South Australia

  • # 18661

    VICKERY, John (1906-1983)

    Outposts of Empire : Central Australia

    [London] : General Post Office, 1937. Colour lithograph poster, 470 x 610 mm, signed and dated in image, laid on linen; fine condition. The poster depicts the underground post office in Coober Pedy, northern South Australia, often referred to as “the opal capital of the world”. One of a series of four lithographic posters featuring …

  • # 18053

    WAHLEN, Auguste

    Costumes, usos e trajos de todos os povos do mundo,

    em face de documentos authenticos e das mais recentes viagens. Lisboa : Impresa Lusitana, 1872-1873-1874-1876-1878. Five volumes, octavo, original quarter blue calf over marbled papered boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped, upper board of vol. 4 with several scratches), spines with gilt lettering and rule; vol. 1 (Asia) 421, [1]; vol. 2 (Asia, India) 439, [4]; …

  • # 18511


    [MODERN DANCE] Fools dream : a collaboration, choreographed by Julia Blaikie, John Salisbury and Margaret Wilson … World premiere, Opera Theatre, Grote St., Adelaide.

    Adelaide : Australian Dance Theatre, [1981]. Narrow quarto, pictorial wrappers, stapled, [16] pp, b/w photographic illustrations; a fine copy. Programme for the world premiere season of this work by the Australian Dance Theatre, 23-31 October 1981. The only copy recorded in Australian collections is held in the State Library of South Australia.

  • # 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, …

  • # 18123

    Photographic portrait of a Volunteer Militia bandsman and his wife, Adelaide, circa 1870

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm; recto of mount imprinted ‘R.S. Stacy North Adelaide’; verso blank; the albumen print has surface rubbing, particularly at bottom left, and a few small marks; the mount with age toning. An unusual studio portrait of a South Australian Volunteer Militia member in full dress uniform, …

  • # 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, …

  • # 18432

    HENNESSY, John

    Riverboats and historic towns of the Murray River

    [Brighton East, Vic.] : [John Hennessy], [2016]. Oblong quarto, pictorial stiff wrappers, pp [50], profusely illustrated with original drawings by the author (an architect), with accompanying text providing historical sketches of townships along the Murray and some of its more famous riverboats; a brand new copy. Trove locates only two copies in Australian collections (State …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …