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  • # 19282


    A 1920s English jeweller’s pattern book for rings, executed in watercolour.

    Small quarto album (160 x 210 mm), half-roan over cloth, containing 94 original watercolour designs for gentlemen’s and ladies rings, executed in pen and ink and watercolour, each window mounted in the album (40 x 63 mm each window), some on card and others on tracing paper mounted on card (with four small glue spots), …

  • # 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 …

  • # 19145

    HARRIS, John William (1835-1901)

    [WESTERN DISTRICT] An “at-home” card for the Harris family, “Warrowitur”, Beaufort, February 1891.

    Gilt-edged card, 75 x 115 mm, printed recto only in gold, with the guest’s name in manuscript ‘Mr. and Mrs. Harris request the pleasure of [Miss Robertson’s] company on Thursday Evening, February 19th, 1891, at 8 o’clock. “Warrowitur,”, Beaufort. An early reply will oblige.’; bottom corner crease, otherwise in fine condition. The agricultural township of …

  • # 19160


    [MELBOURNE] The genuine Perfection Stitching Machine … the most perfect stitcher ever built.

    Melbourne : S. Cooke Prop. Ltd., [1937]. Writing blotter, 143 x 225 mm, recto printed in black on silver, with illustration of Cooke’s Perfect Stitching Machine; calendar for April 1937 top right; in fine unused condition, accompanied by its original manila mailing envelope (the promotional blotter was sent to the Avoca Post Office, Victoria).

  • # 19109


    The game of Mah Jong

    Christchurch : Whitcombe & Tombs, circa 1930. Sixth edition. Octavo, printed wrappers, pp. 48.

  • # 19144

    Seagrass handbags decorated with raffia / by Victor Rees, homecraft specialist.

    Perth, W.A. : Dix Pty. Ltd., 1951. Sixth printing. Octavo, prtinted grey wrappers (mild corner creasing and toning) with colour photographic onlay to front, 16 pp, illustrated with photographic plates and line drawings in the text; a good copy. The sixth printing of Rees’ trade catalogue, first published in 1928, is unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 19161

    LUCAS, Dione (1909-1971)

    Book for cooks / by Dione Lucas

    A̜lexandria, N.S.W. : Australian Consolidated Press, [c.1955]. “Supplement to The Australian Women’s Weekly.” Quarto, original pictorial wrappers (upper wrapper with a few short edge tears), 64 pp, illustrated in colour and b/w; internally very good. Recipes by legendary German-born American cordon bleu chef Dione Lucas, who was apparently responsible for introducing the omelette to America.

  • # 19049

    DALI, Salvador

    Les Dîners de Gala

    Translated by Captain J. Peter Moore. New York : Felicie, 1973. Quarto, illustrated cloth in gold foil blocked dustjacket (lightly rubbed), illustrated endpapers, pp. 323, illustrated by Dali. English language edition, published in French the same year.

  • # 19079

    WILLS, Geoffrey

    Wedgwood (signed by Wedgwood)

    London : Spring Books, 1988. Octavo, boards in dustjacket (foxed), pp. 128, illustrated, light foxing to endpapers. Loosely enclosed, an invitation to meet Lord Wedgwood at a promotional function. Signed by Lord Wedgwood to endpaper.

  • # 19352

    CHEESMAN, Patricia

    Lao textiles. Ancient symbols. Living art.

    Bangkok : White Lotus, 1988. Quarto, illustrated cards in dustjacket, pp. 140, illustrated in colour.

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …