Performing Arts

  • # 31752


    Johnny Morton’s Mastodon Minstrel song book, containing all the favourite songs, & which have made the “Mastodon Minstrels” famous on their tour of the Australian Colonies.

    Wellington : Printed at the “New Zealand Times” office, Lambton Quay, 1882. Duodecimo, original printed wrappers, lower wrapper with advertisement for the Company, pp 23, [1 contents]; very small hole with loss to lower wrapper, otherwise a very good copy. Bagnall, 3641. Formed in the United States by the entrepreneur J.H. Haverly (1837-1901), this legendary …

  • # 31654

    McCULLOCH, Alan

    Art and the theatre in Victoria 1844-1984.

    [Mornington, Vic.] : Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, [1984]. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (after Loudon Sainthill, lightly marked), pp. 22, illustrated. Touring exhibition held at the Regional Galleries of Victoria.

  • # 31668

    VAN STRATEN, Frank (1936 - )

    Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne : the shows, the stars, the stories.

    At head of title: Mike Walsh presents. North Melbourne, Vic. : Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty. Ltd., 2018. Large quarto (310 x 250 mm), publisher’s pictorial papered boards in identically illustrated dust jacket, pp 336, profusely illustrated in colour and b/w; a new copy, still sealed in publisher’s shrinkwrap. A superbly researched, illustrated and produced hommage …

  • # 31664


    Diaghilev and the golden age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929

    London : V & A Publishing, 2010. Quarto, red lettered black cloth boards in dust jacket, corners a little bumped, 240 pp, illustrated, a very good copy.

  • # 31511

    ST. LEON, Mark

    Circus : The Australian Story

    Melbourne : Melbourne Books, 2012. Second edition. Quarto, illustrated gatefold wrappers, pp. 288, extensively illustrated with image of vintages photographs and ephemera. New copy. In Circus: The Australian Story, author Mark St Leon presents a comprehensive, entertaining and visually stunning history of circus in Australia. His interest was sparked by his insatiable curiosity about his …

  • # 31420


    [CIRCUS HISTORY] Unzie, the Circassian youth, with W. E. Jackson, “The New Zealand Tom Thumb”. Melbourne, October 1886.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘Stewart & Co., Photographers, Miniature & Portrait Painters, 217 & 219 Bourke St. East, Melbourne’; both the print and mount are in fine condition. In 1886, when this photograph was taken in Melbourne, Unzie – an albino man – was …

  • # 31046

    SHMITH, Athol (1914-1990)

    The Pioneer

    [1935]. Chloro-bromide print on heavy stock, 380 x 310 mm. Artist’s label verso: Athol L. Shmith, F.R.S.A., A.R.P.S., Modern Photography. The Warwick, / 75a Fitzroy Street / St. Kilda S2, / Melbourne. / Windsor 7141, with typed details Title: THE PIONEER / Process: CHLORO-BROMIDE. / Details: Studio Camera, S.S. Pan Film; Cooke Tele Lens, Vitava paper. …

  • # 31045

    SHMITH, Athol (1914-1990)

    Untitled. [Man playing a vibraphone]

    [Melbourne, circa 1935]. Chloro-bromide print on heavy stock, 380 x 305 mm. No label or inscription to verso. Condition: mild corner wear (top left corner with tiny tear), else fine. Note: Athol Shmith was himself an accomplished vibraphonist, and if not for his early success as a photographer would have pursued a career as a …

  • # 31080

    HOPKINS, Nevil Monroe (1873-1945)

    Twentieth century magic

    : and the construction of modern magical apparatus with the introduction of new experiments, mechanical, chemical, electrical. A treatise on the construction and introduction of scientific magical apparatus. London : George Routledge & Sons Limited, 1904. Second edition. Octavo (200 x 140 mm), publisher’s gilt pictorial cloth over boards (upper board with discolouration at bottom …

  • # 31089

    BELLINI, Vincenzo (1801-1835) (composer); GROCOTT, James Turner (publisher)

    [SHEET MUSIC] Do not mingle : air as sung by Madame Malibran in the opera La Sonnambula / composed by Bellini.

    Sydney : Published at Grocott’s Music Saloon, George Street, [probably 1847]. Folio (340 mm), disbound from a nineteenth-century music album, original stitching with remnants of old paper spine, 7 pp of engraved music notation with decorative title and publisher’s imprint at head of first page; original owner’s manuscript pagination at top corners; paper browned, otherwise …

  • # 31304

    HEWITT, Charles

    Photographic portrait of the tragic actor G. V. Brooke. Melbourne, 1865-66.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 62 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘C. Hewitt, Photographer, Australasian Studio, 95 Swanston St., Melbourne’; both the print and mount are in very good condition. The great Irish-born Shakespearean actor Gustavus Vaughan Brooke (1818-1866) was a significant figure on the Australian colonial stage from the …

  • # 31443

    SALA, George Augustus (1828-1895)

    Madame Tussaud’s Exhibition : catalogue.

    Written by George Augustus Sala. [Cover title]. London : Madame Tussaud & Sons, Ltd., 1897. Jubilee edition. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (chipped, spine reinforced with tape), pp [12 advertisements], 84, [2 advertisements], internally clean and sound. Rare. OCLC records only one copy (International Institute of Social History, Amesterdam); COPAC records two copies (V & A Libraries; …

  • # 31243

    BERTIE, Charles

    The story of the Royal Hotel & The Theatre Royal, Sydney (deluxe edition)

    Sydney L Simmons, 1927. Octavo, full roan (edges rubbed), into which is laid a panel of wall paper from the dining room of the Royal Hotel (as issued), patterned endpapers, pp. 32, plus photographic plates, The exceedingly scarce deluxe edition, limited to 23 copies, signed by the author. This copy with a presentation inscription on …

  • # 29755

    CEARNS, W. G.

    [SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY] Six studio portraits of actors in costume. Castlemaine, Victorian goldfields, 1869-71.

    Six albumen print photographs in carte de visite format, 102 x 64 mm (mounts), versos with the highly decorative imprint of ‘W. G. Cearns, Photographer, Mostyn Street (one door from Market Square), Castlemaine‘; one of the backs also bears a caption in ink which identifies the actor on the front as ‘John Brown’; three of …

  • # 28314

    ALHAMBRA THEATRE (BRADFORD); [WHELAN, Albert, 1875-1961]

    Alhambra, Bradford … Week commencing Monday, May 24th … Albert Whelan, The Australian … Trixie, The Little Australian Venus … …

    Bradford [UK] : Alhambra Theatre, [1926]. Large format variety bill poster, 880 x 270 mm, lithograph printed in red and blue on white paper; with vignette portraits of three of the performers including the dapper Australian comedian Albert Whelan (the headline act), Tom D. Newell (comedian in drag) and Ernest Hastings (musical comedian); also advertised …

  • # 30707

    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 …