• # 31610

    MRS. QUONG TART [TART, Margaret]

    The life of Quong Tart ; or, how a foreigner succeeded in a British community.

    Sydney : W.M. Maclardy, 1911. Octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards with gilt lettering and design to upper board, gilt lettered spine (very slightly sunned to the spine and a couple of very minor flecks), without the loose errata slip, previous owner’s name neatly inscribed to endpaper, 99 pp, [18] leaves of plates, a …

  • # 31601

    ZIMMER, Jenny McGREGOR, Ken

    Rendi Liu

    Melbourne : Macmillan, 2011. Duodecimo, quarter-cloth over illustrated boards, dustjacket, pp. 144, illustrated. Macmillan Mini-Art Series number 18. Rendi (Tower) Liu was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, P.R. China in September 1960 and migrated to Melbourne in January 1990. The name Tower is a translation from his Chinese name Di into English for easy pronunciation. A …

  • # 31442

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketch of coolies carrying twist, Hong Kong, circa 1900.

    Graphite on artist’s paper, 137 x 206 mm (sheet), captioned by the artist in the upper margin ‘Hongkong Coolies carrying Twist’; scattered foxing; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the …

  • # 31145

    LAWSON, James R.

    Catalogue of the Eedy Collection

    To be sold by auction by James R. Lawson, … on Tuesday, October 11th, and following days. Sydney : James R. Lawson Pty. Ltd., 1921. Quarto, gilt-lettered wrappers over stiff cards with photographic illustration (short tear), pp. 76, 23 plates, a very good copy. Catalogue of nearly 1000 lots from the collection of the late …

  • # 31438


    Stereoview photograph of part of Canton’s red-light district, circa 1900.

    Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each individual image 80 x 80 mm, mount 87 x 177 mm, recto with printed caption ‘A Street of “Flower Boats”, places of Amusement and debauchery, Canton, China’, imprint of Underwood & Underwood, Publishers, New York, London, etc., and ‘Copyright 1900’; verso blank; in fine condition.

  • # 31100

    BENNETT, James

    Treasure Ships : Art in the Age of Spices

    Adelaide : Art Gallery of South Australia, 2014. Folio, illustrated laminated boards, pp. 352, extensively illustrated. Treasure Ships: Art in the age of spices is the first exhibition in Australia to present the complex artistic and cultural interactions between Europe and Asia from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries – a period known as the ‘Age …

  • # 31176

    BORGET, Auguste (1808-1877)

    [HAWAII] Fragments d’un voyage autour du monde

    Moulins [France] : P.A. Desrosiers Imprimeur Editeur, [1850]. Oblong quarto, original illustrated full vellum (some marking and staining), pp [12], [12] leaves of lithographic plates in two tints; occasional very mild foxing, otherwise a clean, firmly bound and desirable copy of this seldom seen work. Not in Sabin; Forbes, 1766. ‘This is a very rare …

  • # 29755

    CEARNS, W. G.

    [SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY] Six studio portraits of actors in costume. Castlemaine, Victorian goldfields, 1869-71.

    Six albumen print photographs in carte de visite format, 102 x 64 mm (mounts), versos with the highly decorative imprint of ‘W. G. Cearns, Photographer, Mostyn Street (one door from Market Square), Castlemaine‘; one of the backs also bears a caption in ink which identifies the actor on the front as ‘John Brown’; three of …

  • # 30843


    Victoria. Chinese immigration. Return to an Order of the House, dated 18th July, 1888,

    for – A copy of all papers, including correspondence, legal opinions, reports of deputations, interviews, and minutes relating to the Chinese Immigration Question, and the action of the Government in connection therewith … Ordered by the Legislative Council to be printed, 26th September, 1888. Melbourne : Robt. S. Bain, Government Printer, 1888. Disbound folio (320 …

  • # 28066

    STANFORD, Edward

    London Atlas Map of the Asiatic Archipelago

    London : Edward Stanford, circa 1900. Chromolithograph map, dissected and laid on linen, 530 x 685 mm (sheet), cloth covers with title label, a very good copy. London Atlas Series. Map of south-east Asia with inset maps of Singapore (with descriptive text) and Labuan Island (Malaysia), including British Burmah (now Myanmar), Siam (Thailand), Cambodia (Cambodia), …

  • # 28179

    STANFORD, Edward

    A map of China prepared for the China Inland Mission 1923.

    London : China Inland Mission and Edward Stanford, 1923. Map printed in colour, 1060 x 880 mm, dissected and laid on linen, pale waterstain, cloth slipcase lettered in gilt (discoloured), overall in good condition. A detailed map showing Protestant missions across Eastern China.

  • # 30390


    Studio portrait of a gentleman self-identified as Mr. Rowland. Shanghai, China, circa 1900.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 165 x 112 mm (mount), verso with wet-stamped studio imprint of ‘YING CHEONG, Artist and Photographer, Miniature Painter on Ivory and Canvas. Studio Canton Road, Opposite to Messrs. Mustard & Co. SHANGHAI’, with the studio name in Chinese lettering below, and with a fully contemporary inscription in ink made …

  • # 30690

    MATSON, Peter

    [CHINA; MISSIONS] Midtens rike. En beskrifning öfver Kinas land och folk.

    [Chicago] : Svenska Missions-Förbundet till förman för dess mission in Kina [printed by W. Williamson], [1895]. Octavo, publisher’s blocked blue cloth boards lettered in gilt, front pastedown with original owner’s label ‘John F. Dahlgren, Slaughter, N. Dak.’, 184 pp, illustrated; text in Swedish; a fine copy. The Covenant Church was founded by Swedish immigrants in Chicago in …

  • # 30693

    LINDEMANN, Johann Gottlieb

    [TAHITI; NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGION] Geschichte der Meinungen älterer und neuerer Völker,

    im Stande der Roheit und Cultur : von Gott, Religion, und Priesterthum : nebst einer besondern Religionsgeschichte der Aegypter, Perser, Chaldäer, Chinesen. Stendal : bey Franzen und Grosse, 1786 [complete series published 1784-1795]. First edition. Volume three (of seven volume series), octavo, original buff papered boards, spine with printed paper title label, 267 pp. An excellent …

  • # 13442


    A 14th century Ming Dynasty 1 kuan note : an example of the oldest extant paper currency

    [China : c.1375]. Printed during the reign (1368-1398) of the first Ming emperor, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (Ming Taizu), a paper note with the original cash value of a string of 1,000 copper coins, or 1 kuan. Woodblock printed in black ink on grey mulberry paper, 340 x 220 mm; recto with the Chinese characters Da …

  • # 29804

    HARRIS, John (1667?-1719)

    Navigantium atque itinerantium bibliotheca, or, A complete collection of voyages and travels : consisting of above six hundred of the most authentic writers …

    Containing whatever has been observed worthy of notice in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America … the climate, soil and produce … of each country: likewise the religion, manners, and customs … To which is prefixed a copious introduction, comprehending the rise and progress of the art of navigation … together with the invention and use …