Welcome to our New Acquisitions list for May 2017.
Highlights for this month include one of the most celebrated and sought after of all private press books, and a high point in the history of the printed book, the Kelmscott Chaucer (1896); one of the rarest works on Australian natural history, Lewin’s Birds of New South Wales (1838); the beautiful Doves Press Bible (1903-05), a masterpiece of typography; the rare 1663 Saeghman edition of Pelsaert’s account of the wreck of the Batavia; the seldom seen Album of the Finest Birds of All Countries (Philadelphia, 1850), which includes superb lithographs of Australian native birds; important letters by early Sydney Congregationalist minister Robert Ross, including an unrecorded ephemeral Sydney imprint; an 1853 letter from Auckland to Massachusetts with significant content on the Pacific whaling trade; an 1879 souvenir from the Crystal Palace satirising the advent of “civilisation” in the cannibal isles of the South Seas; a 1556 edition of Macrobius’ cosmography, In Somnium Scipionis; Australian colonial photographs; early tourist ephemera; pulp fiction … and much more!
Douglas Stewart Fine Books
COBDEN-SANDERSON, Thomas James and WALKER, Emery
Containing the Old Testament & the New Testament translated out of the original tongues by special command of His Majesty King James the First and now reprinted with the text revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edited by the late Rev. F.H. Scrivener M.A. LL.D. For the Syndics of …
BECKER, W. (lithographer)
Philadephia : Weik & Wieck, c. 1850. Oblong folio, pictorial silk (a few stains), rebacked, 25 hand coloured lithograph plates of birds from around the world, a very good copy. The German-American firm of Weik and Wieck, described on the upper board as ‘Publishers and Importers’, are recorded as being in partnership from at least 1853. …
MORRIS, William (1834 - 1896)
Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896. Folio, bound in full rich tan morocco, with raised beveled panels to front and rear boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern, borders and dentelles also stamped in blind, leather inlay gilt-lettered with “Chaucer’s Works”, spine with five raised bands and contrasting morocco title label stamped in gilt, compartments containing vertical lines stamped …
LEWIN, John William (1770 -1819)
collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq. London : Henry …
PELSAERT, François (c. 1595 - 1630)
Ongeluckige voyagie van het schip Batavia uytgevaren onder’t beleydt van den E. Francois Pelsaert, na Oost-Indien, en gebleven is op de Abrollos van Frederick Houtman, …
Verhalende ‘t verongelucken des schips / en de grouwelijcke moordery onder ‘t scheeps-volck / op ‘t eylandt Bataviers Kerckhof, nevens de justitie gedaen sen de moetwillige in de jaren 1628 en 1629. Amsterdam: Gillis Joosten Saeghman, n.d. [circa 1663]. Small quarto, later half-vellum over marbled boards (rubbed), manuscript title to spine, ex libris bookplates to endpapers, pp. 44, …
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 …
GAUTHIER, Lucien (1875-1921)
[Papeete?] : L. Gauthier, [c.1910]. Oblong quarto, original pictorial wrappers with photographic onlay to front, original silk ties, pp [2 text],  leaves of plates with 31 photographs by Lucien Gauthier, and Art Nouveau-style colour illustrations by Ed. Rocher; a very good copy of a stunningly designed publication.
ALBERTIN, Almerino, Capitano Maggiore
An archive of letters and documents relating to an Italian internee at Cowra POW Camp, New South Wales, 1942-46
The Cowra prisoner of war and internment camp, located a short distance outside the town of Cowra in south-central New South Wales, officially began operation in June 1941, although the first prisoners did not arrive until later that year. The camp was purpose-built to house prisoners of war – mostly Italians – rather than civilian internees. However, a number …
ROSS, Robert (1792-1862)
Manuscript letters of Robert Ross, Congregational minister, Sydney, 1845-46; including an unrecorded ephemeral printing made by the Pitt Street Congregational Church.
Robert Ross (1792-1862) played an influential role in the early history of the Congregational Church in New South Wales. He arrived in Sydney in February 1840 to take up the office of minister of the Pitt Street Congregational Church, and is credited with firmly establishing Congregationalism in the colony. Ross was also an active agent of the …
AUSTRALIA. FEDERAL NATIONAL REFERENDUM COUNCIL.
[CONSCRIPTION] ‘The Day’ for Australians, 28th October, 1916. Referendum Campaign to secure ‘YES’ VOTE for Conscription.
[At the head of title: The Great War]. Hobart : J. Walch & Sons Ltd. [for the Federal National Referendum Council], . Campaign donation certificate, 225 x 285 mm, lithograph printed, lettering in blue and gold, Australian flag in blue and red, manuscript entries recording a donation of one pound by O.R. Lewis Esq., dated …
Auckland : T. Cranwell, [between 1875 and 1890]. Quarto, 280 x 220 mm, original rimu wood boards with incised decoration, upper board with ‘New Zealand Ferns’ carved in raised relief, original morocco backstrip with blind tooling ruled in gilt, front pastedown with nineteenth century binder’s ticket reading ‘Prepared and mounted by T. Cranwell, Parnell, Auckland, N.Z.’; front endpaper …
CHERRY, J. W. (John William), 1824-1869; LAKE, J.W.; DEGOTARDI, Johann Nepomuk, 1823-1882.
Sydney : Woolcott and Clarke, [1853 or 1854]. Folio, disbound, original illustrated wrappers lithographed by John Degotardi (old paper reinforcement to original stitching and small closed tear at fore-edge), 6 pp of engraved music notation for voice and piano; page 2 has a publisher’s advertisement at the head of the music; internally very clean, a good example. …
WOOD, Rex (1906-1970)
[Adelaide : probably between 1930 and 1935]. Watercolour and gouache on paper, sheet 280 x 190 mm, signed lower right ‘Rex Wood’; laid down on original board mount, removed from a frame at some point; in very good condition. Rex Wood was born in Laura, in the Mid North of South Australia in 1906, and …
MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius (fl. circa A.D. 395-425)
Saturnaliorum, lib. VII. Ex uarijs, ac uetustissimis codicibus recogniti, & aucti. Uniform title: Commentarii in Somnium Scipioni. Lvgdvni [Lyon] : apvd Seb. Gryphivm, 1556. Octavo, contemporary binding dated 1560 of blind-embossed pigskin over wooden boards, two engraved metal clasps, a little rubbed but overall very good, title page with printer’s device with motto “Virtute duce, comite …
Pioneer settlers outside a slab and bark hut, probably Stanthorpe district, southeast Queensland, 1872-73
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm; verso with the imprint of the Australian Photographic Company, incorporating an Australian coat of arms and the facsimile signature of the photographer William Boag, and the pencilled negative number “54”; the albumen print is a little pale and, like the mount, has some very light …
COGNÉ, Francois; TROEDEL, Charles; photographer unknown.
[Melbourne? Ballarat?] : s.n., c.1865. Albumen print photograph of scene drawn and lithographed by Francois Cogné, carte de visite format, 64 x 106 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint; contemporary inscription in pencil verso ‘Lal Lal Falls, Ballarat’; in fine condition. This carte de visite is a small-scale photographic reproduction of the plate titled The Lal Lal Falls near …
SILCOCK, Harriet Eleanor; [RELPH, H.B.]
Entire letter, single sheet folding to form  sides, quarto, neatly written manuscript in ink on 3 sides (cross written on the last page), headed ‘Enford, near Chippenham, July 10th 1842’, addressed to ‘My dear Brother’; signed at the foot ‘Your only affectionate and sincerely attached Sister, Harriet Eleanor Silcock’; outer side with address panel, to …
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 / …
Wrexham : John Painter, 1799. First edition. Quarto, full calf by J. Gill of Penhryn, elaborately tooled in blind and gilt, contrasting morocco title label, marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate for John Hughes (1810-1871) to front pastedown, pp 192, the twelve engraved plates replaced by twelve magnificent original paintings heightened with gold of the royal arms …
[COUNTY OF DEVON]
[TRANSPORTATION] Sentences of Prisoners, that have been tried at Devon Lent Assizes, commencing March 18, 1828, before Sir Joseph Littledale, and Sir Stephen Gaselee, Knights.
Devonport : E. Keys, Printer, 100 James-street, . Broadside, single sheet 370 x 165 mm, printed recto only, a few toning spots but a fine example. This public document lists over 100 prisoners, recording the name, age, charge and sentence of each. Fourteen were transported, the majority for the term of 7 years, two for life. These include: John Shrimpton (life, for stealing …
[GEORGE WILLIAM PERRY; WILMOT & KEY; JOSEPH TURNER]
1865-1870. Five albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, each approximately 100 x 60 mm; two with the imprint of George William Perry, Melbourne (mother and daughter); one with the imprint of Wilmot & Key, Geelong (boy holding tall-backed chair, dated May 1867); one with the imprint of Turner’s New Portrait Rooms (hand coloured), and …
[Title from artist’s caption]. Unpublished pen and ink sketch on laid paper watermarked Joynson, 180 x 115 mm, artist’s caption beneath image, verso inscribed ‘Bertha as she appeared, by Alexander Rowan. London, August 1861’; fine. Alexander Rowan was a minor British artist who is known to have exhibited between 1852 and 1859, during which time …
Invitation card issued by Galerie Denise René, Paris, for a cocktail party on 17th March 1964 marking the occasion of the Donation Delaunay of 114 works and her solo exhibition retrospective at the Louvre. Folding card, lithographed image by Delaunay (180 x 130 mm, image), glassine paper (with ink offsetting), a couple of pen markings verso. …
WINSTEDT, R. O.
With illustrations by Dorothea A. H. Aldworth. Singapore : Kelly and Walsh, 1916. Quarto, papered boards with pictorial onlay (a little worn at edges, paper collection label to spine), pp. 81, illustrated with colour plates. A fine copy, rarely found thus.
Construido y dibujado por Carlos Beyer Ingeniero Civil. Sobremapas y croquis de Johnston, Rengger, dy Graty, Wisner de Morgenstern, Page, D.R. Toppen y segun observaciones propias publicado por Ernst Nolte. Buenos Aires : Libreria Alemana, 1886. Lithographed map printed in colour, 800 x 600 mm, dissected in panels and laid on linen, inset map of …
Edinburgh : William Blackwood, 1865. Fourth edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (lifting off the boards), new endpapers, pp. viii; 77; publisher’s catalogue, line illustrations.
Paris : Cartier, 1947. Quarto, two volumes housed in crimson slipcase (some panels lifting). Vol 1, pp 45, loose as issued in printed card covers, minor loss on spine, with original lithograph by André Derian on frontispiece, printed by Jean Vigneau at the press of Paul Dupont. Vol 2, pp 23, boards with monogrammed dust jacket (minor …
Circa 1900. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm; no photographer’s imprint, contemporary inscription on mount: “A Native Warrior, Prince of Wales Island / Living Races of Mankind’; in fine condition. The subject wears a headdress of the type known as dari, and poses with his bow and arrow – a weapon used …
[Title from inscription verso]. Silver albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 108 x 165 mm (mount), recto with gilt lettered imprint of ‘M. Mumeya, No. 8a Queen’s Road C. Hongkong’; verso with the studio’s elaborate illustrated back mark, incorporating the phrase ‘Japanese photographer’, a contemporary inscription in ink identifying the four American sailors in the …
Silver albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 175 x 112 mm (mount), recto with gilt lettered imprint of ‘A. Sang, 171 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong’; verso with the studio’s elaborate gilt back mark, featuring a vignette illustration of a Chinese junk, and ‘A. Sang. Photographer and Portrait Painter. 171, Queen’s Road Central, Opp. Fire Engine House. Honking, China.’, …
Seaview Hotel Singapore. The Seaside Resort of Malaya. Tennis Golf Swimming Dancing Open Air Cinema. Fully up-to-date with every modern convenience.
[Singapore : Sarkies Bros., c.1925]. Single sheet, 300 x 300 mm, folding to 300 x 100 mm, pictorial cover in colour, with 6 photographic views of the Hotel; short tears at the edges of the folds, otherwise very good. An exquisitely designed brochure for the luxurious Seaview Hotel. The owners, Sarkies Bros., were also the proprietors …
London : Messrs Cassell & Company, 1918. Quarto, eight parts (complete), pictorial wrappers (some stains, detached on a couple of issues, a few old tape marks), pp. 192 in total, extensively illustrated with photographs. Scarce complete set in parts.
Louis Eppinger, Manager. Yokohama : Grand Hotel, 1902. Quarto, chromolithograph sheet, folded, pp. , printed dinner menu for Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 1902, wine list, musical programme. Charming illustrated menu from one of Yokohama’s leading hotels.
Suva : Fiji Tourist Bureau, c. 1949. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (light central crease), pp. , illustrated. A wonderful vintage tourist’s guide to Fiji with many illustrations.
Thoughts suggested at the performance of the 4th Movement of L. van Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony Op. 68. Ballarat: James Curtis . Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 8, paper browned as usual, else very good.
A traveller’s diary to Paradise Isles. The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.
Honolulu : The Direct Way Service, 1926. Third edition. Oblong duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 96, previous owner’s label inside front wrapper, a very good copy. Charming art deco designed tourist brochure for Hawaii with numerous photographs and advertisements.
RICHARD, Mrs. Timothy
Read before the China branch of the Royal Asiatic Society Shanghai, November, 1898. (Illustrated, vocally and instrumentally, by natives and foreigners). Repeated (by request) before the Shanghai Literary and Debating Society January 4th, 1899. Shanghai : Presbyterian Mission Press, 1923. Fourth edition. Octavo, printed wrappers (tape marks to head and foot of spine), portrait frontispiece, …
PRICE, A. Grenfell
Adelaide : Rigby, [c.1940]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers featuring a photograph by Charles Mountford, staple bound, 16 pp; a fine copy. A sympathetic survey of the prevailing government policies toward Australia’s indigenous population, covering various topics such as health (including disease and alcohol), subsidies to missions, “half-castes”, State versus Federal administration, “land robbery” and reservations, financial neglect, and comparisons …
Rochdale : James Clegg, Aldine Press, Milnrow Road, [1903?]. Translated by H.C. March. “Reprinted from the Transactions of the Rochdale Literary and Scientific Society.” Octavo, original printed wrappers (sunned and marked, backstop chipped at head), 80 pp, illustrated, internally very clean, a good copy. Scarce. Includes many illustrations of Polynesian designs and objects from the Cook …
James Boring’s second annual summer cruise to Iceland, land of midnight sun; Norway’s fjords; Scandinavia’s capitals, Scotland (with stopover), sailing from New York June 29, 1929 on specially chartered White Star Line S. S. Calgaric
New York : James Boring Travel Service, 1929. Octavo, spectacular art deco printed wrappers, pp. 48, photographs.
"ARIEL" [PAYNE, Buckner H.]
The negro : what is his ethnological status? Is he the progeny of Ham? Is he a descendant of Adam and Eve? Has he a soul? Or is he a beast in God’s nomenclature? What is his status as fixed by God in creation? What is his relation to the white race?
Cincinnati : Published for the Proprietor, 1867. Second edition. Octavo, original printed green wrappers, 48 pp; a near fine copy. Colonel Buckner H. Payne (1799-1889) was an American clergyman, publisher and racist pamphleteer. Under the pseudonym of Ariel, Payne authored a racist pamphlet, offering a counter-argument to the Curse of Ham, suggesting instead that blacks did …
Hong Kong : Hong Kong Government Relations Office, . Octavo, illustrated wrappers, folding with maps verso, pp. 48, illustrated. Scarce.
DHARAN, K. N.
Singapore : Space and Purpose, 1958. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 50, illustrations. Tourist booklet.
Hong Kong : Servicemen’s Guides, 1954. Octavo, folding map printed in red and black, a couple of pen annotations.
Kobe : Hyogo Prefecture Exhibitors’ Association,1915. Duodecimo, Japanese crepe paper wrappers, string bound, folding maps and charts (miscreased), pp. 82, advertisements.
Darwin : J. Wingham, [c.1929]. Oblong octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers (front with a small stain and mild corner crease) with original wool ties, Foreword on inside front wrapper,  pp of photographic plates with printed captions; a near fine copy. The first eight plates in this self-published photographic essay on the indigenous culture and customs of Arnhem Land …
s.l. : s.n. : c. 1925. Oblong duodecimo, printed wrappers, stringbound, folding map of Singapore, pp. 20, photographic illustrations. Scarce tourist brochure from the legendary hotel opened by the Armenian Sarkie brothers in 1887.
FANNING, L. S.
A description of the advantages of Nelson city and province for happy residence – for healthful pleasure – for prosperity. Nelson : Nelson Advancement Society, 1915. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, pp. 54; , a fine copy.
Nara, Japan : Nara Hotel, . Narrow octavo, pictorial wrappers, 46 pp, fold out maps, illustrations; a fine copy.
The fifty-first annual report of the Santal Mission of the Northern Churches (the Indian home mission to the Santals) for the year 1917 – 1918.
Dukma [India] : Santal Mission of the Northern Churches, 1919. Octavo, printed wrappers, pp. iv; 72, pale foxing, a very good copy. Scarce printing from Eastern India recording a year’s activities of a Norwegian missionary society.