J. Sugden, my Bailiff, Greeting:
Sydney : W. J. Rowe, Government Printer, [1842, or earlier]. Foolscap folio (335 x 210 mm), single sheet printed recto only, with manuscript entries, a warrant on Fieri Facias In Assumpsit empowering William Johnson Sugden, the Deputy Sheriff’s Bailiff, to recover the sum of £64 13/- 6d in damages and costs from Frederick Lord Clay, …
[EAST INDIA COMPANY] GOUGH, Hugh, 1st Viscount Gough (1779-1869)
Bengal, Camp Hurruff (in ms.), 30 December, 1845. Printed recto only on parchment, 250 x 400 mm, folding to 250 x 100 mm; with entries in ms. recording the appointment of Charles Ross Mackenzie Esq. to the rank of Captain in the Service of the Honourable East India Company; signed by General Hugh Gough, Commander in Chief, East …
[MEXICAN REVOLUTION] Letter from an American businessman to his young English fiancée, containing an account of his recent experiences in the Baja Califonia Desert. Los Angeles, August 1920.
4 pp, quarto (280 x 180 mm); manuscript in ink on two lettersheets with the printed letterhead of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, dated 13 August 1920; some staining (martini or tears – or a mixture of both?), resulting in a few lacunae, otherwise complete and legible. An interesting item of private correspondence written in …
DU MAURIER, George (1834-1896)
George du Maurier, cartoonist and writer : autograph note, signed, to fellow “Punch” artist Phil May. March, 1896.
1 page manuscript in ink, 175 x 100 mm, on du Maurier’s personalised notepaper with his embossed address 17, Oxford Square, W., dated Sunday, March 29, 1896; to Phil May (1864-1903), English caricaturist. Du Maurier writes: ‘My Dear May, I’m in for another cold with this hearty weather – so I don’t feel up to tomorrow …
MANION, Margaret (1935 - )
Melbourne, National Gallery Victoria / Macmillan, 2005. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 440, extensively illustrated. Fine copy of the hardback edition, as new. “This scholarly publication ‘The Felton illuminated manuscripts in the National Gallery of Victoria’ celebrates the Gallery’s small but distinguished collection of illuminated manuscripts and eloquently comments on the development of the handwritten …
STEPHEN, Elizabeth Amy Winbourn (b. Mulgoa, 1853 - d. Katoomba, 1946)
Manuscript diary of Elizabeth Stephen, daughter of Rev. A. H. Stephen, St. Paul’s, Redfern, Sydney, 1873.
[Contained in] Letts’s Diary or Bills Due Book, and Almanac for 1873 [Colonial Edition]. London : Letts, Son & Co., . Octavo (200 x 120 mm), cloth-backed stiff wrappers printed on the front ‘Letts’s No. 35 Rough Diary, or Scribbling Journal, with a week in each opening of two pages, 1873’, ownership inscription in ink …
BESWICKE, Mabella (née Mayall) (attributed)
Writing case belonging to Mabella Beswicke (Mayall), wife of Port Phillip pioneer Charles Beswicke of Moodie Yallo Station.
[Between 1835 and 1840]. Portable case for writing accessories and paper, of thick card covered with hand-sewn floral-patterned purple velvet trimmed with corduroy, the underside covered in black silk, 220 x 285 x 30 mm (slightly irregular), with four flaps opening to 460 x 460 mm; the exposed card of the interior floor and flaps …
A Communard in exile : a small archive of unpublished poems and songs in manuscript, together with rare locally-printed ephemera. Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, 1875-1878.
French journalist and former soldier Alphonse Pélissier was condemned to death for his involvement in the Paris Commune of March-May, 1871. His sentence was commuted to deportation to the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, where he arrived in November, 1872. During his political exile this unrepentant Communard collaborated as an editor on several issues …
Translated by E.B. Szekely. Illuminated by Robert Preston. Townsville and Melbourne : Macmillan, 2002. Oblong folio (23 x 47cm), gilt-lettered cloth in gilt-lettered matching slipcase, pp. , illustrated. Limited to 200 numbered copies (this out of series). “This publication is limited to an edition of 200 copies of which 100 are a special edition including …
London : Alexandria Press in association with Thames & Hudson, 1988. First edition. Quarto (290 x 230 mm), publisher’s gilt-lettered green cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket; 270,  pp, profusely illustrated with colour and b/w plates; a fine copy.
O'GRADY, Frederick Standish, 6th Viscount Guillamore (1847-1927)
[NEW ZEALAND] Commonplace album of Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1860s – circa 1900.
A fascinating treasure trove that constitutes a time capsule of four decades – one of them spent in New Zealand – in the life of an Irish aristocrat of the late nineteenth century. Nineteenth-century commonplace album. Folio, original marbled papered boards (heavily worn, lacking most of the leather backstrip), containing 160 pages completely filled with original manuscript material, ink and …
[BROMILOW, William Edward, 1857-1929, translator]
[NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Iesu Keriso. ‘Ida ‘Inapwana ta ‘Ida To-‘Etoseana ‘ina Onoaupaupa Auauna. (Missionary Sister Badcock’s own copy, with a manuscript letter in Dobuan from a woman at the leper colony on Ubuia Island)
Verso of title page: The New Testament in Dobuan, Papua, New Guinea. Sydney : Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1908. First edition. Octavo (210 x 140 mm), contemporary yapp-edged limp morocco (a little scuffed, worn at head and tail of spine and rear top edge) with the name ‘Sister Irene Badcock’ stamped in gilt in …
FAIRFAX, James Reading, (Sir) (1834-1919)
James Reading Fairfax, Australian newspaper proprietor: autograph letter, signed, to a Mrs. Hahnemann, re. the Fairfaxes’ gift to her of a watercolour of the Hawkesbury River. “Ginnagulla”, Bellevue Hill, 10 March 1885.
Manuscript in ink, bifolium, 175 x 110 mm,  pages (the last blank), on the embossed letterhead of James Reading Fairfax, with his monogram and address ‘Ginnagulla, Upper Belle Vue Road’ [Bellevue Hill, Sydney]; dated 10 March 1885, the letter is addressed ‘Dear Mrs. Hahnemann’ and signed at the foot of the third side ‘Yours …
WILHELMI, Johann Friedrich Carl (1829 - 1884).
Carl Wilhelmi, German naturalist in Australia: three autograph letters, signed, with significant content on Murray Aboriginal customs and botanical collecting. June 1860; September 1860; October 1871.
Carl Wilhelmi (1829-1884), German seedsman and botanical collector, arrived in Adelaide in March 1849, having been sent out to South Australia by the Dresden Lutheran Missionary Society. During his almost twenty-year sojourn in Australia, he made major contributions in the fields of both botanical science and anthropology. Early on, Wilhelmi collected botanical specimens extensively throughout …
DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918)
[Paris, n.d., but 1899-1904]. Carte de visite, 47 x 95 mm, recto printed CLAUDE DEBUSSY at centre and with his address 58, rue Cardinet at lower right (Debussy lived at this address in the years 1899-1904); inscribed in ink by Debussy below his printed name: ‘avec son meilleur remerciement a Monsieur L – Millevoye.‘; one small, pale …