• # 24208


    [MELBOURNE] Championship wrestling souvenir of wrestlers who will wrestle for the world’s light heavy weight championship at the stadium : season 1927 : containing autographed photographs and wrestling holds, records, weights, performances, and Australian wrestling conditions.

    Also titled: World’s champion wrestlers : Melbourne Stadium, 1927. Melbourne : J.J. Miller [by permission of Stadiums Ltd.], [1927]. Second edition. Large quarto (310 x 240 mm), original pictorial brown wrappers printed in blue, upper wrapper with depiction of a wrestling contest, lower wrapper with Victoria Bitter beer advertisement, pp [26], including 10 tipped-in photographic …

  • # 24237

    MICHELL, H. (ed)

    Victoria’s greatest races.

    With full descriptions of the Melbourne Cup 1921, Caulfield Cup 1922-3, Melbourne Cup 1922-3. Biographical sketches of owners – trainers – jockeys. Fully illustrated. [Cover title : The Melbourne Cup]. Melbourne : The British and Australasian Publishing Service circa 1924. Quarto, gilt-lettered full crushed morocco, spine in compartments with gilt-tooling, edges lightly rubbed, all edges …

  • # 23576

    SUZUKI, Yoshinori [editor]; WAKAMATSU, Fujio [photographer]

    ‘Meruborun: Dai 16-kai Orinpiādo’ [メルボルン 第16回オリンピアード] : A Japanese Record of the Melbourne Olympics

    Tōkyō : Nihon Orinpikku Kōenkai, Shōwa 32 [1957]. First edition. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, lightly soiled, errata sheet tipped-in to lower pastedown, pp. 161 – 200. Text in Japanese. An album created by the Nihon Orinpikku Kōenkai (Japan Olympics Support Group) to record the Japanese effort in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. The book includes photographic illustrations …

  • # 23184


    The Arcadia Fine Cut book of wrestling.

    [Melbourne : Carreras Ltd., 1937]. Small octavo, pictorial wrappers (detached), 31 pp, photographic illustrations throughout; original owner’s inscription dated 23/9/37 on page 1; contents clean. Scarce booklet on wrestling promoting both the sport and the products of Australian tobacco manufacturer Carreras Ltd. Copies are recorded in three Australian collections (National Library of Australia; Monash University …

  • # 23238

    DOYLE, Edward A. (editor)

    The official report of the organizing committee for the XVI Olympiad Melbourne 1956.

    Melbourne : W. M. Houston, Government Printer, 1958. Quarto, gilt-lettered green imitation leather, dustjacket (a few edge tears), illustrated endpapers, pp. 760, extensively illustrated.

  • # 22923

    The “Geisha” and the “Cherry Blossom” fishing book : all about gut fishing lines and fishing. (Presentation copy)

    with a few caustic comments on fishermen themselves. Issued free by the Proprietors of the famous “Geisha” and “Cherry-Blossom” gut lines. [Sydney : Standard Publishing House, 1937]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (darkened, some creasing and marks), inside front wrapper with illustrated advertisement, a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the first page ‘To Alex Smith, …

  • # 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 …