Western Australia

  • # 23723

    BRADDON, Russell

    Thomas Baines and the North Australian Expedition

    Sydney : Collins in association with the Royal Geographic Society, 1986. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 160, illustrated. The North Australian Expedition of 1855-56 was led by Augustus Gregory and is documented in the sketches, watercolours and oil paintings of Thomas Baines, formerly in the collection of the Royal Geographic Society, and now in the …

  • # 23258

    [MANNING & KNIGHT, attributed]

    Noongar men, southwest Western Australia, circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph, 59 x 82 mm, laid down on a piece cut from a 19th century album page, contemporary caption in pencil beneath image: ‘Australian Natives armed with boomerangs’; the print is slightly faded but otherwise is in very good condition. The attribution to the Perth-based photographic partnership of Manning & Knight is based …

  • # 23321

    WALSH, Grahame L.

    Bradshaw art of the Kimberley (signed copy)

    Toowong : Takarakka Nowan Kas Publications, 2000. Oblong quarto, faux crocodile skin with pictorial inlay, illustrated endpapers, pp. [vi]; x; [4], 464, extensively illustrated; a fine copy, signed on the title page by Grahame Walsh. Original prospectus enclosed. Since their ‘discovery’ by pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the Bradshaw rock paintings of the Kimberley, or …

  • # 23302


    Picturesque travel in Western Australia

    [Perth, W.A.] : Government Printer, [1928]. Small quarto, pictorial wrappers (lightly marked, central vertical fold), stapled, 32 pp, colour frontispiece of wildflowers, with half-tone photographic illustrations printed in green and grey, internally clean and sound. ‘During 1929 Western Australia will celebrate the first centenary of her existence as a British possession’. (p.3). Scarce. This edition appears …

  • # 23334

    [WITHINGTON, Paul; PORTEOUS, Stanley David; Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate; Columbia Pictures]

    [ABORIGINES] The Blonde Captive.

    [Los Angeles, California] : Columbia Pictures, [1932]. Promotional photograph for the film ‘The Blonde Captive‘ (1932), showing a group of Aboriginal women (probably Central Australia); gelatin silver print on glossy paper , 200 x 255 mm, lower margin with printed title and Produced by the Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate, an absolutely authentic amazing adventure. A …

  • # 23259


    American movie theatre programme advertising the controversial film The Blonde Captive.

    Austin, Texas : Plaisance Theatre, June 1932. Duodecimo (120 x 80 mm), [4] pp, illustrated on each side; in fine condition. ‘The Weirdest Story ever told! Neanderthal savages long thought extinct … animal monstrosities … flying pterodactyls … fur-bearing, duck-billed animals … dudongs [sic] that graze at the bottom of the sea – amidst these …

  • # 23252

    [WITHINGTON, Paul; THOMAS, Lowell]

    [THE BLONDE CAPTIVE] Die blonde Sklavin

    Illustrierter Film-Kurier Nr. 610. [Vienna, Austria : 1932]. Small quarto, wrappers illustrated front and rear, 6 pp, half-tone photographic illustrations, text in German; short paper spits at head and tail of spine, mild stain to corner of lower wrapper, else very good. A rare edition of the Viennese cinema newspaper Illustrierter Film-Kurier, issued to promote …

  • # 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 …

  • # 23311

    HANLON, Robert (editor)

    [WESTERN AUSTRALIA] A letter from a convict in Australia to a brother in England.

    Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, 1951. Edition limited to 50 copies. Presentation copy from the author to the writer Frank Clune, inscribed on the foreword ‘To my good friend Frank Clune. Bob Hanlon 2/1/52’. Octavo, pictorial card covers (spine sunned), stapled, 31 pp, contents fine. THP 94. Reproduces the text of a letter from a …

  • # 22617

    OXENHAM, John (pseud.) [DUNKERLEY, William Arthur, 1852-1941]

    [WESTERN AUSTRALIA] His cheque book.

    Being twenty-five pages from the life of one Plantagenet Pym, which register, with the incorruptible accuracy of an animated photograph, his essays among numerous grades of society; recording his enterprises – financial, social and heroic; and delighting the reader by the chastened spirit of his last appearance. Both in the counterfoils of the cheques, and …

  • # 16533

    PELSAERT, Francois (c.1595-1630)

    Ongeluckige voyagie, van’t schip Batavia, nae de Oost-Indien.

    Amsterdam : Jan Jansz, 1647. First edition. Small quarto, papered boards, pp. [ii – title leaf], 118, lacking final blank (as in most copies); six folding copperplates (plate V provided in expert facsimile), some very pale marginal water stains, tiny worm hole to margin of first few leaves, a clean and well preserved copy housed …

  • # 21188

    "EASTERLEY, Robert and WILBRAHAM, John" (pseud.); [POTTER, Robert, 1831-1908]

    The germ growers

    Melbourne : Melville, Mullen & Slade, 1892. Octavo, gilt-lettered pebbled cloth over bevelled boards (light edge wear, faint library markings to spine), patterned endpapers, pp vi, 274; contents clean. One of the first Australian works of science fiction, and one of the earliest works to postulate an alien invasion of Earth, published six years prior …

  • # 22625


    Visit Western Australia’s world famed Golden Mile.

    [Perth, W.A. : Government Tourist Bureau, 1928]. Small quarto, original stiff printed wrappers printed in black on gold paper, 23, [1] pp (designed to be folded into the covers), half tone photographic illustrations, Govt. printer’s date of 1928 on the final page, some pale foxing to the outer leaves, otherwise a fine copy. An attractively …

  • # 22189

    Photographer unknown.

    Photograph of HMAS Sydney, destroyer of the German cruiser Emden, taken in 1912-13.

    Silver gelatin photograph printed on card stock, 87 x 137 mm, manuscript caption in negative ‘H.M.A.S. “Sydney”‘; verso with handwritten message signed ‘J.Kennedy’, headed ‘Beerhaven, County Cork, Ireland, July 21-13’, addressed to a ‘Mrs. Richardson’; the contents of the message clearly indicate that the writer was associated with the design and outfitting of the Sydney: …

  • # 22477

    Western Australia. Government Tourist Bureau.

    Visitor’s guide to Perth and suburbs.

    At head of title: 1933 issue. Perth, W.A. : Govt. Tourist Bureau, 1933. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (some very light foxing), staple bound, 57 pp, with half tone sepia photographic illustrations throughout, including folding plate with panoramic view of the Swan River; a good copy. Scarce. Copies of this edition are recorded in only three Australian …