• # 35611


    [AUTOMOBILES] The whys and wherefores of car lubrication.

    [Sydney, NSW] : Shell Company of Australia Ltd., [1935?]. Oblong quarto (210 x 245 mm), original pictorial card covers (light creasing), pp 28, with numerous monochrome line-drawn illustrations and several superb colour fold-outs showing cross-sections of car engines, and an additional colour fold-out of a Lucas cut-out and voltage regulator at rear; title page with …

  • # 34757

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    On the origin of species (first ‘Australian’ edition)

    by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. With a new preface by Charles G. Darwin. Illustrated with wood engravings by Paul Landcare. [New York] : Limited Editions Club, 1963. Printed for The Limited Editions Club at The Griffin Press, Adelaide, South Australia. Quarto, quarter wallaby over …

  • # 35496

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    Seksüel Seçme [The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex]

    Ankara : Onur Yayinlari, 1977. Octavo, lettered blue wrappers (light edge wear), pp. 543, internally clean. The first Turkish translation of The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, translated by Öner Ünalan from the first London edition published in 1871. Scarce.  

  • # 35495

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    Türlerin Kökeni [The origin of species]

    Ankara : Onur Yayinlari, 1976. Octavo, lettered blue wrappers (light edge wear), pp. 591, internally clean. An early Turkish translation of The Origin of Species, translated by Öner Ünalan from the sixth London edition, the first Turkish translation was published just a few years prior in 1970. The first edition of 1859, a great rarity, …

  • # 35544

    TURNER, Anthony

    Mathematical Instruments in the Collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

    London : Brepols, 2018. Quarto, boards in dustjacket (one corner slightly bumped), pp. 336, illustrated. The primary aim of this catalogue of scientific instruments in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France is to make them available, through detailed descriptions and ample photographs, to all who concern themselves with the development of mathematical instrumentation. …

  • # 34653

    PILLISCHER, M. (Moritz) (1819-1893)

    Australian Gold Nuggets.

    [Title from manuscript caption on label]. [Circa 1873]. Microscope slide, 75 x 26 mm, original paper label affixed, imprinted with the name of the maker ‘M. Pillischer, Optician. 88 New Bond Street, London W. Prize Medal 1851, 1855, 1862, 1873’, and with the maker’s caption in ink ‘Australian Gold Nuggets’; the central raised circular section …

  • # 34999


    Anatomical drawings (male form), circa 1930.

    Watercolour on artist’s paper, 220 x 90 mm (each image), 235 x 340 mm (sheet); creasing and short tears at right-hand margin of sheet, a small stain and roughening along the left-hand edge, and a mild crease and tiny edge tears at bottom edge centre; unmounted. A well executed pair of “X-ray style” anatomical drawings, …

  • # 34898


    [NEW GUINEA; ECOLOGY] Purari : overpowering PNG?

    Fitzroy, Vic. : International Development Action for Purari Action Group, 1978. Quarto (270 x 200 mm), pictorial stiff wrappers; pp [10], 221; with artwork by Jeff Stewart, maps; a good copy. An environmental impact study compiled by a group of Melbourne conservation activists. ‘Four years before Papua New Guinea became independent, investigations began into the …

  • # 35015

    Oil exploration in Papua and the Mandated Territory of New Guinea

    Melbourne : Australian Petroleum Company Pty. Ltd., and Island Exploration Company Pty. Ltd., 1940. Large octavo (228 x 153 mm), original printed wrappers (lightly foxed), staple bound, 31 pp, b/w photographic illustrations throughout; internally clean and sound.

  • # 33980

    TAYLOR, G. A.

    [NEW GUINEA] The 1951 eruption of Mount Lamington, Papua.

    Canberra : Government Printer, 1958. “Bulletin Number 38 of the Department of National Development, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics”. Quarto (250 x 180 mm), printed green wrappers (spine and edges sunned), pp [iv], 115, plus 157 illustrations and plates (including 9 folding data charts and maps), errata slip tipped-in on inside front wrapper; …

  • # 33984

    NELSON, Hank (1937-2012)

    [NEW GUINEA] Black, white and gold : gold mining in Papua New Guinea, 1878-1930

    Canberra, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 1976. First edition. Octavo (240 x 155 mm), black cloth over boards with gilt-lettered spine, in publisher’s dust jacket; pp xx, 298, with line-drawn and photographic illustrations, maps; tiny nick at top edge of half title page, else a fine copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his …

  • # 34149

    COWLEY, Amalia and Pamela VIRTUE

    [NEW GUINEA; VULCANOLOGY] The volcano’s wife : the great untold story

    Calwell, ACT : Inspiring Publishers, 2015. Octavo (230 x 150 mm), pictorial wrappers; pp 208, with numerous b/w photographic illustrations, maps; a fine copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to the inside of the front wrapper. This memoir of New Guinea, written by the wife of a District Commissioner from …

  • # 34384

    LANGFORD, W. G. (Walter Gilbert)

    Bulletin of the Territory of Papua. No. 4, 1918. Report on the geology of the Hohoro District, Papuan oilfield.

    Melbourne : Dept. of Home and Territories, 1918. Quarto (275 x 220 mm), original printed grey wrappers (old collection stamp to front), pp 16, with a folding colour cross-sectional plan of the Vailala goldfields, and folding topographical and geological map of same, 2 leaves of photographic plates plus several photographic illustrations in the text; title page …

  • # 33456

    MAWE, John (1764-1829)

    The Linnaean system of conchology, describing the orders, genera, and species of shells,

    arranged into divisions and families: with a view to facilitate the student’s attainment of the science. London : Printed for and sold by the author, and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823. First edition. Octavo, contemporary brown-papered boards, spine with original printed title label (worn), pastedowns and endpapers foxed, front free-endpaper with early ownership …

  • # 33636

    FEHLBAUM, Rolf and STRICKER, Fifo (editors)

    Space Fantasies 1:1

    Edited by Rolf Fehlbaum and Fifo Stricker. Weil am Rhein (Germany) : Vitra Design Museum, 2021. Oversized quarto (34 x 45 cm), weight 4.9 kgs, illustrated boards, pp. 296, illustrated throughout. New copy, in shrinkwrap. Limited to 1000 signed copies. This limited-edition collection of space exploration toys-from shuttles to space dogs-taps into the nostalgia and …

  • # 33671

    WADE, Arthur

    The search for oil in New Guinea.

    Reprinted for private circulation from Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Vol. 11, No. 2, February 1927. [U.S.A.] : [s.n.], [1927?]. Large octavo (240 x 170 mm), printed olive wrappers (sunned at edges, front with old stamp of the Library of the Pan-American Petroleum & Transport Company, New York, stapled; pp 157-176, b/w …