• # 16456

    HOLDSWORTH, Philip J.

    Station hunting on the Warrego, Australia : At the valley of the Popran, and other poems.

    Sydney : William Maddock, 1885. First edition. Octavo, original green cloth boards with gilt lettering and ornament; front hinge cracked, front pastedown with later ex libris; a presentation copy, inscribed on the dedication page ‘For my friend Walter Merewether Esq, with the regards of the author, P. J. Holdsworth 3/2 1891’; pp. 99; internally very …

  • # 16509

    STRUTT, Fred L.

    The song of an outback bloke and other verses

    Cover: Australian sentiment for Australians. [Rockhampton] : Rockhampton Sub-Branch R.S.S.I.L.A., n.d. [1926?]. Duodecimo, original grey wrappers printed in blue (somewhat stained), staple bound, title page with ownership inscriptions, pp 42; contents clean and sound, a good copy. Scarce publication of poetry inspired by the author’s experiences in western Queensland. Only a handful of copies are …

  • # 16510

    WALKER, Kath (1920-1993) [later Oodgeroo Noonuccal]

    We are going

    Brisbane : Jacaranda Press, 1964. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s cloth boards in dust jacket (mild wear to top edgesd), front pastedown with later ex libris, half title with previous owner’s name crossed out, pp 43, internally very clean; a good copy. The first volume of poetry by Indigenous Queensland poet and activist Kath Walker, known …

  • # 16476

    FISHER, Lala (editor) (1872-1929)

    By creek and gully : stories and sketches mostly of bush life, told in prose and rhyme, by Australian writers in England. Edited by Lala Fisher.

    London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1899. Octavo, original green cloth boards with gilt lettered spine, front hinge weakened, front pastedown with later ex libris, front endpaper with early ownership stamp, pp. viii, 302, [10] pages of publisher’s advertisements; frontispiece black-and-white photographic portrait of Lala Fisher; a very good copy. Mary Lucy (Lala) Fisher (1872-1929) began her career …

  • # 16518

    MANIFOLD, J.S. (John Streeter), 1915-1985

    Nightmares & sunhorses

    Melbourne : Overland, 1961. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s black cloth boards in dust jacket, 47 pp; a fine copy. Collection of verse by important Australian poet and critic John Manifold. Manifold was born in Melbourne and raised between the family residence in Toorak and a property in the Western District. He attended Geelong Church of …

  • # 16449

    FOOTT, Mary Hannay (1846-1918)

    Where the pelican builds and other poems.

    Brisbane : Gordon and Gotch, 1885. Octavo, original blind blocked tan cloth boards lettered in gilt, front pastedown with later ex libris, patterned endpapers, pp. 43; a fine copy. A rare Brisbane edition of selected verse by Australian poet and editor Mary Hannay Foott (1846-1918). It includes her best-known poem, Where the Pelican Builds, which was widely …

  • # 16075

    MARCET, Edouard

    Australie. Un voyage a travers le bush.

    Dessins de Mm. G. Liquier et D. d’apres les indications de l’auteur. Geneve : Jules-Guillaume Fick, 1868. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (spine glued down), all edges gilt, pp. 268, the text set in ornamental borders with decorated initials, illustrated with 20 original photographs after drawings by the author. Printed in an edition of 200 copies. Rare …

  • # 16357

    FRISTEDT, Conrad

    [QUEENSLAND ABORIGINES; MAORI] På forskningsfärd : minnen från en tvåårig vistelse

    bland Ceylons Tamiler och Singhaleser, Australiens Kannibaler och Nya Zeelands Maorer. Stockholm : Albert Bonniers förlag, [1891]. Octavo, publisher’s gilt pictorial brown cloth, [iv], 256 pp, [19] leaves of plates (some colour), 1 colour map. Text in Swedish. A good copy. Swedish traveller’s account of his time spent in Ceylon, North Queensland and New Zealand, which …

  • # 16341

    THOMAS, Julian

    Cannibals and convicts : notes of personal experiences in the Western Pacific [Presentation copy]

    London : Cassell & Company 1886. First edition. Octavo, red cloth boards with stamped gilt lettering to front (a couple of light marks), spine with gilt device and lettering (a little faded), verso of free endpaper inscribed ‘With the author’s compliments’, xvi, 407 pp, many pages unopened, illustrated, map; sparse foxing, corner loss to pp …

  • # 16337

    [ROOT, George Frederick; Brisbane Tonic Sol-Fa Union]

    [THEATRE] The Haymakers, Protestant Hall, Ann Street, Brisbane, June 13th, 1888

    Silk theatre handbill (total dimensions 240 x 275 mm), vertical fold creating 4 pp, printed in black ink on 3 pp. Brisbane : Davison & Metcalf, Charlotte St., 1888. Root’s Popular Cantata: The Haymakers. For the First Time in Queensland. Brisbane Tonic Sol-Fa Union. Opening Concert, Under the distinguished patronage and in the presence of …

  • # 16468

    BANFIELD, Edmund James (1852-1923)

    [QUEENSLAND] The confessions of a beachcomber.

    London : T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1924. Fifth impression. Octavo, publisher’s green cloth boards lettered in gilt, front pastedown with later ex libris, pp. xi, 336, black-and-white photographic frontispiece and photographic plates throughout; pages uncut; foxing to preliminaries and edges; a very good copy in bright, original binding. An account of the author and naturalist’s …

  • # 16464

    HEYWOOD, B. A.

    A vacation tour at the Antipodes, through Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, and New Zealand, in 1861-1862.

    London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. Octavo, original blind blocked red cloth (discoloured and stained), spine lettered in gilt (faded, softened at head and tail, splitting along seam), front pastedown with later ex libris, engraved frontispiece, pp. viii, 251; 2 folding maps, 7 plates; edges uncut; internally clean. “As I was recommended …

  • # 15895


    Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen. Handbuch der Reichspostdampfer-Linien nach Ostasien und Australien. No. 1, 1910.

    Bremen : Norddeutscher Lloyd, 1910. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers with original owner’s signature to front (lightly foxed, short paper split at head of spine); pp 113, with folding tables and folding colour map at rear; a good copy. Scarce commercial shipping publication containing N.D.L.’s timetables, rates, baggage and freight allowances etc. for all lines, including …

  • # 15975

    Gympie Agricultural, Mining and Pastoral Society

    [QUEENSLAND; GOLD MINING] Gympie Agricultural, Mining and Pastoral Society. Exhibition held at Gympie, 1894. First Prize.

    Section 12, Class 450, No. 1028. Awarded to B.H. Bennetts for Ores in all their rarity … [Gympie] : Gympie Miner, 1894. Lithograph printed card with decorative border, 72 x 115 mm; entries in manuscript; in very good condition. The prize awardee was manager of the Wilmot Gold Mine at Gympie.

  • # 15875

    The adventures of John Renton

    Compiled by J. G. Marwick, Provost of Stromness. Kirkwall [U.K.]: W. R. Mackintosh, The Kirkwall Press, The Orcadian Office, 1935. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, pp. vii; [2]; 9 – 95, fore-edge foxed, black and white photographic plates. Rare Orkneyan imprint of the remarkable story of John Renton shipwrecked in the Soloman Islands. Originally appeared in the “Brisbane …

  • # 15458

    WELSBY, Thomas

    Schnappering and fishing in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay waters.

    Also included: A wandering discourse on fishing generally. Brisbane : Outridge Printing Co., 1905. First edition. Octavo, pictorial cloth boards (lightly rubbed), hinges split, preliminary leaves (advertisements and frontispiece) loose; title page with presentation inscription from author to G.L. Goodman, dated July 1908; pp xii-820; illustrated throughout with photographic plates; folding map of Moreton Bay; …

  • # 15816

    Artist unknown

    “Cedar Lodge”, Ipswich, Queensland; the residence of Abraham Fitzgibbon, first Commissioner and Chief Engineer of the Queensland Railways.

    Circa 1865. Watercolour and pencil on paper, 150 x 210 mm, an unmounted leaf from a sketchbook; unsigned; verso inscribed in ink in a nineteenth century hand ‘The Birthplace of Florence Isabelle Fitz-Gibbon, Cedar Lodge, Ipswich, Queensland’; also inscribed, in the same hand, ‘Returned to our dear Belle’; in fine condition, the tiny crease at top …

  • # 15062


    [PHOTOGRAPHIC PANORAMA] Brisbane from Observatory in 4 pieces.

    [Title from contemporary inscription verso]. Brisbane : Imperial Photographic Company, [c.1880]. Photographic panorama comprised of four contiguous albumen prints, each 250 x 280 mm, versos with wet stamp of ‘Imperial Photo. Coy. Brisbane’ and contemporary sequence numbers 1-4 in pencil, number 3 also inscribed with title ‘Brisbane from Observatory in 4 pieces’; the four albumen …

  • # 15754

    PLIMER, Nathaniel, 1757-1822, attributed

    A portrait miniature of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brisbane, sixth Governor of New South Wales, 1821-1825

    A fine portrait of a distinguished administrator whose political and social legacies were of immense importance in the shaping of the Colony of New South Wales. Portraits of such significant early Australian figures are of the utmost rarity.  [Attributed to Nathaniel Plimer, probably 1803-1804]. Portrait on ivory, in its original nine-carat gold mount, 70 x 53 mm; verso of …

  • # 15889

    SHAPCOTT, Thomas W.

    [POETRY] Fingers at air : experimental poems 1969

    Ipswich, Qld : [printed privately], 1969. Edition limited to 200 signed copies (no. 169). Octavo, printed brown wrappers, previous owner’s name on half-title, unpaginated [48 pp]. An excellent copy. Scarce edition of poems by Queensland poet Thomas Shapcott AO.  

  • # 15888

    Great Britain. Oversea Settlement Dept.

    Australia, the land of hope and sunshine : how women can get there, and what they say of it

    Series: E.S.A. 26. [London : Oversea Settlement Dept.], 1925. Octavo, 8 pp stapled pamphlet. Designed to encourage the migration of women from Great Britain to Australia, this brochure contains information on job opportunities for women in Australia – sadly only household work, employment on farms and stations and in country towns are mentioned; under the …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15484

    BAILEY, Frederick Manson, and GORDON, Patrick Robertson

    Plants reputed poisonous and injurious to stock (signed copy).

    Brisbane : James C. Beal, 1887. Octavo, green cloth (fine), signed by the author in pencil to title page, pp. 112, 44 lithographed plates. Ferguson 6514

  • # 15000

    [THOMAS ADAMS HILL]; GLENNY, Henry (1835-1910)

    Photographic portrait of the explorer Robert O’Hara Burke

    Mid-1860 [but probably published early 1863]. Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, amount 105 x 63 mm, vignetted image 50 x 50 mm, recto of mount inscribed in contemporary hand ‘Bourke’ (sic), and verso inscribed in the same hand (with the correct spelling) ‘Burke’; no studio imprint; albumen print with faint …

  • # 15035

    MÜLLER, Henry (Heinrich) (attributed)

    Photographic portraits of a young Aboriginal woman, Toowoomba, 1868-69

    Two albumen print photographs in carte de viste format, each 103 x 65 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint (versos blank); some mild spotting, mostly confined to the peripheries of the prints and the mounts themselves. A pair of superb studio portraits of the same young woman, one a full length portrait of her holding a …

  • # 15048

    [HOGG, John J., attributed]

    Photographic portrait of an Aboriginal youth holding a sword club, Queensland, circa 1895

    Albumen print photograph, 150 x mm, unmounted; no photographer’s imprint; some corner creasing at upper right corner, otherwise in good condition. The young subject is holding a sword club from the Queensland rainforest region; the other studio props are a Queensland Gulmari shield and a fighting boomerang. The photographer was possibly John Hogg, who produced …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 14831

    NEWMAN, John Hubert

    Photographic portrait of Rev. William Curnow, Wesleyan minister and journalist, Sydney, 1865-68

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (107 x 64 mm, mount; 60 x 48 mm, oval image); inscribed beneath image in ink in a contemporary hand 'Rev. W. Curnow'; recto and verso with imprint of J.H. Newman, 53 South Head Road, Sydney; recto with light staining and rubbing. Wesleyan Methodist clergyman and journalist William Curnow …

  • # 15342

    Brisbane. Australia’s sunshine capital

    Brisbane : Jackson & O’Sullivan (printers), c. 1930. Oblong quarto, pp. [32], photographic plates, pictorial wrappers, string tie, name to front wrapper, short tear to lower wrapper and the margins of several pages.

  • # 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 …

  • # 14524

    STEPHENS, James Brunton; D'ARCY, Mary and Ellen

    [UNIQUE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPY] Convict once. “With Illustrations by M. and E. D’Arcy”.

    London : Macmillan & Co., 1871. First edition. Small octavo, original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt; recased with new endpapers, but retaining the original free endpapers, the front endpaper bearing the blind stamp of Brisbane booksellers Watson & Co.; the title page inscribed 'Elly E. D'Arcy from Mary, 29th Decr. 1873' and at the …

  • # 14528


    Great suffragette demonstration in London. The Australian section

    forming up on the Thames Embankment. Melbourne ; Sydney ; Wellington ; London : The Rose Stereograph Co., [1911]. Stereoscopic gelatin silver print photograph (mount 95 x 175 mm), from the series Great suffragette demonstration in London, serial no. 11,954, printed title beneath the images; recto of mount imprinted The Rose Stereographs Melbourne ; Sydney …

  • # 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 …

  • # 14188

    NIET, H.; [REBER, Karl]

    Lutherische Kirche Süd-Brisbane Deutsche Turnhalle Wooloongabba St. Andreaskirche Nord-Brisbane

    Brisbane : H. Niet, Box 201, G.P.O., [circa 1910]. Lithographic process postcard, 88 x 138 mm, with photographic illustrations of three Brisbane buildings of significance for the German migrant community: South Brisbane Lutheran Church, the German Club in Wooloongabba, and St. Andrew's Church, North Brisbane; beneath these are colour depictions of the German Imperial War …

  • # 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, …

  • # 14311

    ROTH, Walter E.

    The structure of the Koko-Yimidir language

    / by Walter E. Roth ; with the assistance of G.H. Schwarz and W. Poland. Brisbane : Edmund Gregory, Government Printer, 1901. Series: Queensland ethnography ; bulletin no. 2. Large quarto, original printed wrappers (upper wrapper with short tear to fore-edge and old collection stamps of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia and the Royal …

  • # 14309

    HEY, N. (Nicholas); ROTH, Walter E..

    An elementary grammar of the Nggerikudi language

    / by N. Hey ; revised and edited by Walter E. Roth. Brisbane : G.A. Vaughan, Government Printer, 1903. Series: Queensland ethnography ; bulletin no. 6. Large quarto, original printed wrappers (stained; old collection stamps of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria to upper wrapper); staple bound; 23 pp; a …

  • # 13724

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographic portrait of King Tidy, Brisbane, circa 1868

    [Title from engraved breastplate worn by the subject]. Albumen print, carte de visite format, 90 x 60 mm, on mount 104 x 65 mm; numeral “9” inscribed in ink in contemporary hand at lower margin recto of mount; verso blank; the albumen print in fine condition with rich tonal range. We can locate only two …

  • # 13728

    KERRY, Charles, 1857-1928; [MESTON, Archibald, 1851-1924]

    Aborigines from Meston’s Wild Australia troupe performing a staged corroboree, Sydney, 1893

    Albumen print photograph, 155 x 205 mm, laid down on its original album page, blind stamped lower left Kerry & Co. Photo 308 Geo. St. Sydney; the albumen print is in fine condition. A rare and important image taken on a theatre stage with an elaborately painted backdrop of exotic tropical scenery. The men are part …

  • # 13729

    COURRET HERMANOS, CALLAO; [DUESBURY, Samuel, attributed]

    Group of Aboriginal women and breastfeeding infant, Brisbane, circa 1868

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 90 x 56 mm, mount 103 x 67 mm; recto with red printed border, lower margin with imprint of Courret Hermanos, 36 Calle de la Constitucion, Callao in red, and a contemporary inscription in ink Indians – Eastern Peru and a faint pencilled inscription in the same hand Indios de …

  • # 13855

    MARQUIS, Daniel

    Two studio photographs of Aborigines, Brisbane, late 1860s

    Albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, each 101 x 64 mm, versos with imprint of Marquis, Photographer, George Street, Brisbane; both of the albumen prints are in very good condition, the mounts with some pale foxing. Marquis opened his studio at 82 George Street in 1866. These elaborately composed portraits – a tableau of an …

  • # 12178

    GREAT BRITAIN. COLONIAL OFFICE. [ARROWSMITH, John, 1790-1873]; [GIPPS, George Sir, 1791-1847]

    [STRZELECKI] Return to an address of the Honorable the House of Commons, dated 26 February 1841

    : for, copy of a despatch from Sir G. Gipps, Governor of New South Wales, to the Secretary of State for the colonies, transmitting a report of the progressive discovery and occupation of that colony during the period of his administration of the government. [London] : Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, …

  • # 13815

    Cairns Harbour Board

    Sixth revised pamphlet on the port and district of Cairns, North Queensland, Australia

    Cairns : Cairns Post, 1933. Octavo, printed wrappers (with colour maps), pp. 100, maps, photographic plates, a fine copy. Rare.

  • # 13894

    CAPRA, Giuseppe (1873-1952)

    Shearing sheep by machine in North Queensland

    Circa 1910. [Title from translation of inscription verso]. Silver gelatin photograph, 165 x 210 mm, contemporary inscriptions in ink verso: “Tosatura a macchina delle pecore in N. Queensland” and “D.G. Capra, Pont St Martin”; unmounted; tiny crease at top right corner, otherwise fine. A photograph showing the animated interior of a Queensland shearing shed. A …

  • # 13839

    MICHEL, Ernest

    A travers l’hémisphère sud

    : Equateur, Panama, Antilles, Mexique, Iles Sandwich, Nouvelle-Zélande, Tasmanie, Australie. Limoges : Marc Barbou, n.d. [c.1890]. Quarto, publisher's pictorial cloth gilt (rubbed), front hinge weakened, all edges gilt, 296 pp, illustrated with lithographed plates and line drawings in the text; scattered foxing; a good copy.  French travel memoir which includes detailed accounts of visits to …

  • # 13637


    [PHOTOGRAPHIC MONTAGE] Queensland in Miniature

    1878-79. Albumen print of a photographic montage, cabinet card format, 107 x 165 mm, captioned in the negative at lower margin Queensland in Miniature, and with the photographers' studio information at the centre of the image, Metcalfe & Bennett, Artist Photographers, Queen Street, Brisbane; the verso is blank; the albumen print is in good condition …

  • # 13297


    [IMMIGRATION] Australia : its resources and production

    /​ issued on behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia under the authority of the Minister for Markets and Migration. Melbourne : Dept. of Markets and Migration, 1926. Small quarto, original pictorial wrappers, 96 pp, black and white photographic illustrations, statistical tables; a fine copy. Copies of this edition are recorded in five …

  • # 13236

    [QUEENSLAND] ABC des deux mondes

    [Cover title]. Paris : Emile Guérin, [c.1900]. Small quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers, staple bound, [10] pp, an all illustrated alphabet picture book based on geography, with 5 pages in colour; text in French; the letter Q is for Queensland, and shows a mounted Light Horseman; other letters include K for Kimberley (South Africa), J for …