Welcome to our New Acquisitions list for June 2017.
This month’s highlights include one of the finest early Australian plate books, Wallis’s An historical account of the Colony of New South Wales (1821); poet Gavin Greenlees’ proof copy of The art of Rosaleen Norton; the first collected edition of the works of Galileo (Bologna, 1655-56); important works on ornithology, including Shelley’s rare 3-volume monograph on sun-birds (1876-80); a superb half-plate ambrotype by Thomas Glaister, and a small daguerreotype with a Tasmanian connection; the very scarce sheet music for Stephen Hale Marsh’s composition Dr. Leichhardt’s March (Sydney, 1846); a complete run of volume one of The Gadfly (Adelaide, 1906-07); the astonishing commonplace album of an Irish aristocrat involved in the New Zealand theatre during the 1870s; a previously unknown studio portrait of the young Annette Kellerman; an exceptionally early Melbourne land document for William Rucker; an original Sonia Delaunay gouache design; colonial drawings of Melbourne’s Yarra River and a South Australian Aboriginal camp; printed ephemera, early photographs, books on Australian artists, and much more … …
Douglas Stewart Fine Books
WALLIS, James, Captain, 1785?-1858
An historical account of the Colony of New South Wales and its dependent settlements; in illustration of twelve views, engraved by W. Preston, a convict; from drawings taken on the spot by Captain Wallis, of the Forty-Sixth Regiment. To which is subjoined an accurate map of Port Macquarie, and the newly discovered River Hastings, by J. Oxley, Esq. Surveyor General to the Territory.
One of Australia’s finest early plate books, coloured by a skilled hand to striking effect. London : R. Ackermann, 1821. Folio, half crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, lacking the half-title, pp [iv] (with the “Extract from the Sidney Gazette“); 42, followed by 12 engraved plates of views (six are double page) and a …
GALILEI, Galileo, 1564-1642
Opere di Galileo Galilei linceo nobile fiorentino, Già Lettore delle Matematiche nelle Università di Pisa, e di Padova, di poi Sopraordinario nello Studio di Pisa. Primario Filosofo e Matematico del serenissimo Gran Duca di Toscana. In questa nuoua editione insieme raccolte, e di varij Trattati dell’istesso Autore non più stampati accresciute. Al Serenissimo Ferdinando II Gran Duca di Toscana.
The first collected edition of the works of Galileo, widely regarded as ‘the father of modern physics’. Bologna : Heredi del Dozza, 1655-56. Two volumes, quarto, contemporary full vellum (small repair to head of the second volume), manuscript titles to spines, various pagination as published; engraved frontispiece by Stefano della Bella; engraved portrait of Galileo after …
NORTON, Rosaleen, 1917-1979; GREENLEES, Gavin
Sydney : Walter Glover, 1952. Gavin Greenlees’ own proof copy. Quarto, illustrated wrappers in card dust jacket (worn and lightly foxed, with old tape reinforcements verso); later inscription of previous owner inside rear jacket reads: ‘This book was the author’s copy held by Gavin Greenlees, notice the no. of the copies haven’t (sic) been filled in, Gavin Greenlees’ father …
GLAISTER, Thomas Skelton (1825-1904)
[Sydney] : Thomas Glaister, probably between 1858 and 1860. Ambrotype photograph with hand colouring, exposed image 130 x 95 mm (approximately half plate size), original wooden-based leather case with gilt edges and velvet lining (brass clasps intact, but the two halves of the case separated along the seam), original brass mat (a few mould spiders, else fine), stamped …
[TASMANIA] A daguerreotype portrait of a woman wearing a bonnet and Paisley pattern dress, identified as “Mary Ann Fielding of Australia”
[Australia? : s.n., circa 1860]. Ninth plate daguerreotype, exposed image 56 x 43 mm, still sealed in its original pressed copper mat and frame, 71 x 55 mm; verso with the original leather backing inscribed in an early twentieth century hand ‘Mary Ann Fielding of Australia. Mother’s namesake’; original string for suspension; the daguerreotype is intact, with scattered tarnishing beneath the cover …
SHELLEY, George Ernest, Captain, 1840-1910; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912
Rare privately printed ornithological work, with some of the finest illustrations of bird artist J. G. Keulemans. London : published by the author, 1876-1880. Printed in an edition of 250 copies. Three volumes, quarto, gilt-lettered blue crushed morocco over marbled boards (lightly rubbed), marbled endpapers, the bookplate of J. Hamilton Leigh to pastedowns; top edges gilt; …
POPE INNOCENT IV (Sinibaldo Fieschi), 1195-1254
Innocent IV, born Sinibaldo Fieschi in 1195, was Pope of the Catholic Church from 1243 until his death in 1254. This bull is addressed to the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean de Réôme (in the village of Moutiers-Saint-Jean, Bourgogne). The document deals with the debts of the monastery and is dated 26 September 1252. Originally the bull would have been sealed …
MARSH, S[tephen] H[ale] (1805 1888)
[SHEET MUSIC] Dr. Leichhardt’s March, for the piano, composed on the successful termination of his Expedition, after having traversed a distance of nearly 3000 miles through a portion of Australia, hitherto untrodden by civilized man, by his friend, S. H. March.
London : T. Boosey & Co., [circa 1846]. Folio, lithographed title page [verso blank] with a scene of the expedition drawn by W. Boosey, slip cancel “for the piano” replacing “for the harp” (as in other copies); pp [1 blank], 2-5, [1 blank]; four leaves in total; occasional foxing, paper spine; a very good copy of this …
A significant unofficial photographic record of the Western Front in 1918, taken with a private camera by a young Australian soldier from Perth; a total of 267 photographs contained in four albums. Private Laurence Lee, 7994, 16th Battalion, 27th Reinforcement, A.I.F., a labourer from Western Australia, enlisted at Perth on 29 August 1917, at the age of 19. His …
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 67 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with a contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Costume of the diggers in P.D. All the gentlemen dress just like they do in Melbourne. Mr. Solomon’, and dated in pencil in the same hand ‘September 19th 1875’; the albumen print has lost some contrast …
BULLER, Walter Lawry, 1838-1906; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912
Scarce first edition of an acclaimed ornithological work, illustrated by J.G. Keulemans. London : John Van Voorst, 1873. First edition, printed in an edition of 500 copies. Quarto, contemporary full crushed blue morocco by Leighton of London (edges a little rubbed) with armorial crest of the house of Dutton, spine in compartments, lettered in gilt; …
DRESSER, H.E., 1838-1915; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912
Scarce privately printed ornithological work, illustrated by J.G. Keulemans. Farnborough, Kent : published by the author at Topclyffe Grange, 1893. Printed in an edition of 250 copies. Folio, full crushed morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, spine in compartments, lettered in gilt; bookplate for Nowell Peach to front pastedown, marbled endpapers, title page remargined; pp xx, 111; 27 fine hand-coloured …
O'GRADY, Frederick Standish, 6th Viscount Guillamore (1847-1927)
[NEW ZEALAND] Commonplace album of Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1860s – circa 1900.
A fascinating treasure trove that constitutes a time capsule of four decades – one of them spent in New Zealand – in the life of an Irish aristocrat of the late nineteenth century. Nineteenth century commonplace album. Folio, original marbled papered boards (heavily worn, lacking most of the leather backstrip), containing 160 pages completely filled with original manuscript material, ink …
WYATT, William (1838-1872)
[South Australia], 1862. Title from artist’s caption. Ink wash on wove paper, 80 x 180 mm; initialled and dated lower right ‘W.W. 62’; in fine condition, mounted in a recent glazed timber frame. William Wyatt, sketcher, watercolourist and lithographer, was born in the Colony of South Australia in 1838, the son of William Wyatt (Senior), surgeon, …
BRENCHLEY, Julius Lucius, 1816-1873
Naturalist Julius Brenchley’s account of one of the most significant scientific expeditions to the Western Pacific of the nineteenth century. London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873. Octavo, gilt-illustrated green cloth (rebacked, a little edge worn), endpapers replaced, folding chromolithograph frontispiece; pp xxviii, 487; colour map; 8 full page wood engravings; 36 text vignettes; chromolithographs; 50 …
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (mount 103 x 65 mm); verso with contemporary inscription in ink ‘Annette M. Kellerman, Marrickville 1888’; no photographer’s imprint; the albumen print is lightly rubbed, with scattered mottling in the negative; the gilt-edged mount has been trimmed along the bottom edge. A hitherto unknown family photograph of the young …
Steel’s naval chronologist of the late war, from its commencement in February 1793, to its conclusion in 1801.
Third edition, corrected and greatly enlarged. London : P. Steel, [c. 1802]. Small quarto, half-morocco over marbled boards (worn, boards detached), bookplate from the United Service Museum to front pastedown with discard stamp, engraved frontispiece (of a medal designed by Thomas Bewick), pp. ; civ; 122; 5 engraved charts; , occasional foxing. Scarce book on …
Adelaide : The Gadfly, 1906. Volume 1, number 1, February 14, 1906 – Volume 1, number 52, February 6, 1907. Quarto, bound in contemporary tan pebbled cloth (unmatched, the first volume with spine lettered in gilt; sunned); occasional foxing, a very good, and largely clean, complete run of the first year of the weekly illustrated magazine founded …
GIBSON, Andrew Lucian (Scotland, 1796 - "Tirranna", near Goulburn, 1840)
Sketches made during the Napoleonic Wars and later (c.1815-1821), by military surgeon Dr. Andrew Gibson, founder of Tirranna station near Goulburn, New South Wales
Nine leaves removed from a small early nineteenth century sketchbook, trimmed to various dimensions up to 160 x 100 mm, eight with watercolour and pencil vignettes and manuscript captions in ink, one with manuscript bearing the artist’s name, ‘Andrew Lucian Gibson’, laid down on a later nineteenth century backing sheet, 380 x 320 mm; in very good condition, with some mild …
FORREST, Charles, Lieutenant (1809-1874)
Leaf from an artist’s sketchbook, 230 x 285 mm, unsigned; in fine condition, in an archival mat; verso of leaf with an unfinished pencil sketch by the same artist, depicting early settlers and wooden dwellings in the Australian bush; affixed to the back of the mat is the following typed declaration by a descendant of the artist, …
THE HOTEL PORTSEA LIMITED
[MELBOURNE] Prospectus : The Hotel Portsea Limited … Nominal capital £125,000, divided into 125,000 Shares of £1 each.
[Melbourne] : Moore-Young Litho. Co., 1925. Large folio sheet, 660 x 750 mm, folding to 330 x 250 mm, lithograph printed on both sides, recto with extensive text signed by the Directors and dated November 30 1925, illustrated with four artist’s impressions of the Hotel and surrounds; verso all illustrated, including suggested front elevation and three plans of the …
[Melbourne : Maker unknown, circa 1900]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original paper label with typed caption and sequence number, 23. The Hanging Rock, Woodend, Victoria; in fine condition. A beautiful photographic view of one of the most romanticised natural attractions in Victoria.
PALMER, Henry Spencer (1838 - 1893)
An archive of original materials retained by Major General Henry Spencer Palmer which relate to his command of the British Expedition to observe the transit of Venus, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1874.
Henry Spencer Palmer was born in Bangalore, India in 1838. He was schooled in England and admitted to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in January 1856. In December he was gazetted to a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers and entered the School of Military Engineering at Chatham in January 1857. Upon recommendation from the Royal Astronomer, Palmer was …
Artist unknown [after ANGAS, George French; HAINSSELIN, Henry]
Four early watercolour portraits of Australian Aborigines after lithographs by George French Angas and Henry Hainsselin.
[Australia? : c.1846]. Four individual watercolour head-and-shoulder portraits, each approximately 110 x 90 mm, on sheet 400 x 325 mm, paper watermarked J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1846; the artist’s captions in pencil beneath each portrait read (anti-clockwise from top right): Kertamaroo / King John; Mocata (his wife); Native of Gipps Land, Victoria; Yonki Yonka, Native of Western …
comprising part of New South Wales, the boundaries, counties, also seaport & inland townships, the gold fields with the latest discoveries, roads, tracks, &c. &c. Compiled from drawings in the Survey Office and correctly revised till 1857. Melbourne : Tulloch & Brown, 1857. Engraved map with original hand colouring (foxed), 550 x 860 mm, laid …
B. STEIN & CO.
Perth : B. Stein & Co., Barrack Street, [c.1880]. Square octavo, original cloth backed blue pebbled cloth boards with gilt lettering and ornament (some wear to the edges and corners), containing a concertina foldout with  panels of leporello views of Western Australia, each 180 x 140 mm, including panoramic views of Perth, Fremantle and Albany; …
New York : Harper & Brothers, 1910. Octavo, pictorial boards (some wear and fading), cloth spine, 22 colour plates, a couple of pages with short tears not affecting the images, light handling wear, overall a good copy. Charming and inventive children’s book, designed on a slant.
Bungendore : Odana Editions, 2003. Quarto, full leather in matching slipcase, 312 pp. extensively illustrated with colour plates, notes and commentary on Lindsay’s artworks and techniques. The deluxe edition, limited to 550 signed and numbered copies, with an additional photograph of the painting The Presentation included. A standard edition was also produced. Both editions sold …
DELAUNAY, Sonia (1885-1979)
[SONIA DELAUNAY] Trial design in gouache for the cover of Robes poèmes (Paris : Jacques Damase, 1969)
Gouache on artist’s board, dimensions 320 x 257 mm; verso with a second design (uncompleted); [together with] Sonia Delaunay. Robes poèmes. [Also titled]. Sonia Delaunay 27 tableaux vivants. Paris : Jacques Damase, 1969. Quarto (285 x 195 mm), blue cloth boards with design by Delaunay, in concertina format with 27 full page pochoir illustrations after original designs …
IRIBE, Paul (1883 - 1935)
Paris : Editions Iribe, . Quarto, lettered boards with glassine cover (split, as usual), spiral bound, pp. 32; 7 gold and silver foil plates with acetate overlays (the metallic plates corroded, as always), else very good. An icon of art deco design by the legendary Paul Iribe. Limited to 800 copies, this one of the …
WILLIAMSON, James Cassius; MUSGROVE, George; [HART, Francis, librettist]; [ROBINSON, W.C.F., Sir, composer]
Princess Theatre, Melbourne. Programme for the world premiere of the comic opera “Predatoros”, November 12 1894
[Melbourne : J.C. Williamson & G. Musgrove, 1894]. Folding card, 245 x 137 mm, front with lithographed illustration by J.J. Miller, Melbourne, text printed on the third side with crest of the Princess Theatre at the head; vignette illustrations to second and fourth sides; a very well preserved example. A rare and important piece of Melbourne …
MANLEY, Admiral Isaac (1755 - 1837)
A set of books from the library of Admiral Isaac Manley, the last surviving crew member on Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage
Paris and the Parisians, in 1835. London : Richard Bentley, 1836. Two volumes, octavo, publisher’s cloth (spines defective), pp. xv; 418; vii; 412; Manley’s armorial bookplate to front pastedown of volume 1 (bearing the family motto Manus hæc inimica tyrannis – This hand is hostile to tyrants), each volume signed on the title page ‘Admiral Manley’. Born in London …
DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63, verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Photographer to His Excellency, 66 King William St., Adelaide’, and an inscription in a contemporary hand ‘Sarah Jacob / Born April 21st 1851 / Anne (sic) Jacob / Born Dec. 17 1853’; both the albumen print and mount are …
[MEAGHER, Thomas Francis, 1823-67]
[U.S.A. : s.n., circa 1865. Albumen print photograph of a painting or drawing, carte de visite format (102 x 61 mm), printed caption below image ‘Maj. Gen. Meagher’; no studio imprint; in fine condition. Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-67) was a prominent figure in the 1848 Irish Rebellion, during which he was captured by the British and arrested …
FLINDERS, Matthew (1774 - 1814)
Observations upon the marine barometer, made during the examination of the coasts of New Holland and New South Wales, in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803
Contained within : Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London for the year MDCCVI. Part II. London : printed by W. Bulmer, 1806. Quarto, original plain blue wrappers, pp. iv; 239 – 473; ; 12 engraved plates (some folding), the plates foxed but the text clean, all edges uncut and a little dusty, a …
Text by Margaret Plant. Introduction by Gordon Thomson. Melbourne: Lyre Bird Press, 1982. Large folio (465 x 340mm), in a modern binding of full black kangaroo decorated with Brack motif, housed in a black buckram clamshell box with gilt decoration and lettering on front panel. Illustrated with fifteen original large lithographs by Brack, each drawn on a …
STUART, Martinus (1765-1826); KUYPER, Jaques (artist)
beschreven door Martinus Stuart ; afgebeeld door Jaques Kuyper. Volume I : Te Amsterdam : bij Johannes Allart, 1802; volumes II – VI : Te Z. Boemel [Zaltbommel, Netherlands] : bij J. Noman, 1818. Six volumes, octavo, original yellow papered boards, spines with wear and loss, a mixed set, the first volume from the first issue and the …
Paris : Printemps, 1924. Folio, embossed wrappers, glassine cover, some samage, [pp 16], some foxxing, printed by Draeger Brothers. Seven black and white lithographs by Darin [Adrien Désiré Étienne] showcasing Printemps renovations. Printed for the opening of Printemps new store after a fire in 1921. With introductions by British retailer H. Gordon Selfridge, essayist Jean-Louis …
CAIRE, Nicholas James (1837-1918)
Circa 1895. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original printed label affixed to one of the paper borders, ‘Group of Natives, Victoria’; in good condition. An exterior portrait of an Aboriginal group in European clothing at Lake Tyers Mission, in far eastern Victoria. The image was taken by the photographer …
BANK OF VAN DIEMEN'S LAND; [KELLY, James, 1791-1859]
’16th May 1829. Pay to Self for house or Bearer the sum of Ten Pounds Sterling and place the same to Account of James Kelly [signatory]’; 94 x 175 mm, clean and legible. James Kelly (1791-1859), whaler and sealer, pilot and harbourmaster at Hobart Town, is known as the ‘father and founder of whaling’ in Tasmania (see entry on …
[Melbourne] : Victorian Railways Commissioners, 1927. Small square quarto (designed to be folded), wrappers with pictorial advertisement for the Electrical Exhibition at the Melbourne Exhibition Building, September 10 – October 1 1927;  pp, photographic illustrations, double page map; lacking staples, upper wrapper chipped; else a clean example. Very scarce. The State Library of Victoria holds the …
Melbourne : Baker Publishing, . Quarto, illustrated wrappers (pale foxing), pp. 64, illustrated. A sleazier and intellectually less ambitious – dare we say lowbrow? – counterpart to Oz magazine, Tom Thumb did however provide some biting and witty social and political satire to complement its soft-core pornographic pictorial content (the latter clearly being what sold …
WEYGAND, James Lamar; WEYGAND, Joy
Nappanee, Indiana : Press of the Indiana Kid, 1987. Miniature book, marbled boards over calf, gilt lettering on spine, pages uncut, pp 45. Private press publication, limited to 60 copies, with 27 bookplates throughout.
Hong Kong : Hong Kong Tourist Association, circa 1970. Three tourist brochures, each folding with four panels, one side of which is a Chinese screen, with information about the warm temperatures and local sights. ‘Hong Kong is a happy choice … any time of year!’; ‘Fascinatingly oriental, glamorously international’.
MAGUIRE, Alva; BENDIGO ART GALLERY
Bendigo : Bendigo Art Gallery, 2013. Oblong octavo, decorative wrappers, 135 pp, mostly full-page colour photographic illustrations of J.H. Jones’ wonderful stereoviews of the Victorian goldfields region, Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula, taken in the 1860s; essay by curator, Alva Maguire; an as new copy of this fine catalogue produced for the Bendigo Art Gallery’s exhibition …
At the Argonaut Galleries, 224 – 225 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia. 9th July, 1930 to 9th August, 1930. Quarto, lettered wrappers (stained, affecting all pages), pp. , catalogue of 62 works. Scarce catalogue. A single example recorded in Australian Libraries (SLSA).
KENDALL, Lieut. E. N.
Manuscript map, 183 x 125 mm (image), hand coloured, a nineteenth century copy of Kendall’s map created in 1829. Deception Island, in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, was first discovered by sealers in 1820. In 1829, the British Naval Expedition to the South Atlantic made a scientific survey of the island, and Lieutenant Kendall of the HMS …
ST. KILDA AMATEUR DRAMATIC CLUB
St. Kilda Amateur Dramatic Club. Wednesday, December 20, 1876. The Second Performance of the above club will be given in the Assembly Hall, Grey Street, St. Kilda, when will be produced Sheridan’s successful comedy, in five acts, of “The Rivals” …
Melbourne : McCarron, Bird and Co., 1876. Broadside, 330 x 203 mm, printed recto only; foxing, old folds, with tape repair verso of central horizontal fold. A scarce piece of early Melbourne theatre memorabilia. The cast in this production included Howard Dare, Richard Aspinall, C.F. Beauchamp, and sisters Miss Bessie and Carrie Evans.
DE VORAIGNE, Jacobus, (c. 1229-1298); CAXTON, William (c. 1422 - 1491)
Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive, Lombardica historia. Westminster: William Caxton, c.1483-1484. A single leaf, printed recto and verso in black letter, printed in English, all edges singed with loss to the margins, measures 280 x 195 mm, woodcut of Saint Mark, tipped on to an old backing sheet. A leaf salvaged from William Caxton’s printing of …
CAIRE, Nicholas James (1837-1918)
Albumen print photograph, 223 x 272 mm, laid down on its original board mount, imprint of the photographer N.J. Caire to bottom margin (partially trimmed); verso with names of all warders in the photograph listed in pencil, the inscription now faint, but mostly legible, with pasted-down advertisement for Sievwright and Caire’s “Coronet” Photographic & Art Bureau …