New Acquisitions

Welcome to our list of recent acquisitions for June: 190+ items, including books, historical photographs, printed ephemera, original art – and more.

  • # 35573

    HUNTER, Percy; WESTON, Harry (artist)

    Alpine sport in New South Wales, Australia : with ski, skate, toboggan and dog sleighs on snow-clad Kosciusko.

    Cover: “Souvenir of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915.” Sydney : W. A. Gullick, printer [for The Immigration and Tourist Bureau, Challis House], 1915. Octavo (183 x 128 mm), original pictorial wrappers with a design by Harry Weston (very good, with a few toning spots), stapled (localised rust marks); pp 46, with monochrome photographic illustrations throughout …

  • # 35522

    Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal football team, Coranderrk, Healesville.

    [Title from handwritten caption in negative]. Circa 1911. Gelatin silver print photograph printed on postcard stock, 88 x 137 mm; verso with Kodak Austral box; no photographer’s or publisher’s imprint; unmailed, in superb condition. In the early years of the twentieth century a team from the Coranderrk Aboriginal station near Healesville, east of Melbourne, regularly took part …

  • # 35523

    MAUCLER, Lucien

    [MOVING DIORAMA] Voyage autour du monde par un petit Francais

    [Voyage around the world by a little French boy]. Paris : J. J. F. [Jeux et Jouets Francais], c 1905. A spectacular moving diorama. An outer box of thick card (400 x 505 x 83 mm) with paste-down chromolithographic illustrations, the central design showing the departure of the young hero surrounded by scenes from his …

  • # 34804

    TULLOCH, David

    Ham’s five views of the gold fields of Mount Alexander and Ballarat, in the Colony of Victoria,

    drawn on the spot by D. Tulloch, engraved and published by Thomas Ham. Melbourne : Thomas Ham, 1852. Oblong folio, original cloth-backed pictorial stiff paper wrappers, the upper wrapper with six vignettes of goldfields scenes by Tulloch (stained and creased with short tears, old paper reinforcement lower wrapper), title page and five tinted lithographed plates, …

  • # 34377

    Anon. [after SAINSON, Louis Auguste de, 1800-1887]

    An Aboriginal man of King George’s Sound, Western Australia. Circa 1835.

    Watercolour on laid paper with watermark of a horse and rider and pair of scales, 200 x 148 mm (sheet); captioned in ink ‘Nouvelle Hollande’ at bottom left, and with a foliation number ‘184’ in the same hand at bottom right; the sheet is unmounted (verso blank), and the drawing has survived in fine condition – …

  • # 35517

    ROUSSELET, Louis

    India and its native princes : travels in central India and in the presidencies of Bombay and Bengal

    By Louis Rousselet ; revised and edited by Lieut.-Col. Buckle. Containing 317 illustrations and 6 maps. London : Bickers and Son, 1878. Thick folio (350 x 280 x 7 cms), a fine binding (no doubt by Bickers) of full crushed morocco over thick bevelled boards, a few small scuff marks, elaborate gilt tooling to upper …

  • # 35336

    RONJAT, Étienne Antoine Eugène, 1822-1912 (artist)

    Reception of the foreign ministers by the Chinese Emperor, June 29 1873.

    This Emperor, Toong Chir, died last winter of smallpox at the age of twenty. [Title from the inscription verso]. [U.S.A.? France? : s.n., probably 1875]. Albumen print photograph of a drawing by French artist Etienne Ronjat (after a Chinese painting), carte de visite format, 61 x 102 mm; verso with contemporary inscription in ink; both the print …

  • # 35505

    WILSON, Charles William (1836-1905)

    Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt.

    Edited by Colonel Wilson, R.E., C.B., F.R.S. formerly Engineer to the Palestine Exploration Society. Assisted by the most eminent Palestine explorers etc. With numerous engravings on steel and wood. In four volumes. London : Virtue & Co., [1880-83]. Four volumes bound in two, folio (330 x 270 mm), contemporary quarter crushed morocco, ruled in gilt, …

  • # 35347

    MELDRUM, Max (1875 - 1955)

    The science of appearances (deluxe edition)

    as formulated and taught by Max Meldrum. Arranged and edited by Russell R. Foreman. Sydney : The Shepherd Press, 1950. Quarto, gilt-lettered full crushed Morocco, ruled in blind, gilt decoration of an artist’s palette on upper board, spine in compartments (slight rubbing at head and foot), original cloth slipcase (expertly repaired, but a tight fit, …

  • # 35521

    MATISSE, Henri

    Henri Matisse : Jazz

    London : Thames & Hudson, 2013. Quarto, 500 x 360 mm, cloth bound clamshell box containing a facsimile of the original 1947 publication, at 90% size, plus a small octavo booklet in case. New copy, in publisher’s mailing carton. A superb edition of one of the pre-eminent artists’ books in the history of modern art, …

  • # 35481


    Lindsay Fabre and his boxing kangaroo, “Aussie”. Germany, 1929.

    Lübeck : Ernst Schmidt & Co., [1929]. Sepia-tone photomechanical process postcard, 138 x 91 mm; verso with the publisher’s imprint; unmailed; mild corner wear, else excellent condition. (Note: Fabre’s signature is within the image; the card is not signed in the true sense). In the late 1920s Lindsay Fabre, a professional boxer from Adelaide, and his …

  • # 35508

    TAYLOR, Valerie

    Stranger on Lesbos

    Greenwich, CT : Fawcett, 1960. First edition, first printing, February 1960. “Crest book ; s355”. Trade paperback (178 x 110 mm), pictorial wrappers, pp 144; a very good copy. ‘… Valerie Taylor’s Stranger on Lesbos is a good example of 1950s lesbian romance because it portrays lesbianism as abnormal and has a happy heterosexual ending …

  • # 35298

    "HAWTHORNE, Alice" (WINNER, Septimus, 1827 - 1905)

    [GOLD RUSH]. The Book of Adventures

    Philadelphia: Charles H. Davis, 1854. First edition. Duodecimo, illustrated papered boards over cloth spine, rubbed, contemporary pencil gift inscription to endpaper, pp. 128; 16 (publisher’s catalogue) illustrated with wood-engravings; a very good copy. Children’s adventure stories, including ‘Encounters with a boa constrictor’, ‘Ascent of the Wetterhorn’, ‘Attacks of the cult-fish’, ‘The Greenland Whale fishery’ etc., …

  • # 35552

    PHILP, J. A.

    Songs of the Australian fascisti

    [Brisbane] : Edwards, Dunlop & Co., [1923?]. Octavo, lettered wrapper (lightly sunned), lower wrapper with advertisement for Perkins Carbine Stout, inner upper wrapper with advertisement for Teachers’ Highland Cream, pp. 24, a very good copy. Philps was a contributor, as well as sub-editor. to The Bulletin during the First World War, and this collection of verse is …

  • # 34520

    ARAGO, Jacques (1790-1855)

    [GASTRONOMY; CANNIBALISM] Comme on dine partout

    Paris : la Librairie Curieuse de Bohaire, [1842]. First edition. Duodecimo (155 x 100 mm), contemporary navy papered boards, spine with contrasting title piece lettered in gilt; endpapers with offsetting; (4), (I)-VIII, 9-202 pp; some leaves with a pale water stain at top corner, otherwise internally very clean; a good, sound copy. A gastronomical world …

  • # 35369

    SLATER, George (publisher)

    [GOLD RUSH] The News Letter of Australasia; or, Journal of Current Events. July, 1856. (The first issue)

    [Melbourne : George Slater], July 1856. Octavo, 202 x 124 mm, printed on thin writing paper; [8] pp, the last two blank and intended for letter-writing. Fine. Just prior to the publication of the first issue of the News Letter of Australasia on 2 July 1856, George Slater placed a notice promoting his new and innovative style …