New Acquisitions

Our February list contains 200 items: natural history books, 19th-century photographs, Australian manuscripts, art monographs and catalogues, printed ephemera – and much more.

  • # 42852

    NEWMAN, J. (John) Hubert (1830-1916)

    Studio portrait of poet Henry Kendall. Sydney, circa 1880.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount), verso with imprint of J. Hubert Newman, Photographer, Oil and Crayon Painter etc., No. 12 Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Sydney, N.S.W.; the print has some light rubbing and a few tiny ink spots, but is otherwise in very good condition, as is the mount. …

  • # 42908

    DIGGLES, Silvester (1817-1880)

    The ornithology of Australia : being illustrations of 244 Australian birds, with descriptive letter-press.

    [Brisbane : Printed for the author by T. P. Pugh, 1866-1868]. Folio (375 x 270 mm), bound in two volumes, recent half calf over marbled papered boards, spines in compartments with gilt lettering, edges stained red; as usual without the printed title and preface (which were not printed until 1874-75), and the last six plates (which …

  • # 41677

    MALBUNKA [MALBANGKA], Maxina [and] ELATJIA, Milton

    A drawing and two letters written in Western Arrernte by children from the Finke River Mission at Hermannsburg, 1942-44.

    I. Maxina Malbunka (Malbangka). Letter in Western Arrernte. Manuscript in ink on recto of quarto sheet of ruled paper (240 x 195 mm); dated at Hermannsburg via Alice Springs, 11 July 1942; addressed to ‘My friend Gordon’ and signed at the foot ‘Maxina’; written double-spaced, with a typed English translation on the intervening lines; original …

  • # 42891

    WATSON, Judy Napangardi et al

    Desert Mob 20th Anniversary Print Folio

    Darwin : Basil Hall Editions, 2010. Folding clamshell box with a unique piece of Tjanpi Desert weaving set into the lid, housing 40 original woodblocks by Aboriginal artists from 38 art centres across Australia. Limited to 10 copies, accompanied by certificates of authenticity from each art centre. This is copy number 7. In 2010 a …

  • # 41657


    Studio portrait of a Chinese woman holding a book. Melbourne, 1883-4.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 63 mm (mount); verso with the highly decorative back mark of ‘E. C. Waddington & Co., Photographers. 109 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne’; a superb print in excellent condition, as is the mount.

  • # 42855

    TOWNSEND, Larry (1930 - 2008, pseudonym of Bud Bernhardt)

    The Leatherman’s Handbook

    New York : Olympia Press, 1972. Octavo, paperback, original wrappers, light rubbing to corners, crease to spine with crack in text block, pp. [viii]; 319; [7 – advertisements], internally clean, a very good to fine copy. ‘The only definitive exploration of the gay S & M leather scene over written by a qualified writer who …

  • # 42654


    The birds of Celebes and the neighbouring islands

    Berlin : R. Friedlander, 1898. Two volumes, quarto, black library buckram spines lettered in gilt, bump to upper corner of the first volume, original printed wrappers bound in, pp. xxxii; 392; 393 – 962, 7 coloured maps and 45 lithographed plates, of which 42 are hand-coloured; internally clean, a fine set. A rare scholarly work …

  • # 41123

    PERCEVAL, John (1923 - 2000)

    Self portrait circa 1946

    Charcoal on paper, 215 x 230 mm (image), 250 x 310 mm (sheet), small stain lower left (not affecting the image), unsigned, a drawing in blue crayon of a pot by Perceval’s father-in-law Merric Boyd verso. A rare early self portrait by John Perceval at the age of twenty-three. At the age of eighteen John …

  • # 42839


    Letts’s map of the country round Khartum, with a plan of the town.

    One shilling. London : Letts, Son & Co. Ltd., 33 King William Street, London Bridge, [late 1884 or early 1885]. First (and only?) edition. Colour map, 740 x 500 mm (sheet), with an inset ‘Plan of Khartum’ and inset ‘General map of the Sudan’; folding into the original limp pebbled cloth covers, 200 x 100 …

  • # 42655

    British ornithologists' union expedition, 1909-1911 ; OGILVIE-GRANT, W. R.

    Reports on the collections made by the British Ornithologists’ Union Expedition and the Wollaston Expedition in Dutch New Guinea, 1910-13.

    London : Francis Edwards, 1916. Limited edition of 150 copies (no. 27), printed on large paper. Two volumes, large quarto, finely bound in half crushed blue morocco over cloth, edges and corners slightly rubbed, spines in compartments with raised bands, ruled in gilt with gilt lettering, top edges gilt, small book label for Rollo Hammett …

  • # 42553

    FERRIS, A. J.

    When Russia invades Palestine

    Or “Zechariah’s End-of-the-age Message to the Anglo-Saxon-Israel Peoples as in Zech. 12 to 14”. London : the author, 1939. First edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers by J. J. Hall, previous owner’s name in ink on upper wrapper and title page, pp. 100, illustrated with maps and photographs, small edge tears to pp. 91 – 94, a …

  • # 42697

    KELL, Julius

    Reise nach der Verbrecher-Colonie Neu-Südwales

    [=Voyage to the penal colony of New South Wales]. Series: Neueren Entdeckungsreisen Nach grösseren Reisewerken für die Jugend; Band 3. Leipzig : Julius Meissner, 1848. Small octavo, contemporary half blue morocco over marbled papered boards, 240 pp, illustrated with [4] steel-engraved plates, scattered foxing and browning (particularly to the plates), a small faint damp stain …

  • # 41921

    CAMBRIDGE, Ada (1844-1926) [as Ada CROSS]

    Ada Cambridge (Cross), writer : autograph note signed, to Melbourne poet and suffragist Ethel Castilla, re. obtaining a copy of her latest book, The Australian Girl. Williamstown, Melbourne, 1899.

    2 pp. manuscript in ink on an octavo-size bifolium of notepaper; headed ‘Williamstown, Dec 17th 1899’, and signed at the foot of the second side ‘Yours very sincerely, Ada Cross’, the note is addressed ‘My dear Miss Castilla’; Cross’s note accompanied her payment for a copy of Castilla’s latest book (which, although the title is …

  • # 42887

    LEAVITT, Ruth (editor)

    Artist and computer

    Morristown, New Jersey : Creative Computing Press, 1976. First edition. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (crease to upper wrapper, wear and tear to spine), pp. 121, illustrated throughout in black and white with four colour plates. One of the earliest books on computer generated art, with thirty-five chapters on different international artists creating graphic art with the …

  • # 42890

    [TJAPALJARRI], SIMS, Paddy (1917 - 2010)

    Paddy Sims 90th birthday celebration folio

    Darwin : Basil Hall Editions, 2007. Folio, folding buckram portfolio with design, containing four original etchings by Paddy Sims, each limited to 40 copies and signed with the artist’s pencil mark. Accompanied by four signed certificates of authentication from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association, noting the unique catalogue number for each etching and with a …

  • # 42626

    BUTLER, William

    Arithmetical questions, on a new plan : designed as a supplement to the author’s engraved introduction to arithmetic; and Intended to answer the double purpose of arithmetical instruction and miscellaneous information. To which are serjoined, observations on weights and measures, with a complete collection of arithmetical tables, and explanatory remarks. For the use of Young Ladies.

    London: Printed for the Author by S. Couchman, 1795. The second edition, enlarged. Octavo, nineteenth century half-calf over marbled papered boards (scuffed), pp. x; 208; (8 – index), printed on pale blue paper, a few spots of foxing, but largely clean internally. First published in 1788, and greatly enlarged for the second edition of 1795, …