New Acquisitions

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our August New Acquisitions list, an eclectic mix as always, with 200 items: books, manuscripts, artworks, photographs and ephemera.

Highlights include a manuscript diary kept by a seaman on HMS Albion during the Dardanelles campaign (1915-16); a selection of individual issues of the highly collectable Sydney Ure Smith publication The Home (1930s); a Charles Conder lithograph (1904); a Ruby Lindsay watercolour (1918); a little known children’s book, Play-time tales, with illustrations by May Gibbs (1914-1919); a beautiful set of the second printing of Nabokov’s masterpiece, Lolita (Olympia Press, Paris, 1958); the deluxe edition (limited to 25 copies, with original linocut) of the superb Beagle Press monograph Brett Whiteley drawings; 11 (of 12) postcards from the rare set Australian Brownies, illustrated by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1905); plus a number of important items exhibited for the first time recently at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair, such as Prévost’s monumental 20-volume encyclopaedia of voyages (1746-1789) and a suite of nine plates from Shaw’s Zoology of New Holland (1794).

Happy browsing!

  • # 22709


    Brett Whiteley drawings. (Deluxe edition with original linocut)

    Sydney : The Beagle Press, 2015. Quarto, gilt-lettered black cloth in matching slipcase, pp. 220, illustrated. The deluxe edition, limited to 25 copies specially bound, with an original linocut by Brett Whiteley ‘The Wave’ loosely enclosed, specially printed in a numbered edition of 25 copies, signed lower right with the Brett Whiteley studio stamp, and …

  • # 22671

    Around the world with Nellie Bly

    New York : McLoughlin Brothers, c. 1890. Game board, 415 x 400 mm, chromolithograph playing board in two sheets, folding, with vignettes of Nellie Bly, Jules Verne, a steam ship and a steam train. Fine condition. Housed in original box with chromolithograph illustration, containing spinner card and four wooden counters. “Famed woman journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth …

  • # 22519

    CONDER, Charles (1868-1909)

    A dream of Araby

    Transfer lithograph, c 1904. Printed in sanguine from one stone. Dimensions of printed image 214 x 310 mm. CONDER within image, lower left; signed Charles Conder lower left margin; no. 22 lower right margin. Printed in an edition of 50 copies. From the Carnival series, published in London by Ernest Brown & Phillips [Leicester Galleries], 1904 – 1906. During …

  • # 22678

    RATTRAY, Alan M. (words & music)

    [SHEET MUSIC; SYDNEY] Jack tar : nautical march song, and chorus.

    Cover: “Artistically portrayed with grand success by Post Mason”. Sydney : D. Davis & Co., [1906]. Folio, original wrappers, the front featuring a striking black-and-white design of a sailor in front of a Sydney Harbour backdrop, wet stamp of Melbourne music seller Sutton’s at bottom edge, lower wrapper with music for ‘A Nigger’s Paradise’ and …

  • # 22786

    Photographer unknown.

    View of the first Union Club (formerly Robert Campbell junior’s residence), Bligh Street, Sydney.

    Circa 1868. Albumen print photograph, 123 x 163 mm, laid down on a section cut from an album page, with a contemporary inscription in ink above the image ‘Union Club, Sydney, N.S.W.’; a strong print in fine condition. From an album of Sydney views compiled during Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh’s Australian visit of 1867-68, …

  • # 22530

    LINDSAY Ruby (1887 - 1919)

    Untitled [Girl with staff]

    Watercolour and pen and ink on card, measuring 235 x 140 mm (image), of a girl in travelling clothes holding a long staff, a horizontal crease across lower third of image. Signed lower right Ruby Lind and dated 1918. Verso, a small head study and the framer’s pencilled notes ‘Lieut. Lindsay, Queen Hospital. 1/2 ” flat …

  • # 22666

    CAIRE, N. J. (Nicholas John) (1837-1918)

    Residents posing outside a winter hut at Maloga Mission on the River Murray, New South Wales.

    [Between 1885 and 1888]. Albumen print photograph, 150 x 200 mm, laid down on its original paper mount, printed caption in gold ink across the bottom margin ‘Scenes on the River Murray’, along with the imprint of ‘N.J. Caire, Photo., Prize Medallist. Laboratory and Office: 2 Darling St., South Yarra’; contemporary inscription in ink verso …

  • # 22247

    MORT, Eirene (1879-1977); CROOK, Ethel Frances (1885-1973)

    First Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work, 1907. Diploma, Second Class. Awarded to Bendigo artist Ethel Crook, and accompanied by an archive of her designs.

    Chromolithograph printed in shades of blue and brown, 370 x 460 mm, printed text with manuscript entries ‘FIRST / AUSTRALIAN EXHIBITION / OF / WOMEN’S WORK / 1907 / SECOND CLASS DIPLOMA / Awarded to Ethel Crooke / Original Design’, within an Art Nouveau-inspired illustrated border; upper right and lower left corners worn, else a …

  • # 22568


    A Primitive Methodist Missionary Society collection box.

    [London : Primitive Methodist Missionary Society, 1890 – 1900]. Wooden collection box, 155 x 100 x 65 mm, original chromolithographed label to front, worded ‘Primitive Methodist Missionary Society / Offerings for Home and Colonial Work / Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem’; underside with remnants of old paper …

  • # 22488


    [TRANSPORTATION] Lincoln Gaol Magistrates’ Order Book, 1799-1816.

    Late eighteenth century journal. Square octavo, 195 x 155 mm, quarter calf over marbled papered boards (recently rebacked, endpapers replaced); pp [136], manuscript in ink in several hands on unruled laid paper, the majority of entries on rectos only; clean and legible throughout. This unique, unpublished manuscript provides a fascinating “view from the inside” of …

  • # 22665

    [WITHERS, Walter]. “WAYFARER” [ie: PUETTMANN, Herman Willhelm].

    Pen and Pencil in Collins Street. With original illustrations by Walter Withers.

    Melbourne: Melville, Mullen & Slade, n.d. [1891]. Small quarto, original illustrated wrappers (edges rubbed, a couple of light creases), 32 pp. illustrated with charming vignettes by the Australian Impressionist. A delightful and fragile little Victorian volume with skilled sketches by the artist.

  • # 22559

    NABOKOV, Vladimir (1899-1977)


    Paris : The Olympia Press, 1958. Second printing. Two volumes, octavo, printed green card wrappers (light edge wear), previous owner’s name to half-title, pp. 190; 223, a fine set. Second printing, after the 1955 first edition in the same format. Nabokov’s novel is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth century fiction.

  • # 22531

    PRAED, Winthrop Mackworth (1802-1839)

    Australasia : a poem which obtained the Chancellor’s Medal at the Cambridge commencement, July 1823

    [Cambridge : s.n., 1823]. Octavo, plain blue wrappers (edges chipped, label of J. O. Edwards inside upper wrapper), pp. 14; [2], stitchbound, occasional slight foxing, else very good. The Chancellor’s Gold Medal is the premier prize for poetry at Cambridge University. It was founded in 1813, and is an annual event, with each poem being …

  • # 21056

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969), et al.

    [MAY GIBBS]. Play-time tales. A picture story-book for little folks

    With a large number of pictures in colour and in black-and-white. London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne : Cassell and Company Ltd, [1914-1919]. Quarto, glazed pictorial boards (with illustration by Agnes Richardson), cloth spine, edges rubbed, advertisements to endpapers, colour frontispiece, title page in black and red, pp. [64], numerous illustrations including 10 colour plates. …

  • # 22599


    [CINEMA] Fox Rising Stars of 1928 / Youth, Beauty and Personality from Fox, the One Great Independent.

    [Hollywood, CA : Fox Film Corporation, 1927?]. Large folding sheet, 450 x 800 mm, colour printed on both sides and folding to 230 x 100 mm, illustrated with a total of 29 portraits of Fox movie stars, accompanied by brief biographical sketches and descriptions of each star’s major attributes and achievements; a few minor tears …

  • # 22598


    [CINEMA; SYDNEY] Hollywood Stars.

    Sydney, NSW : The Land Newspaper, 57 Regent Street, [c.1945]. Octavo (210 x 140 mm), pictorial wrappers (upper wrapper with wet stamp of Melbourne firm “Ted’s Product’s Pty. Ltd.”), staple bound, pp [16] (including wrappers), all full-page colour photographic portraits accompanied by a paragraph of biographical and statistical information on each star; illustrated are Dinah …