New Acquisitions

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Welcome to our New Acquisitions list for December 2018.

Highlights include an early puzzle map of Asia and Australia by Wallis (1813); the first collected edition of Bell’s celebrated collection of the works of William Shakespeare (1786), housed in its extraordinary original book-form box; a large format Arrowsmith atlas (1842) with maps of Western Australia, Van Diemen’s Land and Australian discoveries; a rare copy of Dr. L.L. Smith’s Colonial Medical and Surgical Handbook (Melbourne, 1878); a superb Louis Icart etching (New York, 1936); a fine example of the important map India Orientalis (Lyon, 1535), the first European map devoted to Southeast Asia and its islands; a complete run of Vanity Fair magazine for the year 1930; autograph letters by 17th century English surgeon John Addenbrooke and 19th century colonial explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell; lithographs by John Brack; plus Australian art books, ephemera, and much more …

Happy browsing!

  • # 19887

    SHAKESPEARE, William

    The dramatick writings of Will. Shakspere,

    with the notes of all the various commentators; printed complete from the best editions of Sam. Johnson and Geo. Steevens. London : John Bell, 1786. Together with the Annotations, John Bell, 1787. Eighteen volumes (in nineteen), duodecimo (14.5 cm), contemporary full tree calf, gilt border, contrasting morocco title labels to spines, gilt tooling, engraved plates, …

  • # 19744


    [ART DECO] Vanity Fair. (Complete run for the year 1930)

    New York : Condé Nast Publications, Inc., January – December, 1930. Twelve individual issues, large quarto, original pictorial wrappers, 116 pp, illustrated in colour and black-and-white; a few issues with some minor chipping or wear to spine, otherwise an exceptional group with the spectacular covers well preserved and the contents spotless. Featuring striking cover designs …

  • # 20231

    MOFFATT, Tracey et alia

    Visionaire 30 : the game. Australia edition.

    [New York] : Visionaire Publishing, 1999. Limited to 6000 numbered copies. Issue 30 of the avant garde photography magazine, presented in the form of a game, featuring photographs by Australian artists and sitting in a box designed by Louis Vuitton. “30 GAME is not only a collection of art but also a game. Taking as …

  • # 20078

    DUREL, John (editor) [Queen's Binder B]

    [FINE BINDING]. Liturgia, seu liber precum communium, et administrationis sacramentorum,

    aliorumque rituum atque ceremoniarum ecclesiae, juxta usum ecclesiae Anglicanae una cum Psalterio seu Psalmis Davidis, ea functatione distinctis, qua cantari aut Recitari debent in Ecclesiis. London : excudit Rogerus Nortonus, regius in Latinis, Græcis & Hebraicis typographus; væneuntque apud Sam. Mearne, regium bibliopolam in Vico vulgariter dicto Little-Britain, 1670. Octavo, fine English ‘drawer-handle’ binding of elaborate …

  • # 20016

    WALLIS, John (Senior)

    Wallis’s new dissected map of Asia

    Engraved from the latest authorities for the use of young students in geography. London (42 Skinner Street) : John Wallis, circa 1813. Engraved map of Asia and Australia, trimmed as issued without title or imprint, original hand colouring, pasted on wood and dissected into pieces (two of which are in facsimile, the Caspian Sea and central …

  • # 20585

    SMITH, Louis L. (Louis Lawrence), 1830-1910

    Our Doctor : or, the Colonial medical and surgical handbook, containing reliable information and full instructions for families and those resident in the bush;

    how to act in emergencies, accidents, and common sickness. Melbourne : A.H. Massina &​ Co., 72 Little Collins Street East, [1878]. Small octavo, original stitching (lacking the wrappers?), pp viii, [9]-96; mild damp stain to top margin of most leaves, small loss to top corner of first few leaves, loss to bottom corner of final leaf …

  • # 20141

    ARROWSMITH, John (1790 - 1873)

    The London atlas of universal geography, exhibiting the physical & political divisions of the various countries of the world, constructed from original materials.

    London : John Arrowsmith, 1842 (1847). Folio (545 mm tall), contemporary full black morocco, ruled and lettered in gilt (scuffed, corners worn), marbled endpapers, owner’s name of James McCurly inscribed to the engraved titlepage, preface and contents page dated 1847 (the fore edge with some loss and restoration in manuscript), contents leaf in manuscript, 50 …

  • # 19684


    Europe’s Gay Gateway. See wonderful Copenhagen via SAS

    [Copenhagen : Scandinavian Airlines System, circa 1956]. Offset lithograph, 970 x 720 mm, printed lower left ‘Printed in Denmark – Interprint A/S Stosv 1860’, light handling marks, else fine. A fabulously kitsch 1950s travel poster for the Danish capital, designed by Knud Lindhardt. The poster was issued in two sheets in mirror image, of which …

  • # 20115

    [GILL, S.T.]

    The Melbourne Rose. Part II.

    London : Joseph, Myers & Co., 1862 (printed in Hamburg by C. Adler’s Printing Establishment). Chromolithographed and engraved folding card in the shape of a rose, custom mounted in a perspex display stand, with the original gilt-printed envelope honouring Burke and Wills (two old tape stains); a very good example. A significant and very rare …

  • # 19682

    ICART, Louis (1888 - 1950)

    Miroir de Venise

    Etching printed in colours, with additional hand colour, 505 x 505 mm (plate line); 730 x 610 mm (sheet), signed in pencil Louis Icart lower right, artist blindstamp (windmill with L. I. monogram) lower left, copyright line upper left, dated New York 1937. In a charcoal custom timber frame measuring 865 x 750 mm. Louis Icart …

  • # 20069

    A general atlas, containing maps illustrating some important periods in ancient history, and distinct maps of the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the world,

    from original drawings, according to the latest treaties by J. Wyld, and engraved by N. R. Hewitt. Edinburgh : printed for John Thomson & Co., for Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, London, & John Cumming, Dublin, [1825]. Second edition. Quarto, later half-crushed morocco over marbled boards, lettered in gilt to spine (scuffed), marbled endpapers, engraved title …

  • # 20204

    BROUGHTON, William Robert (1762 - 1821)

    Voyage de Découvertes dans la partie septentrionale de L´Ocean Pacifique, fait par le capitaine W. R. Broughton, commandant la corvette de S. M. La Providence et sa conserve, pendant les années 1795, 1796, 1797 et 1798;

    dans lequel il a parcouru et visité la côte d’Asie, depuis le 35e degré nord, jusqu’au 52e; l’île d’Insu, ordinairement appelée Jesso; les côtes nord, est et sud du Japon; les îles de Likeujo et autres îles voisines, ainsi que la côte de Corée. Tr. par odre de S.E. le ministre de la marine et …

  • # 19774

    HILSON, Charles; SEYMOUR, Olive (artist)

    A small archive relating to the publication of children’s poetry by the Western Australian writer Charles Hilson and artist Olive Seymour.

    Autograph letter by Charles Hilson to writer and bibliophile Dr. George Mackaness, headed ‘North Burracoppin School, W.A., 4 May 1934’, manuscript in ink, 2 pp quarto, signed at the foot ‘C.W. Hilson’; Hilson seeks Mackaness’ opinion of his poetry and of collaborator Olive Seymour’s illustrations: ‘Will you tell me honsetly and fairly if the following are …

  • # 19720

    "Author of Little Jessie" [pseud. of Sarah Maria FOY]

    The Australian babes in the wood : a true story told in rhyme for the young

    / by the author of ‘Little Jessie,’ etc. ; illustrated by Hugh Cameron, J. M’Whirter, G. Hay, J. Lawson, etc., and engraved by R. Paterson. London : Griffith and Farran, 1866. Small octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards, upper board with lettering and pictorial device stamped in gilt (boards lightly marked, spine sunned), hinges cracked, …

  • # 20084


    [BOUND IN LEAD]. War instructions for British merchant ships (C.B. No. 415)

    London : Trade Division, Naval Staff, Admiralty, July 1917. Octavo, crushed morocco with paper labels over lead weighted boards, pp. 100; 15 (Addendum No. 1, with diagrams); illustrations; a good copy. An extraordinary naval artefact, the official secret war instructions for the British merchant fleet to defend themselves against hostile enemy action from the German …

  • # 20327

    TIDYMAN, Ernest (1928-1984)

    Shaft. (Presentation copy from the author)

    New York : Macmillan, 1970. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s red cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket (pale foxing at top edge of front panel, else very good), a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free-endpaper: ’28 July 1970. For Leonard Hammer – on the eve of his fiction career, which should …