Welcome to our New Acquisitions list for October 2017.
Highlights include a copy of the first edition of Pelsaert’s account of the wreck of the Batavia (Amsterdam, 1647), a legendary rarity which is the first book on Australia and which also contains the first European images of Australia; Rev. Ralph Mansfield’s copy of Busby’s A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine (Sydney, 1825), presented to him by none other than the book’s printer, Robert Howe – perhaps the “ultimate” copy of what is the first Australian book on wine; a rare copy of the elusive Leon Gellert and Norman Lindsay collaboration, The Isle of San (Sydney, 1922); a superb example of the beautiful leporello Album of the Kings and Queens of Victoria (Melbourne, c.1880), with portraits of Victorian Aborigines taken from photographs by Kruger; a child’s diary chronicling a visit to Barambah Station (later the Aboriginal mission at Cherbourg) in southeast Queensland in 1891, which includes photographs taken with a very early private camera; a Tahitian-English dictionary published by the LMS in Tahiti in 1851 – the first complete dictionary of the Tahitian language to be compiled; a copy of Kerr’s Melbourne Almanac for 1842; and a scarcely recorded book printed by the Dutch on Dejima, the trading post in Nagasaki harbour, in 1862 (a guide to medicine written for the Imperial Japanese Medical School).
BUSBY, James (1801-1871)
A treatise on the culture of the vine, and the art of making wine; compiled from the works of Chaptal, and other French writers; and from the notes of the compiler, during a residence in some of the Wine Provinces of France.
Australia [i.e. Sydney], R. Howe, Government Printer, 1825. Small quarto (octavo in fours), early diced morocco with gilt borders, rebacked with new spine and endpapers, the preserved original front free-endpaper inscribed by the printer ‘No. 111. A Testimony of Old Friendship renewed. R. Howe. Bastile, June 4, 1825. To the Rev. Ralph Mansfield’, pp. xxxiv, 270, …
GELLERT, Leon (1892-1977); LINDSAY, Norman (1876-1969)
A phantasy by Leon Gellert with five original etchings by Norman Lindsay. Sydney : Art in Australia, 1919. Folio, quarter-vellum over green cloth (a few light marks), pp 139 with initials printed in red, frontispiece portrait after an etching by Lindsay, five original large etchings with lettered tissue-guards by Norman Lindsay, each signed in full …
SPINKS, Ingham (1879-1935)
Manuscript diary, with original photographs, of a young English visitor to Barambah Station (later Cherbourg), southeast Queensland; with entries describing Sydney and Melbourne. September – December 1891.
An important eyewitness account of life on Barambah Station at the close of the nineteenth century. Henry Penny’s Improved Patent Metallic Pocket-book Diary, oblong duodecimo, limp leather, marbled endpapers; manuscript in ink, pp ; the first page inscribed ‘Ingham Spinks. Diary, 1891. What I did part of the time in Australia’, and bearing the red …
KERR, William (1812 - 1859)
A compendium of useful and accurate information connected with Port Phillip. Melbourne: printed and published by Kerr and Thompson, at the Port Phillip Patriot Office, Collins Street, 1842. Octavo, original half cloth over papered boards (some wear and stains), with the half title, pp. xii, 366, [vi adverts.], old tape stains to gutters of pp. …
KRUGER, Johann Friedrich Carl (Fred), (1831-1888); [PERKINS, Horace]
[Melbourne : compiled and published by H. Perkins & Co., The Gift Depot, c.1880]. Duodecimo, original cloth-backed faux tortoise-shell pattern papered boards with gilt stamped lettering and ornament, containing folding concertina of  panels with leporello reproductions of Kruger’s photographic portraits of surviving leaders of Aboriginal tribes of Victoria, originally taken at various times between …
DAVIES, Herbert John (1772-1855)
A Tahitian and English dictionary, with introductory remarks on the Polynesian language, and a short grammar of the Tahitian dialect: with an appendix containing a list of foreign words used in the Tahitian Bible, in commerce, etc., with the sources from whence they have been derived.
Tahiti : London Missionary Society’s press, 1851. First edition. Octavo, contemporary half cloth over marbled papered boards (rubbed), pp. vi, 314, 7; rear endpapers with original owner’s manuscript lingustic notes in ink and graphite, rear pastedown with tipped-in nineteenth century printed tabulated key for Tahitian measurements, currency and numbers; a good copy. The first complete …
SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon (c.1567-1625)
Diarivm vel descriptio laboriosissimi, & molestissimi itineris, facti à Gvilielmo Cornelii Schovtenio, Hornano, annis 1615. 1616. & 1617. Cum à parte Australi freti Magellanici, novum ductum, aut fretum, in Magnum Mare Australe detexit, totumq[ue] Orbem terrarum circumnavigavit. Quas Insulas, & regiones, & populos viderit, & quæ pericula subierit.
Amsterdami : apud Petrum Kærium, 1619. Second Latin edition. Small quarto, contemporary papered boards (rubbed), pp , 1-24, 17-71, nine folding maps and plates; title with large vignette of ships and a city and original owner’s annotation ‘This is in Dutch in ye. long booke pa : 145, [E.?] G.’; as in other copies, pages 14 and …
PELSAERT, Francois (c. 1595-1630)
Amsterdam : Jan Jansz, 1647. First edition. Small quarto, papered boards, pp. [ii – title leaf], 118, lacking final blank (as in most copies); six folding copperplates (plate V provided in expert facsimile), some very pale marginal water stains, tiny worm hole to margin of first few leaves, a clean and well preserved copy housed …
[MARCO POLO] ; GLAZEMAKER, Jan Hendrik
Markus Paulus Venetus Reisen en Beschryving der Oostersche Lantschappen ; … beneffens de Historie der Oostersche Lantschappen door Haithon van Armenien te zamen gestelt beide nieuwelijks door J.H. Glazemaker vertaalt. Hier is noch by gevoegt de Reizen van Nicolaas Venetus en Jeronymus van St. Steven naar d’Oostersche Landen en naar d’Indien door P.P. vertaalt. Als ook een Verhaal van de verovering van’t Eilant Formosa, door de Sinezen, door J.V.K.B. vertaalt.
t’Amsterdam : voor Abraham Wolfgang, boekverkoper, aan d’Opgang van de Beurs, by de Beurstooren, in ‘t Geloof, 1664. Small quarto, contemporary yellow papered boards (rubbed), spine with early manuscript abbreviated title and printed paper label; title with old collection stamp of the Holstein-Holsteinborg library; the second and third parts each have separate title and pagination: …
DILLON, Peter (1788-1847)
[Paris], August 22, 1829. Manuscript in ink on single sheet of laid paper, 180 x 250 mm; in fine condition. The letter reads: ‘My Dear Sir, Should you not be engaged tomorrow, I would be much obliged by your being so kind to grant me an interview at such time as would be most convenient …
RADERMACHER, Jacob Cornelis Matthieu (1741-1783), et al.
Te Batavia : Ter Lands Drukkerij, 1824. “Tweede druk” (second printing). Thick octavo, original printed orange wrappers (paper restored along spine), title with early ownership inscription, pp 48, 335,  index, 1 folding table,  blank; mild waterstaining to top edges of some leaves (not affecting legibility), otherwise clean and sound throughout. A scarce early …
Tweejaarige Reyze rondom de Wereld, ter nader Ontdekkinge der Onbekende Zuydlanden, met drie Schepen, in het Jaar 1721. ondernomen, door last van de Nederlandsche Westindische Maatschappy … Nevens de Reyze van het Oostindisch schip Barneveld, uyt Holland tot aan de Kaap der Goede Hoope, in ‘t Jaar 1719.
Te Dordrecht : Gedrukt by Joannes van Braam, Boekverkooper, 1728. First edition. Quarto, contemporary blind tooled vellum boards (recased with later endpapers); frontispiece folding map, title in red and black, pp 199, 4 copper engraved plates (3 folding); without the added frontispiece engraving known in some copies; a fine copy. Rare first edition of the first …
Batavia : Ter Lands-Drukkerij, 1854. Octavo, bound in recent marbled papered boards, upper board with blue calf title label with gilt lettering and ornament, pp 3-86 (i.e. lacking the front wrapper),  folding table,  contents page; internally clean, a good copy. A mid-nineteenth century Batavia imprint. The Almanak en naamregister voor Nederlandsch-Indië was published …
OVERMEER FISSCHER, Johannes Gerhard Frederik van (1800-1848)
Amsterdam : J. Müller & Comp., 1833. First and only contemporary edition. Large quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers (very light foxing, spine rubbed), all edges gilt, hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece, pp. vii, (3), 320, with a further 14 hand-coloured lithographic plates, all with tissue guards intact; scattered mild foxing; a very good copy, housed in a …
POMPE VAN MEERDERVOORT, Johannes Lijdius Catharinus (1829-1908)
Beknopte handleiding tot de geneesmiddelleer : ten gebruike van de Keizerlijke Japansche Geneeskundige School te Nagasaki.
Desima [Nagasaki] : ter Nederlandsche Drukkerij, 1862. Octavo, contemporary Japanese binding of half calf over marbled papered boards, mauve endpapers, the front free-endpaper with early inscription in Japanese and straight-line stamp of the Deutsche Jesuiten-Mission Japan e. V. Köln, half title with circular stamp of the same library and early Japanese owner’s seal stamp in red, …
CASEMBROOT, François de (1817-1895)
s’Gravenhage : de gebroeders van Cleef, 1865. First edition. Octavo, later half cloth over marbled papered boards (rubbed), new endpapers, pp xii, , 150, with 5 folding tinted lithographed maps at rear; lacking the original wrappers; clean throughout, the maps with occasional short edge tears and browning; a good copy, housed in a morocco and …
WRIGHT, George Parkinson; and various other photographers
[Cover title: Photographic views. Queensland]. [Brisbane : s.n., circa 1875]. Oblong folio photograph album, original full red morocco with gilt lettering and ornament (wear to corners and edges, leather splitting along spine), all edges gilt, marbled endpapers,  lithograph printed title page with contents list of 38 photographs (foxing, some silverfishing, small loss at bottom …
[CRIMEAN WAR] Original sketch of French, British and Russian troops carrying away their dead under a flag of truce during the Siege of Sebastopol, 24 March 1855.
Graphite and ink on tracing paper, 520 x 330 mm (irregular); unsigned; numerous annotations in ink by the artist identifying various scenes in the drawing, with his extended caption occupying the bottom margin reading: ‘Town of Sebastopol away to the left … Flag of Truce, March 24th after the sortie on the night of the …
Watercolour on paper, 315 x 200mm; unsigned, verso inscribed in pencil in contemporary hand ‘Crimea’; tiny loss at lower left corner; otherwise in good condition. This watercolour is probably the work of a war correspondent attached to the British troops outside Sebastopol in 1854-55. The Siege of Sevastopol (which was at the time called Sebastopol …
Unbound manuscript in ink on laid paper, large octavo (200 x 150 mm), original stitching, first page with owner’s inscription ‘Cahier de coton de 1852 et 1853. Monsieur Proutière Réné, soldat au 35eme de ligne 1er Bataillon 4ème Compagnie, à Inkermann (Crimée) armée D’orient Inkermann’;  pages of accounts relating to the purchase and sale of …
[MANUSCRIPT] Descriptive Log : Being a Record of a Voyage from Belfast via Glasgow to Our Colonies Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane in the good ship Torr Head, Twin Screw Steamer. Kept by the 4th Off. C.W. Loughridge.
[October 1904 – January 1905]. Octavo, black cloth covered boards (scuffed, some loss along spine), front endpaper with ownership inscription of ‘C.W. Loughridge, October 12th 1904’, manuscript in ink on feint ruled paper,  pp, with 16 pen sketches and watercolours in the text and 3 original photographs developed on board from wet plate negatives …
NORTON, Rosaleen (2 October 1917 – 5 December 1979); GREENLEES, Gavin
Sydney : Walter Glover, 1952. ‘This edition limited to one thousand copies, three hundred and fifty of which are bound in leather and six hundred and fifty with fabric. The first twenty copies include an original coloured work by Miss Norton. The number of this copy is 461’ (colophon). Quarto, red cloth boards (some fading) …
Two albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, 101 x 64 mm (mounts), 90 x 57 mm (images), versos with imprint of Dalton’s Royal Photographic Gallery, Sydney; the albumen prints with some tiny ink spots, otherwise both cartes are in very good condition. The American opera singers Henry Squires (1825-1907) and Lucy Escott (1827-1895) arrived …
[AUSTRALIAN INLAND MISSION]
Indigenous group and Australian Inland Mission vehicle at Cunnamulla, southwest Queensland, circa 1930
Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm; no photographer’s imprint, contemporary manuscript label on mount: At Cunnamulla with sequence number 78; in fine condition. Two men, two women and a young boy (foreground right) pose in front of a touring Australian Inland Mission vehicle at Cunnamulla, on the Warrego River. The precise relationship between …
GLENNY, Henry; [CHUCK, Thomas Foster]
[Circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm (mount), recto and verso with imprint of ‘H. Glenny, Dublin and Melbourne Portrait Rooms, Main Road, Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia’, the posthumously published albumen print taken from the original image by Melbourne photographer Thomas Foster Chuck; in fine condition. John Pascoe Fawkner …
ARAGO, Jacques Etienne Victor (1790-1855)
[France, 1830]. Graphite on paper, 175 x 235 mm; signed and dated at lower right, ‘J. Arago 1830’; in good condition, with tiny loss at top left corner and a few spots of foxing; verso with two old tape marks at top edge; unframed. Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855) was a writer, artist and explorer who …
HAWAII TOURIST BUREAU
Honolulu : Hawaii Tourist Bureau, [May, 1922]. Small square quarto, folding to 225 x 104 mm, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, pp 23, photographic illustrations and colour line drawings, folding map; a fine copy. A single copy is recorded in Australian collections (State Library of New South Wales).
AMERICAN SAMOA. GOVERNMENT
Pago-Pago : Government of American Samoa, 1917. Volume XV, number 6, June 1917. Folio newspaper, 4 pp, illustrated masthead, text printed in two columns, in Samoan and English; original folds, a fine copy. O le fa’atonu was the official organ of the Government of American Samoa. It commenced publication in 1903. About half of the scarce …
[TICHBORNE CASE] The great fight for £40,000 a year, between “Little Touchbone” the “Hampshire Infant” and Stoney-Hurst, the great Australian slogger.
[Title from artist’s caption]. London : Albert Mendelssohn, . Albumen print photograph of a satirical cartoon (artist’s monogram W.L. in the image), carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), artist’s manuscript caption across the bottom margin of the image, mount with blind stamp of ‘Albert Mendelssohn, London’; recto and verso printed ‘Copyright Registered’; in fine …
Oakland : The Crusader, July 1922. Vol 1, no. 11. Quarto, pp 16, staple bound, front cover with original owner’s annotation in ink: ‘I think they ought to run both the K.K.K. and the K.C. out of business. I detest religious bigotry of any kind or creed’; some foxing and short edge tears; otherwise a good …
PERRY, George William
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 63 mm, verso with imprint of Perry, 49 Elizabeth St. Melbourne; both the albumen print and mount are fine condition.
SPURLING, Stephen (1821-1892)
Two albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, 106 x 65 mm (mounts), versos with imprint of ‘S. Spurling, Photographer, Hobart Town. Prize Medallist for Portraiture, Intercolonial Exhibition, Melbourne, 1866’; the albumen prints and mounts are in fine condition. Stephen Spurling, regarded as one of the most talented of the pioneer Tasmanian photographers, arrived in …
DYSON, Will, 1880-1938
1908. Charcoal and gouache on paper, 105 x 335 mm, signed lower left Will Dyson; mounted in contemporary wooden and glass frame, the reverse inscribed in contemporary hand in pencil: ‘Round the corner / page wide. 25/6/08‘ and ‘Will Dyson / Sun Blds. Bourke St., M.‘ A wonderfully evocative depiction of a local opium den by …
[British and Foreign Bible Society]
Sydney : British and Foreign Bible Society, 1942. The Gospel of St. Mark and the First Epistle General of John in Gunwinggu. Octavo, ultramarine cloth boards (rubbed and lightly marked), pen annotation to verso of title page, 63 pp, internally very clean and sound. Gunwinggu (Kunwinjku / Gunwinjgu, also known as Bininj Gunwok or Mayali) is an …
JOUY, E. V.
Paris : A. A. Renouard, [circa 1810]. Original box of marbled paper over thick card (lid and bottom side of box now lost), 112 x 73 x 30 mm; containing 48 numbered cards printed on thick laid paper, each 100 x 70 mm, with engraved cartouche and text recto; the cards offering a medallion woodcut …
JOUY, V. E.
Dixième jeu de cartes instructives, contenant un abregé de l’histoire des empereurs avec des gravures, ouvrage destiné destiné à l’instruction de la jeunesse des deux sexes.
Paris : A.A. Renouard, [circa 1809]. Original box of marbled paper over thick card, 112 x 73 x 30 mm, with pasted-down illustrated label to front, containing 1 rule-card and 47 numbered cards printed on thick laid paper, each 100 x 70 mm, with engraved cartouche and text recto; the cards offering a portrait and brief …
Melbourne and Sydney : Stanley Mullen, . Folio, pictorial front cover inscribed ‘Mr. Roland Thomas’;  pp of music notion, including advertisements for compositions on verso of front and rear covers; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a good copy. A copy is held in the National Library of Australia.
KAUFMAN, Leo (lyrics); PORCELAIN, Maurice (score)
Melbourne : Allan & Co, [circa 1910s]. Folio, pictorial front cover,  pp of music notation; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a fine copy. A copy is held in the National Library of Australia.
LAMB, Arthur J (lyrics); PETRIE, H. W. (score)
Sydney and Brisbane : D. Davois & Co, [circa 1901]. Folio, front cover inscribed ‘R. Thomas’,  pp of music notation, including an advertisement for a composition to verso of front cover; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a fine copy. A copy is held in the National Library of Australia.
CASTLING, Harry; MURPHY, C. W.
Melbourne and Sydney : Stanley Mullen, pp. 5; pictorial front cover, rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a good copy. A copy is held in the National Library of Australia.
MURPHY, C. W; LIPTON, Dan
Melbourne : Allan’s, . Folio, pictorial front cover,  pp of music notation, including an advertisement for a composition to verso of front cover; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a fine copy. A copy is held in the National Library of Australia.
Melbourne and Sydney : Stanley Mullen, . Folio, pictorial front cover inscribed ‘Mr. Roland Thomas’,  pp of music notation, rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a good copy. Appears unrecorded in Australian collections.
WESTON, R. P; BARNES, F. J; SCOTT, Maurice
Melbourne and Sydney : Stanley Mullen, . Folio, purple front cover inscribed ‘Roland Thomas’; pp. 7; 5 pages of music notation, rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a good copy. A copy is held in the National Library of Australia.
WILLIAMS, Harry (lyrics); VAN ALSTYNE, Egbert (score)
Melbourne and Sydney : Stanley Mullen, . Folio, pictorial front cover inscribed ‘Mr Roland Thomas’,  pp of music notation, including two shorter compositions inside front and rear covers; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a good copy. Copies are held in the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales.
STANTON, Frank; BURTCH, Roy
Melbourne : E. W. Cole, . Folio, pictorial front cover,  pp of music notation; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a very good copy. A copy is held in the State Library of New South Wales.
MURPHY, C. W; LIPTON, Dan
Melbourne and Sydney : Stanley Mullen, . Folio, pictorial front cover inscribed ‘Mr. Roland Thomas’;  pp of music notation, rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a good copy. Copies are held in the National Library of Australia and the State Library of NSW.
Sydney : Albert & Son, 1910. Folio, pictorial front cover inscribed ‘Mr. Roland Thomas’;  pp of music notation, rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a good copy. Appears unrecorded in Australian collections.
BROWN, A. S. (lyrics); AYER, N. D. (score)
Melbourne and Sydney : Stanley Mullen, . Folio, pictorial front cover;  pp of music notation; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a good copy. Copies are held in the National Library of Australia, the State Library of New South Wales and the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne.
BRYAN, Alfred (lyrics); SNYDER, Ted (score)
Sydney : D. Davis & Co, . Folio, pictorial front cover inscribed ‘Roland Thomas, Port Melbourne’,  pp of music notation; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement for another composition; a very fine copy. A copy is held in the National Library of Australia.
RAMSAY, Don (lyrics and score)
Sydney : W. J. Deane & Son; Boston : Walter Jacobs, . Folio, pictorial front cover inscribed ‘R. Thomas’,  pp of music notation; rear cover with publisher’s advertisement; a very fine copy. A copy is held in the National Library of Australia.