South Australia

  • # 17641

    Photographer unknown.

    [ABORIGINES; SOUTH AUSTRALIA] Natives, Fowler’s Bay District

    Circa 1900. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, original manuscript paper label ‘Natives, Fowler’s Bay District’, which duplicates the printed title in the image; a smaller label bears the sequence number ‘6204’ in manuscript; a printed label along the top edge also reads ‘6204 Natives Fowler (sic) Bay District’; in very good …

  • # 17755


    Alstons’ patent steel windmills, patent steel-framed galvanized stock troughs, pumps, valves and fittings.

    South Melbourne : James Alston, [1928?]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 128 pp, illustrated throughout, a fine copy. Approximate dating suggested by reference to a ‘1927 model’. A superbly produced and illustrated agricultural trade catalogue – a goldmine for research into life on the land in Australia in the interwar years. Copies of this edition …

  • # 17899

    CATLOW, Edward J. (composer); CATLOW, Augusta M. (lyricist)

    [SHEET MUSIC] The tender moonlight : original colonial song with pianoforte accompaniment.

    /​ words by Augusta M. Catlow ; music by Edward J. Catlow. Adelaide : printed and published by Walter C. Sims and Joseph Elliott, 1869. Series: Musical supplement to the Adelaide miscellany ; no. 10. Cover: “April 22, 1869”. Folio, letter press printed, [2] pp music notation, rear cover with advertisements for Adelaide businesses; scattered pale foxing, …

  • # 17107

    MELROSE, Alex (1865-1944)

    Song and slapstick : various verses. (Presentation copy)

    Adelaide : The Hassell Press, 1934. Octavo, original cloth boards in scarce illustrated dustjacket (some chipping), later bookplate to front pastedown; a presentation copy inscribed by the author on front free-endpaper for Sir John Latham, fifth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia; pp 233; a very good copy. A collection of poems, some …

  • # 17369

    CARROLL, Lewis (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 1832-1898; KER WILSON, Barbara (ed.); SEWELL, Byron S. (illustrator)

    Alitji in dreamland = Alitjinya ngura tjukurmankuntjala / adapted and translated from Lewis Carroll’s story, Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    by Nancy Sheppard ; illustrations by Byron S. Sewell ; edited by Barbara Ker Wilson. Adelaide : University of Adelaide, 1975. First edition. Small oblong quarto, publisher’s pictorial papered boards (small scuff mark to upper board), pp xiii, 103, sepia illustrations throughout, parallel text in English and Pitjantjatjara; a near fine copy. An Aboriginal version of Lewis …

  • # 17798


    Magnificent Mount Gambier, South Australia : the garden of Australia

    Cover title: Mount Gambier, South Australia. Mount Gambier, S.A. : Laurie & Watson, “The Border Watch”, [between 1935 and 1939]. Large oblong octavo, printed wrappers with oval cut-out showing colour frontispiece plate reproduction of Hans Heysen’s ‘The Blue Lake, Mount Gambier’; 32 pp, sepia tone photographic illustrations, maps, advertisements; a fine copy. Copies are recorded in …

  • # 17543

    Protected native birds of South Australia.

    Adelaide : R. E. E. Rogers, 1910. Octavo, printed wrappers, 30, 12 fine chromolithographed plates by Alfred Vaughan. Special Bulletin of the Department of Intelligence, South Australia. Near fine. “‘The purpose of this book is not to catalogue or to scientifically describe our native birds; but to bring prominently before the public, the police, and …

  • # 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 …

  • # 17774

    CLUNE, Frank

    The fortune hunters (Presentation copy)

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1957. First edition. Octavo, tan cloth boards in dust jacket, map endpapers, presentation copy inscribed on the half title for Frank McDowell, signed in full by the author and dated ‘Vaucluse, X.X.60’, 250 pp, illustrated; memoir of Clune’s trip from Sydney to Darwin via Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy …

  • # 17249

    BARBAULD, Mrs [Anna Letitia] (1743-1825); MAYO, Mrs G. [Henrietta] (translator); TURNER, Charles (illustrator)

    Lobgesänge in Prosa / aus dem Englischen von Mrs. G. Mayo.

    Also titled: Mrs. Barbauld’s hymns in prose for children. Adelaide : Wm. Eggers & Eimer, 1873. Small quarto, original full blue roan with gilt vignette on each board, both boards with triple gilt rule (lacking backstrip, upper board detached), all edges gilt, green china clay endpapers, early inscription to verso of front endpaper ‘Mrs. Humphry with …

  • # 16734

    GREGORY, J.W. (John Walter), 1864-1932

    The dead heart of Australia : a journey around Lake Eyre in the summer of 1901-1902, with some account of the Lake Eyre basin and the flowing wells of central Australia.

    London : John Murray, 1906. Octavo, publisher’s brown cloth (rubbed and flecked), upper board with pictorial onlay and gilt lettering, spine lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, front pastedown with later ex libris, frontispiece photographic plate loosened and ink-marked, pp. ix, 371, numerous black-and-white photographic plates, folding maps at rear; mild foxing to edges, internally clean …

  • # 16917

    TAPLIN, George, Rev. (1831-1879)

    The Narrinyeri : An account of the tribes of South Australian Aborigines inhabiting the Country around the Lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, and the Lower Part of the River Murray: their Manners and Customs, also an Account of the Mission at Port Macleay. 

    Adelaide : J.T. Shawyer, Printer, 1874. Octavo, original flushcut limp cloth (somewhat sunned) with printed title label to front (loss to top left corner of label), front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, frontispiece tipped-in albumen print photograph with montage of head-and-shoulder portraits of identified Narrinyeri (Ngarrindjeri) men and women by Townsend Duryea, pp. iv, [ii], …

  • # 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. …

  • # 17128

    RITCHIE, J. Ewing

    [WINE] An Australian ramble, or, A summer in Australia

    London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1890. First edition. Octavo, pictorial red cloth boards with gilt device of kangaroo to upper board, spine illustrated and lettered in gilt (sunned), bookplates to pastedown and front free-endpaper, pp. [x], 235, [1]; a very good copy. Travel memoir of a voyage to Australia via Egypt and Ceylon; includes chapters …

  • # 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 …