South Australia

  • # 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 …

  • # 17288

    [DA COSTA, Louisa, 1806-1898]

    [SOUTH AUSTRALIA] Manuscript letter addressed to philanthropist Louisa da Costa concerning her investments in Adelaide, dated 1881.

    A letter from Louisa Da Costa’s Adelaide solicitor, Alfred Spence of 12 Currie Street, dated 8 December 1881, addressed to Miss Da Costa in London ‘Per RMS Rohilla via Brindisi’; bifolium, manuscript in ink written on two pages, the third page blank, the address panel on the outer side franked with two South Australia postage …

  • # 17185

    THWAITES, H.J. (Professor)

    Photographic portrait of a gentleman on the verandah of his stone residence, Kapunda, South Australia, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm, recto of mount imprinted ‘H.J. Thwaites Photo.’; in good condition. An unusual carte de visite of an unidentified South Australian colonial homestead, probably located in the Kapunda district, where Thwaites was based at this time. The photograph was doubtless commissioned by the homestead owner.

  • # 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. …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 17090

    TOLCHER, Helen; TOLCHER, Vern (Illustrator)

    Myths and legends of the new Ngaiawang.

    Cover: Author Helen Tolcher, Ellenmeri, the story teller. [S.A.] : Tolerable Publishers, December 1971. Small oblong quarto, pictorial card covers; a presentation copy, inscribed on the half title by Loyd and Joy Chilman (authors of the book’s preface), roneo printed, [34] pp, illustrated; a very good copy; loosely inserted is one of Helen Tolcher’s original …

  • # 16962

    NOLAN, Cynthia (1908-1976); NOLAN, Sidney (1917-1992) (illustrator)


    London : Methuen, 1962. Octavo, publisher’s red cloth boards in Sidney Nolan dust jacket (worn at head of spine), pp 222, with illustrations by Sidney Nolan and numerous photographic plates; a near fine copy. Memoir of the Nolans’ journey through outback New South Wales, Central Australia, South Australia and Western Australia.

  • # 16443

    NEILSON, John Shaw (1872-1942)

    New poems by Shaw Neilson.

    Sydney : The Bookfellow in Australia, 1927. Quarto, publisher’s printed brown wrappers (some creasing and staining), inside front wrapper with later exlibris, frontispiece black-and-white photographic portrait of the author, pp. 35; occasional spotting, a good copy in the original wrappers. The scarce third published collection of poetry by South Australian writer John Shaw Neilson, dedicated …

  • # 16461

    YOUNG, Jeanne F.; [SPENCE, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910]

    Catherine Helen Spence : a study and an appreciation by Jeanne F. Young.

    Melbourne and Sydney : The Lothian Publishing Co. Pty Ltd, 1937. Octavo, original red cloth boards in the rare dust jacket; front pastedown with later ex libris, frontispiece photographic portrait of Catherine Helen Spence (detached), pp. 208; internally very clean. A tribute to Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910), South Australian writer, preacher, reformer and feminist.

  • # 16458

    [SPENCE, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910]

    [CATHERINE HELEN SPENCE] This for remembrance.

    Adelaide : W. R. Thomas & Co., printers, 1905. Duodecimo, original pictorial wrappers (split along spine), staple-bound; later ex libris inside front wrapper; pp. 36, 2 portrait plates; otherwise in very good condition. Reprint of two articles from the Adelaide Register, 30th and 31st October 1905, entitled A distinguished pioneer and A birthday reception. The articles celebrate the 80th …

  • # 16657

    Broadbent's Official Road Guides Company.

    Broadbent’s official guide, western Victoria : incorporating south east of South Australia and routes to Adelaide /​ compiled and published by Broadbent’s Official Road Guides Company. 57th year of issue

    Melbourne : Broadbent’s Official Road Guides, [1953?]. Octavo, publisher’s illustrated wrappers (light soiling and wear, corners dog-eared), 288 pp, [2] folding colour maps, illustrated, contents clean and sound. Two copies of this edition are recorded in Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library of Victoria).

  • # 16451

    SPENCE, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910, editor

    Silver wattle : South Australian acrostics.

    Adelaide : R. Kyffin Thomas, 1879. First edition. “The Proceeds to be devoted to the Home for Incurables, Fullarton.” Octavo, original red cloth boards with gilt lettering and ornament (rubbed and marked), front hinge repaired, front pastedown with later ex libris, pp. 95, internally clean. A rare copy of an anthology of women writers edited …

  • # 16462

    RUSSELL, Alexander (1825-1886)

    Voices of doubt: Australian scenes, and other poems by Alexander Russell, B.D.

    Adelaide : E. S. Wigg & Son, 1884. Octavo, original blind blocked cloth boards (rubbed), spine lettered in gilt (sunned, softened at head and tail), all edges stained red; front hinge split; front pastedown with later ex libris, patterned endpapers; pp. viii, 286, internally very clean, a good copy. The second volume of poetry by …

  • # 16450

    PRIMROSE, Adelaide [a.k.a. Gatzemeyer, Adelaide Elizabeth]

    Australian idylls and other poems. (Inscribed copy)

    Adelaide : E. J. McAlister & Co., 1902. First edition. Octavo, original pictorial red cloth boards (lightly marked, spine softened at head and tail), front pastedown with later ex libris; a presentation copy, inscribed by the author for her sister on the first blank: ‘To dear little Gertrude wishing you a very very happy future, …

  • # 15881

    FAIRFAX, William

    Handbook to Australasia;

    being a brief historical and descriptive account of Victoria,Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and New Zealand. With a map of the Australasian colonies. Melbourne : William Fairfax and Co., 1859. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth by Detmold, binder’s ticket to front pastedown, spine with loss, advertisements to endpapers and bookplate for Rev. William McClure, …

  • # 15021

    LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas, 1860-1933

    An important archive of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.

    William Thomas Lingwood Smith was a Detective Photographer in the South Australian Police Force from 1888 until his retirement in 1922. As early as 1894 he also pioneered fingerprinting in Australia, becoming an expert in the Criminal Investigation Branch of the South Australian Police Department. The quality of his little-known, non-commercial photographic portraits of indigenous people …

  • # 15838

    PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804

    Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.

    Rare complete set, in contemporary bindings, of the official account of the Baudin voyage. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte générale de la Nouvelle Hollande, along with many significant charts of the southern Australian coastline (“Terre Napoléon”), superb …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15985


    Trade card with map of Australia and illustrated cartouches, 1889

    New York : Arbuckle Bros., [copyright 1889]. Trade card, 68 x 138 mm, recto with chromolithographed design incorporating map of australia and images of kangaroo, black swan, gold miner and sheep; verso with information about Arbuckle Bros’ coffee; in very good condition. The map lists some places which today may seem obscure, but which around …

  • # 15882

    [HAMILTON, George]

    Experiences of a colonist forty years ago; a journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839 and a voyage from Port Phillip to Adelaide in 1846.

    By an old hand. With illustrations. Adelaide : J. Williams, 1880. Octavo, gilt-lettered red cloth, blue endpapers with previous owner’s name neatly inscribed, photographic frontispiece, pp. [viii]; 84; 79; [1]; 23; two photographic plates reproducing four painted scenes, Second edition, the first with photographic illustrations. Ferguson 10184; Holden 49

  • # 16006

    GRAD, Charles [STUART, John McDouall, 1815-1866]

    [JOHN MCDOUALL STUART] Expédition de J. MacDouall Stuart dans l’intérieur de l’Australie 1860.

    pp 39-76 in: Nouvelles Annales des Voyages, de la Géographie, de l’Histoire et de l’Archéologie. 6e. séries, 8e. année, Juillet 1862. Paris : Arthus Bertrand, 1862. Octavo, original printed wrappers; pp 1-128, folding map of de Bono’s expedition on the White Nile at rear; a near fine copy. An abridged account of Stuart’s expedition of March-August …

  • # 15846


    National Bank of Australasia, Nuriootpa, South Australia. Unused printed cheque form, circa 1875

    [Adelaide : James Williams]. Lithographic printing in green on white paper; 85 x 192 mm; nicks at top right corner and edge, small mark lower right margin; else very good. The National Bank of Australasia Limited was established in 1858. Its branch at Nuriootpa, the major commercial centre in the Barossa Valley, was opened prior to 1880.

  • # 15811

    DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888); "W.S.E."

    Carte de visite with an acrostic laudatory poem to Tasmanian newspaper publisher and editor John Campbell Macdougall

    Albumen print photograph of a lithographed poem titled ‘An Acrostic’, dated and initialled in the image ‘Hobart Town, 9th August 1848 / W.S.E.’, carte de visite format, 105 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Artist & Photographer, by Appointment, 66 & 68 King William St., Adelaide / Prize Medal, Universal Exhibition 1867’; both the …

  • # 15802

    WYATT, William (1838-1872)

    Somewhere in the Hills

    [South Australia], 1862. Title from artist’s caption. Ink wash on wove paper, 90 x 160 mm; signed and dated lower right ‘Wm. Wyatt J[unior] d[epinxit]. 1862.’; in good condition, with a tiny spot of restoration to the outline of the hill at upper left; mounted in a recent glazed timber frame. William Wyatt, sketcher, watercolourist and lithographer, was …

  • # 15745


    Orient Line of Royal Mail Steam-ships to Australia. First class ticket, London to Sydney, 1895.

    [London : Orient Line, 1895]. Quarto sheet, 270 x 205 mm, printed on both sides in sepia and blue, manuscript entries recording payment of £128 by the Hon. F.S. O’Grady [Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1847-1927] and Hon. Mrs. O’Grady, for First Saloon passage on RMS Cuzco, departing London 6 September 1895, for Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, being a …

  • # 15796

    [FLINDERS, Matthew]

    A Holy Bible for children, shared by the great navigator Matthew Flinders and his younger siblings.

    A highly significant bibliographic treasure, with an association to one of the most important figures in the history of Australian exploration, Captain Matthew Flinders, RN (1774-1814), the navigator and cartographer who led the first circumnavigation of Australia and identified it as a continent.  The Holy Bible, adapted to the Use of Schools and private families: Containing all …

  • # 16071

    CONIGRAVE, John Fairfax

    South Australia : a sketch of its history & resources.

    A handbook : compiled by John Fairfax Conigrave for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886. Octavo, contemporary black half-calf over cloth (scuffed), binder’s ticket of T. W. Taylor of Winnipeg, lithographed wrappers and title page bound in, pp. vi; [2]; folding map of Port Adelaide; 180; (14 – plates). Bound with : Official catalogue …

  • # 15801

    WYATT, William (1838-1872)

    Natives Encamped

    [South Australia], 1862. Title from artist’s caption. Ink wash on wove paper, 80 x 180 mm; initialled and dated lower right ‘W.W. 62’; in fine condition, mounted in a recent glazed timber frame. William Wyatt, sketcher, watercolourist and lithographer, was born in the Colony of South Australia in 1838, the son of William Wyatt (Senior), surgeon, …

  • # 15297

    Artist unknown [after ANGAS, George French; HAINSSELIN, Henry]

    Four early watercolour portraits of Australian Aborigines after lithographs by George French Angas and Henry Hainsselin.

    [Australia? : c.1846]. Four individual watercolour head-and-shoulder portraits, each approximately 110 x 90 mm, on sheet 400 x 325 mm, paper watermarked J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1846; the artist’s captions in pencil beneath each portrait read (anti-clockwise from top right): Kertamaroo / King John; Mocata (his wife); Native of Gipps Land, Victoria; Yonki Yonka, Native of Western …

  • # 15636

    DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888)

    [ADELAIDE; WINE] Photographic portrait of Sarah and Ann Jacob, circa 1866

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63, verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Photographer to His Excellency, 66 King William St., Adelaide’, and an inscription in a contemporary hand ‘Sarah Jacob / Born April 21st 1851 / Anne (sic) Jacob / Born Dec. 17 1853’; both the albumen print and mount are …

  • # 15401

    WOOD, Rex (1906-1970)

    Portrait of a young woman

    [Adelaide : probably between 1930 and 1935]. Watercolour and gouache on paper, sheet 280 x 190 mm, signed lower right ‘Rex Wood’; laid down on original board mount, removed from a frame at some point; in very good condition. Rex Wood was born in Laura, in the Mid North of South Australia in 1906, and …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15037


    Photographic portrait of an Aboriginal elder, Murray River, South Australia, circa 1920

    Gelatin silver photograph, 150 x 103 mm, verso with contemporary inscription in pencil ‘River Murray Tribe. Govt. Photog.’; in fine condition (the tiny white scratch in the upper section is in the negative).

  • # 15012

    WHITE, Samuel Albert (1870-1954)

    Photographs of the Everard and Musgrave Ranges Expedition, South Australia, June-September 1914

    A highly important record of early European contact with the Yankunytjatjara people. Eight gelatin silver print photographs, each 100 x 127 mm, unmounted; versos with the photographer's pencilled captions and sequence numbers; all of the prints are in fine condition. Although principally an ornithologist, by the early 1900s Adelaide-born Samuel White 'had earned a reputation …

  • # 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 …

  • # 14883

    COCKS, C.H.

    Report of the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Working Party of South Australia, June 1978.

    Adelaide : Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Working Party of South Australia, 1978. Folio, pcloth backed printed wrappers, 130 pp, [4] leaves of maps; a very good copy. 

  • # 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 …

  • # 15280

    [SOUTH AUSTRALIA] Completion of Parliament House

    [Adelaide] : [Government of South Australia], 1936. Octavo, navy leather boards with gold inlay and text, very minor chipping on spine, pp 43, with compliments card. Published for the unveiling ceremony of the commemoration stone by Governor Sir Winston Dugan. Transcribes broadcast messages associated with the ceremony.

  • # 14801


    South Australian vineyard

    [Great Britain : Valentine's, circa 1905]. Chromolithographic postcard, 88 x 139 mm, postally used; in fine condition.

  • # 14842

    PENNY, H. H.

    Tribal aborigines … an educated people.

    Some thoughts on the meaning of education for Aborigines and other Australians. Adelade : Aborigines Advancement League Inc., S. A., 1965. Octavo, lettered wrappers (small stain), pp. 7. 

  • # 14755

    JENKINS, John Greeley (1851-1923)

    The Northern Territory of South Australia : its development : proposals of the government,

    as announced by the Premier and Minister controlling the Northern Territory. Adelaide : J. L. Bonython & Co., 1904. Tall octavo pamphlet, original printed orange wrappers, staple bound, 11 pp, a fine copy.

  • # 7904

    HOOD, John 1839-1924, colourist (attributed); DURYEA, Townsend 1823-1888, photographer (attributed)

    Painted photographic portrait of a wealthy lady in mourning, Adelaide, circa 1864

    Albumen print photograph overpainted in oils, 123 x 116 mm, laid down on its original wood mount; in fine condition; unfortunately the original frame is now lost, the back of which, according to the previous owner, bore the printed label of the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea, 66 & 68 King William Street, Adelaide. The …

  • # 14691

    [GOYDER, G. W.]

    Plan of the southern portion of the province of South Australia :

    as divided into counties and hundreds, showing the most important settlements, post towns, telegraph stations, main roads, railways, &​c . Compiled from official documents in the the Office of the Surveyor General 1877. [Cover title : Atlas of principal portions of settled districts in the province of South Australia 1877 – 8]. Adelaide : Surveyor General's Office, …

  • # 14690

    CARROLL, H. S.

    The new counties, hundreds, & district atlas of South Australia and Northern Territory, 1876.

    Together with map of South Australia indicating roads, distances, relative position of counties &c., &c. Showing — All Boroughs, Post-towns, Villages, Hamlets, Road Boards, Roads, Railways, Rivers, Lakes, Creeks, Mountains, Stations, the Area of County and Station, (the Names, Occupiers, Grazing capabilities and Area of each), the Population of each Town in the Colony, Height …

  • # 14673

    Church of England. Diocese of Adelaide.

    Ceremony of laying the first stone of the collegiate school of St. Peter’s, Adelaide,

    by the Lord Bishop of Adelaide, on Thursday, May 24, 1849 … Adelaide : Printed by George Dehane, King William Street, 1849. Quarto, printed wrappers, 6 pp, mild vertical fold line and some corner creasing; ex Webster Collection, with small red stamp and manuscript collection number (2657) to last page; a good copy.  Ferguson, 5160. …

  • # 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 …