New Acquisitions

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our New Acquisitions list for February 2019.

Highlights include the original log of the cargo ship Hippalos, wrecked on the voyage home from New Zealand to New South Wales in 1909 (it contains an eyewitness account of the wreck); an original poster for the controversial 1932 film The Blonde Captive, shot in Western Australia and banned by Australian authorities because of its unethical depiction of Aborigines; Edward Ezra’s history of the Chinese Jews (Shanghai, 1926); an early and ephemeral Ballarat publication from 1882, issued to coincide with the city’s Olde English Fayre; the China Inland Mission’s map of its mission stations (London, 1891), and a pair of superb manuscript world maps (English, mid-19th century).

Happy browsing!

  • # 21255

    Columbia Pictures [U.S.A.]


    [Los Angeles, California] : Columbia Pictures, [1932]. Monochrome daybill for the film The Blonde Captive (1932), 280 x 350 mm, printed in sepia ink on light card; light foxing to lower edge, pin holes in each corner, otherwise in excellent condition. Exhibited: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. ‘Taboo’, curated by Brook Andrew, December 2012 – …

  • # 20444

    PICCININI, Patricia (1965 - )


    [Melbourne : Australian Print Workshop, 2018). Etching, 145 x 195 mm (image), 255 x 290 mm (paper), edition 17/20, signed lower right. An exquisitely detailed abstract organic work by noted contemporary visual artist Patricia Piccinini. Exhibited : Impressions 2018, Australian Print Workshop (the edition sold out on opening night).

  • # 20634


    Missionaries and mission stations of the China Inland Mission, with suggested order for daily prayer

    [Cover title : Map of China]. London : China Inland Mission, September 1891. Octavo, gilt-lettered boards, pp. xii (the suggested order of daily prayer in the provinces), folding map printed in colour (titled A map of China prepared for the China Inland Mission, linen-backed (425 x 485 mm), the locations of the mission stations highlighted …

  • # 20884

    Le petit Lapeyrouse

    Paris : Chez Marcilly libraire, [c.1835]. Oblong duodecimo (112 x 132 mm), original printed papered boards, pp [2], viii, 136, [6] leaves of hand coloured engraved plates; occasional mild foxing, a very good copy. A beautifully illustrated work for children containing brief descriptions of various aspects of the history and culture of many places around the …

  • # 20841

    COVARRUBIAS, José Miguel, 1904-1957 (illustrator)

    [ART DECO] Vanity Fair. February, 1932.

    New York : Condé Nast Publications, Inc., February, 1932. Large quarto (325 x 250 mm), original pictorial wrappers, 88 pp, illustrated in colour and black-and-white; in superb condition, and featuring a stunning cover design by Mexican artist José Miguel Covarrubias – a caricature of actress Greta Garbo.

  • # 20951

    KING, Christopher George (1865-1928)

    National Game Company lithographed printer’s proof for board games.

    [Melbourne : National Game Company, 1911]. Lithograph, printed in colour and gold ink, measures 750 x 1010 mm (sheet), folded to 190 x 260 mm; addressed on reverse to C. G. King Esq. of Hawthorn (Melbourne), with stamp postmarked 8MR11 [8 March 1911], pencil annotations ‘April 1911 5225′ and ’72 Ludo 2; 36 Courtship 1; …

  • # 20792

    CAMPBELL, James (editor); STEPHENS, J. Brunton; FITCHETT, W.H.; MEADEN, J.W; STRONG, Herbert A., et al.

    [BALLARAT] A Booke of Ye Olde Englishe fayre

    Ballarat [Vic.] : Imprinted bye James Curtis, of ye Caxton Works, [1882]. Quarto, printed illustrated cards (soiled and chipped), cloth spine, pp. 70, illustrations by J. Lake printed lithographically by F. W. Niven; includes advertisements for Ballarat businesses (many full page); outermost leaves with foxing, else internally clean and sound. The foreword to this ephemeral …

  • # 21158


    [LA PEROUSE] Loi relative à M. De la Peyrouse, et à l’impression des Cartes par lui envoyées.

    Donnée à Paris, le 4 Mai 1791. Melun [Département de Seine et Marne] : Tarbé, 1791. Quarto, 4pp, letterpress, stitch-bound with a number of other pieces of legislation from the period, without further binding; in crisp, fine condition. This decree by the Assemblée Nationale is the official order to bring forth all documents and manuscripts …

  • # 20880

    EZRA, Edward Isaac; SOPHER, Arthur

    The Chinese Jews

    Shanghai : printed by The China Press [for The Society for the Rescue of the Chinese Jews?], 1926. Large octavo, original printed speckled blue wrappers (lightly foxed, chipped at crown and foot of spine), inside front wrapper with the Australian ex libris of the Rabbi Leib A. Falk (his collection numbers in manuscript to wrapper …

  • # 20931

    THORPE, Ashley; McCOLLIN, W.H.

    Log book of the barque “Hippalos” (Sydney), for voyages between New South Wales and New Zealand, including her final voyage on which she was shipwrecked on November 20 1909.

    Unique manuscript record of Australian-New Zealand maritime commerce prior to World War One – with an unexpected and dramatic conclusion! [Sydney : Turner & Henderson, … Nautical Stationers …, 1909]. Large quarto log book, original cloth backed papered boards with Turner & Henderson label to upper board (heavily rubbed and stained), containing the trans-Tasman voyage …

  • # 21053


    Handbook. Wm. Howard Smith & Sons. Freights, passage-money, &c.

    Melbourne : Wm. Howard Smith, 1879. Octavo, gilt-leltered plum cloth (discoloured); colour vignette to title page, pp. 31, each page with a ruled border; edges and last couple of leaves lightly foxed, else very good. Although several later versions of the William Howard Smith & Sons shipping company’s handbook are recorded in Australian collections, this …

  • # 21090

    BEIT, Henry (1826-1881); SANDILANDS, Edward Vincent (1847-1871); GUTSCHMID, Felix von (1843-1905)

    Group of correspondence from Henry Beit, land agent, Sydney, to E.V. Sandilands, cotton grower and Vice-Consul, Fiji. 1870-71.

    Sydney businessman Henry Beit (1826-1881) was a land agent specialising in the sale of properties in outback New South Wales and Queensland, and also in the Fiji Islands. His correspondent, Edward Vincent Sandilands (1847-1871), was a young English cotton grower in the Yasawa Islands, Fiji, whose acquaintance Beit had presumably made when Sandilands had been …

  • # 20853

    THOMPSON, Henry Augustus

    The world

    [England] : Henry A[ugustus] Thompson, December 7th 1855. Manuscript and watercolour map on card with the blindstamp of de la Rue Co, London, 450 x 570 mm (sheet), light surface soiling, old pin holes to corners, fine. A charming and unique manuscript map of the world on Mercator’s projection, with detailed decorative border and original hand …

  • # 20851

    THOMPSON, Henry Augustus

    The world

    [England] : Henry Augustus Thompson, 1853. Manuscript and watercolour map on card with the blindstamp of de la Rue Co, London, 450 x 570 mm (sheet), light surface soiling, old pin holes to corners, fine. A charming and unique manuscript map of the world in two hemispheres, with detailed decorative border vignettes and original hand colour. …

  • # 20821

    Maker unknown.

    History of the Union Jack of Great Britain.

    A handmade pedagogical aid for explaining the Union Jack. [Australia? United Kingdom?] : [s.n.], [circa 1830]. Wallet of marbled card, 95 x 130 mm folded, opening to 95 x 375 mm; the inner centre panel of thick card is painted with the cross of St. Andrew; affixed to its left edge is a delicate, folding …

  • # 20882

    SMITH, W. Robertson

    Kinship and marriage in early Arabia. (Presentation copy)

    Cambridge : at the University Press, 1885. Octavo, gilt-lettered brown cloth (slightly canted), shelf mark to foot of spine, bookplate from David James Banjamin to pastedown, presentation inscription ‘with the author’s kind regards’ to preliminary blank, wet stamp to verso of title page, pp. xiv; 322, (2), (16 – publisher’s catalogue dated November 1885), internally …