Seven Centuries

We are excited to present our catalogue Seven Centuries, showcasing material we will be exhibiting at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair, to be held at Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, 12 – 14 July 2019.

  • # 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 …

  • # 21001

    LANG, John Dunmore, Rev. (1799-1878)

    A sermon, preached on Sunday, June 15, 1823, to the congregation of Scots Presbyterians, in Sydney, New South Wales; preparatory to the building of a Scots church.

    Sydney : printed by Robert Howe, 1823. Octavo, gilt-lettered quarter morocco over red cloth; pp.18, printed letterpress; inscribed by John Dunmore Lang at the head of title page (slightly trimmed) ‘To the Revd. J. [W?]. Adamson. With the Author’s kindest wishes’; a few typographical corrections in Lang’s hand; a fine presentation copy. Ferguson 920. Printed by …

  • # 22246

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928)

    Photographic portraits of Aborigines from New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory, 1892-95.

    Suite of fifteen albumen print photographs, format 200 x 150 mm; each with blind stamp of ‘Kerry & Co. Photo, 308 George St. Sydney’ and with manuscript sequence number and title in the negative; a few with some toning or fading, but the majority are strong prints in very good condition; mounted and framed. Northern Territory subjects: 605. Port …

  • # 20782

    BAILEY, Nathan; [LEICHHARDT, Ludwig, 1813-c.1848]

    [LUDWIG LEICHHARDT] The universal etymological English dictionary:

    … The second edition, with many additions. London : Thomas Cox, 1731. Thick octavo, contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards (a little worn), the personal copy of the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, his ownership signature in ink ‘L. Leichhardt’ on a binder’s blank at the rear; front free-endpaper with later ownership inscription of Thomas Hughes …

  • # 22526

    GRANVILLE, Austyn (1854-1922)

    The fallen race

    / With an introduction by Opie Read. New York : F. T. Neely, 1892. Octavo, gilt-titled two-tone cloth (edges worn, spine chipped at head and foot), patterned endpapers (name erased from front free endpaper), pp 352 (small nick to pp 15-16), illustrated with five plates, internally clean and overall a very good copy. One of …

  • # 22557

    DARTON, William (1781-1854)

    The world dissected upon the best principles to teach youth geography.

    London : made by William Darton, 58 Holborn Hill, 1820. Jigsaw puzzle map of the world in two hemispheres, dissected and laid on mahogany, in the publisher’s original wooden box with sliding lid, paper labels to the lid and sides, ‘Darton, London. Warranted’; also titled ‘The world from the best authorities’. A rare early puzzle …

  • # 22555

    Prévost, Antoine François (Abbé) (1697-1763)

    Histoire générale des voyages,

    ou, Nouvelle collection de toutes les relations de voyages par mer et par terre, qui ont été publiées jusqu’à présent dans les différentes langues de toutes les nations connues … … Paris : Didot, 1746 – 1789. Twenty volumes, quarto (290 x 230 mm), uniformly bound in period full French speckled calf, ruled in gilt, …

  • # 22258

    SHAW, George (1751-1813)

    A suite of nine plates from Shaw’s Zoology of New Holland, 1794.

    [London] : Printed by J. Davis : Published by J. Sowerby, 1794. Nine engravings with original hand colour, each approximately 230 x 160 mm (plate lines), on J. Whatman watermarked paper, 303 x 242 mm (sheet), titled and imprinted in the image (imprint erased from one as issued), small stab holes from the string binding …

  • # 22487


    [POLISH NOBILITY IN THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE] Sammelband containing Imperial Russian documents certifying that the family Rynkiewicz is entitled to the privileges of szlachta (nobility). Vilnius, 1819.

    Folio (350 x 280 mm), original straight grain red morocco with borders in green morocco elaborately tooled in gilt, upper board with contrasting green morocco label lettered in gilt in Polish (a little rubbed and scuffed); attached by its original cord is a circular brass case (unopened, but likely to contain the seal of herb …

  • # 14015

    GILFILLAN, John Gordon (1839-1875), attributed

    Five wood engravings of the first Lamb Hill homestead, Warrengate, Whanganui district, circa 1865

    1. Title: Lamb Hill [in the image] From the south west [manuscript]. Image 150 x 190 mm; sheet 175 x 225 mm; initialled in the image lower right JGG. 2. Title: Lambhill [in manuscript]. Artist’s proof of the above engraving. Image 130 x 180 mm; sheet 150 x 180 mm; uninitialled; verso with pen and ink sketch of two Whanganui settlers …

  • # 22500

    HENRICY, Casimir (1814 - 1900)

    Album pittoresque d’un voyage autour du monde exécuté par ordre du Gouvernement Francais.

    Paris : Charles Noblet, [1883]. Oblong quarto, red patterned cloth with embossed and gilt pictorial design, spine with gilt lettering (rebacked), all edges gilt, pp 1-8 [text] and 25 leaves with engravings by de Laplante from drawings by Paris; scattered foxing. The circumnavigation by Admiral Paris in the Artémis took place between 1837 and 1840. …

  • # 14208

    HIRST, Damien (1965 -)


    Woodcut. Created 2012. Measures 470 x 560 mm (sheet), signed lower right, editioned out of 55 copies verso, presented floating in a white timber frame. Active in London’s contemporary art scene since the 1980s, Damien Hirst shot to national prominence as part of the Young British Artists movement in the early 90s and international prominence …

  • # 12716

    HIRST, Damien (1965 -)

    Damien Hirst : The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011. (Signed copy)

    London : Other Criteria and New York : Gagosian Gallery, 2013. Thick quarto, blind-embossed buckram in decorated matching slipcase, pp 929, extensively illustrated with over 1400 illustrations, including gatefold plates and foil-blocked cards. Essays by Robert Pincus-Witten, Michael Bracewell, Damien Hirst, conversations with Damien Hirst, John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha. Signed by the artist in pencil on …

  • # 21736


    Jeffrey Smart. (Deluxe edition)

    By Peter Quartermaine; foreword by Germaine Greer. On the half title: A man is illogical on horseback; but in a satellite, surreal. South Yarra : Gryphon Books, 1983. Quarto, gilt-titled quarter morocco over grey linen, black buckram slipcase, pp 131; the deluxe edition, limited to 100 numbered copies signed by the artist on colophon at rear, …

  • # 22535


    Icones Piscium, or plates of rare fishes.

    London : Richard and John Taylor, 1843. Quarto, publisher’s printed wrappers, string bound, manuscript correction of ‘Four’ to ‘Five’ coloured plates, pp. 8 (unopened); 5 plates with striking original hand colouring. Housed in a custom made folding clamshell box. Book label of Alan John Jarvis to inside upper wrapper and inside the box. An exceptional …

  • # 14062

    GILL, Thomas (1849-1923)

    Colonel William Light : Founder of Adelaide, sailor, soldier, artist, and the first surveyor-general of South Australia. (Deluxe edition)

    Adelaide : R. E. E. Rogers for the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, 1911. Octavo, gilt-illustrated vellum over bevelled boards, top edge gilt, other edges uncut and unopened, marbled endpapers, pp [vi], 108, [4], 85, photographic plates, folding maps, facsimile documents; includes the Supplement, a reprint of Light’s 1839 ‘Brief Journal’; a …