New Acquisitions

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our New Acquisitions list for April 2019, a bumper catalogue of over 250 items. This month we feature important voyages to the New World, including the first English translation of Peter Martyr, 1555; a most interesting expurgated copy of De Bry’s Small Voyages, 1601 – 13, and a suppressed copy Magra’s account of Cook’s first circumnavigation in wrappers, 1771. These are complemented by rare separately issued views of Tahiti from the Dupetit-Thouars voyage, rare maps and books on China, and a variety of photographs and ephemera relating to travel and emigration. The usual range of Australian art books are highlighted by some uncommon titles by Norman Lindsay, as well as signed works by international artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono and our own expatriate Barry Humphries. We hope to satisfy a wide range of collecting interests with an assortment of affordable Australian children’s books, trade catalogues, cocktail books and architecture reference.

Happy browsing!

  • # 21995

    [WHITELEY, Brett, 1939-1992]

    [WHITELEY] You are cordially invited to the opening on Tuesday 21st September from 5.30 to 7 pm of recent interiors, still-lifes, windowscapes, self-portraits, sculpture and (2) ceramics by Brett Whiteley …

    [Collingwood, Vic. : Australian Galleries, 1976]. Exhibition invitation, 210 x 290 mm, printed recto only on thick glossy paper, illustrated with colour reproduction of ‘The pond at Bundanon’ and b/w photographic portrait of  Whiteley by Greg Weight; mild creasing, else very good.

  • # 18892

    MARTYR, Peter (Pietro Martire d'ANGHIERA, 1457-1526), et al.; EDEN, Richard (translator) (c.1520-1576)

    The Decades of the newe worlde or West India, Conteyning the nauigations and conquestes of the Spanyardes, with the particular description of the moste ryche and large landes and Ilandes lately founde in the west Ocean perteynyng to the inheritaunce of the kinges of Spayne.

    … Wrytten in the Latine tounge by Peter Martyr of Angleria, and translated into Englysshe by Rycharde Eden. Londini : In aedibus Guilhelmi Powell, Anno. 1555. Colophon (one of four known variants): Imprynted at London in Paules Churchyarde at the signe of the Bell by Robert Toy … M. D. LV. Quarto (178 x 130 …

  • # 18467

    BRY, Johann Theodor de; Johann ISRAEL (illustrator)

    Indiae orientalis (Small Voyages), Parts IV-XI.

    The first Latin editions of Parts IV-XI (eight parts in two volumes) of one of the most important collections of voyages published in the Age of Discovery, primarily devoted to the exploration of the East Indies and containing 140 engraved plates and maps illustrating voyages to the Spice Islands, India, Africa and North America. The …

  • # 21338

    ALLEN, Glover M.

    The mammals of China and Mongolia

    New York : The American Museum of Natural History, 1938 – 1940. Two volumes, quarto, black lettered yellow cloth, dustjackets (a couple of small chips), the first volume pp. xxv; 629; 9 plates, 22 distribution maps; the second volume pp. xxvi; 621- 1350; 11 plates, 11 text illustrations, 41 distribution maps, a very good set. …

  • # 20398

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    The etchings of Norman Lindsay (Margaret Coen’s copy)

    London : Constable & Co., 1927. Folio, gilt-lettered blue buckram (a little marked), top edge gilt, 45 leaves of plates with accompanying title leaf, each a fine photogravure reproduction of a Norman Lindsay etching, moderate to heayl foxing. Limited to 129 copies of which 120 were for sale, signed and numbered by Norman Lindsay. A …

  • # 21294

    MAGRA, James Maria (attributed)

    A Journal of a Voyage round the World in His Majesty’s Ship Endeavour, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771;

    Undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: containing All the various Occurrences of the Voyage, with Descriptions of several new discovered Countries in the Southern Hemisphere; and Accounts of their Soil and Productions; and of many Singularities in the Structure, Apparel, Customs, Manners, Policy, Manufactures, &c. of their Inhabitants. …

  • # 21480

    RUSCHA, Ed (1937 - )

    Make new history

    Los Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 2009. Oblong octavo, grey linen bound boards, facsimile artist’s signature to spine, the edges of the pages printed with the words MAKE NEW HISTORY to the three sides, approximately 600 blank pages, printed colophon stating ‘This art object was designed by Ed Ruscha in celebration of MOCA …

  • # 20244

    MACKENZIE, Kenneth (1913-1955); LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    Our earth

    With an original etching and 13 illustrations by Norman Lindsay. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1937. Quarto, quarter cloth over gilt-lettered textured boards, 60 pp, tipped-in illustrations and vignettes by Lindsay. The frontispiece is an original etching by Norman Lindsay, signed. Limited to 225 copies signed and numbered by Mackenzie. A fine, crisp copy.

  • # 21636

    LEBRETON, Louis (1818-1866)

    [TAHITI] I[le]. Taïti. Le C.A. Dupetit Thouars faisant amener le pavillon taïtien et prenant possession au nom de la France.

    [= Tahiti. Rear Admiral Dupetit Thouars raises the Tahitian [Protectorate] flag and takes possession in the name of France]. Paris : Vor. Delarue et Cie. ; London : Anaglyphic Company ; Leipzig : Gebrüder Rocca, 1844. Lithograph with hand colouring, 305 x  483 mm (sheet 408 x 557 mm), signed ‘Louis Lebreton’ in stone lower right; …

  • # 21229

    HOSIE, Sir Alexander (1853 - 1925)

    Philips’ commercial map of China

    With index. London : George Philip & Son, circa 1930. Quarto, lettered cloth (marked),marbled endpapers, detailed 8 page index, very large folding map, printed in colour dissected into 35 panels and laid on linen, overall dimensions 1670 x 1145 mm, inset map of Sinkiang, Peking – Tsinan District and Shanghai – Nanking District, shipping routes …

  • # 21002

    KUNZ, George Frederick and STEVENSON, Charles Hugh

    The book of the pearl

    The history, art, science, and industry of the Queen of gems. London : Macmillan, 1908. First edition. Quarto, decorated buckram (a little rubbed), top edge gilt, pp. xx; 548, 18 colour plates with tissue guards, 83 black and white plates, 5 maps (including the pearling regions in Oceania and Malaysia), a few occasional spots of …

  • # 21613


    Nihon-san kaisō hyōhon. [Seaweed specimens].

    [Tokyo? : s.n.], late Meiji to early Taishō period [1900-1910s]. Publisher’s album, 180 x 120 x 35 mm, papered boards with Japanese titles to front printed in gilt (boards sunned and lightly marked), containing concertina-style foldout with 49 (of 50) window-mounted (i.e. fully removable) postcards, each with an original specimen of pressed seaweed affixed recto; …

  • # 21606

    Maker unknown.

    European missionary preaching to a group of indigenous men (possibly Māori).

    [s.l. : s.n., probably between 1850 and 1860], Hand-painted magic lantern glass slide, circular image (80 mm diameter), set in the original wooden frame (100 x 165 mm); fine condition. There are several hand-painted glass slides of identical format and workmanship, with scenes relating to New Zealand Māori, in the collection of the Alexander Turnbull …

  • # 21054

    WARHOL, Andy and HACKETT, Pat

    POPism : the Warhol ’60s (signed copy)

    New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. First Edition. Octavo, quarter-cloth over papered boards, dustjacket (price-clipped, spine a little sunned), pp. [vi]; 310, black and white photographs. Signed by Warhol on the front free endpaper. Warhol’s own account of the 60s : art, the Factory, celebrities and fame. Uncommon signed.

  • # 21188

    [POTTER, Robert]. "EASTERLEY, Robert and WILBRAHAM, John" (pseud.)

    The germ growers

    Melbourne : Melville, Mullen & Slade, 1892. Octavo, gilt-lettered pebbled cloth over bevelled boards (light edge wear, faint library marks to spine), patterned endpapers, pp. vi; 274, text block clean. One of the first Australian works of science fiction, and one of the earliest works to postulate an alien invasion of Earth, published six years …

  • # 21003

    LINDSAY, Norman.

    The Flyaway Highway.

    Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1936. First edition. Large octavo, Lindsay decorated papered boards (bright), illustrated dust jacket (several edge tears), 120pp., very slight foxing to preliminaries, with numerous Lindsay illustrations. First edition of Lindsay’s second children’s book, the first being The Magic Pudding. A very good copy, rare in the jacket.