New Acquisitions

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our New Acquisitions list for June 2019 (where has the first half of the year gone?!).

There are many highlights among the 100 items, including:

Norman Lindsay: Isle of San (1919) and A Homage to Sappho (1928), both fine copies.

Lionel Lindsay: Twenty-one Woodcuts (1924) in the original publisher’s box with a presentation inscription for W.H. Ifould.

Charles Troedel: The Melbourne Album (1864), a lovely example of the shorter set with 12 tinted lithographs. “One of the great Australian colour plate books”.

J.W. Lindt: a photograph from his important series of portraits of the indigenous people of the Clarence River Valley (1873).

Darlinghurst Nights (1933), inscribed by its author, the poet Kenneth Slessor.

A large-scale German map of Christian missions around the globe (Leipzig, 1862).

John Gould: a selection of coloured lithographs from his magnificent plate books The Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, and The Birds of Australia.

Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand (1888), the large format second edition, with the Supplement (1905).

The “Chinese Alphabet”, a rare publication by German missionary Paul Kranz (Shanghai, 1903-04).

The Polynesian: a large group of unbound issues of this early Hawaiian newspaper (1844-45).

Plus many interesting maps, photographs and manuscripts; early Australian sheet music and theatre ephemera; voyage and children’s books; a fore-edge painting … and much more.

Happy browsing!

  • # 22407

    SLESSOR, Kenneth / REILLY, Virgil (illustrator)

    Darlinghurst nights

    and Morning Glories / being 47 strange sights / observed from eleventh storeys, / in a land of cream puffs and crime, by a Flat-roof Professor; / and here set forth in sketch and rhyme. Sydney : Frank C. Johnson, 1933. First edition. Presentation copy inscribed on the half title ‘To Gus Walker from Ken …

  • # 22259

    GRUNDEMANN, Reinhold

    [MAP] Missions-Weltkarte zur Übersicht sämmtlicher evangelischen Missions-Gebiete,

    entworfen und gezeichnet von Dr R. Grundemann, Hilfsprediger (Herbst 1862). Zu haben in den Missionshäusern zu Barmen, Basel, Berlin, Hermannsburg und Leipzig. Im Buchhandel bei H. Petersen in Halle. Der Reinertrag ist zum Besten der Mission bestimmt. Die Ausgabe in andern Sprachen ist vorbehalten. First edition. Leipzig : Geographisch-Lithographisches Institut H. Kunsch, [1862 or 1863]. …

  • # 22408

    Charles TROEDEL, publisher.

    The Melbourne album. Containing a series of views of Melbourne & country districts.

    Respectfully dedicated to, and patronized by His Excellency Sir Charles Darling, K.C.B.. by the lithographer and publisher, Charles Troedel. 73, Collins St. E. Melbourne. Melbourne : Charles Troedel, circa 1864. Oblong folio, 412 x 535 mm, publisher’s half red roan over gilt-lettered green cloth (edges rubbed, spine split), front free endpaper creased with edge loss, …

  • # 22451

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969) and LINDSAY, Jack (1900-1990)

    A homage to Sappho

    Made by Norman and Jack Lindsay. London : The Fanfrolico Press, 1928. Limited to 70 signed copies. Quarto, bound by John Hains of London in full cream vellum over bevelled boards with title and Lindsay decoration in gold, all edges gilt, 64 pp, illustrated with fifteen original etchings by Norman Lindsay, a fine copy. One …

  • # 22452

    GELLERT, Leon (1892-1977); LINDSAY, Norman (1876-1969)

    The Isle of San

    A phantasy by Leon Gellert with five original etchings by Norman Lindsay. Sydney : Art in Australia, 1919. Folio, quarter-vellum over green cloth, 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 etching signed in full in pencil, occasional …

  • # 22395


    [WESTERN DISTRICT] Photographs of The Burns Boys, and the Bark Mill machinery, by which they lost their arms, at Portland.

    [1874]. Two albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, 104 x 62 mm (mounts); one is a studio portrait of the two Burns brothers showing their amputated arms, the negative with caption in manuscript ‘A.M. Copyright Registered’, verso with printed title in various fonts ‘Photographs of The Burns Boys, and the Bark Mill machinery, by which …

  • # 22450

    LINDSAY, Lionel (1874 - 1961)

    Twenty-one woodcuts. Drawn, engraved & printed by Lionel Lindsay (presentation copy for W. H. Ifould)

    Sydney : Meryon Press, 1924. Quarto, quarter-cloth, papered boards with title label (edges rubbed), unpaginated, title page in red and black, woodcut frontispiece, foreword by Lionel Lindsay, engraved title device, twenty further woodcuts tipped-in. Limited to 95 copies, a deluxe edition of 30 copies was also issued. This copy out of series. Housed in the …

  • # 22440

    BULLER, Walter Lawry, 1838-1906; KEULEMANS, John Gerrard, 1842-1912

    A history of the birds of New Zealand (with supplement).

    Scarce large format second edition (with supplement) of an acclaimed ornithological work, illustrated by J.G. Keulemans. London : the author, 1888 – 1905. Second edition. The History (1888) : thirteen parts, bound in two volumes, quarto, contemporary half crushed morocco over pebbled cloth by R. H. Porter, spines in compartments lettered in gilt, top edges …

  • # 22462

    BLUETT, Mary

    [WESTERN DISTRICT] Letter written by a young woman on Paul de Castella’s Quamby run, near Woolsthorpe, Western Victoria, describing her recent voyage from England to Portland, thence to Port Fairy by brig and overland to Quamby by dray. New Year’s Day, 1855.

    Manuscript in ink on blue laid paper, comprising a quarto bifolium, 250 x 200 mm, [4] pp closely written on each side, with an octavo bifolium insert, 150 x 200 mm, [4] pp (the last two cross-written); headed ‘Quamby, January 1st 1855’, the letter is addressed to ‘Dear Aunt and Cousins’ and is signed on …

  • # 22457

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879 - 1969); STEPHENS, A. G. (1865 - 1933)


    Sydney: the authors, 1902. Folio, decorated wrappers (some light handling marks and very light foxing), 34pp., illustrated by Lindsay. Illustrated verse, some first published in The Bulletin, while other poems are published here for the first time. ‘Of this edition 650 copies have been printed on toned paper, numbered, price 3s. 6d.; 99 copies on larger white paper, …

  • # 22282

    MARSH, Henry (1824 - c. 1885); ANGAS, George French (1822-1886)

    [SHEET MUSIC; SYDNEY]. The Anniversary Polka. Composed & dedicated to the Committee of Management of the Anniversary Regatta. 

    Sydney : H. Marsh & Co. [1853]. Printed by J. Allan. Folio, lithographed cover by George French Angas, with a signed vignette of the Regatta entering Sydney Heads, above which is a banner ADVANCE AUSTRALIA and a coat of arms enclosing a vignette of a youthful Queen Victoria, light foxing, paper reinforcement to spine, 4 …

  • # 21569

    JARVES, James Jackson (editor)

    The Polynesian, 1844-45 : 21 issues of the weekly Honolulu newspaper, official organ of the Hawaiian Government.

    Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands : J. J. Jarves, 1844-45. Twenty-one individual issues, folio newspaper (460 x 300 mm), bifolium format; disbound; text in English and Hawaiian; most issues with some water staining (not affecting legibility of the print), otherwise well preserved; accompanied by the near-contemporary marbled papered board covers (now detached, chipped and heavily worn) …

  • # 22204

    PHILLIP, Arthur (1738-1814)

    The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay

    with an account of the establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; compiled from authentic papers, which have been obtained from the several departments, to which are added, the journals of Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall; with an account of their new discoveries. London : John Stockdale, 1789. Quarto, full …

  • # 22387

    BURKE, Keast

    With horse and Morse in Mesopotamia : the story of Anzacs in Asia.

    Sydney : Printed by Arthur McQuitty [for the A. & N.Z. Wireless Signal Squadron History Committee], 1927. Quarto, original cloth covered boards with pictorial title onlay to front (light staining to top edge of front board), spine with printed label, endpaper maps, front free-endpaper with later owner’s name, half title with gift inscription ‘To Arthur, with …

  • # 21623

    KRANZ, Paul (1866-1920)

    The “Chinese alphabet” : four thousand most frequent characters, according to their frequency. In four series of one thousand characters each, and subdivided into nine classes. For private study and self-examination, and for use in Chinese schools.

    Shanghai : Printed at the American Presbyterian Mission Press, [1903-04]. Two volumes in one, folio (380 x 250 mm), bound in later black lettered tan cloth over boards (lightly marked) for renowned China philatelist H.K. Bowker (a paymaster in the United States Navy). Volume one (lacking title leaf), containing Series I and II, pp i-iii …

  • # 22249

    LINDT, J.W. (John William) (1845-1926)

    Clarence River man holding didjeridu.

    [Circa 1873]. Albumen print photograph, 200 x 150 mm, manuscript sequence number ‘4’ in negative lower right; a strong print with good tonal range, small flaw in the negative upper right, but in fine condition; mounted and framed. One of the famous series of tableau portraits of Clarence Valley Aboriginal people taken by German-born photographer …