New Acquisitions

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

With important original works by Rosalie Gascoigne, Margaret Preston, Brett Whiteley, Ron Robertson-Swann, Robert Jacks and Leah King-Smith, and a fine copy of the Norman Lindsay / Leon Gellert collaboration The Isle of San (1919), the emphasis in this month’s list is definitely on Australian art.

You’ll also find rare ephemera, books and photographs, including two very early Sydney educational broadsides (1830s); an American circus broadside illustrating “South Sea Savages, or Maori War Dancers” (1882); the first Australian cyclists’ touring guide (1896); a Federation-era Melbourne billboard advertising poster; photograph albums of China (1900), Gippsland (1889) and Papua New Guinea (1950s); and a set of mineral specimens for scientific study housed in their original box (Philadelphia, 1890s).

Happy browsing!

  • # 26868

    PRESTON, Margaret (1875 - 1963)

    Mosman Bridge N.S.W.

    Created circa 1927. Woodblock print on thin cream laid paper, hand coloured, 252 x 188 mm, signed in the image lower right, signed in pencil lower right, titled ‘18th proof – Mosman Bridge N.S.W.‘ Framed. ‘Mosman Bridge, built up of a mosaic of clear, bright colour with a daring use of ngative space, creates intriguing …

  • # 26813

    COLE, William Washington (1847-1915)

    South Sea Savages, or Maori War Dancers. The List including a Troupe of Genuine South-Sea Savages tattooed from head to foot, and faithfully giving The Great Maori War Dances.

    [Advertised and illustrated on] A double-sided poster for W. W. Cole’s World-Famous, Five-Continent New Mammoth Circus, appearing at Binghamton, New York on Monday, April 24, 1882 (the location and date are wet stamped at foot of the verso). Buffalo, NY : The Courier Company Show Printing House [for W. W. Cole], [1882]. Lithograph printed in black …

  • # 27043

    WHITELEY, Brett (1939 - 1992)

    The Fish River, 1979

    Synthetic polymer paint, gouache and ink on paper on paper, laid on card, 210 x 130 mm (paper); 235 x 135 mm (card), inscribed with title and dated lower right: the fish river/July 19/79, stamped lower right with artist’s monogram, inscription verso: Abell / Steinhoff NOV 80, housed in a hand gilded frame. ‘For six months, from winter …

  • # 27003

    GASCOIGNE, Rosalie (1917 - 1999)

    Banana yellow, 1998

    Sawn plywood retroreflective road signs, on plywood backing; 70 × 63 cm; signed, dated and titled verso: ‘Rosalie Gascoigne / 1998 / BANANA YELLOW’ One of the last retroreflective road sign works Rosalie Gascoigne completed, originally exhibited at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery in Sydney, while the artist was aged in her early eighties. Gascoigne began making …

  • # 26975

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    A curate in Bohemia

    With thirty-seven illustrations by the author. Sydney : N.S.W. Bookstall Co., circa 1913. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (small loss to head of spine, edges rubbed), pp. 192, pale stain to corner of text block, illustrated by Lindsay, a very good copy of a fragile and rare work. First edition, second issue, with the breasts covered on …

  • # 26615

    HOFF, Raynor, LINDSAY, Norman and others

    The work of Eileen McGrath

    Sydney : Sydney Technical College, 1931. Quarto, boards in illustrated paper wrappers, with the rare additional plain wrapper (edges torn), 48 pp., illustrated with numerous art deco designs, illustrations and tipped-in colour plates. Limited to 1000 copies, this is number 10, signed by Eileen McGrath, Rayner Hoff and E. H. O’Shea. Contributions by Norman Lindsay, …

  • # 26814

    ROBERTSON-SWANN, Ron (1941 - )

    Vault, 1978 (2012)

    Painted stainless steel, 75cm length. Edition 8/12. An icon of Melbourne public art. ‘On 1st May 1980, Ron Robertson-Swann’s Vault made its way to Melbourne’s new City Square. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the sculpture’s installation. Almost immediately after its installation, the backlash against Vault was rife.  Journalists, cartoonists, and columnists, among others, surged to …

  • # 25898

    PEARSON, Joseph (1849 - 1939)

    Cyclists’ touring guide of New South Wales

    Roads, distances, hills, scenery, towns, hotel accommodation, road maps. Sydney : W. C. Penfold & Co., 1896. First edition, first issue. Octavo, illustrated red cloth (a few light stains), advertisements to endpapers (browned), pp. [xiv – advertisements]; iv; folding map of New South Wales (tears along the folds neatly repaired with filmoplast P acid free …

  • # 26859

    WELSBY, Thomas

    Schnappering and fishing in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay waters. (Presentation copy)

    Also included: A wandering discourse on fishing generally. Brisbane : Outridge Printing Co., 1905. First edition. Octavo, pictorial cloth boards (edges rubbed), hinges split, old tape marks to gutter of front free endpaper, small area of loss to photographic frontispiece, title page with presentation inscription from author to A. S. Nott, Esq., dated June 1908; …

  • # 26862


    E. Tootell’s Boots And Shoes : on the high wave of popularity

    Melbourne : printed by Varley Brothers for E. Tootell, circa 1900. Commercial lithograph printed in colour on six sheets, each measuring 75 x 102 cm, overall measurements 204 x 225 cm (if joined), a couple of old minor stains, a very good example. The image shows the six sheets digitally joined together. An enormous Federation-era …

  • # 25912

    [HOARE, Sophia]

    The tattooed leg of Queen Vaekehu of Nuka Hiva, Marquesas Islands.

    [Papeete, Tahiti : Sophia Hoare, between 1880 and 1888]. Albumen print photograph, 142 x 102 mm; unmounted; verso blank; an exceptionally strong print with beautiful tones; some very mild creasing at the corners, and a tiny nick at bottom edge, otherwise in fine condition. This rare photograph by English-born Papeete photographer Mrs. Sophia Hoare is …

  • # 24765

    Photographer / Publisher unknown.

    Album of Snowy and Broadrib Rivers, Croajingolong.

    [Victoria, Australia] : s.n., [1889?]. [Title from front cover]. Nineteenth century photograph album. Quarto (245 x 205 mm), original olive-green cloth over boards, the upper board with title and decorative border printed in gold (rubbed and stained), containing [32] albumen print photographs in identical 100 x 150 mm format, mounted in pairs on [9] leaves …

  • # 26481

    Photographer unknown.

    [PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM; CHINA] Through the Yantze Gorges.

    [Title stamped on upper board]. Photograph album, probably dating to the late 1890s. Large oblong quarto (240 x 375 mm), original quarter black morocco over black cloth boards, upper board with gilt rule and gilt-stamped title ‘THROUGH THE YANTZE [sic] GORGES.’ (loss of backstrip, remaining leather worn), silk lining papers, containing [138] silver albumen prints …

  • # 26934

    KING-SMITH, Leah (1957 - )


    Type C photograph. 1020 x 1020 cm (image), in a black timber frame with Perspex by Chapman & Bailey. Number 3 from the first printing of the Patterns of connection series of 1991, printed in an unknown edition, the photographs not signed nor numbered, as issued. A second printing was completed in 2001 in an edition …

  • # 26945

    KING-SMITH, Leah (1957 - )

    King Billy

    Type C photograph. 1020 x 1020 cm (image), in a black timber frame with Perspex by Chapman & Bailey. Number 5 from the first printing of the Patterns of connection series of 1991, printed in an unknown edition, the photographs not signed nor numbered, as issued. A second printing was completed in 2001 in an edition …

  • # 27045

    SUTHERLAND, Kathie

    BRETT WHITELEY Catalogue Raisonné : 1955 – 1992. (Complimentary shipping included)

    Melbourne : Schwartz City, 2020. Seven volumes, quarto, lettered white cloth, in bespoke white lettered slipcase, over 2400 pages, fully illustrated. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. Housed in the publisher’s double walled mailing carton. The size of the slipcase is 225 mm tall, 403 mm wide, 203 mm deep. Price is inclusive of courier shipping …