• # 22355


    An illustrated Chinese medical manuscript in a Japanese binding of the late Edo period.

    [First half of the 19th century]. Manuscript in a Japanese kari toji (temporary) binding with plain wrappers, 260 x 185 mm, [40] leaves, with 70 full page hand painted illustrations depicting both Chinese and westerners suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, including smallpox, carcinomas and tumors, gangrene, renal disease, and haemoptysis, with accompanying …

  • # 22385

    Photographer unknown.

    [GOLD MINING] Photograph album compiled by a globetrotting mining engineer between 1900 and 1910, with his unique panoramic views of the King of the Hills mine in Western Australia, and topographical views in West Africa, Colombia, and the Caucasus, many of them documenting gold mining enterprises.

    Late nineteenth century photograph album, oblong folio (280 x 370 mm), half calf over black crushed morocco ruled in gilt (heavily worn, front board detached), all edges gilt, containing a total of 150+ silver gelatin photographs (and one albumen print) mounted on thick leaves; over 50 of the photographs were taken with a special panoramic …

  • # 22198

    DOWN, Frederick E. (Ernest)

    Manuscript diary of a mining engineer prospecting for gold in the Macquarie Harbour region on Tasmania’s west coast, 1915.

    Duplicate carbon notebook, octavo (215 x 140 mm), quarter red leather over marbled papered boards, inner front board with owner’s inscription ‘Fred. E. Down, “Wombalano”, Neave Street, Upper Hawthorn, Victoria’, 100 numbered pages, the first 75 pages comprising the diarist’s duplicated manuscript written in a neat, legible hand, with daily entries covering the 5-week period …

  • # 21614


    The Tropical Diet Chart

    Singapore : Biochemical Laboratory, College of Medicine, 1932. Separately issued large folio sheet (500 x 360 mm), folding to 250 x 180 mm, recto with table setting out 7 main groups of food types with suggested quantities for a balanced daily intake, captioned in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil; verso divided into four panels each …

  • # 21490


    Decorative letterhead of T. Gaunt & Co. Pty. Ltd., Watchmakers & Goldsmiths, Jewellers & Opticians. Melbourne, 1911.

    Lithographed letterhead, 175 x 200 mm, illustrated; being an invoice to Mr, David Rumbold (farmer, of Baringhup near Maldon, Victoria) for the purchase of a gold chain and gold necklet (total £10); dated 27 November 1911; duty stamp affixed; old spike hole, but in fine condition. An attractive letterhead for the famous Bourke Street firm of …

  • # 21299

    STEFANSSON, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962

    [PARLIAMENTARY PAPER] Central Australia : report

    At head of title: 1923-24. The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. At foot of title: Presented by command, 24th September, 1924 ; ordered by the Senate to be printed, 1st October, 1924. [Melbourne] : H.J. Green, Government printer, 1924. Folio, 4 pp; fine. One of 960 copies printed. At the invitation of the Government, …

  • # 21045

    COOK, A. A.

    The natural science of the divining rod (radial indicator) (presentation copy)

    Brisbane : William Brooks & Co., 1948. Octavo, lettered cloth in dustjacket (chipped and stained), presentation inscription from the author to the endpaper, pp. 166, index, errata slip, calculations annotated on read endpaper, last few pages a little silverfished, else good. A practical guide to the art of dowsing in the arid Australian climate.

  • # 20325


    The mechanical principles of the aeroplane

    New York : Macmillan, 1921. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (slightly dulled), aviation related bookplate of Frank Tilyous to front pastedown, pp. viii; 272, diagrams. A scarce technical manual to the physics of aviation, with much mathematical detail and diagrams. Scarce

  • # 19846

    The first six books of the elements of Euclid

    Köln : Taschen, 2010. Two volumes, large octavo (260 x 210 mm), publisher’s black cloth over boards with paperback supplementary volume, in decorated black cloth solander box, xxix, 268 (hardcover), 95 (softcover) pp, with colour illustrations throughout; internally pristine, a fine copy. The first volume is a facsimile of the first edition of Byrne’s work on Euclidean geometry, …

  • # 16858

    HALL, Thomas Sergeant

    Victorian hill and dale. A series of geological rambles

    Melbourne : Thomas C. Lothian, 1909. Octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, pp. 160, numerous photographic plates, maps; scattered foxing; a good copy.

  • # 19631

    WALLACE-CRABBE, Keith; DRISCOLL, "Wally" Anthony (illustrator)

    [CHILDREN’S] The story of Otto, or, How they fissioned the atom. (Presentation copy from the illustrator)

    Cover title: Otto the atom. Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, [1954]. First edition. Royal octavo, pictorial cloth backed boards (small mark to top edge of upper board), a presentation copy from the illustrator Wally Driscoll inscribed on verso of the half-title ‘To Len with all best wishes Wally, May 1954’; pp 40, illustrated with Driscoll’s charming …

  • # 16027

    MELA, Pomponius (circa 15 - 45 AD)

    De Situ Orbis Libri III.

    Cum notis integris Hermolai Barbari, Petri Joannis Olivarii, Fredenandi Nonii Pintiani, Petri Ciacconii, Andreae Schotti, Isaaci Vossii, et Jacobi Gronovii. Lugduni [Leiden] :  ex officina Samuelis Luchtmans, 1722. Octavo, full contemporary vellum, manuscript title to spine, textblock nearly detached, endpaper detached, engraved title page, printed title page in red and black, pp. [lxxx]; 811; [37]; engraved …

  • # 19010


    Atlas international des nuages (International cloud atlas / Internationaler wolken-atlas)

    publie conformement aux decisions du comite. Paris : Gaultier-Villars et Fils, 1896. Quarto, papered boards (spine defective), title pages in French, English and German, pp. 31 (sheets unopened), text in the three languages, 14 leaves of photochromotype plates (printed in Switzerland) with a total of 28 figures of different cloud formations. The first edition of …

  • # 19147

    CORBETT, Francis

    [IRRIGATION] On Abyssinian tube wells

    / by Francis Corbett, Esq. [Melbourne] : Royal Society of Victoria, 1874. Octavo, original printed wrappers (small ink spot to front), stitched, 6 pp; a very good copy. Transcript of a lecture read before the Royal Society of Victoria on 18 July 1874, on the construction and effectiveness of the so-called “Abyssinian tube well”, a …

  • # 19148

    RUSDEN, H.K. (Henry Keylock)

    The week

    / by H.K. Rusden. [Melbourne] : Royal Society of Victoria, 1874. Octavo, original printed wrappers, stitched, 17 pp; illustrated with leaves of plates; a very good copy. Ferguson, 15241. Transcript of a lecture read before the Royal Society of Victoria on 21 December 1874. Rusden’s investigation into the nature of our temporal cycle, the week, is …

  • # 19117

    JOHNSTON, W. & A. K.

    The geological structure of the globe according to Ami Boué

    with corrections and additions to 1855. Edinburgh & London : W. & A.K. Johnston, circa 1856. World map, dissected and laid on linen, coloured according to geological strata, 565 x 695 mm, insert maps of the north and south poles (with the ‘supposed Antarctic continent’, diagram of the principal mountains of the globe, a very good …