New Acquisitions

We are pleased to present our April 2021 list, with 180+ items: rare early books on travel and exploration, architecture and natural history; 19th-century and contemporary photography; manuscripts; printed ephemera; early 20th-century books on science; works by Australian graphic artists, and much more. Happy browsing!

  • # 30144

    MARCUS VITRUVIUS POLLIO; Cesare DI LORENZO CESARIANO (translator and artist) (Italian, 1483 - 1543)

    Di Lucio Vitruvio Pollione De Architectura Libri Dece Traducti de Latino in Vulgare affigurati:

    commentati: & con mirando ordine insigniti: per il quale facilmente potrai tovare la multitudine de lí abstrusi & reconditi Vocabuli a li soi loci & in epsa tabula con summo studio expositi & enucleati ad Immensa utilitate de ciascuno Studioso & benivolo di epsa opera. [Como, Lombardy] : Gotardus de Ponte, 1521. Folio (430 x 290 …

  • # 30174

    COULTER, R. W. (Reginald Walter) (artist); ADAMSON, Bartlett (editor)

    The Sydneysider. Vol. 4, no. 11. November, 1929.

    Redfern, NSW : Printed by W. J. Anderson & Co. for Sydneysider Company, 1929. Small quarto, original pictorial wrappers (very lightly creased) with striking cover design by New Zealand-born Sydney based commercial artist Reg Coulter (see DAAO) featuring a woman in a bathing costume “erupting” from the surf; staple bound, 24 pp, with line-drawn and …

  • # 30096

    "J M"

    St. John’s Canberra

    Linocut, 130 x 105 mm (image), 146 x 113 mm (sheet), captioned and initialled in pencil by the artist at lower margin ‘St. John’s Canberra / J M’; in very good condition, archivally matted; with a loosely preserved fully contemporary typed note, 150 x 120 mm, containing what is clearly an eyewitness account of a visit …

  • # 30159

    MURILLO VELARDE, Pedro (1696-1753)

    Historia de la Provincia de Philipinas de la Compañia de Jesvs. Segvnda parte, qve comprehende los progresos de esta provincia desde el año de 1616 hasta el de 1716.

    En Manila : en la Imprenta de la Compañia de Iesus, por D. Nicolas de la Cruz Bagay, 1749. First edition. Folio, contemporary limp vellum with ties, spine with manuscript title in red and black ink; printed on rice paper; frontispiece full-page engraved plate with depictions of the Virgen de la Rosa and the Virgen de la Paz y Buen …

  • # 30220

    HIPANGO, Hoani Wiremu (c.1820 - 1865)

    [MĀORI; MISSIONS] E Oku hoa aroha, Ko tatou, nga tamariki, o te Atua, Kahore ani i Kitea noatia, hei aha ranei tatou amua, Ko tatou te mahinga a te Atua …

    Single quarto sheet (280 x 220 mm) of high-quality handmade Whatman paper with watermarked date 1853, recto with 16-line manuscript in ink in Māori in the hand of Hoani Hīpango Wiremu, followed by his own English translation of the above; the first text is signed Hoani Wiremu Hipango, o Nui Tireni, o Wanganui, Aperila 2. …

  • # 30172

    Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas; Petrus Bertius; Pedro Ordóñez de Cevallos

    Description des Indes Occidentales, qu’on appelle aujourdhuy le Nouveau Monde:

    par Antoine de Herrera, Grand Chroniqueur des Indes, & Chroniqueur de Castlle: translatee d’Espagnol en François. A la quelle sont adjoustees Quelques autres Descriptions des mesmes pays, avec La Navigation du vaillant Capitaine de Mer Jaques le Maire, & de plusieurs autres. Le contenu de cest oeuvre se veoit en la page suyvante. A Amsterdam …

  • # 27023

    [SMITHIES, John, Rev., 1802-1872]

    [SWAN RIVER COLONY] The Bible: that is, the Holy Scriptures conteined in the Old and New Testament.

    London : Robert Barker, 1603. Small quarto (230 x 180 mm), later full calf binding (rebacked, preserving most of the backstrip; corners worn, boards scuffed); 2 parts in 1, titles within woodcut pictorial borders, woodcut illustrations and maps in text, Old Testament title trimmed to border and laid down with some loss; preliminaries frayed, and with staining, …

  • # 29005

    LINDSAY, Lionel (1874 - 1961)

    Greetings from Australia

    Circa 1910. A rare complete set of six Lionel Lindsay illustrated postcards bearing Christmas greetings from Australia, each signed in the image, featuring an array of Australian marsupials and locals in comical mishaps. Fine condition, slight corner wear, postally unused, no inscriptions. Very rare.

  • # 30162

    GONZALEZ CABRERA BUENO, José (c. 1670 - after 1733)

    Navegación Especulativa, y Práctica, con la Explicación de algunos Instrumentos, que están mas en uso en los Navegantes … …

    Manila : Impresa en el Convento de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Orden de Nro. Seraphico Padre San Francisco, 1734. First edition. Folio (315 x 210 mm), contemporary limp vellum (lacking ties, some age staining, small loss at front bottom corner), spine with title in manuscript in black ink; printed on rice and …

  • # 30241

    KUBASTA, Vojtech

    [POP-UP BOOK] How Columbus discovered America

    London : Bancroft &​ Co., [1960]. Quarto, pictorial boards, 8 pp (some mild foxing), small circle of wear with loss on the centre of the text pages from the metal pin holding the revolving wheel, the rear covers with colour illustration and three-dimensional rotating ship’s wheel, the inner rear cover also illustrated in colour and …

  • # 28754

    FAUCHERY, Antoine (1823-1861) and DAINTREE, Richard (1832-1878)

    Swanston Street, Melbourne, 1858.

    Albumen print from collodion wet-plate negative, 239 x 193 mm, laid down on its original board mount as issued, 372 x 287 mm; a strong print with good tonal range and great clarity; the mount is clean and unfoxed. One of the earliest paper-print photographic views of Melbourne, from the series Sun Pictures of Victoria, produced …

  • # 30357

    CONDER, Charles (1868-1909)

    The Maypole

    Lithograph. circa 1905. Measures 290 x 388mm (paper), printed in black, signed in the image (in reverse). Framed. The Maypole (also known as The Spirit of May) was first exhibited at the Society of Twelve exhibition in London in 1905. It is one of a group of 33 lithographs Conder made in London between 1899 – …

  • # 29570

    [RUSSELL, Benjamin].

    [BOTANY BAY]. The Massachusetts Centinel. Vol. II, No. 47, March 2, 1785

    Boston : Warden and Russell, March 2, 1785. Folio, pp. 4, letterpress, old folds, occasional staining, two small woodcut vignettes at masthead, very good. A rare contemporary account of the plans of the English to colonise New Holland, printed nearly three years prior to the arrival of the First Fleet. The Massachusetts Centinel was an …

  • # 30073

    [BLUE MOUNTAINS] The Medlow-Bath Posting Card.

    [Sydney, NSW] : Hall & Co., [circa 1900]. Large format mailing card, 245 x 177 mm, recto with sepia tone photomechanical process montage with views of the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath and its scenic surrounds, captioned ‘Medlow Bath Hydro / Blue Mountains, N.S. Wales / Terms 3.3.0 per week, 1.5.0 week end. Motor …

  • # 30218

    FAIRFAX, James Reading, (Sir) (1834-1919)

    James Reading Fairfax, Australian newspaper proprietor: autograph letter, signed, to a Mrs. Hahnemann, re. the Fairfaxes’ gift to her of a watercolour of the Hawkesbury River. “Ginnagulla”, Bellevue Hill, 10 March 1885.

    Manuscript in ink, bifolium, 175 x 110 mm, [4] pages (the last blank), on the embossed letterhead of James Reading Fairfax, with his monogram and address ‘Ginnagulla, Upper Belle Vue Road’ [Bellevue Hill, Sydney]; dated 10 March 1885, the letter is addressed ‘Dear Mrs. Hahnemann’ and signed at the foot of the third side ‘Yours …

  • # 30217

    BOYD, Charles, 1827-1897 (printer); [CLISSOLD, Stephen Thomas, 1825-1898]

    Complimentary Dinner to S. T. Clissold, Esq., P.M., at Craig’s Royal Hotel, Ballarat on Friday, September 18th., 1863.

    Chairman – R. Le Poer Trench, Esq., Vice-Chairman – Robert Lewis Esq., C.M.C., James Baker, Esq., Hon.Sec. Boyd, Printer, Ballarat. Lithograph printed on silk in oval format, 105 x 80 mm (irregular), laid down on the original tissue backing, 220 x 190 mm, with original paper lace overlay, 220 x 190 mm; two light vertical and …