CHIRNSIDE, Andrew Spencer (1818-1890)
[WESTERN DISTRICT] Autograph letter of Andrew Chirnside, Carranballac Station, who writes to his bank manager in Ballarat regarding his profligate son, Andrew.
[Carranballac Station, Victoria, April 1885]. Manuscript in ink on single sheet of watermarked laid paper, 200 x 125 mm, written on both sides; headed ‘Carranballac, 9th April, 85’, and addressed to ‘The Manager, Union Bank, Ballarat’; signed in full ‘Andrew Chirnside’ at the foot; original folds, in fine condition. The Scottish brothers Thomas Chirnside (1815-1887) …
H.P. KRAUS RARE BOOKS
The legendary Austrian-born New York antiquarian book seller Hans Peter Kraus (1907-1988) has been described by William Reese as ‘without doubt the most successful and dominant rare book dealer in the world in the second half of the 20th century’. His catalogues, filled with a breathtaking array of mediaeval illuminated manuscripts, incunables (books printed before 1501), and rare …
GOSSELIN, Hellier Robert Hadley (1849-1924)
Manuscript diary recording an Englishman’s outward voyage to New Zealand via Hobart Town, his tour of the North Island, and homeward voyage on s.s. Ruapehu, June – October 1894.
Small pocket diary (163 x 113 mm), limp roan covers with later handwritten paper label ‘Old diaries / Hellier Gosselin’, approximately 75 pages neatly written in ink, recording the owner’s journey to New Zealand, out via the Cape of Good Hope and Hobart Town, home via Cape Horn (both voyages on s.s. Ruapehu), and his …
MEISS, Millard; KIRSCH, Edith W.
New York : George Brazuller, 1972. Octavo, publisher’s gilt decorated black papered boards (head of spine splitting, boards lightly marked), spine lettered and decorated in gilt; 262 pp, colour plates throughout; from the library of American gothic fiction writer Anne Rice, her ex libris label to front free-endpaper and handwritten shelf label taped to the spine; …
NEWTON, Rev. John, 1725-1807; [JOHNSON, Rev. Richard, 1753-1827]
/ By the Rev. John Newton … extracted from his posthumous works. To which are annexed a few pieces of poetry, by the same author. London : Printed for J. Johnson et al., 1809. Octavo, straight-grained morocco (rebacked); inscription to front free endpaper ‘Priscilla Martha Victoria Vickers, given to her mother by her early friend Mrs …
[NEW SOUTH WALES] Roll of deaths in the 50th (Queen’s Own) Regiment of Foot from April 1841 to May 1843
[Drop title] Nominal Roll of of Men who have become Non Effective Since the Regiment left New South Wales, up to the 1 May 1843, Cawnpore, 1843. Manuscript in ink on pale blue wove paper, folio (340 x 205 mm), 2 bifolia written on  sides in a neat clerical hand, manuscript column rules; a …
HARRIS, John William (1835-1901)
Gilt-edged card, 75 x 115 mm, printed recto only in gold, with the guest’s name in manuscript ‘Mr. and Mrs. Harris request the pleasure of [Miss Robertson’s] company on Thursday Evening, February 19th, 1891, at 8 o’clock. “Warrowitur,”, Beaufort. An early reply will oblige.’; bottom corner crease, otherwise in fine condition. The agricultural township of …
[U.K.] : s.n., [c.1950]. Oblong quarto, cloth backed boards with illustrated title design in pen and ink on card onlaid to front (repaired tear at bottom corner), with a smaller illustrated design on lower board, metal clasp to spine; title leaf and 86 pp, manuscript in ink, with numerous drawings and decorations in pen and …
[COLONY OF VICTORIA]
Victoria. Special Lands Purchase. [To John McFarland, in the Parish of Towong. October, 1861. Signed by Governor Barkly].
Lithograph printed document with manuscript entries on parchment, 330 x 445 mm, recording the purchase of ‘one rood thirty-two perches’ of Crown land in the Parish of Towong, northeast Victoria, by John McFarland, sold at public auction at Yackandandah on 9 September 1861; the document is dated 7 October 1861 and is signed at bottom …
Northern France (Rouen), c. 1490-1510. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment; with 4 large miniatures with architectural borders, 10 large arch-topped miniatures, 8 small miniatures, and 24 calendar miniatures by a follower of the Master of the Échevinage of Rouen and the Playfair Hours Master, with borders by Jean Serpin. ii (paper) + i (parchment) + 96 …
[WARD, Lester Rupert]
A family’s memorial to a fallen ANZAC from Echuca, Victoria, killed in action in France in October 1917.
Hand-painted calligraphic inscription on wooden board, 55 x 24 cm; initials in gold leaf; original varnish; verso with brass hook; in fine condition. A moving memorial to their son commissioned by the loving family of 735 Corporal John “Jack” Thomas Stanley, C Company, 21st Battalion, A.I.F., from Echuca, Victoria, who served at Gallipoli and was …
[GERMAN ENLIGHTENMENT] An early eighteenth century Kollektaneenbuch (commonplace book) with Latin, Greek, French and Hebrew entries, belonging to a young Lower Silesian nobleman and scholar.
Lauban ; Leipzig ; Halle ; Magdeburg ; Frankfurt and der Oder, 1724-29. Oblong octavo, original full calf, upper and lower boards with elaborate blind-tooling in gilt featuring central armorial design, spine with raised bands (frayed at head and foot), original patterned endpapers, all edges gilt,  leaves, of which approximately one-third contain manuscript entries …
HAMELIN, Emmanuel, Amiral (1768-1839)
[BAUDIN EXPEDITION] Autograph testimonial signed by Hamelin, commander of Le Naturaliste, written for one of his junior officers.
Manuscript in ink on bluish laid paper, 195 x 160 mm; place and revolutionary date of ‘Paris 1er thermidor an 11’ [20 July 1803], signed ‘Capitaine de frégate Commdt. Eel. Hamelin’; wet stamp of the Collection Deséglise; some foxing. Provenance: Collection Deséglise, France (late 19th – early 20th century), housed in the original Deséglise manila folder with manuscript …
[ELLIS, Theophilus Tighe, Captain (1782-1834)]
Letter concerning the inheritance of lands owned by Superintendent Theophilus Ellis in the Swan River Colony.
Manuscript letter addressed to ‘The Hon’ble Colonial Secretary, Perth, Western Australia’ [Peter Nicholas Broun], headed ‘Cockermouth, Cumberland, 4 January 1842′, written by the as yet unidentified husband of one of Theophilus Ellis’ nieces. Single sheet, 265 x 410 mm, bifolium, written in ink on  pages, the fourth used for the address; the letter is …
BODMAN, Anders Gustaf (Gösta), 1875-1960
The Swedish South Polar Expedition, 1901-1904 : expedition meteorologist and hydrographer Gösta Bodman’s unpublished manuscript account in the form of an archive of his private letters and Antarctic journal; with original photographs taken on Snow Hill Island, Antarctica.
Sammelband of manuscript material housed in a modern album, quarto (295 x 245 mm), cloth-backed marbled papered boards, containing  pages of Bodman’s manuscript letters and commentary, much of it written on Svenska Sydpolsexpeditionen stationery, the individual items archivally mounted on stubs; compiler’s title leaf in typescript Den Svenska Sydpolarexpeditionen 1901 – 1904, skildrad i privatbrev …
Lithographed letterhead, 320 x 170 mm; manuscript entries dated January 30 1867 (the name A.W. Robertson struck out and with his successor’s illegible name written above), being an invoice to the Victorian Railways for £10 14s (4 shillings and eightpence was deducted for ‘sugar short’ in the last supply), for 112 bags of sugar, 1 …