Northern Territory

  • # 17069

    STOKES, John Lort (1811-1885)

    Discoveries in Australia : with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle in the years 1837-38-39-40-41-42-43, by command of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, also, a narrative of Captain Owen Stanley’s visits to the islands in the Arafura Sea.

    London : T. and W. Boone, 1846. Two volumes, thick octavo, original blind blocked green cloth boards, spines (a little faded) with gilt lettering and gilt kangaroo and emu vignettes; hinges expertly strengthened; pp xv, 521 ; x, 543; with 8 folding engraved maps (6 in endpockets) and 26 plates (15 engraved, 11 lithographed) depicting …

  • # 17498

    BERNDT, R.M. & BERNDT, C.H. (eds.)

    Aboriginal man in Australia : essays in honour of Emeritus Professor A.P. Elkin.

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1965. First edition. Thick octavo, publisher’s black cloth in dust jacket (a little rubbed along spine), pp xiv, 452, photographic plates, maps, music notation; a fine copy. Includes essays on archaeology (Frederick McCarthy); language (A. Capell); totemsim (W.E.H. Stanner); women and the “secret life” (Catherine H. Berndt); law and order …

  • # 16920

    BASEDOW, Herbert (1881-1933)

    The Australian Aboriginal

    Adelaide : F.W. Preece and Sons, 1929. Second impression. Thick octavo, publisher’s blue cloth, upper board with gilt-stamped device depicting Wandjina spirit, spine lettered in gilt (a trifle sunned), front hinge cracked, front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, colour fronrispiece plate, pp xx, 422, illustrated with 55 photographic plates and line drawings in the …

  • # 16915

    MATHEW, John

    Eaglehawk and crow : a study of the Australian Aborigines, including an inquiry into their origin and a survey of Australian languages. 

    London : David Nutt ; Melbourne : Melville, Mullen and Slade, 1899. First edition. Octavo, original gilt lettered maroon cloth boards (upper board with tiny mark, else very clean and bright), bookplates to front pastedown and front free-endpaper, xvi, 288 pp, illustrated with [6] leaves of plates (1 folding linguistic map); uncut, a fine copy. …

  • # 17025

    SPENCER, Baldwin (1860-1929)

    Wanderings in wild Australia

    London : Macmillan and Co., 1928. First edition. Two volumes, octavo, original green cloth boards with gilt lettered spines, in the original dust jackets (original bookseller Angus & Robertson’s labels to spines, some very mild edge wear, volume 2 with a tint amount of silverfishing to fore-edge), top edges gilt, volume I pp xxviii, 456; …

  • # 16741

    FAVENC, Ernest (1845-1908)

    “The last of six”: tales of the Austral tropics.

    Sydney : The Bulletin Newspaper Company, 1893. “Bulletin Series, no. 3”. Octavo, later green cloth binding, spine with title in gilt on contrasting black morocco previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, bound without the original wrappers and the final advertisement leaf, pp. 139; occasional handling marks and light foxing. Stories inspired by explorer, journalist and …

  • # 16739

    TERRY, Michael

    Across unknown Australia.

    London : Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1926. Second edition. Octavo, original blind blocked green cloth (rubbed and worn), in the scarce dust jacket (loss at corners, vertical creases to front panel and spine), front pastedown with original owner’s inscription and laters owner’s ex libris, edges uncut, pp. 331, illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographic plates (several with tape …

  • # 15240

    LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas (1860-1933)

    A group of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.

    Five photographs on early printing out paper, each approximately 100 x 145 mm, unmounted; all are outdoor shots of Aboriginal subjects (four with the photographer’s pencilled caption verso); sourced with a group of Lingwood Smith portrait photographs of South and Central Australian Aborigines in identical format, inscribed in the same hand and bearing contemporary captions in ink ‘South …

  • # 17099

    GRAHAM-STEWART, Michael; McWHANNELL, Francis; DICKSON, Jonathan

    Bitter fruit : Australian photographs to 1963

    Melbourne : Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 280 pp, illustrated in colour throughout with hundreds of photographs documenting the collision of Indigenous Australian and European cultures; the photographs, ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1960s and taken in every region of Australia, represent some …

  • # 16962

    NOLAN, Cynthia (1908-1976); NOLAN, Sidney (1917-1992) (illustrator)


    London : Methuen, 1962. Octavo, publisher’s red cloth boards in Sidney Nolan dust jacket (worn at head of spine), pp 222, with illustrations by Sidney Nolan and numerous photographic plates; a near fine copy. Memoir of the Nolans’ journey through outback New South Wales, Central Australia, South Australia and Western Australia.

  • # 17019

    BERNDT, Ronald M. (1916-1990)

    Kunapipi : a study of an Australian Aboriginal religious cult

    New York : International Universities Press [but colophon states The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne], 1951. First edition. Octavo, green cloth with black lettering to spine, in dust jacket (torn at front upper corner, chipped at head and tail of spine), endpaper maps (offsetting front and rear), 223 pp, illustrated with photographic plates; a near fine copy. …

  • # 16988


    Aboriginal stone artefacts from the Northern Territory

    Reprinted from Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne. No. 21. Issued 6th August, 1957. Quarto, lettered wrappers, pp. 65 – 71, diagrams.

  • # 16519

    ROBINSON, Roland (1912-1992)

    Altjeringa and other Aboriginal poems

    Sydney : A.H. &​ A.W. Reed, 1970. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial cloth boards in dust jacket, front pastedown with later ex libris, 80 pp; a fine copy. A collection of poems based on Australia Aboriginal legends. Some are translated from Indigenous languages, and were collected by Robinson in Central Australia, Arnhem Land, South Australia, …

  • # 16615

    MOLL, Ernest G. (1900-1997)

    The rainbow serpent

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1962. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s orange cloth boards in dust jacket, later ex libris to front pastedown, pp 63, [8], with 7 full-page illustrations by David McCosh; pages 55-58 loose (binder’s flaw); else a near fine copy. Born in Victoria and educated in Melbourne and at Harvard, Moll was professor …

  • # 16422

    MOUNTFORD, Charles Pearcy (1890-1977)

    [ABORIGINES] Nomads of the Australian desert

    Adelaide : Rigby, 1976. First edition. Quarto, burgundy cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket (spine sunned, as is common, and with a couple of short tears at head), 628 pp, 1 folding plate, 12 leaves of colour plates, b/w illustrations and plates throughout, map; includes the loosely inserted cautionary note (100 x 200 mm) to …

  • # 15671

    NICHOLLS, Christine

    Yilpinji : love art and ceremony

    Melbourne : Craftsman House, 2006. Square octavo, white boards with lettering in blind, pictorial wrappers, pp 86. Illustrated exhibition monograph exploration the notion of Yilpinji, the ceremonies and arts of love as practiced by the Warlpiri and Kukatja people of the Central and Western Deserts of Australia.

  • # 15021

    LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas, 1860-1933

    An important archive of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.

    William Thomas Lingwood Smith was a Detective Photographer in the South Australian Police Force from 1888 until his retirement in 1922. As early as 1894 he also pioneered fingerprinting in Australia, becoming an expert in the Criminal Investigation Branch of the South Australian Police Department. The quality of his little-known, non-commercial photographic portraits of indigenous people …

  • # 15985


    Trade card with map of Australia and illustrated cartouches, 1889

    New York : Arbuckle Bros., [copyright 1889]. Trade card, 68 x 138 mm, recto with chromolithographed design incorporating map of australia and images of kangaroo, black swan, gold miner and sheep; verso with information about Arbuckle Bros’ coffee; in very good condition. The map lists some places which today may seem obscure, but which around …

  • # 16006

    GRAD, Charles [STUART, John McDouall, 1815-1866]

    [JOHN MCDOUALL STUART] Expédition de J. MacDouall Stuart dans l’intérieur de l’Australie 1860.

    pp 39-76 in: Nouvelles Annales des Voyages, de la Géographie, de l’Histoire et de l’Archéologie. 6e. séries, 8e. année, Juillet 1862. Paris : Arthus Bertrand, 1862. Octavo, original printed wrappers; pp 1-128, folding map of de Bono’s expedition on the White Nile at rear; a near fine copy. An abridged account of Stuart’s expedition of March-August …

  • # 15627

    MARSH, S[tephen] H[ale] (1805 1888)

    [SHEET MUSIC] Dr. Leichhardt’s March, for the piano, composed on the successful termination of his Expedition, after having traversed a distance of nearly 3000 miles through a portion of Australia, hitherto untrodden by civilized man, by his friend, S. H. March. 

    London : T. Boosey & Co., [circa 1846]. Folio, lithographed title page [verso blank] with a scene of the expedition drawn by W. Boosey, slip cancel “for the piano” replacing “for the harp” (as in other copies); pp [1 blank], 2-5, [1 blank]; four leaves in total; occasional foxing, paper spine; a very good copy of this …

  • # 15695

    Photographer unknown.

    Gold digger and Aborigine, Port Darwin, September 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 67 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with a contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Costume of the diggers in P.D. All the gentlemen dress just like they do in Melbourne. Mr. Solomon’, and dated in pencil in the same hand ‘September 19th 1875’; the albumen print has lost some contrast …

  • # 15479

    DAILY MAIL NEWSPAPER (Staff photographer)

    Aborigines watching the arrival of Amy Johnson’s aeroplane at Darwin, May 24 1930.

    Press photograph, printing out paper, glossy print, 215 x 165 mm, verso with a Daily Mail (U.K.) journalist’s typed description of the photograph pasted down, accompanied by what are evidently contemporary annotations made by an unidentified American newspaper’s editorial staff, including the word ‘Negroes’, and the newspaper’s date stamp of ‘Jun 21 1930’; the print has a light …

  • # 15704

    Jilamara Arts and Crafts

    Living Tiwi: Tiwi Awuta Yimpanguwi. Contemporary Tiwi paintings from Milikapiti, Melville Island

    Melville Island, Northern Territory : Jilamara Arts and Crafts, 2004. Square octavo, pictorial wrappers (stickers on lower wrapper), pp 40. Text in English and German.

  • # 15329


    A pictorial souvenir budget of the North Australian Aboriginals

    Darwin : J. Wingham, [c.1929]. Oblong octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers (front with a small stain and mild corner crease) with original wool ties, Foreword on inside front wrapper, [24] pp of photographic plates with printed captions; a near fine copy. The first eight plates in this self-published photographic essay on the indigenous culture and customs of Arnhem Land …

  • # 15036

    Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal men dressed for ceremony, Central Australia, 1900-1910

    Gelatin silver photograph, 88 x 142 mm, manuscript caption in the negative ‘Group of natives at Alice Springs’, verso with contemporary inscription in ink ‘Wild blacks in paints ready for Corroboree, Central Aust.’; mild vertical creases at left and right edges, otherwise very good.

  • # 15012

    WHITE, Samuel Albert (1870-1954)

    Photographs of the Everard and Musgrave Ranges Expedition, South Australia, June-September 1914

    A highly important record of early European contact with the Yankunytjatjara people. Eight gelatin silver print photographs, each 100 x 127 mm, unmounted; versos with the photographer's pencilled captions and sequence numbers; all of the prints are in fine condition. Although principally an ornithologist, by the early 1900s Adelaide-born Samuel White 'had earned a reputation …

  • # 14882

    STANTON, Don E.

    Oh Australia!

    Bermagui Sth., N.S.W. : Maranatha Revival Crusade, [1979]. Series: Monthly Message, no. 26. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper with stain), stapled, 112 pp, illustrated; a couple of annotations in biro, otherwise a very good copy. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (title page). Christian religious pamphlet written by an …

  • # 14883

    COCKS, C.H.

    Report of the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Working Party of South Australia, June 1978.

    Adelaide : Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Working Party of South Australia, 1978. Folio, pcloth backed printed wrappers, 130 pp, [4] leaves of maps; a very good copy. 

  • # 14905

    MARKUS, Andrew

    [ABORIGINES] From the barrel of a gun : questions to aid interpretation

    [Melbourne : The author, 1974?]. Quarto, 5 pp, stapled, roneo printed; mild horizontal crease, but a good copy. Questions prepared by the author, Andrew Markus, to aid interpretation of his book From the barrel of a gun : the oppression of the Aborigines, 1860-1900 (West Melbourne, Vic. : Victorian Historical Association, 1974), which focuses on conflict between …

  • # 14910

    PITTOCK, A. Barrie

    Aborigines and land rights

    Melbourne : Aboriginal Affairs Dept. of the Australian Union of Students, National Tribal Council, Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1971. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (lightly marked and creased), 28 pp, illustrated. 

  • # 14912

    SPENCER, Baldwin, Sir (1860-1929)

    [ABORIGINES] Presidential address to the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Cover: Hobart-Melbourne Meeting, January, 1921 … Reprinted from Report of the Fifteenth Meeting of the A.A.A.S., held in Melbourne, 10th January, 1921. Melbourne : Albert J. Mullett, Government Printer, 1921. Octavo, printed grey wrappers, pp 37, [2]; maps and tables; a very good copy. Transcript of Sir Baldwin Spencer’s lecture on the cultural anthropology of …

  • # 14904

    PARKER, R.S. (Robert Stewart) et al.

    New states for Australia : The Australian Institute of Polictical Science ;

    Spring Forum ; 1955 ; Proceedings. Sydney : Australian Institute of Polictical Science, 1955. Quarto, original card covers, roneo printed, 90 pp, 1 folding table, 3 folding maps; a very good copy. Contains four papers delivered at the Armidale forum by R.S. Parker (New states for Australia : why new states?), J. MacDonald Holmes (The proposed …

  • # 14870

    The Alice : centre of the outback

    [Cover title]. Alice Springs, N.T. : Northern Territory Administration, 1972. Large octavo, publisher's pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper with street map), staple bound, 20 pp, b/w photographic illustrations; a very good copy. A guide for prospective residents, including sections on Aborigines; flora and faunahousing; employment; education; churches; community activities, etc.  

  • # 14876

    Your guide to Darwin.

    [Darwin] Palmerston Printers, [1978]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (sunned; light vertical crease); 36 pp, illustrations, maps. Two copies are recorded in Australian collections (National Library of Australia; Northern Territory Library)

  • # 14907


    Alice Springs urban development study

    Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Agius, McNally, Holmwood, 1975. Large quarto, pictorial stiff wrappers, 64 pp, colour illustrations and maps; a very good copy.  A condensed version of the detailed report by Hanson &​ Todd.

  • # 17166

    RYAN, Judith; BATTY, Philip

    Tjukurrtjanu : origins of Western Desert art

    Melbourne : National Gallery of Victoria, 2011. Quarto, illustrated stiff wrappers, pp xvi, 312, richly illustrated in colour, map; a fine copy. Superb catalogue which accompanied an exhibition presented by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with the Papunya Tula Artists.

  • # 14805

    Photographer unknown.

    Aerial view of the Meat Works, Myilly Point and Point Emery, Darwin, circa 1925

    Black and white photograph on printing out paper, 85 x 135 mm, handwritten caption in the negative 'The Meat Works, Myilly Point & Point Emery, Darwin'; fine condition.

  • # 14803

    Photographer unknown.

    Crocodile hunt, Daly River, Northern Territory, circa 1925

    Black and white photograph on printing out paper, 85 x 135 mm, handwritten caption in the negative 'A Fine Pair, Daly River'; fine condition.

  • # 14802

    BUSCALL, Jack

    Meridian ant hills, Northern Territory, circa 1925

    Black and white photograph on glossy printing out paper, 90 x 140 mm, handwritten caption in negative 'Meridian ant hills'; verso wet stamped 'Jack Buscall, Darwin, N.A. [i.e. Northern Australia]'; in fine condition.  Photographs taken by Jack Buscall are held in the collections of the National Library of Australia and the Northern Territory Library.

  • # 14838

    ISAACS, Jennifer; PRIMROSE, Ian

    Aboriginal Art Series

    [North Sydney] : Aboriginal Arts & Crafts Pty. Ltd., with assistance from the Aboriginal Arts Board and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, [c.1975-79]. Complete set of 10 pamphlets, nos. 1 – 10, each a single sheet folding to 220 x 105 mm, each with 8 pp, illustrations in colour and black and white, and a …

  • # 14862

    MORPHY, Howard; JONES, Rhys

    Eastern Arnhem Land Aboriginals today

    Sydney : Aboriginal Arts &​ Crafts, 1978. Kit comprising the following: 2 sound cassettes, 84 colour transparency slides, map (690 x 360 mm); lacks the 48 page booklet, otherwise complete and in good condition. The only complete examples of this important educational kit recorded in Australian collections are held by AIATSIS and the National Museum of …

  • # 14755

    JENKINS, John Greeley (1851-1923)

    The Northern Territory of South Australia : its development : proposals of the government,

    as announced by the Premier and Minister controlling the Northern Territory. Adelaide : J. L. Bonython & Co., 1904. Tall octavo pamphlet, original printed orange wrappers, staple bound, 11 pp, a fine copy.

  • # 14690

    CARROLL, H. S.

    The new counties, hundreds, & district atlas of South Australia and Northern Territory, 1876.

    Together with map of South Australia indicating roads, distances, relative position of counties &c., &c. Showing — All Boroughs, Post-towns, Villages, Hamlets, Road Boards, Roads, Railways, Rivers, Lakes, Creeks, Mountains, Stations, the Area of County and Station, (the Names, Occupiers, Grazing capabilities and Area of each), the Population of each Town in the Colony, Height …

  • # 14266

    LEWIS, Darrell; ROSE, Deborah Bird

    The shape of the dreaming : the cultural significance of Victoria River rock art

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press, 1988. Series: AIATSIS report series 1030-6544. Quarto, pictorial stiff wrappers (mild corner creasing), 79 pp, illustrated; includes bibliography. 

  • # 14628

    GOESIN, Petrus de

    Geographie, ofte beginselen der Land-Beschryvinge, zoo als die in haer eygen aerd, in verdeeling

    van Landen en Gewesten met Wateren en Zee-en sig bevinden, en door Bergen, Rivieren en Stroomen onderscheiden zyn; als mede den principaelsten Koophandel die in elke Landen verrigt worden. Tot Gend [Ghent] : Petrus de Goesin, [1762]. Duodecimo, contemporary calf (heavily rubbed and scuffed), spine with raised bands, compartments with stamped floral design in gilt …

  • # 14463

    GUNN, Æneas (pseud.) [GUNN, Jeannie, 1870-1961]

    The Little Black Princess

    Melbourne : Robertson & Mullens., [c.1934]. Octavo, green cloth boards, 107 pp, lacking dust jacket and title page. A later edition, telling the story of a young indigenous girl at a Northern Territory homestead with photographic plates throughout. An important presentation copy, inscribed by the author: “I inscribe this book for the Hermannsburg Mission Appeal …

  • # 14355

    LONG, W. Arnold

    Harry Foster : a trophy of grace from the Northern Territory of Australia

    / The story of a blind Australian Aboriginal who was a Missionary to his own people. Sydney : Aborigines Inland Mission of Australia, [1940]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, pp 57, photographic illustrations, map; title page with short tear at top corner, else a very good copy.

  • # 13871

    SPENCER, Baldwin; GILLEN, F.J.

    The Northern Tribes of Central Australia

    London : Macmillan and Co., 1904. First edition. Octavo, gilt decorated cloth boards (rubbed and marked), endpaper with bookplate, inscription, and pencil notes 784 pp. An important anthropological and ethnographical publication surveying the Indigenous Australian tribes of what is now the Northern Territory, with a wealth of observations on the culture, art, and traditions of …

  • # 14233

    Gourié, E.

    Manuscript map of Australia, dated 1835

    Ink and wash on paper, 350 x 455 mm (sheet); laid down on modern backing sheet; some loss along the early vertical fold line (mainly at the extremities) and in bottom left corner of sheet. A relatively early manuscript map showing Australia and Van Diemen's Land, as well as New Guinea and parts of the …

  • # 14280


    [TELEGRAPH; QUEENSLAND] Map of south-eastern Asia and Northern Australia

    : showing the districts in Annam and Tonquin which France proposes to annex and to place under a Protectorate, the portion of New Guinea proposed to be acquired by Queensland, and the districts affected by the volcanic eruptions in Java. London : Letts Son &​ Co. Ltd., 1883 [issued as a supplement to The Graphic, …