New Acquisitions

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

We present our October list, with over 230 items: books, ephemera, photographs and art.

Happy browsing!

  • # 27863

    GORDON David J. (1865 - 1946)

    The “Nile” of Australia : Nature’s gateway to the interior. A plea for the greater utliization of the Murray and its tributaries.

    Adelaide : W. K. Thomas & Co. for the River Murray League of South Australia, 1906. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (edges slightly rubbed, small chip to head and foot of spine), pp. viii; 74; (8), numerous photographic plates, maps. A very good copy. A fascinating Federation-era insight into the issue of water allocation – a perennial …

  • # 28080

    HOLZWARTH, Hans Werner

    Jean-Michel Basquiat XXL

    London : Taschen, 2018. Folio (395 mm tall), boards in dustjacket, pp. 608, extensively illustrated. New copy, sealed in shrinkwrap. Get up close to the bold brushwork and scribbled words of Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most successful artists of his time. This XXL-sized monograph gathers Basquiat’s major works in pristine reproduction. Texts by editor …

  • # 26996


    [BOTANY BAY] The Gamester. To which is added the story of sinful Sally, told by herself.

    Dublin : Sold by William Watson and Son, No. 7, Capel-Street, Printers to the Cheap Repository for Religious and Moral Tracts, and by B. Dugdale, 6, Dame-Street; and by the Booksellers, Chapmen and Hawkers in Town and Country, circa 1796. Octavo, self-wrappers with woodcut illustration to front, pp 23, [blank]; disbound from a larger volume, stab-stitch …

  • # 27072

    Photographer unknown.

    Ambrotype of a handsome young man, circa 1855.

    [Probably U.K. or Australia : photographer unidentified, second half of the 1850s]. Quarter-plate ambrotype with hand colouring, 96 x 71 mm (sight), housed in its original wooden-based burgundy leather case with embossed velvet lining, 120 x 95 mm, both brass clasps working; the ambrotype is in fine condition (without any loss to the black emulsion), …

  • # 27719

    HUME, Fergus (1859-1932)

    The Mystery of a hansom cab

    A sensational novel … A startling and realistic story of Melbourne social life. London : The Hansom Cab Publishing Coy., 60 Ludgate Hill, n.d., [1888]. “Two Hundredth Thousand” (t.p.). Small octavo (182 x 122 mm), original pictorial wrappers, the upper wrapper featuring an illustration of the hansom cab in a Melbourne street, lower wrapper with …

  • # 28076

    WILLIAMS, Fred (1927-1982) 

    Bayswater Landscape 1959 

    Oil on board, 52.5 x 67.5 cm, signed lower left ‘Fred Williams’, framed (outside measurements 71 x 86.5 cm). Fred Williams returned to Melbourne in January 1957 after six years’ study in London, where he mainly worked on figurative subjects. Upon his return, he concentrated on the Australian landscape, first in Mittagong, N.S.W. in late 1957 and …

  • # 27029

    HURLEY, James Francis (Frank), 1885-1962

    An archive of photographs documenting the experience of soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front, 1917-18.

    Group of 44 (forty-four) gelatin silver prints in identical format 145 x 200 mm, unmounted; all versos with Frank Hurley’s negative number in pencil, and ten with an additional contemporary manuscript caption in ink (clearly written by an eyewitness) as follows: St. Quentin Canal; Passchendaele Stunt. Duck walk track; 48th Battalion awaiting orders to “Hop” in the Big …

  • # 28095


    The woodblock paintings of Cressida Campbell (signed copy)

    Sydney: Public Pictures, 2008 (second edition 2009). Thick quarto, cloth in dustjacket, pp. 360 profusely illustrated, faint traces of foxing to edges and jacket, barely noticeable, slight rubbing to edges of dustjacket, a very good copy. Signed by the artist on the title page. All editions of this beautifully produced reference book on Cressida Campbell …

  • # 26816


    Manuscript diary kept by a teacher at the Geelong and Rokewood Free Church Schools. 1857-58.

    Handmade journal. Octavo (200 x 125 mm), stringbound, manuscript in ink on blue laid paper; front titled ‘D[iary] 1857 to 1859 / Jany. 1st to …’; [32] pp (including the front and the rear blank page); the diary contains sporadic entries from 1 January 1857 up to October 1857, then from December 1857 through the …

  • # 27591

    Photographer unknown.

    Young Australian women dressed as Terpsichore and her chorus of dancers. Late 1890s.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 117 x 162 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint, verso blank. The print has some surface rubbing; the mount is clean. Terpsichore was one of the nine Muses and the goddess of dance and chorus in Greek mythology. In classical iconography she is generally depicted seated and holding a lyre …

  • # 27669

    MILLIGAN, Joseph Charles (photographer); [BUDGE, George S. B., RN]

    Photograph of a watercolour drawing of HMS Blanche aground on a coral reef in the Torres Strait near Cape Somerset, April 1870; with an eyewitness account by a crewman on the reverse. New South Wales, 1868-1871.

    Albumen print photograph of a watercolour drawing, carte de visite format, 105 x 64 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘J. C. Milligan Photographer, 84 King St. Sydney’ and a fully contemporary inscription in pencil written by a survivor of the shipwreck: ‘This was as the ship appeared at low water with the raft which …

  • # 27703

    FINN, Edmund ("Garryowen") (1819-1898)

    [GOLD RUSH] A priest’s secret : under seal of confession.

    By Edmund Finn, Author of “The Hordern Mystery,” The Story of Her Life,” &c. Melbourne : Alex, M’Kinley & Co., Printers, 59 Queen St., 1888. “Fourth Edition”. Octavo (185 x 125 mm), original printed salmon wrappers (some staining, more pronounced on the lower wrapper which has an advertisement for Fry’s Cocoa; spine with paper loss …

  • # 28079

    GILL, Matthew Tjupurrula (1960 - )

    [WESTERN DESERT ART] Stations of the Cross : an Aboriginal perspective

    Balgo Hills, W.A. : [Warlayiri Artists?], 1987. Complete set of prints comprising an illustrated title sheet and 15 individual designs, 280 x 220 mm (sheets), loose as issued, printed in brown, black and red on white artist’s paper; each of the designs has a printed caption beneath the image (one caption is covered by a …

  • # 27991


    [WESTERN DISTRICT] Aus Welt und Zeit : Beiblatt zum Lutherischen Kirchenboten für Australien. 16. Jahrg. No. 6. Hochkirch, Juni 1889.

    Hochkirch [Vic.] : Oscar Müller, 1889. Folio newspaper (460 x 300 mm), [4] pp; complete; printed in German in Gothic type in three columns; includes lengthy news articles from the Australian colonies and Europe and brief reports from Asia, Africa and the Americas; the last column on the rear page has advertisements for Otto Dettmann …

  • # 27777

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul

    Elves & Fairies of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

    Verses by Annie R. Rentoul. Edited by Grenbry Outhwaite. Melbourne & Sydney : Lothian, 1916. Folio, gilt-illustrated boards (gilt dulled as usual on spine, light rubbing to boards and edges, but a handsome copy), 118 pp., with 45 colour and black and white plates tipped-in, illustrated endpapers, lettered tissue-guards (a couple lightly creased), foxing to …

  • # 27365


    Autograph book. Melbourne, 1937-45. With signatures of many figures in the performing arts world, including most of Colonel W. De Basil’s Monte Carlo Russian Ballet company, Roy Rene and Sadie Gale, and Peter Dawson.

    Deluxe autograph album made by Norman Bros., Melbourne (binder’s ticket to rear pastedown); oblong octavo (125 x 180 mm), limp textured blue leather boards (sunned, ink stain to lower board), upper board embossed in gilt ‘Autographs’; all edges gilt; [60] leaves; the signatures in the first third of the album date to between 1937 and …