• # 14623

    MACLAURIN, Colin (1698-1746)

    A Treatise of Fluxions In Two Books

    Edinburgh : T.W. and T. Ruddimans, MDCCXLII [1742]. First edition. Two volumes, quarto, contemporary calf (scuffed and worn, rebacked and recased, preserving the original title labels). Vol. I: previous owner’s wet stamps to front paste down and half title, early newspaper clippings to first blank opposite the half title, half title, title page (early ownership …

  • # 17103

    CURR, Edward M. (Micklethwaite)

    Pure saddle-horses, and how to breed them in Australia.

    Together with a consideration of the history and merits of the English, Arab, Andalusian, & Australian breeds of horses. Melbourne : Wilson and Mackinnon, 1863. First edition. Octavo, original quarter morocco over pebbled cloth (boards with light stains, spine heavily faded and with small loss at head and tail), a presentation copy inscribed on the …

  • # 17298

    BRANDON, Joan

    Art of hypnotism (Successful hypnotism)

    New York : Fawcett, 1956. Small quarto, pictorial wrappers (lightly rubbed and creased), 96 pp, illustrated; a good copy. Includes sections on the use of hypnosis in medicine and psychiatry.

  • # 8489

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

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

    Cover title: Otto the atom. Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, [1954]. First edition. Royal octavo, pictorial cloth backed boards, a presentation copy inscribed verso of half title ‘To Syd [Hagley] with all best wishes K. Wallace-Crabbe 22.5.54’, pp 40, illustrated with Driscoll’s line drawings; a fine copy of a now-scarce children’s book. Muir,  7852; THP …

  • # 16839

    FREYCINET, Louis Claude de Saulces de (1779-1841)

    [FREYCINET] A series of manuscript preparatory notes for the Annales Maritimes et Coloniales, 1833

    The great French navigator Louis de Freycinet (1779-1841) sailed with Baudin on his famous expedition in Australian waters (1800-1803), and his map, subsequently published in 1811 in Péron’s Voyage de découvertes aux terres australes, was the first to show a complete outline of the coastline of Australia. He later circumnavigated the globe in the Uranie in 1817-1820 …

  • # 16359

    Introduction to Anthropology. By Theodor Waitz …

    Edited, with numerous additions by the author, from the first volume of Anthropologie der Naturvölker by J. Frederick Collingwood. Series title: Anthropology of primitive peoples. Volume the first. London : Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts for the Anthropological Society of London, 1863. First edition in English. Large octavo, original brown blind ruled ribbed cloth, the …

  • # 16358

    SMUTS, Johanne

    Dissertatio zoologica, enumerationem mammalium Capensium continens tribus tabulis adjunctis

    Leidae [Leiden] : Apud J.C. Cyfveer, 1832. Quarto, quarter calf over marbled boards (worn), spine with raised bands and gilt decoration, marbled endpapers, pp [4], vi, 108, 3 plates (2 colour), loose double sheet with Theses and poem by H. Schlegel [109-110], [1] corrigenda. Text in Latin. An early nineteenth century dissertation on the mammals of …

  • # 16350

    FRORIEP, Robert

    De lingua anatomica quaedam et semiotica

    Dissertatio inauguralis quam consensu inclyti medicorum ordinis Pro Gradu Doctoris in medicina et chirurgica publice defendet auctor Robert Froriep. Bonn : Abbeville Press, 1828. First edition, quarto, contemporary blue boards (corners worn, lightly marked) with linen spine, printed paper label on cover, 89pp, 8 engraved plates (4 hand-coloured). Doctoral dissertation on the anatomy, pathological conditions …

  • # 16143

    GIBSON, William.

    The true method of dieting horses containing many curious and useful observations concerning their marks, colour and external shape; their temper and instinct ; and how they are to be governed, so as to prevent accidents and diseases

    London : Osborn and Longman, 1731. Octavo, contemporary full calf, boards ruled in gilt (boards rubbed and a little scuffed, corners a little worn, front hinge is a little weak), spine with raised bands with gilt lettering; pp iv, iv, [ii], 236, vi; historiated initials, headpieces, side notes; a good copy. The third edition of this …

  • # 15879

    MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius (fl. circa A.D. 395-425)

    Aurelii Macrobii Ambrosii Theodosii V.C. & inlustris quae exstant omnia, diligentissime emendata, et cum optimis editionibus collata, ut ex praefatione manifestum.

    Patavii [Padua] : Excudebat Josephus Cominus, 1736. Octavo, contemporary vellum, contrasting calf title labels, edges speckled red, ownership inscription of ‘W. Grant’ to corner of front free endpaper, acquisition record ‘Pinelli sale 2-4-0’ inscribed verso, owner’s name ‘D of Grafton 1789’ inscribed to the title page, copperplate vignette to title page, engraved headpieces, tail pieces and …

  • # 15814

    STOCK, [Arthur], Archdeacon (1810-1901)

    Astronomy for beginners, who live in the southern hemisphere

    Wellington, N.Z. : T.A. Bowden, 1874. Duodecimo, original cloth backed printed card covers, endpapers with advertisements for The Colonial Series of Elementary School Books, early printed ownership label of ‘Mr. R. Wilson, Craigielea, Benhar, Otago’ to blank facing title page (mild off-setting), pp i-iv, 5-44, illustrated with diagrams; a very good copy. The first edition of …

  • # 15367

    BEWICK, Thomas (1753-1828)

    A general history of quadrupeds.

    / The figures engraved on wood by Thomas Bewick. Newcastle upon Tyne : T. Bewick and S. Hodgson, 1800. Fourth edition. Large octavo, contemporary diced russia (worn, joints repaired), spine rubbed, title with mild foxing, 525 pp, illustrated with numerous wood-engravings and 111 vignettes, internally clean. First published in 1790, Bewick’s General history is noted for its faithful depictions presented …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15730

    PALMER, Henry Spencer (1838 - 1893)

    An archive of original materials retained by Major General Henry Spencer Palmer which relate to his command of the British Expedition to observe the transit of Venus, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1874. 

    Henry Spencer Palmer was born in Bangalore, India in 1838. He was schooled in England and admitted to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in January 1856. In December he was gazetted to a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers and entered the School of Military Engineering at Chatham in January 1857. Upon recommendation from the Royal Astronomer, Palmer was …

  • # 15281

    FLINDERS, Matthew (1774 - 1814)

    Observations upon the marine barometer, made during the examination of the coasts of New Holland and New South Wales, in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803

    Contained within : Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London for the year MDCCVI. Part II. London : printed by W. Bulmer, 1806. Quarto, original plain blue wrappers, pp. iv; 239 – 473; [8]; 12 engraved plates (some folding), the plates foxed but the text clean, all edges uncut and a little dusty, a …

  • # 15368

    BEWICK, Thomas (1753-1828)

    History of British birds

    The figures engraved on wood by T. Bewick. Vol. I. containing the history and description of land birds. Newcastle : Sol. Hodgson, for Beilby & Berwick, 1797. First edition. Large octavo, contemporary diced russia (worn, joints repaired), spine rubbed, title with mild foxing, 335 pp, illustrated with numerous wood-engravings, one quire loose. A second volume appeared in 1804.  

  • # 15217

    McIVOR-TYNDALL, Alexander J.

    [CHEIROGNOMY] Revelations of the hand. A scientific study of the shape and markings of the hand, as an index to character, disease and tendencies, with explanatory illustrations.

    New York : G.A. Dahlgren, 1900. First edition. Square octavo, publisher’s illustrated red cloth boards, front free endpaper bearing a presentation inscription by the author, dated March 4 1901, pp 169 (including plates and line illustrations) followed by [15] leaves of full page plates showing the hands of various celebrities of the day; a marginal tear …

  • # 15212

    ALPERT, Richard; COHEN, Sidney; SCHILLER, Lawrence


    New York : New American Library, 1966. First edition. Quarto, pictorial stiff wrappers (rubbed, ownership label to front), pp 128; the often startling photographic illustrations by Lawrence Schiller constitute an extensive visual essay on the LSD experience; a good copy. “In the midst of a raging national controversy two authorities speak out on the dangers, merits, …

  • # 15211

    TROUTON, D.S.; CLOW, Archie and CLOW, Nan (eds.)

    [PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY] Science News, 47

    Harmondsworth, Middlesex : Penguin Books Ltd, 1958. First (and only) edition. Small octavo trade paperback (wrappers with corner creasing), pp 140, [2]; internally very clean, a good copy. Includes an essay on hallucinogenic drugs by physiological psychologist D.S. Trout, Psychopharmacology (pp 31-45).

  • # 14636

    HEWITT, John

    [COMPUTING] Interest compleated : in three parts …

    Viz. 1st. 48 tables for simple interest, ye principal, from 1 penny, to 100,000, pounds ye time, for 365 days, 11 months, & 50 years, at 3, 4, 5, & 6 p[er] cent. : 2d. 4 tables, of brokerage, or commission, ye stock, or value of goods sold, from 1 pound, to 100,000, pounds, at …

  • # 10292

    MONRAD, Ditlev Gothard, Bishop of Lolland and Falster (1811-1887); BECK, A.F.

    [SEMITIC LANGUAGES] De formis quiescentibus linguarum semiticarum commentationis pars prior

    … Resp. F. Beck …. [= Concerning the passive forms in Semitic languages]. Hauniæ [Copenhagen] : Typis excudit Fabritius de Tengnagel, 1838. Octavo, modern black leather binding, 171 pp, scattered foxing. Text in Latin. Politician and religious authority Ditlev Gothard Monrad’s dissertation on comparative Semitic linguistics, presented for the degree of Magistergraden. Monrad lived in New Zealand …

  • # 14611

    RZEWUSKI, Wenceslas (editor)

    [ORIENTALISM] Mines de l’Orient : exploitées par une société d’amateurs

    [=Fundgruben des Orients]. A Vienne : Chez Antoine Schmid, 1809. Folio, original printed wrappers backed with contemporary marbled paper; pp [8], the second page printed entirely in Arabic script; single horizontal fold at centre, in very good condition. Rare prospectus in French for an early and important Orientalist periodical, Fundgruben des Orients, which was published …

  • # 14113

    ROBERT, Louis de

    [MANUSCRIPT] Etude philologique sur les inscriptions cunéiformes de l’Arménie

    [Trabzon, Turkey : 1874]. Manuscript in ink, folio, in original ribbon-tied gatherings, ff [1 title leaf], 131, most leaves written recto and verso, with transcriptions of Urartian cuneiform inscriptions accompanied by comparative examples in Assyrian cuneiform, Hebrew and Arabic throughout; the verso of the final leaf is inscribed and dated by the author Trébizonde [i.e. …

  • # 14097

    LYELL, Sir Charles (1797 - 1875)

    A manual of elementary geology:

    or, the ancient changes of the Earth and its inhabitants as illustrated by geological monuments. London : John Murray, 1855. Fifth edition, greatly enlarged, and illustrated with 750 woodcuts. Octavo, publisher's original cloth with ticket of Edmonds & Remnants, with gilt illustrations of a nummulite, ammonite and trilobite to upper board and gilt-lettered spine, pp. …

  • # 14050

    McCOY, Frederick (1817-1899)

    Notes sur la Zoologie, et la paleontologie de Victoria

    par Frederick M'Coy … traduit de l'anglais par E. Lissignol. At head of title: Exposition intercoloniale, 1866. Fitzroy, Vic. : Masterman, Imprimeur, 1866. Octavo, original printed yellow wrappers, 35 pp; a good copy. Ferguson, 11890a. The distinguished geologist and palaeontologist Professor Frederick McCoy was the first director of the National Museum in Melbourne. This pamphlet, a …

  • # 13958


    Annual report of the Department of Mines, New South Wales, for the year 1879

    Sydney : Thomas Richards, 1880. Quarto, printed wrappers (small ink stamp from Societe Geologique de Belgique), pp. iv; 231, diagrams, folding tables, plates (including dinosaur fossils), a very good copy.  Accompanied by : Maps to accompany Annual report of the Department of Mines, New South Wales, for the year 1879. Sydney : Thomas Richards, 1880. Quarto, cloth-backed card …

  • # 12009

    PARROTT, Thomas Samuel, Captain (1842-1917)

    Views to accompany report on geological survey of country west of Suakin,

    by Capt. Parrott, Engineer Officer, Staff, N.S.W. Contingent, to Colonel B. Edwards, R.E.C.B., commanding Royal Engineers, Soudan Expedition, 1885. Oblong folio, original full leather boards (scuffed), the upper board with gilt lettered title, both boards with triple gilt rule, patterned endpapers, pp [1] title page in letterpress on leaf of thick card, [1] folding hand …

  • # 13929

    BARKLY, Henry Sir (1815-1898)

    Royal Society of Victoria. President’s inaugural address for 1860.

    [Cover title]. Also titled: President's inaugural address for 1860 / delivered by His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly … to the members of the Royal Society of Victoria at the anniversary dinner held on the 10th April, 1860. [Melbourne : The Society, 1860]. Octavo, string bound pamphlet, 17 pp, a fine copy. Includes reference to Burke …

  • # 13844

    ULRICH, George H. F. (George Henry Frederick), 1830-1900

    Observations on the mode of occurrence and the treatment of auriferous, lead, and silver ores,

    at Schemnitz, Upper Hungary. Melbourne : John Ferres, Government printer, 1868. Octavo, original printed wrappers (light staining, lower wrapper chipped at top edge), stitched, pp 54, [3] folding plates; internally clean and sound. Ferguson, 17478.

  • # 13830

    REED, E. J.

    On the unequal distribution of weight and support in ships,

    and its effects in still water, in waves, and in exceptional positions on shore. From the Philosophical Transactions – Part II. 1871. London : printed by Taylor and Francis, 1871. Quarto, fine presentation binding of full crushed blue moroco, monogrammed with the author's initials in nautical emblems to centre of front board, gilr rule and …

  • # 13673

    [MAILLARDET, Henri, 1745-1830]

    A sample poem written by Maillardet’s Draughtsman-Writer automaton, circa 1820

    Black ink on watermarked wove paper, sheet 95 x 145 mm (trimmed); recto with foxing at upper left corner and a couple of small toning spots; verso with traces of old adhesive (the sheet was once mounted in an album); overall a well preserved and rare original sample of automatic writing. Around 1800 the Swiss …

  • # 13610

    KENNEDY, Rankin

    The Principles of aeroplane construction.

    With calculations, formulae, and 51 diagrams. London : J. & A. Churchill, 1911. First edition. Octavo,  original pictorial blue cloth boards (lightly rubbed); pp vii, 137; illustrated; mild foxing to endpapers and preliminaries and edges with a little flecking, but a good copy. Scarce.

  • # 13296

    LEYS, Thomson W.

    A weird region : New Zealand lakes, terraces, geysers, and volcanoes,

    with an account of the eruption at Tarawera. Cover: “New Zealand Wonder Land”. Auckland : Brett Printing & Publishing Company, 1918. New edition, completely revised. Small quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers (some paper loss along spine, early owner's inscription to upper wrapper), staple bound, large folding chromolithographed frontispiece plate of the White Terrace, Rotomahana (before …

  • # 12518


    Surveyors’ pocket-book

    : articles and tables supplementing the information contained in the standard books on surveying. Sydney : Thomas Richards, Govt. Printer, 1886. Squarre duodecimo, original limp red morocco with gilt lettering to front (a little scuffed, small tear at front top edge and stain at tail of spine), inner covers lightly foxed, 62 pp, illustrated with [8] …

  • # 11486

    New South Wales. Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board

    Water for Sydney / Issued by the Sydney Water Board

    Sydney : Sydney Water Board, 1958. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 20 pp, illustrated, double-page colour map, a very good copy. A single copy of the 1958 edition is recorded in Australian collections (Monash University Library).

  • # 11417


    The articulator : journal of the Sydney University Dental Undergraduates’ Association. Vol. 10, no. 3

    Sydney : The Association, 1957. Small quarto, pictorial wrappers (upper wrapper with short tear at fore-edge), 91 pp, illustrated, a very good copy. 

  • # 10954

    The Victorian Almanac for 1880

    … and astronomical ephemeris, containing all necessary information, reduced to the meridian and latitude of Melbourne …. Melbourne : Printed and published by Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, [1879]. Small octavo, original pictorial wrappers (tape repair along spine), 80 pp, with advertisement sections at front and rear (a couple of the final leaves with tape repairs), …

  • # 10335

    New South Wales. Commission to the International Exhibition of Mining and Metallurgy, London.

    The International Exhibition of Mining and Metallurgy, London, 1890. Catalogue of the exhibits

    in the New South Wales Court, collected and displayed under the direction of the New South Wales Government. [London : C. Dickens and Evans, Crystal Palace Press, 1890]. Octavo, original cloth backed papered boards (rubbed, nineteenth century stamps of the Handelskammer, Leipzig), pp 130, internally clean and sound, a good copy. Copies of the primary edition, …

  • # 10403


    Maralinga atomic testing ground

    Canberra : Australian News and Information Bureau, 1957. Two press photographs, black and white prints on glossy printing out paper, each 165 x 215 mm, versos with typed labels date stamped April 2, 1957, with Australian Government propaganda  about the preparation for a series of tests which would be carried out later in 1957. Both …

  • # 10402

    UNITED PRESS [Photographer unknown]

    Atomic bomb test, Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, 1952

    Cleveland, Ohio : United Press, 1952. Press photograph, black and white print on glossy printing out paper, 155 x 230 mm, verso with typed label: 'Monte Bello, Australia: Britain's first atomic weapon test is held in the Monte Bello Islands, fifty miles off the northwest coast of Australia, October 3. Thirty minutes after the explosion …

  • # 11082


    Hydro-electric power in Tasmania

    Hobart, Tas. : Hydro-Electric Commission, 1959. “Issued February, 1959” (cover). Small oblong quarto, original pictorial wrappers (upper wrapper with ownership signature in pen), [20] pp, illustrated in colour and black and white, maps (including full-page map on lower wrapper), internally clean and sound; loosely inserted is a folding leaflet on the Trevallyn Power Development, illustrated …

  • # 9427


    Veterinary guide & price list.

    Melbourne : Denyer Brothers, [c.1912]. First edition. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (lightly marked, lower wrapper almost detached), 44 pp, illustrated, internally clean and sound. Copies of the second edition of 88 pp (1914) are held in the National Library of Australia and the University of Melbourne Library; the first edition appears unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 9398

    RICHARDSON, Ralph A.

    Electricity and wheels

    Detroit : Dept. of Public Relations, General Motors Corporation, [1939]. Title page: General Motors-Holden's Ltd. Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Perth. Inside rear cover: Printed in Australia. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, 32 pp, illustrated, a near fine copy.  Unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 9337


    Inaugural address, delivered to the Bendigo School of Mines Science Society, June 20, 1881

    Sandhurst, [Vic.] : G. Young, [1881]. Octavo, original printed wrappers, 8 pp, a very good copy. Includes rules and list of office bearers of the Bendigo School of Mines Science Society for 1881/​82. Copies are recorded in six Australian collections (State Library of New South Wales; Monash University Library; National Library of Australia; Royal Australasian College of Physicians; State Library …

  • # 8250

    VERNIER, Charles; DROLLET, Alexandre T.

    [TAHITI] Grammaire de la langue tahitienne : essai.

    Valence-sur-Rhone, France : Imprimeries Réunies Ducros et Lombard Aberlen, 1934. Octavo, publisher’s green cloth boards with gilt lettering to upper board and spine, pp xvi, 59, a very good copy. The State Library of New South Wales holds the only copy recorded in Australian collections; a single copy is also recorded in New Zealand collections …

  • # 8348

    ART CARVED [GILES, Roy; GILES, Terence F.]

    Know about diamonds

    Sydney : Art Carved, 1 Angel Place, n.d. [c. 1969]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (sunned), staple bound, 16 pp (some top corners bent, light staining to last few pages), illustrated; dating of this commercial pamphlet is based on the use of decimal currency prices and biographical note inside.  Appears unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 7403

    Northern California Space-Craft Convention at the Hotel Claremont, Berkeley, California

    Oct. 31st – Nov. 1st – 1964. Programme. Single sheet, folding into 4 pp large octavo, roneo printed, old vertical fold line and pencilled annotations in the margins made by an attendee, otherwise fine.

  • # 5124

    TAYLER, J., fl. 1861-1875.

    [IMMIGRATION] Mineral map and general statistics of New South Wales, Australia

    / compiled and drawn by J. Tayler. Also titled: Advantages of New South Wales as a home for the emigrant. Chromolithographed map, single sheet 300 x 390 mm folding to 200 x 130 mm, verso with printed text containing information and statistics on the Colony for prospective immigrants, in original printed green covers (short tears …

  • # 5123

    TAYLER, J., fl. 1861-1875.

    [IMMIGRATION] Mineral map and general statistics of New South Wales, Australia

    / compiled and drawn by J. Tayler. 1876. Also titled: Advantages of New South Wales as a home for the emigrant. Chromolithographed map, single sheet 300 x 390 mm folding to 200 x 130 mm, verso with printed text containing information and statistics on the Colony for prospective immigrants, in original printed mauve covers, rear …

  • # 2777

    SMUTS, Johanne

    Dissertatio zoologica, enumerationem mammalium Capensium continens;

    tribus tabulis adjunctis. Leidae [Leiden] : Apud J.C. Cyfveer, 1832. Quarto, quarter calf over marbled boards (worn), spine with raised bands and gilt decoration, marbled endpapers, pp [4], vi, 108, 3 plates (2 colour), loose double sheet with Theses and poem by H. Schlegel [109-110], [1] corrigenda. Text in Latin. An early nineteenth century dissertation on …