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  • # 19197

    The Victorian Schoolmaster and literary review (complete)

    Vol. 1, No. 1 – vol. 1, No. 12. Melbourne : Alex. M’Kinley & Co., 1879 – 1880. Twelve issues (complete), contemporary cloth binding by Alex. Greig of Fitzroy, lettered in gilt to spine, bookplate to front free endpaper, pp. 156, institutional stamp with cancel stamp from the Melbourne Teacher’s College Library to the first …

  • # 18366

    HOARE, Clement

    A practical treatise on the cultivation of the grape vine on open walls.

    London : Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1841. Third edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, pp. xii; 210; 32 (adverts.), partly unopened, text figures, a fine copy. First published in 1841, an important text on viticulture.

  • # 18617

    The ‘Aspro’ year book 1935

    Melbourne : Planet Publicity Co., [1935]. “Volume no. 2 (Vic.)”. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (chipped and age-toned), pp 64, horoscopes, first aid hints, how to care for animals, lunar and tidal calendar, etc; cheap paper used in printing means the pages are browned and brittle, otherwise internally clean and sound. ‘Aspro is woman’s best friend’ …

  • # 18759

    RUSKIN, John (1819-1900)

    The ethics of the dust : ten lectures to little housewives on the elements of crystallisation

    London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1866. First edition. Small octavo, publisher’s brown cloth boards gilt (rubbed, spine softened at head and tail), front hinge cracked, ix, 244 pp, scattered foxing; a fair copy. A collection of lectures delivered by Ruskin to young female students, intended to inspire them with a passion for learning in …

  • # 18654

    BROADBENT, James

    The Australian colonial house

    Architecture and society in New South Wales 1788-1842. Sydney : Hordern House in association with the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 1997. Quarto, cloth covered boards, pictorial dust jacket, pp. 400, limited to 2000 copies, contains 24 colour plates and over 100 monochrome plates, contains in-depth academic text on the architecture of houses …

  • # 18423

    STRAHAN, Lynne

    [MELBOURNE] Private and public memory : a history of the City of Malvern

    North Melbourne, Vic. : Hargreen Publishing, in conjunction with the City of Malvern, 1989. Copy no. 122 of the deluxe edition of 160 copies, signed by the author on tipped-in colophon on half-title. Octavo, full black leather boards with silver-lettered spine, pp xiv, 289, illustrated with black-and-white photographic plates, maps; a fine copy.

  • # 18080

    Madame Chiang’s Chinese cook book

    Translated in English. Winona, Minnesota, Chinese Cook Book Company, 1941. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp.64, illustrated with racially stereotypes caricatures of Chinese people. Fine.

  • # 17892

    AMIES, (Edwin) Hardy, 1909-2003

    An ABC of men’s fashion

    London : Newnes, 1964. First edition. Small octavo, publisher’s black buckram boards with gilt lettering to spine, in original illustrated dust jacket (some wear to top edges of front and back panels, otherwise very good), pp 128, with b/w photographic plates and line illustrations in the text; a fine copy. Very scarce first edition of …

  • # 18068

    HALES, Stephen (1677 - 1761)

    A friendly admonition to the drinkers of gin, brandy, and other distilled spirituous liquors.

    With an humble representation of the necessity of restraining a vice so destructive of the industry, morals, health, and lives of the people. To which are added, in an appendix, directions by a very eminent physician, to such as may be desirous to break off that odious and fatal habit of drinking drams. London : …

  • # 17936


    [BEER] Letterhead of The Standard Cordial Factory, C. Sheekey, Hop and Dandelion Ale Brewer, proprietor, Goulburn, New South Wales. Dated 1905.

    Lithographed letterhead, 210 x 130 mm; manuscript entries dated January 11th 1905 recording receipt of payment of 10s from Miss DeLauren of ginger beer; old bill spike, short tear bottom edge.

  • # 18027


    D. Chellaram, Hong Kong

    [also titled on first page Beautiful Hong Kong. The Gateway to the East]. Hong Kong : Chellaram, circa 1925. Octavo, printed wrappers, pp. [16], photographic illustrations, map, inscription on one of the pages. Promotional booklet for the house of Chellaram (established 1860), a clothing retailer and supplier of silks, tapestries and curios on Queen’s Road.

  • # 18426

    The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company .

    P. & O. R.M.S. “Moldavia”, Colombo to Australia. Saturday, January 26th, 1935. Menu and invitation to Fancy Dress Ball.

    Folding card, colour printed front with striking design of a masquerade ball (faint corner crease top right), centre pages with menu for dinner and invitation to the Fancy Dress Ball at 10 p.m., centre and rear pages with olive-tone vignette illustrations (mild foxing).

  • # 18197

    WALL, Dorothy (1894-1942)

    The rainy day : gift book of the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia

    “Story and illustrations by Dorothy Wall.” (p.[1]). [Sydney] : John Sands [for The Bank], [c.1925]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers in green and black (small loss to corner), [18] pp, monochrome and colour illustrations, a good copy. Muir, 7843, recorded only with green and black wrappers, we have also handled copies printed in pink and black. …

  • # 18019

    Sale of the personal collection of Chanel. Saturday December 2 at 7.00 p.m. at Christie’s

    [cover title]. Title page : The Chanel wardrobe and casket of costume jewellery assembled by Madame Lilian Grumbach, the closest colleague of Madmoiselle Chanel during the last fourteen years of her life. London : Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd., 1978. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 56, illustrated. Price list loosely enclosed. Rare auction catalogue of the …

  • # 18065

    BULLOCK, Thomas

    Queer folk

    A lecture delivered in the Manchester Road Schoolroom, Southport, January 2nd, 1872. Queer passionate folk. Queer sulking folk. Queer non-laughing folk. Queer flattering folk. Queer lounging folk. Manchester : John Heywood, c. 1872. Octavo, self-wrappers, pp. 16. A moral tract on good behaviour for the Victorian child lest their sulkiness, laziness etc results them as being …

  • # 17813

    SARDI, Vincent, Jr. (1915-2007); BRYSON, Helen

    [COOKERY] Curtain up at Sardi’s. (Signed by Vincent Sardi Jr.)

    New York : Random House, 1957. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s illustrated gold and cream cloth boards in unclipped pictorial dust jacket (chipped at head and foot of spine), illustrated endpapers, inscribed and signed on the half-title by the famous restaurateur and unofficial mayor of Broadway: ‘With best wishes to Paul Denis with many thanks – …