New Acquisitions

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Welcome to our monthly list for October 2018, with nearly 200 items.

Among the highlights are a late 19th century photograph album containing views of the interior of Paraguay, dating to just before the founding of the New Australia colony; an important hand coloured copper engraving by Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (Paris, 1798) illustrating the discoveries of Cook and La Perouse; an obscure ephemeral Arthur Rackham item, The Wendy Calendar (1911); a leaf from the Coverdale Bible – the first Bible printed in English (1535); plus a wide selection of books on Australian and international artists, 18th century bindings, Australian children’s books, sheet music, and ephemera.

Happy browsing!

  • # 19297

    ‘In the beginning …’ : the first leaf of scripture from the Coverdale Bible, the first Bible in English.

    BIBLIA. THE BIBLE, THAT IS, THE HOLY SCRIPTURE OF THE OLDE AND NEW TESTAMENT, FAITHFULLY AND TRULY TRANLSATED OUT OF DOUCHE AND LATYN IN TO ENGLISH. [Cologne? : Eucherius Cervicornus 1535 and Southwark : James Nicolson, 1535-36]. Folio 1 (only), ‘The first boke of Moses, called Genesis’, 324 x 215 mm (sheet), six woodcut illustrations …

  • # 19284

    RACKHAM, Arthur

    The Wendy Calendar by Arthur Rackham

    London : Hodder & Stoughton [1911]. Thick card envelope (284 x 367 mm, some stains and edge wear), printed title and tipped-on colour plate by Rackham, containing The Wendy Calendar, consisting of six cards printed in colour, each card with a pasted on colour plate by Rackham and a small calendar for two months of …

  • # 19633

    GRASSET DE SAINT-SAUVEUR, Jacques (1757 - 1810)

    Tableau des decouvertes du Capne. Cook & de la Perouse

    Paris : chez l’auteur, rue Coqueron Mon. de France ; Bordeaux : chez le Cne. S. Sauveur sous le peristyle de la Grande Comedie, l’an 7 de la Republique Francaise [1798 or 1799]. Aquatint with hand colouring, 430 x 534 mm (sheet), old mount burn to margins, a very good copy with vibrant original colour. …

  • # 18266

    SAN MARTIN, Manuel (photographer); PERRY, CUTBILL, DE LUNGO & CO. (commissioners)

    [NEW AUSTRALIA] Vistas del Paraguay.

    [Circa 1890]. Photograph album. Oblong folio (310 x 400 mm), original presentation binding of half leather over blue cloth covered boards (extensively water damaged), upper board lettered in gilt ‘[…] Central / Paraguay / Perry Cutbill de Lungo y Cia, Empresarios / Vistas de la Via Ferrea en construccion’; containing [48] albumen print photographs in uniform …

  • # 10896

    BETTS, John

    Betts’s new map of the world, neatly dissected

    London : John Betts, c. 1850. Cedar box with sliding lid featuring an engraved vignette with people and animals from the four great continents, printed advertisement for Betts’s ‘Instructive juvenile games’ on underside, containing the engraved map ‘Betts’s school atlas of the world on Mercator’s projection’, measuring 295 x 450mm, laid on wood and dissected …

  • # 19090

    WILDE, Oscar


    A tragedy in one act: translated from the French of Oscar Wilde, with sixteen drawings by Aubrey Beardsley. London : John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd, 1930. Quarto, gilt-illustrated cloth (spine slightly sunned), bookplate to endpaper, pp. xvii; [4]; 67, black and white plates by Beardsley. A fine copy.

  • # 18614

    山田申太郎 (Yamada Shintarō) & 高原徹也 (Takahara Tetsuya), edited by 日原昌造 (Hihara Shōzō).

    [MAPS] 万国地誌略諳射訳図 (萬國地誌略諳射譯圖)(萬國地誌畧諳射譯圖) [Bankoku Chishiryaku Ansha Yakuzu]

    Complete set of 6 copperplate engraved maps with hand colouring. Maps 1-4 published by 岡安慶介 (Okayasu Keisuke) [1878] (Meiji 11); Maps 5 & 6 published by 桑原伊之助 (Kuwabara Inosuke) [1880] (Meiji 13). 1. Asia, the Middle East, and Russia east of the Urals (340 x 400 mm); 2. Africa (310 x 260 mm); 3. Europe, with Russia …

  • # 19298

    DAVIS, John (1936 - 1999)

    Untitled (circa 1987)

    An unique sculpture of typical organic composition by pioneer Australian environmental artist John Davis. Painted canvas cloth over wooden sticks, 220m (h) x 300 mm (w) x 80 mm (d). ‘At the time of his death in 1999, John Davis had established a critically acclaimed reputation as an influential sculptor and installation artist whose practice …

  • # 19307

    GREIG, Brian

    The Southern Skies Orrery

    A handmade working orrery by master instrument maker Brian Greig, Melbourne, circa 1991, based on a design by W. S. Jones, London, early 19th century. Melbourne : Souther Skies, circa 1991. Ebonised timber stand on three turned wooden legs, engraved circular zodiac plate, model spheres of the sun and the first six planets (to Saturn), …

  • # 19459

    FRANCIS, Dorothea (1903 - 1975)

    Fairy standing in a rose petal boat

    Watercolour on card, 147 x 102 mm, signed lower right. Dorothea Francis was a talented artist working in watercolour and oils in Melbourne in the mid twentieth century. She studied first with Isabel NanKivell and then Catherine Hardess (a Slade graduate), and later at the George Bell School in the period 1941 – 1955. Francis …

  • # 19408

    BUKOWSKI, Charles (1920 - 1994)

    Notes of a dirty old man (with original Bukowski drawing)

    San Francisco : City Lights Bookshop, 1973 (first published in 1969). Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 255. With an original pen and ink drawing by Bukowski (signed BUK) opposite the title page, of the author lying in bed, drinking and smoking, surrounded by beer cans and what appears to be a bottle of Scotch.

  • # 19365

    BALLANTYNE, Rev. James

    Homes and homesteads in the land of plenty : a handbook of Victoria as a field for emigration

    London : Cassell, Petter and Galpin and Melbourne : Masno, Firth and M’Cutcheon, 1872. Second edition. Octavo, illustrated papered boards (edges rubbed, small piece missing to backstrip), folding frontispiece woodcut panorama of Melbourne, pp. 224, illustrations. Includes chapters on Melbourne, gold mining, farming, vine-growing, diamond mining, silkworms, schools, the press, the church, holidays, etc.

  • # 19405

    ROWAN, (Marian) Ellis (1847-1922)

    Bill Baillie : his life and adventures. (Association copy)

    … With eight coloured illustrations by the author and numerous black and white drawings by Jack Sommers. Melbourne : Whitcombe and Tombs, [1908]. First edition. Small oblong quarto, pictorial cloth over bevelled boards (light rubbing and and mild flecking), an association copy, awarded as a school prize to a young member of the Crompton family …

  • # 19409

    LOUNSBERRY, Alice; ROWAN, (Marian) Ellis (1847-1922) (illustrator)

    Southern wild flowers and trees, (Presentation copy inscribed by Ellis Rowan)

    together with shrubs, vines and various forms of growth found through the mountains, the middle district and the low country of the South, by Alice Lounsberry, with plates, vignettes and diagrams by Mrs. E. Rowan, with an introduction by Chauncey D. Beadle of the Biltmore Herbarium. New York : Frederick A. Stokes, 1901. First edition. Octavo, …

  • # 19498

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    Australian Natives – What, ho! She bumps.

    [Sydney : NSW Bookstall Co., c.1905]. Chromolithographic postcard, 138 x 38 mm, recto with Norman Lindsay illustration from the series Australian Natives, captioned What, ho! She bumps; handwritten message at bottom margin; postally used in New South Wales, sent locally from Sydney to North Sydnay; faint imprint of postmark to top corner recto, verso with mild foxing, else …

  • # 19397

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    The Magic Pudding

    : being the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1918. Quarto, quarter cloth over papered boards (lightly discoloured), lettered in gilt on the spine, in fine original illustrated dust jacket (discoloured, small chips to head and foot of spine, archival tape reinforcements to splits …