New Acquisitions

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our New Acquisitions list for August 2018.

Highlights include a first edition of Kippis’ Life of Captain James Cook (1788); a number of attractive early editions of Darwin’s works; some significant books on American conceptual and minimalist artist Sol LeWitt; Japanese woodblock printed games and maps from the Meiji period; a Federation period poster mentioning a play about the Kelly Gang, printed in West Maitland in the Hunter Valley; individual issues of The Lone Hand magazine; books on China and Chinese art; and a wide range of Australian printed ephemera.

To encourage orders placed via our checkout system on our website, starting today we have a 14-day promotion. Enter the code DSFB20 during the checkout process to apply the discount.


Happy browsing.

  • # 18612

    大倉孫兵衛 [Ōkura Magobei], (1843-1921) (publisher)

    [MELBOURNE; SYDNEY] 万国名所双録(萬國名所雙録) [Bankoku Meisho Sugoroku] (Famous Places of the World Sugoroku)

    [Tokyo] : Published by 大倉孫兵衛 (Ōkura Magobei), [1887] (Meiji 20). Traditional Japanese children’s dice game, sugoroku. Colour woodblock print on paper, 800 x 710 mm (opened, not including the title slip affixed to the top of the board), folding to 253 x 205 mm; pictorial cover; a fine example. There are two varieties of sugoroku, one …

  • # 18908

    TEAGUE, Violet; REDE, Geraldene; GREGORY, Ina; ASHLEY, Alf (illustrators)

    Birds of the sunny south, with Australian flowers / produced entirely by Australians.

    At the head of title: Greetings from Australia. Melbourne : Pater’s Printery, [c.1911]. Square duodecimo, original pictorial wrappers with yapp edges (pale foxing, slightly worn), original string ties, printed title page with an early gift inscription, [12] twelve chromolithographic plates of Australian birds in natural settings; a very good copy, internally pristine. Muir 704. A …

  • # 18726


    [MANUSCRIPT] The History of the Ballet Rambert

    [U.K.] : s.n., [c.1950]. Oblong quarto, cloth backed boards with illustrated title design in pen and ink on card onlaid to front (repaired tear at bottom corner), with a smaller illustrated design on lower board, metal clasp to spine; title leaf and 86 pp, manuscript in ink, with numerous drawings and decorations in pen and …

  • # 18691


    [FEDERATION] Electoral Rolls : persons entitled to enrolment & to vote.

    Melbourne : J. Kemp, Government printer, 1912. Broadside, 490 x 350 mm, lithograph printed on linen; old folds and some mild toning, but an extremely well preserved example. Issued in April 1912 under The Commonwealth Franchise Act and The Commonwealth Electoral Act, this government notice informed the public – men and women – of their right …

  • # 18910

    THOMAS, Edmund (1827 - 1867)

    Yarra Yarra from below Princes Bridge 1853

    Lithographed from original drawing by E. Thomas & published by F. Varley. Tinted lithograph, 156 x 273 mm, lithographed by D. James, a couple of minor spots of foxing but otherwise fine, framed in a period birds eye maple antique frame with antique slip and glass. A charming gold rush era view of Melbourne from …

  • # 18909

    MONTEFIORI, E. L. [Eliezer Levi], (1820-1894)

    Melbourne from the falls, 1837

    Etching, 158 x 240 mm (plate line), monogram in the plate lower left, titled in the plate lower right. An etching created by Montefiori in 1866 for the Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition 1866–67, and which drew effusive praise from 27 year resident Sir Redmond Barry. “The view is from the south bank of the Yarra River, looking …

  • # 18907


    American Novelty Entertainers : Wild West dramas : Deadwood Dick … The Kelly Gang … Buffalo Bill … The Silent Chief …For Liberty & the Flag … The Waif of the Waves …

    West Maitland, NSW : T. Dimmock, Litho. and General Machine Printer, [1902-1906]. Chromolithographed poster, 960 x 380 mm, contemporary handwritten notice across upper margin ‘Benefit to Blondin’; old vertical and horizontal folds, mild creasing and marginal staining, edges a little roughened, a few annotations in pencil, small loss at top corner; unbacked. An unrecorded theatre …

  • # 18914

    Souvenir programme of Coogee’s farewell to Miss Phyllis Gibbs, Winner of First National Australasian Film Contest, and Evening News Unshingled Beauty Contest.

    Also titled: Coogee’s public farewell to Miss Phyllis Gibbs, Boomerang Theatre, Thursday, 19th May 1927. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (hole punched) with portrait of Miss Gibbs and artist’s impression of the completed Coogee Pier (1928-34); staples rusted; [12] pp, including full-page photographic montage with nine portraits of the photogenic Miss Gibbs, ‘Australia’s latest offer to American …

  • # 18929

    LEWITT, Sol (1928 - 2007)

    Brick Wall (presentation copy)

    New York : Tanglewood Press, 1977. Quarto, lettered card wrappers, pp. [30], photographic illustrations of a brick wall at different times of day in different light. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed on the title page ‘For William, Sol Lewitt’. ‘As a co-founder of Printed Matter in the 1970s, Lewitt was a crucial proponent of the …

  • # 18712

    ORANGE, James

    The Chater collection. Pictures relating to China, Hongkong, Macao, 1655 – 1860

    With historical and descriptive letterpress. London : Thornton Butterworth, 1924. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth, top edge gilt, pp. 528, numerous colour and black and white plates, tissue guards; a fine copy. Limited to 750 numbered copies. “The book was compiled by James Orange in 1924 and is one of the most significant historical sources for China, …

  • # 18810

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    Insectivorous plants.

    London : John Murray, 1876. Fourth thousand. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, pp. x, 462, 32 (publisher’s catalogue dated January 1882), errata slip bound in; lithographed illustrations in the text; some foxing to outer leaves, a very good copy. First published on July 2 1875, with two further editions …

  • # 18814

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species.

    London : John Murray, 1892. First edition. Fourth thousand. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth (lightly rubbed, a few light marks), spine lettered in gilt, hinges starting, original bookseller’s label to front pastedown, original owner’s inscription to first blank, pp. xxiv; 352, including index, numerous lithographed illustrations and tables in the text; clean throughout, …

  • # 18811

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882); DARWIN, Francis

    The power of movements in plants.

    London : John Murray, 1880. First edition. Second thousand. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth (lightly rubbed), spine lettered in gilt, pp. x, 592, 32 (publisher’s catalogue dated January 1879), lithographed illustrations in the text, some foxing to the outer leaves, else a clean and fresh copy. ‘The book was an extension of Charles …

  • # 18813

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    The formation of vegetable mould through the action of worms; with observations on their habits.

    London : John Murray, 1882. First edition. Seventh thousand (corrected). Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth (a few small marks), spine lettered in gilt; front hinge a little weak, previous owner’s bookplate to front free-endpaper, pp. vii, 328, [1] advertisement, lithographed illustrations in the text; a few pages unopened, light foxing to preliminaries, a …

  • # 18689


    Most important sale of farm land ever held in Victoria … the magnificent Cororooke Estate. Being the choicest portion of the land on which the Messrs. Robertson Bros., of Colac have for years bred the finest cattle in Australia.

    A sale by auction will be held by Messrs. Raleigh, Aitken & Co., in conjunction with Messrs. Richard Gibson & Co. early in Nov. next, of about 5600 acres … … Melbourne : Cameron, Laing & Co., printers, [1885]. Octavo, 4 pp, including 2 1/2 page essay by agricultural journalist John L. Dow, MLA, titled …

  • # 18934

    DROESE, Ernest (attributed)

    Rajmahali primer. Paryen sikatru maltono.

    Agra : Secundra Orphanage Press, 1884. Duodecimo (131 x 106 mm), original illustrated wrappers (upper wrapper a little sunned and with small tear at fore-edge, else fine), stitched, pp 22; text in Roman script; with an outline of the Malto phonemic system and short translations into Malto of Christian prayers and Bible passages; clean throughout, …