New Acquisitions

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Welcome to our January 2020 list, with over 250 items.

A few highlights:

A stunning portfolio of pochoir plates by Japanese modernist designer Mizuki Heitaro (1930).

A suite of four screenprints by renowned Australian abstract artist Robert Jacks (circa 2000).

[NEW GUINEA] Narrative of the surveying voyage of H.M.S. Fly (1847). First edition.

An 18 inch terrestrial floor globe by Weber Costello, Chicago (1909).

T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The de luxe issue of the first trade edition (1935).

Plus a wide range of ephemera (Australian trade, tourism, theatre, cinema, etc.), Australian historical photographs, art monographs, children’s books (including several rare May Gibbs publications), and many surprises, large and small.

Happy browsing!

  • # 24479

    Mizuki, Heitarō

    アブストラクトパターン [Abusutorakuto Patān = abstract pattern]

    Kyōto-shi : Unsōdō, Shōwa 5 [1930]. First and only edition. Publisher’s portfolio of green papered boards with cloth spine (rubbed), with title and pictorial inlay, 395 x 280 mm, colophon tipped-in to verso of lower board. Preface sheet, foxed as usual, printed red rule to text. 32 colour plates (measuring 385 x 265 mm), numbered in …

  • # 24651

    BALDESSARI, John (1931 - 2020)

    Nose Peak

    Paris : Onestar Press, 2015. First edition. Limited to 250 numbered copies. Octavo, flushcut illustrated wrappers, pp. [126]. A series of line drawings, which when flicked through, form the countoured shape of a nose. “It should be said that Baldessari’s penchant for depicting noses in his work extends as far back as 1965 with the …

  • # 14762

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    A suite of four framed Roberts Jacks screenprints

    Four screenprints on paper, each measuring 655 x 495 mm (image) 1060 x 820 mm (frame), each editioned in pencil out of 40 copies, signed lower right and dated between 2000 – 06, newly framed in matt finish black timber. A suite of striking original graphic prints by the noted abstract artist Robert Jacks, printed …

  • # 24357

    [FEINT, Adrian]. Mullins, John Lane

    Bookplates by Adrian Feint. (Presentation copy for Sydney Ure Smith)

    With an introduction by the Honourable John Lane Mullins. Sydney : Palmtree Press, 1928. Octavo, cloth over papered boards with title label (the glue has caused discolouration, as in all copies), unpaginated, introduction by Mullins, 21 original woodcut bookplates tipped in, including those for Margaret and William Preston, Thea Proctor, Dorothea Mackellar, Kenneth Macqueen, John …

  • # 23733

    HADDON, Alfred C. (Cort) (1855-1940)

    The decorative art of British New Guinea : a study in Papuan ethnography.

    Dublin : The Academy House, [etc.], 1894. Series: “Cunningham Memoirs”, no. X. First edition. Large quarto (320 x 250 mm), rebound in modern half morocco over cloth, gilt title on spine, 279 pp, with 92 b/w figures, 1 map, 12 single-page lithographed plates (2 of them with colouring); clean and fresh throughout, the plates superb; …

  • # 24177

    JUKES, J. Beete (1811 - 1869)

    Narrative of the surveying voyage of H.M.S. Fly,

    commanded by Captain F.P. Blackwood, in Torres Strait, New Guinea and other islands of the Eastern Archipelago, during the years 1842-1846 : together with an excursion into the interior of the eastern part of Java. London : T. &​ W. Boone, 1847. Two volumes, contemporary full tan calf (edges rubbed), spine in compartments with contrasting …

  • # 24130

    LAWRENCE, T. E. [Thomas Edward] (1888-1935)

    Seven pillars of wisdom : a triumph. (De luxe issue)

    London : Jonathan Cape, 1935. First trade edition. Deluxe edition, limited to 750 numbered copies. Quarto, quarter pigskin over brown buckram with crossed swords and motto ‘the sword also means cleanness & death’ lettered in gilt to front panel, spine lettered in gilt (scuffed at head and foot of spine), Cockerel marbled endpapers, top edge …

  • # 24429

    THOMAS, Daniel.

    Criss Canning : the pursuit of beauty. (Deluxe edition with original signed etching)

    Melbourne : Macmillan, 2007. Quarto, gilt-lettered teal cloth in matching slipcase, pp. 192, fully illustrated. First edition, the deluxe edition, limited to 75 numbered copies, with an original signed etching ‘Banksia’, printed at Port Jackson press, loosely accompanying the book. Written and published to coincide with the artist’s retrospective exhibition at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. …

  • # 24428

    Rand McNally & Co.

    Rand McNally & Co.‘s New Twelve Inch Terrestrial Globe

    [Chicago] : Rand McNally & Co., 1891. Chromolithographed paper gores over paper mache base, 12 inches in diameter, oval shaped analemma, alternating red and blue isothermal current lines, in original nickel plated mount and stand. An American student’s table globe from the late nineteenth century with a good amount of geographical detail.

  • # 24438

    Weber and Costello Co.

    18 inch terrestrial globe

    Chicago, Illinois : Weber Costello, 1909. Measuring 18 inches (46cm) in diameter, 45 inches (115 cm) tall; in bronzed cast iron meridian and stand, with calendrical paper horizon ring, laid on wood; with an analemma and two polar calottes. Standing in bronzed cast iron tripod stand with glass roller feet, with flower and ribbon decoration. …

  • # 24194

    [WILDER, Joseph Warrin, attributed]; HYAMS, John (publisher)

    Studio portrait of two young Aboriginal men. Early 1860s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 65 mm (mount), 82 x 57 mm (image), verso with imprint of Hyams’ Portrait Rooms, 67 Collins Street, East, Melbourne; fine condition. Based on comparison with a very similar portrait (see Bitter Fruit, p. 235) it is highly likely that this photograph was taken by Joseph Warrin …

  • # 23482

    BAUME, Joseph Wellesh

    Aboriginal group, including a man holding a broad shield, with two Europeans. Murray River (northern Victoria or southern New South Wales), circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 65 x 102 mm (mount), verso with wet stamp of ‘Jos[ep]h Baume, Photographic Artist. From Swanston Street, Melbourne.’ and inscription in ink ‘No. 3’ (presumably the photographer’s sequence number); the albumen print is in very good condition (a tiny dint above the man with the broad shield), with …

  • # 24450

    GIBBS, May (1877 - 1969)

    Bib and Bub : their adventures.

    In two parts. Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing Company, 1925. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s decorated cloth (rubbed along lower edge upper board), dustjacket with colour illustrations (very slight rubbing to extremeties), pictorial endpapers, contemporary gift inscription in pencil to half-title, title page (small wet stamp of previous owner), pp. 79; (1), coloured panelled illustrations throughout, a fine …

  • # 24453

    GIBBS, May (1877 - 1969)

    The further adventures of Bib and Bub

    Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing Company, 1928. First edition. Oblong quarto, publisher’s decorated cloth (slightly sunned and marked), pictorial endpapers, title page, pp. (100), monochrome panelled illustrations throughout, a very good copy, internally pristine. May Gibbs’s Bib and Bub comic strips were first published in the Sydney Sunday News and then issued in book format from …

  • # 24452

    GIBBS, May (1877 - 1969)

    More funny stories about old friends Bib and Bub

    Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing Company, 1928. First edition. Oblong quarto, publisher’s decorated cloth (rebacked), pictorial endpapers (with tape repair), contemporary gift inscription in pencil, title page, pp. (94), monochrome panelled illustrations throughout, a good copy. May Gibbs’s Bib and Bub comic strips were first published in the Sydney Sunday News and then issued in book …

  • # 24352

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    A collection of seven newspaper comic strips for the Bib and Bub series

    Seven newspaper comic strips, printed in colour, cut from the paper, measuring approximately 260 x 350 mm each. Date circa 1940s. The first appearance of Bib and Bub was 1925, it would be serialised until 1967, with bound collections published in the 1920s and 30s.