• # 23580

    MEEKS, Arone (1957- )

    Arone Meeks : Celebration

    Cairns, QLD : KickArts Contemporary Arts [2008]. Quarto folding card (300 x 210 mm), illustrated front, inside double-page colour illustration from the major work Celebration, rear with artist’s biography, selected solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and collections; fine condition. Indigenous artist Arone Meeks is a Kuku Yalani speaker from Far North Queensland. Appears to be held …

  • # 22710

    S.H. BENSON (publisher); Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal man and woman holding puppies, seated outside a humpy with canvas covering.

    [Between 1900 and 1910. Possibly New South Wales or Queensland. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, printed series title to mount: ‘By Forest and Desert’, together with printed label of the maker, ‘S.H. Benson, 1, Tudor St., London, E.C.’ and printed sequence number ’24’; the slide is in fine …

  • # 23122

    GRIBBLE, E.R. (Ernest Richard), Rev. ("Judja") (1869-1957)

    A despised race : the vanishing Aboriginals of Australia. (With a lengthy inscription written by the Anglican missionary responsible for Cowal Creek settlement, Cape York, Far North Queensland)

    Sydney : Australian Board of Missions, 1933. Small octavo, publisher’s maroon cloth over boards (rubbed and flecked, gilt lettering to spine faded), pp 147, illustrated with photographic plates; an important association copy, with a lengthy inscription in ink occupying the front pastedown, as well as the recto and verso of the front free-endpaper, written by …

  • # 23242

    SCOTT, John

    The puzzle king

    Amusing arithmetic, book-keeping blunders, commercial comicalities, curious ‘catches’, peculiar problems, perplexing paradoxes, quaint questions, queer quibbles, school stories, interesting items. Tricks with figures, cards, draughts, dice, dominoes, etc., etc., etc. Brisbane : H.J. Diddams, 1899. Octavo, gilt-illustrated cloth (a few light stains), pp. 112, illustrations and diagrams, advertisements for A.M.P. Society, Brisbane to endpapers. Rare …

  • # 23078


    Pearson’s distinct road map of New South Wales for motorists, cyclists and travellers

    Compiled and published by J. Pearson ; drawn by Kenneth Craigie. Sydney : J. Pearson, circa 1925. Map measuring 94 x 74 cm, folding in publisher’s illustrated paper wrappers, a couple of tears along folds, else very good. Cover title : Pearson’s reliable road map. A complete guide to New South Wales and important parts …

  • # 23505

    DOOLEY, Gillian and Danielle CLODE

    The first wave : exploring early coastal contact history in Australia

    Mile End, S.A. : Wakefield Press, 2019. Large octavo (234 x 136 mm) trade paperback, pp x, 448, colour illustrations, maps; brand new publication. ‘The European maritime explorers who first visited the bays and beaches of Australia brought with them diverse assumptions about the inhabitants of the country, most of them based on sketchy or …

  • # 23686

    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 …

  • # 23308


    Silken threads and other poems

    Brisbane : Watson, Ferguson &​ Co., 1924. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers (postage stamp to upper front), inscribed by the author in pencil on the front free endpaper, 48 pp, contents clean and sound.

  • # 22844

    DOUGLAS, John (1828-1904)

    [QUEENSLAND] John Douglas, Government Resident and magistrate at Thursday Island : autograph letter, signed, to a London publisher regarding a book of his memoirs. October, 1902.

    Bifolium, 203 x 125 mm, Queensland Government watermarked paper, lithographed letterhead with State of Queensland crest and ‘Residency, Thursday Island’; manuscript in ink on [2] pp, dated 20 October 1902, to Edward Arnold, British publisher: ‘I should have been very pleased to discuss with you the chances of success for a book of Reminiscences – …

  • # 23116

    [ROOTSEY, Joe]

    Joe Rootsey : Queensland Aboriginal painter 1918-63

    Brisbane : Queensland Art Gallery, 2010. Quarto, pictorial wrappers, pp 79. Published for the Queensland Art Gallery’s exhibition of Rootsey’s works, illustrated with over 70 colour and black and white images.

  • # 22835

    BACKHOUSE, James, 1794-1869

    A narrative of a visit to the Australian colonies

    London : Hamilton, Adams, 1843. Octavo, early half ctushed morocco over cloth (scuffed), all edges gilt, front paste-down with mid-nineteenth century book label of Binks, pp. xviii, 560, cxliv, [18] leaves of plates (3 folded), maps, a very good copy. Ferguson, 3558. The important account of Backhouse, an English Quaker and botanist, of his sojourn in …

  • # 23023

    WRIGHT, George P[arkinson]. (photographer and publisher)

    Brisbane and Environs Illustrated: Twelve Views of the Scenery of the City and Neighbourhood.

    Second Series … [Contents …] Photographed by Geo. P. Wright, Creek Street, (Opposite the Union Bank) Brisbane. MDCCCLXXVIII. At head of title: Under the Patronage of His Excellency the Governor. Brisbane : George P. Wright [printed by Cleghorn & Co.], 1878. Oblong folio, original half morocco over brown cloth boards with gilt lettering (boards marked and …

  • # 22975

    SAINI, Balwant and JOYCE, Ray

    The Australian house. Homes of the tropical north

    Sydney : Lansdowne Press, 1982. 1986 reprint. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp.128, illustrated, bookplate to endpaper, light foxing to preliminaries. Architecture found in Northern Australia.

  • # 22817

    STAUNTON, Madge

    The cleaving wedge (presentation copy for Robert Jacks)

    Brisbane : Queensland Community Press, 1982. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 62, presentation inscription to Australian artist Robert Jacks. This book is Brisbane poet Madge Staunton’s first collection of verse, and includes poems such as: – Brisbane: March – Ibis – Toowong Cemetery – Metal is not deathless – Near our back steps.

  • # 22246

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928)

    Photographic portraits of Aborigines from New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory, 1892-95.

    Suite of fifteen albumen print photographs, format 200 x 150 mm; each with blind stamp of ‘Kerry & Co. Photo, 308 George St. Sydney’ and with manuscript sequence number and title in the negative; a few with some toning or fading, but the majority are strong prints in very good condition; mounted and framed. Northern Territory subjects: 605. Port …

  • # 20782

    BAILEY, Nathan; [LEICHHARDT, Ludwig, 1813-c.1848]

    [LUDWIG LEICHHARDT] The universal etymological English dictionary:

    … The second edition, with many additions. London : Thomas Cox, 1731. Thick octavo, contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards (a little worn), the personal copy of the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, his ownership signature in ink ‘L. Leichhardt’ on a binder’s blank at the rear; front free-endpaper with later ownership inscription of Thomas Hughes …