• # 18849

    WENDT, Frank

    Australian Aborigines from North Queensland in R.A. Cunningham’s second touring company, New York, early 1894.

    New York : Frank Wendt, [1894]. Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format (105 x 163 mm, mount), recto imprinted in gold lettering at left hand margin ‘Australian Boomerang Throwers. Frank Wendt, Photo. Artist, New York’; the albumen print with some very light surface rubbing, else fine; verso blank. There are very few known photographic images …

  • # 18809

    Photographer unknown.

    View of Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, Queensland, late 1890s

    Albumen print photograph, 240 x 370 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with later pencil inscription ‘Main street, Bundaberg’; unmounted; a superb print with beautiful tones and sharp detail; the small white fleck at upper left is in the negative. A large format view of Bourbong Street looking west, with the Post Office in the distance. …

  • # 18808

    Photographer unknown.

    View of Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland, late 1890s

    Albumen print photograph, 260 x 370 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with faint contemporary pencil inscription ‘Ruthven Street, Toowoomba’; unmounted; tiny loss at bottom right corner, otherwise a superb print with beautiful tones and sharp detail. A wonderful, large format view of Ruthven Street looking south, with much of the street signage legible. Prominent businesses …

  • # 18807

    WIDE WORLD PHOTO (staff photographer)

    Group of Aboriginal men dressed for a performance for tourists, Palm Island, North Queensland, circa 1930.

    Press photograph, printing out paper, glossy print, 200 x 240 mm, verso with wet stamps of Wide World Photo and Chicago Daily Mail, original journalist’s typed description and cutting from printed newspaper version, plus editor’s annotations; in very good condition. ‘Palm Island was gazetted as an Aboriginal reserve in June 1914 and in 1918, a …

  • # 17295

    BANFIELD, E.J. (Edmund James)

    My tropic isle

    London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1913. Third impression. Thick octavo, pictorial cloth boards (rubbed, spine sunned), later bookplate to front pastedown, deckle edges, pp 313, illustrated with numerous photographic plates; fore-edge with spotting, light foxing to first and last few leaves, but a good copy. Naturalist and writer Edmund James “Ted” Banfield (1852-1923) spent the last …

  • # 16716

    KENNA, Francis

    Songs of a season

    Melbourne : Melville, Mullen & Slade, 1895. First edition. Octavo, original blind blocked brown cloth over bevelled boards, upper board lettered and decorated in gilt (upper board marked), previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, title page with original owner’s initials ‘E.B.L.’ and date ‘16.2.95’, pp. 52, occasional pencilled marginalia; otherwise a very good copy. Collection …

  • # 16835

    BUCKBY, Samuel

    ‘Neath sunny skies : a further selection of poems

    Brisbane : W.R. Smith & Paterson Pty Ltd, 1944. Octavo, original integral pictorial wrappers (lightly marked, chipped at foot of spine) over boards, front hinge cracked, signed by the author on the title page with the date 9/11/46, pp. 103, including a number of black-and-white photographic illustrations; previous owner’s bookplate to inside front cover, front …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15788

    DIGGLES, Silvester (1817-1880)

    The ornithology of Australia : being illustrations of 244 Australian birds, with descriptive letter-press.

    [Brisbane : Printed for the author by T.P. Pugh, 1866-1870]. Folio, nineteenth century gilt-lettered cloth (joints a little worn), bookplate to the front pastedown of English ornithologist George Dawson Rowley, manuscript list of plates tipped-in, manuscript title leaf supplied (lacking the printed title), unpaginated, 126 hand-coloured lithographed plates, heightened with gum arabic, each with an accompanying …

  • # 18458

    McIVOR, Roy

    Cockatoo : my life in Cape York / stories and art by Roy McIvor

    Broome, W.A. : Magabala Books, 2010. Small quarto, pictorial limp boards, 176 pp, illustrated in colour; an as new copy. Roy McIvor was 10 when his community were rounded up by the military and shipped 1500 km Woorabinda because of allegations the community was collaborating with the Japanese under the guidance of German Lutheran Missionary …

  • # 18676

    MACLEAN, Donald, Rev.

    Travels in sunny lands. (Presentation copy)

    Edinburgh : John Grant, 1911. Octavo, original red cloth boards lettered in black and gilt, top edges gilt; a presentation copy inscribed by the author (a Presbyterian missionary) on the front free-endpaper; pp 157, numerous b/w photographic plates; later bookplate to front pastedown, offsetting to endpapers, mild spotting to fore-edges; a very good inscribed copy. …

  • # 18380

    WAWN, William T.

    South Sea Islanders and the Queensland labour trade.

    A record of voyages and experiences in the Western Pacific, from 1875 to 1891. London : Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1893. Octavo, gilt-illustrated blue cloth pp. xvi; colour map, 440, illustrations. A very good copy. The author’s account of nearly twenty years transporting labourers from the Pacific Islands to Queensland in a system of near …

  • # 18329

    WATSON, John

    Photographic portrait of a lady in a fine dress, holding a book. Brisbane, 1862-65.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm, verso with studio imprint of J. Watson, Photographer, Queen-street, Brisbane; the albumen print has a couple of light surface marks (but what appears to be a stain at upper left is in fact simply the dark section of the painted backdrop and a shadow …

  • # 17500

    FLANAGAN, Roderick J. (1826-1862)

    The Aborigines of Australia. (Presentation copy inscribed by the author’s brother)

    Sydney : Edward F. Flanagan and George Robinson, 1888. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked blue cloth boards (rubbed) with gilt device to front, spine lettered in gilt (softened at head, cloth chipped at foot), frontispiece portrait of the author, verso of title inscribed ‘Presented to W.P. Byrne by the author’s brother Edward F. Flanagan, …

  • # 18165

    Short tours round and about Brisbane

    Brisbane : Queensland Government Tourist Bureau, circa 1960. Tourist brochure, single sheet, four panels, printed in colour. Day tours from Brisbane.

  • # 17896

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    Aboriginal man with throwing club, parrying shield and boomerangs, 1890s

    Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, contemporary handwritten captions to the mount: ‘Australian Aborigine’ and ‘H. King, Sydney’; the slide is in perfect condition. A photograph taken in the studio of the major Sydney photographer Henry King, probably in the early 1890s. The painted backdrop and studio props are reminiscent of the …