Performing Arts

  • # 29407

    [BOWERY, Leigh]

    Take a Bowery : The art (and larger than) life of Leigh Bowery

    Sydney : Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003. Small quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 184, illustrated throughout, a fine copy in mint condition. Scarce. ‘Take a Bowery: The Art and (larger than) Life of Leigh Bowery examined the extraordinary contribution to performance, fashion design and visual culture of the late Australian-born, London-based performance artist, Leigh Bowery. Incorporating …

  • # 29395

    EVANS, Peter

    Sunbury : Australia’s Greatest Rock Festival

    Melbourne : Melbourne Books, 2017. Quarto, laminated boards, pp. 240, extensively illustrated with rare photographs from the festival. New copy. “After 45 years, here is the first book on the SUNBURY rock festival, the festival that is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Woodstock’ that heralded a revolution in Australian music and culture. This book explores the …

  • # 29356

    [DAVOREN, Lawrence]; MACKANESS, George

    A new song made in New South Wales on the Rebellion. (Presentation copy)

    Edited with an essay on historical detection, notes and commentary by George Mackaness. With ten illustrations. Sydney : D. S. Ford, 1951. Quarto, wrappers (light mark to front), pp. 40. Limited to 135 copies, this one of an additional 15 presentation copies, inscribed and signed as such by Mackaness; a very good copy.

  • # 29348

    BERKOFF, Steven (1937 - )

    East : elegy for the East End and its energetic waste

    [Adelaide : s.n., 1978]. Octavo (260 mm), illustrated wrappers, staple bound, [46] pp; printed on cheap newsprint paper; light foxing at edges, but a very good copy. Rare theatre programme for the 1978 Australian tour of Steven Berkoff’s controversial play set in London’s East End, containing the complete playscript as well as an interview with …

  • # 29339

    [BACHELDER, R. G.]

    Bachelder’s Anglo American Christy’s Minstrels

    [Melbourne? : R. G. Bachelder, circa 1882]. Lithograph printed advertising stationery (a reply envelope), 80 x 136 mm, recto printed ‘R. G. Bachelder, Manager, Anglo-American Minstrels’, verso illustrated with the company’s patriotic crest in the form of an eagle surmounting Stars and Stripes surrounded by the legend  ‘Bachelder’s Anglo American Christy’s Minstrels’; sealed, some light staining …

  • # 29337


    Petersham Philharmonic Society. Fourth concert, first season at the Town Hall, Petersham, on Monday evening, August 11, 1890. 

    Sydney : F. W. White, printer [for Petersham Philharmonic Society, 1890. Concert programme. Octavo bifolium (210 mm), [4] pp, printed in black on textured pink paper, front page with list of committee members, centre pages with programme (works by Bellini, Donizetti, Gounod, Bishop, Balfe, Verdi et al), rear side with full-page illustrted advertisement for R. Duffield’s …

  • # 29275


    [FEMINISM] Lip 1980. A feminist journal of women in the visual and performing arts.

    Carlton, Vic. : Women in the Visual Arts Collective, 1980. (Fifth issue of this periodical). Quarto, original stiff wrappers (front cover designed by Erica McGilchrist, back cover by Mirka Mora); pp. 141, b/w illustrations, lacking the insert by Elizabeth Gower. ‘Lip is a collective of feminists who represent a wide range of political, social and …

  • # 28729

    DE HAAS, Arline

    The Jazz Singer.

    A story of pathos and laughter. Novelized by Arline de Haas from the play by Samson Raphaelson. Illustrated with scenes from the photoplay. A  Warner Bros. production, directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson. New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 1927. First edition. Octavo (195 x 135 mm), publisher’s black-lettered blue cloth over boards (lightly …

  • # 28959


    Signed photograph of Australian star of the musical stage, Madge Elliott. Melbourne, June 1924.

    Gelatin silver print photograph, 190 x 145 mm, signed in ink by the sitter ‘Madge Elliott’ at lower right, and ‘Ruskin / Melb.’ by the photographer at lower left; on the original board mount, 350 x 240 mm, imprinted at lower margin: ‘SOUVENIR… Madge Elliott’s Farewell Performance in “Whirled into Happiness”, His Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne …

  • # 28972

    Photographer unknown.

    Signed photograph of dancer Tamara Tchinarova, of the Covent Garden Russian Ballet. (Melbourne?), circa 1939.

    Gelatin silver print photograph, 110 x 155 mm, inscribed in ink by the sitter at lower right ‘To Miss Scarlett. Best wishes, Tamara Tchinarova’; mild corner wear, unmounted (verso blank). ‘Tamara Tchinarova was born to Russian parents in Romanian territory and began her dance training in Paris with emigre ballerinas from the Imperial Russian Ballet. …

  • # 28926

    WIVELL, Edward James

    Studio portrait of a lady. Fitzroy, Melbourne, early 1860s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 64 mm (mount), verso imprinted ‘Photographed at Wivell’s Private Portrait Rooms, 80 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne’; the vignetted image is slightly pale but otherwise the print is in good condition; the mount has some very light spotting. This is a rare example of a carte de …

  • # 28942

    [ANDERSON, Frances Margaret (Judith), Dame, 1897–1992]; Photographer unknown

    Portrait of actors Judith Anderson and Leon Gordon during their 1927 Australian tour.

    [Melbourne? : s.n., 1927]. Sepia tone gelatin silver print, 155 x 205 mm, on heavy stock; no photographer’s imprint; verso blank; superb condition. Adelaide-born Judith Anderson, who was to become one of the greatest ever Australian stage and screen actors, had arrived in Hollywood with her mother in 1918, with a letter of introduction to …

  • # 28938


    Bert Errol, British vaudeville female impersonator : signed photograph, dated 1928.

    Silver gelatin photograph, in postcard format (137 x 85 mm), the front inscribed in ink ‘For Joe / Sincerely yours, Bert Errol / 1928’ written across a profile portrait of Bert Errol in drag as a flapper; wet stamp of the photographer, Lewis at lower right; in very good conditions (a few light marks to …

  • # 27647

    [SHAKESPEARE, William]. DODD, Rev. William

    The beauties of Shakspeare,

    regularly selected from each play : with a general index, digesting them under proper heads. London : C. and J. Rivington et al., 1824. Narrow vicesimo-quarto, full morocco with gilt border, flat-panelled spine with gilt-lettering and ornamentation (snagged at head), marbled endpapers, engraved title page, pp. xii; 408, occasional foxing, a very good copy. A …

  • # 28922


    Studio portrait of Minnie Walton, Australian actress and singer. London, circa 1874.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 65 mm (mount); recto and verso with imprint of Fradelle & Marshall, Regent Street, London; verso also inscribed in pencil in period hand ‘Minnie Walton’; the print is a little pale but in good condition, as is the mount. Minnie Walton was a popular Australian performer …

  • # 28963


    Press photograph of Marlene Dietrich during her 1965 Australian tour.

    Black-and-white press photograph on glossy paper, 205 x 250 mm; verso with wet stamp of The Herald & Weekly Times Ltd. Melbourne, Australia; a superb print with great detail, in fine condition. A wonderful, candid shot of Hollywood superstar Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) – by this time in her career a sexagenarian sex symbol – seated …