New Acquisitions

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to you all! Here is our first New Acquisitions list for 2021, with over 280 items: books, printed ephemera, manuscripts, photography and art.

Happy browsing!

  • # 29090

    DALRYMPLE, Alexander (1737-1808)

    An historical collection of the several voyages and discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean.

    Being chiefly a literal translation from the Spanish writers. London : Printed for the Author; and sold by J. Nourse, Bookseller in Ordinary to His Majesty; T. Payne, at the Mews-gate; and P. Elmsley, opposite Southampton-street, Strand, 1770-71. First edition, second issue (with dedication in Vol. I dated Jan. 1 1770). Two volumes bound in one, …

  • # 28886

    A Peep down the Melbourne Telescope.

    [Title from printed caption in negative]. Circa 1870. Stereoscopic silver albumen print photographs, each individual image 68 x 72 mm, on yellow board mount 83 x 166 mm, with the publisher’s serial number and caption in the negative at far right edge ‘685. A Peep down the Melbourne Telescope’, recto of mount with publisher’s imprint …

  • # 28883

    GILL, Samuel Thomas (1818 - 1880)


    Watercolour, 220 x 335 mm, signed lower left S.T.G. and inscribed in pencil ‘Xmas ’67’ inscribed ‘Baby’ lower right, light scattered foxing, otherwise fine. Framed. By the 1860s S. T. Gill was a famed local artist, returning to Melbourne in 1864 after a period in Sydney. Gill’s depictions of life on the Victorian goldfields in …

  • # 29073

    HOWE, Robert (1795-1829) (printer and publisher); MANSFIELD, Ralph (1799-1880) (editor)

    The Australian Magazine; or, Compendium of Religious, Literary, and Miscellaneous Intelligence. Volume 1. For 1821.

    Sydney : Printed by Robert Howe, Government Printer, 1821. Volume 1, Number 1, May 1 1821, to Volume 1, Number 8, December 1, 1821 (i.e. the first eight issues). Octavo (190 x 125 mm), contemporary half calf over pink papered boards (heavily rubbed, with some surface loss), spine with contrasting red morocco title label lettered in …

  • # 22151

    MORRIS, William (1834-1896)

    The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted.

    A fine, complete copy in full white pigskin of the Kelmscott Chaucer, recognised by many as the finest book printed since the Gutenberg Bible.  Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896. Folio, bound in full white pigskin by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, circa 1930, their gilt stamp on inner dentelle, bound over heavy bevelled boards ruled in gilt, spine …

  • # 28289

    Photographer unknown.

    Distribution of blankets to Mandandanji people at the Court House, Roma (Queensland), 24 May 1880.

    Albumen print photograph, 150 x 205 mm, laid down on a nineteenth-century album page (split card); manuscript caption in negative at lower left: ’24TH MAY COURT HOUSE, ROMA’; mount with sequence number ‘114’ in manuscript at bottom margin (presumably written by the album compiler), and later identification in biro ‘Roma’ at top margin. The print …

  • # 29091

    BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)

    A voyage round the world performed by order of His Most Christian Majesty, in the years 1766, 1767, 1768 and 1769.

    / by Lewis de Bougainville, Colonel of Foot, and Commodore of the Expedition, in the Frigate La Boudeuse, and the Store-dhip L’Etoile. Translated from the French by John Reinhold Forster, F.A.S. London : Printed for J. Nourse, Bookseller to His Majesty, in the Strand; and T. Davies, Bookseller to the Royal Academy, in Russel-Street, Covent-garden, …

  • # 29076

    BROSSES, Charles de (1709-1777)

    Histoire des navigations aux terres australes

    : contenant ce que l’on scait des moeurs & des productions des contrées decouvertes jusqu’à ce jour; & où il est traité de l’utilité d’y faire de plus amples découvertes, & des moyens d’y former un établissement. Paris : Chez Durand, 1756. First edition. Two volumes, quarto (260 x 200 mm), contemporary full calf (boards …

  • # 29074

    KING, Phillip Parker, Captain (1791-1856)

    Narrative of a survey of the intertropical and western coasts of Australia : performed between the years 1818 and 1822

    / by Phillip P. King, … With an appendix containing various subjects relating to hydrography and natural history. London : John Murray, 1827. First edition, second issue with cancel titles dated 1827 (as usual), lacking half-titles. Two volumes, octavo (215 x 135 mm), later half calf over cloth-covered boards, spines in compartments with gilt decoration …

  • # 29075

    KEMP, Charles & John FAIRFAX (printers & publishers)

    The Shipping Gazette, and Sydney General Trade List. Volume I, Number 1, March 23 1844 to Volume II, Number 93, December 27 1845. (Complete run of the first two years’ issues)

    Sydney, New South Wales : Published at “The Sydney Morning Herald” Office, No. 586, Lower George Street. Printed by Kemp and Fairfax, Lower George Street, 1844-45. Two volumes, folio (315 x 205 mm), uniform contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn), spines with contrasting leather title labels stamped in gilt (1845 …

  • # 28989

    McIVER, George (1859-1945)

    [LOST RACE; ANTARCTICA] Neuroomia : a new continent : a manuscript delivered by the deep

    London, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane : George Robertson & Company, 1894. First edition. Octavo (180 x 125 mm), yellow-back format in the original pictorial papered boards (rubbed, corners worn, spine rolled), pp vii, 307; author’s Preface dated September, 1893 at Nambucca River, New South Wales; internally clean, a good example of the first edition. …

  • # 28734

    BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)

    Autograph letter signed by the French navigator Bougainville. Dated 15 November, 1802.

    Manuscript in brown ink on blue wove paper, 1 page, quarto (210 x 165 mm); dated at Paris, 24 brumaire an 11 [i.e. 15 November 1802], the letter is to an addressee identified simply as ‘Citoyen’, and is written entirely in Bouganville’s frail hand and signed at the foot ‘Bougainville, Senateur’; Bougainville attests to the …

  • # 29027

    FOLEY, Fiona (1964 - )

    Wild Times Call 2001

    The complete suite of seven Type C photographs, edition number 4/10, each signed, dated, numbered and inscribed with title verso. Framed in museum timber. ‘Fiona Foley is Badtjala and an influential curator, writer and academic as well as an internationally recognised artist. Foley pursues a diverse artistic practice encompassing painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed-media work, found …

  • # 28934

    SMYTH, R. (Robert) Brough, 1830-1889

    The Aborigines of Victoria : with notes relating to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and Tasmania compiled from various sources for the Government of Victoria.

    Melbourne : J. Ferres, Govt. Printer ; and London : George Robertson, Trübner and Co., 1878. First edition. Two volumes, large octavo, original blind blocked blue pebbled cloth over boards (a little sunned), upper boards with gilt device, spines with gilt lettering and device; Vol. 1. lxxii, 483 pp, [2] leaves of plates, [1] map on folded …

  • # 27947

    GLEESON, James (1915 - 2008)

    The watcher at the third gate

    Oil on board, 150 x 125 mm, signed lower right. Painted circa 1970s. A fine example of Gleeson’s distinctive miniature scenes of a nude male figure in a psychoscape, an exploration of body and mind. ‘Renowned as Australia’s foremost surrealist painter and poet, James Gleeson’s oeuvre explores the human condition beyond visible reality and the …

  • # 28891

    SHERMAN, Albert (1882 - 1971)

    Australian wild flowers

    Oil on pulpboard, 400 x 315 mm, signed lower right, framed. Original exhibition label from The Sedon Gallerues, Melbourne, circa 1930s, verso. An attractive still life by the painter described by Howard Ashton as ‘Australia’s foremost painter of flowers’ (The flower paintings of Albert Sherman, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1955, p. [vi]). Born in Cornwall …