Aboriginal King’s Brass Plate (1820). “King Taptalla II.” King of the Terrara Tribe, Shoalhaven River, New South Wales.
[Title from mid nineteenth-century manuscript note]. Brass breastplate or gorget, crescentic, maximum diameter 140 mm, anterior with engraved lettering KING TAPTALLA II, foliage motif repeated at each of the upper corners, emu and kangaroo dos-à-dos at the centre (design only partially completed); diagonal cut mark running from lower left to upper right edge; the surface has been …
Elizabeth Ann THORNE (née BISDEE) (1821-1910), attributed
Late nineteenth century scrap album, large quarto (330 x 270 mm), original cloth boards, the upper board with blind embossed Art Nouveau decoration and lettering in blue and gilt (rubbed); front pastedown with a twentieth-century bookseller’s typed description taped down: ‘A Botanical Album from the 19th Century / Eighteen fine botanical watercolours of Australian flora …
Sydney : The Macquarie Galleries, 1979. Oblong quarto, lettered wrappers, pp. 64, illustrated in colour, essay by Renee Free. Signed and inscribed on the title page ‘Lloyd Rees Macquarie Galleries 27.1.79’. Price list loosely enclosed.
VERNON, Barbara, 1916-1978.
Sydney : J.C. Williamson, . Octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound,  pp, with b/w photographic illustrations; a very good copy. Programme for the premiere season at Sydney’s Theatre Royal of a play by Inverell writer, stage producer and radio announcer Miss Barbara Vernon. The programme is unrecorded in Australian collections. The University of Queensland Library …
em face de documentos authenticos e das mais recentes viagens. Lisboa : Impresa Lusitana, 1872-1873-1874-1876-1878. Five volumes, octavo, original quarter blue calf over marbled papered boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped, upper board of vol. 4 with several scratches), spines with gilt lettering and rule; vol. 1 (Asia) 421, ; vol. 2 (Asia, India) 439, ; …
Napoli : Raffaele Miranda, 1825. Third edition. Small octavo, contemporary vellum over boards, spine with gilt stamped lettering and ornament; page 2, signed by the author, is a legal statement to the effect that any unsigned copy of this book is to be regarded as counterfeit; pp 212; scattered foxing, title page with red pencil …
SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY; [MURPHY, Graeme]
Melbourne : Victorian Arts Centre & Clifford Hocking and David Vigo, 1985. Quarto, pictorial wrappers,  pp, photographic illustrations in b/w, colour advertisements; a very good copy. An important programme from the Company’s Melbourne debut of After Venice, first performed at the Sydney Opera House on December 1 1984. This programme appears unrecorded in Australian …
SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY; [MURPHY, Graeme]
Woolloomooloo, N.S.W : Sydney Dance Company, 1980. Quarto, pictorial wrappers,  pp, photographic illustrations in b/w and colour; a very good copy. An important programme from the Company’s early period under Graeme Murphy. A single copy is recorded in Australian collections (Deakin University Library).
exhibited ex officio by the King’s Attorney-General against George Gordon, Esq. commonly called Lord George Gordon : one for a libel on the Queen of France and the French Ambassador; the other for a libel on the judges, and the administration of the laws in England. Also of Thomas Wilkins, for printing the last-mentioned libel. …
PHILLIP, Arthur (1738-1814)
with an account of the establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; compiled from authentic papers, which have been obtained from the several departments, to which are added, the journals of Lieuts. Shortland, Watts, Ball, & Capt. Marshall; with an account of their new discoveries. London : John Stockdale, 1789. Quarto, half-calf …
LEWIN, John William (1770-1819)
A natural history of the birds of New South Wales, collected, engraved and faithfully painted after nature. By John William Lewin, A.L.S., late of Paramatta, New South Wales. New and improved edition, to which is added a list of the synonymes of each species, incorporating the labours of T. Gould, Esq., N. A. Vigors, Esq., T. Horsfield, M.D., and W. Swainson, Esq.
A fine example, in original condition, of one of the rarest illustrated works of Australian natural history. London : Henry H. Bohn, 1838. Folio, original publisher’s binding of quarter crushed morocco, spine lettered in gilt ‘Lewin’s Birds of New Holland’, green cloth covered boards, yellow endpapers, pp [iv], 26 etched plates with original gouache hand …
EARP, G. Butler
The gold colonies of Australia : comprising their history, territorial divisions, produce, and capabilities, how to get to the gold mines, and every advice to emigrants.
London : Geo. Routledge, 1852. Duodecimo, full blue calf, ruled in gilt, spine in compartments with contrasting morocco title label, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers (with the Sydney bookseller’s label of W. E. Smith), folding map, pp. 216, small loss to corner of p. 141, preliminaries foxed, bound without the advertisements. First edition. Ferguson 9355.
Albumen print photograph, 115 x 185 mm, unmounted; verso with contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Lithgow’; no photographer’s imprint; 15 mm edge tear bottom right, otherwise in fine condition, with excellent tonal range and superb detail of the colliery’s infrastructure (chimney, chute and kiln), 11 employees and their dog, and the scarified and partially denuded hillside …
PARKES, Henry, Sir (1815-1896)
London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. Ltd., 1895. First edition. Duodecimo, original gilt lettered green cloth with bevelled boards, top edge gilt, other edges uncut; a presentation copy inscribed on the half-title ‘Rev. F.B. Boyce, with sincere regards from Henry Parkes. July 26th 1895’; pp viii, 48; endpapers with offsetting and light foxing, …
BEVERIDGE, Peter (1829-1885)
Melbourne : M.L. Hutchinson, 1889. First edition. Small octavo, original blind blocked purple cloth boards, upper board with gilt stamped lettering and ornament (boards rubbed and lightly marked, spine sunned), verso of front endpaper inscribed ‘John Gratton Wilson from his affectionate father Charles Wilson, 13.9.92’, title page with off-setting, pp 191; includes English-Aboriginal vocabulary at …
PARKER, K. Langloh (Katie Parker), [Catherine Eliza Somerville Stow], 1856-1940
Australian legendary tales : folk-lore of the Noongahburrahs as told to the piccaninnies. [Together with] More Australian legendary tales, collected from various tribes by Mrs. K. Langloh Parker.
London : David Nutt, and Melbourne : Melville, Mullen & Slade, 1897-98. Second edition of the first volume; first edition of the second. Two volumes bound in one, octavo, original pictorial blue cloth, upper board and spine with gilt device and lettering (mild flecking), all edges gilt, pp xvi, 132; xxiii, 104, [16 advertisements]; vignette line …