• # 22283

    GORDON, Adam Lindsay (1833-1870) (words); FURLONG, W.R.

    [SHEET MUSIC] Uphold the sports of our land (in utrumque paratus).

    Melbourne : W.R. Furlong, [1920]. Folio, original wrappers, 3 pp, lyrics printed as text on p 1, music notation pp 2-3 (arrangement for voice and piano); a fine copy. The moral of colonial balladeer Adam Lindsay Gordon’s poem, set to music by W.R. Furlong, is that when we play sport we should learn to give …

  • # 21725

    McCANCE, Norman

    [WRESTLING] Scenes in the ring : what the microphone tells.

    Foreword by Norman McCance, who describes Wrestling Contests for 3LO, Melbourne. [Drop title]. Melbourne : The Specialty Press Pty. Ltd., [1927]. Small octavo, pictorial wrappers (chipped at corners and head and tail of spine, mild creasing and a few light marks, lower wrapper with short closed tear), stapled, [48] pp, profusely illustrated with b/w photographic …

  • # 21646


    [MELBOURNE] Hawthorn City Lacrosseurs’ Social Club : ‘Back to Childhood’ dance (masked). Monday, 10th July 1922. Assembly Hall, Burke Road, Camberwell.

    Prizes for best characters. Dancing 8 – 12. Tickets 2/6 …. [Melbourne] : Hawthorn City Lacrosse Club, 1922. Admission ticket printed in blue on pink card, 70 x 105 mm, illustrated with crest of the Club, change of original date indicated with wet stamp; verso stamped with ticket number ’49’; stained (not affecting text), else good …

  • # 21413

    PARNELL, Douglas; ANDREW, Bruce

    Australian football : hints and advice : a text book on how to play the Australian national game of football

    / compiled by Douglas Parnell and Bruce Andrew ; edited by Bruce Andrew. Cover: Australian football, a text book for coaches – juniors &​ schools. [Melbourne] : Australian National Football Council, [between 1950 and 1960]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 48 pp, b/w photographic illustrations; includes History of the game by Bruce Andrew (p. 4); a good …

  • # 20740

    ELLIS, Rennie

    Cup Fever. Rennie Ellis at the Melbourne Cup

    Melbourne : Lothian, 1987. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 80, extensively illustrated with Ellis’ photographs of the ‘race that stops a nation’ at the height of 80s glamour.

  • # 20777

    HEMUS & HALL. [HEMUS, James, 1860-1936]

    Man mounted on a racing camel near Coolgardie, Western Australian goldfields, late 1890s.

    Albumen print photograph, 150 x 200 mm, manuscript caption in negative lower left: ‘A Thoroughbred Racer’, and at lower right: ‘Hemus & Hall Photos’; laid down on its original nineteenth century album page of thin card; the print is in good condition, with some pale foxing in the sky area. ‘James William Hemus (born 1860, …

  • # 21139


    [CRICKET]. Alice in Holidayland.

    A parody in prose, verse and picture. Perpetrated with apologies to the immortal originals of Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel. Pictures by Frank H. Mason and Noel Pocock. Second edition. Leeds: Chorley & Pickersgill, n.d. [c. 1920]. Oblong quarto, illustrated cards (a little soiled), illustrated throughout. Featuring a delightful Australian plate of a kangaroo and …

  • # 21133

    PAOA, Rodrigo; ARANDA, Manuel; SANDIA, Luis

    [EASTER ISLAND] La recreacion en Isla de Pascua. Volumen 1.

    Unpublished honours dissertation (1983), Academia Superior de Ciencias Pedagogicas de Valparaiso, Valparaiso [Chile]. Quarto, pictorial paper wrappers with cloth spine, 263 pp, illustrated with line drawings and tipped-in colour photographs. The first part of a substantial thesis on traditional games of Rapa Nui, submitted by three indigenous Rapa Nui students. One of these students, Rodrigo Paoa Atamu, …

  • # 20531

    Maker unknown.

    [BOARD GAME] Lands End to John O’Groats : cycling race game.

    [United Kingdom] : s.n., [c.1935]. Box of thick card, 270 x 230 x 30 mm, the lid with pictorial onlay featuring an illustration of Hubert Opperman riding a Malvern Star bike (mild wear and some light stains to edges of lid), box containing a folding game board, 560 x 250 mm, in fine condition. A …

  • # 20586


    [BOARD GAME] The National Football game

    Also titled: Our great game. [Ballarat and Melbourne] : National Game Co., [c.1940]. Thick board, 360 x 360 mm (folding), fold-out colour printed game board depicting an Australian Rules Football match in progress in a large stadium, the grandstands filled with supporters (probably a depiction of the MCG, with some artistic license), the legend “Our Great …

  • # 19619

    CAMERON, A.R. and SHARP, Bruce (editors)

    The science of wrestling : complete course 130 illustrations

    Cover: “25 full page photographs specially posed by wrestlers under contract to Stadiums Ltd.”. Sydney : Scotow Press, for Withrow Physical Culture School, [c.1930]. Small quarto, original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, pp 64, illustrated with black-and-white photographic plates and line drawings in the text; a very good copy. The publication date must be between late …

  • # 19625

    BARNA, Victor

    Table tennis.

    Cover: “How to play the game / Laws of table tennis”. Melbourne : Australian Table Tennis Association, [cc.1955]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, pp 31, [1], b/w photographic illustrations; a very good copy. A single copy is recorded in Australian collections (National Library of Australia).

  • # 19043

    O'SHANTER, Tam

    “Tasmanian Mail” Turf Register and stud book of Tasmania

    Containing a full report of the past season’s racing, jockey’s register, trainers’ register, racing colours, sales of blood stock, index to running horses, length of courses etc. Rules of racing, scale of weights for age, list of winning horses, sires of the season, winners of the principal Tasmanian, Australian and English races. Stud book of …

  • # 19073

    SULLIVAN, Frank J.

    The science of swimming

    Containing instructions for acquiring all swimming strokes, and directions for becoming proficient in fancy diving. With a symposium on the best stroke for beginners. Modern methods of life saving and recuscitation. Official rules for form swimming. New York : American Sports Publishing Company, 1927. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (lightly worn), pp. 113; photographic plates (including swim …

  • # 19272

    STAINFORTH, Martin

    Racehorses in Australia : with paintings by Martin Stainforth

    Edited by Dr. W. H. Lang, Ken Austin and Dr. Stewart McKay. Produced by Harry Julius. Sydney : Art in Australia Limited, 1922. First edition. Quarto, quarter white cloth over papered boards (lacking the dust jacket, corners rubbed), endpapers with offsetting, foxing, Stainforth image pasted on to half-title, inscription to preliminary leaf, 184 pp, with …

  • # 18632


    Photographic portrait of a top-hatted gentleman and his horse, Melbourne, circa 1862

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), verso with imprint of Photographic Artists, Paterson Brothers, Portrait Rooms, 8 Bourke St. East, Melbourne’; both the albumen print, with wonderfully rich tonal range and detail, and mount are in fine condition. A very early outdoor Melbourne carte de visite.