New Acquisitions

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Welcome to our list of New Acquisitions for June 2018 – probably one of the most eclectic we can remember!

Happy browsing.

  • # 18050

    杉浦 非水 SIGIURA, Higui (1876 - 1965)

    A collection of art deco period catalogues from Mitsukoshi department store, Osaka

    A collection of 27 printed catalogues for Mitsukoshi department store, Osaka, Japan, between 1925 – 1929, each quarto (19 measure 220 mm tall; 8 measure 255 mm tall), striking printed wrappers mostly designed by Hisui Sigiura with vivid art deco images, many printed with silver foil, each approximately 20 pages, some with inserts of loose …

  • # 18047

    OKAMOTO, K. S.

    Ancient and modern various usages; of Tokio Japan

    Tokio : Y. T. R. Morito, 1885. Octavo, Japanese wrappers (a little foxed), stitchbound, in the rare printed paper slipcase, pp. [124], folded leaves, printed in colour, a very fine copy. Text in Japanese and English. Housed in a custom Japanese box. An utterly charming guide to Japanese customs in the Meiji period, including Japanese …

  • # 18031


    A season in hell

    Translated by Paul Schmidt. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe. [New York] : The Limited Editions CLub, 1986. Quarto, black-lettered red morocco, cloth slipcase, pp. xii; 87; 8 photogravures by Mapplethorpe. Limited to 1000 numbered copies printed letterpress, signed by Mapplethorpe and Schmidt. Schmidt’s revised translation of Rimbaud’s classic poem Un saison en enfer written when the poet …

  • # 18143

    DEAMER, Mary Elizabeth Kathleen Dulcie (1890–1972)

    Valley of Bleeding Hearts

    In: All Story Weekly, New York : Frank A. Munsey Co., 1918. Deamer’s story was published in four parts, in consecutive issues of the American pulp magazine All Story Weekly: Volume LXXX, number 3, Saturday February 2, 1918, pp 353-379; Volume LXXX, number 4, Saturday February 9, 1918, pp 585-609; Volume LXXXI, number 1, Saturday February 16, 1918, …

  • # 17980

    BEASTALL, William

    [WINE] A useful guide for grocers, distillers, hotel & tavern-keepers, and wine and spirit dealers, of every denomination being a complete directory for making and managing all kinds of wines and spirituous liquors;

    containing the most approved and valuable receipts, 1st. For making Artificial and Imitation Wines, Brandies, Rum, and Geneva. 2nd. For lowering Brandy, Rum, and Geneva down to Proof. … by William Beastall, Chemist. New York : Published by the Author, 49 Delancy-street. C. Bartlett, Printer, 1829. First edition. Duodecimo, original cloth backed papered boards (heavily …

  • # 18527


    [BROADSIDE; MEDICINE] Cautions, Directions, and Rewards, offered by the Lancashire Humane Society. Instituted November, 1789. For preserving Life in various Cases of Sudden Danger and Seeming Death.

    At head of sheet: To be Hung up in all Servants-Halls, Public, Turnpike, Lonely Houses, Mills, Places of Special Danger, And in any Place where it may be thought useful. N.B. A Pasteboard or a Frame recommended. Any Place wanting a Copy of the Sheet, may be furnished therewith by applying to Mr. Harvey, Apothecary, …

  • # 18239

    COLTON, G. W. & C. B.

    Map showing the lines of the Columbus, Chicago, and Indiana Central Railway. And their connections

    [Cover title : Colton’s map of part of the middle and western states, showing the railroads, their stations & distances, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mississippi River]. New York : G. W. & C. B. Colton, 1868. Printed map with original hand colour, on two sheets, total measurement 49 x 175 cm, folded as issued, …

  • # 18232

    [MACKELLAR, Isobel Marion Dorothea, 1885–1968]

    “My country” : original correspondence regarding a request to Dorothea Mackellar’s publishers for permission to set her poem to music.

    Typed letter, single quarto sheet, on letterhead of Australian Broadcastiing Commission, Adelaide, dated 14 January 1955, from H.J. Perkins to Angus & Robertson, Sydney (Dorothea Mackellar’s publishers), requesting permission to set Mackellar’s poem My Country to music for a song competition: ‘Should this be successful, I presume that further business negotiations would be necessary if …

  • # 17972

    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 in illustrated dustjacket (very pale foxing); previous owner’s name in pen to front pastedown, pp. 223, very pale foxing to preliminaries else a very good copy. The true first …

  • # 18145

    ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the goblet of fire (signed copy)

    London : Bloomsbury, 2000. Second printing. Octavo, illustrated boards (corners rubbed, a little canted) in dustjacket (pale stain lower part of spine, some light wrinkles), endpapers slightly marked, pp. 636, corner torn from final blank, signed by Rowling on the dedication page. The fourth book in the Harry Potter series, signed by the author.

  • # 18513

    VERNON, Barbara, 1916-1978.

    [THEATRE] The multi-coloured umbrella

    Sydney : J.C. Williamson, [1957]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, [22] pp, with b/w photographic illustrations; a very good copy. Programme for the premiere season at Sydney’s Theatre Royal of a play by Inverell writer, stage producer and radio announcer Miss Barbara Vernon. The programme is unrecorded in Australian collections. The University of Queensland Library …

  • # 18393

    Palestine police as a career

    London : Crown Agents for the Colonies, circa 1945. Quarto, illustrated self-wrappers by Clive Upton (worn, old folds), pp. 16, illustrated, defective, an illustration cut from the central page. Rare recruitment book for the British Palestine Police just prior to Israel’s independence in 1948. “During the British Mandate (1920-1948) the Palestine Police formed a crucial …

  • # 18494

    HARKER, John

    Amateur watercolour drawings of fungi. Hazel Grove, Lancaster, circa 1860.

    Watercolour on artist’s paper, 230 x 155 mm, signed and dated lower right ‘Hazel Grove. July 31st, J. Harker’; [together with] Unused bookplate of Dr. John Harker, Lancaster. Lithograph printed, 110 x 70 mm; scattered foxing. Dr. John Harker – though not the most accomplished watercolorist – was a keen amateur archaeologist. His paper describing his …

  • # 16645

    CUSHING, C.; EVARTS, W.M; WAITE, M.R., et al.

    [CSS SHENANDOAH] Two parliamentary papers concerning the British involvement in the American Civil War

    Two contemporary official documents relating to Britain’s support of the Confederacy during the American Civil War (1861-1865), and accounts of the actions of British built warships, including the Confederate raider Shenandoah and its controversial stopover in Melbourne. (1) North America. No. 12 (1872). Argument of the United States delivered to the tribunal of arbitration at Geneva, …

  • # 18053

    WAHLEN, Auguste

    Costumes, usos e trajos de todos os povos do mundo,

    em face de documentos authenticos e das mais recentes viagens. Lisboa : Impresa Lusitana, 1872-1873-1874-1876-1878. Five volumes, octavo, original quarter blue calf over marbled papered boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped, upper board of vol. 4 with several scratches), spines with gilt lettering and rule; vol. 1 (Asia) 421, [1]; vol. 2 (Asia, India) 439, [4]; …

  • # 18538

    BEDFORD, [George] Randolph (1868-1941); SPENCE, Percy (illustrator)

    Billy Pagan, mining engineer

    Sydney : N.S.W. : Bookstall Co. Ltd., 1921. Fourth edition, 18th thousand. Octavo, original wrappers with a colour illustration by Percy Spence (creasing, spine chipped and with paper split at foot), pp [2], 210, [4 advertisements], lower and inner wrappers with advertisements; pale waterstain to upper margin of a few leaves, otherwise internally very good. …