• # 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 …

  • # 4923


    [ABORIGINES] Ethnological photographic gallery of the various races of men.

    Cover title: Races of mankind. London : Trübner & Co., [1876]. First English edition. Oblong folio, green embossed cloth, upper board with gilt lettering (boards with a little discoloration), silk endpapers, all edges gilt, title page followed by 167 albumen print photographs mounted recto and verso of 12 leaves of card, each page with printed frames …

  • # 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 …

  • # 17231


    [QUEENSLAND] Little people in other lands alphabet.

    London : A. Brown & Sons, Ltd., 5, Farringdon Avenue, E.C. and at Hull and York, [between 1890 and 1900]. Complete set of 26 large format alphabet cards, each 225 x 190 mm, chromolithograph printed on thin board, each with an upper and lower case version of a letter and an illustration of a young …

  • # 17212

    WHITE, Charles; ADAMSON, Bartlett (editor)

    Ben Hall : also Mudgee Mail Robbery, Daniel Morgan, “Thunderbolt” (Frederick Ward)

    Sydney : Marchant & Co. (distributed by N.S.W. Bookstall Limited), [1921]. Series: History of Australian Bushranging by Charles White. Octavo, illustrated pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper with pale foxing), staple bound, 64 pp; mild foxing to the outer leaves, but a very good copy.

  • # 16919

    PARKER, K. Langloh (Katie Parker), 1856-1940

    The Euahlayi tribe : a study of Aboriginal life in Australia.

    / by K. Langloh Parker, with an introduction by Andrew Lang. London : Archibald Constable and Company, Ltd., 1905. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked blue cloth (boards rubbed and lightly marked), spine lettered in gilt (sunned), front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, pp xxvii, 156; illustrated with 5 plates (photographic reproductions of drawings), …

  • # 16740

    HALL, Mary

    A woman in the Antipodes and in the Far East.

    London : Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1914. First edition. Octavo, original red cloth boards lettered in gilt (spine sunned) previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, School prize label dated 1929 to front free endpaper, half title with offsetting, frontispiece plate with tissue guard intact, pp. viii, 374, 31 pages of publisher’s advertisements, with 34 black-and-white …

  • # 16738

    MINNIS, John

    In our midst, but not of us, or, The true origin of the Roman Catholic Irish.

    At head of title: “Sentinel” series, no. 1. Brisbane : R.G. Gillies & Co. Ltd., printers, [1918]. Octavo, original printed green wrappers (lower wrapper stained at top edge), inside front cover with later ex libris, pp. 12; scattered foxing, a good copy. In this controversial religious tract – essentially a polemic against Irish Catholicism – …

  • # 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. …

  • # 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 …

  • # 17097

    LINDSAY, Jack

    Life rarely tells. An autobiographical account ending in the year 1921 and situated mostly in Brisbane, Queensland.

    London : The Bodley Head, 1958. Octavo, boards in illustrated dustjacket (price clipped, spine darkened), pp. 224. The first volume of autobiography from Jack Lindsay, founder of The Fanfrolico Press and son of Norman Lindsay.

  • # 16689

    Photographer unknown.

    Two photographic views of Malvern Downs Station, Peak Downs, Queensland, circa 1875

    Two albumen print photographs, 145 x 195 mm and 115 x 195 mm, respectively, tipped-in recto of a nineteenth century gilt-edged album page of thick board, the verso of the larger print with contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Malvern Downs / Peak Downs / Queensland’; both albumen prints with mild creasing and foxing; lower margin of …

  • # 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 …

  • # 16993

    MACKENZIE, Geraldine; BELCHER, Douglas L. (illustrator)

    The first Australian’s fourth book

    Melbourne : F.W. Cheshire [printed at The Hawthorn Press], 1951. ‘Published under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Australia’. Oblong octavo, illustrated buff-coloured wrappers, string bound, 36, [1] pp, illustrated, a very good copy. One of a series of six reading primers for Indigenous children written by MacKenzie, who had been a missionary at …

  • # 16992

    MACKENZIE, Geraldine; BELCHER, Douglas L. (illustrator)

    The first Australian’s fifth book

    Melbourne : F.W. Cheshire [printed at The Hawthorn Press], 1951. ‘Published under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Australia’. Oblong octavo, illustrated buff-coloured wrappers, string bound, 38 pp, illustrated, a very good copy. One of a series of six reading primers for Indigenous children written by MacKenzie, who had been a missionary at Aurukun, …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …