New Acquisitions

Our May list has 240+ items, including Australian and international art (monographs, catalogues and original works), 19th-century photography, children’s books, printed ephemera … and much more!

  • # 43440

    A Meiji-era album of original kimono designs.

    Japan (probably Kyoto) : circa 1900. Silk-bound folding album measuring 485 x 335 x 60 mm, containing 68 original watercolours on card of exquisite kimono designs; numbering in Japanese; housed in a modern Japanese box, plain manuscript label to spine Hinagata (=Designs). A stunning collection of original kimono designs in vivid colour and with fine …

  • # 43162

    SYME, Eveline Winifred (1888-1961)

    The Duomo Steps, Siena, 1931

    Linocut, printed in colour from four blocks on buff oriental laid tissue, 29.5 x 22.5 cm (sheet), 23.2 x 18.2 cm (printed image), signed and dated in pencil lower right, numbered 6/25 and titled in pencil lower left, framed. A charming modernist linocut by Eveline Syme of a group of people on the cathedral steps …

  • # 43443


    [TASMANIA; PORT PHILLIP] Studio portraits of Wimmera squatter Monckton Synnot (ca. 1864), his wife Anne (Wedge) Synnot (ca. 1870), and their seven children (1863).

    I. W. F. Roberts, Market Square, Geelong, photographer. [Probably taken on the same day in late 1863]. Seven albumen print studio portraits, in uniform carte de visite format. The seven young sitters are all identified in a fully contemporary hand on the versos as follows: Monckton Davy Synott (1854-1938), Jane Elizabeth Synott (1855-1933), Richard Walter …

  • # 43408

    Photographer unknown

    Ambrotype of two amputees, almost certainly Civil War casualties. U.S.A., 1861-65.

    Ambrotype (wet collodion positive), 80 x 70 mm (sight); housed in a double elliptical brass mat under cover glass, in a half leather case with geometric design; the ambrotype has some tiny mould spiders, minor crazing and specks of dust, but is otherwise in very good condition. It has been estimated that 60,000 surgical amputations …

  • # 43572

    DUNCAN, W[illiam]. A[ugustine]., Esq. (1811 - 1885)

    Lecture on national education delivered in the School of Arts, Brisbane, on Thursday, the 20th June, 1850.

    Brisbane : James Swan, 1850. Octavo, stab-sewn self-wrappers, pp. [24], uncut and unopened, a fine copy. The first book or pamphlet printed in Brisbane, written by the founding president of the School of Arts. At the time of printing, Brisbane had a European population of about 2000 persons. Rare. Ferguson 5340

  • # 42495

    ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (First Australian edition)

    London : Bloomsbury, 1997 [1998]. Printed and bound in Australia by Australian Print Group, Marlborough, Vic. First issue of the first Australian edition. Octavo, laminated boards (bump to head and foot of spine, slight wear to corners) in illustrated dustjacket (edge wear, a little crumpled at head and foot of spine, upper and lower edges, …

  • # 43600

    REID, Hughie

    Group of Arabana men dressed for corroboree. Peake Creek, Far North South Australia, 1902.

    Sepia tone gelatin silver print photograph, cabinet card format, 120 x 165 mm (mount); verso inscribed in ink: ‘Dicker / Blacks in Corroboree Dress, taken by Hughie Reid at Peake Creek, Far North, 1902‘; despite the fact it was not taken by a professional photographer, this is a very sharp print; it has a few …

  • # 43545

    MATSUOKA, Tokikata [松岡辰方] (1764 - 1840)

    Drawings of Swords [剣図 ]

    Manuscript watercolour album in Japanese binding of cards with title label (rubbed and worn), 27.3 x 19.5 cms, 17 double page leaves, manuscript text, 12 double page watercolour illustrations of Japanese swords, two double page watercolour illustrations of hilts and buckles a couple of old wormholes to the margins, a very good example. A fine …

  • # 43092


    [CALCULATING DEVICE]. Cercle calculateur mobile.

    … par V. Michaut Delacroix de Châtillon (Côte d’Or). Paris : Lith. de Paul Dupont et Cie., 1840. Printed card, 275 mm in diameter, wooden handle 290 mm in length, mounted in the centre to rotate; one side calculates rates of interest for wages, calculated at 6% from one day to 360 days; the other …

  • # 43659

    BARNETT, P. Neville

    Australian book-plates and book-plates of interest to Australia (Special edition)

    Sydney : privately printed [Beacon Press], 1950. The Special edition, limited to 85 copies signed by the author (a standard issue of 200 copies was also published). Quarto, papered boards in quarter imitation parchment (slightly worn), printed dustjacket (edges worn, light foxing), acetate jacket, a couple of chips, 280 pp, extensively illustrated with bookplates, some …

  • # 10384

    NORTHFIELD, James (1887-1973)c(artist)

    Australia : Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

    Particulars at government, shipping &​ travel offices. Melbourne : Australian National Publicity Association, [1930s]. Offset lithograph, 1030 x 630 mm, a few tears expertly conserved, professionally cleaned and laid on linen. A stunning travel poster of North Queensland by the acclaimed artist James Northfield. Another example is held in the National Library of Australia and …

  • # 41455

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The origin of species (1899)

    by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. London : John Murray, 1899. Sixth edition, with additions and corrections (fifty-sixth thousand). Octavo, original publisher’s gilt-lettered green cloth (slightly bruised with short splits at head and foot of spine, small mark to spine) original endpapers (lightly foxed, Manchester …

  • # 43552

    KLEPAC, Lou

    Tim Storrier (deluxe edition with signed etching)

    Sydney : The Beagle Press, 2018. Quarto, gilt-blocked red cloth in matching slipcase, pp. 264, fully illustrated. The deluxe edition, limited to 50 copies, specially bound, signed by the artist, with an original four colour signed etching ‘Night Horse’ loosely enclosed. A mint copy. Tim Storrier (b. 1949) is a consummate and acclaimed artist who …

  • # 42550

    DEAN & SON

    [LAW] Truant Bunny

    London : Dean & Son, c. 1860. “Papa Lovechild’s series”. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, short split to bottom of spine; pp. 8, printed on one side only, full-page illustrations throughout, with original hand colouring; a very good to fine copy. To modern sensibilities – and probably for children of the time – this morality tale about …

  • # 21999

    LAUNAY, Adrien (1853-1927)

    Atlas des Missions de la Société des Missions-Étrangères

    : 27 cartes en 5 couleurs accompagnées de 27 notices géographiques et historiques. Lille : Société de Saint Augustin, 1890. Large folio (530 x 380 mm), original cloth backed printed papered boards (lightly marked), [3] prelimary leaves, followed by 27 full page colour maps, each accompanied by descriptive text on facing page; thumb index; all maps …

  • # 43313

    STRUTT, William (1825-1915)

    Mr. William Strutt has the honour to invite [Horace H. Cauty RBA] & friend to a private view of his important and novel picture entitled “Stocks closed firm, with an upward tendency.” now exhibiting at Mr. J. P. Mendoza’s St. James Gallery 4a King Street St. James Square, SW. [10 to 6 daily]

    [London, 1889]. Lithograph printed invitation on buff card, 130 x 200 mm, with name of invitee and gallery hours in ms.; illustrated with a detail from Strutt’s painting; verso blank; in fine condition. British artist William Strutt (1825-1915) spent twelve years in Australia and New Zealand from 1850 to 1862, leaving an important artistic legacy …