Trade & Industry
[EMPEROR ZHU YUANZHANG (MING TAIZU), 1328-1398]
[China : c.1375]. Printed during the reign (1368-1398) of the first Ming emperor, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (Ming Taizu), a paper note with the original cash value of a string of 1,000 copper coins, or 1 kuan. Woodblock printed in black ink on a sheet of grey mulberry paper, 340 x 220 mm; recto with the Chinese characters …
Chinese merchants sue the French East India Company to recover a loan: an important archive of three documents, all relating to the efforts of a member of the Canton cohong, named Quoyqua, to recover money lent to commissary agents of the French East India Company. The funds had been invested in cargo aboard the FEIC ship …
An Anglochinese calendar for the year 1845 : corresponding to the year of the Chinese cycle aera 4482, or the 42nd year of the 75th cycle of sixty : being the 25th year of the reign of Ta’Ukwang.
Victoria, Hongkong : Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, by J. Dos Anjos Xavier, 1845. Octavo, recent papered boards with gilt lettered calf title label to front, original printed yellow wrappers bound in, upper wrapper remargined and with early ownership inscription, lower wrapper with small restoration at bottom corner; pp 35, text in …
Sentença proferida sobre a preza do navio Portuguez D. Manoel de Portugal e Castro, aprezado na rada de Macao aos 9 de Abril de 1836. Com traducçao em inglez.
Canton : Na typographia do Canton Register, 1836. Octavo, contemporary black cloth boards, front free-endpaper with early inscription and wet stamps indicating the book was presented to J. F. Marques Pereira by Celestino de Menezes, title with stamp of de Menezes, pp ii, 1-28 (Portuguese text), 1-28 (English translation); a very good copy, housed in …
Macao : na Typographica Armenia, 1844. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards, spine with contrasting label lettered in gilt; title page with early ownership inscription, pp  in Portuguese,  in English (the translation omits ‘Edital’ on p. 1, and the figures in the columns ‘Unidade, ‘Valores’, ‘Direitos de entrada’); browning to first …
[MORRISON, John Robert (1814-1843)]
A companion to the Anglochinese kalendar; for the year of our lord 1832: corresponding to the Alexandrian year of the world 7334; and the Chinese cycle aera 4469; being the xiith year of the reign of Taoukwang.
Macao : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1832. Octavo, contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards (corners worn), spine with gilt bands and lettering, front pastedown with armorial bookplate of James A. Banckerl, title page with his original ownership inscription in pencil ‘Jas. A. Banckerl, Canton’, …
WILLIAMS, Samuel Wells (1812-1884)
A Chinese commercial guide, consisting of a collection of details and regulations respecting foreign trade with China, sailing directions, tables &c.
Canton : printed at the office of the Chinese Repository, 1856. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged. Octavo, half crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt ruled in compartments with contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; speckled edges; pp viii; 376; text in English and Chinese, large folding map with hand colouring, Map of the Chinese …
Canton : Printed at the “Friend of China” office, 1861. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, pp , 144; a very good copy. An important and little-known history of Hong Kong in the 1840s by a controversial figure. This history of Hong Kong in the years …
Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company, Limited
[Hong Kong : Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company, Limited, 1900]. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed marbled papered boards, with approximately 100 pro forma requisition forms, each with the company letterhead and ‘Hongkong …. 190[ ]’; one form detached from its stub, otherwise unused, intact and fine. An uncommon example of Hong Kong printed commercial stationery from the Boxer Rebellion period.
BRAGA, J[ose] M[aria] (Jack)
Macao : printed by N. T. Fernandes & Filhos, 1940. Octavo, modern marbled boards with gilt-lettered title label, original printed front wrapper bound in, pp [iv]; 56; age toning to the paper, but a very good copy. One of the rarest publications by Jack Braga, the noted historian of Portuguese colonial history in Asia. In …
MALINOVSKII, Aleksei Fedorovich, 1762-1840; VALUEV, Petr Stepanovich (editor)
v Moskve obrietaiushchagosia. Chast’ pervaya. [=Historical account of the Old Russian Museum, known as the Masterskaia Workshop and Armoury Palaces, in Moscow. Part one.] [Moskva]: Gosudarstvennaia Oruzheinaia palata [The State Armoury of the Kremlin], 1807. Elephant folio, 485 x 335 x 30 mm, original quarter leather over continental European papered boards (very good, with minor …
Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 106 x 165 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint; the albumen print slightly pale and with a few light marks, the mount with some damage at bottom left corner. A wonderfully detailed Federation period streetscape of the Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill, in which all of the advertising signage in …
[POSTER] Voor de bevrijding van het braziliaanse volk voor de arbeidersstrijd in Europa neen aan de uitbuiting neen aan Brasil export
[= For the liberation of the Brazilian people; for the workers’ struggle in Europe; no to exploitation; no to exports to Brazil]. Brussel : Pierre Galand, Papenkasteelst. 13, . Poster, offset print, 680 x 440 mm, unbacked; in very good condition, with some mild toning and wrinkling at bottom edge. Belgian poster protesting against exports …
HENRY W. PEABODY & CO.
[NEW ZEALAND] Quick despatch for New Zealand. Dunedin, Port Chalmers and Christchurch, Port Lyttelton. The A1 Clipper Barque, Bryn-Ivor …
Boston : Printed by Rand, Avery & Co. for Henry W. Peabody & Co., March 17 1881. Broadside, 165 x 100 mm, chromolithograph printed recto only; in fine condition. A card published by Boston shipping agents Henry W. Peabody & Co. advertising the upcoming Boston to Dunedin and Christchurch voyage of the Bryn-Ivor, an American …
[s.l. : s.n., circa 1910]. Photographic postcard, 87 x 138 mm, manuscript caption in image at lower right ‘Minyip’; verso with plain back, printed ‘Post Card’; not postally used; mild creasing at top corners, some paper roughening at lower edge (from the printing process?). Minyip is a tiny township in the Wimmera region of western …
[MANUSCRIPT] A Journal or Narrative of the Proceedings betweene the Commissioners appointed by His Majestie, and the Commissioners Deputed by the States Generall, pursuant to the Treaty of Peace made at Westminster 9/19 Ffebruary 1673/4 Concerning a Treaty Marine to be observed throughout all the World. And also an Article particularly relateing to the English and Dutch East India Companyes Concluded in the yeare 1674.
[London, 1674-75]. Folio, old mottled calf gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament, red leather title labels lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; manuscript written in English, Latin, Dutch and French in several contemporary secretarial hands; ff 269; clean and fresh throughout. An important contemporary manuscript record of the Mixed Commission established to draw up a Treaty Marine and …
METTERS KFB PTY. LTD.
Melbourne : Metters KFB Pty. Ltd, 1938. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper stained), 36 pp, illustrated throughout in black and white; pages 17-20 detached, the last few leaves with water damage to bottom margins (some loss of text), otherwise clean. Pre-war trade catalogue for an iconic Australian brand, with many classic “Kooka” gas stoves …
Paris : Louis Vuitton, [circa 1980]. Oblong octavo, stiff brown wrappers with the Louis Vuitton monogram to front, pp 41, with monochrome illustrations throughout; a few prices annotated in biro, else a fine copy. Trade catalogue for a wide range of Louis Vuitton luggage.
[Rydge's Business Journal]
Sydney : Rydge’s Business Journal, [c. 1937]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers with text in blind, clean with only minor rubbing, pp. 28. Being a course in ten sections which explains the essentials underlying successful retail merchandising and the profitable development of retail business. Held at the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New …
BARLIER, André (illustrator); D'AUTILIS, Florence (text)
Paris : Kirby-Beard & cie, 1948. Small quarto, original embossed wrappers with pictorial onlay in glassine jacket, bound with staples and silk ties; pp 21, illustrated with colour plates depicting female models wearing fine dresses, the illustrations also incorporating a selection of magnificent watches; a very good copy. A superbly produced promotional brochure for the …
High-Life Tailor, Paris.
Paris : printed by Draeger frères for High-Life Tailor, 1901. Thin quarto, original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, pp , illustrated with black-and-white plates depicting models in the latest women’s and men’s winter fashions; a fine copy. High-Life Tailor was a popular Parisian fashion store offering designs of very fine 20th-century and fin de siècle styles, as seen in the …
High-Life Tailor, Paris.
Paris : High-Life Tailor, . Square quarto, original pictorial wrappers (some pale foxing), staple bound, pp , illustrated with numerous plates in colour and black-and-white, and in-text drawings; last page with 2 swatches of fabric; a very good copy. A publication promoting haute couture for men and women from the popular Parisian fashion store High-Life Tailor. The text …
Grands Magasins du Louvre Paris. Les plus beaux et les plus vastes du monde, maison de confiance, fondée depuis plus d’un demi-siècle, Paris
[Cover title]. Paris : Grands Magasins du Louvre, [circa 1910]. Oblong octavo, original printed wrappers (some very pale staining to front cover), lacking one of two staples; pp , illustrated with black-and-white photographic plates to facing pages. The Grands Magasins du Louvre was a landmark Paris department store. Founded in 1855, it closed its doors …
Cover: Burberrys. Paris : 8 et 10, Boulevard Malesherbes, [c.1914]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers with silk ties, pp , chiefly full page black-and-white photographic plates with models in the latest women’s winter or autumn fashion; contents in fine condition; a couple of text pages (in French), including a list of Burberry’s female clients belonging to …
Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen. Handbuch der Reichspostdampfer-Linien nach Ostasien und Australien. No. 1, 1910.
Bremen : Norddeutscher Lloyd, 1910. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers with original owner’s signature to front (lightly foxed, short paper split at head of spine); pp 113, with folding tables and folding colour map at rear; a good copy. Scarce commercial shipping publication containing N.D.L.’s timetables, rates, baggage and freight allowances etc. for all lines, including …
New York : Arbuckle Bros., [copyright 1889]. Trade card, 68 x 138 mm, recto with chromolithographed design incorporating map of australia and images of kangaroo, black swan, gold miner and sheep; verso with information about Arbuckle Bros’ coffee; in very good condition. The map lists some places which today may seem obscure, but which around …
Gympie Agricultural, Mining and Pastoral Society
[QUEENSLAND; GOLD MINING] Gympie Agricultural, Mining and Pastoral Society. Exhibition held at Gympie, 1894. First Prize.
Section 12, Class 450, No. 1028. Awarded to B.H. Bennetts for Ores in all their rarity … [Gympie] : Gympie Miner, 1894. Lithograph printed card with decorative border, 72 x 115 mm; entries in manuscript; in very good condition. The prize awardee was manager of the Wilmot Gold Mine at Gympie.
BANK OF VICTORIA
[Melbourne : Bank of Victoria]. Engraved design on watermarked pink paper; 118 x 240 mm; ‘… pay to the order of R. & H. Pamall & Co. Two hundred fifty pounds’; verso with an interesting endorsement correcting the payee information: ‘Pay to S. & T. Carrington (signed J.R. Hocknell) / The within was taken out in …
NATIONAL BANK OF AUSTRALASIA
[Adelaide : James Williams]. Lithographic printing in green on white paper; 85 x 192 mm; nicks at top right corner and edge, small mark lower right margin; else very good. The National Bank of Australasia Limited was established in 1858. Its branch at Nuriootpa, the major commercial centre in the Barossa Valley, was opened prior to 1880.
Hearder & Sons
Hearder & Sons illustrated guide to sea fishing and the rivers of South Devon, and descriptive catalogue of their prize river and sea fishing tackle, cricket, archery, croquet, lawn tennis.
Plymouth, U.K. : The authors, 1892. Eleventh edition. Deluxe binding, inscribed by the author. Duodecimo, morocco boards with gilt vignette of beach scene on upper board, spine lettered in gilt (rubbed at head and tail), original paper wrappers bound in, pp 115, with folding illustration of fishing lures and equipment at rear. A presentation copy, …
Ledger book (wrappers defective) containing 75 hand written and typed letters to Richard Twopenny, Editor of the Pastoralist’s Review (formerly the Australian Pastorialist’s Review, and later the Pastoral Review), dated between 1901 and 1913. The letters are from subscribers across Australia and New Zealand (and even from as far afield as Scotland and Nevada), largely renewals …
[SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION; THEATRE] Scrapbook of clippings from Australian newspapers and journals, 1860-80
Folio ledger book, original half red calf over cloth boards (rubbed); original marbled endpapers; containing (at the front) 50 pages of pasted-in clippings relating to the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879-80 taken from various contemporary newspapers and journals including the Australian Town and Country Journal, Auckland Evening Star, The Evening News, the Sydney Morning Herald, and …
CONIGRAVE, John Fairfax
A handbook : compiled by John Fairfax Conigrave for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886. Octavo, contemporary black half-calf over cloth (scuffed), binder’s ticket of T. W. Taylor of Winnipeg, lithographed wrappers and title page bound in, pp. vi; ; folding map of Port Adelaide; 180; (14 – plates). Bound with : Official catalogue …
IRIBE, Paul (1883 - 1935)
Paris : Editions Iribe, . Quarto, lettered boards with glassine cover (split, as usual), spiral bound, pp. 32; 7 gold and silver foil plates with acetate overlays (the metallic plates corroded, as always), else very good. An icon of art deco design by the legendary Paul Iribe. Limited to 800 copies, this one of the …
Picton Hopkins & Son Pty Ltd
Melbourne : Picton Hopkins & Son Pty. Ltd., 1920s. Oblong quarto, pressed boards (split along front joint), pp. xxvi; ; 159; , illustrated throughout, ownership name of Bruce C. Stewart, Architect to title page and firm’s name and telephone number inscribed to front free endpaper. A stunning art deco period catalogue of plaster moldings and …
FOSTER CLARK (AUSTRALIA)
Redfern, N.S.W. : Foster Clark (Aust.) Ltd. [printed by John Sands Limited], [1934?]. Second edition. Tall octavo, original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 35 pp, colour illustrations; fore-edges closely trimmed, else a very good copy, clean throughout. Hoyle, 527
Fiji before Civilization … Dawn of Civilization … Advance of Civilization … Glorious Result of Civilization
[Crystal Palace, London : Machinery Department, c.1879]. Cotton handkerchief, 570 x 580 mm, lithograph printed in brown and red; old fold lines and some insignificant toning and spotting; a very well preserved example. These satirical cotton handkerchiefs lampooning the effects of the introduction of Western civilisation into a “primitive” society in the South Seas were printed in colour in the machinery …
BAIN & BURTT; [GIBBS, Alexander]
Entire letter, single sheet folding to form  sides, quarto, closely written manuscript in ink on 3 sides, headed ‘Auckland, New Zealand, 8th February 1853’, addressed to ‘Alexander Gibbs Esqr., New Bedford’; signed at the foot ‘Your faithful obedt. servants, Bain & Burtt’; outer side with address panel, endorsed ‘via New York’, with ‘LONDON / …
THOMPSON, Lindsay G.
With a sketch of the laws by which they have been regulated. Sydney : Government Printer, 1893. Royal octavo, rebound in modern cloth boards lettered in gilt, title page with tape marks and ink stamp, pp 126; with 4 plates and explanatory text, 16 full page illustrations, and 7 folding maps (last few maps attached …
Mildura : Elliott Provincial Newspaper Group, 1948. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, (a little worn), pp. 60, illustrated.
AUSTRALIAN CEMENT MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION
Sydney : The Australian Cement Manufacturers’ Association, . Octavo, printed wrappers, staples rusted, 31 pp, illustrations throughout, folding plate at rear; a good copy.
SUNBEAM CORPORATION LIMITED
Sydney : Mason Duflex Pty. Ltd. [for Sunbeam Corporation Limited], June, 1961. Large octavo booklet, illustrated wrappers (a few stains), staple bound, 27 pp, illustrated; first few leaves with mild foxing, else good.
HACK, Peter J.
Sydney : Impact Press, 2016. Octavo, pictorial laminated card covers, 65 pp, illustrated with colour and b/w plates. This recent publication tells the story of the four great department stores established in the first few decades of the twentieth century on Nanjing Road in Shanghai. In particular, it explores their connection to Chinese Australian merchants and …
[FALWASSER, Henry, editor]
The Auckland Times. Tempora mutantur Nos Non mutamur in illis. Vol. 1 Tuesday November 8 1842 No. 17
Auckland : Printed (In a Mangle) and Published by Henry Falwasser, Sole Editor and Proprietor, 1842. Large folio sheet, 2 leaves (integral), printed recto only, in a variety of printing types on a washing mangle; subscriber’s (?) names ‘Mr. & Mrs Sim’ in brown ink beneath the masthead; tear to blank corner of initial leaf; …
Geelong : Oglethorpe Printer [for C. Jones], [c.1918]. Oblong duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers (creased and lightly marked),  pp; scattered foxing. This pamphlet, which appears unrecorded, was produced for C. Jones, proprietor of Sadonia stud, Marshall Street, Geelong. The latest internal date is 1917.
W.W. CAMPBELL & CO.
/ With the compliments of W.W. Campbell & Co. Ltd., Furnishing Warehousemen, 249 Clarence St., Sydney. Sydney : W.W. Campbell & Company Limited, [betwen 1925 and 1930]. Large quarto, original thick paper wrappers with colour pictorial onlay (upper wrapper with loss at top corner), 87 pp, chiefly illustrated; tiny amount of pale foxing, otherwise internally clean …
Parliament of Great Britain
By the Commissioners for managing and causing to be levied and collected HIs Majesty’s Customs and other Duties 23d November 1832. [Great Britain : Parliament, 1833]. Quarto, disbound from a volume of H.M. Customs General Orders for 1833, [pp 12], with ink annotations. Contains a list of foreign goods that can be shipped duty free and …
THE TIMES BOOK CLUB
Biographical and Historical Works, Essays, Fiction, etc. London : The Times Book Club, . Octavo pamphlet, staple bound, 16 pp; a very good copy.
OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)
Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. November 1904. No. 20. Octavo, original printed wrappers, pp 2 (brief descriptions of 69 items), followed by 2 photographic plates (tissue guards intact) illustrating all items; a fine copy. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes artefacts from New Zealand …
OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)
Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. January 1905. No. 22. Octavo, original printed wrappers, pp 2 (brief descriptions of 86 items), followed by 2 photographic plates (tissue guards intact) illustrating most items; a fine copy. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 43 artefacts from British …