New Acquisitions

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Welcome to the December list, with over 300 items.

A few highlights:

Jean-Michel Basquiat : Drawings (1985). Limited edition, signed by the artist.

Duende (2019). A superb Lorca-inspired artist’s book by Peter Lyssiotis and Nicholas Pounder.

Diggles, The Ornithology of Australia (1865-66). Four original parts in the rare publisher’s wrappers.

A fine 18th century set of Shakespeare’s plays.

T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The de luxe issue of the first trade edition (1935).

A scarcely recorded American Presbyterian Missionary Map of the World (1900).

Plus Australian and international art, New Guinea missionary printings, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, travel, and much more.

Happy browsing!

  • # 24273

    BASQUIAT, Jean-Michel (1960 - 1988)

    Jean-Michel Basquiat : drawings

    Zürich : Galerie Bischofberger and New York : Mary Boone Gallery, 1985. Oblong folio, cloth in illustrated dust jacket, pp. [viii]; portrait photograph of Basquiat by Jean van der Zee; 32 leaves of plates, illustrated in colour. Limited to 1000 numbered copies, boldly signed in blue ink by the artist. A rare publication on the …

  • # 24346

    LORCA, Federico García (1898 - 1936); LYSSIOTIS, Peter (1949 - )


    Melbourne : Masterthief and Sydney : Polar Bear Press, 2019. Folio, black card wrappers with red paint drippings resembling spilt blood, nineteen photo-montages by Peter Lyssiotis in response to the text by Lorca “Juego y teoría del Duende” (Buenos Aires, 20 October 1933). Folded in sections and presented in a folding cloth box with title label. ‘Conceived …

  • # 24170

    DIGGLES, Silvester (1817-1880)

    The ornithology of Australia, by Silvester Diggles. Four original parts, 24 plates, in publisher’s wrappers.

    Brisbane : Printed for the author by T.P. Pugh, [circa 1865 – 66]. Four parts (out of a total of twenty-one, these are numbers 2; 3; 7; 8, numbered in pen), folio, publisher’s wrappers (edges chipped, dusty, a couple of blind stamps) each containing 6 hand-coloured lithographed plates, heightened with gum arabic, each with an accompanying …

  • # 24091


    Missionary map of the world

    New York : The Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, circa 1900. Map, printed in colour on cotton, measures 32″ x 48″ (82 x 122 cm), old folds as issued, fine condition. Map showing the Presbyterian missions of the world, with a concentration of activity in China, India and Japan. The newly built Trans-Siberian Railway is …

  • # 23941


    The magic of colour harmony in dress

    Sydney : Bebarfald’s Ltd., 1927. Quarto, publisher’s cloth boards with pictorial onlay and gilt lettering and design to front (boards lightly marked), 140 pp (light toning), illustrated with tipped-in colour plates (a couple fo corners creased) and b/w line drawings in the text. A scarce and lavishly produced Australian guide to dress sense for women …

  • # 23765

    Photographer unknown.

    A pair of very early stereoview photographs of Adelaide streets, circa 1860.

    Both views are exceptionally early and are possibly unrecorded. They appear to have been kept together for almost 160 years, as the manuscript captions on both are written in the same contemporary hand. It is likely that the same unidentified photographer was responsible for both views. I. Adelaide, S.A. Rundle St. from Gawler Place, north …

  • # 23622


    The plays of William Shakspeare.

    In ten volumes. With the corrections and illustrations of various commentators; to which are added notes by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. The third edition, revised and augmented by the editor of Dodsley’s collection of old plays. London : printed for C. Bathurst, J. Rivington and Sons [et alia], 1785. Ten volumes, octavo, full polished …

  • # 23136

    LAWRENCE, T. E. [Thomas Edward] (1888-1935)

    Seven pillars of wisdom : a triumph. (De luxe issue)

    London : Jonathan Cape, 1935. First trade edition. Deluxe edition, limited to 750 numbered copies. Quarto, quarter pigskin over brown buckram with crossed swords and motto ‘the sword also means cleanness & death’ lettered in gilt to front panel, spine lettered in gilt (somewhat scuffed), Cockerel marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edged uncut, pp. …

  • # 23718

    WARHOL, Andy (1928-1987); GREEN, Samuel Adams

    Andy Warhol

    Philadelphia : Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1965. Octavo, illustrated cards (slightly toned), cloth spine, previous owner’s name in pen inside upper wrapper, pp. [55], illustrated in colour and black and white, printed on cream, silver and green leaves, the tape binding slightly weak as always, else a fine copy. Preface by Samuel Adams …

  • # 23842

    BRASSAÏ (Gyula Halász, 1899-1984)

    Henry Miller : grandeur nature. (Inscribed by Brassaï)

    Paris : Gallimard, [1975]. First trade edition. Octavo, stiff card covers in dust wrapper with portrait of Miller by Brassaï (1932), boldly inscribed by Brassaï on the half title ‘Pour Baby et Marion Sulzberger, bien amicalement, Brassaï. Paris, le 29 dec 1975’; pp 264, [1], with 16 crisp photogravures of people and places from Miller’s life …

  • # 22652

    ADLER, C.

    The Bouquet of Sydney

    Hamburg : C. Adler, before 1868. Chromolithographed and engraved folding card in the shape of a bouquet of flowers, housed in the original gilt-printed envelope with a lithographed view of Sydney, lettered in gold, the view measuring 520 x 118 mm, the envelope 86 x 142 mm, a fine example. Adler’s Bouquet of Sydney, a highly ephemeral …

  • # 24345

    OPPEN, Monica

    All human beings

    Sydney : Ant Press, 2019. Small quarto, grey cloth with jigsaw puzzle pieces from a map of the world, unpaginated, pp. [44], printed by Avril Makula on Epson archival matte paper with pigment inks, text from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis, images by Oppen on Central Station, …

  • # 23813


    [CAMBRIDGE BINDING]. Liber epistolarum beati Augustini episcopi Hipponensis ecclesiae

    Paris : Badius Ascensius, 1515 (colophon). Folio, ff. [viii], CCLXII, [31] (lacking last blank); title-page within a large historiated woodcut border enclosing the printer’s device, many criblé initials throughout; a few minute pinhead wormholes scattered through the second part, a slightly larger one in quire f (not impairing legibility); in a contemporary Cambridge binding by …

  • # 23585

    GAZE, Harold (1884-1963)

    Eros and Psyche

    Watercolour and pencil on card, 310 x 260 mm, signed lower left and dated 1925, titled in pencil verso; short tear upper right, loss to corner lower right (15 x 15 mm) with replacement paper coloured to match; framed. An exquisite original watercolour illustrating the romance in Greek mythology between the mortal Psyche and the immortal …

  • # 23644

    FRIEND, Donald (1914-1989)

    “Rouseabout” : the original typed draft of an unpublished novel by Australian artist Donald Friend.

    Foolscap folio typescript, approximately 275 pages (double-spaced), gathered into 23 numbered and titled chapters (one with an alternative version), each with separate pagination, stapled at top corners, with Friend’s manuscript corrections and revisions throughout; contained in a manila folder with manuscript title to front in Friend’s hand: “Rouseabout.” Novel.; the paper has an expected amount …

  • # 23448

    DENNIS, C. J.

    A book for kids

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, [1921]. First edition. Quarto, papered boards with cover illustration by C. J. Dennis (some small areas of colour infill), cloth spine (flecked), pictorial endpapers, contemporary inscription to preliminary blank, colour frontispiece and title page by Hal Gye, pp. 118, illustrated in black and white by Dennis himself, a fine copy …